HC refuses to quash DA case against Virbhadra Singh

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife’s plea seeking the quashing of a disproportionate assets (DA) case filed by the CBI.Justice Vipin Sanghi also vacated the Himachal Pradesh High Court’s interim order of October 1, 2015, restraining the CBI from arresting, interrogating or filing a charge sheet in the case without the court’s permission.“The writ petition is dismissed. Stay is vacated,” the court said.Mr. Singh has sought directions from the court to quash the FIR registered against him and his wife under Sections 13(2) and 13(1)(e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 109 of IPC by the CBI on September 23, 2015 here and urged the court to summon records of the preliminary inquiry and the FIR.Mr. Singh and wife Pratibha Singh claimed in their plea that there was no order, direction or judgment by any court that authorised the CBI to inquire, investigate or register regular cases and exercise jurisdiction in the territory of Himachal Pradesh.The Chief Minister contended that the raids on his private residence and other premises were conducted with “mala fide intentions and political vendetta” by the central investigating agency.He alleged that the CBI overstepped its jurisdiction in filing the case as the cause of action did not arise in the territory of Delhi.Mr. Singh also claimed that the permission of the State government and Home Department were not taken before raiding the residence of a sitting chief minister.The CBI contended that the allegations against Mr. Singh in the case are “very serious” as a huge amount of money was involved and the State government has shown “over anxiety” in protecting him. It said it had jurisdiction to register and investigate the case in Delhi as the disproportionate assets were allegedly acquired by the Congress leader from the income generated here when he was a Union minister during the UPA regime.The matter was transferred by the Supreme Court to the Delhi High Court, which on April 6, 2016 asked the CBI not to arrest Mr. Singh and directed him to join the probe.On November 5 last, the apex court transferred Mr. Singh’s plea from the Himachal Pradesh High Court to the Delhi High Court, saying it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, but “simply” transferring the petition “in interest of justice and to save the institution [judiciary] from any embarrassment“.last_img read more

