Not quite happy with the nonchalant attitude displayed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court appointed-Lodha Committee has “directed” banks, which disburse funds to the Indian cricket board, not to release any funds for the decisions taken in the Special General Meeting (SGM) on September 30. (Defiant BCCI rejects Lodha reforms in Special General Meeting)In a letter written to the concerned banks and top BCCI officials, including Secretary Ajay Shirke, CEO Rahul Johri and Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry the committee said: “It has come to the notice of this Committee that certain decisions have been taken at the ‘Emergent Working Committee’ meeting of the BCCI on 30th September 2016 to disburse large funds to the various member associations. You are aware that by way of this Committee’s direction dated 31.8.2016, no further decisions were to be taken regarding the future apart from routine matters. The disbursement of these amounts are not routine, and in any case, not emergent.” (BCCI submits compliance report to Lodha Panel)The letter further stated that any violation of this direction will be brought to the notice of the Supreme Court. “You are also aware that the BCCI has chosen to breach the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court as well as the first set of Timelines set out by this Committee which includes the Fund Disbursement policy to be framed by 30.9.2016. As the status report is to be taken up for directions by the Hon’ble Court on Thursday, 6.10.2016, you are hereby directed not to take any steps towards financial disbursement of the amounts as resolved / approved after the direction dated 31.8.2016. Any violation of this direction will be placed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court for appropriate directions,” it stated.advertisement
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that Chelsea passed up the opportunity to sign Nabil Fekir over the summer.The 25-year-old midfielder appeared destined to be heading to the Premier League at one stage, with Liverpool leading the race for his signature.Medical issues were to scupper that deal , though, and the 25-year-old was left in limbo as he helped France to World Cup glory in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Goal then revealed in August that Chelsea had rejected the chance to make a move after holding initial transfer talks.Aulas has now admitted that was the case, telling reporters at the announcement of a new contract for Lyon centre-half Mariano: “In the beginning, when we thought about our summer transfer window and how to organise the future squad, we thought that he [Fekir] was practically gone.”That’s why we have been able to adapt things.”We spoke with Chelsea representatives, and they had no interest at all in him.”From then on, we realised we could change our plans [as he would stay].”Fekir was a man in demand for long periods having starred for Lyon in 2017-18.He netted 21 goals across Ligue 1 and the Europa League competition last season, while also providing nine assists.That creativity and threat in the final third is what drew him to the attention of Premier League clubs, but both Liverpool and Chelsea eventually turned to other options.Jurgen Klopp has bolstered his midfield ranks with the signings of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, while Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho have made their way to Stamford Bridge.
ROCK TOPPERTo the crowd watching the 23rd South Zone Climbing Championships in Bengaluru in December, the final bouldering route looked impossible. Some of India’s youngest and strongest climbers could not make it past the first two moves. Then Praveen C.M. (in the picture above) arrived.India’s most decorated competitive climber, he,ROCK TOPPERTo the crowd watching the 23rd South Zone Climbing Championships in Bengaluru in December, the final bouldering route looked impossible. Some of India’s youngest and strongest climbers could not make it past the first two moves. Then Praveen C.M. (in the picture above) arrived.India’s most decorated competitive climber, he was nursing a biceps injury, not to mention that he was competing after a two-year break and against athletes who were 10 years younger. But he flew past the second move that had stymied his juniors, then the third and the fourth and the fifth? with the ease and tenacity that had defined most of his long climbing career. The cheers reached a crescendo when he got to the final move-then died when his fingers slipped from the last hold, missing a championship victory. His fall disappointed his fans. Praveen has won India’s national climbing championships 14 years in a row. But it’s his work with other climbers, not the trophies, that accounts for his popularity. Praveen formed India’s only rural climbing team a couple of years ago to nurture athletes from north Karnataka. “In places like Badami and Chitradurga, children grow up running up and down the rocks,” he says. “They are naturally strong and physically more aware than most city kids. With good training and guidance, they can win international medals.”In the past, the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, the governing body of the Indian Climbing Federation, has rewarded champions through short training sessions and opportunities to compete abroad. But with the lack of world-class climbing infrastructure in India, even athletes who can afford to train and compete at their own expense have failed to excel abroad. And the authorities almost never invest in potential future champions-making it near impossible for young climbers from poor rural families to succeed.advertisement Having climbed extensively both indoors and outdoors in India and abroad, Praveen has always maintained that Badami is one of the best places in the world to train. The bright red outcrop here is home turf to his rural Sport Climbing India team. While it’s vital to practise on the artificial walls used for competitions, the rocks are free and nature is a great teacher, says Praveen. When it comes to more practical climbs-like the sessions he does for soldiers stationed in Siachen-the rock is the best school. He realised this in 2012 when a colonel requested him to climb Mt Zambala-a 5,850 metre high monolith situated on the highest, most dangerous battleground in the world. To date, Praveen is the only climber in the world to summit the peak.Most of Praveen’s team members are from economically weaker sections of society. Some work as manual labourers, others have become government-certified climbing instructors, allowing them to earn a living at a climbing destination like Badami. It’s a rewarding but tough job. “Lodging and training 12 kids at your house is not easy-especially without any external financial support,” says Praveen. “But the more challenging part is building confidence in them.”For many, he became a hero when he saved five boys who were stuck on a precipice in Savandurga, near Bengaluru. After a 12-hour rescue attempt by policemen and firefighters failed, Praveen climbed a 200-foot rock face to save them-without the protection of bolts and ropes. His entire rescue effort spanned over two hours. The introduction of sport climbing in the 2020 Olympics has sparked interest in various parts of the country. But few Indian climbers can afford to train abroad. Though three international climbing competitions were held within the last two years in India with the nod from the federation and the government, no effort has been made to build a climbing facility where athletes can train. As for rewards, the grand prize money for the 23rd National Climbing Championships (Dec. 28-30), is a mere Rs 12,000, with another Rs 8,000 for silver and Rs 4,000 for bronze. National Climbing teams from Japan, Korea and Germany are traveling the world for their training and preparation for the Olympics. In India, we don’t even have a national team yet. Despite the odds, Praveen believes that he and his team could train and qualify for the Olympics in 2020. As the New Year begins, the team is at Badami to resume training in order to achieve this seemingly impossible goal. Four years could be a very long time to invest in a team that may or may not win. It is going to be a strenuous test of endurance and willpower. But that doesn’t faze Praveen. “Somebody has to do it,” he says. “It might as well be me!”advertisement
