Punjab & Haryana HC bars stating of caste in proceedings

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court has instructed Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh not to mention the caste of the accused, victims or witnesses in proceedings before the court.A Bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Kuldip Singh, while passing a ruling in a murder case where the Haryana police had mentioned the caste of the accused, witnesses and the victim during the proceedings, noted that the caste system was profoundly illogical and was also against the basic tenets of the Constitution.“…it would be pertinent to mention here that during the course of investigation, the police have used the caste of the accused, witnesses as well as of the victim. This is not permissible. Mentioning of the caste status separately in the criminal proceedings is a colonial legacy and requires to be stopped forthwith…The Constitution guarantees a casteless and classless society. All are born equal,” observed the court.The court has directed the Secretaries (Home) of the governments to issue instructions to all investigating officers not to mention the caste of the accused, victims or witnesses in recovery memos, FIRs, seizure memos, inquest papers and other forms prescribed under CrPC and Punjab Police Rules.last_img read more

Rugby World Cup winner reveals heart surgery after tick bite

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES “This is not something that should be looked at like, ‘oh it’s only a tick, a tick is a bit like a flea, its fine!’.“These ticks carry some really quite potent, serious bacteria and they can cause you a lot of problems. Raising awareness of them is imperative,” added Dawson, who has used the experience to join up with the Big Tick Project, which looks to raise awareness about the dangers of ticks and tick-borne disease in the UK.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NCAA postpones Tuesday’s games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim England’s Matt Dawson dives over the line to score a try against Wales during the Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham, southwest London 04 February 2006. England won the game 47-13. AFP PHOTO ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISEngland’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning scrum-half Matt Dawson revealed Monday he has undergone heart surgery due to being bitten by a tick in a park in London last year.The 44-year-old — who won 77 caps for his country and played seven times for the British and Irish Lions — said he would never have thought he was running such a risk going for a walk in a London park with his children.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I had two days where I felt awful. Very feverish, on the sofa, crashed out,” Dawson, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease which is a bacterial infection caused by infected ticks, told the BBC.“It was a really scary time for me and my family. Such a tiny creature caused me to end up needing heart surgery.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDawson no longer has the disease though it has taken several heart procedures and he still has to take medication. “I’m still on medication and its going to take a lot of time for the heart to fully recover,” he said.last_img read more

World Cup: Can India be fifth time lucky against Pakistan?

first_imgAs India take on Pakistan in the World Cup semifinal on Wednesday at Mohali, it will be interesting to watch if Shahid Afridi’s men can shed the losers’ tag asscociated with them this time. Pakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup match. Both the teams have clashed four times on the World Cup stage with India having an upper hand everytime.India captain Dhoni will look to carry forward the legacy.With Sachin Tendulkar looking ominous, the question on everyone’s lips is if he will slam his 100th international century at Mohali and lead India home. Tendulkar has never failed with the willow against his favourite enemy Pakistan. The last time the two arch-rivals clashed in 2003 at Centurion in South Africa, Tendulkar plundered 18 runs off Shoaib Akhtar’s first over, setting the tone for the match that saw India dumping Pakistan out of the Cup. Tendulkar (98) played one of greatest knocks of One-day cricket against a formidable pace attack that included Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis as Saeed Anwar’s century went in vain.With a team that is improving its performance, Afridi is keen on beating India.Talking of India’s batting line-up, Yuvraj Singh, who has a record four MoM so far in the tournament, looks hungrier than ever for runs, while Sehwag, on his day, can decimate the opposition single handedly. As for the youth brigade, which showed lots of courage during the game against Australia, it would be a litmus test to come good at the big stage even as Afridi-led Pakistan are getting better and better with each game.So, ahead of the mega clash, we take a look at how the two teams have fared against each other:advertisement1992 Benson and Hedges World Cup: Pakistan were bundled out for 173 runs in reply to India’s 216 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, thanks to Sachin’s attacking 54 and a 26-ball 34 from Kapil Dev. India’s 43-run win had also some drama attached to it with keeper Kiran More and Javed Miandad lending a touch of colour to the high-octane encounter.The 1996 World Cup match saw Ajay jadeja score 22 runs off a Waqar Younis over.1996 Wills World Cup: Ajay Jadeja, who looted 22 runs off a Waqar Younis over in a pulsating quarterfinal tie at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, will remain a sore point for Pakistan. India’s 57 runs came off the last four overs as they folded for 287. In the high-voltage match, Venkatesh Prasad sent Aamer Sohail to pavilion soon after the latter indulged in sledging. India won by 39 runs as Pakistan crumbled under pressure. An injured Akram withdrew ahead of the match. His effigies were burnt in Karachi and Lahore by fans who saw something else in his pullout.Pak players celebrate the dismissal of Rahul Dravid in the 1999 World Cup.1999 ICC World Cup: The game, fought in the background of Kargil War, at Old Trafford, Manchester ironically did not see any friction. Venkatesh Prasad stole the show with a five wicket haul as Pakistan’s wickets fell at regular intervals chasing India’s modest target of 228 (Tendulkar’s 45, Azhar’s 59 and Dravid’s 61). India won by 47 runs.Sachin Tendulkar helped India beat Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup.2003 ICC Cricket World Cup: Saeed Anwar’s 101 runs helped Pakistan score an imposing total of 273 runs at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. However, it was Sachin’s day all along. By the time Akhtar claimed Tendulkar, who suffered cramps, it was all over. India won by six wickets.last_img read more

