Separatist leader told to appear before ED

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate has served fresh summons on Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmed Shah in connection with an alleged terror financing case, as he did not turn up for recording his statement last month.Mr. Shah has been asked to appear before the investigating officer on June 6. He was earlier told to come on May 25, but he did not turn up. Money launderingThe money laundering investigation pertains to a case registered by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in August 2005 when it had arrested one alleged hawala operator, Mohammed Aslam Wani, who purportedly disclosed that he had routed ₹2.25 crore for Mr. Shah and his kin. The Separatist leader has, in the past, dismissed the charge, terming it politically motivated.The “hawala” operator was arrested with a large cache of ammunition and ₹63 lakh in cash, which he allegedly received through his contacts in the Middle East. During questioning, he allegedly disclosed that ₹50 lakh was to be delivered to Mr. Shah and ₹10 lakh to Abu Baqr, a Jaish-e-Mohammed area commander in Srinagar.last_img read more

India to debut with France on degrees

first_imgIndia and France are to sign an agreement recognising each other’s academic degrees, from high school upwards, as equivalent with the exception of medicine and law degrees.India has so far eschewed any such pact with any country because of differences in the duration of academic programmes, but has now shed its reluctance.School education lasts 13 years in France but 12 years in India. Most undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are of the same duration in both countries — three and two years, respectively — but BTech courses in France are of three years compared with four years in India.Read it at Telegraph Related Itemslast_img

Sports India Exclusive: Chennaiyin FC unveil their squad ahead of the 2018-19 ISL season

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementDefending champions of the Hero ISL, Chennaiyin FC announced their 25-men squad today, who are set to represent the club for the forthcoming season that starts this Saturday.Chennaiyin FC’s squad for 2018-19 ISL season.Team’s coach John Gregory addressed the gathering briefly before introducing out each and every player and support staff who are part of the squad to take part in this 5th edition of ISL.Mailson Alves who scored in the finals of the previous edition has now been made the captain of the side after the club failed to agree a contract for Henrique Sereno. Apart from that the usual suspects of midfielders Raphael Augusto and Gregory Nelson, and, defender Inigo Calderon make the squad.Midfielder Andrea Orlandi, who played with Inigo Calderon at Brighton and Hove Albion, and forward Carlos Antonio are the new foreign signings.In the Indian player’s list, youngsters Issac Vanmalsawma, formerly of FC Pune City and Srinivasan Pandiyan of Chennai City FC have been selected. More youth talent have been added to the squad with the likes of Hendry Antonay, Bedashwor Singh and Zonunmawia this time around.But the club is set to face a major setback as one of their key players and local boy, Dhanpal Ganesh is set to miss the first few weeks of the tournament due to injury.Once having finished announcing the squad for the forthcoming season, the coach and the players stayed back for a short press conference.When asked on how much pressure they have had to face being the defending champions, Gregory said that they have had no pressure and were looking ahead to the start of the season. He also added that the players were looking relaxed just like how they were when they faced BFC in last season’s final.Jeje Lalpekhlua, who has been with the squad since the inception of the tournament said that he could see developments every year with the team. He said that the quality of the foreign players, who have been with the team have always influenced them in the right direction.Gregory who was then asked on how he was going to utilise his youngster’s for the season, he said that the right time will come when they’ll be given a chance. Gregory also added that Ganesh, who wasn’t even part of the squad in the first half of last season got to play a major role in winning the title in the second half of the tournament.Mailson when asked about his new role as captain said that he was looking forward to the challenge and will be looking to emulate what Sereno did to the club last season.Andrea Orlandi then admitted that Inigo Calderon had a huge part in influencing him in joining the ISL Club. He said that he would contact Inigo regularly who would always give him a positive feedback about the club.The team’s assistant coach Sabir Pasha then answered the final question in the presser. When he was asked on whether the current squad was better than last year’s one, Pasha said that they couldn’t be compared and both of those teams look good.Here’s the full squad:Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh, Sanjiban Ghosh, Nikhil BernardDefenders: Mailson Alves (C) (Brazil), Eli Sabia (Brazil), Inigo Calderon (Spain), Jerry Lalrinzuala, Tondonba Singh, Laldinliana Renthlei, Zohmingliana Ralte, Hendry AntonayMidfielders: Raphael Augusto (Brazil), Gregory Nelson (The Netherlands), Andrea Orlandi (Italy), Francisco Fernandes, Thoi Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh, Srinivasan Pandiyan, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Bedashwor Singh, ZonunmawiaForwards: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Mohammed Rafi, Carlos Antonio Salom (Palestine)Chennaiyin FC are trying to become the first side to defend their title successfully. They will have their task cut out as they’ll face bigger challenges ahead of them with the international breaks and AFC cup commitments. They kick start their campaign away to BFC this Saturday.Also Read:Surprise: Klopp wants to win ugly!last_img read more

