Modi government is anti-farmer, says Lalu

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday accused the BJP-led Narendra Modi government at the Centre of being “anti-farmer.” “What’s happening in Madhya Pradesh? The Narendra Modi government is anti-farmer. Prime Minister Modi is deaf to their demands. The Opposition parties are uniting against the BJP and their anti-farmer policies”, said Mr. Lalu Prasad, before leaving for Ranchi to appear in a special CBI court on Friday in connection with a multi-crore fodder scam case. Rahul’s detentionIn a veiled reference to the detention of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his way to Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh to meet the bereaved families of farmers killed in the police firing, the RJD chief said that “even the Opposition leaders are being arrested and not being allowed to visit the spot.”“But, his [PM Modi] Agriculture Minister is doing yoga in Motihari [Bihar] when farmers are being killed in Madhya Pradesh. This BJP-led NDA government owes answers,” Mr. Prasad said. In his home town, Motihari, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh is attending a three-day yoga camp organised by Baba Ramdev. “The BJP government has betrayed the farmers of the country,” Mr. Prasad said.last_img read more

Cubs’ bullpen implodes in Game 2 loss to Nationals

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman spreads his arms after hitting a three-run home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Mike Montgomery (38) during the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON — Carl Edwards Jr. knew the ball was gone as soon as it left his hand. Mike Montgomery wasn’t sure until it went just over the fence.The sinking feeling was the same for each reliever, and the rest of the Chicago Cubs.ADVERTISEMENT Pedro Strop worked a scoreless seventh before Edwards got into trouble in the eighth. With one out and a runner on first, the wiry right-hander fell behind 3-1 against Harper and the 2015 NL MVP drove his next pitch into the second deck in right field.Citing the 26-year-old’s numbers against lefties, manager Joe Maddon called turning to Edwards “the right option” and “the only option.” Lefties hit .119 against Edwards this season and .135 over his career. But the Nationals were also 5 for 12 against him this season.“C.J. was the right man for the job,” Maddon said. “He made a bad pitch and the guy didn’t miss it, and that’s it. Sometimes that happens. Bryce is good. C.J. is good. Bryce got him.”Edwards said it was “the right pitch, just the wrong hitter.” Walking Anthony Rendon put Montgomery on the spot because Maddon wanted a ground-ball pitcher. Instead, the lefty allowed a single to Daniel Murphy and then the home run to Zimmerman that the wind carried over left fielder Ben Zobrist.“It’s a tough situation, but it’s the kind of situations I want to be in,” Montgomery said. “I prepared for that. It just didn’t go my way this time.”ADVERTISEMENT As much as the Cubs could feel the surprising turn of events, the memories of winning the World Series last year crept in not long after. Rizzo, who became the franchise’s all-time postseason leader in home runs and RBIs, said nothing is going to faze his team.“We’ve given up way bigger home runs than that before,” Rizzo said. “You’re not going to knock us down. We gave up a home run to Rajai Davis to tie the game in the eighth inning (in Game 7 of the World Series). It’s part of the journey. You’ve got to embrace it.”After that home run, Maddon turned to Edwards and Montgomery to get the final three outs for the Cubs’ first championship since 1908. So it’s not at all surprising that Maddon wants them back out there in the same situation soon and so do their teammates.“We’ve all been there, we’ve all given up big hits, we’ve all given up big homers,” Lester said. “Hopefully the situation arises on Monday and they go right back out there and dominate.” Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Edwards’ hanging curveball turned into a tying two-run homer by Bryce Harper and Montgomery’s pulled changeup became a three-run shot by Ryan Zimmerman. The five-run rally in the eighth inning lifted Washington to a 6-3 victory on Saturday, tying the NL Division Series at a game apiece.“It’s frustrating, but when you’re going up against good hitters, you’ve got to make your pitches,” Montgomery said. “We had them where we wanted them, and we couldn’t get the job done late in the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe World Series champion Cubs wasted another solid playoff performance by Jon Lester and homers for Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras . Game 3 is Monday at Wrigley Field.Lester allowed one run and two hits in six innings in his 20th career postseason start. The left-hander threw 86 pitches before he was pulled in favor of a pinch hitter. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Demetrious Johnson breaks UFC record with 11th title defense BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Surging Painters wrest top spot

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “Another good win for us. Phoenix came back …  They didn’t stop. That’s probably why they’re on the top: they never give up.  They fought their hearts out,” said coach Caloy Garcia after pinning a first loss in six games on Alas and his Fuel Masters.With James Yap struggling all night, it was Kris Rosales who made the most impact. He fired 16 points to tie his career-best scoring output.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“James wasn’t as lucky, but other players stepped up,” Garcia said of the veteran, who has been crucial in Rain or Shine’s previous victories.   “Today it was Kris in the beginning.  We had a good start and our bigs in the end were the factors in the end—when Raymond (Almazan) got that rebound, even Beau (Belga) was setting good screens.”Belga also had 16 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists.  Almazan accounted for 13 in the affair, four of which coming in the extra period. Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan beats three Phoenix players for the loose ball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLouie Alas regarded Rain or Shine the next hottest team to his Phoenix Pulse.On Sunday night, the Elasto Painters turned that around, carving out a 98-94 decision in overtime against the Fuel Masters in the PBA Philippine Cup curtain-riser at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT D-League opener pits UAAP champ Ateneo versus Go for Gold Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the nightcap, Arwind Santos was on fire all night while Terrence Romeo mounted his best scoring performance in a San Miguel uniform as the Beermen made mincemeat of sister team Magnolia Hotshots, 113-92.Santos paced San Miguel with 29 points while Romeo had 23 more as the four-time defending champion improved to 4-3.Magnolia has yet to win in two starts.Rain or Shine, now flaunting a league-best 6-1 record, takes on the Hotshots on Feb. 13 before the league takes a break for the national team which resumes its bid in the Fiba World Cup qualifying matches on Feb. 21 and 24.Phoenix, which dropped to No. 2 with a 5-1 slate, takes on NorthPort when  the tournament resumes on Feb. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Jason Perkins also had the finest scoring performance of his young career, pouring in 27 points and grabbing nine boards for Phoenix.Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright both chimed in 16 including a couple of crucial plays in the fourth period, but they fell flat when it mattered.Garcia lauded his wards who made significant contributions in the tussle.  But his words of praise came with a warning: They could not take their next assignment lightly.“We play Magnolia on Wednesday and it’s going to be difficult because we know throughout the conference, they’re only going to get better,” he said.First Game:RAIN OR SHINE 98—Belga 16, Rosales 16, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Nambatac 10, Norwood 8, Torres 6, Borboran 5, Maiquez 4, Daquioag 4, Yap 2, Mocon 1, Ponferada 1.PHOENIX 94—Perkins 27, Wright 16, Abueva 16, Mallari 12, Jazul 7, Kramer 6, Mendoza 5, Marcelo 3, Napoles 2, Dennison 0, Chua 0, Revilla 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-36, 70-61, 87-87 (reg.), 98-94 (OT) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Mumbai City FC Aims for Better Show in Upcoming ISL Season

