Citizenship Bill: Call to boycott R-Day

first_imgCivil society groups in the northeast have joined extremists in calling for a boycott of the Republic Day celebration in protest against the Citizenship Bill. The Bill, if passed in the Upper House of Parliament, would shorten the claim for Indian citizenship by non-Muslims who allegedly fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan till December 31, 2014.In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Coordination Committee, an umbrella organisation of six Manipur-based extremist groups, the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent and the National Liberation Front of Twipra appealed to the people to shun the R-Day celebration.The Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland had issued a similar statement earlier.Claiming that the Centre staged a “legislative drama” of passing the Bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8, the outfits said the move to grant citizenship on the basis of religion was in keeping with the BJP’s “Hindutva agenda”.Organisations such as the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur and the Mizoram-based NGO Coordination Committee, comprising five civil society and students’ groups, said they would boycott functions.Regional political parties such as the People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) have given a similar call besides deciding to hoist black flags at its offices. “We will also write to the Rajya Sabha Chairperson for ensuring the Bill’s passage is prevented,” PRISM president Vanlalruata said.In Assam, 30 organisations led by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) organised a rally on Wednesday to “shout out” the Bill. Leaders of various ethnic groups and intellectuals attended the rally and warned the Narendra Modi government of the fallout of enacting the Bill.AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi asked Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to “show some spine” and take a stand against the Bill for the sake of the indigenous people.“This is a dangerous bill, and people across the northeastern States need to come together to defeat it,” Samuel Jyrwa, president of North East Students’ Organisation, said.last_img read more

Harmeet Desai Beats Anthony Amalraj to Win Men’s Singles Gold at ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open

first_imgExperienced Indian paddler Harmeet Desai continued his good run in the international circuit as he staved off a strong challenge from his compatriot Amalraj Anthony to win the gold medal in the ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open 2019 played in Batam, Indonesia on Sunday.In an all-Indian men’s singles final which saw two of India’s prominent players go up against each other, it was Harmeet who started on the frontfoot winning the opening game 11-9 before losing the next game 9-11 allowing Amalraj to draw level. Ranked 104 in the world, Harmeet, however took control of the proceedings and won the next two games by an identical margin of 11-9 to go 3-1 up in the match. Amalraj reduced the lead by winning the next game 12-10, but the reigning Commonwealth TT Champion did not make any further mistake and won the 6th game 11-9 to seal the match 4-2 and win his second international title of the year.Both the players looked in ominous form in the previous rounds getting past their respective opponents with consummate ease. Harmeet trounced Yuto Kizikuri of Japan and Siu Hang Lam of Hong Kong by the same scoreline of 4-2 in the quarters and semi-finals respectively, while Amalraj picked two 4-0 victories over Joao Monteiro of Portugal and Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal in the round of eight and four.Meanwhile, they teamed up in the men’s doubles event and were equally impressive making it to the semi-finals. Playing against the talented pair of Man Ho Kwan and Siu Hang Lam of Hong Kong, they came up with a spirited challenge but unfortunately capitulated to 3-0 (7-11, 9-11, 9-11) loss to bow out of the tournament. 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. Anthony AmalrajHarmeet DesaiIndonesia Open 2019ITTF First Published: November 17, 2019, 10:18 PM ISTlast_img read more

UM Motorcycles opens exclusive dealership in Gurugram

first_imgUM Motorcycles – the Indian arm of the American motorcycle maker, UM International, LLC along with Lohia Auto has opened its third dealership in India in Gurugram. To be called Bhagwati Motors, the new dealership is situated at Sohna Road, near Vatika Chowk in Badshahpur-Gurugram.   Spread over an area of 3200 sq ft, the dealership facility has a showroom integrated with an after-sales service facility to ensure that the customers receive best-in-class pre and post sales ownership experience.Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Rajeev Mishra,Director – UML, said, “I am delighted to announce the opening of the third dealership of UM Motorcycles in India. This is an important milestone for us in our extensive dealership network rollout programme which is currently underway at UM Motorcycles, India. Gurugram has firmly established itself as the business and commercial centre of Delhi’s National Capital Region (NCR) and offers potent opportunities for premium bike makers like us. The new UM Motorcycle dealership will provide the prospective customers of UM Motorcycles a venue to know our products upclose and personal.  We also take pride in offering the Renegade Commando and Renegade Sport S today for test drive. Both these iconic cruisers from the UM Stable have won the hearts of bike lovers the world over and are now ready to conquer the biking landscape in India.””I consider it a privilege to represent UM Motorcycles in Gurugram. Gurugram has enormous potential for a premium bike brand like UM Motorcycles given its close proximity to the NCR and we are certain that this latest facility will create a new benchmark in sales and after sales service of UM Motorcycles. Through this dealership we want to provide our customers and enthusiasts in Gurugram an unparalleled sales and service experience,” said Mr. Ankur Mangla, CEO, Bhagwati MotorsadvertisementThe Renegade Commando is a low-slung cruiser powered by a 279 cc single-cylinder water-cooled engine developing 25 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 21.8 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm, mated to a six-speed transmission. The motorcycle comes with wide handlebars and hydraulic telescopic front suspension and spring rear suspension, which is ideal for a cruiser-segment motorcycle. The Renegade Commando will be available at INR 1.59 lakhs across all showrooms in India (ex-showroom New Delhi).   The Renegade Sport S model will also share the same engine as the Renegade Commando. The Renegade Sport S was much appreciated when it was showcased at the 2015 EICMA in Milan. The Renegade Commando and its sibling Renegade Sport S come with an electric start and have an air filter with paper element innovation. Six-speed synchronized mesh has been added for easy cruising. The front wheel has telescopic suspension while the rear wheel has dual shock absorbers. These motorcycles have a fuel tank of 18 litres with a kerb weight of 172 kg. The Renegade Sport S is available at     INR 1.49 lakhs across India (ex-showroom New Delhi).  UM International in alliance with the UP-based Lohia Auto has invested Rs 250 crore for business expansion. Manufacturing is already underway at the Lohia Auto’s Kashipur facility in Uttarakhand which will also support the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Headquartered out of New Delhi in India, the company has started appointing dealers across India. This distribution network will continue to expand taking in tier 2 and tier 3 cities and towns going forward. Bookings for the Renegade series have opened at the Auto Expo 2016.last_img read more

