HC issues notice to Vadra in ED plea to cancel bail

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday asked Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, to file a reply on the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) plea seeking to cancel his bail in a money laundering case. Justice Chander Shekhar issued a notice to Vadra and his close associate Manoj Arora listing the matter for July 17. The ED has pressed for Vadra’s custodial interrogation, saying that he was not co-operating with the investigation. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist He was granted anticipatory bail by a trial court on April 1 on the condition that he would not leave the country without permission and join the investigation whenever needed. The ED, in its plea submitted in the High Court, challenged the trial court order and said that protection to Vadra would be detrimental in carrying out a free investigation in the case. The case relates to ownership of 1.9 million pounds of overseas assets by Vadra. It pertains to undisclosed foreign assets and entities meant to evade tax. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The ED told the High Court that Vadra’s questioning was required to unearth the entire source of credit used for the purchase of properties, ascertaining transactions and money laundering. “Because it is trite to say that the anticipatory bail, to some extent, intrudes in the sphere of investigation of crime and that the courts must be cautious and circumspect in exercising such powers of discriminatory nature,” the ED said in its plea. “It is for the same reason that the relevant factors for grant of anticipatory bail are materially different from the grant of regular bail… The special judge has passed the impugned order by ignoring the material on record.” The probe agency also said that Vadra’s questioning would help it ascertain the role of other key accused persons involved in the commission of offence and their modus operandi. “Ascertaining the exact source of the tainted money and the end use of such funds involved in the case,” the plea read and added: “Confronting him (Vadra) with the voluminous incriminating material for bringing the investigation to a logical conclusion.” The ED noted that there were chances that Vadra may tamper with evidence and influence witnesses in the case, as he was an influential person. It said that in spite of being given several opportunities to come clean about his alleged role in the case, Vadra has remained evasive and has maliciously claimed himself to be a victim of political vendetta and that he had made all possible attempts to sensationalise the case.last_img read more

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan cycles to office to take charge of Health

first_imgNew Delhi: Dr Harsh Vardhan, who will head the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare, arrived on cycle to take charge as a minister at the Nirman Bhawan in Delhi on Monday. The Minister, who won the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat in Delhi, shared pictures on microblogging site Twitter.”#Cycling is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean & environmentally sustainable means of transport. #UNGA has declared June 3 as #WorldBicycleDay to underline the contribution of cycling to sustainable development goals. It’s my fav sport too 2 #BeatAirPollution @UN (sic),” the Union minister wrote on the microblogging site. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Almost five years after he was divested of the charge, Vardhan said his priority will be to strengthen the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PM-JAY). (Express photo by Amit Mehra) After taking charge of the Health ministry, Vardhan said he was “grateful” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for entrusting him with the responsibility. “I am thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trusting me and giving me this responsibility. The health of the people of this country is the top priority of Modi government and we will make every effort to achieve healthcare for all,” he said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAlmost five years after he was divested of the charge, Vardhan said his priority will be to strengthen the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PM-JAY). “Since the launch of PM-JAY, around 27 lakh people have availed the benefits under the scheme. However, still many people are not aware of it. Some people who are in dire need of the benefits provided under the insurance scheme are not able to avail it due to eligibility criteria issues,” Vardhan told PTI. Vardhan continues to hold Science and Technology and Earth Sciences portfolios. (Express photo by Amit Mehra) Earlier, he was appointed as the Union Health minister in 2014 and was later given the charge of the Ministries of Earth Sciences and Science and Technology. J P Nadda held the portfolio in the outgoing cabinet. Vardhan was also given the additional charge of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in May 2017, after the demise of Union minister Anil Madhav Dave. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Timeline of events in the deaths of three people in northern BC

first_imgVANCOUVER — Three people are dead in northern B.C. and there is a major search stretching across Western Canada for two teens police say are suspects. Here’s a timeline of events:July 15 — The bodies of a man and a woman are found near a blue van on the Alaska Highway, also known as Highway 97, near Liard Hot Springs.July 17 — RCMP say the deaths are suspicious.July 18 — RCMP announce Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and American Chynna Deese, 24, are victims of a double homicide. Meanwhile, in Jade City, B.C., Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are spotted in a store where they stopped for free coffee. Jade City is about 350 kilometres from where the two bodies were found.July 19 — Police announce the body of a man has been found two kilometres from a burned-out truck belonging to McLeod and Schmegelsky near Dease Lake, B.C. The two teens are missing. Dease Lake is about 470 kilometres from the first crime scene.July 21 — McLeod and Schmegelsky are spotted in Meadow Lake, Sask.July 22 — Mounties say Fowler and Deese were shot. They release composite sketches of a man seen speaking with the couple on the highway where they were found dead and a sketch of the unidentified man found dead near the burned truck. Fowler’s father, an Australian police inspector, pleads for the public’s help in the investigation.July 23 — RCMP announce Schmegelsky and McLeod are now suspects in the three deaths. They release photos of the young men and a 2011 grey Toyota Rav 4 they may be driving. Fox Lake Cree Nation says a burned-out vehicle is found near Gillam in northern Manitoba. Police search that area.July 24 — Manitoba RCMP confirm the burned-out vehicle near Gillam is the Toyota Rav 4 the suspects are believed to have been driving. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chinese children turn to art in UN environment contest

