Lalu Prasad awaits verdict in another fodder scam case

first_imgA special CBI court is likely to pronounce its verdict in another fodder scam case on Wednesday in which 56 persons are accused, including Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra.The fodder scam case, RC 68(A) / 1996 pertained to the fraudulent of ₹33.67 crore from Chaibasa (now in Jharkhand) district treasury during 1992-93.Out of the total 76 accused in the case, 14 have died during the trial, three became approvers, two pleaded guilty while one is absconding. Of the 56 facing trial, six are politicians, three former IAS officers, six animal husbandry department officials, a treasury official and 40 suppliers to the department.The court of special CBI judge SS Prasad is likely to pronounce its judgment on Wednesday, said CBI counsel BMP Singh.Prasad is currently lodged in the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi after being convicted for 3.5 years in RC 64(A) / 96 on December 23, 2017. The case pertained to the Deoghar treasury.The quantum of judgment was pronounced on January 6, 2018 in the case by the CBI special judge Shiv Pal Singh. Prasad has appealed to the Ranchi High Court against his conviction in the case.Earlier, Prasad’s first conviction in another case of the fodder scam on September 30, 2013 for five years had barred him from contesting elections for a period of six years. Later, he got bail from a higher court in the case.Prasad is facing trial in a total of six fodder scam cases.last_img read more

Matuidi: Mbappe can win Ballon d’Or

first_imgFrance and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has everything to eventually win the Ballon d’Or, according to Blaise Matuidi.Mbappe, 19, is among the nominees for this year’s award, although the attacker is not considered as one of the favourites.However, Matuidi believes the teenager – who helped PSG win a treble last season and was named the best young player as France claimed the World Cup – will win the coveted individual prize one day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He’s among the nominees so he can win. He’s shown that he is a great player despite his young age,” he told a news conference.”What he shows on the pitch is very impressive. We also see it in training. We are very happy to work with him.”I’m not going to give favourites because I don’t want to have enemies in the group. May the best man win.”But Mbappe has everything to win the Ballon d’Or this year or in the future.”#FridayFeeling  pic.twitter.com/Cc3dliWk7H— French Team  (@FrenchTeam) October 12, 2018Raphael Varane, also a key part of France’s World Cup-winning squad, enjoyed a fine year which included helping Real Madrid secure another Champions League title.Matuidi, whose team are preparing to face Germany in the Nations League on Tuesday, lauded the 25-year-old centre-back as one of the world’s best defenders.”Raphael had a great season. He won the Champions League. He is a world champion. That’s good for him,” he said.”He is one of the [Ballon d’Or] nominees. If he’s nominated, it’s because he deserves it. Currently, he is one of the best defenders in the world or perhaps the best if we look at his performances in the few seasons. But there are other great defenders.”Anyway, he’s had a great career, even if it’s far from the end. He’s still young. He has already won a lot, but he still has time to win even more – especially with the national team.”last_img read more

Report: Atletico Madrid 1 Qarabag 1

first_imgAtletico Madrid 1 Qarabag 1: Rojiblancos denied again by 10 men Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 05:45 11/1/17 Antoine Griezmann - cropped Getty Images Thomas Partey cancelled out a shock first-half opener from Qarabag but Atletico Madrid lacked the cutting edge to claim a much-needed win. Atletico Madrid are on the brink of an early exit from the Champions League after 10-man Qarabag battled to a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.Thomas Partey’s second-half equaliser and the 59th-minute dismissal of Pedro Henrique was not enough to keep the Azerbaijani outfit from holding the LaLiga heavyweights to another stalemate.Qarabag also defied a numerical disadvantage to register their first ever point in the competition when the teams met two weeks ago, although both sides finished with 10 men here as Stefan Savic received his marching orders for a second yellow in the closing stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The visitors looked set to take an easier route to a new slice of history when Spanish midfielder Michel headed them into a 1-0 lead at half-time.Thomas responded with a spectacular equaliser in the 56th minute and Henrique’s sending off for a high boot on Diego Godin appeared to be the help Atletico needed to close the gap on second-placed Chelsea.Instead, they were yet again frustrated by the underdogs and will need maximum points, and favours elsewhere, to have a chance of progressing to the knockout stages.Full Time: Atletico de Madrid – QarabağCongratulations boys! #AtletiQarabag #UCL pic.twitter.com/s7XzRZzzRp— Qarabağ FK English (@FKQarabaghEN) October 31, 2017Eager to avoid the frustration of their previous meeting, Atletico immediately got on the front foot as Ibrahim Sehic was forced to parry away Antoine Griezmann’s well-struck volley from the edge of the area.The hosts produced an even better move in the 15th minute when Kevin Gameiro was freed by Angel Correa’s backheel, only for a heavy touch to allow Sehic to smother.Gameiro screwed his next shot across the face of goal and a stretching Godin headed over the bar as opportunities continued to go begging.Jan Oblak was not allowed to relax at the other end, though, with the Slovenian getting down low to his left to deny Pedro Henrique.But there was little the goalkeeper could do to prevent Qarabag from snatching a shock lead, the Azerbaijani champions rewarded for possession and perseverance as Michel emphatically headed in Wilde-Donald Guerrier’s corner.7 – Atletico have conceded more headed goals than any other La Liga side this season in all competitions. Strange. pic.twitter.com/7sz42YeQUh— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 31, 2017 Gameiro was guilty of wasting another good chance immediately after the restart, the France striker unable to readjust when Sehic pushed Correa’s shot into his path.But just moments after Savic’s goal-line clearance rescued them from going two goals behind, Atletico were level.Griezmann flicked the ball into Thomas’ path and, from the right edge of the area, the Ghana international curled a stunning effort into the top-right corner.And the visitors’ hopes of more Champions League history took another blow when Pedro Henrique was shown a straight red for a high boot to Godin’s face.Saul Niguez next saw a header nodded off the line by Rasad Sadiqov, before Filipe Luis shot wide at the end of a classy team move.Diego Simeone’s side repeatedly knocked on the door over the final half hour and came closest to a dramatic winner when a stunning Sehic save denied substitute Nicolas Gaitan and left them four points adrift of Chelsea in Group C.Their hopes of climbing above either the Blues or Roma were further affected by a late dismissal of defender Savic, who was shown a second yellow for his high challenge on Qara Qarayev. Key Opta stats:- Atletico Madrid have drawn three home games in a row for the first time under Diego Simeone (all competitions).- Thomas Partey has become the first African player to score for Atletico in Champions League.- Atletico attempted 35 shots against Qarabag, their highest total in a game this season and their highest total in a CL game (since 2003-04).- Jan Oblak has equaled Zlatko Zahovic as the Slovenian player with the most appearances in the Champions league (32 apiece). read morelast_img read more