SPORT-WT20-MORTAZA 2LAST

first_img“It felt like Irish conditions in Dharamsala and it was “It felt like Irish conditions in Dharamsala and it was tough for the group. Were almost in the group of death here. All the other four teams are fancied to win the tournament. So its a difficult task,” Mortaza said. “We are thinking of the first match and will go match by match. If we do well tomorrow then we will think beyond. “Obviously theres a bit of confidence having played is good ODI cricket in the last one-and-a-half years. But T20 has always been difficult for us. But weve been doing well in the last three four weeks in T20s. Confidence is there and we want to make it count,” he said. Asked about the availability of left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who is recovering from a side strain, Mortaza said, “We cant say he will be available. He is feeling well. We have 24 hours to assess his condition. The physio and coach will take a decision.” Bangladesh had beaten Pakistan less than a fortnight ago back home to make the Asia Cup final but Mortaza refused to look back at the past. “If you go by history, Pakistan are much better. I dont think about past. We are focusing on how to get a good start tomorrow. We will give our best,” Mortaza said. “History says they are a much better side but if we play the way we have been playing it would be a good match for us. “Pakistan have more experience than us. We have had a good Asia Cup. We got some exciting players.” PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Heat wave likely to prevail in Telangana for next two days

first_imgHyderabad, Apr 14 (PTI) Heat wave is likely to prevail at most places in Telangana for the next two days including in districts like Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Rangareddy, Khammam, Medak.”Dry weather is likely to prevail over the state with most places likely to record maximum temperature between 42 and 45 degrees Celsius,” an release issued by Indian Meteorology Department said.”No large change in maximum temperatures over Telangana. They were markedly above normal at one or two places over Telangana. The highest maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius was recorded at Nalgonda,” it added.Heat waves have claimed 35 lives in Telangana so far, prompting the state government to issue alerts in all districts to take precautionary measures to minimise the impact of the prevailing weather conditions, senior official had said yesterday. PTI GDK NRB ANPlast_img read more

UWT to Get New Quay in Rotterdam

first_imgzoom Port of Rotterdam Authority drove the first pile for a new new quay in the Johan Frisohafen to be used by United Waalhaven Terminal (UWT) container centre.The quay will have a length of 165 metres and an initial depth of 7 metres, which will eventually be deepened to 10 metres. UWT will use the quay to replace one of the current ones in the 1st Eemhaven. The construction of the quay is expected to be completed at the end of September.The main purpose of the quay is for the handling of empty containers, but it is also suitable for full containers.The construction of the quay forms part of a total restructuring of the terminal, which was given a new, central entrance for trucks. In addition, drivers can now drive directly to the exact location to pick up containers, with the aid of the correct pre-arrival notifications. UWT’s aim is to reduce the average length of stay for trucks on Bunschotenweg by around 50%.The increase in capacity provides the shipping companies and lease companies with more options for keeping empty containers more closely available to the shippers.last_img read more

