Altas recover, down Chiefs to force NCAA Finals decider

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “We need to work harder for us to win the championship,” said Catipay.Ronniel Rosales also shot 13 while Rey Taneo chipped in 11 points for the Altas, who redeemed themselves after a stunning loss in the finals opener on Friday.John Joseph Cabillan scored 12 points for the Chiefs, who nearly stole the first set after climbing back from a 20-11 hole.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help regrouped after a third set meltdown to beat Arellano University, 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, in Game 2 of the NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Altas extended the championship round to a deciding Game 3 on Thursday but not after recovering from a major collapse in the third set where they blew a 21-12 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perpetual Help head coach Sammy Acaylar said his team’s meltdown was all “psychological” as his players tend to let their guards down when leading.“We relax big time whenever we take a huge lead,” Acaylar told reporters in Filipino. “But that’s not to take anything away from Arellano. Arellano is a very good team. They play with heart.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Altas, who weathered the Chiefs’ comeback in the opening set, restored order in the fourth set behind their graduating setter Warren Catipay and hard hitters led by rookie MVP Joebert Almodiel.Catipay dished out 40 excellent sets while Almodiel finished with 13 points. Four others notch double-digit scoring for Perpetual Help with Ridzuan Muhali firing a game-high 15.center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Canadian skaters break record as Papadakis suffers ‘worst nightmare’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

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London Olympics 2012: Peralta drives Mexico to beat Brazil for football gold

first_imgA brace from Mexican Oribe Peralta ensured Brazil’s wait for Olympic football gold continued as Mexico won their first gold of the Games at Wembley on Saturday with a 2-1 margin.Mexico took the lead with the fastest goal ever in an Olympic final – it took a mere 29 seconds for Peralta to score after Manchester United right-back Rafael da Silva played a poor pass that Javier Aquino knocked up to Peralta for the overage player to score with a precise finish.Peralta grabbed his and Mexico’s second with a bullet header from Marco Fabian’s free kick on 75 minutes as four motionless Brazilian defenders watched the unmarked striker score.Hulk pulled one back for Brazil in second-half stoppage time with clever movement followed by a precise finish, but it proved to be only a consolation as his team mate Oscar headed over from three yards with seconds left.Although their defence seemed nervous after Peralta’s opener, Brazil began to assert their presence in attack and on 20 minutes a pass from Leandro on the left flank found its way to Oscar in the box, but his shot was weak and aimed at Mexico goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona.Bringing on Porto striker Hulk for Alexis Sandro on 31 minutes firmed up Brazil with the presence of a respected senior player, and their confidence level crept upwards.On 38 minutes, Hulk tested Corona with a curving and dipping 30-yard shot, forcing him into a diving save, two minutes before Marcelo hammered a shot past Corona’s post from eight yards.advertisementIn the second half, Brazil upped the pressure, creating their best chance of the match so far on 59 minutes, only for Neymar to miscue his shot from eight yards and send the ball over the bar.Fabian almost doubled Mexico’s lead four minutes later, going one-on-one with Gabriel and missing his first effort before responding with a spectacular overhead kick on the rebound that clattered against the bar.Peralta soon put the ball in the back of the net again with a placed finish from a cross, but it was disallowed for a clear offside.On Friday, South Korea won bronze, beating Japan 2-0 for third place.last_img read more

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Delhi Police allowed to open mails of over 300 organisations and individuals

