Software engineer robbed of valuables and cash in Noida

first_imgGhaziabad: A 34-year-old Noida-based software engineer was allegedly robbed of valuables and cash worth Rs 1 lakhs 65 thousand after three assailants kept him hostage in a car for nearly three hours at Meerut-Ghaziabad road.According to police, the incident took place on Wednesday night around 8:30 pm when the victim, identified as Ankur Verma, a software engineer at a private company in sector 62 of Noida, was looking for a cab to reach him house in Meerut. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”While waiting for a cab at Meerut road around 8:30 pm, a cab approached me with two persons sitting inside. The driver told me that he will charge Rs 400 and will drop me at the destination. I sat inside the car and within 200 meters another man who posed himself as passenger also sat inside the cab,” said Verma. “Within a couple of minutes on the journey, one of the passengers who was sitting adjacent to me pointed gun on my head and asked me to handover what all I have. I gave them my phone, gold chain and other valuables worth Rs 1 lakhs and Rs 5 thousand cash. They further asked me to call my family and get Rs 1 lakh in my account. When I denied they asked me my ATM pin code and withdrew Rs 60 thousand from an ATM,” he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The assailants also thrashed me during the journey and kept me hostage for nearly three hours before throwing me off from the running car in Indirapuram area” victim further said. Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police(city), Ghaziabad said that an FIR has been registered against unknown persons under the section 392 (punishment for robbery) of IPC. “Police are looking for the accused and checking the CCTV footage to identify them,” he added.last_img read more

NS retiree cites vulgar government ads in bid to get licence plate

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia retiree who is fighting to regain a personalized licence plate after it was deemed unacceptable says governments allow many potentially offensive phrases and names, and anonymous complainers should not be able to take his good name from him.The provincial government withdrew Lorne Grabher’s licence plate — it reads simply, “Grabher” — after officials agreed with a complainant that it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.”In an affidavit filed this month in support of his constitutional challenge of the decision, Grabher cited Halifax Water transit ads headlined “Our minds are in the gutter,” “Powerful sh*t,” and “Be proud of your Dingle,” the last one a reference to a prominent waterfront tower.“In my view, it is glaringly arbitrary and hypocritical for government to engage in such vulgar expression, when I am prohibited from displaying my surname on a licence plate,” he says in the affidavit, filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.He cited “government-regulated” place names including Dildo, Red Indian Lake, and Blow Me Down Provincial Park in Newfoundland and Labrador; Crotch Lake and Swastika in Ontario; and Old Squaw Islands in Nunavut.He also cited Sandy Hook, Manitoba, saying the name has become affiliated with gun violence after the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.Grabher’s battle is supported by the Alberta-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which argues that the wording of regulations for personal licences are so vague they violate freedom of expression guarantees in the Charter of Rights.Grabher notes his family had used the plate for 27 years in Nova Scotia before the province withdrew it on Jan. 12, 2017, and a family member continues to use a similar plate in Alberta.He says he has not intended to offend anyone, and is “profoundly insulted and humiliated” that his name had been deemed offensive.“I am increasingly dismayed by the hypersensitivity of some people who are ‘offended’ by every little thing they encounter. I am further dismayed that these ‘easily offended ones’ are not content only to be personally offended. Rather, they seem uniformly inclined to try to use the power of a supposedly ‘neutral’ state to do something about their whining,” he says in the affidavit.“Canada is not a country where a person gets to be ‘offended’ at everything. Canadians who complain to the government about every little thing should be politely but firmly informed that we live in a cultural mosaic that respects individual freedoms. Such diversity and freedom are impossible if the government seeks to eliminate or limit every little thing and every little difference that could be perceived as ‘offensive’ to someone.“I am dismayed that some anonymous, misinformed, overly sensitive individual, hiding behind their anonymity, can dictate to an entire province that my good name is suddenly an ‘offensive slogan,’ when it has never before been any such thing, nor is it today.”Grabher says his last name is a point of pride for his family and its Austrian-German heritage.A spokesman for the provincial Transport Department has said while the department understands Grabher is a surname with German roots, this context isn’t available to the general public who view the plate.The personalized plate program, introduced in 1989, allows the province to refuse plates deemed offensive, socially unacceptable or in bad taste.The department has said the rejection of Grabher’s licence wasn’t related to obscene comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 and released during last fall’s U.S. presidential campaign, in which Trump said he grabbed women by the genitals.Grabher’s case will be heard next September.last_img read more

