Statewide protest for farm loan waiver on October 20

first_imgThe farmers’ core committee on Tuesday called for a statewide protest against the State government on October 20 to intensify its demand for a complete farm loan waiver.About 10,000 farmers took part in the meeting held in Jalgaon. Notable leaders such as Swabhimani Paksha chief Raju Shetti, independent legislator Bacchu Kadu and veteran farmers’ leader Raghunath Dada Patil participated in the meeting. The committee is spearheading the farmer’s agitation across the State for their various demands.The committee censured the State government and the Modi government for the present plight of farmers. They especially blamed demonetisation for their travails. – a significant number of them women – all of whom attacked the State government’s criteria and framework of the current farm loan waiver proposals.Mr. Shetti said, “October 20 was chosen to hold the protest as Balipratipada is an auspicious occasion for farmers. Instead of farmers celebrating this day, we have planned a massive protest to draw the attention of the Centre and State to the ground reality. We reiterate our demand for immediate implementation of the recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee so that farmers get a better deal for their agricultural produce.”Mr. Patil said that a symbolic ‘FIR’ under Sections 302 (murder) and 420 (cheating) against the Chief Minister would be lodged on October 20. He said, “The State’s proposals are a scam and responsible for farmer suicides. Only a small minority of well-off farmers will benefit from it. Our repeated warnings requesting the government to not push the loan waiver scheme in its current form has fallen on deaf ears.”While the BJP’s ally, the Shiv Sena, and the Nationalist Congress Party will kick off their agitations on October 1, Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj Party is implementing a concrete plan for farmers in suicide-racked Vidarbha.last_img read more

Grandest stage

first_imgFor the first time in the series, the Beermen won despite failing to score more than 100 points, with a 96-86 victory showcasing how tough they could be in quelling several rallies by the Hotshots to keep their “five-peat” bid alive.And with the decider slated Wednesday also at Smart Araneta Coliseum, there is no doubt that the old cliché that says that the 7 p.m. contest is anybody’s ballgame seems to be favoring one side. If for a bit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJune Mar Fajardo did a lot of damage on the Hotshots inside, and Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter took turns punishing the enemy from afar.Christian Standhardinger and Terrence Romeo showed they belong to this talent-studded bunch by playing out their roles as spearheads of a second unit that could still pass as an All-Star starting five. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Etheridge, Cardiff go out in style PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles A title series this close—and with the stakes so big—deserves no other end.Playing like the four-time defending champion, San Miguel Beer on Sunday night forged a Game 7 for the PBA Philippine Cup title with Magnolia after showing a facet of its game it rarely turns to in winning: Defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Hotshots, quite expectedly, didn’t go down easily. They managed to narrow what was an 18-point deficit to just six late in the third quarter before falling short down the stretch.The two teams meet again in a fitting finale to what has been a very unpredictable series that could either crown a new champion or extend what has been an unprecedented reign for San Miguel.The Beermen were tipped to dominate this series, having beaten the Hotshots in five games last season.And with that Game 6 win, San Miguel will come into that game the slight favorite—if experience, sheer firepower, and some sort of momentum are taken into consideration.“You all saw it. We played great defense,” he told the Inquirer. “Through that game, I feel our players saw just how important playing defense is in winning.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Maria Sharapova furious over media coverage of her failed drug test

