MumbaiGoa highway shut for traffic due to heavy rains

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai-Goa national highway in Maharashtra has been shut for traffic since Saturday morning due to flood in the Jagbudi river in coastal Ratnagiri district following heavy rains, police said. Torrential rains since Friday night have triggered a flood-like situation in some parts of Thane, Raigad and Ratnagiri districts. An official said the river water gushed on the highway near Khed in Ratnagiri district this morning. Savitri and Amba rivers in Mahad and Pali in Raigad district are also in spate following which traffic at Nagothane and on Khopoli-Pali road has been suspended, he said. Personnel of disaster response force and police are deployed in those areas to avoid any untoward incident, the official added.last_img

Gangraped minor girl tonsured paraded in Bihar

first_imgPatna: Members of a panchayat in Bihar’s Gaya district “punished” a gangraped minor girl by tonsuring her head and parading her through the village, a police officer said here on Wednesday. The 15-year-old girl was kidnapped by residents of her village on August 14 and gangraped, sources in the police headquarters said. The girl narrated the incident to her parents who then approached the local panchayat for justice two days later. However, the members of the panchayat accused the girl of making unfounded allegations against the accused, who enjoy clout in the area, and punished the minor by tonsuring and parading her through the village, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The incident came to light when the victim and her parents lodged a telephonic complaint with the office of the Director General of Police a week after the panchayat’s verdict. Six people, including five members of the panchayat, were arrested on August 26 after recording the statements of the victim and her parents, Mohanpur SHO Ravi Bhushan said. Gaya Mahila Thana in-charge Ravi Ranjana said the arrested persons have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days after being produced before a designated court while the girl’s statement was recorded before a magistrate after her medical examination. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K She said the girl is yet to recover from the trauma but has been able to identify one of the accused. Meanwhile, the state women commission has shot off a missive to Gaya police chief, demanding speedy justice to the victim besides summoning the five panchayat members. “It is a very serious matter. We have asked the Gaya SSP to ensure that the accused are awarded strict punishment and the victim gets justice. We have asked the five panchayat members to appear before us and explain why such an inhuman treatment was meted out to a minor girl,” State Women Commission Chairperson Dilmani Mishra said.last_img read more

Supreme Court justices hear two cases in Winnipeg meet with Indigenous leaders

first_imgWINNIPEG — Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner says holding hearings in Winnipeg is an important step toward informing people about how the country’s highest court works.Judges from the Supreme Court of Canada are in Manitoba this week to hear cases and to reach out to the public.The nine judges will met with students and Indigenous leaders and hold a question-and-answer session with the general public.They will also hear two cases while in Winnipeg — the first hearings outside of Ottawa in the court’s 144-year history.On Wednesday, it will hear a case that centres on how long is a reasonable time in which to try someone and return with a verdict.On Thursday, the high court will hear a case that deals with French-language education rights in British Columbia.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Campaigning in Bengal to end a day early

