NWT worst in Canada on animal protection report

first_imgAPTN National NewsA national report on animal protection laws has placed the Northwest Territories among the worst in Canada.The report, released by the Animal Legal Defence Fund, compares animal protection laws from across all provincial and territorial jurisdictions.The NWT lost points for failing to ensure key animal protection laws within its legislation.According to the report, there are no mandatory reporting requirements for veterinarians of suspected dog cruelty and only dogs are protected by law.NWT government officials say they are monitoring the situation.last_img

New Jersey awards over 6M in tax credits for film projects

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey called “Action!” on a new film tax credit program Tuesday, approving its first awards totalling $6.2 million for four projects, including a film starring Chazz Palminteri.Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement that the Economic Development Authority approved the awards Tuesday. The approvals are the first since July when Murphy signed the law that succeeded a 2015 film tax credit program that his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, let expire.“Our diverse population and geography have long kept us on the short lists of studios and location scouts,” Murphy said in a statement. “The addition of this tax credit as well as our continued defence of progressive values put New Jersey on the cusp of becoming one of the premier locations in the nation.”The four projects include “Besa,” featuring Palminteri; a tragic romance called “The Atlantic City Story,” starring Jessica Hecht; a thriller called “Emergence,” set in Kearny, New Jersey, and “Gimme Liberty,” a prequel to the 2014 film “Gimme Shelter” that tells the story of Kathy DiFiore, a New Jersey woman who founded an organization to help homeless women and pregnant teens.“Gimme Liberty” got $3.2 million in awards; “Emergence” won $2.4 million; “Besa” is getting about $470,000; and “The Atlantic City Story” was awarded $77,000.Under the law, films and TV shows can qualify for an award that’s equal to 30% of qualified expenses. Eligibility hinges on one of two criteria: at least 60% of the total budget must be spent through qualified New Jersey vendors, or the project must have more than $1 million in qualified expenses in the state.Legislative estimates say the tax credit program could cost up to $425 million over five years with an uncertain economic benefit to the state, whose budget is perennially strapped.But Murphy has dismissed such criticism, saying that the projects will mean million in jobs and goods and services in the state.Tuesday’s announcement comes as Murphy is feuding with powerful political powerbroker George Norcross over the state’s expiring business tax credits. Norcross and companies linked to him are suing Murphy over a task force the first-term governor appointed to investigate how business tax incentives were doled out.The task force has made an unspecified criminal referral. Norcross has denied any wrongdoing and criticized Murphy’s task force as overtly political.Christie, who left office in 2018, let the previous tax credit program expire in 2015 and vetoed legislative attempts to renew it.He famously criticized the MTV series “Jersey Shore,” opposing $420,000 in credits for the show and saying it perpetuated misconceptions about the state.Mike Catalini, The Associated Press read more

More decisive action needed to achieve disarmament goals Kazakhstan tells UN

25 September 2009Achieving disarmament goals will require more resolute action, a top official from Kazakhstan – which previously had the world’s fourth largest nuclear weapon arsenal, but renounced its arsenal after gaining independence – told the General Assembly today. The Central Asian nation, having endured more than 400 atomic blasts, “has an absolute moral right to call for more decisive actions in the area of disarmament and radical strengthening of the weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation regime,” Kanat Saudabayev, Secretary of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs, said.Addressing the Assembly’s annual high-level segment, he called for the strengthening of the UN-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime.“We have to acknowledge that the Treaty is asymmetric in providing sanctions only against non-nuclear-weapons States, although the nuclear powers themselves should set examples of reducing and renouncing their nuclear arsenals,” Mr. Saudabayev stressed.He welcomed the recent initiatives by United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on cutting their strategic warheads.The official called for the creation of an international nuclear fuel bank under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), offering to host the facility in Kazakhstan. read more

