Payal Tadvi case Crime branch allowed to quiz 3 women doctors

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to grant crime branch the custody of three women doctors arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of their junior colleague, but allowed it to interrogate them for four days.A single bench of Justice S S Shinde said the crime branch can take the three accused from the Byculla Jail for questioning during daytime. “The arrested accused shall be taken from jail, where they are lodged today (Thursday) from 2 pm to 6 pm, and from 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for interrogation,” the court said. The crime branch had earlier this week approached the HC seeking custody of the three doctors – Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Meher and Ankita Khandelwal. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe trio, attached to the B Y L Nair Hospital here, were arrested last week on the charges of abetment of suicide of their junior colleague Dr Payal Tadvi. A special court had on Friday last remanded them to judicial custody after rejecting the police plea for further custody. Meanwhile, a five-member team of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is in Mumbai to meet top government officials and the management of the BYL Nair Hospital regarding the Payal Tadvi suicide case. The team, led by NCST Chairman Nand Kumar Sai, will hold meetings with top administration and police officials, including the Maharashtra chief secretary, secretary (Health) and the Mumbai police commissioner, on June 8, an official said.last_img read more

Jail sentence handed down in 2016 Attempt Murder and Kidnapping Investigation

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On Thursday, January 10, 2019, Brandon MacDonald, 32-years-old, and Robert Clarke, 34-years-old, pleaded guilty to charges in Supreme Court in Dawson Creek in relation to a 2016 investigation.MacDonald, a resident of Chetwynd entered a guilty plea to the following charges:Attempt Murder with a firearm (Section 239(1) (a.1) CCC)Kidnapping (Section 279(1)(1) CCC)Uttering Threats (Section 264.1(1) CCC)MacDonald was sentenced to just under 8 years with a lifetime firearm prohibition. Clarke, a resident of P.E.I. entered a guilty plea to Aggravated Assault (Sec 268(2) CCC) and was sentenced to 1.5 years in jail with a lifetime firearm prohibition.Clarke was arrested on February 23, 2017, in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Moroccos Tighadouini Signs for Five Seasons with FC Malaga

Madrid – Moroccan player Adnane Tighadouini has signed a five-year contract with FC Malaga, which plays in La Liga, the top division of Spanish football, after leaving Dutch club Nac Breda, the Andalusian club announced said Saturday.Tighadouini, 22, scored 15 goals in the last season with his former team, becoming one of the top scorers and players of the Dutch Eredivisie championship.After playing for Dutch clubs FC Volendam and SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden, the Moroccan striker arrived at Nac Breda in January 2014. At the last season, he played 33 games with the team. The Moroccan player has joined his countryman Nordin Amrabat, who has just signed a four-year contract with FC Malaga. read more

One killed 13 injured in accident

A child was killed and 13 others were injured following an accident in Kalkudah today.The police said that a tractor-trailer met with the accident along a bend near an army camp along the Kumburumulla road. The police said that 14 people including children, were injured in the accident. The trailer attached to the tractor had got dislodged at the bend with 20 people who were on the trailer. A 7 year old boy succumbed to his injuries in hospital, the police media unit said.The police said that another child who sustained serious injuries was admitted to the Batticaloa hospital for treatment. read more

