Death penalty for rape of girls aged 12 and below: MP Assembly passes Bill

first_img ‘Historic day’“It was a historic day for Madhya Pradesh as the State Assembly, as per the wish of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, passed a Bill making a provision to award the capital punishment to those indulging in such crimes (raping girls aged 12 or younger),” Singh said.Capital punishment would be awarded to convicts under Section 376 (A), which is related to rape, and Section 376 (D, A), pertaining to gang rape.Welcoming the bill, Mr. Chouhan said, “There are people in society who can be set right only by severe punishments. It [the legislation] will deal with them. We will also raise awareness in society against such crimes.” The Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a Bill awarding death to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below. With this, Madhya Pradesh becomes the first State where those convicted of such rapes will face the gallows.Introduced in the House by Law and Legislative Affairs Minister Rampal Singh, the Bill was discussed in detail and then passed by all parties, including the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress.The Bill will now be sent to the President for his assent after which it will become a law, State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told reporters outside the Assembly.last_img read more

Liquor smugglers on the wrong track in dry Bihar

first_imgIn dry Bihar, liquor has found a new route for tipplers: the railways. Drivers, attendants and employees have been caught in the recent past with liquor bottles in trains despite regular announcements that consumption, sale and trade of liquor in the State is illegal. On Thursday, a coach attendant of the Patna-Delhi Rajdhani Express was arrested by the Government Railway Police (GRP) for smuggling liquor in violation of provisions of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2016. Acting on a tip-off, a GRP team searched coach B-9 of the Patna Rajdhani express train and seized 15 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor from a bag reportedly belonging to the coach attendant, Rambali Paswan, who was immediately taken into custody and later sent to jail.Earlier on Tuesday four employees, including the driver of the Ahmedabad-Patna Express train, were arrested after 24 bottles of IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) and 64,650 liters of countrymade liquor stuffed in a bag was seized from the driver’s cabin. Driver Mohammad Shashuddin was taken into custody after the train reached Patna Junction.Confirming the arrests, Patna superintendent of railway police Ashok Kumar Singh said the four persons have been arrested for smuggling liquor in the train. Half of the consignment was delivered to a bootlegger at Ara railway station in Bhojpur, said the police. “An FIR was lodged with the Danapur GRP against all the four railway employees who were produced in the railway court and later sent to judicial custody for 14-days,” said Mr. Singh. “Authorities have stepped up vigil on long-distance trains following intelligence inputs that liquor was being smuggled in them to the State.” More than 1.2 lakh people have been arrested and over 6 lakh litres of liquor have been seized ever since the new State Excise Act was enforced.last_img read more

Indian-origin Man Sentenced to Prison For H1B Visa Fraud in US

first_imgIn America, reportedly, an Indian-origin man has been sentenced to prison post he was convicted for wire and visa fraud, under which he collected more than 450,000, USD in illegal filing fees for H1B visas and green cards for workers from his native place India.Read it at Dekh News Related Itemslast_img

India Aiming at Attracting 5 Million Cruise Tourists by 2040

first_imgThe Indian government is aiming at attracting five million cruise tourists to the country by 2040. India’s tourism sector records an annual growth of 15.6 percent, as compared to the global average of 5 percent, Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons said on July 28 during the inauguration of a new international cruise terminal at the Ernakulam Wharf of Cochin Port in Kerala.“Visitors to India, which has a history dating back to 5,000 years, leave with a new outlook. The Center will provide all help to enable more cruise ships to call at the Kochi Port,” Alphons said at the occasion, the Hindu reported.“Last year, 2.6 crore people undertook cruise tourism but only 1.6 lakh arrived in India. We need to increase the number of ships that berth here. Our consultants have informed us that by 2040 around five million tourists will visit India via cruise tourism alone, but I am sure that we can do better that,” he was quoted as saying by the Times of India.The government has granted Rs 53 crore to the Cochin Port Trust and Rs 106 crore for boosting cruise tourism in India, Alphons added. The new terminal at Cochin, spread over 2,253 sq.m, would be equipped to handle up to 5,000 tourists. The facility would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 25.72 crore, of which Rs 21.41 crore has been provided by the Union Ministry of Tourism.The terminal will feature tourist facilities such as a passenger lounge, crew lounge, 30 immigration counters, eight customs clearance counters, seven security check counters, tourist information counter, duty-free shops, bank services, foreign exchange counter, gaming zone, and cafeteria. The construction of the new terminal is expected to be completed by February 2020.The upcoming terminal will be the second one in Kochi, which gets around 40 cruise liners every year, according to the Hindu.A total of 162,660 cruise passengers visited India at six ports — Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, Kolkata, New Mangalore and Mormugao — during 2017-18, Alphons said in the Lok Sabha on July 30. During the same period, 139 cruise ships visited India at these ports, the minister added.The government has also set up immigration counters at five major Indian ports visited by cruise ships. The facility of E-visa has been extended to sea ports in Mumbai, Goa, New Mangalore, Cochin and Chennai. Cruise tourists arriving with E-visa have also been exempted from the requirement of biometric enrollment till 2020 to facilitate expeditious immigration clearance, Alphons said in a written reply in the parliament. Related ItemsshippingTourismlast_img read more