first_imgNEW DELHI: In first such action in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.In a hurriedly-convened press conference, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said it was for the first time that such an action has been taken using constitutional powers of the poll panel. The Election Commission (EC) also ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya and Additional Director General, CID, Rajeev Kumar from their postings in West Bengal. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who is in charge of West Bengal, said Bhattacharya “stands relieved” from his current charge immediately, “for having interfered in the process of conducting elections” by directing the state chief electoral officer, which he was not supposed to. The state chief secretary will look after the charge of the home secretary. He said Rajeev Kumar has been attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs here and should report to his new assignment by 10.00 am Thursday. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Commission’s decision is “undemocratic” and it has “insulted the people of Bengal”. Calling the decision “unethical, unconstitutional, undemocratic and biased”, Mamata said, “On Thursday, Modi has two meetings in Bengal. When he finishes, the campaigning also ends… Instead of punishing Amit Shah, the Election Commission has given a gift to the BJP”. The decision came as the political fight between the BJP and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee escalated over the vandalizing of a statue of iconic 19th-century reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Both parties accused each other of inciting the violence and desecrating the statue. There was a barrage of claims and counter-claims where video clips are flying from both sides, the BJP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Amit Shah said Trinamool activists attacked his roadshow and it was Mamata Banerjee who had the Vidyasagar bust broken as part of a “conspiracy” to blame the BJP ahead of the last round of voting for the national election. Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien lobbed the allegation right back and called the BJP chief “Dhokabaaz”.He also complained to the Election Commission, submitted what he called video proof that the BJP was behind the vandalism. The bust was broken at the Vidyasagar College, which was on the route of the BJP president’s rally. “The gates were shut, our roadshow was outside, our workers were outside, the bust was inside a room, which would have presumably been locked. The keys must have been with the college management. How can we break the statue,” Amit Shah questioned at a press conference in Delhi, displaying three photographs. The BJP chief also claimed his party workers were far from the gate of the Vidyasagar College. The Trinamool, however, put out a video that shows workers – it says they were BJP supporters – climbing over the college railing and then rushing inside the campus. The video shows the group armed with stones and sticks. Students of the college said the gate was broken, unlike the BJP’s claim that it was intact. An emotional Derek O’Brien of Trinamool, speaking at what he called the “saddest press conference we have held”, said: “Amit Shah is a liar. We expect the media to make an assessment based on authentic videos.” The BJP chief in turn also accused the Election Commission of “double standards” for remaining a “mute spectator” to rigging and violation of the poll code in the state. Hitting back at TMC’s charge that the BJP was behind the violence, Shah said his party has been contesting elections in every state and is in power in 16, but it is only in West Bengal that violence is being seen.last_img read more

85 of Moroccans Want English as First Foreign Language

Rabat – According to a new survey conducted by news website Hespress, Moroccans seem to be more and more in favor of replacing French with English in the Moroccan educational system. Of the more than 41,526 people who participated in the survey, only 14.02 percent said that French should remain the country’s first foreign language. People in favor of replacing French with English, on the other hand, pulled in a whopping 85.98 percent of the vote.Moroccans have become more outspoken about the importance of switching the country’s education system from French to English. For the majority of them, as it is the case with the sample surveyed by Arabic-speaking news website Hespress, French is limiting their access to knowledge and economic opportunities. Even Moroccan officials have expressed on numerous occasions the importance of adopting English over French within the Moroccan educational system. For the head of government Abdelilah Benkirane, for instance, English is the language of today’s science, technology and commerce. However, there are still people in Morocco who fiercely lobby for French to be kept the first foreign language of the country. Their efforts have yielded results as the Supreme Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research is said to be reconsidering earlier recommendations to replace French with English in the Moroccan curriculum. The new recommendations, if adopted, will be included in the Supreme Council’s Strategic Report to be submitted to King Mohammed VI.The council headed by Omar Azziman, an advisor to King Mohammed VI, is said to have ordered the formation of a sub-committee to review the proposal of replacing French with English, a proposal already hailed by many members of the Council’s Permanent Committee on Curriculum, Programs, Training and Teaching tools in earlier sessions. read more

UNAIDS hails Indian court decision decriminalizing homosexuality

2 July 2009The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has hailed today’s decision by an Indian court to overturn a 150-year-old law and decriminalize homosexuality, voicing hope that more countries that ban same-sex activity will follow suit. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has hailed today’s decision by an Indian court to overturn a 150-year-old law and decriminalize homosexuality, voicing hope that more countries that ban same-sex activity will follow suit.The Delhi High Court said the law – Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which outlaws “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” – violated the South Asian nation’s constitution.“The inclusiveness that Indian society traditionally displayed, literally in every aspect of life, is manifest in recognizing a role in society for everyone,” said Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice S. Murlidhar.With today’s decision, the High Court has “restored the dignity and human rights of millions of men who have sex with men and transgendered people in India,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said.“Oppressive laws such as Section 377 drive people underground, making it much harder to reach them with HIV prevention, treatment and care services,” he added.In a press release issued in New Delhi, UNAIDS called on all governments to guarantee the full respect of human rights for men who have sex with men, lesbians and transgendered people by repealing laws prohibiting sex between consenting adults in public.The agency also underscored the importance of enacting laws to protect these groups from violence and discrimination; addressing homophobia and transphobia; and bolstering health services.The annulment of Section 377 “sends a positive message to countries where such laws still exist,” Mr. Sidibé stressed, noting that UNAIDS looks forward to working with the Indian Government to address the AIDS pandemic.On top of violating individuals’ human rights, the prohibition of homosexuality in over 80 countries impedes the response to HIV, hampering treatment to access for people living with the disease, according to UNAIDS. read more

