A court in Siddharthnagar in Uttar Pradesh has sentenced BJP MP Jagdambika Pal to a jail term of one month for violating the model code of conduct during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The MP, however, was granted bail by the court soon after.Mr. Pal had been charged for using vehicles more than the permissible limit during a rally in Bansi while campaigning for the 2014 polls.The then SDM had lodged a case against Mr. Pal in Bansi Kotwali for violation of model code of conduct, additional prosecution officer Keshav Pandey said.Chief Judicial Magistrate Sanjay Chaudhary pronounced the verdict on December 22, Mr. Pandey said. The CJM also imposed a fine of ₹100 on Mr. Pal, he said.The MP was granted bail by the court soon after, Mr. Pandey added.
December 3, 2019
BJP leaders here rang in the New Year with cakes, while the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said it would be celebration time only when party chief Lalu Prasad came out of jail. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited his native village and prayed for the State’s peace and prosperity in a temple.Local BJP leaders reached the official residence of the senior party leader and Deputy Chief Minister, Sushil Kumar Modi, at 1 Polo Road with a cake. Mr. Modi cut it and said, “In the New Year, all government schemes will be freed from brokers and the people of the State will also get rid of the lantern [RJD’s party symbol].” Mr. Modi met several party workers, leaders and officials on the occasion and distributed pieces of the cake.But, a few yards away, on 10 Circular Road, the mood was one of gloom and despondence. To beat the chilly wind, Rabri Devi, wife of Mr. Prasad, who is lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi after his conviction in a fodder scam case, and her two sons were sitting beside a borsi (earthen fireplace oven) while meeting a few party leaders and family members. “There is no happiness this year … party will celebrate new year when Laluji comes out of jail,” Ms. Devi told mediapersons. Elder son Tej Pratap Yadav hoped, “Laluji will soon come out of jail as people of Bihar want it … even God wills it.”At the Birsa Munda jail, Mr. Lalu Prasad conveyed a message through some of his party leaders who visited him on Monday: “All party leaders and workers should visit Dalits, backwards and minority class people to rally them for a mass movement.” The special CBI court will pronounce the quantum of sentence to Mr. Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case on Wednesday.
November 17, 2019
Indian motorcycle manufacturer, Bajaj auto had announced that they will be bringing Swedish motorcycle brand Husqvarna in India by 2019 – by launching two motorcycles. The motorcycles are from the naked sports category called Svartpilen 401 and the Vitpilen 401. The company had also organized a customer clinic in Pune for existing KTM customers where they could test the motorcycles and give their feedback.In the spied image, the Svartpilen 401 test mule has been spotted testing around the Pune area. This may give rise to speculation that the motorcycles may be modified for the Indian market. The standard design for the international-spec Svartpilen 401 carries wire-spoke wheels while the test mule which was spotted testing was riding on alloys sourced from the KTM 390 Duke. However, the test mule was running on same Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR enduro tires which are found on the international spec Svartpilen. The KTM models get Metzeler Sportect M5 as standard.The reason for Husqvarna putting alloys instead wire-spoke rims could be that the wire-spoke are not cost-effective, and are not tubeless compatible. Unlike the international-spec Husqvarna, the test mule Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 had grab rails as well, considering those are mandated by the laws in India.Another trait spotted on the test mule is that the motorcycle had KTM branding on the engine case. Bajaj is in the process of streamlining production for the Swedish motorcycles considering they will share the powertrain specs with the Austrian motorcycles. Expect the pricing to be around Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 more than their KTM counterparts.advertisement
November 7, 2019
Sydney’s premier Touch Football competition will be decided this Saturday, 3 November with the grand finals of the 2012 Vawdon Cup being held at the Canterbury Velodrome and Waterworth Park complex. In the Men’s Premier League division, the undefeated Penrith Panthers will take on the Parramatta Eels at 5.20pm. The Panthers have been led by their captain, Nicholas Good, who is one of their leading touchdown scorers for the season and an Australian Men’s Open representative, alongside fellow Australian representatives Ben Moylan and Scott Buckley and New Zealand Mixed Open representative, Mohi Aupouri. The Eels also have a wealth of past and present Australian representatives with the likes of Daniel Barton, Dylan Thompson and Jamie Stowe leading their campaign. The Eels had to defeat last year’s Vawdon Cup and State Cup champions, the Eastern Suburbs Roosters, to