An estimated 2.6 million children took part in the contest organised by the Luo Hong Environmental Foundation in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), after which judges chose 20 striking images as the winning entries. “Whether it’s a hapless giraffe struggling to find food above a cloud of smog, a colourful criticism of the fur trade or a six-year-old’s vision of a green utopia, the pictures are a compelling insight into the concerns of China’s children for their environment – and their suggestions for how to make things better,” UNEP said in a press release. The contest was organized in partnership with Mr. Hong – one of China’s best known entrepreneurs and a UNEP Climate Hero. The founder of the country’s biggest cake bakery chain as well as a leading environmental photographer, he said he organised the contest to make China’s children more aware of their environment. “I think our small friends are painting to voice their love of the environment and their commitment to protect our planet,” said Mr. Hong. The 20 winners of the contest, along with 10 teachers and Mr. Hong, will travel to UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, for a special awards ceremony on 9 August. 30 July 2010Millions of schoolchildren in China have demonstrated their concern for the environment by participating in a painting contest, using their artistic creativity to come up with images to illustrate their commitment to conservation, the United Nations environment agency said today. read more

Security Council authorizes transfer of UN troops to violencewracked Côte dIvoire

Expressing “serious concern” at the volatile situation in Côte d’Ivoire, where United Nations offices were looted and destroyed last month, the Security Council today authorized extra troops to boost the strength of the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African nation.Reacting to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s calls last week for more military personnel, the Council unanimously agreed to a temporary redeployment of troops from the UN mission in Liberia (UNMIL), but the numbers fell short of Mr. Annan’s request for an infantry battalion and a police unit.Adoption a resolution, the Security Council authorized the immediate deployment of “a maximum of one infantry company from UNMIL to the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), until 31 March 2006, in order to provide extra security coverage for United Nations personnel and property, and to perform other tasks mandated to UNOCI.”The Council went on to say that it would closely monitor the situation in Côte d’Ivoire up to the end of March so as to decide on future troop levels, while also taking into account what was happening in Liberia so as not to leave the mission there short of personnel.UN offices were put under siege, looted or destroyed for four days last month in Abidjan, the commercial centre of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as in other towns.On 24 January, faced with the imminent expiration of UNOCI’s mandate, the Council extended it through mid-December and pledged to keep its troop strength under review. But the 15-member security body stopped short of meeting Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recommendation to significantly increase the size of the force.In a report to the Council, Mr. Annan had called for an additional 3,400 soldiers or four battalions to be added to UNOCI’s troop strength, plus an additional 475 police personnel.The recommendation preceded the attacks on the UN across the country. In remarks to journalists after violence broke out, the Secretary-General said, “events on the ground have made our case.” read more