Rejection of Keystone XL would hurt CanadaUS ties Redford

Alberta’s premier says a U.S. rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal would undermine the Canada-U.S. relationship.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Alison Redford says Canada and the United States have a long history of economic integration that would be fundamentally challenged by a ’No’ to the pipeline.She says turning the pipeline down would signal that the United States no longer has faith in Canada as a trusted trading partner that has common cause with Americans.But Redford doesn’t think it will come to that.She says she thinks the Obama administration will approve the pipeline eventually, and both countries will soon look back on the contentious debate as a time for honest discussion about how best to expand the North American economy.She says Alberta is raising its bar for environmental performance, and is re-orienting its economy to focus not just on oil sands but also on sustainable energyAlso on Monday, Alberta’s premier said comments made by Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair in the U.S. last week were ridiculous and unhelpful.Redford is the latest leader to frame Mulcair’s D.C. visit as a poison dart aimed at the heart of Canada’s efforts to convince U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.Mulcair insists he’s not providing advice to Obama on the issue one way or another and has said it’s up to the Americans to make up their own mind on the project, though it’s not one the NDP consider a priority.They should, Redford suggested in an interview with The Canadian Press just ahead of a noon speech at the Economic Club of Canada.It’s not an American pipeline but a Canadian one that’s vital to the country’s economy, Redford said.In that context, Mulcair’s trip was disappointing, she said.“Thomas Mulcair comes to Alberta and makes nice, he pretends to be a national leader who cares about environmental policy but understands importance of the oil sands and talks about economic growth and then goes to other places and says different things and that’s not what a national leader should do,” Redford said.Mulcair was in the U.S. capital last week and spoke out against Canada’s environmental record, while also warning that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cost 40,000 Canadian jobs.Redford said that comment was ridiculous.“To be spreading information that isn’t true with respect to any pipeline clouds the water, confuses the conversation, gets people unnecessarily emotional about the issue,” she said.“It’s not helpful.”The pipeline will create jobs both in Canada and the U.S. and players on both sides of the border know that, she said.Mulcair has said the trip was part of his job as leader of the Opposition and nothing he said should have surprised anyone.His preference, he told his American audiences, would be for Canada to focus on its own energy security and building pipelines within the country, creating Canadian jobs.He also had harsh words for the Conservatives on their environmental record, saying there was no way the government could meet its targets for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.His remarks were characterized by the federal Tories and some other provincial leaders as “trash talk.”They came at the same time the Harper government was on a lobbying tour in the U.S. related to the pipeline but also to selling Canada’s environmental record.Obama isn’t likely to decided until later this year whether he’ll approve the Keystone project, which would deliver 830,000 barrels a day of mostly oilsands crude to U.S. markets.A draft environmental report into the $5.3-billion pipeline released by the U.S. State Department reported no major environmental concerns and said it was unlikely to affect the pace of oil sands development or U.S. oil consumption. read more

