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Markets Right Now: Strong earnings send US stocks higher

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):____9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street after several companies turned in results that were better than investors were expecting.Hilton Worldwide jumped 5.7 per cent early Wednesday after its earnings and revenue easily beat analysts’ forecasts.Global Payments also rose 2.4 per cent after reporting strong results.Groupon slumped 14.4 per cent after turning in a disappointing quarterly report card.The S&P 500 gained 12 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,756.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 129 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,555. The Nasdaq added 35 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 7,447.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.71 per cent.The Associated Press read more

UNESCO chief calls on Ugandan authorities to punish journalists killers

Paul Kiggundu, a correspondent for Top Radio and several television stations, was beaten unconscious and died on his way to hospital on 10 September in the southern town of Rakai after motorcyclists protesting over the murder the previous day of a fellow biker turned on him when they saw him filming their attack on the home of a suspect. “I deplore the death of Paul Kiggundu,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement. “He died in the exercise of his mission as a journalist, covering the news so that the public could be informed.“His murder is a tragic illustration of the risks media professionals take every day in the name of freedom of expression. I call on the Ugandan authorities to make every effort to investigate this crime and bring the culprits to justice.”Ms. Bokova has frequently intervenes in defence of freedom of the press, condemning the killings of more than three dozen journalists and media workers so far this year. 15 September 2010The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with defending press freedom today called on the Ugandan authorities to do everything possible to bring to justice the killers of a journalist who was attacked by an angry crowd while covering a protest by dozens of motorcyclists. read more

Some 8500 refugees arrive in Chad from Central African Republic UN says

The agency has rushed in emergency supplies, such as high-protein biscuits, plastic sheeting, blankets and cooking sets, for the refugees, some of whom are staying with impoverished families around the Chadian town of Yambodo, near the CAR border, Georges Menze, the head of the Office of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Gore, southern Chad, said.”Most of them told us they fled their homes by night because of the insecurity, which has intensified since June 3,” he said.Noting that seasonal rains were complicating the refugees’ situation, Mr. Menze said, “Some are staying with host families, others have started building makeshift shelters with wood and straw. They are foraging for fruits in the wild. Food is scarce for everyone because of the drought and poor harvest.”A team of staff members from UNHCR, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) went to the area to assess the needs of the newcomers and to find out how best to coordinate with the local authorities in helping them.Southern Chad already hosts 30,000 CAR refugees in two UNHCR camps. Most of them arrived after the March 2003 military coup that brought President François Bozizé to power. He was elected to the position last month.Eastern Chad hosts more than 210,000 Sudanese refugees from Darfur in 12 UNHCR camps. read more

Turn down excessively loud ads regulator orders television broadcasters

by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2012 12:33 pm MDT OTTAWA – Listen up: Canadian broadcasters will have to turn down the volume on their TV ads.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has given broadcasters until September to ensure both their programs and commercials are transmitted at the same volume.The commission says 2009’s international standard for measuring and controlling television signals will apply to minimize fluctuations in loudness between programming and commercials.Canadians flooded the CRTC with complaints last year about annoyingly loud TV commercials.The commission published draft regulations in December and gave broadcasters a chance to respond.The new rules take effect Sept. 1.Other countries, including the United States, are also moving in the same direction. The U.S. passed a law requiring broadcasters and distributors to comply with the Advanced Television Systems Committee standards by the end of last year.“The rules we published bring us a step closer to our goal of eliminating loud TV ads,” acting CRTC chair Leonard Katz said in a statement.“We have every expectation that the industry will take the necessary steps to meet our deadline and provide relief to viewers.” Turn down excessively loud ads, regulator orders television broadcasters AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Football Samuels stock rises Browns falls after NFL Combine