first_imgKhurana: Tight spotSome scandals refuse to go away. Last year, when the murky goings in the post offices of the capital from where intelligence sleuths had been intercepting citizens’ mail, leaked out these were followed by a tempest in Parliament and a lot of hand-wringing by politicians. But in the,Khurana: Tight spotSome scandals refuse to go away. Last year, when the murky goings in the post offices of the capital from where intelligence sleuths had been intercepting citizens’ mail, leaked out these were followed by a tempest in Parliament and a lot of hand-wringing by politicians. But in the intervening months, the police have only expanded the scale of snooping and more and more people and organisations have been brought under its voyeurist gaze.Mail interception, when it began in November 1980 under the benign former Delhi Lt-Governor Jagmohan, covered 172 persons including 12 MPs. His successor, S.L. Khurana expanded the list to 312 – now including 26 MPs – in May 1981. Now it has been pruned to 300, but the bureaucrats are in a quandary over its legal implications and do not know how to cover their trails.In a spacious room at 5, Alipur Road, Delhi, a scholarly bureaucrat sits surrounded by files and letters. He is Surat Das Srivastava, chief secretary to the Delhi Administration, and the room is out of bounds to even his brother officials these days.The Delhi Police has been allowed to open the mail of over 300 organisations and individuals, including that of the Ananda Margis, and literature sent from two foreign countries. The reason: Srivastava is conducting a  secret probe into the why and the wherefore of the mail censorship in the capital last August. To this effect he has worked his way through more than 100 files, as well as 150-odd between the Delhi Administration a Delhi Police. In addition, the bespectacled investigator has a dozen letters to officials seeking explanations. In an effort to prevent any leakage he has even delivered the letters personally.advertisementFollowing a report in India Today that the Delhi Police was intercepting and reading the mail of over 300 people many questions were asked. Moreover, when Atal Behari Vajpayee raised a point of privilege in the Lok Sabha, the Home Ministry asked the Delhi Administration for comments. In its detailed note the administration stated that Vajpayee’s mail was being opened since 1972, barring the period when he was foreign minister. It also quoted various orders passed in this connection.The notification issued by the police first week of May was hastily with the bureaucracy, however, was in considerable turmoil, and the Home Ministry decided to get to the bottom of the matter. Delhi Lt-Governor S.L. Khurana was directed in August last year to find out how and under what circumstances had MPs been included in the list without the prior approval of the Central Government and how the list was leaked to the press.Sordid Tangle: Although the Government is empowered to intercept mail under the law the tangle that Srivastava must resolve revolves around Khurana’s role in the sordid episode. He must find out if Khurana knew what he was doing, for in the intervening months the administration has found convenient scapegoats in two officials involved in the interception who were abruptly transferred. D.K. Das was shunted from the post of home secretary to his original charge as financial commissioner, and Kuldip Singh Wahi, deputy secretary (home) was demoted as under-secretary to the Development Department. Oddly enough, neither of the two police officials concerned – K.S. Bajwa, additional commissioner (Criminal Investigation Department), and Y.S. Jafa, deputy commissioner of police (Special Branch) – was touched, because former police commissioner P.S. Bhinder argued that they had not erred.Jagmohan: Explosive legacyNone of the officials concerned, including Khurana, is available for comment, but Home Department sources reveal that the brief given lo Srivastava includes two points: whether Khurana’s approval dated May 17, 1981 was merely an extension of Jagmohan’s earlier order or a new order encompassing 312 persons: and whether junior officials misled Khurana by not giving him full details of the mail to be censored.New Names: Khurana maintains that he did not agree to the addition of new names and that some junior officials committed an error in bringing new names within the scope of the order. The facts do not, however, support Khurana’s contention. The proposal sent to him for approval on May 17, 1981 did contain all the names.The note written by Wahi on file No F5/4/81-Home(G) says: “DCP(SB) has sent appendices A to F disclosing names of organisations and individuals whose activities are considered to be objectionable inasmuch as these institutions and individuals have anti-government or agitational approach in solving various problems.” The earlier order had only five annexures from A to E, while the new annexure F containing 140 names – including those of the MPs – was added on May 15 by Jafa.advertisementJafa pleaded for early action on his request at a meeting in the home secretary’s office on May 16. Das sent the file to Khurana on May 17, 1981. with a note saying: “May be approved for an extension.” Khurana affixed his signature to the file. However, the relevant laws – Section 26(1) of the Indian Postal Act, 1893, and Section 5(2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 – do not provide for a mail interception order to be extended to cover new names, as was pointed out by the Law Department. The Home Department was thus obliged to issue new orders on May 28, 1981.Srivastava: ProbingKhurana can thus scarcely disclaim responsibility. Not that the experience of shouldering unpalatable decisions can be new to the pince nez sporting bureaucrat. Khurana’s finest hour was his induction as home secretary two days before. Mrs Gandhi’s infamous Emergency during which he was party to a whole range of controversial decisions.Now, he has the use of a somewhat dubious crutch to hobble out of the firing line: the contention that his juniors misled him. After he was transferred, Das wrote a letter to Srivastava in which he said the list sent in by Wahi and Jafa was “almost the same” as the original list approved by Jagmohan, implying that he was responsible for not spotting any discrepancies.Wrote Das, “I ought to have myself compared the list name by name. I also realise it would have been better for me not to have been taken away by the assertions of the officers as warranting personal scrutiny. I therefore sincerely feel very unhappy and sorry for the muddle created in the matter and for the embarrassment caused to LG and the administration government.”Charges: As for the second part of the brief, charges and counter-charges were flying back and forth between the Home Department and the Delhi Police, with each pleading innocence as regards the leakage. Home Department officials allege that the list and the orders were leaked by the police, who had been given the stencil for duplicating the lists.Das: eased outThe police point the finger at the dozen officials in the Delhi Administration who handled the files. However, the police have not been able to account for all copies of the censorship order –  22 different authorities in Delhi receive 85 copies of any order. When the censorship issue hit the headlines, the Home Department demanded from the police the remaining copies of the order. The police asserted that all the copies had been burnt in the presence of a gazetted officer.Despite all this bureaucratic hubbub, the interception continues. Khurana has allowed the Delhi Police to open the mail of over 300 organisations and individuals, including that of the Ananda Margis and literature sent from two foreign countries. The list includes over 50 people on the national suspects list who are now living in Delhi. The order regarding the publicity material also implies that the Delhi Police can intercept any communication addressed to even ministers and MPs.advertisementWhat is interesting is that Khurana has ignored the pleas of the Home Department in some cases, as in those of 12 Ananda Margis and some Akalis. The deputy secretary, in his note dated October 26, 1981, said: “Perusal of the request would reveal that no reasons in support of the request have been given. Perusal of the extract of the provisions of the law will indicate that before the administrator uses his discretionary power he ought to satisfy that a public emergency has arisen or public safety or tranquillity renecessitates the issuance of orders. From the request we are unable to see the occurrence of such a need. We shall have to ask the DCP(SB) to disclose the reasons for interception and have it examined through Law Department before a proposal is sent to the administration.”Pointed Note: The home secretary, instead of acceding to the deputy secretary’s request, sent the file to the Lt Governor with a pointed note: “After the recent alarm about ‘scrutiny’ of such requests (in the Home Department), the dealing officers have naturally become ‘twice shy’. Anyway, since the request has been made in the name of the CBI and since the persons concerned are alleged to be Ananda Margis, we may probably have to authorise the interception of mail/telegrams requested for.” Khurana concurred in the case of the Ananda Margis, but deferred the decision in the case of the Akalis, whose mail was to be intercepted in the wake of the murder of local pro-Congress(I) Akali leader Santokh Singh.The bureaucrats’ passion for private mail goes further than was first believed. According to sources, Jagmohan not only allowed the police to intercept mail but also to destroy any which might cause “public disorder”. It is reported that over 2,000 letters and telegrams addressed to the offices of the Rashtriya Swayam-sewak Sangh, the Ananda Marg, the Jamait-e-Islami, the Centre for Indian Trade Unions, and the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh were never delivered. The police appear to have shelved such zeal at present, but that is small consolation for the people whose mail is being secretly steamed open in a dingy post Office.last_img read more