WATCH: Nana Patekar’s Beat Pe Booty video gives Tiger-Jacqueline a run for their money

first_imgThe Beat Pe Booty challenge had gripped Bollywood strongly, sure, but no expected things to get this weird. A new video featuring Nana Patekar grooving to A Flying Jatt’s Beat Pe Booty has gone viral and, well, it’s Nana, of course it is viral!ALSO READ: A FLYING JATT MOVIE REVIEWALSO READ: Five reasons A Flying Jatt is no Krrish or Ra.One The video uploaded by the Facebook page Green Mango More on Tuesday (August 23) is a scene from Nana Patekar-starrer Aanch (2003) which has been edited to Beat Pe BootyThe video has Patekar in traditional clothes…and…err sports shoes. With ghungroo in his feet, he dances to his heart’s content, as a bewildered Paresh Rawal looks on.Beat Pe Booty from A Flying Jatt’s soundtrack is, perhaps, the most popular song from the film. Tiger Shroff’s dance moves and Jacqueline Fernandez’s sensuality has become the talk of B-town ever since the video released.Watch the video and leave your thoughts in the comments:A Flying Jatt, directed by Remo D’Souza starring Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez released on Thursday (August 25).last_img read more

Stewart Withdraws After Fatal Race

first_imgWATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen on Aug. 10, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart “feels strongly” about not racing following Kevin Ward Jr.’s fatal accident.The decision was an about-face for the organization, which had said when the track opened that Stewart would be behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved.“We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do,” Zipadelli said. “All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.“He’s going through a tough time. It’s emotional for him.” Regan Smith will drive Stewart’s car instead.Ward had crashed following contact with Stewart one lap earlier and got out of his car as it was stopped along the fence. Video of the incident showed Ward walking from his crashed car onto the racing surface as cars circled by, and, as he gestured at Stewart’s passing car, he was struck.Authorities questioned Stewart but said no criminal charges were imminent. Stewart traveled to Watkins Glen International following police questioning.Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Stewart was “visibly shaken” and had been cooperative in the investigation. Authorities were asking spectators and others to turn over any video they recorded of the crash.“This is right now being investigated as an on-track crash and I don’t want to infer that there are criminal charges pending,” Povero said.“When the investigation is completed, we will sit down with the district attorney and review it. But I want to make it very clear: there are no criminal charges pending at this time.”A witness said it appeared Ward was trying to confront Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. The video showed Ward standing to the right of Stewart’s familiar No. 14 car, which seemed to kick out from the rear and hit him.Moments earlier, Ward and Stewart were racing side-by-side for position as they exited a turn. Ward was on the outside when Stewart, on the bottom, seemed to slide toward Ward’s car and crowd him toward the wall. The rear tire of Stewart’s car appeared to clip the front tire of Ward’s car, and Ward spun into the fence.Povero said Ward, who was wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, had walked into the racing area and one car swerved to avoid him before he was struck by Stewart.“The next thing I could see, I didn’t see (the other driver) anymore,” witness Michael Messerly said. “It just seemed like he was suddenly gone.”A spokesman for Stewart’s racing team called Ward’s death a “tragic accident.”The dirt track, about 30 miles southeast of Rochester, canceled the remainder of the race and later posted a message on its Facebook page encouraging fans to “pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families.”Ward’s website said he began racing go-karts in 1998 at age 4, but didn’t start driving sprint cars until 2010. The 20-year-old from Port Leyden, New York, was Empire Super Sprint rookie of the year in 2012 and this year was his fifth season racing the Empire Super Sprints.Stewart often competes in extracurricular events like the race on Aug. 9. The multi-millionaire is known to participate in races with purses worth less than $3,000 and drive alongside drivers of varying ages and talent levels.The crash came almost exactly a year after Stewart suffered a compound fracture to his right leg in a sprint car race in Iowa. The injury cost him the second half of the NASCAR season. Stewart only returned to sprint track racing last month, and won in his return, at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Michigan.But the broken leg cost him the entire second-half of last season and sidelined him during NASCAR’s important Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart wasn’t cleared to get back in a race car until February, the day the track opened for preparations for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 began.“Everybody has hobbies. Everybody has stuff they like to do when they have downtime, and that’s just what it is for me,” he said last month following his return to sprint car racing. “That’s what I like to do when I have extra time. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing it. I feel like there are a lot of other things I could be doing that are a lot more dangerous and a lot bigger waste of time with my time off do than doing that.”Among Stewart’s many business interests is his ownership of Ohio dirt track Eldora Speedway, which last month hosted the NASCAR Truck Series, and his stake in Stewart-Haas Racing, which fields cars for Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick.He’s struggled a bit this year since returning from his leg injury, and heads into Sunday’s race winless on the season and ranked 19th in the standings.Stewart had been scheduled to start 13th on Aug. 10 at Watkins Glen, one of just five remaining races for Stewart to either score a win or move inside the top 16 in points to grab a valuable spot in NASCAR’s Chase.The site of thes crash is the same track where Stewart was involved in a July 2013 accident that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver. He later took responsibility for his car making contact with another and triggering the 15-car accident that left Alysha Ruggles with a compression fracture in her back.By John Kekis and John Wawrow. AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer and AP writer Mike Sisak contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kithara: Real Time for 40 Gigabit Ethernet

