Citizenship Bill protests: no inputs of extremist role

first_imgThe Assam Police are ascertaining the role of extremist groups in the ongoing protests in the State against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.Addressing a press conference with Chief Secretary Alok Kumar on Saturday, Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia, however, said security forces did not have specific inputs about the involvement of extremists in the movement. “Eight cases have so far been registered over stray incidents of violence, and several people arrested. We can ascertain the involvement of underground outfits only after a thorough interrogation,” Mr. Saikia said.Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent was remote-controlling the protests. He claimed that the Bill was needed to save the State from “going Jinnah’s way.” Appeal for restraint Appealing for restraint, Mr. Alok Kumar said, “The State is passing through a challenging phase, although the law and order situation [arising out of the protests] is under control. The people have a right to protest, but there have been certain deviations.” Mr. Saikia said the police were overburdened with cases of social media abuse. Such cases, he felt, were taking up much of the time of police personnel.“Police stations are flooded with cases in connection with social media posts that people find objectionable or abusive. The police need some space to look into theft and other cases of crime,” he said.Many cases of alleged social media abuse turn out to be frivolous, the DGP added.The social media monitoring cell of Assam Police has been on overdrive since the lynching of two Guwahati-based youth in Karbi Anglong district last year.last_img read more


first_imgStrongly condemning the phenomenon of internationalStrongly condemning the phenomenon of international terrorism, Modi and the Emir resolved to cooperate together to root out this global menace.They asserted that acts of violence, terrorism and extremism cannot be justified under any circumstances, regardless of their motivation, in all their forms and manifestations.”The two leaders highlighted the need to isolate the sponsors and supporters of terrorism and agreed that urgent action against all such entities, which support terrorism and use it as an instrument of policy, must be taken,” the statement said.The two sides also underlined the need to “disrupt terrorist movements, stopping all sources for financing of terrorism and countering terrorist propaganda through internet”.An MoU was also signed between Qatar Investment Authority and External Affairs Ministry for investment in National Investment and Infrastructure Fund between the two countries that would facilitate foreign investment from the gas-rich Gulf state.Sinha said it involves establishing a framework for promoting Qatari investment in India including in asset reconstruction in public sector undertakings whose assets are in distress and getting FDI into them.Cooperation and investment in areas of skill development and education, health, tourism and sports between the two countries were the other agreements signed by Indian and Qatari officials in the presence of Modi and Sheikh Tamim.An agreement was also signed between the two countries on cooperation and mutual assistance in custom matters besides an MoU on cooperation in tourism.The MoU on customs matters included resolving the issues of under-invoicing and over-invoicing as well as money laundering issues, Sinha said.advertisementAmong the various sectors that were being viewed, include railways, agro-processing, solar energy as also defence and general manufacturing, he said.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that the warmth with which the Qatari delegates met the Prime Minister was reflected when the leadership told him that “Qatar is your second home”.According to Swarup, they also said that India and Qatar should complement each other and India is closest and nearest to them.The discussions between Modi and the Emir were held in a “cordial” and “friendly” atmosphere.The two leaders exchanged views on the security situation in West Asia, Middle East and South Asia while expressing “grave” concern over the situation in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. They reiterated the importance of peaceful resolution of these issues through dialogue and political negotiations. (MORE) PTI AKK SKC SAI AKJ VMN SAIlast_img read more

Devin Booker scores 40 as Suns hand 76ers 1st loss

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Horford nailed a 27-foot 3 at the buzzer to put the 76ers ahead 61-55 at halftime. The 13-year veteran shot 6 of 7 from the field in the first half, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.Embiid served the second game of his two-game suspension for an altercation with Minnesota’s Karl Anthony-Towns last week. The 7-foot center is eligible to return when the 76ers travel to face the Jazz on Wednesday.TIP-INS76ers: G/F Shake Milton didn’t play because of a bone bruise and mild sprain in his left knee. … Ben Simmons had five steals in the first half and finished with seven.Suns: G Ty Jerome missed his seventh straight game to start his rookie season because of a right ankle sprain. … The Suns trailed by six at halftime despite shooting 55 percent from the field. … Booker scored the Suns’ first 11 points of the third quarter and 16 in the period. … Aron Baynes finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT Booker, serenaded with MVP chants from the home crowd in the fourth quarter, has 6,003 points in his career. He’s the eighth-youngest player in NBA history to reach 6,000. The fifth-year guard, who turned 23 last week, finished 15 of 19 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and 7 of 7 on free throws.Phoenix pushed ahead 100-93 midway through the final quarter, but the lead quickly disappeared and Al Horford tied the game when he came flying down the lane for a one-handed, putback slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceFrom that point, it was back and forth until the Suns went up in the final few minutes when Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. made big buckets to put them in front for good.Playing without suspended star Joel Embiid, the Sixers (5-1) were led by Horford’s 32 points. Horford tied a career high with five 3-pointers and shot 13 of 20 from the field. Tobias Harris added 24 points and Furkan Korkmaz had 20. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Rice industry paralysis UP NEXT76ers: At the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.Suns: Host the Miami Heat on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES #KicksStalker: Kyrie Irving to release ‘Manila’ colorway in latest signature shoes PHOENIX, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 04: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts as he awaits a free-throw shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 04, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the 76ers 114-109. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — Devin Booker scored 40 points, Ricky Rubio added 21 points and 10 assists, and the Phoenix Suns beat the NBA’s final undefeated team by knocking off the Philadelphia 76ers 114-109 on Monday night.Phoenix (5-2) is three games over .500 for the first time in more than four years. The surprising Suns are on a three-game winning streak and off to their best seven-game start since 2013.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Khali’s wrestling-entertainment show scrapped over differences with organiser