Prosecutors seek info on Brussels Airport suspect in hat

by John-Thor Dahlburg, The Associated Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 10:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prosecutors seek info on Brussels Airport suspect in hat BRUSSELS – Belgian prosecutors launched a public appeal Thursday seeking any information on “the man in a hat” seen before the Brussels Airport suicide bombings that killed 16 people.Belgian Federal Prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said authorities were especially interested in any people who might have filmed or photographed him.The suspect was seen at the airport with two suicide bombers before they died in the March 22 attacks. A subsequent explosion at Brussels’ Maelbeek subway station killed another 16 people the same morning.Photos released by prosecutors showed the man, who was wearing a dark hat, leaving the airport on foot, walking to the nearby town of Zaventem and then into Brussels, where all traces of him were reportedly lost.The suspect also wore a white jacket but discarded it at some point, prosecutors said.The appeal for public assistance more than two weeks after the suicide bombings indicates that investigators are at a standstill. Three bombers, two at the airport and one in the subway, also died in the attacks, which wounded 270 people and were claimed by Islamic State extremists.According to a video reconstitution of the suspect’s itinerary presented to reporters, the man left the Brussels Airport terminal at 7:58 a.m. before the two other men he was with there detonated suitcases laden with explosives. He passed by a Sheraton hotel and a rental car parking lot, walked through the town of Zaventem, discarded his jacket, and was seen on video footage at Meiser Square in northeastern Brussels at 9:42 a.m.Eight minutes later, his trail vanishes.Belgian authorities hope that they or someone finds the discarded jacket, saying it could yield precious clues. Federal Prosecutor Thierry Werts also said many people who were around the hotel when the suspect walked by may now be overseas, and asked for their assistance as well.Prosecutors asked “people who might have filmed or taken a photograph of the suspect or think they can provide extra information” to call a special telephone number or to email authorities.Belgian media had earlier identified a Brussels resident arrested on terror charges as the missing man in the hat. But prosecutors never officially confirmed the reports, and a judge ordered the man’s release.Also Thursday, the lawyer for Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam said it will take some weeks before his client can be extradited from Belgium to France.Lawyer Sven Mary spoke after a legal hearing on the Belgian-born French citizen’s continuing detention in Belgium. He said the existing “Belgian arrest warrant must be lifted for (Abdeslam’s) transfer” to France, in accordance with the extradition request.Mary said before Belgian authorities let Abdeslam leave they want to question the 26-year-old about another case — a deadly police raid in the Forest neighbourhood of Brussels days before his arrest.Abdeslam fled to Belgium after the deadly Nov. 13 attacks on Paris and was arrested March 18 after four months on the run. Since then he has been in a prison in the Belgian city of Bruges.He faces preliminary terrorism charges in France for the Paris attacks, which killed 130 people, left hundreds wounded and were also claimed by the Islamic State group. Belgian Federal Prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt addresses the media during a press conference in Brussels on Thursday April 7, 2016. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the Examining Magistrate in Brussels made available new CCTV footage and stills of the third suspect of the recent terrorists attack at Brussels airport during his escape from the airport after the blasts. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) read more

New car sales rise for fifth month in a row

New car sales in the final quarter of 2000 were the strongest on record. Year to date figures show the market up 3.2 per cent at 267,059 units Sales to private buyers soar 15.4 per cent in February The last change of the current number plate system to the Y plate took place on 1 March. New car sales rise for fifth month in a row New car registrations rose 7.3 per cent in February to 79,151 units Private sales took 39.7 per cent of the market last month compared to 36.9 per cent in February 2000. In the first two months of the year private sales rose 24.7 per cent. Fleet sales rose by 4.4 per cent in February to 42,584 units. ‘After four consecutive months of growth and with a change to the Y plate on 1 March, we might have expected a dip in new car sales in February. But last month’s rise, once again driven by private buyers, shows that the market is in an extremely healthy state’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Sophisticated consumers in this country have not been fazed by conflicting car price reports’, he added. ‘They know where to go to get the best possible deal and these figures show that they are voting for the UK with their feet and wallets’. Notes to editors February 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Record year despite dip in new car registrations

He added, ‘Sales have cooled a little over the last couple of months in line with industry expectations. However, more new cars have been sold over the first 11 months of 2002 than are normally sold in an entire year.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New car sales on track for a record year, the second in successionYear to date the new car market rose 3.7 per cent to 2,419,055 carsNovember new car market slips 6.8 per cent to 171,674 units SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘At the beginning of 2002, not many in the industry would have predicted a second successive record year for new car sales. But throughout the year, the market has remained strong and is set to smash the 2.5 million barrier for the first time.’ read more

