Relief for building violators likely in Punjab

first_imgThe Punjab Cabinet on Friday approved ‘The Punjab One-Time Voluntary Disclosure and Settlement of Violations of the Buildings Bill-2019’ for enactment in the budget session of the State Assembly next week.“The Bill had been drafted following the Cabinet’s approval on January 2, 2019, for all buildings constructed in violation of the building by-laws in municipal areas up to June 30, 2018. The enactment is aimed at ensuring that the unauthorised buildings that have come up over the years are aligned to the parking, fire and safety standards across the State since it is not feasible to demolish the same,” an official statement said here. The Cabinet meeting, which was held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, also approved a proposal to make it mandatory for all MLAs to declare their immovable properties in January of every calendar year.“The Cabinet approved the necessary amendment to Section 3-AAA in The Punjab Legislative Assembly (Salaries and Allowances of Members) Act, 1942, for this purpose, in line with the desire of the Assembly Speaker,” said the statement.Also in line with Supreme Court orders, the Cabinet gave its nod to the creation of 4,521 dedicated new posts for the Bureau of Investigation.The State government also announced 6% DA to its employees and pensioners, with effect from February 1, 2019. “The decision would entail an extra annual financial liability of ₹720 crore to the State exchequer.”last_img read more

In some states, science on the Election Day ballot

first_imgMaine: Question 5 asks voters to approve $3 million in bonds, to be matched by $5.7 million in private funds, to modernize and expand a biological laboratory specializing in tissue repair and regeneration. Maine: Question 4 asks voters to approve $10 million in bonds, to be matched by $11 million in private funds, to build a genomics and disease research center at the Maine Technology Institute in Brunswick. Rhode Island: Question 4 asks voters to approve $125 million in bonds for a College of Engineering building at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston. Maine: Question 2 asks voters to approve $8 million in bonds to help create an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension service.center_img When voters go to the polls tomorrow, there will more than just candidates on the ballot. There are also 146 referenda and initiatives in 41 states and the District of Columbia, including a handful that relate to science, engineering, or the environment. They include questions asking voters to fund a new $21 million genomic medicine research center in Maine, to approve a $125 million bond for a new engineering building at the University of Rhode Island, and to allow terminally ill patients in Arizona to use experimental treatments.Two ballot issues have stirred particularly strong debate—and an outpouring of cash. In Colorado and Oregon, groups are spending millions of dollars to sway votes on the question of whether companies should be required to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In Michigan, hunting and conservation groups are engaged in a heated and complicated battle over whether to allow the hunting of wolves.The GMO labeling initiatives—Proposition 105 in Colorado and Measure 92 in Oregon—have attracted strong opposition from industry groups, who argue there is no evidence that GMO foods pose a health threat and that labeling would be costly to consumers. “Once you start to label, now you have to segregate every single step of the way—the field, silo, transportation,” says Martina Newell-McGloughlin, a biotechnology researcher at the University of California, Davis, who is allied with groups urging a “no” vote on Proposition 105. “You’re going to end up paying a tax for a label that has no health value.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Larry Cooper, director of the Right to Know Colorado GMO campaign, which is urging a “yes” vote on Propositon 105, rejects that idea. He argues that labeling costs would be low and that consumers should be fully informed about what is in their food.So far, pro-labeling forces have prevailed in just one state in recent years; Vermont enacted a GMO-labeling law earlier this year. And food industry and agriculture groups are spending heavily to prevent another state from requiring labels. In Colorado, they’ve donated more than $11 million to defeat Proposition 105; the “yes” forces have raised less than $500,000. In Oregon, the spending gap is smaller: antilabeling forces have raised more than $16 million compared with about $7 for pro-labeling forces.In Michigan, the conflict is over wolf hunting. Officials removed endangered species protections for the state’s gray wolves in 2012, prompting a state senator named Tom Casperson to successfully push legislation that would designate the wolf as “game species.” Antihunting groups responded by collecting enough signatures to challenge Casperson’s measure on this year’s ballot, and many observers predicted they would win, in part because the state’s voters in 2006 rejected a similar effort to allow hunting of doves. Pro-hunting forces responded with another legislative maneuver, however, forcing their opponents to add a second ballot measure. But the maneuvering didn’t end there: Pro-hunting legislators then pursued a successfully pursued a third legislative gambit to sidestep both ballot measures. The upshot: Even if voters approve the two antihunting measures, known as Propositions 14-1 and 14-2, the wins may not be enough to bar wolf hunting. The matter could end up in the state’s courts.Some wolf biologists, meanwhile, say the outcome may not make much difference to the state’s wolf population of about 650 animals. Hunters killed just 22 wolves in the first hunt in 2013, fewer than the limit of 43 set by state officials.Other science-related items on Election Day ballots include:Alaska: Ballot Measure 4 would require legislative approval of a controversial gold mine proposed for the salmon-rich Bristol Bay area. Arizona: Proposition 303 would permit terminally ill patients and their doctors to use experimental treatments that have completed only preliminary phase I safety and dose trials. Colorado, Missouri, Louisiana, and Michigan already have similar “right to try” laws.last_img read more