first_imgAce player Maria Sharapova, who sent the tennis fraternity into a spin by announcing that she failed a dope test at the Australian Open and was provisionally suspended, has blamed media for distorting the facts and failing to accurately report about what actually happened.In a lengthy Facebook post addressed to her fans on Saturday, Sharapova said she is grateful to them for showing her a tremendous outpouring of support.”But I have also been aware that some – not all, but some – in the media distort, exaggerate and fail to accurately report the facts about what happened,” she posted. (Also read: Maria Sharapova should be banned, says Andy Murray) “A report said that I had been warned five times about the upcoming ban on the medicine I was taking. That is not true and it never happened. That’s a distortion of the actual ‘communications’ which were provided or simply posted onto a webpage,” she added.She further wrote: “I make no excuses for not knowing about the ban. I already told you about the December 22, 2015 email I received. Its subject line was ‘Main Changes to the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme for 2016’. I should have paid more attention to it.” (Maria Sharapova must pay for her mistake, says Rafael Nadal) The Russian star explained that the drug, Meldonium, which had been prescribed for a pre-existing condition for up to a decade, was added to a banned substance list only on this January 1, and she had “not known”.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned the drug effective January 1. Sharapova, the World No.7, said she didn’t notice that the drug was banned by the WADA. (Maria Sharapova fails drug test, Porsche, Nike, Tag Heuer suspend sponsorship) advertisement”But the other “communications”? They were buried in newsletters, websites, or handouts. On December 18, I received an email with the subject line “Player News” on it. It contained a newsletter on a website that contained tons of information about travel, upcoming tournaments, rankings, statistics, bulletin board notices, happy birthday wishes, and yes, anti-doping information,” said her latest Facebook post.”On that email, if a player wanted to find the specific facts about medicine added to the anti-doping list, it was necessary to open the “Player News” email, read through about a dozen unrelated links, find the “Player Zone” link, enter a password, enter a username, read a home screen with more than three dozen different links covering multiple topics, find the “2016 Changes to Tennis Anti-Doping Program and Information” link, click on it and then read a page with approximately three dozen more links covering multiple anti-doping matters,” she explained.”Then you had to click the correct link, open it up, scroll down to page two and that’s where you would find a different name for the medication I was taking. In other words, in order to be aware of this “warning”, you had to open an email with a subject line having nothing to do with anti-doping, click on a webpage, enter a password, enter a username, hunt, click, hunt, click, hunt, click, scroll and read. I guess some in the media can call that a warning. I think most people would call it too hard to find,” Sharapova added.The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Tuesday she would be provisionally banned from March 12. The usual ban for first-time offenders is two years.The failed drug test came on January 26 — after Sharapova lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals — and she was charged with an anti-doping violation on March 2.”There was also a “wallet card” distributed at various tournaments at the beginning of 2016, after the ban went into effect. This document had thousands of words on it, many of them technical, in small print. Should I have studied it? Yes. But if you saw this document (attached), you would know what I mean. Again, no excuses, but it’s wrong to say I was warned five times,” the Russian player posted.”I’m proud of how I have played the game. I have been honest and upfront. I won’t pretend to be injured so I can hide the truth about my testing. I look forward to the ITF hearing at which time they will receive my detailed medical records. I hope I will be allowed to play again,” she said.The failed drug test could cause the five-time Grand Slam winner a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympics and the $298,000 she won in January at the Australian Open.last_img read more

ARBOR supplies IoT connected medical computing solutions

first_imgBeing a global supplier of medical computing solutions, ARBOR’s 9.7-inch multi-touch tablet PCs has taken the lead in elderly care and bloodmobile applications as the essential HMI (human machine interface) of the newly developed Internet of things ecosystems in the US and Northeast Asia.Following the successful deployment of the healthcare systems projected by French and Australian hospitals earlier this year, ARBOR further extended their expert experience and solutions to a large US retirement house and the Red Cross in Asia, both required advanced human interfaces and multimedia platforms for improved services and intelligent information support.The US retirement home equipped ARBOR’s M1861 panel PC as a bedside infotainment terminal for excellent resident services. Based on ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor, the M1861 panel PCs allow for phone calls, TV watching, radio listening, and Internet surfing through interactive multi-touch operation. Simultaneously it is perfect to setup routines and reminders that help the residents, especially those with Alzheimer or dementia, implement their daily plans covering routine activity, medication management, rehabilitation and clinical care services. The M1861 tablet PCs also help doctors and care givers access digital records and information from the cloud server to provide remote monitoring and assistance.The Asian Red Cross organization has been dedicated to providing emergency assistance, disaster relief and blood donations. To improve operational efficiency, the Red Cross decided to equip thousands of their mobile blood collection vehicles with ARBOR’s G0975 panel PCs. The G0975M panel PCs feature a projected capacitive touchscreen and 802.11n Wi-Fi capability that enables real-time communication with fleet members and the Red Cross’s cloud server to deliver better support for lifesaving blood to patients in need. To stay online and ensure blood safety, the rugged G0975 panel PCs are reliable enough to work on the rolling vehicles with rugged features of MIL-STD-810G military grade impact rating and IP65 rated water and dust resistance.Certified with ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14971, ARBOR specializes in custom medical products and ODM solutions that help customers approach their business opportunities in demanding healthcare and medical markets. ARBOR’s medical purposed products are compliant with EN60601-1, EN-60601-1-2, CE/FCC and more.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous MEN merging with duagonNext ADI: tiny µModule boost regulator for low voltage optical systemslast_img read more