Sumitra Mahajan not to contest LS polls says has freed party to

first_imgNew Delhi: With the BJP appearing to be in a dilemma over fielding her, outgoing Lok Sabha speaker and eight-time MP from Indore, Sumitra Mahajan Friday opted out of contesting the general elections saying she has freed the party to make its choice. Mahajan, who turns 76 next Friday, said there had been speculations whether the party would field someone who has crossed the 75-year age bar. “There were speculations and so I decided to end them and free the party to make its choice. I will not contest the Lok Sabha elections,” she told PTI from Indore. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Mahajan, however, maintained that she would continue to work for the party and campaign for it. “The party (BJP) had not been able to name a candidate (from Indore Lok Sabha seat) for so many days and there were speculations if someone over 75 years of age will be fielded. So I decided to end all this,” she said. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah had in an interview to The Week magazine on Thursday stated that it was his party’s decision not to give Lok Sabha poll tickets to those above 75 years of age, leading to veteran leaders like L K Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi missing out. Though he had not named Mahajan, the outgoing Lok Sabha speaker too falls in the same age bracket. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Mahajan was first elected to the Lok Sabha from Indore in 1989 and has won all the seven consecutive elections. She was a minister of state in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, holding portfolios of human resources development, telecom and petroleum between 1999 and 2004. When the BJP swept to power again in 2014, she was named the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Mahajan also issued a short press statement questioning why the party has not been able to name a candidate till now. “Possibly the party is hesitating to take a decision. I had discussed this issue with senior party leaders and left it to them to take an appropriate decision,” she said, adding, “It seems they still have some doubts in their mind. So I declare that I do not wish to contest the Lok Sabha elections.” The party, she said, can now make its decision without any hesitation. Stating that she had received immense love and support from people of Indore, she hoped the BJP would quickly make up its mind for its candidate from Indore and end this uncertainty.last_img read more

RedOne Daddy Yankee French Montana Dinah Jan Travel Through Morocco in

By Hajar ElkahlaouiRabat – After a well-publicized trip through Morocco, Mooccan-Swedish songwriter and record executive Nadir Khayat, known as RedOne, has released a music video shot in different cities across Morocco.The three-time Grammy-winning producer RedOne and ”Despacito” Daddy Yankee‘s new duo project, entitled ”Boom Boom,” has already been viewed more than 5 million times on YouTube in less than seven hours. The video features the Puerto Rican singer Daddy Yankee, Moroccan rapper French Montana, and American singer Dinah Jan. RedOne not only produced the song, but he also sang the chorus.The clip was directed by Moroccan producer Saïd C.Naciri and centers around Amanda Cerny, American Vine and YouTube celebrity, and Abla Essofi, a Moroccan stylist and Guess model.The camera follows them through different beautiful places in different Moroccan cities: Marrakech, Chefchaouen Tetouan , Merzouga. Moroccan Sahara, and Cabo Negro.”I enjoyed working with RedOne. He’s the best producer. I didn’t feel like working at all while shooting the video clip,” said Abla Essaoufi in Hit Radio interview.Among the celebrities who took part in the music video is Moroccan Meryam Errachdy, Miss Arab ”World Next Top Model 2015”. ”I had the offer to participate in the video clip and I could not miss this chance. I thought it was a great idea. The aim of the video clip is to show the beauty of different cities in Morocco,” she told Morocco World News.Notorious Moroccan Pop singer Saad Lamjarrad, took to his official Instagram account to congratulate RedOne for his new hit: ”As expected, amazing job hbibi, To see the Moroccan flag rocking everywhere in this video, it’s a pleasure that I can’t describe.Lamjarred added ” respect  to you and to all the artists that collaborated with you on this project; and by the way, as a singer, man you’re impressing the world again.” read more

Grains mostly higher livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery rose 3.80 cents at $4.90 a bushel; Mar. corn was up .80 cent at $3.7640 a bushel; Mar. oats was unchanged at $2.6960 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans was 1.40 cents higher at 9.1240 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle was unchanged at $1.2808 a pound; Mar. feeder cattle fell .64 cent at $1.4318 a pound; Apr. lean hogs rose 1.50 cents at .5610 a pound.The Associated Press read more

Husky Energy reports major natural gas leak from pipe in subsea wells

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The regulator for the offshore oil industry in Newfoundland says Husky Energy has reported a major hydrocarbon gas leak from a pipe linked to two of its subsea wells.The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says the gas release happened Monday in the southern drill centre in the White Rose Field.It says Husky estimates that 8,938 kilograms of natural gas was released before it was shut off 12 minutes after the initial alarm.It’s not just low oil prices: Higher corporate taxes take bite out of Husky, MEGNexen Energy shuts down Long Lake oilsands on pipeline suspension orderHusky spokeswoman Colleen McConnell says an underwater inspection indicated the release came from a piece of flexible pipe connecting subsea components and leading into the wells.She says it means there are limitations on the gas flow to the two wells, but they can still produce oil from the field.The board is reviewing the incident and Husky is investigating. read more