first_img bengaluru fcfc goaindian super leagueisl First Published: October 11, 2019, 6:09 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mumbai: With the coveted Indian Super League title eluding them for the last five seasons, Mumbai City FC are gearing up for yet another challenging season and are hoping to make it to the top four.Skipper Paulo Machado said this year he expects the team to make it to the finals, and they have more players to choose from this time around. “This season, we expect to be in the top four again. We will have a better team and we will see (the performance) when we start (the campaign),” the central midfielder from Portugal told reporters here.”To win the title, you must reach the play-offs, but for us, the most important target is to be in the top four, then everything is possible,” he added.Last season, Mumbai’s blistering campaign ended in the semi-finals after a heartbreaking loss to FC Goa. Goa became a runner up, losing to champions Bengaluru FC.”This pre-season, we were strong and different from other teams because we worked almost for two months,” said the skipper.Coach Jorge Costa, who will spend his second season with the side, was also optimistic about the team’s chances.”Last season we did very well, but that is not enough, we want to win,” he said.Costa stressed that he had more playing options this time around.”At present, we don’t have any idea about other teams, but I am happy with the players they gave me to work with,” he noted.Mumbai’s star player Modou Sougou, who netted 12 goals last season, said that in football the past does not matter.”If you compare the last season with this one, all the teams are better, and so many teams invest to have better players, that is why the season will be difficult,” the Senegalese player said.”We have more balance in the squad. For us, our first target is to be in the top four and after that let’s see what happens,” he said.Indian national Rowllin Borges, who will be donning the Mumbai jersey for the first time after spending three seasons with the Northeast United FC, said he was giving his best and expects to deliver for the team.The club played five pre-season games and will start their campaign with a game at Kochi against Kerala Blasters on October 24.CEO of the franchise Indranil Das Blah said the goal was to move two steps ahead than the last season and win the trophy. last_img read more


first_img“It is the first step towards making India a powerhouse “It is the first step towards making India a powerhouse in pro boxing. We will continue to support IBC with technical guidance and of course being a sanctioning authority as well,” Christodoulou said. “WBA has embraced India and hopefully we will have world championships bouts as well in the future,” he added. The WBAs delegation, which also includes its European Coordinator Mariana Borissova and Medical Commission member Dr John Hartley Fleming, also held a seminar for the IBCs technical officials to prepare them for pro bouts. Apart from the fight card, the IBC also announced a major change to its registration process for boxers wanting to sign up for the pro circuit. The minimum age cap, which was originally set for 23, was lowered to 18. “This has been done to ensure that boxers are clear about what they want in life. Those who want to fight only in the pro circuit deserve to register early and have a shot at perhaps the world titles,” IBC President Brig (retd) P K M Raja said. Christodoulou said India has the potential to produce a world champion. “We hope to open the doors for the conduct of regional and later the world title bouts in India. Given the abundant talent here, I am sure this country can produce a champion,” he said. PTI PM SSC SSClast_img read more

Venus Williams uses patient approach to rise over improved Caroline Garcia

first_imgVenus Williams admitted she needed one set to fathom Caroline Garcia’s tactics in their first meeting for more than three years after the American edged the Frenchwoman 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3 in their WTA Finals last-four showdown on Saturday.The pair split two matches in 2014 but Garcia has improved almost beyond recognition this season to claim back-to-back titles in China and climb to a career-high world number eight in the rankings.”I haven’t played her in a long time. It’s hard to gauge what to expect, coming across the net,” Williams, who will play Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s final, told reporters.”She’s improved her game so much. Of course I had a lot of respect for her. I think in the second and third (sets) I was able to figure it out a little more.”She played so well. You never know when the last point is going to end and going to go your way. To see that match over, I was excited.”The 37-year-old American owns an impressive 7-0 win-loss record over Wozniacki but Williams is taking nothing for granted as she attempts to add a second WTA Finals title to her list of honours following a previous triumph in 2008.”At this level, I think we’ve both improved our game. You have to improve to stay on tour. So I will see what she’s doing, see what’s working,” Williams added.Garcia was naturally disappointed to have lost out to Williams but keen to highlight how satisfying her season had been since opting to forego Fed Cup duties for her country to concentrate on her singles game.advertisement”It’s only a lot of positive things about this season. It’s a great end of the season. A lot of things happened. I learned a lot,” the 24-year-old said.”I’m playing much better than I did at the beginning of the year but I feel like I have so much to improve. It’s like it never ends. You can still work as much as you want.”You will never reach your full potential. You have to still keep going, and that’s great, actually. With this experience of the WTA Finals, I feel like I have so much more things to keep working on.”last_img read more

