Man Fined for Making Racist Remarks Against Hindus in South Africa

first_imgA South African man was fined Rand 20,000 and ordered to do community service by a court in Durban for making racist comments about Hindus on the social media.Alexander Mac Gibbon, a white South African man, made racists remarks on Facebook in 2016 over the use of fireworks during the Diwali festival. He also said that the first set of migrants hailing from India came to South Africa as indentured laborers to work on sugarcane plantations, the Phoenix Sun reported.“F****** charos and their shit! No consideration! They are supposed to revere animals, with a cow being sacred, but as my friend from India once said, the f****** charos sent here from India to cut cane were all low-class rubbish with no morals, it shows,” Mac Gibbon had written in his Facebook post, according to the report.Mac Gibbon deactivated his account on Facebook following the backlash.Hailing the court judgement, the South African Hindu Dharma Sabha said that it is a victory against people who attack Hindus on social media. The South African Equality Court also ordered Mac Gibbon to apologize to the community, and complete 50 hours of community service at Durban’s Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa.The Sabha wrote to the South African Human Rights Commission after Mac Gibbon posted the comments in 2016, and the Commission initiated the Equality Court action against him, as per the report.“The pro-Hindu Settlement Agreement ordered by the Equality Court marks a major historic victory for the entire Hindu community of South Africa. The Sabha has sent out a strong signal to Hindu bashers to stop or be stopped. The South African Hindu Dharma Sabha will not allow anyone to denigrate our glorious Hindu religion and culture or trample upon Hindu sensitivities with impunity,” Ram Maharaj, the president of the Sabha, was quoted as saying by the publication.Maharaj added that religious fanatics must recognize and “respect the right of others to be different, having different religious beliefs, principles and practices.”The Sabha, in its founding affidavit, had stated that Mac Gibbon’s remarks on the social media belittled the Hindu community.The community had earlier also protested against another man, Dawie Kriel, for making racists slurs at Hindus in 2016. He called them “idol worshippers” in his post on Facebook in 2016, sparking criticism from many Indians in South Africa.“It is with great disappointment, that I still find people making a mockery of our religion in South Africa. Hinduism teaches us to love and respect all,” one of the residents had then posted on Facebook, the Chatsworth Rising Sun reported.Kriel later published an apology, saying that he put up the social media post in anger.The Equality Court, approached by the African National Congress and Democratic Alliance, found Kriel guilty in 2017. He was slapped with a R6000 fine or 12 months imprisonment, suspended for five years, East Coast Radio reported. Related ItemsDurbanHinduismSouth Africalast_img read more