Ohio State womens basketball wraps up home schedule vs Nebraska and Illinois

OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) defends during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAfter playing on the road for the past two contests, the No. 7 Ohio State women’s basketball team (21-4, 13-1) gets to play on its home court for the next week.Occupying the Big Ten’s top spot, the Buckeyes are set to face off against Nebraska (17-8, 8-6) Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. After a win over Michigan State on Sunday, the Huskers come to Columbus looking to keep their energy alive and pull off an upset in the mid-February matchup.The Buckeyes, however, are more focused than ever, keeping their eyes focused on the mission while understanding that every team that steps onto the hardwood against them is looking to take away their crown. “Everybody wants to take the person that’s on top out,” said junior forward Shayla Cooper. “Every night we need to come prepared.”OSU coach Kevin McGuff has harped on the mental toughness his team must have coming down the stretch of the regular season and heading into the conference tournament, especially because of its high ranking. But for now, the Scarlet and Gray are determined to take care of business one game at a time.In the all-time series history between the two programs, Nebraska holds a 7-5 lead. Nonetheless, OSU was the team that came out on top last time, a 78-60 victory in March to finish the 2014-15 regular season.Precise post playWhen it comes to Nebraska’s scoring attack, the Huskers turn to their freshman forward Jessica Shepard. Her scoring average of 20.6 points per game ranks fifth in the Big Ten. OSU sophomore forward Alexa Hart (22) during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorShepard understands the game well for a freshman and knows when to kick the ball out to her teammates when the defense begins to collapse. Being one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the Big Ten, the 6-foot-4 Shepard keeps her head on a swivel to find the open woman and get high-quality shots. With the Buckeyes having a guard-heavy roster, their main focus will be to protect the paint and prevent Shepard from being an offensive threat.“(The Cornhuskers) have a really nice post player,” Cooper said of Shepard. “And they have really nice shooters that spot up. We just have to defend the post and get out to the 3-point shooters.”Shepard’s effectiveness doesn’t end with the scoring column, though. She dominates the boards as well, averaging 8.9 rebounds per game, including 3.2 offensive rebounds per contest. With these statistics in mind, OSU will need to go back to the fundamentals and make sure it boxes out on all defensive possessions to prohibit second-chance opportunities. The Buckeyes are in second-to-last place in defensive rebound percentage. Conversely, the Cornhuskers — powered by Shepard’s prowess on the glass — are third in the conference in that category. Rebounding, it seems, will be a major factor in declaring a winner. Senior SundayThe Buckeyes are slated to play their last home game of the season Sunday against Illinois. It will be the second meeting between these two teams this year. The first matchup came on Feb. 1 in Champaign, Illinois, when OSU won 80-70. The OSU women’s basketball program will honor its two senior guards, Ameryst Alston and Cait Craft, on Sunday in a pregame ceremony, as it scheduled to be their last moments in scarlet and gray at the Schott in the regular season.The two have been fixtures of McGuff’s team since he arrived in Columbus, starting each game they played in during the last three seasons. Alston in particular has been one of the standouts of the program’s history, as she was on the All-Big Ten first team during her sophomore and junior seasons and recently eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for her career.This season, Alston has started all 25 games, averaging 18.8 points and a team-high 3.8 assists per contest. Craft has started the 24 games she appeared in, averaging just 4.9 points per game but ranking third on the team with 23 3-pointers made and regularly receiving the opposition’s top defensive assignments.Tipoff for the matchup against the Fighting Illini is set for 2 p.m. read more

Migrant rescued swimming from France to Britain wearing flippers

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been accused of not getting a grip on the situation as May saw more people crossing the Channel in small boats (140) than in December (138) when a ‘major incident’ was declared.On May 31, Britain saw a record number of boats and people trying to enter the UK illegally, as some 74 people were intercepted in eight separate vessels.A spokesperson from the Home Office said: “Anyone crossing the Channel in a small boat is taking a huge risk with their life and the lives of their children. Migrants in Kent Credit: STEVE FINN A migrant was rescued this morning after trying to swim across the English Channel wearing flippers to get to the UK.The unidentified migrant was discovered three miles off the coast of Calais with fins and using a buoy as a float to help.He was spotted by the crew of a fishing boat at 6.30am who alerted French authorities. French border officials who rescued the migrant who was suffering from hypothermia. He was then handed over to the French border officials at the port of Calais.Meanwhile, “up to 38 people” were caught attempting the crossing in small boats before midday, a witness said.A statement by the Prefecture Maritime based in Calais, who released an image of the rescue, said authorities were notified that a fishing vessel “was in contact with a migrant equipped with fins and a buoy and tried to swim to England.”It comes as Border Force officers in the UK dealt with two more migrant crossing incidents.It is understood three groups were discovered off the East Sussex and Kent coast in three small boats.They were picked up by Border Force officers and taken to Dover in Kent. “Last week, the Home Secretary and the French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, agreed to continue to explore options to reinforce the efforts already being made.“It is an established principle that those in need of protection should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach and since January more than 35 people who arrived illegally in the UK in small boats have been returned to Europe.”The shortest distance across the English Channel is between Calais and Dover at 20.7 miles. “We are only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities.”We have been assisting Border Force with two incidents off the Kent coast this morning.”RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Station were also called to the incident.More than 150 people have arrived in the UK since the end of May, with the number of suspected migrants intercepted by border force authorities in 2019 soaring to 511, according to Telegraph research, with dozens more collected by French officials.In the whole of 2018, some 312 people reached the UK in small boats after crossing the Channel, with 227 more stopped by the French. A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: “HM Coastguard is committed to safeguarding life around the seas and coastal areas of this country. 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. read more