Political Dozers

first_imgOne of the remarkable characteristics of contemporary American politics is that the country has no real orators. Just try listening to your Congressional representative or senator. They are about as lousy at speaking as your local news anchor. For any Indian familiar with politics, speeches are a mainstay of politics. So it is with most parliamentary democracies in the world. In lobbyist-driven democracies, however, one does not have to be good at public speaking. It is enough to be a schmoozer.The Democratic National Convention was no exception. Perhaps this convention was unique, because the central character of its drama, the Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, is known for his speeches and, to some, mainly for them. Now speeches are at the core of conventions. There are fights about who is allowed to speak and when. Speakers argue over who gets the primetime slot and in what order. The pecking order determines how much the nominee likes you and considers you in his court. The pre-convention maneuvering is always dramatic. Political lives are made from these assignments. As we know, Barack Obama built his fame with his keynote speech in Boston at the 2004 convention. Some comeuppance! Bill Clinton’s speech in 1988 was a major dozer and Mario Cuomo’s speech in 1984 is still considered to be one of the best political speeches of all times.Most convention speeches are an exercise in tolerance of your faculties and sensory abilities. They are rote, non-descript and may well be used one day to teach how not to give speeches. “Speechifying” is not an element of the American political process. There is no George Fernandes here. There are no fiery union leaders either. If the primary qualification for a politician is the ability to raise money, then it is understandable that public speaking is not their forte.Senators. whose lot is excruciatingly dull to begin with, have re-defined boring in many ways. If you have watched the “question” hour in the British Parliament – check out C-SPAN sometime – you will realize what quick wit and alertness of mind do to political speeches. If you are well-disposed to the American  orientation and have sufficiently lowered your expectations, then the convention speeches might be fun. Sen. John Kerry, fresh from his ballistic speech in Boston in 2004, honed perhaps by the best speechwriters, could not muster anything as good; his senate staff is clearly not adept at this. With each charge against his fellow Sen. John McCain, he was lurching ahead impatiently to deliver his punch lines. There was no build up and he could not command any punch.Another fellow senator, Joe Biden, demonstrated just how different it is to speak from behind the bench than it is from the podium. The crowd had waited for him all evening. He followed Bill Clinton who declared that he “loved Joe Biden.” But his main lines, punched with “more of the same” confused the audience. They were chanting with him in the first unfinished sentence and then wandering around with the next. The speakers in the spectacle are often saved by the enthusiasm that is already in the audience. Their energy carries you forward, but the more you kill it, the worse it gets.After months of campaigning and two senate campaigns, Hillary Clinton is somewhat of a speaker. She is far less spontaneous and has learned very little, except self-confidence from her accomplished spouse. She is most effective when speaking angrily about how women should mobilize and how they need to “keep going,” recalling the fight of the women sojourners in historical terms. Otherwise, she carries the day by who she is, by little tricks of delivering her lines slowly.With his years of training and perhaps by working with his earlier boss, Al Gore has taken on a more relaxed approach to his speeches. It was a delight to read an advance copy of his speech and then watch him deliver it with verve and energy. Ted Kennedy saves himself by shouting the lines that he feels strongly about. The rhythm and the energy are gone. That brings us to the finalists of this event. Despite the billing, Bill Clinton’s speech was by far the best of the lot. There wasn’t much in it politically or programmatically. But it was a simple speech, delivered with great command over its contents and his audience. In columnist David Broder’s words, there was “theme music” to his speech. He loved his party, he was backing Obama and emphasized that we ought to govern with a measured and modest use of our power in the world.Clinton makes his case like a charmer, but hits you with simple bullets that you can take home. The idea that the United States should refrain from showing “the power of our example, rather than an example of our power” was deliriously effective and sufficient enough for the rest of the world to understand. Diplomatic, measured, warm, seductive and charming, he did all he could to wipe away the bitterness of the primary season to remind us why he is one of the most appealing leader from this country to the rest of the world. And, we have to consider him one of the best speakers of his generation.The climax was, of course, the speech by Barack Obama. For someone who talks in interviews slowly, deliberately and often thinking too much before saying anything, he lights up when speaking before a crowd. He delivers superbly. Smooth he is not, but he is forceful and articulate. He is better at getting angry; this time in INVESCO field he was more a union leader than a political reformer. Nothing wrong with that, as we need some of each! A well-written speech, delivered with grace and force, it rose to the occasion and drew the battle lines for Democrats.His lines about “enough is enough” and “America, don’t look back now” will be remembered by historians. In each of these lines, there were hidden two levels of meaning, with a call to end the corruption and thoughtlessness of the past eight years as much as an appeal to end racial intolerance to elect a man with a “different pedigree” that he does not share with other presidents. Eloquent yes, easy no! That may well be Obama’s problem, if he happens to lose. He is too articulate, too brainy and there is much of the faculty lounge talk in him. The event at INVESCO field commemorated the 45th anniversary of the historic speech by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. As the TV coverage of the event made clear, Blacks were excited to have Obama accept the nomination of his party, the first Black candidate of a major party ever to run for the highest office. It was a fitting tribute to the earlier struggles and to the Civil Rights leader. But professor as he is, Obama made a reference to Rev. King as a “preacher from Georgia,” which it is hard to see, how a peasant and a common dude in middle America can identify with. Very much a cerebral appeal by Obama, isn’t it? It was like appealing to a non-Christian crowd and referring to Jesus Christ as a carpenter from Jerusalem.And that is indeed the story here. If we elect him, we will have a brainy man in the White House, which is an assuring change. If we don’t, it will be because his smarts are lost on most people.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Controversy Derails Sonal Shah

