Oppn parties mock Nitish govt over gunshot fiasco at exCMs funeral

first_imgPatna: Opposition parties in Bihar on Thursday took a dig at the Nitish Kumar government over the embarrassing incident during former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishras funeral when guns carried by police personnel for salute failed to fire a single shot.The spectacle took place on Wednesday at Mishras ancestral village Balua Bazar in Supaul district, where the Chief Minister was himself present. Video clips beamed by news channels showed a senior official frantically testing guns of a couple of personnel before giving up helplessly. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The police headquarters here has, meanwhile, taken a strong note of the incident and sought an explanation from the Supaul police. However, the occasion provided the opposition with fresh ammunition to train its guns at the ruling dispensation, which takes pride in its claim of having brought rule of law to a state after over a decade of alleged lawlessness. When the guns of the police fail at a ceremonial function where the Chief Minister is in attendance, can these be expected to be of any use while chasing criminals. It is a testimony to the fact that Nitish Kumar has no control of law and order, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Upendra Kushwaha said in a statement. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCongress MLC- Prem Chandra Mishra- echoed similar sentiments on twitter, saying when the Bihar police lacks the capability to fire gunshots during a guard of honour, would it not boost the morale of criminals. Not a single gunshot was fired when there should have been 21. What type of honour did you accord to the late Jagannath Mishra @Nitish Kumar. RJD Rajya Sabha member and Lalu Prasads daughter Misa Bharti also sought to have some fun as she shared a news clipping of the fiasco that has left the government headed by her fathers arch rival red-faced on her twitter handle without adding any comment.last_img read more

Iran seizes boat in Strait of Hormuz arrests Filipinos

first_imgTehran: Iran seized a boat and arrested 12 Filipinos as it busted a “fuel-smuggling ring” in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. “A foreign tugboat was confiscated as well as 283,900 litres (75,000 gallons) of petrol worth 233.71 billion rials (about USD 2 million),” ISNA said, citing the coast guard chief in the southern province of Hormozgan. “Twelve Philippine nationals were arrested and the relevant judiciary officials are currently taking the required legal measures,” Major Hossein Dehaki was quoted as saying. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDehaki said the group was suspected of operating a fuel-smuggling ring and the confiscated shipment had been intercepted close to Sirik county in the Strait of Hormuz. The seizure comes amid tensions in the Gulf after the United States unilaterally withdrew from a nuclear deal putting curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme in return for relief from sanctions. The escalation has seen ships mysteriously attacked, drones downed and oil tankers seized in the Strait of Hormuz — a chokepoint for a third of world’s seaborne oil. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps detained a “foreign tanker” in Gulf waters on July 14 for allegedly smuggling contraband fuel. “With a capacity of two million litres and 12 foreign crew on board, the vessel was en route to deliver contraband fuel received from Iranian boats to foreign ships,” the Guards said at the time. Maritime tracking service TankerTrackers reported the Panamanian-flagged MT Riah, used in the strait for fuelling other vessels, had crossed into Iranian waters, and at that point its automatic identification system stopped sending signals.last_img read more