first_img Continue Reading Previous Portwell: Mini-ITX powered by Intel Core i family with up to six core performanceNext Embedded system licensing: Why or why not? Kithara Software has announced support for 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The Network Module of the Windows extension Kithara RealTime Suite allows for real-time network communication with up to 40 gigabits per second.In the wake of the continued development of the company’s real-time network drivers as well as the included support for nearly every Intel Ethernet controller, Kithara for the first time has been able to reach the 40 gigabits mark. Thanks to the support for the Intel controller XL710 within the Windows real-time extension, the previously attainable Ethernet data rate of 10 Gbit/s has been quadrupled.XL710 cards include connectors for the Enhanced Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable Transceiver (QSFP+), a four lane version of the SFP+ that is commonly used for 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Besides the simultaneous data transfer with four 10 gigabit channels, QSFP+ especially enables the use of a single channel for 40 Gbit/s. Belonging to the same family of controllers, X710 is being supported with the same development as well.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

India Vs West Indies T20 Live Streaming: How to Watch IND Vs WI T20 Match Live on Hotstar, JioTV, Star Sports, Airtel TV

first_imgWill India experiment or will Rohit Sharma and the team management decide to go with a safe combination in the 3rd and final T20I against the West Indies at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.India’s bench strength is in focus ahead of the 3rd T20I as the team management decided to rest three key bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav for the Chennai T20I.India have already won the three-match T20I series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead and might want to test their bench strength ahead of the testing tour in Australia.On the other hand, captain Rohit is on the cusp of a glorious T20I record. The captain now needs just 69 runs to become the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of the game. If he manages to score those runs, it will be first time that an Indian will be holding the pole position in the list of most runs in all three formats of the international game, as Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket.Also read – India vs West Indies, 3rd T20I: India aim to whitewash the WindiesRohit is currently the highest run-getter in the T20I series so far, with 117 runs from 2 matches at an astounding average of 117. ‘The Hitman’ also became the first batsman in T20I cricket to score four hundreds and hence went past New Zealand’s Colin Munro, who has scored three centuries.advertisementThe pitch at Chepauk has been on the slower side in recent games but the square prepared for Sunday’s game is expected to favour the batsmen.The West Indies, on the other hand, will want their India tour to end with a win. All through the tour, the West Indies have attempted to chase India’s might and even in their favourite format, they could prove to be a no match.India vs West Indies Live Streaming, T20 Match: When And Where To Watch Live Telecast on TV and OnlineWhile the West Indies have missed their experienced men greatly, some of the talented youngster and veterans in Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard are yet to step up as well.Shimrom Hetmyer and Shai Hope, who both pretty much impressed in the ODI series against India, have failed to produce a similar batting performance in the shortest format.Also read – Absence of senior players the reason for West Indies losing, says Denesh RamdinOn the bowling front, Oshane Thomas has waged a lone battle so far as the other West Indian bowlers have looked pedestrian on most occasions.What time does the 3rd T20I between India vs West Indies start?3rd T20I starts at 7 PM IST on November 11, Sunday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd T20I between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs West Indies match.Where will the 3rd T20I between India and West Indies be played?The 3rd T20I between India and West Indies will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from 7 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 3rd T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 3rd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on are the squads for the 3rd T20I between India and West Indies?India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul.West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Obede McCoy, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more