first_imgIt was supposed to be yet another great show by professional wrestler Great Khali, but the slated October 8 event at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon to promote the sport in India has been cancelled. The cancellation is the fallout of a dispute between the organisers and the ticket distributor company.Dalip Singh Rana, better known as The Great Khali, and his manager Balwan Singh told Mail Today that the ticket distribution company ‘Book My Show’ hasn’t been performing as per expectation.ORGANISERS ‘DUPED’ US, SAYS KHALI’S MANAGER”We paid an advance amount of Rs 6 lakh to the company and the profit from the event was to be shared according to the contract. The company’s officials were giving several excuses and asked us to submit various ‘no objection’ certificates from different agencies of the district administration. They have been also demanding more percentage of profit which was turned down by us. The event was backed by the Haryana government,” Singh said. “We will file a legal case against the company for duping us at this juncture. We have also terminated the contract of the company for the next scheduled event at Panipat on October 12. The event of Gurgaon would be rescheduled but its date has not been finalised as yet,” he added.The organisers were finding it difficult to obtain the ‘no objection’ certificates. The local police also have security concern as the Khali Show would be held at the same venue which was chosen by the Haryana government to organise PM Narendra Modi’s rally on November 1 to celebrate golden jubilee of the state. Besides, there were issues pertaining to visa of two other main wrestlers who have not reached India. However, Singh claimed that six foreign wrestlers have already arrived in Delhi. The rest are expected to arrive by Friday evening.advertisementThe wrestling event was announced on September 6 by Khali. Around 16 foreign and about 35 domestic wrestlers were supposed to be a part of the show.Reacting to this, a spokesperson from BookMyShow said:BookMyShow is the preferred ticketing partner for all major sporting events in the country and we take pride in successfully managing them with utmost transparency and commitment while ensuring customer satisfactionThe event in question has been cancelled solely at the discretion of its event organizers Continental Wrestling Entertainment Private LimitedBookMyShow confirms the receipt of the advance received of Rs. 3 lakhs only against the listing of the event. Since the event, which was due to happen over two venues- Gurgaon and Panipat, has been cancelled in its entirety, we will refund the advance to the organizers after duly adjusting the costs already incurred by BookMyShow for the sameBookMyShow is already in the process of making refunds to the users who had purchased the tickets for the said event Also read: This TVC featuring The Great Khali is simply too funny!last_img read more

Koeman: I hope I’m in Klopp’s good books!

first_imgNetherlands boss Ronald Koeman has joked that he hopes Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was happy with his decision to rest Georginio Wijnaldum in midweek.Oranje played out a 1-1 friendly draw with Belgium on Tuesday, with the Liverpool ace, who had impressed so much in the Nations League win over Germany three days earlier, left on the sidelines.Koeman believes that will have delighted Klopp, who has taken issue with UEFA over the introduction of the Nations League in an already packed fixture calendar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking last week, the Reds boss, who branded the competition “senseless”, said: “You have to call the manager of any country and say: ‘Can you leave players out?’ and he says: ‘I am under pressure as well.’”Koeman, who saw Virgil van Dijk return to Anfield prematurely, joked to Sky Sports in response: “Maybe Mr Klopp is now very happy, and that’s okay. I hope I am back in the good books!”After missing out on Russia 2018 in the summer, Koeman has successfully stabilised what was once an ailing Netherlands side, and though he is pleased with the progress that has been made, he is aware there is still much to be done.“We know it is long way back, but we have seen a real improvement in the team. We started against Germany and got a really good win against a big opponent,” he said.“It is all about the final result. If you play France away, and don’t have that final result then it is always difficult. One way to improve is to show what we can do and play good football, but the most important is to have a good result.“We beat Portugal, we lost 2-1 to France, we played Belgium and drew 1-1, we won against Germany and we got a draw away against Italy – these are not the easiest of matches. We are in a good way and I am really proud of the team.While the Netherlands are no in action until next month, when they will face France and Germany in their final two Nations League matches, Liverpool are back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Huddersfield in Premier League action. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Virat Kohli gives his award away to a fan after Royal Challengers Bangalore end IPL 2017 campaign