Streaking Warriors

first_imgBecoming his own man Coach Yeng Guiao has gone through a lot lately, and it is understandable why he would want to savor this as much as he can.ADVERTISEMENT P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “We’re going to have a game this Sunday and I just hope we’re able to sustain [this],” the fiery mentor said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Chan 12 shots off Asia-Pacific Am pace Kiefer Ravena and Kenneth Ighalo both came off the bench to score 15 apiece, and import Olu Ashaolu scattered 17 for a balanced scoring effort.And that was exactly what made the victory even sweeter, according to Guiao.“We’re playing balanced basketball. To me, that’s the best news. We’re not just relying on our import,” he said. “Our locals are contributing on the offensive end.”Ashaolu also grabbed 13 rebounds in NLEX’ first back-to-back triumphs since the Philippine Cup.NLEX played tough enough defense that prevented the reliable Allen Durham from dominating for the Bolts, who dropped to 1-1.Durham, a two-time best import award winner, finished with 32 points, with Raymond Almazan shooting 17. Both led a last-gasp stand in the fourth that came up just short for Meralco.And that was all largely due to Guiao’s wards sticking to the plan.“Our objective was if [Durham] was going to score, we should limit [Chris] Newsome, we should limit Baser [Amer] … Fortunately, we were able to do that,” he said.Meralco hopes to bounce back at the expense of Alaska next Friday.Guiao, meanwhile, hopes his charges sustain their sharp form in another test in the form of the Blackwater Elite next. NLEX gave Guiao something to be happy about after scoring a 105-99 nipping of Meralco as the Road Warriors claimed the early lead in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“[This] really feels good,” Guiao told reporters, minutes after their second straight win. “It’s been a long time since we put together two wins in a row.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Not only have his Warriors failed to do this for a long time now, but Guiao was also coming off a disastrous Fiba World Cup stint with Gilas Pilipinas.And this soothes the feeling a bit. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Defending champion Magnolia got back on track after ripping NorthPort, 96-80, in the second game.The Hotshots, who got 28 points from Ian Sangalang, and the Batang Pier are now at 1-1.Meanwhile, TNT and Barangay Ginebra try to catch NLEX at the top when they face separate foes in a Petron Saturday Special twinbill also at the Big Dome.The KaTropa battle Rain or Shine at 4:30 p.m., before the Gin Kings tangle with Phoenix Pulse at 6:45 p.m.JR Quiñahan led all NLEX shooters with 19 points, with five more players shooting twin digits.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

HTC to launch Desire 10 Pro and Lifestyle on Sept 20, teases fingerprint scanner

first_imgHTC’s supposedly upcoming phones, Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle, haven’t lived long in rumours and for all the right reasons. The company is holding an event on September 20, and it is more than likely that it will unveil the new Desire 10 line-up at the event. A latest teaser by HTC confirms that the event is at 8am BST (12:30pm IST) on Sept 20. The latest teaser shows a fingerprint, so one or both of the phones are expected to get a fingerprint sensor. Considering the Desire 10 line-up is going to be a rather budget offering compared to HTC 10, rumoured features make up for a decent smartphone.Famous tipster Evan Blass, has also shared some photos of the alleged HTC Desire 10 Pro on Twitter. The photos shows off a device with matte finish golden trims over the edges and around the key hardware components like the camera and flash. The HTC 10 Lifestyle is sport similar design.According to reports, the HTC 10 Lifestyle will feature a 5.5-inch 720p display and will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB/3GB RAM options. The phone is also expected to get 16GB/32GB internal memory options. On the camera front, the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle will have a 13-megapixel camera on the back with backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor and LED flash. The phone will reportedly carry a 5-megapixel camera on the front. Not much is known about the Pro variant for now, but it is being said that it would focus on high-end audio experience courtesy HTC’s in-house BoomSound speakers. The HTC Desire 10 Pro is also expected to have better features than Desire 10 Lifestyle so it should be the pricier of the two phones.advertisementThe latest teaser video is second in the series by HTC. Last week the company had teased what appears to be a camera panel, however, the number 150 shown in the video still remains a mystery to people on internet.last_img read more

Estonia the Chances…Greece the 3 Points!