Cardiff Wales Stadium

first_imgThe Cardiff Wales Stadium which is also called the Sophia Gardens – named after the wife of the Marquis of But.The Cardiff Wales Stadium is also the only stadium not in England, has hosted matches the last two editions of the ICC Champions Trophy in England, as well as the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999.The Cardiff Wales Stadium, home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Welsh Cricket, will host four fixtures at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, adding to the sole World Cup game played in 1999. That match was the international fixture at the ground where the trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand faced-off.The Cardiff Wales Stadium was also the seat of the 2017ICC Champions Trophy semi-final thriller between Pakistan and England.Capacity: 5500 (15,000 after redevelopment)Known as: The SWALEC StadiumEnds: River Taff End, Cathedral Road EndLocation: Cardiff, WalesICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -15:00 IST: NZ vs SL, Match 315:00 IST: AFG vs SL, Match 715:00 IST: Eng vs BAN, Match 1218:00 IST: RSA vs AFG, Match 21STATS – ODITotal matches: 24Matches won batting first: 6Matches won bowling first: 14Average 1st Inns scores: 227Average 2nd Inns scores: 216Highest total recorded: 342/8 (50 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest total recorded: 138/10 (37.5 Ov) by SL vs NZHighest score chased: 304/6 (48.2 Ov) by PAK vs EngLowest score defended: 169/10 (23.3 Ov) by Eng vs NZlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma’s form in World Cup 2019 no surprise, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndia head coach Ravi Shastri heaped rich praise on Rohit Sharma, saying the opening batsman is among the greatest players in white-ball cricket. Shastri said Rohit’s form in World Cup 2019 was no surprise.Rohit Sharma is leading the batting charts in World Cup 2019 with 647 runs from 8 matches so far. The India opener has shouldered the burden of scoring the bulk of runs at the top wonderfully well after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with an injury early in the tournament.Rohit has become the first batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup. The vice-captain of Team India is just 27 runs away from breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old record for the most runs scored in a World Cup.”[Rohit] One of the greatest one-day players. Whether he would have scored runs in this competition or not, just seeing his record over the years… 3 double hundreds in ODIs. No one has done that. He has been really consistent for India at the top. His form was no surprise. If he chooses a tournament like the World Cup to get that form in, as a coach, I will take it,” Ravi Shastri told the Cricket World Cup.India finished the group stages on top of the 10-team points table with 15 points from 9 matches. They will take on 4th-placed New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on Tuesday.Rohit’s form and consistency has been one of the main reasons for India’s dominant displays so far in England. The India opener is heading into the semi-finals on the back of 3 back-to-back hundreds.advertisementIt all started in the opening game vs South Africa in Southampton as Rohit Sharma helped India gun down a 228-run target on a two-paced wicket. Rohit remained unbeaten on 122 from 144 balls as India sealed 2 points in their opening fixture.Stressing Rohit’s hundred vs South Africa was one of his best batting performances, Ravi Shastri said: “It was a tough wicket. It was two-paced [against South Africa]. So I thought it was a special innings from Rohit because among all the ODI hundreds he has got, I thought that was one of his best.”Hardik Pandya’s reading of the game is good: Ravi ShastriThe India head coach also lauded Hardik Pandya for the way the all-rounder has been able to chip in with his bowling. Known for his explosive batting, Hardik’s evolution as a 10-over bowler has been one of the major highlights of India’s campaign at World Cup 2019.”He [Hardik] has come along as a bowler. You’re getting full 10 overs out of him. He reads the conditions well. He knows where to use the slow bouncers and off-cutters. His reading of the game is good. It’s a massive help for the side when you have a batsman as flamboyant as him who can also bowl you the overs,” Shastri said.God was in England’s dressing room during Edgbaston defeat: ShastriTalking about the only defeat that India have suffered so far in World Cup 2019, Ravi Shastri added: “I just thought god was in their dressing room that day. If we play England next, hope he sits in our dressing room. Nothing else to worry about.”India lost to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston on June 30 but the Asian giants have managed to avoid the in-form hosts in the semi-finals. England take on Australia in the 2nd semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: My respect for MS Dhoni will always be sky high, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds: Virat KohliAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgBump stocks, the mechanism that can convert semi-automatic rifles into machine guns, have been effectively banned by the federal government.Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced that the Department of Justice has amended the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, clarifying that bump stocks fall within the definition of “machine gun” under federal law,The devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.Whitaker says he is “faithfully following President Trump’s leadership by making it clear that bump stocks are illegal, and his department will continue to take illegal guns off of our streets.”Instructions for destruction of the devices will be posted on ATF’s website.Photo by CBS Newslast_img read more

