Odisha is ganja’s ground zero

first_imgHemp grows illegally in vast stretches of Odisha’s inaccessible forested regions, making it one of the top marijuana-producing States in the country. The plant is luxuriant in highly-suited climatic conditions, and its growth is aided by low police movement in Maoist-affected hilly regions as well as pervasive rural poverty.Out of over 8,500 acres of cannabis crop destroyed across the country during 2016-17, Odisha accounted for 47% with 4,028 acres.‘More of it hidden’Despite the acreage of cannabis destroyed by enforcers going up three-fold in the State in the past five years, officials say the detected cultivation is just the tip of the iceberg.The crop season commences around September and it is harvested around February or March. In 2012-13, hemp grown on 1,305 acres was burnt. In later years, enforcement agencies destroyed 3,200 acres of the banned crop annually.Kandhamal, dubbed the nucleus of the ganja crop nationally, recorded destruction on 2,400 acres this year.One estimate says the value of ganja crop set on fire could be over Rs. 600 crore this year. Despite the measure, smugglers transport tonnes of it.The State Police, Excise Department and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have made at least 15 major seizures during April and May. A truckload worth Rs. 1 crore was intercepted at Bhawanipatna on April 29 while 28 persons carrying 56 gunny bags stuffed with the weed were arrested in a forest under Mathili police limits in Malkangiri district on May 18. A dozen quintals was seized from a car in Khurda on May 2 and four girls with 19 kg were arrested in Balangir district in March.NCB sources said huge quantities of marijuana from Odisha were seized in neighbouring Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh during past two months.last_img read more

300 Himalayan yaks starve to death in Sikkim

first_imgAt least 300 yaks starved to death in a remote Himalayan valley after a bout of unusually harsh winter weather.Officials in the Sikkim said they received the first distress call from around 50 people cut off in the remote Mukuthang Valley in December.Following very heavy snowfall, the residents asked for help to provid feed for their herd of around 1,500 yaks, a source of local milk, milk products, transportation and wool. Transportation hit“We made several attempts to reach them but couldn’t. No roads or air transport could reach there because of the weather conditions. We reached there now and have already confirmed at least 300 yak deaths,” the North Sikkim District Magistrate Raj Kumar Yadav said.“The local families say that 500 yaks have died because of starvation. We are trying to confirm that. Around 50 yaks are also receiving urgent medical attention,” Mr. Yadav added. “It appears that these dead yaks had got nothing to eat during the prolonged period of snowfall since December last year,” he said.The animal husbandry department’s medical team has reached Mukuthang, he said.The team carried feed and fodder for the yaks which are still alive, he said.Yaks are one of the mainstays of the region’s tourism-dependent economy.A few yaks die because of extreme conditions in the region each year, but the authorities say that this year’s toll is unprecedented.The authorities are making arrangements to bury the dead yaks. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Swing and a miss: Yankees in another 0-2 playoff hole

