First phase of AURIC to be operational by year end: Devendra Fadnavis

first_imgAurangabad: The first smart industrial city under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) will become operational at Aurangabad by this year-end, and it would be a model for all such parks coming up in the country, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here.He was speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the Bidkin section of the Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC) project, one of the eight nodes of the ambitious DMIC project.“DMIC’s first industrial city will be operational by December 2018 and we are creating world class infrastructure here before inviting industries,” he said.AURIC is a greenfield smart industrial city being developed across nearly 7,900 acres as part of Shendra Bidkin Industrial Area. It is collectively a part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).“As part of the DMIC, various smart industrial cities are being established in different states. However, the Shendra Bidkin Industrial Area is ahead of others in this corridor,” the Chief Minister said.While the State government has invested ₹3,000 crore in acquisition of land, the Centre government is contributing ₹8,000 crore for infrastructure development for the industry to plug in and play.About 35 small industries have been allotted land at Shendra and the biggest investor, with ₹4,000 crore, is Hyosung Corporation of South Korea which has taken up 100 acres to set up a textile chemicals manufacturing unit at Shendra.“In the first phase Hyosung will invest ₹1,200 crore to ₹1,500 crore. Besides, several ancillary units too will come along with it. We are happy with the progress. We are talking to more big industries to set up operations here,” Sunil Porwal, additional chief secretary, Industries, told The Hindu.He said over ₹60,000 crore investment will be made by the industry in both sections of AURIC which is expected to give direct employment to 30,000 to 40,000 people, which is the government’s main agenda. State government officials said AURIC implemented by Aurangabad Industrial Township Ltd which is a 49:51 joint venture between the DMIC Development Corporation and MIDC, is far ahead than other nodes in the country.last_img read more

MMA star McGregor wants to fight a boxer on his turf

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor, speaking ahead of the Dublin premiere of “Conor McGregor: Notorious” — a documentary about the fighter — said his next fight would be to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title.“Right now I am focused on my world, the world of true fighting,” he told the BBC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Ideally I would like to take one of the boxers into an MMA bout — someone come into my world now.“I went into their platform and faced the so-called best-of-the-best and I handled him pretty easily in the early rounds, before I got fatigued and got stopped.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “My sparring in the lead-up to the camp was always against fast-twitch, light-on-their-toes opponents. I was never against forward pressure because he (Mayweather) had never fought like that. That took us by surprise and I got beat.“But if we had a rematch I would correct that and beat him.”Referring to a possible Mayweather rematch, he added: “He’s retired. I will not call him out. I respect what he has done.”Asked if he would get back in a boxing ring, McGregor replied: “Of course. Boxing is certainly an interest of mine. But the next fight will be to defend my UFC lightweight belt.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kyrie Irving to ’flat Earth’ theory doubters: ‘Do your own research’ Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again PLAY LIST 01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor says he wants a boxer to “come into his world”, insisting he would beat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch, the BBC reported Wednesday.The 29-year-old Irishman lost to ex-welterweight champion Mayweather in Las Vegas in August in one of the richest boxing bouts of all time.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mayweather, who returned after two years of retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star, bided his time before exerting his superiority from the middle rounds onwards at the T-Mobile Arena.The match ended with a 10th-round stoppage as Mayweather ended his career with a perfect 50-0 record.But McGregor, nicknamed “The Notorious”, said he would beat the 40-year-old American in a rematch by changing his training regime.“He (Mayweather) was a tactical genius in there. He changed his gameplan three times and that is the sign of a true champion,” said McGregor.“If it happened in a rematch, it’s a simple adjustment of me having a heavier sparring partner coming in the later rounds, leaning on me and walking me down.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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‘Hungry’ Rene Catalan not to be held back by age ahead of biggest fight yet

