a day agoArsenal deliver Reiss Nelson update

first_imgArsenal deliver Reiss Nelson updateby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have posted an update on youngster Reiss Nelson.Nelson picked up a knee injury against Standard Liege earlier this month.And the Gunners says he’ll be ready to return to training in November.The club’s statement read: “Left knee (ligament injury). Sustained during the Standard Liege (h) match on October 3.”Aiming to return to full training in November. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Mike Weber’s Parents Learn He’s Starting At RB For Ohio State

first_imgMike Weber's dad sitting at a desk.Ohio State Football/TwitterMike Weber is Ohio State’s starting running back.Urban Meyer announced this evening that the Buckeyes’ redshirt freshman will be starting at running back Saturday when OSU opens its season against Bowling Green.Weber was a four-star recruit in the 2015 class out of Detroit, Mich.While we found out about Weber earning the starting job through Meyer, the parents of the starting tailback found out through a phone call. Ohio State’s running backs coach, Tony Alford, gave the parents a call earlier today.OSU has published a video of that phone call. It’s pretty great.The parents of starting running back @mikeweberjr got a pretty great phone call today ? pic.twitter.com/CiTKmMwUSs— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 31, 2016Ohio State and Bowling Green are set to kick off at noon on BTN.last_img read more

MS Dhoni gloves row: ICC should apologise to Dhoni and all of India, says Sreesanth

first_imgMS Dhoni gloves row: ICC should apologise to Dhoni and all of India, says SreesanthWorld Cup 2019: S Sreesanth said the ICC should not dictate terms to Indian cricket after the world governing body objected to MS Dhoni’s sporting an Army crest on his wicketkeeping gloves.advertisement India Today Web Desk NottinghamJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 15:17 IST A huge controversy has erupted around the Balidaan Badge gloves controversy that Indian player MS Dhoni wore during India’s match with South Africa (Photo: Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSICC should not just apologise to MS Dhoni but to the entire country: SreesanthThe whole of India will support Dhoni bhai: SreesanthMS Dhoni was spotted wearing gloves with Army Insignia in World Cup tie vs South AfricaS Sreesanth wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to apologize to MS Dhoni and all of India after the world governing body objected to the Army crest on Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves.On Wednesday during India’s opening World Cup 2019 match against South Africa, MS Dhoni had sported an army badge on his gloves. The ICC then asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to remove the insignia from the gloves. The ICC statement sparked off a controversy with a Pakistan minister taking a dig at Dhoni. Within hours, Indian fans were outraged over the ICC’s stance.Meanwhile, BCCI asked the ICC to reconsider its decision and threw its weight behind MS Dhoni. India will play their next World Cup game against Australia at The Oval on June 9 and as things stand now, the ICC will not allow Dhoni to wear the gloves with the army crest on them.This is the Para Special Forces insignia. Sources say what is seen on Dhoni’s gloves only resembles it, can’t say it’s the the real one. The special forces insignia is always in moron background and has balidan written in Devanagiri script. The badge always worn on the chest pic.twitter.com/ZR2GXO3XTNAbhishek Bhalla (@AbhishekBhalla7) June 7, 2019S Sreesanth is among a host of sporting figures in India to react to the ICC vs Dhoni row. Speaking to India Today, Sreesanth said: “ICC should be apologizing not just to MS Dhoni but the entire country. This is not the way to dictate terms with the country that is literally ruling Indian cricket.advertisement”With Dhoni being an honorary lieutenant colonel with the parachute regiment, we all know how patriotic that man is. He single-handedly wins matches for India.”Dhoni has not just won 1 but 2 World Cups. He represents India in every part of the world. I am sure that the people of the country will back MS Dhoni. I am very confident that ICC should withdraw the letter and apologize to the entire country.”We all are so proud of Dhoni. Can’t express how proud I am feeling after seeing Dhoni play with the gloves.”In fact, he should be wearing the same gloves and winning the World Cup,” Sreesanth said.Manoj Tiwary backs MS DhoniMeanwhile, India cricketer Manoj Tiwary said he did not see what the problem was with Dhoni’s gloves.”I don’t see any problem in it because there have been so many instances where different types of caps were worn. There was no issue at that time,” Tiwary told India Today. “When someone is showing their love and respect towards something, it should be not taken in a different way.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Fans furious after ICC asks MS Dhoni to remove Army crest from glovesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni wanted to honour the Army, says former coach on Balidaan badge rowAlso SeeFor 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow InsigniaFollow Balidaan badge gloves Nextlast_img read more

