Five sentenced to life in Bodh Gaya serial blasts case

first_imgFive convicts in the Bodh Gaya serial bomb blasts case were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Patna on Friday.On July 7, 2013, nine serial bombs exploded in the Buddhist pilgrim town,causing injuries to five people, including two monks.Imtiyaz Ansari, Haider Ali, Mujib Ullah, Omair Siddiqui and Azharuddin Qureishi were convicted by the court on May 25 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act and the Explosives Act. Sixth accused Taufique Ahmed, a juvenile then, was earlier sentenced to three years of confinement in a remand home.Judge Manoj Kumar Sinha also sentenced convicts Haider Ali and Omair Siddiqui to 14 years and seven years of imprisonment respectively.The court imposed Rs. 10,000 fine on all the convicts.last_img read more

Disppointing show by Indian shooters; Meema-Tejaswini miss gold

first_imgIt turned out to be a disappointing day for Indian shooters with the pair of Tejaswini Sawant and Meena Kumari missing out on a gold by just one point to settle for a bronze in the 19th Commonwealth Games here today.Even in the skeet event, the Indian pair of Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Allan Daniel Peoples finished a disappointing final as the country had to be content with only one bronze medal in shooting at Karni Singh Shooting Range.The first Indian woman to win a World Championship, Tejaswini was done in by pressure as she along with her teammate Meena Kumari faltered by just one point in the women’s 50 metres rifle prone.Scottish duo of Jen McIntosh and Kay Copland clinched the gold in the shoot-off against the English pair of Michelle Smith and Sharon Lee after they were locked on 1169.World champion Tejaswini shot 583, two less than Meena Kumari as the duo shot 1168, in a heartbreaking miss by one point.”I got over conscious because I didn’t want to commit any mistake. Even my coach told me that I was getting over conscious,” Tejaswini said.The Kolhapur girl had earlier won a silver in pairs 50m rifle 3 position along with Lajja Goswami.”Honestly, I am feeling a little bad on losing by just one point. We both are good shooters with very high personal scores. Even our normal performance would have fetched a gold,” a dejected Tejaswini said.Tejaswini had won a gold medal at the World Championships in Munich in August.advertisement”Obviously, I will train because the disappointment and sadness I am going through now, needs to be covered up. I have to get my rhythm back,” Tejaswini said.”I read motivational books whenever I get time in between. It improves concentration and inspires me. My favourite author is Shivaji Sawant,” she said.Her partner Meena Kumari was equally disappointed.”I am not happy that I got bronze because the difference in the scores of the winning teams was only one point. That’s why I am feeling all the more bad.”I lost my rhythm in between, so that delayed my shots. I feel I made a mistake. Now, I want to train so that I don’t repeat my mistakes in tomorrow’s match,” Meena Kumari said.In the second event of the day, the skeets duo of Khan (94) and Peoples (92) finished fifth.Cyprus duo of Georgios Achilleos and Andreas Chasikos equalled Games record of 194 to claim the gold.Canada and England took the silver and bronze respectively.last_img read more

Sarah Michelle Gellar goes brunette for Cruel Intentions

first_imgLos Angeles, Mar 7 (PTI) Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has ditched her blonde locks and debuted brunette hair which she sports in the new “Cruel Intentions” TV spin-off.Sarah will reprise her role as Kathryn Merteuil in NBCs upcoming “Cruel Intentions” sequel series of her cult classic movie.”#brownhairdontcare (actually kind of love it!!) thank you everyone @andylecomptesalon,” the 38-year-old actress captioned the photo.The series is set to pick up 15 years after the film, and will see Kathryn (Sarah) vie for control of Valmont International and the soul of Bash Casey, who is the son of her late brother Sebastian Valmont and Annette Hargrove, played in the film by Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon.Witherspoon will not be reprising her role for the NBC TV pilot, and “Drop Dead Diva” star Kate Levering has been cast in her place.Nathalie Kelly will also appear in the reboot as Kathryns right-hand woman.The films original writer-director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H Moritz are both involved in the series. PTI JCH AYPlast_img read more