UN opens twoweek forum on indigenous issues to consider ways forward

With indigenous peoples being the poorest and most marginalized in many countries, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today said the failure of Member States to negotiate an acceptable declaration on their rights is one of the major challenges facing the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. “At the level of international law, Member States have still not adopted the declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples, despite many, many years of negotiation and advocacy,” Ms. Fréchette said as she opened the fourth session of the Permanent Forum.Meeting in Geneva last month, the UN Commission on Human Rights urged all parties involved in negotiating the declaration, a process underway since 1995, “to do their utmost to carry out successfully the mandate of the Working Group and to present for adoption as soon as possible a final draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.”“Like other vulnerable people, indigenous communities are often disproportionately victimized by the effects of armed conflict, adding a destructive and deadly burden to already difficult struggles,” Ms. Fréchette said.“There is a need for a concrete plan of action, drawn up with the participation of indigenous peoples, that would point the way towards measurably improved standards of living and greater respect for human rights,” she said, urging indigenous peoples and the international community to “take up this challenge.” The Forum, through its decade of work, was drawing attention to neglected issues and was playing a catalytic role in forging partnerships between indigenous peoples, governments and the UN system, she said.On the UN General Assembly’s September summit review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), she said, “Each of those eight goals are, of course, of direct concern to indigenous people, whether we are talking about improving maternal health, ensuring access to primary education, or guarding against the loss of land and other natural resources.”The Working Group on Indigenous Populations, scheduled to meet in July, should be used to work out commentaries, guidelines and studies that could clarify concepts and principles, she said, and indigenous peoples should contribute to an understanding of the concept of poverty UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour. “Is an indigenous community that has lost its ancestral lands lifted out of poverty because some of its members have found temporary work and get a wage? Is an indigenous community poor because there is little money circulating when its members can fish, hunt and farm and use local resources for housing and basic necessities?” she asked.The Working Group on Indigenous Populations had decided to hold meetings for two weeks in October and November, as well as a week in December. “The Government of Mexico has also offered to host an informal workshop that is intended to help further understanding of some of the critical issues contained in the draft declaration,” she said.“We all look forward to a real breakthrough in the months ahead and I have pledged that my office will contribute in any possible to a successful outcome,” Ms. Arbour said.The Secretary-General’s adviser on Gender Issues, Rachel Mayanja, said she was pleased that so many women were attending the Forum and she highlighted the close collaboration between the Forum’s Secretariat and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality.A recent World Bank study of indigenous people in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru concluded that poverty had intensified among the indigenous, Forum Chairperson Victoria Pauli-Corpuz of the Philippines said, even though the Governments had amended their constitutions to recognize their ethnic plurality and had ratified the relevant UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention.“How do we use all the studies and research, Special Rapporteur reports, results of workshop seminars on rights to land and land tenure issues?” she asked, adding that the Permanent Forum might identify a role to play here.ILO research had shown that Governments and donors were reluctant to disaggregate data in the search for operational strategies and in the effort to make indigenous economies visible, while the indigenous were often the victims of forced labour. read more

In bid for wider consensus debate on new Rights Council put off

The United States feels that as proposed the Council, which would replace the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights, does not go far enough and has called for renegotiation, a move that Mr. Annan last week said had “chagrined” him, warning that the new body could “unravel” in renegotiations.“I believe there is a collective wish to have the strongest possible support for the new Council,” Mr. Eliasson said in a letter sent to all Member States last night. “In search for consensus, I have therefore decided to postpone Friday morning’s meeting.”The current Commission on Human Rights is widely seen as ineffectual and open to manipulation by rights violators. Mr. Eliasson reiterated that no Member State had achieved all its objectives in the draft he has proposed, but noted that “very many of you have indicated that you could support the text as it is. This is both welcome and essential to the process of consensus-building,” he added.It was a point Mr. Annan has stressed continually since the text was introduced last month and again reiterated in comments to the press today, saying that the longer a decision is delayed over the Council “the more harmful it is.”“I think the U.S. that has played a good role in human rights, I am sure will not do anything that will jeopardize the new Council. We will find a way to move forward…I hope to see it established, and with the support of all Member States, we will make it a strong Council, and a better mechanism than the current one.”Also speaking to reporters today, Mr. Eliasson said he hoped that Member States would now use the delay to “talk to each other about what we expect this Council to do,” and that such discussions would lead to a decision by early next week without a vote.Referring to the reported objections from the United States, he said there was sympathy from many quarters for some of these but added that proposals put forward by European and other countries, which support the Council, should pave the way for consensus.The President also spoke about diplomatic efforts by countries to assure the Washington that rights violators will not be elected to the Council, adding that “there is great sympathy for some of the points made by the United States.”“Here I was very happy to see that the European Union assured the United States, both in Washington and here in New York, that they – European Union countries and associated countries – would not vote in favour of such a country” that violates rights. “And I hear similar messages from others,” he added.As proposed, the Council would have a higher status and greater accountability than the Commission that meets yearly in Geneva. It would be a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, meet year round as opposed to the six-week annual session of the Commission, and its members would be elected by a majority of all 191 UN Members.Mr. Annan, in presenting his proposed reforms a year ago, wanted the election to be by a two-thirds majority, an element endorsed by the United States. But in noting that he had been unable to secure this, he has repeatedly said that the Council, as proposed by Mr. Eliasson after months-long consultations with Member States, could be a basis for more effective human rights protection.Mr. Eliasson has said a major improvement is the requirement that its members, elected individually by the Assembly, would be judged on their human rights records with the proviso that they can be suspended if they themselves commit gross and systematic violations. read more