In the news today Dec 5

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Tuesday, Dec. 5———PM TRUDEAU: FREE TRADE MEANT TO COMBAT POPULISMPursuing free trade with China and preserving NAFTA are part of Canada’s international mission to combat the rising tide of populism, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday during his visit to China. Trudeau characterized his trade ambitions with China, NAFTA and the pursuit of other deals as part of Canada’s fight against the protectionist tide most closely linked to U.S. President Donald Trump.———MILLARD TO GIVE CLOSING ADDRESS AT MURDER TRIALA murder trial in the presumed death of a young Toronto woman is nearing the end as one of the accused is expected to make his closing arguments today. Jurors will hear from Dellen Millard, who is representing himself in the first-degree murder trial in Toronto. The Crown alleges Millard and his co-accused, Mark Smich, killed Laura Babcock in 2012 because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle. Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty.———TOP COURT TO HEAR HYDRO-DEAL BATTLEThe Supreme Court of Canada will be asked today to reopen a notoriously lopsided 1969 deal that has so far generated more than $27.5 billion for Hydro-Quebec, versus about $2 billion for Newfoundland and Labrador. Lawyer Doug Mitchell says shifting markets has allowed Hydro-Quebec to buy power at cheap fixed prices and sell it for huge profits. The disparity has fuelled a bitter feud between the two provinces.———SCOTIABANK OFFER TO BUY SHARE OF CHILEAN BANK OK’DScotiabank says its offer to buy a stake in a Chilean bank for $2.9 billion has been accepted. The Canadian bank says Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) agreed today to sell its 69.19 per cent stake in BBVA Chile. Scotiabank says it intends to merge BBVA Chile with its existing operations in Chile. The acquisition will double Scotiabank’s market share in Chile to approximately 14 per cent.———SOFTWOOD EXPORTS FALL BUT VALUE IS UPCanada’s softwood lumber exports to the U.S. have fallen since the Americans imposed new duties earlier this year, but thanks to near-record wood prices, the industry isn’t suffering much from the political trade fight. As the end of 2017 draws closer, it seems unlikely a new softwood agreement will be inked between Canada and the U.S. this year, but even the industry association representing most softwood producers in Canada isn’t that concerned.———RIDE-HAILING WON’T DENT DRUNK DRIVING: CRITICSSome people on the front lines of Saskatchewan’s drunk-driving battle aren’t convinced that changes meant to allow Uber or Lyft to operate in the province will do much to keep impaired drivers off the roads. Joe Hargrave, minister for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, introduced a bill last week that would allow companies to provide a vehicle and driver. He said this would give impaired drivers another option for getting home.———SUSPECT IN COURT TODAY IN IMMIGRATION FRAUD CASEA businessman charged with not paying Filipino temporary workers their required wages is expected to be back in Nova Scotia Supreme Court today. Hector Mantolino, owner and operator of Mantolino Property Services Ltd., was charged in June 2013 with 56 counts of immigration fraud. The 55-year-old is accused of advising foreign workers to provide misleading and untruthful statements on their work permit applications.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— BMO will release its fourth-quarter and year-end results.— Statistics Canada will release Canadian international merchandise trade figures for October.— Supreme Court of Canada nominee Justice Sheilah Martin will take part in a question-and-answer session with MPs and the Senate.— B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth will release more details on B.C.’s plans for regulating non-medical cannabis.— Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne continues a trade mission in Vietnam.— Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil will make an announcement regarding the future of Volta Labs.last_img read more

Mexican steel exec awaits for extradition in Spanish jail

MADRID — A Spanish judge has sent the head of Mexico’s biggest steelmaker to jail while authorities decide on his extradition to Mexico, where he’s wanted for alleged corruption-related crimes.A Spanish police spokesman told The Associated Press that Spanish police, acting on a Mexican warrant, arrested Altos Hornos de Mexico President Alonso Ancira Elizondo late Tuesday as he was getting ready to board a Canada-bound plane from the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.A spokesman with the National Court in Madrid, which handles extradition cases, said Wednesday that Judge Santiago Pedraz ordered Ancira to be kept in custody until Mexico submits the case’s documents.Both officials spoke under customary rules of anonymity.Mexican authorities on Tuesday froze the bank accounts of Altos Hornos de Mexico and Emilio Lozoya, a former chief of Pemex, the country’s state-owned company.Aritz Parra, The Associated Press read more