Canadians creating more waste and lack coordinated way to deal with it

first_imgAn extensive report by the three countries in the North American Free Trade Agreement suggests Canadian homes and kitchens continue to generate more and more waste.And the Commission For Environmental Co-operation concludes there’s a big role for the federal government to help deal with it, starting with co-ordinating the handling of organic garbage from households across the country and helping create markets for products generated through recycled waste.“To have standards available that allow purchasers or agricultural users to know what they’re getting is something that we see has a real potential value,” said report co-author David Donaldson. “That’s one area that real co-ordination at a national level could be useful.”Environment Canada said federal, provincial and territorial governments are working to find solutions to waste issues.In recent years the governments released guidelines on compost quality and are working to increase the amount of organic waste diverted from landfills.“Increasing organic waste diversion is one of the ongoing priority areas of work,” the department said in an email.The federal government also provides money to municipalities for recycling projects through the $675 million Green Municipal Fund.Non-hazardous waste is a provincial and local responsibility in Canada, making it tough to get current information on waste and how it is disposed, Donaldson said. The most recent information in his report is six years old.But that’s enough to suggest that Canadians, already among the world’s champion garbage creators, are making more of it.Residential food, yard and paper waste per person increased from about 230 kilograms per person in 2002 to almost 300 by 2012.“We, as North Americans, are very good at consuming,” Donaldson said.Less than a third of that waste is diverted from landfills into recycling, composting or other such facilities.Simply dumping that material into a hole in the ground squanders an opportunity to turn that waste into a valuable commodity such as soil compost, Donaldson said.It also wastes existing capacity. The study suggests that Canadian composters are underused by 38 per cent and could take 1.6 million more tonnes of waste than they currently do.The report says a national agency is needed to collect data and share best practices. In Nova Scotia, for example, disposing waste in clear bags instead of black ones lets recyclers see what’s inside more easily and has increased organics and recyclables diversion by up to 40 per cent.A consistent product, assuring consumers that compost they buy has the same qualities whether they buy it in Saskatoon or Chicoutimi, Que., would go a long way toward building a market. That’s a job for a federal group, said Donaldson.Governments can also increase recycling by making it more expensive to simply toss waste in the landfill.In Alberta, landfill tipping fees are as low as $25 per tonne, while it costs at least twice that to run a small composting operation, says the report.“It does create a disincentive for organizations to dispose of organic waste in a way that would be ideal,” Donaldson said.Government can also provide incentives for energy created during treatment of organic waste such as biogas to feed back into the system.And they can also provide the education and information to encourage Canadians to generate less waste in the first place.The benefits are big, from reducing taxes spent on landfills to increasing the productivity of agricultural soils. Improving the handling of organic waste could even cut 3.4 megatonnes from Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions as dumps release less methane and carbon dioxide.Recycling organic waste mimics natural cycles, said Donaldson.“You’ve really taken from the land when you grow food,” he said.“You’re taking these nutrients and you’re not returning them. Just that capacity to use nature and benefit from that is an important place to start.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous version used Council on in name of organization in para 2last_img read more

Enerplus sells Laricina stake for 141million aims to pay down debt

CALGARY — Enerplus Corp. is selling its stake in private oilsands developer Laricina Energy Ltd. for $141-million.The Calgary-based oil and gas company said in a release Monday the proceeds will be used to pay down debt.“This is an important step in our plans to monetize non-core assets within our portfolio to fund the growth opportunities we have captured and preserve our balance sheet flexibility,” said Enerplus president and CEO Gordon Kerr.Shares in Enerplus rose eight cents to close at $15.39 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Enerplus produces oil and gas in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In the United States, it produces oil in Montana and North Dakota and natural gas from the Marcellus formation in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. read more