first_imgVirat Kohli had a disappointing campaign in the IPL this year and he might have lost his cool more often than not all summer over Royal Challengers Bangalore’s soppy performances but he signed off with a really cool gesture at the Feroz Shah Kotla.Kohli, an out-and-out Delhi boy, was playing on his home turf against the home team, Delhi Daredevils. But the RCB skipper was a clear crowd favourite. The near-packed Kotla cheered every time Kohli found the fence in a gritty knock of 58 (on a rather tricky T20 pitch) and every time the ball went to him on the field.Despite another heroic effort by Rishabh Pant and a brisk cameo by Mohammed Shami, RCB somehow prevailed to defend a par total to finish a dismal season with a semblance of dignity.Kohli had stressed on the need for his players to enjoy themselves after bowing out of the IPL last week. On Sunday, the Royal Challengers, last year’s runners-ups, certainly did enjoy themselves.The star-studded side finished last on the points table and Kohli was named “stylish player of the match”. The 28-year-old was then seen, in a video that has now gone viral, jumping over the advertisement hoardings and gesturing towards a fan in the stands. He then hurled his trophy at the lucky fan before walking back to resume his position near the presentation dias.Kohli has been the most widely followed Indian cricketer since Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013. He was in superb form in IPL 2016, hammering 973 runs and four hundreds, a record for any single season.advertisementHis next assignment with India is the ICC Champions Trophy which starts in June.last_img read more

Argentina appoint Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar as interim managers

first_imgThe Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced that Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar will take charge of the national team on a temporary basis after the sacking of Jorge Sampaoli.Sampaoli was relieved of his duties last month following Argentina’s disastrous World Cup 2018 campaign, which ended with a 3-4 loss to France in the round of 16.Argentina managed only one win in the quadrennial event, which came in the group stage against Nigeria. They were held to a draw by Iceland in their first match and lost the second one to Croatia.”Later we will decide who will assume the role permanently,” AFA president Claudio Tapia told reporters on Thursday. “We are looking for a project, more than anything. We are going to take our time to make the right choice.”Both Scaloni, 40, and Aimar, 38, have only recently made the transition into coaching after successful playing careers. Scaloni, a former wingback for Deportivo La Coruna, West Ham and Lazio who was capped seven times for Argentina, acted as Sampaoli’s assistant with both the Albiceleste and Sevilla.Ex-attacking midfielder Aimar has been Argentina’s under-17 coach since July 2017 after ending a career that included spells at Valencia and Benfica, and saw him represent his country 52 times.The pair’s first match in charge will be on September 7 when the Albiceleste confront Guatemala in Los Angeles. The two-time world champions will then meet Colombia in New Jersey four days later.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Larry Fedora, North Carolina Trying to Flip OSU Quarterback Recruit

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The headliner of OSU’s 2017 recruiting class is being targeted by Larry Fedora and the North Carolina coaching staff. Jelani Woods, the 6-foot-7 quarterback from Ellenwood, Georgia, has been committed to the Cowboys since spring of this year with no wavering in his pledge, but circumstances around North Carolina, likely the possibility of preparing to lose their starting QB Mitch Trubisky to the NFL, have had them change their tone and target Woods.The Tar Heels have a No. 26 class ranking for 2017 according to 247sports, but they are without a quarterback. Here’s what reporter Woody Wommack said about their situation at QB:Originally it looked as if the Tar Heels were going to pass on taking a quarterback for this cycle, especially since they landed two four-star prospects in the class of 2016. However, things have changed quickly and now the school is targeting some committed prospects, including Oklahoma State commit Jelani Woods and Florida State commit Bailey Hockman.Woods has said recently that he plans to enroll early at OSU, and as far as I am aware, North Carolina has not extended a scholarship offer — at least not yet. But with North Carolina, a school that is much closer geographically, trying to jump into the picture this late in the game, it could be a factor and a situation to be aware of.My guess though? He’s Oklahoma State bound in January.last_img read more