Wilden Pumps online simulator and PTFE diaphragms increase efficiency of airoperated dual

first_imgWilden Pump and Engineering has introduced two products that add greater efficiency to its Advanced Series of air-operated double-diaphragm pumps. The PX Simulator is a free online tool that allows operators to easily determine the optimal balance of flow rate and efficiency for any application. Using inlet, head and flow parameters of the application plus the pump model, the simulator quickly computes the air inlet pressure and Efficiency Management System (EMS) setting that will yield the greatest efficiency. The operator simply turns the dial on the pump’s Pro-Flo X air distribution system to that setting to achieve the lowest power consumption.The online simulator saves the operator time by eliminating a series of manual calculations previously needed to achieve the best results from the air distribution system.Recently awarded a US patent, the Pro-Flo X Efficiency Management System (EMS) features an integrated control dial to select the efficiency point and flow rate that best suits the application. In addition to lower operating cost, benefits include longer pump life and lower maintenance requirements.New full-stroke PTFE (Teflon) diaphragms are now available for Wilden Advanced Series air-operated double-diaphragm pumps. By allowing increased product displacement per stroke, the full-stroke diaphragms produce greater flow rates and higher efficiency than reduced stroke diaphragms.Because they use the same shaft and piston combinations as the company’s standard rubber and TPE diaphragms, they can be easily retrofitted to existing pumps with no extra components. The new full-stroke PTFE diaphragms are available for Wilden 1, 1.5, 2 and 3″ pumps.Wilden Pump and Engineering (www.pumpsg.com) is a world leader in design and manufacturing of air-operated double-diaphragm pumps, and a member of Dover Corporation’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG).last_img read more

Closer tracking of conflict minerals

first_imgSource 44, a leading provider of sustainability data services and solutions, has released the next generation of its unique program designed to simplify detecting conflict minerals across a supply chain, providing retailers and manufacturers a cost-effective solution to meet the requirements set forth in America’s Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act. This announcement comes ahead of the imminent ruling expected by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on the scope of Section 1502 and the nature of the relevant reporting requirements. “While companies await the SEC’s final rule, one thing is clear: companies will have to engage in some level of due diligence,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Kraus, Source 44 Chief Scientific Officer. “No longer will knowledge of Tier 1 suppliers be enough; instead, transparency will have to carry farther up the supply chain.”The process of detecting the presence of conflict minerals is complex: given the vast network of suppliers and distributors, supply chains can become an intricate web that grows harder to manage the more complex a product is.Source 44 says its Conflict Mineral Program “is the most scalable and affordable solution available today. Instead of creating complicated spreadsheets, SourceLink Technology automates the tracing process. Source 44’s data management platform, Source IntelligenceTM, processes the information to assess the risk that conflict minerals are present and highlight companies and regions of concern. Product disclosure reports provide an effective way to understand potential risk, ultimately enabling companies to meet conflict minerals requirements efficiently and within budget.”“Source 44 has done the work to make conflict minerals due diligence efficient, scalable and affordable,” said Jess Kraus, Source 44 President and CEO. “We are the only company that provides a comprehensive certificate of assurance guaranteeing compliance for retailers and manufacturers.”last_img read more

SLIM JAMBO Strahinja Milic with 20KG less before EHF CL start

← Previous Story CSM Bucuresti to replace Mette Klit with Kim Rasmussen? Next Story → THW Kiel sign Dragos Oprea! RK VardarStrahinja Milic The most interesting handball story in Skopje this summer was destiny of Serbian goalkeeper Strahinja Milic (25) who has a long-term contract with Macedonian TOP team RK Vardar Skopje. The guy which nickname is Jambo because of his size (between 130 and 150 kilos) didn’t began preparation with his team-mates because of problems with kilograms. RK Vardar’s coach Raul Gonzales didn’t want to take him with the first team during pre-season, so Milic had to work by special program.After 50 days of work with RK Vardar second team, Milic got a chance to join his old team-mates in week before the first match at VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016 against French Montpellier. But, he lost 20 kilos! Obviously, he had a strong motivation to become slim as lot of media attention was about his possible transfer to the biggest domestic rival – RK Metalurg.However, Arpad Šterbik won’t be alone at the start of the European season. Petar Angelov has problem with his back, so Milic could be the first replacement. Slim Jambo… read more