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first_img“God bless you all,” the 72-year-old Rahaman said to “God bless you all,” the 72-year-old Rahaman said to each. Alis death held special meaning in Louisville, where he was the citys favorite son. “He was one of the most honorable, kindest men to live on this planet,” his brother said while greeting mourners at their childhood home, recently renovated and turned into a museum. Cars lined both sides of the Louisville street where Ali grew up. The guests piled flowers and boxing gloves around the marker designating it a historical site. They were young and old, black and white, friends and fans. Another makeshift memorial grew outside the Muhammad Ali Center downtown, a museum built in tribute to Alis core values: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, charity, spirituality. “Muhammad Ali belongs to the world,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said at a memorial service outside Metro Hall. “But he only has one hometown.” Rahaman recalled what Ali was like as a boy named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., long before he became the most famous man in the world, the Louisville Lip, celebrated as much for his grace and his words as his lightning-fast feet and knockout punch. In their little pink house in Louisvilles west end, the brothers liked to wrestle and play cards and shoot hoops. “He was a really sweet, kind, loving, giving, affectionate, wonderful person,” Rahaman said, wearing a cap that read “Ali,” the last letter formed by the silhouette of a boxer ready to pounce. When he was 12 years old, Ali had a bicycle that was stolen and he told a police officer he wanted to “whoop” whoever took it, Fischer said at the memorial service. The officer told him hed have to learn how to box first. Daniel Wilson was one year behind Ali at Central High School and remembered he was so committed to his conditioning that he didnt get on the school bus like everybody else. Instead, he ran along beside it, three miles all the way to school each morning. “The kids on the bus would be laughing and Ali would be laughing too,” he recalled at the Grand Avenue home. Ruby Hyde arrived at the memorial holding an old black-and-white framed photo of a young Ali. Shed been a water girl at his amateur bouts as a teenager in Louisville, and seen even then that there was something special, something cerebral, about the way he fought. Years later, he came back to the old neighborhood as a heavyweight champ, driving a Cadillac with the top down. “All the kids jumped in and he rode them around the block,” she remembered. He never forgot where he came from, she said. “Hes done so much for Louisville. Hes given us so much,” said Kitt Liston, who as girl growing up in Louisville admired Alis unblinking fight for justice and peace. “Hes truly a native son. Hes ours.” Listons voice trembled as she recounted running into him at a baseball game a few years ago. “I got to tell him how much I cared about him. He put that big ol paw out and just shook my hand,” she said. “He just had time for everybody.” The mayor ordered the citys flags at half-staff. Outside Metro Hall, Fischer pointed west, toward Alis childhood home, about three miles away in one of the citys poorest zip codes. “There can only be one Muhammad Ali, but his journey from Grand Avenue to global icon serves as a reminder that there are young people with the potential for greatness in the houses and neighborhoods all over our city, our nation, our world,” he said. Fischer told mourners to teach all children Alis legacy: that a kid from Kentucky can grow up to be “The Greatest.” “Thats how we become champions,” he said. “Muhammad Ali has shown us the way.” AP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Video: Jay Bilas Drops Hilarious “What Are Those?!” At West Virginia Player’s Gold Sneakers

first_imgCollege GameDay at Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 01: ESPN College GameDay hosts (L-R) Rece Davis, Jalen Rose, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas prior to the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on February 1, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)West Virginia guard Jevon Carter had to know he’d get a reaction with the shoes he’s wearing tonight. With the Mountaineers facing Virginia in a great match-up at Madison Square Garden, Carter broke out bright gold kicks for the occasion. They’re quite audacious.#WVU has arrived at MSG. Here’s Jevon Carter… pic.twitter.com/amEmnakzrl— Greg Madia (@GregMadia) December 8, 2015Jay Bilas certainly noticed the kicks, hitting Carter with a loud “What Are Those?!” on air.  For those who aren’t as hip as Bilas, “What Are Those” is a meme that became popular over the summer, and is generally exclaimed at someone wearing lame or ridiculous shoes. Even Michael Jordan got hit with it this year, so don’t feel too bad, Jevon.[Reddit]last_img read more

Interview BWM Rules Threaten SmallSized Ships

first_imgImage Courtesy: IMOAn amended implementation scheme for ships to comply with the D-2 biological standard under the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) was tentatively accepted at the 71st session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71).The MEPC delayed the implementation schedule for existing ships to comply with the Convention, which aims to stem the transfer of potentially invasive species in ships’ ballast water. The treaty enters into force on September 8, 2017, and from the date of entry into force, ships will be required to manage their ballast water.As the expenses of fitting older ships with the necessary equipment could reach up to USD 2 million, certain market estimates showed that owners might opt to demolish such vessels instead of making them compliant with the Convention.In an effort to find out more about the side effects of the BWM Convention, World Maritime News spoke with Christos Efstathiou, Technical Director of the Greek ship classification society International Naval Surveys Bureau (INSB Class).Christos Efstathiou, Technical Director, INSB ClassAlthough the fitting expenses are steep, Efstathiou said that it is still early to comment safely whether owners will decide to scrap their vessels instead of retrofitting them with ballast water management systems (BWMS). He added that small-sized ships could face a serious challenge, as shipowners will have no option than to scrap their vessels, unless the price of the systems drops.On the other hand, shipowners’ decision on larger vessels will depend on the price of the BWMS when the time comes to install the system on board their vessels, as well as on the shipping environment and freight rate levels. Efstathiou added that the price of the BWMS is expected to drop below USD 0.5 million.In late 2016, Moore Stephens informed that vessel operating expenses for both 2016 and 2017 were expected to rise, mainly driven by upgrades being made ahead of September 8, 2017. With the pressure also arising from an overall depression seen in the shipping industry, Efstathiou believes that the shipowners are not willing to invest in retrofits.The increase of the operational expenses in conjunction with the reduced freights, have already put considerable pressure on shipowners leading to the current trend of cost containment.Speaking from an engineering point of view, Efstathiou pointed out that the retrofit of a ship with a BWMS is quite challenging. “The choice of the system depends on the size of the ship and consequently on the space available, as well as on the system’s compatibility with the ship.In this respect, the advantages and disadvantages of the various technologies used have to be taken into consideration, since there is a spectrum of power parameters that should be considered. A risk assessment should take place in order to identify the impact of the operation of the system, generation of dangerous gases, spillages, exposure to chemicals, power consumption, the stability of the ship, and other related parameters.”WMN: Are shipowners ready to comply with the requirements of the Ballast Water Management Convention?Efstathiou: To our experience, the majority of shipowners are trying to extend the compliance with the applicable requirements, to the extreme limit. It seems that only very few shipowners are willing to install a ballast water management system in order to comply with the D-2 ballast water performance standard, prior to the deadline.Although the majority of the shipowners are aware of their obligations towards the BWM Convention, it seems that the level of their preparedness to comply with the new requirements still remains at an average level.Image Courtesy: IMOWhen asked about the major challenges of classification societies in helping owners adhere to the new rules, Efstathiou said that the challenge lies in assisting shipowners to opt for the most convenient ballast water management system that will suit their vessel, having in mind the size of the ship, the available space for installation of the system and the individual characteristics of each vessel.According to the IMO resolution A.1088 (28), the majority of flag administrations have connected the retrofitting of the ballast water management with the first renewal survey associated with the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate under MARPOL Annex I, that will be carried out after September 8, 2017.Commenting on the “grace period” provided to shipowners to undertake the retrofit during their next survey if it occurs after the entry into force date, Efstathiou said that the majority of flag administrations have accepted the de-harmonization of the said survey from the rest of the applicable statutory surveys.As the shipowners of the existing ships are arranging their vessels to pass renewal IOPP survey before the implementation date, the retrofitting of the BWM system will be delayed by almost 5 years.“As it was expected, having in mind the present strangled international economic environment and the present level of freight rates, shipowners are clearly in favor of the delay of implementation of the BWM Convention and especially in favor of the delay to the retrofitting of the BWMS, and consequently are supporting this position,” Efstathiou concluded.On July 7, 2017, at its 71th session, the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) approved draft amendments of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, adding two years to the global installation process, thus giving many vessel owners more time to comply.The BWM Convention introduces two standards for the handling of discharged ballast water, namely the D-1 standard covering ballast water exchange and D-2 covering ballast water treatment, and requires compliance with either the D-1 or the D-2 standard on or after September 8, 2017.There will be a transitional period from this date when only compliance with the D-1 standard is required, until compliance with the D-2 standard becomes mandatory.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Cleanup Agency Gets New Status