Top UN officials hail new RussianUS nuclear arms reduction treaty

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban lauded the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (known as the New START Treaty) as “an important milestone in the international efforts to advance nuclear disarmament and to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.” US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the treaty in the Czech capital, Prague, just days after Mr. Obama announced his new policy on restricting the US use of nuclear weapons as an important initiative towards a nuclear-weapon-free world.“Reducing the role and numbers of nuclear weapons is a positive step towards a safe and peaceful world free of nuclear weapons which can impact positively on nuclear non-proliferation efforts,” said Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).Welcoming the disarmament efforts reflected in the 2010 US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), Mr. Amano added that he is “encouraged by recognition in the NPR of the need to strengthen IAEA safeguards, and the commitment expressed by the United States to expanding financial support for the agency.”Earlier this week, Mr. Ban voiced his hope that the NPR and the new Russian-US treaty will help keep the positive momentum in the lead-up to the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit, to be held in Washington on 12 April, and the Review Conference of Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT Review Conference), slated for early next month in New York.“The Secretary-General believes that the Washington summit next week is taking place at an opportune moment which will address daunting challenges facing the global nuclear non-proliferation regime,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.Mr. Ban plans to attend the summit, where he will highlight the importance of coordination of global efforts at the national, regional and international level to address existing challenges, including strengthening international conventions and institutions. 8 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog have welcomed the new treaty signed today by the leaders of Russia and the United States by which they pledged to slash their nuclear arsenals by a third. read more

G20 officer found not guilty

(update)A verdict typically marks the definitive end to most legal proceedings.But the acquittal Friday morning of a Toronto police officer on charges of assault may be just the beginning.Constable Glenn Weddell was found not guilty of using excessive force against a by-stander while he was watching a police action near Queen’s Park nearly three years ago at the g-20 summit. But, as Scot Urquhart tells us, an acquittal may open the door to a serious rift between the people of Toronto and their police service.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Syrian crisis depriving hundreds of thousands of children of education UNICEF warns

The escalating violence in Syria is threatening the education of hundreds of thousands of children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, following an assessment which shows a significant number of schools have been destroyed, teachers have been killed, and attendance rates have plummeted.“The education system in Syria is reeling from the impact of violence,” said UNICEF’s Syria Representative, Youssouf Abdel-Jelil. “Syria once prided itself on the quality of its schools. Now it’s seeing the gains it made over the years rapidly reversed.” According to the assessment, one-fifth of the country’s schools have suffered direct physical damage or are being used to shelter internally displaced persons (IDPs).In cities where the conflict is most intense, such as Idlib, Aleppo and Deraa, children often fail to turn up for class, sometimes attending only twice a week. In areas with high numbers of IDPs however, classes are overcrowded, sometimes hosting up to 100 students.The assessment, conducted in December, also found that more than 110 teachers and other staff have been killed and many others are no longer reporting for work. In Idlib, teacher attendance is no more than 55 per cent.Some schools have also been used by armed forces and groups involved in the conflict, making parents reluctant to send their children to school. “Being in school makes children feel safe and protected and leaves parents hopeful about their children’s future,” said Mr. Abdel-Jelil. “That’s why so many parents we talk to single out education as their top priority.” UNICEF is currently supporting more than 170 school clubs in Homs, Deraa, Rural Damascus, Tartous, Lattakia, Hama and Quneitra. The clubs allow some 40,000 children to receive remedial education and take part in recreational activities. The agency is also providing teaching and learning supplies and is rehabilitating damaged schools, but it requires an additional $1 million to keep the clubs open until the end of May. Funding shortfalls are also preventing the provision of urgently-needed pre-fabricated classrooms, repairs and rehabilitation of learning spaces, and the provision of teaching and learning materials. Overall, UNICEF needs $20 million for its education programmes in Syria during the first six months of the current year, of which it has received no more than $3 million.Lack of funding for humanitarian activities remains a major constraint. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that of the $519 million requested to respond to the crisis in Syria, only 21 per cent has been received and the $1 billion Refugee Response Plan is 19 per cent funded.Up to 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011 and more than 900,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. In addition, 2 million have been internally displaced and over 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. read more