first_imgUnder growing public pressure from progressive Indian American groups, Sonal Shah, a member of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition advisory board, who was rumored to be under consideration for a cabinet position, has denounced the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, with whom she was affiliated seven years year.In a statement, Shah, who is head of the Google Foundation, said she would never had associated with the organization had she foreseen the role of the VHP in the communal violence in Gujarat in 2002, which killed over 1,000 people. “Had I been able to forsee the role of the VHP in these heinous events, or anticipate that the VHP of America could possibly stand by silently in the face of its Indian counterpart’s complicity in the events of Gujarat in 2002 — thereby undermining the American group’s cultural and humanitarian efforts with which I was involved — I would not have associated with the VHP of America.”Shah has come under blistering attack from progressive Indian American groups since her appointment to Obama’s transition team.In her email plea to supporters Shah, who was once reportedly under consideration for secretary of energy, a position since awarded to Nobel physics laureate Steven Chu, pleaded with them to push back against the attacks: “I need your help. This is gaining legs as the National Journal also picked it up and likely Fox. I need to mobilize people against the leftists and the right wing. There is a likely chance that they (the Obama team) will ask me to resign as team does not need my publicity.”Shah’s denunciation of the VHP has not mollified her critics. Dr. Shaik Ubaid, founder of the Coalition Against Genocide, said: “I am saddened and disappointed by Ms. Sonal Shah’s statement. It is disingenuous that she who was raised in a Hindutva family, says that she was not aware of the Hindu-supremacist and violent ideology of Hindutva movement.”Shah’s denunciation of VHP America has tempered the enthusiastic support she received from its members in the early stages of the controversy. However, Sanjay Puri, chairman of the political action group, USINPAC, defends her, asserting: “While some members of the Indian-American community may have objected to her appointment, I want to assure you that the majority of Indian-Americans of different religious background support her and what she represents for America… We believe she is highly deserving of the position she has been given in the Presidential Transition Team and look forward to watching her continued success.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Nagasu becomes 3rd woman, 1st American, to land Olympic triple axel

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Truth is: Cavaliers rout Celtics on Paul Pierce’s day MOST READ Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mirai Nagasu reacts after her performance during the women’s free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Mirai Nagasu wasted no time making some figure skating history.The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, became the first American woman _ and third woman overall _ to land a triple axel in the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Nagasu accomplished the rare feat just 21 seconds into the women’s free skate on Monday. She was the first of the five women to compete and led off her routine with the triple axel, drawing huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.“I feel really great,” Nagasu said. “Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, ‘Get on the tracks and get some speed.’ And, I tripped a couple times. I don’t know if you could tell. It was more something I could feel, but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my teammates standing out of excitement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And at that moment, I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me.”And, she took care of business. Nagasu skated a flawless routine and pumped both fists as she completed it, smiling as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nagasu also drew lots of compliments from fellow American skaters, incuding Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Meryl Davis. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nagasu had landed triple axels in previous competitions, but never in such a pressure-packed situation as the Olympic stage.“To complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting,” she said.She received a personal-best score of 137.53 points, narrowly edging Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman (137.14) for second place in the free skate. Russian Alina Zagitova won the event, topping even her performance in taking the European title last month with a season-best 158.08 points.Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics. Nagasu, who is also Japanese, joked about the history the three now share.“Maybe it’s the Japanese genetics,” Nagasu said with a big smile. “But lucky for me, I’m American, so I’m the first American to land it.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