Ambala: Army jawan refuses to cut braid citing religious freedom

first_imgA junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Indian Army, posted in Ambala, has stirred a hornet’s nest by refusing to cut-off his choti (braid) when ordered recently. Citing right to religious freedom, Subedar S.P. Shukla, who has put in 28 years of service with a spotless record, declined to follow the orders issued to him. The army sees Shukla’s carefully nurtured choti as a violation of rules prohibiting display of religion. He is now pitted against age-old army traditions to honour, what he calls, his religious freedom. “On August 15, Major General Alok Dev saw me with the shikha (braid) and directed that I should be asked to remove it. I cannot do so. This is against my religious freedom and is my constitutional right. I replied back very politely to him in a letter that I request that an advice be taken from experts on this,” Subedar Shukla told Headlines Today. He wrote a detailed letter to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 40 Artillery Division giving out his reasons for sporting the braid. “I am a disciplined soldier and I do not want anything wrong to happen with the army. But I want a decision on this issue so that everyone benefits from it,” he insisted. Despite the stand-off, the army has not initiated any action against Shukla for now even though he has refused to follow a direct order.last_img read more


first_imgVimal said it was the former world no. ones decision to Vimal said it was the former world no. ones decision to start competing once again after the pain following the surgery had subsided. “She is someone who thrives on competition. She wanted to know where she stands once she did not feel any pain. When she came back (to the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru after surgery) for training routine she felt tiredness but her leg was holding well,” he said. “She has played some tough players and its the third tournament in a row. She lost in first round and then reached quarterfinals in the second. All these will give her confidence in her climb to the top,” Vimal remarked. “When she says I am okay, its her body. Shes a grown up girl, one of the top players in the world, and knows her body. This I learned from Prakash — to take responsibility. She said she felt good and wanted to compete. “Nothing is going wrong with her leg. I am not worried about end results now. Theres a lot of scope for improvement and she is not yet at that high level to push those top players. The main thing is 4-5 top players are not there (for one reason or another). The top two Chinese women have retired and Li Xuerei is injured. Ratchanok (Intanon) is injured and Carolina is also not there. “Its good for the next line of players to push and she should just think she is in the next line of players,” Vimal elaborated. He, however, brushed aside any suggestion that in hindsight it would have been better had Saina not competed in the Rio Games after feeling some discomfort before the competition commenced in August. “She developed this strain, it was the stiffness of the thigh and she felt it 4-5 days before our departure for the Games. She felt her legs appeared to be heavy. She consulted doctors and they said it was an inflammation of fat pad covering the bone.” According to Vimal, Saina felt stiffness after the first practice session in Rio and wanted to take pain-killing injections and was even looking forward to reaching the quarter-finals before things turned for the worse. (More) PTI SSR RSY CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoAWESOME! Pepe will leave Besiktas having covered wages for club staff