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) An Arjuna award for her historic achievements has made Manika Batra happy but only just, as she says the Dronacharya snub to her coach Sandeep Gupta has been a dampener. The celebrations after securing the country’s second highest sporting honour were subdued as her childhood coach Gupta missed out on the Dronacharya award for the second time. “Yes I wanted him to get the award. But it is the government’s decision and we have to respect that. I will work harder so he gets it next time,” Manika told PTI after being named as a sponsored athlete of Herbalife Nutrition here on Thursday. “It’s a case of being partially happy for her,” said her mother Sushma. Manika, who is the first Indian woman to win a Commonwealth Games gold and an Asian Games bronze, was also in the running for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.”I was expecting that (Khel Ratna) but there were other deserving athletes. It is fine. I will continue to strive for it,” said the 23-year-old. While her coach was overlooked for Dronacharya, another deserving candidate , Srinivasa Rao, father of India’s finest A Sharath Kamal, got the selection committee’s nod. Rao is among the eight coaches who will be bestowed with Dronacharya on September 25. Manika’s coach Gupta was obviously disappointed with the snub. “I have no issues as long as any deserving coach gets the award. My problem is with the number of Dronacharya awardees every year. It should be at par with Arjuna winners. Behind every Arjuna winner, there is years of hard work put in by a coach. It must be acknowledged,” lamented Gupta.advertisement He, however, was happy for Manika, who joined Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal and M C Mary Kom as Herbalife ambassadors. The Delhi-based paddler has reached 56th in the latest ITTF rankings and aims to break into the top 30 by December end. “I have four tournaments to go on the Pro Tour. The target is to be in top 30, for that I need to beat some top players. The men’s team is doing well and that is also motivating.” Having conquered the Japanese and Koreans at the Asian Games, the Indians have also been able to instill doubts in the minds of the mighty Chinese. “Even the Chinese are scared of us. Earlier, the mindset was that they were unbeatable but not anymore. We can beat them,” said Manika. Talking about her surprise mixed doubles bronze alongside Sharath in Jakarta, she added: “We hardly practiced before the Asian Games. We barely had five sessions before the competition. It all just clicked for us on that one day.” PTI BS PM PM
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) model will continue to be rolled out during this fiscal year, in the hope of reaching university students and others across the island.“Memoranda of agreements were signed with three entities for the establishment of SBDCs in Manchester at Northern Caribbean University (NCU), in Kingston at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), and in Trelawny at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office,” the Minister said while making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 23.He also noted that an additional Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) office was established during the last financial year in Morant Bay that will serve as an SBDC centre, and this fiscal year, the target is for the establishment of five more centres across the island.“Big things are happening in our small business sector, and we are determined to make even bigger things happen,” Mr. Shaw said.The Minister pointed out that the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector, which is associated with the SBDC model, is a major catalyst in any effort to induce inclusive growth, social development and job creation.He said the sector is indispensable to achieving broad-based and inclusive growth and that it is critical to the transformational growth envisioned for other sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing, agriculture, logistics, offshore services and tourism.Mr. Shaw said that during the financial year 2018/2019, there were several developments, citing the MSME and Entrepreneurship Policy and Five-Year Implementation Plan that was tabled in Parliament as a White Paper in July 2018.He argued that this is the most comprehensive, coherent and coordinated framework for addressing the policy issues facing the sector, as well as providing an outline for targeted support to the sector to expand its contribution to socio-economic development. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) model will continue to be rolled out during this fiscal year, in the hope of reaching university students and others across the island. “Memoranda of agreements were signed with three entities for the establishment of SBDCs in Manchester at Northern Caribbean University (NCU), in Kingston at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), and in Trelawny at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office,” the Minister said while making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 23. Story Highlights He also noted that an additional Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) office was established during the last financial year in Morant Bay that will serve as an SBDC centre, and this fiscal year, the target is for the establishment of five more centres across the island.
zoom Finnish ferry operator Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, has placed a service order with Swedish provider of specialized products and engineering solutions Alfa Laval to optimize the performance of its existing scrubber systems.Finnlines signed the six-year Performance Agreement with Alfa Laval in order to maintain the consistent performance of its PureSOx systems.The service plan includes yearly condition audits, which help ensure correct operation and provide insights into the state of the equipment. These insights will allow any issues to be addressed before they can lead to unplanned shutdowns, according to Alfa Laval.The agreement covers PureSOx systems installed on board seven roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels: Finnpulp, Finnmill, Finnhawk, Finnkraft, Finncarrier, Finnmaster and Finnmerchant.The ships are part of the Finnlines fleet operating in the Baltic Sea, where strict SOx emissions limits are in place due to the region’s designation as an Emission Control Area (ECA). Finnlines began equipping vessels with PureSOx in 2014, in preparation for the implementation of ECA limits in 2015.Additionally, Finnlines selected options that will simplify parts management, such as an exchange program for PAH and turbidity sensors. Vital for proving compliance, these sensors will be exchanged every two years and replaced in the event of a failure, Alfa Laval said.Furthermore, Alfa Laval will track the parts consumption of the Finnlines vessels and provide strategic planning for their spare parts supply.