He makes you feel like you can walk on water sometimes: Maxwell on Ponting’s influence

first_imgAustralia have been a powerhouse in world cricket for as long as the current memory line really goes. However, the year 2018 was full of problems for the Aussies. Since the ball-tampering scandal in March last year that saw two of their best batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner banned for a year, Australia’s struggles began and they went on to lose nine ODIs out of the 11 they played.With the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales just around the corner, Australia would not want to look at their sixth-place spot in the ICC men’s ODI rankings and would instead want to focus their energy on believing they can get through these tough times.Ahead of the World Cup, Cricket Australia have also roped in Ricky Ponting as one of the coaching staff and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell believes that the presence of Ponting in their structure will boost the team’s confidence.Maxwell, who was crowned the men’s International T20 Player of the Year at the Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne, recalled the moment when Ricky Ponting helped them beat New Zealand and record the highest-ever successful T20I run-chase of 245.After being thrashed by the hosts for 243/6, Ponting stormed into the changing room and instilled believe in each player and told them that not only will they chase down the total smoothly but will do so with an over to spare, and to everyone’s surprise, Ponting’s outrageous prediction came true.”It was matter-of-fact – ‘we’re going to chase these runs down, comfortably – not just reach the target, we’re going to chase these runs down with an over to spare’,” Glenn Maxwell was quoted as saying by”Our players heard that and went ‘all right, no worries’, and then we looked around at D’Arcy Short, David Warner, Chris Lynn, myself and Aaron Finch – we looked at that top five and went ‘there’s not many better top fives in the world, so let’s go out and do this’.”That’s the sort of confidence that he gave us as a team. Not only by the words he said, but through the conviction with which he said them.”The confidence that he gave the group when he walked into the changeroom was undoubted, and just something different.” Glenn Maxwell believes that the presence of Ricky Ponting in their structure will boost the team’s confidence (Reuters Photo)While Australia’s current form does not make them favourites for the World Cup, Maxwell believes that Ponting’s presence will increase Australia’s chances in the tournament.”He makes you feel like you can walk on water sometimes. He’s a good person for the batters to talk different tactics with because he can read someone’s technique really well. And he’s an unbelievable coach in the way that he coaches technique and the basics of the game,” Maxwell said.”He can spend five minutes with you and work out any flaws and strengths that can slightly help, without changing your game too much. He can even change your mindset with just a conversation because of his amazing ability,” the Australia all rounder added.Maxwell, after missing out on a spot in the Australian Test team during the series against India, was recalled in the Test team, a move which coach Justin Langer backed by saying that the right-hand batsman fills in the lower-middle order as Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey used to to.”When Maxi can come in and put the finishing touches on like he does, for me it’s the perfect position,” Langer said.However, with the World Cup in sight, Maxwell wants to move higher up in the ODI team set-up and deliver for the five-time World Cup winners. Australia begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan at Bristol on June 1.”It is limited-overs cricket, and we need our best limited-overs players facing the most amount of balls possible for their impact on the game. I suppose the coaches and the selectors have worked out that my best position is to be lower down to have an impact on the game, and that’s fine. It’s up to them,” Maxwell reiterated.”I’ve always harboured thoughts of being higher up in the order, but I probably haven’t made enough of the opportunities I’ve been given in practice games and in other games to be higher up in the order. So whatever role I’m given in this Australian team, I’ll take it and try and do as well as I can,” Maxwell asserted.Also Read | Shane Warne did not call for Ricky Ponting to be banned from IPL 2019. Here’s the truthAlso Read | 2019 ICC World Cup: Australia will be one of the main contenders, says Ricky PontingAlso Read | Ricky Ponting joins Australia’s coaching staff ahead of 2019 ICC World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more

Paralympics 2018: 10 potential highlights at the Winter Games

first_img1) Mike SchultzNot only is Mike Schultz the world’s top-ranked snowboard-cross and banked slalom boarder, he competes using prosthetics that he designed and manufactures in a workshop behind his house in St Cloud, Minnesota. His hi-tech creations will also be used by some 30 other athletes at the Games including the reigning world and overall World Cup snowboard champion Brenna Huckaby, whose prosthetic leg is purple to match her trademark dyed hair.2) Familiar foesCanada are the reigning World Champions, the US are reigning double Paralympic champions, and the two are expected to contest the top two medals in the para ice hockey – formerly known as ice sledge hockey but renamed and rebranded in 2016. Between them they have won the last four Paralympic golds, but have never met in the final. They did just that at the last year’s World Championships, Canada prevailing 4-1. 3) Marie Bochet winning stuffIt will be hard to miss the alpine skier Marie Bochet: not only is she carrying the French flag at the opening ceremony she is competing in five events and is favourite to win all of them. In Sochi she only completed four, but won all of them and was named best female athlete of the Games. “I want to win everything, all the time,” she says.4) British people winning stuffParalympicsGB want to bring seven medals back from Pyeongchang, which would make it the nation’s most successful winter Paralympics for more than 30 years. The visually impaired skier Millie Knight, who aged 15 became Britain’s youngest ever winter Paralympian in 2014, won a gold and four silvers at last year’s World Championships and with her guide, Brett Wild – on a break from his day job on a Royal Navy submarine – is considered the country’s best bet for glory.5) Home successSouth Korea have never won a Winter Paralympic gold medal but aim to scoop at least one – plus a silver and two bronzes – this time. Nordic skier Eui Hyun Sin and alpine skier Jae Rim Yang are considered the most likely of their 36 representatives to top a podium. “I will collect a gold medal and open a new page for South Korea’s history of disabled sports,” promised Sin, who lost his legs in a car accident in 2006. Read more Twitter ‘They’ll think I’m a traitor’: North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut Reuse this content 6) North Korea’s presenceFor the first time North Korea will be represented at a Winter Paralympics, having sent two competing athletes – Kim Jong Hyon and Ma Yu Chol, both sit-skiers – plus four observer athletes and 18 coaches and functionaries. Unlike in the main Winter Olympics, however, they will not march with their southern neighbours in the opening ceremony, because officials failed to agree on the design of a single flag for them to carry.7) Fewer RussiansIn Sochi four years ago Russia didn’t so much top the medal table as establish their own in a different neighbourhood to everyone else’s, winning more golds than the five next most successful nations put together, 30 in total. This time there will be 30 Russians in total, down from 69 last time, all of whom have passed at least two anti-doping tests in the last six months, and they will be competing as Neutral Paralympic Athletes rather than under their own, currently frowned-upon, flag.8) Real snowNot a lot of actual snowing happened during the Winter Olympics, when in excess of 90% of all snow on the tracks and slopes was machine-made. But in the 24 hours from Wednesday morning this week more than 20cm fell on Pyeongchang, and instead of hiring machines to produce it, seven excavators, eight dump trucks and 200 people were enlisted to take it away. Forecasts, however, suggest it will soon get worryingly warm. Pinterest Read more Winter Paralympics 2018 The delegation and team from North Korea arrive at The Paralympic Village. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters Share on Facebook Share via Email ParalympicsGB Share on Twitter 9) BearsThe official mascot, Bandabi, is an Asiatic black bear. “Bears are strong, courageous and determined creatures who make the most of their surroundings,” glowed Sir Philip Craven, the former IPC president, and as an added bonus “are also seen as friendly and cuddly”. There will be several Bandabis patrolling the Paralympic venues – when organisers appealed for volunteers to fill the 24 suits more than 7,000 people applied.10) Clare BaldingFresh from helming the BBC’s much-criticised coverage of the Winter Olympics, Clare Balding returns to host the Paralympics, live from Channel 4’s specially-constructed studio in, er, Hemel Hempstead. More than 60% of the channel’s presenting team are disabled, including three summer Paralympic champions and two winter Paralympic medalists, and the station will put out “about 100 hours” of related programming. Winter Paralympics: meet the Britons going for gold in Pyeongchang Topics Disability and sport features Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Sportbloglast_img read more