Slideshow: Cape Cod turtle deaths confound researchers

first_imgRescuer looks for stranded turtles on Cape Cod. New England Aquarium Rescuer with Mass Audubon retrieves stranded sea turtle from a Cape Cod beach in 2013. Rescuer looks for stranded turtles on Cape Cod. New England Aquarium New England Aquarium Juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle being evaluated at the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles swim at the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital. New England Aquarium Juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, with a lacerated front flipper and fractured shell, being evaluated at the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts. New England Aquarium Slideshow: Cape Cod turtle deaths confound researchers Rescued green sea turtle at the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital. New England Aquarium Juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, with a lacerated front flipper and fractured shell, being evaluated at the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts. Rescuer approaches a cold-stunned sea turtle on Cape Cod. Mass Audubon Mass Audubon center_img Mass Audubon Mass Audubon A mystery is unfolding on the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Hundreds of endangered sea turtles have been washing up on the shore, sick and stunned by the cold ocean water. Biologists and volunteers are mounting an unprecedented rescue response to save as many turtles as possible before it’s too late.Most of the turtles are juvenile Kemp’s ridleys (Lepidochelys kempii) measuring less than a foot long. They are being trapped on their southbound fall migration to warmer climes by the arm of the cape, which protrudes into the Atlantic Ocean. Many wash up not only incapacitated by the cold, but also with life-threatening conditions like dehydration, pneumonia, infections, or off-kilter blood chemistry. Their skin is often discolored, and early on many were overgrown with algae.“They’re terrible looking” when they first wash up, says Bob Prescott, director of the conservation group Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet, Massachusetts, who is coordinating the recovery of stranded turtles from the beaches. Fortunately, they respond well to treatment. His crews of volunteers and staff members have picked up more than 1070 turtles so far, about 20% of them already dead. That’s far above the average of 200 turtles that have washed up each fall for the past decade. The number of arrivals has declined, Prescott says, but it is still higher than normal and won’t likely reach zero until the end of the year, when the annual cold-stun season comes to a close. With water temperatures dropping, more of the turtles are showing up dead, and bigger species that can withstand the cold longer, like loggerheads (Caretta caretta), are starting to wash up.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Prescott’s team sends the living turtles, often packed in banana boxes, to a sea turtle hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts, run by the New England Aquarium. Six hundred and fifty turtles have been admitted so far—approaching triple the hospital’s previous record of 240, set in 2012. Workers at the hospital have been putting in 12- to 14-hour days, with extra volunteers and staff from out-of-state aquariums pitching in, says Charles Innis, the aquarium’s director of animal health, who oversees the sea turtles’ care.Innis’s team has been stabilizing the turtles and then shipping as many as possible to other animal hospitals for further treatment and eventual release. This morning, a private plane flew 50 of the turtles to Houston. Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard airlifted 193 to Florida. Innis says the Cape Cod turtles have filled just about every facility along the U.S. East Coast, and aquarium staff members are now trying to place them in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. “We just simply don’t have tank space available to handle 600 turtles here. And nobody does, really,” Innis says. “It’s really a national effort at this point.”The healthiest turtles typically require a month or two of care before they can be released, but the sicker ones may have to stay for up to 8 months, Innis says, adding that he expects at least 70% of his patients to survive.Many juvenile Kemp’s ridleys never foray north of Cape Cod, but the ones that do and make it out before the water turns deadly cold don’t seem to return, Prescott says. Instead, they join other East Coast turtles in warmer waters farther south, where they spend a decade or so maturing before returning to nest on their home beaches in Texas and Mexico.The reasons for this year’s remarkable stranding remain unknown. Some observers have suggested that there may be more juvenile Kemp’s ridleys thanks to recent hatching success resulting from conservation efforts. But Donna Shaver, chief of the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi, Texas, where most U.S.-born Kemp’s ridleys hatch, says it may be more complicated than that. The number of hatchlings in the Gulf of Mexico has increased substantially since the mid-1980s, but it has varied quite a bit in recent years, suggesting that oceanographic conditions may also be behind this year’s large crop of stranded turtles.Another hypothesis is that rapidly warming water in the Gulf of Maine, which includes Cape Cod Bay and waters north to Nova Scotia, could be luring turtles farther north than they once ventured, causing more to become trapped on their southbound journey when the water cools in the fall. But biologists are putting serious investigation into the causes of the record strandings on hold until January, after the rush to save turtles ends.From Shaver’s vantage point, the Cape Cod rescue work—which she is not directly involved in—is very important. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists Kemp’s ridley sea turtles as “Critically Endangered,” and the species is thought to have been harmed by the BP oil spill in 2010, which killed hundreds of turtles and may have contributed to subsequent declines in nests. Only about 5500 females nest each year, the best available proxy for their total population. “We’re really hoping for great success for those folks that are working so hard to try to find these turtles and bring them back around to health,” Shaver says. New arrivals swim in an air-conditioned room so as not to raise their body temperatures too quickly at the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital. ‹› Boxes await turtles in preparation for a U.S. Coast Guard flight carrying 193 rescued turtles from the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Florida on 25 November. New England Aquarium By Rebecca KesslerDec. 5, 2014 , 4:45 PM New England Aquarium Newly rescued sea turtle receives fluids at the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital. Mass Audubon Turtles await shipment from Cape Cod to the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mass Audubon Recently rescued sea turtles. Rescued sea turtle being placed in a pool at the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital. New England Aquarium last_img read more

Hebbar’s Kitchen and the Indian couple behind a food video empire

first_imgThese two-minute long videos, packaged like a mini cooking show, have managed to “break the monotony of having to flip through recipe books,” says Sudarshan Hebbar, an IT consultant who helps run Hebbar’s Kitchen, which was started by his wife, Archana.In 2016, Mrs Hebbar started a blog, filled with her favourite recipes from home – the south Indian state of Karnataka. She had moved to Australia with her husband in 2014, and was trying to get a job as a software testing professional. With no local experience in the region, it was tough, she told BBC Telugu’s Sharath Behara.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img

#KicksStalker: Bryant announces new signature sneaker ‘Kobe 360’

