New Delhi: Ahead of the next month’s Union Budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday interacted with economists and industry experts on current economic situation and took note of their suggestions. In the interactive session organised by Niti Aayog on ‘Economic Policy – The Road Ahead’, over 40 economists and other experts participated. “During the session, participants shared their views, in five distinct groups, on the economic themes of macro economy and employment, agriculture and water resources, exports, education and health,” said a release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The Prime Minister thanked all participants for their suggestions and observations, on various aspects of the economy. The meeting was also attended by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State (independent charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation Rao Inderjeet Singh. Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and senior government officials were also present. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be presenting the full Budget for 2019-20 on July 5 in the Lok Sabha. It will be first full Budget of the Modi 2.0 government.
Satellite shots show logging in moratorium areas environmentalistsSatellite shots show logging in moratorium areas environmentalists
OTTAWA – Satellite imagery proves a much lauded agreement between Canada’s logging industry and environmental groups to protect boreal caribou habitat was a failure, says a U.S. environment group.The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement was signed in 2010 between 19 forestry companies and six environmental groups, including Greenpeace and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.The environmental groups agreed to stop boycotting the forestry companies in exchange for the companies agreeing not to do any logging on about 70 million acres of boreal forest between British Columbia and Newfoundland.The moratorium was to last for three years, during which time negotiations for permanent protection for caribou habitat were to be completed.However, Anthony Swift, director of the Canada program of the Natural Resources Defence Council based in Chicago, said satellite images analysed over the last six months show logging did not stop in at least two areas of Quebec which were supposed to be part of the moratorium.The images indicate significant logging took place both during the three years of the moratorium and in the four years since it ended, which Swift said proves the agreement failed in its stated goal to protect habitat of the endangered woodland caribou.“The moratorium was created as part of an agreement during a time when there was a recognition by all parties that the woodland caribou and the intact boreal forest areas they relied on was under severe threat,” Swift told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. “That’s what led to the agreement. So the fact that we have seen such a further erosion of woodland caribou habitat since then is a cause for alarm.”A spokeswoman for the Forest Products Association of Canada says any logging that occurred in the region was not done by any company that signed the document.The agreement’s goal of a permanent protection plan did not materialize because some parties such as Greenpeace walked away from the table, said Kate Lindsay.She said the Quebec government has stepped in since, including setting a boundary known as the northern limit, beyond which logging is banned.Seventy-five per cent of caribou habitat in Quebec falls north of that boundary, said Lindsay.The forest products association asked Environment Minister Catherine McKenna last week to delay an October deadline for provinces to produce protection plans for each of the 51 woodland caribou ranges in the country.Lindsay said the science linking habitat disturbance from human activities, such as logging or oil and gas development, to caribou loss is incomplete. FPAC believes, for example, the impact of climate change on caribou isn’t known well enough yet and that restricting logging as a way to save the caribou is premature.FPAC also notes for every tree cut down, three are planted and says it is committed to a sustainable future for forests and caribou.The organization represented 18 of the 19 companies which signed the Boreal Forest Agreement.Several environment groups said Wednesday the agreement’s failure is a signal provincial and federal governments must act.Swift said the federal government’s own estimates are that 30 per cent of Canada’s caribou could disappear within the next 15 years, so there is no time for delay.Even if climate change is part of the cause for harm to the caribou, logging operations should still be restricted to protect the habitat as well, he said.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.
EpiPen to treat lifethreatening allergic reaction in short supplyEpiPen to treat lifethreatening allergic reaction in short supply
TORONTO – The Canadian distributor of the EpiPen says there is a shortage of one size of the emergency treatment for people at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions.Pfizer Canada says there is a shortage of the 0.3-milligram form of the EpiPen because of a manufacturing disruption. The 0.15-mg EpiPen Jr product for young children is not affected.The company anticipates the shortfall in supply will be resolved by March 2.It says additional limited inventory will be available at the beginning of February, but will be carefully managed.EpiPens expire on the last day of the month indicated on the product packaging. But Health Canada advises anyone having an anaphylactic reaction to use their expired product and immediately call 911.Pfizer is asking pharmacists to keep the supply interruption in mind when filling prescriptions, as there are currently no alternative auto-injectors available on the Canadian market.“At this time, there is limited supply of auto-injectors at wholesalers, distributors and at pharmacies,” the drug maker said on its website.“While we are working closely with our distributors to avoid long-term supply shortage at the store level, we expect a period of between two and four weeks of no inventory.”