first_imgAWESOME! Pepe will leave Besiktas having covered wages for club staffby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe will leave Besiktas with the gratitude of many of the club’s staff, it has been revealed.Due to the club’s financial problems, the former Real Madrid defender has agreed to terminating his contract this month.However, before Pepe’s departure, it’s emerged he paid the month’s wages of several of the club’s staff, including chefs and groundsmen, as Besiktas struggled to meet their obligations, reports Marca. Pepe is now set to become a free agent and can immediately sign for a new club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Notre Dame Isn’t Happy With This New ESPN Graphic

first_imgNotre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)If you are a college football fan, Notre Dame is a program that you either love or hate. Right now, the Irish aren’t feeling the love from ESPN.Yesterday, ESPN unveiled a graphic for the start of bowl season. It featured five people in it.There was Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma signal caller and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. There were also two head coaches, Urban Meyer and UCF’s Josh Heupel,The college football bowl season starts … NOW! pic.twitter.com/7Dg5HeTy8T— ESPN (@espn) December 15, 2018As you can see, one program that is in the national title hunt isn’t there: Notre Dame.Even though the Irish are in the College Football Playoff, they didn’t make the graphic. They’re not happy about it either.?#GoIrish https://t.co/bjy4ZTuUpq— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 15, 2018Mad disrespectful ?? https://t.co/jiEF5UQ9R7— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) December 16, 2018The disrespect https://t.co/CPYDPQXKiR— Isaiah Rutherford (@zay_rutherford) December 16, 2018Notre Dame will have a chance to fire back at the perceived slight when they take on Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on December 29.Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

ESPN Predicts Every Game Left On Michigan’s Schedule

first_img If ESPN’s FPI predictions for the Maize and Blue come to fruition, you’re looking at a disappointing 8-4 season in Ann Arbor. According to the FPI, Michigan is projected to lose to Wisconsin, Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.ESPN predictions for Michigan's remaining games.Keep in mind, these projections can and will change over the coming weeks. But the reality is, Michigan is about to be challenged extensively over the next couple of months.The talent is there to withstand that challenge, but actually doing so will be difficult. A closeup of Jim Harbaugh on the sideline prior to a Michigan football game.EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team to the field before a game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on September 29, 2018 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Everyone knows this season is a critical one for Michigan. The Wolverines have yet to beat Ohio State or win the Big Ten under Jim Harbaugh.Right now, Michigan is ranked in the top 10 after two games. But even at 2-0, there have been some concerns.The Wolverines struggled offensively in last weekend’s narrow win over Army. Now, the schedule is about to really heat up.A road trip to Wisconsin is next on the docket, and while there are games against doormats Rutgers and Illinois in the coming weeks, those are really the only “easy” contests left on the schedule.last_img read more

