The Congress on Sunday registered a resounding victory in elections to the municipal corporations of Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala even as the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) accused the State Election Commission (SEC) of playing into the hands of the ruling party.The Congress, which came to power in the State less than a year ago, won a majority of the seats in the three local bodies, wresting control from the SAD-BJP combine. The Congress swept the Patiala Corporation by winning 58 wards while the Opposition parties failed to open account. In Jalandhar, the party won 66 wards while eight went to the BJP and four to the SAD. In Amritsar, the Congress won 69 and the SAD-BJP 12.According to an official spokesperson, polling was held amid tight security arrangements in 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats across the State.SEC biasedSAD president Sukhbir Badal alleged that the SEC had acted in a biased manner. “Akali delegations met the SEC five times to register complaints pertaining to irregularities in poll processes but didn’t get any justice. The SEC had become a party to encouraging “goondaism’” by refusing to act on any complaint by the Opposition,” said Mr. Badal.“We will approach the High Court with a petition that such a State Election Commission, which is dancing to the tunes of the Congress government, is wound up in public interest,” he added.‘Cong. vindicated’Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh termed the victory in the civic bodies poll a clear vindication of the Congress policies and a resounding defeat of the Opposition’s propaganda.“People of Punjab have once again shown their political maturity and defeated the SAD-BJP combine and AAP, both of which had been completely wiped into oblivion from the electoral landscape of the State,” he said. Capt. Amarinder said the people had not forgotten the misrule of Akalis and hence have now handed them a crushing defeat in the local bodies’ elections.“As far as the AAP was concerned, it had come to Punjab like a summer storm but had been completely decimated, with no apparent hope of revival,” the Chief Minister said. “The victory for the Congress in the local bodies’ elections, which many political pundits and even the media had described as a litmus test for the party, clearly showed that the government was on the right track and the people were more than satisfied with its achievements of the past nine months,” he said.Former chief minister Parkash Singh said, “It (poll) was a ‘votes minus democracy’ in which the innocent and helpless Punjabis were pitted against government’s muscle power State machinery.”He alleged that Opposition parties were not allowed to contest at most place through non-issuance of NOCs and wilful rejection of nomination papers.
Few things in this world are as elusive as a hippopotamus testicle—especially when you’re trying to cut it off. Zoo veterinarians have been attempting, with varying degrees of success, to castrate the 2-ton animals for more than 90 years, in hopes of controlling the size of captive populations and reducing the number of fights between the males of this aggressive species. But the hippos don’t make it easy: Hippopotamus amphibius hides its testes inside its body, where they can shift around and even retract away from a vet’s grasping forceps during surgery. Now, a team of vets working in Europe and Israel has described, in detail, a nearly foolproof method for hippo castration. After drugging the animal with a precise anesthetic cocktail, the researchers rolled the sleeping hippo on its side and hoisted up one of its hind legs with a rope. Once the animal was in exactly the right position, as shown in the illustration above, they used an ultrasound device to find its testes and then sort of … massaged them toward the point on its abdomen where they planned to make the incision. If the testes retracted during the operation, the scientists simply whipped out the ultrasound again and repeated the technique, they report in a paper in press at the veterinary reproductive medicine journal Theriogenology. The vets successfully castrated 10 out of 10 hippos with their method, losing only one of the animals to postsurgery complications. Thanks to hippos’ stunning wound-healing abilities—perhaps related to the antibacterial properties of the creepy “red sweat” that coats their skin—all the surviving animals were able to return to their feces-infested communal pools within hours of the surgery with no negative consequences, just a little bit nicer than when they left.See more ScienceShots.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(*)
I agree completely with your editorial endorsement of Barack Obama for our next president (February 2008).Indeed, the more I hear his speeches and about his background, the more I feel that there is no one, including Hillary Clinton, who is better equipped.George Bush has done enormous damage to us as a nation and the work that needs to be done to repair our economy, race relations, religious outlook, immigration problems, prestige abroad and the environment, is Herculean. Obama can do it better than anyone else.I say this because he has a fresh perspective on these issues and he is connected to the people far more than the seasoned politicians arraigned against him.I fervently pray he will have the advice and guidance of those who care for our country and want real change. I am glad he has the support of Ted Kennedy, which should be a bulwark against bigotry and prejudice. How wonderful to live again by the lofty ideals of Robert Kennedy and George McGovern.Byravan Viswanathan, Via eMailI congratulate Little India for breaking from tradition and endorsing Barack Obama for the Democratic