1 MVP better than 2

first_imgSomeone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! By then, the Greek superstar had achieved double digits in three key statistical categories: 30 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. His 20 second-half points helped the Bucks rally from a 16-point third-quarter deficit.Antetokounmpo became the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1966 to post a 30-plus point triple-double in his opening game of a season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBut he said team effort was the key to the comeback win.“We stayed together,” Antetokounmpo said. “Even though we faced adversity and we weren’t playing our best basketball in the first quarter and second quarter we came out, we were focused. We were able to move the ball and execute. Pagunsan seizes Summit golf lead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While the Bucks looked a team perfectly capable of repeating their 60-win campaign of last season, the long-dominant Golden State Warriors got a taste of what could be a tough road ahead as they fell, 141-122, to the ascendant Los Angeles Clippers.In the first game in their glitzy new $1.4-billion Chase Arena in San Francisco, the Warriors—now without departed free agent Kevin Durant and injured Klay Thompson—were no match for a Clippers team bolstered this offseason by the arrival of Kawhi Leonard—who was on the Toronto Raptors team that beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals in June.Atlanta’s Trae Young opened his second NBA season with a 38-point outburst for the Hawks in a 117-100 victory over the Pistons in Detroit.Young said he was “a lot more comfortable” than he was coming into his rookie season a year ago. —AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own mancenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “My team without me did a great job,” added Antetokounmpo, whose departure with his sixth foul at 5:18 remaining—and the Bucks up by six—appeared to open the door to the Rockets.Houston scored the next five points, Westbrook adding four with a three-pointer and a free throw to trim the deficit to 101-100.But the Rockets, who brought in 2017 MVP Westbrook in the offseason to play alongside their 2018 MVP Harden, couldn’t get ahead.Westbrook finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.Harden’s 19 points owed more to his perfect 14-of-14 finish at the free-throw line than his two-of 13 shooting. He added seven rebounds and 14 assists.ADVERTISEMENT HOUSTON—Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points to propel the Bucks to a 117-111 victory in Houston on Thursday, spoiling the debut of newly formed Rockets star duo James Harden and Russell Westbrook.In a battle featuring the last three NBA Most Valuable Players, it was reigning MVP Antetokounmpo who emerged the winner, notching the first triple-double of the season before he fouled out with just over five minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View commentslast_img read more

Greek Cup Postponed, Again

first_imgATHENS— Risking sanctions from FIFA, Greece’s government has postponed Saturday’s Greek Cup final, citing security concerns.Stavros Kontonis, a deputy minister for sport, announced the decision Friday, noting that the final between champion Olympiakos and AEK Athens would be delayed for “at least 10 days.”Fans had already been banned from the game at the 69,000-seat Olympic Stadium.Kontonis canceled the cup competition in March following fan violence at a semifinal match, but later reversed the decision facing the threat of an international ban by FIFA.On Thursday, AEK accused the Greek soccer association of favoring its opponents with the “underhand and infuriating” selection of match officials for the final.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoFulham striker Mitrovic named Serbia’s Player of the Year

first_imgFulham striker Mitrovic named Serbia’s Player of the Yearby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been named Serbia’s Player of the Year.He played a major role in Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League by scoring 12 times in the Championship following a January move from Newcastle.”It’s nice when you are appreciated in the country where you play, but there’s nothing more beautiful than when you are at home, with your people,” Mitrovic told the Serbian FA’s website.Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, ex-Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and former Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov are among the previous recipients of the award. About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Juniper Ridge Pop Up Brings the West Coast to Brooklyn

first_img Alcohol Brands and B-Corp Certification: Who Is Doing It and Why? Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Good news for all of you East Coast readers out there. One of our favorite grooming brands, Juniper Ridge, brought the refreshing scents of the West Coast wilderness to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and it’s not something you want to miss.We stopped by last week to check out the pop up, housed in Barber & Supply – the concept shop by and next door to Fellow Barber, a fantastic place for a cut or shave – and it only took a few minutes to be transported to wilderness destinations like Big Sur, Death Valley and Oregon’s Mt. Hood. In case you didn’t know, Juniper Ridge distills fragrances for cologne, soap and the rest of their namesake line in a converted whiskey still using only plants, tree trimmings, moss and mushrooms foraged in the backcountry. Every time you spritz their Cabin Spray or step into the shower with a Trail Crew Soap, it’s unbelievable how quickly the fragrances carry you to the great outdoors. At their Brooklyn pop up, a photobooth-sized Transporter, inspired by Dr. Who, will take you from the city to nature in no time. Inside, there are photos of the places Juniper Ridge travels to for botanicals, and visitors are able to try each fragrance to find their favorite.During our visit, we walked the streets of Williamsburg to find and smell the local cedar with founder Hall Newbegin and chief storyteller Obi Kaufmann before heading back to the shop where Obi demonstrated the distillation process. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to taste a Redwood martini, Desert Sage Old Fashioned or some of Hall’s homemade mead, which we can vouch is extremely delicious.Want to experience some fresh, West Coast air without leaving the city? Visit the Juniper Ridge pop up at 101 North 8th St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Mon-Fri from 12-8pm and Sat-Sun from 10am-6pm. Hurry, the shop will only be open through the first few weeks of 2013.All photography by Sabine Scheckel. Store design by Claudio Martonffy Design. To learn more about Juniper Ridge, visit Editors’ Recommendations What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul How to Shave With a Straight Razorlast_img read more

