Delhi court issues notice to ED on Michels plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on plea of Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, alleging the agency of politicising the case by leaking the chargesheet copy to the media. The agency, on the other hand, sought an enquiry as to how the copy of the charge sheet was leaked to the media and asked for issuance of notice to a news organisation asking to explain how they accessed the document. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Special judge Arvind Kumar issued notice to the agency and directed it to file a reply on Michel’s plea, which had stated that he had not named anybody in connection with the deal during investigation by the ED and that even though the court has not taken cognisance over the documents filed before it, in order to make the entire case a sensation again in the media, the agency had leaked the charge sheet. The court will take up the matter of leaking of the charge sheet copy on April 11. The court also issued summons to Michel’s business partner and middleman David Nigel John Syms as accused in the case. Syms, named as accused in the charge sheet, will have to appear before court on May 9.last_img read more

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UN refugee agency vehicle ambushed in Somalia

8 April 2008Two staff members of the United Nations refugee agency narrowly escaped with their lives when their vehicle was ambushed in the north-eastern Somali region of Puntland over the weekend. A group of armed militia men blocked the road with a car as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) vehicle, carrying an international staff member and a local driver, was passing through the town of Garowe. The driver managed to reverse the vehicle and drive away from the scene; more than 20 bullet holes were found in the vehicle. Police accompanying the vehicle arrested four suspects. In a statement, UNHCR expressed shock over the attack and called on the Puntland authorities to take strong measures to ensure the perpetrators were brought to justice. UNHCR has three offices in Puntland, which provide assistance to internally-displaced Somalis and asylum seekers and refugees from other countries. The security situation in the region has deteriorated over the past months, making the delivery of assistance to vulnerable people increasingly difficult. International non-governmental organisations (NGOs) pulled out of Puntland last year after several abductions and other attacks. read more

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As US looks inward China seeks a lead role on world stage