Party nomination for president. Obama has the charisma, an open mind and sincerity. I personally feel that the Clintons have a lot of baggage, even though Bill Clinton was one of the best presidents of his era. However, his personal life was a disaster with so many scandals, such as the Monica Lewinsky affair, which resulted in impeachment proceedings. You can assume that if Hillary Clinton won the election, Bill Clinton will yield enormous influence in the White House.The recent primaries show that Obama can be an excellent president, willing to reach out to Republicans. He voted against the Iraq war and Hillary Clinton has never apologized for her mistake in voting for it. Indians really need to take a hard look at the Clintons before they support them. Kenneth Menen, Houston, TexasI am disappointed by your endorsement of Barack Obama for president. Obama is all air. He delivers inspirational and emotional speeches, but has no proven track record. He would be too experimental and potentially disastrous. We have had our own experience with a novice in Rajiv Gandhi. Obama has also not adequately explained his involvement with a slumlord in Chicago; his health plan will not cover everyone and he is not fully committed to ending the Iraq war. There is little evidence of his commitment and policies. Om Sethi, Via eMailI believe that Barack Obama is different and offers a potential for change. His foreign policy ideas of mending relations with countries like Cuba come at a great time, particularly in the area of geopolitics when we have made more enemies than friends in the last two decades. It is absurd that we allow Americans to travel or trade with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, but have a ban on Cuba. Hello, the Cuban missile crisis occurred over four decades ago, while Sept. 11, in which 15 out of the 19 terrorists belonged to Saudi Arabia, is so much more recent. Raghvendra Singh, Warrensburg, Mo.As a first generation Indian American woman, I reluctantly voted for Bush in 2000. Now profoundly disappointed, I searched for another presidential candidate. Barack Obama possesses a rare confluence of characteristics that compel me to be a first-time advocate and share my journey through a difficult choice.Living in both states when the candidates launched their first U.S Senate bids, I critically evaluated both nominees. Recently I have struggled with, “Who is effective?” As community organizer, professor, civil rights lawyer and state senator, Obama consistently and authentically affected change. Clinton’s experience in public office began by re-locating to New York months before announcing her candidacy for a seat being vacated by a retiring senator.Obama earned a reputation as a unifier, a necessary prerequisite to effectively bridge the deep differences in the country. By contrast, on her watch, prominent Clinton supporters continue to make racial remarks without condemnation.Obama has reversed the consistent wave of apathy that has blanketed the country. I’ve met throngs of diverse citizens who are first-time participants. After 34 years, my Indian American mother now actively supports a candidate. This underscores Obama’s desire to enable people to become the change they want to see. Swatee Surve Bellevue, Wash. Related Items
Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) has released a new poster in which Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar has been projected as “okay”, a perceptible change from the “honest and good” leader that he was described as in posters publicised in March.The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal released a counter poster on Tuesday, taking a dig at the JD(U)’s publicity material. “Kyun karen vichaar… thike to hai Nitish Kumar (why should we think… Nitish Kumar is doing okay),” reads the JD(U)’s latest poster with a large image of Mr. Kumar sporting a smile. The word “thike” loosely translates in English as “okay or all right”. The poster has been put up outside the JD(U) office at Beerchand Patel Marg in Patna. Earlier in March, the JD(U) had released a poster with the slogan “sachha hai, achha hai… chalo Nitish Kumar ke saath (he is honest and good… let’s go with Nitish Kumar)”. The RJD’s counter poster reads, “Kyon na karen vichaar, Bihar jo hai beemar (why shouldn’t we think things over, since Bihar is ill).” Featuring the State’s map, the poster points to what the Opposition party claims ails Bihar currently — deaths of children due to encephalitis, floods, drought, dacoity, kidnappings and murder. The poster is displayed outside the local RJD office, a few yards away from the JD(U) headquarters. Another poster which has gone viral on social media reads, “Ho chuka hai vichaar, denge ukhaar… kahin ke nahi rahenge Nitish Kumar (it’s resolved now, we will uproot him… nowhere will Nitish Kumar be left relevant).” ‘Not okay with just okay’Taking a potshot at the new JD(U) poster, Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav said: “Being just okay won’t work Nitish ji.” Senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari asserted that Mr. Kumar’s profile had been “downgraded from being honest and good to just okay” by some of his own party leaders who are closer to the BJP. Dismissing the criticism, JD(U) spokesperson and party leader Sanjay Singh said: “The slogan represents the voice of 12 crore residents of Bihar… the poster means there is no vacancy for the post of Chief Minister in Bihar.” Local BJP leaders declined to comment on the poster. “Each party is free to come out with its slogan and face of the leader,” said a senior BJP leader. “But, whoever has coined the slogan in the new JD(U) poster has damaged Nitish Kumar more than projecting him as a leader,” he added, with a smile.