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) celebrates as he scores a rushing touchdown in second overtime to win the game for the Buckeyes on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorAlthough the Ohio State football team will not be breaking records in the NFL Draft like it did last season, there are still eight former Buckeyes who are vying for the chance to play at the highest level in 2017. After the 2017 NFL Combine, a few of those players might be hearing their names called a little earlier after solid workouts. However, it isn’t positive for all OSU’s hopefuls.Center/Guard Pat ElfleinPrediction: Pick 114 (Washington Redskins)Pat Elflein’s switch to center worked well for the Pickerington, Ohio, native. A starter for 40 consecutive games and the indisputable anchor of the Buckeyes on the offensive line last season, Elflein mentored now-redshirt senior Billy Price, who will be following in his teammate’s footsteps next season by sliding over from guard to center.At the combine, Elflein looked leaner, with a more slim yet powerful frame. Even with a body that appeared much more in shape, Elflein managed just 22 reps, a rather low number for an offensive lineman.Elflein was not pleased.“It’s OK for right now,” he told the media. “But I’m going to do more at pro day.”While his stock might drop slightly because of less-than-stellar testing, Elflein is a workhorse who can bring a lot to an NFL franchise. Although he is known to have short arms for an interior lineman and lack some fundamental strength, he can still be a late steal.Wide receiver Curtis SamuelPrediction: Pick 37 (Los Angeles Rams)Curtis Samuel did not have the best hands last season, and had a habit of dropping passes. Regardless, Samuel entered the combine as a wide receiver rather than a running back, and showed off his most valuable skill: his speed.Samuel put in a blazing 4.31 40-yard dash time, the second best mark behind only John Ross of Washington, who ran an absurd 4.22 dash time. It was the fastest time of any Buckeye at the combine ever.It remains to be seen where Samuel actually ends up playing in the NFL. His 18 reps on bench press are a relatively high number for a wide receiver and predict his ability to create separation, but would also show his ability to bounce off tackles in the NFL as a running back.Regardless, Samuel earned himself quite a pay-bump with his quick feet.Linebacker Raekwon McMillanPrediction: Pick 53 (Detroit Lions)A leader in the middle of the OSU defense for three years, Raekwon McMillan is another example of a quality linebacker from Columbus. With more than 100 tackles in his senior season alone, McMillan showed his ability to be a reliable and formidable force in the middle on run defense. As a player who is wise beyond his years, McMillan’s ability to drop back in coverage and chase down ball carriers are the biggest questions ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft. One thing that can’t be questioned is the leadership of McMillan.“Everything we did on defense (at OSU) came through me,” he said. “I can do the same thing for their program. I’m never gonna give you a reason to let me go from the team, and I’ll always be a leader … never a follower.”With 23 reps on bench press, and a solid 4.61 time in the 40-yard dash, it seems strange that fans and coaches still question the ability of the Georgia native. Still, the combine is not an actual game. McMillan will be able to play at the next level, but will still have to prove himself at OSU’s pro day. Any team that takes a chance on him will likely benefit from one of the most intelligent and mature players in the draft, but that team might have to wait a year or two before he develops into a well-rounded middle linebacker.But when he is fully developed, McMillan could be one of the league’s best.Cornerback Marshon LattimorePrediction: Pick 12 (Cleveland Browns)Marshon Lattimore went through lingering hamstring injuries throughout his college career before having a stellar year in 2016, picking up four interceptions and returning one for a touchdown. And yet, every team still seemed hung up on his hamstring. Lattimore said he was asked multiple times about his hamstring, often with the question being the first thing asked.After an x-ray signaled he was fine, Lattimore reported injured his hamstring again, but he said it was hip flexor.Before the apparent injury, Lattimore ran a 4.36 40-yard dash, which showed his hamstring was in order (later ruined by reports of another injury). Lattimore has speed, and has the ability to play zone and press coverage, but his health is a major question mark. Still, Lattimore is confident.“At Ohio State, they prepare you the best, I feel like,” Lattimore said. “We perform in college, and then we perform in the league.”A team is going to take a shot at him in the first round, but the question is, who will be willing to take on the risk of a cornerback who can’t stay on the field?Punter Cameron Johnston Prediction: Pick 247 (Green Bay Packers)It’s hard to judge punters in combine testing. Most of what is known about a special teamer is established well before the combine.In Cameron Johnston’s case, he was one of three punters to run the 40-yard dash, and posted the slowest time among specialists of 4.92 seconds. This isn’t exactly an important stat for punters, but it’s worth noting.Johnston is a rugby-style punter who can really boot the ball deep, and could add a nice twist to a team looking for a proven player at the position. He won’t be taken off the board until late, if at all due to the fact he plays a position that is extremely undervalued. Safety Malik HookerPrediction: Pick 7 (Los Angeles Chargers)“The Freak” proved all doubters wrong in 2016 after coming into Columbus as a somewhat forgotten about three-star recruit. He dominated college football as a ball-hawking safety who could hit as hard as a linebacker. A powerfully built frame, and hands like a wide receiver, Malik Hooker is easily one of the top-10 best players in the entire draft. Offseason surgeries have limited his ability to show off his talent at the combine, but his draft stock has not fallen far.A sports hernia surgery and a procedure to repair a labrum in his hip have slowed Hooker temporarily, but he told reporters at the combine that  he played through the injury during the Fiesta Bowl.“That was never a thought,” Hooker said. “Just because I put too much work in with those guys. It would be like I’m letting them down.”Hooker will still remain a top-10 selection in the draft, even though he will have to wait until rookie camp to actually contribute and work towards playing. Cornerback Gareon ConleyPrediction: Pick 31 (Atlanta Falcons)Gareon Conley is the man people forget from the OSU secondary in this draft, which is disappointing considering he is a quality player and one of the top cornerbacks in a cornerback-heavy class. He solidified that with a solid 4.44 40-yard dash time.In skills drills, Conley was right up there with the cornerbacks who were considered leaps ahead of him, and had a good enough showing to make him seem like a potential pick in the first half of the first round.This likely won’t happen for Conley, as teams have bought into the hype of his former teammates Lattimore and Alabama standout Marlon Humphrey. But his testing at the combine, paired with a career of success with the Buckeyes, shows how much Conley can bring to any team that selects him.Conley is projected to drop out of the first round, but that isn’t stopping him.“I don’t worry about it, but I try to motivate myself to get there,” he said. “I definitely want to be a first-round pick. Nobody doesn’t want to be a first-round pick, so I’m going to work as hard as I can to be a first-round pick.”His solid testing and positive attitude just might have gotten him there.Wide receiver Noah BrownPrediction: Pick 83 (Tennessee Titans)Noah Brown’s decision to leave OSU early was a surprise to many. He hopped on the hype train of players leaving after one solid year of production.Only problem, Brown’s numbers were not solid.With the exception of his absurd four-touchdown night against Oklahoma early in the season, Brown did not show much of anything to demonstrate he is going to make a difference in the NFL. The big-bodied receiver has the size to produce, but has far too many question marks to give him a clear distinction as a top-ranked wide receiver.Brown had a solid 19 reps on the bench press, but did not run the 40-yard dash, electing to wait until OSU’s pro day on March 23 to show off his speed. This draft is deep enough at receiver that Brown needed to wow in order to draw more interest. His body and strength alone have given him some consideration for teams desperate for wide receiver, but Brown could not have done himself any favors in the combine. read more