Putin praises Trumps judgment rejects hacking claims

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced hope Friday that frayed relations with the U.S. will improve once Donald Trump becomes president despite his pledge to strengthen the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal.Speaking during a marathon end-of-the-year news conference that lasted the best part of four hours, Putin heaped praise on the U.S. president-elect while downplaying any concerns stemming from Trump’s support for a strengthened U.S. nuclear capability.Putin also used the opportunity offered by the press conference to lambast Trump’s rivals in the Democratic Party for seeking to blame their defeat in November’s election to hacking accusations against Moscow.“They are losing on all fronts, and are trying to find the culprits elsewhere,” he said. “They are humiliating themselves. They must know how to lose with dignity.”Asked how he responded to President Barack Obama’s hacking accusations during a conversation before the vote that Russia was involved in hacking Democratic Party officials’ emails, Putin said he wouldn’t divulge details of a confidential talk.“The most important thing is the substance of the information the hackers have presented to the public opinion,” Putin said, adding that the Democrats should have apologized to Americans over the “manipulations” the emails revealed.“The current administration and the Democratic Party’s leadership are trying to shift the blame for all their failures to external factors,” Putin said.He pointed at “the gap in views of what is good and what is bad between the elites and broader masses,” adding that “the current administration has systemic problems.”In response to Obama’s comment that “Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave” upon seeing recent poll results showing that more than one-third of Republicans view Putin favourably, Putin said Reagan would be happy to see his Republican party win.“Reagan would be happy that representatives of his party win everywhere, and he would be happy for the president-elect,” Putin said, adding with a smile: “No one but us believed in his victory.”Putin said he was encouraged that the U.S. election showed that “there are people who sympathize with our views of traditional values, because it’s a good basis for developing relations between our two powerful countries.”Putin expressed hope that he would meet soon with Trump to discuss how to improve the two countries’ relations — and would “definitely” visit the United States if Trump invites him.Relations between the U.S. and Russia have become increasingly strained over the past few years, sinking to their worst since the Cold War. The conflict in Ukraine, which saw Russia annex the Crimea peninsula in 2014, and disagreements over the war in Syria have lain behind the growing distrust between the two.The Russian leader also reaffirmed his claim that the Russian military is “stronger than any potential aggressor,” even though he acknowledged that the U.S. military is bigger. Putin said the U.S. military has “more missiles, submarines and aircraft carriers, and we aren’t arguing with that.”“We are just saying that we are simply stronger than any aggressor,” he said.Putin said he saw “nothing unusual” in Trump’s nuclear weapons pledge, adding that the statement is in line with the president-elect’s campaign promises.The ongoing modernization of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces has come as a response to the U.S. opting out of a Cold War-era treaty that banned missile defences, Putin said. Russia had to either design a similar shield or build new missiles capable of penetrating the U.S. defences to maintain a nuclear parity, the Russian leader argued.“It’s not us who have been speeding up the arms race,” Putin said, adding that Russia has fully complied with the existing arms control agreements.He also noted that the U.S. has been modernizing its tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.Pointing at this week’s attack at a Berlin Christmas market, Putin called for better co-operation in fighting terrorism, saying such efforts have been effectively paralyzed by Western sanctions against Russia.“We can only fight this threat efficiently if we pool our efforts together,” he said.The Russian president pointed at the evacuation of civilians and rebels from eastern Syrian city of Aleppo as a result of successful co-operation between Russia, Turkey and Iran. He said a cease-fire on the entire territory of Syria must come now, followed by peace talks. Face masks depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump hang for sale at a souvenir street shop in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) Putin praises Trump’s judgment, rejects hacking claims by Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press Posted Dec 23, 2016 6:27 am MDT Last Updated Dec 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Security Council despite challenges Yemens political transition on course says UN official

“Yemen is in the heart of its transition,” Special Adviser Jamal Benomar told the 15-member Council, presenting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report. “In a country awash with arms and a history of conflict, such an inclusive process of dialogue is a great achievement.”The second round of the UN-backed National Dialogue Conference includes 565 delegates representing a cross-section of Yemeni society. Just back from the capital, Sana’a, Mr. Benomar said “the ‘dialogue’ is extending well beyond the Conference” with men and women engaged in discussions and debates about the problems of their country and its possible future in seminars, roundtables and open tents in town squares. “As President [Abdrabuh Mansour] Hadi has remarked, we are engaged in more than a political transition; we are witnessing a transformation of the political culture,” Mr. Benomar noted.The ongoing conference will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections in 2014. Preparations for the electoral process are underway, including steps to create a new biometric voter registry, with registration due to begin in September. The UN has been providing support in Yemen’s transition in four key areas: political facilitation; technical support; capacity-building; and a public information and awareness campaign.“We understand that there are no guarantees of what lies ahead,” Mr. Benomar told the Council. “It is an undertaking of great hope in a fragile environment, where a range of perspectives and diverse interested are seeking to realize a new and better order.” He noted that to develop a new constitution, the National Dialogue will need to find a consensual settlement to the ‘Southern question’ linked to southern separatists. “In the South, the streets are heating up,” Mr. Benomar said, adding that “pent-up resentment at more than two decades of unaddressed grievances and systematic marginalization.”Since February, there was been a “significant increase” in the frequency and number of demonstrators, some resulting in injuries and deaths. Two Commissions have been established to address the unlawful or illegitimate seizure of property and unjust dismissal from military and civil service, but without additional resources for the Commissions and further confidence-building measures by the Government or tangible improvements in people’s daily lives, “the voices of discontent will amplify, narrowing the space for dialogue,” he said.The Special Advisor reiterated to the Council that the only peaceful route to progress is through open dialogue and, importantly, addressing the legacy of the past. He urged Yemeni authorities to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the events of 2011 and to adopt a law on transitional justice. He also noted the steps taken by President Hadi to restructure the country’s armed forces, a move welcomed in April by Mr. Ban and the Security Council, but stressed that “much more remains to be done to ensure the professionalization” of the forces.Highlighting other challenges to the country, Mr. Benomar noted that despite all efforts to counter it, Al Qaida remains a lethal threat in the Arabian Peninsula. In addition, the UN official made reference to “those who wish to undermine the transition,” citing sabotage attacks on the country’s energy exports and its electricity lines, costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars. “Those responsible for these crimes must be brought to account,” Mr. Benomar stressed. He also cited a partisan war through “misinformation, fabrication and incitement” of the media for political means, and an increase in the assassination of mid and high level security officials and the apparent amassing of weapons among political factions. “Arms smuggling into Yemen continues,” he said, noting that several shipments have recently been seized. Also, the humanitarian crisis in the country “continues unabated,” with more than half of the population in need of humanitarian assistance to access food, healthcare, safe water and sanitation, and more than one million children suffering from acute malnutrition, Mr. Benomar said. Meanwhile, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that more than 90 per cent of the internally displaced people from Abyan, southern Yemen, have returned home. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) dropped from 68,533 last December to 6,133 in April, OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told journalists in Geneva.“The fighting was subsiding, the overall situation looked better and there was an ongoing political process,” Mr. Laerke said. He added that the resumption of some basic services and reopening of markets had encouraged some people to return, but shelter and agricultural livelihoods remain a concern. As some 80 per cent of the population in the south were farmers, it was critical to assist them in restarting their production. In addition, the prospects for Yemenis in the north to return to their homes “remains distant,” Mr. Benomar said.The international humanitarian community has sought $716 million for the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan to provide emergency and early recovery assistance to 7.7 million of the country’s most vulnerable. However, the plan is so far only 31 per cent funded. The early recovery sector was only 8.3 per cent funded of the $31.5 million needed. In May, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, had said the country was that a crossroads that could either lead to increased stability or plunge the country back into conflict.“There will be no political transition if we don’t deal with the humanitarian situation,” Mr. Ahmed told a news conference in Geneva. read more