Russian plane in deadly fire found few customers worldwideRussian plane in deadly fire found few customers worldwide
FRANKFURT — The SSJ100 passenger jet that caught fire during an emergency landing in Moscow is part of Russia’s effort to maintain a presence in civil aviation in a market dominated by companies like Boeing, Airbus and Embraer.A quick look at the plane and the company:THE PLANEThe SSJ100, or Superjet 100, is a short- to medium-haul narrow body jet with two engines that can be configured to carry up to 103 people.At that size, it’s intended to substitute for larger planes such as the Boeing 737 or Airbus 321 on shorter and less travelled routes and during slower travel seasons. Regional aircraft are an important part of Russia’s transportation system, given the country’s enormous distances and many remote towns. The Superjet supersedes older, Soviet-built planes such as the Yak-40 and Tu-134 airliners.The plane is built at the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company’s plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Russia’s distant Far East region. Although the design is Russian, the company says it uses the latest Western technology as well. The engines are made by PowerJet, a joint venture between France’s Safran Aircraft Engines and Russia’s Saturn.The plane first flew in 2008 and entered commercial service in 2011. It is certified by the European Union Safety Agency, it is mainly used in Russia and has not made much headway against international competitors not just from Boeing and Airbus but also from Brazil’s Embraer.Aeroflot is the biggest client with 50 of the planes. Mexico’s Interjet said Sunday it operated five “under the highest safety standards.” Interjet earlier operated 22 Superjets but referred in a recent earnings report to the “gradual phase out of the fleet of SSJ 100.” The company reported lost sales after the planes were grounded due to a defect in the tail section in December, 2016 and that it was seeking contractual compensation for maintenance problems.Ireland’s CityJet, which supplies planes and crews to other airlines, ceased operating several Superjets in January.THE COMPANYSukhoi Civil Aircraft Company bears the name of the legendary Soviet aircraft designer, Pavel Sukhoi, who was responsible for a series of Soviet military aircraft starting before World War II. Today’s firm is part of Russia’s United Aircraft Company, which consolidated many of the legendary names of Soviet aviation such as MiG, Sukhoi, Tupolev and Yak. UAC was established by a decree from President Vladimir Putin in 2006 to promote the Russian aircraft industry, which is seen as essential for the security and defence of the state. Much of its production goes to the military, while the SSJ100 is the key project aimed at maintaining a Russian presence in civil aviation.TROUBLESOn May 9, 2012, a demonstration flight hit Mount Salak in Indonesia, killing all 45 on board, after the pilot disregarded six alarms from the terrain warning system on the apparent assumption there was a problem with the terrain database, according to the report from Indonesia’s air safety regulator. The plane had unintentionally left a circling pattern after the crew was distracted by a prolonged conversation not related to flying the plane.And a Superjet skidded off the runway at Iceland’s Keflavik airport in 2013 with landing gear up during flight certification tests involving landing on one engine; one crew member suffered minor injuries.David McHugh, The Associated Press
IAEA calls for urgent measures to stop terrorists from obtaining dirty bombIAEA calls for urgent measures to stop terrorists from obtaining dirty bomb
“Cradle-to-grave control is essential for these radioactive sources,” IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said in his opening address to an international conference in Vienna on the potential for nuclear and radiological terrorism. “In the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks [against the United States], and the stark awareness of the potential for radioactive sources to be used in malevolent acts, source security has taken on a new urgency.”Noting that millions of radioactive devices have been distributed worldwide over the past 50 years, ranging from minor items like smoke detectors to major sources such as medical, industrial and thermo-electric equipment, Mr. ElBaradei told the International Conference on Security of Radioactive Sources that the problem of “orphaned” sources was widespread. Such sources are those that have fallen outside official regulatory control due to loss, theft, or abandonment.“This problem has been especially present in the Newly Independent States, where transitions in governments have in some cases led to a loss of regulatory oversight of radioactive sources,” he said.“In view of recent reports about terrorist plans to build and deploy radiological dispersion devices – and given the inadequacy of source controls I just mentioned – it is clear that additional security measures are urgently needed,” he said. “This concern has been the focus of the international community in the past 18 months. I trust that this conference will help to identify what has been accomplished and to focus on additional measures that need to be taken to cope with the challenge.”Organized by the IAEA and co-sponsored by the Russian Federation and the United States in co-operation with the European Commission (EC), the European Police Office (EUROPOL), the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), the four-day conference will divide into panels to discuss issues ranging from the prevention of illicit trafficking to the response to a “dirty bomb” attack.
Ailing Rodriguez will make more than entire Astros Yanks top spending forAiling Rodriguez will make more than entire Astros Yanks top spending for