West Indies last chance for a first win on tour

By Deivarayan MuthuAshley Nurse is fired up after taking out Tom Bruce -Getty ImagesMuch like Jay Gatsby pining for the light at the other side of the dock, West Indies must be aching for the comfort of a win. On this trip to New Zealand, they have lost six internationals, not to mention a practice match as well. Unless West Indies win their final match of the tour in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday, they will return home empty-handed, a fate they last suffered in this country in 1999-00.T20s may be West Indies’ favourite format but they presently have access to only six members from the title-winning squad in 2016 – Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Fletcher, Samuel Badree, Ashley Nurse, and Jerome Taylor. Along with that handicap came the challenge of bowling with a wet ball on New Year’s Day and the result just wasn’t pretty. The forecast for Wednesday isn’t promising either, with rain predicted in the afternoon. A truncated game might bridge the gulf between the two sides and possibly work in West Indies’ favour.New Zealand, like West Indies, have missed or rotated key players, but their depth has been impressive. First-choice fast bowler Trent Boult will be available to play at the Bay Oval and fringe players Seth Rance, Tom Bruce and Anaru Kitchen will be keen to press for longer stints.In the spotlightSeth Rance doesn’t have express pace but his ability to move the ball laterally should not be underestimated. After delivering a hooping inswinger to leave Michael Pollard’s stumps an utter mess in the Super Smash, the medium-pacer found himself on the brink of a hat-trick on T20I debut. Cloudy overhead conditions on Wednesday could suit his style of bowling.West Indies’ best chance of squaring the series is through a Chris Gayle assault. After blowing hot in the Bangladesh Premier League knockouts, he has blown cold in New Zealand, managing only 38 runs in three innings so far.Team newsAfter being rested for the first two T20s, Boult is set to return to the team, possibly in place of Doug Bracewell.New Zealand (probable): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Glenn Phillips (wk), 5 Tom Bruce, 6 Anaru Kitchen, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Seth Rance, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Ish SodhiWest Indies, on the other hand, might consider bringing back Taylor for Kesrick Williams, who has leaked 76 runs in five overs.West Indies (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Chadwick Walton (wk), 3 Andre Fletcher, 4 Shai Hope, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 7 Rovman Powell, 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Sheldon Cottrell, 10 Kesrick Williams/Jerome Taylor, 11 Samuel BadreePitch and conditionsAll three completed T20Is at this venue have been won by the team batting first. But the possibility of rain and early swing could tempt the captain into bowling first, as Carlos Brathwaite did on Monday. (ESPNcricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpbeat West Indies aim to build on Harare gainsNovember 18, 2016In “latest news”Up-and-down Australia face must-win situationJune 20, 2016In “Internet”Jomel Warrican back in West Indies Test squadAugust 30, 2018In “latest news” read more

The great Google Glass ban list and where Glass should go from

first_imgIf there’s one thing that can stop Google’s Glass, it’s a growing list of places that are looking to ban the headset. Before Google’s wearable computer is even a retail product that list continues to grow, and could end up being significant.Google Glass has thrust wearable tech into the mainstream and, like any new technology in the wearable space, there’s concern that Glass will be banned in certain establishments. Before the product hits shelves there will be around 10,000 users across the US with the developer version of the headset. Without knowing it, these people will be responsible for how the world initially perceives Glass and will impact how large the Glass ban will be.No cameras allowedThere’s one simple way to tell if Glass will be permitted in an establishment, and that’s whether or not you’re allowed to use cameras in that place to begin with. If the guy at the door knows that what you have strapped to your face has a camera built in, chances are you’ll be asked to remove it. If you’re caught taking photos once you get inside, chances are you’ll be escorted out.Courthouses, military installations, any building with a SCIF designation (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), and intelligence facilities of any kind are all obviously on the list from the start. Most of these places will turn you away at the door if you’ve got a phone, so a face-computer isn’t going to be particularly well-received. You can bet it will be a while before you see someone on the Senate floor wearing Glass as well, just as a general rule. Glass is capable of taking photos or recording video without a shutter sound or a notification light, so they will have to go.If you’re a fan of Las Vegas, or you’re a techy visiting the city for events like CES on a regular basis, you can expect Glass to be less-than-welcome in most places. Cameras are discouraged in most Vegas casinos, and smartphones have been a constant concern for owners of such venues. This doesn’t apply exclusively to gambling, either. If skin is the kind of thing you go to Vegas to see, expect to be turned away at the door according to several club owners on the Strip.Since Glass serves as a utility for shooting you bursts of information, it’s the perfect kind of thing to have around when your hands are free. Driving is innocent enough, and dash cams are generally accepted, but many other hands-free environments aren’t likely to be Glass-friendly. The gym, for example, would be a great place to have Glass. The floating screen would offer all the distraction you could possibly need while repeating the same physical task over and over again. However, all it would take is one person questioning whether or not you just decided to record that attractive young specimen over on the elliptical and you can bet your headset would no longer be welcomed there.You can’t ask for a place that requires your hands to be free more than the bar. Ask anyone who has ruined a phone after someone else’s drink coats the table and you’ll immediately see why having your tech safely next to your eyes would be a good thing. Of course, you could also use the headset to cheat on trivia night or as a Hangout camera for your friends to sit back and enjoy on Mardi Gras night, so it’s not hard to see late night establishments adding Glass to the ban list, at the very least on some of the crazier nights of the year.Next: What Glass can do to avoid this… 1 2 3last_img read more