progress through to this weekend’s final. Last time these two met, the Panthers prevailed 6–4 winners, and with the final consisting of the two top placed teams it is sure to be close again.The Women’s Premier League division will see the Eastern Suburbs Roosters take on the undefeated Wollongong Devils at 4.25pm. The Devils are looking for their third Vawdon Cup victory in a row and last time these two met the Devils came away with a narrow 4–2 victory. With Australian representative talent such as Jess McCall and Bianca Mounsey in the Wollongong side as well as plenty of impressive youth players, the Devils will be determined to take out a hat trick of titles in 2012. Easts will be looking to their experienced players including Australian Women’s Open stalwart, Kristy Judd as well as Kristin Boss and Megan Campbell and exciting young talent Ashleigh Quinlan and Maddison Studdon to step up in the final. It will be a case of East meets West when the Roosters take on the Magpies in the Mixed Premier League division Grand Final at 3.30pm, as the undefeated Roosters look to build on their recent dominance in this division.Easts have a very talented side and the experience of players including Manu Wakely, Christian Frost, Matthew Wigg and Shannon Warren will hold them in good stead. With Wests having the division’s two leading touchdown scorers in Rohit Prasad who is also the Australian Mixed Open captain and Sayed Mouawad, as well as current Australian Senior Mixed players Hayley McDonald and Karen Short, the final is sure to be highly contested. Last time these two teams met Easts came away with the bragging rights, winning by three touchdowns.The Hornsby Lions will take on the Wollongong Devils in the Men’s Division One final in a repeat of last year’s Vawdon Cup and State Cup finals, while the Central Coast Dolphins will meet the Northern Suburb Bears in the Women’s Division One final, with both games to be played at 3.30pm.In Division Two, Easts will take on Wests in the Men’s also to be played at 3.30pm, while the Hills Hornets will go up against the Liverpool Lightning in the Women’s division at 5.20pm. Penrith will take on the Ryde Eastwood Hawks in the Men’s Division Three final at 4.25pm.The Vawdon Cup Finals will be played at the following times:3.30pm – Mixed Premier League, Men’s Division One, Women’s Division One, Men’s Division Two4.25pm – Women’s Premier League, Men’s Division Three5.20pm – Men’s Premier League, Women’s Division TwoStay tuned to www.austouch.com.au and www.nswtouch.com.au across the weekend for all of the latest news and results from the 2012 Vawdon Cup Finals. Also be sure to like and follow Touch Football Australia’s and New South Wales Touch Association’s social media pages to keep up-to-date:Touch Football AustraliaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausInstagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’New South Wales Touch AssociationFacebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouchTwitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch YouTube – www.youtube.com/nswta For more previews for all divisions, please visit – www.nswtouch.com.au. Related LinksVawdon Cup Finals
October 26, 2019
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as one of “four new players” he will be able to choose from next season.The 25-year-old missed an entire year of action with a knee ligament injury sustained in April 2018.He featured twice in the closing stages of the 2018-19 campaign and was an unused substitute in the Champions League final victory against Tottenham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Last season also proved to be a frustrating one for Rhian Brewster, who like Oxlade-Chamberlain spent the campaign recovering from a long-term injury, while Adam Lallana and Joe Gomez struggled with problems of their own.But with a full pre-season programme scheduled for all four players, Klopp is expecting far more competition for places next term without having to splash the cash.”If Ox can stay fit – new player for us,” he told Liverpool’s official website.”Rhian the same – he is a really big talent. We’re really looking forward to seeing him in training and all that stuff. It will be an important role for us; we planned an important role for him. So, new player.”Joe Gomez is pretty much a new player. Adam Lallana, new player. After a lot of problems last year, if these boys can really stay fit then that’s completely different to last year for the team because there is real quality. That’s cool.”The majority of the European champions’ players reported back to Melwood on Saturday for the start of pre-season training.Liverpool have seven friendly fixtures scheduled between now and their Community Shield showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City on August 4, starting with a trip to local rivals Tranmere Rovers on Thursday and Bradford City three days later.New number who dis pic.twitter.com/3rYAxsKXr3— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) June 7, 2019″Hopefully we can use the time to give these players the time because it’s been a while since they had competitive games,” Klopp said. “We start pretty intensely with Tranmere, who were promoted.”After a few days’ training, playing that game against a League One team is a challenge. Then Bradford and then we really go for it.”You play these games not only for doing something in these 90 minutes, you want to see a few things: improvement, desire and all that stuff.”We have to be ready early. We start the league on Friday night against Norwich – we have to be ready and that’s not the only game we prepare for, of course.”Liverpool have made only one signing during the close season, with Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle in a deal that could be worth up to £4.4million. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