Elite OL Greg Crippen Makes Big Notre Dame Announcement

first_imgNotre Dame players huddling up.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: Members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish get ready during warm-ups to play the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame is currently in the process of adding new talent for its 2020 recruiting class, but it turns out the program is adding an elite 2021 prospect as well. IMG Academy offensive guard Greg Crippen will commit to the Fighting Irish.Alabama, Boston College, and Michigan were all in pursuit of his services. Brian Kelly and Notre Dame have shown an ability to coach offensive linemen to the best of their ability.Two of the top rookies from this past NFL season played were offensive linemen for the Fighting Irish in Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey.Crippen can obviously change his decision over the next year since he won’t play college football until 2021. However, the Florida native sounds pretty ecstatic about his decision.Not only is Crippen confident in his decision, he also believes Notre Dame will provide him great opportunities away from the gridiron.From 247Sports:“I’m excited,” said Crippen. “It feels great being committed to somewhere like Notre Dame. I’m very excited.”“Academics,” said Crippen, when asked what separated Notre Dame from the rest. “They pride themselves on helping you and getting you through your life and getting you to be successful.”The Fighting Irish have the No. 6 recruiting class for 2021, per 247Sports.With Crippen joining the mix for Notre Dame, he could potentially block for fellow commit Tyler Buchner. The pro-style quarterback is a four-star recruit and among the best at his position.last_img read more

NYK and JMU Plan Big Data Research on 14,000 TEU Boxships

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Nippon Tussen Kaisha (NYK), the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) and Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) have agreed on conducting a joint research on a series of 14,000 TEU boxships, including the new NYK Blue Jay.Specifically, NYK has been given permission to provide technological advice to JMU from the shipbuilding stage by accumulating and analyzing operational Big Data from the vessel and sending the results back to JMU.According to the shipping company, NYK’s staff has been able to use Ship Information Management System 2 (SIMS2) developed by the MTI to utilize various onboard data monitored by both onboard crew and land-based operation staff. Under the project, Big Data acquired in the future research project will be accumulated at a ship data center established by ClassNK in December 2015.NYK and JMU defined the objectives of the joint research and they include the contribution to energy savings by analyzing propulsion performance, pursuit of safety by monitoring hull stress and prevention of serious engine plant accidents.Benefits of Big Data utilization can be seen in reducing repair costs and time-loss due to engine troubles, and in proposing optimal vessel types by combining port and cargo information.last_img read more

Commerzbank Reduces Shipping Loans by USD 27 Bn

first_imgzoom Germany’s financial services company Commerzbank continued with its efforts to dispose of bad shipping loans in 2017. The bank said its ship finance portfolio was reduced from EUR 4.8 billion (USD 5.9 billion) to EUR 2.6 billion (USD 3.2 billion) during the previous year.Only in the first nine months of 2017, the bank’s shipping portfolio was reduced by more than 30 percent to EUR 3.3 billion, in line with its plan to get rid of non-performing shipping loans. In its Q3 results, Commerzbank said it was on track for a year-end target of around EUR 3 billion.As explained, Commerzbank’s run-down segment benefited from the accelerated reduction of the ship finance portfolio.The bank recorded a slight decrease in its operating profit which dropped to EUR 1,303 million in 2017 from EUR 1,399 million in 2016.Revenues excluding exceptional items rose to EUR 8.61 billion in 2017 from EUR 8.57 billion reported a year earlier.In addition, loan loss provisions stood at EUR 781 million in 2017, against EUR 900 million seen in 2016.“In 2017 we invested in growth, digitalisation and regulation, while keeping our costs stable,” Stephan Engels, Chief Financial Officer of Commerzbank, said.“The revaluation of our ship finance portfolio under IFRS 9 will minimise future burdens and has resulted in a CET 1 ratio of around 13.3 percent at the beginning of 2018. This gives us room for further investments in growth and for driving the digitalisation of the Bank forward,” Engels added.last_img read more