Trump accuses Jewish Democratic voters of great disloyalty

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump said Tuesday Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats display “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” sparking accusations that he is promoting and politicising anti-Semitism. His comments, which drew fierce rebuke from Jewish groups, came amid his ongoing dispute with Democratic Muslim congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both of whom support a boycott of the Jewish state for its treatment of the Palestinians. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Five years ago, the concept of even talking about this — even three years ago — of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic party gone?” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” Israel last week barred Omar and Tlaib from entry on the grounds that they support the boycott against the country, and after Trump urged the Jewish state to block the two. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Trump’s comments prompted condemnation from Jewish groups, which charged the president with anti-Semitism by questioning the loyalty of Jewish citizens, part of a longstanding trope accusing Jewish people of dual allegiance. “It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be ‘disloyal’ to, but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews,” tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. “It’s long overdue to stop using Jews as a political football.” Executive Director for the Jewish Democratic Council of America Halie Soifer echoed the sentiment, saying the president “has no right to tell Jewish Americans he knows what is best for us or to demand our loyalty.” “Trump needs a reality check — we live in a democracy and Jewish support for the @GOP has been halved in the past four years,” she tweeted. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders also took to Twitter to denounce the president’s words. “I am a proud Jewish person and I have no concerns about voting Democratic,” the Vermont senator wrote, adding he intends to vote for a Jewish man — himself — in the 2020 presidential election.last_img read more

An immature neighbour

first_imgIn a bizarre and brazen breach of any diplomatic norm, Pakistan refused its air space to the VVIP aircraft carrying President Ramnath Kovind and his entourage heading on official visits to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia, commencing on September 9. Piqued by a dismal failure to drum up support for the Kashmiri Muslims following dramatic and positive developments in Kashmir, this is yet another display of Pakistan’s frustration to deal with the situation arising since the abrogation of Article 370. Also Read – A special kind of bondPakistan’s desperation is in ample demonstration as no other than its Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, disclosed that this decision of banning the air space was taken due to India’s ‘behaviour’. Such an irresponsible statement does not behove a Foreign Minister and exposes the immaturity of a desperate country, bereft of any support flowing from any international quarters. Even within the country, people are confused due to lack of any clarity on part of the Pakistani leadership, including the military top brass, to pursue any consistent policy vis-à-vis Kashmir. Also Read – Insider threat managementPakistan, which had assumed in the last couple of years that Russia was warming up to it, received a severe shock of life when President Putin, during the most recent visit of Prime Minister Modi to Vladivostok, described developments in Kashmir as an internal matter of India and that the Indian legislation/decision was well within the parameters of Indian Constitution. That ended all illusions Pakistan hitherto nurtured that it had excellent relations with Russia, and all along mistakenly claimed that its diplomacy was successful in weaning Russia away from India. The fresh Russian-generated bonhomie with India and multiple deals have further demoralised Pakistan which is resorting to cheap and childlike acts such as a denial of its airspace rights even to the Indian President, defying the elementary civilised practices of international relations. In an apparent bid to put up a brave face against all odds, especially post-August 5, the Pakistani military is trying to flex its emaciated muscles, trying to send message to the domestic constituency that all was well with the country’s establishment. Speaking on the occasion of Defence and Martyr’s Day (September 6) which also coincides with the 54th anniversary of the Indo-Pak war of 1965, Army Chief, Gen Qamar Ahmad Bajwa expressed complete ‘solidarity’ with Kashmiris avowing that Pakistan’s armed forces are ready to lay down their lives for the Kashmiri people in India. His rhetoric was akin to warmongering and a kind of hysterical reaction possibly due to the country’s repeated failures on all counts to deal with the problem to address the Kashmir issue. Significantly, the Defence and Martyr’s Day this year is also observed as the Kashmir Solidarity Day. It would seem from such frenzied acts that desperation and frustration reign Pakistan and its only straw to clutch upon is now the UN General Assembly meeting scheduled on September 17. However, judging by the latest trends and emerging global opinion, Pakistan is not expected to gain anything substantial from the United Nations. Back home in India, measures are actively afoot to ease restrictions in J&K as no other person than the National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval, is personally overseeing the security of the state to ensure that Kashmiris are not troubled. He met the media on September 7 and kept them abreast about the steps taken. NSA’s role at this critical juncture highlights that an important area like J&K is not dealt routinely but rather being proactively addressed by a very responsible and senior-level figure having wealth of experience since the foremost responsibility now on part of the government is to ensure that common Kashmiri people are safe and secure from Pakistan sponsored terror and frenzied propaganda . Meanwhile, according to NSA, Pakistani propaganda is going unabated along the 20-km stretch of the border through a series of communication towers. The sustained propaganda, as per intercepts, is very provocative and incendiary calling upon Kashmiris to pursue mindless violence. Provocation is so extreme that the Pak handlers are exhorting their ‘targets’ to wear bangles for their inaction. It is imperative, therefore, under the circumstances, to expose these Pakistani nefarious designs trying to create terror-linked problems in J&K. As it is, so far 42,000 innocent lives have been lost due to cross-border terrorism perpetrated by Pakistan. Very significantly, in the last over a month, since the promulgation of the prohibitory orders in the J&K, not a single shot has been fired by any component of the Indian Security Forces. The extent of restraint exercised by the Indian authorities to keep things in order and that too under the most trying circumstances is clearly evident. Again, according to the NSA, to put things in perspective, hospitals and OPDs are working well and most of the communication lines are restored. Banks too are functional and around 92 per cent Apple transportation is in place. This said, at Pakistan’s behest, Apple traders were targeted by terrorists and a three-year-old girl lost her life in terrorist gunfire. High-level government functionaries are watching the situation and people’s welfare remains on priority as seen realistically on the ground. Such measures continue to further frustrate Pakistani plans to resurrect its terror architecture in Kashmir. To step up the stranglehold on Pakistan to preempt its attempts to abet terror in India, the government has initiated new terror laws of designating individuals as terrorists. Under this measure, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leaders Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) activist Masood Azhar and wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim are being declared as terrorists. Any proactive action against them could now appear legitimate including the imposition of travel bans. Also, Indian PM’s most recent talk with Malaysian PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his stress for the extradition of wanted hate preacher, Dr Zakir Naik is a very welcome move to break the backbone of the terror syndicate, their financiers and supporters. More specifically, this is a fatal blow to the emerging chemistry between Imran Khan and Dr Mahathir especially on the issue of Zakir Naik’s deportation to India. Such bold moves and professional initiatives to contain terrorists are likely to pay dividends in the future. With renewed security cooperation with Russia, Israel and other allies including some Muslim countries, Pakistan and its evil objectives to breed terror, will surely take a deadly blow. This will further isolate Pakistan from the civilised world. Till such time, Pakistan needs to grow up, behave like a mature nation and adhere to basic courtesies so that decisions like forbidding the air space to the President of a sovereign country (neighbour too) do not recur. (The author is a retired IPS officer and a security analyst. He was also the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Three new attempted murder charges for man accused in Toronto van attack