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PV Sindhu bows out as Ajay Jayaram enters Korea Open quarters

first_imgIndian shuttler Ajay Jayaram earned an impressive win to enter the men’s singles quarterfinals of the $600,000 Korea Open Superseries at the SK Handball Stadium on Thursday.However, it was the end of the road for double-World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu, who suffered a straight games exit, losing to Japanese Sayaka Takahashi.Also read: Saina, Jwala to skip Korea Open The 20-year-old Indian, who defeated former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon in the first round, lost her women’s singles second round 16-21, 13-21 in 32 minutes to Sayaka. This was Sayaka’s second win over the Hyderabadi in three meetings.Jayaram, on the other hand, had a contrasting victory over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent in 53 minutes.The Mumbaikar won 17-21, 21-15, 21-15 in 53 minutes and will play against the winner of the match between Japan’s Sho Sasaki and Indonesia’s Christie Jonatan on Friday.This was also Jayaram’s second win in three outings against Wong.last_img read more

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Clinton calls for strong gun control laws

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Jun 18 (PTI) Amid a spate of shootings in the US, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has called for strong gun control laws and plugging the loopholes in the rules that are currently prevailing.In an open letter on the first anniversary of Charleston church massacre and less than a week after the horrific shooting in Orlando, Clinton said an average of 90 people a day are killed by gun violence in our country.”This must stop. A good first step is closing the Charleston Loophole in our gun laws, which allows a person otherwise prohibited from buying a gun — such as a domestic abuser or other violent criminal — to buy one if a background check isnt completed within three business days,” Clinton said.”This loophole allowed the alleged Charleston shooter to buy his gun despite his prior arrest record. How many more innocent people need to be cut down before we act and close this dangerous loophole?” she asked.Last year nine churchgoers, all African-American, were shot by a young, white man who entered their Charleston, South Carolina, church, joined their Bible study for an hour and then opened fire.”On that terrible evening and every day since, Americans across the country have joined our hearts with the people of Charleston and South Carolina. Millions of Americans are still walking with them — in grief, solidarity and determination,” Clinton said.”In the spirit of the Charleston Nine, lets bridge our divides, fight for change and remember that love never fails,” Clinton said.advertisementHer remarks come just days after the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which Afghan-origin gunman Omar Mateen massacred 49 people. PTI LKJ ASK ASKlast_img read more

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Ex-Spurs boss Villas-Boas to race in Dakar Rally

first_imgWTF Ex-Spurs boss Villas-Boas quits post to race in 2018 Dakar Rally Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 00:54 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zenit coach Andre Villas-Boas WTF The Portuguese manager will join fellow petrolheads in racing across Peru, Bolivia and Argentina in the latest edition of the famous race Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he will swap his team-sheet for the steering wheel by racing in the 2018 Dakar Rally. The Portuguese manager has had terms at clubs like Tottenham, Chelsea and Zenit over the course of his career. Most recently, Villas-Boas had been managing Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG, but resigned from his post this week after losing in the country’s FA Cup final to rivals Shanghai Shenhua. Now it appears he is leaving football to gear up for a greater challenge — running in the gruelling race over the new year.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I spoke with my friend Alex Doringer, the manager of the KTM team, who told me that I would still need a full year’s preparation to get there [on a bike] and that it was better to consider doing it with a car,” Villas-Boas said in quotes published by organisers ASO.”So I got in touch with Team Overdrive [Toyota] and here I am!”Villas-Boas will be driving in a Toyota Hilux alongside experienced co-pilot Ruben Faria. Faria, who came second in the bike category in the 2013 edition of the famous race, retired from competition last year but was drawn back by the prospect of working with the manager. “When Andre called me to propose that I join him, I had to think about it… for at least five seconds,” Faria said.”It is a great challenge and I think that we can put in a good Dakar, which means making it to the bivouac every night and not to arrive too late!”The 2018 Dakar Rally will take place in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, beginning in Lima on January 6 and ending in Cordoba 14 days later. Traditionally run from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal, the Rally is reckoned to be one of the most demanding motorsport races in the world. In 2009 the race was moved from its traditional home to South America, due to security concerns in Mauretania.last_img read more

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The 10 Best Cars We Drove in 2014