Ambitious Serbs want medal – Cutura as a Joker of Veselin Vukovic

← Previous Story Wilbek announced Danish squad for the EHF EURO 2012: “Single injury – Big problem” Next Story → France (Men’s) and Germany (Women’s) will organise WCh 2017! EHF EURO 2012 Serbian National Team with big expectations waiting for the EHF EURO 2012 on home-soil. NT coach, Veselin Vukovic announced Official squad with 28 names. Among them is Dalibor Cutura, playmaker of Ademar Leon, who is “one of the posible surprises” about which Vukovic talked last two months.  Serbs are faced with uncertain injuries of Nikola Manojlovic and Zarko Sesum, while also Petar Nenadic has problem with his back.– Cutura deserved nomination because of his performances in EHF Champions League. If we want to be objective, we don’t have “dry quality” for the medal positions. It is very important to understand, what we are waiting for. Our advantage must to be fans, militancy and with properly refferes criteria, I think that we can try to fight for the semifinal. The most important is openning match against Poland. That win can be very usefull for selfconfidence and euphoria – admit Vukovic and add:– Under this circumstances, all the games at the EHF EURO 2012 have to be similar as these one with Croatia (22:20) at the “Nation Cup” in November.  That means that “small results” will be perfect for us…SERBIA -OFFICIAL SQUAD read more

HULK IN DKB BUNDESLIGA MT Melsungen sign Nebojsa Simic

H43 Lund (SWE), 2012 – 2013 HK Malmö (SWE), 2013 – 2015 RK Lovcen (MNE), 2010 – 2012 IFK Kristianstad (SWE), 2015 – 2017 MT MelsungenNebojsa Simic Montenegrian goalkeeper with suggestive nickname “HULK”, Nebojsa Simic, is the new signing of the German MT Melsungen for the upcoming season! The 23-years old goalkeeper will join DKB Bundesliga team after a few years in Sweden, where he made his “name”, especially in the last two season with IFK Kristianstad at VELUX EHF Champions League.Simic is also a member of the Montenegrian national team, but he wasn’t a choice of former coach Ljubomir Obradovic.He will join the 30-years old Johan Sjostrand, who extended contract until 2020.Simic’s career:RK Sedmerac 2004-2008 MT Melsungen (GER), from 2017/18 RK Mornar (MNE), 2008 – 2010 ← Previous Story ALKALOID FEMALE WORLD RIGHT WING 2016? Next Story → Al Shaabi extends leadership of Qatari handball read more

Students Dont panic but CAO forms are due on Saturday

first_imgTHE CAO HAS reminded students that the deadline for college applications is a mere four days away.In a reminder that will give many of us sweaty palms, the body which processes applications from Leaving Cert students has said that the clock is ticking.The general manager of the CAO says that now is the time to apply, particularly for those applying for restricted-category courses.O’Grady, says potential applicants who have not yet started their application should carefully read the CAO Handbook and go to the website to start their application.“It is extremely important that applicants start their application before the weekend in order to avoid any issues that may arise if they leave their application to the last minute,” he said.“We appreciate that the completion of a CAO application can be quite a stressful time for applicants, but the most important step at this stage is to get registered on the system in order to avoid disappointment.”Those who miss the deadline face paying a €50 fee up until 1 May, but O’Grady says that can be easily avoided.“Every year a number of applicants leave the submission of their application to the last couple of hours, or even minutes, without thinking about the consequences of their browser timing out, their internet connection failing, or payment issues. In order to be fair to all applicants strict deadlines apply, and applicants should submit their application in a timely manner,” he said.Read: Priests tell Ruairí Quinn to stop undermining religion in schoolslast_img read more