Government searches for funds amid speculation about third bailout

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek government has scrambled to find ways to raise much-needed funding amid renewed speculation about a third bailout for Greece.Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis met with his deputies and other officials to discuss ways of covering the country’s funding needs and debt obligations, which include repayments to the International Monetary Fund. A senior ministry official referred after the talks to “alternative solutions for tackling issues of liquidity in March.” These are believed to include the cash reserves of state bodies; the government may tap around 2 billion of the total 3.5 billion euros they hold.The first test comes Wednesday, when the government is to issue six-month treasury bills in a bid to raise 1.4 billion euros and refinance maturing debt. The outcome is uncertain, however, as foreign investors appear reluctant to renew their positions while Greek banks have been warned against joining the sale.Government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis sought to allay fears saying “the Greek government has been exploring solutions… to ensure there won’t be a single problem with repaying the IMF loan, or its funding obligations in March”.He also confirmed that Greece’s agreement with creditors to extend its loan program by four months would not go to a vote in Parliament though it would be debated. Meanwhile the government presented the first of a series of proposed reforms that will be voted on by MPs. The bill, aimed at tackling the humanitarian crisis, offers free electricity and food to thousands of households and rent support for up to 30,000 families.The move came amid mounting pressure from Greece’s international creditors for officials to push forward economic reforms ahead of another Eurogroup summit in Brussels next Monday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Athens to comply with the terms of the country’s bailout. “On this basis, I hope for a good future for Greece as a member of the eurozone,” she said. Her finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, said over the weekend that a failure by Greece to honor any of its scheduled debt repayments would be tantamount to a “credit event,” meaning default. Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem also stressed the importance of Greece meeting its obligations in an interview with the Financial Times, but he further indicated that “a first installment” from a pending 7.2-billion-euro aid tranche could be disbursed this month if Athens adopts reforms. Varoufakis all but ruled out such a prospect, saying that he would refuse the money if it depends on Greece continuing with austerity measures. “We could have taken the money, we could have signed Hardouvelis’s e-mail and got the money,” he said, referring to a list of reform pledges sent by Varoufakis’s predecessor to the troika at the end of last year.Meanwhile Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said that eurozone countries were in talks over a third package for Greece worth between 30 and 50 billion euros. Speaking at an event in Pamplona, northern Spain, de Guindos said the new program would offer more flexible conditions to Greece which, he said, had no alternative other than European solidarity. Although Dijsselbloem’s spokeswoman Simone Boitelle denied that eurozone finance ministers had discussed a third package for Greece, later in the day European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis struck a similar tone, saying a third bailout may be needed when the current program expires in June because Greece will unlikely be able to borrow on capital markets.Source: Kathimeirnilast_img read more