by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2013 5:58 pm MDT Ailing Rodriguez will make more than entire Astros; Yanks top spending for 15th straight year NEW YORK, N.Y. – Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined — a lot more.And he won’t even play the first half of the season, if at all.A-Rod’s $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press.Rodriguez’s Yankees are on track to have the highest payroll on opening day for the 15th straight year, climbing above the Los Angeles Dodgers to a projected $228 million with this week’s acquisition of Vernon Wells.With teams due to set opening-day rosters Sunday, the Yankees’ payroll will be nearly 10 times the spending of the Astros, who have shrunk their payroll to about $25 million.“When we get on the baseball field with whomever the opponent is, they are not sitting there saying: ‘Well, their players make more money than us so therefore you’re deemed a winner and we’re deemed a loser,’” Astros manager Bo Porter said Thursday. “Games are won and lost on the baseball field, and it doesn’t matter what somebody is paid every two weeks. At the end of the day, that person has to be better than you today.”Rodriguez, recovering from hip surgery, is followed on the money list by Philadelphia pitcher Cliff Lee at $25 million.Three of the top six will start the season on the DL, with A-Rod joined by New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana (third at $24.6 million) and Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (sixth at $23.1 million). Wells is fourth at $24.6 million and CC Sabathia fifth at $24.3 million, giving the Yankees four of the top six.The Astros and Miami Marlins have no such worries about pricey players getting hurt. After lifting payroll to about $100 million at the start of last year and then flopping in the first year of their new ballpark, the Marlins slashed spending to around $40 million.Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig endorses the decisions, saying “every team runs in cycles.”“You have to understand where you are and not be afraid then to do what you have to do,” he said. “Outside of building a good farm system, I don’t see how you will remain competitive.”The price of competing keeps going up. The average salary projects to about $3.67 million, up about $200,000 from the start of last season.As always, the Yankees did as they pleased. For all the talk of austerity under owner Hal Steinbrenner, New York will break the record of $209 million it set in 2008 and top the $200 million mark for the sixth straight season. While the Yankees will pay luxury tax for the 11th consecutive year in 2013, they want to get under the $189 million tax threshold in 2014.“We’ve actually increased our payroll this year,” Yankees President Randy Levine said. “As sometimes happens, certain people like to ignore the facts instead of the reality. These are the same people who one day criticize us for spending too much money, the next day criticize us for spending too little. The goal of the team every year is to do what’s necessary to field a championship team. That goes for this year and, as Hal Steinbrenner has said, next year and every year going forward.”For much of the off-season, it appeared as if the Dodgers would emerge as baseball’s biggest spenders in their first full season since a group headed by Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson bought the club for $2 billion from Frank McCourt.Just 12th at $95 million on opening day last year, the Dodgers climbed to about $216 million after acquiring Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford from Boston last summer, when they also added Hanley Ramirez and Brandon League. Los Angeles then signed Zack Greinke during the off-season for $147 million. The Yankees had been the only previous team to reach $200 million.“Everybody knows it’s not about the money. It’s about how they’re going to play together,” said All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, whose Colorado Rockies will have a payroll of about $75 million.“They still have to go out there and know each other and be winners,” he said, referring to the Dodgers. “Last year, they got three great players and they still didn’t make it because they still have to go out there and get used to playing together and compete.”The Dodgers haven’t won the World Series since 1988 and if they fall short again this year, they might spend even more. They had the biggest impact on the elite free-agent market.“There’s a perception that we’re in on a couple dozen starting pitchers, three dozen outfielders and infielders, 17, 18 catchers,” GM Ned Colletti said during the winter meetings.Toronto also bulked up, jumping from $75 million at the start of last season to about $118 million after adding Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson in trades and signing Melky Cabrera.“You look on paper and Toronto should be in the World Series,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “The talent they’ve added is substantial.”Oakland showed last year that money isn’t everything, winning the AL West despite the lowest payroll in the majors. The A’s have gone up slightly to about $68 million.“Our payroll, as in every year we have owned the A’s, has been within our annual budget — around half of our revenue,” Oakland owner Lew Wolff said in an email. “We are all set to go even as we face much larger payroll teams. Actually, that makes the season even more exciting to me.”The Mets hardly resemble a high-revenue team anymore and are down to about $90 million — and that includes about $17.5 million to account for the settlement with departed outfielder Jason Bay. After the Mets’ owners settled a lawsuit caused by the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, they promised to resume spending. But they haven’t broken out the checkbook just yet, except for a new long-term deal with new team captain David Wright.“I think we would anticipate being big investors where appropriate,” owner Fred Wilpon said.The AP’s figures include salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income for players on active rosters, disabled lists and the restricted lists, and rosters will change before teams must cut down to 25 active players. For some players, parts of deferred signing bonuses and salaries are discounted to reflect current values.For the first time, the AP study presents payrolls for both active rosters and rosters following adjustments for cash transactions in trades, signing bonuses that are the responsibility of the club agreeing to the contract, option buyouts and termination pay for released players.For instance, the Astros are paying Pittsburgh $4.5 million as part of last year’s trade sending Wandy Rodriguez to the Pirates. Houston’s active payroll for its 25-man roster will be about $19 million, the lowest in the major leagues since the 2006 Florida Marlins at $15 million.___AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley and AP freelance writers Mark Didtler, Maureen Mullen and Dick Scanlon contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The NFL has suspended New York Giants‘ Will Hill for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. This is the safety’s second drug suspension in two just years.Last year, Hill fought to make the Giants team after going undrafted, yet only played 12 games. Halfway through the season, he tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Adderall and was suspended four games for the violation.Hill will sit out the first four games of the Giants’ season, however, he can still participate in training camp and all preseason games. He will be eligible to return Monday, Sept. 30.Hill commented on his suspension last year saying, “I accept full responsibility for this situation, and it won’t happen again.”Really?