Fixing mandatory minimum penalties a way to cut court backlogs minister

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. – Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she intends to introduce the first legislative amendments to mandatory minimum sentences this spring, starting to reverse dozens of changes made by the former Conservative government during its decade in power.Wilson-Raybould made the comment Friday at the end of a day-long emergency meeting with several provincial justice ministers to address the sudden pressure to speed up the justice system following a Supreme Court ruling last year that set maximum time periods for cases to come to trial.“We’re going to endeavour as much as we can to have something presented as soon as possible,” Wilson-Raybould said at the closing news conference.There are 72 mandatory minimum penalties in the Criminal Code. Wilson-Raybould said the minimums for the most serious offences will remain but others will be amended, balancing the interests of victims, their families and public safety.The Canadian Bar Association says more cases end up at a trial when offenders believe negotiating a plea would not result in any change in sentence. More cases at trial means more stress on court resources and longer delays getting trials completed.The CBA says the system should trust prosecutors and judges to determine the right charges and the right sentences.Mandatory minimums are just one of many issues politicians and justice experts blame for clogging up the courts. The seven justice ministers who were at the meeting Friday agreed to spend the summer looking at options for legislative changes in several other areas including bail reform, preliminary inquiries, administration of justice offences and reclassifying offences listed in the Criminal Code.The ministers intend to move up their next planned meeting by a month to September, at which time they hope to be able to agree on how best to approach changes in those areas.The Charter of Rights and Freedoms had already established that an accused has a right to a fair trial without excessive delays. The Supreme Court in R. v. Jordan last year placed a specific time frame on trials: 18 months for cases in provincial courts and 30 months for trials in superior courts.Ontario Justice Minister Yasir Naqvi said the ruling has been helped push governments to move on changes many have long known are needed in the system.“It has given us incentive to be bold and we are taking that challenge,” he said. “We are rising up to it.”Wilson-Raybould also said she heard quite clearly the demand from her provincial counterparts to fill judicial vacancies as quickly as possible and that an announcement on that is coming very soon.She has already appointed 51 new judges but there remained 59 vacancies for federally-appointed judges as of April 1. The problem is particularly bad in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.Ontario and Manitoba are pushing hard for Ottawa to allow the elimination of preliminary inquiries, which are used to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. Wilson-Raybould says she is open to looking at it but the government’s enthusiasm appears lukewarm and the Canadian Bar Association is opposed to the idea.Naqvi provided data to the meeting based on an analysis of Ontario courts in 2016, which found a preliminary inquiry added an average 5.4 months to the length of cases. Ontario also found the Superior Court cases took an average of 32.4 months to complete — 2.4 months longer than the maximum time laid out by the Supreme Court last year.However, Statistics Canada data shows preliminary inquiries were used in fewer than three per cent of cases in the adult criminal court system across the country in 2014-15 and 81 per cent of those cases were completed in less than 30 months.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Gurugram in final count registers impressive voting percentage

first_imgGurugram: Ever since the voting process first began in Gurugram in 1952, the South Haryana region has always registered healthy voting percentage that has always been beyond 60 per cent. In 2014 for the third time, the Gururgam region registered a voting percentage beyond 70 per cent and there were expectations from the electorate the voters will break the previous record. Though there was a slight dip Gurugram on the final count registered an impressive voting percentage of 67.37 per cent. It was however tough for the officials of the election commission to collate the final data as there was a late surge in the voters trying to cast their votes. Till 8:00 pm on Sunday Gurugram had registered a voting percentage of 62. This was then revised to 67 per cent. There were also reports that the final voting percentage in Gurugram was recorded at 68.45 per cent but in the end, the figure was reduced to 67.37 per cent. Maximum voting was registered from the regions of Bawal at 75.64 per cent, Rewari at 70.64 per cent. At 64, Badshapur registered the lowest voting percentage in the nine Vidhan Sabha areas which are there in Gurugram. Interesting the areas of Mewat that had led the polls in 2014 was left behind the areas of Rewari and Bawal. Despite new schemes the voting percentage from these two sets of residents did not increase and much to the disappointment of election commission officials, a lot of glitches prevented the voting percentage picking up.last_img read more

Huawei denies committing violations cited by US Justice Dept

BEIJING — Chinese tech giant Huawei on Tuesday denied committing any of the violations cited in a U.S. indictment accusing the company of stealing technology, violating trade sanctions and lying to banks.The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges Monday that allege the company used extreme efforts to steal trade secrets from American businesses — including trying to take a piece of a robot from a T-Mobile lab that was used to test smartphones.“The company denies that it or its subsidiary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations of U.S. law set forth in each of the indictments,” Huawei Technologies Ltd. said in a statement. It said Huawei is “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion.”The company said U.S. prosecutors had rejected a request it made to discuss the investigation following the arrest of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada in December. It also noted that the allegations in the trade secrets charge were the subject of a U.S. civil lawsuit that already has been settled.The U.S. is seeking to extradite Meng, alleging that Huawei did business in Iran through a Hong Kong company called Skycom and that she misled U.S. banks into believing the two companies were separate.Meng is out on bail in Vancouver and her case is due back in court Tuesday as she awaits extradition proceedings to begin. Her case has set off diplomatic spats between the United States, China and Canada.The latest charges could dim prospects for progress in a two-day round of trade talks between the United States and China scheduled to begin in Washington on Wednesday.The two countries agreed on Dec. 1 to negotiate for 90 days to try to defuse worsening trade tensions. Trump postponed a planned increase in U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent during the talks. A breakdown in negotiations would likely lead to higher tariffs, a prospect that has rattled financial markets for months.Monday’s announcement of criminal charges “is certainly not a propitious sign for U.S.-China trade tensions and could hamper prospects for even a partial deal in the coming weeks,” said Eswar Prasad, an economics professor and China expert at Cornell University.The Justice Department officials provided details from a 10-count grand jury indictment in Seattle, and a separate 13-count case from prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York.The charges from Seattle allege that beginning in 2012, Huawei plotted to steal information about T-Mobile’s robot, named “Tappy.” It says Huawei engineers secretly took photos of the robot, measured it and tried to steal part of it from T-Mobile’s lab in Washington state, according to prosecutors. T-Mobile declined to comment.There is no allegation Huawei was working at the direction of the Chinese government. In past instances, the U.S. government has singled out Beijing in corporate or digital espionage and has recently charged several Chinese hackers and intelligence officials.___Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo, Eric Tucker and Christopher Rugaber in Washington, Rob Gillies in Toronto and Tali Arbel in New York contributed to this report.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