After the stall Canadian economy to pick up speed in 2013 says

OTTAWA – Canada’s largest private sector bank is taking a relatively bullish stance on the prospects for the economy going forward.The Royal Bank’s latest quarterly outlook predicts growth will accelerate to 2.4 per cent next year and continue to expand to 2.8 per cent in 2014, following a year that saw the weakest growth since the recession and a virtual stall in the third quarter.The forecast is slightly rosier than the Bank of Canada’s call for 2.3 and 2.4 per cent growth in the two years, and even more at odds with the consensus forecast of 2.0 in 2013.The bulwark of the economy continues to be the resource sector — with Alberta and Saskatchewan supporting much of the growth in both years.But RBC chief economist Craig Wright says he believes the global economy is putting a number of hiccups that occurred in 2012 in the rear view mirror and is ready to start accelerating again.That will be good for Canadian exports, he says, which is the key reason the country’s economy underperformed this year, at an expected two per cent. It braked to as low as 0.6 per cent in the summer months.The sanguine view on exports is despite the fact that RBC sees the Canadian dollar strengthening to about $1.05 US by the end of 2013. A strong dollar makes Canadian products more expensive and less competitive in foreign markets.“I would say we are cautiously optimistic,” Wright said. “We’re slightly more upbeat than consensus, but not dramatically so.”The big difference going forward is in the trade side — which many still see as a continuing weakness.But the RBC report notes that the American economy is picking up, particularly in the housing sector, and barring a budgetary crisis that sends the U.S. sliding toward recession — the so-called “fiscal cliff” scenario — that should be supportive of Canadian exports of autos, parts and wood products.As well, China’s economy has stabilized, which will likely lead to firmer prices for commodities Canada exports, such as oil and metals.According to RBC, net trade in Canada will shift from a drag on growth to a 0.3 and 0.4 percentage point boost in 2013 and 2014 respectively.“This represents the most significant support since 2001 after most of the intervening years showed the sector acted as a drag on growth,” the report notes.The other engines of growth, Wright said, will be business investment — which has been a strength for the past year or so — and consumers. But housing is weakening and the bank sees little contribution from government spending.The report sees Canada’s unemployment rate continue to inch down, breaking through the seven-per-cent threshold in 2014 to average 6.9 per cent.The assumptions are contingent on U.S. policy-makers reaching a budget deal, if not before the Jan. 1 deadline, at least shortly afterward, Wright said.“If that doesn’t happen, we’ll have to rewrite our forecasts,” he said.While brighter than the consensus, the RBC outlook can still be characterized as modest, or representing sluggish growth for Canada, now three years into a recovery period.“It’s discouraging to keep seeing sluggish growth, but it’s not really surprising,” said Wright.“This was a crisis (2008-09) that was a decade in the making, so fixing it is probably going to take a decade as well. We’re really just half-way through it.”In most respects, Canada is still relatively better off than many other advanced countries — the report calls it “the little economy that could.”U.S. growth rates have caught up to Canada’s, but it is starting from a lower base because its recession was deeper and lasted longer. And next to Europe, which will have been in a slump through most of 2012 and is projected to be flat in 2013, Canada is positively booming.Two advanced economies forecast to do better are Australia and New Zealand, whose economies are more tied to fast-growing emerging nations in Asia. After the stall, Canadian economy to pick up speed in 2013, says RBC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2012 4:00 am MDT read more