Boca squad arrives in Madrid for rearranged Copa final

MADRID — Boca Juniors has arrived in Madrid for Sunday’s Copa Libertadores final second leg against River Plate, kicking off preparations for the highly-anticipated match that was twice suspended because of fan violence in Argentina.A few dozen Boca fans greeted the team when it made it to the Spanish capital on Wednesday night.Argentine rival River was expected to arrive on Thursday, three days before the rearranged game that will decide South America’s equivalent of the Champions League.Some Boca players were injured when their bus was attacked by River fans in Buenos Aires on Nov. 24.South American soccer confederation CONMEBOL postponed the match twice before deciding to play the game at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to avoid security problems in Argentina.The teams drew 2-2 in the first leg at Boca’s La Bombonera Stadium in Buenos Aires on Nov. 11.Tens of thousands of fans are expected to travel to Madrid from Argentina, with Spanish authorities implementing special security measures.The measures are likely to supersede those put in place for the Spanish “clasico” between Real Madrid and Barcelona.CONMEBOL has made 25,000 tickets available for each team, with 5,000 being sold in Argentina and the rest through the confederation’s website.Another 22,000 tickets will go to sponsors and the general public. Some are being sold for more than 1,000 euros ($1,135) through online dealers.___More AP soccer: and Azzoni on Twitter: Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

Following slow start to Big Ten slate Ohio State baseball facing mustwin

Sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic (17) throws to 1st base during a game against Toledo April 2 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 7-2.Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerWhen the Big Ten announced the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament was expanding to an eight-team field for the first time in conference history after previously having just six eligible teams, the Ohio State baseball team believed it could show up to Omaha, Neb., as the No. 1-seed.Now three weeks into its conference schedule, the Buckeyes might soon be thankful for that expansion.The Buckeyes (19-14, 2-7) currently sit 10th in the Big Ten standings heading into their weekend series at home against Penn State (16-14, 4-1, third in the Big Ten) Friday, a series some players are calling a must-win.Last year, OSU swept Penn State in a three-game series at Bill Davis Stadium.After the Buckeyes were swept in back-to-back weekends at home against Indiana and at Nebraska, they defeated Eastern Michigan, 8-1, Tuesday, and then were tripped up against Dayton the following day, losing 8-5.OSU’s closer and preseason All-American junior pitcher Trace Dempsey got a rare start against the Flyers in the hopes of building confidence after a lackluster start to the season. Dempsey has recorded a 6.23 ERA, four saves, given up 15 earned runs while tallying a 1-3 record in 21.2 innings pitched so far this year.After the loss to Dayton, Dempsey said the team cannot dwell on the past couple weeks and only look forward to its series against the Nittany Lions.“Clean slate from here on out. You can’t look back on the last two weekends or even today, you’ve got to move on to tomorrow,” Dempsey said. “All three of those games at Nebraska, it’s in the past. Nothing really to hang our heads on, just a couple plays here and there. It’s not like we could have won just one of those games, we easily should have won all three of those games.”The first pitcher OSU is set to send out to the mound against PSU is freshman Tanner Tully who has started the season with a 3-1 record and 1.91 ERA.With a 2-7 in-conference record, junior catcher Aaron Gretz said it is imperative the team comes out hot against PSU Friday.“It’s simple — we’ve got to win a series,” Gretz said. “It’s a must-win series. Our goal is to win all three games. Obviously that’s the goal for every weekend, but it’s magnified this weekend. We need to get some wins.”The opener against Penn State is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

Dad dancing police officer charms children and adults alike at Bestival

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A special constable who was filmed “Dad dancing” at a music festival has become an internet hit.Special constable Jason Cox, 41, took part in a dance-off with revellers at Camp Bestival in Lulworth Castle, Dorset, at the weekend.The 28-second clip, uploaded to Facebook by Dorset Police, has been viewed tens of thousands of times.It was captioned: “We hope you love ‘dad dancing’ Special Constable Cox as much as we do!”When he was challenged to a dance off at Camp Bestival he couldn’t resist strutting his stuff before being inundated with selfie requests.”Assistant chief constable Mark Cooper praised SC Cox and other colleagues at the family festival, which was headlined by Mark Ronson, Madness and Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds.”We’re really proud of the work of our officers who were supporting the onsite security at Camp Bestival,” Mr Cooper said.”Whilst being vigilant in protecting the public, as a safe family event, officers were able to spend time interacting with festival goers and families.”By engaging with members of the public in this way, we hope it will build relationships and encourage young people in particular to run to us when they’re in danger, rather than be scared of the uniform.” SC Cox was also praised on social media, with one fan writing: “Just shows that all police are normal well done officer”.last_img read more