first_imgRiding on a five-fight winning streak, Catalan aims to show that he’s just getting started when he faces Yoshitaka Naito, a former strawweight world champion, in ONE: Reign of Valor on Friday at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.“Many believe that the younger generation of athletes have the advantage in terms of learning and adopting things quickly,” Catalan (5-2) said. “But for me, it’s all about your passion and your personal belief that you are better than anyone else.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“If you are motivated to showcase your talent at any given stage, regardless of your age, you will perform at your best.”The 34-year-old Naito, who boasts a 13-2 record, will be Catalan’s stiffest challenge yet. Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNumbers don’t lie but don’t be fooled by Rene Catalan’s age.Catalan is not only going strong at 40 years of age, but he’s also in his best form yet.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Sonny Thoss, shorthanded Aces edge Elite Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The Japanese strongman’s resumé speaks of the caliber of a fighter he is, having beaten the likes of Joshua Pacio, Alex Silva, and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.Catalan vows to be true to form and he should be if he wants to keep going in his bid to earn a title shot.“I know how good he is, but I’m also confident with my skills. I’ll be ready and expect me to perform at my very best,” Catalan said.“I’ll fight like a young and hungry warrior on that night. I always push myself to the limit. Each fight is a chance for me to prove that I’m one of the best.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Apex court accepts Anurag Thakur’s apology, drops contempt proceedings against him

first_imganurag_thakur_2836142g Unanimous choice Anurag Thakur becomes youngest BCCI President July 14, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Anurag Thakur tenders unconditional apology to Apex court COMMENT × RELATED center_img anurag_thakur_2836142g SHARE COMMENTS cricket Published on Supreme Court accepts unconditional apology of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, drops all contempt, criminal proceedings against him.Apex court asks N. Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah how they can become representatives of any cricket body if they are disqualified to be office-bearers.Issue of Srinivasan and Shah to be heard on July 24 and plea by some associations debarring them as permanent members of BCCI to be heard on September 5.Supreme Court relieves Ram Chandra Guha and Vikram Limaye from Committee of Administrators headed by ex-CAG Vinod Rai after they tendered resignation.Apex court seeks names in sealed cover from parties for filling the posts after resignation of Guha and Limaye.last_img read more

SAD-BJP govt flags off 50 LED vans to highlight achievements

first_imgMohali, Jun 27 (PTI) The ruling Akali-BJP government today flagged off 50 hi-tech vans with LED display to highlight its “achievements” during its over nine-year rule in Punjab.Information and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia flagged off the vans from sports stadium here.He said 50 vans equipped with a modern LED unit each, shall hold programmes across the state in the next few days and disseminate information about government schemes as well as “achievements”.”We will highlight both the achievements of the government: making the state power surplus, creation of record road infrastructure,” he said.”As well as (the vans) will spread awareness on various social welfare schemes so that the maximum number of deserving people can be taken under their ambit,” Majithia said.He said a complete capsule has been created around the film Chaar Sahibzada – a Punjabi movie about sacrifices of Guru Gobind Singhs sons – which was in itself a singular voice against oppression and tyranny.He said the film and the accompanying messages would be shown in villages in the evening.Stating that this move was in keeping with the times and that changing times had created the necessity to update methodology of interaction with the people.The Minister said inbuilt GPS system with latest vehicle tracking equipment and surveillance cameras have been installed on these vehicles to help the IPR department to monitor their movement and public response.He said the project shall also be a “befitting answer to opposition parties who were speaking lies” about development done in Punjab during the last nine years.advertisement”We will showcase the development as well as the genuine socio-economic change we have ushered in through a large number of welfare schemes and changes in governance models. People can themselves compare the present SAD-BJP government with the previous Congress led government,” he said. (MORE) PTI CHS TIR RG TIRlast_img read more

Dale Steyn ruled out of South Africa’s Test series in England

first_imgFast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of South Africa’s four-match Test series in England after being forced to withdraw from his country’s A team tour as he has yet to regain full fitness following a fractured shoulder.South Africa’s opening bowler had been included in the A team squad for the match against England Lions at Canterbury in June to Test his readiness for a much-awaited return to the Test arena but has not sufficiently recovered from the shoulder injury.Steyn, whose 417 Test wickets is four short of the South African record held by Shaun Pollock, has not played since November when he fractured his shoulder for the second time in 13 months during the first Test against Australia.”My recovery is going well but it is taking a little longer than I expected it to,” Steyn told reporters.”I am able to a lot of things – running, hiking, gym work. But bowling is not one of them and I won’t be ready in time.”Steyn added he will now target a comeback against Bangladesh in October.South Africa’s attack could also miss Steyn’s new ball partner Vernon Philander, who is recovering from a groin injury.Steyn took 15 wickets when South Africa won a three Test series 2-0 on their last tour to England five years ago.The two countries play four Tests this year at Lord’s, Trent Bridge, The Oval and Old Trafford in July and August.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Indian team will beat Pakistan 7 out of 10 times, says Kapil Dev