New development agenda must be disabilityinclusive – UN highlevel meeting

“Yet far too many people with disabilities live in poverty. Too many suffer from social exclusion. Too many are denied access to education, employment, health care, and social and legal support systems.”Persons with disabilities make up the largest minority in the world, with more than 1 billion people living with some form of disability. Eighty per cent are of working age and the vast majority live in developing countries.“All of us suffer when communities are divided, just as all of us benefit when communities are united,” Mr. Ban said.In his remarks, the Secretary-General underlined that persons with disabilities are an integral part in achieving the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before their deadline, and in shaping the post-2015 development agenda.Agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a global partnership for development. However, no goal directly addresses the rights of persons with disabilities.“We must further strengthen the international normative framework on disability and development,” Mr. Ban said. We must act now to remove barriers to access to physical environments, transportation and information and communications. And we must not only lift the physical barriers – but also the barriers in attitudes that fuel stigma and discrimination.”Also speaking at the meeting, the President of the General Assembly, John Ashe called on Member States that have not yet done so to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). To date, 134 countries have ratified or acceded to the Convention.“The Convention is a strong symbol of the international community’s commitment to include the disability perspective in all aspects of society and development. And while symbols are no doubt important, this commitment now needs to be fully integrated into all current and future development frameworks and interventions,” Mr. Ashe said.Mr. Ban and Mr. Ashe urged countries to spare no effort in implementing the outcome document and work to achieve truly inclusive societies and ensure a life of dignity for allThe meeting was organized with participation of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN agencies, funds and programmes, as well as Member States and civil society. More than 800 representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities attended the event. Among them was UN Messenger of Peace and renowned singer and songwriter Stevie Wonder, who spoke of the importance of making education and information materials accessible to persons with disabilities.“For society and development to include persons with disabilities, we need to have equal access to education and to knowledge and information. Yet out of millions of publications each year, fewer than five per cent are made available in accessible formats for visually impaired persons. In developing countries, an even smaller percentage of publications are available in accessible formats,” Mr. Wonder said.“I know that working together we can create a world where persons with disabilities face no limit and can freely work, enjoy life and contribute their talents to society.” ‹ › Participants attending events on Disability and Development at the United Nations. UN Photo/A. Voisard/P. Filgueiras/JC McIlwaine Reaffirming the international community’s resolve in advancing the rights of all persons with disabilities, the Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Disability and Development adopted an agreed outcome stressing the need to ensure accessibility for and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of development and of giving them due consideration in the emerging post-2015 UN development agenda. Among other things, the outcome document, “The way forward, a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond,” underlined the need for “urgent action” by all relevant stakeholders towards adoption and implementation of more ambitious disability-inclusive national development strategies with disability-targeted actions, backed by increased international cooperation and support. “Disability is part of the human condition; almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the opening of the meeting. read more

Natural England forced into shooting licence uturn after government reinstates original system

A spokesperson said the full report with a response from the government will be issued shortly. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “I recognise the scale of interest and concern that was generated by Natural England’s decision to revoke three general licences and I am grateful to those thousands of individuals and groups who shared their experiences in responding to the call for evidence.“The three new general licences announced today seek to minimise some of the negative impacts that the withdrawal of the previous licences had. But this is a temporary way forward and does not cover European protected sites, where the law is more complicated and we continue to engage with stakeholders.“We will shortly set out details of a wider review of general licences, to provide a long term licensing solution which balances the needs of users and wildlife.” Shotgun being loaded Defra has forced a shooting licence U-Turn after taking over from Natural England following a fiasco in which farmers were banned from protecting their land from pests. Earlier this year, Natural England revoked three general licences which let farmers and conservationists shoot “pest” birds on a list of 16 including crows, magpies and pigeons after a legal challenge from BBC presenter Chris Packham’s campaign group Wild Justice.This caused outrage and chaos in the countryside, as pigeons were able to decimate spring crops and crows could peck the eyes of lambs unchallenged.Natural England then began to issue some shooting licences – but these were allocated slowly on a bird-by-bird basis and conservationists argued the licences were too stringent and not fit for purpose. After widespread anger from the farming community, environment secretary Michael Gove took control from Natural England and started a consultation into the licences. A month later, he has reinstated three licences almost identical to the original but with a new stipulation that they do not apply in certain protection zones. Individual bird licences must be sought in these few cases. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The Wild Justice Judicial Review has therefore achieved absolutely nothing other than to remove protection from livestock, nesting birds & other wildlife during the most vulnerable  period of the year”.He added: “Whilst we remain very concerned about the initial decision by Natural England to revoke the general licences we are grateful for the Secretary of State’s intervention.“Since Defra has taken back control of the licences we have seen significant progress and for most people managing most species the situation is now back as it was. The discussion does not, however, stop here and we will seek to resolve the outstanding issues as part of the planned consultation later this year.”Game Farmers’ Association chairman Dominic Boulton said: “This is good news. Our members will now be able to get back to business and control problem birds as before. Livelihoods had been threatened by NE’s revocations but the situation is now much improved.”Defra has revealed that its call for evidence found that farmers and conservationists faced widespread issues while the general licences were revoked. Over 4,000 stakeholders responded to the survey. The problems faced included crow attacks on lambs and ewes during lambing, the risk of predation for eggs and fledglings of birds of conservation concern, and public health issues caused by pigeons in urban areas.  Many have said that the licensing fiasco wasted the time of farmers and caused chaos for no reason. Tim Bonner, the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said:  “The terms of the new general licences are almost identical to those revoked in April.  Game Farmers’ Association chairman Dominic Boulton said: ‘This is good news. Our members will now be able to get back to business and control problem birds as before.’Credit:Danny Lawson/PA read more

New Attrition Mill from Superior a more energy efficient option

first_imgSuperior Industries, has launched a new Attrition Mill within its line of washing and classifying machinery. The new machine provides an efficient solution for sand applications including disintegration of conglomerates, material separation, and surface cleaning and polishing. Coated with long lasting urethane, the Attrition Mill’s tank and propellers are built to endure the beatings of tough sand cleaning applications. Superior engineers designed the Attrition Mill with round tubs in order to eliminate swirling and corner material collection. In addition to its efficient, minimal design, the Attrition Mill is equipped with a large, watertight sealed door that makes maintenance convenient for machine operators by eliminating the heavy lifting that comes with drive removal. According to Superior’s Director of Washing and Classifying, John Bennington, “The Attrition Mill’s 50 hp engine produces the same capacities as similar machines with three times the power, providing operators a quieter and more energy-efficient process.” With an outside diameter of 1,372 mm and a height of 1,829 mm, the Attrition Mill is manufactured for capacities ranging from 75 to120 t/h.last_img read more