by Jamey Keaten And Gillian Wong, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2017 10:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DAVOS, Switzerland – With the U.S. increasingly looking inward and China eager to take a lead on the global stage, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday cast his country as a champion of free trade and stability, a rebuke to the isolationist urges that helped carry Donald Trump to power.Some of the elites listening in Davos, Switzerland, hailed a statesmanlike, even Barack Obama-like speech from Xi as the first Chinese head of state to attend the World Economic Forum — even if it depicted a Chinese commitment to open markets that falls short of reality.The speech, rife with metaphor and allusions to Ali Baba, Chinese proverbs and even Abraham Lincoln, highlighted a high-brow effort to make a contrast with an incoming U.S. leader whose own words regularly stirred controversy at home and abroad and created new doubts about U.S. leadership in the world.“We must remain committed to promoting free trade and investment through opening up and say no to protectionism,” Xi told an opening meeting of the WEF. “Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room. While wind and rain may be kept outside, so are light and air.”“No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war,” he said.During his campaign, Trump promised to raise tariffs on Chinese goods and declare Beijing guilty of keeping its currency artificially low. That would be a first step toward imposing sanctions. But in fact, for the past couple of years China has been intervening in markets to prop up its currency, not push it lower.“China has no intention to boost its trade competitiveness by devaluing the renminbi, still less will it launch a currency war,” Xi said Tuesday.Xi made no direct reference to Trump, but his vocal support for free trade could appear rich to other Western countries who have grumbled about commercial restrictions in China.Foreign companies complain Beijing is reducing access to its markets for electric cars, computer security technology and other promising fields or pressing them to give know-how to potential Chinese competitors. Some say they are blocked from acquiring assets in China, just as Chinese companies have been on a foreign buying spree.“The political leadership of China never ceases to assure us that further opening toward foreign investment … is a priority,” Germany’s ambassador to China, Michael Clauss, said this week. “However, many companies keep telling us that their difficulties in these areas have increased.”“It often appears that somewhere down the line, political assurances of equal treatment give way to protectionist tendencies,” he said in a statement.Beijing also faces U.S. and European complaints it is exporting steel, aluminum, solar panels and other goods at improperly low prices, threatening thousands of jobs abroad.“These are very nice words,” said Nariman Behravesh, IHS chief economist, of the Xi speech. “What specific things is China going to do in terms of opening up, becoming a true engine of globalization? … I like the commitments but in English we have an expression, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Let’s see what the actions are.”Xi also stepped into other areas of international consensus, calling the Paris accord to fight climate change a “hard-won achievement,” and urging signatories to “stick to it.”Trump, who has called climate change a Chinese hoax, has raised speculation that he might pull the U.S. out.The visit by Xi caps the largest-ever Chinese delegation to Davos, including over 100 officials and scores of business executives and embodying a tectonic shift at an event that started nearly a half-century ago among Europeans and Americans.Speaking Monday, WEF Founder Klaus Schwab said this year’s event is “not just a Western meeting.” One third of participants are from developing economies.The bumpy run-up to the Trump administration — Trump’s poll numbers are low for an incoming president — has given the Chinese leader a convenient opportunity to advance his goal of giving his country a more assertive leadership role.China previously sought to capture the mantle as a supporter of world trade after Trump said he would pull the United States out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal championed by President Barack Obama.Xi cast the world economy as adrift, saying it lacked a “driving force” and that inadequate global governance and unequal benefits have widened the gulf between rich and poor. “This is the biggest challenge in the world today,” he said.He called for a “new growth model” that takes into account climate change, aging populations and increased automation.Xi hit hard on the metaphor of the world economy as an “ocean,” saying countries “must have courage to swim in the global market.”“We should not develop a habit of retreating to the harbour whenever encountering the storm, for this will never get us to the other shore of the ocean,” he said.Mainstream Western leaders have been grappling with populist movements at home, including the one that helped undergird Trump’s election victory. His transition team has one top adviser, Anthony Scaramucci, at the forum ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration.Chinese officials last week said that envoys to the WEF were willing to meet with members of Trump’s team in Davos, but Scaramucci said he didn’t hear Xi’s speech. Outgoing Vice-President Joe Biden did, however, and briefly met with the Chinese leader, a U.S. diplomatic official said.Some have been puzzled by the shifting geopolitical landscape epitomized by Xi’s speech championing free trade and globalism. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, as he interviewed Secretary of State John Kerry in Davos, quipped: “If you had just read me the words, I would have told you: ‘I didn’t know that President Obama came here.’”___Wong contributed from Beijing. Theodora Tongas also contributed to this report. China’s President Xi Jinping, left, poses with his wife Peng Liyuan, right, as they launch the Swiss-Sino year of tourism next to a panda ice sculpture on the side line of the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Pool Photo via AP) As US looks inward, China seeks a lead role on world stage read more

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Ban calls for concerted efforts to bring peace to eastern DR Congo

In a message to the Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), held yesterday in Kampala, Uganda, Mr. Ban condemned violence and serious human rights violations against civilians by the rebel March 23 Movement (M23) and other armed entities in eastern DRC, adding that the abuses should be thoroughly investigated. “The M23, [which] has recently made advances northwards from its positions in [DRC’s eastern province of] North Kivu, is continuing destabilizing activities in areas that it occupies, and is perpetrating serious human rights violations, including child recruitment and sexual violence,” said Mr. Ban’s message, which was distributed to delegates at the meeting. “Furthermore, other armed groups have stepped up their activities. Over 260,000 people have been displaced in North Kivu alone in the past several months, while over 60,000 additional Congolese have crossed into Rwanda and Uganda.” Mr. Ban said that all support to the M23 and other armed groups must “cease immediately and permanently.” But as he warned that the deteriorating security situation in eastern DRC threatened the stability in the wider Great Lakes region, he also stressed that it was “vitally important” for regional and international peace and security to uphold the territorial integrity and sovereignty of UN Member States. Such a principle was an “inviolable principle and cornerstone of international law.” Mr. Ban called for “concerted efforts” by all concerned national, regional and international actors to seek a path to peace. “I strongly encourage continued and sustained high-level dialogue at the bilateral and regional level aimed at restoring mutual trust and political will to address underlying causes of the conflict,” he stated. The Secretary-General offered his “good offices, when and if appropriate,” to help find a peaceful solution to the region’s troubles. He also said he looked forward to the outcomes of discussions on the proposed international neutral force to be deployed along the DRC-Rwanda border, which will be informed by the report of the ICGLR’s Military Assessment Team. “Clarity on the concept and operational modalities of such a force, as well as its coordination with MONUSCO will be important,” he said, referring to the peacekeeping operation known as the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC. Mr. Ban also welcomed the recent progress in strengthening confidence-building measures, and cited the launching on 14 September in Goma of the expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (JVM). First discussed in June, the mechanism is a technical body, comprising experts from both DRC and Rwanda and those of the UN and African Union, to address DRC-Rwanda border security issues. “The United Nations, through MONUSCO, is supporting the work of the JVM and of the Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre in Goma, and strongly encourages close cooperation between the partners for their full and effective implementation,” Mr. Ban said. read more