Noida: The body of a 19-year old girl was found stuck inside a one-and-a-half feet space between two buildings in Amrapali Silicon society in Sector 76, Noida, on Tuesday. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) toiled for over seven hours to bring down the body. Police officials have not ruled out the possibility of a murder. The woman hailed from Katiyar district in Bihar and worked as a domestic help at a house in the same residential society. She was reported missing from June 28. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items “A police team was rushed to the society where they found the woman stuck between the space of C and D Block. After the police failed to pull out the body, a team of the National Disaster Response Force was called to the spot,” said a senior police officer. A senior official of the NDRF said that it was really difficult to pull out the body as it was stuck in a small space between two buildings. The NDRF personnel used ropes and had to suspend themselves from the terrace to reach the body which was stuck around the 12th floor. Machines were also used to cut some part of the construction to get the body down. According to the police, the body was disfigured, swollen and bore injury marks. The police are probing the case from all angles and trying to find out how the body ended up there. The body has been sent for post-mortem.
Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday dismissed as “professional pessimists” the critics of the Centre’s target to achieve a USD 5-trillion economy within the next five years and asserted that the “new India” is on the threshold of sprinting forward. A day after the Union budget was presented by Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman, the prime minister shared his views on the budget at the launch of the BJP’s membership drive here on the occasion of the 118th birth anniversary of party ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Modi said his government’s Budget for 2019-20 lays down a roadmap for nearly doubling the size of the Indian economy to USD 5 trillion in five years by raising per capita income, boosting consumption and increasing productivity. “Size of the cake matters. The larger the cake, larger pieces are what people will get. So we have set a target of making India a USD 5-trillion economy. Larger the size of the economy will be, the larger prosperity will it bring for the country,” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Citing global examples, he said countries have leapfrogged from developing to developed status on the back of a jump in per capita income. “India can also do that. The target is not difficult,” he said. Modi said some people are questioning the need for becoming a USD 5-trillion economy. “They are what I call professional pessimists. They are detached from the common man and if you go to them for a solution, they will put you in crisis,” he said, adding while there should be debate and criticism on ways and means of achieving the goal, but questioning the target of building a USD 5 trillion economy is wrong. “The country needs to be wary of these pessimists,” the prime minister said. Referring to the budgetary provisions, Modi said a “new India” was on the threshold of sprinting forward and recited a few couplets in Hindi which means the challenges before one also offer immense opportunities to surmount them and everyone’s contribution in the development the country will be a true gift for mother India. Launching his party’s membership drive, Modi said it will further connect people from all walks of life with the saffron party. “The main feeling underlining today’s membership campaign is we should work as ambassadors of the country along with that of the party.” Explaining the difference between the BJP and other parties, he said, “We said come together and build the nation. We never said come together and form government.” “This is the difference between us and others. A government is only a mechanism which is needed to build the nation… Deendayal Upadhaya was of the view that government should not merely be a group of people who have gathered for the sake of power,” the prime minister said. Elaborating his views on the budget, he said it did not have big announcements about allocations made under different heads but laid down a path for the economy to achieve the USD 5-trillion target. It provides for boosting farm and fisheries exports, making Rs 100 lakh crore investment in infrastructure such as roads and ports in next five years, constructing houses for all, promoting domestic manufacturing and cutting imports, he said. While the country is self-sufficient in food grain production, the budget emphasises on turning farmers into exporters of farm produce and value-added products. The government’s effort on cleanliness will boost tourism, which is the cheapest form of creating employment, Modi said. “The economy will not pick up pace unless infrastructure is good. We are building infrastructure from crop storages in villages to modern facilities in cities. Highway, railway, airways, waterways, i-ways, digital infrastructure, broadband in villages… Rs 100 lakh crore will be invested in five years,” the prime minister said. To boost housing, the budget has given an additional Rs 1.5 lakh income tax exemption on the purchase of affordable houses. Also, the government will build two crore houses to meet the target of housing for all by 2022, he said. The Centre will draft a model tenancy law and send it to state governments to boost rental housing, Modi said, adding all these will boost employment, create demand for steel, cement and other goods. “India spends Rs 5-6 lakh crore every year on oil imports, on petrol and diesel. So if it is reduced, it will be a big relief to the country,” he said. The prime minister said the country has become self-reliant in food grain and pulses production and next it should look at bringing down import of edible oil. Earlier, soon after his arrival here on a day-long visit, Modi unveiled a statue of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at the airport. The prime minister was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP working president JP Nadda and the state unit chief of the saffron party, Mahendra Nath Pandey. Anil Shastri and Sunil Shastri, sons of late Lal Bahadur Shastri, were also present at the venue. This is Modi’s second visit to his constituency after winning the parliamentary polls held in April-May. He had visited Varanasi on May 27 to thank the voters after winning the Lok Sabha seat for the second consecutive time by a huge margin of 4.79 lakh votes. After unveiling Shastri’s statue, the prime minister launched a tree-plantation campaign — “Anand Kanan” — in the temple city.