Wisla Plock make break in Celje

Polish Orlen Wisla Plock made their way to the BEST 6 in Group A more clear by winning in Celje against home team – 28:25 (17:10). Manolo Cadenas boys beat one of the biggest rival in the battle of avoiding last two spots in the Group with strong performance from the first minute.Zytnikov netted five goals for the winners, while Ziga Mlakar led home team with one more.Celje Pivovarna Lasko – Orlen Wisła Płock 25:28 (10:17)Celje: Lesjak, Gajić – Blagotinsek 4, Ivić, Babarskas 1, Janc 2, Razgor 4, Marguc, Poteko, Potocnik, Kodrin 1, Patrianova 3, Dobelsek, Mlakar 6, Zvizej 4.Orlen Wisła: Corrales, Wichary – Daszek 4, Racotea 3, Wiśniewski, Pusica, Ghionea 3, Rocha 2 (2/2), Zelenović 4, Montoro 1, Tarabochia 2, Nikcević 4, Żytnikow 5.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom Team in September: Karačić, Ilić, Stojković, Čip… Next Story → EHF CL: Veszprem continue 15 years long winning strike – Kiel beat Flensburg! 4. THW Kiel210154:50(4)2 1. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …220050:42(8)4 RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoVELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016Wisla Plock 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu200245:62(-17)0 4. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko310275:73(2)2 2. Orlen Wisla Plock311179:81(-2)3 4. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…210161:63(-2)2 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt210163:60(3)2 2. MVM Veszprém211055:51(4)3 read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Alpha_7D By Órla Ryan Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 8:40 AM 10,178 Views Share1 Tweet Email Jun 21st 2018, 7:48 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #BREXIT: President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is to hold a meeting about Brexit with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin today.2. #JAILED: Former Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm is beginning a six-year jail term for his part in a multi-billion euro bank fraud scheme.3. #GARDAÍ: Officers based in Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park are in a dispute with management over a plan to reassign them to stations across the country.4. #IMMIGRATION: The US House of Representatives is to vote on two immigration reform bills today, but it’s not clear if either has the support to pass.5. #STEPASIDE: Stepaside Garda Station is still closed, a year after Transport Minister Shane Ross announced it would re-open, and locals aren’t happy.6. #BORDER: The European Union is working on estimations for what different types of borders for the island of Ireland could cost post-Brexit, but is not giving us figures.7. #UK: The families of 456 hospital patients in the UK who had their lives shortened by the unjustified prescription of powerful painkillers have called for those responsible to face criminal charges, Sky News reports.8. #RUGBY: Joe Schmidt has made five personnel changes to his starting XV as Ireland look to secure their first series success on Australian soil since 1979 with a win in Saturday’s final Test against the Wallabies in Sydney.9. #NEW ZEALAND: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a baby girl in an Auckland hospital, becoming only the second world leader to do so while in office. Image: Shutterstock/Alpha_7D The 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. 1 Comment Short URLlast_img read more

Confederate monuments in Ridgefield defaced

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — A pair of former highway markers honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis were defaced overnight Thursday just outside of Ridgefield.Jefferson Davis Park sits on private land and is maintained and operated by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific NW Division. The quarter-acre site was dedicated in 2007, and it contains two markers for “Jefferson Davis Highway 99,” one from Vancouver and one from Blaine.In 1913, the United Daughters of the Confederacy launched an effort to designate a route across the south as “The Jefferson Davis Highway,” and later wanted to extend the designation up the west coast to Canada with markers at both ends of Washington state.On Friday, one marker was covered in black tar or paint and the other was covered in red. The responsibility for defacing the markers was claimed by Portland antifascist activists, as first reported by the Portland Mercury. In a message to the Mercury, the activists wrote that they attacked the markers “in solidarity with our comrades in Charlottesville, Va.”Confederate monuments have come under heavy pressure this week after Heather Heyer was killed by a motorist who drove a car into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.last_img read more

Vancouver woman hurt in motorcycle crash

first_imgA Vancouver woman was injured Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger crashed on state Highway 14 east of Washougal, according to the Washington State Patrol.Penelope J. Holmes, 51, was hurt in the 1 p.m. crash at a traffic light installed as part of a construction project on Highway 14 near Cape Horn. A WSP bulletin said she was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She was reported in satisfactory condition Saturday eveningThe bulletin said Terry A. Rutherford, 53, of Vancouver was driving a 2006 Honda VTX 1800 motorcycle east on the highway when he veered to the right to avoid a line of traffic stopped for the red light and laid the motorcycle down. The motorcycle struck an embankment.Holmes suffered arm, shoulder and facial injuries. Rutherford was not injured. The WSP said blamed inattention for the crash and said Rutherford would be cited for speeding.last_img read more