October 25, 2019
Indo-Asian News Service May 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 17:47 IST A RTI request found that MCA were due a fee of Rs 21.34 crore to Mumbai Police (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Cricket Association hasn’t paid Mumbai Police found a RTIMCA owes Mumbai Police a fee of Rs 21.34 crore for security in IPLMumbai Police took gave security even though orders were pendingThe Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has failed to clear the dues for seven Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons to the Mumbai Police which organises elaborate security for the IPL and other matches held in Mumbai, as per an RTI revelation.In a reply to Right to Information (RTI) activist Anil Galgali, the Mumbai Police has revealed that it is yet to receive its fees of Rs 21.34 crore, including pending interest of Rs 5.61 crore, due to it for providing security for IPL and other major cricket tourneys till 2018.For the recently-concluded IPL season, the Mumbai Police provided full security to the teams, venues, players, etc. though the Home Ministry orders were pending and the last order expired on March 31, 2019.”Assistant Commissioner of Police (coordination) Dilip Thorat has replied under the RTI Act that the outstanding amount includes fees for providing security for One Day Internationals, T-20 World Cup, Tests and Women’s World Cup matches, all of which are pending and the amount keeps piling up,” Galgali told IANS.The police have not yet raised the bills for the IPL 2019 as no fresh orders have been received from the state government, but Galgali said they will do so shortly when the new government resolution is expected.Last year’s IPL security for nine matches cost the city police Rs 1.48 crore, but the MCA is yet to clear the bill, he pointed out.”It is obligatory on the part of the MCA to immediately clear the dues of the police department for the prompt help the police provides by way of security and smooth conduct of the IPL. Even the police officers concerned must ensure that the bills are cleared within a reasonable period after the IPL is over,” Galgali said.advertisementAlso Read | I’ll come back in 2023 World Cup if MS Dhoni is still around: AB de VilliersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Mumbai Cricket AssociationFollow MCAFollow RTIFollow Mumbai policeFollow Wankhede Mumbai Cricket Association fails to clear security dues, finds RTIMumbai Police revealed that they are yet to receive their fee of Rs 21.34 crore from Mumbai Cricket Association for providing security for IPL and other major cricket tourneys till 2018advertisement
October 24, 2019
zoom Danish container shipping company Maersk Line is making improvements to its network between Asia and North Europe, the world’s largest trade lane, by deploying its large container vessels across its five Asia – North Europe services in the network.The company said that it has drawn on experience from the first year of operations of the 2M alliance when adjusting the network.“We are utilizing our scale to deliver a better product. With the largest network and the deployment of an increasingly uniform fleet of ultra large container vessels, we maintain our extensive direct coverage while focusing each service towards best in class transit times to specific markets on the trade,“ said Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer in Maersk Line.Under the plan, Maersk Line intends to eliminate overlapping port pairs in order to reduce the number of direct port calls in the network and increase reliability through slower network speeds while maintaining competitive transit times through the reduction in port calls.The carrier said that the reshuffling will focus on strengthening its products in Germany and the Netherlands, featuring market leading transit times from main Asian markets to Bremerhaven and Rotterdam, where westbound transit times are improved by as much as four days, whereas eastbound transit time between Rotterdam and Shanghai is reduced by five days, the company adds.“Our improved network is the result of a stable, maturing alliance seeking to address current customer-felt pain points. It strengthens our commercial offering and offers shippers a stable choice in times where other alliance networks await reshuffling,” said Vincent Clerc.The improvements to the network are anticipated to be fully phased in during the third quarter of 2016.