Stockholm Norvik Port Halfway Complete

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Ports of Stockholm The Stockholm Norvik Port, scheduled to open in 2020, has reached the halfway stage in its construction process.Buildings, quays and bridges over the future railway are emerging simultaneously as the features of the new port start to take shape, while supporting casement walls are being moved into place on the sea bed using floating structures.Around 350 people are currently working on-site as the Stockholm Norvik Port gets ready to welcome the first vessel in 2020.“The Stockholm Norvik Port is long-awaited. Volumes of both RoRo and container traffic are increasing and vessels are becoming ever larger,” Johan Castwall, Ports of Stockholm Managing Director, said.Image Courtesy: Ports of Stockholmlast_img read more

Gunvor Revealed as Charterer of Exmars FSRU Barge

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Exmar Belgium-based owner and operator Exmar has executed a ten-year charter with Cyprus-registered commodity trader Gunvor for the provision of its Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) barge and related services in Bangladesh.The company announced in February 2018 that its FSRU barge has been transferred to Keppel Shipyard in Singapore, where it is undergoing site-specific modifications required by its charterer, whose identity remained undisclosed until now.“The floating solution developed and operated by Exmar is going to perfectly serve Gunvor’s long-term strategy, and the group is very satisfied with its first strategic move in the FSRU space in cooperation with Exmar,” the company commented.“The FSRU barge is expected to arrive in Bangladesh in the fourth quarter of this year and start operations after its full commissioning,” Exmar added.Built by Wison Nantong shipyard, the FSRU barge was delivered to its owner in December 2017.It features an LNG storage capacity of 25,000m³ and a re-gasification capacity of 600 MMSCFD. It is the first ever FSRU project undertaken by a Chinese company on EPC basis.The FSRU has been fully paid by Exmar and the financing of the unit is under discussion, the Belgian company said.last_img read more

Farm Aid Founder Willie Nelson Announces 30th Anniversary Concert

first_imgFarm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp have announced that the 30th annual Farm Aid celebration will take place this year on Sept. 19.The pair represented Farm Aid at the 17th annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert, where the GRAMMY Foundation honored the organization for its ability to harness the power of music for social change as the longest running concert for a cause.“The first Farm Aid concert featured more than 50 artists on one stage,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson, who was among the artists to perform at the GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert. “In the 29 years since, hundreds more artists have given their time and talent to support family farmers. This year, we would like to invite even more artists to join us onstage as we celebrate family farm agriculture.”In recognition of its unique collection of live performances of more than 400 artists over 29 years, Farm Aid received a preservation grant from the GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program, which awards grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The $15,000 grant will be used to develop a plan to digitize, preserve and archive the legendary Farm Aid performances.“The legacy of Farm Aid is twofold: in the change we’ve made in our farm and food system, and in the rich musical record of concerts held since 1985,” said John Mellencamp, who also appeared at the GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert. “The list of artists who have played on the Farm Aid stage is a who’s who of the best artists of our time.”Farm Aid artists represent all genres of music, from rock ‘n’ roll and country to reggae and bluegrass, including BB King, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Tracy Chapman, Emmylou Harris, Hootie and the Blowfish, Carlos Santana, Loretta Lynn and hundreds more.Farm Aid has partnered with Boston’s Berklee College of Music to engage the school’s professional audio engineering faculty and state-of-the-art studio facilities in the music preservation project while creating unique learning opportunities for students.Farm Aid 2015, an all-day music and food festival, will feature a unique lineup of artists and genres and will offer concert-goers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions. In Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers; engage in hands-on food and farm activities; and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health. More details about 30th anniversary Farm Aid events will be announced soon.For concert updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook, and visit Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $48 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.last_img read more

2 Niagara police officers facing criminal charges

The incidents are unrelated, but the arrests happened within a week’s time.Sergeant David Bridel has been with the force for 21 years and was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident. Police would not elaborate on the details leading up to his arrest, but say a member of the public called police when the incident occurred in St.Catharines.Police chief McGuire says the incident happened in the officers personal life and it is the same for Constable Mark Taks, a 2-year veteran of the force. He has been charged with two counts of harrassment.The investigation into that case started in late February after police were called. Taks was granted bail Wednesday morning but was given strict conditions, including having zero contact with the victim and their family, and he’s not to carry a weapon or cellphone unless for work purposes.Both men were uniform patrol officers and have been suspended with pay. They are expected back in court on May 23rd. read more