first_imgThree new charges of attempted murder have been laid against the man accused in a deadly van attack in Toronto last month.Police have said eight women and two men died after Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, allegedly drove a rental van down a busy sidewalk on April 23.Authorities initially said 13 people were injured that day, but further investigation revealed three others were also hurt.Minassian was already charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.He appeared in a north Toronto court by video on Thursday and said nothing as the three new charges were laid. The case was adjourned to Sept. 14.Minassian appears on the screen wearing an orange prison jump suit. He’s standing very still with his hands straight by his side. Looking calm— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) May 10, 2018Outside court, Minassian’s lawyer said he didn’t want to talk about how his client was doing.“This isn’t a time to discuss Mr. Minassian, this is still a grieving period for the city,” Boris Bytensky told reporters. “There are many families that are grieving for those lives lost and those injured. Our thoughts, the Minassian family’s thoughts, are with them.”Bytensky added that he had no intention of litigating the case through the press or the public.“I’m well aware of the emotion in the city about this. I’ve very respectful of that,” he said. “I’m not going to float things for purposes of suspicious. I simply am going to reassure people that we will handle this case as professionally as possible, as I know the Crown will as well.”Those who died in last month’s attack ranged in age from 22 to 94, and included a student from South Korea and a man from Jordan.Insp. Bryan Bott, the head of Toronto’s homicide squad, said shortly after the attack that police hadn’t identified a motive, but that the evidence they had didn’t meet the threshold for terrorism charges.last_img read more