first_imgGreece continued their perfect record in World cup Qualifying! The Galanolefki came away with a difficult 0-2 victory with goals from Torosidis (65 seconds into play) and a clever free-kick from Kostas Stafylidis in the 61st minute. Estonia was the side that controlled the possession and created most of the chances in the game, but Greece proved more effective in converting their opportunities into goals. Greece’s next match will be a “derby” when they host Bosnia in November.Greece began with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Karnezis (GK), Torosidis (RB), Manolas (CB), Papastathopoulos (CB), Stafylidis (LB), Maniatis (CDM), K. Papadopoulos (CDM), Bakasetas (RM), Mantalos (CAM), Karelis (LM), and Mitroglou (CF).Our National Team could not have asked for a better start. Sixty five seconds into play, Mantalos’ corner was turned in by a well-placed header from Torosidis to give Greece the early 0-1 lead in Estonia. Although the goal took the pressure off the Galanolefki, two injuries within the first 18 minutes (Papastathopoulos and Torosidis) seemed to rattle Greece for the rest of the half. Papastathopoulos was taken off for Tachtsidis (moved K. Papadopoulos to centerback) and the goal scorer, Torosidis, was replaced by Oikonomou (K. Papadopoulos moved to right back). Sloppy and unconfident play from Greece gave Estonia most of the possession in the half as the home side pressed on for a equalizer. The Greek defense stepped up to the task at hand and cleared the many crosses that came in from the wings, holding onto their advantage at halftime. Greece did not show much improvement in the second half with Estonia continuing to control the possession. But it was Greece who found the all important second goal when Stafylidis’ clever free-kick curled around the wall to find the back of the net, giving Greece the 0-2 advantage. With the comfortable lead, Greece sat back as Estonia continued their pressure and tested Karnezis on multiple occasions. Karnezis was at the right place at the right time to deny Estonia the goal that would get the hosts back into the game. In the 79th minute, against the run of play, Mantalos’ shot was inches away from giving Greece their third goal on the night, but the crossbar denied the AEK player. In the final 10 minutes, Estonia continued their heavy pressure with Greece holding on to their 0-2 victory and their perfect record in Group H.Today’s difficult victory shows that the Greek National Team is back on track to contest a place at another major tournament. The win not only comes away from home, but with many injuries in the line-up, including Tzavellas, Samaris, and Fortounis while the two leaders of the National Team, Torosidis and Papastathopoulos, were both knocked out early in today’s match. The overall performance in Estonia was not the best, but the three points in qualifying is what will count at the end of the day.With today’s result, Greece remains one of only 3 teams that have won their first 3 qualifiers along with Belgium (defeated Gibraltar 0-6) and Switzerland. Greece sits atop of Group H with Belgium before their first big clash when they host Bosnia in November. The Bosnians, who are Greece’s main opponents for second in the group, defeated Cyprus 2-0 with two second half goals.Source: (Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fred. Olsen River Cruises to launch second Brabant river cruise season in 2019

first_imgFebruary 6, 2019 – Fred. Olsen River Cruises is launching its second season of European river cruising in 2019 aboard 156-guest Brabant with a number of tempting offers, including ‘No Single Supplement’ on selected sailings, or a ‘FREE Tips & Dining Drinks’ upgrade on almost every 2019 river cruise, for bookings made by 28th February 2019 inclusive. On 4th April 2019, Brabant will set sail on its second river cruise season with Fred. Olsen, serving some of Europe’s finest waterways, including the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube, with 33 exhilarating itineraries to choose from. Keith Norman, River Sales Manager at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Brabant proved to be a fantastic addition to the Fred. Olsen fleet in 2018, allowing us to offer a completely different style of ‘city break’ holiday to a number of fascinating new destinations. “We are now excited to begin another year of sensational river cruising along some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways, to some of its finest towns and cities. Whether you want to explore Germany’s many impressive castles and world-famous vineyards, take in the architectural delights of Rotterdam and Budapest, or sample the vibrancy of cities such as Vienna or Strasbourg, there is a Brabant river cruise to suit everyone. “We believe that these great-value offers will add that extra special touch to what we know will be a fantastic holiday, whether you are an existing Fred. Olsen river cruise guest, or you are trying Brabant for the very first time.” To mark the start of Brabant‘s new river season in 2019, Fred. Olsen is offering a ‘No Single Supplement’ deal on two of its initial cruises – the R1901/R1903 ‘Springtime Dutch Discovery’ sailings in April.\Alternatively, guests can take advantage of a ‘FREE Tips & Dining Drinks’ upgrade on almost every Brabant itinerary in 2019, allowing guests to enjoy complimentary selected house wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks when served with lunch and dinner, with the ‘added extra’ of all gratuities being paid by Fred. Olsen. Brabant itineraries featuring the ‘FREE Tips & Dining Drinks’ upgrade include: Five-night R1901 ‘Springtime Dutch Discovery’ fly-cruise, ex Amsterdam, Netherlands (flights from London Heathrow) on 4th April 2019. Prices start from £999 per person.Solo travellers can sail from £1,199 per person with 0% single supplement on certain grades.Discover Amsterdam’s world-famous attractions, such as the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House, or view tulips in full seasonal bloom on a tour to the legendary Keukenhof Gardens. Enjoy scenic cruising across the Ijsselmeer, sail by the picturesque cities of Zutphen and Zwolle and see the imposing Pannderden Fort as Brabant transits the Pannerden Canal. Visit a string of towns and cities steeped in history and authentic culture, including Nijmegen – the Netherlands’ oldest city – and Kampen, home to one of the country’s best–preserved historic centres.Ports of call: Amsterdam, Netherlands (overnight stay) – Cruising Across Ijsselmeer, Netherlands – Hoorn, Netherlands – Kampen, Netherlands – Cruising on Ijssel River, Netherlands – Deventer, Netherlands (overnight stay) – Cruising by Zutphen, Netherlands – Arnhem, Netherlands (overnight stay) – Cruising Pannerden Canal & Fortress, Netherlands – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Düsseldorf, GermanyFor more details: Visit R1901 ‘Springtime Dutch Discovery’  Seven-night R1904 ‘Cruising the Rhine, Main & Moselle’ fly-cruise, ex Düsseldorf, Germany (flights from London Heathrow) on 19th April 2019. Prices start from £1,399 per person.Experience the breath-taking beauty of Germany to the full, from enchanting destinations steeped in history to the stunning scenery of the Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers. Take in stunning views of world-famous vineyards, impressive castles and palaces and delightful towns as you sail through the glorious German countryside. Marvel at Cologne’s magnificent cathedral; see the imposing Reichsburg Castle in fairytale-esque Cochem; explore Bavaria’s ‘Franconian Rome’, Bamberg; and much more ashore. Ports of call: Düsseldorf, Germany – Cologne, Germany – Cochem, Germany – Cruising Lower Moselle Valley, Germany – Koblenz, Germany (overnight stay) – Miltenberg, Germany – Würzburg, Germany – Bamberg, Germany – Nuremberg, GermanyFor more details: Visit R1904 ‘Cruising the Rhine, Main & Moselle’  Seven-night R1911 ‘Romantic Rhine & Moselle Marvels’ fly-cruise, ex Basel, Switzerland (flights from London Heathrow/Manchester/Edinburgh) on 27th June 2019. Prices start from £1,499 per person.In just seven days, discover impossibly beautiful scenic landscapes and the architectural delights of stunning cities in three captivating European countries. From the fascinating Swiss city of Basel, opt to tour to idyllic Lucerne, or sail the Upper Rhine Valley before visiting Strasbourg, home to an enchanting UNESCO-listed historic centre. Uncover the best that Germany has to offer, including the unspoilt scenery of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle valleys and renowned landmarks and attractions including Braubach’s dramatic Marksburg Castle; Reichburg Castle in Cochem; and Cologne’s iconic cathedral.Ports of call: Basel, Switzerland (overnight stay) – Cruising Upper Rhine, Germany – Breisach, Germany – Strasbourg, France – Speyer, Germany – Mannheim, Germany – Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany – Cruising Middle Rhine Valley, Germany – Braubach, Germany – Koblenz, Germany (overnight stay) – Cruising Lower Moselle Valley, Germany – Cochem, Germany – Cologne, Germany – Düsseldorf, Germany (overnight stay)For more details: Visit R1911 ‘Romantic Rhine & Moselle Marvels’  All prices shown are based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded Standard Room, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, port / airport taxes, flights and transfers, where applicable. Guests booking their holidays with Fred. Olsen River Cruises can also benefit from its ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee. This means that, once a booking is confirmed, Fred. Olsen guarantees that no surcharges or supplements will be added to the cruise price. Bookings are underpinned by the security of ABTA and ATOL protection, as well as Fred. Olsen’s industry-leading ‘Enjoyment Promise’, giving real peace of mind. What is more, all cruises, shore tours and purchases made on board Fred. Olsen’s ships are priced in Pounds Sterling – so that guests can explore the world without having to worry about exchange rates. For further information on Fred. Olsen River Cruises, visit the website at visit the website at or call the Trade Support Team on 01473 746164.last_img read more