first_imgWorld Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev on Friday said India are a far better side than Pakistan and he doesn’t see Virat Kohli’s team losing to the arch-rivals in their World Cup clash on Sunday.”The India-Pakistan match I have to keep my fingers crossed about it… I hope the players don’t keep their fingers crossed… (laughs).. Just keep on playing. Looking at both the teams the Indian team is definitely far better. I am not saying because I am Indian,” said Kapil here.”But I feel when I was playing the Pakistan team was much better than us. Today I can say that if they play 10 matches, India will win 7. India are far better than Pakistan… What happens that day God knows.”On the rise of Indian fast bowling over the years, Kapil said if an Indian (Jasprit Bumrah) is the number one fast bowler in the world, it shows that “we have come a long, long way”.”When you don’t have something and you get it, you feel proud about that. That is what has happened to the Indian team in the last 15 years, bowlers started coming up. Often all cricketers say bowlers win matches.”The pace legend from Haryana hailed Bumrah.”When I saw him (Bumrah) first time I thought that he will not have such ability. I changed my word and I say God, he is really fantastic. From such a short run-up he can produce from such an awkward run-up so much pace. I just want him to be fit for the next five years.”advertisementAsked to compare his captaincy with that of the current skipper Virat Kohli, he said: “Virat Kohli… He is too good. I don’t thnk I can compare myself with him. He is really good. He is the no.1 player in the world.”Queried if he felt the catch of Viv Richards in the 1983 World Cup final against the West Indies was the best he had taken, he said: “I don’t think so. I can say important catch, not the best. It was very important according to the situation. The impprtant catch was that of Clive Lloyd the next wicket because we started believing that we could win after that dismissal,” Dev said.Kapil also backed former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni following the controversy over his gloves which had an Army insignia embossed on them. The ICC turned down BCCI’s request to let Dhoni wear the same gloves, saying it was against its regulations.”It is not controversy and he showed a feeling within him to put a logo there and we have to go with the system. I don’t think he realised that it is going to be such a big thing…. you have to go through the system or the law.”I respect Dhoni and he showed passion and love for his country and Army people and that is nothing wrong.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka make official complaint to ICC about ‘unfair’ pitchesAlso Read | Mohammad Yousuf slams PCB for allowing families to stay with players ahead of India clashAlso See:last_img read more

Blind: Mourinho has six ‘chosen ones’

first_imgManchester United The Special One has six ‘chosen ones’ – Blind says Man Utd boss Mourinho has favourites Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:34 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League Paul Pogba Romelu Lukaku José Mourinho David de Gea The Dutchman has seen the Portuguese boss build his Red Devils side around a core of key men that leaves everybody else scrapping for five spots Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has six “chosen ones” within his ranks, according to Danny Blind, father of Red Devils defender Daley.United stretched their unbeaten start to the season to 10 games on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace.Man Utd 11/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Red Devils have now emerged victorious by that scoreline in Premier League fixtures on four occasions, while also making positive progress in the Champions League and Carabao Cup.Much of that success has been achieved with a core group of players, with Mourinho having picked his favourites and moulded his team around them.Former Netherlands boss Blind told ZiggoSport: “They are David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, who is currently injured, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.”For Mourinho, that is the frame of his side. Valencia is also his captain. Around these six chosen ones, he keeps changing the players.”Sometimes he makes a choice between Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial. Sometimes it is [Daley] Blind or Ashley Young or, rarely, Matteo Darmian.”Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United 2017Mourinho’s faith in his key men has been rewarded, with summer signings Matic and Lukaku having slipped seamlessly into the fold.United’s £75 million striker has netted 11 times in 10 appearances, but Blind believes Armenian playmaker Mkhitaryan is the man who makes the Red Devils tick.He added: “People talk about Lukaku, who gets a lot of goals. But you need a player who provides all the assists, who feeds the big goalscorer.“He [Mkhitaryan] is so important for United. He keeps the tempo in the game, he is deadly with his one touch football near the box and he always has an eye for every situation in front of goal.”United have entered the international break sat joint-top of the Premier League table, with arch-rivals City currently edging them out of first place by virtue of their superior goal difference – with there just one effort separating the two Manchester neighbours. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Reacts To The College Football Playoff