Pastuch primer Breaking down Sasks 55million fraud case

The woman at the centre of what the Crown described as one of the largest investor frauds in Saskatchewan history — taking victims for $5.5 million — says she’s sorry, and hopes to serve at least a portion of her time in a healing lodge.“I’m sorry for what happened,” Alena Marie Pastuch said Thursday, appearing in Regina court via video link from Prince Albert’s Pine Grove Correctional Centre. “I feel badly,” she added, saying she now appreciates the impact she’s had on the lives of her victims.As remarked upon by the judge, Pastuch was virtually unseen throughout Thursday’s proceedings. She sat completely bent over, so only a sliver of a grey sweatshirt was visible on the camera. She so, revealing only the crown of her head and her neck at times, as she gave her slightly-muffled apology.Her lawyer Kevin Hill, appearing on her behalf in the Regina courtroom, explained Pastuch wasn’t being disrespectful to the court, but was more comfortable in that position due to a health condition.The 54-year-old former Regina businesswoman was found guilty on June 27 of fraud, theft and money laundering, five years after she was first arrested and 12 years since investors began putting money into her five tech companies, ostensibly to create anti-fraud and child protection software. Justice Richard Elson stayed the latter two charges, finding they essentially duplicated the fraud count, and “no person is to be punished more than once for the same offence.”Crown prosecutor Dana Brule sought a 10-year prison sentence, on par with other large-scale frauds in this province and elsewhere.After parting company with four lawyers (one private, one Legal Aid and two court appointments), Pastuch represented herself during the trial when Elson declined to allow her a third court-appointed lawyer. She was, however, represented by Hill for the sentencing submissions Thursday. He suggested a six-year, three-month prison term is appropriate and told the court Pastuch would like Elson to recommend she serve her time at a healing lodge. Such a recommendation wouldn’t be binding on Correctional Service Canada but would be considered.Although there are approximately 80 victims, only 18 submitted victim-impact statements, which Brule read aloud in court. They spoke about trust and loss — trust that they were dealing with a respectable, successful businesswoman who came from a “good” family of values built on faith; the loss of millions that had altered lives and futures.“They say pay it forward, but in our case, pay it back,” read one statement from a couple who lost $50,000.“My retirement is not what I envisioned,” said another from a man, now in his 70s, who was forced to sell a mobile home he had for retirement in Arizona. He lost $200,000.A couple who lost $1.2 million had hoped to spend their retirement working with charitable causes. Instead they couldn’t retire, and ended up in counselling to deal with their new reality. They felt embarrassed and hoodwinked by a woman they believed in, and disappointed in a justice system that has moved slowly.Elson said he’ll render his decision Friday morning.Here’s a review of Elson’s verdict in June and some of the Saskatchewan case precedents he was given Thursday by the Crown:THE VICTIMSAfter helping organize a family reunion in 2004, Pastuch renewed old connections or made new ones, and her early investors were largely what Elson described as “semi-distant” family members. But as word spread of her “guaranteed” or “zero risk” investment, more people came on board, while others upped their ante. In the words of one investor, he felt certain she wouldn’t “cheat” family.Some 80 people, 56 of whom testified at a lengthy trial earlier this year and last, invested more than $5.5 million between January 2007 and November 2009, when the province’s securities regulator issued a cease trade order against Pastuch and her companies. Many victims told not only of their own investments but also those of others who, as couples or a group, pooled funds.Investments by individuals ranged from $10,000 to $1.26 million, the latter by a couple looking for a secure place to grow their money after selling the farm. A total of 17 individuals or groups put in amounts at or exceeding six figures.Investors only recovered $137,097; most lost everything. Former Regina businesswoman Alena Marie Pastuch, left, leaves Regina’s Court of Queen’s Bench in custody on June 27 after being found guilty on charges of theft, fraud and money laundering. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Alena Marie Pastuch, 48, tries to hide her appearance after being released from Provincial Court in Regina on Thursday, June 5, 2014. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post DREAMS AND DECEPTIONSThe judge found “the evidence of culpable dishonesty is — in a word — overwhelming.” Pastuch told early investors in 2007 she was trying to purchase the rights to computer software technology from a struggling developer. She planned to continue development so the technology could be sold quickly for a considerable profit. In time, the promises and the nature of the business expanded to the creation of their own software and assertions of interest from banks, large companies and child safety organizations.Elson found Pastuch knowingly and intentionally misled investors in several ways: the “purported business ventures” produced no marketable product or product sales; there was no originating business from which technology was purchased; there were no other injections of funds in the projects other than those from investors; there was no interest by prospective purchasers to acquire either technology or shares; there were no accounts receivable coming in from the Saskatchewan government (funds which investors were told would help act as security); she never received a $20-million valuation of the business; but for one person, there were no departing or removed investors who received full repayment; and there was no other person, board or executive to which she reported, leaving Pastuch with exclusive control.Elson found Pastuch, by conservative estimate, diverted more than $3 million of the investors’ funds and spent a “considerable” amount for personal use, including gambling, purchasing collectibles to use in a memorabilia sales business, promoting a rock band, paying a mortgage, as well as buying a house, high-end clothing, travel, fitness services, hair and beauty services, chiropractic treatments, plastic surgery, and charitable contributions.PRECEDENTS FOR PENALTIESA $5.5-million fraud puts it in the “upper echelons of (such) cases in Saskatchewan,” Brule said after the verdict. He cited four similar precedents from this province:Gregor Gmerek — received a four-year prison sentence in 2018 after siphoning off more than $1.2 million from a livestock brokerage company while handling the accounting. It’s currently under appeal.Steven Vincent Weeres — misappropriated between $650,000 and $800,000 invested in Master Keys to Success. He was sentenced in 2015 to five years in prison (less 505 days’ credit for pre-trial custody), plus two additional years if he failed to pay a $200,000 fine, upheld on appeal.Ronald Jerry Fast — headed Marathon Leasing Corp., a vehicle-leasing company that became a $16.7-million Ponzi scheme, bilking 235 victims. He was sentenced in 2014 to seven years in prison, upheld on appeal.Klaus Link —  took $1.7 million from investors and from pension funds he managed as operator of Tri-Link Consultants. He was sentenced in 2013 to 5 1/2 years in prison. TIMELINEJan. 2008: inquiry to Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission (now known as Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority) sparks a securities investigationNov. 2, 2009: first cease-trade order issued against Alena Pastuch and her companiesApril 2010: complaints to RCMP spark separate but related criminal investigation into Pastuch and companiesAug. 27, 2010: notice of hearing issued in securities investigation, setting out Securities Act allegationsDec. 5, 2012: after several interim applications and appeals, securities hearing gets underway; closing arguments filed in January 2014 after several delays and motionsJune 4, 2014: Pastuch arrested on criminal charges of fraud, theft and money launderingJune 5, 2014: Pastuch makes first appearance in provincial court on criminal charges, granted release under strict conditionsJuly 23, 2014: three-member panel issues decision finding Pastuch committed several Securities Act violationsAug. 7, 2014: Pastuch files appeal of securities decisionDec. 18, 2014: on Securities Act violations, Pastuch and her companies ordered to pay $146,638 in administrative penalties and hearing costs, and compensation of up to $100,000 to each person or company that suffered a financial loss as a result of those violationsJan. 2, 2015: sanctions decision appealed; sanctions put on hold pending outcome of appealMarch 14, 2018: Sask. Court of Appeal hearing on Securities Act violationsOct. 15, 2018: opening day of Court of Queen’s Bench criminal trialFeb. 27, 2019: Day 80 of the criminal trial, Pastuch opts to call no witnesses or testify after prosecution closes caseMarch 5, 2019: Crown prosecutor Dana Brule makes closing argument; Pastuch follows with hers on March 8March 29, 2019: Sask. Court of Appeal upholds Securities Act violations and penaltiesJune 6, 2019: Sask. Court of Appeal rejects application for rehearing of securities appealJune 7, 2019: Pastuch revisits application for mistrial or stay of proceedings on criminal chargesJune 27, 2019: Guilty verdict on criminal chargesAug. 15, 2019: Sentencing submissions read more