October 20, 2019
New Delhi: The National Campaign Committee for Construction Workers has approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opposing the government’s move to subsume labour laws into four codes as it will repeal the BOCW Act under which various benefits are being provided to construction workers. The repealing of the Building and Other Construction Workers (BOCW) Act of 1996 will lead to the closure of all the 36 state BOCW Boards, cancellation of about four crore registrations of construction workers as beneficiaries, said the committee’s coordinator Subhash Bhatnagar. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He said the committee, a common platform of all construction workers welfare organisations, has written a letter to Prime Minister Modi and Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangawar in this regard. “The closure of BOCW boards will lead to cancellation of lakhs of pensions which are being paid to older workers and disabled workers in different states and cancellation of millions of freeships being paid as education assistance to the children of construction workers besides cancellation of several other benefits including maternity benefits,” he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn a socioeconomic survey of construction workers in Delhi, it was found almost all of those surveyed, 97 per cent, had never heard of minimum wages. However, a sizeable number of them are registered with the BOCW board, according to the survey conducted by Abhishree Pandey, working as research associate with Nirman NGO.Quoting the research, Bhatnagar said the construction workers do not need the kind of social security fund proposed in the codes. “The construction workers are already entitled to social security from BOCW boards which is adequately funded by a cess on the building industry and BOCW’s registration fees,” he said. He said on an average construction workers barely get work for 15 days in a month and earn roughly a quarter of the monthly minimum wage. And it will impact them severely, if they would be asked to pay a fixed per cent of their monthly wages into social security fund. The system of collecting a minimal cess of 1-2 per cent of total construction cost from a construction establishment is the best method for funding their social security.
October 8, 2019
TORONTO — For the owner of Uncle Ike’s, one of the biggest marijuana shops in Seattle, the teenagers who come through his legal storefront to score weed are some of the clearest indicators the black market is on the wane.“Underage kids try to sneak into our store with fake IDs from the local high schools,” says owner Ian Eisenberg. “Because there is no pot being sold at the local high schools anymore.”Stamping out the illicit market is one of Ottawa’s major goals as the country approaches a July 2018 deadline for the legalization of recreational marijuana — leaving politicians little time to lay out exactly how to sell, price and tax cannabis.As Washington, which legalized recreational sales in 2014, has learned, pricing and taxation can heavily influence whether the black market blooms or shrivels.The state originally levied a 25 per cent tax on producer sales to processors, another 25 per cent tax on processor sales to retailers, and a further 25 per cent tax on retailer sales to customers.The high consumer costs, combined with a shortage of legal cannabis, fuelled the black market, according to analysts.With that in mind, the government replaced that system with a combined 37 per cent excise tax on the marijuana sales price, but the question of whether this is helping to eliminate illicit sales is up in the air in the still-nascent sector.U.S. states that have already legalized recreational pot sales — such as Washington, which has an estimated effective tax rate of 50 per cent, and Alaska, where the rate is closer to 20 per cent — are some of the few jurisdictions that can offer history lessons, albeit short and unfinished ones, on how to navigate such complex issues.Canada’s proposal seems to have landed on a pricing middle ground.Liberal MP Bill Blair, Ottawa’s point man on pot reform, pitched the government’s federal tax scheme last month. His proposal would impose an excise tax of the higher of $1 per gram or 10 per cent of the final retail price — on top of other levies, such as federal and provincial sales tax.Ottawa’s proposed tax regime so far (not accounting for municipalities) works out to a 23 per cent total tax on cannabis in Ontario if incorporating the 13 per cent HST. However, it would be cheaper in provinces with just five per cent GST, such as Alberta. But the rate could be as high as 25 per cent in New Brunswick and other provinces with a 15 per cent GST rate.Governments still have much to learn and there is little available evidence on which to base policies, says Beau Kilmer, the co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center in California, where sales of recreational marijuana are set to begin on January 1.“Nobody knows the best way to tax, and we’re going to learn more from other jurisdictions and we’re also learning more about the plant.”The policy goals — including stamping out the black market, reducing underage consumption or drumming up tax revenue — are often at odds with each other.The best way to drive out illicit sales is to flood the market with a tremendous amount of legal cannabis and little regulation in order to push the price down and lure consumers away from their current dealers, says Kilmer.But there’s a catch: doing so could encourage consumption, particularly among younger users who are very price sensitive, he adds.Canada’s federal task force on the legalization of recreational marijuana considered how to strike that balance before issuing its recommendations last December.