first_img2014 was a pretty fabulous year for cars, no matter how you look at it.Although it consumed the entire year and most of my social life, I was able to drive nearly every new car in the world. Of all the rolling hunks of steel and aluminum I piloted around the planet, 10 stood out as clear winners.I will note that, although I drove these cars during 2014, each one is a 2015 model year vehicle. This makes them extremely relevant on this, the first day of the new year.So without further ado, in alphabetical order, here are my 10 favorite cars for 2015.Aston Martin V12 Vantage S RoadsterThis one isn’t exactly as new as some of the others on this list, as the basic vehicle, the Vantage, has been around for several years. What is new about it, though, it its soft-top and 565-horsepower V12.When it’s all said and done, the V12 Vantage S Roadster will do 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 201 mph, and also make you look and feel like one of the best men in the world. And if its looks and accelerative properties aren’t enough, it makes a sound that Lucifer himself would find intimidating.Audi S3Entry-level luxury was the name of the game for automakers in 2014 and none did it better than the Audi S3. As the sporty version of Audi’s U.S. starter model, the A3, the S3 offers prodigious, Teutonic power in a compact but highly refined package.The 292 horsepower of S3’s 2.0-liter turbo engine, when routed to all four wheels through Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system through a magical six-speed dual-clutch transmission, will rocket this little Bavarian sledge to 60 in 4.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 155 mph. What it lacks in straight-line go, though, it makes up for with noise, as the S3 sounds more like a muscle-y V6 than an economic four-banger.Yes, the interior might be a bit Spartan for my taste, but the handling, looks, and power-to-price ratio won me over handily.Bentley Continental GT3-RWaking up at 3:20AM to a 6.0 magnitude earthquake is frightening for anyone. Being awoken by an earthquake the morning before you’re set to drive a then-one-of-one, $337,000 Bentley is even more nerve wracking. But that’s exactly what happened to me this summer.Though 300 examples of the GT3-R will eventually be produced, at the time I drove the car, only one in the world existed, which made me very nervous indeed. Any worries I had, however, were quickly overwhelmed with the latest Bentley’s wiles.The big-bodied Bentley coupe’s simply snarling 572-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 will rocket to 60 3.6 seconds … and you to motoring nirvana in only 1.5 seconds.What I loved about the GT3-R, aside from its sound and boy-racer wing, was its ability to live perfectly between mad racecar and bespoke motor coach. And the fun a driver can have behind the wheel of the GT3-R can truly only be measured on the Richter scale.BMW i8The future is now!OK, now that I have that out of my system, let’s talk briefly about this wildly impressive Bimmer. The i8 is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine in the mid-rear and an electric motor in the front, which, when combined, make for 357 net horsepower, good for a 0-to-60 of 4.2 seconds and a noise that sounds downright Jetson-y.As I mention in my review video, the i8 could never have been perfect, as it attempts to do so many things, from being a plug-in hybrid sports car, to design experiment, to eco-friendly coupe. And while it might be that fast or efficient, it’s a hugely impressive and lovable car.Chevrolet TahoeNo 10-best car list can be complete without a Chevy, right? Sure, let’s say.Despite any misgivings I might have had about this body-on-ladder-frame SUV, the Tahoe won me over with its smooth ride, handsome exterior, and downright cavernous and tech-y interior.Before I drove the 2015 Tahoe, I never quite understood why Chevy sold so many of the darn things. Now, though, I totally get it.Dodge Challenger SRT HellcatHow does an automaker breath new life and enthusiasm into an old car on an even older chassis? Dodge’s simple answer: give it 707 horsepower. In fact, it’s so simple, I bet every other automaker on the planet is wishing they’d thought of it first.Yes, the Challenger might be old, but the Hellcat’s power never gets old. If the power output weren’t shocking enough, the engineers at Dodge also created a nuclear-powered muscle car that actually handles in the corners.Though, it should be noted that the last three-quarters of the throttle should only be used in an emergency, like when the Great Humongous is behind you in his nitro-powered truck. Because, honestly, 707 ponies at the rear wheels is hard for anyone to handle safely.Ferrari 458 SpiderThis is the one car that breaks my ‘2015 model year’ rule for this list, as the 458 Spider I drove was a 2014. You’ll just have to forgive me, all right?Ferrari likes to brag that the 458 Spider is the only mid-rear-engined supercar with a folding metal roof. But you don’t care about that. What you rightfully care about is its naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 that produces 558 horses.With power sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed F1 transmission, the 458 Spider does 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. You won’t really notice that, though, because you’ll be giggling too hard.Sure, people might hate you behind the wheel of a Ferrari. Don’t let the haters sour you, though, because this Italian stallion is one for the ages.Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe RChevrolet representatives told me this year that they think Jaguar is a luxury brand pretending to be sporty.No … just no.After about 4.0 seconds behind the wheel of the F-TYPE Coupe R – the time it takes to get to 60 mph – I reckon they’d be quickly reminded of their miscalculation of Jag’s sporting bona fides.Not only is the F-TYPE perhaps the best looking car of 2015, it’s also the shoutiest. Jag’s 550-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V8 makes perhaps four times more noise than the next car on this list, the Lamborghini Huracan. And for one-third the price of the Lambo, the F-TYPE’s price-to-noise ratio is simply staggering.Lamborghini HuracanWith a bigger interior than the Aventador and a better-looking body than the Gallardo it replaces, the Huracan is maybe the best Lambo ever built.Powered by a 610-hp 5.2-liter V10, which routes power to all four wheels, the Huracan will conquer 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 9.9 seconds.What I like best about the Huracan, aside from its menacing looks and physics-challenging handling is the reaction you get from passersby. In a Ferrari, people think you’re jerk. Behind the wheel of a Lambo, though, people think you’re a superhero … like Batman.And if being mistaken for Bruce Wayne isn’t worth the $260,000 base price, I don’t know what is.Rolls-Royce Ghost Series IIBefore I drove the Ghost Series II, I hadn’t ever been behind the wheel of a Rolls-Royce. Having now piloted one, though, I understand why they’re so special.They’re not simply cars; they’re forces of nature.It really did feel like from behind the wheel of the Ghost II that flora and fauna got out of the way of the hulking British sedan not out of necessity, as they’d likely be honored to be trampled by a Roller, but rather out of respect.Yes, it drives a bit boat-y and the twin-turbo V12 isn’t very awe-inspiring either. But the suspension and the exclusivity of owning a Rolls makes the whole thing worthwhile.Subaru WRXThe WRX might be the least expensive car on this list, but it’s still one of the best. And why is that? Well, when creating the $26,000 WRX, Subaru engineers didn’t peg similarly priced cars as their benchmark; they benchmarked a Porsche 911. Amazingly, they met or exceeded the handling of the Porsche, too … for around a quarter of the price.And don’t for a second think that drivers have to sacrifice their bones for such handling; the WRX’s suspension won’t make you wish you were dead. The interior, too, is exceptionally well crafted, built, and appointed.That’s what I love most about the WRX: it can be a comfortable, all-wheel drive, family-hauling compact sedan daily driver and also a Porsche-punching, canyon carving rally car. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Editors’ Recommendations The Best Car Camping Gear for Any Season 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah!last_img read more