LUniversité SainteAnneCollège de lAcadie organise un salon de lemploi

first_img Les étudiants qui terminent leur programme de baccalauréat enéducation à l’Université Sainte-Anne Collège de l’Acadie sonten train de peaufiner leur curriculum vitæ et s’apprêtent à selancer à la recherche d’un emploi, aujourd’hui 29 janvier 2004. Les responsables de l’embauche d’enseignants pour les conseilsscolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse se trouvent en effet sur lecampus de l’université, à Pointe-de-l’Église, dans le cadre dutroisième salon de l’emploi avec embauche anticipée dans la sériede salons de l’emploi prévue pour 2004. “Le ministère de l’Éducation a organisé, avec les conseilsscolaires et d’autres partenaires, ces salons de l’emploi en vuede faciliter le recrutement de nouveaux enseignants pour comblerdes postes en mathématiques, en chimie, en physique, entechnologie et en français,” déclare Jamie Muir, ministre del’Éducation. Chacun de ces salons de l’emploi permet aux étudiants derencontrer des représentants des conseils scolaires, del’Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, duNova Scotia Teachers Union, de la Caisse populaire desenseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse et du registraire de lacertification des enseignants du ministère de l’Éducation.Le dernier de ces salons de l’emploi aura lieu à Mount SaintVincent University le 30 janvier prochain. Les conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse participerontégalement au salon de l’emploi en éducation organisé parl’Université de l’ le-du-Prince-Édouard le 12 février prochain.Les conseils scolaires n’embaucheront qu’une partie de leureffectif complet d’enseignants supplémentaires dans le cadre deces salons de l’emploi. Les enseignants qui sont à l’heure actuelle sous contrat à termefixe ou remplaçants, ceux qui ont terminé leurs études avant 2004et ceux qui ont obtenu leur diplôme dans une université en dehorsde la Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent communiquer individuellement avecles conseils scolaires pour s’informer des offres d’emploidisponibles. Les enseignants qui souhaitent poser directement leur candidatureauprès d’un conseil scolaire trouveront une liste des conseilsscolaires et de leurs coordonnées sur le site Web du ministère del’Éducation, à www.ednet.ns.ca . Ces enseignants peuvent aussi se rendre au salon de l’emploi àl’Université de l’ le-du-Prince-Édouard, qui aura lieu en févrierau Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Ces salons de l’emploi sont organisés pour la deuxième annéeconsécutive par le ministère de l’Éducation, les conseilsscolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse et d’autres partenaires. Les salons de l’emploi de l’an passé ont débouché sur l’offred’emplois en Nouvelle-Écosse à 99 étudiants finissants. ÉDUCATION–L’Université Sainte-Anne-Collège de l’Acadie organiseun salon de l’emploi L’USAGE DES MÉDIAS: Les étudiants qui terminent leur programme de baccalauréat en éducation à l’Université Sainte-Anne Collège de l’Acadie s’apprêtent à se lancer à la recherche d’un emploi, aujourd’hui 29 janvier 2004. Les responsables de l’embauche d’enseignants pour les conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse se trouvent en effet sur le campus de l’université, à Pointe-de-l’Église, pour y rencontrer et interviewer les nouveaux enseignants, dans le cadre du troisième salon de l’emploi avec embauche anticipée dans la série de salons de l’emploi prévue pour 2004. Le ministre de l’Éducation, Jamie Muir, souligne qu’il est important que les conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse aient l’occasion d’embaucher de nouveaux enseignants de façon anticipée, parce que ces enseignants seront bientôt aussi recrutés par d’autres conseils scolaires dans d’autres provinces. Ces salons de l’emploi vont aider les conseils scolaires à combler des postes en mathématiques, en chimie, en physique, en technologie et en français. Les enseignants qui sont à l’heure actuelle sous contrat à terme fixe ou remplaçants, ceux qui ont terminé leurs études avant 2004 et ceux qui ont obtenu leur diplôme dans une université en dehors de la Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent communiquer individuellement avec les conseils scolaires pour s’informer des offres d’emploi disponibles. -30- Pour tous renseignements: Sue McKeage Ministère de l’Éducation 902-424-8286 E-mail: mckeagsm@gov.ns.calast_img read more