Atlantic salmon caught in BC waters far north of damaged US fish

first_imgSECHELT, B.C. – A First Nation on British Columbia’s south coast says its members have caught three Atlantic salmon after thousands of the fish escaped from a farm in Washington state.The Shishalh First Nation in Sechelt says its members caught the Atlantic salmon while fishing for pink salmon on Sunday.A news release from the band says the fish weighed between three and 4.5 kilograms, one was male and the two females had developing eggs.Band officials say there’s a high probability all three escaped Aug. 19 when a pen containing 305,000 salmon collapsed in U.S. waters about 150 kilometres to the south at a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm.Fisheries and Oceans Canada has confirmed one Atlantic salmon was caught off southwestern Vancouver Island on Saturday and officials were checking reports that two more of the non-native species were hooked off Sooke and Esquimalt.Sishalh Chief Warren Paull says the First Nation does not support the farming of non-indigenous salmonid species within its territory and the question is not if, but when Atlantic salmon will enter B.C. streams.Concerns have been raised that escaped Atlantic salmon could compete with their Pacific cousins for food, interbreed with them or introduce disease.“We hope this situation can be contained and monitored, and that future decision making around marine finfish aquaculture will be carried out through developing shared and collaborative decision making processes with First Nations,” Paull says in the release.Michael Rust, science adviser with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s aquaculture office, told The Associated Press last week that farmed salmon tend to be domesticated, raised on feed and are not used to catching fish or escaping predators. Farmed salmon are more likely to be prey than predator, he said.On Saturday, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Department of Ecology to put any new permits for net pens on hold.The Lummi Nation in northwest Washington state declared a state of emergency last week and directed its members to catch as many of the escaped salmon as possible.The band reports its anglers caught about 20,000 of the fish over the weekend.New Brunswick-based Cooke Aquaculture has said high tides and currents damaged the salmon farm and led to the escape. (The Canadian Press, AP, CFAX)last_img read more