‘Incredible India’ floors Intl media with dazzling CWG opening

first_img“India has arrived” — this summed up the international media comments on the dazzling opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Sunday.Newspapers in two major Commonwealth countries, Australia and Great Britain, used terms like ‘An ancient land opens its heart to the world’, ‘India opens doors to the world at opening ceremony’ and ‘India sweeps aside Games shame’ to describe the two-hour cultural extravaganza that unfolded at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium on Sunday night.People across Britain watched the ceremony live on BBC and were all praise for it with NRI Industrialist Lord Swraj Paul summing up the public reaction by stating, “India has done itself proud. It was a great show.”The Guardian newspaper said it was a moment of national pride for India, which had drawn flak for the troubled build-up to the Games.”‘India has arrived’: spectacular ceremony opens Commonwealth Games,” read the newspaper’s headline.”Concerns of recent weeks forgotten as dazzling event launches games amid atmosphere of national pride and celebrations,” it said.”At exactly two minutes past seven tonight, a huge inflatable blimp rose slowly and smoothly into the hot air above Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to the sound of hundreds of traditional drums, pipes and conch shells, and the cheers of 65,000 people.”This was the moment that 1.2 billion people – there are few in India who were still unaware of the event – had been waiting for,” it added.The Daily Telegraph marvelled at how smoothly the ceremony was conducted after all the organisational goof-ups that marred its run-up.advertisement”No collapsing scenery or malfunctioning sound system. No fluffed lines, botched choreography or missed cues and not a single stray dog in sight. The preparations for the XIXth Commonwealth Games may have been an unmitigated disaster but India certainly knows how to put on a show,” it said.”A dazzling, colourful, high-octane opening ceremony that was part Bollywood, part cultural extravaganza, did much to dispel the nightmares of the past fortnight, thrilling a sell-out crowd in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as well as the athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth nations.”It even managed to start on time, to the very second, proving there are some deadlines that Games organisers are capable of meeting,” the newspaper said taking a dig at the missed venue-completion deadlines that threatened to derail the Games at one stage.The Daily Mail was also effusive in its praise of the ceremony which showcased the centuries-old Indian culture to a packed crowd.”Commonwealth Games kick off in style with stunning opening ceremony… but the real test lies ahead,” the newspaper said.”The XIX Commonwealth Games crawled up off the canvas last night with a display of pageantry and technical wizardry that, finally, projected the image India craved on to two billion television sets around the world.”And not a single tier of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium fell down. The bungling organisers promised it would be all right on the night, and so it proved with this sparkling opening ceremony.”In the stadium – possibly 10,000 short of its 60,000 capacity – you sensed India wanted a pat on the back, and to cement their image as an emergent economic powerhouse despite the deservedly bad press they received over the last few weeks,” it added.The newspaper also made a mention of the jeers that greeted Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who had drawn massive criticism for the floundering run-up to the Games.”…the crowds’ anger at the alleged corruption and incompetence of the politicians was clear when the chairman of the Organising Committee, Suresh Kalmadi, had part of his speech drowned out by derision,” it said.The reaction in Australia was also positive after being stinging in its criticism of the Games’ preparation.”India put on its best face on Sunday night and pulled off a brilliant opening ceremony that was extraordinary in its ambition and execution. It was everything the organisers had promised and more – an energetic celebration of all India has been and all it intends to be,” read The Daily Telegraph.”The kick-off to Delhi 2010 was an historic event that well and truly answered the question on everyone’s lips over the past two months: “Can they get it finished on time?””Delhi’s extravaganza more than favourably compared with the great opening ceremonies of recent times,” it added.The Sydney Morning Herald said the ceremony was well beyond what could have been expected after the shoddy build-up.”Delhi’s Commonwealth Games has managed yet another surprise, with the opening ceremony defying expectations last night to start on time before going off without a hitch to delight a crowd of 50,000 with a rich and exciting pageant befitting a country as vast and populous as India,” the newspaper said.advertisement”The ceremony to celebrate India’s amazing cultural diversity took place behind a thick drape of security with soldiers and police outside Jawaharlal Nehru stadium matching the crowd of around 50,000 for numbers, if not for noise,” it said.The Australian said it was a ceremony that made India’s “troubles seem so far away.””After a lead-up plagued by terror threats, a bridge collapse, a shambolic village, the first case of dengue fever and more, India delivered a brilliant and lively opening ceremony,” it said.”A vibrant celebration of 5000 years of Indian culture – with just a hint of Bollywood – was showcased in a performance involving more than 6000 artists.”There were no visible glitches. India delivered, and all 71 nations took part in the march despite threats by some countries to pull out,” it added.The newspaper also lauded the sartorial sense of the 619-strong Indian contingent that walked into the stadium in traditional dresses.”India has won the first unofficial gold medal of the Games – for best team uniform,” it said.”Indian Games officials should feel proud of the opening ceremony, classy and showy but somehow warmer and less contrived than the Beijing experience. No collapsed bridges.No slithering snakes. No collapsing roof and, blow me down, before a late blow-out she almost ran on time.”The Indian athletes looked like royalty in their smart traditional maroon tops with gold braided scarves. Slick and sensational,” it added.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Hamilton Wins British GP, Vindicates Decision for Two-Day Holiday to Greece

first_imgSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton slashed Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One championship lead to one point by winning a record-equaling fifth British Grand Prix on Sunday as his title rival was left reeling by a late puncture.Vettel was in third heading into the penultimate lap at Silverstone only to see his front left tire shred — immediately after Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s car experienced the same fate.Raikkonen still made the podium by replacing Vettel in third, but the championship leader fell back to seventh as the 25-point lead he held over Hamilton going into the 10th round of the 20-race season was all but wiped out on an overcast afternoon in central England.It capped a dominant weekend for Hamilton in front of his home fans and the three-time world champion was assisted by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas making up seven places to join him on the podium after finishing second.“Great drive by Valtteri,” Hamilton said over the team radio after claiming victory. “Fantastic job, all weekend.”For Hamilton, the victory after failing to make the podium in his last two races will vindicate the decision to embark on a two-day holiday to Greece after last weekend’s Austrian GP. The jaunt annoyed racing fans in London who turned up to a flagship showcase of the sport that was attended by the other 19 drivers.ROB HARRIS, AP Sports WriterMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack in Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Jordan Spieth must seize chance to arrest an alarming slide at Augusta