“Taxes should be high enough to limit the growth of consumption, but low enough to compete effectively with the illicit market,” members said in a report.It is important to keep the tax rate low, if not very low, at the outset, says Sam Kamin, professor of marijuana law and policy at the University of Denver.“What you’re trying to do is make the legal regulated product immediately attractive,” he says.“There will probably be initial scarcity, so prices are going to be high, regardless. And if you drive that up with high taxes as well, which tacks on cost, you’re going to serve a triple whammy of unattractiveness.”Legal cannabis that is more costly than that purchased from the neighbourhood dealer reinforces the price advantage of the black market, according to Fitch Ratings analysts Stephen Walsh and Karen Ribble.“This dynamic has already been experienced in several states, including Colorado, Washington and Oregon, all of which have taken steps following legalization to address black market competition through reductions of initially uncompetitive tax rates,” the authors wrote in an October special report.Those examples show how it is key to build in flexibility to raise or change marijuana policy in the future, Kilmer says.In addition to the level of taxation, politicians must also consider how to apply the tax rate.Blair’s proposal involves taxing cannabis based on weight, in contrast to the task force’s recommendation to base prices on potency in order to discourage the purchase of stronger drugs.While it is easier to apply weight-based tax, doing so could nudge people towards stronger weed, says Kilmer. There is little research, at this point, about the health consequences of smoking higher-potency bud, he adds.Ottawa’s plan to apply the excise tax to both medical and recreational marijuana equally has raised the ire of patient advocates and some licensed producers.Blair said last month that Ottawa does “not want the taxation levels to be an incentive for people to utilize that system inappropriately.”Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana has argued that weed should be tax-free like other medicines such as opioids. It has launched a #DontTaxMedicine campaign and website to push back on a tax it says punishes patients.In Colorado, medical patients have been exempt from excise taxes from the outset and it doesn’t appear to have pushed more users into the system. Kamin says the state had 100,000 registered medical patients in 2014, and that number hasn’t changed.People may game the system to obtain cheaper, medicinal weed Karmin says. However, his preferred solution is to keep the premium on recreational cannabis but make it harder for people to qualify for medical marijuana.“Those who need marijuana as medicine shouldn’t pay the sin tax.”
October 8, 2019
Leader of the New Sihala Urumaya Sarath Manamendra was arrested by the Welikada police this afternoon.He was arrested for failing to appear in court over a domestic issue, the police said. Manamendra said that he was arrested by the Welikada police and is scheduled to be produced in court.
October 6, 2019
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador for Japan and major Asian pop star Agnes Chan is dedicating the proceeds from one of the songs from her new album to UNICEF in honour of the Fund’s 60th anniversary, and she will also donate a portion of the album’s earnings to its work for children.UNICEF said today that Ms. Chan, who performed live at the Fund’s New York headquarters on Monday evening, will contribute earnings from the song “It’s a Wonder,” which was recorded with another UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and film superstar Jackie Chan.UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman hosted Monday’s performance, at which Ms. Chan also launched her debut United States album, “Forget Yourself.” Mr. Chan, who is not related to the singer and was unable to attend, sent a message of support.“Those who have been familiar with Agnes Chan’s work on behalf of UNICEF know that she has been a tireless and dedicated advocate for children, particularly children whose lives have been turned upside-down by conflict” said Ms. Veneman.In 1998, Ms. Chan was appointed ambassador for the Japan National Committee for UNICEF. Since then she has travelled to Sudan, Timor Leste, Cambodia, Iraq, the Philippines, and the Republic of Moldova helping to raise visibility and millions of dollars for children. She also lobbies for legislation protecting children, participates in workshops and teach-ins and promotes peace building in all of her work.As an author of many books for children, Ms. Chan had hoped for many years to champion their rights through music. In 1999, she met Robbie Seidman and a musical collaboration began that culminated in the 10 songs of the album.“Every one of the children that I had met needed to be heard and had a story that begged to be told,” Ms. Chan said. “Awareness is the most important thing that I can contribute to the fight for children’s rights.”Both Ms. Chan and Mr. Chan are major pop stars in Asia. Ms. Chan’s first single was the number one single in Hong Kong’s pop music history and Mr. Chan has released 20 albums since 1984.