Eight years in Syria still embroiled in conflict that no longer sparks

“You all know the statistics of this conflict”, Ursula Mueller told the chamber. “You know that more than half the Syrian population has either fled the country or faced repeated internal displacement…and you know that currently, an estimated three million people in Idlib are caught up in the crossfire, with some living under trees or plastic sheeting on bare patches of land”.Sixty-one reports submitted. Hundreds of Council sessions. There’s no question about whether Members of the Security Council are aware of the tragic #humanitarian situation in #Syria – the question today to them is what they will do. My remarks:— Ursula Mueller (@UschiMuller) May 28, 2019 There are no safe schools or clinics, she said, and no way to earn a living, while families live in “the constant fear” of sending their children to a school that may be bombed “later that day”.Despite a temporary ceasefire announcement on 17 May, fighting in the last rebel stronghold of Idlib in Syria’s north-west, has continued over recent days, with heavy shelling and aerial bombardment this month leaving more than 160 civilians dead and some 270,000 others displaced.The deputy relief chief quoted the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in saying that “both pro-Government forces and non-State armed groups fighting in northern Syria appear to have failed to respect the principles of distinction and proportionality under international humanitarian law”. She told the Council that since 28 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported a total of 25 attacks targeting medical infrastructure in northwestern Syria, including 22 health facilities, with some having been hit more than once. Moreover, some 25 schools are reported to have also been impacted by the violence, as well as marketplaces and at least three sites for displaced people.While the humanitarian community is responding in accordance with its contingency and readiness plans, “despite our best efforts, the response is stretched”, she explained.“Many of our humanitarian partners are part of the affected population and have themselves been displaced”, she said, adding that as a result, “in many areas of active hostilities, humanitarian operations have been suspended”, including health, nutrition and protection services that previously supported some 600,000 people.Pointing out that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions and the 20th anniversary of the Council’s adoption of protection of civilians as an agenda item, she recalled the Secretary-General’s word’s last week, saying that “respect today for international humanitarian law is, at best, questionable.“You are all, as Member States, aware that all parties to armed conflict are legally bound to comply with international humanitarian law…Sparing hospitals and schools is not optional. It is a fundamental legal obligation”.Other crisis areasWhile calling the fighting in Idlib “the most distressing front in the conflict at present”, she painted a picture of “deteriorating conditions inside Rukban” camp for internally displaced, on the southern border with Jordan, that during the past two months, have caused more than 13,100 to flee. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the Security Council on the situation in Syria.For those who remain, food, basic medicines and other life-saving supplies delivered in February have run out. Fuel is scarce; prices are skyrocketing; and “people are exhausted”, she spelled out.Ms. Mueller said a third humanitarian convoy to Rukban was urgently needed “to avoid further suffering” for the 29,000 people who remain, strongly urging the Syrian authorities “to reverse their refusal and facilitate access…as first requested in March and again on 9 May…to provide support to this vulnerable population”.Turning to the continuing plight of some 74,000 civilians – 92 per cent of whom are women and children – at the Al Hol refugee camp in the country’s north east, near the Iraqi border, she said that “most have been exposed to extreme violence and trauma under ISIL”.“They are now living in extremely difficult conditions where they face a range of protection challenges, and an uncertain and disconcerting fate”, she said, including being denied repatriation, rehabilitation, re-integration, a fair trial, or even of becoming Stateless.“All children, including those suspected of being associated with armed groups and/or designated terrorist organizations, are entitled to special care and protection under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child” Ms. Mueller stated, adding “these children must be treated first and foremost as victims”. read more

About Those Falcons Play Calls …

Every Super Bowl loser wants a do-over, but no team has had as disastrous an ending as Atlanta had in the final nine minutes of Super Bowl LI. If the Falcons were given 1,000 do-overs, they would have been expected, according to ESPN’s win probability model, to win the game 996 times.All the Falcons needed was one more point, one defensive stop or perhaps even just one more minute of burnt clock to zero out the New England Patriots’ 0.4 percent chance to surmount a nigh-insurmountable lead.Why didn’t they?“I think we ran out of gas,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said at his post-game press conference. Even so, Quinn’s offensive machine should have been able to coast to the finish line after being up 28-12 with possession of the ball and less than 10 minutes to play. Instead, bad decision-making turned domination into capitulation.The Falcons, as I wrote one FiveThirtyEight’s Super Bowl live blog, had been stunningly effective on the ground all game. The Patriots’ rush defense ranked fourth in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) this season, yet the Falcons had piled up 94 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries.Starting at the 9:40 mark, Falcons running back Tevin Coleman ran on first and second down, getting injured on the latter play but setting up 3rd-and-1 from the team’s own 36-yard line. Rather than dial up another clock-eating run, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called a pass play. Coleman’s backfield partner, Devonta Freeman, whiffed on his blocking assignment, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was strip-sacked.After the Patriots capitalized on the turnover with a touchdown, the Falcons ran 11 offensive plays — and only two of them were runs. Despite needing more than anything to wind the clock down to zero, Shanahan gave only two more carries to Freeman, who’d been averaging 8.2 yards per carry until that point.This is where football coaches, who spend numerous hours micro-analyzing schemes and matchups as they build out their game plans, can lose the forest for the trees. It may well be that Shanahan had a perfect play called up for that situation, or a matchup he knew Ryan could exploit. Ryan, after all, had completed 13 of 16 passes to that point; another short completion seemed like an easy ask. But the Falcons needed to maximize their chance of finishing the game with more points, not their offensive efficiency. Should Terrell Owens Be In The Hall of Fame? Related: Hot Takedown Even if the Patriots had stopped Freeman short of the sticks on 3rd-and-1, it would have run 30 more seconds off the clock, and an average Matt Bosher punt would have placed the Patriots inside their own 20-yard line with less than eight minutes to play. Instead, the Falcons’ only turnover of the game gave the Patriots the ball 5 yards from the red zone with 8:24 left on the clock. Even an unsuccessful run and decent punt at this juncture might have been enough to win the game, considering that the Patriots would go on to score the game-tying touchdown with just 57 seconds left. (Then again, having one fewer minute may have just meant that the Patriots would have scored even faster.)Incredibly, Shanahan and the Falcons later doubled down on their mistake.On the ensuing Falcons possession, Ryan gripped it and ripped it. The Falcons moved from their own 10-yard line to the Patriots’ 22 with a 2-yard run sandwiched between two deep passes. They then ran once, for a loss of a yard, shaving 44 seconds off the clock. Then, Shanahan dialed up another pass — and Ryan took his fifth sack.“You don’t think, just run the ball and make your guy kick a 50-yard field goal,” Shanahan told reporters after the game. But wait — why wouldn’t you think that?Running two more times, even for no gain, would have forced the Patriots to burn two timeouts. The Falcons were on the Patriots’ 23-yard line; a field-goal attempt from there would have been 40 yards, not 50. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has made 78.2 percent of his career kicks from between 40 and 49 yards. With the score 28-20, going up by 11 with less than four minutes to play would likely have been as effective a dagger as going up by 15.In the end, Shanahan, Ryan and the Falcons offense can point to just about any metric and say they put together a masterful offensive game. They averaged a whopping 7.5 yards per play over the course of the game, far more than the Patriots’ 5.9, or even the Falcons’ league-leading regular-season average of 6.7.But sometimes the best performance in a vacuum isn’t the optimal performance in a game situation. That’s something Shanahan, reportedly set to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, is going to have to learn. read more