Catastrophe naturelle les tsunamis les plus destructeurs de lhistoire

first_imgCatastrophe naturelle : les tsunamis les plus destructeurs de l’histoireDifficile d’y échapper, chaque année, de nombreuses Unes sont consacrées aux tsunamis. Le Japon est particulièrement touché et de nombreux morts sont souvent à déplorer. Quelles sont les pires ? Maxisciences vous dévoile la liste Sumatra, en Indonésie Un tremblement de terre d’une magnitude de 9,1 dont l’épicentre était à 30 kilomètres des côtes a causé la naissance d’un tsunami de 1300 kilomètres de longueur. C’est le plus long jamais mesuré, environ 230000 personnes sont mortes. Le tsunami de la côte Pacifique du TōhokuEn 2011, un tsunami extrêmement puissant, avançant à 800 kilomètres par heure avec des vagues de 10 mètres de haut a détruit une partie de la côte ouest du Japon et a tué 18000 personnes. La puissante vague a été provoquée par un tremblement de terre d’une magnitude de 9.0 à 24,4 kilomètre de profondeur. 452000 personnes ont été déplacées dans des abris. La violence du choc a aussi eu pour conséquence une catastrophe écologique avec la fuite d’un réacteur de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima. Les dégâts sont estimés à 5 milliard de dollars. (4 289 673 040 euros)Le tsunami de Lisbonne Le 1 novembre 1755, un tremblement de terre d’une magnitude de 8,5 a créé une série d’énormes vagues (jusqu’à 30 mètres de haut) qui ont frappé différentes villes des côtes ouest du Portugal et du sud de l’Espagne. Le tremblement de terre et le tsunami ont causé la mort de 60000 personnes au Maroc, au Portugal et en Espagne. L’explosion du Krakatoa en IndonésieLe tsunami s’est déclenché suite à explosion du volcan Krokatoa, l’une des plus puissantes de mémoire d’homme. L’énorme explosion a permis à des vagues hautes de 37 mètres de se créer et de détruire les villes de Merak et Anyer ce qui a entraîné la mort de 40000 personnes au total. La mort de 2000 personnes est due directement à l’explosion du volcan. Le tsunami de 1498 au JaponUn tremblement de terre d’une magnitude estimée de 8,3 a déclenché un tsunami sur la péninsule de Kii, les côtes de Mikawa, Suguru, Izu et Sagami. 31000 personnes sont mortes suite à ce tsunami. Le tsunami de Nankaidō À lire aussiLe volcan Etna pourrait s’effondrer et créer un tsunami dévastateur en MéditerranéeLe 28 octobre 1707, un tremblement de terre de magnitude de 8,4 a provoqué un tsunami avec des vagues mesurées à plus de 25 mètres de hauteur. Les côtes de Kyūshū et de Shikoku et d’Osaka ont été touchées, endommageant 30000 immeubles et tuant 30000 personnes. Le tsunami de SanrikuLe 15 juin 1896, un tsunami s’est déclenché après un tremblement de terre de magnitude 7,6 non loin des côtes de Sanriki. Les vagues ont atteint 38,2 mètres de hauteur et ont détruit plus de 11000 maisons et ont tué 22000 personnes. Le 5 janvier 2018 à 12:36 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

DP representing TCI at CARICOM Government meeting Guyana

first_imgThere will be some familiar faces at the 28th heads of government meeting, including Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Fred Mitchell. Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp “The meeting is expected to focus on the effects on the economic climate on member states of the Caribbean Community and framework by which the Community can achieve growth and development amidst the current environment. Additionally, the issue of crime and security is top among the three broad area that are up for discussion.” Aside from the plenary sessions, during the two-day conference, DP Astwood is expected to hold bilateral talks with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador, Irvine LaRocque and region leaders including one with Minister Mitchell. The intercessional meetings wrap up today. #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 17, 2017 – Regional security is a major topic at the 28th Intercessional meeting of CARICOM being held in Georgetown, Guyana at the Marriott Hotel and the Turks and Caicos is represented with a delegation led by Border Control minister and Deputy Premier, Hon Sean Astwood. Crime, gun violence and border control are all major matters shared as concerns and challenges among regional countries. Minister Astwood, who left a couple of days ago for the meeting is hailing it as a great networking opportunity and in a media release today shared the value of the sessions to CARICOM states and their developments – both as a community and individually. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