PM ambassador settle defamation suit filed by wouldbe candidate exLiberal MP

first_imgOTTAWA – An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a long-running defamation suit filed against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. by a would-be Liberal candidate and her former-MP husband.The lawsuit was initiated almost four years ago by Christine Innes after she was barred from running for the Liberal party in a federal byelection in the Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina and further prohibited from seeking a Liberal nomination in any riding for the 2015 general election.David MacNaughton, who was the party’s Ontario campaign co-chair at the time, cited “bullying and intimidation” tactics employed by the Innes campaign team — specifically by Innes’ husband, former Liberal MP Tony Ianno — as the reason for the decision.Innes filed suit in April 2014 against Trudeau, then leader of the third party, and MacNaughton, seeking $1.5 million in damages to her reputation; Ianno joined the suit a few months later, seeking another $1.5 million for damage to his reputation, lost business opportunities and emotional suffering.The pair continued to pursue the case after Trudeau became prime minister in 2015 and tapped MacNaughton to be Canada’s ambassador to Washington.The Liberal party says the suit has now been settled “by mutual agreement of the parties,” who have agreed to keep the terms of the settlement confidential.In a statement Friday announcing the settlement, the party says it “regrets the circumstances that led to this lawsuit.”It also “acknowledges the many years of public service and deep and valued contribution” that Innes and Ianno have made to public affairs and to the people of Canada.MacNaughton’s decision, backed by Trudeau, to ban Innes as a candidate was the highest-profile controversy surrounding Liberal nominations in the run-up to the 2015 election. Critics maintained the treatment of Innes and several other would-be contenders put the lie to Trudeau’s promise to allow open nominations in every riding.Innes maintained she was barred from running in the byelection because she refused to promise that she wouldn’t eventually challenge one of Trudeau’s star recruits — Chrystia Freeland, now foreign affairs minister — for a Liberal nomination in Toronto after riding boundaries were redrawn for the 2015 general election.However, the party said the decision to bar Innes followed complaints by several young Liberal volunteers who alleged that Ianno had pressured them, disparaged Trudeau and Freeland and warned them they’d have little future in the party if they backed the wrong side in a potential Innes-Freeland nomination battle.last_img read more

Ethics Commissioner launches investigation into SNCLavalin case

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The federal ethics commissioner has now officially launched an investigation into the political interference controversy involving the Prime Minister’s Office and Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.In a statement, the ethics commissioner’s office has confirmed an investigation has been launched after it received complaints from two NDP MPs.Breaking: Ethics Commissioner has officially launched an investigation into the SNC Lavalin controversy #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/buANUOib3t— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 11, 2019The commissioner is limited from saying much else until the examination is complete, but the statement does confirm this is in regards to the allegations in the Globe and Mail that the PMO attempted to pressure the now-former justice minister to cut a deal with SNC-Lavalin in order to drop criminal charges against the company.The prime minister has denied the allegations. Government officials have confirmed discussions took place but denied there was any pressure.Here is the letter the NDP received from the Ethics Commissioner. His office confirmed earlier it has launched an investigation into the SNC Lavalin controversy #cdnpoli https://t.co/kaw2hdvpuE— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 11, 2019Speaking in Vancouver on Monday, Trudeau said he welcomes the investigation by the ethics commissioner. He says he continues to have “full confidence” in Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was demoted to the veterans-affairs portfolio in a January cabinet shuffle.Although she has not appeared with him at events Sunday and today in the Vancouver area, Trudeau says he has met with her a couple of times since arriving in her hometown.Wilson-Raybould has refused to comment on the allegation since it surfaced last Thursday, citing solicitor-client privilege.Trudeau says he looking into requests for him to waive solicitor-client privilege..@JustinTrudeau says he still has ‘full confidence’ in Jody Wilson-Raybould and has asked for guidance re: requests for him to waive solicitor-client privilege to give #Canadians more transparent about #SNCLavalin controversy. #cdnpoli— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) February 11, 2019Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould reminded him of a conversation they had last fall, in which he says he told her it was entirely up to her as attorney general to decide whether to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin over its dealings in Libya, thereby avoiding a criminal trial.In any event, Trudeau says the fact that Wilson-Raybould is still a cabinet minister, having neither resigned nor been dismissed, speaks for itself.last_img read more