first_imgThere is method in the madness of dodging Masters hype. Patrick Reed, Sergio García, Danny Willett, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Ángel Cabrera and Charl Schwartzel would have been names etched on betting slips before claiming a Green Jacket but hardly on a basis that would trouble bookmakers. Recent history has told us to look beyond the pre-tournament noise, even if what Dustin Johnson could have achieved in 2017 remains anyone’s guess, after he was ruled out of Masters participation by a tumble down a flight of stairs.In theory, the Masters should be the easiest of the majors to predict. Not only does it run with the smallest field, but a number of them can be immediately discarded as potential winners on the basis of age; see José María Olazábal, Fred Couples, Larry Mize, Ian Woosnam. The basic nuances of Augusta National also rule out many younger players. Albane Valenzuela: the amateur golfer who turned down Augusta Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Golf Jordan Spieth Brooks Koepka Read more The Masters Share on WhatsApp “In any career you’re going to have ups and downs. I’ve also had it at the time around when I was missing Q-School. I had a year or two where I couldn’t get the ball in the hole from outside of three feet and I turned that, in a couple of years, to making everything. So it’s how it works. It’s just a matter of when you get off, learning from it, finding out why, so that you don’t get as off next time.”Brooks Koepka’s three major wins mean he has equalled Spieth on that front. Koepka has an average Masters return, by his own lofty standards, but his gradual improvement – from 33rd to 22nd and 11th since 2015 – suggests he has come to terms with the course. Johnson’s two wins this year, but primarily his emphatic success in Mexico, highlight his own hopes here. Rickie Fowler remains burdened by being seen as one of the best players of his era not to win a major; second at the Masters a year ago was his latest close shave.Augusta’s propensity to change when nobody is looking has continued with the extension of the 5th, already a treacherous par four, by 40 yards to a potential 495. This, plus possible adjustment to the bunkers themselves, should bring sand traps on the left side of the fairway into play where they were recently rendered redundant by booming drives.Arguably such technicalities are not where the Masters is won and lost. So much of it is in the mind; including, perhaps, the escaping of attention. Share via Email Read more Topicscenter_img Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share on Messenger features Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest The Observer Rory McIlroy: ‘I don’t need to fill a void in my life by winning majors’ US sports Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. If the present Masters contingent of 86 players holds until Thursday, it will be the smallest since 1997. The identity of the first-round leader of that tournament – John Huston – is a decent pub quiz question but nobody needs reminding of the victor. Tiger Woods blew away the Augusta field by 12 shots. Should Woods prevail again, for a 15th major win, the story will transcend golf.Notable talent, arguably more worthy of attention even than a reinvigorated Woods, lies elsewhere. Much of it is European. Francesco Molinari has demonstrated an ability to win in the United States and to claim a major. The Italian’s game is so versatile as to suit any venue. Tommy Fleetwood’s rise will, surely, include US and major success before too long; it would be unwise to discount them occurring in tandem. Justin Rose has a terrific Masters record, worthy of immense respect. Rory McIlroy’s fifth attempt at completing a career grand slam comes at a time when he is in excellent form. McIlroy’s deliberate attempt to dim the lights that shine upon him should not mask his chances.Jordan Spieth breaks the mould of those tipped to impress. His second‑place finish on his Masters debut in 2014 triggered excitement and hinted at greatness and those sentiments were rubber-stamped by his triumph in 2015.This has the feeling of a highly significant week for Spieth. Before finding form at this weekend’s Valero Texas Open, the 25-year-old had become accustomed either to making up the numbers or missing cuts. When asked what he would have thought if someone had said to him after his 2017 Open victory that he would head to the Masters 21 months later without another win, Spieth smiled. “That it had been one hell of a celebration.”However, if Spieth cannot summon something magical at Augusta, where his full record is a rather incredible – 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 11th, 3rd – then serious questions will be raised about what precisely has gone wrong.“I’ve unfortunately had these waves of one thing being off that prevents me from consistently solid golf,” Spieth said. “But the other thing is really good. The good news is I feel like my putting is here to stay and the swing is working in the right direction.last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan president Steven Zhang is convinced they can dominate the world.Zhang made a passionate speech at the club’s Christmas dinner.“We’ve improved a lot in every respect, compared to five years ago, and we must continue like this, as a team and as a club,” declared Zhang.“We’ll crush everyone on and off the field. The objective must be back to talking about trophies and aiming for victory.“We’ve had a great 2018 and there were some extraordinary moments for Inter, like the return to the Champions League thanks to Vecino’s goal, which everyone remembers.“We’ve been competitive against some of the best teams in the world and, compared to four or five years ago, we’ve shown a marked improvement.“I think we’re invincible in some of our games and so many players want to join us. They fear us!“As a club and team, we have everything to win the title. It’s not arrogance, but rather confidence and conviction.“We’ll try to beat everyone both on and off the field and, after many years of waiting, we have the chance of winning things.” last_img read more