AMC Day 2 Reality Sets In Around Print Challenges

first_img“Face the reality that print will eventually go away,” he added.Horowitz, who was being interviewed by Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer for Bloomberg LP and chairman of Bloomberg Businessweek, said that older audiences are passing away and people born in 2012 and beyond, will never be print enthusiasts, essentially cementing the end of an era. “There is going to be a new business for us,” said Horowitz. “Anytime you change businesses, or go into the innovation business, the horrifying thing about it is you think you’re right but you don’t really know—you may well fail.”Due to the extreme rate of change, Horowitz said, there is a great deal of room for innovation, something the media industry is just beginning to grapple with, since, he says, there hasn’t been a large change in print media since the introduction of the printing press.“The business evolved at a much slower rate than other content businesses that have been affected by technology,” he said. “It’s not that fewer people are reading, but the structure of the business is not going to be the same.”The morning’s second speaker, Dr. Jeffery Cole, research professor and director of the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, presented a similar scenario—print, he predicts, will eventually go away.Dr. Cole estimates that some magazines—likely fashion titles—will always remain in print, as will those with strong design principles. However, he added, the majority of others will see their printed roots begin to completely break down by the end of the decade.“About 30 years ago, we saw that teenagers didn’t read newspapers until they got into their 20s and 30s,” he said. “Today teenagers don’t read newspapers and the evidence is clear they never will. Teenagers today around the world are more interested in news than any teenage generation in the last 60 years. They’re just not going to newspapers, but online to get their information.”While different, Dr. Cole used this example to highlight the fact that newspapers have not made the transition to digital quickly enough, and every time one of their readers passes away someone else is not replacing them. For magazines, the “imminent collapse” of the U.S. Postal Service, social and online media, and a change in consumption habits is hurting print’s ultimate survival—a key point that Dr. Cole said needs to be plainly accepted. Additionally, Dr. Cole predicts a key distribution point for magazines will also deteriorate. “Borders is now gone, the Australian Dymocks is in serious trouble, and for Barnes & Noble, if they survive, it will not be as a book store but as a tablet company with their NOOK,” he said. “That’s how quickly it changes.”Aside from Dr. Cole’s and Horowitz’s tough love, other AMC speakers highlighted the many aspects of the digital shift. Phil Wiser, chief technology officer for the Hearst Corporation (pictured far left), for example, said that last year was the first time that the amount of time online equaled or exceeded the amount of time spent on television. “It’s been a morning of reality and facing a few things,” said Wiser to the audience. “We can capture consumer attention with a different model and a different proposition—changing the game in terms of the consumer offering can get their attention and get them to engage in ways they had not previously.”Wiser added that there is good news from Hearst—the company has over 700,000 paid digital subscribers and 80 percent are brand new customers. Engagement on these digital editions is also high, with a 70 percent open rate, climbing as high as 90 percent for some titles.“There’s an opportunity here in getting consumers to think differently and capturing their attention,” said Wiser. “We’re seeing now that engagement on a daily basis is changing from the way it used to be—we need to be there everyday, in their faces and getting their attention.”Wiser added that when consumers are at a checkout line in front of a newsstand they are not looking at brands but at their smartphones—another reason why publications need to engage to capture a reader’s attention. Panelist David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and Women’s Health, said that’s why his brand has rolled out full versions of its publication onto mobile phones.“Our primary arena used to be the newsstand, now it’s a media multiplex with many different screens,” he said. “We have to figure out what is optimal for each channel.”Multi-screen publishing, and perhaps a shying away from a traditional print focus, the day’s speakers emphasized, will be vital to the future. “For Google, digital publishing has a number of different contexts,” Scott Dougall, Google’s director of digital publishing, told the audience. Google Play, he said, started as an app store but the experience has become more customized and broken out by tabs. Unlike Apple’s App Store, Google Play’s store is segmented by music, books, magazines, movies & TV and Android apps. In this way, magazines are not competing with gaming apps or films, but just with other titles.Dougall added that in order to be successful, no matter the platform, magazine publishers need to look for a digital solution for their products, but avoid becoming technology companies themselves. “I think the best kind of challenges are the challenges when the facts are on our side,” said Berner, still optimistic in closing remarks. “Magazine media audiences are engaging with us more and more, and we’re able to deliver them our content through more and more platforms, which is a good thing. Yet, we have an economic disconnect between the size of our audience, the depth of their engagement, and the perceived value that advertisers are currently placing on magazine media, especially print. The MPA will be laser focused to do everything possible to eliminate what is really a gap that is pushed by a perception of reality. We will be relentless, focused and loud about pushing forward our collective agenda.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! SAN FRANCISCO—Despite the pains Mary Berner, the MPA’s new CEO, took to defend magazines’ place in the content hierarchy, speakers on day two of the American Magazine Conference (AMC) offered a grim future for print.One of the first speakers of the day—Ben Horowitz, technology entrepreneur and co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz—suggested that print will likely vanish completely as today’s younger consumers become the dominant generation.“Babies born now will never read anything in print,” he told the audience of publishing executives. “At the same time, people in their 40s and 50s will never stop reading print.”last_img read more