Amazon Studios Shuts Down Open ScriptSubmission Program

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Here’s how Amazon Studios explained the move: “As we have grown and evolved over the last several years, we are making changes to our website and closing our open call for script and concept submissions… Thank you all for your contributions.” The division’s FAQ now includes info about the shutdown, telling visitors, “At Amazon we are always reinventing ourselves and looking for ways to become even more efficient.” The shutdown of the program was reported previously by Engadget. Since its inception in 2010, Amazon Studios has touted a technocratic approach to entertainment development — with an open submission process for scripts and projects promising to let anyone break into showbiz, and potentially have their idea turned into a movie or TV show if it was up-voted to the top of the pile.Now, Amazon Studios’ crowdsourced-script program is dead, a tacit acknowledgement by the ecommerce giant’s entertainment division that it will only produce stuff greenlit the traditional, Hollywood way.As of April 13, 2018, Amazon Studios is no longer accepting unsolicited submissions. It will continue to review and evaluate submissions it’s already received through June 30, according to a notice on its website. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Brazeau takes another cyberswipe at AFN

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau has taken to cyberspace again for another run at the Assembly of First Nations.In a Facebook posting from his Blackberry this morning, Brazeau called on AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo and his organization’s national executive to disclose their salaries.“If national Chief Shawn Atleo says he believes in greater accountability, why doesn’t he and the AFN national executive publicly disclose their salaries, travel and expenses for the public to see and set the example for everyone to follow,” said Brazeau on his personal Facebook page.Brazeau said he would not comment on the issue until the AFN’s executive and other, unspecified Aboriginal organizations, released their salaries.Atleo’s salary however, is already posted on the AFN’s web page.Atleo made $136,5000 last year, slightly more than Brazeau’s basic Senator salary of $132,300 a year.“The Assembly of First Nations believes strongly in the accountability relationship between governments and their citizens,” said an AFN spokeswoman in an emailed statement.The AFN has an executive of 10 regional chiefs, but their “director’s fees” are not public.Brazeau issued his call a day after the release of chief’s salaries across the country by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.The list, obtained under the Access to Information Act, revealed that 30 chiefs made more money than provincial premiers in 2008-2009.Nine of the chiefs listed, whose names were not revealed, made over $150,000 a year and the top earner made $247,000.Brazeau posted a YouTube video last month calling for the government to review its funding to the AFN, arguing the organization provided no services.last_img read more

People in High Arctic without SIN

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Bible says, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.If that’s the case, the High Arctic should start filling up with flying rocks any day now.In these remote Nunavut communities, you can’t get your “SIN” card unless you’re able to travel.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story.last_img

Baccalaureate Exam Cheating Down 60 Percent Over 2016 Education Ministry

Rabat – The rate of cheating in Morocco has dropped by 60 percent in 2017 the baccalaureate exams, according the Ministry of Education.This announcement came during a presentation by government spokesperson Mustapha Khalfi to the Government Council on Thursday.Khalfi pointed out that the baccalaureate examinations throughout Morocco were held in positive conditions and noted that the significant decline in cases of cheating among baccalaureate was due in part to a number of measures taken by the ministry. For this year’s exams, the Ministry of National Education adopted a number of procedures such as issuing a law against cheating, the commitment system that the examinees approve, cheating detecting devises, he explained. Khalfi added that these measures would be strengthened to overcome cheating in the coming year.The government official also stated that 295,145 public education students  sat for the baccalaureate exams this year, representing 91 percent of the total candidates.The remaining 9 percent of candidates (30,640) came from private institutions.The official also highlighted that the most significant development in this year’s examinations is that a group of  143 candidates coming from four disciplines in the professional sector sat for the baccalaureate exams.Also in this session, the number of examinees who are not committed to public or private programs reached 89,425 individuals. read more

President tells Secretaries to fulfill their respective duties

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed Secretaries to the Ministries to fulfill their respective duties after the Court of Appeal yesterday issued an interim injunction temporarily restraining the functions of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet of Ministers.A special discussion was held with all the Secretaries to Ministries under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today. At the meeting, the President instructed all the Secretaries of the Ministries to fulfill their respective duties and responsibilities according to the laws of the country continuously without any disruption. ‘’The Court of Appeal on December 03, 2018 issued an interim injunction temporarily restraining the Prime Minister and his Cabinet of Ministers, who were appointed by the President in accordance with the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, from functioning in their respective portfolios, and accordingly the President has given instructions to all the Secretaries of the Ministries to fulfill their respective duties and responsibilities according to the laws of the country continuously without any disruption,” the President’s media division said. Further, the President has already given the necessary orders to all state services, Tri-forces and the police to fulfill their duties and responsibilities with commitment towards the general public of the country and for national security, the President’s media division added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan condemns horrific suicide bombing in Israel