Could Brexit make Irelands change to Sea Fisheries rules redundant

first_img Image: Matt Dunham/PA Images Share18 Tweet Email2 Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 6:01 AM 14 Comments 11,874 Views Mar 28th 2017, 6:01 AM THE GOVERNMENT’S AMENDMENT to the Sea Fisheries Bill could be unnecessary as Britain could leave the fishing arrangement the government are trying to comply with.According to a report in The Telegraph, British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce within weeks that the UK will be pulling out of the 1964 London Convention, of which Ireland is also a member.The agreement allows European fishing vessels to access waters six to twelve nautical miles from British shores, and includes the voisinage arrangement, which allows countries to fish between 0-6 nautical miles on their neighbours’ shores.But there is no provision in Irish law for voisinage, as a recent court ruling showed. So the Irish government has been progressing an amendment through the Seanad to comply with those arrangements – over 50 years after they were first agreed.But if Britain leaves the London Convention (which is considered outdated anyway), and since fishing boundaries and quotas will be renegotiated as part of Brexit talks, there seems little point in rushing the bill through (it got this far without being voted on). Source: Sea Fisheries Protection AuthorityThere’s been much controversy around the bill – with Senators Grace O’Sullivan, David Norris and Kevin Humphreys all voicing their concerns about the arrangement, which could see boats registering in Northern Ireland in order to fish in Irish shores.Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed indicated that the reason for the government progressing the bill this far was to keep on Britain’s good side during Brexit negotiations: Short URL Could Brexit make Ireland’s change to Sea Fisheries rules redundant? Britain wants to use this break from the EU to keep its shores to itself – and revive its fishing industry. Image: Matt Dunham/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3309930 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Why would it be prudent today, as we seek to negotiate the best possible outcome for the Irish fishing industry in the context of Brexit, effectively to give two fingers to our neighbours in Northern Ireland and say they are not coming into our nought to six nautical mile zone, though we can still go North and would like to hold on to what we catch in their UK waters?EuropeMeanwhile, EU fishing fleets are increasingly anxious about their future access to teeming British waters as Britain prepares to trigger the two-year countdown to its exit from the bloc. Scottish inshore fishermen at work off the east coast of Scotland, near Bass rock. Source: David Cheskin/PA ImagesFleets from nine EU countries including France, Germany and Spain have banded together in a newly-created European Fisheries Alliance, formerly launched at the European Parliament last week, warning of steep losses if divorce proceedings turn bitter.European fleets obtain one-third of their catch in the exclusive economic zone around the British Isles, and loss of access to those waters could cut their profits in half in the short term, the fishing alliance says.In the long term, EU fleets could lose a combined 500 to 600 vessels if they were excluded from British waters, representing 15% of the total, and up to 3,000 fleet jobs.From 2011 to 2015, European fleets caught 700,000 tonnes of fish and seafood in British waters, valued at about €612 million, the NAFC said in a report published in January.British vessels, by contrast, caught just 92,000 tonnes, valued at 110 million pounds, in other EU waters.Loads to go aroundAnd the European Fisheries Alliance notes that Britain cannot eat all the salmon, lobster, scallops and other fish and seafood its boats produce: about 70% of production, worth a billion euros a year, is exported to its European partners.Despite this, a UK parliament White Paper published in December found that the majority of fish consumed in Britain are imported.“Continued access to free, or preferential, trade in fish and seafood will therefore be crucial for the seafood industry and UK consumers” after Brexit, the paper said.And depending on whether Britain negotiates a “hard” or “soft” exit, the viability of dozens of fishing centres, from Concarneau in France and Rostock in Germany or Gdansk in Poland, could be at stake.But others say that leaving the EU would give Britain a chance to revive homegrown fleets.“Brexit is an opportunity for the UK to revitalise its fishing industry, stabilise threatened ecosystems and create thousands of new jobs,” said Lasse Gustavsson, executive director in Europe for Oceana, an environmental advocacy group.“But this will only happen if overfishing is stopped.”With reporting from © – AFP 2017Read: The government wants to open up Ireland’s exclusive fishing boundaries – and Senators aren’t happyPoll: Should Northern Ireland boats be allowed to fish off the Republic of Ireland’s coasts? By Gráinne Ní Aodha As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:last_img read more

117 WWE Results Barcelona Spain Reigns vs Wyatt

first_img Matt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are Outdated Bray Wyatt Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Erick Rowan Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 11/7 WWE Results: Barcelona, Spain* Neville def. Stardust.* Damien Sandow def. Heath Slater.* Luke Harper, Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman def. The Usos & Ryback.* Fandango def. King Barrett.* The Lucha Dragons def. Los Matadores & The Ascension in a triple threat tag team match.* NXT Women’s Champion Bayley & Natalya def. Sasha Banks & Naomi.* WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio def. Jack Swagger.* Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt in a No DQ match.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE’s Bray Wyatt Cited In Car AccidentVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 53.32%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Twitter Wrestleview Post-RAW #49: King of the Ring tournament discussion, RAW review Google+ Pinterest WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE’s Bray Wyatt Cited In Car Accident Facebook WhatsApp “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring Luke Harper Returns To WWE Livelast_img read more

WWE TLC PPV date and location changed New match added to Smackdown

first_img WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega made official for AEW Full Gear on November 9 from Baltimore Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ We mentioned earlier that the WWE TLC PPV, originally scheduled for October 21 in Boston, will no longer be taking place and will be replaced with a co-branded supershow.TLC will now be taking place on December 16 from San Jose, California, replacing the originally announced Clash of Champions PPV per multiple wrestling media reports.Only one WWE live special is now set for October, with the previously announced WWE Super Show-Down event on October 6 in Melbourne, Australia.New match added to Smackdown tonightWWE announced via WWE.com on Tuesday that Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Sin Cara has been added to tonight’s episode of Smackdown Live from Manchester.This joins AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Asuka vs. James Ellsworth in a Lumberjack Match and Team Hell No on MizTV for tonight’s broadcast. First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks Facebooklast_img read more