Recreational Fishing Advisory Council Meetings Announced

first_imgNova Scotia anglers are invited to discuss angling regulations and provide input on sportfishing issues at meetings to be held throughout the province in November and December. Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, announced the Recreational Fishing Advisory Council meetings today, Nov. 8. The meetings are open to the public and give representatives from the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture an opportunity to share information on research, fish stocking programs, education and extension programs, and discuss regulatory issues. “We continue to monitor the health of our sport fishery,” said Mr. Chisholm. “Through our assessment of the fishery, combined with valuable input from anglers, we develop and change regulations that will conserve, enhance, protect and in some cases, provide increased sportfishing opportunities for Nova Scotia anglers.” There will be six Recreational Fishing Advisory Council meetings All meetings will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meeting dates and locations are: Wednesday, Nov. 21Area 4, Southern Nova Scotia (includes Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Queens counties) Rodd Colony Motel, Willow Room, 6 Forest St.,Yarmouth Thursday, Nov. 22Area 5, Western Nova Scotia (includes Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties)Room 2102, Kingstec Campus, NSCC, 236 Belcher St., Kentville Wednesday, Nov. 28Area 2, Eastern Nova Scotia (includes Antigonish, Pictou, and Guysborough counties)Nova Scotia Museum of Industry Auditorium, 147 North Foord St., Stellarton Tuesday, Dec. 04Area 3, Central Nova Scotia (includes Halifax and Lunenburg counties)Mosher Room, Park Place Hotel and Conference Centre, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 240 Brownlow Ave., Dartmouth Thursday, Dec. 6Area 1, Cape Breton (includes Cape Breton, Inverness, Victoria, and Richmond counties) Mariner Ballroom, Delta Sydney Hotel, 300 Esplanade St., Sydney Tuesday, Dec. 11Area 6, Northern Nova Scotia (includes Cumberland and Colchester counties)MacDonald A, B Room, Best Western Glengarry St., TruroNote: This meeting is being held in conjunction with the Cobequid Salmon Association monthly meeting. Additional information on angling and meeting dates can be found on the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture website at: or by calling 902-485-5056.last_img read more

Canada to send team back to Mali to help Romania minimize gap

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian military plans to send a team back to Mali next month to work with Romanian peacekeepers and minimize a gap in providing medical evacuations to United Nations and Malian forces and civilians.Canadian peacekeepers will cease operations in Mali on Saturday and begin packing up their helicopters and equipment after more than a year in the sprawling West African country.Yet while their Romanian replacements have started to arrive, with help from Canadian Forces transport aircraft, the Romanians aren’t expected to be ready to fly missions until the middle of October.To ensure they are ready, Col. Travis Morehen, commander of the Canadian contingent, says some of his troops who returned home last month will be back for a week in September to teach their Romanian replacements the ropes.The 12-month Canadian mission was scheduled to wrap up all operations at the end of July before the federal government extended medical evacuations another month to the end of August.The UN had asked Canada to keep all its peacekeepers in Mali until the middle of October to prevent any gap between the end of the Canadian mission and the start of Romanian one.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN official urges continued international support as Vanuatu recovers from Cyclone Pam

“As we scale up the aid effort, and as basic services are being rehabilitated and people get back to work, we must ensure that no second emergency develops in Vanuatu from food and water shortages or disease outbreaks,” the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the archipelagic nation, Osnat Lubrani, said in a statement issued earlier today. The Category 5 tropical cyclone descended upon Vanuatu, Tuvalu and a number of other Pacific islands one week ago battering them with 250kmph winds and 320kmph gusts which caused widespread damage to infrastructure, impacting services such as electricity. Ms. Lubrani explained that in Vanuatu the storm had left 17 people dead and some 65,000 people homeless. A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team arrived in the Pacific Ocean archipelago on 16 March and began its work in supporting the Government of Vanuatu in coordinating the humanitarian response, providing some 166,000 people with recovery support. Nevertheless, Ms. Lubrani continued, Cyclone Pam’s impact had caused significant damage to the country’s food and water supplies as well as sanitation and health facilities. “Water is a serious problem, with the contamination of water sources a grave health threat, particularly to children. Food stocks are limited as vegetable gardens have been wiped out – a concern for food security and as a source of livelihoods. Several of the health centres and schools have been severely damaged,” she said. Along with the tragic loss of life and severe infrastructure damage, Cyclone Pam has also heavily impacted Vanuatu’s economy which is heavily dependent on agriculture. An initial assessment by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found “extensive damage” to crops, livestock and fisheries as a result of the storm. The banana crop was almost entirely destroyed by the storm, as have most coconuts and all of the inland cabbage plants and leafy vegetables. Root crops, which are an important local food source, have been uprooted and flooded in most areas, while the majority of fruit trees have been stripped and chickens and pigs have been killed.As well as crops, most household food and seed stocks and garden production were also destroyed, leaving many families without food and income and increasing the need for imports. With the first harvest from replanted fast-growing food crops likely to be available only in mid-June, Vanuatu could be without locally produced food until then.It will be some time before the full scale of damages and needs on Vanuatu’s more than 80 islands will be known due to a lack of functional communications and limited access following the destruction, according to the UN. However, with 99 per cent of all households on the outer islands dependent on agriculture for consumption needs and income, and with 75 per cent of households in the capital, Port Vila consuming their own produce, the impact will be large.Ms. Lubrani admitted that the widespread disruption of communication and roads would also impact humanitarian efforts and had transformed the UN’s relief efforts into “a very challenging logistical operation.”“Communication within and between the islands is a major challenge, while access to affected areas remains restricted because debris and fallen trees are blocking roads,” she added. “It is also going to be very expensive due to the costs of getting to remote islands and the damage caused to transport infrastructure.”As a result, she called upon the international community to boost aid and humanitarian efforts for Vanuatu as the country emerges from the disaster. “We must support the people and Government of Vanuatu as they continue to help the most vulnerable communities and start to recover and rebuild,” concluded Ms. Lubrani. “The United Nations and our partners are ready to continue to help in this effort.” read more