first_imgThe province has designated the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency as aspecial operating agency charged with carrying out the $400-million Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup project announced lastMay. An order-in-council giving effect to the new designation wassigned today, Sept. 10. A memorandum of understanding signed by federal and provincialministers on May 12 gave the province operational responsibilityfor carrying out the cleanup. The agreement required the provinceto establish a single-purpose agency to manage the project bySept. 30. The province originally established the agency as a division ofthe Department of Transportation and Public Works in 2001 tofocus provincial efforts on the cleanup. Until then, responsibility had been shared among severaldepartments. The agency will now report directly to its ownminister, Ron Russell. The order-in-council spells out the agency’s powers andresponsibilities. Today’s order-in-council transfers current employees of theagency to the newly designated body but retains their civilservice status.last_img read more

Om Birla to be Speaker Adhir to lead Congress in Lok Sabha

first_imgNEW DELHI: BJP leader Om Birla is set to be the next Speaker in the Lok Sabha and the opposition has accepted his candidature, sources said. The two-time MP from Rajasthan’s Kota is considered close to party chief and home minister Amit Shah.”The BJD, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, National Peoples’ Party, Mizo National Front, Lok Janshakti Party, YSRCP, JDU, AIADMK and Apna Dal have given the notice to support Birla’s candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters. “I have spoken to Congress leaders K Suresh and Gulab Nabi Azad. They have not signed till now but I think they would not oppose,” he added. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe 56-year-old leader has been associated with the BJP youth wing and has also been in charge of the organisational revamp in Rajasthan in 2018. The appointment of the NDA candidate is certain in view of the comfortable numbers of the alliance in the Lok Sabha. The BJP alone has 303 members in the 542-seat house. The NDA strength has crossed 350. Sumitra Mahajan, 76, who was the Speaker in the last Lok Sabha, came up against the BJP’s age bar this time and did not contest the election. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeOn Monday, BJP MP Virendra Kumar was named the pro tem Speaker. After being sworn-in by President Ram Nath Kovind, he administered the oath to the new members. Meanwhile, the Congress Tuesday named five-time MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury its leader in Lok Sabha, after failing to convince Rahul Gandhi to take up the post. At the long pending strategy session Tuesday morning, where Rahul Gandhi and his mother UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were present, the matter was discussed. A letter has been written to Lok Sabha, stating Chowdhury would be the leader of the single largest party and represent it at all important selection committees. The question of a Lok Sabha leader opened up after the party’s veteran leader Mallikarjun Kharge lost the election. But the Congress was dilly-dallying on the issue as it wanted Rahul Gandhi for the position. But Gandhi, since the party’s drubbing in the national election, has been steadfast on giving up the party chief’s post. The party has refused to accept it and there has been an impasse for weeks. According to Congress sources, along with Adhir Chowdhury, Kerala leader K Suresh, party spokesperson Manish Tewari and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor were also in the reckoning for the post. But Chowdhury’s long experience in the parliament and the party tilted the scales in his favour.last_img read more