Federal coal mining rule angers operator

first_img(US Interior Department logo)The operator of Alaska’s only coal mine is speaking out against a new Obama administration water protection rule for the industry. Healy-based Usibelli coal mine saw the Stream Protection Rule as an attack on the industry.Listen NowThe Stream Protection Rule issued by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement updates over 30-year-old regulations for mining near water, but Usibelli Coal Mine spokeswoman Lorali Simon maintains the rule is not about improving operations.”This rule was absolutely crafted and designed to put the coal industry out of business,” Simon said.Department of the Interior officials would not comment on the new Stream Protection Rule, but a department press release said it lays out: “reasonable and straight forward reforms” covering coal mining near streams, including requirements for water quality monitoring and restoration. The department said the rule is the product of a process that began in 2009, and included “150,000 written comments and statements, 15 open houses and public meetings and extensive outreach to stakeholders nationwide”.Usibelli’s Simon countered that the process ended earlier this year without sufficient opportunity for the coal industry to respond.”We just thought it was absolutely laughable because the federal government gave the public 100 days to digest nearly 3,000 pages – the proposed rule, the EIS and supporting documents,” Simon said.Simon added that, unlike its predecessor, the new rule does not account for unique mining conditions in Alaska — like permafrost and surface waters frozen for much of the year. Simon called it ”a one-size-fits-all to coal mining.”“So they took this rule, which we believe they kinda tried to target Appalachia, and then they just smeared it across the entire country,” Simon said.State regulators charged with implementing the new rule, and environmental groups, say they are still assessing it, but Kenta Tsuda with Earth Justice in Juneau points to what he claims is the basic importance of the new rule in Alaska.“In this state, coal deposits are, in many cases, coinciding with salmon spawning streams,” Tsuda said.Tsuda does not identify any concerns with Usibelli’s long-operating coal mine near Healy, but said the proposed Chuitna coal project near Cook Inlet is in an area with numerous salmon streams — streams that the new rule may fall short of adequately protecting.”It may be a step in the right direction, but we’re concerned it’s not as strong as necessary to make sure that coal-mining is not allowed within salmon streams here in Alaska.”The Stream Protection Rule takes effect the day before President Obama cedes office to Donald Trump — an ardent supporter of the coal industry — and Usibelli’s Simon said the company is optimistic the rule will be overturned. Senator Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Congress will work to change it.last_img read more