CSIS watchdog chair lobbying for FN energy firm with links to China

first_imgPhotos of WIndtalker oil wells in Frog Lake First Nation. Source: Sichuan Rui Investment Management Ltd. websiteBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe chair of Canada’s spy agency watchdog has registered in Alberta to lobby for a First Nations energy company jointly drilling for oil on its territory with a Chinese-controlled firm.Chuck Strahl is chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) which oversees the activities of the Canadian Intelligence Security Service (CSIS) and investigates complaints against the agency.Strahl faced conflict of interest allegations this week from the NDP after the Vancouver Observer reported he registered on Dec. 6, 2013, to lobby the British Columbia government on behalf of Enbridge, which is behind the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project to move Alberta tar sands oil to the B.C. coast.CSIS has been monitoring opposition to the pipeline project which received the green light from the National Energy Board in late December. It is up to Stephen Harper’s cabinet to give the project its final approval.The Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner said in an email to APTN National News that it found no conflict with Strahl’s work as chair of SIRC and his lobbying for Enbridge.“Based on the information he provided to the office and on any other information currently available to the office, Mr. Strahl was advised that the office had no grounds to believe that there had been a contravention,” said spokesperson Jocelyn Brisbois.A spokesperson for SIRC said Strahl would be required to step away from any SIRC discussions around CSIS activities that include Enbridge.“If there is something within that investigation in which that committee member has a conflict of interest they would withdraw from participation in committee proceedings,” said SIRC spokesperson Lindsay Jackson.The Enbridge file, however, may not be the only one that could be problematic for Strahl in his role as chair of SIRC.Strahl, who was Aboriginal Affairs minister from 2007 to 2010, registered with Alberta’s lobbyist registry on Dec. 3, 2013, to lobby for Frog Lake Energy Resources Corp. The energy firm has partnered with Chinese-financed Windtalker Energy Corp to drill for oil on Frog Lake’s territory.Sichuan Rui Investment Management Ltd. says on its website that it owns 90 per cent of Windtalker. The company was born out of a $30 million deal with Frog Lake Energy in 2010. Under the deal, Frog Lake farmed out four blocks of land to Windtalker for oil development. The two firms drilled about 30 wells since then and produce, on average, about 700 to 800 barrels per day.Frog Lake sits about 90 kilometres north of Lloydminster, Alta., and 80 km south of Cold Lake, Alta.Strahl said in an email to APTN National News that he knows “nothing about Windtalker. Never discussed them with Frog Lake Energy.” Strahl said he knows “nothing about them from my work at SIRC.”Strahl did not respond to follow up questions about his Enbridge lobbying.Chuck StrahlCSIS has expressed concerns in the recent past over China’s resource push. The agency published a paper in September 2013 that explored China’s acquisitions of resources abroad, including in Canada. The report was based on a conference hosted by CSIS and National Defence.CSIS has also investigated links between Chinese investment and First Nations. Vancouver lawyer Merle Alexander told APTN National News that he was approached by CSIS agents in 2010 and 2011 probing whether First Nations were being “manipulated” by the Chinese through their business deals.Alexander, a partner with Gowlings, said in an interview that Stahl’s position as CSIS watchdog while lobbying for a First Nations firm with Chinese links raises a lot of questions.“CSIS is looking at the relationship between First Nations and China for potential undo influences, (Strahl) works for a First Nations owned company that has relationships with China and he also has a role on an investigative body,” said Alexander. “Anyone can draw on those three things, you should be able to publicly answer to it.”According to Sichuan Rui Investment Management’s website, the seeds for the Windtalker deal found fertile ground during a meeting with a U.S.-Canada business delegation organized by the Sichuan province’s department of commerce in 2010.The meeting proved to be productive, Windtalker was born and Sichuan Rui Investment Chairman Doug Wang was named an honourary chief by Frog Lake.While Windtalker and Frog Lake Energy are separate legal entities, they jointly operate oil wells on Frog Lake’s territory. Windtalker also pays lease rentals annually to Frog Lake for use of the blocks.Windtalker’s only operations in Canada are in Frog Lake. Windtalker, however, is hoping to expand into other areas in Canada and the U.S., according to Sichuan Rui’s website.Frog Lake Energy’s CEO Joe Dion could not be reached for comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Namal says will not use force to remove Ranil

“We will not use any force to put them out from Temple Trees, whatever said and done he is a former Prime Minister, we should give him reasonable time to settle down and move out,” he said.Earlier, Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa had said that Wickremesinghe will be forced out of Temple Trees. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa says they will not use force to remove Ranil Wickremesinghe from Temple Trees.He told the BBC Sinhala service they will give Wickremesinghe time to leave as he is a former Prime Minister. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,798.33, down 68.87 points.)BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Technology. Down $2.25, or 22.66 per cent, to $7.68 on 9.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 43 cents, or 6.44 per cent, to $6.25 on 8.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials, Down 12 cents, or 6.28 per cent, to $1.79 on 7.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 43 cents, or 6.4 per cent, to $6.29 on 5.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TS:ABX). Materials. Up 26 cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $24.94 on 5.7 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Up 18 cents, or 3.89 per cent, to $4.81 on 5.5 million shares. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press Companies in the news:BlackBerry Ltd. — BlackBerry Ltd. stock took a dive Tuesday after the company’s second-quarter revenue fell short of analyst estimates as it experienced difficulties in a legacy unit that sells software and services to businesses. Executive chairman John Chen told analysts that the weak revenue was mainly confined to a segment that provides software to organizations that require secure communications, such as government agencies and financial services. The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, reported revenue in what was BlackBerry’s second quarter grew to US$244 million under generally accepted accounting principles, up from $210 million in the same quarter last year. It also reported a loss of $44 million compared with a profit of $43 million a year ago.Bombardier Inc. — Bombardier Inc. says federal authorities have certified its two new business jets, a key step in its turnaround plan as the company seeks to exploit the growing market for large, private jetliners. The plane-and-train maker says Transport Canada has given the green light for the Global 5500 and Global 6500, which Bombardier plans to enter into service later this year. The aircraft are updates to Global 5000 and 6000s with changed wings, new flight deck, redesigned interior and new engines. read more