Little substance behind Doug Fords populist message but he may still win

first_imgTORONTO – Doug Ford’s bold promises of government belt-tightening during the last Progressive Conservative leadership debate may win over some of the party’s grassroots, but experts and critics say there isn’t much substance behind his populist message.Ford, one of four candidates running to succeed Patrick Brown at the helm of the province’s official Opposition, has repeatedly touted his experience as a business owner and former Toronto city councillor in painting himself as the only one equipped to curb reckless spending at Queen’s Park.In the last of two televised debates before the party selects its new leader, the politician and brother of the late former Toronto mayor Rob Ford vowed to free up billions of dollars by eliminating waste, which he said he achieved at city hall.Ford, along with his leadership rivals Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen, have struggled to explain exactly how they will replace an estimated $4.3 billion in revenue that would have come from the carbon tax they have all pledged to axe.“I don’t believe we need to cut any jobs, I don’t believe in taking food off people’s table,” he clarified in a news conference after the debate Wednesday night. “We’re going to find efficiencies…and that’s how we’re going to save the money, just like we did in the city of Toronto.”The Liberals were quick to scoff at his promise Thursday, calling it a sign that Ford — who came out ahead in a recent poll on the Tory leadership race — doesn’t understand how government works.“It’s obvious to me that he does not know what he’s talking about. Those are big big numbers, they mean real cuts to services that Ontarians rely on,” said Liberal legislator Deb Matthews. “That is just magical thinking because those dollars represent jobs.”Experts, meanwhile, say Ford’s achievements during his single term on city council fall dramatically short of his claims, and while his everyman approach may draw staunch support from the so-called Ford Nation, it’s unclear how that would play out in a general election.Ford may have been a “force behind the throne” during his brother’s tenure as mayor, but even so, the pair “accomplished very little,” said Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto.Despite being largely hamstrung by council, who blocked most of the pair’s plans, the Ford administration did manage to save a few million dollars by privatizing garbage collection in one part of the city, Wiseman said. But those savings amounted to “loose change” in the city’s budget, he said.What’s more, municipal and provincial politics operate under completely different systems and Ford hasn’t proven himself when it comes to Ontario policy, Wiseman said.“Ford is not familiar with the issues, he just has this mantra, ‘I’m going to save money,’ but give us some specifics,” he said.“He’s full of hot air, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get elected.”Ontario has not been particularly receptive to populist messaging so far, though that approach has gained traction in some suburban and rural pockets of the province, said Barbara Perry, a sociology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.Even among Tories, it does not always play well, Perry said, pointing to Ford’s late father as an example. Doug Ford Sr. was a backbencher under former Progressive Conservative premier Mike Harris and was not taken very seriously, she said.Still, Ford has “centre stage” in the leadership race, she said. Should he take command of the party, he would have a shot at becoming premier, because populist voters are loyal and motivated, she said.“It’s really about personality as much as it is policy for him. That bombast,” Perry said.“The challenge that’s going to play out here is that there’s so much disillusionment with (Ontario Premier Kathleen) Wynne to the point it’s almost a case of ‘anyone but.’ … The issue will be if the voter turnout is low, but his supporters are more tenacious.”Progressive Conservatives begin voting on their new leader on Friday and the winner will be announced March 10.last_img read more

Moroccan Court Releases Nurses Suspected of Neglecting Infants

Rabat – At the nurses’ fifth hearing this week, the court decided to temporarily release the nurses on bail of MAD 6,000. The nurses had spent nearly four weeks in prison, since December 20, on charges of negligence and premeditated murder. The Moroccan Association of Nursing Sciences and Sanitary Techniques noted that the nurses had been working in “the absence of specialists, pediatrician or pharmacist, and amid a severe shortage of human resources in the hospital.”The nurses’ arrest came amid allegations that the newborn’s death and the deterioration of the health of five other babies were caused by “poor vaccine quality.” Read Also: Morocco’s Health Minister: Vaccine Did Not Cause Infant’s DeathThe nurses’ friends and family shared videos of their release on social media, although they had hoped for them to be released on New Year’s.However, the nurses association announced in a Facebook post on Monday that the nurses’ final release is still pending. Last month at the House of Representatives, Morocco’s health minister, Anas Doukkali, denied that a vaccine was to blame for the newborn’s death.Based on investigations into the infants’ care, Doukkali confirmed that the maternity hospital uses the same vaccine as all other hospitals in Morocco, and there were no other complications recorded.Doukkali said that the medical staff at the hospital were quick to react and immediately transfer the infants to the hospital’s intensive care unit. The infants reportedly experienced breathing problems. read more

Glass eyes gold teeth and a whip among items lost in Canadian

TORONTO — Uber Technologies Inc. users in Canada last year left behind glass eyes, gold teeth, a black whip and even a graduation certificate in the vehicles they were riding in.The items made the company’s list of the most outrageous items riders have forgotten in Canadian Uber cars, which also included poutine, homework, ukuleles, wedding cards, dentures, and a shower curtain pole.Based on its data, Uber says the Canadians who lost the most items last year were using the service in Lethbridge, Alta., the Niagara and Kitchener-Waterloo regions of Ontario and Montreal.Uber says users were most forgetful on Saturdays and Sundays and between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.Uber says Jan. 1 and Oct. 29, the Friday closest to Halloween, had the most items lost in its vehicles in a day.The company’s data shows users were most likely to forget watches on Monday, headphones on Tuesday, laptops on Wednesday, books on Thursday, passports on Friday, phones on Saturday and cakes on Sunday.The Canadian Press read more

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to revisit Air Canada retirement age issue