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At regional session UN agricultural agency urges sustainable development for better nutrition

Speaking at the start of the biennial Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe, taking place from 4 to 6 May in Antalya, Turkey, the agency’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, noted that the absolute number of hungry people in the region – measured in terms of their caloric energy intake – dropped by at least 40 per cent since 1990. “But despite overall positive trends regarding food security, others forms of malnutrition still persist and continue to be a problem, affecting all the nations in this diverse region,” he said. For example, in 48 of 53 countries in the wider Europe and Central Asia region, the combined overweight and obesity prevalence in the adult population exceeds 55 per cent, while relatively high rates of stunting continue to be seen among children in the Caucasus and Central Asia, the Director-General said. He highlighted that many governments in the region have already started taking steps that move beyond just producing more food, and which seek to transform food systems to improve food quality and people’s nutrition. Noting that a substantial number of the region’s poor and malnourished people live in the countryside, the Director-General emphasized that fostering dynamic rural economies must remain at the heart of development efforts. To support such work, FAO has embarked on two priority regional initiatives. The first focuses on empowering smallholders and family farmers in order to improve their livelihoods and resilience to disasters and shocks, including climate change, while the second aims at improving the agriculture and food trade-policy environment in ways that can help small- and medium-sized farm operations thrive and expand. Against the backdrop of Turkey, which is currently struggling to cope with more than 2.5 million international refugees and migrants, Mr. Graziano da Silva also emphasized the need to combat at their roots phenomena that put stress on populations and trigger migration, both within countries and across borders. Armed conflicts are one cause, but climate change, food-chain threats such as agricultural pests and diseases, rural poverty, climate-induced natural disasters and other harsh realities also put pressure on families and communities, the Director-General said. Describing sustainable development as an essential element for building a safer, more peaceful world, Mr. Graziano da Silva also highlighted that prioritizing food security, agriculture and rural development can help support the establishment of peaceful and stable societies. FAO Regional Conferences take place every two years, bringing together in the case of Europe and Central Asia delegates from 53 member countries and one member organization – the European Union. Numerous observer organizations representing civil society and the private sector also participate in the conference, which sets regional priorities for food and agriculture, and oversees FAO’s field programme and other work in the region. This week’s sessions include a ministerial-level discussion on how FAO members in Europe and Central Asia will respond to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Promotion of a group of foods known as pulses – dried beans, peas, lentils and other edible seeds that grow in pods – is another central agenda item. Food losses and waste, nuclear techniques for controlling insect pests, and the upcoming World Programme for the Census of Agriculture will also be discussed. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva addresses the opening session of the 30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto read more

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DKB BUNDESLIGA Dario Quenstedt stops Kiel in Magdeburg