Titanic Fatality Reports Passenger Lists Diary Now Online

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Archives is making significant records related to the Titanic available online to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. For the first time, the public will be able to access a complete set of fatality reports and passenger lists and a seaman’s diary via the archives’ online RMS Titanic Resource Guide. “Halifax’s central role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster is clearly reflected in the archives’ online resource,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Having this material online allows Nova Scotians and Titanic researchers around the world to access these important records.” In the days immediately following the loss of the Titanic, the fatality reports were created for 328 people whose bodies were recovered at the site of the disaster. As the bodies were retrieved, documentation was necessary to record distinguishing physical characteristics and to keep track of personal papers, clothing and other items. The objective was to identify each person and then ensure that next-of-kin were contacted and the body and effects delivered to them. Fatality reports can be found for well-known passengers such as John Jacob Astor and Sidney Leslie Goodwin, formerly referred to as the unknown child. “The Titanic fatality reports speak volumes about those whose bodies were brought back to Halifax,” said Lois Yorke, provincial archivist. “From third-class passengers to millionaires, these reports document their lives through what they had on their person that fateful night.” Another addition to the website is a short diary belonging to Clifford Crease, a crew member on the Mackay-Bennett, one of the ships that helped in retrieving bodies at the wreck site . The diary details the difficult task assigned to the crew of the ship. Mr. Crease, only 24 at the time, recorded each day’s work in neat handwriting, commenting on the number of people pulled from the ocean and the burials held at sea. Also available online are first and second class passenger lists for Titanic’s first and final voyage. These lists are invaluable as a permanent record of who was on board, and for the information they provide about accommodations and services available to passengers. These items are in addition to photos, records, a definitive list of bodies brought to Halifax, and a collection of British newsmagazines, all relating to the loss of the Titanic and already available on the Archives’ website. The RMS Titanic Resource guide can be found online at http://gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/titanic . Nova Scotia Archives acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

Human rights in China going in negative direction internal federal report

first_imgOTTAWA – Respect for human rights in China has declined over the past two years with crackdowns on media and political dissent being notable problems, says an internal Canadian government report.The candid assessment is detailed in the most recent human rights report on China, completed in January by Global Affairs Canada.“While there have been some positive developments in the past two years … the overall trend for human rights continues in a decidedly negative direction,” says the report, a copy of which The Canadian Press obtained under Access to Information.The Trudeau government has said publicly that it will not shy away from discussing human rights with China, but the report goes beyond generalities, detailing the specifics of why the government sees a rollback on rights.The report comes as Canada and China continue exploratory talks towards a possible free trade agreement.Canada and China disagree over the role of human rights in any future trade deal: Canada says the issue is linked to economic engagement, while China says there is absolutely no connection.In a recent interview with The Canadian Press, China’s ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye blamed an ill-informed Canadian news media for forcing the issue onto the public agenda.Lu said Canadian politicians sometimes have to “bow before media” and he advocated the approach of his country’s ruling Communist party as an efficient way to deal with the media, which he said was “to lead and mobilize people for a common cause.”However, the government’s internal rights assessment on China details specific concerns based on its own research and analysis, including threats to freedom of expression.“In March 2016, President Xi Jinping toured major Chinese television news outlets telling journalists that the media must serve the Party and follow the Party’s leadership,” the report states.“Sina and Tencent (two of China’s largest internet companies) were ordered to no longer publish original news content, effectively permitting only state media to do so.”It cites a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists that says 49 journalists and online writers were in Chinese jails as of December, the highest number in the world.It also cites an annual survey of China’s foreign correspondents that found more than half of the 100-plus respondents said they “had personally been subjected to some form of interference, harassment or violence.” Journalists said “the overall climate for reporting has deteriorated.”It notes the expulsion of a French journalist in December for publishing an article “critical of Chinese policies,” and notes that before foreign journalists can renew their credentials they must be interviewed by the police or the “Public Security Bureau” as well as the foreign ministry.The report cites concerns over political and religious freedom.While China’s constitution allows for anyone to run for election, “in practice” the candidates must be approved by the Communist party, the report says.Similarly, constitutional provisions ensuring freedom of religion have not led to a guaranteed right of expression, with reports of churches being demolished and crosses being taken down “under the pretext of removing ‘illegal structures’ that do not comply with zoning and building codes.”The report cites positive developments such as a reduction in the number of crimes where the death penalty can be imposed and China’s first domestic abuse law, which included consultations with other countries, including Canada.The report says that although statistics on the death penalty are a state secret in China, experts say its use has decreased from 10,000 annual executions a decade ago to about 4,000 in recent years.The report says that while the human rights situation in Hong Kong is “generally good,” the disappearance of some booksellers in 2015-16 has created “growing concern over erosion of press and academic freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of association and the future integrity of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy.”In June 2016, the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi berated a Canadian reporter at a press conference in Ottawa for asking a question about human rights, which included reference to the missing Hong Kong booksellers.last_img read more