15 days agoReal Sociedad striker Isak: Spanish football suits me well

first_imgReal Sociedad striker Isak: Spanish football suits me wellby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexander Isak admits he’s enjoying his football with Real Sociedad.The young Swede moved to La Real this summer from Borussia Dortmund.Isak said, “Spanish football suits me well and I have been able to adapt well and I get a lot out of my game. “It feels good and it feels like I will be able to develop.”Isak admits he is a little surprised at Real Sociedad’s fine start to the season. The team is fifth in La Liga.”I’m a little surprised. I arrived fairly recently and did not have a great look. Although I know it is a good team, the start has been surprisingly good.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Millennials opting for Ola Uber not that a big factor for current

first_imgGuwahati: Millennials opting for ride hailing services like Ola and Uber may not be that strong a factor for the current slowdown in auto sales and a detailed study is needed to arrive at any conclusion in the contrary, according to a top official of the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India. Ownership pattern in India still has not changed and people purchase cars with an “aspirational aspect”, MSI Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) Shashank Srivastava told PTI in an interview here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn Tuesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said change in mindset of millennials, who now prefer taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber instead of committing for monthly installments to own a car, was among one of the many factors responsible for the slowdown in the automobile sector. “The Ola and Uber factor may not be strong to contribute to the current state of slowdown. I think we need to watch and study it more before arriving at such a conclusion,” Srivastava said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe further said, “Ola and Uber came into existence during last 6-7 years. In this period, the auto industry also saw some of its best times. So, what happened only during last few months that the downturn became so severe? I do not think it is only because of Ola and Uber,” Srivastava said. He gave the example of the US market, where Uber is a big player and the car sales in the last few years are robust. “India, 46 per cent of the car buyers are first time users. It is an aspirational behaviour. People may use public transport like Ola and Uber to go to offices on weekdays, but still they buy a vehicle for the weekend outings with the family,” Srivastava explained. “The pattern of ownership in India has not changed yet. We have to watch on a longer period to see if there is a structural change in buying pattern,” he added. Srivastava said there are many reasons for this downturn in the auto market such as liquidity crunch, increased prices of products due to regulatory issues, higher taxes and rise in insurance rates. He also said the government’s measures announced last month to tackle the slowdown is not sufficient and those are helpful for long term health of the industry as they basically addressed the sentiments of the customers. According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), domestic vehicle sales in August declined by 23.55 per cent to 18,21,490 units from 23,82,436 units in the same month last year. From April to August period, the sales have fallen by 15.89 per cent to 97,32,040 units from 1,15,70,401 units in the year-ago period, SIAM had said. Srivastava said MSI has launched new versions of its various product range and the company is hopeful of some positive results during the forthcoming festive season. When asked if the company regrets the lukewarm response from the government in handling the situation and absence of any stimulus package, Srivastava said: “The government knows the exact situation. I believe they have to take care of the entire economy. I am sure they will do the best for the economy and the industry.” MSI’s domestic sales in August dipped by 34.3 per cent to 97,061 units from 1,47,700 units in the same month lat year.last_img read more

Thalidomide survivors say they were belittled by Disability Minister Kent Hehr

first_imgOTTAWA – Members of a thalidomide survivor group allege that patients were belittled in a face-to-face meeting with Kent Hehr, the federal minister for persons with disabilities.Fiona Sampson, a thalidomide survivor in the meeting, said Hehr degraded patients with his remarks.She said he apologized this fall after a letter was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office.The survivors are calling on the federal government to honour a pledge to compensate them with a lump sum payment of $250,000 and increased annual pensions.They say patients have received lump sum payments of $125,000 each, noting they are struggling to make ends meet due to the extent of their disabilities.In December 2014, the House of Commons passed a unanimous motion with a commitment to provide “full support’ to Canadian thalidomide victims who were born with physical disabilities due to the effects of the drug during pregnancy.last_img read more