New Delhi, July 10 (PTI) Ace Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia has failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics as she could not touch the qualifying standard in the competitions she took part in the United States. 34-year-old Poonia, the lone Indian woman track and field athlete to have won an individual gold in the Commonwealth Games, finished first in her last competition in the United States today with a throw of 57.10m at Florida but that was far below the Rio qualification mark. The Olympics qualification mark stands at 61m and the deadline for making it to the Rio Games is Monday. In the two months Poonia trained and competed in the United States with funding from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the Sports Ministry, she could come up with a best effort of 59.49m. She had a personal best and national record of 64.76m which she did in 2012. She won the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games with a throw of 61.51m. Poonia has taken part in three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2012) and she is one of the few Indian track and field athletes to have qualified in the final rounds of any event in the Olympics when she finished sixth in 2012 London Games. “I tried my best to qualify for Rio Olympics but in the end I could not do it. I think I did not have enough time to come back to my best after my knee surgery (last year),” Poonia told PTI from US. “I will now look forward to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. I thank the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India for supporting me and allowing me to train and compete in the United States. I wish all my countrymen taking part in the Rio Olympic Games all the success,” she said. PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisement
Belgium sacked national team coach Marc Wilmots after the “intended goals had not been reached,” the Royal Belgian Football Association, or URBSFA has announced.In an official statement on its website, the Belgian Football Association on Friday said it had reached an agreement with Wilmots to terminate his contract, which was due to end in 2018, after the Russia World Cup.”We would like to thank Marc Wilmots for his work during the last four years,” said the statement, adding, however, that the URBSFA’s technical commission have made an evaluation of the recent European championship and have declared that the intended goals have not been reached.Under Wilmots’ lead, the Belgian team rose from the 54th place in the FIFA ranking to the first, achieving 34 victories in 51 games.However, according to URBSFA, “a new impulse” is necessary to improve the team’s results.
Leander Paes may have played down his late arrival at the Rio Games and those attributing the same as the primary reason for his and Rohan Boppana’s first round exit from the Olympics but his famed partner of yore Mahesh Bhupathi strongly disagrees. (Paes-Bopanna crash out of Rio Olympics on Day 1) Asked if Leander and Rohan were under prepared, Mahesh told India Today, “Not underprepared, they were not prepared at all. No events, no matches at the highest level. Leander unfortunately only got there 36 hours before the first match. We could not expect anything from them and the results told.” In practice though a number of singles players who don’t play doubles on the circuit do join hands without tournaments under their belt before the games. But Mahesh cited history, of how Leander and him even when they were not playing as a pair on the tour did come together in tournaments before the Olympics to give themselves a better chance.”Tournament play is very important in pressure situations. Even me and Leander in 2004 and 2008 made sure we played some events to get ourselves prepared. This wasn’t done this year and that’s why we failed there,” he opined.EVERYBODY TO BLAME FOR DEFEAT When asked if it surprised him why Leander chose not to give more tournament or even practice time for Rio, an event where he made history to play his 7th consecutive Olympics, he blamed Leander and the federation in equal measure. “No point blaming anybody. I guess we have to blame everyone from Leander, Rohan, the federation for not forcing them to play together. At the end of the day someone had to take the bull by the horn. It’s after all the Olympic games. And no one did,” he said. Leander and Mahesh’s comments on each other are often taken with a pinch of salt given their frosty relationship over the years. But many believe their differences have spilled over to the other players as well. Between Bhupathi, Leander, Sania and Bopanna, Indians have won 36 doubles Grand slams; mixed and men’s, but have no Olympic medals of any color to show in various failed attempts over the last two decades. It’s been an Olympian failure, literally and figuratively. Bhupathi concurs. “Its a disappointing feeling, not that of hurt. I am sure all four of us Leander, myself, Sania and Rohan would have wanted an Olympic medal in doubles or mixed. Players lot less unaccomplished than us in Grand Slams have Olympic medals. But that’s the way it crumbles. You got to be in it to win it and it didn’t happen for us,” he says.advertisement