Nowhere is safe to hide in wartorn Yemen say UNappointed rights experts

At the launch of its second report into alleged violations committed in the Arabian Peninsula State, where the internationally recognized Government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi is fighting chiefly Houthi opposition forces, the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen insisted that there had been “a pervasive lack of accountability”.The parties to the conflict in Yemen – all the parties – are responsible for numerous violations – panel chair, Kamel JenoubiBoth sides were responsible, the experts insisted, and assessments that many thousands of people had been killed “are likely to be a gross underestimate”, expert Charles Garraway insisted.“The parties to the conflict in Yemen – all the parties – are responsible for numerous violations of human rights, of international law and humanitarian law,” said panel chair Kamel Jenoubi. “Some of these violations may constitute war crimes.”Describing what kind of daily terrors Yemenis had to face, Mr. Jenoubi noted that there was nowhere safe to hide in the war-torn country – a deliberate tactic by the warring sides.“The missiles, the airstrikes, the snipers, (that) hit people going about their daily business, often without warning and in places where there’s no active conflict,” he said. “It gives the impression that there’s nowhere in Yemen that you can call safe, or where you can hide.”460,000 cholera cases in first six months of 2019Another war tactic outlined in the report is the targeting of health centres and services, which has had a devastating impact on a population verging on famine and brought low by some 460,000 cases of suspected cholera in the first half of the year alone. “We’ve had incidents this year where the Coalition has struck an MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) cholera treatment centre just prior to it opening for business, so taking that out of action for the year,” said Ms. Parke. “And we’ve had both sides of the parties to the conflict actively impeding the delivery of cholera vaccines to the population of Yemen.”The panel, which was established in 2017 following a request by the Human Rights Council to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also found further testimonies of other worrying practices by those fighting, including the forced recruitment of children.Fighters recruit children ‘by force’“The parties – all the parties – actively recruit children, including by force,” Mr. Jenoubi said. “The parties to the conflict harass and threaten rights activists, journalists, human rights defenders, humanitarian workers, they impose restrictions on their work, that often cut off services provided to people in need.”Turning to the belligerents’ decision to prevent Yemenis from importing much of the fuel, food and medicines they have needed in the past through key Red Sea ports like Hudaydah, Mr. Jenoubi likened the tactic to a siege and “attacks against things that are essential to the population’s survival”. The population had been deprived of “food, water and medicine at a time of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis”, he insisted, with more than 24 million people – 80 per cent of the population – dependent on humanitarian aid to survive.Stop selling arms to warring sides, experts urgeHighlighting the active involvement of other countries including a Saudi-led Coalition which has supported Yemeni Government forces since March 2014, the group of experts urged others States to stop selling arms that could be used in conflict.“The Group of Experts have recommended that Third States prohibit the authorization of arms transfers and refrain from providing arms to parties to the conflict,” expert Melissa Parke told journalists. “This is because of the prevailing risk that such arms will be used by parties to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.”Responding to a question about which countries were involved in selling arms to Yemen’s belligerents, Charles Garraway replied that “certain States” were “well known to be supplying weapons; that includes the United States, that includes the United Kingdom and it includes France, to name but three. On the other side, it is reported that Iran may be supplying weapons to the Houthis.”The expert report is due to be presented to the Human Rights Council later this month. read more