At UN meeting officials review procedures in case of flu pandemic

Making a watchword of preparedness, officials from 30 countries today wrapped up a two-day United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) meeting in Paris where they reviewed responses to a potential outbreak of a new strain of influenza caused by bird flu.Avian influenza from the H5N1 virus is currently widespread among poultry and bird populations on three continents, officials were told by Dr. David Nabarro, the UN’s point man on the issue. It is known to have infected only a few hundred people to this point, but if it mutates into a strain that is rapidly transmissible among humans it could take a deadly and rapidly spreading toll.Good planning, clear arrangements for direction and staff communications, a fully prepared work force, and clear procedures for customer and workplace safety are the keys to protecting the interests of travellers, companies, and the entire tourism sector, Dr. Nabarro told the group.At any given time, there are over 2 million travellers abroad, and millions more travelling within home countries, according to Geoffrey Lipman, UNWTO Assistant Secretary-General. He underscored that there is no present threat to tourism from avian flu. The purpose of the two-day exercise in Paris, organized by the UNWTO, is to hone coordination within countries as well as across borders in the event of a regional or global crisis.“The tourism sector is committed to being fully prepared in the event of a pandemic,” Mr. Lipman said. A special portal has been launched at www.sos.travel to help travellers and the industry in case of such an emergency. 29 March 2007Making a watchword of preparedness, officials from 30 countries today wrapped up a two-day United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) meeting in Paris where they reviewed responses to a potential outbreak of a new strain of influenza caused by bird flu. read more

Les apéros Facebook de Lille et de VitryleFrançois interdits

first_imgLes apéros Facebook de Lille et de Vitry-le-François interditsFrance – Les préfets du Nord et de la Marne ont interdit les apéros géants, dits “apéros Facebook”, qui devaient avoir lieu à Lille et à Vitry-le-François samedi prochain. Motif invoqué : l’absence d’organisateur. Brice Hortefeux, le ministre de l’Intérieur, avait en effet envoyé la semaine dernière aux préfets des consignes de fermeté, afin de garantir l’ordre public et la sécurité.Ont également été évoqués le nombre très important de participants à l’évènement ainsi que la consommation d’alcool. Même si aucune interdiction n’a été mise en place, les préfets doivent gérer les situations au cas par cas, et ici aucun organisateur ou “initiateur” n’a été identifié.Ces mesures ont été prises suite au décès d’un jeune homme de 21 ans lors d’un apéro géant qui avait eu lieu à Nantes il y a deux semaines. Le 28 mai 2010 à 09:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Athletic Bilbao director confirms interest in Ander Herrera

first_imgSporting director Rafael Alkorta confirmed Athletic Bilbao’s interest in re-signing former stars Ander Herrera and Fernando LlorenteBoth players will be out of contract at the end of the season at Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.Herrera, who’s been at United since 2014, is understood to be in talks over a new deal, while Llorente could leave Spurs in this month’s transfer window.The 33-year-old striker has previously expressed an interest in rejoining Athletic, where he spent eight years at and scored 111 goals in 327 games, after growing tired of playing second fiddle to Harry Kane at Spurs.Now Alkorta has confirmed Athletic’s interest in Herrera and Llorente along with two other stars.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai [Gomez], Ander Herrera, Llorente…” Alkorta told Cadena Ser.“It’s obvious that any player that can play for Athletic is of interest to us.“Nothing is easy but we are interested in having all of the ones that can come. We have not made any moves yet. We will start on Tuesday and we will see what can be done.”Athletic secured their third win of La Liga this season by beating Celta Vigo 2-1 on Monday night after goals from Iker Muniain and Iñaki Williams.The Basque club are now 16th in the standings and two points above the drop zone.last_img read more

UPDATE Teen boy killed in Ridgefield crash

first_imgA 17-year-boy was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Ridgefield.The crash was reported to police at 7:38 p.m. in the 28800 block of Northwest Main Avenue.A pickup truck driver took a hard left turn to go south on Main Avenue and lost control of the vehicle, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue. The pickup ended up on its top.The driver was uninjured, but the passenger, a 17-year-old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene, Dawdy said.Clark County Fire & Rescue has responded to crashes in the same spot that stemmed from the hard left turn. The road does not get much traffic, Dawdy said.Police blocked off traffic to investigate. A medical examiner was dispatched to the site of the accident.The teen’s name was not released.last_img read more

Wilderness in Alaska

first_imgWhether you call it locking up land or protecting it, wilderness designation raises some profound cultural, biological and management questions. As it turns 50 years old, is the Wilderness Act showing signs of age? Or has it barely reached maturity? Nowhere in the country is there more wilderness than Alaska.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:J. Michael Holloway, author, Dreaming Bears, a Gwich’in Indian Storyteller, a Southern Doctor, a Wild Corner of AlaskaProduced segments by Aviva Hirsch, Reid Magdanz and Nikki NavioCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