first_imgHouston Astros’ Jose Altuve scores the game-winning run past New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)HOUSTON — Swing and a miss.After striking out 27 times in Houston, the New York Yankees are down 0-2 in the playoffs again.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Undefeated NU sweeps FEU for PVL Collegiate title Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president But Severino didn’t come out for the fifth, after the Yankees tied the game on back-to-back doubles by Aaron Hicks and Todd Frazier in the top of the inning. Severino threw only 62 pitches.“I think it is my responsibility to protect this kid,” Girardi said. “I couldn’t take a chance.”Girardi said Severino checked out fine with team doctors. The pitcher certainly didn’t agree with getting pulled so early.“I told him I was good. They told me they saw something,” Severino said. “I told them that I was good and I wanted to go pitch. … I feel great. My arm feels great. I can go 20 or 30 innings more.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Maybe they just need to get to the potential elimination games — the Yankees don’t seem to lose those.“We’ve been facing some tough pitchers and some tough games,” rookie slugger Aaron Judge said. “We’re just going to keep going out there and keep fighting.”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 shutoutNew York catcher Gary Sanchez was unable to come up with a short-hop relay throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius with Jose Altuve charging toward the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Astros won 2-1 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.Sanchez said he simply dropped the ball on a play he’s used to making. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Game 3 is Monday night at Yankee Stadium, with CC Sabathia scheduled to pitch for New York against Charlie Morton.The Yankees have lost seven straight ALCS games dating to 2010.Verlander was done by the time hard-throwing Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth with a scoreless streak of 18 2/3 innings dating to the last time he gave up a run, on Aug. 25 against Seattle. But then Altuve hit a one-out single and scored when Carlos Correa lined a double into the right-center gap.Judge cut off the ball at the edge of the warning track, but his throw went over the head of second baseman Starlin Castro to Gregorius on one hop at second base. Gregorius wheeled and, perhaps impeded a bit by Correa’s popup slide at second, short-hopped his throw to Sanchez.The ball arrived in plenty of time to get Altuve, who raced all the way around from first, but Sanchez couldn’t make a clean pick and the ball squirted away as Altuve slid in safely with the winning run.“If he comes up with it, it’s an out,” said Girardi, who quickly inquired with umpires as the Astros and their fans were starting a frenzied celebration. “I just wanted to make sure there was no interference. I didn’t see any interference at second. … It was a popup slide, that’s legal. You’re kind of hoping.”Correa homered in the fourth for the Astros — a play that evoked memories of Jeffery Maier in the 1996 ALCS at Yankee Stadium — when a 12-year-old Houston fan reached for the liner just over the right-field wall. The ball appeared to already be beyond the reach of Judge, who was still moving toward the fence when the ball ricocheted off the boy’s glove on top of the wall and into the seats.“I got back there a little late. He took a good swing on a ball off the plate,” Judge said. “I just wasn’t able to get back and get a good read to the wall and get up there and make a play.”The 6-foot-7 Judge had a homer-robbing grab in Game 3 of the ALDS, when the Yankees won 1-0 to stay alive in that series.A few pitches after Correa’s homer, Girardi and a trainer went out to check on starter Luis Severino when he uncharacteristically wound his pitching arm a few times. The 23-year-old right-hander stayed in the game then, and got the inning-ending out on a comebacker that appeared to strike the wrist of his non-pitching hand. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters 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 “The bottom line is if I catch that ball he’s going to be out,” Sanchez said through a translator.New York has lost the first two games by the same tight score to Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander, both former Cy Young Award winners. So just like in the Division Series, the Yankees are down 0-2 and headed back home.“It’s not like we haven’t been here before,” said manager Joe Girardi, who turned 53 on Saturday. “But these are two tough losses.”In their best-of-five set against the 102-win Cleveland Indians, the Yankees won three straight games when facing elimination to get to their first ALCS since 2012. And that was after winning a win-or-go-home wild-card game against Minnesota.But after striking out 14 times in the ALCS opener, including 10 against Keuchel in his seven innings, the Yankees whiffed another 13 times Saturday against Verlander, who threw 124 pitches in a complete game.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Barcelona upset with Pique over role in Griezmann’s Atletico extension film

first_imgBarcelona were surprised and upset at Gerard Pique’s involvement in making the television documentary in which Antoine Griezmann revealed he had rejected Barca to stay at Atletico Madrid, the La Liga champions’ vice-president Jordi Mestre said on Tuesday.France forward Griezmann signed a new contract with Atletico on Monday until 2023 after announcing he had resisted an offer to join Barca in a documentary called “The Decision”, produced by Kosmos, the production company owned by Barca defender Pique.”We have told Pique that his participation (in the documentary) has surprised and upset the club and the supporters,” Mestre said at the presentation of former Barca player Eric Abidal as the club’s new sporting director.World Cup 2018: Ronaldo is very prone to diving, accuses Pique”We respect Griezmann’s decision to sign a new contract with Atletico as we respect any player’s decision about their future. We want players who are committed to Barca and who want to succeed here.”But we regret that the club’s members were disillusioned by the way things were conducted and the broadcasting of the final decision,” he added.”We’re are going to speak with Pique internally and we won’t make any more comments in public about this.”Questions about Griezmann peppered the presentation of Abidal, who will be tasked with buying and selling players for next season to help Barca’s bid to defend the Liga title and improve on their recent failure to win the Champions League.FIFA World Cup: Gerard Pique and Shakira’s Barcelona house robbedadvertisement”I think the decision is his, I don’t want to get into a debate, there were two options, yes or now, but the important thing is what the club think and we’re not here to talk about a player, but to build a good team,” said Abidal on Griezmann rejecting Barca.Abidal was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2011 while playing for Barca but overcame the disease and lifted the Champions League trophy that year after they beat Manchester United in the final.last_img read more