McManaman I was surprised Real Madrid didnt replace Ronaldo

first_imgFormer Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman admits that their failure to sign a top-class replacement for Ronaldo came as a shock to himLos Blancos lost their all-time top scorer in the summer to Juventus in a €112m deal and have since struggled greatly in his absence.Without Ronaldo, Real have lost five of their last seven games with only four goals scored in the process following Sunday’s humiliating 5-1 thrashing to Barcelona.Speaking on his former club, McManaman cannot understand why Real didn’t sign a replacement for Ronaldo and fears they are suffering the consequences.“Everybody was surprised, weren’t they?” McManaman told Reuters.“They took a long, long time to bring in new signings. They didn’t bring anyone to replace Cristiano.“It was a big shock for everybody. Whether they could buy somebody of his quality I don’t know. The fact that they didn’t bring anybody in and they did slow business in the centre-forward area, it surprised everybody.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…McManaman had previously urged his old club to sign either Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar or Kylian Mbappe to replace Ronaldo.Now the former England international feels it imperative that Real recruit in the January transfer window for some fresh faces after sticking with the same stars for a long time now.“They probably need to refresh the team a bit more, to be very honest. They have kept the majority of the same team for the last couple of years,” said McManaman.“If you look at the age group of the Real Madrid players now, four or five of them are in the 30s. It’s probably the time to start refreshing it and bring in more players and try and replicate the success.“They have got a hard job on their hands. They are not playing well, the manager is under pressure and the team as well. They need to do something and need to do it quickly.”McManaman made 158 appearances for Real across all competitions between 1999 to 2003 and won the Champions League twice at the club.last_img read more

Extended heat wave moves in today

first_imgAn extended heat wave starting today is expected bring a string of several consecutive 90-degree days to the region, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.In Vancouver, temperatures should peak in the lower 90s through this weekend, but cloud cover and possible thunderstorms will keep things slightly cooler than next week, according to the weather service. The heat really cranks up Monday and Tuesday, forecasters said.Temperatures should reach the mid- to upper 90s in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon, according to the weather service. Humid conditions will also make for some mild nights, keeping overnight lows well into the 60s. At least one Clark County facility is offering respite from the heat next week. The Battle Ground Community Center is inviting residents to hang out in the air-conditioned space from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday next week. Other local facilities are likely to follow.There’s no relief in sight just yet. High temperatures should remain at or above 90 every day at least through next Thursday — the end of the weather service’s seven-day forecast.last_img read more

Seward PD Seek Public Assistance In Locating Shoplifter

first_imgAnyone with information is asked to contact the Seward Police Department at (907) 224-3338 with any information. Reference case #19-2042. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Seward Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identify a shoplifter from a case that occured in Seward on July 9.According to SPD, the suspect may be driving a green 1993 Oldsmobile Bravada with a spider-webbed windshield and a storage rack on the back (Alaska License JMM914).last_img

Retired Alaska Supreme Court justice to receive Sandra Day OConnor Award

first_imgChief Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court gives the State of the Judiciary Address to a joint session of the 29th Alaska Legislature, Feb. 11, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Former Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe will receive the 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education. The award is from the National Center for State Courts.“I was just surprised by the award, but I’m thrilled and honored, of course, particularly because it’s in Sandra Day O’Connor’s name, and she’s one of my heroes,” Fabe said.Fabe supported and helped expand the Supreme Court LIVE program, which allows high school students throughout the state to watch oral arguments in person.“Not only are the students able to witness a real oral argument on a high school stage, but we actually teach the case to the students through the classroom, in cooperation with the teachers,” Fabe said.Fabe also worked to establish the Alaska Supreme Court Judicial Outreach Commission and the Alaska Teaching Justice Network, which helps teachers instruct students about the role of the judiciary.Fabe said Alaska is strong in informing the public about the courts.“I think Alaska provides more information about its judges and the judicial performance of each judge, more information than any other state in the country, and any other country in the world,” Fabe said. “We set the standard.”Fabe was the first woman to serve on the Alaska Supreme Court, as well as its first female chief justice. O’Connor was the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.Fabe has hosted O’Connor several times, and they’ve bonded over the support they received when they first joined their courts. Fabe recalled the time O’Connor brought a frozen fish she had caught.“She gave me the fish and I told her, it was like shaking Elvis Presley’s hand – you wouldn’t want to wash it,” Fabe recalled. “I wasn’t sure I could eat the Sandra Day O’Connor fish because it was so valuable. And she said don’t be silly. She’s a very practical person. She said ‘Don’t be silly, of course you’ll eat the fish.’”Fabe served on the court for 20 years, retiring last year. She still sits on cases as a pro-tem justice. She said she enjoys being a grandmother. And she has more time to play the piano and the ukulele.Fabe will receive the award in August in Philadelphia.last_img read more