Big-stadium experiments give Women’s Super League a chance to learn

first_imgTopics Facebook PosTeamPGDPts Manchester City Women There were 24,564 at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea v Tottenham, though all 41,ooo free tickets had been taken up. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Read more Share on Facebook Twitter When Chelsea announced a Stamford Bridge sell-out within four days of the free tickets being made available, there was similar excitement and praise. But the club peaked too soon, perhaps. A late sales push can have a big effect on momentum around the game and City showed that. Almost 3% of the total attendance were walk-ups on the day, while ticket sales rose steadily from around 20,000 on Monday 2 September.With no hand-in-pocket commitment, the London Blues may have banked on even a 50% drop-off still yielding more than 20,000 fans, and that would be legitimate. But they did not necessarily bargain with the effect of 24,564 in a “sold-out” 41,000-capacity ground – with the added pressure of a sell-out meaning they would top City’s tally.Any figure under a sell-out becomes a disappointment and the conversation beforehand is not about how many they can get but how many no-shows there will be. And Chelsea knew it; they announced the crowd as “just under 25,000” and did not put the actual figure on the big screens.Atmosphere mattersIf the record-breaking crowd at the Etihad created a buzz, it was trumped in south London. The more intimate and traditional environment of Stamford Bridge compensated for the smaller crowd and then some. Chelsea v Tottenham was a partisan derby but with a refreshingly youthful feel. They had clearly worked hard at it. The pre-match pyros used for the men were readied, the Liquidator was played (City did not break out Blue Moon), clappers were distributed and Marvin Humes took to the decks at half-time. One may scoff at the props but to get an unfamiliar and young crowd buoyed and loud, it was effective.Outside, independent traders were out in force and, if ever there was a sign that there is money to be made from women’s football, loathed half-and-half scarves were touted to the public.Building a blueprint“[We now] have a blueprint of how to market this game and our CEO will make sure every club in the country has it. It is about osmosis, it is about sharing information and driving standards and I’m pretty certain that’s why I was put on this earth.” Emma Hayes, the Chelsea manager, said it best. These games are experiments. They are providing a litmus test, the results of which can be fed across the league. The new FA women’s football board with representatives from the WSL and Women’s Championship is key to the FA’s plans for increased collaboration.The matches at clubs’ main stadiums, particularly Chelsea’s (where fans had to be registered to pick up tickets), give the opportunity to collect hard data on the audiences interested in attending women’s football and their other spending and match-going habits.That the opening weekend of the WSL took place on a non-Premier League weekend shows that work is being done to trial the best ways to drive attendances. The Women’s Football Weekend on 16-17 November will also be clear of men’s top-division fixtures, taking a lead from Non-League Day. The Manchester derby being played, and broadcast, at 3pm on a Saturday was another experiment at finding a place to fit women’s football into a busy schedule. Manchester United Women The psychological effects of the drop-offFor Manchester City there was a somewhat cautious approach to talk of ticket sales. With days to go before the curtain raiser, with the numbers having been a closely guarded secret in the preceding weeks, we were told that more than 20,000 tickets had been sold. There were rumours of 25,000-26,000 and, as kick-off ticked closer, the press box buzzed with quiet talk of a possible 30,000. When the figure dropped, mid-game, there was a celebratory mood. It was higher than expected. Public caution, in that respect, paid off. People went away feeling a part of history and not disappointed with a failure to come close to filling the 55,000 capacity. 11Man Utd Women1-10 3Everton Women113 Share via Email Share on Twitter 6Brighton & Hove Albion Women101 Pinterest Women’s football 9Birmingham City Women1-10 10Liverpool FC Women1-10 Players and fans after Bristol City Women v Brighton and Hove Albion Women at Ashton Gate. Photograph: James Marsh/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Pinterest The glass is half full rather than half emptyAttitudes have changed. The narrative has changed. On the whole, fans, managers and players believe that games should be played in larger stadiums. There may be debate about where, when, how, which fixtures, how often, etc, but there is no doubt that, in some form, these games are seen as the next step in the development of women’s football domestically. Instead of worrying about rattling around in big empty stadiums or losing a somewhat mythical home advantage, we are thinking glass half full, that this is a process.In addition, regardless of the methods, what is clear is that Manchester City’s Etihad test, Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge foray and the smaller-scale affair at Ashton Gate, where Bristol City hosted Brighton in front of a respectable 3,041 fans, should be applauded. The clubs have been brave enough to test and experiment their way to club record attendances. The fans at City and Chelsea made up the bulk of the 62,931 who attended WSL matches over the opening weekend. With the BBC reporting that the number of fans attending across all 110 WSL games last season was around 92,000, it is clear that this edition of the league will be watched in person by more people than ever.center_img Facebook Women’s Super League Pinterest features Women’s sport has valueThe paid-for versus free ticket debate was put to the test in the Women’s Super League last weekend. On Saturday Manchester City charged £7 for adults’ tickets to the first Manchester derby of the WSL era – albeit with the first three kids’ tickets free – whereas Chelsea gave away all the tickets for their game against Tottenham on Sunday. There is no right or wrong way here; there are positives and negatives to both approaches and valuable lessons to be learned.That more fans chose to pay to watch WSL football in Manchester (31,213) than attended for free in London (24,564) is perhaps the clearest indication that ascribing value to the product matters. Making a financial commitment – even a token one – has a big effect. Numerous pieces of research have shown that free events lead to a much bigger drop-off than paid-for ones. 8West Ham Women1-10 12Tottenham Hotspur Women1-10 Chelsea Women Tottenham Hotspur Women Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action Share on WhatsApp Twitter 1Arsenal Women113 Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content 4Man City Women113 2Chelsea Women113 7Bristol City Women101 Talking points• Reading have announced the signing of Norway international Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland following her departure from Rosengard.• Aston Villa’s Gemma Davies has been named League Managers’ Association manager of the month for August after a perfect start to the Women’s Championship season.• In the Scottish Women’s Premier League, table-topping Glasgow City beat Rangers 4-0. Last year’s runner’s up Hibernian, conversely, scored four after the break against Spartans. Meanwhile, Celtic crushed Forfar Farmington 7-0 to stay three points ahead of Hibs in third, albeit having played a game more, and Motherwell beat Stirling 2-1.• Ada Hegerberg cruised past the 200-goal mark for Lyon as the European champions beat Stade Reims 8-3 on the road.The 24-year-old now has 202 goals in 168 games for the French treble winners.• Barcelona crushed Real Madrid-acquired club Tacon 9-1. Meanwhile, reigning league champions Atlético Madrid beat Sporting Huelva 1-0. Share on Messenger 5Reading Women113last_img read more