Plane crash in Belgium kills 11

first_imgBRUSSELS- The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, in south-east Belgium.A small tourist plane carrying parachutists crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing 11 people aboard.The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, 75 kilometers from south-east Belgium.Mayor of the nearby town of Fernelmont, Jean-Claude Nihoul said 10 parachutists and one pilot were killed in the plane crash.Eyewitnesses said the plane lost a wing and hit the ground. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said he shared the sorrow with the families of the victims.last_img

ADP survey US businesses added 200000 jobs this month June hiring revised

ADP survey: US businesses added 200,000 jobs this month; June hiring revised higher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 8:32 am MDT WASHINGTON – A private survey shows U.S. businesses created a healthy 200,000 jobs this month.The payroll company ADP said Wednesday that companies hired in July at the fastest pace since December. And it revised up its estimate of the number of jobs the private sector created in June from 188,000 to 198,000.Professional and businesses services companies added 49,000 jobs this month, construction companies 22,000. But manufacturers shed 5,000.Small businesses — those with fewer than 50 employees — added 82,000 jobs.“Job growth is consistently good — solid across industries,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist with Moody’s Analytics, which compiled the jobs report for ADP.The healthy hiring suggests that the economy is handling tax cuts that took effect in January and federal spending cuts that began in March “more gracefully than I expected,” Zandi said.He noted that the drop in manufacturing jobs probably reflected cuts by defence contractors pinched by a tighter federal budget. A weak global economy has also hurt U.S. exporters.The ADP report is derived from payroll data and tracks private employment. It does not report government hiring.ADP’s survey has diverged at times from the U.S. Labor Department’s more comprehensive monthly jobs report. The department’s employment report for July will be released Friday. It’s expected to show that the economy added 183,000 jobs in July after adding 195,000 in June, according to a survey of economists by FactSet.“The picture for the US labour market seems to have improved in the past couple of months or so,” Annalisa Piazza, an economist at Newedge Strategy, said in a research note.Zandi cautioned that recent job growth has come disproportionately in lower-paying businesses such as retailers, hotels and restaurants. read more

Report Children as young as 7 working on US tobacco farms under

RICHMOND, Va. – You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.The Human Rights Watch report details findings from interviews with more than 140 children working on farms in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, where a majority of the country’s tobacco is grown. The group acknowledges that most of what it documented is legal under U.S. law but aims to highlight the practice and urge both governments and tobacco companies to take further steps to protect children from the hazardous harvesting of the cash crop that has built businesses, funded cities and influenced cultures.“The U.S. has failed America’s families by not meaningfully protecting child farmworkers from dangers to their health and safety, including on tobacco farms,” said Margaret Wurth, children’s rights researcher and co-author of the report. “Farming is hard work anyway, but children working on tobacco farms get so sick that they throw up, get covered by pesticides and have no real protective gear.”Children interviewed by the group in 2012 and 2013 reported vomiting, nausea and headaches while working on tobacco farms. The symptoms they reported are consistent with nicotine poisoning often called Green Tobacco Sickness, which occurs when workers absorb nicotine through their skin while handling tobacco plants.The children also said they worked long hours — often in extreme heat — without overtime pay or sufficient breaks and wore no, or inadequate, protective gear.According to the report, U.S. agriculture labour laws allow children to work longer hours at younger ages and in more hazardous conditions than children in any other industry. With their parent’s permission, children as young as 12 can be hired for unlimited hours outside of school hours on a farm of any size. And there’s no minimum age for children to work on small farms.In 2011, the Labor Department proposed changes that would have prohibited children under 16 from working on tobacco farms, but they were withdrawn in 2012.Human Rights Watch met with many of the world’s biggest cigarette makers and tobacco suppliers to discuss its findings and encourage them to adopt or strengthen policies to prevent the practices in their supply chains.The companies are concerned about child labour in their supply chains and have developed standards, including requiring growers to provide a safe work environment and adhere to child labour laws, the group said.“The conditions are inhumane and they should improve them,” said 17-year-old Erick Garcia, of Kinston, North Carolina, who has been working in tobacco field since he was 11 to help his family earn more money.Additionally, Garcia said kids should primarily focus on school and shouldn’t be in the fields: “That’s not a place for children,” he said.Republican Kentucky state Sen. Paul Hornback, who has worked in tobacco fields since he was 10 and now farms about 100 acres of tobacco in Shelby County, Kentucky, said while he adheres to federal regulations to keep his workers safe, he doesn’t believe further restrictions are needed.“People get pretty extreme about trying to protect everybody from everything,” Hornback said. “It’s hard manual labour, but there’s nothing wrong with hard manual labour.” FILE – Farm workers make their way across a field shrouded in fog as they hoe weeds from a burley tobacco crop near Warsaw, Ky., early in this Thursday, July 10, 2008 file photo. You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday May 14, 2014 by Human Rights Watch. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2014 11:32 pm MDT Report: Children as young as 7 working on US tobacco farms under often hazardous conditions read more