New Delhi: Attacking the Modi government over the “suffering” of farmers, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said it has given them no relief and wondered if it considered them “inferior” to businessmen who have been given concessions and loan waivers running into lakhs of crores. Union minister Rajnath Singh countered Gandhi’s charge in Lok Sabha, as he blamed the long rule of the Congress for the plight of farmers and asserted that no prime minister has done as much for peasants as has Narendra Modi. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Taking up the issue in the Zero Hour, Gandhi in his brief speech mostly focused on Kerala and made specific mention of problems facing farmers in Wayanad, from where he has been elected to Lok Sabha. No relief has been given to farmers by the government, he said, claiming that businessmen have been granted concessions of Rs 4.3 lakh crores and loan waivers of Rs 5.5 lakh crore. He asked why the government thinks farmers are “inferior” to rich businessmen. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty This is the first time that Gandhi has raised an issue in the 17th Lok Sabha In his reply, Singh said the government’s move to give Rs 6000 to farmers will lead to a rise in their income by 20-25 per cent and claimed that more farmers committed suicide before the BJP-led dispensation came to power. “It is not that the condition of farmers deteriorated in the last one, two or four years. Those who ruled the country for a long time are responsible for their state. The amount of increase in MSP (minimum support price) that our prime minister has effected has not been done by anybody in independent India’s history,” he claimed. Gandhi said farmers are suffering throughout the country and are in terrible condition in Kerala, he said, adding that one farmer ended his life in Wayanad. Farmers have been facing threats of immediate eviction from their properties, he said, as banks from which they had taken loans have begun recover process. 18 farmers in Kerala have committed suicide due to this, he added. Modi had made a lot of promises to farmers and the government should fulfil them, Gandhi said. As soon as Gandhi finished his speech, other Congress leaders wanted to raise the issue of desertions of MLAs from their party’s ranks in Karnataka and Goa, for which they have blamed the BJP. With the Speaker not permitting them to speak on the matter, they staged a walkout and were joined by other opposition parties like the TMC and BSP.
New Delhi: A civil engineer died on Independence Day after kite string (Manjha) slit his throat in Paschim Vihar area of Outer Delhi. Police said that they received as many as 15 calls related to injuries on humans and animals by the string. Police identified the deceased as Manav Sharma who lived in Budh Vihar area. At the time of incident, deceased was with his two sisters who lost their brother on Raksha Bandhan. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Rajender Singh Sagar told Millennium Post said, “They came to know that Manav was a civil engineer by profession. He was working with a private contractor. We have not seen his degree yet.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, Manav was driving his scooty when sharp strings slit his throats. “He was with his two younger sisters. They were at the elevated road in Paschim Vihar area when suddenly a kite string struck his throat and cut his windpipe and food pipe,” said Addl DCP Sagar. Adding further, the DCP said that the victim was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. The deceased with his sisters was going towards Harinagar area. Addl DCP Sagar further added that they also launched drive to arrest those persons who were selling banned Chinese Manjha (sharp kite-flying string made of cotton thread coated with glass, metal, or other sharp materials). Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThese strings are used to cut competitors kites but in the past several years, they end up in killing or injuring people. In 2016, a three-and-a-half-year-old girl, a four-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man died after their throats were accidentally slit by manjha (kite thread) of stray kites in different parts of Delhi. On August 15, Delhi Police registered 17 cases against the illegal selling of kite string. The data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that in South West Delhi-3 cases, Dwarka-1 case, Outer-3 cases, North West-1, Rohini-1, South Delhi-3 and Central-5 cases were registered under section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of IPC against the illegal selling of banned kite threads. The city police also received as many as 15 PCR calls related to injuries by the kite strings. “Eight PCR calls were related to the injured people and rest were of birds injuries by the sharp thread,” data said.