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has taken to Twitter to react to the two College Football Playoff games from Saturday night.We had No. 1 Alabama defeating No. 4 Oklahoma in a game that got a little closer than expected in the second half.Earlier, No. 2 Clemson had its way with No. 3 Notre Dame, blowing out the Fighting Irish over the course of four quarters.Now, we’ll get Alabama and Clemson in the national title game – again.Here’s what Herbstreit said about last night’s results:“Congrats to both @AlabamaFTBL and @ClemsonFB on advancing to the National Title. Most of us expected this to be the most likely match up back in August and now we get it. On my way now to Pasadena for the @rosebowlgame first! Pumped and honored to call both games!” he tweeted.Congrats to both @AlabamaFTBL and @ClemsonFB on advancing to the National Title. Most of us expected this to be the most likely match up back in August and now we get it. On my way now to Pasadena for the @rosebowlgame first! Pumped and honored to call both games!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 30, 2018Alabama and Clemson are set to meet in the national title game next Monday night.The game is set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.It will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

ECSA Shipping Remains a Solid Contributor to EU

first_imgzoom The shipping industry’s total employment contribution has increased to 2.1 million people while the total GDP contribution is estimated to have been EUR 140 billion in 2015.The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) update on the economic value of the EU shipping industry, commissioned from Oxford Economics, shows that the sector directly employed 640,000 people and supported an EUR 57 billion contribution to GDP in 2015.ECSA’s report further indicates that, at EUR 89,000 per worker in 2015, productivity in the EU shipping industry remains above the EU average.“The latest Oxford Economics figures underline that shipping remains a solid contributor to the European agenda of jobs and growth,” Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General, said.“Compared to 2013 figures, we see a modest increase in both employment and value-added figures.”The Oxford Economics report finds that around four-fifths of direct employment occurs at sea. Officers account for an estimated 42% of positions at sea, and ratings 58%. 40% of the 516,000 seafarers employed in the EU shipping industry are estimated to be EU/EEA nationals.“Although it is an estimated figure, the percentage of EU/EEA seafarers appears to remain fairly stable,” Verhoeven said, adding that this is a positive sign, given the challenging market circumstances most European shipping companies still operate in.last_img read more

Gender stereotypes leaves imprint on human brains

first_imgSociety’s expectations about gender roles alter the human brain at the cellular level, scientists say. Though the terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are often used interchangeably by the average person, for neuroscientists, they mean different things, according to Nancy Forger, a professor at Georgia State University in the US. “We are just starting to understand and study the ways in which gender identity, rather than sex, may cause the brain to differ in males and females,” said Forger. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSex is based on biological factors such as sex chromosomes and reproductive organs,” whereas gender has a social component and involves expectations and behaviours based on an individual’s perceived sex, researchers said. These behaviours and expectations around gender identity can be seen in “epigenetic marks” in the brain, which drive biological functions and features as diverse as memory, development and disease susceptibility. Forger said that epigenetic marks help determine which genes are expressed and are sometimes passed on from cell to cell as they divide. They also can be passed down from one generation to the next, she added. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”While we are accustomed to thinking about differences between the brains of males and females, we are much less used to thinking about the biological implications of gender identity,” Forger said in a statement. “There is now sufficient evidence to suggest that an epigenetic imprint for gender is a logical conclusion. It would be strange if this were not the case, because all environmental influences of any importance can epigenetically change the brain,” he said. Scientists reviewed previous studies of epigenetics and sexual differentiation in rodents, along with new studies in which gendered experiences among humans have also been associated with changes in the brain. “Given our lifetimes of layered gendered experiences, and their inevitable, iterative interactions with sex, it may never be possible to completely disentangle the effects of sex and gender on the human brain,” Forger said.last_img read more

Cool Weather Expected in Most of Morocco Friday

Rabat – The weather is getting cooler in Morocco, with temperatures expected to reach only 25 degrees in the extreme south on Friday, according to the Directorate of National Meteorology (DMN).Temperatures will range from 35 to 40 degrees Celcius in the interior of Souss, Chiadma, and the east of the southern provinces. Temperatures between 32 and 37 degrees are forecasted for Saiss, Tadla’s plains, Rehamna, and Tensift, while the eastern provinces and some southern provinces will see temperatures between 27 and 33 degrees.Temperatures will range from 9 to 14 degrees in the Atlas, while the kingdom’s plains will see temperatures between 14 and 19 degrees. The Mediterranean, the northern Atlantic coast, and some areas in the north of the southern provinces will see temperatures between 22 and 27 degrees. Temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees are forecasted for the southeast and the extreme south of the country.Winds will be weak to moderate in the north and the western plains and will be weak in the east-facing slopes. Winds will be moderate in the north and the southern provinces. read more