Letter Constitutional and Rights Commissions must not be subject to directionLetter Constitutional and Rights Commissions must not be subject to direction
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHalting PSC’s promotions: President’s directive challenged in courtAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”President directs PSC to halt Police promotionsAugust 8, 2017In “latest news”Carvil Duncan’s Blood is on the Carpet – says former AGOctober 14, 2016In “Opinion” Dear Editor,From the inception of the APNU+AFC government, rule of law and good governance in Guyana have been under threat. Every day the actions of the government are conforming to Guyanese worse fears of returning to a dictatorship as the subversion of our constitution, unaccountability, non transparency and discrimination become pervasive.It has become necessary for me to remind that the Constitutional and Rights Commissions; namely the Indigenous Peoples Commission, the Women and Gender Equality Commission, the Rights of the Child Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the Ethnic Relations Commission and the Public Procurement Commission are all entitled to independence afforded to them by the constitution. The autonomy, financial and operational independence must be preserved and respected by the executive, their agents, servants and the Legislature.No one who is not a Commissioner or the Commission acting as a whole has any right or authority or privilege to interfere in the staffing, fixing of work programs or giving any directions whatsoever as it relates to their functions. The Chief Executive Officers and all staff members must be aware that they are protected and are not beholden to any authority outside of the Commission. They are expected to perform their duties impartially and free from fear. They cannot be sanctioned by anyone outside of their respective Commissions. As it relates to the Ethnic Relations Commission, Article 212 B (6) states: “ The Ethnic Relations Commission shall appoint a Chief Executive Officer who shall serve as Secretary and such other officers as may be necessary for the efficient discharge of its functions, on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Commission, save that the remuneration of the officers and employees shall be subject by the approval of the National Assembly”. As it relates to the Constitutional Rights commission stated above, Article 212 P (1) states: “Each commission established under Article 212 G(1) shall appoint on such terms and conditions as may be approved by the National Assembly a Chief Executive Officer (who shall serve as its secretary) and the secretary and assistants to the Chief Executive Officer..”As it relates to the Public Procurement Commission Article 212 Z(2) states “The Commission shall appoint a Chief Executive Officer who shall serve as secretary, and such other officers and employees as may be necessary for the efficient discharge of its functions. The terms and conditions of the Chief Executive Officer and the two most senior officers shall be subject to the approval of the National Assembly. “It is instructive to note that all these Commissions receive financing as a direct charge from the Consolidated Fund and it is not subject to the same treatment as other budget agencies. Further, Article 226 (1) of the constitution states: “saved as otherwise provided in this Constitution, in the exercise of its functions under this Constitution a Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority”.As a result of the stated above I offer the following guidance:No member of the Executive, the speaker or any member of the National Assembly or staff can interfere with the work and functions of these Commissions.The National Assembly is responsible for the process that leads to the naming of the Commissioners, once that is accepted by the National Assembly their role is completed.The President, according to the constitution is responsible for the swearing in of these Commissioners; once that is done the President’s role is completed.These Commissions are to work independently and they provide their reports to the National Assembly.It is the Commissions that advertise, interview, recruit and sign contracts with their staff. The government or any of its servants or agents has no role in staffing these Commissions since these Commissions are expected to review and pronounce on government’s actions. The staff cannot be beholden to the executive as a contract with the executive compromises the staff, who is the recipient. This should not be allowed and should be rejected by all parties concerned.It is the various Commissions that will determine the remuneration of members of staff subject to the approval of the National Assembly. It therefore follows that it is the various Commissions that will determine the contract and terms and conditions of those contracts, not an external authority.It is expected that all Commissioners, once sworn in and duly appointed, function independently, impartially, without fear and favour in the execution of their duties and should ensure that their support staff are suited and are free from political interference.The general public, particularly members of civil society organizations who participated in the process that allows for the appointment of Commissioners should not sit in silence and allow these Constitutional bodies to be undermined, hijacked or influenced by the executive or any other authority. Breaches must be exposed, condemned, addressed and it is expected that the constitution be upheld as the supreme law of the land.I write this letter as the former Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission and as a Member of Parliament and Member of the Parliamentary Committee of Appointments and Public Accounts Committee.I will be carefully following and publically speaking on this matter even as we now have in place the Public Procurement Commission and we are getting ready to name new Commissioners for the other Rights and Constitution Commissions.Yours faithfully,Bishop Juan Edghill
On May 26, LiuGong celebrated selling over 350,000 wheel loaders worldwide. More than 300 people including representatives from the government and industry associates, founding members of LiuGong, customers of LiuGong’s first generation products, dealers, partners, key accounts and media attended the ceremony to witness the historical moment.LiuGong is the manufacturer of the first modernised wheel loader in China and the first company that produced plateau type wheel loaders in the world as well as the producer of China’s largest wheel loader, the 8128H. Qi Jun, President of China Construction Machinery Industry Association, commented that LiuGong has been “integral in China’s modernisation and infrastructure development.”LiuGong manufactured its first wheel loader, the Z435, in 1966, which was also the first certified modern wheel loader in China. The ZL50C was LiuGong’s key product for the following 30 years and was the first Chinese made wheel loader that was exported in large volumes to overseas markets. “We have had our oldest wheel loader, a 50C, for more than 30 years and it is still working.” shared one customer at the event.Now the 856, the plateau type wheel loader ZLG50G, 856H and 8128H are the representative products of LiuGong’s 3rd and 4th generation of wheel loaders and at the end of 2016, LiuGong launched the revolutionary vertical lift wheel loader, the VL70A. The new technology marks an important milestone for LiuGong and for the Chinese construction equipment industry. “350,000 is only a start for LiuGong” said Wang Ruixiang, President of China Machinery Industry Federation. He also encouraged LiuGong to write a new chapter in China’s CE industry.