Assembly President urges greater female public participation in Middle East

4 June 2007For genuine gender equality to take root in the Middle East, more women must take leadership positions in the public sphere, the United Nations General Assembly President said today in an address to the Senate of Spain in Madrid. For genuine gender equality to take root in the Middle East, more women must take leadership positions in the public sphere, the United Nations General Assembly President said today in an address to the Senate of Spain in Madrid. “The Middle East is a vast, diverse region and the status of women varies significantly from one country to the other,” Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa – a legal expert who has championed women’s rights for 30 years – of Bahrain said. “Women in some parts of the region still face multi-layered discrimination that is deep-rooted in our legal framework, culture and educational system,” she added. Citing some of the problems women in the Middle East face, Sheikha Haya noted that in many countries, they are hindered by family laws which have been interpreted “subject to completely different social contexts in today’s world,” and she stressed the importance of basing interpretations of Islamic texts to the needs of the 21st century. “Often traditions are associated with religion, making them far more difficult to criticize or change,” she observed. “This has created a mentality that fears the autonomy of women because it is viewed as a threat: a threat to the traditional family and a threat to marital relationship s as well as a catalyst to sexual freedom.” As a result, she said, some men consider women physically incapable of carrying out certain duties, which has the consequence of women doubting their own capabilities and “accepting a level of control and submission, even violence at times, to keep the family intact.” Sheikha Haya also called for the implementation of curricula, focusing on such subjects as philosophy and theology, which encourage critical thinking. “These subjects lay the foundation to review, evaluate and criticize the ideas that shape our societies,” she noted, adding that education should respect diversity and equip future educations with the skills to openly tackle obstacles we face today. “We should not be left with fertile ground for extremist ideologies,” she said. “We should not allow those who want to limit us to the past to solve problems of the present.” The Assembly President pointed out that in recent elections in Bahrain and Kuwait, many religious leaders pushed for women to not be elected, arguing that a woman’s place is in the home. She added that some women themselves do not want other women to be involved in politics, which they see as unfeminine and a threat to society. However, she emphasized that despite women in the Middle East remaining under-represented in the public sphere – including in parliaments, at high government positions and in multilateral institutions – many play a key role and influence policy and public opinion through the media, petitions to governments and their participation in union, political party and non-governmental organization (NGO) activities. “Indeed, there is a long tradition of women’s involvement in NGOs and civil society institutions in the Middle East,” she said. “It is a trend that needs to be strengthened by all.” Sheikha Haya is in Spain on a three-day visit to Cordoba, Seville and Madrid, organized by Casa Arabe, an international institute of Arab and Islamic studies. read more

Three Chinese Nationals arrested at BIA with cigarettes liquor

Three Chinese Nationals were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today with cigarettes and liquor being smuggled into the country.The customs department said that a Chinese woman was arrested when she arrived in the country from Beijing with a large stock of cigarettes. Two other Chinese Nationals were arrested later with tobacco and liquor being smuggled into the country.Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)