Torino president: Belotti offers fell short

first_imgTransfers ‘Never afraid of losing him’ – Torino president says no club came close to Belotti clause Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 05:29 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andrea Belotti Torino Sassuolo Serie A 05282017 Getty Images Transfers Torino Serie A The Italian club’s boss said all offers received for their star man fell short of their €100 million valuation of the striker Torino received a number of offers for star striker Andrea Belotti but none of them triggered his €100 million release clause, according to club president Urbano Cairo.Belotti’s 26 Serie A goals in 35 appearances for Torino last season made him a top transfer target and the likes of Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were reportedly interested in signing him.Sampdoria 14/1 to beat Roma 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Cairo, who has brought stability to Torino since taking over 12 years ago when the club was almost bankrupt, spoke proudly after holding onto his star player for another year – but offered no assurances over Belotti’s long-term future.”I was never afraid of losing him. The decision was mine to keep Belotti, unless someone came along ready to pay the €100 million clause,” Cairo told Radio Sportiva .”Seeing as nobody came close to it, I was relaxed. He is staying with us for this season and then we’ll see. We kept him and Adem Ljajic, Iago Falque and Daniele Baselli, Antonio Barreca, Afriyie Acquah – even if he had a lot of offers – and of course Joel Obi.”We had an incredible number of proposals come in, but we kept practically everyone and added important new players.”Chelsea’s offer for Italy defender Davide Zappacosta – said to be in the region of €28m – proved too much for Cairo to resist, while Fiorentina were also allowed to buy midfielder Marco Benassi for €10m.Cairo claimed that the club’s transfer activity had been given the blessing of coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.”With a heavy heart, we parted with Marco Benassi and Zappacosta,” said Cairo. “When it came to Zappacosta, Chelsea made an offer that was simply too good to refuse.”As for Benassi, it was an issue of the tactical system and what was best for him.”[Coach] Sinisa Mihajlovic called to thank me for the transfer campaign, now it’s up to us to prove on the pitch that we can aim for Europe. We mustn’t set limits.”last_img read more

Cyber Wildlife Crime Sucks. But You Can Help Fight It Right There From Your Computer

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Overall, during the six week period, the calculated potential revenue was almost four million USD overall. And keep in mind this report was focused not only on a short period of time, but only in four countries out of the nearly 200 nations on earth.IFAW works with multiple online marketplaces, social media platforms, and hundreds of police and other government enforcement agencies around the world to spread awareness of cyber wildlife crime and its proliferation and to stop the online sales of endangered animals and illegal animal products.But without support from people like you and me, the illegal online trade of wildlife won’t stop any time soon.So, what can you do to fight cyber wildlife crime? The first step is the simplest: don’t buy animals or animal products online. At least, don’t buy these specimens if there is even a shred of doubt as to their origin, their legality, and the nature of the seller.It takes a network to defeat a network. Poachers are part of larger criminal organizations & supply chains. To stay one step ahead of these criminal networks, we created #tenBoma: a groundbreaking wildlife security initiative. #EndWildlifeCrime— IFAW (@action4ifaw) October 6, 2018Second, if you see an add or posting you feel may be promoting illegal wildlife sales online, notify an enforcement agency or reach out to IFAW directly. You can also be active instead of passive, looking for potentially illegal online sales of wildlife or threatened animal products by searching sites ranging from eBay to Craigslist to Facebook to Etsy for dubious posts and ads.Third, the more money the good guys have to stop the bad guys, the better for the animals. Donating to IFAW or other like-minded organizations is a fine thing to do with a few bucks, if you can spare them.Fourth, you can reach out to your representatives in government and ask them to stand behind bills designed to protect animals.And finally, you can get involved yourself, joining an organization fighting wildlife crime as a volunteer or even as a full-time job. But be ready for long hours and lots of travel.For those who want to be more than an armchair wildlife warrior, sign up to track and spot rare, elusive wildlife, which also helps to combat poaching and wildlife theft at the source. The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now center_img Editors’ Recommendations When you hear the words “wildlife crime” you likely picture African poachers stalking an elephant herd across an open savanna or a lone rhino wandering through the trees. Or perhaps you think of a teeming Eastern marketplace with merchants hawking ivory or horn powder to buyers looking for luxury decorative goods, Traditional Chinese Medicine ingredients, or for live exotics destined for a life in captivity as pets, or slaughtered animals (or parts thereof) to be served as gourmet dishes.This perception of the illicit trade of wildlife, and especially of threatened or endangered species, is not inaccurate — indeed a majority of the world’s illegally traded wildlife originates in Africa and a huge percentage of the animals or the products made thereof are bound for markets in Asia. But that’s only part of the story, and in fact, it’s arguably the smaller part of the problem in the modern era. Why?Because today, the biggest marketplace for the illegal trade of wildlife is the web.Earlier this year, IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) released a report that lays clear just how global a problem cyber wildlife crime really is and shatters the perceptions that illegal trade in animals and animal products is strictly an African and Asian problem. Their report, titled Disrupt: Wildlife Cybercrime – Uncovering the Scale of Online Wildlife Trade focused not on the continents of Africa or Asia, but instead on four specific countries: the UK, France, Germany, and Russia. And to further illuminate the scope and scale of the problem of online wildlife crime, they focused their assessments on a single, six-week period.During the month and a half-long period of 2017 that IFAW studied, in those four countries alone there were more than 11,770 protected specimens offered for sale. And 80 percent of the specimens on offer were live animals. Of these, reptiles constituted the largest share, with turtles, tortoises, crocodilians, and other such species accounting for 55 percent of the total live animals for sale via online marketplaces or social media platforms. Rare and endangered parrots represented the next largest percentage of the offerings, with big cats and primates also for sale in substantial numbers. Ivory sourced from elephant trunks constituted 11 percent of total potential sales. 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