ESPN’s Bowl Projection For LSU Heading Into Conference Championship Weekend

first_imgKristian Fulton of LSU attempts to run the ball against Alabama.BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 03: Kristian Fulton #22 of the LSU Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)After a tough, controversial loss to Texas A&M this past Saturday night, LSU finished the 2018 season with a 9-3 record. So where are the Tigers headed for their bowl game?That might depend on how the SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia plays out this Saturday. If the Bulldogs win and both teams are somehow part of the College Football Playoff, LSU will move up the pecking order for SEC bowl teams.If Alabama wins, Georgia likely winds up in the Sugar Bowl. LSU and Florida are the next two best options.ESPN’s two analysts differ on where they think LSU will wind up. Kyle Bonagura sees the Tigers playing Penn State in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.Mitch Sherman sees LSU winding up in a New Year’s Six game. He thinks the Tigers will take on Michigan in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.While both are high-quality games, obviously, the Fiesta Bowl carries more weight.LSU had a solid season, but losses against Florida, Alabama and Texas A&M kept them from being part of the national title conversation.We’ll know LSU’s bowl situation on Sunday.last_img read more

Anju Bobby George has not joined BJP Minister

first_imgBengaluru/Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister for State for External Affairs V. Murlaeedharan on Sunday dismissed media reports which claimed that former Kerala track-and-field star Anju Bobby George had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a meeting in Bengaluru. Speaking to the media, Muraleedharan said there was nothing political about the meeting which took place on Saturday. “I have had a long association with Anju and her husband Robert Bobby George. Yesterday, I had a party programme in Bengaluru. She called me and asked if we could meet to which I agreed. When she came to the programme in which I was taking part, the event was about to begin. So I invited her to the dais, as she is an internationally acclaimed athlete,” said Muraleedharan, the only leader from Kerala in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “As the meeting was going on, we talked and not a word of politics was spoken. She was talking about her institute,” he added. Former long jumper George (42) hails from Kottayam in Kerala and is presently employed with the Customs in Bengaluru. In 2003, She made history by becoming the first Indian athlete to win a medal at the World Championships when she won the bronze in Paris with a leap of 6.70m. She achieved her personal best of 6.83m, which is still a national record, at the 2004 Athens Olympics which fetched her the fifth position. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed An Arjuna awardee, George has represented the country at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships from 2002 onwards. During the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government in Kerala in 2015, George was appointed the chairperson of the Kerala State Sports Council. However, a month after the present Left Democratic Front (LDF) government assumed office in May 2016, she quit from her post.last_img read more

More Women Accuse Saad Lamjarred of Sexual Assault

In addition to Laura Prioul and another woman from Saint-Tropez in southern France, several other women declared to the “Sept A Huit” program on French television channel TF1 that Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred had raped them. The Sept A Huit program dedicated a report, called “Saad Lamjarred, star and rapist?” to the singer’s rape scandals on Sunday.The report provided testimonials from Lamjarred’s first French plaintiff, Laura Prioul, who had agreed to speak up in an interview with the Sept A Huit. Prioul, who had already released online her version of the story in a video in 2016, told Sept A Huit that after she posted the video, other women contacted her, saying that they were also victims of Lamjarred, including “a Moroccan woman and an Algerian woman.”.Prioul said that she still continues to receive harsh and insulting messages ever since she posted the video.Read Also: To Boycott or Not to Boycott: How Saad Lamjarred Is Dividing MoroccansSept A Huit reported that its journalists received emails from women who said they were raped by the Moroccan star.Lamjarred’s Saint Tropez accuser, a young French seasonal worker, has declined to speak out about the rape to the media.The report stated that Lamjarred “has been shielded” by Moroccan authorities but still “lost many of his fans.” French news channel LCI described his rape cases as an instance of “omerta” in which there was a conspiracy to protect Lamjarred from facing justice, a circumstance his accusers have denounced.The 33-year-old singer, who has been in and out of jail several times since his first arrest for the sexual assault of Prioul, spent more than two months in southern France’s Draguignan prison, following his second arrest on rape charges last August 26.On December 5, the French judicial system released Lamjarred on probation after he paid a €150,000 bail bond.Following his release, many Moroccan celebrities congratulated Lamjarred through social media posts, welcoming him back. Lamjarred’s first rape accusation came in 2010 in New York. US prosecutors dropped the case when the plaintiff withdrew her testimony. read more