Ban keeping close eye on developments in postelection Iran

15 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is keeping an eye on the situation in Iran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory over opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in last week’s election is being contested. “I have been closely following the situation, particularly right after the election, on the demonstrations and controversies,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York. “At the same time, I have also taken note of the instruction by the religious leaders that there should be an investigation into this issue.“In any country, when there is an election, the genuine will of the people should be reflected and respected in a most transparent and fair and objective manner,” he added. According to media reports, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the past several hours following the announcement of the election results. Mr. Mousavi has said he believes the vote was fixed in favour of President Ahmadinejad, while the incumbent said the vote was fair.Meanwhile, the head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today urged the Government of Iran to allow better monitoring of its disputed nuclear programme, and to accept a new initiative of the United States to engage in direct dialogue.Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).In a speech to the Agency’s Board of Governors in Vienna, Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said that Iran has not implemented any of the measures called for by the Security Council and by the Board.“And there has been no movement by Iran on outstanding issues which need to be clarified to exclude the possibility of military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme,” he added. “Without implementation by Iran of the additional protocol and the required safeguards measures, as well as the clarification of outstanding issues, the Agency will not be able to provide assurances about the absence of undeclared nuclear activities in Iran.”At the same time, Mr. ElBaradei said he is encouraged by the new initiative of the US to engage Iran in direct dialogue, without preconditions and on the basis of mutual respect. “This gives reason for hope that a genuine dialogue may lead to a comprehensive settlement of many security, political and economic issues spanning over 50 years.”In a related development, the head of the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme today updated the 15-member body on the panel’s latest work, including the efforts of States to implement those measures.Ambassador Yukio Takasu of Japan presented the report, which covers the period 11 March to 15 June, of the committee established by resolution 1737 of December 2006, which banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems. read more

Australian opposition wants Lankans deported

Sri Lanka was making significant efforts to prevent asylum boats from leaving its waters, opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop and immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said. The Australian federal government should arrange with Sri Lanka to transfer boat people from the island nation who are intercepted in Australian waters back to the southern Asian nation, the Australian coalition says.Australian authorities intercepted a boat carrying 81 suspected asylum seekers north-northwest of Cocos (Keeling) Islands on Saturday. The civil war between the majority Sinhalese and Tamil minority ended in 2009 after more than 25 years. (Sydney Morning Herald) The opposition said the boat appeared to have come from Sri Lanka. “However, those who make it through should be the subject of a new arrangement for immediate transfer back to Sri Lanka without setting foot on Australian soil,” they said in a joint statement on Sunday.They said most Sri Lankans’ claims for asylum were rejected, with the bulk proven to be economic migrants, while many received negative security assessments from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). read more

WatchTrying on Fords Sleep Suit at the Canadian International Auto Show –

Driving while tired can be extremely dangerous, which is why Ford made the SleepSuit to simulate the feeling of drowsiness behind the wheel. Thank you for turning into ITWC, let’s take a look at what it’s all about.The SleepSuit is actually a set of weighted gear. It includes a weighted vest, cap, and limb braces which are supposed to make drivers feel the strain of moving their limbs when drowsy. Altogether, the set weighs 18 kg or just under 40 pounds. The extra weight makes moving, let alone driving, much harder.That’s not all that’s special; the SleepSuit also uses a pair of tinted goggles which mimic the absence of awareness during microsleep. When enabled, the lenses turn pitch black and completely blocks vision. Sound scary? This is a phenomenon that actually happens in traffic!After donning the weights, every tester is put through a mini obstacle course where they must respond to changing signs while the goggles switch between transparent and opaque. When I tried it, the added weights and the obstructed vision made reacting to “stop” and “go” commands extremely difficult.The SleepSuit is already in use to educate young drivers on the risks of sleep deprivation. Ford is placing more emphasis on younger drivers because they tend to do over-night study sessions and force themselves to stay awake for social events. But adults who overwork experience similar strain, which is why the sleep suit can be tremendously helpful for all drivers. read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel – March 18 2014

by News Staff Posted Mar 18, 2014 5:40 am MDT business report|markets Video: Business report with Mike Eppel – March 18, 2014 The markets are holding steady after a Monday rally, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Urban Meyer Ohio State defensive overhaul going well 6 practices into spring

OSU coach Urban Meyer watches his team during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternOffense is what Urban Meyer is known for as a football coach.His spread system has helped him win two national championships, and win 83.7 percent of the games he’s been a head coach.But after watching Ohio State’s defense get torched in its final three games — two of them losses, to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, respectively — Meyer has said he is putting more of an emphasis on that side of the ball. He said the defense had to undergo an “overhaul” after last year — and so far, he likes what he’s seen after bringing in co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.“It’s going well,” Meyer said Tuesday on how Ash is working with fellow co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell after OSU’s sixth spring practice. “We’re completely revamping the entire back end of how we do our business, and so far it’s been pretty good.”The Buckeyes finished 112th in the country last year in defending the pass, giving up 268 yards per game. That group lost leaders like linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback Bradley Roby and safety Christian Bryant to graduation or the NFL Draft, but Meyer likes what he’s seen from their replacements so far in spring ball — particularly junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who is looking to fill Shazier’s shoes.“He’s really, he’s without question one of our top five most improved players,” Meyer said of Perry. “Demeanor’s always been there, work ethic’s been there and the toughness element is something that’s really improved. Love of the game and he’s a wonderful guy to coach.”Offensively, however, OSU has the task of replacing four offensive linemen as well as stud tailback Carlos Hyde, who were all big parts of OSU rushing for 4,321 yards last season.One of the replacements on the offensive line has already been set according to Meyer, who said redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein has earned a starting spot. Elflein played admirably during the Michigan game last year, as well as the Big Ten Championship Game.As for running back, Meyer said Tuesday that between redshirt-senior Rod Smith, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-sophomores Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn, “no one’s really separated themselves yet.”Starting senior quarterback Braxton Miller hasn’t been taking snaps all spring because of a shoulder surgery Feb. 21, but he’s been taking mental repetitions with a camera on his hat and reviewing them with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman.Not getting the actual reps with Miller on the field is “frustrating,” Herman said Tuesday, while also noting that the team has to replace four starters on the offensive line.Herman isn’t worried too much about that, though.“It’d be a bigger concern if I didn’t believe the talent was there, and if I didn’t believe in (offensive line coach) Ed Warinner,” Herman said. “This group of O-linemen, whether we like to say it or not is much farther ahead than the group of our O-linemen our first spring.”Another player who has improved is sophomore running back Dontre Wilson, who Meyer said “is the starting H at Ohio State,” as he looks to fulfill that hybrid position the offense so desperately needs.“But we’d like that hybrid position is really a key guy if we can do that,” Meyer said.Herman echoed Meyer, saying the reason Wilson’s role was simple last year was because he wasn’t ready for anything more than that.“He couldn’t play receiver last year — he didn’t know what the hell he was doing,” Herman said of Wilson. “Didn’t know how to do it. He was 175 pounds or whatever the heck he was. So him and his ability limited us. And ability doesn’t just include running fast and making guys miss. There’s a lot that goes into and usability in the offense. Has had a great offseason and really took to the position and it still learning.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in their first game of the season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Ohio State announces Larry Johnson as assistant head coach and defensive line