Mining companies show and tell in Ecuador

first_imgDynasty Metals & Mining received Ecuador President Raphael Correa and senior members of his cabinet at its Zaruma gold project over the past weekend. The President spent several hours meeting with Dynasty senior staff and community leaders. In a public address, his comments in favour of environmentally and socially responsible mining and its importance to the local economies of Portovello, Zaruma and several neighbouring towns were welcomed by a large crowd of supporters. Company President, Robert Washer, provided a lengthy tour of the company’s plant construction and mine development sites after which time he commented: “We wish to thank the President, the Minister of Mines and Petroleum, the Under Secretary of Mining, the Minister of Environment and the Under Secretary of Environment for allowing us the opportunity to meet with them on our project site so that they could witness the progress we have made and the community support we receive for our sustainable development plans.”The company, together with other mining companies, is meeting with ministry officials this week to continue discussions regarding the formulation of new mining laws. It continues to employ its workforce and work closely with the government. Dynasty Metals & Mining has two advanced-stage projects, Zaruma and Jerusalem, as well as a highly prospective exploration project, the Dynasty Copper-Gold Belt, which includes the Dynasty Goldfield.On April 24 eight mining companies (Aurelian Resources, Cornerstone Capital Resources, Corriente Resources, Dynasty Metals & Mining, Ecometals, IAMGOLD, International Minerals and Salazar Resources) collectively met with President Correa and other top officials in Quito to discuss the future of mining in Ecuador and the impact of the previously announced Mining Mandate.The companies welcomed President Correa’s repeated statements that responsible mining will go ahead in Ecuador. He said that the purpose of the Mining Mandate was to allow the government to get its house in order and new mining law in place so that responsible mining can proceed. The President invited the mining companies to meet with the ministry to help formulate the new mining law starting today, April 28.Present from the government were President Rafael Correa; Dr Galo Chiriboga, Minister of Mines and Petroleum; Dr Jose Serrano, Deputy Secretary of Mines; Dr Agustin Paladines, Mining Advisor to the President; Fernando Alvarado, Advisor to the President; Ricardo Patiño, Minister of Politics; and Dr Ramon Torres, Business Advisor to the President. The Canadian Ambassador to Ecuador, Christian LaPointe, accompanied the companies and presented concerns of the Canadian government for a fair, stable and long-term investment environment in Ecuador.last_img read more