National Police Commission Secretary removed from his post

National Police Commission Secretary Ariyadasa Cooray has been removed from his post.Cooray says he was informed today that he had been removed from his post on the basis that he had past his retirement age. However he says he has the right to continue till September this year.The commission says a new Secretary will be appointed this month. (Colombo Gazette)

Kraft Heinz brand baby food recalled due to possibility of insects

OTTAWA — The federal food safety watchdog says it is recalling a certain brand of baby food due to the possibility of insects being in the product.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is recalling Kraft Heinz Canada’s turkey stew product for babies over eight months.The agency says the baby food was sold in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.There have been no reported illnesses.The agency says the product should not be consumed and it should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased. read more

Further gains forecast for gold investment and prices building on 2009s records

first_imgGFMS has launched Gold Survey 2010, the 43rd edition of its authoritative and comprehensive annual survey of the world gold market. It forecasts, “the end is now in sight for the rally with net jewellery demand still weak”. The report leads with a simple statement – investment demand in 2009 exploded to surpass jewellery fabrication for the first time since 1980. Philip Klapwijk, GFMS Chairman commented, “the more than doubling of investment in value terms to almost $60 billion was partly due to familiar forces such as the dollar falling. However, it was powerful new drivers – we could cite here fears over quantitative easing, perhaps even more so counter-party risk as long standing financial institutions collapsed – that got interest really moving”.The report feels it was very much this surge in investment that rallied the gold price to an all time high over $1,200 in early December. The survey highlights the complexity of overall investment, with certain areas such as physical retail investment or the ETFs booming early in the year, while the more speculator focused Comex futures market saw most of its gains in the closing months of 2009. And not all areas saw buoyancy as GFMS estimate that non-western bar hoarding more than halved last year.The consultancy is quick to stress that there was more to gold in 2009 than investment. The market for instance had to cope with the collapse in jewellery consumption to a 21-year low or almost half the volumes achieved at their peak in 1997 due to the combination of the onset of a global recession in conjunction with still elevated prices. At the same time, scrap supply continued to surge on the back of profit taking at elevated prices and distress selling in the face of economic trauma. According to GFMS’ figures, this left scrap at record volumes last year, making up almost 40% of total supply.GFMS feel the interplay of all these forces was at the most dramatic in the first quarter of the year as it was then that investment was at its strongest yet it was in the fourth that prices achieved record levels. Klapwijk added, “you really do need to look at the physical market to get the complete picture. Then when in the first quarter you see scrap rocketing past not only jewellery demand but also mine production, you can understand why the rally failed in the run-up to $1,000. Fast forward to the fourth quarter, when the fundamentals aren’t looking so shaky, and investment has an easier job of getting prices over $1,200”.Other areas that the report highlights as integral to prices’ move higher include the official sector, where net sales fell by over 80% – a development attributed in the main to far lower sales by the European central banks. The report also attaches importance to India’s purchase of 200 t of IMF gold, with Klapwijk noting, “the buying may have been off-market but it gave a big boost to the market as investors interpreted it as a sign that there had been a sea change in central banks’ attitudes to gold”. Investors also responded bullishly to news in September that meant a faster than expected unwinding of the producer hedgebook.GFMS, however, feel that 2009 marked the ‘last hurrah’ for de-hedging as the still fairly high level achieved of over 250 t cannot be remotely replicated with the outstanding book at end-2009 down to less than 240 t. Mine production cannot explain price strength in 2009 as GFMS estimate this rose notably to the second highest figure ever and that further growth is likely in 2010.With mine output growing and de-hedging likely to be negligible, this might begin to imply that GFMS was becoming somewhat bearish as regards the gold price but Klapwijk commented, “we’ve actually raised our short term downside for the price as we can’t see a good reason for investors to dump gold, and the fundamentals, if still pretty weak, are improving”. Looking ahead, further price gains were thought likely as the investment case was still perceived as strong, with for example all the major currencies now being questioned by investors, in large measure due to high and rising levels of government indebtedness, and longer-term inflation threats still a growing issue for some. However, GFMS cautions that, with no immediate reason for fresh investment to flood in, the rally might take a while to materialise and their upside target had been lowered as the likelihood recedes that we shall see the financial conditions necessary to produce dramatically higher prices. Importantly, Klapwijk added, “we’re certainly in the end-game now, although that could still take a year or more to play out. But after that, it’s difficult to see how we can avoid a hefty drop in prices if we want to boost jewellery and trim scrap to bring the overall market back into equilibrium”.last_img read more