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ As per Sole Collector, the new shoe will be called the Kobe 360 and Bryant used the word “lightweight” as the all-encompassing feature.“It’s really a challenging duality,” said Bryant in the report. “How can you create something that is so lightweight, so minimal without compromising stability? Without compromising performance it?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Kobe 360 will be Bryant’s fifth line joining the Kobe, Venomenon, Kobe Mentality, and Mamba Instinct lines.“As Kobe continues to push us, this product represents a breakthrough in how shoes are designed and made,” said Parker. LATEST STORIES Read Next Standhardinger or Ravena? San Miguel to pick first in 2017 PBA Draft Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant attends a promotional event organized by the sports brand Nike, for the inauguration of the infrastructure improvements of a local basketball playground at the Jean-Jaures sports hall “Le Quartier”, in Paris on October 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZKobe Bryant had already settled into retirement but that doesn’t mean he would stop from being an influence in the sneaker-wearing community.At Nike’s Investor Day in Portland, Bryant joined Nike CEO Mark Parker in announcing his new signature sneaker.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Rush of relief after Gina Iniong escapes with close win in ONE Bangkok card

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Gina Iniong’s most anxious moments against Jihin Radzuan came after the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PBA D-League: CEU drubs Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READcenter_img Iniong could only breathe a huge sigh of relief when she was awarded a narrow win over Radzuan, who was undefeated coming into Saturday’s bout, in ONE: Clash of Legends in Bangkok, Thailand.“To be honest, I got nervous when they announced it as a split decision,” said the Filipina, who improved to 8-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I thought I should have won it by unanimous decision. I almost lost my breath because of that, but it’s okay.”It’s understandable for Iniong to feel as if she’s sitting on pins and needles before the announcement was made after two of her Team Lakay teammates in Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio both dropped close decisions in their title defenses last month. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments LATEST STORIES But it wasn’t the same case during the fight where Iniong said she felt calm from the get-go.“I think I did well, I was able to execute our game plan during the fight. I was relaxed throughout the fight even when she got back in the last round,” The 29-year-old Iniong said.“Radzuan is a tremendous warrior, and I wasn’t expecting this to be an easy fight at all. Thankfully, our game plan worked.” The victory did not only boosted Iniong’s bid for a world title shot, it also served as a shot in the arm for her ailing mother, who is suffering from chronic kidney disease.“This win is for my family, especially to my mom, who’s still ill.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

TOUCH-e-TALK ONLINE NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER EDITION

first_imgThe September edition of ‘Touch-e-Talk’, the online newsletter has been released. It contains several feature stories on the upcoming National 18’s Championships and also the All Nations tournament, Volunteer of the Month, coaching drills and more. Please click here to view the newsletter: TOUCH-e-TALK SEPTEMBER 2005 EDITION If you would like to join the mailing list for future newsletters, please email media@austouch.com.aulast_img

Province Signs Historic Health Agreement with Mikmaq

first_img The province and Mi’kmaq leaders of Unama’ki (Cape Breton) are working together to improve health care for first nations people on the island. Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald joined the Mi’kmaq Chiefs from Cape Breton, today, June 15, to sign the Unama’ki Client Registry Data Sharing Agreement. This registry will provide Cape Breton’s First Nations with a better understanding of patterns of disease and injury, and their use of health services. This will provide them with access to timely, reliable and accurate population health status information. “An agreement like this is unprecedented in Canada, and speaks to our strong commitment to improving the health of First Nations individuals in Cape Breton and across the province,” said Ms. MacDonald. “We are committed to providing better health care to all Nova Scotians and their families, and this agreement will ensure that the programs and services provided to the Mi’kmaq are meeting their needs.” The Unama’ki Client Registry will create a list of health card numbers that will link data from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s Indian Registry System with data from the MSI Health Card Number Registry, while protecting privacy. This will provide information from doctor or hospital visits, pregnancies, births, cancers and other health conditions that affect Cape Breton Mi’kmaq people. This information will be used in the planning of health promotion, disease prevention and treatment programs for the Mi’kmaq people in Cape Breton. “This is a significant achievement and an important step forward in enhancing our capacity to meet the health needs of our community members,” said Chief Denny. “We’ll now have the right tools to focus on our specific needs and better use our available resources.” Since 2008, the Tui’kn partnership, a health partnership of the five Cape Breton bands, has been working closely with the province, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Dalhousie University, Medavie Blue Cross, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency to create the registry. Health Canada, through its Aboriginal Health Transition Fund, provided more than $430,000 over three years, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, through its Enhanced Surveillance for Chronic Disease Program, has provided almost $200,000 over two years to fund the registry. “The government of Canada is pleased to be working with the province of Nova Scotia and Unama’ki First Nations to enhance sharing of health information among communities, health authorities and government,” said Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. “This important data sharing agreement will lead to greater access to health information and towards improved health outcomes for First Nations. The registry is active and organizations such Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia, Cardiovascular Health Nova Scotia and the Population Health Research Unit at Dalhousie University are producing reports for the Tui’kn partnership to help plan the future health care of the Mi’kmaq in Cape Breton. Province Signs Historic Health Agreement with Mi’kmaqlast_img read more