Sustainable environmental protection through Europes Industrial Emissions Directive

first_imgEuropean institutions are close to finalising the second reading of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, supports the objectives of the Directive. Cefic suggests the Directive “would be more effective in ensuring sustainable environmental protection if it took greater account of different local needs and circumstances. A justified flexibility is here definitely needed.” The IED aims to regulate industrial operators in a global EU framework of permits. It matters for all of us because the objective is to manage pollution arising from a wide variety of industrial and agricultural activities, including the production of metals and chemicals. Just as Europe must be seen as whole, environment requires comprehensive protection.To achieve this ambition of a high protection, optimised in the long term both from an environmental and economical point of view, the protection provided by the IED needs to be effective by leaving some room for subsidiarity, being experience- driven and cost- effective to ensure optimal societal benefit. A balanced implementation of these principles must be secured.The next vote of the European Parliament should take into account such principles where applying to the text on which the European Council of Ministers has reached political agreement. This April, the environment committee of the Parliament will indeed adopt the draft on the occasion of the second reading of the IED directive.The IED draft follows the path of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC). Cefic’s members support the principles of the current IPPC, and are willing to help ensure the Directive is fully implemented consistently across the EU. The new IED uses the cornerstones of the IPPC like the Best Available Techniques (BAT), which are the methods currently available to industry that best provide for protection of the environment.Avoid disproportionate changes For a better environmental protectionManufacturing sites are currently regulated under the IPPC Directive. The chemicals sector aims to achieve a sustainable chemical industry by supporting innovation and competitiveness whilst reducing its impact on the environment. For environmental and economic reasons, industry strives for efficiency when designing manufacturing processes to minimise emissions and resource use.The IPPC is a complex “learning by doing system, which has required time and extensive collaboration between all stakeholders at European and national levels. The IPPC had begun to deliver environmental improvements showing that it had a lot of potential; this trend should not be reversed by disproportionate changes in the IED.”Tighter emissions limit values? As the IPPCs implementation was reported to be uneven across some Member States, the EC launched a reshaping process with several key ideas: have a more stringent approach for more consistent implementation; set tighter Europe- wide emissions limit values for large combustion plants; and establish an initial quantitative soil assessment with remediation to the original state when the permit ceases.Some key inputs from the Chemical IndustryCefic supports regulations that stimulate innovative developments to reduce emissions. As the chemical industry is in a way “the industry of industry, as it has many downstream users, its experience and added value to this debate are worth being mentioned. The challenge ahead is to balance environmental, economic and societal issues to achieve the goal of environmental protection in a sustainable way.“These issues include recognition of different local conditions such as topography, climate, the wide variety of manufacturing processes or of different types of plants and installations. The IED, therefore, needs to allow a fully justified flexibility based on an environmental, technical as well as an economic assessment. In that respect, local competent authorities are best placed to implement and use, in a transparent and public way, the provisions of the IED to take into account these local variations.”Empower competent authorities to manage emissionsOver-simplicity can be counterproductive if local and specific needs are not taken into consideration. One size does not fit all. Looking for optimally tackling emissions will only be a success if the new IED leaves a space to subsidiarity, empowering local actors to capture the complexity of the environment and find the best possible efficiency in each case taking into account local characteristics when deciding how to manage emissionsThis proportionate implementation of the emissions regulations is all the more important since the IED follows an integrated approach, taking into consideration all emissions, their origins and destinations. The setting of a parameter must be proportionate so as to optimise the management of emissions criteria. The reduction of an emission limit must be shaped so as to avoid disproportionate growth of another emission value. All parameters cannot be optimised at once: proper attention must be paid to side effects so as to minimize them when possible.An improvement of environmental protection based on experienceThat is why Cefic advocates that the expertise of the EU stakeholders (experts, authorities&) should be taken into account when adopting decisions based on Best Available Techniques (BAT), through the information exchange forum called the ‘Sevilla Process.’ Such stakeholders know how far it is realistic to improve environmental protection given available technologies and potentially better ones. They need to be well involved, in the spirit of the previous directive IPPC, in the legislative process of defining standards. Emission limit values must be set via an analysis of best available techniques by good performers, but avoiding taking single plants or technical examples deprived of substantial feedback. Such an exchange of EU- wide, appropriate information and of collective experience must be the basis for setting environmental standards.What about industrial liability?To maximise real environmental benefits and to minimise unnecessary costs, a risk- based approach must be used when monitoring soil and groundwater and when deciding on soil remediation at cessation of activity. It is indeed essential to give potential investors legal and financial certainty. When investing in an existing site, operators must be in a position to understand what their financial liability would be in relation to past activities of previous operators and to their own activities. The risk- based approach would definitely help deliver this. A big benefit of this approach would be to help avoiding using new sites for new activities: a better legal security would not frighten investors to use old sites and would enable them to appreciate their return on investment. A good environmental protection means also a good space and time consideration.Cefic supports the possibility of progressively planned compliance with emission limit values by means of transitional national plans. The definition and implementation of standards must take into account investment cycles and previous legislation such as the Large Combustion Plants Directive.Find the right balanceProtecting the environment as a whole when regulating industrial emissions does not preclude a strong and innovative European chemical industry, provided the right balance between economic, environmental and social aspects can be found. Cefic is engaging in the debate for a more sustainable framework for protection of the environment.last_img read more