Leipzig21 – 30Rhein-Neckar 8.Hannover-Burgdorf291379811:80133 9.Gummersbach2814311767:75331 RESULTS – ROUND 29: 15.TVB Stuttgart284618698:80414 14.Bergischer287120702:79415 SC Magdeburg: Ambrosius (48.-50.), Quenstedt (1.-48., 50.-60., 14/2 saves); Musa (2), Rojewski, Musche (2), van Olphen, Bagersted, Grafenhorst (1), Haaß (1), Bezjak (1), Weber (8/3), Damgaard (9), Zelenovic (3), Lemke (2); Trainer: Wiegert 13.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten286319738:80915 MT Melsungen25 – 32Flensburg-H. N-Lubbecke26 – 27Bergischer 1.Rhein-Neckar292504831:63950 6.HSG Wetzlar2915410754:74234 12.Lemgo287219743:83416 2.Flensburg-H.282233837:69647 THW Kiel: Landin (1.-60., 14 saves), Katsigiannis (n.e.); Duvnjak (7), Mamelund (n.e.), Dissinger (2), Wiencek (3), Ekberg (4/3), Anic (n.e.), Canellas (2), Dahmke (1), Jaanimaa, Klein (2), Brozovic (1), Vujin (6); Trainer: Gislason Rhein Neckar Lowen, again, have all in own hands! THW Kiel’s chances to win title in DKB Bundesliga becames much smaller after last night defeat in Magdeburg 28:29, where Dario Quenstedt saved penatly shot by Niclas Ekberg. 5.Fuchse Berlin281639785:71635 Goppingen35 – 26TVB Stuttgart ← Previous Story RK Gorenje and RK Celje PL postpone title decision for May 27 Next Story → ADRIATIC World Young Female left wing 2015/2016? STANDINGS: 10.SC Magdeburg2811710771:76929 HSG Wetzlar29 – 22Lemgo Hannover-Burgdorf25 – 22Fuchse Berlin SC Magdeburg29 – 28Kiel 11.Leipzig2911315761:81525 7.Goppingen2816111769:71533 3.Kiel282224856:72246 16.Eisenach284222705:87610 17.N-Lubbecke282422702:8158 4.MT Melsungen281837792:72239 Dario Quenstedtdkb bundesligaRhein Neckar LowenSC MagdeburgTHW Kiel read more

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PERFECT SEASON Triple crown for El Jaish

el jaish sports clubKhalid Saif Al-KuwariQatari handball Eljaish first handball team won the title of Emir Cup 2015-2016 for the third time respectively after defeating Al-Gharafa team at the final match scoring 21-16. Eljaish finished first half scoring 9-8.H.E. Salah Bin Ghanem Al-Ali, minister of culture and sports, accompanied by Mr. Ahmad Al-Shaabi, president of handball association, crowned Eljaish with the title and handed gold medals and trophy to Eljaish players and handed silver medals to Al-Gharafa team.By this achievement, Eljaish team won the title for the third time respectively and finished the season with 3 titles after winning the league and Qatar Cup championships.AL-KUWARI: HISTORICAL ACHIEVEMENTMr. Khalid Saif Al-Kuwari, head of handball staff at Eljaish sports club, dedicated the title of Emir Cup 2016-2016 to club management as appreciation for their unlimited support for the handball team in the club.“Eljaish team deserved winning the title of Emir Cup title as finished the season and the best possible image by winning the three titles in a historical achievement”, said the chairman and added:“All players were trustworthy and we succeeded in winning the final match despite the absence of Isam Tej who is currently suspended by the association for 5 matches. I would like to thank members of the administrative and technical staff for their efforts during the season and I wish them more good luck to win more titles in the future”, concluded Khalid Saif Al-Kuwari. ← Previous Story Sebastian Simonet to BM Ademar Leon Next Story → All Star team of Norwegian league 2015/2016 read more

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Remembrance Day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Return to Anatolia and Greek Federal Organisation of Ex-Servicemen’s Reserve of Greece in Australia Inc. proudly presents Remembrance Day national pilgrimage and wreath laying. Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, director of the Beyond Anzac Cove project will be making a brief presentation about the significance of the pilgrimage, about the experiences of Australian POWs in the Hellenic world as well as the contributions to Hellenism of the people of the City of Ballarat. “Eleven November is marked every year as Remembrance Day, the day World War One ended,” Dr Diamadis told Neos Kosmos about the significance of this day. “On that day, many of the Australians who had been taken prisoner by the Ottoman Turkish Empire were released from captivity. In honour of the Anzacs who were held as prisoners-of-war in Anatolia in World war One as well as those held in Greece during World War Two – almost 5,000 men in all – RTA and the Greek Ex-Servicemen’s are jointly holding this pilgrimage to Ballarat, site of the only Australian Prisoner-of-War Memorial in the country.” He said “the importance of the event lies in the combination of the uniqueness of the memorial, and the event being held between Hellenic National Day and Remembrance Day”. “Holding such a commemorative event illustrates the multilateral nature of the Australian Hellenic relationship. It highlights the Australian heritage in Hellas as well as the Hellenic contribution in Australia.” A church service will be held at 10.00 am on 6 November at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, 116 Humffray Street, Ballarat followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Australian ex-prisoner of war memorial at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Gillies Street and Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree. A presentation and lunch will take place at the Greek Community Hall at 116 Humffray Street, Ballarat and the cost is $15.last_img read more