Maharashtra Gadkari Bhamre leading Chavan Shinde trailing

first_imgMumbai: Union minister Nitin Gadkari was leading by 3066 votes in Nagpur, while Union minister Subhash Bhamre was leading in Dhule by 13128 votes, as per the trends available so far for the Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan was trailing by 2876 votes in Nanded while former Union minister Sushilkumar Shinde was trailing in Solapur by 4627 votes. Parth Pawar, Sharad Pawar’s grand nephew was trailing in Maval by 43,979 votes, while the NCP chief’s daughter Supriya Sule is leading Baramati by 6486 votes. Union minister Hansraj Ahir was leading in Chandrapur by a margin of 49 votes. Union minister Anant Gite was trailing in Raigad by a margin of 1064 votes. Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora has trailing in Mumbai South by 15,904 votes. Counting for the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state, where elections were held in four phases, began at 8 am Thursday.last_img read more

Indian Railways to provide massage service on board

first_imgNew Delhi: For the first time in the history of Indian Railways, massage services will be made available for passengers on board running trains. This facility will be made available in 39 trains departing from Indore. These include Dehradun-Indore Express (14317), New Delhi-Indore Intercity Express (12416) and Indore-Amritsar Express (19325), a railway official said Saturday. This was a proposal from the Ratlam division of Western Railway zone, the official said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”This is the first time in history of railways that we will provide massaging service for passenger comfort on running trains. It will not only increase revenue but also add passengers. Railways to earn an additional revenue of Rs 20 lakh annually and an estimated increase of Rs 90 lakh per year through additional sale of tickets from about 20,000 passenger who will be the service providers. “This is the first time that such a contract has been signed,” said Rajesh Bajpai, director, media and communication, railway board. The service is likely to commence in 15-20 days and will be available from 6 am to 10 pm. Rs 100 each will be charged for head massage and foot massage. Three to five massage providers will travel on each train. The railways will provide them identity cards.last_img read more

State govt mulls alternative agriculture methods to tackle rain deficit

first_imgKolkata: Concerned over the dearth of rainfall in the districts of South Bengal, the state Agriculture department is working on alternative agricultural methods to ensure that the farmers can carry out cultivation without much difficulty.The preparation for sowing of Kharif crops kick off during June and by the middle of August, the process gets over. But the monsoon has been very feeble till date and as a result, the preparation of sowing could not be started yet. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is concerned about the abnormal weather conditions and has given us necessary directions to ensure that the farmers are not inconvenienced in pursuing agriculture. She had instructed the department to adopt alternative agriculture methods, so that crops can be sown even if there is scanty rainfall. We are pinning hopes that the rain gods will smile at least in the last few days of this month. If there is reasonable amount of rain even during this period, we will be able to start preparations for Kharif sowing and by August it can be done,” said Asish Banerjee, state Agriculture minister. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe average deficiency of rainfall in the state till date is 27 percent, courtesy of heavy rainfall in most of the districts of North Bengal. But in South Bengal, the percentage is as high as 60. As per figures of the department, the deficiency in rainfall is 62 percent in East and West Burdwan, 58 percent in North 24-Parganas, 55 percent in Nadia and 50 percent in East Midnapore. In districts like Birbhum, Bankura, Murshidabad, Purulia, South 24-Parganas and Howrah, the scarcity of rainfall is over 40 percent. The low amount of rainfall has led to minimum storage of water in the dams, which is also an area of concern for the state government. The minister said that the department is working on procedures of river lift irrigation and usage of submersible pumps at a number of places to facilitate sowing of Kharif crops. “We have already introduced the Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana to extend support to farmers in setting up micro-irrigation facilities that will ensure cultivation using less amounts of water. The technological intervention ensures that cultivation of crops, mainly fruits and vegetables, can be done with minimum water. We are also planning to extend this scheme to the maximum extent,” an official in the state Agriculture department said. The department has started campaigning among the farmers to create awareness on conservation of water and at the same time, urging them not to extract groundwater in an indiscriminate manner. The move comes in the wake of Chief Minister Mamata Banejee laying special emphasis on the ‘Jal Dharo Jal Bharo’ project for conservation of water.last_img read more