ABB acquires Mincom to expand enterprise software business

first_imgStrengthening its offering for natural resources, smarter grids and other asset intensive industries, ABB, the global power and automation technology group, has agreed to acquire Mincom to broaden its software portfolio and establish the Group as a leader in enterprise asset management (EAM) software and services. ABB is acquiring the Brisbane, Australia-based company from Francisco Partners, a private equity group that invests in technology businesses, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.Mincom brings expertise and experience in a range of industries, and a comprehensive set of solutions for applications such as EAM, mining operations and mobile workforce management. Mincom has nearly 1,000 employees and annual revenues of approximately $200 million. With a distribution network in 19 countries, the company is a leading software player in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions, with customers including 17 of the top 20 global mining groups, as well as businesses in the energy sector, defense and other asset-intensive industries.“The acquisition of Mincom is part of our strategy to continuously broaden our software offering,” said Joe Hogan, CEO of ABB. “Mincom helps us to increase the depth of our enterprise asset management offering, building our position as a leader in the key growth sectors of natural resources and energy. For our customers this means extending the life of their infrastructure, optimizing asset management and reducing the overall cost of ownership.”To ensure continuity for customers, ABB will retain the Mincom management team and its operations will be added to Ventyx, ABB’s dedicated software business. The Ventyx portfolio combines information and operational technologies (IT and OT) to optimize asset performance, integrate business processes and deliver insight into global business operations. Mincom?s strong presence in the natural resources sector is complementary to ABB?s expertise in mining control systems and its leading position in energy management technology.“Joining forces with ABB is a logical next step in the development of our company and a strong validation of the business, our people and our products,” said Greg Clark, CEO of Mincom. “It will expand our global reach and service capabilities, enabling us to continue building on the business we have fostered over the past three decades.”last_img read more

NOC deepsea mining research uncovers tellurium riches

first_imgBritain’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is engaged in research into the potential risks and benefits of exploiting deep-sea mineral resources, some of which are essential for low-carbon technology, as well as using ocean robots to estimate the environmental impact of these potential deep-sea mining activities.Late last year the NOC led an expedition on the RRS James Cook that found enough of the scarce element tellurium present in the crust of a submerged volcano that, if it were all to be used in the production of solar PV panels, could provide two-thirds of the UK’s annual electricity supply.The NOC investigation of a seamount more than 500 km from the Canary Islands has revealed a crust of “astonishingly rich” rock. Samples brought back to the surface contain tellurium in concentrations 50,000 times higher than in deposits on land.The rocks also contain rare earth elements that are used in wind turbines and electronics.Known as Tropic Seamount, the undersea mountain stands about 3,000 m tall, the BBC reports – “about the size of one of the middle-ranging Alpine summits – with a large plateau at its top, lying about 1,000 m below the ocean surface.”Using robotic submarines, NOC researchers “found that the crust is dark and fine-grained and stretches in a layer roughly 4 cm thick over the entire surface of the mountain.Dr Bram Murton, the leader of the expedition, told the BBC that he had been expecting to find abundant minerals on the seamount but not in such concentrations. “These crusts are astonishingly rich and that’s what makes these rocks so incredibly special and valuable from a resource perspective.”He has calculated that the 2,670 t of tellurium on this single seamount represents 1/12th of the world’s total supply.Recently, however, the NOC also led an international study demonstrating deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life, lasting at least for decades.These nodules are potato-sized rocks containing high levels of metals, including copper, manganese and nickel. They grow very slowly on the sea-bed, over millions of years. Although no commercial operations exist to extract these resources, many are planned.Professor Edward Hill, Executive Director at the NOC commented, “By 2050 there will be nine billion people on earth and attention is increasingly turning to the ocean, particularly the deep ocean, for food, clean supplies of energy and strategic minerals. The NOC is undertaking research related to many aspects and perspectives involved in exploiting ocean resources. This research is aimed at informing with sound scientific evidence the decisions that will need to be taken in the future, as people increasingly turn to the oceans to address some of society’s greatest challenges.”Part of the NOC’s research into this area involves leading major research programs into the exploration of potential resources. This includes: seafloor massive sulphides, which provide ores rich in copper, zinc and gold, and iron-manganese crusts rich in cobalt, tellurium and rare-earth metals. NOC scientists have also carried out multiple research expeditions to study the environment around areas with resources that may be the target of future mining. This includes the Clarion-Clipperton zone in the eastern Pacific, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and Atlantic Seamounts. This research is revealing extremely high diversities of deep-sea life, as well as a surprising variation of subsea landscapes, each containing different lifeforms.Dr Daniel Jones from the NOC, the lead author of the study, said, “the deep-sea is a remote, cold and dark environment kilometres below the surface of the ocean, yet it is home to a wide variety of marine life, much of which is very poorly understood. This research analysed all available studies on impacts to ecosystems in nodule areas and shows mining for nodule resources on the seafloor is likely to be highly destructive in the mined area, with long lasting impacts. We also think that these studies will underestimate the impacts of mining. Many would not even represent one month’s work for a full-scale commercial operation, which might last for twenty years.“This study helps provide the best available information on the potential impacts of mining disturbance. This information is important to inform decisions on how these mining activities should be carried out.”The NOC led MarineETech expedition on board the RRS James Cook aimed to improve understanding of what controls the formation and accumulation of cobalt-rich crusts on seamounts. The results show the accumulation of the cobalt-rich crusts on the sea-mount depends on; the direction and strength of currents and deep-water tides, the depth of the water, and biological activity.Murton explains the thinking behind the research: “The fate of modern civilization and our ability to secure a low-carbon future depends on the supply of raw materials including base metals and elements critical to new technologies. While the demand for raw materials has grown exponentially, the terrestrial grade has diminished and threatens global supply.”last_img read more