President Obama Governor Romney Weigh In on Soybean Industry Priorities to ASA

first_imgWith the national spotlight on the race for the White House, the American Soybean Association (ASA) reached out to President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for each candidate’s points of view on issues critical to soybean farmers. President Obama and Governor Romney offered their positions on the farm bill and crop insurance, estate tax, biodiesel, biotechnology, trade, research, regulations, and transportation and infrastructure.”Agriculture is a powerful and positive segment of the American economy, and the financial health of our nation’s farms needs to be among the top priorities in the larger political dialogue,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb. “The responses offered by President Obama and Governor Romney provide a window into how each candidate would approach soybean industry issues over the next four years. We are grateful to President Obama and Governor Romney for their feedback on these issues, and we know that the input will help soybean farmers make the most informed choice possible as they head to the polls next month.”Both candidates expressed a desire to pass a comprehensive farm bill as quickly as possible. President Obama pointed to importance of risk management and disaster assistance in the farm bill, saying, “we need a strong farm safety net for all of America’s farmers. That’s why I increased the availability of crop insurance and emergency disaster assistance to help over 590,000 farmers and ranchers keep their farms in business after natural disasters and crop loss. My administration has also expanded farm credit to help more than 100,000 farmers struggling during the financial crisis to keep their family farms and provide for their families.”Governor Romney emphasized the need to maintain the competitiveness of the American farmer, saying, “we must be cognizant that our agricultural producers are competing with other nations around the world. Other nations subsidize their farmers, so we must be careful not to unilaterally change our policies in a way that would disadvantage agriculture here in our country. In addition, we want to make sure that we don’t ever find ourselves in a circumstance where we depend on foreign nations for our food the way we do with energy. Ultimately, it is in everyone’s interest is achieve a level playing field on which American farmers can compete.”On biotechnology, President Obama said, “advances in biotechnology have strengthened agriculture, one of the country’s largest industries. Today, an amazing variety of innovative products are being made from soybeans that would have been unimaginable just a generation ago. And the key to building upon America’s agriculture exports of more than $137 billion lies in developing even more innovative products. That is why my administration is working to streamline the regulatory process, reducing costs and reducing the time for review for new inventions, while still ensuring that crops are fully reviewed to ensure health and environmental safety.”Governor Romney expressed his opposition to the estate tax, saying, “at the very heart of U.S. agriculture is the family farm. Traveling across the heartland of America and visiting with farm families, I have been continuously impressed with their entrepreneurial spirit and drive to be successful. It is my pledge to rural America that the federal government will not force our farmers and ranchers to sell their operations or part of their operations simply to pay death taxes as their operations pass from one generation to next. For this reason, I fully support eliminating the death tax. Family farms and ranches built on strong rural values and work ethic should not be penalized through the heavy hand of government. Family farms are and need to continue to be the backbone of rural America.”The full responses from each campaign are available on the ASA website at www.SoyGrowers.com, or by clicking here.ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Steve Wellman, ASA President, 402-269-3464, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Behind the Scenes of Alaskas Film Industry