Larry Johnson watches the team practice before the Blue and White scrimmage April 20 at Beaver Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of Daily CollegianLarry Johnson is officially an Ohio State Buckeye.OSU made the announcement Wednesday, naming Johnson the next assistant head coach and defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, according to a press release.“I am very pleased that Larry Johnson is an Ohio State Buckeye,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said in the release. “I have great respect for him as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men and as a recruiter. He is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff.”Johnson spent the last 18 years of his career at Penn State, including overseeing the entire defensive line for the last 14 years. He also spent 20 years coaching high school football in Maryland and Virginia, according to the release.“In just a few hours I can tell that Ohio State cares about football,” Johnson said in the release. “There is a winning tradition that is important here. They care about academics and they care about players, and I like the way coach Urban Meyer approaches things. He’s a great teacher. He is very organized and this is what I was looking for.”Johnson is set to replace former Buckeye defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who announced via Twitter Jan. 9 he was leaving OSU to take a job with the Houston Texans of the NFL. Vrabel’s jump to the NFL comes after Houston announced the hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien Jan. 3.While coaching at Penn State, six of Johnson’s defensive linemen were first-round NFL Draft selections, most recently Jared Odrick in 2010. Johnson also coached seven first-team All-Americans on the defensive line in his time at State College, Pa., including Courtney Brown, who was picked No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in 2000.Since 1996, Johnson’s first season with the Nittany Lions, no other Big Ten team has had as many players from one position win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year than the five defensive ends Johnson coached.“I am really impressed with the Ohio State players. I just met a group of players, walked out of the room and thought, ‘wow,’ these are kinds of players I want to coach,” Johnson said. “They were really impressive.”Johnson, who grew up in Williamston, N.C., coached a defense that led the nation in sacks from 2005-09. He focuses on fundamentals and forming relationships with the players he coaches, according to the release.“I’m a relationship guy and I think in order to get the best out of your players you have to develop relationships,” Johnson said in a released statement. “I’m also a teacher. I like to teach the basic fundamentals of football. I want guys who are fundamentally sound and have the ability to play fast and to play relentless.”Johnson’s salary was not immediately available Wednesday evening, per OSU. The man he is replacing at OSU, Vrabel, earned a base salary of $291,004 last season, according to the USA TODAY coaches database.According to PennLive, Johnson was offered to remain as defensive line coach for the Nittany Lions by their new head coach — James Franklin — but declined.The Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Plans for new ways to beat migrants being smuggled to UK in

Although the document does not explain the ways people are thought to be evading detection, the document raises the possibility that organised criminal gangs are developing methods capable of outsmarting current technology intended to spot stoways.Lorries are currently searched using ‘passive millimeter wave imaging’ equipment, a system that detects humans hidden in trailers by capturing a digital image from the radiation a body emits.Border Force officials carry out security checks at so-called “juxtaposed ports” where Britain’s borders have effectively been moved to French soil.A Freedom of Information request last year revealed that migrants trying to sneak into Britain were being caught at these ‘juxtaposed controls’ every 10 minutes.The figures showed that more than 56,000 illegal migrants were seized in 2013, equivalent to 153 people being captured each day. They were found either hidden inside trailers or trying to breach security fences to the ports.Although most are seized at the larger ports like Calais and Dunkirk, gangs have begun using smaller ports in the hope that there are fewer detection systems in place.Last month, migrants were photographed trying to board a truck at the fishing port of Ouistreham, in Normandy. Increasing numbers of migrants have been spotted camping on the roadside or ditches near the small port.Meanwhile a few weeks ago police and border officers were called to Portsmouth after as many as 32 men were found hiding in the back of an articulated lorry.Earlier this year, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and French President, Emmanuel Macron, agreed a treaty increasing the UK’s contribution towards preventing migrants in Calais from crossing the Channel.The Home Office notice adds that the proposed equipment they want to buy will need to function in “harsh sea port environments”. Migrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea queue in line during a food distribution near the former "jungle" in Calais  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. Migrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea queue in line during a food distribution near the former “jungle” in Calais Credit:PASCAL ROSSIGNOL/Reuters The Border Force is to use “next generation fast screening technology” to detect illegal migrants who are now hiding “deeper” in lorries aboard ferries bound for Britain.The equipment will be capable of scanning up to 250 trucks an hour leaving the busiest ports in Northern France.In a document inviting high-tech companies to explain how they can provide such technology, the Home Office warns that organised gangs smuggling migrants into the UK are using increasingly sophisticated methods to conceal stowaways inside freight vehicles bound for the Kent coast.The notice says: “The authority requires a next generation fast screening technological solution to screen between 200 to 250 freight vehicles per hour which is capable of responding to changing patterns on concealment where persons illegally stowed are increasingly hidden deeper within trailer loads.” read more