TORONTO — The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will be revisiting the issue of whether Air Canada was wrong to force some pilots to retire at age 60.A decision publicly released on Friday says the tribunal will hold another hearing to determine whether the airline had the right to force 45 pilots to retire at an age it deemed to be the industry standard.The decision says the case originally had 97 complainants, but 52 of them will not have their retirement age scrutinized by the tribunal.The issue of retirement age for Air Canada pilots has come up both at the tribunal and in federal court numerous times in the past decade.Two cases with different complainants, but similar arguments, were ruled upon by the tribunal, reviewed in federal court, then ultimately dismissed by the Federal Court of Appeal.The tribunal says the 52 pilots whose retirement dates were covered by the previous cases will not be included in the new hearing, but says it will hear arguments from the remaining 45 whose retirement dates fall outside of the timeline covered by the other cases.A lawyer representing the majority of the pilots expects the new tribunal hearing will get underway in early 2018.Raymond Hall said he welcomed the latest development in the highly complex case.“We’ve been at it for 12 years,” he said Friday in an interview. “It’s no small thing.”The new tribunal hearing will unfold against the complicated backdrop of both the two past cases as well as changes in federal law.In 2011, as part of an omnibus bill, the then Conservative government passed a law forbidding federally regulated companies such as Air Canada to enforce a mandatory retirement age on its employees. The law went into effect in December 2012.Prior to that legislation, the issue of retirement age at Air Canada had been hotly contested on at least two occasions at the tribunal.The first case, named the Vilven/Kelly matter after its two plaintiffs, challenged Air Canada’s imposition of a mandatory retirement age of 60 for pilots forced to stop working between 2003 and 2005.Despite an initially favourable ruling from the tribunal, the case was challenged in federal court and ultimately quashed by the Court of Appeal.The second case, dubbed Thwaites/Adamson, involved 70 plaintiffs who retired between 2005 and 2009.That, too, received contradictory rulings from the tribunal and federal courts before ultimately being dismissed by the Court of Appeal.In both cases, Hall sought leave to bring the cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, but that leave was denied.The third and most recent group of complainants, referred to as Bailie et al, had retirement dates ranging from June 2004 to February 2012.Air Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association, which represents the thousands of people who man aircraft for the country’s largest airline, had filed a motion to dismiss the Bailey complaint.Their primary rationale, according to the decision, was the fact that the issues at hand had been rehashed before in the two previous cases.Adjudicator David Thomas wrote in the decision that this held true for the 52 pilots who had retired before 2010, but that the 45 who retired after that date had not yet had a chance to air their grievances.While describing the possibility as improbable, he conceded that there may have been changes in the industry during those years that would make the forced retirement discriminatory on the basis of age.“While I am sympathetic to the respondents’ arguments that it is ‘highly improbable’ that a meaningful change to the material facts affecting the normal age of retirement occurred during the short period after Dec. 31, 2009 until the last Bailie complainant reached the age of 60 in February of 2012, I have not been provided with satisfactory information that there were no changes in the industry,” he wrote. “…it is not the role of the tribunal to speculate whether certain evidence may or may not exist. The tribunal has no investigatory powers and has no material evidence before it for the younger complainants. It is the right and the obligation of the parties to present that evidence to the tribunal in a quasi-judicial forum.”-Follow @mich–mcq on Twitter read more

Grains livestock mixed

Wheat for Sept. gained 9 cents at 4.5625 a bushel; Sept. corn fell 3.75 cents at 3.46 a bushel, Sept. oats rose 5.5 cents at $2.64 a bushel; while Sept. soybeans was up 6 cents at $8.6250 a bushel.Beef was mixed, pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Oct. live cattle was off .25 cent at $0.9902 a pound; Sep. feeder cattle rose 1.40 cents at $1.3555 a pound; while Oct. lean hogs gained .60 cents at $.6712 a pound.The Associated Press

UN ecological agency signs accord to help make Beijing Olympics greenest ever

“Environment is one of the three pillars of sustainable development – development that respects people and the planet,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said at the signing ceremony in the Chinese capital with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG).“Through sports and through the Olympic movement we can further these goals by holding games that minimize their environmental footprint and maximize the efficient use of resources,” he added of the agreement, which follows similar accords signed with the organizers of next year’s Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and the 2006 football World Cup in Germany. A key part of the agreement involves public awareness campaigns and UNEP hopes to leave a lasting legacy in China and beyond on the links between mass participation events and a healthy environment.The campaigns will also link the importance of the environment generally in delivering sustainable development that benefits current and future generations.“Beijing has committed itself to very high and ambitious environmental goals, ones which if achieved will percolate out into Chinese society and out into the world as a whole,” Mr. Toepfer declared. “UNEP is delighted to be a partner in this endeavour and we stand ready to assist and offer advice to the organizers in their attempt to realize the greenest summer games ever,” he added.The green plans for Beijing are part of a growing commitment by Olympic organizers to put sport at the forefront of environmental planning and awareness.“Sport has the power to bridge the divide between communities and countries and in doing so help in our common quest for a more stable and peaceful world,” Eric Falt, Director of the UNEP Division of Communications and Public Information leading the UN side of the Beijing agreement, said.“Part of that stability rests on a healthy and durable environment. So the commitments made by the organizing committee for the 2008 Summer Games have resonance both within and beyond the sporting world. Through well-targeted and well-designed public awareness initiatives we hope to take this message to the people of China and to the peoples of the world,” he added. read more