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Martial desperate to leave Manchester United

first_imgManchester United winger Anthony Martial seems poised to part company with Manchester United after struggling to secure a regular first-team football under Jose Mourinho.The internal war between Mourinho and the ex-Monaco forward went public when the Portuguese manager criticized Martial for the lack of attitude and commitment.The 22-year-old Frenchman arrived at the Old Trafford back in 2015 for a reported fee of around £57 million. However, he failed to establish himself under Mourinho ever since the former Real Madrid boss replaced Louis van Gaal.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Therefore, the France international considers leaving the Premier League giants in the forthcoming transfer market, that’s according to the Daily Mirror.With Martial’s contract with the Red Devils running out next summer, the Lyon academy youth product could negotiate the personal terms with interested parties as early as January.This season, Martial booked a total of eight outings in all competitions, having notched two goals in the process, including the one against Young Boys in United’s 3-0 victory on the Champions League opening matchday.last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola tells Gabriel Jesus to relax amid scoring drought

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has no concerns over Gabriel Jesus’ form, despite his struggles in front of goalThe Brazilian striker has only scored once in 11 Premier League games this season following City’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.However, Guardiola is confident Jesus will rediscover his scoring touch in the English top-flight and praised his work ethic.“He just needs to relax,” Guardiola told the club website. “I love his work ethic.“I said to him: the work out on the pitch will sustain him. He helps us a lot. I am delighted.“Football is not for one player the reason why he plays bad. Gabriel is a delight.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He’s young, the same as the others ones, he will improve because has the desire to improve and that is important. He helped us a lot. A lot.“I don’t agree with the suggestion he did not make a good performance. Yes, strikers are judged on goals but we needed his runs – he made a thousand million runs in behind!“For example, Raheem Sterling likes to drop to play with David Silva. In that situation, we need a specific quality – a run from Gabriel.“He will be so important.”Despite his struggles in the league, Jesus has scored in both the Champions League and Carabao Cup this season.City will next face Watford away in the Premier League on Tuesday with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

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Health Ministry of Jamaica to get technical assistance for projects