MineHub IBM collaborate to use blockchain tech in minerals supply chain

first_imgMineHub Technologies, Inc and IBM today announced a collaboration to use blockchain technology to help improve operational efficiencies, logistics and financing and reduce costs in the high-value mineral concentrates supply chain — from mine to end buyer.Goldcorp Inc, ING Bank, Kutcho Copper Corp, Ocean Partners USA Inc and Wheaton Precious Metals Corp are working with mining technology company MineHub to build the new mining supply chain solution on top of the IBM Blockchain Platform.“The $1.8 trillion global mining and metals market has traditionally suffered from inefficiencies due to manual, paper-based processes and a lack of transparency between supply chain participants. Blockchain technology helps address this by providing a shared ledger to create a single, real time view of transactions and data across the supply chain that can be seen by all permissioned participants. Each of the participating companies represent key areas of the supply chain from mining, streaming, trade and finance.”“We are delighted to be working with some of the most forward thinking and innovative companies from each area of the mining and metals industry. By digitising the supply chain, we can increase the level of automation, reduce reliance on intermediaries and increase the speed at which goods are transferred from miners to end buyers. This creates the opportunity for transformative efficiencies and cost reductions throughout all aspects of operations,” said Vince Sorace, Founder and CEO of MineHub. “This is a significant advancement for an industry looking to integrate and use data in ways not previously possible.”The first use case will be built on the MineHub platform and will manage concentrate from Goldcorp’s Penasquito mine in Mexico throughout its path to market. When ore is mined, the mining company will upload data, including sustainability and ethical practices, allowing independent verification from regulators to end users as required. When materials are loaded for transport, the MineHub platform can record each transaction and allow permissioned parties to view and reconcile information throughout its journey. Smart contracts for supply chain processes such as trade finance, streaming and royalty contracts will be used by companies such as Wheaton Precious Metals and other institutions who provide credit facilities such as ING Bank in connection with the Penasquito mine.Arnout van Heukelem, Global Head of Metals and Mining at ING said, “As a global leader in banking in the metals and mining sector, we feel many of the operational challenges that our clients face. Blockchain has the potential to reduce or even overcome these, as shown by our pioneering work in energy with VAKT, in trade finance with Komgo and Voltron, and in the soft commodity sector. I am excited to be working together with MineHub and help our clients in metals and mining lower costs, increase transparency and contribute to sustainable production and trading.”The MineHub supply chain platform is built on the cloud-based IBM Blockchain Platform, powered by the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric. MineHub plans to expand the collaboration to additional members across the mining industry to encourage innovation and new applications using the technology.“Blockchain technology can serve as the foundation for transforming entire business processes in the mining industry while creating greater transparency across the supply chain,” said Manish Chawla, General Manager, Global Industrial Products, IBM. “By bringing together stakeholders at different points across the mining and minerals supply chain, MineHub is building a platform that has the potential to bring new levels of efficiency and trust to the mining industry.”MineHub and IBM plan to work together to collaborate on new ways to scale and expand the platform, identify new use cases, and incorporate innovative technologies into the platform in the future.last_img read more

Apple about to get serious about mobile navigation on iOS

first_imgGoogle may have drawn first blood with free Google Maps Navigation (and more recently Google Maps for Android), but there is no question that Apple is getting serious about mapping as well. Apple Insider just noticed that the company posted four identical job listings, all looking for an iOS Software Engineer with a “Deep knowledge of Computational Geometry or Graph Theory” and “Experience with Linux server-side development of distributed systems”. The most important part though is the final component of the “Valuable Experience” section: applicants need “Experience developing navigation software”.This all seems to indicate that Apple developing its own turn-by-turn navigation service, something that can compete with Google’s free offering. We know that Apple has acquired PlaceBase and Poly9, so something big was in the pipeline, plus we’ve gotten the distinct feeling that Apple isn’t a fan of Google Maps. So all signs are pointing to Apple getting into navigation and mapping much more considerably than they have so far.GIS expert James Fee noted that:Navigation though is a space that I’m sure Apple thinks they can do some really amazing stuff. Navigation devices are clunky and difficult to use. A little of the Apple design magic might lift all boats (and by all boats I mean only Apple and Google). Read more (or apply) at Apple, via Apple Insiderlast_img read more

Samsung vente record du Galaxy S3 et prochain modèle en approche

first_imgSamsung : vente record du Galaxy S3 et prochain modèle en approche ?Il s’agit d’une vente-record pour Samsung; son smartphone-star, le Galaxy S3, vient de franchir la barre des 10 millions d’unités vendus. Mais la firme sud-coréenne ne compte pas s’arrêter en si bon chemin et préparerait un nouveau produit.Le Samsung Galaxy S3 vient de passer le cap des 10 millions d’exemplaires vendus sur la planète. Cette information a été annoncée par Shin Jong-Kyun, directeur de la branche mobile de la firme.Un évènement qui n’aurait pu être qu’une bonne nouvelle pour Samsung si ce n’est que ce téléphone est sorti…En mai 2012 ! Il aura donc fallu deux mois au dernier né des smartphones de la firme pour atteindre ce niveau record, se vendant à, approximativement, 190.000 unités par jour.Plus que jamais le rival d’Apple, Samsung démontre, une fois encore, qu’elle est une firme sur laquelle il faut compter. Son produit, technologique et soigné (mais, sur certains aspects, perfectible) est vite devenu une référence en la matière (en croisant notamment le fer avec l’iPhone 4S sur plusieurs critères dont celui de l’autonomie). À titre de comparaison, son aïeul, le Galaxy S2, avait mis trois mois de plus avant d’arriver à ce chiffre de ventes.Mais Samsung ne compte pas s’endormir sur ses lauriers et il semblerait que la firme, auréolée par le Galaxy Note et le S3, veuille faire la passe de trois.Un nouveau smartphone pour août ?D’après plusieurs sources dont le site, Samsung aurait envoyé une invitation à la presse pour un évènement ayant lieu le 15 août prochain. Pour la firme, il s’agirait d’une ” annonce majeure (…) qui porterait sur le dernier né des appareils Galaxy”.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?S’agit-il d’un smartphone, d’une tablette ? Il s’agirait, dans tous les cas, d’un produit d’importance, Samsung voulant absolument faire cette annonce avant la l’IFA de Berlin, prévu le 30 août prochain.Si cette information se vérifiait, il est fort probable qu’il s’agirait de la tablette Galaxy Note 10.1, déjà annoncée au MWC 2012. Mais Samsung a plus d’un tour dans son sac et pourrait surprendre, encore une fois, avec un smartphone Galaxy 3D, segment dans lequel Samsung ne s’est pas encore lancé (et déjà évoqué il y a 8 mois), ou, pour les plus rêveurs, un certain…Galaxy Skin.Le 23 juillet 2012 à 15:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Silva – We lost our focus