Relief ministry officials holidays cancelled Maya

first_imgDisaster management and relief minister Mofazzel Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Monday said the holidays of the officials of his ministry have been cancelled to ensure smooth relief distribution in the flood-hit areas during Eid-ul-Azha.”The decision has been taken so that relief could be distributed properly among the flood victims,” he said at a relief distribution programme at Jajira upazila in Shariatpur district, a handout said.Maya said adequate relief materials have been sent to the flood affected areas to lessen the sufferings of the victims and if necessary, more food grains will be sent there.He said seeds, fertilisers and pesticides will be distributed among the farmers of the flood-hit areas free of cost, and damaged infrastructures in erosion-prone areas will be repaired.Shawkat Ali, MP, BM Mozammel Haque, MP, Nanana Akter, MP and disaster management and relief secretary Shah Kamal, among others, were present.last_img read more

Chris Barry Seeks to Create His Own Legacy

first_imgChristopher Barry is a candidate in the April 28 special election. (Photo/youtube.com)Ward 8 D.C. Council hopeful Marion Christopher Barry lived most of his life in the shadow of his famous father, the late Marion S. Barry Jr. However, as a candidate in the April 28 special election to serve out the remainder of his father’s term on the council, Barry makes it clear that he is his own man.“My father spent the last decade of his life preparing me to run for the Ward 8 seat on the council,” Barrysaid. “As he talked about the position, I would listen to him and get his input and perspective on a lot of things, but I do have my own views with substance on issues.”Barry grew up in eastern Washington with a father, who was the mayor of the District, and his mother, Effi Barry, a popular first lady. He candidly admits that he lived very well as the District’s “first son.”“We met all types of influential and famous people and we were invited to all types of high-level events,” Barry said. “We had the life like that until 1990 when everything flipped.”On Jan. 18, 1990 at the Vista Hotel, District Mayor Marion Barry was videotaped during a sting operation against him smoking crack with his mistress, and was arrested by the FBI. Marion S. Barry Jr. went to prison in 1991 for his role at the Vista Hotel and was released in April 1992.Barry said that when his father was no longer mayor, things changed. “It was true that our family had the trappings and the perks because my father was the mayor but it faded away when he was no longer in office,” he said. “It seemed like we had a glamorous lifestyle but we were never wealthy. We may have associated with influential people but at the end of the day we laid our head down in Southeast.”Barry, a graduate of Wilson Senior High School, attended Hampton University briefly before deciding to enter the job market. He worked odd jobs but ended up doing construction work.Barry said the construction work was physically and emotionally taxing. He also noticed that the people in the Hampton Roads area were different from Washingtonians. “The Black people seemed to have a slave mentality and when I was on a work site, it was not unusual for me or any Black person to be told ‘go unload that truck, boy’,” he said.Barry is the founder of Efficiency Contractors, named after his mother who died in 2007. Barry said that he focuses on hiring Ward 8 residents for jobs. “The people I hire to work for me want to change their lives and I want to help them,” he said. “I want to help people put their guns up and pick up tools. It really makes me feel good when young people say to me that they can’t wait until they turn 18 so they can work for me.”On the campaign trail, Barry talks about entrepreneurship, not big-box retailers, as the answer to the ward’s economic woes, and offering developers tax incentives to build affordable housing.Barry wants the city’s senior services apparatus to tailor to the needs of individuals, noting that a 55-year-old active resident doesn’t have the same needs as an ailing 80- or 90-year-old. In terms of young people, Barry wants the youth employment program his father made famous to go back to its original mission of job training and placement. “What you have now is young people doing busywork and not really learning how to get, keep and advance on a job,” he said.What Barry really wants to do is bring the residents of Ward 8 together. “There is a class divide in Ward 8,” he said. “There is a sense that professional Black people want low-income Blacks removed. That is not good because as the ward changes, those professional Blacks may be the low-income Blacks who may be pushed out.”The Rev. Anthony Motley is a longtime Ward 8 political activist and was a close political ally and friend of Marion S. Barry Jr. With all due respect to Barry, he is supporting Natalie Williams in the special election. “I have known Chris all of his life and he is a nice young man that has a lot of potential,” Motley said. He believes that Barry needs to grow as a person in order to be an effective representative of Ward 8 residents.Anthony Lorenzo Green, who serves as Barry’s advisory neighborhood commissioner, disagrees. “Christopher Barry is the right person for me and my neighbors on the city council,” Green said. “He represents the hope and the promise of the ward and he has the respect and the trust of ward residents. He is not trying to fill his father’s shoes but he wants to continue to fight for the things his father fought for.”last_img read more