Two more people arrested as police continue investigation into Woolwich attackTwo more people arrested as police continue investigation into Woolwich attack
POLICE IN LONDON have made two further arrests, and raided houses across the city, following the brutal murder of a serving soldier who survived a tour of duty in Afghanistan.Prime minister David Cameron appealed for calm after 25-year-old Lee Rigby was butchered outside an army barracks yesterday, while an extra 1,200 officers were deployed on the capital’s streets in a bid to reassure the public.The intelligence agencies meanwhile came under scrutiny after it emerged that the two murder suspects, who were injured in police gunfire at the scene, had been known to the security services.Both men, aged 28 and 22, are believed to be Britons of Nigerian origin. One of them had frequented meetings by the now-banned Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun, its UK leader Anjem Choudary has said.The two chief suspects are under arrest in separate hospitals. They are both stable and their injuries are not life-threatening, police said.In a brazen mid-afternoon attack in Woolwich, southeast London, the pair apparently hacked Rigby with knives and a meat cleaver before attempting to explain their actions in an Islamist tirade to passers-by.The victim, who has a two-year-old son, was a machine gunner who served with NATO-led forces in Afghanistan in 2009.Police searched five properties in London and one in a village in eastern England, and announced the arrests of a man and a woman, both aged 29, for conspiracy to murder.“This is a large, complex and fast-moving investigation which continues to develop,” a spokesman said.Detectives are sifting through witness statements, social media and security camera footage, while forensic experts have been combing the scene in Woolwich for evidence.Cameron has condemned the “barbaric” attack and said it was likely terrorist-related, while experts said the murder had the hallmarks of a militant Islamist attack.Media reports citing witnesses said the men first ran over their victim in a car before finishing him off with the knives.A government source said “we will be looking into the possibility that they were known” to the security services.British media have named one of the suspects as Michael Adebolajo, a 28-year-old Londoner.Islamist preacher Choudary said Adebolajo was from a Nigerian family, converted to Islam in 2003 and took the name “Mujahid”. He regularly attended sermons by banned Islamist preacher Omar Bakri, the Al-Muhajiroun founder.“He used to attend some of our activities over the years. Very peaceful chap actually, not violent at all,” Choudary said, adding that he lost contact three years ago.Attack is ‘betrayal of Islam’ – CameronChilling onlooker footage showed the man, thought to be Adebolajo, still holding his weapons and saying they killed Rigby “because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers”.Cameron condemned the attack as a “betrayal of Islam”.Speaking after chairing a second meeting of COBRA, the government’s emergency response committee, the prime minister branded the murderers “sickening”.“This was not just an attack on Britain and on the British way of life. It was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country,” he said outside his Downing Street office.He added:We will never give in to terror – or terrorism – in any of its forms… This view is shared by every community in our country.The murder is the first deadly Islamist attack in Britain since 2005, when suicide bombers killed 52 people on London’s transport network.In the video, which has gone viral on the Internet, Adebolajo demanded Cameron’s government “bring our troops back”.“You people will never be safe. Remove your governments, they don’t care about you,” he said.Rigby was wearing a top bearing the logo of Help for Heroes, a charity which supports wounded troops. Its website crashed thanks to the thousands of people wishing to offer their support, it said.Flowers have been laid outside the barracks, which was the venue for shooting events at the London 2012 Olympics, while security was tightened at other military sites across the city.The extra police officers on the city’s streets were concentrating on religious venues and transport hubs.A female scout leader who confronted the assailants shortly after the attack said she told them: “It is only you versus many people. You are going to lose.”The Muslim Council of Britain has described the murder as “a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam”.US President Barack Obama condemned the killing as “appalling” and “horrific”, saying there was “absolutely no justification for such acts”.Read: Woolwich victim named by UK Ministry of Defence
We’re kicking off the week in tech by asking our analysts to offer up a sentence or two letting us know what they expect to go down in the coming week–top trends, predictions, upcoming gear, and gossip–in the world of technology.Start your week off right after the jump. Cisco Cheng, Laptop Analyst: I’m working on a really thin laptop from Lenovo and a new EC in the mainstream category.Samara Lynn, Networking Analyst: The latest networking products are flowing in after ces: 450 Mbps wi-fi routers, high throughput Access Points, wireless diagnostic tools and cloud-managed routers are just a few of the hottest new networking technologies we are testing and reviewing this week. Michael Muchmore, Software Analyst: The week in software started out with Firefox touting a new Do Not Track HTTP header proposal akin to the telemarketer-banning Do Not Call list; also in the undesired-stuff-from the internet department, Google promised less spam in its search results. Sean Parker piped up regarding his none-to-flattering portrayal in the hit movie The Social Network, dismissing the flick as pure fiction; Groupon is still exciting the internets with dreams of local advertising. In Apple software happenings, look for my review of Garageband ’11 and roundup of the iLife suite later this week.Neil Rubenking, Security Analyst: As I prepare to meet with Symantec about Norton 360 version 5, I find myself evaluating Kaspersky PURE Total Security, a new Kaspersky tool that’s clearly aligned as direct competition for Norton 360.Sascha Segan, Mobile Analyst: The mobile phone world is quietly preparing for a huge February.