Target’s tech trouble clogs stores with long checkout lines

SAN FRANCISCO — Target suffered a technological glitch that stalled checkout lines at its stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers and eating into sales at a prime time for retailers.The outage periodically prevented Target’s cashiers from scanning merchandise or processing transactions. Self-checkout registers also weren’t working at times, causing massive lines in some stores.Target temporarily closed some of its stores rather than risk aggravating shoppers.Target acknowledged the checkout headaches in a tweet and apologized for the inconvenience without providing a timetable for fixing the problem. The Minneapolis company has yet to respond to inquiries from The Associated Press.A Target employee was warning customers of the checkout trouble as they entered a San Francisco store early Saturday afternoon. Sales were still being completed after intermittent delays.The Associated Press read more

Annan welcomes new code of conduct against spread of ballistic missiles

In a statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York, the Secretary-General noted that the “accumulation, technical refinement, proliferation, use or threat of use of ballistic and other types of missiles has long been a source of concern to the international community.”The International Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation, as a voluntary, non-legally binding instrument, “is a positive step towards preventing the proliferation of ballistic missiles and towards international peace and security,” the statement said.At the same time, the Secretary-General stressed the need to continue international efforts to deal with the issue of missiles in its totality. “There is no universally accepted norm or instrument specifically governing the development, testing, production, acquisition, transfer, deployment or use of missiles,” the statement noted, anticipating additional measures that will address this and related concerns. read more

UN legal committee chairman looks to solve battling views on cloning

While both versions call for a ban on all human reproductive cloning, they differ on language referring to the treatment of human cells for other than reproduction.The Chairman, Ambassador Lauro Liboon Baja of the Philippines, invited representatives of five Member States on each side of the discussion to find common ground between a resolution submitted by Belgium with 13 co-sponsors and one submitted by Costa Rica and 44 other countries. In both cases the drafts are not meant to come to resolutions, but only frame the instructions to an ad hoc committee, which, in turn, will be charged with drawing up a resolution.The Belgian draft, while banning all human reproductive cloning, calls upon States “to take action to control other forms of human cloning by adopting a ban or imposing a moratorium or regulating them by means of national legislation.” The Costa Rican draft would ban all forms of human cloning.In Committee debate yesterday Ambassador Bruno Rodriguez of Cuba said he would vote against any text that allowed human cloning for reproductive purposes, “however regulation should not imply a restriction on science.” He said cloning could resolve problems such as brain degenerative diseases.The representative of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth Woodeson, said that although her country was against any cloning that would create a human child, “therapeutic cloning is a different matter.”Tanzania’s representative, Andy Mwandembwa, said “trying to distinguish between reproductive cloning and research or therapeutic cloning was only an attempt to hide the fact that a human being was being created for the purpose of destroying it, in order to produce embryonic stem cells or to carry out other scientific experiments.”Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani of Singapore said he believed “humans could experiment with animals, but not with humans.”Christian Much, representative of Germany, speaking also for France, urged the exploration of a solution that could be adopted by consensus, and Archbishop Celestino Migliore, an observer of the Vatican, said that if reproductive cloning of human beings contravened the law of nature, “a principle with which all delegations appeared to agree,” so did the cloning of the same human embryo that was slated for research purposes.The Committee is scheduled to vote next week. read more

Reports Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to stay for senior season