Is indoor politics banned

first_imgThe police created quite a drama on Thursday, raiding the house of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leader ASM Abdur Rab, where a number of well-known politicians were meeting over a cup of tea. Such an incident has never taken place during the rule of a political government before, even if the party in power was born in a cantonment. During military rule this has happened, but then it was the army that has surrounded the drawing room of a political leader. It is still unclear as why, at and whose behest, the police did this.During military rule, the raid had been on the house of Dr Kamal Hossain, then an Awami League leader, now the president of Gono Forum. Dr Kamal Hossain was supposed to have been at the Thursday meeting too, but he was unwell and so didn’t turn up, said the meeting’s host ASM Abdur Rab.Had Dr Kamal been well, that night might have jogged his memory back to 14 February 1983. That was the day when a number of students had been shot dead by police during the anti-Ershad movement and a group of political leaders had met at Dr Kamal Hossain’s house to discuss the situation. It was then that the politicians were blindfolded and taken to an unknown location. The present prime minister Sheikh Hasina had been present at the meeting too. She, along with Matia Chowdhury and Sahara Khatun,were taken without blindfolds to the Minto Road house assigned to the former Speaker, but which was being used as a temporary army camp.This Thursday, the police didn’t arrest anyone, but behaved objectionably with them. Clearly, it was an unlawful and unwarranted intervention in the rights of these well-known political leaders, who were told that they couldn’t hold any political meeting without prior permission. A former president of the country was among those whose personal freedom and confidentiality was violated. As for the person whose house the police entered without any legal authority, he was one of the forerunners of the country’s independence struggle, and also the leader of opposition at one point in time (though that was a controversial parliament formed during the rule of autocrat Ershad), and he was also a minister during Sheikh Hasina’s first term in government. Many may differ from the political thoughts and deeds of these politicians, but in no way can the violation of their rights and their dignity be condoned.The irate ASM Abdur Rab told me that initially a police sub-inspector entered the house on pretext of wanting a glass of water and then asked to see him. He then said that there were orders from higher authorities that they couldn’t hold a meeting there. ASM Abdur Rab told him that none of his guests present there would budge. He sent the police officer away, but the officer returned within half an hour, walking directly into the drawing room. He told them to end the meeting. ASM Abdur Rab asked who had sent them to stop the meeting. Upon receiving no answer, he told the police they could arrest anyone if they so desired, otherwise the police would have to leave then and there.ASM Abdur Rab said that in 60 years of his political career, he had never faced such a situation. He found no explanation to such behavior of the government. Nagorik Oikya leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna spoke of a similar experience. He said that such behavior indicates that the government is in fear, though the reason of the fear remains unknown.Recalling the military rule of General Ershad, he said that at the time there had been official orders that the military government could not be criticised, even in any veiled form. But later when a political process was initiated, then there was provision for indoor politics. So it is incomprehensible why there should be any hindrance to political leaders now in holding meetings at home.We are aware of police raids on various militant dens in the drives to uproot militancy. But during post-Ershad governments, we never heard of police raiding an informal meeting of any officially-registered political party or the drawing room of a political leader.The question is why did the government do this? For quite some time, the main opposition party of the country BNP, whom the ruling coterie deem as their actual rival, has not been allowed to hold public meetings and rallies. This has been going on since the uncontested election of 2014. The police even shut down the offices of the party for long and for several times. Just a few months ago the police raided the office of the BNP chairperson early one morning, only to come away having found nothing there.The government wasn’t embarrassed at all. On the contrary they were quite pleased at the harassment of the opposition. They saw two plus points to scaring the opposition. One was that the opposition wouldn’t easily take to the streets out of fear. The other was that, their morale could be crushed by ridiculing their lack of power to mobilise protests. But what is the use of coercing the prominent leaders of some minor parties to which the government doesn’t attach much attention. We hear about the culture of fear, but what is the use of instilling that fear in the public mind?After the fruitless search of the BNP chairperson’s office, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader told us that the police had done this without the knowledge of the prime minister. A similar statement is expected this time too. It may be said that an over-zealous police officer carried this out without permission of the authorities. We do not want to hear such an excuse. If that is to be proven, then such over-zealous officers who have misused their powers and have acted without due authority, should be dismissed immediately. And a formal apology must be offered to the politicians who were harassed.Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) president Mujahidul Islam Selim, who was not present at Thursday’s tea, referred to the belligerent behavior of the police, saying that the election commission should take steps regarding registered political parties being obstructed in this manner. He said the commission’s responsibilities were not restricted to the elections alone. The interference in this meeting was a violation of fundamental civil rights.We are not in favour of differentiating between political and civil rights. Just as all citizens have the right to take up a direct or indirect, active or passive political position, politicians too have the right to fundamental citizens’ rights. No institution, agency or authority of the government can interfere in this. If those who profess to uphold democracy condone such violations of fundamental rights, then questions will certainly arise about their moral stance.Kamal Ahmed is a senior journalist and Consulting Editor at Prothom Alo. This column, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

ALs expenditure Tk 30m BNPs Tk 39m

first_imgAL’s expenditure Tk 30m, BNP’s Tk 39mRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday submitted the audited report on their financial statements of 2016 calendar year to the election commission.UNB news agency reported the AL showed that the party’s annual income is about Tk 18.2 million higher than its expenditure and the BNP showed that it earned only Tk 41.368 million while spent Tk 39.963 million during the period.UNB adds: An AL delegation, led by its presidium member Abdur Razzak, handed over the report to chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda around 10:30am.According to the report, AL’s total revenue was Tk 48.434 million in 2016, while its expenditure was Tk 30.184 million.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi handed over the financial report to the chief election commissioner around 4:30pm at Nirbachon Bhaban.According the report, BNP earned only Tk 41.368 million while spent Tk 39.963 million during the period.Though the party had deficit in recent years, BNP had Tk 1.404 million in deposit last year.Talking to reporters, Rizvi said the sources of their party’s income are party members’ subscriptions, donation, and selling of the party’s constitution and other publications.”Our party spent the money in its various programmes, including the arrangements of meetings and iftar parties,” he said.According to the law, registered political parties are obliged to submit its financial statement of the previous calendar year by 31 July 31.last_img read more