Taxpayers on hook for 180M for cancelled Mississauga gas plant

TORONTO — Ontario taxpayers, not hydro rate payers, are on the hook for at least $180-million for the Liberals’ decision to cancel a gas power plant in Mississauga, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan confirmed Monday.Duncan also said the Ontario Power Authority paid Greenfield South, developers of the cancelled plant, another $10-million as a sign of good faith while trying to persuade the company to halt construction.“There are no other costs that I’m aware of,” Duncan told reporters.Energy Minister Chris Bentley said last week it would cost $180-million in penalties for the move to cancel the plant just days before last fall’s election, a decision he said had been made by the Liberal election campaign.Duncan said Monday the decision to scrap the plant was made by Premier Dalton McGuinty.“It was in fact a government decision and ultimately the person who made that decision was the premier,” he said.McGuinty has not been available publicly to comment on the cost of cancelling the project since it was announced.The opposition parties complained the Liberals had given out two different figures and said the auditor general should be called in to determine the actual cost of cancelling the Mississauga plant and another one in neighbouring Oakville.“The public have been dinged for $190 million and they deserve to know if there are more expenses than what’s been revealed so far,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns in an interview.Tabuns wrote an open letter to auditor general Jim McCarter Monday saying “there is much uncertainty about the full cost” of scrapping the plant, which was well into its construction phase when the Liberal campaign cancelled the project.“Government documents and recent reports indicate that the cost may be significantly higher” (than $180 million), he wrote.“Ontarians deserve to know the full cost of the government’s last-minute decision to cancel and relocate the Mississauga plant, and whether or not the government exercised due diligence in minimizing the costs of the contract change.”The Progressive Conservatives said they are “very concerned the $180-million is just the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the costs of cancelling“ the two plants.“What I worry about is that we’ve only seen the beginning of these costs,” said Opposition Leader Tim Hudak.“And secondly, we need answers on Oakville,” he said. “Oakville was a larger plant (and) the cost there is going to be much higher.”The government is still negotiating with the developer of the gas-fired generating station in Oakville that the Liberals cancelled after local residents brought in high-profile activist Erin Brockovich to speak against it.The Ontario Power Authority said Monday it did not offer any extra fees like the $10 million given to Greenfield South Power because construction never actually started on the Oakville power plant.Construction on the Mississauga plant continued for weeks after the Oct. 6 election, but the decision to cancel it helped save five Liberal seats in the area.The opposition parties called the decision to cancel the plant and relocate it several hundred kilometres away in the Sarnia area “a Liberal seat-saver program” and complained the government was not releasing all the relevant documents.“The auditor digs in and finds out what’s actually gone on and he brings the facts and numbers to light,” said Tabuns.“I think he will have a better chance at getting to the documents that are there and, frankly, following up on paper trails that may no be apparent to those who do not do accounting all the time.”Hudak said the political decisions by the Liberals to cancel planned electrical generating stations that they originally said were needed to meet demand will turn off potential investors at a time when Ontario is overhauling and modernizing it’s power system.The Liberals’ generous subsidies for wind and solar power in addition to their political interference in building new gas-fired plants are hurting Ontario, he added.“The problem here is that we have turned energy from a major strength for attracting jobs to our province into a major detriment,” said Hudak.“And stories like this are going to undermine the confidence of investors in our province.”The Liberal government plans to turn off the last of Ontario’s coal-fired electrical generating stations by 2014, seven years later than originally promised.© Thomson Reuters 2012 read more

US judge rules Maui County Hawaii GMO ban invalid because preempted by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HONOLULU, Hawaii – A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.The county’s ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county’s authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order.The county, which is a major centre for research on genetically engineered crops, will abide by the decision, spokesman Rod Antone said. Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. unit Agrigenetics Inc. both have research farms in the county.The judge stressed that her order addresses only the legal question of county authority. “No portion of this ruling says anything about whether GE organisms are good or bad or about whether the court thinks the substance of the ordinance would be beneficial to the county,” she said.Maui voters passed the ordinance when they approved a ballot initiative last November. The measure imposes a moratorium on the growing of genetically engineered crops until scientific studies are conducted on their safety and benefits. The ordinance would only allow the moratorium to be lifted after a vote by the Maui County Council.Mark Sheehan, one of five citizens who sponsored the ballot initiative, said his group will appeal the order. He expressed disappointment that Mollway ruled on what he called procedural issues instead of addressing the substance of their argument.He said the ordinance was specifically written to address issues not found in state statue. Further, he said the law requires the county to protect the health of the environment and the public, said Sheehan, who is a member of the group Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the Aina Movement, or SHAKA.“That was lost on the judge, so we will have to move along and have to find justice for the constitutional rights of the people of Maui at another level,” he said.Hawaii’s year-round warm weather makes the islands a favourite research spot for companies that use genetic engineering to develop new types of corn and other crops. The weather allows researchers to grow more generations of crops and accelerate their development of new varieties.Monsanto has two farms in Maui County, on Maui and Molokai islands. Agrigenetics, which does business as Mycogen Seeds, has a farm on Molokai.There has been little scientific evidence to prove that foods grown from engineered seeds are less safe than their conventional counterparts. But fears persist in Hawaii and elsewhere. In the islands, these concerns are compounded by worries about the companies’ use of pesticides._____Associated Press writer Jennifer Sinco Kelleher contributed to this report. by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 6:55 pm MDT US judge rules Maui County, Hawaii, GMO ban invalid because pre-empted by federal, state law read more

Football Quarterback JT Barrett reportedly had surgery Sunday to remove piece of

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett helped off the field in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe injury to Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett might have been more severe than originally anticipated.According to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, “several insiders” said Barrett had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Sunday to “remove the piece of torn meniscus” that debilitated him in Saturday’s 31-20 win against Michigan. On the Urban Meyer Call-In Show on 97.1 The Fan, head coach Urban Meyer said Barrett is expected to play Saturday against No. 4 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. “He’s been cleared to play, so he’s going to play in the game,” Meyer said.Barrett was forced to leave the game with around six minutes remaining in the third quarter, and redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins replaced him. Meyer had said after the Michigan game Barrett had been hit on the sideline by a cameraman and that the injury was aggravated when he was hit on a rush in the third quarter.Barrett said he dealt with a similar injury during Ohio State’s 49-21 win against Indiana.Barrett finished the game 3-for-8 with 30 passing yards and 67 rushing yards on 15 carries. He had one touchdown on the ground and another through the air. Haskins finished the game 6-for-7 for 94 yards, and added three rushes for 24 yards. Ohio State spokesman said the team does not have a comment confirming Barrett underwent surgery. read more