Toronto stock market Wall St higher ahead of Fed statement lift in

Toronto stock market, Wall St. higher ahead of Fed statement, lift in oil prices TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday as traders awaited the outcome of this week’s meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 27.98 points to 15,510.54.The loonie was up 0.66 of a cent to 91.16 cents US as the latest data showed that Canadian manufacturing sales in July handily beat analysts’ expectations.Statistics Canada said sales rose 2.5 per cent to $53.7 billion in July, exceeding the previous record of $53.2 billion set in July 2008. Economists had only expected a gain of just one per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Meanwhile, Wall Street reversed early losses, with the Dow Jones industrials surging 100.83 points to 17,131.97, the Nasdaq gaining 33.86 points to 4,552.76, and the S&P 500 index advancing 14.85 points to 1,998.98.Markets will look to see if the statement released by the Fed on Wednesday following its two-day meeting contains hints on when the central bank will raise interest rates and if this move will happen sooner than mid-2015. Short-term rates have been near zero since the financial collapse of 2008-09.For some time, the Fed has reassured markets that the rates will stay at this level for a “considerable time” after its asset purchase program end in October. Traders will look to see if the Fed drops the words “considerable time” in this latest announcement.“All eyes are on the Fed,” said Allison Mendes, a senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “As you know, the decision is tied closely to data and we’ve had a string of good economic data and that is causing the market to evaluate the timing of the next Fed action.”Mendes said the writing is on the wall that interest rates will eventually go up, but many are still left wondering when the central bank will actually make that happen.“You can’t have interest rates low, sustainably, forever and interest rates hike are coming,” she said.Overseas, there continues to be uncertainty over the outcome of the Sept. 18 independence referendum in Scotland. Anti-independence supporters argue that separation would cause economic uncertainty, while Yes supporters accuse the No side of scaring voters. Most think the outcome is too close to call at this point.A Yes vote would result in huge complications from currency to membership in the European Union and NATO.“Scotland is a small country, but (one) that’s going to have some economic and financial fallout and that just adds another layer of uncertainty in the markets,” Mendes said. “As you know, investors don’t like uncertainty.”In corporate news, an investment group that includes Wind Mobile founder Tony Lacavera and Canadian private equity firm West Face Capital has a tentative deal to buy out Wind’s majority shareholder, VimpelCom Ltd., a Russian-Dutch company that has been trying to exit the Canadian market since it was blocked from gaining full ownership of the small wireless carrier last year. Financial terms of the deal were not released. The telecom sector was the leading decliner on the TSX, ending the day down 0.52 per cent.Meanwhile, Allergan and Pershing Square have agreed on a step toward settling a fight over the makeup of the Botox-maker’s board. Allergan will hold its special shareholders meeting as planned on Dec. 18, while Pershing Square and its partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, continue their push for control of the California-based drug company. Valeant, based in Laval, Que., has made several offers to buy Allergan, the latest bid coming in at US$53 billion. Shares in Valeant (TSX:VRX) dipped 0.12 per cent, or 16 cents, to $134.03 in Toronto.On the commodity markets, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.96 to US$94.88 a barrel after OPEC’s secretary general said he expected the group to lower its oil outputs for the year when it meets in late November. December gold bullion added $1.60 to US$1,236.70 an ounce, while December copper was up eight cents to at US$3.17 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2014 6:29 am MDT read more

July US auto sales could fall on weaker demand

by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2016 7:50 am MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email July US auto sales could fall on weaker demand FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Volkswagen cars for sale are on display on the lot of a VW dealership in Boulder, Colo. On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, major automakers report sales for the month of July. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) DETROIT – U.S. auto sales were expected to drop slightly in July as unusually hot weather — and softening demand — kept buyers at home.Kelley Blue Book predicted a 1 per cent decline from last July to about 1.5 million new cars and trucks. Sales were strong at the beginning of the month thanks to Independence Day promotions, but weakened after that, KBB senior analyst Alec Gutierrez said.General Motors’ sales fell 2 per cent while Ford’s U.S. sales fell 3 per cent. Toyota’s sales slipped 1 per cent. Fiat Chrysler’s sales were flat. Volkswagen’s sales fell 8 per cent.Several automakers eked out sales increases. Hyundai’s sales were up 6 per cent and Honda’s sales rose 4 per cent. Nissan’s were up 1 per cent.After six straight years of growth — and record sales of 17.5 million new vehicles last year— U.S. sales are beginning to plateau. In the first six months of last year, for example, sales were up 4 per cent, or more than double the pace of this year. But low gas prices, low interest rates, enticing new vehicles and strong consumer confidence should keep them at a very high level.“We’re still at a healthy level as an industry,” Ford’s U.S. sales chief Mark LaNeve said Tuesday. “We’ll adjust our plans according to the reality and temper our expectations somewhat.”Plateauing sales could be a good thing for consumers, since automakers are dialing up the discounts in order to hold on to their market share. TrueCar said industry incentives were up 5 per cent over last July to an average of $3,225 per vehicle. Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Fiat Chrysler had the biggest increases over last July, TrueCar said.But incentives are a dangerous game for automakers, since they hurt profits and resale values and artificially inflate demand. Gutierrez said automakers are approaching a level of incentive spending last seen during the recession, and that’s risky.“The sky isn’t falling just yet, but we are on an unhealthy path,” he said.General Motors Co. said its sales fell 2 per cent to 267,258. Chevrolet sales dropped but Cadillac, Buick and GMC all saw gains for the month. Sales of GM’s bestseller, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, were down 4 per cent, but sales of the smaller Colorado pickup were up 27 per cent.Ford’s sales fell 3 per cent to 216,479. Sales were down for both its Ford and Lincoln brands. The Ford Escape SUV, a perennial bestseller, saw a 10-per cent sales decline; Ford said inventories were low as it prepares to launch the revamped 2017 Escape. F-Series trucks sales were also down 1 per cent as Ford prepares to launch a new Super Duty pickup.Toyota’s sales fell 1 per cent to 214,233. Toyota division sales were flat but Lexus sales were down 6.5 per cent. Toyota’s SUVs, like the RAV4 and Highlander, saw double-digit percentage increases, but low gas prices continued to hurt its cars. Sales of the hybrid Prius were down 29 per cent.Fiat Chrysler’s sales were flat at 180,727. Jeep and Ram sales both rose around 5 per cent, but Dodge, Fiat, Alfa and Chrysler brand sales fell. One bright spot was minivans: Fiat Chrysler sold nearly 8,000 new Pacifica minivans and sales of the Dodge Caravan — which will eventually be discontinued — were up 28 per cent.Fiat Chrysler said its sales numbers conformed to its new reporting standards. Last week the company revised five years’ worth of sales reports because they contained questionable figures. The government also is investigating charges that FCA inflated sales by pressing dealers to buy more vehicles.Honda’s sales jumped 4 per cent to 152,799. Strong sales of Honda’s trucks and SUVs made up for an 8-per cent sales decline at its luxury Acura division.Nissan’s sales rose 1 per cent to 132,475. Nissan’s car sales dropped 9 per cent, but strong sales of its trucks and SUVs made up for those losses. Luxury Infiniti sales fell 5 per cent.Hyundai’s sales jumped 6 per cent to 75,003. Sales of the recently revamped Tucson SUV nearly doubled over last July.Volkswagen, still stinging nearly a year after its diesel cheating scandal was revealed, saw sales drop 8 per cent to 28,758. One bright spot was the Tiguan SUV, which saw sales jump 40 per cent over last July. read more