Nearly 100 killed in Kabul ambulance blast

first_imgCaption: Indonesian president Joko Widodo. Photo: UNBMeta: Indonesian president Joko Widodo receives a red carpet welcome at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka as he comes on a two-day visit to Bangladesh.Tags: Bangladesh, PresidentRed carpet rolled out as Indonesian president arrivesProthom Alo English DeskA red carpet was rolled out at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrived in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon on a two-day visit, reports news agency UNB.Joko Widodo arrived here at the invitation of president Abdul Hamid.On his arrival at the airport by a special flight of Republic Indonesia at 4:20 pm, the Indonesian president was received by his Bangladesh counterpart and his wife first lady Rashida Khanam.A smartly turned out contingent comprising members of Bangladesh Army, Air Force and Bangladesh Navy gave guard of honour to the Indonesian president. He was welcomed with a 21-gun salute.Cabinet members, including foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, and secretaries concerned to the president’s House, dean of the diplomatic corps, the chiefs of the three services, the inspector general of police (IGP), were present.Two tiny tots presented bouquets to president Joko and his wife Iriana Widodo.After the warm reception at the airport, the president was taken to Sonargaon Hotel in a ceremonial motorcade where he will be staying during the visit.The Indonesian president will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district on Sunday.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali will meet the Indonesian president at Sonargaon Hotel at 6:30pm on Saturday.President Abdul Hamid will host dinner in honour of his Indonesian counterpart at Bangabhaban in the evening.On Sunday morning, the Indonesian President will visit Savar National Mausoleum to pay homage to martyrs of Liberation War.He will also visit Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Munibur Rahman.The Indonesian president will have official talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office at 10:00am on Sunday.President Widodo will leave for Cox’s Bazar to meet Rohingyas at 12:10pm. He will leave Cox’s Bazar for Dhaka at 4:15pm.President Widodo will leave Dhaka for Afghanistan on Monday morning at 9:00am.The Indonesian president will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, including the Rohingya one, during his Bangladesh visit.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina visited Indonesia in 2015 and 2017, and invited the Indonesian president to visit Bangladesh.In September last, Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi visited Dhaka and discussed the Rohingya issues. It came just days after a deadly attack on one of the most prominent hotels in the city.The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday’s suicide blast. They also claimed the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel a week earlier in which more than 20 people were killed.An interior ministry spokesman blamed the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban which Afghan and Western officials consider to be behind many of the biggest attacks on urban targets in Afghanistan.Hours after the blast, a health ministry spokesman said the casualty toll had risen to at least 95 killed and 158 wounded.As medical teams struggled to handle the casualties pouring in, some of the wounded were laid out in the open, with intravenous drips set up next to them in hospital gardens.“It’s a massacre,” said Dejan Panic, coordinator in Afghanistan for the Italian aid group Emergency, which runs a nearby trauma hospital that treated dozens of wounded.The latest attack will add pressure on President Ashraf Ghani and his US allies, who have expressed growing confidence that a new more aggressive military strategy has succeeded in driving Taliban insurgents back from major provincial centres.The United States has stepped up its assistance to Afghan security forces and increased its air strikes against the Taliban and other militant groups, aiming to break a stalemate and force the insurgents to the negotiating table.However, the Taliban have dismissed suggestions they have been weakened by the new strategy, and the past week has shown their capacity to mount deadly, high-profile attacks is undiminished, even in the heavily protected centre of Kabul.The US-led international force in Afghanistan vowed its support for the Afghan government and armed forces in their “difficult and dangerous work”, adding that none of its members had been killed or wounded in the blast.AMBULANCE AT CHECKPOINTMirwais Yasini, a member of parliament who was nearby when the explosion occurred, said an ambulance approached the checkpoint and blew up. The target was apparently an interior ministry building nearby.Buildings hundreds of metres away were shaken by the force of the blast, which left torn bodies strewn on the street amid piles of rubble, debris and wrecked cars.Saturday is a working day in Afghanistan and the streets were full when the blast went off at around lunchtime in a busy part of the city near a number of foreign embassies and government buildings.The casualty toll is the worst since 150 people were killed in a truck bomb explosion last May near the German embassy, not far from Saturday’s blast, an attack that prompted a major reinforcement of security in the city.With much of central Kabul now a heavily fortified zone of high concrete blast walls and police checkpoints, there were angry questions about how the bomber had been able to get through and set off the blast.People helped walking-wounded away as ambulances with sirens wailing inched their way through the traffic-clogged streets of the city centre.“I was sitting in the office when the explosion went off,” said Alam, an office worker whose head was badly cut in the blast.“All the windows shattered, the building collapsed and everything came down.” The Swedish and Dutch embassies as well as the European Union mission and an Indian consular office are also nearby but there were no reports that any of their staff had been hurt in the attack. Red carpet rolled out as Indonesian president arrives//Ban//5center_img Police officers keep watch while a man drives his heavily damaged car at a car bomb attack site in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. Photo: ReutersA bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded about 158 in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday when it blew up at a police checkpoint.last_img read more

This Embraer Shark Plane Has No Dreaded Middle Seats

first_imgStay on target It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a great white shark.Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is turning heads with its new E190-E2 plane, painted up in a special great white shark livery.The jet, nicknamed the “Shark Profit Hunter” has been touring the world, making appearances at various airshows, including at Airshow China 2018, held earlier this month in Zhuhai in Guangdong Province. It’s the show plane for Boeing and Embraer’s E2 family of regional jets, which encompasses the E175-E2, E190-E2, and E195-E2.Embraer’s “Shark Profit Hunter” has been making appearances at air shows, including at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, China. (Photo Credit: VCG via Getty Images)The E190-E2 boasts a 2-2 seating configuration, getting rid of the dreaded middle seats. It also features re-designed, larger windows to make the cabin brighter, overhead bins that are 40 percent larger and able to fit standard carry-on luggage wheels-first, and no under-seat support rails to impede legroom.“Preserving passenger personal space is the goal,” Rodrigo Silva e Souza, vice-president of marketing for Embraer Commercial Aviation, told CNN Travel.The shark-themed E190-E2 aircraft arrives at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, China. (Photo Credit: VCG via Getty Images)The aircraft can carry up to 150 passengers, and is the world’s “quietest, cleanest and most efficient new generation single-aisle aircraft in the segment,” according to an Embraer press release. The jet is said to burn 17 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, the E190. It’s main rival is the new Airbus A220 plane.The E190-E2 is currently in commercial operation with Norway’s Widerøe, since April of this year, and Embraer forecasts 2,820 commercial aircraft up to 150 seats to be delivered over the next 20 years to European operators.The cabin is a max capacity 114 seat at 29” pitch and 2-degrees of recline. Comfortable enough for a one to two hour flight, but two-two seating is a spacious standard for the E2 (like the E1). #E190E2 pic.twitter.com/OsO91vCyBC— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) April 3, 2018Embraer has highlighted Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines as US carriers that would most benefit from operating E2 jets, FlightGlobal reported. However, the first E175-E2 orders are not scheduled for delivery until 2021In the meantime, look out for a shark on the runway.More on Geek.com:Watch: Scary Cockpit Footage of Plane Landing in ThunderstormReach for the Sky in New ‘Toy Story’-Themed PlaneRussian Cargo Plane Drops Precious Metals Onto Runway Watch: Plane Lands on Highway, Gets ‘Pulled Over’ in WashingtonWatch: Wild Turbulence Throws Flight Attendant Into Cabin Ceiling last_img read more