Two INM directors reclassified as not independent

first_img 11,441 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Sam Boal/ INDEPENDENT NEWS AND Media has stated that two of its directors can no longer be classified as independent.In its annual report, INM said that directors Triona Mullane and Allan Marshall could not longer be considered as being independent as they had provided services to the company.INM is the media group behind the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent, the Evening Herald and others. It has as its largest shareholder businessman Denis O’Brien.The annual report found that Triona Mullane had provided consultancy services to INM through a different company.She is also the CEO and largest shareholder of mAdme Technologies, which has had dealings with O’Brien.“The Board is satisfied that Ms Mullane has always demonstrated independence at Board and Committee,” the report reads.But considers that, collectively, the existence of these relationships or circumstances could be seen to affect independence and has determined that Ms. Mullane should not be considered independent for the purpose of the 2014 Code.Marshall, meanwhile, had provided consultancy services to INM through a company called Computercall UK.The report said that the company was “non-compliant” with parts of the Code that required that “at least half of the Board, excluding the Chairman, comprise non-executive Directors determined by the Board to be independent”.The company said it was “committed to high standards of corporate governance and will take actions to address this area of non-compliance in the next four months”.Read: The corporate watchdog wants to know more about INM’s abandoned bid for NewstalkRead: Enda Kenny says he’s concerned about INM major media merger Apr 28th 2017, 8:26 PM Two INM directors re-classified as not independent The company’s annual report was released today. Image: Sam Boal/ Friday 28 Apr 2017, 8:26 PM 9 Comments Share Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

Vaccin contre le choléra le Bangladesh lance le plus grand essai clinique

first_imgVaccin contre le choléra : le Bangladesh lance le plus grand essai clinique mondialLe plus important essai clinique au monde concernant un vaccin contre le choléra devrait débuter aujourd’hui au Bangladesh. Si les résultats de cet essai sont concluants, plusieurs milliers de vies pourraient être sauvées chaque année.Le choléra est une maladie “diarrhéique aiguë, dont on peut mourir en quelques heures en l’absence de traitement” explique l’Organisation mondiale de la santé. Chaque année, cette maladie tue entre 100.000 et 200.000 personnes qui contractent le bacille Vibrio cholerae en consommant des aliments ou de l’eau contaminés. Aujourd’hui, le Bangladesh débute un essai clinique très important concernant un vaccin oral contre le choléra et des résultats dépendra par la suite une vaccination en masse de la population, rapporte’essai clinique concerne 240.000 personnes dans la ville de Mirpur. Ces personnes se verront administrer pour les deux tiers deux doses du vaccin testé par le biais de gouttes, tandis que le dernier tiers servira de groupe test. L’état de santé de ces personnes sera étudié durant 4 années afin de connaitre réellement l’efficacité de ce vaccin. Nasmeen Ahmed, du Centre international de recherche sur les maladies diarrhéiques au Bangladesh a expliqué : “C’est la plus grande étude au monde sur la vaccination contre le choléra. Des résultats positifs pourraient conduire les gouvernements des pays où le choléra est un gros problème sanitaire à mener des campagnes de vaccination massives”. A noter que le Bangladesh est l’un des pays les plus défavorisés d’Asie.Le 17 février 2011 à 15:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sasseoir raccourciraitil notre espérance de vie

first_imgS’asseoir raccourcirait-il notre espérance de vie ?Des scientifiques ont calculé qu’en limitant le temps passé assis à seulement trois heures par jour permettrait de gagner deux ans de vie supplémentaires.Des scientifiques estiment que passer moins de trois heures assis chaque jour permettrait de gagner deux ans de vie. De plus, selon eux, limiter le temps passé devant la télévision à deux heures permettrait d’ajouter 1,4 an à notre durée de vie. Toutefois, les experts indiquent que ces résultats, basés sur cinq études concernant différents types de population, sont trop peu fiables pour permettre de prévoir le risque encouru par une personne en particulier.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme le souligne le professeur David Spiegelhalter, un expert en calculs de risque à l’University de Cambridge, “c’est une étude de populations et elle ne nous permet pas de prédire les résultats qu’il y aurait si on quittait son canapé”. Cependant, selon lui, il est fort probable que si les générations futures bougeaient davantage elles vivraient plus longtemps que la moyenne.Les chercheurs préconisent au moins deux heures et demi d’activité modérée (comme le vélo ou la marche rapide) par semaine ainsi que deux séances de musculation (soulever des poids ou creuser dans le jardin) hebdomadaires. Dans l’idéal une activité quotidienne est recommandée, additionnée à une ou deux séances de sport plus importantes ainsi que 150 minutes hebdomadaires d’activité modérée (cyclisme par exemple) ou 75 minutes d’activité intensive (course ou tennis).Il ne s’agit-là que de données très théoriques même si les recherches tendent à prouver qu’une association étroite existe entre le fait de rester longtemps assis (avoir un comportement sédentaire) et une espérance de vie diminuée. Ces études sont toutefois relatives dans la mesure où elles sont basées sur des données américaines qui ne sont pas nécessairement les mêmes pour des Européens.Le 11 juillet 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This is What Happens When a Neural Network Names Metal Bands