Miami Port Deepening Project Makes Progress (USA)

first_img My location Print  Close PortMiami’s Deep Dredge project has entered a new phase with commencement this week of the actual dredging that will deepen the Port’s main harbor channel to a depth of -50 feet.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing the project that will be completed in approximately 18 months at the same time that the expanded Panama Canal is scheduled to open. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLC, the selected contractor for the project, began mobilizing its dredging equipment this week, including the hopper dredge, Terrapin Island, which has commenced dredging operations in the Port’s Outer Channel.Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez called the start-up of the dredge a “major milestone” for not only PortMiami, but all of Florida which will benefit from increased trade opportunities once the expanded Panama Canal opens in 2015.“PortMiami will be the closest U.S. port to the Panama Canal able to accommodate the mega size cargo vessels that require a -50 foot depth when at full capacity,” Gimenez said. “New trade opportunities translate into new jobs—the Deep Dredge will create thousands of permanent and well-paying jobs throughout the region.”PortMiami Director Bill Johnson credited Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state legislature for moving the Deep Dredge Project forward. The state is contributing $112 million to funding the $220 million project while Miami-Dade County’s share totals $108 million.“PortMiami will be big ship ready when the expanded Panama Canal opens in less than two years,” Johnson said. “The importance of the dredging project cannot be overstated.”Johnson said this is the first time that non-federal dollars are funding a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project.“We are grateful to the vision of our state and local leaders in moving this critical infrastructure improvement project forward,” Johnson said. “The investment in the Deep Dredge will pay dividends in years to come –making Florida an even more powerful player in the global marketplace.”In addition to the significant economic impact, Johnson noted that the dredging project will adhere to the highest environmental standards.The project includes the restoration of more than 16 acres of seagrass in Biscayne Bay and the creation of nine acres of artificial reef. In order to minimize impact on existing resources, the Port’s mitigation measures include the relocation of hard coral colonies. Additionally, divers will be onsite to monitor natural resources for turbidity and sedimentation effects before and during all dredging activities.The excavation will result in the removal of approximately 2.1 million cubic yards of material. Materials not used to create the environmental mitigation sites will be transported to the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal site.Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa called the Deep Dredge one of the most important projects in the Port’s history.“PortMiami, already known worldwide as the Gateway to the Americas, is now well-positioned to capture new trade opportunities especially with ever-growing Asian markets,” Sosa said.Miami-Dade County Commission Vice-Chairwoman Lynda Bell, who heads the Commission Committee that oversees the seaport, also called the Deep Dredge an important economic catalyst.“PortMiami is South Florida’s second largest economic engine after Miami International Airport,” Bell said. “The dredging project will ensure that our seaport remains competitive in the global marketplace.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Miamidade, November 28, 2013last_img read more

Port of Oakland Filling the Volume Gap Left by Labor Dispute

first_imgzoom Container terminals at the Port of Oakland handled 216,911 TEUs in August, a 6% increase compared to the same period a year earlier, but the effects of last winter’s U.S. West Coast waterfront labor dispute are still felt as the port’s year-to-date total volumes are down 4.8% from a year ago.However, the port says that the volumes from March onward represent a significant recovery from double-digit volume declines in winter.Containerized import volume jumped 15% in August compared to 2014 totals. It was the sixth-consecutive month of gains ahead of the traditional autumn pre-holiday cargo surge.“We’re building momentum before the peak,” said Maritime Director John Driscoll. “It’s an indication that the season could be a good one; but more importantly, it’s a sign that customers are counting on the Port of Oakland to deliver.”Imports have led Oakland’s volume rebound, with the port lifting the equivalent of 82,492 20-foot containers last month. That was the most since March when the port’s import rally began, shortly after the February 20 tentative settlement of the labor dispute.The port said an increase in longshore labor on the waterfront is helping to absorb volume growth. About 150 more dockworkers are being deployed at Oakland’s five marine terminals. With added labor, the port said it has cleared a summer backlog of ships waiting to berth.last_img read more