Week in Brussels – Week ending Friday 18 October 2013

DOWNLOAD1. EU new car registrations up 5.4% in September2. Worldwide new car registrations up 5.7% in September3. EU air quality package to look beyond 20204. EU grants €1.6 billion to support key TEN-T infrastructure projects5. Industrial production up by 1.0% in euro areaClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Flanders Electric SureTrip dipper spool reel a boost for rope shovel productivity

first_imgA gear motor drive assembly and cable spool reel engineered for rope shovels has dramatically decreased the occurrence of unexpected dipper trip system failure, one of the biggest productivity thieves in surface mining operations. Developed by Flanders Electric, the SureTrip dipper spool reel applies constant tension during the dig cycle to maintain full control over the tripping cable, and delivers optimum torque to ensure reliable, consistent gate activation. Performance studies show the long-life SureTrip system delivers 99% activation reliability, and SureTrip is the only dipper trip system that can be custom-set based on digging situations to help maximise digging efficiency, Flanders Electric reports.At shovel operations where SureTrip is installed, customers have reported the following benefits:Easy integration of the digital drive into existing shovel control systemsSignificant increases in productivityMuch lower levels of operator frustrationExtended rope and component life due to smooth torque regulationFewer maintenance requirements due to elimination of wound motorMaximized component life due to extreme-duty cable reel assemblies and ring and pinion gear.In addition, operators where SureTrip is installed report SureTrip’s new Graphic User Interface (GUI) to be user friendly, with secure and modifiable settings and intuitive navigation that reduces training costs. Mining operations say SureTrip’s detailed diagnostics minimize maintenance downtime.last_img read more

DreamPlug puts a 12GHz ARM PC in a power outlet

first_imgIf you want a small PC the most common options are to buy a netbook, or if you want a larger screen a nettop. But there is an even smaller option that does not require any desk space at all: it’s called a plug computer.These tiny machines form part of an over-sized plug and sit in a power outlet. Unlike a typical PC they don’t have a video card and therefore no video out. They are ideally suited for use as a web or media server that is always on and always connected. Just plug it in and forget about it. While there are a few plug computers out there, including the SheevaPlug and GuruPlug, the latest model to become available offers an update to the performance, software, and connections available. It’s called DreamPlug, and it offers up some serious computing power using an ARM processor.Here’s the basic spec:Marvell Sheeva core @ 1.2GHz speedLinux 2.6.3x Kernel512MB 16bit DDR2-800 MHz1 GB on board micros-SD for kernal and root file system2 x Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps2 x USB 2.0 ports (Host)1 x eSATA 2.0 port -3Gbps SATAII1 x SD socket for user expansion/applicationWiFi 802.11 b/gBluetooth BT2.1 + EDRAudio InterfacesHeadphone (analogue) out x 1Fiber Optics (SP/DIF) out x 1 Jtag and Uart connections for external module5V3A DC power supplyThe DreamPlug has the advantage of offering an always on computing solution that takes up no space and only draws 5 watts of power. Want a home server? DreamPlug could be the perfect solution.If you want one then it’s possible to pre-order for $149 with shipments starting some time this month. There’s also an optional $30 JTAG board for debugging and programming purposes if you intend to develop applications for use with the DreamPlug.Alternatively if you don’t mind working with a bulkier plug computer, there’s also the GuruPlug Display also up for pre-order which adds a HDMI out which can drive a 720p resolution. As you’d expect it’s more expensive at $199.Read more at Globalscale Technologies and NewIT, via Thinqlast_img read more

Dev doesnt want to pay for a broken version of Growl releases

first_imgIf you’re not familiar with it, Growl is an excellent notification tool for OS X. Lots of people use it and it’s something so tightly integrated to users’ Mac experience that it feels like a native part of the operating system. Growl was a free, open source app until version 1.3 was released on the Mac App Store in early October. At that point anyone that wanted to stick with the older versions  could, but if they wanted to get OS X Lion-compatible v1.3 (or beyond) they had to pay $1.99 for it.Now most people would say that’s a fair bargain (and, as a paid Growl user, I can’t disagree), but not everyone thinks so. Developer Perry Metzger decided to fork the open source project, throw in a few bug fixes, and release his own version for the low, low price of zero dollars. After all, that’s kind of how open source works (depending on the licensing, of course). And, in all fairness, Metzger only did this after he paid for Growl and find that it didn’t work satisfactorily. There was a noted bug that Growl’s developers were informed of but hadn’t fixed, and old versions were not playing nicely with Lion (especially Hardware Growler).And what did Metzger get for his work? A pat on the back and a virtual few high-fives? Maybe some donation bucks from grateful downloaders? Turns out it was a cease-and-desist and a one-month ban from the Growl mailing list. Ouch.Metzger’s forked version of Growl 1.2.x (the last version of the source code that’s public) is available. It doesn’t use the Mac App Store’s slick delivery system or Apple account integration, but it doesn’t crash when you change your WiFi card’s state either. Also, it’s free. The account clearly states that this is an unofficial fork of Growl and it’s not endorsed by the people at He even wrote a full “WHY DID I FORK THIS?” section explaining his actions. Seems reasonable to us…Yes, another open source software fight. This doesn’t have an entirely unhappy ending though. For $1.99 you can download the fixed version of Growl, v1.3.1, you can play around with the Growl 1.3 source code, or you can download Metzger’s fork.via Basement Coders (don’t miss the podcast link at the bottom)last_img read more