Cassady hopped over competition

As soon as Howard “Hopalong” Cassady stepped onto the field, he was a difference-maker.“He was the guy that could make the big play when you needed it the most,” said Jack Park, author of The Official Ohio State Football Encyclopedia.That is exactly what the running back did in his first game at Ohio State, as he recorded three touchdowns in a win over Indiana.Cassady played for OSU from 1952-55, which was unusual at the time because most players only played three seasons then.Cassady also played for the baseball team. He led the team in home runs in 1955 and in stolen bases in 1956.He graduated from Central High School in Columbus.When he came to OSU, he played offense and defense for under legendary coach Woody Hayes.Cassady won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award in 1955 in his senior season. To top it off, he was named the Associated Press “Male Athlete of the Year” in 1955, beating out boxer Rocky Marciano and quarterback Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns.This was monumental, considering a pair of Hall of Fame center fielders — Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle — won it in 1954 and 1956, respectively.Cassady excelled on defense as much as he did on offense. As a cornerback, he never allowed a reception to be caught on him in a Big Ten game, Park said. He also said that when Cassady was on the field, OSU never allowed a big play on defense.But what made Cassady famous was his elusive running style, which earned him his nickname from sportswriters. He would hop all over the field.“Hopalong was fast and good at getting around the corner,” Park said.The play that determined Cassady’s career was an 88-yard interception return against the No. 2 ranked Wisconsin Badgers in 1954. A close game in the third quarter, Cassady intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. This was symbolic because it changed the atmosphere of the game and saved the season, leading to the Buckeyes’ second national title.“This [showed] the real mark of a champion,” Park said.After college, Cassady spent six years with the Detroit Lions and also played a season each with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. He returned to the Lions for his eighth and final season before retiring.In 1979, Cassady was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. On Nov. 18, 2000, at halftime against Michigan, OSU retired Cassady’s No. 40 in Ohio Stadium.Outside of football, Cassady became an entrepreneur and formed a company that manufactured concrete pipe, steel and ships. More recently, he has served as a scout for the New York Yankees, and has spent summers in Columbus as the first base coach for the former minor league Columbus Clippers. He now resides in Tampa, Fla. read more

Bank of Ireland will not be able to pay salaries until tomorrow

first_imgUnderstandably, especially in the run-up to the long weekend, people are not happy: The INTO called the non-payment of salaries “unacceptable”:The delay in paying salaries to primary teachers had caused a great deal of worry, disruption and unnecessary hardship. No-one affected by this situation should be at any financial loss as a result of the delay.Explainer: What is this SEPA thing all about?> Source: Mary Galvin/Twitter Updated 11:02BANK OF IRELAND has confirmed that a delay in their own processes meant that many public and private sector workers were not paid as expected this morning.They will now not be paid until tomorrow morning.There was a flood of complaints this morning from workers in the public service that salary payments have not been lodged as expected in their bank accounts. A similar issue appeared to have occurred for private sector workers banking with Bank of Ireland.Gardai, nurses, members of the Defence Forces, primary school teachers, university staff as well as some employees with Irish Rail and An Post took to social media, email and online forums to ask why they have not been paid.After several hours of investigating the problem, Bank of Ireland confirmed that there had been a delay in one file and this had affected some payments. This was their spokesperson’s statement:I can confirm that a payment of credits was delayed last night and will not be processed until this evening.This delay only affected one file and the majority of BOI payments processed in a timely manner.The Bank apologies profusely to those customers affected and wishes to reassure them that the credits will be in their account by first thing tomorrow morning.The spokesperson also told that additional charges normally associated with late payments from accounts to service direct debits etc. will be waived on this occasion as the fault is with BoI. “If anyone has serious issues, they should contact their local branch immediately,” she said.Earlier this morning, Financial Shared Services (FSS), which operates the payroll for the public sector out of their offices in Killarney, Co Kerry, said that they could confirm that it is the case that no public servant had received payment this morning into their accounts.The assistant principal of FSS said this morning that it was an issue with processing through Bank of Ireland.FSS uses Bank of Ireland to send out payments for the gardai, for civil servants who are paid fortnightly and a few smaller groups. This means that even if an individual employee has their personal account with another financial institution, their payments this morning will have been affected by the BoI issue.Employees with the Prison Service were not due to be paid this week, so even though FSS processes their salaries, this issue will not affect them.However, it appears that it is not just workers in the public sector that are affected. From the comments section on this article alone:center_img Nothing like finding tumble weed in your account the morning of payday. Prob with @bankofireland say @UCC to be sorted this eve, hopefully— Mary Galvin (@GalvinMary) July 31, 2014 A spokesperson for Bank of Ireland originally suggested to that the issue might have been related to how SEPA payments are made. While the Single Euro Payments Area system has been in place for several months now, she said:We are not aware of any major delays. It could be a consequence of SEPA payments which are processed throughout the day, rather than once at the start of the day.Although that turned out not to be the case, there has been a problem with SEPA payments when they are due around a bank holiday anywhere in Europe – a similar delay popped up on the Thursday before the June bank holiday, according to a Government department also contacted Government Information and a spokesperson said they were investigating where the process had broken down.One of the departments whose payroll was affected by the delay is the Department of Education. A spokesperson there told due for payment on 31 July 2014 have not transferred to the bank accounts of primary teachers, special needs assistants and other non-teaching staff paid on payrolls operated by the Department.In addition pensions due for payment on 31 July 2014 have not transferred to the bank accounts of retired teachers and non-teaching staff paid on payrolls operated by the Department.The Department has been advised by Bank of Ireland that on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 the bank experienced a technical issue which resulted in some customer files being processed a day late. Bank of Ireland disperse all salary and pension payments to all other financial institutions on behalf of the Department.Therefore, all salary and pension payments that were due to be credited to all accounts today – 31 July 2014 are expected to be credited first thing tomorrow morning – 1 August 2014.last_img read more