Calling the attack “horrific” in a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan reiterated his “utter repugnance at all acts of terror, from whatever quarter.”The statement also called on the Palestinian Authority to do everything in its power to halt these vicious attacks, which “only harm the Palestinian cause.”All parties were urged to show utmost restraint during “this extremely dangerous and difficult period,” the spokesman said.Mr. Annan also conveyed his prayers for the families of the victims. read more

Mixed progress reported by Security Council panel on use of sanctions

The Informal Working Group on General Issues of Sanctions has met over the past two years under the Chairmanship of Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon, both in formal and informal sessions, to consider a draft outcome document concerning the Council’s use of sanctions as a policy instrument, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria told the press.That Group has “discussed and reached consensus on many issues in the outcome document concerning sanctions design, administration and implementation. Many of these recommendations and proposals have already been put into practice by the Security Council or Sanctions Committees,” he said.However, “despite concerted efforts by the Chairman and members of the Group, there remain divergent views on the recommended duration and termination of sanctions,” he said. “The members of the Working Group agree to continue working towards achieving a consensus on these issues.”Meanwhile, Group members have also familiarized themselves with the results of the Interlaken, Bonn-Berlin and Stockholm Processes. “The Group finds the ideas and recommendations generated in the three processes very useful as they contribute to the fine-tuning and effective implementation of sanctions,” Ambassador Tafrov said.The Bonn-Berlin Process focused on arms embargoes and travel related sanctions, while the Interlaken Process concentrated on the identification of basic legal and administrative requirements for national implementation of financial sanctions. The Stockholm Process dealt with how the UN and Member States can ensure effective monitoring of compliance and enforcement, and how best to assist Member States in implementing sanctions regimes.The Council President said Ambassador Belinga-Eboutou suggested today extending the Group’s mandate for another year. read more

Duke earning soar on lower merger costs other writeoffs but miss estimates

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Duke Energy’s net income rose 69 per cent on lower merger costs, but the company’s results were still weaker than investors had hoped as milder summer weather reduced electricity demand.Duke posted third quarter net income of $1 billion on revenue of $6.71 billion Wednesday. That’s compared with net income of $594 million on revenue of $6.72 billion last year.The company earned $1.42 per share. Adjusted to remove the effects of one-time costs, it earned $1.46 per share. That’s a penny below last year’s adjusted results, and a nickel below what analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected on average.In last year’s third quarter, Duke incurred $630 million in costs associated with its merger with Progress Energy and cost overruns at a new coal plant in Indiana. In this year’s third quarter, merger costs were $88 million.Duke CEO Lynn Good said in an interview Wednesday that adjusted earnings were lower than last year because mild weather, which lessened the need for customers to crank up their air conditioners, reduced earnings per share by 11 cents.“It was a really mild period for us, particularly in the Carolinas,” she said.Duke Energy Corp., based in Charlotte, is the nation’s largest electric utility by market value and number of customers. It serves 7.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.Electricity sales grew modestly when adjusted to remove the effect of weather. Investors and analysts closely study weather-adjusted electricity sales to get a sense of underlying demand for power.Good said industrial demand for power grew 3 per cent in the quarter, spurred by increased demand from automotive and housing and construction customers. Overall demand grew 1.7 per cent, she said.Duke’s results were helped by regulatory approval for higher rates in North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio. But the new rates didn’t go into full effect until September, the last month of the quarter, so the revenue boost was modest.Good said Duke’s fourth-quarter results will fully reflect those higher rates, which are expected to increase Duke revenue by $600 million a year.“We expect a very strong fourth quarter,” she said. Good increased the lower end of the company’s expected earnings to $4.25 per share from $4.20 per share. The upper end of the range remained at $4.45.Andy Smith, an analyst at Edward Jones, was pleased to see strong weather-adjusted sales and solid cost controls.“They’ve executed on all the objectives they’ve set out,” he said.He does not expect that the company’s lower-than-expected earnings will rattle investors because Duke is poised for better results in the fourth quarter.“For their sake, they’d better hit that,” he said.Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2013 5:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Duke earning soar on lower merger costs, other write-offs, but miss estimates on mild weather read more