Court hears protesters outcry over climate change prompted pipeline lawsuit

VANCOUVER – Environmental activists blockading Kinder Morgan’s oil pipeline expansion through Metro Vancouver have been targeted by the energy giant for speaking out against climate change, a defence lawyer told B.C. Supreme Court.But the protesters have a fundamental right to freely express their views within the conservation area of Burnaby Mountain, where they’ve prevented employees of subsidiary Trans Mountain from conducting survey work, said lawyer Jason Gratl.“The purpose of this lawsuit is to stop the expressive activities of my clients,” he told Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen on Friday in defence of two protesters. “The plaintiffs consider my clients to be political leaders in marshalling expression against their project.”Mia Nissen and Adam Gold are named with Simon Fraser University professors’ Stephen Collis and Lynne Quarmby, and Alan Dutton, who leads the Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, in two legal actions launched by Kinder Morgan.Company lawyers have argued for an injunction to dismantle around-the-clock encampments at two bore hole sites and a nearby park in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver.The group, calling itself the Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain, is also the subject of a multimillion dollar civil lawsuit over claims of trespass, assault and intimidation against the workers.Pipeline builder Trans Mountain was granted approval by the National Energy Board to assess a prospective underground route for the $5.4-billion tripling of an existing crude oil passage from Alberta to B.C. for export. On Friday, the City of Burnaby asked the federal court to expedite its own appeal of the NEB’s decision.Gratl told the judge that he wasn’t asking him “to adjudicate on global climate change,” but instead recognize the “life-and-death struggle for continued existence” was crucial in the context of the drama that heightened on the mountainside in late October.The company contends activists have organized a conspiracy to harm Kinder Morgan, alleging profanity, blasting a bullhorn near workers’ ears and projecting menacing facial expressions that constitute assault. The nefarious expression argument by company lawyers swiftly prompted a social-media trend in which people posted photographs of mock snarls and bemused scowls.Court heard Gratl’s clients Nissen and Gold have a “deep and abiding interest” in climate change issues, which have been amplified because the NEB has refused to scrutinize whether the company’s actions could play a role in the global phenomenon.The lawyer proceeded to give evidence of two instances of Kinder Morgan’s damaging environmental history. He cited a 2007 accident where city crews struck the existing pipeline, causing oil to rain down upon a Burnaby, B.C., neighbourhood, and a pipeline rupture in California in 2004 that killed five workers.He then described actions by his protesting clients that stopped the Trans Mountain employees from carrying out their field studies, including profanity-laced shouting.“When my client Mia Nissen says ‘Kinder Morgan, you’ve got blood on your hands,’ that is because, my lord, Kinder Morgan does have blood on its hands,” Gratl said. “That is not coming out of nowhere, it is not hyperbolic. It is pretty accurate, even if a merciless expression of the reality.”He also referenced photo and video footage showing the accusation that Gold was directing his megaphone directly into a worker’s ears. The photo shows the tree faller donning thick hearing protection, he said.“Which in many senses is a fine metaphor for what’s going on,” Gratl said, eliciting applause from the gallery, which has been packed with supporters throughout the proceedings.“Falling on deaf ears,” quipped one man in attendance. A clear, protecting shield in the high-security courtroom stops the judge and lawyers from hearing remarks from the gallery.Gratl then announced he was asking Cullen to fully dismiss the civil suit against his clients.“If somebody brought a claim to this court that consisted of that little outtake, that would be an abuse of this court,” he said.Swearing is also not wrongful behaviour, he said, adding “the F-bomb is just not illegal.”Kinder Morgan lawyer Bill Kaplan later told court the protesters’ lawyers had “sullied” the concept of freedom of expression.“These defendants have a right to express themselves and they have a right to assemble,” he said in his reply. “This isn’t about free expression. This is about the imposition of these defendants’ view of the world on others through the engagement of tortious behaviour.”Police have made two arrests at the camp since it began in early September, a lawyer for the RCMP told the court. A man who chained himself under a vehicle will not be charged, while another man faces charges of obstructing a police officer.Cullen reserved his decision until Nov. 17. The protesters named in the suit said they would speak to their lawyer before deciding whether to return to the mountain, even as a handful of others continue the vigil.Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Court hears protesters’ outcry over climate change prompted pipeline lawsuit by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 1:46 pm MDT read more