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 3, 2017 – Kingston – The Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for the provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Health valued at US$564,297.   This will assist the Government’s plans to construct the Western Regional Children’s Hospital. The four-month consultancy will be implemented at a cost of US$146,663.It will also help in boosting the infrastructure and medical equipment of five hospitals, namely, Spanish Town, May Pen, St. Ann’s Bay Regional, Mandeville Regional and the Kingston Public. This consultancy will be implemented over a six-month period at a fee of US$417,634.The MOU was signed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sancia Bennett Templer; and Head of UNOPS Operations in Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean, Ingar Falck Olsen, at Jamaica House in Kingston, on October 31.Dr. Tufton said both projects fall in line with the Ministry’s overarching goal of developing a comprehensive 10-year Strategic Development Plan for the health sector as part of the integrated health-service-delivery framework.   He pointed out that the partnership for the construction of the Western Regional Children’s Hospital will include preparation of the project document, project charter for the construction of the hospital and reviewing technical documents – preliminary designs/drawings and medical equipment list.Dr. Tufton noted that these will ensure optimal operation of the new hospital, given the current epidemiological profile and the projected growing needs of the population to be served.“The analysis of the medical equipment list to be provided by the Government of China will ensure that there is no duplication and that all planned health services receive enough reliable equipment to bring quality support to the targeted population,” he said.The Minister added that ground will be broken for the new 220-bed hospital next year.   He said that upgrading of the hospitals will see Spanish Town Hospital moving from Type B to Type A, May Pen Hospital from Type C to Type B, St. Ann’s Bay Regional and Mandeville Regional Hospitals from Type B to Type A hospitals.Dr, Tufton noted that for the Kingston Public Hospital, the study will assess the current infrastructure, organisation and services of the hospital and assess the feasibility of the renovation, expansion and the reorganization of the hospital to enhance the quality of services and efficiency of the hospital.     He said that while the country’s health infrastructure faces many challenges and budgetary constraints, the Government is committed to universal access to health and universal healthcare coverage.“We are moving ahead to fill gaps, and despite challenges within the sector, the Ministry of Health remains committed to improving our infrastructure, which is critical for effective healthcare delivery. We are committed to improving the physical facilities that make care accessible, inclusive of laboratories, and other support facilities, pharmaceuticals, health information system and the appropriate human resources,” he said.In the meantime, the Minister pointed out that the Government has spent just under $800 million to improve infrastructure in some of the island’s hospitals. He cited recent renovations at the Noel Holmes Hospital and the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital.   For his part, Mr. Olsen said UNOPS works in approximately 100 middle- and high-income countries.“Usually, Governments have asked us to get engaged in more health-related areas and, therefore, during the last five to 10 years, there’s been a real shift in our focus towards health infrastructure, equipment, procurement, maintenance, pharmaceuticals and construction and rehabilitation of hospitals,” he said.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Juneau representatives disappointed with lack of progress on budget plan

first_imgRep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, and Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, stand in the Capitol in February. They both say the Legislature accomplished some good in the legislative session, but has more work to do. (Photo courtesy office of Rep. Sam Kito)Southeast Alaska lawmakers spent time during the legislative session working to protect regional interests, including the ferry system.The lack of agreement over a long-term plan to balance the state’s budget means there’s more work for them to do.Listen nowState representatives Sam Kito III and Justin Parish both said the Legislature accomplished some good this year, including preventing cuts to the public school and ferry budgets.Kito said the Legislature’s inability to agree on a long-term plan to balance the state’s budget was a major disappointment.“What I do want to do is make sure that we don’t spend down our savings to the point where we have to significantly increase taxes beyond what is proposed to the Alaskan public,” Kito said.Kito, a Democrat, represents nearly half of Juneau, as well as Haines, Skagway and Gustavus.Kito said the new law ending oil and gas tax credits that companies can cash in was a start.“I do have a concern that there’s a lot of work left to do in trying to make sure that we are providing for the best revenue stream from the oil and gas industry, at the same time providing adequate incentives for smaller corporations, smaller companies to go out and do exploration,” Kito said.Kito chairs the Legislative Council, which can influence how much lawmakers are paid per day during sessions. He suggested that criticism of the Legislature’s per diem payments shouldn’t be a major focus as the Legislature considers addressing the budget gap.“Even though it is an issue that some members of the public are highlighting, it is one of those things that is, for me, a distraction on trying to get our work done,” Kito said.Kito said he’d like to see the Legislature meet to pass legislation increasing state revenue later this year, but he said that will only make sense if leaders in both the House and Senate will agree to work together.“Having productive leadership discussions early on and more often could have actually alleviated some of the delays that we saw  in trying to get out of town this year,” Kito said. “Hopefully, we learn our lesson from this year, and we are able to get our work done in a more reasonable amount of time next year.”Parish also is a Democrat. He represents the rest of Juneau, including the Mendenhall Valley. It was his first session. He’s disappointed the Senate didn’t spend more time considering the income tax proposal the House passed.“Most Alaskans recognize that we need to step up to the plate,” Parish said. “We need to contribute, or we’ll be leaving a much worse state for our children. And that’s not OK with most of us.”Parish parted ways with most of the other members of the House majority, including Kito, in supporting funds for the Juneau Access Project to extend the road north of Juneau.“Most importantly, I represent my district,” Parish said. “The people in my district have told me that it’s a priority to them that in the long term, people in Juneau should have an easier way of getting out of town and getting back.”Parish voted with most of the Republican House minority against the capital budget due to a cut to the road. He’d like to see House members work together more.“There is not enough bipartisan cooperation in the House,” Parish said. “I’m glad that our current coalition, with Republicans, Democrats and independents, was able to come together. But I really want to reach out to more members of the minority, and members of the majority in the Senate, and try to find common ground, try to find realistic solutions to the serious problems that are facing us.”Speculation on the timing for a fourth special session focused on revenue has centered on late October. But that may depend on legislative leaders making progress before then.last_img read more