SOCU exceeding mandate actions politically inspired – former Attorney General

Launching investigations in allegations of misfeasance goes far beyond the mandate of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Persons who were instrumental in the establishment of the investigative arm of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) under the Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) legislation are fraught with concerns over the apparent misuse of the entity.The Special Organised Crime Unit headquartersSOCU was established in 2014 on the recommendation of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and was intended to be a Police unit operating under the authority of the Police Commissioner but with a close relationship to the FIU.Head of the Presidential Secretariat at the time, Dr Roger Luncheon, had disclosed that SOCU was tasked with investigating suspected financial transactions suggestive of money laundering and financing of terrorism.Amid widespread concerns of SOCU exceeding its mandate following a high-speed chase in which two persons perished, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan introduced an amendment to the GPF’s Standing Order No 62, which concretised the expansion of SOCU’s mandate.The criminal activities outside of terrorism and money laundering which were outlined in the amendment were: participation in an organised criminal group and racketeering; trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling; sexual exploitation, including the sexual exploitation of children; illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances; illicit arms and ammunition trafficking; corruption and bribery; fraud; counterfeiting and piracy of products; environmental crimes; murder; grievous bodily harm; kidnapping, illegal restraint and hostage taking; robbery or theft; smuggling; extortion; forgery; piracy; insider trading and market manipulation; tax evasion and gold smuggling.But there was no indication that it was authorised to investigate the “misfeasance” which the forensic audit claimed had been committed by the allottees of Pradoville 2.CriminalIn fact, legal luminaries have contended that the grounds upon which SOCU is conducting its investigations are not even criminal.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall explained, during his weekly column “The Unruly Horse”, that the purchase of house lots from the Government of Guyana at Pradoville 2 by residents could never yield any causal nexus to the offences which the officers claim they were investigating.“Hence, I am of the firm view that every single arrest was unlawful and the consequent detention amounted to false imprisonment and the deprivation of those people’s liberty, as guaranteed to them as a fundamental right and freedom by the Constitution of Guyana. In the context of the Government’s housing policy, the fact that these lands were sold and bought below the market value can never lend itself to the establishment of criminal liability,” he stated.Radically transformedNandlall continued to point out that these exercises had nothing to do with law and the administration of justice.He noted that SOCU was created for the exclusive purpose of investigating organised crimes under AML/CFT, and Pradoville 2 had nothing to do with that law.“Since this Government has assumed office, SOCU’s mandate has been transformed into something radically different. It takes instruction directly from Ministers of the Government. In fact, it is Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who first announced two weeks ago that former Ministers of the PPP Government will be arrested and charged for Pradoville 2 shortly,” he outlined.The parliamentarian noted too that SOCU was being funded out of the Ministry of the Presidency, as admitted by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon in the National Assembly.He observed also that the Government has already made it clear that if or when these criminal charges are filed, they would be prosecuted by Special Prosecutors, whom the Government has already identified. Some are practising out of Attorney General Basil Williams’ former law office; some out of Harmon’s former law office; another is the brother of a Minister of Government; and another was on the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) list of candidates for the 2015 General Elections.“To compound this political incest, the Attorney General has boldly disclosed in the National Assembly during the 2017 Budget debates that one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) has been budgeted to hire Special Prosecutors to prosecute Pradoville 2. In this diabolic political plot, there is no role etched out for the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions which the Constitution invests with the exclusive mandate to prosecute criminal offences,” Nandlall stated.Harmon’s riposteHowever, Minister of State Joseph Harmon has defended the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government in the ongoing probe into Pradoville 2, by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), saying that the administration does not have its hand in the “independent” investigation.Harmon’s defense was in response to claims made by the opposition People’s Progressive Party, that the investigation being carried out by the Special Organised Crime Unit into the misappropriation of state assets that is obtaining state lands at a cost below the market price, has been sanctioned by Government.According to Harmon, the suggestion is an absurd one, since SOCU is an arm of the Guyana Police Force and has been carrying out its functions under the laws of Guyana. He said it is the organisation’s duty to carry out its functions in a professional manner. He assured that there has been no intervention by the Administration to influence the work of the Crime Unit.“There is no political vendetta. SOCU was not established by this administration. It was established by the previous administration, organized by Dr Roger Luncheon, (then Head of the Presidential Secretariat) in response to Guyana’s responsibility to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism legislation. “It is not something that we created; they are doing the work which they were created to do”, he told reporters on Wednesday.RebuttalHowever, former President Donald Ramotar, under whose tenure SOCU was established, also expressed major concerns over the new role of the entity.“It is certainly not carrying out its functions. It is unfortunate that the executive is using SOCU to carry out harassment on its political opponents,” he said in an invited comment to the Guyana Times.Over the last few days, SOCU has arrested and detained several former prominent government officials including former President and now Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, former Prime Minister and President Samuel Hinds, Dr Luncheon, former ministers Priya Manickchand, Irfaan Ali, Clement Rohee, and Jennifer Westford, among others in connection to their role in the Pradoville 2 scheme.The reason these persons are being questioned is because they purchased property at the Sparendaam seawall area commonly known as “Pradoville II”.The current Administration contends the transaction is a criminal act because of the belief that it was sold below market value.But Nandlall had argued that subsidised housing has always been a part of the legacy of the People’s Progressive Party and that countless Guyanese have benefited from lands sold below market value.“Every single house lot in this country was distributed way below the market price; $50,000 for a land in Mon Repos, $200,000 in Eccles, is that the value of the house lot? So let us not get carried away and become victims of the propaganda,” he pointed out. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSOCU FRAUD PROBE: PPP demands shutting down of unitApril 13, 2019In “latest news”SOCU remains an agency under GPF, says HarmonSeptember 15, 2016In “Crime”SOCU being “kicked about like a political football” – British expertFebruary 25, 2016In “latest news” read more