first_imgCarolyn Robinson, owner of the Anchorage production company Sprocketheads, has worked in some form on most major production in Alaska (Photo by Joaquin Palomino)A group of about two dozen people read an excerpt from the 2012 blockbuster Zero Dark Thirty at Anchorage’s BP Energy Center. It’s not a meet-up for war movie enthusiasts, but part of a professional training for film technicians and stagehands taught by University of Alaska Fairbanks professor Maya Salganek.Download Audio“Just looking at the scene, does anything come to mind that would be a safety concern?” Salganek asks the small crowd.“Bombs,” one of the attendees says.“Right, you have a big boom going off,” Salganek responds.The training is just one of many signs that Alaska’s film industry is growing. Feature-length movies, documentaries, and TV shows have flocked to the 49th state in recent years, supporting a multi-million dollar industry.A big reason productions come to Alaska is to capture its breathtaking scenery. “We have the glaciers, the wildlife, the mountains, the coastline,” says Kelly Mazzei, executive director of the Alaska Film Office, a division of the Department of Resources tasked with attracting productions to the last frontier. “We pretty much have everything anyone would want in a movie except maybe cactus in a desert.”Filmmakers aren’t venturing to Alaska strictly for its natural splendor. In 2008 the state rolled out a tax program to attract movie and TV productions. To encourage filming, the state reimburses certain production costs with tax-credits. So, for example, if Paramount hires an Alaska based lighting crew for $100 dollars, the state could give the company $50 back in tax credits.In the last fiscal year, $13 million in credits were issued; many going to reality TV shows, an industry with a seemingly insatiable appetite for all things Alaska. Over the past three years, Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch received about $2 million to film in Alaska.  While that’s a lot of money to give to a TV show, supporters of the incentive program argue that it pays dividends.“When I think of reality shows, I think of all the people and all of the services that they’re hiring around Alaska, the businesses in the dead of winter that wouldn’t have any economic stimulus [otherwise],” says Carolyn Robinson, owner of the Anchorage based film production company Sprocketheads.  “That’s why I’m a fan of reality shows.”Not everyone, though, agrees the tax breaks are a good investment. Critics of the program, including a handful of state legislators, say the $300 million earmarked specifically to attract film and television productions would be better spent on education, infrastructure, and job training. “Everybody likes to be close to the spotlight,” said David Boyle, executive director of the government watchdog group Alaska Policy Forum. “But when you take away the glamour and look at the numbers, things don’t add up.”For example, last year out of state workers made close to four times more money working in Alaska’s film industry than in state residents. The tax credit system was recently tweaked to encourage filmmakers to hire Alaska residents, but there’s a catch. The state doesn’t have a big enough workforce to fill all of the production jobs. Which is why the University of Alaska is training people to work in the industry.For some it’s a blessing. Cedar Cussins, an Anchorage based lighting technician, has wanted to work in the film industry her entire life, but never thought the goal was attainable. “When I grew up the idea of being able to stay in Alaska and make movies was a pipe dream,” she says. Now, though, she can pursue her passion and stay in her home state.Some politicians are trying to repeal or scale back the tax incentive program, but they’ve had little luck. The program is up for review in 2016. In the meantime, you can expect the amount of Alaska based films and reality TV shows to continue to grow.last_img read more

ACB nets cop harassing sand supplier in Mahbubnagar

first_imgMahbubnagar: The sleuths of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a police constable of one town police station for harassing a tractor owner legally transporting sand to customers in Venkataiahpally village of Mahbubnagar district on Friday.According to sources, Tirupathi Reddy, a constable from one town police station in Mahbubnagar, used to intercept the tractor of Mudavath Ramesh, who has official licence to transport sand from the sand dumping yard to various places in the district. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us In July, Tirupathi Reddy stopped the tractor of Mudavath Ramesh several times and demanded him to pay bribe. The constable further threatened to seize the tractor if Ramesh failed to pay the bribe amount of Rs 16,000. Unable to bear the constable’s torture, Ramesh approached the ACB officials, who laid a trap and nabbed the constable while accepting the bribe amount. A case was registered against the constable.last_img read more

Why did Rahul Gandhi regret chowkidar chor hai jibe on Rafale verdict

first_img2019 Lok Sabha Elections: Narendra Modi vs Rahul GandhiWiki CommonsIn a massive development, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has expressed regret in the Supreme Court over his ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his words got mingled in the heat of the moment and political campaigning. “My statements were used and misused by political opponents,” the Congress chief said in his statement to the Supreme Court.Terming it unfortunate, Gandhi accepted that the court never used these words. The Congress leader apologised in his reply to the top court notice in connection with a contempt plea filed against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Meenakshi Lekhi on April 12 seeking initiation of contempt proceeding against the Congress chief for attributing his remarks on the recent Rafale controversy to the top court.Earlier, the apex court had sought an explanation from Congress chief over his remark that stated: “Supreme Court said chowkidar ne chori ke hai (Supreme Court said that chowkidar is involved in a theft)”. “I want to thank the Supreme Court. The entire country is saying that Chowkidar chor hai (Chowkidar has committed theft). Supreme Court ne clear kar diya hai ki chowkidarji ne chori karwai (Supreme Court has made it clear that chowkidarji committed theft),” the Congress leader had said in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi.The bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna clarified that it had not made any such observation. “We make it clear the statement attributed to this court in the address made by the respondent (Rahul Gandhi) to the media and public have been incorrectly attributed to this court,” three judges led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said.The third phase of the Lok Sabha elections will be held on Tuesday (April 23). Voters from 12 states and two Union Territories will cast ballots across 115 constituencies —the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats going to vote — to choose from more than 1,600 candidates. Results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