(EDS: Correcting a typo in para three)By Bharat SharmaNew Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) Aanchal Thakur has just one wish after becoming the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing — an end to the governments apathetic attitude towards winter sports.The response to her bronze medal winning performance in Turkey has been overwhelming to say the least. She still cant believe that none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on the achievement in a sport that usually begs for attention.”I never thought the Prime Minister would tweet for me. It is unreal. I just hope we are finally treated at par with athletes of popular sports. As of now, there has been no support whatsoever from the government,” Aanchal told PTI from Turkey where she secured the bronze in Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS).”I just want to say that we too are fighting, working hard day in and day out for India,” she said.Skiing runs in her blood but it has not been an easy ride thus far for the the 21-year-old, who is a student of DAV College in Chandigarh.Her father Roshan Thakur, who happens to be the secretary at the Winter Games Federation of India, always loved skiing and therefore it was natural for his children, Aanchal and Himanshu, to pick up the sport at an early age.While Aanchal has grabbed attention now, brother Himanshu, also an alpine skier, competed in the Sochi Winter Olympics alongside luger Shiva Keshavan.advertisementAanchal says if it was not for the efforts of her father, there was no way she could have pursued skiing.”I have been skiing in Europe since I was in seventh grade. Papa always wanted me to ski and he has been spending out of his pocket all this while. Without any government help, you can imagine how much he has spent on me and my brother.”What makes it more challenging for us is that it doesnt snow in India for the major part of the year, so we have to go out and train,” she says.Her father Roshan adds that existing skiing venues in India, at Gulmarg and Auli, are the only world-class during competitions and are not looked after well otherwise.”The Europeans get to train 10 months in a year where our athletes can do two months at the max, considering the huge cost involved in training overseas,” says Roshan, who owns apple orchards in Manali.The equipment, comprising ski, boots and clothing too is expensive and costs around Rs 4-5 lakh, says Aanchal.With a historic medal in the bag, the next target for this wushu player-turned skier is the qualification mark for the Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month.While her brother Himanshu is closer to the qualification mark, making the Winter Games cut seems unlikely for Aanchal.”To qualify, we need to score less than 140 points in five races and I have not been able to that even in one race. Yesterday was a very challenging course and even the gold winner could not qualify for Olympics with her score being more than 140.”With the cut-off date being January 21, Aanchal is racing against time.”My brother is in Iceland for an event and I am going to go there as well. Then there is a race in Iran and Pakistan. I have to see if I can get the visa for that. So, the this Winter Games looks unlikely for me but I have already set my sight on 2022.”We need to start preparing for that now and hopefully we will get the much needed government support,” says Aanchal.The fact that Winter Games Federation of India is not recognised by the Sports Ministry also doesnt help their case. PTI BS PM BS
ZAGREB, Croatia – Greece opened its play in the European basketball tourney with an 85-65 thumping of its northern neighbor, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to avenge a 2011 defeat.It looked far from easy early on when the FYROM long-range shooters found the mark to befuddle the Greek defense at times and had coach Fotis Katsikaris scrambling for an answer.In the third period, Greek took a 55-50 lead into a galloping pull-away running up a 22 point lead of 79-57 and then coasted the rest of the way.Yiannis Bourousis and former Ohio State player Costas Koufos had double doubles, Bourousis with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Koufos with 11 and 11, although Giorgos Printezis was the top scorer with 18 points.Greece plays pool host Croatia on Sept. 6 in a battle between the two top teams in the group.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Australia captain Aaron Finch led from the front and struck a world T20 record 172 off just 76 deliveries to help his team thrash Zimbabwe by 100 tuns in the T20I tri-series on Tuesday.Finch’s score was record for the highest individual score in T20 international cricket, bettering the previous best of 156 which he himself had set five years ago against England in Southampton.Finch struck 10 sixes and 16 boundaries to power Australia to 229/2 in 20 overs. Along with the individual score, he was part of a record-breaking 223-run first-wicket stand with D’Arcy Short, who made 46.The previous best was the 171-run unbroken stand between New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in Hamilton more than two years ago.Zimbabwe struggled for the second straight match and were restricted to 129/9. Andrew Tye took 3/12 and Ashton Agar picked up 2/16.”Yeah, it was nice to get a few in the middle, and break the record. Could’ve started better with the ball, so I thought we could’ve been more polished in the field.”I thought using the spinners was the right move on the surface. Short was good too, but we bowled well in the middle overs. This innings is right up there. They don’t happen very often, so very pleased with it,” man-of-the-match Finch said at the post-match presentation.Finch tore into the Zimbabwe bowling attack on Tuesday with all of the bowlers conceding over 9 runs per over except for Tendai Chisoro, who managed to give away just 19 runs from his four overs.Blessing Muzarabani was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he managed to dismiss Short and Finch in the final over of the innings.advertisementAustralia, who crushed Pakistan in their first game on Monday, top the table with 4 points followed by Pakistan and Zimbabwe.(With AP inputs)