Daniel Craig to return as 007 in 2019 Danny Boyle at helm

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Daniel Craig is back as Bond, the spy series’ producers confirmed, in a Danny Boyle-directed film due for release in 2019.Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions announced Thursday that production on the 25th official James Bond thriller will begin in December at London’s Pinewood Studios.Craig will reprise his role as 007 and Oscar-winner Boyle (“Trainspotting,” ”Slumdog Millionaire”) will direct from a screenplay by Boyle’s frequent collaborator John Hodge.Confirmation of Craig’s fifth Bond film followed speculation that the 50-year-old actor was about to hand in his license to kill. He said in 2015 that he would rather “slash my wrists” than return to the role — but later backtracked on those remarks, made just after he finished filming his fourth Bond film, “Spectre.”Boyle has directed Craig as Bond once before, in a 007-themed segment for the opening of the 2012 London Olympics.EON said that after more than a decade at Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures will release the next installment of the superspy franchise internationally. MGM will handle the U.S. release.Sony’s Bond contract expired in 2015 and many of the major studios competed for the chance to distribute the profitable franchise.As per tradition Bond 25 will open a bit earlier in the U.K., on Oct. 25, 2019, than in the U.S., where it will debut on Nov. 8, 2019.last_img read more

Enbridge TransCanada shares flat after steep dive due to US tax ruling

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Shares in Canadian pipeline companies Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. failed to recover fully Friday from a steep sell-off on Thursday after the U.S. said it would eliminate a tax break for owners of certain interstate pipelines.Both Calgary-based companies hold such pipelines in the United States through master limited partnerships or MLPs.The decision by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to no longer allow MLPs to recover an income tax allowance from the cost of service tariffs came in response to a 2016 court ruling that found its long-standing tax policy could result in double recovery of costs. Enbridge shares fell by 4.2 percent to $41.06 on Thursday but recovered to close at $41.28 on Friday, up 22 cents, after it issued a statement that says it is not expecting a “material change” to its financial guidance over the next three years because of the FERC ruling.TransCanada shares dropped 2.1 per cent to $55.89 on Thursday. On Friday, they rebounded to reach an interday high of $56.45 but closed two cents lower.The company had no immediate comment.FirstEnergy Capital said in a report TransCanada will be less affected than Enbridge because its main exposure is through its interest in TC PipeLines.Enbridge has two MLPs, Enbridge Energy Partners, and Spectra Energy Partners.It said in its statement the former is expected to experience an $80-million decrease in annual distributable cash flow because of the FERC decision, but that will be somewhat offset by a revenue increase on the Canadian Mainline system held by Enbridge IncomeFund Holdings Inc. About 60 percent of Spectra’s gas pipeline revenue comes from negotiated or market-based tariffs and are not directly affected by the FERC policy revisions but the remainder is from a cost of service-based tariffs which “could be subject to tax recovery disallowance,” it said. Spectra pipelines that move oil and other petroleum liquids are not expected to be affected.CIBC estimated the FERC ruling would knock about $3 per share from of its valuation of Enbridge and $1 per share for TransCanada.“We cannot help but wonder about the long-term viability of MLPs,” it said in a report.“Our expectations are that many of the MLPs held by corporations will need to consider converting to corporations if no consideration is given to the fact that they are held by taxable U.S. entities.”center_img The report says the implications of the FERC decision are difficult to quantify given the strategies companies may employ to deal with it and the mix of existing rate structures and rate settlement terms, but the impact should decline over time as newer pipelines tend to employ negotiated rates, not cost of service tariffs.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Lawmakers to get vote on new Brexit referendum