Abbott Reveals Severe Burns Came From Shower

first_imgRobert Hart for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on the Dallas shootings on July 8, 2016.Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday revealed new details about how he was severely burned earlier this year, saying it happened in the shower.“I was in a shower with scalding water on my feet,” said Abbott, who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. “Because of my paralysis, I couldn’t feel the burns that were taking place, and as a consequence, it was like having my feet in scalding water for several minutes. And it resulted in third-degree burns to my feet.”At the time of the incident in July, Abbott’s office said he suffered “second- and third-degree burns” after being accidentally scalded by hot water during a family vacation in Wyoming. Aides had declined to elaborate on the circumstances.“I got tremendous treatment from the skilled experts at Brooke Army Medical Center,” Abbott said Saturday, referring to the San Antonio hospital. “They had to do grafting on both of my feet, and it has healed miraculously — very, very swiftly.”The incident sidelined Abbott for much of the summer, causing him to miss the Republican National Convention and other political events. He spoke with reporters Saturday while campaigning for U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, his first public appearance on behalf of a candidate since March. This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/09/18/abbott-reveals-severe-burns-came-shower/. Sharelast_img read more

Pepco Working to Win DCs Confidence Following Request for Rate Increase

first_imgPepco and its parent company, Exelon, are seeking to win the trust of District electric customers after asking the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia for an increase in the rates they charge their commercial and residential customers.On July 20, William A. Von Hoene Jr., the senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Chicago-based Exelon, David M. Velazquez, the president and CEO of Pepco Holdings Inc., and Donna Cooper, president of the Pepco Region, met with AFRO executives and editorial staff at the AFRO’s District offices. Von Hoene made it clear that his company appreciated being able to serve customers in the District.“It is a great honor to be in the nation’s capital,” Von Hoene said. “It is a huge honor and a huge responsibility to be in the epicenter of the world. We know we have to earn that favor.”The D.C. Public Service Commission approved Pepco’s $6.8 billion merger with Exelon in March. On June 30, Pepco filed a rate increase request with the commission saying that rising costs of operation and equipment justify an average increase of $4.36 per customer, Cooper said in a company release.The increase will have to go through a public comment period and hearings before a D.C. Council vote on the increase take place. If an increase is approved, it won’t take place until the summer of 2017.Concerns about the rate increase have been voiced by District political leaders including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and advisory neighborhood commissioners including Andy Litsky, who chairs ANC 6D in Ward 6. In addition, the Office of the D.C. Attorney General and the People’s Counsel have filed documents with the D.C. Court of Appeals seeking reconsideration of the commission’s decision to approve the merger.Velazquez said that customers have nothing to fear from the rate increase.“It has been three years since the District has had a rate increase,” he said. “There probably won’t be a residential rate increase until 2019 and we can help people with their bills as well. We want to make sure the impact [of the rate increase] is as minimal as possible.”Velazquez said that there is a residential aid discount program in place to make sure that the effect of any increase is limited on the most vulnerable customers, such as seniors and low-income electric users.Cooper said that she and her staff will continue to engage District residents by explaining the rate increase process at ANC meetings.Velazquez said the merger’s economic benefits will help District residents and businesses.“We have put in $5 million for workforce development programs in the city and we have a commitment to hire more than 100 union workers and other job commitments,” he said.In addition, Von Hoene said that he will be moving to the District to set up an Exelon office in the near future.Velazquez said that Pepco’s minority business contracting program “blows other people’s [companies] away in terms of execution and commitment.“We have a robust program,” he said. “We have done $1.4 billion [in work] with minority and women-owned businesses. We realize that working with a Fortune 500 company can be daunting for a small firm so we have a designated person to work with an individual firm so they can be successful.”Von Hoene said he understands that rate increases aren’t popular and is committed to working with District leaders to get them to see Pepco’s viewpoint.“This is a long process and we will keep interfacing with the community,” Von Hoene said. “The various comments that have been made are extremely valuable to us and we are grateful for opposing views and will listen to suggestions.”last_img read more