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva rues his side’s lack of concentration after they managed to draw 2-2 against Watford despite taking an early lead.Richarlison gave Everton the lead in the 15th minute, but Coleman’s own goal and Doucoure’s header completed the comeback for Watford within three minutes in the second half.Lucas Digne rescued a point for Everton six minutes into stoppage time with a stunning free-kick from 25 yards.“The own goal is not fortunate as well,” he added. “It (the situation surrounding Richarlison’s goal) is part of the game and I understand Javi Gracia’s view in that moment,” Silva told Sky Sports.“It was possibly offside. I didn’t see it but he told me he was offside. After that, I didn’t see many chances for Watford.“The second half was different. They reacted and scored twice in three minutes but after the own goal and a missed penalty, I don’t understand how we can talk about fortune.“The game is not just about the end of the last minutes.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“When they scored two goals in three minutes, we completely lost our focus. We started the match well and scored early, which was good for us.“They reacted which is normal. They had a lot of long balls up to Troy and Troy is a really strong player.“We knew before the match they would do that and they started to create more problems. At that moment, we had to put our quality on the pitch as well and play our game.“In the second half, our performance wasn’t normal and wasn’t the best. The game started to become difficult for us and we have to understand that was our fault.“Of course, we tried to make the fans proud of our team and we wanted to give them three points tonight. We didn’t so now we work for the next match.”last_img read more

Summit Business Media Folds Financial Title Enters Partnership with Source Media

first_imgIn January, citing a need to focus on its core brands, Summit suspended publication of 30,000-circ. Bank Advisor magazine.Whelan said Summit has since formed a partnership with fellow trade publisher Source Media in which Source acquired certain rights associated with Mortgage Originator Magazine. The partnership allows Source, which publishes Origination News magazine, to fulfill MOM’s subscriptions and take on its advertisers through the end of the year.Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.“It’s a win-win for both of us,” said Whelan. A Source spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment.According to Whelan, Summit still owns the titles and rights to the publication, and could consider a relaunch “at some point.” But that “most likely wouldn’t be before January 2011, at least,” he said. Summit Business Media has suspended publication of monthly financial title Mortgage Originator Magazine. The June issue will be its last.Launched nearly 20 years ago, Mortgage Originator carried a paid and controlled circulation of 15,000. Summit acquired the magazine about a decade ago.“It’s a strong brand that was an acknowledged, established part of our portfolio,” Summit senior vice president John Whelan told FOLIO:. “But, it’s been caught in the eye of the storm in terms of the worsening economic conditions. The readership has been impacted heavily.”An editor and an independent sales manager were laid off as a result of the closure, Whelan said. Group publisher John DeCesare will remain with the company.last_img read more

37225 people held in antidrug drives Minister

first_imgAmir Hossain AmuA total of 37,225 people were arrested and 25,575 cases were filed in the drives against narcotics across the country so far, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu said on Wednesday.The minister made the comment while answering to queries to journalists after chairing the cabinet committee meeting on law and order, news agency UNB reports.The minister also informed that currently there are 89,589 inmates in jails, and 42 per cent of them have been arrested during the anti-drug drive since mid-May this year.He said that the anti-drug drive would continue and BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) have been kept in alert to restrict trafficking of drugs at bordering areas.Regarding the alleged connection of Cox’s Bazar lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi with drug dealers, Amu said Bodi would not be speared if evidence of drug dealing found against him.The minister also claimed that currently the law and order situation is in good condition while numbers of killing, rape and all kinds of offences have decreased for the active role of law enforcers,.When asked about the recent crude bomb attack on the election campaign of opposition BNP’s Rajshahi City Corporation mayoral aspirant Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, Amu said “Few incidents can take place centering election.””We have to consider the sincerity of law enforcing agencies after such incident. The law enforcers will be active so that upcoming city polls are held in free and fair manner,” he added.last_img read more