EYEWITNESS Earthquakes…

…galoreIt used to be said that Guyana – unlike its West Indian neighbours – didn’t suffer from natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes. God figured the “unnatural” disaster called “Burnham” was enough of an infliction on us!! But of recent, even though Granger’s vowed to continue Burnham’s legacy, it looks like he can’t measure up to his mentor, since there’s been a number of seismic events in the land recently.We can start with the tremor felt across the land with the outcome of the PNC Biennial Congress. Here it was, most folks assumed it was a straight fight between Lil Joe and the moustachioed AG Basil Williams. One of them, the smart money said, would be a shoo in to become the Chairman of the PNC. But when the dust had settled after it took seven hours to count of 800 ballots, Volda Lawrence had whupped both favourites. What did this portend for politics?Would Basil Williams go quietly into the night, to sulk over his legal defeats by his bete noir Nandlall and now the cruellest cut of all, his political rejection by his PNC compadres? Would he turn his defeat into a victory by claiming he fell on his sword for Lawrence so the PNC wouldn’t fall into the hands of the Army clique? But with an Army man in the driver’s seat, he might’ve just written his own pink slip, no? Would that Army man, do a Desmond Hoyte and now purge the PNC to his image? Seismic questions!!Then there’s the tremor that left folks from Point Playa to Crabwood Creek and from Georgetown to Gunns Strip “all shook up” – literally and figuratively! As the ground started moving and houses started swaying it looked like Martin Carter’s poem “Black Friday” being acted out in Georgetown: “Were some who ran one way./ Were some who ran another way./ Were some who did not run at all./ Were some who will not run again…/And I have seen some creatures rise from holes/ and claw a triumph like a citizen,/ and reign until the tide!”Carter, of course, was describing the reaction of the good folks of Georgetown to the riots and arson when the downtown area was practically razed to the ground in the 1962 opening act to remove the PPP from office. Was the physical tremor a portent of what’s in store for 2020?But some feel there’s another tremor on the way – an “aftershock” – the teachers strike threatened for this week. Your Eyewitness still believes this tectonic event ain’t gonna happen.Why would the army types further alienate a subset of the constituency they need to maintain control? Naah!…and Nagamootoo’s ideological hypocrisyNagamootoo has always boasted about his “fifty years in the PPP”, where he served faithfully under Cheddi Jagan. As a member of the declared “communist party” since 1969, Nagamootoo was one of the most hardline in his espousal of the Communist line. He routinely marched against US “imperialism” in Vietnam and other parts of the world.So it was more than a bit disorienting – but not surprising – to read his last Chronic column where he practically split himself into riding two horses simultaneously. He tried to ingratiate, himself with the coming delegation of US Congressmen by condemning locals he claimed were denouncing America as “a blood-sucking empire descending on Guyana.” But he couldn’t resist asserting that after 1964, Guyana “was subsequently converted into a laboratory for every conceivable ideological stratagem of American imperialism, which has since been well documented.”He claims the US has now “changed”. But what he denounces as “imperialism” was simply defence of US strategic interests.So he’ll denounce the US as “imperialists” if they were to intervene to protect those interests again?…on classBack in the day, the ruling class would pass “sumptuary” laws which forbid the lower classes dressing or consuming like their “betters”.Will Granger follow up his denunciation of “Guinness Bars” with such a law?? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The buck stops…July 12, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Moving…August 21, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”OPINION: Eyewitness: Jailhouse rock…July 8, 2019In “latest news” read more