A week after the Anchorage earthquake city continues to find damaged homes

first_imgJessica Fox stands outside her home, which was badly damaged by the Nov. 30 earthquake. Fox said her porch was level before the earthquake hit. (Photo: Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)On a quiet side street in Anchorage’s Sand Lake neighborhood, a yellow sign appeared Wednesday on resident Chris George’s front door.“RESTRICTED USE,” it states in bold, capital letters, with a handwritten note beneath: “Not recommended to occupy until engineer evaluation of foundation and soils.”George is still living there, though, with his son and mother.“Nowhere else to go,” George said.The sign was placed there by the city. It’s the beginning of an inspection process that could take weeks, showing how Anchorage is still coming to grips with the extent of the damage to buildings and homes following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck the region on Nov. 30.As of Dec. 6, the municipality had declared 33 buildings and homes unsafe to occupy, most in Eagle River, one of the hardest-hit areas. Another 149 are labeled with yellow “restricted use” signs.As the municipality continues inspecting neighborhoods and homes, those numbers are expected to climb.Anchorage resident Chris George stands next to the sign the city posted on his door following the Nov. 30 earthquake. (Photo: Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)An inspector told George the earthquake caused his house to sink about six inches. The damage to his home isn’t immediately noticeable driving by, but a closer inspection reveals that things are slightly askew. The deck is tilted, and there’s a crack between the roof of his carport and the wall.About a half-dozen other homes have yellow signs on George’s street. They indicate the homes are damaged and need inspection and repairs.That’s better than a red sign, which means a home is unfit to occupy.George said he is still figuring out next steps. He doesn’t have earthquake insurance and at this point, he has no idea how much fixing his home will cost.But, he said, “I’m pretty lucky because a lot of other people got it a lot worse…I’m not complaining, really.”George’s next-door neighbor, Jessica Fox, also got a yellow sign. She described the damage from the couch in her living room, beneath a line of wind chimes that started ringing when the ground shook a week ago.“The morning of, we realized that our house sank and actually split in half,” Fox said.The split wasn’t immediately visible from the living room, but one of the side rooms angles away from the rest of the house. Fox had been told it’s not safe to go inside. Her front porch slopes down towards her house at a more extreme angle. And Fox has a series of photos on her computer documenting even more extensive damage beneath her home, showing twisted beams and a crack in the foundation running the full length of the house.Fox said she’s looking into what it would take to make repairs, but after a conversation with a contractor, she wasn’t feeling hopeful.“Because of how the house was built and how it sank, it’s probably going to be deemed a total loss,” Fox said.Fox does have earthquake insurance. But that doesn’t mean the process is going to easy. She said she’s lived in this home for 15 years.“It was the first house that my husband and I got together,” Fox said. “Our kids have grown up here.”The municipality doesn’t yet have a good sense of how many other Anchorage homeowners are dealing with similar problems. After checking commercial buildings, hospitals and schools, the city’s building inspectors have had just a few days to look at homes, according to Don Hickel, lead structural inspector with the municipality of Anchorage.Hickel said many homes still need to be inspected and they can only work in daylight hours. Still, they are trying to at least lay eyes on every neighborhood in Anchorage.“It’s going to take some time,” Hickel said.That means in the coming days and weeks, more red, yellow and green signs will start to pop up around the Anchorage area.According Ross Noffsinger with the municipality’s Development Services Department, the signs don’t trigger anything related to insurance or government assistance. They’re posted simply for safety purposes.Still, as far as the city’s concerned, most Anchorage buildings performed well in the earthquake. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said it’s not surprising the city is continuing to find homes with damage.“The level of damage is something you can anticipate from an earthquake of this magnitude,” Berkowitz said. “We need to remember how fortunate we are that nobody was killed, there were very few injuries, and that whatever is a material thing that was broken can be replaced.”To request an inspection from the city, Anchorage-area homeowners can go to the website muni.org. More resources are available at the website ready.alaska.gov. Residents can also call the State Individual Disaster Assistance Hotline at 1-855-445-7131.last_img read more