The 3 Most “Overrated” Teams In The Latest Coaches’ Poll Top 25

first_imgA general view of Oregon's football stadium.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 14: A general view af the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Tennessee Volunteers on September 14, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)With the release of the updated Coaches’ Poll this afternoon, all of the college football national rankings have been updated going into Week 2.There were a few changes on the charts, with Boise State and Nebraska entering the fold and Iowa State and Northwestern bowing out. Auburn made a sizable jump, while Oregon fell off as a result of their loss to the Tigers.It is very early in the season, and it will take some more time to sort out which teams are truly elite from the rest of the pack. However, it’s never too soon to look at who might be sitting a little higher than they deserve.By our estimation, here are the three “most overrated” teams in the updated Coaches’ Poll.Note, we listed them according to the order they were ranked in the poll, not by which we think is most overrated: No. 10 FloridaFull disclosure: we ranked Florida seventh in our preseason top 25, so we were buying into them pretty heavily. But the Gators did not look like a top-10 team in their season-opening win over Miami on August 24. They have to get more consistency out of Feleipe Franks if they are going to win double-digit games and make a run at the SEC East. We’ll see if the extra time off helped them this weekend.No. 16 WisconsinWe didn’t rank the Badgers in the preseason, but had them pegged as the “first team out.” Therefore, it feels like No. 16 is slightly high, even after an impressive beatdown of USF in Week 1. Jonathan Taylor is a superstar, but we need to see Wisconsin against some better competition before we have them on the cusp of the top 15.No. 18 OregonThe Ducks dropped five spots after losing to Auburn. Even though the Tigers are a quality team, we feel Oregon should have fallen just outside the top 20. This was a game you led by two touchdowns with a projected top-10 NFL Draft pick at quarterback and a freshman making his first start playing against you. That’s a brutal start to the season for a team expected to compete for the Pac-12 title.You can view the full Coaches’ Poll here. The latest AP top 25 is here.last_img read more