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May says Parliament will get the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on Britain’s EU membership, as she tries to get lawmakers to back her divorce deal with the European Union.May says Tuesday that an EU withdrawal agreement bill that she plans to bring to Parliament next month will include a provision for a vote on whether to hold a new public poll on whether to leave. That is a key demand of many opposition lawmakers.May is offering concessions in what she says is a “last chance” to secure an orderly British departure from the bloc.The deal that she struck with the EU has been rejected by UK lawmakers three times already.The Cabinet met for three hours to work out details of what May has called a “bold offer” to win support for her Brexit agreement.Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29, but the bloc extended the deadline until Oct. 31 amid the political impasse. Talks on securing a compromise between May’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party broke down last week.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Press read more

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Friday after modest gains erased some of the market’s steep losses from a day earlier.The market ended a turbulent week of trading with its third straight weekly loss as investors continue to fret over the prospect of a prolonged trade war between the U.S. and China. U.S. stock markets will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.On Friday:The S&P 500 rose 3.82 points, or 0.1%, to 2,826.06.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 95.22 points, or 0.4%, to 25,585.69.The Nasdaq composite added 8.72 points, or 0.1%, to 7,637.01.The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks climbed 12.73 points, or 0.9%, to 1,514.11.For the week:The S&P 500 dropped 33.47 points, or 1.2%.The Dow fell 178.31 points, or 0.7%.The Nasdaq lost 179.28 points, or 2.3%.The Russell 2000 gave up 21.65 points, or 1.4%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 319.21 points, or 12.7%.The Dow is up 2,258.23 points, or 9.7%.The Nasdaq is up 1,001.73 points, or 15.1%.The Russell 2000 is up 165.55 points, or 12.3%.The Associated Press read more

Annan expected to announce choice of special envoy for Iraq on Tuesday

Earlier Friday, spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press that the Secretary-General was close to a decision on a Special Representative, which he would convey to the Security Council in a letter.Later in the day, the spokesman announced that letters from the Secretary-General had been sent to the Presidents of the Security Council and the General Assembly.

German police find two more bodies linked to crossbow killings

first_img The town is near the Austrian border. Image: DPA/PA Images May 13th 2019, 8:13 AM By AFP Updated May 13th 2019, 7:07 PM THE BODIES OF another two women have been found during investigations into the deaths of three people in a Bavarian hotel room who were killed with crossbow bolts.The bodies of two other women have now been uncovered in the north German town of Wittingen.Detectives pare continuing to investigate the deaths of a man and two women discovered over the weekend in the Bavarian town of Passau, close to the Austrian border.The two crime scenes are around 660 kilometres apart at opposite ends of Germany.Police made the latest discovery of two female bodies when they went to the home of one of the women discovered dead in the hotel room in Passau.A police spokesperson confirmed that the two corpses in Wittingen, Lower Saxony, had not been killed by crossbow bolts, “the modus operandi cannot be compared”.“Further details and identities of the two women are still unknown – possible connections to the dead found in Passau are currently the subject of investigations,” added police in a statement.Forensic police officers are combing both crime scenes for clues.‘Strange group’ Hotel staff in Passau had on Saturday discovered the three dead Germans in their room around noon alongside two crossbows.A third crossbow was later found packed inside a bag, police said.The three were a 33-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man from Rhineland-Palatinate state and a 30-year-old woman from Wittingen, who had arrived Friday.Local media reported that the man and the 33-year-old woman were found dead in bed holding hands, with bolts in their heads and chests.The other woman was lying on the floor with a bolt in her chest.Reports said the three had arrived Friday from different parts of Germany and had all checked in without luggage.The man, who was dressed in a suit had a long, white beard, while the two women were dressed in black, witnesses told German daily Bild.Police are also inspecting a pick-up truck, reportedly belonging to one of the deceased, which had an archery logo stuck on it.One of the women had booked the triple room for €85 a night, without breakfast, for three nights.“It was a strange group,” a guest recalled, according to the newspaper Bild.They had all wished a “good evening”, taken glasses of soft drink and water, and then disappeared into the second-floor room as rain fell outside.Police said the town’s prosecutor had ordered autopsies which aimed to ascertain the cause and circumstances of the deaths.Initial results from the post-mortem investigations are expected by tomorrow morning, police said.© – AFP 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: DPA/PA Images Share28 Tweet Email Short URLcenter_img 63,503 Views The town is near the Austrian border. 26 Comments Monday 13 May 2019, 7:07 PM https://jrnl.ie/4631989 German police find two more bodies linked to crossbow killings The bodies of two women were found more than 600km away at the home of one of the women discovered dead in a hotel room on Saturday. last_img read more