You might think of the sun as a static glowing yellow-white disk sliding lazily across the sky. In reality the sun a constantly changing nuclear furnace out in space that throws off radiation and particles on a regular basis. On October 4-5, the sun was being a little temperamental. Over these two days it threw off a cluster of charged particles, known as a coronal mass ejection (CMS). When the particles reached Earth, there was a satellite there to watch the effects.The image above was captured by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite using the day-night-band (DNB). It shows auroras spreading across Canada and parts of the US early in the morning on October 8 — that’s how long it takes a solar storm to reach Earth. You can get your bearings by searching out the shapes of the Great Lakes and the US East coast.Auroras, or the “northern lights,” are a common occurrence in the northern latitudes where even an active solar wind can set off the gentle ribbons of color. Auroras are caused by the collision of solar particles with the Earth’s magnetic field. Energy is transferred to particles in the upper atmosphere which eventually cause excitation of oxygen and nitrogen atom which give off light.The auroras shown in this image are extending much further south than they would on an average day because of the intense solar storm set off by the CME. While beautiful to the human eye, auroras can be connected with dangerous levels of solar activity. Larger CMEs can cause electrical outages, distort wireless signals, and increase radiation levels in the upper atmosphere. It’s just the price you pay for sunlight.via Flickr
Hasbros new Accustrike Nerf guns want you to be a sniperHasbros new Accustrike Nerf guns want you to be a sniper
Hasbro previewed its newest line of Nerf guns at its pre-New York Comic-Con event in New York last night, and while they lack the speed and size of some of the more notable Nerf guns in recent history they look pretty interesting on their own. The Accustrike line is a new set of Nerf guns with a redesigned dart for more accurate shooting.Accustrike darts actually have corkscrew rifling in the rubber tip, which in theory spins the darts like a bullet through a rifled barrel, making them fly straighter. The biggest issue with Nerf gun accuracy is dart aerodynamics, so this could be a game changer. It also means we continue to get further away from suction cup darts, which are still really fun. Especially since our lab has glass walls.Hasbro unveiled three Accustrike guns, and I tried all three at the event. From the N-Strike Elite line there are the Falconfire pistol and the Alphahawk rifle, and from the Nerf Rebelle line, there’s the Focusfire Crossbow. Archery appears to still be culturally feminine for some reason. Thanks, Katniss.The Falconfire blaster is a single-shot open-bolt pistol. Pull the handle back, put the dart in the chamber, and close the handle again, like the Nerf Sharpstrike. You have to make sure it clicks, or it won’t fire, and that action felt a little bit still for my tastes. Basic, but pretty accurate at short range, and it has this fun pseudo-cyberpunk look because of its partially skeletal design.The Alphahawk is the most sniper-ass Nerf gun I’ve used since the Longstrike. It’s a sniper rifle with a rotating five-shot Nerf Strongarm-like cylinder that flips out for reloading. Bolt action and very accurate. Of course, remember accuracy with Nerf is maybe 25 to 50 feet at best, and the firing range Hasbro set up was 10 t0 15 feet anyway, but it still seemed to shoot more consistently than other Nerf guns.Finally, the Focusfire Crossbow seemed like a smaller version of the Rebelle Codebreaker crossbow. Single-action, rotating barrel, bowstring that pulls back when you cock it even though the power is all in the plunger’s spring. This gun was pretty neat because of a set of pop-up rangefinder sights with notches at different elevations. Useless at the event, but with practice, I could see them offering some impressive accuracy at different distances.The Nerf Accurstrike line launches this spring, with prices ranging from $15 for the Falconfire to $30 for the Alphahawk. There’s also a Nerf Rebelle Truepoint single-shot gun coming out for $10, but I didn’t see it at the event. They’re not super-fast or super-huge, but the accuracy and style could be a big boon, and the price seems right for some easy Nerf sniping. Stay on target Exclusive: Nerf Ups Its Game With New Kid-Friendly ‘Fortnite’…Geek Pick: Nerf Rival Phantom Corps Kronos XVIII-500
AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin’s governmentAP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin’s government
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.“We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,” Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, “will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.”Manafort’s plans were laid out in documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars. How much work Manafort performed under the contract was unclear.The disclosure comes as Trump campaign advisers are the subject of an FBI probe and two congressional investigations. Investigators are reviewing whether the Trump campaign and its associates coordinated with Moscow to meddle in the 2016 campaign. Manafort has dismissed the investigations as politically motivated and misguided, and said he never worked for Russian interests. The documents obtained by AP show Manafort’s ties to Russia were closer than previously revealed.
CrossBorder Salmon Dispute Puts A Damper on Summer Troll OpenerCrossBorder Salmon Dispute Puts A Damper on Summer Troll Opener
Harbors emptied throughout Southeast this week as fishermen headed out for the beginning of the summer troll season. July 1 marks the annual start of the summer’s first king salmon opener — the most lucrative time of the year for many trollers. And signs point to a banner year for king salmon. But Southeast fishermen say they’re not getting their fair share of those kings. The State of Alaska has been locked in a fight with its neighbors to the south over how many fish the fleet can catch. For now, at least, Alaska seems to have lost — and that has led to calls to change the system.Download AudioIt’s been an uncertain, unsettled spring for many Southeast salmon fishermen. Bert Bergman is a troller in Sitka.“It’s been real frustrating because nobody knows what’s going to happen, and usually by now, the quota’s been announced two months ago,” he says. “Nobody knows how many fish we’re catching, or why the number’s low, or how we got this way.”Usually, fishermen have two numbers in hand before the summer season starts: an estimate of how many kings are out there, and how many they’re allowed to catch. This year, with the season already underway, they don’t have either.“And basically, we’ve had to guess, and dock rumors have ruled the day, instead of reason and facts.”That uncertainty came from the Pacific Salmon Commission, which implements the U.S.-Canada Pacific Salmon Treaty. Each year, the commission has to come up with an estimate of king salmon abundance, determine how many kings Alaska fishermen can catch, and decide how many will pass on to Canada, Washington and Oregon. But this year, the Commission deadlocked over those figures — leading to months of wrangling. Days before the summer opening, fishermen weren’t sure they’d be fishing at all.Finally, in late June, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced that it would open the summer king salmon fishery, and it would be managed assuming low king salmon abundance. But the state explicitly said it believes that estimate is wrong.“I wouldn’t say that we chose this course of action,” Swanton says.That’s Charlie Swanton, Alaska’s representative on the salmon commission. He says Alaska was backed into a corner after representatives from the Pacific Northwest and federal government threatened to take the state to court.But, he says, it’s not the end of the conversation.“It’s hardened my resolve to turn around and find some solutions such that Alaskans get their fair share of the fish that migrate by our coastal communities.”Alaska believes the model used by the Commission is deeply flawed. Last year was a huge year for king salmon in Southeast, and the winter troll fishery was also strong. Meanwhile, forecasts are calling for major returns to the Columbia River basin. All of that suggests a big year for chinook, Swanton says.But even though Alaska didn’t win any concessions this year, the Commission has agreed to revisit its model before next year’s fishery.Dale Kelley, of the Alaska Trollers Association, says that change can’t come soon enough:“We’ve had thirty years of trying to pay for the sins of the south on habitat destruction. We’ve cared for fish and repeatedly made sacrifices on behalf of our industry and the region just to rebuild runs that are through the roof.”And now, she says, Alaskans should be benefitting from those rebuilt stocks. She says trollers don’t mind taking fewer fish in years of actual low abundance. But she warns that when the model isn’t reliable, it undermines the entire management system.Though the Department of Fish & Game hasn’t announced a quota, Kelley fears Alaska fishermen — commercial and sport — will be allowed about 237,000 kings this year, down from nearly 440,000 last year.“They’re just busting our chops with this quota, this up and down thing. There’s no sustainability, no sense of security that they know what they’re getting year to year.”Troller Bert Bergman says it’s clear the process is not working.“I mean, we’re at the, I’ve never seen as many king salmon in the ocean as I’ve seen now, and I’ve got four generations of trollers in my family. To not get part of that fish when we’ve made all the sacrifices to help rebuild the runs, and we help pay for the hatcheries, and then to not get some of that feels like we’ve been sold out by the southern states and the National Marine Fisheries Service and NOAA.”But for now, he says, he’s got no choice. Whatever the quota is, he’s fishing it.“I think I’m gonna just take a lot of ice and listen to the radio, and see what happens,” Bergman says.And fishermen around Southeast are doing the same thing.