Hearing expected in BC human rights case involving transgender inmate

first_imgVANCOUVER – A lawyer for a transgender woman who was forced to stay in a men’s jail says his client hopes her human rights case against the British Columbia government will change policies for other inmates.Dan Soiseth said his client Jaris Lovado, who calls herself Bianca, was incarcerated at the Surrey Pretrial Centre for five months last year before being moved to a women’s facility after filing multiple complaints.The Justice Ministry tried to have Lovado’s complaint to the BC Human Rights Tribunal dismissed, but the tribunal ruled the case is worthy of a further hearing.BC Corrections has a policy of housing inmates according to their self-identified gender unless health and safety concerns can’t be resolved.The ministry told the tribunal that during a previous stay at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, Lovado engaged in inappropriate relationships with female inmates and posed a safety risk to women who may have experienced trauma.It also said Lovado displayed a “male persona.”“We don’t know exactly what that means,” Soiseth said.Soiseth, who represents the Community Legal Assistance Society, said there was no evidence provided of any safety concerns and it’s not unusual for inmates to have relationships.He said the main issue is that Lovado, who was serving time for fraud-related charges and breaching conditions of release, faced discrimination as a transgender person and her needs were not met until she complained.Lovado was moved to the women’s facility in Maple Ridge last September after she agreed to meet behavioural expectations.The tribunal’s written decision stated Alouette Correctional Centre initially declined to accept Lovado as a transfer based on information from BC Corrections that she’d been living in the community as a male.The decision said an April 26, 2016, email from the deputy warden to the assistant warden at Surrey Pretrial said Lovado refused to be skin frisked by a male but that the deputy said Lovado should undergo that procedure because she had “all the equipment of a male.”Lovado requested a “female Alouette Centre diet” while at Surrey Pretrial but was told that wasn’t possible, the ruling said. The tribunal noted BC Corrections branch did provide her with female underwear including bras and make-up from Alouette.Corrections said in its application for dismissal that staff at the Surrey Pretrial Centre ensured Lovado was placed in areas where she could have adequate privacy.“It says it also ensured Ms. Lovado’s physical and mental health-care needs were addressed in a timely manner,” the ruling said.Lovado did not respond to requests for comment, and the Justice Ministry said it could not provide information until the election writ is returned.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitterlast_img read more

Traffic cops fill potholes on busiest road in Old Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: The failure of public agencies in the city to meet its deadline of revamping the city roads ultimately compelled the policemen to go beyond their call of duty and fill up the potholes. Two traffic policemen went the extra mile to ease vehicular flow at Agrasen Chowk, one of the busiest intersections in Old Gurugram, on Thursday. With MCG delaying repair work, they plugged potholes in the area to ease jams and reduce the risk of accidents. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderZonal officer of traffic police, ASI Yaduveer and constable Ajay, arranged cement, concrete and other items and dirtied their hands to finish the pending work. The activity, which is not part of their job, was lauded by commuters. Many of them clicked pictures and some offered financial help which the cops declined. Agrasen Chowk, located next to Sadar Bazaar, witnesses heavy traffic coming from the Old Railway Road and moving towards Rajiv Chowk. The potholes were slowing down vehicular movement, leading to snarls of a kilometre or more. Earlier, Yaduveer had requested junior engineers of both SDO and MCG to plug the potholes but to no avail. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn Wednesday, a biker met with an accident due to the potholes and was injured. “On Thursday, after coming to work I first arranged cement, concrete and other items. Then, we started plugging the potholes,” Yaduveer said, adding traffic movement was diverted for some time owing to work. On Wednesday, police commissioner Muhammad Akil held a meeting with traffic police, directing them to take steps at their level, if required, to improve the traffic situation. A senior police officer said that it was appreciable that cops went beyond their official duties to resolve such problems but “the civic agency should have filled the pothole”. “During monsoon, police ensured the city kept moving. Now, they are taking steps to resolve jams,” Rajeev Yadav, a resident of Sector 4, said, adding it exposed the inefficiency of government agencies.last_img read more