Ohio State womens volleyball ready for homestand against Indiana and Purdue

Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) serves the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerA change in mindset might alter the fortunes of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team this weekend.After dropping eight straight Big Ten matches, junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said the Buckeyes have a new focus point going into their next match.“This new thing we want to do is (win) five points at a time, so five sets of five in each game,” she said.Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the new outlook can help keep the team from looking too far ahead.“Kind of keeping the game in sight, not thinking about 25 (the number of points needed to win a set) automatically,” she said. “Thinking about first to five, first to 10 (instead).”OSU is scheduled to embrace this new philosophy as the team returns to St. John Arena this weekend to host Indiana at 7 p.m. Friday before welcoming No. 14 Purdue at the same time Saturday.The Hoosiers are one of only two Big Ten teams OSU has bested this season, along with Michigan, and also represent the Buckeyes’ most recent Big Ten victory.Since beating Indiana in five sets Oct. 5 in Bloomington, Ind., OSU has not won a match. Most recently, the Buckeyes lost to then-No. 14 Michigan State Nov. 1, before dropping a 3-2 decision at No. 17 Michigan Nov. 2.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary, who tallied a career-high 31 kills against the Wolverines, said there are still positives to take from the loss.“There’s a lot we can take from that game, I think we played really well,” she said. “We battled the whole game.”Leary said the team is getting close to a breakthrough.“Our team played well, so we’re getting closer to that win that we need,” she said. “(We’ll) just work really hard this week to get that ‘W’ this weekend.”Junior setter Taylor Sherwin agreed there can be positives taken from the losses in Michigan, but added there is room for growth going forward.“We just keep growing as a team and keep staying together and fighting on the court with each other,” she said.Winner said she is excited to be back on the Buckeyes’ home court, especially coming off another road trip.“It’ll feel really good, since we were away last weekend and we need to get a win,” she said. “Having our fans behind us will be great. It’ll be nice to be back here and not have to travel.”While the team will have the home support for its matches against Indiana and Purdue, the homestand will be short-lived. The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road again next weekend for matches against No. 9 Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 15 and No. 16 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Nov. 17. read more

Baseball Buckeyes looking to get back on track against Western Kentucky

The OSU baseball team practiced at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on March 3. before its road trip to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Western Kentucky.Credit: Lexus Robinson / Lantern reporterFive games might not seem like a lot during a baseball season, but when a team suffers four losses with just one win, it can feel like a heavy load.After going 1-4 in its past five games, the Ohio State’s baseball team is back in Columbus, practicing indoors at Woody Hayes Athletic Center because of cold temperatures.The Buckeyes (5-4) had previously lost two games to Florida Atlantic during their visit to Florida from Feb. 20-22, and then lost two more game on Saturday, before finally pulling out a win against the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday. OSU is now set to take on Western Kentucky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Bowling Green, Ky.Coach Greg Beals said the team realizes how important the weekend is before the Buckeyes are set to host their first home series.“This will be our third road series. We played two tough ones against very good opponents,” Beals said. “I think it’s important before we go into conference play that we can go on the road and prove that we can win a series on the road.”Beals said he is confident in the team and isn’t changing the practice routine much this week, even after the Buckeyes’ 1-4 stretch. “We just try to really emphasize fundamentals,” he said. “The pitching and the hitting are the big things. The guys are going to work on that on their own. From a coach standpoint, I try to put together a practice schedule that’s going to make sure that we are touching on the little things as well.”The Buckeyes are confident that it’s not their game they need to change in order to earn more wins, senior infielder Nick Sergakis said. “It’s not really what we have to do differently, it’s what we have to improve on and it’s just our mindset,” Sergakis said. “We’ve got to keep believing that we are the same team that we went into the season as.“We have the talent, it’s just a matter of when it shows.”First pitch in Bowling Green is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. read more