Tomas Urban to Veszprem

Veszprem were quick to find a replacement for the injured Ivanczik. They have found the replacement in Slovakia’s right wing, Tomas Urban. He will be firstly on loan in Veszprem until 31st of May, and then will sign a full contract until the summer of 2013. He played until now in Tatabanya, and has already been registered for the Champions League by Veszprem. ← Previous Story Sigurdsson officialy in THW Kiel: “We got the World Class Player” Next Story → Konstantin Igropulo goes to Fuchse Berlin! read more

38yearold man charged with attempted murder of police officer in Belfast

first_img Police and army bomb disposal units at Shandon Park Golf Club in East Belfast on 1 June. Image: David Young/PA Images Fri 9:58 PM Friday 13 Sep 2019, 9:58 PM https://jrnl.ie/4809278 By Cónal Thomas 7,247 Views Short URLcenter_img Police and army bomb disposal units at Shandon Park Golf Club in East Belfast on 1 June. Image: David Young/PA Images No Comments 38-year-old man charged with attempted murder of police officer in Belfast The man appeared in Belfast Magistrates Court this afternoon. A 38-YEAR-old man from Co Fermanagh has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a police officer in June. The viable explosive device was found underneath a serving police officer’s car on the grounds of Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast on 1 June. The device was declared to be a “viable improvised explosive device” shortly after its was discovered. The bomb was found a short distance from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) headquarters and dissident republican group, the New IRA, claimed responsibility for the attack at the time.The man has been charged with “attempted murder, making explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property and possessing explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property,” the PSNI said. The man appeared in Belfast Magistrates Court this afternoon.  Share2 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek reporter arrested in Iran

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The parents of a Greek journalist arrested in Iran appealed for their son’s release. Iranian state-run TV has confirmed the arrest of Jason Athanasiadis, who was reporting for the Washington Times. It is the first known arrest of a journalist who does not hold Iranian citizenship. Athanasiadis’ parents, Polymnia Athanasiadi and Georgios Fowden, issued a statement to news agencies in Athens through a family friend early Thursday. “Jason is a dedicated reporter, photographer and filmmaker who grew up in Greece and regards himself as Greek,” they said, adding that they were “deeply grateful” for the Greek Foreign Ministry’s efforts to secure his release. “Jason has always maintained his integrity as an independent journalist who sells articles, photographs and film to outlets in many parts of the world” they said in their statement. “His work serves no purpose other than the fair and humane coverage of life in the many countries where he has worked.He has a particular love of Iran, and a deep respect for its cultural and religious traditions.” The Greek Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Athens had complained to Iranian authorities over the arrest of a Greek journalist. A number of journalists have been detained in Iran since the protests began, though there have been conflicting accounts.The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders put the figure at 34. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said 13 were in custody.last_img read more