Lundin Mining forges forward with another merger to get into Tenke Fungurume

first_imgApril has so far been a very acquistive month for Lundin Mining, and we are not even halfway through yet. Its latest big news is a move to get a share in Tenke Fungurume. On April 4 the company announced a definitive support agreement under which it is offering to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Rio Narcea. Today Lundin Mining and Tenke Mining announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine the two companies. The Lundin/Tenke transaction will be completed by way of a Plan of Arrangement. At closing, all Tenke common shares will be automatically exchanged on the basis of 1.73 Lundin Mining common shares for each Tenke common share. The consideration to Tenke shareholders pursuant to the Arrangement represents a 31.2% premium over Tenke’s 20 day volume weighted average trading price as at April 10, 2007 based on Lundin Mining’s 20 day volume weighted average trading price on the TSX of $13.51 per share. Lundin Mining shareholders will continue to hold their existing number of common shares. Tenke holds an interest in the Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt deposits under development in the DRC as well as extensive copper/gold exploration properties in South America. Pursuant to the Arrangement Tenke will convey its South American assets and cash in the amount of $5 million to a newly-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary. The shares of the newly-incorporated company will be distributed to Tenke shareholders pursuant to the Arrangement. Application will be made to list the common shares of the newly incorporated company on the appropriate exchange.The transaction is conditional upon the Tenke shareholders approving the Arrangement by a 66.7% majority via special resolution as well as other customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Lundin Mining has elected to hold a special shareholders meeting to approve the issue of Lundin Mining common shares pursuant to the Arrangement by a 50.1% majority via ordinary resolution. The special shareholder meetings of Tenke and Lundin Mining to vote on the transaction are expected to be held in mid-June 2007. The definitive agreement includes a commitment by Tenke not to solicit alternative transactions to the Arrangement. Tenke has agreed to pay a break fee of Cdn $30 million to Lundin Mining in certain circumstances and has granted Lundin Mining the right to match competing offers. Tenke is entitled to a payment of a termination fee in the amount of Cdn $3 million in the event that Lundin Mining’s shareholders do not approve the issue of Lundin Mining common shares pursuant to the Arrangement. Paul Conibear, currently President and CEO of Tenke Mining, will join Lundin Mining in a senior management position responsible for development of the Tenke Fungurume project. He will also be President and CEO of the newly incorporated company which will hold Tenke’s South American assets.Karl-Axel Waplan, President and CEO of Lundin Mining: “The Tenke Fungurume project will add enormous value to the company and both Tenke and Lundin Mining shareholders. The mineralization is so extensive, with multiple high-grade copper/cobalt deposits throughout a 1,500 km2 area, that it is virtually an entire mining district unto itself. Lundin Mining is a dynamic, rapidly growing company with an exceptionally strong balance sheet and the addition of one quarter of the world’s richest and largest new copper development creates a powerful player in the mining industry. This deal represents another important step in our plans to develop Lundin Mining into a major global mining house.”Conibear: “Tenke Fungurume is slated to become ‘the next Grasberg’ or beyond. Combining Tenke’s DRC assets into Lundin Mining will leverage the financial and operating depth of Lundin Mining into the Tenke Fungurume partnership to further strengthen the project. Lundin Mining acquiring an important stake in Tenke Fungurume – one of world’s largest undeveloped copper assets – further advances Lundin Mining as a leading mid-tier player with excellent long life assets. Tenke shareholders will benefit from becoming shareholders of one of the fastest growing base metals companies in the industry, and the spinout of our South American exploration assets is intended to unlock the value of those properties to give them the market exposure they deserve.”Tenke holds a 24.75% interest in the Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt deposits located in Katanga Province in the DRC. Tenke’s operating partner, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (formerly Phelps Dodge), holds a 57.75% interest and La Generale des Carrieres et des Mines, the DRC state mining company, holds the remaining 17.5% interest. Construction is in progress on the project, which entails an open pit mining operation producing initially 115,000 t/y of LME Grade A quality copper cathode and 8,000 t/y of cobalt in any combination of cobalt metal or intermediate cobalt hydroxide. Site infrastructure and process facility layouts have been designed for significant future potential expansions. A 40-year mine plan has been developed. During the first 10 years, 25.5 Mt of leachable oxide ore are expected to be processed grading 4.57% Cu and 0.37% Co. The overall strip ratio is 3.1:1. Drilling continues across the concession, and it is expected that the mine plan will evolve significantly as additional material is brought into the proven/probable category.The Tenke Fungurume concessions have extensive exploration potential across the project area and a significant drilling programme is in progress to potentially add further proven/probable, high-grade ore reserves to the mine plan and for a potential major plant expansion in the early years of the project. Capital costs for the initial production facilities are estimated at $650 million, including escalation and other contingencies. Life of Mine cash operating costs are estimated as negative ($0.19)/lb of copper produced, including a $10.00/lb cobalt credit. The feasibility study supports Tenke Fungurume advancing into production within the lowest quartile of unit operating costs for world copper producers, thereby achieving strong project economics with a study base of $1.05/lb copper long term and a $8-12/lb range for cobalt depending on the year under consideration. Construction of the mine is well underway and first copper production is anticipated in late 2008/early 2009. Lundin Mining is rapidly growing into a major force. Aside from the potential acquisitions through Rio Narcea, the company currently owns four operating mines: Neves-Corvo in Portugal, the Zinkgruvan and Storliden mines in Sweden, and the Galmoy mine in Ireland. A fifth mine under development, Aljustrel in Portugal, will be brought into production in the third quarter of 2007 (IM Januray 2007). Rio Narcea Gold Mines holds a 100% interest in the producing Aguablanca nickel mine in Spain. Lundin Mining also holds a 49% stake in one of the world’s largest zinc projects – Ozernoe, located in the Republic of Buryatia in the Russian Federation. In 2006 Lundin Mining mined 3.9 Mt of ore producing 89,218 t of copper, 171,293 t of zinc, 45,106 t of lead and 2,538,225 oz of silver. www.lundinmining.comlast_img read more