___CBS denies former CEO Les Moonves $120 million severanceNEW YORK (AP) — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package after the company’s board of directors determined he was fired “with cause” over sexual misconduct allegations. The board said Monday it reached its decision after finding that Moonves failed to co-operate fully with investigators looking into the allegations. The board also cited what it called Moonves’ “wilful and material misfeasance,” violation of company policies and breach of his contract.___US sportswear traced to factory in China’s internment campsHOTAN, China (AP) — Chinese minorities held in internment camps are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams. The Associated Press has tracked recent, ongoing shipments from one such factory inside an internment camp to a leading supplier in North Carolina. The factory is one of a growing number in the Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are detained. They are forced to give up their language and their religion and are subject to political indoctrination.___After the Fed’s likely rate hike this week, all bets are offWASHINGTON (AP) — Having raised interest rates with steady regularity in recent months, the Federal Reserve may embrace a new message this week: Flexibility. On Wednesday, the Fed is all but sure to impose its fourth rate hike of the year. But after this week, no one is certain what it will do. Neither, it may be, is the Fed itself.___Dow Jones industrials take second straight 2-per cent plungeNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks sink to their lowest levels in 14 months Monday as retailers and health care and technology stocks fall. Some of the biggest losses are going to utilities and real estate companies, which have done better than the rest of the market during the turbulence of the last three months. The price of oil closed below $50 a barrel for the first time since October 2017.___Nissan board meets but no chairman picked to replace GhosnYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan’s board has met but no new chairman was picked to replace Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa told reporters the board approved a special committee of outsiders to strengthen governance at the company. He said the company plans to be cautious about choosing a chairman. Recommendations for governance are due in March, and Saikawa said he was willing to wait until then to choose a chairman.___Silicon Valley East: Google plans $1B expansion in New YorkNEW YORK (AP) – Silicon Valley is becoming Silicon Nation. Google announced Monday it will spend more than $1 billion to build a new office complex in New York City that will allow the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. It is the tech industry’s latest major expansion beyond the Seattle-San Francisco Bay corridor. It follows recent steps by Amazon and Apple to set up large operations well outside their home turf.___Deported immigrants get their last flight on ‘ICE Air’HOUSTON (AP) — An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. Deportation flights are big business: The U.S. government has spent $1 billion on these flights in the last decade, and the Trump administration is seeking to raise ICE’s budget for charter flights by 30 per cent.___Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to spaceDENVER (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is sending the next generation of GPS satellites into space. The new satellites are designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later. The first of 32 planned GPS III satellites, all being built by Lockheed Martin, is scheduled for lift off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.___Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman SachsKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives on Monday for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar looting of state investment fund 1MDB. Attorney General Tommy Thomas said the government is seeking several billion dollars in fines from Goldman Sachs for breaches of securities laws that involved it making false and misleading statements to investors.___The S&P 500 skidded 54.01 points, or 2.1 per cent, at 2,545.94. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 507.53 points, or 2.1 per cent, to 23,592.98. The Nasdaq composite fell 156.93 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 6,753.73. The Russell 2000 index dipped 32.97 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 1,378.14.Benchmark U.S. crude fell 2.6 per cent to $49.88 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dipped 1.1 per cent to $59.61 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline shed 1.7 per cent to $1.41 a gallon and heating oil slid 1 per cent to $1.83 a gallon. Natural gas dropped 7.8 per cent to $3.53 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
Rabat – Celebrating Ramadan, the Mimouna Association in collaboration with Lubavitch Youth-Morocco held a Ramadan iftar and distributed food commodities to some 250 underprivileged families in Rabat and Sale on July 5.Jewish and Muslim communities were mobilized to work together against vulnerability during the holy month of Ramadan. This charity event aims at reinforcing solidarity and social mutual aid amongst the various components of the Moroccan society.The choice of July 5 wasn’t random. It is a day when both Jewish and Muslim communities fast, thus, showcasing the similarities between the religious practices in Islam and Judaism and hopefully coming forth as a token of fraternity. At the end of the day, both communities broke the fast together at an Iftar. Speaking on this occasion, Rabbi Banon explained why they had chosen July 5th (17 Tamouza). He said it is a day that is commemorated by the Jewish community through fasting. Professor Abderrahim Nahnahi welcomed this major initiative that reflects the coexistence between Jews and Muslims and that recalls that Morocco is a land of tolerance that welcomes all communities to live together.The major objective of this charitable event was to strengthen solidarity and social cooperation between the different components of Moroccan society and an opportunity to share and exchange with one another within a friendly atmosphere, in honor of the Moroccan tradition of coexistence.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
B.C. commission calls for tax reforms, exemptions worth $1.1B to spur investment by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 23, 2016 12:41 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 23, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – British Columbia’s finance minister says the government will study recommendations that the province chop taxes to businesses by about $1.1 billion a year in an effort to spur lagging investment.The expert panel’s report released Wednesday makes four recommendations, including exempting businesses from the seven-per-cent provincial sales tax on capital expenses for items like machinery and equipment.The report, titled Improving B.C.’s Tax Competitiveness, also recommends exempting the PST on electricity costs and other energy, and suggested the province implement a made-in-B.C., value-added tax.The value-added tax would address problems with the PST, including investment disincentives and an increase in business costs, the report says.Finance Minister Mike De Jong said at a news conference Wednesday that the government will examine the report thoroughly.However, a move towards a value-added tax shouldn’t be expected any time soon, because that recommendation would be a “significant shift” requiring extensive research and consultation, De Jong said.“As the commissioners themselves point out, it would require a period of extensive consultation and discussion with British Columbians, so I wouldn’t hold your breath to see that recommendation acted on in the forthcoming budget,” he said.The report was generated after a commission was established by the B.C. government in July to review B.C.’s corporate tax structure and consult with groups, businesses and individuals.Commission spokesman Bev Dahlby said the proposed reforms are required to improve business investment in B.C., which is currently behind most other provinces.Removing the provincial tax on capital investments for machinery and equipment would cost the province $640 million annually, while taking the PST off electricity and other energy costs amounts to $520 million a year.But the report said those measures would be offset by increased investments from businesses and likely higher wages for workers, which increases income revenues for the province.“The PST is a very complex tax that places a significant amount of burden on businesses, especially small businesses,” Dahlby said in the report.He said during public meetings, many businesses said they would rather the province tackle PST reforms than reduce corporate taxes.“One small business said the complexity of the PST means it acts like a tax on entrepreneurship.”The report said the complexity of the PST creates a major burden on businesses, diverting effort from more productive and potentially growth-creating activities.That feeling is nothing new, De Jong said.“I think the commissioners have pointed out that the complexity of the existing PST system is something that frustrates people. We knew that,” he said.The minister acknowledged that PST and capital investment are lingering areas of concern that need to be addressed, but said the province has a competitive tax structure in many other areas.The report did not examine B.C.’s carbon tax or a return to the harmonized sales tax, which British Columbians turned down in a referendum more than five years ago.The minister also noted that B.C.’s economy is still performing well.“It continues to lead the country in terms of growth and job creation and we continue to be the envy of most jurisdictions, not just in Canada, but in North America,” De Jong said.