Transfers Oxlade-Chamberlain claims Liverpool were ‘only option’, with Chelsea never in the frame Last updated 2 years ago 15:46 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Liverpool Premier League Arsenal Chelsea The England international attracted interest from the Blues as he prepared to leave Arsenal, but he insists Anfield was always his preferred choice Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool were “the only option” for him as he prepared to leave Arsenal on transfer deadline day.With his contract at Emirates Stadium expiring, the England international was among those to make a high-profile move as the summer window wound down.Liverpool 3/1 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A £35 million deal took him to Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp fending off interest from Premier League rivals in order to get an agreement pushed through.Reigning champions Chelsea were among those eager to land the versatile 24-year-old, but Oxlade-Chamberlain claims he only had one destination in mind once the decision was taken to open a new chapter in his career.He told Sky Sports: “The first thing was the tough decision to leave Arsenal.“That was the only thing that was really tough for me and the deliberation but Liverpool was the only option for me in terms of where I thought I would be playing.”The team and the feel of the whole football club in general just sat right with me.“I think there are really exciting things to come here and especially with this manager so I felt it was right for me to push to be a part of that. I’m delighted that I finally got the opportunity to.”Oxlade-Chamberlain has arrived at Anfield on the back of a six-year stint at Arsenal.He admits that a change of scenery will take some getting used to, but he is also looking forward to starting a new challenge on Merseyside.”It’s very exciting but obviously a bit surreal at the same time,” he added.“When you’re at one club for so many years, you become accustomed to that so any change is a bit weird and odd and difficult at first but looking forward, it’s something that really excites me for sure.”Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping to make his Liverpool debut on Saturday in a crunch clash with fellow Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
zoom Bahri Dry Bulk Company, a majority-owned subsidiary of the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), has inked contracts with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the construction of four bulk carriers. Bahri said that the total price tag for the four newbuildings is USD 120 million, i.e., USD 30 million per ship.However, the shipping company did not announce how the contracts would be financed, adding that these details are expected to be revealed at a later time.The bulkers are scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2020 from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.“The financial impact of these contracts will appear after the delivery of the vessels,” the company added.As described by their owner, the ships are designed to the latest international technical specifications and are fitted with environmentally-friendly specifications and high efficiency in fuel consumption, with a capacity of 80,000 metric tons per carrier.The order comes as Bahri embarks upon fleet expansion aimed at meeting the needs of the local and global markets.On the other hand, for Hyundai, the contracts have been secured at a critical moment, as the shipbuilder is faced with the insufficient workload and is asking around 5,000 of its workers to take leave of absence.As reported by World Maritime News, the company’s backlog stands at 85 ships, considerably lower when compared to last year’s 110 ships, with only ten vessels being constructed at the yard at the moment.
CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Cow Bay Overpass Open The overpass connecting Cow Bay Road to Upper Prince Street in Sydney is now open to traffic. The structure also features an active transportation trail that is also open. The temporary access route from Highway 125 that was in place during construction has been closed. -30-
Panaji: Union Minister of State for AYUSH and sitting BJP MP Shripad Yesso Naik is leading over his nearest rival and state Congress President Girish Chodankar by 11,587 votes from North Goa, election officials said. In the South Goa Lok Sabha, former Chief Minister and Congress candidate Francisco Sardinha polled 48,778 votes against 38,770 votes received by his BJP rival and sitting MP Narendra Sawaikar. In counting for the four Assembly by-polls, the Congress is leading from the Mapusa and Panaji constituencies while the BJP and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) are ahead in the Mandrem and Shiroda Assembly seats respectively.