September 24, 2019
This week, Goodyear Tyres will be present at the bi-annual Hillhead Show in England, the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition. This leading tyre manufacturer will showcase the company’s latest technologies as well as highlight the top products in the range in live demos across the show.For 2018, Goodyear will be presenting the latest digital innovation for the industry in the shape of Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) Heavy Duty and an enhanced version of its EMTrack Off-the-Road (OTR) tyre performance monitoring system.Responding to the digital transformation in the OTR vehicle and equipment industry, these two new digital innovations are designed to help OTR fleets reduce their total cost of ownership.Along with these technologies the Goodyear OTR team will be on hand to answer questions about the new technology as well as handle queries on the vast product range which will also be on display.Across the show, Goodyear tyres will be present and active on several machines including Komatsu’s WA470-8 which will be visible in the Work Area of the show. The machine will be fitted with a set of Goodyear 26.5R25 L5 RL5K tyres which are recommended for severe applications such as pit face, difficult industrial operations or underground.Komatsu will also be showcasing another WA470-8 on its stand, this time fitted with the Goodyear RT-3B which is a strong choice for use on rough terrain. It performs well on sand and aggregate thanks to its multiple steel belts, wide tread width and all-steel radial construction.Paul Bould, OTR Manager Goodyear UK&I “There’s nothing better than meeting people from the industry face to face and the Hillhead Show is the best way to make new contacts in this vibrant industry. We are looking forward to showcasing our new digital solutions for the first time in the UK and highlighting to machine fleet managers the benefits of using such technologies in their fleet.”“Benefits include preventing tyre-related incidents; resulting in reduced machine down time, less breakdown costs and up to 15% more working hours due to tyres having the right pressure at all times. This means up to 85% fewer tyre-related incidents. The figures are impressive, and we look forward to presenting them for three days at the show.” he concluded.
September 21, 2019
This article isn’t about the flyboy antics of Tom Cruise, and Jean Luc Picard wasn’t the captain on this vessel, but it is safe to say that Gene Roddenberry’s tales of intergalactic combat were inspired by something a little more terrestrial. In fact, it is probably a sure bet that most everyone in the US has either seen or heard the word “Enterprise” in reference to a ship at some point in their lives. Today, we’re not talking about the science fiction Enterprise, but instead we look to the sea and talk about the real USS Enterprise as she embarks on her final voyage.There’s not enough that could be said about a ship like the USS Enterprise. This one-of-a-kind vessel has been a part of all of our lives for the last 50 years (it set sail in 1961). Aside from being the longest aircraft carrier in the fleet, not to mention the oldest, the Enterprise was also the first nuclear ship in the US fleet. She has played parts in the Cuban Missile Crisis, acted as a “from orbit” marker for Lt. Colonel John Glenn’s orbital flight in Friendship 7, and played a critical role in defining how we launch aircraft from similar ships today. Sometime this year, the USS Enterprise will be embarking on her final voyage for the US Navy. When the ship gets back from this final deployment, it will be decommissioned and its crew moved over to other vessels in the fleet. Being the only ship of its kind, and being the oldest nuclear vessel in the fleet, many parts for the Enterprise must be machined by hand when replacements are needed, which can cause problems when out at sea. At the moment, it would appear as though the name Enterprise will also be put to rest with the ship, instead of passed on to another vessel right away. On behalf of geeks around the world, I salute the final voyage of the USS Enterprise, and hope that we’ll see that name plastered across a new kind of ship in the future.