Nepalese peace process at crossroads as UN mission ends mandate – Ban

The peace process in Nepal is at a crossroads as the United Nations winds up its mission there, with the major challenge remaining to integrate 19,000 personnel from the Maoist army which fought a decade-long civil war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.Other issues could also lead to fresh conflict and Mr. Ban calls on all sides to make the necessary compromises, overcome their mistrust and put the country’s needs above their partisan interests.“Rapid steps are needed to secure the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army personnel in a mutually acceptable manner, which the United Nations would have liked to see prior to the departure of UNMIN in order to avoid any vacuum,” he tells the Security Council in the report, referring to the UN Mission in Nepal.The political mission, set up in 2007 at the request of a then seven-party Alliance Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to assist in the peace process that ended the war and monitor the management of Maoist arms and armed personnel, ends its mandate on 15 January. Other outstanding issues include the promulgation of a new constitution by 28 May.“Nepal’s journey towards sustainable peace is not finished, and the prolonged political deadlock that has hampered progress has become a growing concern for Nepalis and the international community alike as key timelines and deadlines approach in the coming months,” Mr. Ban says.“While the Government and the Maoists agreed in September 2010 that the remaining tasks of the peace process would be largely completed by mid-January 2011, this has so far proved elusive,” he writes, warning that other commitments in the peace accord have yet to be addressed and “hold the seeds of fresh confrontation” if expectations remain unmet. The polarized relations and deepening rifts among and within the political parties and associated mistrust which remain at the heart of the stalemate are not insurmountable, he stresses, voicing confidence that the advances made in Nepal’s unique peace process will not easily be reversed.“The parties can and must find a way out of this situation,” he writes. “They have in the past made major compromises, and they must soon do the same. None of them can afford to put the entire process and the fruits of their hard work at serious risk. No one side can expect to win at the expense of others.”Mr. Ban notes that while the security situation is relatively calm throughout the country, it remains fragile in the Terai region with continued reports of killings and abductions by criminal and armed groups targeting the business community and sometimes young children, primarily for ransom.On human rights, he reports no substantial progress in addressing impunity and ensuring accountability for violations committed during or after the conflict. 30 December 2010The peace process in Nepal is at a crossroads as the United Nations winds up its mission there, with the major challenge remaining to integrate 19,000 personnel from the Maoist army which fought a decade-long civil war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report. read more

Nuclear emergency response must be upgraded in light of Japanese crisis –

21 March 2011The international emergency response framework for dealing with nuclear power plant accidents needs to be reassessed and communications improved in light of the current crisis in Japan, the head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety said today. “Nuclear power will remain an important and viable option for many countries as a stable and clean source of energy,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano told an emergency meeting of his Board of Governors in Vienna, noting that the situation at Japan’s earthquake- and tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains very serious although “we are starting to see some positive developments.”Mr. Amano, who has just returned from a flying visit to Japan, said the current emergency response framework was designed largely in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the then Soviet Union, the worst ever civilian nuclear accident, and before the impact of the so-called information revolution.“It reflects the realities of the 1980s, not of the 21st century,” he stressed, putting the speed and huge volume of information among the most significant changes since then.“The responsibility of the IAEA is to provide authoritative and validated information as quickly as possible, but doing this under the current arrangements inevitably takes time and has limitations,” he said. “Some countries are reviewing their plans in the light of Fukushima. The agency’s role in nuclear safety may need to be re-examined, along with the role of our safety standards.”It is already clear that arrangements for putting international nuclear experts in touch with each other quickly during a crisis need to be improved, he added, highlighting the role of the IAEA as the forum where discussion on the lessons learned from Fukushima should take place. “A thorough review of the accident will be necessary, in which peer review will have an important role to play,” he said.Turning to the latest situation at Fukushima, Mr. Amano noted the high levels of contamination measured near the plant and the concerns of millions of people in Japan, neighbouring countries and further afield about possible dangers to human health, environmental contamination and risks to foodstuffs.“The agency is doing all it can to provide accurate and factual information. I have confidence that the Japanese Government will address public concerns properly,” he said.IAEA radiation monitoring experts have begun sending back measurements to Vienna headquarters, first from Tokyo and now from locations close to the Fukushima site, and additional staff will fly out from Vienna shortly to strengthen the team. The agency is also deploying its in-house expertise on radiation contamination of foodstuffs.“I have no doubt that this crisis will be effectively overcome. Nature can be cruel. But human beings are brave, resourceful and resilient, as the people affected by the tsunami have shown in the last 10 days,” Mr. Amano said, calling the work of the emergency teams labouring mostly without electric power and at elevated radiation levels nothing short of “heroic.”Explaining IAEA’s role, he noted that its Emergency Centre was activated immediately after the 11 March quake and tsunami, which according to latest media reports have killed at least 15,000 people, and has been working around the clock ever since, in constant communication with counterparts in Japan and other countries.But he stressed that the IAEA is not a “nuclear safety watchdog” and that responsibility for nuclear safety lies with Member States. The agency acts as a hub for international cooperation, establishing safety standards and providing expert advice, but, in contrast to its role in the nuclear non-proliferation (NPT), nuclear safety measures are applied voluntarily by each individual country, with IAEA’s role being supportive.On his trip to Japan, Mr. Amano said he assured Prime Minister Naoto Kan, other Government ministers, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) that operates the Fukushima plant,- and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) that the country could count on the full support of the international community, both practical and moral, in overcoming the very serious situation.He urged the Japanese authorities to further improve the provision of information to the IAEA. “My message was well received,” he said. “Prime Minister Kan expressed his strong commitment to ensuring the highest transparency in information sharing and said every effort would be made to improve the collection and provision of information.” read more