Remote British island of St Helena drowning in plastic as experts warn

The largest fish on the planet, the whale shark, is under threat from plastic pollution off one of Britain’s most remote islands, conservationists have warned. In 2003 there was estimated to be one plastic item every three metres on the black volcanic beaches, but now ecologists say they are finding hundreds… Yet despite its isolated location, the island is now plagued with plastic rubbish which washes in from South America and beyond, even though its nearest neighbour is thousands of miles away. The tiny volcanic island of St Helena, which lies 4,000 miles from England in the South Atlantic, is Britain’s second-oldest overseas territory, and was where Napoleon was imprisoned before he died in 1821. read more

Poll Should Irish cities have directlyelected mayors

first_img Poll Results: I might be open to it, but need convincing. (838) I don’t have an opinion. (351) Great idea. We need a city CEO who’s directly accountable to the people. (907) No way. Our cities aren’t big enough to require a powerful mayor. (1290) DUBLIN COULD HAVE a directly-elected mayor with significant executive powers in just a few years’ time.A consultation process is currently under way to gauge public opinion on the issue, with a vote planned next summer.Environment Minister Phil Hogan was asked yesterday about the possibility of rolling the idea out to Cork, Limerick, and other Irish cities — but wouldn’t be drawn on the issue, saying “we’ll see how it goes” in Dublin.What do you think? Great idea. We need a city CEO who’s directly accountable to the people.No way. Our cities aren’t big enough to require a powerful mayor.I might be open to it, but need convincing.I don’t have an opinion.Votelast_img read more

Macaques un haut statut social active les gènes de bonne santé

first_imgMacaques : un haut statut social active les gènes de ‘bonne santé’Publiant leurs travaux le 9 avril dans PNAS, des chercheurs américains ont montré expérimentalement, chez le macaque, un lien entre les fluctuations du statut social et celles du métabolisme immunitaire, lié à l’activation/désactivation de certains gènes.L’étude menée par l’équipe de Jenny Tung, du Département d’anthropologie évolutive de l’Université Duke, est la première à observer expérimentalement la corrélation entre expression génique et statut social chez des primates. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont travaillé avec 49 femelles de macaque rhésus du Centre de primatologie de l’Université Emory, à Atlanta.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les scientifiques ont constitué des groupes fluctuants de singes, au sein desquels les individus occupaient tour à tour différents rangs de l’échelle de dominance, selon les congénères partageant leur local et les modalités d’insertion. Parallèlement, les biologistes ont, à chaque étape, prélevé et analysé des échantillons de sang et d’ADN chez ces femelles.Résultats : de très rapides changements – réversibles – dans les taux de certains types de globules blancs (moins présents chez les individus de rang inférieur, avec signes d’un stress chronique), ainsi que dans les taux de substances intervenant dans l’activation de gènes immunitaires (désactivés chez ces mêmes individus). Un caractère réversible et rapide de ces réactions qui s’avère important.”Notre étude soutient l’idée que le faible statut social peut être mauvais pour le corps. Mais il suggère aussi l’idée que si vous améliorez votre situation sociale, votre état de santé s’améliore”, a déclaré le Pr Tung, qui qualifie de “passionnants et réconfortants” les résultats de cette étude. Cette scientifique estime en revanche que ces observations ne sont que “la partie émergée de l’iceberg” concernant les découvertes à faire dans ce domaine.Le 14 avril 2012 à 11:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Boise Is Turning Sewage Into Beer and Cider