Haass talks with NI parties expected to last well into night

first_img“It’s going to be an interesting night”All five of the North’s major parties are being represented at the talks, which have focused on some of the most sensitive and contentious issues in the country.The flying of flags, which led to riots and protests last year, is one such issue. Haass had suggested a new flag for the country, but that idea has been shelved. It’s understood a commission will be proposed to look at the flags issue at a later date.The diplomat has been posting regular updates on Twitter, as his staff move back and forth between the parties in an attempt to find common ground.First Minister Martin McGuinness is also postponing his Christmas plans in a bid to reach an agreement:DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson told the BBC that Haass had indicated that if agreement could not be reached before Christmas, the discussions would recommence on 27 or 28 December.Read: Baggott: Resources needed for historical enquiries “hindering our ability to deal with the present”Read: Parades, protests and flags on the agenda as US diplomat arrives in Belfast CROSS-PARTY TALKS aimed at reaching a compromise on  issues relating to flags, parades and the past are under way tonight, as Northern Ireland’s politicians bid to reach agreement before Christmas.Today’s round-table talks, chaired by US diplomat Richard Haass, had been due to get under way this morning. They finally began after 9pm, and were expected to continue into the early hours.“We continue to have the goal we’ve always had, to press ahead for an agreement,” Haass told reporters he arrived for the discussions at the Stormont Hotel in east Belfast, adding:last_img read more

Ever wonder what fire is Or what a flame looks like in

first_imgIf you’ve got 90 seconds to spare the video above will explain what fire is. It’s an excellent watch, and one that might get you hooked on the Minute Physics YouTube channel.It might seem like the sort of question a child would ask, but “what is fire?” probably isn’t something you could answer so easily. Sure, there is the text book explanation, involving plasma and something about a chemical process with oxygen, but that’s probably not the explanation most people (definitely not a child) are looking for. The video is quite good at explaining fire in practical terms, or at least more practical than CH4 + 2 O2 → CO2 + 2 H2O + energy (an example of a chemical process for combustion).Much of the video is spent talking about the fact that fire glows. This happens because the heat excites molecules, causing light to be released, but did you know that normal candles and lighters (etc.) have a blue glow, but it’s too faint for you to see it? Or that all hot objects glow in some form or another? This isn’t exactly life-changing knowledge but it’s the sort of cool science stuff we (and probably you too) can’t get enough of.At the end of the video one of the most interesting fast is revealed. We all know that fire move upwards because of gravity, but what would happen in the absence of gravity? Check out the images below of flames burning in microgravity–they lack the teardrop shape we expect to see in a burning flame and simply radiate outward from the center point.Here is another amazing image of a flame burning in microgravity:And yes, I noticed that “Minute” Physics is sneaking in 1.5 minute videos. Try to look past that because these guys are doing really good work. Plus they can draw quite well.[Image via wikipedia]last_img read more