Miro exhibition in Thessaloniki

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An exhibition of more than 400 works by the noted Catalan artist Joan Miro (1893-1983), the largest ever hosted in Greece, was formally inaugurated on Tuesday at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s (AUTH) Teloglio Foundation of Art in the presence of Spain’s Queen Sofia. The exhibition, Miro of Majorca, a collaboration between the Teloglion Foundation and the Foundation Pilar i Joan Miro of Majorca, presents one of the artist’s greatest exhibitions in the country, which includes a significant number of his works and documents featuring paintings, sculptures, etchings, drawings and sketches. The works date back to 1908 (his only salvaged early landscape painting) until his death in 1983. However, the exhibition mainly presents mature Miro in Majorca and the works he created in the workshop designed by his architect friend, Josep Lluis Sert, in 1956.The exhibition, which opened for the public on Sept. 6, 2009, has already been visited by roughly 2,000 people, art lovers and pupils, and will run until February 5, 2010. It is held under the auspices of the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and the Spanish embassy in Athens.The Queen of Spain arrived in Thessaloniki from Athens where she was on a private visit since Monday. After visiting the exhibition she will return to Athens and on Wednesday she will tour the New Acropolis Museum.last_img read more

Rare Gray Orca Calf Spotted in California

first_img Watch: Orca Performs ‘Belly Roll’ During Close Encounter With BoatPhotographer Captures Photo of Whale With Sliced-Off Tail After Boat Strike Stay on target Young killer whales are typically black and white, like their parents, so the sighting of a gray orca calf is considered extremely rare.“Not much is known about the abnormal pigment and it may darken over time,” the company, which runs tours out of Moss Landing Harbor in Calif., posted on Facebook.(Photo Credit: Kate Cummings / Blue Ocean Whale Watch)Experts also say the gray-and-white pigment on the calf could be a form of leucism, a genetic condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration.In response to comments on its Facebook post, the Blue Ocean Whale Watch said the calf belongs to a transient killer whale pod identified as the CA216 family group.If orcas aren’t part of a resident pod then they’re known as transient pods. In an interview with the New York Times, Nancy Black, a marine biologist and owner of Monterey Bay Whale Watch, said more than 150 so-called transient killer whales frequent the California coastline.More on Geek.com:Watch: Orca Performs ‘Belly Roll’ During Close Encounter With BoatGray Whales Killed By Ship Strikes in San Francisco Bay AreaWatch: Massive Whale Breaches Near Boat, Sends Fish Scatteringcenter_img Whale watchers in Monterey Bay, California got a rare — and adorable — surprise when they spotted a tiny, gray, newborn orca calf swimming with a pod of about 10 orca whales last week.The calf has a “grayish pigment,” and is so young it still has fetal folds (lines on the body from being folded up in the mother’s womb, according to the Blue Ocean Whale Watch, which posted stunning images of the calf and the pod on its Facebook page.last_img read more

Daniel Bryan back working WWE live events this weekend

first_img Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Takes On The WWE Google+ Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Twitter Videos Articles Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Daniel Bryan is back working live events this weekend for WWE. Bryan worked last night in St. Louis tagging with Roman Reigns against Kane and Big Show. Bryan is scheduled for tonight in Abilene and Sunday night in San Antonio.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi ArabiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Now Playing Up Next Facebook Daniel Bryan WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Pinterest WhatsApp Videos Articles WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Roman Reigns A.J. Styleslast_img read more

Police discover nearly 60 pounds of marijuana in mans luggage

first_imgAirport police in Nashville caught a man with nearly 60 pounds of marijuana in his luggage.According to Fox 17, an arrest report showed 23-year-old Jose Medina Ayala was traveling and stopped at Nashville International Airport for a layover. Nashville Airport Police worked alongside the Drug Enforcement Administration to search two pieces of luggage that belonged to Ayala.Inside the luggage, 51 vacuum-sealed bags were found, each weighing 1.15-1.25 pounds, Fox 17 reported.Police said Ayala attempted to use Febreze while traveling to cover the marijuana stench. Investigators found $2,870 on him in cash and, when asked what he did for a living, he said he worked for a tree trimming service that went out of business.Fox 17 said Ayala was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana. The 23-year-old is being held on $100,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