Etihad Airways begin flights out of Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Etihad Airways launched its presence into the Melbourne market by commencing direct flights from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi last week. Etihad will also have direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Athens and Larnaca commence in June thus becoming a new major airline carrier that taps into the Greek Australian market. Australian Etihad CEO, Lindsay White announced in an interview granted to Neos Kosmos’ Sotiris Hatzimanolis that passengers booking their flights by April 17 might be able to secure a special offer of $1837 round trip ticket to Athens.However White noted that the number of seats for this offer is limited and are quickly being sold. “We are delighted with the support that we’re getting from travel agents and travellers alike. Bookings for the Athens flights have exceeded our expectations because travellers want to trust a reputable airline that carries them to their destination safely, comfortably, quickly and inexpensively,” Mr White said. Greek Australian travel agents have indicated to Neos Kosmos that Etihad’s presence in this niche ethnic market will increase competition and benefit consumers. Etihad’s flights from Melbourne to Greece and Cyprus will have a stopover at Abu Dhabi for two and a half hours. Etihad Airways is a new carrier with great ambitions. “Our oldest aircraft is two and a half years old,” pointed out Mr White. “We have the best economy class as well as the best business class. Our food is restaurant quality and for entertainment we offer more than 300 options of movies tv series and games,” he added. Etihad Airways personnel is form 110 different countries. “Of course we have Greeks in our personnel and on our flights to Athens we will try to have Greek speaking air stewards. Besides we also have Greek pilots,” stressed the CEO of Etihad in Australia.last_img read more

Greece readies reform promises after Eurogroup climbdown

first_imgGreece’s government prepared reform measures on Sunday to secure a financial lifeline from the euro zone, but was attacked for selling “illusions” to voters after failing to keep a promise to extract the country from its international bailout.Leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has insisted Greece achieved a negotiating success when euro zone finance ministers agreed to extend the bailout deal for four months, provided it came up with a list of reforms by Monday.Greeks reacted with relief that Friday’s deal averted a banking crisis which fellow euro zone member Ireland said could have erupted in the coming week. This means Tsipras has stood by one promise at least: to keep the country in the euro zone.Tsipras maintains he has the nation behind him despite staging a climbdown in Brussels. Under the deal, Greece will still live under the EU/IMF bailout which he had pledged to scrap, and must negotiate a new programme by the early summer.“I want to say a heartfelt thanks to the majority of Greeks who stood by the Greek government … That was our most powerful negotiating weapon,” he said on Saturday. “Greece achieved an important negotiating success in Europe.”Top Marxist members of Tsipras’s Syriza party, a broad coalition of the left, have so far been silent on the painful compromises made to win agreement from the Eurogroup.But veteran leftist Manolis Glezos attacked the failure to fulfil campaign promises. “I apologise to the Greek people because I took part in this illusion,” he wrote in a blog. “Syriza’s friends and supporters … should decide if they accept this situation.”Glezos, a Syriza member of the European Parliament, is not a party heavyweight. But he commands moral authority: as a young man under the World War Two occupation, he scaled the Acropolis to rip down a Nazi flag under the noses of German guards and hoist the Greek flag, making him a national hero.A government official said Glezos “may not be well informed on the tough and laborious negotiation which is continuing”.Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said the reform promises would be ready on Sunday and submitted to Greece’s EU and IMF partners in good time. “We are very confident that the list is going to be approved by the institutions and therefore we are embarking upon a new phase of stabilisation and growth,” he told reporters late on Saturday.A government official said the reforms would include a crackdown on tax evasion and corruption.The Brussels deal opens the possibility of lowering a target for the Greek primary budget surplus, which excludes debt repayments, freeing up some funds to help ease the effects of 25 percent unemployment and pension cuts. It also avoids some language which has inflamed many Greeks, angered by four years of austerity demanded by foreign creditors.Troika no more?In the deal the hated «troika» of inspectors from the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF, which monitors compliance with Greek bailout undertakings, is referred to as “the three institutions”.Tsipras declared Greece was «leaving austerity, the bailouts and the troika behind». Nevertheless, government plans must still be approved by the re-named troika, although Tsipras won election last month on a pledge to end the humiliation of foreigners dictating Greek economic policy.The opposition pounced on the climbdown from promises that have raised huge expectations among Greeks. “No propaganda mechanism or pirouette can hide the simple fact that they lied to citizens and sold illusions,” said Evangelos Venizelos, leader of the socialist PASOK party.Venizelos was deputy prime minister in the last conservative-led coalition which succeeded in raising funds from financial markets with two bond issues last year. With the economy showing signs of growth after a depression which wiped a quarter off GDP, it had prepared to exit the bailout programme but lost power to Syriza on January 25.Friday’s agreement merely buys time for Greece to seek a long-term deal with the Eurogroup. Euro zone members Ireland and Portugal have already exited their bailouts, but Greece faces yet another programme – on top of bailouts in 2010 and 2011 totalling 240 billion euros – when the extension expires.“Once you get them into the safe space for the next four months, there’ll be another set of discussions which will effectively involve the negotiation of a third programme for Greece,” Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Saturday.Tsipras did much of the negotiating for the deal rather than Greece’s Eurogroup representative, Varoufakis. But sources close to the government said this reflected Tsipras’s need to win backing from Syriza’s left wing and his right-wing coalition partner, the Independent Greeks party.Their support will be crucial in maintaining government unity during negotiations for the long-term agreement.Likewise Tsipras needs to keep public support. Costas Panagopoulos, who heads the Alco polling firm, said the initial reaction was relief that Greece would stay in the euro. Greeks might even accept Tsipras’s change in language and assertions that the troika is no more. “It may sound odd but this could turn into political gains,” he told Reuters.Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The Project Richard Branson lance son magazine conçu pour liPad