first_img You’ve seen artificial intelligence, and neural networks pull off some pretty impressive feats, like beating world champion Go players and helping self-driving cars navigate city streets and highways. There are still some tasks that machines with, however.Naming things, for example. That’s something neural network researcher Janelle Shane likes to experiment with. You might’ve seen the interesting new paint colors her work led to recently. Now she’s tasked the open source char-rnn with creating awesome new heavy metal bands.Shane started by feeding a database of over 100,000 names of actual bands, the countries they’re from, and an exhaustive listing of sub-genres into the neural network. She then turned it loose, and the results are indeed very metal. Here are some highlights from the list she shared.Swiil certainly has a nice, Viking metal sound to it, though the NN figured them to be a progressive/thrash act from the States. Also good: Death From The Trend, which some black metal band from Croatia really should snag for itself right now.There’s also the sinister-sounding Deathhouse, a melodic death metal band from Brazil and Germany’s Stormgarden. Hailing from France (yes, there really are metal bands from France… some very good ones, in fact!) is Sun Damage Omen. Possibly my favorite name is also the shortest: Sht.On to the more awkward side of things. There’s Snee, which maybe sounds more like a name for a ska band than a Brazilian thrash/death metal act. Mashing a metal-sounding word with a decorative object doesn’t always make for a great name, as in Chaosrug. I’m not sure irony works well either. I’m looking at you, Jazzy, the new imaginary American group.To be fair, metal bands aren’t always great at naming metal bands: Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Unbowel, Showbread, Failure Of Milk, The Tide That Turns The Christians Souls Into Dust And Summons Satan To His Infernal Palace… Stay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

Lucas I was right to ditch Neymar PSG for Tottenham

first_imgFormer PSG winger Lucas Moura says he took the right decision in leaving Neymar behind at Paris Saint-Germain as he hopes to “make history” with Tottenham.The winger saw his game time at PSG reduce after Neymar’s arrival last season, which made him opt for Spurs in a £25 million ($32.8m) in January.Neymar is like my brother,’ he told the Mail on Sunday. “I love him and we have a very good close relationship. It was a little bit sad to leave him and Paris because I like the life there. But I had been there for five years and it was time to have a new challenge.“I wanted to play in another championship and coming here was a big opportunity for me to play in the best league in the world.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Tottenham are a big club. They are probably bigger in structure than PSG. I am impressed by this and I was happy to come here.“Now I am ready to give my best because I will do the whole pre-season with the team. That is important because here is very different – the Premier League is very hard – so I will be more ready to show my talent.”Lucas is enjoying his shine as he scored twice in Spurs’ International Champions Cup opener against Roma before impressing again against Barcelona and says he has a good relationship with Spurs boss.“The relationship with him is very good. I believe we can have a big season, win a trophy,” he added.“That’s why I am here, to win a trophy because I believe in the team, the project. We have the capacity to make history here.”last_img read more

Railroads release new oil train data

first_imgData released Tuesday show that 18 loaded BNSF oil trains can roll through Clark County in a single week — a figure shedding new light on a subject that railroads and regulators have been reluctant to discuss publicly.BNSF Railway and Portland and Western Railroad were among the carriers that submitted reports to the Washington Military Department in response to a federal order. BNSF provided county-by-county train counts during a seven-day period, which tallied 18 crude oil trains in Clark County from May 29 through June 4.In a separate report, Portland and Western cited three oil trains per week traveling from Vancouver into Oregon.Railroads were ordered to file oil train data with states by the U.S. Department of Transportation last month as part of stepped-up safety protocols in response to a string of fiery train derailments. At the center of those concerns is so-called Bakken crude oil extracted mostly from North Dakota.The transportation department issued the order, which took effect June 6, with the expectation that states would share the information, including routes, volumes and numbers of trains hauling 1 million or more gallons of Bakken crude, only with emergency response officials — not the public.Aiming to make sure of that, BNSF and other railroads sent Washington and other states confidentiality agreements. Some states, including Washington, refused to sign them, saying they conflicted with their public disclosure laws. In Washington, officials proposed an alternative agreement under which the railroads would be allowed to seek a protective order in court to prevent the information from being released to the public.last_img read more