INX Media case High Court rejects bail for P Chidambaram

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in the INX Media case. On January 25, the Delhi High Court had reserved its order on Chidambaram’s bail plea in the case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. On March 11, the High Court allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file additional documents on record to support its case against Chidambaram in the case. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The investigating agencies had opposed Chidambaram’s bail plea, saying that custodial interrogation of the former Finance Minister was necessary as he was evasive and had given false information during his questioning. Chidambaram is on interim protection from arrest granted by the Delhi High Court. The ED and the CBI are probing how his son Karti Chidambaram managed to get clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in 2007 when his father was the Finance Minister. Karti Chidambaram was arrested on February 28, 2018 by the CBI for allegedly accepting money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media. He was later granted bail. His chartered accountant S. Bhaskararaman was also arrested and released on bail later.last_img read more

Mammography Protections Included in Omnibus Spending Bill Can Save Lives

first_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | March 23, 2018 Mammography Protections Included in Omnibus Spending Bill Can Save Lives American College of Radiology statement says step will protect efforts to address racial and regional disparities in breast cancer outcomes Related Content Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more center_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more March 23, 2018 — An extension of current protections included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (HR 1625), signed into law by President Trump March 23, ensures that women who want to get regular mammograms retain insurance coverage with no copay. This may help avert a screening decline and thousands of deaths resulting from implementing 2009 and 2016 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening recommendations, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR).The protections, previously passed in the Consolidated Appropriations Act in 2015 and extended in 2017, recognize, for purposes of insurance coverage requirements, 2002 USPSTF guidelines that call for screening every one to two years starting at age 40 — rather than biennial screening for those ages 50-74 allowed by 2009/2016 USPSTF recommendations.Using 2009/2016 USPSTF guidelines would result in up to 13,770 more breast cancer deaths each year in the U.S., the ACR said. Many more women would endure more extensive treatment than if their cancers were found early by a mammogram.According to 2015 National Cancer Institute (SEER) data, since mammography became widespread in the 1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate in women, unchanged for the previous 50 years, has dropped 43 percent. Breast cancer deaths in men, who receive the same treatment as women but are not screened, have not declined.This extension helps ensure insurers continue to cover annual mammograms for women starting at age 40. The ACR said a lack of insurance coverage for screening mammograms would particularly impact underserved areas where screening is already less frequent.African-American women are 42 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. In fact, since 1990, breast cancer death rates dropped only 23 percent in African-American women (roughly half the decline in white women);Women who live in rural areas are less likely to be screened and more likely to die of breast cancer than those in metropolitan areas. The breast cancer death rate is also declining more slowly in rural areas.The American College of Radiology said that it applauds the extension of these mammography coverage protections.For more information: www.acr.orgRelated Mammography ContentWomen Prefer Getting Mammograms Every YearControversies in Breast ScreeningLarge Study Finds No Evidence for Age-based Mammography Cut-offBreast Cancer Screening UpdatePatient Education on Breast Cancer Screening News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more last_img read more

Italian police Pope John Paul II relic stolen

first_img Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories ROME (AP) – A trio of thieves aboard a train stole a priest’s backpack containing a vial of the late Pope John Paul II’s blood on Tuesday, but police recovered the relic a few hours later, authorities said.The relic was found in a stand of reeds and grass near the railway station in the seaside town of Marina di Cerveteri, where the thieves had gotten off the train, said state railways police official Domenico Ponziani. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Police said the priest began his journey aboard the train in Rome and was heading to a sanctuary north of the capital where the relic was supposed to be put on display for admirers of the Polish pontiff, who died in 2005.When the priest got off the train at Civitavecchia, a port city and rail hub, he realized his backpack was missing. He told police that a man who was traveling aboard the train with two others had distracted him by asking directions, before the trio got off the train a few stops before his , according to Ponziani.After a few hours of searching, police found the relic, without the backpack, apparently tossed among the reeds, Ponziani said.The blood was contained in a tiny glass vial inserted into a reliquary in the form of an open book with gilded pages.Police were searching for the thieves and said it wasn’t clear if they had realized what the vial contained and tossed it away, or had planned on coming back later to retrieve the relic from the station’s wayside.John Paul’s relics have gone on display in several parts of the world.The Vatican has put the Polish-born pontiff on the road to possible sainthood. Last year, his successor, Benedict XVI, beatified John Paul in a ceremony to mark the last major step before sainthood. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more