Buy your own liquor – Jagdeo tells MPs

…says this will reduce Parliamentary food bill Amid concerns that the food bill for one parliament sitting is costing tax payers approximately $700,000, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is suggesting that free alcoholic beverages to MPs be stopped.“It is the alcohol part that I have a problem with, we should buy our alcohol in Parliament. Put a canteen there or something like that and let’s have somebody sell it and if the MPs want to have a drink anywhere in the lounge, they can do that but not ask tax payers to pay the bills,” Jadgeo said.The Opposition Leader was responding to concerns about the ‘extravagance’ on food every time the National Assembly meets.Jagdeo remarked: “We should have really a no-alcohol policy up there. Let people buy their liquor if they want to. You have some of them up there with their entire monthly salary; even the raised salary, the 50% increase, would not be enough to pay for the liquor that they would consume”.At $700,000 per sittings, plus committee meetings, it means almost $80M would have been spent in the three years alone.Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs recently disclosed that the Assembly Committee of the National Assembly considered and gave approval for a number of food suppliers to be invited through the restrictive bidding process to supply snacks.The four suppliers that bid were Maggie’s Snackette and Catering Service; Ambience Restaurant and Catering Service; Carnegie School of Home Economics and Water Chris Hotel and Bar.According to Isaacs, the contract was awarded by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) on July 5, 2018 to Maggie’s Snackette and Catering Service for the supply of meals and snacks for sittings of the National Assembly and Committee Meetings. (Kizzy Coleman) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMPs cannot request alcoholic drinks at VIP Lounge- Parliament ClerkAugust 22, 2018In “latest news”Govt splurging on travel, hotel rooms, confectionery- JagdeoAugust 23, 2018In “latest news”Teixeira roasts House Speaker …says Opposition “disturbed” by process of decision-making and reaction to MPsMarch 3, 2016In “latest news” read more

Murchison Metals to merge with Midwest

first_imgThe directors of Murchison Metals have announced a recommended merger of Murchison and Midwest Corp by way of a Murchison scheme of arrangement. This will create a major new iron ore group based in Western Australia’s mid-west. Murchison says there is “compelling logic to create major value uplift for shareholders of both companies. [It is a]unique time and place opportunity to capture value from customer demand and global corporate interest.” This is an opportunity for co-ordinated and efficient development of the mid-west iron ore province and further underpins development of port and rail infrastructure.last_img read more

Rumored Galaxy S2 firmware leaked

first_imgThe Galaxy S brand has been a success for Samsung. Though originally the name for a single smartphone, it became the name for a line of Android smartphones including the Samsung Fascinate which we reviewed in September. Samsung’s success has even caught the eye of Google which selected the company to create the sequel to the Nexus One–Google’s ill-fated venture into selling handsets directly to wireless subscribers rather than through wireless carriers as is the norm.Naturally, the popularity of the Galaxy S brand has created interest into a possible sequel expected to be called the Galaxy S2. Rumors about the specs of the Galaxy S2 (i9200) include either a 2GHz or a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 4.3-in Super AMOLED 720P display capable of a resolution of 1280 x 720, an 8 megapixel camera with a 1080p HD camcorder, 4GB of ROM with 32GB microSD, and possibly even the Android 3.0 operating system codenamed “Honeycomb.”AdChoices广告That’s why news of a possible leaked firmware for the mythical Galaxy S2 has piqued a lot of interest. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone knows what is in it. So far, it seems we know that it includes FM radio support, Bluetooth, and a variant of the RFS file system which was in the first Galaxy S.If the Galaxy S2 becomes a reality it would be a nice holiday gift, right? Unfortunately, most people agree the earliest we’ll probably see a Galaxy S2 smartphone is in the first quarter next year. Until then the only possible peek into the phone will be the leaked firmware which can be downloaded.Read more at AndroidGuys, Phandroid and XDAlast_img read more