Bumblebees found to do better in urban settings than in agricultural areas

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Bumblebees are generally considered to be one of the friendlier bees that people encounter. Despite their large, round size, they tend to elicit less fear due to their non-threatening behavior. And according to a study done by the team in Britain, they also appear to find more success in urban areas than they do in agricultural areas. They came to this conclusion by conducting an extensive field study.The study consisted of capturing queen bees in a local park and putting them into nest boxes where they laid eggs. The nest boxes were then placed at 38 sites between Basingstoke and London and monitored for approximately 10 weeks—the average lifespan of a bumblebee colony. Each colony received a visit once a week—at night when all members would be present. During each visit, the researchers counted all members of the colony and noted how much nectar and pollen had been stored. They also removed cuckoo bumblebees (other bee species that lay their eggs in bumblebee colonies) and gynes (males capable of reproducing).The researchers found that that bumblebee colonies in cities produced far more males and gynes than did those in agricultural areas. They also found that both city and village colonies had much higher populations than the agricultural colonies. Those colonies located in agricultural areas also tended to have more cuckoo bumblebee invasions.The researchers were not able to say for sure why the bumblebees appeared to do better in urban and village settings, but suggest it could be due to a variety of factors. Agricultural areas tend to have crops that only bloom for a short time, they note, and which are exposed to pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Cities and villages, on the other hand, have a wide variety of flowers that bloom at different times. Citation: Bumblebees found to do better in urban settings than in agricultural areas (2018, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-bumblebees-urban-agricultural-areas.html Explore further A team of researchers with the University of London and Imperial College London has found through field experiments that bumblebee colonies tend to do better in urban environments than agricultural environments. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study and what they found.center_img Environmental threats put bumblebee queens under pressure More information: Ash E. Samuelson et al. Lower bumblebee colony reproductive success in agricultural compared with urban environments, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0807AbstractUrbanization represents a rapidly growing driver of land-use change. While it is clear that urbanization impacts species abundance and diversity, direct effects of urban land use on animal reproductive success are rarely documented. Here, we show that urban land use is linked to long-term colony reproductive output in a key pollinator. We reared colonies from wild-caught bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) queens, placed them at sites characterized by varying degrees of urbanization from inner city to rural farmland and monitored the production of sexual offspring across the entire colony cycle. Our land-use cluster analysis identified three site categories, and this categorization was a strong predictor of colony performance. Crucially, colonies in the two clusters characterized by urban development produced more sexual offspring than those in the cluster dominated by agricultural land. These colonies also reached higher peak size, had more food stores, encountered fewer parasite invasions and survived for longer. Our results show a link between urbanization and bumblebee colony reproductive success, supporting the theory that urban areas provide a refuge for pollinator populations in an otherwise barren agricultural landscape. © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

17yrold kills self while on video call with girlfriend

first_imgKolkata: In a sensational incident, a 17-year-old youth streamed his suicide live on a social networking app while doing a video chat with his girl friend.The victim identified as Suraj Roy (17), was a student of class XII. He hanged himself from the ceiling of his house and showed the way he committed suicide to his girl friend. The victim was a student of Padmapukur High School in Baruipur.The incident took place in the Salepur village area under Baruipur police station. The incident triggered tension in the area. Police on Thursday morning recovered the body from the house and sent the body for the post-mortem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe incident occurred on Wednesday night when the victim engaged in a heated altercation with his girl friend through a video call on a social networking app. The family members of the victim, however, lodged a complaint against his girl friend at the local police station. They brought the charges of abatement to suicide against the girl with whom the victim had a relationship for the past few months.The victim’s mother told the police that he called up his girlfriend after having his dinner at around 11 pm on Wednesday. During the phone call, he was found to be shouting. It appeared that they were involved in a verbal duel. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPFollowing the incident, the victim might have made a video call to his girl friend and streamed his suicide live. The girl told the matter to her elder sister, who in turn reported the this to the friends of the victim.His friends rushed to his house and informed his mother. As he did not open the door despite repeated knocks, locals broke open the door only to find him hanging. After being informed, police reached the spot and recovered the body. The body was sent for an autopsy. No suicide note was found inside the room. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident. According to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that he had committed suicide due to depression. The exact cause is yet to be confirmed. The mobile phone of the victim is being examined by the police officers.It may be mentioned that in a similar incident, a class XII girl from Sonarpur area in the same district, went live on a social networking site in the similar fashion and committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan in June this year.A 40-year-old man also committed suicide in the similar manner in Siliguri earlier this month.last_img read more