Venezuela bars Guaido from leaving country

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido attends a session of the Venezuela`s National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela on 29 January 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice barred self-declared president Juan Guaido from leaving the country and froze his bank accounts Tuesday, as leader Nicolas Maduro seeks to neutralise the American-backed opposition chief.The 35-year-old head of the National Assembly legislature “is prohibited from leaving the country until the end of the (preliminary) investigation” for having “caused harm to peace in the republic,” high court president Maikel Moreno said.The court is stacked with Maduro loyalists.The move came after the state department revealed that Guaido — the National Assembly head and self-proclaimed interim president — has been handed control of Venezuela’s US bank accounts.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the order last week, which was then followed on Monday by US sanctions targeting Venezuela’s state oil giant PDVSA, the cash-strapped government’s main source of hard currency.”This certification will help Venezuela’s legitimate government safeguard those assets for the benefit of the Venezuelan people,” state department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.Guaido shrugged off Maduro’s efforts to choke his progress as “nothing new.””I’m not dismissing the threats, the persecution at this time, but we’re here, we’re continuing to do our jobs,” he told reporters as he arrived at the National Assembly.Guaido, who has been recognized as interim president by US president Donald Trump, sent a message to the country’s top court on Twitter warning that “the regime is in its final stage.””You shouldn’t sacrifice yourselves for the usurper and his gang,” he added.‘Serious consequences’In Washington, Trump’s national security advisor warned of “serious consequences” if any harm comes to the Venezuelan opposition leader.”Let me reiterate — there will be serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido,” Trump advisor John Bolton tweeted.The opposition-controlled legislature, meanwhile, named “diplomatic representatives” to a dozen countries that, like the US, have recognised Guaido as the interim president.At the White House, US vice president Mike Pence met with Guaido’s appointed charge d’affaires in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, to discuss the crisis.The 35-year-old engineer stormed onto the political stage as a virtual unknown on 3 January, when he was sworn in as the president of the National Assembly, a body that had been largely neutralized by the Supreme Court.On 23 January, he declared himself the country’s acting president and vowed to lead a transitional government that would hold democratic elections.To keep up the pressure, he has called two more mass demonstrations against the government this week, and has appealed to the powerful military to change sides, offering amnesty to those who do.At least 40 people have been killed in clashes with security forces nationwide and at least 850 arrested since 21 January when a brief military rebellion was put down in Caracas, according to the UN human rights office in Geneva.’Blood on his hands’US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions against PDVSA would prevent Maduro from diverting resources from the country until power could be transferred to an interim or democratically-elected government.A furious Maduro, 56, said Trump would have “blood all over his hands” if violence breaks out in Venezuela.In a tweet, he urged the opposition to “ignore the imperialist calls” and reiterated his offer of dialogue to Guaido. He has previously accused the US of trying to orchestrate a coup d’etat.Gustavo Tarre, Venezuela’s new pro-Guaido representative to the Organization of American States, rejected the coup accusation and cast doubt on the staying power of Maduro’s regime, saying no one would defend him to the death.Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the new sanctions “violate all possible international norms” and said the US has “publicly taken a course toward illegal regime change.”Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said his country opposes “unilateral sanctions” as they “will only complicate the situation and will not help solve practical problems.”The oil-rich country is already reeling from a deep economic crisis that has pushed millions into poverty and driven 2.3 million more to migrate.Hyperinflation, shortages of food and medicine and failing public services has spread misery, undermining support for a leftist regime that has held power for two decades.’All options’Trump’s national security advisor Bolton called Monday for Venezuela’s security forces “to accept the peaceful, democratic and constitutional transfer of power.”He also reiterated Trump’s position that “all options are on the table.”Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan did not rule out a US military deployment to Colombia.But the Lima Group of Latin American countries and Canada is opposed to “military intervention” in the Venezuela, Peru’s foreign minister Nestor Popolizio said.Six European nations — Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain — have said they would follow suit unless Maduro calls elections by 3 February.last_img