Ohio State defense ready for fresh challenge against Virginia Tech

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) leads a group of OSU players in tackling Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) during a game against the Midshipmen Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJust days after playing Navy, the Ohio State defense is preparing to play a completely different style of football as it gears up for its first home game against Virginia Tech.The Buckeyes, which faced the unusual triple-option offense of Navy last week, are now preparing for a more traditional attack run by the Hokies. Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that he and his coaches know making the switch from preparing for Navy to getting ready for Virginia Tech will not, and has not, been easy. “In our defense — coaches are actually saying that its hard enough to play Navy, and then all of sudden the week after, you wish had an easier team than this,” Meyer said. One of those coaches, defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who is in his first year at OSU, said it’s nice to put Navy in the rearview mirror.“It feels good to get that behind us,” Johnson said Monday. “Now (we) can go fast forward (against) a team that runs some things that we can adjust to and play a little faster.”Sophomore safety Vonn Bell said the defense has to be prepared for everything the Hokies will throw at them.   “It’s a lot of tricky stuff, a lot of tricky formations. We just have to stay disciplined, reading our keys and we are going to have success,” Bell said. “You never know what to expect. You just have to be alert.”Meyer said Monday that he is particularly excited for his defensive line players, as they had to face relentless cut blocks from the Navy offensive line, something that has become uncommon in today’s college football landscape.“I just think of our D-linemen. (Sophomore) Joey Bosa didn’t come to Ohio State to squeeze down blocks and keep people off his ankles,” Meyer said. “That’s what he had to do last week. He came to rush a quarterback and penetrate. So there’s big smiles across our defensive line right now to let them go play.”Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee added to Meyer’s comments and said his teammates are happy to be taking on a traditional offense.“I am sure the D-line is happy they get to pass rush now as opposed to taking on double teams all the time,” Lee said Monday. “Our coaches are forcing us back into our basic defenses. We will be fine, it is just switching modes. It’s a bit of relief, just playing our normal game.”Bosa agreed with Meyer and Lee on Wednesday and said that the defensive line has been waiting to show what it can do. “It was not a fun game last week,” Bosa said. “(I’m) still feeling sore from it. This week we will get to rush the passer a little bit, which we obviously love to do.”Bosa also said that because of the switch to Virginia Tech, the defensive line has to get used to doing things the way they were done before playing Navy. “We did nothing we have ever done before last week and now we are getting back to what were our basics and everything we usually run and it almost seems foreign after doing it for so long,” he said.The game against Virginia Tech is expected to take place in front of a record crowd Saturday, as the university added 2,600 seats to Ohio Stadium during the offseason. Bosa said he is ecstatic to be playing in front of the home fans once again.“Nothing is like playing in front of 110,000 people,” Bosa said. “I am just excited to get back in there.”While OSU athletics isn’t quite expecting 110,000 — they’re anticipating about 108,000 fans, which includes non-ticketed attendees, according to a university release — Meyer added to Bosa’s excitement. “I call it ‘night games Buckeye style,’” Meyer said. “That stadium is awesome. We have had some great games there in the last two years at night.”Meyer also said he believes Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James might be in attendance on the sidelines for the game. The Buckeyes and Hokies are scheduled to kickoff at 8 p.m. on Saturday. read more