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Three German Vessels Land on South Asian Breaking Beaches

first_imgzoom German ship owner Norddeutsche Vermögen Holding GmbH & Co and its subsidiary Norddeutsche Reederei Schuldt, a company offering shares in ship funds, have seen another three of their vessels arriving at the beaches of South Asia in 2015, NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.Namely, the vessels in question were the Northern Glance, renamed to APL Malaysia, which hit the beach of Chittagong, Bangladesh, the Northern Diversity and the infamous Northern Vitality, which were rammed up the beach in Alang, India.NGO Shipbreaking Platform has been closely monitoring the last of the three ships, as “the vessel’s story is a prime example for Norddeutsche Vermögen’s circumvention of the law and the company’s lack of responsibility for end-of-life management.”In September 2012, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform found that the owners of the Northern Vitality intended to sell the 1997-built ship for breaking in India with the help of a cash buyer. At the time, the vessel was moored in the German port of Wilhelmshaven, and the sale for scrap to India would have constituted a breach of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation that prohibits any export of hazardous waste to developing countries.The Platform informed the authorities, and shortly after, the vessel was arrested in Wilhelmshaven and was only allowed to leave once Norddeutsche Vermögen produced proof that the Northern Vitality would be repaired in Varna, Bulgaria, for further operational use, and would not be sold to the breaking beaches of Alang.At the same time in September 2012, two other ships owned by Norddeutsche Vermögen and its subsidiary Norddeutsche Reederei Schuldt were beached in Alang, namely the Northern Felicity, renamed to Felicity and reflagged under the typical end-of-life flag St. Kitts and Nevis just before beaching, and the Northern Dignity, which hit the beach of Alang renamed C Wind and flagged out to St. Kitts and Nevis.Since 2012, Norddeutsche Vermögen and its subsidiaries Norddeutsche Reederei Schuldt and Reederei Karl Schluter have sold at least 16 vessels for beaching, the Platform said.“It is shameful that Norddeutsche Vermögen, certainly aware of the controversial dismantling practices taking place in South Asia, has deliberately chosen to close its eyes to the realities on the ground,” the Platform said.The NGO Shipbreaking Platform called upon Norddeutsche Vermögen and their private investors, to ensure the clean and safe recycling in line with the EU Ship Recycling Regulation in case any of the more than 40 vessels currently owned by the company has to be sold for demolition in the future.last_img read more

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Foodies to avail perks of Gourmet Passport

first_imgDineout – India’s largest dining out and restaurant tech solutions company launched its premium membership program Gourmet Passport, in Kolkata, on April 16. The service was launched by Ankit Mehrotra, CEO, Dineout and Rocky Mohan, Founder and Mentor, Gourmet Passport and a renowned food columnist in India.Gourmet Passport by Dineout is a subscription based premium membership program that offers unbeatable value to diners with its incredible Buy 1 Get 1 offer at 1000+ top restaurants across India. It enables dining at top restaurants more accessible to food connoisseurs who are looking for a great dining experience and at the same time enjoying unmatched savings of up to 50% on their dining bills. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainDineout has partnered with more than 100 restaurants across Kolkata for Gourmet Passport including the city’s luxury and fine dining restaurants and five star hotels. Some of its most exclusive partner restaurants are Pa Pa Ya, Ping’s Cafe Orient, JW Kitchen and The Salt House among others, where Kolkata’s foodies can enjoy the privileges of their Gourmet passport subscription. “Our expansion into Kolkata is a part of our commitment to meet the growing demands of our consumers. Gourmet Passport is a premium membership program that caters to evolving taste of Indian foodies and has a membership base of close to 260K members. We look forward to enhancing the gastronomic experiences of Kolkatans by bringing them the most exclusive dining options across the city”, said Ankit Mehrotra, CEO and Co-founder, Dineout. Expressing his thoughts on the launch, Rocky Mohan, Founder and Mentor, Gourmet Passport said that, “People of the City of Joy love to dine out and want to experiment with their food choices. Gourmet passport is a tailor-made product for food connoisseurs who are looking to discover premium dining experiences at best of the restaurants.”last_img read more

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Met department warns of strong winds

Meanwhile in its sea area forecast the department of meteorology said that winds will be from South-westerly direction and speed will be 30-40 km/hr. The speed may increase up to 50-60 km/hr at times in the Gulf of Mannar sea area and sea areas off North-eastern, Eastern and South-Eastern coasts.The Gulf of Mannar sea area and sea areas off the North-eastern, Eastern and South-Eastern coasts will be rough at times. The department of meteorology has warned of strong winds in some areas today together with heavy rain.In a weather forecast issued early this morning the department of meteorology said that there will be showers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle, Matara and Kurunegala districts. It said that monsoonal winds may strengthen (up to 60 km/hr) at times particularly in Western slopes of Central hills. read more

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Loblaw plans to close 52 unprofitable stores in next 12 months

Loblaw plans to close 52 unprofitable stores in next 12 months Loblaw Companies Ltd. said it plans to close 52 unprofitable stores across a range of its banners and formats in a move that will cut sales but boost its operating profit.The company said the closures will take place over the next 12 months and reduce its sales on an annual basis by about $300 million.“In the year since our acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, we have reviewed in detail all of our 2,300 locations. Through the process we identified 52 consistently under-performing and unprofitable stores that we will close,” Bob Chant, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication, said.However, Loblaw said the closures will mean an improvement in operating income of $35 million to $40 million.The company announced the closures as it reported a second-quarter profit of $185 million or 45 cents per share in its latest quarter compared with a loss of $456 million or $1.13 per a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Loblaw said it earned $350 million or 85 cents per share in the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $297 million or 74 cents per share a year ago.Revenue grew to $10.54 billion, up from $10.31 billion a year ago.Chant said the list of stores to close includes “gas bars, Joe Fresh standalone stores and select pharmacies and grocery stores.  With the previously announced plan of $1.2 billion in capital spending, we are on track to grow the number of jobs in our network of stores this year.“Out of respect for our many stakeholders, including colleagues, vendors, landlords and others, we are not disclosing specific locations at this time.” A Loblaw employee brings in shopping carts in Toronto on Feb. 18, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 23, 2015 7:46 am MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Potter script sells more than 2 million copies in 2 days