The Joy of Clutter What Marie Kondo Got Wrong

first_imgYes, some of my knickknacks spark joy, the quality that Japanese organizing dynamo Marie Kondo demands one’s possessions trigger to be deemed worth keeping. But, though I’m sure her 2014 book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” has helped many of the millions of people in 42 regions and countries who’ve bought it stave off hoarding tendencies (now a bona fide mental-illness diagnosis), I’ve always found the bar she sets a little lofty and specific. Clutter gets a bad rap. Researchers have found that a muddle of objects can actually jolt creativity. Kathleen Vohs, a professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, conducted studies in which people were led into a spotless or cluttered room, then tasked with imagining inventive uses for a surplus of ping-pong balls. “The people in messier rooms came up with more creative solutions,” Ms. Vohs said. Their ideas included turning the white plastic orbs into earrings or popping them on chair feet to protect floors. “People in tidy rooms wrote things like, ‘You could use them for Ping-Pong.’” Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal I AM AN UNABASHED magpie; tchotchkes dot the hill I will die on. They’re mostly vacation mementos, like the silver, Victorian, mussel-shaped “match safe” that I splurged on in a Rome antique shop with my newly minted fiancé. I keep other dust-collectors at hand for a reason. My husband and I are trying to eliminate most of our screen time at home, and having books and playing cards within reach makes it much easier to resist our phones. Besides, the cards are beautiful and graphic.center_imglast_img read more

Slacktivism may help youngsters volunteer for social causes

first_imgYoungsters who share videos of social causes on Facebook might be motivated to volunteer for them in future, finds a study that challenges the popular image of them being “slacktivists”. Slacktivism is a derogatory term to describe young people’s political activity online such as signing a petition or sharing a video on social media.”Proponents of the slacktivism narrative argue that by participating in politics in easy ways on social media, young people show their network how virtuous they are, thereby excusing themselves from engaging in more difficult offline action like attending a rally or volunteering for a non-profit,” said lead author Dan Lane, doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, the US.However, the new findings showed that sharing social cause videos on social media might be one pathway to engagement for young people who do not typically get involved in social causes.For the study, which appeared in the journal Information, Communication and Society, the team asked 178 college students to view three social cause videos and then randomly assigned them to post one of the videos either publicly on their own Facebook or anonymously on a third-party’s Facebook timeline.The results showed that participants who shared a video about a social cause publicly were more willing to volunteer than those who shared anonymously.This is initial evidence of a “reverse Slacktivism effect demonstrating that publicly showing support for a social cause through sharing can increase and not decrease the commitment to taking further action,” said Lane.In addition, the effect of public sharing on young people’s willingness to volunteer was strongest for those who don’t normally use social media to engage in social issues.last_img read more

Body of Trinamool leader from Contai found in Hooghly

first_imgKolkata: The body of a Trinamool Congress leader from East Midnapore who had gone missing on February 7, was found in Hooghly and identified by the police on Sunday night. The incident occurred two days after a Trinamool Congress MLA from Nadia was shot dead by some miscreants.According to the police, the victim Ritesh Roy, an active Trinamool Congress leader of Contai, had called his family members on the morning of February 7, saying that he was going to Malda along with some of his friends. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLater in the evening, the family members tried his mobile number but failed to contact him. As a result, they registered a missing complaint at the local police station. The police failed to trace the victim and the matter was informed to various other police stations. Hooghly Police on Sunday sent a photograph of the body to Marishda police station in East Midnapore, following which the family members identified the body of the victim. Police said that some local residents had spotted the body on February 8 near Talchinan area on Chinsurah-Tarakeswar Road under Dadpur police station in Hooghly. After being informed, police reached the spot and sent the body to Chinsurah Imambara Hospital for post-mortem examination. The district police, however, faced some difficulties in ascertaining the identity of the victim. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have been strangled to death as there were some injury marks around his neck. The motive behind the murder is yet to be confirmed by the police. Investigation is on to ascertain if there is any political angle is involved in the incident or any past rivalry. Police have also started a detailed probe to know where the victim was actually going and who had been accompanying him.last_img read more