Acers 21inch curved screen 176lbs laptop is absolutely insane

first_imgOn the same day that they revealed a 2.5-pound Ultrabook measuring just 0.39 inches thick, Acer also showed off another model that weighed 17.6 pounds and probably eats Ultrabooks to power itself.This mammoth new machine is the Predator 21X, with the 21 referring to the diagonal measurement of its curved IPS display, and the X referring to the extra everything that Acer decided to cram inside its cavernous shell. Seriously, the hardware in this thing is absolutely insane. As insane as the $5,000 price tag Acer plans to slap on it.Let’s start with the normal stuff. It’s powered by an Intel Kaby Lake processor and has 802.11ac+ WiFi, gigabit Ethernet, and several USB ports (two type-a and “at least” one type-c). The rest of the Predator 21X’s components aren’t exactly typical laptop fare.The keyboard, for example, is mechanical and uses Cherry MX switches. The Predator 21X’s numeric keypad isn’t mechanical, but it does do backflips: you can turn it over if you need a gigantic touchpad to mouse around with. It also has dual GPUs — Nvidia GTX1080s, to be specific. Sound is pumped — nay, pounded — out through four speakers and two subwoofers. Its webcam? It supports eye-tracking, so you can glare at targets in some games to lock in headshots. Even though this thing is brimming with USB ports, you won’t need to worry about external storage. You can just keep popping drives into another one of the laptop’s five internal bays until you’re satisfied with the total number of terabytes.Want to hook up an external monitor? Not a problem. In fact, why not hook up three? The Predator 21X has two DisplayPort and one HDMI output options, so you’ll never have to worry about feeling limited by its single, puny 21-inch screen.With this kind of hardware, the Predator 21X can’t be powered by an ordinary laptop brick. No, it takes a pair of AC adapters to supply enough juice to keep it running. We’ll assume you can just plug them into an ordinary wall outlet, but who knows? You might have to get an electrician to come wire in something that’s more like an EV charger. The swirling blue pattern here is actually the souls of Acer’s design team which are doomed to an eternity of servitude to the Predator 21X.<><>last_img read more

Drunk Bats Manage To Pass Sobriety Tests

first_imgA Pallas’s long-tongued bat, representing one of six species used in the new study. Bat researchers from the biology departments of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Ca) theorized that the amount of ethanol in the fermented fruit and nectars that the bats ingested was likely to induce intoxication.The researchers gave “sobriety tests” to 106 bats, representing six species of New World Leaf-nosed bats, after the bats had consumed enough ethanol to bring their blood alcohol content (BAC) up to 0.3 or higher. (The legal limit of BAC for human drivers is .08!) The bat BAC levels were attained by feeding the test bats ethanol mixed with sugar water. Their control group counterparts received just the plain sugar water.The bats took flight in a researcher-constructed obstacle course in which the bats would have to navigate according to five standard identifiable flying behaviors of phyllostomide bats. Otherwise, they would betray their drunkenness. Additionally, the biologists expected the alcohol to alter the bats’ echolation, or calling behavior, so they recorded the bats with ultrasonic condenser microphones.”We went into the study fully expecting that some of the species wouldn’t be able to hold their drink,” study co-author Brock Fenton, from the University of Western Ontario, told National Geographic News.But once the bats went through the test – some, mind you, with three times higher BAC than a drunk driver – the researchers found no measurable change in either flight or calling behaviors. A prior study conducted with Old World bats dieting on seasonal fruit and nectar reported signs that bat motor skills and echolation were clearly affected by the ethanol content in their diets. Apparently, the New World bats, exposed to high-ethanol products all year round, have developed an alcohol tolerance that has “afforded them an evolutionary edge.” Fenton and his colleagues are now trying “to find a company that sells alcoholic refreshments who will sponsor an expanded study.” (PhysOrg.com) — New World Leaf-nosed bats (Chiroptera Phyllostomidae) are thriving in the tropical forests of Central and South America, even though their diets consist of more fruits and nectars than their counterparts in the Old World. Strange thing is the phyllostomide bats are drawn to fruits and nectars even after they have fermented. More information: Drinking and Flying: Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Flight and Echolocation Performance of Phyllostomid Bats? Citation: Orbach DN, Veselka N, Dzal Y, Lazure L, Fenton MB (2010) Drinking and Flying: Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Flight and Echolocation Performance of Phyllostomid Bats? PLoS ONE 5(2): e8993. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008993 Study looks at metal baseball bat safety © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Drunk Bats Manage To Pass Sobriety Tests (2010, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-drunk-sobriety.htmllast_img read more