In Other News Army Faces Uphill Battle to Raise End Strength

first_imgAfter failing to meet its active-duty end strength goal of 483,500 soldiers for fiscal 2018, the Army now is striving to raise its end strength to 487,500, the target Congress imposed for FY 2019. Active forces stood at 476,000 as of Oct. 1. Recruitment remains the primary challenge for the service as its retention rate has reached higher-than-normal levels. The Army wanted to recruit 80,000 new personnel last year but only managed to attract 70,000 recruits, reports Army Times.Army photo by Mike Scheck Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Edmund Shing Goodbye mansion tax hello postelection property bonanza

first_imgClose Could property be the big gainer from David Camerons election win? Estate agent Foxtons and house builder Berkeley Group jumped 9%+ on 8 May. But why?Clearly, the stock market has heaved a huge sigh of relief at the demise of the Labour Party. Now there is no fear of a mansion tax hitting London housing.This is good news for house buyers at the £2m ($3m, €2.7m) plus price bracket, such as foreign buyers in London, who have been holding off any purchases up until now.Equally well, with the risk of Labours threatened rent controls now removed, the buy-to-let market could now see renewed activity.Now that the Tories are in sole charge, they need to urgently tackle one of Britains most pressing problems. London and the South East is the UKs economic heartbeat, but is desperately short of affordable housing.House prices still on the rise – outside LondonThe Halifax house price index rose 1.6% between March and April, and 8.5% over the last year, for a yearly gain of nearly £20,000 on the average house (Figure 1).Last year, London properties saw the fastest-rising prices. In contrast, it is the rest of the UK that has enjoyed stronger house price momentum over these last 3 months.According to the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS), London is one of the very few regions where house prices have actually fallen over the last 3 months (Figure 2).House prices rising fastest in Northern IrelandFour factors should drive a rebound in buy-to-let house purchases:Lifting of the threat of rent controls;High demand for rental properties (Figure 3);Falling mortgage interest rates: The Co-Op Bank are now offering a new 2-year fixed-rate mortgage at only 1.09%. This suggests that the first sub-1% mortgage rate could soon be here.Falling savings rates: your saved cash is worth less and less in the bank, increasing the attractions of alternative income investments. All good for estate agents and house buildersWhat are the best ways to invest in the UK housing market? These are my two favourite housing-related industries:Estate agents: Of course they buy and sell houses, and so make more money as house prices go up. But they also increasingly make money from the buy-to-let market, as they also act as letting agents.House builders: who benefit from rising house prices as they can sell their newly-built homes for more, meaning higher profits.My two favourite housing shares: Berkeley Group and LSLI like the UK house builders as a group; they are all in general cheap, pay big dividends and are very profitable.My favourite house builder is Berkeley Group (code BKG). It is focused on London and the South East of England, it is a generous income payer with a 6.4% dividend yield, and has been consistently very profitable over the last five years.There are handful of listed estate agents in the UK. I like LSL Property Services (code LSL). LSL has two distinct sets of businesses:539 estate agent branches under a number of brands, such as Your Move and Reeds RainsSurveying and valuation servicesBoth of these sets of businesses will make more money from a booming property market, whether from buying and selling or just from managing rented properties.LSL is also a cheap stock and a reasonable income payer with a 3.7% yield; it is also consistently very profitable, with profits forecast to grow by 10% this year.Post-election Friday was a good day for the estate agents and house builders; but there could be many more as the property market heats up again!Edmund Shing is the author of The Idle Investor (Harriman House), an expert columnist and a global equity fund manager at BCS AM. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.last_img read more

Countrys first 6lane flyover opens in Feni

first_imgCountry’s first 6-lane flyover opens in FeniThe country’s first ever six-lane flyover at Mohipal in Feni district is set to be inaugurated on Thursday noon.“Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the flyover through a video conference,” road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader told journalists after visiting the construction site of the flyover recently.He said the construction work of the country’s lone six-lane flyover has been completed six months ahead of its scheduled time.Sources said the construction work of the project begun on 1 April in 2015. The length of the flyover is 660 meters while the width is 24.62 meters. The service road length is 1,370 meters while the service road width 7.5 meters, footpath length 2,210 meters. The flyover has 11 spans and 132 guarders.Engineering Construction Division of Bangladesh Army and Mesars Abdul Monem Limited implemented the project at a cost of Tk 1.8148 billion, the sources said.Feni Zila Parishad chairman Aziz Ahmed Chowdhury said the six-lane flyover was constructed as one of the landmark development programmes of the present government under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.“We, the Feni dwellers are so much happy with her works and want to say thanks to our beloved Prime Minister for the development,” he added.last_img read more