TORONTO – A judge says an Ontario woman with incurable erosive osteoarthritis fits a key requirement to receive a medically assisted death after her doctor refused to help her because he feared criminal prosecution.In a decision delivered in a Toronto court on Monday, Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled the woman’s “natural death is reasonably foreseeable.”He said the 77-year-old woman’s doctor had reached the same conclusion but changed his mind because he feared he would be accused of murder.Perell did not grant the woman’s request to declare unequivocally that she meets all criteria for medically assisted death, but he noted that clarifying the federal law on reasonably foreseeable death would help her case.Shanaaz Gokool, CEO of Dying with Dignity Canada, says she is pleased with the ruling and hopes it will give doctors more confidence in dealing with similar cases.Gokool praised the woman, identified in court documents only by the initials AB, for having the courage to take her case to court so she can die with dignity.“I want to applaud her for coming forward and putting herself in a very vulnerable position with this case,” said Gokool, who has met the woman. “Now that her physician has some comfort, I am hopeful she will be able make a decision of her choice and her making now that she knows that her natural death is reasonably foreseeable.”Under the law, adults can receive a medically assisted death if they have a serious and incurable illness or disability, are in an advanced state of irreversible decline, endure intolerable pain, and face a “reasonably foreseeable” death.The latter has been called too vague and has been a point of contention for health-care providers, Gokool said.AB could still live for years with her illness, Gokool noted, but she said her condition is deteriorating, there are no treatment options and she “is definitely in the trajectory toward death.”“I think this decision may be able to help others in similar situations and it might bring enough clarity that doctors who have been hesitant about providing an assisted death may look to this decision,” Gokool said.In his ruling, Perell said he considered the reluctance of the doctor and did not want to create a situation where civil courts grant immunity from Criminal Code prosecutions.“In my opinion, making this declaration of statutory interpretation would be useful and fall with this court’s jurisdiction to interpret and declare the civil law,” he said.He also noted that AB’s case, which he called “heartbreaking” and “pitiful,” was caused by doctors’ misunderstanding the new law and being overly cautious.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government still has no intention of imposing a Netflix tax because it would result in a financial hit for middle-class Canadians.Morneau’s remarks about the online streaming giant come a couple of days after Heritage Minister Melanie Joly insisted she never agreed to exempt Netflix from any sales tax as part of a deal that has been a political nightmare in her home province of Quebec.Pressed about the issue on Friday, Joly said anyone with concerns about the lack of federal taxes on online streaming services should talk to Morneau because he’s in charge of taxation. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Joly unveiled a cultural policy in September that secured a $500-million pledge by Netflix to set up a Canadian office and fund original homegrown content — but the plan did not include taxes on the company’s service.The ensuing weeks have seen the provincial government in Quebec vow to tax foreign online businesses, including Netflix, if Ottawa didn’t do so.The issue has sparked outrage from artists and producers in Quebec’s cultural industry who have described it as an unfair subsidy.Morneau insisted Sunday that Ottawa has no intention of changing its promise not to tax Netflix, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself has repeatedly and categorically ruled out a Netflix tax.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Sunday that he plans to raise the issue with Morneau when federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers meet for two days of talks in Ottawa. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Bill Morneau – Photo by Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press Advertisement Login/Register With:
Advertisement Journey organizers say the festival signed a contact with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and the Boyd park, but they were blindsided when a new bylaw was passed on May 14 which allowed Vaughan to regulate smoking of tobacco and cannabis within city boundaries.Murray Milthorpe, chief experience officer of the festival, says organizers were not given advance notice that a bylaw was in the works, despite attempts to work closely with the city over a special events permit.“Sadly, Vaughan city council is on the wrong side of history here,” Milthorpe said in a statement.“Journey intends to send an important message to politicians that cannabis is legal. Education, including how to talk to our children about substance use, should not be politicized for partisan gain. Vaughan’s by-law is all about self-preservation and status quo thinking and is a stigmatizing action that hurts the legal market.”Representatives for the City of Vaughan did not respond to requests for comment.Other music festivals have put a stronger emphasis on cannabis following legalization last year. Plans for a sprawling event that blended cannabis education with a summer music festival have been snuffed out by the City of Vaughan.Organizers of the Journey Cannabis and Music Festival say new bylaws introduced by the city have forced their three-day event at the 990-acre Boyd Conservation Park, north of Toronto, to be cancelled.Journey, originally slated to run from Aug. 23 to 25, was supposed to combine a bring-your-own-cannabis approach with a multi-genre lineup of musicians, though performers had yet to be announced. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The premises were also set to include a beer village, booths selling cannabis paraphernalia and culture items, and a selection of licensed producers who would discuss trends and products, but not actually sell weed. Electronic music event Ever After in Kitchener, Ont. allowed concertgoers to toke up, while this year’s annual 4/20 celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver united a park of cannabis vendors with a performance by hip hop act Cypress Hill..Organizers of the Journey festival say ticketholders will receive full refunds within the next week.They’re also searching for a new venue to host the event next year.By David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter
8 March 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences called for entries for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) award honoring broadcasters for programming best reflecting the theme Unite for Children. Unite Against AIDS. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences called for entries for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) award honoring broadcasters for programming best reflecting the theme Unite for Children. Unite Against AIDS.Submissions will be judged on not only the quality of work, but also for broadcasters’ dedication to bolstering participation by youth in media, in connection with the theme Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, which is the name of a campaign launched in 2005 by UNICEF, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and other partners to alert the world to the fact that children are missing from the global AIDS agenda. “Children have the right to voice their opinions and broadcasters around the world are making that happen by getting youth voices on the air,” Stephen Cassidy, chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section, said yesterday. “We want to reward them for their dedication and commitment.” To be eligible for this year’s ICDB award, these broadcasts must have aired on or around Sunday, 10 December 2006, in conjunction with last year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting. UNICEF is also calling for radio entries for the 2007 IDCB Award for Radio Excellence. The submission deadline is 18 May, and entry forms can be found at www.unicef.org/icdb. Judges will select the best television entries in eight regions across the world, which will then go on to compete for the IDCB Award to be presented at the International Emmy Awards Gala on 19 November in New York. Last year’s television winner was Teleradio Moldova for their “Let’s Play!” programme, beating out five other regional IDCB winners to take the top prize. UNICEF also announced the 2007 ICDB theme, The World We Want. In 2002, youth from the world over convened in New York to discuss their hopes for the future, and on the fifth anniversary of this meeting, UNICEF wants to know how far we have come. The agency invites radio and television broadcasters to participate in the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting on 9 December and create programming which draws attention to children’s opinions of the state of the world, as they will then be eligible for the 2008 ICDB Award.
The plant suffered major damage from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on 11 March and has been spewing radioactive contamination into the environment ever since.“Overall, the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains very serious,” Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, told a news conference in Vienna. At the same time, he noted that the estimated percentage of core damage to several units of the plant has been revised. The core damage to Unit 1 was revised from an estimated 70 per cent to 55 per cent, while it was revised from 30 to 35 per cent for Unit 2 and from 25 to 30 per cent for Unit 3. This reflects revisions to assessments from 15 March rather than any recent changes in conditions in the reactor cores, he stated. Mr. Flory outlined a number of measures being carried out by Japanese authorities in recent weeks as part of their response to the accident, including the putting in place of counter-measures against water outflow to the sea and to prevent a minimized spread of the radionuclides in water.The Government has also announced no-entry, planned evacuation and emergency evacuation zones to be applied to specific areas within the vicinity of the plant. In addition, radiation monitoring continues for 47 prefectures, with the reported values showing that the deposition of radionuclides was still occurring in certain prefectures. “But the values for deposition are significantly lower than those detected in the first weeks of the emergency and the number of prefectures affected is diminishing,” said Mr. Flory.He noted that restrictions on the distribution and/or consumption of milk, and specific types of vegetables, have been in place in five prefectures since they were first imposed on 21 March. As of 3 May, the only restrictions remaining are in Fukushima prefecture and for two cities in Ibaraki prefecture. He added that marine monitoring continues near the discharge areas of the plant by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the plant, as well as at off-shore stations by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). 5 May 2011The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant remains very serious nearly two months after it was damaged in an earthquake, a senior official with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today, as he outlined the ongoing measures taken by the Japanese authorities in response to the accident.
According to the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), the man was wounded and captured during an early evening gun battle as Fijian troops conducting a search came across a group of armed men trying to cross the Mota Loes river. The detainee was taken to a hospital under guard, but the other eight or nine members of the group fled, attempting to cross the river. Tracking patrols supported by armoured personnel carriers and a light observation helicopter pursued the men who fled the scene.The capture was part of the PKF’s extensive “cordon and search” operation supporting a local investigation into Monday’s armed attacks on a minibus and a truck near the border with West Timor that left one passenger dead and three seriously injured, the UN mission said.