Lyft driver accused of sexually assaulting teen faces judge

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A Lyft driver accused of a sickening crime appeared before a judge.Forty-three-year old Julio Perez was in court, Thursday morning.Perez was arrested at his Hialeah home, Oct. 18. He has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year old boy after giving him a ride home.Officials said Perez picked up the boy from school in Pembroke Pines and forced himself into the teen’s home where the assault took place.Perez is being held on a $10,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Almost 100 Days In Trumpism Is Still Not Clearly Defined

first_imgChelsea Beck/NPRPresident Trump built up his ability to “Making America Great Again.” But these first 100 days of his presidency haven’t exactly made clear how he intends to do that.Donald Trump promised something new in American politics.His strategists said his brash “America First” approach would bust up the old party identities and remake the Republican Party as a true populist “Workers Party.”But it was never perfectly clear exactly how he planned to do that — 100 days into his administration, here are five thoughts on what we know so far about Trumpism:1. The early debate about Trumpism (and what that means)Trump was so new and different, there was tremendous interest on the part of historians, conservative intellectuals and political operatives from both parties in figuring out just what “Trumpism” was — or if it existed at all. Is there a consistent doctrine or an ideology that drives him?During the campaign, there were two main theories about that — on the one hand, Trumpism was economic populism combined with social conservatism and a dash of isolationism — kind of an updated version of Republican Party ideology from the 1920s.The second theory was that trying to define a coherent ideology that could be called Trumpism was a fool’s errand. According to this theory, Trump really did not believe in anything, except endless confidence in himself. He would just show up, make decisions based on his own impulses and instincts and see what happened.A hundred days into his presidency, and it’s fair to say we really don’t know which of those two interpretations is actually his approach to governance.2. Trumpism is a moving targetOn foreign policy, Trump is morphing into a more conventional Republican. His policy choices on China, NATO, Iran, the European Union and Syria have earned him praise from the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment he used to call “stupid.”On domestic policy, Trump is also moving away from his populist campaign rhetoric. He stocked his Cabinet with billionaires and CEOs. He’s been tilting toward the Wall Street Wing of his White House staff and signing executive orders helpful to the big banks. He embraced an Obamacare replacement plan that was anything but populist — it would have raised the cost of health insurance for older, low-income voters (his base), and it would have cut entitlements — something Candidate Trump promised never to do.Molly Riley/Pool/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesPresident Trump has left many scratching their heads on what kind of president he will be. His first 100 days as president offered conflicting messages.3. There is no Trumpist Caucus in CongressOne of the problems President Trump has had turning his nationalist, populist, anti-establishment instincts into a coherent governing agenda is that there aren’t a lot of Trumpists in Congress. Trumpism was more an attitude than a movement.Even the House Freedom Caucus, which was swept into office by the same anti-establishment forces that helped elect Trump broke with him on the Obamacare bill.Trump’s coattails didn’t stretch very far in 2016. His party lost seats in the House and Senate (though not as badly as predicted). Compare that to Ronald Reagan in 1980, who brought 33 new Republicans into the House and 12 new Republicans into the Senate.4. Trumpism was always more of an attitude than a clearly defined movementTwo issues matter most to Trump voters.There may not be a base of Trumpist congressmen on Capitol Hill, but Trump does have a base. Those white, working-class voters may not care if Trump abandons his populist promises on the Export-Import Bank or Chinese currency manipulation, but they are paying careful attention to what Trump does on trade and immigration.Those two issues were the way he connected with the white, working-class voters who fueled his rise. Even as he moderates elsewhere, on both trade and immigration, he’s still moving forward very aggressively (in parts — he didn’t tear up NAFTA) and very confrontationally, staying focused on the same economic and cultural anxieties he stoked during the campaign.Already, Trump’s message on immigration is being heard loud and clear. Without passing any laws, illegal border crossings have slowed, H1B1 visa applications are down, as are applications from foreign students to American universities. Even tourism to the U.S. is off.5. What are the next tells for Trumpism?Other issues will soon be putting Trumpism to the test. Next up (maybe) is a tax overhaul. On Wednesday, the president has vowed to announce his plan for massive tax cuts.Every tax bill has winners and losers. And Trump’s tax bill will tell us a lot about what Trumpism is. If at end of the day, the Wal-Mart shoppers feel like they’ve been screwed and that the Goldman Sachs people get more benefits out of the tax overhaul, Trump could lose support from his base.So far, Trump’s base has stayed loyal to him. That’s good news for Trump. Polls show that his base voters are satisfied with his performance. The bad news is that he hasn’t expanded his base at all — his approval ratings are at historic lows for a new president, and Trumpism remains a mystery.Is Trumpism just a nativist version of what a Mitt Romney administration would look like?Or is it up for grabs, waiting for the next impulsive decision of a president who prides himself on being transactional, flexible and unpredictable.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more