SKM awarded study for Vales Ellensfield longwall coal project

first_imgSinclair Knight Merz (SKM), has been awarded a study for both the above ground and underground infrastructure for Vale’s Ellensfield Coal Mine Project (ECMP) in the Moranbah region of Queensland, Australia. ECMP is being developed by Ellensfield Coal Management, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vale Australia Holdings. The ECMP involves the development of a greenfield underground longwall coal mine, producing coking coal and thermal coal for export. The site is in the northern region of the Bowen Basin, some 175 km west of Mackay.This commission follows on from SKM’s work with Vale on coal projects in Queensland and iron ore projects in Brazil, as well as on the Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia, and draws on SKM’s strengths in mine infrastructure and materials handling. More recently, SKM has provided engineering and construction advice to Vale Canada for ongoing base metal projects in Canada.“We believe we can add significant value to Vale’s Ellensfield project, through our leading knowledge and experience in both above ground and underground infrastructure across a number of commodities,” said SKM’s Queensland Mining and Metals Manager, Phil Tighe. “We have been working in coal in Queensland and NSW for the past decade, and have vast experience of surface mine operations. Our focus will be on delivering innovative solutions which have a positive impact on the economic, environmental and social aspects of the Ellensfield mine development.”The relationship with Vale Coal began in 2006 when SKM was invited to deliver studies for other projects associated with Vale in Queensland, involving infrastructure and materials handling. In 2008, SKM was invited by Vale to undertake a Value Improvement Study on expansions to the Carajas iron ore mine in Brazil. This expanded to an Umbrella Agreement to develop conceptual and basic engineering for ferrous mining projects in Brazil. This included contributing to the FEL 2 (prefeasibility) study for Vale’s S11D 90 Mt/y greenfields project in Vale’s northern Carajas System. The scope of work included engineering services for the dry beneficiation plant.A year later, SKM was invited to undertake a FEL 2 study, followed by a FEL 3 study, of a truckless mining system for Vale’s S11D iron ore deposit in Brazil.“We are delighted to be expanding and consolidating our ongoing relationship with Vale – both in coal and iron ore – in Australia and globally,” said SKM’s Vale Client Manager, Richard Dewhirst. .Ausenco’s Minerals business unit undertook the feasibility study to evaluate the development of the ECMP in 2009. The plans then included a 800 t/h coal handling and preparation plant.According to the Queensland Government’s website the proposed ECMP “would use an initial box cut to provide the entrance to an underground mine. Longwall methods would be used to extract the coal from the Leichhardt Seam of the Rangal Coal Measures. A coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) and associated truck load-out facility would be constructed on site with the capacity to process up to 5.5 Mt/y of thermal and coking coal product and reject waste.“Two separate waste areas are proposed to manage overburden, coarse rejects and dewatered fine rejects. Product coal would be transported to port via rail for export. Prior to the proposed CHPP being fully operational in 2012, all raw coal would be crushed, sized and washed using the existing Carborough Downs coal mine CHPP, and coal product transported via rail to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) for export. After 2012, product coal would be either transported to DBCT or to Abbot Point Coal Terminal via the yet to be completed Goonyella Abbot Point rail line. The ECMP would construct an 8 to 20 MW power plant and site electricity network. The mine is expected to operate for approximately 20 years.”last_img read more

La CNIL fait face à une hausse des plaintes sur Internet

first_imgLa CNIL fait face à une hausse des plaintes sur InternetLa Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés (CNIL) a publié son bilan de l’année 2011, et le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est que ses membres ont eu du travail…Le rapport bilan publié par la Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés (CNIL) sur son activité en 2011 est très intéressant à plus d’un titre. Car il permet de se rendre compte des problèmes rencontrées sur la Toile par de nombreux internautes. Et ceux-ci sont en nette augmentation entre 2010 et 2011 puisqu’avec 5.738 plaintes enregistrées, la CNIL a enregistré un nouveau record (+19% sur deux ans), explique Lemagit.fr. Reste à déterminer quels éléments ont favorisé cette augmentation…À lire aussiUn fondateur de Pirate Bay arrêté au CambodgeIl faut d’abord rappeler que la CNIL a mis en place un système de dépôt en ligne qui facilite la démarche de plainte pour les citoyens. Mais bien entendu, la généralisation du numérique n’est pas étrangère à cette hausse. Qui plus est, la CNIL a également vu ses compétences élargies avec Loppsi 2, qui lui confère la gestion de l’ensemble des données collectées par vidéo-surveillance qu’elles soient en intérieur ou en extérieur, dans un lieu public ou privé, et non plus seulement dans des locaux privés. Autre ajout, l’obligation pour les opérateurs de communiquer à la Commission toutes les violations de données personnelles qu’ils constatent. Quant à la nature de ces plaintes, le “droit à l’oubli” arrive en tête (+42%) mais il est suivi de près par les  problématiques liées aux ressources humaines (+ 59%), la sécurité des données des ressources humaines (+ 27%) et également le phising bancaire ou l’exploitation des fichiers commerciaux. Si elle a enregistré plus de plaintes, la CNIL a aussi rendu plus de décisions, 1969 en 2011, dont certaines très symboliques comme les 100.000 euros d’amende infligés en mars 2011 à Google pour les atteintes à la vie privée dans son service Street View. Et la CNIL ne prévoit pas de baisse de son activité, bien au contraire même. D’ailleurs, la Commission a proposé à ce que la protection des données personnelles soient inscrite dans la Constitution. Une mesure qui pourrait créer certaines difficultés par rapports aux lois actuelles (Lopsi, Loppsi, Davdsi, Hadopi…) mais qui aurait l’avantage d’encore plus de clarté dans le domaine.  Le 13 juillet 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Laina Harris doubles weightloss resolve as pounds defy her exertions