Activity spotted at North Korea launch site

first_imgMap showing the Sohae rocket test site in North Korea. Photo: AFPActivity has been detected at a North Korean long-range rocket site, suggesting Pyongyang may be pursuing the “rapid rebuilding” of the facility after the collapse of the Hanoi summit, according to analysis of satellite imagery.Last week’s meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump ended abruptly after the pair failed to reach an agreement on walking back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.The renewed activity was recorded two days after the summit and may “demonstrate resolve in the face of US rejection” of the North’s request for sanctions relief, said researchers at the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).”This facility had been dormant since August 2018, indicating the current activity is deliberate and purposeful.”Kim had agreed to shutter the Sohae missile-testing site at a summit with the South’s president Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang, as part of confidence-building measures, and satellite pictures in August suggested workers were already dismantling an engine test stand at the facility.CSIS said activity is “evident” at the vertical engine test stand and the launch pad’s rail-mounted rocket transfer structure at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station — the facility from which Pyongyang launched satellites in 2012 and 2016.The satellite launches were condemned by the international community and widely viewed as disguised ballistic missile tests.The CSIS analysis said the Sohae facility “has been used in the past for satellite launches,” which use “ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) technology banned under UN Security Council resolutions.”In a briefing to parliamentarians this week, Seoul’s spy agency said it had detected signs of work at the site.Joel Wit, the director of the respected Washington-based 38 North project cautioned that the evidence was not necessarily “consistent with preparations for an ICBM test”.”Aside from the fact that (North Korea) has never tested an ICBM from Sohae — it’s a space vehicle launch site — preparation for any launch would require a wide range of activities not observed in the imagery.”Impoverished and isolated North Korea conducted its first successful nuclear test in 2006 followed by a string of increasingly successful ICBM launches.In 2017, it claimed it had become a nuclear state, capable of fitting a viable nuclear weapon on an ICBM that could reach as far as the United States’ eastern seaboard.In the same year, the UN Security Council banned the North’s main exports — coal and other mineral resources, fisheries and textile products — to cut off its access to hard currency in response to Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear arms and ballistic missiles.At their groundbreaking first summit in Singapore last year, Kim and Trump produced a vague statement on the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.There were high expectations for Kim and Trump’s second meeting in Hanoi, but no agreement was reached. Despite the stalemate in Vietnam, however, both sides said they were open to further talks.A third summit has not been scheduled.last_img read more

Family Day Festival

first_imgThe Family Day festival is scheduled to be held on Sept. 16 at President Lincoln’s Cottage, 3700 North Capitol Street, NW from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free family-friendly activities will be available as well as a free kids run/walk. Family Day is collaborating with the Freedom 5k marathon on their 4th anniversary in commemoration of the lives and sacrifices of American soldiers. Filming will also take place at the festival for an upcoming documentary geared towards the lives and impact of American soldiers. Although Family Day activities are free, registration is required. To register, visit or email read more

US Appeals Court In Chicago Again Upholds La

first_imgU.S. Appeals Court In Chicago Again Upholds Laws Banning… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.29.19 7:00pm A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Cook County, Ill., gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, affirming a lower court decision that found the regulations to be constitutional.The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that two gun owners, who sued over the gun control measures in the county where Chicago is located, “have not come forward with a compelling reason to revisit” since the last time the same court examined a similar challenge — out of the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, which was also sued after passing an assault weapons ban. In that case, the 7th Circuit said that the Second Amendment “does not imperil every law regulating firearms.”In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider the case. That meant the appeals court’s decision that local governments have latitude in regulating firearms stayed in place, and on Thursday, the three-judge panel refused to revisit that decision.The plaintiffs, Troy Edhlund and Matthew Wilson, argued that Cook County’s ban on assault weapons was so vague that it could potentially make it illegal to possess semi-automatic firearms that were not assault weapons. The duo said the gun regulations impinged on their right to bear arms. In contending that the Cook County case was distinct from the Highland Park challenge, lawyers for the two gun owners wrote that the “frequency of the criminal threats faced” in the Chicago area should be considered in deciding whether restrictions infringe on a gun owner’s Second Amendment rights. The court, however, did not find that logic persuasive, saying the gun laws did not prevent citizens from acquiring other types of weapons for self-protection. “Our discussion of self-defense focused instead on the availability of other means for citizens to defend themselves,” the court wrote. “This is a question answered by the particular locality’s laws, not by its crime rates.”Gregory Bedell, a lawyer for Edhlund and Wilson, did not return a request for comment by NPR. The case can be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has become more conservative since the justices rejected the Highland Park case in 2015.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. M. Spencer Greenlast_img read more