Canadian airlines rules on comfort animals range from dogs to miniature horses

Miniature horses, monkeys and pigs can legally fly as emotional support animals on at least one Canadian airline but an advocate for travellers says the vast majority of jet-setting comfort animals are far less exotic and are a truly necessary accommodation for people with disabilities.Unusual animal encounters at the airport have been making headlines in recent weeks.United Airlines turned away a passenger who tried to board a flight with an emotional support peacock last month, and a Florida woman claimed last week that an airline employee told her to flush her dwarf hamster down a toilet after refusing to let the pet on the plane.Passenger rights activist Gabor Lukacs, who has waged numerous legal battles against Canadian airlines, said the attention paid to these sensational cases undermines the rights of people with disabilities who need emotional support animals to fly comfortably.“We need to move away the focus from the animal to the fellow passenger,” said Lukacs.“The animal is not there as a kind of luxury, they are simply there to make sure that a person with a disability is able to enjoy the same way to travel as people who don’t have disabilities.”Air Canada and WestJet both have policies on their websites regarding emotional support animals and require that a passenger provide documentation from a licensed mental health professional certifying the need for the animal.Air Canada only allows emotional support dogs on their flights.WestJet accepts a much broader range of emotional support animals including cats, miniature horses, pigs and monkeys, and said decisions about other “unusual animals” are made on a case-by-case basis, except for those that pose health risks such as rodents and reptiles.Neither airline agreed to be interviewed about their policies.Lukacs said Canadian airlines are obliged to accommodate emotional support animals for people with disabilities and failure to do so would amount to a form of discrimination.He said the only exception would be if the animal poses a substantial risk of harming other passengers, but insisted that overwhelmingly, pets on planes cause little disruption.Douglas Tompson said on a recent flight from Saskatoon to Toronto he was seated near a passenger who took her cat out of its carrier and started playing with it, to the coos of flight attendants.His throat started to tingle.Tompson, who is highly allergic to cats, said the flight attendants had to give him a Benadryl from a first-aid kit to reduce the redness and swelling, but he was still itching and wheezing as he boarded his next two flights on his more than 24-hour journey.He said he was told to give the airline a doctor’s note about his allergy so they could create a “buffer zone” if he were to again share a plane with a feline.“The flight crew make a big deal about peanut allergies … I wish that they’d make the same announcement for cats,” Tompson said.Lukacs sees the allergy issue in terms of two passengers having different disabilities, and both deserving to be accommodated.While some have expressed suspicions about pet owners seeking fake documentation for emotional support animals, Lukacs said trying to fly with an animal under false pretenses would amount to “fraud.”“As a matter of equity … we don’t consider that people should be paying extra just because they have a disability,” he said.“They have the right to the flight and enjoy travel the same way as anybody else.” read more

Court recalls notice issued on Gota and six others

The Attorney General had advised that legal proceedings be filed and the FCID sought the intervention of the court to issue notice on Rajapaksa and six others. (Colombo Gazette) The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) is investigating the allegations ans has submitted a report on the findings to the Attorney General. The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today recalled the notice issued on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others to appear in court on September 07.The Colombo Magistrate’s Court had issued notice on Rajapaksa and six others over the case related to the misuse of public funds during the construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum.

Lego launches Beatles Yellow Submarine set

first_imgThe Lego set even includes a mini figure of Jeremy Hillary Boob — a fictional character from the film voiced by Dick Emery, who describes himself as an “eminent physicist, polyglot classicist, prize-winning botanist, hard-biting satirist, talented pianist, good dentist too”.Mr Szeto, an amateur musician, said: “I have always been drawn to the music of The Beatles. The creation of the Yellow Submarine model was really my way of showing my affection for The Beatles, as well as trying to pay a small tribute to The Beatles phenomenon. When a sea monster and a fisherman tangle it’s up to The Beatles to come to the rescue in their #LEGO Yellow Submarine! @LEGOIdeas— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) 12 October 2016 Next stop, Penny Lane! Introducing John, Paul, George, Ringo and their iconic Yellow Submarine in #LEGO form on November 1st.— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) 12 October 2016 A Beatles fan has had his dream creation realised after toy giant Lego launched its Yellow Submarine set including mini figures of the much-loved band.Lego models of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were unveiled after Kevin Szeto put forward the request to the company’s ideas section.The 550-piece set allows fans to take a surreal trip under the sea in a yellow submarine in Lego’s version of the 1968 musical fantasy film inspired by The Beatles.The animated adventure was a groundbreaking surreal tale featuring characters from Beatles songs, but with actors voicing the band members.center_img “The Yellow Submarine is bright, fun, and colourful, which also made it a good subject to translate into Lego form.”Lego designer Justin Ramsden said seeing The Beatles in Lego form “is a dream come true”.He added: “I watched the film when I was younger and was really inspired by how it oozed so much imagination – comparable to how I view Lego elements.”I’m also a massive fan of The Beatles, having grown up with their music all my life, so to see The Beatles in Lego form is a dream come true.”The Lego set will be available worldwide in stores from November 1 at a cost of £49.99. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more