Supreme Court clears the way for extradition of Wicklow man accused of

first_img Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 6:18 PM By Aodhan O Faolain The Silk Road website. Image: File The Silk Road website. Updated Jun 27th 2018, 6:18 PM THE SUPREME COURT has cleared the way for the extradition to the United States of a Wicklow man, alleged to be an administrator of the Silk Road website which dealt with illegal drugs and hacking software.Gary Davis of Johnstown Court, Kilpedder, Co Wicklow will now face trial in the US on charges including conspiracy to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering.He had opposed his extradition on grounds including that he suffers from a form of autism known as Asperger’s Syndrome.  If convicted in the US, Davis could receive a life sentence.This morning, in what was a unanimous decision, the five-judge court comprised of Justice Donal O’Donnell, Justice William McKechnie, Justice John MacMenamin, Justice Elizabeth Dunne and Justice Iseult O’Malley dismissed his appeal aimed at preventing his extradition to the US.Giving the court’s decision Justice McKechnie said the court was satisfied that Davis had not established that there was a real risk that his fundamental rights would be infringed if extradited to the US.The court had been asked to consider several points of general public importance including in the context of an extradition hearing if the state is constitutionally obliged to protect vulnerable persons suffering from mental illness, and in what circumstances under that duty should an extradition request be refused.It was also asked that if Davis’s condition was so severe that he should not be extradited to the US.State obligationsThe judge said there is a constitutional obligation on the State to protect all persons in the context of an extradition application, and not just those suffering from mental illnesses.It was for the person whose extradition is sought to establish that there are substantive grounds for believing that if extradited there is a real risk of being subjected to degrading behaviour.Having reviewed all the evidence Davis had not demonstrated such a risk.The judge said Davis’ case differed from a UK decision where a British Court had refused to extradite Lauri Love who was wanted in the US to stand trial for a series of alleged cyber attacks.The court said that in the case of Love, who also suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, the evidence was much stronger in regards to the effect on his mental health and the risk of suicide if extradited.This contrasted to Davis’ case where there had been an absence of evidence that Davis had undergone treatment or counselling in regards to his depression or anxiety nor attending at specialists for therapy for his Asperger’s Syndrome.The judge added that Davis had failed to show any error in law made by the High Court in this case.Davis was present in court for the decision.ReferralThe court granted his lawyers a 48-hour stay on his surrender to allow his lawyers to advise him on the judgement and to consider a possible referral of the case to the European Court of Human Rights.Members of his family were visibly upset after the court delivered its judgment.Davis’ extradition was ordered by the High Court 2016 and in March 2017 his appeal against that order was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.Davis claimed that if extradited he will be detained in an inhumane and degrading manner in a US detention centre and in breach of his rights under the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights to bodily integrity and his right to life.It was also claimed there was evidence that Davis’ mental condition would deteriorate, including that he may become suicidal if held at a US facility where he would have no assurances about what treatment would be available to him.Mental healthIf detained in the US for a lengthy period Davis, who has a high dependency on his family, would very limited access to his family members.Given his condition, this would also have a detrimental effect on Davis’ mental health it was also argued.The Attorney General opposed the appeal and argued there is nothing to prevent Davis’ extradition to the US, which was sought in 2014.The US authorities claim Davis was an administrator of the Silk Road website using the pseudonym Libertas between June 2013 and October 2013. Davis had an “explicit knowledge of the items for sale on the website” they also allege.The website is said to have facilitated the sale of illicit drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth and hacking software.Launched in 2011 it was run by American Ross William Ulbricht under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR).It offered anonymity to its users and trades were conducted in bitcoins. Ulbricht was arrested and charged following an investigation by the US authorities and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.Davis’ alleged involvement was identified from information extracted from Ulbricht’s computers following his arrest by the FBI. 25,835 Views No Comments Share8 Tweet Email center_img Image: File Supreme Court clears the way for extradition of Wicklow man accused of helping run Silk Road website Gary Davis will now face trial in the US on charges including conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Jun 27th 2018, 1:46 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4094938 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

This Is The BicycleElevator Hybrid Youve Been Waiting For

first_imgLarriba’s prototype is fitted with counterweights, so you’re only working against the weight of your own body. She left the bicycle’s gearing intact, too, so you can customize your ride. You can work up a sweat and climb quickly or take it easy and glide up and down at a nice, leisurely pace.Those of you who work or live in a multi-storey building, what do you think? Would you like to be able to pedal your way from floor to floor on a Vycle?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Want to move from floor to floor in a building under your own power? You can take the stairs or maybe climb a ladder in some cases. Some day soon, you may even be able to pedal yourself up and down.This is Vycle, a human-powered elevator shown off recently by Elena Larriba at the Royal College of Art’s exhibition. It’s a sort of missing link in the urban movement chain. When you move horizontally, you can walk, you can power a vehicle (like a bike or skateboard) or use a vehicle with its own power source.Vertically, your options are a bit more limited. You can take the stairs or maybe climb a ladder, or an elevator or escalator will do the moving for you. That’s where Vycle fits in.Take a bicycle. Lose the wheels, weld the stem tube in place so the handlebars don’t turn, and rig the rear sprocket up to a good long length of chain. Mount tracks on the wall you need to ascend, pop the frankenbike onto the rails, and you’ve got Vycle. This one’s a one-seater, but surely a tandem model is possible.last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez wants Manchester United to sign more players

first_imgManchester United will have to secure the services of more players who are as great as Arturo Vidal’s if the club wants to compete for trophies this season, says Chilean Alexis Sanchez.Even though United have signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and Diogo Dalot from Porto, Sanchez believes more big signings are still needed.In the same, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hopes to bolster his defensive ranks before summer transfer Deadline Day on Thursday as Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng could be on their way to Old Trafford.“At United we have to sign big players, with experience,” Sanchez told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile.“He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.“From what I’ve seen in training, Fred is a player who always wants to get forward, he is always trying to get forward and from a personal point of view I think we’ll be able to combine well and it will be good for my game.”last_img read more