Squabbling over bill of rights Were not here to pick on the

first_img OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is pushing back against suggestions the Liberals’ proposed air passenger bill of rights is too heavy-handed with airlines, saying the government’s intent is not to pick on air carriers.Garneau told a Commons committee studying the proposal that the government’s goal is to create regulations that are fair to airlines and passengers to ensure everyone knows their rights and responsibilities.The regulations would impose what Garneau described as hefty fines on airlines in situations where a passenger has been bumped from an overbooked flight, had luggage lost or damaged, or was stuck on a tarmac for far too long – but only if these were within the carrier’s control.If it is something beyond the control of the airline – bad weather, air traffic control issues, or a security threat at an airport, for instance – then the carrier wouldn’t be held liable.“It is an objective of this to come up with something that clearly addresses passenger rights, but that is also fair to the airlines,” Garneau said. “We’re not here to pick on the airlines. We’re here to make sure that passenger rights are respected.“If it was a decision that was within the control of the airline that prevented you from taking that flight, there needs to be compensation.’’The ensuing hours of hearings on the legislation, known as Bill C-49, saw warnings from the airline industry that legislating compensation beyond the cost of a ticket and the cost to the passenger’s time would increase prices.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthBad publicity through social media is incentive enough for airlines to better their customer service, said IATA’s Douglas Lavin.Instead, Lavin and others suggested the government require airlines to be clear with passengers about fare agreements and let the consumer decide what level of service they are willing to pay for.The line between what is and isn’t in the airline’s control is at the centre of a hearing before the Canadian Transportation Agency in which Air Transat says it shouldn’t be liable for a much-publicized incident where two of its planes faced tarmac delays of more than five hours earlier this summer where passengers not allowed to disembark.One of the two flights ran out of fuel during the delay and lost power, shutting down the air conditioning.The ensuing heat led to mounting tensions, a child throwing up on board and, ultimately, a 911 call from a passenger on the Brussels flight.The transportation agency will release its decision later this fall.Air Transat executives told the committee that C-49 wouldn’t have made a difference in the situation.“Putting out an obligation or a penalty or a fine and saying, ‘if you don’t disembark your passengers after certain hours you’re going to pay this amount of money,’ that would not have helped those passengers that evening, I can assure you that, because we don’t need a financial incentive or threat to do what we’re doing,’’ said George Petsikas, Air Transat’s senior director of government and industry affairs.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“Our crews want to get those people where they’re going as quickly and as safely as possible.”Once passed, the bill would require the transportation agency to draft the regulations and submit them to the government for approval.Garneau said that the rules would be changed as needed “under compelling situations” if there are situations that aren’t addressed, or provisions that are found to be “inadequate in any way.”Garneau urged the committee to quickly pass the legislation to have the new passenger rights in place some time next year.Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt told Garneau she wanted to ensure the bill is indeed as fair as the government claims, given it also proposes changes to rail transport and foreign ownership rules for Canadian airlines.“Any time you move off of status quo, which C-49 does do, you’re going to have people who are winners and people who are losers and our attempt here is to try and figure out the best balance is,” said Raitt, a former transport minister. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Friday, September 15, 2017 The Canadian Press center_img Tags: Canada Share Squabbling over bill of rights: “We’re not here to pick on the airlines”last_img read more