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs away from a Clemson defender during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Visibly exhausted, battered and bruised, Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller stood covered in grass stains in front of his locker at Sun Life Stadium with a forlorn look on his face. He and his team had just come up short against No. 12 Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, falling to the Tigers (11-2, 7-1) 40-35.After the loss, Miller said he planned to discuss with coach Urban Meyer and strength coach Mickey Marotti about whether he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.“(I have to) just think it out throughout the whole process and how it will go,” Miller said after the loss about his upcoming decision. “I don’t want to make no decision I really didn’t do my research on.”It looks as if the Buckeye signal caller will come back for one more year, though, according to reports by both ESPN and No official announcement has been made by OSU. An OSU spokesman had no information about Miller’s decision when asked.Miller was sacked five times in potentially his last game as a Buckeye, taking plenty of hits and scrambling for control as he tried to rally OSU (12-2, 8-1) to its first postseason win in four years. The first sack of the game did the most damage, Miller said, injuring his shoulder.“On the first sack they had against me, I injured my shoulder. I know I landed on my elbow, but it shot right up to my shoulder, and it was hurting real bad,” Miller said.Miller said the injury nagged him all game and his pain level was “about like a nine and a half” on a scale of one to 10, but the last thing he wanted to do was come out.“You fight through it, because you’re a competitor,” said Miller, who did come out for a two-point conversion play after finding senior running back Carlos Hyde for a 14-yard touchdown that gave OSU the lead in the fourth quarter, 35-34.Meyer said he asked Miller if he could go after injuring the shoulder, getting a brief response from the junior: “I’m fine.”“He’s a soldier,” Meyer said during a postgame press conference. “I think on the two-point play he had to come out, but he said he was ready to go.”Miller’s toughness did not go unnoticed by his opponent either.“You tip your hat to a guy like (Miller),” Clemson redshirt-sophomore linebacker Kellen Jones said after the game. “You have to anticipate his move before he makes it, because before you know it, he’s out of there … He’s a great talent and it was great going up against him.”The Buckeye signal caller finished with 234 yards passing, completing 16 of 24 passes for two touchdowns, and running for two more scores. The second of his two interceptions all but sealed the win for the Tigers, though, as he was picked off by junior linebacker Stephone Anthony while trying to hit senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown over the middle with less than 90 seconds left.“I didn’t see (Anthony). It was good coverage, I’ll give him props,” Miller said about the interception. “That’s why he’s on the field too, he got a scholarship as well. He made a good play on the ball and I thought I had a man wide open, and he jumped right in front of it.“I thought I had Philly on a bender, and it was my mistake,” Miller said. “I’m not going to complain about anything, I’ve just gotta fix it.”It appears that Miller is planning to fix those mistakes in Columbus as he prepares for his senior season, despite alluding to the possibility of leaving early over the past month.“Oh, yeah. Of course. Definitely,” Miller said Dec. 18 when asked if he felt like his skills translated to the professional ranks. “Just like I came from high school. Coaches going to get you prepared, get you mentally ready for everything that you need to get ready for. It’s another step in life.”If he does stay, Miller knows one man will play a huge part in getting ready for the next stage of his life.“I’ve got to think hard about it. I will talk to coach Meyer and see what he thinks,” Miller said. “He’s been through the process many times, so that’s the guy to go to. He never steers you wrong and ever since I got here, he took me under his wing and taught me a lot of things.” read more

US Sickening that Palestinian teens life has been stolen

first_imgHe said it was sickening to think a young boy could be “snatched off the streets and his life stolen from him and his family.”Kerry, who spoke by phone with Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, noted that the Israeli prime minister had condemned the killing and urged Israelis not to take the law into their own hands.“Those who undertake acts of vengeance only destabilize an already explosive and emotional situation,” Kerry said.“We look to both the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary steps to prevent acts of violence and bring their perpetrators to justice.“At this tense and dangerous moment, all parties must do everything in their power to protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not recrimination and retribution.”The attack is widely believed to have been carried out in revenge for the kidnap and killing of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinian militants.Netanyahu told Kerry he had “asked for an investigation to find out who was responsible for the despicable murder as soon as possible, that anyone who takes a life will be punished severely,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.The Israeli leader also said “that he had publicly called for all sides not to take the law into their own hands,” she added.Tensions have soared since 12 June when the three Israeli teenagers disappeared while hitchhiking in the West Bank. Their bodies were found on Monday, with Israel blaming Hamas and vowing to hit it hard.- © AFP 2014.Read: Palestinian teenager forced into car and killed in apparent revenge attack>Read: Thousands attend funeral of murdered teens as Israel mulls military retaliation >Read: Israel: Hamas will pay. Hamas: Start a war and you’ll open the gates of hell > Source: Susan Rice/Twitter Khder was seen being forced into a car by three Israelis in east Jerusalem. Police later confirmed a body was found in a forest in west Jerusalem.DNA tests proved the body was that of the missing teenager, his family said.In his statement, Kerry condemned the killing in “the strongest possible terms.” Sickening that 17yr-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir’s life has been stolen. Sending condolences to #Palestinian ppl— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) July 2, 2014 Source: John Kerry/Twitter THE UNITED STATES today condemned the killing of a Palestinian youth in apparent revenge for the murders of three Israeli teenagers, warning acts of vengeance would worsen an explosive situation.“There are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.President Barack Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice said on Twitter called on both Israelis and Palestinians to avoid a cycle of retribution and revenge. US strongly condemns the heinous murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem 1/3— Susan Rice -Archived (@AmbRice44) July 2, 2014last_img read more