first_imgThe Project : Richard Branson lance son magazine conçu pour l’iPadLe milliardaire britannique Richard Branson, fondateur de Virgin, vient d’annoncer le lancement prochain d’un nouveau magazine, “The Project”, conçu spécialement pour la tablette d’Apple.Quelques jours seulement après que Rupert Murdoch annonce son projet de quotidien exclusivement réservé à l’iPad, The Daily (voir notre article), Richard Branson envoie des invitations à la presse pour lancer prochainement son journal, lui aussi conçu pour la tablette à la pomme.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleSur l’invitation, le milliardaire britannique précise qu’il s’agit d’un “magazine multimédia révolutionnaire construit spécifiquement pour l’iPad – plein de culture internationale, de divertissement, de design, d’économie, de voyage”.”The Project” sera présenté à New York par Richard Branson et sa fille Holly, accompagnés d’Anthony Noguera, ancien patron de divers magazines du groupe Bauer.Des projets qui confirment l’engouement des médias pour les tablettes tactiles et notamment celle de la firme de Cupertino.Sorti en avril aux Etats-Unis, l’iPad s’est déjà vendu à 8 millions d’exemplaires dans le monde. Selon un analyste de Barclays, Ben Reitzes, il pourrait s’en vendre encore 6 millions entre octobre et décembre.Le 25 novembre 2010 à 10:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Barcelona leave fans with doubts after US tour

first_imgSpanish powerhouse Barça only won once in its three matches in the International Champions Cup in the United States, and will now have a difficult task next Sunday against Sevilla in the Spanish Super CupWith a last minute goal by AC Milan’s André Silva, Barcelona failed to win their last two matches in the International Champions Cup, and will now have a really big test against Sevilla for the Spanish Super Cup.In three games played in United States’ soil, Barça couldn’t figure out how to get a proper victory and managed to give a poor display of football for their fans.The team started their tour with a 2-2 tie at the Rose Bowl stadium in Los Angeles against English side Tottenham Spurs, and would only get a 5-3 victory thanks to the penalty kicks, where the “Blaugrana” strikers proved to be efficient.Then on Wednesday, Roma proved to be too much to handle at the AT&T Stadium, where three second-half goals were enough by the Italians to beat Barcelona.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.And on Saturday night in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, André Silva was able to score the only goal of the match giving AC Milan the upper hand against the Catalans.The Spanish club will now travel to Europe, where they will meet Sevilla for the Super Cup trophy. The match will be played at Grand Stade de Tanger on Sunday night.Your @Mastercard goal of the match was scored by André Silva. A classy finish to win the match for @acmilan #ICC2018 #ChampionsMeetHere pic.twitter.com/nX1XxLvYYG— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) August 5, 2018last_img read more