Australian inbound operators look to China

first_imgAustralia’s inbound tourism industry must get “more deeply involved” in the increasingly important Chinese market or see it “pass us by”, according to Asia Tourism Relations Managing Director Glen Hingley.”This is a quickly evolving market and I know many of Australia’s most experienced tourism sellers and marketers are constantly seeking more information on China,” Mr Hingley said ahead of this week’s 2011 ATEC Symposium in Hamilton Island.With the emergence of China as Australia’s leading tourism expenditure market, worth around AU$3 billion annually, Australian tour operators are looking at ways in which they can capitalise on the rapid growth from the world’s second largest economy.   According to Mr Hingley, the Chinese market will require traditional marketing and distribution models to make way for new processes, providing a unique challenge for the industry. These sentiments have been echoed by ATEC manging director Felicia Mariani, who said the recently signed Tourism Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and China would open the door for more tourists from the Asian nation.  “Australia can offer an unrivalled travel experience with beaches, nature and culture all within easy access of China and it is up to our industry to provide the kind of tailored services that really gets them in the door,” Ms Mariani said.“Capitalising on the growth in the Chinese market relies on our ability to create and deliver quality experiences that are matched to the needs and expectations of these new consumers and research is critical in gaining a clear picture of how the Australian product should respond in order to deliver to these growth markets.” Australia offers Chinese visitors world-class beaches Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   – / 13 Would you like to see the tablets be allowed more in the season?“I hope not. It helps bad coaches. You spend six hours on a blitz on Tuesday, and he can watch it. He doesn’t get to watch it until Monday. Offense, you don’t run the same plays very often. But defensively, you spend a lot of hours and time on a blitz that a guy can sit there and watch it on tape and show his guys and fix it in the first quarter. That’s not what it’s all about.”Has Jake Coker progressed the way you’d hope he has?“He’s progressed nicely since minicamp. Whether it’s good enough, we’ll see.”What do you expect out of Calais Campbell, what kind of player is he now that maybe he wasn’t before?“I expect a dominating player every week, which he’s capable of being — especially with the guys around him, with Corey (Peters) back and Chandler (Jones) in the mix, and Frostee (Rucker) and everybody else over there. I expect a dominating player that shows up in the stat sheet every week big.”When he’s not practicing it seems like Larry Fitzgerald is a coach on the field“He understands his position now. He’s helping the young guys as much as he can, and if you see him, he’s always following somebody, he’s telling them and he’s also getting mental reps for himself.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Looking forward to a game-week preparation. Finally putting in game plans and installations this morning to see how guys respond mentally during this practice — you’d hope mental errors and penalties would be reduced in this practice. I thought Sunday and Monday were outstanding start to the week, finishing up the traditional camp aspect of it. A lot of times guys get bored and I thought it was good competition and two really fast practices to end up the true training camp part of it.”Did you have a feeling the cornerback situation would be a bit unsettled this late in camp?“No, because I thought Justin (Bethel) would have been back the first day. With him re-injuring it, it set it into a whole different set of motion.”Do you see swagger, confidence in Brandon Williams?“Oh, you see it in Brandon every day. That’s one thing I like about him. One play flies off is back and he goes to the next play.”You know the offense very well, do you have a need to see them get in a rhythm this preseason?“Not really, not really. I see it in practice enough. Whether or not we get into a rhythm in the plays that we play in this game, you would hope, just to be a little comforting. But everybody’s back from last year and I feel very, very confident in that.” Carson Palmer is still a hard worker at this stage in his career“It’s amazing. He’s a workaholic. Whether he’s studying, preparing, lifting weights, training, in the classroom. He’s a workaholic.”Do you think this team has the capability to be top five in offense and defense this year?“I don’t really put a lot of stock in stats. If you (win) 14, 15 games, you’re going to be there. That’s the only stat I care about.”Does the NFC West look different to you this year?“Seattle’s always Seattle. I think the Rams, with that defense and (Todd) Gurley healthy, they’re always a threat. And I think Chip is going to do a phenomenal job in San Francisco. I think they’re the sleeper in the division.”Why is the competition committee something you want to be a part of?“I haven’t definitely said yes.”How did Robert Nkemdiche look on Monday?“He looked fine. He’s a little sore, but he needs to push through it and go.”How much have you been using the tablets on the sideline?“We used them the first game — they’re not going to be there during the season. I watched one play that the referee called holding and it wasn’t holding and I showed it to him. Said this would be your worst nightmare if I had this on the sideline.” Coach Bruce Arians during training camp Aug. 22. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fourth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“Out today, on a scheduled day, is Carson (Palmer). Going to take my time with Larry (Fitzgerald); he’s going to take today off, also. Shaq Riddick is out; (Elie) Bouka is out; (Alex) Okafor is getting real close, but he’s off today. And Olsen Pierre. That’s pretty much it. Everybody else is either trying it, seeing how far they go in practice, but they’re all practicing. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Could you see Fitzgerald being a coach one day?“No. He makes way too much money to coach. Way too much.”How do you feel about cornerback Mike Jenkins?“Michael Jenkins is the guy that’s the sleeper in the mix. He’s a pro. He’s been struggling with that cast. Now that the cast is smaller, he’s really in the mix as a starting corner.”What do you think of Jaron Brown and the path he’s been on to get to this point?“Those are the guys you fall in love with. He made it on special teams. Then he made it as a receiver. And he continues to improve in both areas. His value goes up and up and up.”Why do you think things have worked between you, Steve Keim and Michael Bidwill?“Because every decision we make is a Cardinal decision, the best thing for our organization. There are no egos involved. It’s very hard to find an owner, a GM and a head coach who one or all three don’t get in the way.”Is there one thing you like best about Jared Veldheer?“He’s a very competitive guy. He’s got a lot of pride, he’s very smart, but he’s very competitive.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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