Anchorage teen who hit killed cyclist in court FridayAnchorage teen who hit killed cyclist in court Friday
An Anchorage teen who ran over a cyclist with a pickup truck and drove away will soon find out whether her plea agreement will be accepted, putting her behind bars for up to three years.KTUU-TV reports that 18-year-old Alexandra Ellis is scheduled to appear Friday in Anchorage Superior Court for the July 2014 crash that killed 51-year-old Jeff Holder Dusenbury.Court documents say Ellis had just taken a friend home from a large party she hosted while her parents were out of town when she hit Holder-Dusenbury, an avid cyclist.A plea agreement reached by state prosecutors and defense lawyers would put the teen in jail for one to three years for negligent homicide.The judge will decide whether that agreement is fair.
2015 Faridkot sacrilege incidents Punjab police wants CBI to2015 Faridkot sacrilege incidents Punjab police wants CBI to
CHANDIGARH: Punjab police has sought “further probe” by the CBI into three sacrilege incidents at Faridkot in 2015, days after the central investigation agency filed a closure report in a Mohali court in this regard. In a letter to the CBI, the Special DGP-cum-Director Bureau of Investigation, Punjab, Prabodh Kumar, sought “further investigations” into “certain aspects”, highlighted by Punjab Police Deputy Inspector General R S Khatra led special investigation team which had probed other such incidents. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us In the communication dated July 29, Kumar enclosed a letter written by SIT chief Khatra which pointed out the need to examine certain key witnesses and suspects and to analyse “technical evidence” by seeking information from authorities concerned abroad. “The enclosed letter from Chairman of SIT reveals that certain key witnesses/suspects, whose examination could have thrown light upon these cases have not been identified or examined so far.” Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “In addition, technical evidence mentioned in the enclosed letter would also need proper considerations and analysis and required information may have to be sought from authorities concerned abroad,” Kumar wrote to the CBI Director. The request for a further probe came after the CBI filed its closure report in a special CBI court in Mohali last month, giving a clean chit to the accused in the three incidents of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in 2015 in Faridkot. The agency had rejected the findings of a Punjab Police SIT in these cases.
YouTube Launches ReachBased Pricing for UserSkippable AdsYouTube Launches ReachBased Pricing for UserSkippable Ads
YouTube is rolling out a new way for advertisers to buy spots that users can choose to skip after 5 seconds — designed to optimize cost-effective reach.With YouTube’s standard TrueView in-stream ads, advertisers pay only when viewers watch to the end of the spot or if they click on a card or other elements of the in-stream creative.Now the Google-owned video giant is introducing TruView for Reach, priced on a cost per thousand views (CPM) basis. That, according to YouTube, can help marketers “raise awareness among a broad set of customers” while offering 95% viewability rates.As with standard TrueView ads, TrueView for Reach ads can be skipped after 5 seconds; in practical terms, TrueView for Reach makes more sense for ads in the 10- or 15-second range. (Google recommend a minimum of 12 seconds for TrueView ads.) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety TrueView for Reach brings “our popular in-stream format built on user choice together with the simplicity of CPM buying,” YouTube says. The approach is designed to provide a new option that fits in between standard TrueView ads and YouTube’s in-stream 6-second non-skippable “bumper” ads, first introduced two years ago.Last year, YouTube beta-tested TrueView for Reach and found that of 84 campaigns, around 90% drove a significant lift in ad recall, with an average boost of almost 20%, according to YouTube’s internal data. Samsung Electronics America, one of the beta partners for TrueView for Reach, used the format for a new smartphone launch last year and says it was able to reach 50% more people at half the CPM with the ad unit.YouTube will continue to offer non-skippable bumpers, available in lengths ranging from 6 to 20 seconds. A recent global study found that 60% of bumper campaigns drove a “significant lift” in brand awareness with an average increase of 10%, the video platform said.Meanwhile, YouTube has continued to develop the TrueView portfolio. Last month, YouTube expanded the availability of TrueView for Action, a direct-response video ad format that allows marketers to insert a customized call-to-action, to clients worldwide.