Excited About The LEGO Batman Movie Check Out These 5 Comics

first_img The 11 Weirdest ‘Scooby-Doo’ Guest StarsChristian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert Pattinson Stay on target The LEGO Batman Movie comes out this Friday and is most definitely something to be excited about. The LEGO Movie was one of the biggest surprises of 2014, with a great premise and an even better cast that left kids and adults wanting more. Three years later, we are getting a spin-off featuring the Batman from that movie, a version of the character who has all of his personality traits turned up to 11. If Kanye West were Batman, it probably wouldn’t be much different than the animated Batman played by Will Arnett. The movie looks to be taking cues from every previous depiction of the character, diving headfirst into the dark and convoluted lore of Batman and his Bat-Family. If all of the early reviews are to be believed, this movie is going to be just as big a hit as its brick-built predecessor. If you can’t wait until Friday, or have already seen it and need more, here are some comics that I recommend to fill the little Bat-shaped hole in your life.via DC ComicsWhile Will Arnett’s version of Batman may be incredibly self-centered, this movie doesn’t shy away from the extended Bat-family the way that almost every other modern screen depiction of the character has. Dick Grayson/Robin and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl play a huge role in the film, and what better way to celebrate that than by reading the amazing Batgirl: Year One and Robin: Year One, both of which were written by veteran comics writer Chuck Dixon. Cute, fun stories about the respective sidekicks, these stories take place in the first months of both of their crime-fighting careers. The two series have since been released as a single collected edition, which can be found online at Comixology.via DC ComicsEmbracing the more colorful elements of Batman as a character has been scarce lately, with DC choosing to focus on the more grounded, gritty versions of the character. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo broke this streak recently, in their Superheavy storyline, which found Jim Gordon operating as Batman during Bruce Wayne’s absence. A crazy, electric storyline which featured monsters, a Robocop-like Batman suit, and all of the quirks that came with Jim as Batman, Superheavy did not last long, but it will not be forgotten. The storyline was collected in volume 8 of Snyder and Capullo’s New 52 run on Batman, and it is available online.via DC ComicsAn anthology series, Superman/Batman, did an amazing job of taking the Caped Crusader out of his comfort zone as he went on adventures with the Man of Steel, as they faced off against every threat imaginable, and even some that were unimaginable. Running over 80 issues in the 2000’s, Superman/Batman was not always perfect, but it was almost always a nice change of pace for the characters. The series has since been collected and is available online.via DC ComicsBatgirl doesn’t get a lot of focus, and while the LEGO Batman Movie gives her a much bigger role in the lore of Batman, her role as a character in the DC Universe has been consistently underappreciated. One of the best runs on the character came recently from writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden K. Fletcher, as well as artist Bab Tarr for DC Comics’ New 52 line. Fun, cute, with plenty of motorcycle chases and butt kicking, the run only lasted for 17 issues before being rebooted in the DC Rebirth. The series has since been collected into three volumes which are available online.via DC ComicsYes, that is a caveman Batman. Grant Morrison’s Return of Bruce Wayne might tonally be very different from the LEGO Batman Movie, but both have a great understanding of the character and his mythos. Stranded in time by the villain known as Darkseid, The Return of Bruce Wayne follows Bruce as he must fight his way back through time in different Bat-costumes, even at one point being a Pilgrim during the Colonial era. A fun, action-packed romp that isn’t afraid to embrace the wackier Silver Age roots of the character, Return is a great read for anyone interested in the Bat-mythos. A six issue mini-series, Return has since been collected and is available online.last_img read more

TCI Ready medical program launched five years strong

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIReadyprogramlaunch Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 25, 2017 – Providenciales – Launch of ‘TCI Ready’ program; a dynamic partnership between TCI Hospitals, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education including medical centers in the private sector and health departments of TCIG.  Dr. Jameiko Harvey touts the program, in its fifth year, as an ideal launch pad for medical careers.  “Anyone that has an interest in the health profession, whether it be from the front office all the way up to the doctorate level, we try to make the opportunity available for them, and part of what we do is actually,  we give them a number of areas to rotate through, and by the end of the program it gives them a good idea as to  what goes on in different areas.”Daniel Carrier, CEO of TCI Hospitals reported that 80% manpower at their facilities is TCI, but it drops to 35% when it comes to the technical areas.  “It’s very important for us to have a comprehensive manpower plan where we can accommodate these people when they have graduated and bring them back to their country of origin here in the TCI so they can work gainfully and be part of the healthcare team.”Health Minister Edwin Astwood says this clinical experience gives TCI medical scholars an edge even at the tertiary level.  “When I first did Medical Technology at the University of Medical Technology in Jamaica, the top students were those who had that experience.”  The Minister gave high commendation to the 17 rotations which the select students will be exposed to and calls for the program’s originator, Dr. Jameiko Harvey to add special needs and care for the elderly to the curriculum to potentially inspire careers for those sectors.   Education Minister Josephine Connolly endorsed the program and agreed that students taking part in the Clinical Exploration TCI Ready Observership program are more likely to get a TCIG scholarship.  Flow was also on hand as a major monetary sponsor of the program. #MagneticMediaNews#TCIReadyprogramlaunch Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more