Arson attack on house of man with severe learning difficulties condemned as

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3858740 17,393 Views Short URL File photo Image: Shutterstock/Ilya Andriyanov Share88 Tweet Email “Whoever carried out this horrific attempt on an innocent life should have nowhere to hide. If they had been slightly more accurate with their second throw, literally inches to one side, we could be dealing with a murder scene.”Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward, noting that a small, dark car was seen making off from the area.Local DUP MLA Carla Lockhart condemned the attack, saying: “My thoughts are with the young man who awoke to the shock of this petrol bomb attack on his property.“There is no doubt that those who engaged in this activity wanted to cause serious damage and could have caused severe injury or death.”Read: Man seriously injured in potential hit and run in DublinRead: Man seriously injured after being hit by bus in Limerick city Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 3:30 PM Feb 18th 2018, 3:30 PM 20 Comments File photo Image: Shutterstock/Ilya Andriyanov Arson attack on house of man with severe learning difficulties condemned as ‘sickening’ The PSNI said it could have been dealing with a murder scene. THE PSNI IS investigating an arson attack at a house in Co Down.The incident happened at a house on Hillview Terrace, Dromore Street in Banbridge at about 5.30am today. Police described the attack as “sickening”.In a strongly-worded statement the PSNI said: “A vulnerable young man with severe learning difficulties was woken by the sound of his upstairs bedroom window smashing in as he lay in bed.“This was immediately followed by a petrol bomb, thrown at the hole in the now broken window.“Thankfully, the disgusting creature who threw it missed, and it set alight against the outside of the window and the window sill below.”A passing taxi driver raised the alarm, with police and the fire service attending the scene.‘Alarmed and angry’ The PSNI said it knows of no reason as to why the man in question would be targeted, adding that his neighbours are “understandably alarmed and angry”.This could well be a prime example of why vigilante action and indeed gangland feuding is so dangerous to the wider innocent public. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Clark County Public Health now allows dogs at restaurants outdoor spaces

first_imgEach year, dogs seem to become more like people.You give your dog a voice. You dress your dog up. You set your dog up on blind dates (maybe even on a dog dating app). You take your dog to restaurants and breweries.It’s the latter issue that in recent years has created a pesky problem for Clark County. Since 2005 Washington code has prohibited all animals, except service animals, from being on the premises of food establishments.After Clark County Public Health fielded three complaints regarding dogs at food establishments in 2012, there haven’t been fewer than seven per year since. In 2017, there were 24 complaints, and 21 were recorded last year.But a new type of complaint manifested this year. Out of the 17 complaints received so far, a handful have been from people who want there to be outdoor areas available to dogs, said Brigette Bashaw, the food safety program manager at Clark County Public Health.“There’s been growing interest by food owners and the public to allow dogs in their outside seating areas,” Bashaw said.That prompted Public Health in April to create a variance to Washington’s food code. Dogs are now welcome at establishments that have applied for and received a variance, but other pets remain prohibited (sorry, cat lovers).last_img read more

Extra transit services in San Diego during New Years Eve

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- If you are going out for New Year’s and don’t want to drive, MTS is offering extended services past midnight to help you out. Twelve trains will be running after the countdown and every line will have a trolley running past 2 a.m.If you’re already stressed about parking, you can leave your car at their park and ride locations for free then get a ride.Also, if you take Lyft to and from the trolley station you’ll get $5 off your ride. Make sure to use code  MTS Lyft.Lastly, there will be an increase in law enforcement all around San Diego to ensure safety. December 28, 2018 Posted: December 28, 2018 Extra transit services in San Diego during New Year’s Eve KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more