Undaunted Even 1 lakh FIRs wont slow our fight says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Stating that the country is experiencing a state of “super emergency”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assured that her fight of justice for the people will continue, even if lakhs of FIRs are lodged against her and her party colleagues.While reacting on the FIR lodged against her and the arrest of her party’s MPs, MLA and minister at Silchar, the Chief Minister said: “They keep lodging FIRs against us. It is interesting that I am sitting in Bengal and an FIR has been lodged in Assam…we don’t mind even if 1 lakh FIRs are lodged against us for fighting for the rights of common people.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee said that she has spoken to the Union Home minister Rajnath Singh during her visit to Delhi and the latter has assured her that there will be no harassment of common people. “My question is that then why have our MPs been harassed today?” she asked.She maintained in the same breath: “We are actually in a situation of super-emergency. There is no democracy in the country.”Condemning the arrest of her party colleagues, the Chief Minister said: “They went there for a better cause. My question is that if everything is normal and peaceful in Assam, then why has section 144 of CrPC been imposed in all the districts? Why were they (TMC MPs, MLA and minister) stopped when two of them wanted to go ahead at a time instead of marching together in a group? They just wanted to go to the convention centre and return after speaking to some people there.” “Our fight will continue for the sake of common people. We will never step back,” she added.She further added that there is no democratic right in the country. “Senior journalists are being beaten up,” she said, adding that the Army personnel from Assam, who are deployed in borders, are also worried about their family members.last_img read more

MMTC launches its first exclusive franchise in Delhi

first_imgMMTC, one of the largest trading company in Asia, recently launched its first exclusive MMTC Gold and silver jewelry franchise “Ultimate purity”, in south extension II, Delhi. The event was inaugurated by Ved Prakash, CMD, MMTC.”The brand aims to become the leading International trading house in India which could operate in the competitive global trading environment, with focus on domestic gold monetization and ‘Make in India’ scheme,” said Ved Prakash CMD, MMTC during the launch. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAdding to that, Ultimate purity owner Jatinder V.Sehgal said that MMTC brand gives assurance to the customer and is a name of trust through which he will carve a memorable voyage in his new venture. MMTC as a launch pad in a jewellery market is a big boon to him and he believes in customer satisfaction before profit. The gold bangles and silver items are all hallmarked and are certified for their purity.MMTC – largest importer of gold in India – has massive plans for expansion with encouraging more gold channelizing in India. The brand announced launch of 50 more franchise this year all over India which will offer authentic and cultural designs as per the region and their demands. The purity of Gold/Silver Bullion Bars (Kilogram Bar of 995 Purity or 100 gm Gold Bar of 999 purity and silver bars of 0.999 fine purity) assures the satisfaction of the customer and takes the credibility of every piece of jewellery manufactured by them. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDuring last financial year, total profit after taxes was 57.06 crores. MMTC has a large prospect at the International market, serving countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and North America.Excelling in the best way and sharing many success stories, MMTC-PAMP has become India’s first LBMA accredited refiner for Gold and silver. During 2016-17, MMTC sold Gold Bars produced by MPIPL in the domestic market, achieving aturnover of 7922.2 million. MMTC is all set to land on e-commerce, ie. Now MMTC products will be available at a very feasible rate. The plan is to make it online before Dhanteras (Diwali).last_img read more

Taxi drivers of Tulum protest limited park access with highway blockade

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — Taxi drivers of the Tiburones del Caribe syndicate partially block the federal highway heading toward the Tulum Hotel Zone and National Park Monday in protest of their limited access to the national park.Members of the Tiburones del Caribe union intermittently blocked the coastal road Monday morning in protest against new rules of La Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp).Dozens of taxi drivers began lining the highway on both sides around 9:30 a.m. as they placed large red traffic cones across half of the highway. The group were protesting the limited park entry being put into place for taxi drivers.Tulum taxi drivers are hoping representatives of Morena in Quintana Roo will allow them to again work within the Tulum National Park Tulum after members of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) demanded that they withdraw from the area, saying the taxi drivers were affecting traffic as well as the natural environment of the area.According to a bill signed in the middle of the year, only 23 taxi drivers are permitted entry to sites assigned by the interior of the Plataforma Nacional de Transparencia.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more