Last nominations to the IM Mining Technology Hall of Fame – 24

first_imgThe last nominations to the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame (www.im-halloffame.com) indicate that comminution will be one of the hottest categories with Samuel McLanahan, Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, the CEEC, John Starkey, Prof Alban Lynch, T.C. Rao, Bob Moorhead, Fred Bond, Harlow Hardinge, and the latest, Dr John Russell’s mill relining technolgy and Joe Pease and the IsaMill, all in contention. And, though entered in the surface load and haul category,  Dr Shahram Tafazoli ‘s ToothMetrics saves damage to crushers.Joe Pease, COO, Xstrata Technology, has been in the mining industry for over 30 years, in a range of technical and managerial roles. A large part of his career has been at Glencore Xstrata’s Mount Isa Mines (MIM), and more specifically, in the lead/zinc concentrator at that site. During this time, the ‘spark’ of using small scale industrial fine grinding in mineral processing was initiated in the labs at MIM to combat the company’s deteriorating ore quality, which lead to the birth of IsaMill™ comminution technology.Then there is the RME mill relining technology. Leaving MIM in 1985, Dr John Russell formed Russell Mineral Equipment. Before RME entered this market, a large SAG mill commonly required 160 hours for a standard reline. RME’s goal was to halve this. In 2012, the RME RUSSELL Twin 8 Mill Relining System relined a 38’ SAG Mill in Chile in less than 40 hours.New to surface load and haul is an advanced vision-based system to monitor shovel bucket teeth, ToothMetrics™. When Motion Metrics International Corp started out in 1999, Dr Shahram Tafazoli led a team of just three engineers who had the goal of solving some of the mining industry’s most challenging problems. According to MSHA, “When a broken tooth from a mining shovel or loader gets caught in the mine’s crushing or processing equipment, there is a potential for the tooth to be shot from the equipment at very high speeds potentially creating a lethal situation.” Now with ToothMetrics, when a broken tooth is detected, the system alerts the equipment operator and the mine is then able to take the appropriate measures to prevent the tooth from reaching the crusher.last_img read more

Volvo crash tests the C30 electric car and its 660pound battery

first_imgWith the introduction of electric cars, crash testing has to be rethought. In a conventional car with a gasoline engine mounted in the front, the crumple zones can also use the engine to help dissipate some of the energy. That’s not the case with an electric vehicle.There is no big engine block in the front of these cars, but instead there’s a very big and heavy battery system in the rear. That’s a lot of weight moving forwards, and less energy dissipation in the front. So Volvo had to re-design the crumple zones to be reinforced while ensuring the batteries and electric cabling remained stationary in the rear.AdChoices广告As the crash video above demonstrates, they managed to perfect it and produce an electric-powered C30 that performs as well as the gasoline models in a 40mph offset crash.While Volvo managed to get this crash test system working well, it’s had less than great results with collision avoidance systems. After an avoidance system fitted to an S60 malfunctioned at a press demo last year, the advanced pedestrian avoidance technology also fitted to an S60 managed to knock a dummy pedestrian to the ground.Read more at CNETlast_img read more