Man catches cheating wife using iPhone 4S and Find My Friends

first_imgNot sure if this will hold up in divorce court, but a suspicious husband has claimed that he caught his wife cheating using the new (well at least to iOS users, Android peeps have had this since day 1) Find my Friends (FMF) app that works with the iPhone 4S.Much like Latitiude on the Android platform, FMF allows users to find their friends using the GPS location generated by their iPhones. The man in question gave his wife an iPhone 4S as a surprise, then used it to track where she was.According to texts he received from his wife, she claimed to be in the meat packing district of New York, but FMF had her pegged in the Upper East Side, the total opposite direction. The husband claims that this confirmed some suspicions about his spouse cheating with someone uptown. The husband posted all this to the MacRumors forum, so the story cannot be totally confirmed, but it is an illustration of how much info mobile devices can give out.There have been many stories talking about how people have tracked victims down using the geotag in a picture or a text, or how houses have been robbed when someone has posted to Facebook that they have gone out for the day and their address is in their public profile.Information privacy is already a huge issue, and with social networking expanding the electronic umbrella over your life, steps need to be taken to ensure that personal info is not getting into the wrong hands.FMF has some settings inside of it like Latitude that allows you to give only a city-level location to a friend. Meaning if you are in Boston, they will see that you are in the general vicinity of the city, not your exact location. There is also a cool addition that is specific to the iPhone that allows users to share their location for a one time event, meaning that you can give someone your location for a set amount of time, which is pretty handy.It will be interesting to see if the husband in this story will post any outcomes or results. Until then, make sure you know what you are sharing!More at MacRumors forums, via Business Insiderlast_img read more

Pending EPA cuts lead to new junk cleanups in villages

first_imgThe Green Star Program plans to begin removing junk like these old vehicles in the Dillingham landfill that’s accumulating in villages and other small communities around Alaska. Unlike Dillingham, the logistics of removing junk from remote villages are much more difficult, requiring transport first by barge and, often, transfer to trucks, which then take loads to recycling brokers in Fairbanks or Anchorage. (Photo: KDLG)A network of partnerships between nonprofit organizations, government agencies and private-sector recycling companies is planning to step up efforts to clean up junk and electronic waste that’s been accumulating for decades in remote communities around Alaska. The partnerships are racing to clean up as much of the stuff as possible by 2020, when federal funding for the projects is scheduled to run out.Listen nowPretty much every community in Alaska struggles to get rid of junk like worn-out cars, appliances and electronics, most of which contain hazardous substances that can harm human health. But the problem is especially acute in remote communities located far off the road system, where the stuff accumulates because it’s prohibitively expensive to remove.“That’s where the struggle is, because from there we really need to take out the material – stuff that’s legacy waste from years ago,” Doug Huntman said. He directs the ‎Green Star Program, an effort supported by Anchorage-based Alaska Forum. “But the transportation costs are just so expensive. It’s very difficult to do that.”Huntman said during a break in the forum’s environmental conference last week that members of his organization and its partners plan to find out exactly how expensive and difficult that is when they visit those communities this summer to plan cleanups next year.“We’re going out to the communities on the middle Kuskokwim – which is a tough area in the state – to try and remove that stuff,” Huntman said.Those communities include Upper and Lower Kalskag, Aniak, Chuathbaluk, Napaimute, Sleetmute, Stony River, Crooked Creek, and possibly Red Devil, Dave Cannon said. He’s the solid-waste coordinator with Aniak-based Kuskokwim River Watershed Council. The council has organized smaller cleanups along the river in recent years and is now working with Huntman to figure out how to remove junk that’s accumulated in those villages.Cannon said that includes old junk cars, “and in some villages we have white waste – things like refrigerators, freezers. But batteries, boat and automotive batteries, probably are the biggest concern that we have.”Cannon said the so-called legacy waste must be loaded onto a barge and taken to Anchorage. But first it must be drained of hazardous wastes and other such substances. It’s a logistically challenging and costly endeavor. Even more so because Cannon says it’s not known how much of the stuff is out there. And in some landfills and junkyards, it’s mixed in with other unknown substances.“There’s a myriad of drums with who knows what materials in them,” Cannon said. “There’s even things like household hazardous waste.”Cannon said hazardous substances won’t be removed during this initial cleanup. But he says organizers will list them on an inventory they’re putting together. And, where possible, they’ll store them in safe places for pickup later. But another cleanup effort that’s been under way for a couple of years now is mainly focused on removing hazardous materials from remote and rural communities, mainly along the Yukon River. It’s being done by the Solid Waste Alaska Task Force, or SWAT, a consortium of experts from three Alaska nonprofits, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.“Their goal and mission is to create a sustainable way to manage waste in rural communities,” Becca Brado, executive director of Green Star of Interior Alaska, said.Brado said the Fairbanks-based recycling center, not related to the Anchorage-based program, is working with SWAT to help smaller communities backhaul electronic waste, such as old computers and televisions, to recycling companies in Anchorage or even Seattle.“So Green Star is hoping to serve as a regional hub for Interior villages and communities that don’t have direct access,” Brado said.Brado said Green Star is looking for funding to launch an outreach program to promote recycling in more than 60 communities in the Yukon River watershed. She said the program is critically needed, because the region lacks adequate landfills or storage facilities. So, much of the e-waste generated in those communities is smashed or dumped outdoors. And that causes hazardous substances in the electronics to seep into the soil and groundwater. Studies show many of those substances, such as heavy metals, make their way up the food chain to the people in the region who depend on wildlife for subsistence.“With exposure to heavy metals like mercury and lead and other toxic chemicals that children, especially in children, their IQ is actually lowered,” Brado said.Lynn Zender, a member of the SWAT executive committee and head of an Anchorage environmental-consulting firm, said the chances of exposure to contaminants are even higher when materials are burned, a common practice in communities without landfills.“Those contaminants can be inhaled, and that’s quite dangers – serious,” Zender said,And Zender said there’s growing awareness on the need for better solid- and hazardous-waste disposal in villages. Brado said there’s growing urgency too, because funding for an EPA program to promote recycling in remote villages will run out in 2020.“It’s a race against the clock, really, to try to help these communities get their e-waste and other back-haul materials out by then,” Brado said.Brado said she hopes the effort will lead to a sustainable statewide back-hauling program that would help clean up villages and keep hazardous e-waste substances out of the ecosystem.last_img read more