September 21, 2019
Woman ‘feared she was going to be killed by burglars’ as tax inspectors searched TD’s house The woman was in Independent TD Michael Lowry’s home when Revenue officers raided it, a jury has heard. By Sonya McLean A WOMAN WHO was in Independent TD Michael Lowry’s home when Revenue officers raided it was “startled” and feared she was going to be killed by burglars, a jury has heard.Shelia Hanley, an inspector of taxes, searched Lowry’s home on 23 July 2013 on foot of a search warrant, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.She told Michael O’Higgins SC, defending the TD, “It’s obviously an unwelcome surprise. She was sufficiently upset that I gave her a glass of water. She did think we were burglars until she said she heard a woman’s voice.”She rejected the suggestion that the woman, who was unaware officers had entered the house, was crying and saying “Please don’t kill me”.“Certainly not,” Hanley said, before accepting that if the woman had said this, it was never reported to her. She agreed that the woman had been “startled”.She agreed that Lowry’s clothes were searched but couldn’t confirm if his underpants had been, although she acknowledged that her colleagues would have searched all drawers, including ones in the bedrooms.She agreed that she and her colleagues were allowed into the gated premises by a tradesman who had been servicing the boiler.She said she rang the doorbell a number of times but there was no answer. A garda, who was there with her, gave her Lowry’s mobile number and she called it but there was no reply.Hanley said she was the informed that a door at the back of the premises was open and she and her colleagues decided to enter the house. She instructed a member of the team to text Mr Lowry stating; “I am Shelia Hanley. I am a revenue officer. I am at your house. Please attend.”She accepted a suggestion from O’Higgins that if they had not found an open door, she would have made “more strenuous efforts to contact him (Lowry)”.She added she was not under any obligation to wait for Lowry as the warrant entitled her to enter the house and use force if necessary.Hanley also accepted that an officer was probably searching through the cutlery drawer, adding “People keep documents in drawers”.She acknowledged that a “small sheaf” of documents had been recovered from the house and accepted they were “not of evidential value”.Third party It is the State’s case that Lowry’s company, Garuda Ltd, received £248,624 (€372,000) in commission from Norpe OY, a refrigeration company based in Finland, in August 2002.It is alleged that Lowry arranged for this payment to be made to a third party, residing in the Isle of Man, and therefore it didn’t appear in the company accounts for that year, nor did he declare it as income.It is further alleged that the accounts were then falsified in 2007 to reflect that the payment was received in 2006.Lowry (64) of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co. Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of filing incorrect tax returns on dates between August 2002 and August 2007 in relation to a sum of £248,624 received by his company, Garuda Ltd and one charge in relation to failing to keep a proper set of accounts on dates between 28 August 2002 and 3 August 2007.He further pleaded not guilty on behalf of Garuda Ltd to three similar charges in relation to the company’s tax affairs and one charge of failing to keep a proper set of accounts on the same dates.The trial continues before Judge Martin Nolan and a jury of eight men and three women.- Comments are closed as the case is before the courts https://jrnl.ie/4077267 Michael Lowry Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland No Comments Share4 Tweet Email1 Michael Lowry Jun 18th 2018, 4:17 PM 27,008 Views Monday 18 Jun 2018, 4:17 PM Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
September 20, 2019
Norvège : des milliers de harengs retrouvés morts sur une plagePlusieurs milliers de harengs se sont échoués sur une plage du littoral norvégien. Un phénomène massif qui reste totalement inexpliqué pour l’heure, a indiqué l’Institut norvégien de recherches marines.C’est un spectacle impressionnant et surtout exceptionnel auquel ont pu assister des habitants du littoral norvégien. Mardi, la marée a apporté les cadavres de milliers de poissons qui sont venus s’échouer sur la plage, d’une petite localité du nord de la Norvège. Selon les médias nationaux, il s’agissait d’au moins 20 tonnes de harengs qui ont littéralement envahi les eaux. À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureNéanmoins, de nombreux experts restent perplexes devant l’ampleur de ce phénomène. Le biologiste Ole Kristian Berg de l’Université norvégienne de sciences et de technologie de Trondheim a déclaré à l’AFP : “on a déjà observé des échouages de harengs dans le passé mais pas d’une telle ampleur.” Or, si aucune explication claire n’a pu être établie, plusieurs pistes sont envisagées et notamment celle d’une fuite. En effet, d’après M. Berg, les harengs peuvent avoir été pourchassés par d’autres poissons ou par des mammifères marins, ce qui les aurait conduit trop près du littoral.Autre hypothèse : les harengs ont peut-être “été victimes de la marée ou de la forte présence d’eau douce dans cette zone où débouche une rivière”, explique M. Berg. Dans l’après-midi, la municipalité de Nordreisa a indiqué qu’une grande partie des poissons échoués avaient été emportés par de nouvelles marées.Le 4 janvier 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