US unearths new drug supertunnel under Mexican borderUS unearths new drug supertunnel under Mexican border
No related posts. Facebook Comments LOS ANGELES, California – U.S. and Mexican authorities have unearthed another sophisticated “supertunnel” used to smuggle drugs beneath their common border, the third since 2011, officials said Thursday.Zig-zagging for a third of a mile beneath the border between San Diego and Tijuana, the newly-constructed tunnel was equipped with an electric-powered rail system to carry the drugs, as well as ventilation.For the first time, agents seized cocaine intended to be smuggled through the tunnel as well as more than eight tons of marijuana, indicating that Mexican drug cartels are getting increasingly “desperate,” they said.“These cartels are foolish to think they’re shoveling under the radar,” said U.S. Attorney for Southern California Laura Duffy at a press conference outside the San Diego warehouse where the U.S. end of the tunnel was found Wednesday.Investigators released video footage of the tunnel, which they stressed was uncovered before it had been been used.In a message to drug smugglers including notably Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, Duffy vowed: “If you continue to build and attempt to use these tunnels, we are determined to make this a big waste of your dirty money.”Three people were arrested and authorities seized the huge marijuana haul as well as 325 pounds of cocaine, which is usually transported in smaller quantities and does not come through tunnels.“Their traditional routes are failing at this point. They’re very desperate. They’ll do anything they can to get into the U.S.,” said Bill Sherman, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s San Diego office.As with two other “supertunnels” discovered in 2011, agents pounced before it had even become operational. “They did not move one gram of narcotics through that tunnel,” Sherman said.Law enforcement authorities were increasingly seeing attempts to bring narcotics including cocaine and methamphetamines over the border through tunnels, or micro-light aircraft.“Those are acts of desperation,” he said.The tunnel was built at an average depth of 35 feet, and was 4 feet high by 3 feet wide, said Derek Benner of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).Construction likely took a year or more, officials said, adding that it was the work of “engineers and architects.” It included hydraulically controlled steel doors.Of the three arrested, two were detained in connection with the cocaine seized, and one, a Mexican national, was held over the marijuana haul. All face a maximum of 10 years to life in jail, officials said.In Tijuana, a Mexican security source said the tunnel was accessed at the southern end by a metal stairway down to a depth of 20 meters, from a building about 80 meters from the border fence.Discoveries of such underground passageways along the U.S.-Mexico border are not uncommon and authorities say they are used by organized crime groups to traffick drugs and people into the United States.The tunnel was the eighth such large-scale structure discovered since 2006, and the fifth intercepted since 2010.More than 77,000 people have died in drug-linked violence in Mexico since 2006, when troops were deployed to battle drug cartels, including under ex-President Felipe Calderón and his successor, Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office last year. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) photo shows drugs seized from a tunnel linking warehouses in San Diego’s Otay Mesa industrial park and Tijuana, Mexico. The tunnel, equipped with electricity, ventilation and rail tracks, was shut down Wednesday night. Three people were arrested, and authorities seized more than eight tons of marijuana and 325 pounds of cocaine, marking the first time cocaine was recovered in connection with a local drug tunnel. AFP Photo/Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Housing Starts Surge Housing Completions Housing Permits Housing Starts HUD Mark Fleming Mortgages U.S. Census Bureau 2017-11-17 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News, Origination Housing starts surged in October 2017, according to new data released by The U.S. Census Bureau and HUD. The new monthly residential construction activity report revealed the number of privately owned housing starts for October to be at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,290,000, up 13.7 percent over the revised September estimate of 1,135,000. That still leaves October 2017 2.9 percent behind the numbers for a year ago (1,328,000 in October 2016). Single-family housing starts also increased, jumping from 833,000 to 877,000 month-over-month, a 5.3 percent increase. In a statement, First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming broke down the numbers:Today’s Census Bureau report for October is an indication of strength for the housing market. The number of permits issued, a leading indicator of housing starts, increased by 0.9 percent and housing starts decreased -2.9 percent, respectively, compared to a year ago. In addition to the increase in permit issuance, the stock of housing units authorized to be built increased by 14.3 percent, and the number of housing units under construction also increased by 4.1 percent. The number of completed homes, which is additional new supply added to the housing stock, also increased by 15.5 percent compared to a year ago.The Northeast in particular is seeing a boom in housing starts. They increased a whopping 42.2 percent in the Northeast, as compared to 18.4 percent in the Midwest and 17.2 percent in the South. Only the West saw a drop in starts for October, falling by 3.7 percent. “By the looks of this month’s numbers, the South, which accounts for almost half of the nation’s housing starts, could be seeing a rebound from effects of the hurricanes,” Fleming said. The Northeast has also seen a spike in housing permits issued this year, up 8.6 percent and leading the pack ahead of the West (up 4.3 percent). Both the Midwest and the South saw fewer permits issued in 2017 (-5.0 percent and -0.5 percent, respectively).Housing completion numbers also trended positive in October, with privately owned housing completions increasing by 12.6 percent over September and 15.5 percent over the October 2016 numbers. Single-family completions were up 2.6 percent over September.Fleming said, “The fact that the number of completions increased by more than 15 percent compared to a year ago is good news because the additional housing units are needed to help alleviate the inventory shortage in the current housing market.”You can see the full Census Bureau/HUD report by clicking here. November 17, 2017 570 Views Share