Potter script sells more than 2 million copies in 2 days by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2016 4:17 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This July 30, 2016 photo shows the Palace Theatre in central London which is showing a stage production of, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The script “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in its first two days of publication, Scholastic announced Wednesday, Aug. 3. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Not even “Hamilton” can keep up with these numbers.The script to the London stage production “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in its first two days of publication, Scholastic announced Wednesday.That’s well below the 8.3 million copies sold in 2007 for the first day of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” J.K. Rowling’s then-presumed finale for her fantasy series. But it’s still among the fastest-selling works in history and a remarkable number for the script to a play and for a project that only partially involved Rowling. A text edition of “Hamilton” has also been a bestseller this year.Meanwhile, the British publisher Little, Brown Book Group announced that over 680,000 print copies sold in the first three days in the United Kingdom. Waterstones buying director Kate Skipper said in a statement that no hardcover had sold so quickly in the U.K. since Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” in 2009.Reviews for the “Cursed Child” book have been mixed, but the new Potter has topped the bestseller lists of Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com and brought in readers worldwide last weekend for midnight store parties celebrating the release.Several previous Rowling books also reached high on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble lists in recent days.Sales for the e-edition for “Cursed Child,” released through Rowling’s Pottermore website, have not been announced. The script is based on a Rowling story and co-written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. read more

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Eliminating sheep and goat plague will boost livelihoods and nutrition says UN

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) aim to tackle the disease, known as Ovine Rinderpest – or Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) – and free hundreds of millions of rural families from one of the major risks to their food security and livelihood.“The positive impact on the livelihoods of farmers and food and nutrition security for all communities, Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations’ Zero Hunger Challenge will be substantial,” said the FAO Assistant Director-General for Africa, Bukar Tijani, as he opened the International Conference for the Control and Eradication of PPR.The disease, which can kill up to 90 per cent of the animals it infects, was first diagnosed in Côte d’Ivoire in the 1940s and has expanded rapidly in the past 15 years, reaching 70 countries across South and East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and threatening Europe.Livestock health experts from the FAO and the OIE say the technical tools, including an inexpensive, safe and reliable vaccine and simple diagnostic tests already exist, and they have a developed a three-pronged strategy to control and eradicate PPR focusing on targeting the approach, strengthening veterinary services and looking at other diseases that might be priorities in a given country or region.The two organizations worked together on a previous joint campaign which eradicated bovine rinderpest, a catastrophic cattle plague that was responsible for famines and the collapse of empires, and which remains the only animal disease to have been eradicated. There are key similarities that experts think make PPR an apt target for a campaign aimed at outright eradication.“First of all, the viruses belong to the same family. Some of the tools that were developed for rinderpest have actually been adapted to be used for Peste de petits ruminants,” said Juan Lubroth, FAO’s Chief Veterinary officer in Rome. “Other aspects of the rinderpest campaign were regional networks that became so, so important to implement the strategy. Well, the same will be done for Peste de petits ruminants. So certainly there are a lot of lessons that can be learned from that.”There are ample economic incentives to learn those lessons and apply them to targeting the complete eradication of PPR, not least the $1.45 billion to $2.1 billion of losses directly attributable to the disease as well as much more stemming from restrictions on trade and livestock mobility triggered by outbreaks.In addition, over 2 billion small ruminants worldwide, 80 per cent of which are in affected regions, represent an important asset for a third of poor rural households in developing countries. Sheep and goats readily adapt to harsh environments, provide year-round protein and dairy products, and income from wool and leather, and they contribute to greater gender equity because of the role women play in tending to them.“Sheep and goats – or, goats at least – are often referred to as the poor person’s cow,” said Mr. Lubroth. “So, if you are a poor farmer or in poor communities, the role of sheep and goats is very, very important.”Funding for and political commitment to the campaign would be vital, not least because the global price tag for poorly-targeted PPR vaccinations are anyway likely to run between $4 and $5.5 billion over the next 15 years. FAO and OIE believe that focusing on elimination will reduce the costs currently associated with battling outbreaks and new incursions.“One of the lessons of rinderpest was that we did not have the financial resources to be able to do a faster job among the countries or the continents affected,” said Mr. Lubroth. “We want to avoid some of those lessons and be able to get the financial resources available now, during and in the post-PPR campaign to ensure the world is free from PPR.” read more

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Ohio State receiving unit shows signs of promise in spring game