September 17, 2019
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Southwestern College is getting ready for the spring semester with several new features on campus.Southwestern College Governing Board President Roberto Alcantar stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the new Math and Science Building, the next phase of construction for the Performing Arts Center.Southwestern is also about to expand their Veterans Center on campus and build a brand new Dream Center.Alcantar also discussed the Governor Gavin Newsom proposal for a second year of free tuition at all community colleges to supplement the first year of free tuition that students already receive. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, New semester, facilities and initiatives at Southwestern College Posted: January 23, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 23, 2019
September 16, 2019
Staff gathers outside the Zwedru Super Gari Processing Center.The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) Program Manager Erica Morrow recently returned from Africa where she met with partners from Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI). ASA/WISHH works as a sub-recipient to OICI on a five-year Multi-Year Aid Program funded by USAID called HANDS: “Health, Agriculture and Nutrition Development for Sustainability.”The program is beginning its fifth year of implementation. The group met to discuss the year’s Pipeline and Resource Estimate Proposal (PREP). While in Liberia, Morrow also met with local staff to discuss the final year’s activities and budget.
September 14, 2019
News, analysis and opinion pieces are what FT readers want from the brand on social media, although when on Facebook, these consumers also like to see offers or competitions. According to the FT, about 20 percent of its traffic in the last six months came from social media, a medium that “is growing faster than every other traffic source at FT.com. The volume of visits to FT.com driven by social media is at the highest level ever.”What do these numbers mean? According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, 66 percent of online adults use Facebook; 20 percent uses LinkedIn and 16 percent use Twitter. About 83 percent of adults aged 18-29 use Facebook, with the second highest group being 30-49-year-olds at 72 percent. FT readers are on average 41 years old. However, based on the data from Pew, the majority of its social audience is likely a younger demographic than its typical subscriber (digital or otherwise)—a group that is not only coveted for advertisers, but likely enticing for its future growth. Young adults are less likely to pay for content, though they’re more likely to share it. The puzzle for The Financial Times to solve will be the conversion of their young social media followers into paying subscribers. T.J. Raphael is a FOLIO: magazine Associate Editor. Follow her on Twitter. More people interact with business newspaper The Financial Times through social media than directly with the brand, according to a recent infographic released by the publication.In late July, The Financial Times’ digital subscribers grew to about 300,000 paying readers, an increase of about 31 percent when compared to the same time in 2011, with the publication’s total circulation increasing to almost 600,000.Meanwhile, the FT social community reaches 3.9 million people—2.2 million on Twitter, 1.3 million on Google+, 430,000 on Facebook and a surprising 18,000 on LinkedIn. To put this into perspective, there are about 500 percent more people interacting with the brand on social media than there are paying for its content.
September 3, 2019
Map of GazipurTwo suspected cattle lifters were killed in a mob lynching in Bariabah of Kaliakair upazila in Gazipur early Saturday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Locals said when a gang of cattle lifters entered Abdur Samad’s house local people chased them hearing hue and cry from the house.They managed to catch two of the cattle lifters and beat them, leaving one dead on the spot and another injured.The injured man was taken to upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead.On information, police rushed in and recovered the body.Legal action will be taken after investigating the incident, said Alamgir Majumdar, officer-in-charge of Kaliakoir police station.