BT presenter cancels show after contestant collapse

first_imgBT Sports presenter Mark Pougatch announced the cancellation of the results of Friday night’s sports score after Glenn Hoddle collapsed.The former England footballer was one of the contestants but suffered a shock heart attack which led to him being rushed to the hospital.“Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to bring you a programme this afternoon,” Pougatch said, according to the Daily Mail.“Earlier today, I’m sad to say, Glenn Hoddle was taken ill. He’s gone to hospital where he’s receiving the best possible care and attention. It goes without saying all of our thoughts, and I know all the best wishes of football fans around the world, are with Glenn and his family.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Before suffering the heart attack, one of the other contestants, Steve Sidwell posted a video of the match on Instagram on which he can be heard saying: “Look at this fella [Hoddle] here. You never lose it. You never lose it, Glenn.”Former Tottenham shot-stopper Ray Clemence urged Hoddle to ‘stay strong’ and Chris Waddle, another of Hoddle’s former teammate with England, said: “Get well soon, Glenn. Our thoughts are with you.”Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton also wrote on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers for Glenn Hoddle and his family after he was taken ill today.”last_img read more

Downtown shelter for asylumseeking families opens

first_img March 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- KUSI has learned that a downtown shelter for asylum-seeking immigrant families has officially opened its doors but not without imposing constrictions on media coverage.KUSI’s John Soderman joins us live from downtown with the story. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:52 PM Related story: https://bit.ly/2NtFmqt Posted: March 6, 2019 Downtown shelter for asylum-seeking families opens Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Economist Taps New Publisher and COO People on the Move

first_imgMeredith Corp. has tapped Karla Partilla as the new publisher of Allrecipes. Partilla arrives from marketing platform LiveIntent, where she was VP of strategic sales. She’ll report to Carey Witmer, who heads up the recently expanded Meredith Food Group. Partilla succeeds Mark Josephson, who was promoted last month to group publisher of The Magnolia Journal, Midwest Living, and Parents, among others.Kiplinger named Sarah Stevens its new VP of content, heading up editorial operations across the company’s various brands. She’ll report to editor-in-chief and president, Knight Kiplinger, serving as a successor to chief content officer Kevin McCormally, who retired last month. Stevens arrives from Wolters Kluwer, where she spent the last five years as a director in the company’s federal tax division. Prior to that, Stevens spent two decades at Bloomberg BNA.Esquire deputy editor John Hendrickson is joining Rolling Stone as political news editor.Sarah Olin has joined Glamour as art director. Olin returns to Condé Nast from Hearst Magazines, where she spent spent the last two years as deputy art director for Cosmopolitan. Before that, Olin had been senior designer for Details.Megan Swiatkowski, formerly senior communications specialist at Politico, is joining Axios as associate director of communications. Michael BruntThe Economist Group revealed a new business-side structure today, combining its sales and circulation teams under chief marketing officer Michael Brunt, who has been promoted to COO and publisher of the London-based weekly.In the new role, Brunt will continue to lead the circulation division—which the company adds is now its most profitable business—while taking on oversight of sales, marketing solutions, events, and analytics. Brunt, who has been with the company since 2006, rose to CMO and managing director of circulation in 2013. Since then, he’s reshaped the company’s circulation strategy, focusing on low-cost introductory print and digital subscriptions aimed at nurturing new readers to become paying customers.“The publisher team combines the strongest part of our business to ensure that we are creating the best products and services for our readers as well as our clients,” said CEO Chris Stibbs. “Michael’s success in transforming The Economist‘s circulation division makes him perfectly suited to lead the new publisher team.”Read our April, 2017 story for more on Brunt’s circulation strategy.Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…last_img read more