Tiger kidnap victim was threatened with rape if her husband didnt comply

first_img No Comments Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 10:07 PM Tiger kidnap victim was threatened with rape if her husband didn’t comply with orders, court hears Jonathan Gill (35) is accused of being one of the men involved. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20,337 Views Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland A POSTAL WORKER  has described how he believed he would never see his partner and baby again during a kidnapping and robbery in County Louth.Warren Nawn told a jury how he was tied up and beaten before being sent to An Post to collect €600,000 while his partner, now wife, and baby were held by armed raiders.During his evidence, Nawn said that he believed he would never see his family again when he thought he was about to be stopped by a garda car on the way to pick up the money.He said the raiders repeatedly threatened to kill his family if anything went wrong and at one point Ms Nawn was threatened with rape.It is the State’s case that Jonathan Gill (35) was one of a group of five who together were involved in holding the family hostage in their own home before moving them to a shed about a 90 minute drive away.Gill of Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning Warren Nawn, Jean Marie Nawn and their baby in Drogheda between 1 and 2 August 2011.Nawn told Vincent Heneghan SC, prosecuting, that he was having a relaxing day off and was watching television when he opened his door to a man holding a pizza box and covering his face with a scarf.The man had a gun and ordered  Nawn to the ground before bringing him inside. Another man arrived and they wrapped masking tape around his eyes, hands and mouth and started asking him about his work in An Post.One raider said, “a mad bastard, madder than me, is coming and he would have no problem raping her,” indicating Ms Nawn. He also told the postal worker to “remember the baby they found by the river in Mayo”.Another man, who Mr Nawn described as “the bossman” arrived and continued to question him. This man threatened to put a bullet in the back of Mr Nawn’s head if he was lying.Mr Nawn said he was physically lifted up and put in the boot of his own car which was then driven for 90 minutes to a farmyard. He did not know where his family was at this time.At the farmyard, he saw his partner and child and all three were held overnight. The “bossman” gave Mr Nawn detailed instructions on how he should go into work in the morning and wait for a cash van delivery before bringing the money to the LMFM studio carpark.RaidersMr Nawn told counsel that it was clear that the “bossman” had very detailed knowledge about where he worked but didn’t seem to know the names of the streets and bridges in Drogheda.In the morning, the raiders put his work uniform on him and drove him to Drogheda. As Mr Nawn was leaving, Ms Nawn told him to do what they said. He replied that he would do whatever it took to keep them safe.When he was dropped off, Mr Nawn drove to work while in phone contact with the raiders. He said he was speeding, overtaking traffic and breaking traffic lights and that he became very concerned when he saw a garda car with its lights on.He said he thought he would be stopped and would never see his family again. However, he was able to continue to work where he told his manager about the kidnapping, as instructed by the raiders.He filled two large bags with money and drove towards LMFM. There he was told to drive to an overpass and throw the money over the side. When he did so he was told he had thrown the money at the wrong place and was instructed to retrieve it.Mr Nawn climbed into some briars to get the cash but was then told to leave it. He was then told to drive to the Boyne Cable Bridge and break up the phone he was given before throwing it in the river.Having done this, he returned to work where gardaí were called. He refused to speak to officers because he was still concerned about his family’s safety but began cooperating when it was confirmed they were safe.Mr Nawn identified the pieces of a phone which had been recovered from the river by gardaí as the one he was using. He also identified cable ties which had been left on his wrists.The trial continues before Judge Elma Sheahan and a jury of five women and seven men. It is expected to last four weeks.Comments have been turned off as legal proceedings are ongoing.Read: Using a wheelchair, Vera Twomey nears the end of her trek to Dublin for her daughter >Read: ‘It’s not a done deal by any means but it’s positive’: Ava Barry edges closer to cannabis medication > Mar 9th 2017, 10:07 PM Short URL By Conor Gallagher Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more