On September 12, the US-based Blacksmith Institute, an independent environmental group, in partnership with Green Cross Switzerland, issued its Top Ten list of the world’s most severely polluted places. Overall, the ten sites lie in seven countries and affect a total of more than 12 million people, the institute states. The Top Ten list appears in Blacksmith Institute’s World’s Worst Polluted Places 2007, a report on the places where it says pollution most severely impacts human health, especially the health of children. The 2007 list contains four new sites – two in India, one in China and one in the republic of Azerbaijan – and six that carry over from the list which debuted in 2006. “The fact of the matter is that children are sick and dying in these polluted places, and it’s not rocket science to fix them,” says Richard Fuller, founder and director of Blacksmith Institute. “This year, there has been more focus on pollution in the media, but there has been little action in terms of new funding or programs. We all need to step up to the plate and get moving.” The report lists the ten sites alphabetically by country because within the list the sites are unranked. The report states, “ranking is not realistic or feasible…given the wide range of location sizes, populations and pollution dynamics.” Sumgayit, Azerbaijan – source petrochemical and industrial complexes Linfen, China – automobile and industrial emissions Vapi, India – industrial estates Dzerzhinsk, Russia – Cold War-era chemical weapons manufacturing Chernobyl, Ukraine – Meltdown of reactor core in 1986 The first of the sites involving mining and processing is Tianjin in Anhui Province, China, which is one of the largest lead production bases in the country, with an output accounting for half of the country’s total production. Low-level technologies, illegal operation and the lack of any serious pollution control measures in the firms have caused several severe lead poisoning cases in the region. Sukinda Valley, in the State of Orissa, contains 97% of India’s known chromite ore deposits and one of the largest open-pit chromite mines in the world. The report says “12 mines continue to operate without any environmental management plans and over 30 Mt of waste rock are spread over the surrounding areas and the Brahmani riverbanks. Untreated water is discharged by the mines into the river. This area is also flood-prone, resulting in further contamination of the waterways. Approximately 70% of the surface water and 60% of the drinking water contains hexavalent chromium at more than double national and international standards and levels of over 20 times the standard have been recorded. The Brahmani River is the only water source for the residents and treatment facilities are extremely limited. The State Pollution Control Board has conceded that the water quality at various locations suffers from very high levels of contamination. The air and soils are also heavily impacted. At La Oroya in Peru, which appears on the list for the second year running, Doe Run Peru is working hard to overcome and clean up decades of environmental mismanagement by the previous operator of this metallurgical complex in the Andes. Similarly, Norilsk Nickel is today working hard to remediate the situation it has with plants that were constructed during the Soviet era, a period of non-existent environmental standards or controls. The Siberian industrial city of Norilsk was founded in 1935 as a slave labour camp. It is the northernmost major city of Russia and the second largest city (after Murmansk) above the Arctic Circle. Mining and smelting operations began in the 1930s and this city now contains the world’s largest heavy metals smelting complex, where over 4 Mt/y of cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, arsenic, selenium and zinc are released into the air, the report claims. The Blackbird Institute says “the city has been accused of being one of the most polluted places in Russia, where the snow is black, the air tastes of sulphur and the life expectancy for factory workers is 10 years below the Russian average. A 1999 study found elevated copper and nickel concentrations in soils in as much as a 60 km radius of the city.” At Kabwe in Zambia, the institute claims that though the mine and smelter are no longer operating, they “have left a city poisoned by debilitating concentrations of lead dust in the soil and by metals in the water. In one study, the dispersal in soils of lead, cadmium, copper, and zinc extended over a 20 km radius at levels much higher than those recommended by the World Health Organization.” The insitute says its Top Ten list “is based on scoring criteria devised by an international group of experts including researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Hunter College, Harvard University, IIT Delhi, University of Idaho, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and leaders of major international environmental remediation companies who comprise Blacksmith Institute’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Specialists from Green Cross Switzerland also participated in this year’s assessment.”The methodology for 2007 Top Ten list was refined “to place more weight on the scale and toxicity of the pollution and on the numbers of people at risk,” according to the report. The inclusion of Sumgayit and Vapi results from changes in the scoring methodology. Tianjin and Sukinda were newly identified in this year’s list development process. “We received over 40 new site nominations from people around the world as a result of publishing the 2006 list. Our database now includes over 400 polluted sites,” observes Hanrahan, Blacksmith’s Director of Global Operations. “We will continue to refine the evaluation process and update the report yearly. Getting the problem of extreme pollution in the developing world on the ‘radar’ is a first step to taking action.” Another new feature of the 2007 report is the “Dirty 30,” a more comprehensive group of polluted locations around the globe that includes the Top Ten. The four sites from the 2006 Top Ten that do not appear in the 2007 list – Haina, Dominican Republic; Ranipet, India; Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan; and Rudnaya Pristan, Russia – all remain in the larger list. The majority of the Dirty 30 sites lie in Asia, with China, India, and Russia having the greatest number. The only geographic regions not represented in the Dirty 30 are the Middle East and Oceania. Toxic pollution in these sites has resulted from sources as diverse as massive industrial estates, large-scale mining and smelting operations and even Cold War era chemical weapons production. “All the sites in the Dirty 30 are very toxic and dangerous to human health,” says Hanrahan. www.blacksmithinstitute.org
If you’ve ever had a really bad burn – I mean second degree or worse, you know that the worst part in some cases is the dead skin peeling away and leaving behind tender exposed flesh. All you can do is cover it in cooling cream, stop poking it, and wait for it to heal over. If the exposure is really bad, doctors will graft healthy skin over the burn or wound to try and get it to take hold and cover itself sooner. If only there were some kind of gun that literally sprayed skin tissue onto your wound, covering it and encouraging the healing process.Well, some researchers at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh have been working on using stem cells to encourage rapid growth and development of skin tissue by spraying them onto wounded areas. The process is experimental and still undergoing clinical study, but according to researchers, the results look promising. The result is a gun that literally (not figuratively) shoots skin. The end-goal of the treatment is that doctors in emergency rooms and urgent care facilities will have a way to use a patient’s own stem cells (point of order: these are adult stem cells, which can be harvested at any time during a person’s life) in a solution of nutrient-rich water to spray a burn, wound, or area of flayed skin to speed up the regenerative process. So far the experiments have produced a few burn victims with significant skin regeneration within a few days, as opposed to weeks. That’s a pretty significant improvement.
Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 3:49 PM 18,755 Views Nov 26th 2016, 3:49 PM Two-month-old girl among four dead in suspected murder-suicide in Alaska The victims have been identified as Linda Hutton (54), Emily McDonald (22), McKay Hutton (22) and eight-week-old Teagan Hutton. 14 Comments AUTHORITIES IN ALASKA say they are investigating the deaths of four people in a hotel room as a murder-suicide. The dead include a two-month-old girl.Fairbanks police and fire departments were called to a Hampton Inn yesterday afternoon by hotel staff.Arriving officers found a man crying as he sat in a hallway. Police say he directed officers to a nearby room, where they found the bodies.The victims have been identified as 54-year-old Linda Hutton, 22-year-old Emily McDonald, 22-year-old McKay Hutton and eight-week-old Teagan Hutton.The police department says all had gunshot wounds. They say there is no indication that drugs or alcohol was involved.Police say details involving the shooter or any motive is still under investigation.Autopsies will be performed on the victims.Read: ‘You could be wiped out at any moment’: Irishman on fighting Isis in SyriaRead: At least 11 people killed in ‘horrific’ bombing at busy Somali market http://jrnl.ie/3104195 By Associated Press Share136 Tweet Email Image: Screengrab/KTVA CBS 11 News Image: Screengrab/KTVA CBS 11 News Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As Greece continues to trudge its way through the economic crisis, one man Down Under is trying to assist in the best way he knows how.Steve Tsouparidis is responsible for the Facebook page ‘Greek made products in Australia’. Through the page he promotes various Greek-made brands and products, ranging from fashion and food products to musical instruments and building materials, all with the intention to “make Greek Australians aware of what Greece actually manufactures and produces”.“A lot of the products are available in Australia. Everything from hand-made suits to soft drinks, machinery paint, windows, floorboards, and makeup,” Mr Tsouparidis explains.“These are 100 per cent Greek companies, made in Greece – they’re not foreign multinationals. Many of them are family-owned too, which is all the more reason to support them.”Since starting the page in 2012, he has seen a peak in people’s interest over the years and now has close to 2,000 people connected to his page from all over the world, including North America, Canada, Germany, Belgium and Sweden.What’s more, the Melbourne-based construction worker does all the research and promotion in his spare time without a desire to be compensated. For him it’s simple: Greeks abroad can do their part to help Greece, by choosing to buy Greek.“We are Greek Australians and we should be in some way supporting our motherland. A lot of other cultures support their own products; for example, my wife is Italian and many Italians only buy Italian products. So why shouldn’t we do the same?”The page is not only aimed at educating consumers about their choices, but also looks to give Greek companies a platform through which to promote themselves to a wider audience free of charge, while showing importers new potential products. “I have a lot of Greek companies that get in contact with me; this way I make a lot of importers aware of what Greece actually manufactures, and they can say ‘hey, this is advertised on the page, maybe we can bring it to Australia’. I’d really like to see more products made in Greece sold in Australia – that’s my main aim,” he says. Though Mr Tsouparidis’ page is not the only one of its kind, his is by far the most detailed, providing links and details on where each product can be found. But while we know that Greek imports to Australia increased by 30 per cent in 2014 alone, he admits the only way to continue seeing results is by people taking their vote to the checkout.“Product awareness is very important. If people see a product, they think ‘I’ll try it’ or at least it’ll be in the back of their mind. “But the thing is, people have to go and buy these products. I could put them on my page 100 times, but we can only do so much. We put them on there so people are aware of it, but then they have to actually purchase it,” he explains.He cites examples where demand has seen real results with consumable products such as Loux soft drinks and ION chocolate, which a few years back were nowhere to be found in Australia until there was adequate demand.While certain products may carry a heavier price tag due to the cost of importing, there are others that prove to be a better investment.“There are these good quality aluminium windows and doors that are manufactured in Greece called Aluminco. The quality is better than what we have here and the cost is virtually the same,” he says.Having experienced the variety and quality of products first-hand, Mr Tsouparidis says he will continue to spread the word about Hellenic products until people of the diaspora have more access.“Some people are pretty ignorant and think Greece doesn’t make anything. But actually it does – we just need to show a little bit of interest in what it manufactures. If we show more interest, it will import more into Australia. It’s just educating people – that’s the aim.”