House GOP Immigration Bill Would End Family Separation At Border

first_imgUpdated at 5:14 p.m. ET House Republicans plan to vote next week on a pair of immigration bills, including one that would end the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the Southwest border. Republican leaders released a draft version of the bill Thursday after House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters he does not support the “zero tolerance” policy that was implemented as a result of a court decision. In the House GOP proposal released Thursday there is a provision ending the policy. The fate of that measure and another backed by a significant bloc of conservatives is uncertain, meaning the family separation policy could remain intact indefinitely.“This I do think ought to be addressed; we believe it should be addressed in immigration legislation,” Ryan said. “What’s happening at the border with the separation of parents and their children is because of a court ruling. That’s why I think legislation is necessary.”Asked about whether the White House backed either of the two House proposals on Thursday, press secretary Sarah Sanders did not directly answer. “The president’s already laid out a proposal that closes the legal loopholes and provides the resources to secure our border. If the process leads to a permanent solution, as outlined by the president, then we would support it,” Sanders said. Each immigration bill being considered next week is aimed at satisfying a different ideological wing of the Republican Party, and it is unclear whether either has the votes to pass the House. Democrats have indicated that they are solidly opposed to both proposals. Ryan has said any GOP immigration bill must address the four pillars outlined by President Trump: Legal protections for immigrants who are in the country illegally after arriving in the U.S. as children, known as DREAMersBorder securityEnding the diversity visa lotteryAdding new restrictions for family-based legal immigrationThe bill to appease conservatives would include further reductions to legal immigration and may require all employers to check the citizenship of their employees against a federal database.The other bill, which changes family policy at the border, is a compromise with moderate House Republicans who had previously threatened to force votes on their own immigration plan with Democrats. The group backed down from that effort on Tuesday after Ryan convinced members that it would be harmful for the GOP-controlled House to pass an immigration bill supported mostly by Democrats.The legislation would authorize funding for a border wall while creating a new visa category that includes DREAMers who would be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Those immigrants would get legal status to protect them while they wait in the existing citizenship queue. It would not give those immigrants special treatment or an expedited path as many moderates and Democrats have insisted. The compromise follows weeks of fighting with conservatives who have resisted any system that would create a special citizenship route for DREAMers. The new visa category would be created by ending the current visa lottery system and changing several other existing visa programs. The bill would also end per country visa limits while maintaining the current cap on visas, meaning the number of new immigrants allowed into the country would be reduced as visas are granted to DREAMers. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Windpowered car completes 3100 mile test ride across Australia

first_img( — Score some points for the green set this week! In Australia a wind-powered car has completed a roughly three-week, 3,100 mile test ride. The car, which is powered by a 8kWh lithium-ion battery, just like many electric cars currently available to consumers on the market, but this one gets its juice not from the plug, but from a mobile wind turbine. The wind turbine is supported by a 20-foot telescopic bamboo mast. The car does have a plug available for times when it is not windy out. The car, which has been aptly named the Wind Explorer, was constructed by two intrepid German adventurers: Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer, who over a period of about six-months. The end product, which is a carbon-emissions free vehicle, weighs a scant 440 pounds. This weight is fairly amazing when you consider that the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt each weigh about 3,500 pounds. This weight becomes no surprise when you look at the vehicle, which roughly resembles a egg with two head rests sticking out of the top. The body is made of a carbon fiber mounted onto an aluminum frame. The tires used on this car come from a racing bicycle. They were chosen to reduce drag. The Wind Explorer reached a top speed of about 55 mph on this journey. Wind-powered car goes down wind faster than the wind Explore further Citation: Wind-powered car completes 3,100 mile test ride across Australia (2011, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 The journey took 18 days and spanned the continent of Australia, with the two designers splitting the drive time. The vehicle can now boast holding several records for wind-powered vehicles. Some of the records set include: the first vehicle powered by wind to cross a continent, the longest overall distance covered, and the longest distance covered by a wind-powered vehicle in 36 hours. More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Private boat goes up in flames in Cancun waters

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A short circuit is being blamed for a fire that broke out on a small private vessel in Cancun waters Saturday.The captain and two Argentinian passengers were forced to jump ship Saturday as the boat, Tango, became completely engulfed in flames.Private boat goes up in flames in Cancun watersPhoto: PGR/Cancun Fire DepartmentThe fire happened Saturday afternoon at the Embarcadero near the Calinda Bridge at Playa Linda in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Firefighters and nearby tourist police attended to the fire and its small crew.The boat’s captain, 30-year-old José Manuel Muñoz Herrera, was taken to Amerimed hospital to be treated. Both his passengers were able to jump into the water and swim to shore. There was no report of injuries to either man.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more