Mount Everest region bans singleuse plastic

first_imgKATHMANDU: Single-use plastics have been banned in the Everest region to reduce the vast amounts of the waste left by trekkers and mountaineers, Nepali authorities said Thursday. In addition to seeing a record number of climbers this year, a government-led cleaning initiative on Everest, the world’s highest mountain, also collected over 10 tonnes of trash. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The new ban in Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, home to Mount Everest and several other snow-capped mountains, covers all plastic of less than 30 microns in thickness as well as drinks in plastic bottles and will be effective from January. “If we start now, it will help keep our region, the Everest and the mountains clean long term,” local official Ganesh Ghimire told AFP. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The region receives over 50,000 tourists every year, including climbers and trekkers. The local body will work with trekking companies, airlines and the Nepal Mountaineering Association to enforce the ban, though no penalty has yet been decided for violation. Environmentalists are also concerned that the pollution on Everest is affecting water sources down in the valley. Advertise With Us Six years ago, Nepal introduced a USD 4,000 deposit per team of climbers on Everest that would be refunded if each climber brought down at least eight kilos (18 pounds) of waste, but only half of the climbers return with the required amount. Melting glaciers caused by global warming are now exposing bodies and litter that have accumulated on the mountain since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first successful summit 66 years ago. This year’s climbing season saw a record 885 people summit Everest, 644 of them from the south and 241 from the northern flank in Tibet. This, combined with poor weather and the inexperience of some of the climbers, contributed to a deadly season in which 11 people died. Last week a government committee recommended that climbers scale another Nepal mountain of at least 6,500 metres (21,325 feet) before being given permission to attempt Everest. It also proposed a fee of at least USD 35,000 for Everest and USD 20,000 for other mountains over 8,000 metres. Currently, permits for Everest cost USD 11,000.last_img read more

Street campaign or election BNP in a fix

first_imgMain opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are yet to decide on how to better contest the next general elections or wage a movement for creating conducive atmosphere for fair ballot, said party insiders.The rank and file of the party as well as its senior leaders are in a fix about determining their political course largely because of the absence of the two key leaders of the party—BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, now in jail, and senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, staying in London, said party insiders.Influential segments of the party grassroots commonly believe there is no alternative to launching tough agitation to force the authorities to free Khaleda.And, they insist, the party should in no way join the general elections without having the former prime minister by their side as a free person.Such recommendations came from some of the grassroots leaders the BNP policymakers had meeting with in recent times. Some critical observations and suggestions were also made in such meetings.Some sources in the party say the grassroots leaders signalled a note of caution about the leaders who prefer social media-based movement and suddenly go abroad at critical moments.They strongly recommended that a national unity should be forged by uniting left-leaning and rightist parties to compel the government to hold a free, unbiased and fair election.However, the BNP high command will be trying to know further the grassroots’ views and suggestions in the coming days.The BNP standing committee had arranged a meeting at the BNP chairperson’s office in Gulshan last week, with the district-level leaders where the latter shared their views and proposals.Party insiders made a broad hint that the BNP policymakers might convene an extended meeting of 501-member central executive committee after Eid-ul-Azha, seeking their feedbacks and suggestions.The ultimate course of action for the principal opposition before the next parliamentary polls would be finalised once all the leaders including the grassroots’, come up with their views and recommendations.The next 11th parliamentary polls is scheduled to be held by the third week of January 2019 under Sheikh Hasina-led government, but the ruling Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, said the next polls would be held in December next.The grassroots leaders in general are in favour of taking up quick action programmes to free Khaleda and contest an election where the party can see its popularity reflected properly.“We made a summary of the views and proposals forwarded by the district-level leaders in the meeting. We will discuss about it in the standing committee’s meeting within a few days,” BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan told Prothom Alo.Asked about grassroots recommendations for waging a movement for Khaleda Zia’s release, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “We’ve had important discussions with the district-level leaders about overall political situation. We’re trying to arrange a meeting of the executive committee after Eid.”The Eid-ul Azha might be celebrated on 22 August.Party insiders said the current BNP leadership in Dhaka wants to take any decision following proper consultation with leaders of different levels since the party chief is in jail and the second topmost leader, Tarique Rahman, is in exile.Political scientist Emajuddin Ahamed said, “The BNP’s standing committee will decide on whether the party will participate in the elections or go ahead with a movement. It seems that the committee will come to a decision after discussing the views and proposals coming from grassroots leaders with Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman. We will see them in October.”*This article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more