Ready for THW Kiel Kielces warmup against Stal Mielec

TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 4KS Azoty Puławy7403214:2118 2Orlen Wisła Płock7601242:19112 Between the battles against Płock and a match against THW Kiel, Vive Targi Kielce arrived in Mielec to face local Stal. Polish champions had to manage without injured Uroš Zorman but they were backed by Karol Bielecki who had not had many chances to play lately. Kielce had the game under control since the very beginning; they gained an advantage during first minutes. It was a good performance of Thorir Olafsson who relieved Ivan Čupić on the court in the first half and became top scorer with 11 goals. In the end Kielce defeated Stal Mielec 38:31 and remain on the top of the league table.STANDINGS: 6Górnik Zabrze6312183:1707 8MMTS Kwidzyn6204166:1864 1Vive Targi Kielce7700253:18014 9Gwardia Opole6114157:1783 11KPR Legionowo6105154:1822 7SPR Stal Mielec7214213:2225 5SPR Chrobry Głogów6402174:1758 3Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin6411207:1809 12Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski6015170:2081 10Zagłębie Lubin6114167:2173 handballKielcepolanPolandsTAL mIELCEstal mielecVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story Uwe to stay or to go? “Lions” more optimistic now! Next Story → EHF CL ROUND 4: Celje wins in Ukraine – Easy evening for HSV and RNL! read more

BlackBerry 10 really definitely launching on January 30

first_imgA recent security clearance win for BlackBerry 10 from the U.S. government was a bit of good news for RIM, and today there’s some good news for the company’s remaining fans. CEO Thorstein Heins has made it official: BlackBerry 10 is really going to launch on January 30, 2013.It would have been nice to see BlackBerry 10 arriving before the holiday shopping rush, since millions will likely be purchasing new devices before the clock runs out on 2012. Still, it’s good to see that Heins has set a definite date and that RIM isn’t going to put the brakes on again — there have already been more than enough delays leading up to this launch.The question that now remains is whether or not BlackBerry 10 will be too little, too late. RIM acquired QNX, whose software BlackBerry 10 is based upon, back in April of 2010. Just a year later at CTIA, the company announced the first Wi-Fi only BlackBerry PlayBook. Now, almost two years after that, RIM’s QNX-based OS is finally heading to smartphones.During that time span, RIM has taken a beating both in terms of market share and consumer perception. Its devices have gone from being the way to interact (thanks to BBM) to being second-class citizens, overshadowed by the likes of the iPhone and Galaxy S3. But Heins has promised big things, and he’s all too well aware just how much is riding on the launch of BlackBerry 10. The Canadian company was a leading innovator for years, and Heins clearly believes there’s still plenty left in the tank.Come January 30th, we’ll see just how true that is.via Inside BlackBerrylast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Core revealed as revamped Galaxy S2

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy has expanded yet again, but the company’s latest offering isn’t a variation of the brand new Galaxy S4. No, the Galaxy Core looks more like something Samsung coaxed out of retirement: one of the hottest Android phones of 2011, the Galaxy S2.Hardware similarities abound. Like the GS2, the Galaxy Core is powered by a dual-core processor. Samsung’s press release doesn’t specify whether it stuck with an Exynos chip or turned to another vendor for the reissue. There’s also 1GB of RAM on board and the Core runs on HSPA and GSM networks, just like the I9100 GS2.One surprising non-change is the Galaxy Core’s display. It’s 4.3-inch 800×480 pixel affair, and is really the one part that Samsung would have done well to bump up to something a bit more up-to-date.What else hasn’t changed? Dimensions and weight. The Galaxy Core is nearly identical in size, though it’s slightly thicker and weighs just a few grams more than the venerable Galaxy S2.One the plus side, Samsung is shipping a fairly up-to-date Android 4.1 on the Galaxy Core. The monkey’s paw is that base storage has been slashed in half (to 8GB) and a lot of that space is going to be eaten up by TouchWiz and Samsung’s usual truckload of “value-added” software.Samsung also revealed that the Galaxy Core will be available in single and dual-sim configurations, but no pricing has been revealed as of yet. You can still buy the GS2 online for around $300, and it’s hard to imagine Samsung trying to sell the Galaxy Core for much more.There’s nothing wrong with dusting off the guts of an older phone and snapping a case with a newer design around it. Plenty of folks shopping for a smartphone aren’t looking for the latest and greatest, after all. Just look at how well the iPhone 4 and 4S continue to sell.last_img read more