UCD students vote to leave national students union

first_imgWe recognise the unique circumstances in UCD. It’s clear that the decision taken by its students is not reflected in referendum results elsewhere and while we are disappointed to lose their voice from the national union, we respect their decision.USI, which has had significant financial trouble throughout the last decade, will now be without a near six-figure sum in affiliation fees from the country’s largest university.UCD Students’ Union has also encountered financial difficulties in recent years, which stood as a major motivating factor in the referendum result.Students’ unions in member colleges pay affiliation fees to USI of €5 for each full-time student, and €2.50 for each part-time student.The vote in DCU – which was due to be completed today, but which has been put back until tomorrow due to internet outages on its campus – could also be affected by the result in Belfield.Another referendum on USI membership is being held in NUI Maynooth, which is a member union. Last autumn, the students’ union in Trinity College Dublin voted to remain affiliated to USI.In a separate referendum, UCD students voted to reintroduce the position of a full-time Entertainments Officer, which was abolished last year as a result of the union’s financial turmoil. The referendum was passed by a margin of three-to-two.However, the total poll in the Ents referendum fell just short of the 12.5 per cent turnout needed to reach a quorum, meaning the outcome is irrelevant. The USI referendum was subject to a lower 10 per cent quorum which was easily met.Read: Student body hit out over use of debt collectors in colleges STUDENTS IN UCD have voted to leave the national umbrella body of student unions, the Union of Students in Ireland.Students voted by 64.5 per cent to 35.5 per cent to end UCD Students’ Union’s membership of USI.The vote came despite the support of many of the union’s full-time officers for remaining affiliated to the body, and a deal struck last week between USI and UCD SU president Rachel Breslin to reform USI structures if UCD remained affiliated.The proposed reforms had included the introduction of direct elections for the USI presidency – replacing the system where presidents are currently elected by delegates to an annual congress – and a review of the affiliation fee structure.UCD Students’ Union will formally disaffiliate from USI a year from now.The vote comes one day before a referendum in DCU on whether to rejoin the national union, which it has been outside of for several years.UCD’s vote is a major blow to the national union, and particularly to its president John Logue, who himself is a former UCD student.In a statement this afternoon Logue said he felt students were not given the opportunity to hear the full case for remaining within USI, due to referendum rules which prevented USI officers – except those who were themselves former UCD students – from campaigning on campus.“Throughout the referendum campaign, students who favoured disaffiliation felt that UCDSU should adopt a more local focus for the foreseeable future, in light of its financial difficulties,” he said.last_img read more

Judge agrees to postpone Luyster sentencing

first_imgA chaotic scene unfolded Monday after Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis agreed to delay sentencing for triple murderer Brent Luyster. The decision elicited gasps, shouts and sobs from family members and friends of Luyster’s shooting victims, as well as from the sole shooting survivor, Breanne Leigh. As Luyster, 37, was escorted from the courtroom, Leigh and the victims’ families demanded answers.The decision to postpone sentencing came after prosecuting attorneys divulged that a juror may have been influenced during deliberations by seeing Luyster’s shaved head — revealing a tattoo of SS bolts, a neo-Nazi symbol. Luyster shaved his head sometime while the jury was in deliberations. The jury briefly saw Luyster the day before handing down guilty verdicts Nov. 17 on three counts of aggravated murder.The convictions carry a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.Lewis had previously ruled that the jury wouldn’t see Luyster’s tattoos, because of potential prejudice.“You know he did that on purpose. He shaved his head. He chose to do it. He’s the one who thought that it was over. Why are we having to suffer for it?” Danette Anderson, the mother of shooting victim Joseph LaMar, told media after the hearing. “He is a weak, evil man.”last_img read more

Better Weather today for TCI

first_img Recommended for you #MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionercenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 13, 2017 –  Small craft can venture out today but should remain close to port says the Bahamas Department of Meteorology forecast and that means weather conditions are improving.There is still caution due to high and rough seas and there are still rip current and rough surf condition warnings in effect for beach-goers, but today should be warmer and winds are considerably weaker, though still brisk, at 15 to 20 knots over open seas.There is a slight chance for passing showers in this surface high pressure which remains over The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedialast_img read more

Police search for man who stole tools from vehicle in Miami

first_imgBurglary detectives need your assistance in identifying the suspect seen in the video below. The suspect broke into a work van on 3/25/19 and took a jackhammer and a tool box. If you recognize the suspect, please contact us at 305-603-6030 or @CrimeStopper305 .— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) April 22, 2019 MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man who allegedly stole tools from a vehicle in Miami.The theft occurred in the area of Northwest 32nd Street and 21st Avenue on March 25 at approximately 4:45 a.m.Surveillance video captured the suspected thief walking his bicycle past the victim’s home before returning shortly after and making his way onto the property.He could be seen walking up to the victim’s van, opening the side door and grabbing a chipping hammer before walking away.A few seconds later, the man returned and could be seen walking away with a tool box. Miami Police said the man they are searching for is around 40 to 50 years old and stands approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall to 5 feet 5 inches tall.If you have any information on this vehicle burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more