first_img The Columbian is hosting a live chat with Laina Harris at noon Monday. Join the chat at www.columbian.com/chatFor more stories, photos and videos about Laina Harris, visit The Columbian’s Web page dedicated to her journey: www.columbian.com/news/health/weight-loss/laina-harrisLaina Harris has been at a standstill since August.She’s changed up her diet — more calories, fewer calories. She’s tried new exercises — more intensity, less intensity. She’s drinking more water.Her scale still won’t budge.From New Year’s Day to the end of February, Harris lost just 1 pound — a letdown for the Camas woman who had, up until that point, shed 124 pounds off of her 5-foot-11-inch frame.“In my mind, I feel like I’ve kind of failed,” Harris said.“It tugs on you because you wanna see a loss,” she said. “That stupid scale. I want to throw it out the window.”At her heaviest, Harris weighed 420 pounds. Last spring, weighing 405 pounds, Harris began her weight-loss journey in earnest — adopting an exercise regime and completely making over her diet. Laina Harris goes through a 20-minute incline workout on her new treadmill in her Camas home Wednesday. Harris uses the steep incline workout and weekend hikes as preparation for an 8-mile hike on Mount St. Helens’ south side this summer.last_img read more

Haunting black hole mystery solved with most detailed simulation ever

Comments 17 Photos Black hole seen in real life for the first time The beauty of black holes (pictures) 2 Now playing: Watch this: Tags The accretion disk (red) aligns along the equatorial plane of the black hole (white center circle). Sasha Tchekhovskoy/Northwestern University/Matthew Liska/University of Amsterdam Using a supercomputer and some custom-built code, an international team of researchers has created the “most detailed” simulation of a black hole proving a long-standing theory that has puzzled astrophysicists for 45 years. The theory, first published in 1975, posited that the inner-most region of a spinning black hole would eventually align with the hole’s equatorial plane. While that may seem somewhat confusing and inconsequential, how this region is warped by the black hole can have huge effects on entire galaxies. The new research, published Wednesday in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, details a simulated solution to the theory — known as the Bardeen-Petterson effect — and solves a problem co-lead author Sasha Tchekhovskoy says has “haunted the astrophysics community for more than four decades.” When we saw the very first image of a black hole on April 10, we weren’t actually seeing the black hole. Black holes don’t emit any visible light. Rather, the incredibly strong gravity of a black hole causes debris, gas and other particles to spin around its edges forming an “accretion disk.” That’s something we can see. Not only is that helpful for cosmic detectives to find and understand black holes but these disks are also responsible for the evolution and function of a black hole. Moreover, they can tell astrophysicists more about how black holes spin and potentially the radiation the comes from them. The team, including the paper’s first author Matthew Liska, used graphical processing units (GPUs) to develop their simulation’s code. Enlarge ImageThe simulation shows two angles: a close-up (left) and a wider view (right). In the left image, you can see how the accretion disc rapidly collapses to the equatorial (horizontal) plane around the black hole (white). Sasha Tchekhovskoy/Northwestern University/Matthew Liska/University of Amsterdam “Once we created the code, we needed to find a large enough supercomputer to carry out the simulations,” says Tchekhovskoy, who co-led the research. “The National Science Foundation supercomputer, Blue Waters, was just right for the task.”Blue Waters, an immensely powerful computer operating with 1.5 petabytes of memory, is housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Illinois. “We put a black hole inside of a computer and drop gas on it,” says Tchekhovskoy. “Initially, the gas orbits around the black hole at a plane tilted relative to the black hole equator. However, over time the inner regions of the disk align with the equatorial plane, revealing the alignment.  The result may not be as immediately impressive as our first view of a black hole, but it is another first. Previously, astrophysicists studying the Bardeen-Petterson effect did not have access to enough computing power to adequately account for magnetic turbulence inside the accretion. With the supercomputer, researchers were able to simulate a more realistic black hole, with magnetic fields in place. “The unique aspect of these simulations is their treatment of the magnetic fields, general relativistic effects and a cooling function at the same time,” says Rebecca Nealon, theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Leicester not associated with the study. “Their results showing the Bardeen-Petterson effect while including these is an excellent confirmation of the general picture found in previous works.”The fields are a key factor in regulating how the accretion disk bends and falls into it, according to Tchekhovskoy. Ultimately, the researchers found that even for incredibly thin accretion disks, the proposed Bardeen-Petterson effect held up — accretion disks did align to the black hole.”The alignment of the disk with the black hole equatorial plane is the new finding of this work,” explains Tchekhovskoy. “At larger radii, the disk is tilted relative to the equatorial plane of the black hole.”The next phase of the research will look at “radiation transport,” says Tchekhovskoy. Essentially, the team will be able to predict what would happen to the particles of light that are produced during this process, giving astronomers a potential way to view the phenomenon via telescope.  2:56 Share your voice Sci-Tech read more

15 killed 75 injured in Madagascar stadium stampede

first_imgAntananarivo: At least 15 people were killed and 75 suffered injuries in a stampede at the Mahamasina stadium in the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo during the Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, reported Sputnik. The scramble began as guests rushed to the stadium to win free amusements tickets. The President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina and his visiting Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame offered their condolences to the families of victims. Rajoelina has announced that the state will cover the treatment costs of the wounded, reported Xinhua. The stadium was launched in 2019 and is located in the centre of Antananarivo and serves as a venue for various sport and cultural events.last_img