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Underwater Pokéball snatches up softbodied deep dwellers

first_imgCreatures that live in the depths of the oceans are often extremely fragile, making their collection a difficult affair. A new polyhedral sample-collection mechanism acts like an “underwater Pokéball,” allowing scientists to catch ’em all without destroying their soft, squishy bodies in the process.The ball is technically a dodecahedron that closes softly around the creature in front of it. It’s not exactly revolutionary, except in that it is extremely simple mechanically — at depths of thousands of feet, the importance of this can’t be overstated — and non-destructive.Sampling is often done via a tube with moving caps on both ends into which the creature must be guided and trapped, or a vacuum tube that sucks it in, which as you can imagine is at best unpleasant for the target and at worst, lethal.The rotary actuated dodecahedron, or RAD, has five 3D-printed “petals” with a complex-looking but mechanically simple framework that allows them to close up simultaneously from force applied at a single point near the rear panel.“I was building microrobots by hand in graduate school, which was very painstaking and tedious work,” explained creator Zhi Ern Teoh, of Harvard’s Wyss Institute, “and I wondered if there was a way to fold a flat surface into a three-dimensional shape using a motor instead.”The answer is yes, obviously, since he made it; the details are published in Science Robotics. Inspired by origami and papercraft, Teoh and his colleagues applied their design knowledge to creating not just a fold-up polyhedron (you can cut one out of any sheet of paper) but a mechanism that would perform that folding process in one smooth movement. The result is the network of hinged arms around the polyhedron tuned to push lightly and evenly and seal it up.In testing, the RAD successfully captured some moon jellies in a pool, then at around 2,000 feet below the ocean surface was able to snag squid, octopus and wild jellies and release them again with no harm done. They didn’t capture the octopus on camera, but apparently it was curious about the device.Because of the RAD’s design, it would work just as well miles below the surface, the researchers said, though they haven’t had a chance to test that yet.“The RAD sampler design is perfect for the difficult environment of the deep ocean because its controls are very simple, so there are fewer elements that can break,” Teoh said.There’s also no barrier to building a larger one, or a similar device that would work in space, he pointed out. As for current applications like sampling of ocean creatures, the setup could easily be enhanced with cameras and other tools or sensors.“In the future, we can capture an animal, collect lots of data about it like its size, material properties, and even its genome, and then let it go,” said co-author David Gruber, from CUNY. “Almost like an underwater alien abduction.”last_img read more

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Ladysmith Gazette hits the shelves with vacancies up for grabs this week

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you’d be wise to get your copy as soon as possible.Read our front-page story about the shooting at Geluksburg that happened on Monday.We have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3, including an article about 13 crocodiles found on the banks of the Klip River.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport.You can purchase your copy on the streets and at various shops around town; the newspaper is not hard to find!The cost of the Ladysmith Gazette is ONLY R5.30. So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy NOW!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Canada Jetlines adds Puerto Plata Samana SDQ to the list