OSU freshman Austin Mack battles for the ball in the 2016 OSU spring game. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorJust a year ago, Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith had a lot to look forward to. A potential first-round pick in Michael Thomas lined up on the outside, poised for a season improving from his 54 receptions, 799 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2014. It’s the type of go-to weapon that transformed good OSU teams into great ones. Ted Ginn Jr. was that guy in 2006, Devin Smith filled the role on the 2014 national-championship team, and Thomas did a more-than-adequate job in 2015.Comprised of Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson, Corey Smith and Braxton Miller, the 2015 receiving core seemed to be one of the most dangerous groups in the nation. Fast forward to 2016 and three of the six big names from coach Urban Meyer’s receiving core remain among a cluster of new, young faces.OSU’s annual spring game provided the first opportunity for many of the team’s young wideouts to be in the spotlight. Stepping in front of a crowd of 100,189 — a national spring-game record — the atmosphere provided a perfect platform for many players’ first experiences in Ohio Stadium.“You got to find out how guys perform in those kind of arenas, and those kind of situations,” Meyer said.Based off of Saturday’s performance, Meyer and the coaching staff has to be pleased with how his receivers performed. Playing without redshirt sophomore Noah Brown, Samuel, Wilson and Smith, who are coming back from injuries suffered last season, players like redshirt sophomores Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson and true freshman Austin Mack all had notable afternoons.Campbell, who failed to grab a catch last season after starting versus Virginia Tech in the 2015 opener, hauled in an 11-yard pass from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett on his first target of the game on Scarlet’s first drive. Campbell was only targeted four times on the day, but he displayed an ability to run by defenders. The redshirt sophomore found himself on the receiving end of a 40-yard pass in the third quarter and a 55-yard completion in the fourth.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Campbell “had to make that catch at the end of the game.”“You do that in practice, it’s not that big of a deal,” Meyer said of the play. “He has to do that in game, and I saw him do it, so there’s a bunch of really good things.”Staring for the Gray team were Gibson and McLaurin, who combined to collect 10 of 14 receptions from redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow.A member of the 2014 recruiting class and a former four-star recruit, McLaurin was a constant deep threat for Burrow all game. Totaling four receptions, 111 yards and one touchdown, McLaurin said postgame that Meyer is really counting on the unit not to have a drop off this season after losing much of its core from 2015.“Coach Meyer put a big emphasis on who is going to take that role, who’s going to be the deep threat,” McLaurin said. “As a whole unit, we want to make plays whenever your number is called. That’s one of our core concepts, making the play when your number is called.”Absent all of last year, it wasn’t difficult to notice No. 6 on Gray Saturday. The former five-star recruit Gibson made headlines last fall when it was announced that he would be playing wide receiver for the near future. After failing to see the field in 2015, Gibson seemed to be the go-to target for Burrow.Gibson received 11 targets, reeling in six of them for 50 yards while also pushing the ball over the goal line twice, the second of which came on reverse. Recruited as more of an athlete out of high school, Gibson showed off his impressive display of agility and size, seemingly able to run by defenders with ease. He dropped the ball once in the end zone, showing his youth at the position, but there’s no question that at 6-foot-4 with a 35-inch vertical, Gibson will likely see time at the position come September.Early-enrollee freshman Austin Mack, who was the first member of the 2016 recruiting class to have his black stripe removed, made his debut for the Buckeyes. Mack was looked to often by Barrett, mostly on a deep ball, but only totaled three receptions and 22 yards in his first game in the ‘Shoe.Barrett said he was encouraged by the performance of the wide receiver group and feels like he can count on them during the season.“Those guys, they definitely showed that they’ll be able to make plays in front of a crowd like this,” Barrett said.When players like Brown, Wilson, Samuel and Smith are healthy and practicing again, McLaurin said that it’s important to take the momentum the unit has from the spring game and carry it over into the summer and fall.“I would say this is the hungriest group that I’ve been apart of in three years,” McLaurin said. “We know what’s at stake and we hope to take that next step forward because we want to be the best group in the country.”OSU will look to take that step on Sept. 3, when it is scheduled to begin its season against Bowling Green at the ‘Shoe. read more

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KIF Kolding in big troubles Players five months without salaries

← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 10 SCORERS: Csaszar leader, but Ilic-Gensheimer-Lazarov to decide Next Story → FC Barcelona Lassa without Lasse Andersson until end of season! – It is unfortunately the way it is here, it is one of the challenges we have. It is not the first time that we have such a large deficit, but of course it is my and everyone’s ambition that we also make black figures on the bottom, says KIF sports director Lasse Boesen to TV3 Sport.Club is blacklisted by Danish Handball Federation so won’t be able to sign new contracts before financial troubles is resolved. The home defeat against Hungarian Tatabanya 26:29 put Danish KIF Kolding Copenhagen on the edge of elimination at Men’s EHF Cup Group Stage. With three points from four matches, team led by Spanish coach Antonio Carlos Ortega, are far away from quarter-finals, behind SC Magdeburg (7) and Tatabanya (6), but it looks that Danes have much bigger problems around 40x20m court – the financial one.According to TV3 Sport, several players said should not have been paid for several months.– Some of the foreign players in KIF Kolding Copenhagen have not been paid for up to five months, while others of the Danes still have up to two months – said sources of TV3 Sport. read more

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The Hurt Locker piracy lawsuit dismisses 90 percent of defendants

first_imgApproximately 90% of defendants in a piracy lawsuit launched by the producers of movie The Hurt Locker have been dropped from the case.It is unclear whether the majority of defendants settled out of court, or whether there have been problems tracing their identities from IP addresses, but the case now has a little over 2,300 defendants, down from 24,583 at its height.The case is one of the most ambitious of its kind, with all defendants accused of illegally downloading or sharing the movie on P2P file sharing networks. Despite the majority of the defendants being dismissed from the case, Voltage Pictures – the production company behind the movie – is still pursuing prosecutions through the Washington DC District Court.This case – and others like it – is controversial because of the way the claimants seek to establish a direct personal liability for specific P2P activities (in this case downloading The Hurt Locker) based on nothing more than an IP address. The court has received many letters from defendants – including a 70 year old woman – protesting their innocence, with many citing an open Wi-Fi network as the possible reason for the infringement. Another defendant pointed out that he operated a time-share resort in Michegan with 46 residential units, all of which shared a single Internet connection and IP address, and that he could not be reasonably expected to monitor the Internet activity of all of his guests.The case highlights some of the complexities of identifying and punishing those who break the law using computers. While IP address tracing has been used successfully to catch fraudsters and other online criminals in the past, the method is far from infallible.Read more at The Register and Ars Technicalast_img read more