26 billionyearold water found hidden below Canada could mean water and life

first_imgAt a mine near Timmins, Ontario, a research team found water hiding 1.5 miles deep below the surface, in what is the oldest part of North America’s crust, the Canadian Shield. The water is estimated to be around 2.64 billion years old, which would give scientists a glimpse into the climate of Earth’s past.The site at which the water was found is largely untouched by factors that would have tampered with the preservation of the water, such as seismic activity or standard erosion. Since the water wasn’t exposed to air while it was kept inside its sedimentary tomb, this means that the water contains gasses from the time period at which it was last exposed to air, thus providing researchers with a look at an ancient Earth climate.Rather than just teaching us about a past climate, the type of ground in which the water was found and the way in which the water was preserved, are similar to the way water could be trapped underneath the surface of Mars. This means it’s possible that Mars has hidden reservoirs of water trapped below tectonically stable terrain, and you know what every scientist likes to propose could possibly exist when discussing water on an alien planet.The scientists also noted that the water at the Timmins site was found to have as much hydrogen gas as the water found in areas with hydrothermal vents, which in turn are responsible for creating unique ecosystems in harsh, strange environments. So, you can bet scientists will use that nugget to nudge their proposal of potential alien life trapped below the surface of Mars.last_img read more

Solar plane completes first coasttocoast solar flight

first_imgFrom its start in Mountain View, California, the Solar Impulse plane was setting records. The nearly 1000-mile journey from Phoenix to Dallas set a new distance record in solar aviation, but the ultimate goal was much bigger than that. After another stop in St. Louis, the plane eventually reached its destination in Washington, D.C., at Dulles International Airport. In airborne spurts of up to 26 hours each, Solar Impulse has made its way clear across North America.The feat was accomplished thanks to a number of cutting-edge technologies, from the 12,000 or so super-efficient solar cells which line the plane’s enormous wingspan, as well as the lithium polymer batteries that allow it to keep flying at night. During the day, the panels can provide enough energy to both power the plane and charge the batteries. Even the body of the plane is only possible thanks to a new carbon-fiber honeycomb sandwich design that allowed the wings to be both large enough, light enough, and strong enough to take to the air.HB-SIA, in the flesh.One of the main reasons the plane, dubbed HB-SIA, wasn’t able to cross the US in a single bound is its functional abilities as a plane, rather than a solar plane. The cockpit is not pressurized, and lacks most of the advanced avionics found in long-term fliers today. Its successor, the creatively named HB-SIB, will incorporate both of these technologies, and more. Expect to hear news of its exploits as early as 2015.Secretary Muniz speaks to a crowd at the National Air and Space Museum.US Energy Secretary Ernest Muniz attended a landing celebration at the National Air and Space Museum, rallying support for solar technology going forward. It’s a tough sell, not because there’s no potential, but because he’s speaking to a generation that was raised on promises about solar power, almost none of which have actually come to fruition. There’s really no possible future in which solar does not play a huge part, since the sun is the only energy source that could possible provide for our ever-increasing needs, but any time anyone sets a concrete timeline for achievement in the area, eyes begin to roll.Secretary Muniz said he thinks people will be genuinely surprised by what solar can do in 10 years, and while that’s a claim everyone older than 10 has made years before, it was made slightly more convincing by the context in which he said it: standing before a plane that had just traversed the width of the United States.last_img read more

Death penalty repeal bill introduced in state

first_imgOLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday announced a proposal to abolish the death penalty in Washington state.Inslee imposed a moratorium on capital punishment in 2014, but repeal bills introduced since that time have stalled in the Legislature. Ferguson said that he hoped with the attorney general’s office officially requesting legislation, it would help elevate the conversation among lawmakers.Inslee and Ferguson were joined by former Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, Republican Sens. Maureen Walsh and Mark Miloscia and Democratic Sens. Jamie Pedersen and Reuven Carlyle and Rep. Tina Orwall, also a Democrat. Republicans hold a slight majority in the Senate and Democrats hold a slight majority in the House.“This issue transcends politics,” Ferguson said.Last month, Inslee invoked the moratorium as he reprieved Clark Elmore, who was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. Elmore is the first of Washington’s death row inmates to exhaust his appeals since the moratorium was put in place. Reprieves aren’t pardons and don’t commute the sentences of those condemned to death. As long as the moratorium is in place, death-row inmates will remain in prison rather than face execution.last_img read more