first_imgTags: Canada Jetlines, New Routes Tuesday, January 29, 2019 VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines has added the D.R. to its wish list, signing agreements for future service to Puerto Plata, Samana and Santo Domingo.The would-be ultra low-cost carrier says it has reached an agreement with Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) to provide future service to Puerto Plata’s Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) and the Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS), or Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ). Aerodom manages and operates several airports in the D.R., servicing an average of over five million passengers travelling to 58 cities around the world annually.“We are very excited to announce future service to these destinations. Adding these Caribbean airports to our network will enable Canadian’s to travel affordably during the cold winter season,” says Jetlines CEO, Javier Suarez. “Our very low fares will allow our customers to visit these destinations at a very low cost. Dominican Republic is one of the fastest-growing and most-visited tourist destinations in the Caribbean and the diverse geography, rich culture, and warm hospitality make it an attractive vacation spot for many Canadians.”He adds that the airline’s ability to service these routes is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. The exact arrival and departure airports for routes to the Dominican Republic will be determined once regulatory approvals are received.Canada Jetlines has been working for years to get off the ground. At last check the airline was aiming to launch this summer. Earlier this month the ULCC also said it intends to provide future service to several destinations in Mexico including Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Cancun. Share Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Canada Jetlines adds Puerto Plata, Samana, SDQ to the list << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories “He’s a dynamic player; he brings a lot to this offense and our backfield,” Mendenhall said. “I enjoy playing with him.”Said Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin: “I’m sure after Andre’s last performance, he’s ready to go.” Like Mendenhall, Goodwin believes the two backs complement each other well, which is why each can — and will — continue to have a role going forward. “I think Rashard’s more of a hammer and he’s pretty good running downhill,” he said. “I think Andre can do it as well, but I think Andre gives you the elusiveness in space and stuff like that.”Mendenhall was brought in with the hope that he could rediscover what made him one of the league’s better running backs from 2009-2011, when he tallied 3,309 yards on 794 carries (4.17 YPC) with 29 touchdowns. However, Mendenhall has struggled to get going with his new team, rushing for just 281 yards on 92 attempts, with an average of 3.1 yards per tote. If the season ended today, that mark would be the worst he’s posted since his rookie campaign.“I feel good about how I’ve played and where I’ve been at,” he said when asked if now he can finally show people the ‘real’ Rashard Mendenhall. “I had to deal with some things, but that’s part of football and I’m just glad I feel better now.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Rashard Mendenhall, who missed the Arizona Cardinals’ win over the Atlanta Falcons due to a toe injury, will be back on the field Sunday as his team hosts the Houston Texans at University of Phoenix Stadium. “I’m feeling good, just ready to get back out there,” Mendenhall said Friday. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Mendenhall will resume his role as the team’s starting running back, though that does not mean he can expect to see the bulk of the team’s carries. He has averaged just more than 13 carries per game this season, and has never received more than 17. Add in the emergence of rookie Andre Ellington, who torched the Falcons for 154 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and you figure those numbers are not likely to go up. Sharing the running game duties with the rookie does not bother the veteran. center_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Akinci procrastinating over meeting with Anastasiades – source updated

first_imgThe Greek Cypriot side on Tuesday blamed the delay in arranging a social meeting between the leaders of the two communities on Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.Citing an unnamed diplomatic source, the Cyprus News Agency said there were no developments in sight despite President Nicos Anastasiades repeatedly voicing his readiness to meet Akinci socially to talk about the future direction of the stalled negotiations.According to CNA, Akinci agrees in principle to have a meeting, but he doesn’t want to do so at this moment.The Turkish Cypriot leader “says yes, but in due course,” the source said.The Greek Cypriot side blames Akinci’s procrastination on the upcoming EU-Turkey summit in Varna, Bulgaria, Ankara’s moves concerning hydrocarbon exploration, and other, unspecified, factors.All these contribute towards Akinci not seeing any added value in such a meeting, the source said.Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said they were waiting for Akinci’s response about having a  preliminary meeting.“There must be a face-to-face meeting so that certain things are clarified,” he said.Regarding the Varna summit, and suggestions that Nicosia would try to raise obstacles to pressure Turkey into stopping the disruption of Cyprus’ energy programme, Prodromou said the aim was not to hinder Ankara’s relations with the EU.European Council President Donald Tusk said in February that the summit was conditional on Ankara’s termination of actions in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Last month, Turkish warships prevented Italian energy company ENI from drilling in a field inside block 6 of the Republic’s EEZ.Turkey argues it is safeguarding the rights of Turkish Cypriots, but it also has its own claims inside Cyprus’ EEZ.Prodromou said Cyprus wants to “ensure that the conditions set by the EU … will be applied.”The final decisions on the summit will be taken at the European Council on March 22, he said.“Our objective is to find ways … to end the provocations and efforts to violate the republic’s sovereign rights,” Prodromou added.  You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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