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Staceys eternal summer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Stacey Stouraitis’ Manley beach restaurant Ash’s Table is busy year round, but its beachside location sees it double its trade in summer. “Our winter trade is good too but summer trade is full on from 7am until 10:30pm,” owner of eight years, Stouraitis says. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, seats 50 people outside and 50 people inside and only closes on Christmas Day. “We’re consistently busy for weekend breakfasts and brunches and we have some crazy dinner nights. During summer we have like five out of seven nights where we’re full and we’ll turn the restaurant over two, three times, which is a big effort, that’s 300 people in a night, 700 people in a full day,” Stouraitis says. Location is a big part of the restaurant’s appeal, he says. “Manly is about the only place in Australia I’ve experienced where it feels like being on the Greek islands,” Stouraitis says. “You have so many international tourists and visitors here, French, Greeks, Germans, Brazilians, English, Americans, the list goes on. It’s very cosmopolitan and Manly itself is a real hub in terms of restaurants, hotels, bars. It’s a great place for tourists and for families.” Breakfast trade is constantly booming, Stouraitis says, adding that the ritual has become iconically Australian. “It’s a big cultural thing and has become that way, to come out and just see a buzz of people having big breakfasts. I have a lot of staff working for me who are from overseas and the first thing they do when their parents or friends come from overseas is bring them down to witness the Australian breakfast culture,” he says. Local born celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue who are snapped breakfasting and brunching in Sydney hotspots may have triggered the trend, he adds. It’s definitely an Australian custom though. “I was in Paris a few years ago and I ordered bacon and eggs for breakfast, and the waiter told me they only had croissants, so I said ‘give me five then’! Europeans are amused at us having bacon and eggs followed by muesli and fruit and yogurt, pancakes; it is a cultural thing.” Ash’s Table serves modern Australian cuisine. “It’s rather eclectic though. We do Moqueca, the traditional palm oil based Brazilian seafood curry, we do Italian dishes like pasta and pizza, we do some Asian influenced dishes as one of my sous chefs is Japanese. We have a bit of South American, European, and Anglo. It’s a lot of variety for a lot of different people.” Success comes down to swiftness of service and skill, Stouraitis says. “My dad was really a fusspot and believed fast service was good service. I get complimented heaps on the efficiency of the place and the consistency. Whenever you come in and get eggs benedict or steak, it’s always going to be exactly the same, it doesn’t matter which chef is cooking it, which I like. It’s the same with our coffees, we do great coffee and go through about 70 kg a week.” The restaurant’s menu stand at the front and the specials board that hangs from the ceiling outside are both crucial elements for attracting customers, Stouraitis says. “I don’t do full on advertising, I rely on word of mouth because during the winter. We have faithful locals who will just come to us, then they send people from overseas to come out and see us as well. The word of mouth is important; it’s good to have that reputation amongst customers.”last_img read more

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Mayoral help for immigrants

first_imgGreek mayors gave their support on Thursday to the government’s emergency plan for dealing with an increased influx of immigrants, as long as their contribution is funded by the state.The pledge followed a meeting between Alternate Immigration Policy Minister Tasia Christodoulopoulou and members of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), including Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis.Christodoulopoulou asked local authorities to propose venues and facilities where groups of between 20 and 100 immigrants could be temporarily accommodated. The aim is to quickly identify several such locations around the country to allow the swift transfer of hundreds of immigrants from islands in the eastern Aegean. The minister told Kathimerini she had requested European Union funding for the chartering of ferries to relocate the migrants and would look into securing additional money for facilities proposed by local authorities.The government is also working with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) to ensure that all new immigrant arrivals undergo tests for potentially infectious diseases, she said.Underlining that most of the migrants arriving in Greece are from war-torn states, and therefore merit protection as refugees, Christodoulopoulou called on authorities at all levels to help tackle the problem. “The dilemmas we face are dramatic and our choices restricted,” she said. “We call on all of you to offer something, and not to create a panic,” she said.Mayor Kaminis said municipal authorities could offer food and seek to borrow military facilities to accommodate the migrants but he stressed the importance of the EU shouldering some of the burden. He also warned against allowing city squares to fill with homeless immigrants again, highlighting the risk of “resurrecting the fascist, racist movement on a political level”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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ASA Cheers Court of Appeals Stay on WOTUS Rule

first_imgThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati on Friday issued a stay that temporarily blocks enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in all 50 states. The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the ruling and noted that the federal court used the same argument advanced by the nation’s soybean growers—the misapplication of the rule’s significant nexus test, or how connected a body of water in question is to a body of water under Clean Water Act jurisdiction—as a key reason for its decision. ASA President Wade Cowan, a soybean farmer from Brownfield, Texas, commended the court for its decision and called on EPA to pull the rule and commit to working with farmers on more practical ways to meet the nation’s water quality goals:“The stay granted by the Sixth Circuit this morning only underscores what soybean farmers have been saying about this rule since day one: it is unnecessarily broad, incorrectly applied, and entirely unworkable for American agriculture. The Court pointed to the same misinterpretation of the Supreme Court’s significant nexus test that ASA had identified in its public comments months ago, and allows for additional time to evaluate the application and implication of this rule.“Moving forward, we propose that EPA abandon the rule as written and start over with farmers at the table. Find out what we’re doing on our farms and at the state and regional levels in watersheds like the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake and the Mississippi, and craft a rule that covers what we don’t. Let’s put something in place—together—to improve water quality nationwide.”last_img read more

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Gonoforum to put up resistance against govt says Reza Kibria

first_imgReza KibriaGonoforum general secretary Reza Kibria on Tuesday said their party will intensify its anti-government role both in parliament and outside, reports UNB.”Gonoforum is a party of people. We stand here in protest against the increase in gas price. We’ll oppose this government’s all unfair and repressive acts where we can. We’ll do it even if we get an inch of space,” he said.Speaking at a protest rally, Reza Kibria further said, “We’ll oppose the government in parliament, and outside, including on the streets, in cities and villages.”Gonoforum arranged the programme in front of the National Press Club protesting at the recent gas-price hike decision.The Gonoforum general secretary alleged that the government took the anti-mass decision of raising the gas prices since it was not elected by people. “They (govt) are taking away Tk 80 billion (Tk 8,000 crore) from our pockets by increasing the tariffs of gas and electricity.”Reza Kibria, an economist and son of slain former Awami League finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, said people would not have to give Tk 80 billion (Tk 8,000 crore) from their pockets, had huge amount of money not been plundered from different government projects.”He also said the government needs to check plundering of public money instead of hiking the tariffs of utility services. “The government’s every step is exposing its corruption and incapability and failure to run the country.”Gonoforum executive president Subrata Chowdhury criticised the government for what he said rise in the incidents of killing, rape and repression. “Bangladesh is now being identified as a country of rapists. Children and women are killed and raped while the minorities are repressed.”He said some people ‘usurped’ parliament by ‘vote robbery’, and placed an anti-people budget.Subrata Chowdhury said people are going through immense sufferings as the prices of essentials continue to increase. “People now no longer want to see (Sheikh Hasina) in power.”Later, the party brought out a precession registering its protest against the hike of gas tariff.last_img read more

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