first_imgStay on target San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles The city of Boise, Idaho is putting on beer goggles and taking a long, hard look at how they process sewage. The result is an innovative, new recycling program, Pure Water Brew Boise, which takes water from one of the city’s water renewal facilities and cleans it, so it can be used to create tasty new beers and cider.Local officials are keenly aware that Boise needs to be mindful of how it uses water (Boise is situated in a desert region, after all). Even with the Boise River flowing right through town, it’s critical to look at ways to reduce usage. Breweries are notoriously heavy users, so they’re an ideal partner for an initiative like this.It takes a lot of water to produce beer. Even a particularly eco-friendly brewery likely uses around three gallons of water for every gallon of beer it brews.Four breweries are on board for the pilot: Barbarian Brewing, Longdrop Cider Company, Lost Grove Brewing and Mad Swede Brewing Company. They’ll be utilizing water that undergoes the final purification process on site.The equipment rides on the back of a semi like the one pictured above. It’s supplied by the Pima County Arizona Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department — which is recognized worldwide for the work it’s done.“The facility truck utilizes a five-step purification process including ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, an ultraviolet light advanced oxidation process, and granular activated carbon for hydrogen peroxide quenching,” according to LivBoise.org. Treated sewage goes in and pure, clean water comes out… Then it’s into the vats for brewing.The Liv Boise website says the city processes about 10 billion gallons of wastewater every year. It’s easy enough to see how big an impact these purification systems could have on the city’s fresh water use.That’s good news for the breweries. The recycled beer and cider is reportedly selling quite well. If you’re headed through Boise, it’s still available on tap. Pull up a stool and try a pint!More on Geek.com:World’s Most ‘Meta’ Bakery Makes Bread from Old BreadThese Eco-Friendly Jackets Are Stuffed With Bison FurThese Vegan Shoes Are Made With Recycled Coffee Groundslast_img read more

ASAWISHH Participates in National Oilseed Conference in Afghanistan

first_imgASA representative Rahmat Khan gives a presentation on SARAI, soybeans, and the roles of USDA and ASA.This week representatives from the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal Initiative (SARAI) attended the “National Conference on Development of Oilseed Crops,” held in Balkh Province, Afghanistan. The overall goal of the event, sponsored and organized by the United Nations and local universities, was to share lessons learned on Afghan oilseed crops—from planting to processing and marketing. More than 150 people attended the four-day event.ASA/WISHH staff man the booth at the National Oilseed Conference.Local SARAI production staff directly participated through a presentation on the SARAI project and its efforts to build a soy value chain in Afghanistan. SARAI had a booth at the conference that provided the opportunity to create a greater awareness of locally produced soybeans, and that a processing plant, the Naseeb Afghan Soybean Factory (NASF) in Mazar, built as part of the SARAI project, existed to support that production. The event included tours of various oil processing factories, including NASF. In addition, strengthening the “Oil Crops Growers Association of Afghanistan” (OCGAA,) another component of the SARAI project, was focused on at the event.ASA representatives remarked that because this was a national conference it attracted attendees from the more distant south and east regions of Afghanistan, areas that were unaware of the NASF. They also noted an interest by attendees in soy flour and oil.  One ASA attendee said, “As vegetable oil is very popular in almost all Afghan dishes, soybean oil was of interest because of its lower saturated fat content. The nutritional value of these oils is important as many people in the region have high blood pressure.” Conference participants tour the Naseeb Afghan Soybean Factorylast_img read more

ONGC Foundation Day celebrated in Kakinada

first_imgKakinada: The 64th ONGC foundation day was celebrated at Eastman Offshore Asset on Wednesday. A large number of ONGC staff and officials of EOA & HPHT assets gathered at upcoming ONGC office cum supply yard complex at Vakalapudi. As mark of celebrations of 64th foundation day, executive director- asset manager of EOA Aravind Morbale unfurled the ONGC flag in the presence of large gathering. orbale inspected the guard of honour and took ONGC pledge in English. Santa Kumar, ED (MM) and P Lakashmi Narayana GGM (M) administered the pledge in Hindi and Telugu respectively. While addressing the gathering, Arvind Morbale initially paid homage to martyrs of ONGC for two minutes. Later, he reminded the great discoveries of western offshore. “Mumbai High & Basin” was turning print for ONGC which leads to exponential growth of company, he observed.last_img read more

2 killed in Coxs Bazar gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo men were killed in what the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called a gunfight with them at Jajimura Shikolpara in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on early Wednesday.The deceased were identified as Asmaul Saudagar, 35, son of Rizwan Saudagar of Charmukundi in Chandpur district; and Zabed Mia, 34, son of Jabbar Ali of Basundia in Jashore district.Tipped off, a team of BGB-2 conducted a drive in the area around 4:30am, said commanding officer of Teknaf BGB-2 lieutenant colonel Mohammad Foysal Khan.The miscreants opened fire as soon as the border guards reached the spot, triggering a shootout, he added.BGB members recovered the bodies of Asmaul and Zabed after the gunfight along with 10,000 Yaba pills, a gun and three bullets, the OC said.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more