Guj HC Bench recuses from petition against Reliance SEZ

first_imghmedabad: A division Bench of the Gujarat High Court, headed by acting Chief Justice VM Sahai, has recused itself from hearing a petition against acquisition of land for a special economic zone (SEZ) in five villages in Jamnagar district for Reliance Project Engineering Associates. “List these matters before a Bench, of which both of us are not members after obtaining nomination from the Honourable acting Chief Justice on the administrative side,” the Bench of Justices Sahai and RP Dholaria  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIhad said on June 22.Before passing the order, Justice Sahai said: “We can’t take up the case….whatever has happened in the last two-three days has shaken our confidence.” However, he did not elaborate further on the reasons. Local villagers, who have moved the HC, have alleged that land acquisition rules were violated while granting land to the Reliance group.According to the petition, on November 21, 2005, the Union government sanctioned SEZ for petroleum and petro products for Reliance Project Engineering Associates by “violating” all the norms under SEZ Act. Subsequently, 4,494 hectares of land in Navagam, Kanalus, Kanachhikari, Padana and Derachhikari were acquired by Reliance Industries Ltd in 2008, it says.last_img read more

Childhood head injury may up mental illness mortality risk

first_imgThe findings showed that people who had experienced a single mild, moderate or severe brain injury during childhood were at twice the risk of being admitted to hospital as a mental health inpatient (an increase in absolute risk from 5 per cent to 10 per cent).They were 50 per cent more likely to use a mental health service (increase from 14 per cent to 20 per cent) than unaffected people in the same age group.The risk of outcomes, including the likelihood of developing a psychiatric illness, became higher if the injury was more severe, or if there were multiple injuries. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The study found that a childhood brain injury increased the chances of all these things. More serious brain injuries and repeated brain injuries made them even more likely,” said lead author Seena Fazel, professor at Oxford University.Further, they were 80 per cent more likely to receive disability benefits (increase from 4 per cent to 6 per cent) and 70 per cent more likely to die before the age of 41 (increase from 0.8 per cent to 1.6 per cent).  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePeople who had experienced repeated mild, moderate or severe brain injury were over two-and-a-half times more likely to receive disability benefits than contemporaries who had experienced a single-episode injury (increase from 6 per cent to 12 per cent).In addition, there were also 60 per cent more likely to have done poorly at school (increase from 9 per cent to 14 per cent) or be in receipt of welfare benefits (increase from 12 per cent to 19 per cent). “Our study indicates far-reaching and long-term consequences of head injury. It reinforces what we knew already — that prevention is key,” Fazel said. “Existing work to prevent head injuries to young people in sports, for example, needs to be enhanced. Long-term follow up could identify negative effects so that early intervention can prevent a drift into low attainment, unemployment and mental illness,” Fazel suggested in the paper published in the journal PLOS Medicine.For the study, the international team of researchers, analysed data from more than a million Swedes born between 1973 and 1985 to examine the long-term impact of having a traumatic brain injury before the age of 25.The study looked at low educational attainment, instances of psychiatric care, receiving welfare and disability benefit and early death in the participants.The team compared people who had experienced brain injury to unaffected people in their same age group, and also to their brothers and sisters who had not been injured.last_img read more

Foreign direct investment from hightech companies expected to reach 574 million

first_imgForeign firms from the high-technology sector in Costa Rica generated some $574 million and created 8,236 direct jobs in 2012, government officials said on Wednesday.Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González and the president of the Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives (CINDE), José Rossi, reported that these figures establish a new record for Costa Rica, as they exceed those obtained in 2011, when the country reached the highest numbers of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the sector in the last decade.The previous year, high-tech FDI was $470 million, and 7,728 new jobs were created.One of the factors that helped achieve the record was the arrival of 40 new high-tech investment projects that set up operations in Costa Rica.The new firms belong to the Technology Services, Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Technologies sectors.“Most of them come from the United States, India, Korea, Japan, Germany, Spain, England and Colombia,” González added. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more