Navette Odyssée : un record de longévité sur MarsL’orbiteur Odyssée de la Nasa, actuellement en mission près de Mars, atteint cette semaine un temps de mission record. Aucun autre vaisseau n’a été aussi longtemps en mission sur la planète rouge.La navette Odyssée est arrivée pour la première fois en orbite autour de Mars le 24 octobre 2001. Le 15 décembre, elle aura donc battu le record de longévité jusqu’ici détenu par Mars Global Surveyor qui fut en opération du 11 septembre 1997 au 2 novembre 2006.Ce fut Odyssée qui, la première, découvrit de l’eau gelée sur Mars dès ses débuts (2002). L’orbiteur devait initialement revenir en 2004, mais cette date a sans cesse été repoussée.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAPour la Nasa, ces années supplémentaires ont permis d’établir des cartes très précises (de haute résolution) de l’ensemble de la planète Mars. Ces cartes ont pu être reconstituées d’après les images fournies par les caméras thermiques qui équipent Odyssée. De même, en allongeant cette mission, il a été possible de contrôler les différents changements saisonniers de la planète (le cycle de gel de dioxyde de carbone de l’atmosphère dans les régions polaires pendant l’hiver, par exemple).La Nasa n’en a pas fini avec Odyssée puisqu’elle envisage encore de l’exploiter comme relais des missions martiennes actuellement en cours. En cas de besoin, il sera d’ailleurs possible de réorienter le vaisseau de façon à le mettre dans une position idéale qui pourra favoriser son rôle de communication, notamment lors de l’atterrissage du prochain rover (Curiosity) qui arrivera sur Mars en août 2012.Découvrez les images de Mars prises par la navette Odyssée depuis sa mise en orbite, sur Maxisciences. Le 14 décembre 2010 à 17:14 • Emmanuel Perrin
Radiothérapie : manger des choux pour lutter contre les effets des radiations ? Publiée dans PNAS, une étude expérimentale américaine a montré qu’un composé présent dans diverses variétés de choux, le DIM, pourrait aider à lutter conter le cancer. Injecté à des rongeurs, il permet à ceux-ci de survivre à des doses mortelles de rayons gamma.Les légumes verts sont excellents pour la santé, et la science n’a pas fini de découvrir leurs vertus. Présent dans les crucifères, comme le chou, le chou-fleur ou le brocoli, un composé appelé DIM, sain pour l’organisme humain est déjà connu pour ses effets préventifs contre le cancer. Mais, il s’est également révélé efficace contre les effets nocifs des radiations, en tout cas sur les rongeurs. C’est qu’ont montré des scientifiques américains du Centre de recherches médicales de l’Université de Georgetown. Dix minutes après avoir irradié des rats avec des doses mortelles de rayons gamma, les chercheurs ont injecté à certains d’entre eux du DIM, et répété le traitement quotidiennement pendant deux semaines. Ils ont alors abouti à des résultats prometteurs. “Tous les rats non traités sont morts, mais plus de la moitié des animaux traités au DIM sont restés en vie durant les 30 jours suivant l’exposition aux radiations”, explique le biologiste Eliot Rosen, un des auteurs de l’étude.Un protecteur anti-rayonnement À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?L’expérience a même fonctionné lorsque la 1ère injection avait lieu 24 heures avant ou après l’irradiation. Des tests semblables pratiqués sur des souris ont été tout aussi concluants, affirment les chercheurs. Il précisent, en outre, que les souris irradiées traitées avec du DIM ont montré une réduction moindre du nombre de globules rouges, de globules blancs et de plaquettes. En effet, habituellement, une diminution du nombre de ces éléments fait partie des effets secondaires souvent observés chez les patients qui subissent des traitements de radiothérapie contre le cancer. “Le DIM a été étudié en tant qu’agent de prévention du cancer depuis des années, mais nos travaux donnent la première indication que le DIM peut aussi agir comme un protecteur anti-rayonnement”, souligne Rosen. Ce dernier entrevoit d’ailleurs deux utilisations potentielles de ce composé : “le DIM pourrait protéger les tissus normaux chez les patients recevant une radiothérapie contre le cancer, mais il pourrait aussi protéger les individus contre les conséquences fatales d’une catastrophe nucléaire”.Le 20 octobre 2013 à 11:17 • Maxime Lambert
The Brighton and Hove Albion defender has returned, four years later, to the national team because he loves Cameroon so muchBrighton and Hove Albion Cameroonian defender Gaetan Bong has returned to his country’s national team.The footballer didn’t play for Cameroon since 2014, and now he has come back.“I wasn’t going for three or four years because I know how it can be tough sometimes in my country,” Bong was quoted by Goal.Quiz: How deep is your knowledge about Samuel Eto’o? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 It’s time for you to tell us everything you know about Samuel Eto’o. We will ask you 10 questions about the Cameroon legend. Enjoy! “But finally I made the decision to come back because I know I love my country and I know I can help.”“The thing I love with our nation is that we always give love, we give everything, we enjoy life even with nothing. I miss this feeling, I miss this love,” he added.“[Kylian] Mbappe played for France but he is from Cameroon. In future we want the young talent to go and play for their African countries because we made them.”