Sentinelles des glaces laventure pour sensibiliser les jeunes à la fonte de

first_img“Sentinelles des glaces” : l’aventure pour sensibiliser les jeunes à la fonte de la banquiseA l’occasion du lancement de l’expédition “Sentinelles des glaces” le 28 mars prochain, Maxisciences a interviewé Luc Denoyer, un des trois participants de l’aventure menée par l’association Les Robinsons des Glaces.Les Robinsons des Glaces est une association qui rassemble des personnes de tous horizons : aventuriers, artistes ou scientifiques, qui souhaitent sensibiliser le public à la disparition de la banquise polaire. Dans cette visée, ils ont monté le projet pédagogique “Sentinelles des glaces” en partenariat avec des institutions de recherche telles que le CNRS et le Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES). Après une étape de sensibilisation auprès des scolaires, Emmanuel Hussenet, Luc Dénoyer et Lisa, une jeune fille de 12 ans, vont se lancer dans une expédition sur la côte est du Groenland pour récolter des données sur la fonte des glaces. Maxisciences – Comment se prépare un tel projet ?Luc Dénoyer – “Sentinelles des glaces” est un projet à deux volets : d’une part la mission scientifique en tant que telle, mais aussi le travail pédagogique qui s’effectue en amont auprès des classes. Dans cet objectif, nous sommes intervenus dans un premier temps dans les écoles afin d’apporter notre témoignage de passionnés de l’Arctique. La préparation de l’expédition a ensuite consisté à rassembler le matériel nécessaire pour les mesures de données scientifiques. Pour ce qui est de la logistique, nous avons nos habitudes et nos contacts. Les attelages de chiens de traîneaux avec lesquels nous nous déplacerons, nous seront prêtés par des Inuits une fois au Groenland.Quelles seront sur place les étapes de votre expédition ?Tout d’abord nous nous rendrons sur la banquise annuelle du fjord de Scoresbysund qui à cette époque est gelée. Nous y creuserons un trou pour immerger la “bouée Sentinelle”. Il s’agit d’une bouée géostationnaire munie de capteurs (température, luminosité, salinité) destinée à des recherches scientifiques. Nous nous rendrons par la suite plus au sud, à travers la banquise mobile pour déposer sur une plaque la plus épaisse possible, la “Capsule Sentinelle”. Cette Capsule qui renferme des messages d’enfants sera surmontée d’une balise Argos pour permettre de suivre par satellite son parcours. L’expédition devrait en tout durer 15 jours.En terme de moyens comment une telle expédition peut-elle voir le jour ?Pour le moment nous sommes en autofinancement. Pendant notre voyage, nous comptons prendre des images et des vidéos dans le but de les vendre à notre retour. Du matériel nous est néanmoins prêté, notamment par le CNES  qui nous fournit la balise Argos pour localiser la Capsule avec une précision d’environ 150 mètres. Que vous apportent vos partenariats avec des institutions de recherche, CNRS et CNES ?Le CNRS représente un partenaire précieux dans l’interface pédagogique du projet “Sentinelles des glaces”. Il consacre du temps auprès des écoles pour expliquer le fonctionnement de la “bouée sentinelle”. Le CNES quant à lui récolte et exploite les données de la bouée qui lui sont transmises par satellite.  Cependant pour que ces mesures relèvent une réelle évolution de la banquise au cours du temps, il faudra replacer la “bouée sentinelle” régulièrement les années suivantes à la même période. On peut donc s’attendre à d’autres expéditions “Sentinelles des glaces”.D’où part cette idée d’un projet pédagogique ?Ce projet est tout à fait nouveau pour Les Robinsons des glaces. L’idée nous est venue après notre expédition l’année passée. Nous sommes partis deux mois en kayak sans assistance pour nous installer sur une plaque mobile et vivre la dérive. Cette aventure avait provoqué un engouement médiatique sur l’exploit considéré comme une grande première. Cependant, avec les plaques qui deviennent de plus en plus fines, ce voyage aurait dû être perçu comme le dernier de ce genre. Plus jamais nous ne pourrons renouveler l’expérience, cela représente un trop grand risque. Dès lors, nous avons mesuré l’importance de sensibiliser les générations à venir sur l’évolution de la banquise. Comment comptez-vous toucher les nouvelles générations ?Nous souhaitions impliquer les jeunes dans notre aventure, c’est pourquoi nous avons proposé à Lisa, une jeune fille de 12 ans, de nous accompagner. Par ses témoignages, elle pourra faire part à ceux de sa génération de l’avancée de notre expédition. De plus, les élèves pourront suivre avec leur professeur le chemin de la Capsule sur Internet. Par ces moyens pédagogiques vivants et attrayants, nous espérons que les jeunes s’approprieront cette démarche de sensibilisation.À lire aussiVoici à quoi ressemblerait la Terre si toutes les glaces du globe fondaientPourquoi avoir créé la Capsule contenant des messages d’enfants ?La Capsule a une valeur symbolique. Elle a été réalisée entièrement par les élèves du lycée des métiers Roland Garros à Toulouse. Elle renferme des textes, dessins et poèmes que les jeunes ont voulu confier à la banquise. Elle est comme un message d’une bouteille jetée à la mer.Qu’attendez vous d’une telle expédition?Concernant les résultats nous ne pouvons pour le moment que proposer des hypothèses. Nous nous attendons à récolter des données révélant la baisse de salinité de l’océan provoquée par la fonte des glaciers. Nos résultats pourront être corrélés à l’incidence sur la faune maritime. Nous espérons que notre aventure touchera le plus de personnes possible. Il est difficile de trouver le ton efficace dans la sensibilisation à l’environnement sans tomber dans les discours alarmistes. Peut être que la beauté et la poésie du projet pourront amener les gens à se questionner quant aux impacts de leur activité sur les écosystèmes de la planète. Information exclusive. Toute reproduction interdite sans mention explicite du site Maxisciences. Le 18 mars 2011 à 17:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more