Seven-Year Secondary-School Programme a Game Changer – Dr. McLean

first_imgStory Highlights She noted that, traditionally, secondary students who move into grades 12 and 13 are required to do the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and earn four units for each of the two respective grades.She said that the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is reconfiguring the units at grades 12 and 13 to enable students to attain at least 60 credits as specified by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) in order to earn that associate degree.“So, that is a decision that has been taken and developed by the Caribbean Examinations Council. So all students that are doing CAPE can now have the opportunity to leave with an associate degree, which is two years of college education,” Dr. McLean stressed.The NCE/NCEL training programme was designed to equip principals and Board chairs with the skills needed to effectively influence and guide the strategic direction of their respective schools; increase awareness of the legal and regulatory framework governing public educational institutions; and empower school Boards to effectively interrogate and navigate the various issues.Public Relations Officer of the National College for Education Leadership (NCEL), Toni-Ann Rankine, presents one of the new handbooks for school Boards to Chairman of Greater Portmore Primary School, Troy Bygrave. Occasion was the NCEL/National Council on Education (NCE) training workshop for principals and Board chairs, held at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on Monday, March 12. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, says the introduction of a full seven-year secondary school programme “is a serious game changer for education in Jamaica”. “What it means is that every single child, whether they are at the lowest level or the highest level, the kind of instruction that is being provided will allow them to be brought up to the required level, so that they can at least leave with an associate degree,” she noted. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, says the introduction of a full seven-year secondary school programme “is a serious game changer for education in Jamaica”.She explained that the programme grants sixth-form students the opportunity to leave grade 13 with an associate degree and enables them to move into a tertiary institution to complete their bachelor’s degree in another two years.“What it means is that every single child, whether they are at the lowest level or the highest level, the kind of instruction that is being provided will allow them to be brought up to the required level, so that they can at least leave with an associate degree,” she noted.Dr. McLean was addressing the National College for Education Leadership (NCEL)/National Council on Education (NCE) training workshop for principals and Board chairs held at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on Monday (March 12).Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, reads from the new handbook for school Boards while addressing a training workshop for principals and Board chairs hosted by the National College for Education Leadership (NCEL)/National Council on Education (NCE) at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on Monday (March 12). She explained that the programme grants sixth-form students the opportunity to leave grade 13 with an associate degree and enables them to move into a tertiary institution to complete their bachelor’s degree in another two years. New handbooks for school Boards were also distributed to those in attendance.last_img read more

ODPEM Ready for 2018 Hurricane Season – Major Davis

first_img Speaking in an interview with JIS NEWS, Director General of ODPEM, Major Clive Davis, said that the agency is “exceptionally prepared” having made the necessary adjustments based on lessons from last season. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says that “all critical checks and balances” have been put in place to ensure that the island is in a state-of-readiness for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Story Highlights Alberto, the first named storm of 2018, developed on May 25 bringing heavy rainfall and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the eastern United States Gulf Coast and beyond. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says that “all critical checks and balances” have been put in place to ensure that the island is in a state-of-readiness for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.The forecast from the Meteorological Office of Jamaica (Met Service) suggests that the season, from June 1 to November 30, will be above average.Alberto, the first named storm of 2018, developed on May 25 bringing heavy rainfall and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the eastern United States Gulf Coast and beyond.Speaking in an interview with JIS NEWS, Director General of ODPEM, Major Clive Davis, said that the agency is “exceptionally prepared” having made the necessary adjustments based on lessons from last season.“We have constantly been improving and strengthening our programme. There have been a number of consultations with local authorities, who have critical roles to play and we have made our checks to ensure that supplies and shelters are ready and sufficient,” said Major Davis.He noted that the necessary communication is being carried out to ensure that the facilities designated as shelters are not only ready and available, but that the local populace is aware of their location and shelter managers are accessible.“There have been some allocations made for contingency funds to be put in place for the purpose of emergency response, which also helps to bolster our overall readiness for the season,” he indicated.Major Davis is imploring all Jamaicans to be vigilant during the season, paying attention to bulletins being issued and to have supplies ready.“We also encourage individuals, especially those in low lying areas, to heed evacuation orders if issued and to be aware of where the nearest shelters are,” he said.Major Davis advised that irrespective of how active or inactive a hurricane season may be, it takes only one organised system to cause damage and as such, persons are reminded not to leave anything to chance.last_img read more

USCG Texas LNGs Marine Traffic Suitable for Brownsville

first_imgzoom The United States Coast Guard has affirmed the suitability of the Brownsville Ship Channel for Texas LNG’s marine traffic.In a Letter of Recommendation issued to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the USCG Captain R.A. Hahn, Captain of the Port, Corpus Christi, Texas, said that the Brownsville Ship Channel is considered as suitable for “accommodating the type and frequency of LNG marine traffic associated with this project.”The Letter of Recommendation was issued after the USCG reviewed the information in the applicant’s Letter of Intent and Waterway Suitability Assessment and completed an evaluation of the waterway in consultation with a variety of state and local port stakeholders.In its review of Texas LNG’s Water Suitabilitity Assessment, the Coast Guard addressed public comments that raised a number of issues, including safety, security, potential environmental impacts, economics, public outreach, and physical characteritics of the ship channel.In addition, the Coast Guard considered not only Texas LNG’s expected LNG carrier traffic, but also recognized other traffic transiting through the channel including offshore rigs, aircraft carriers, fishing vessels, recreational vessels, towing vessels, non-piloted barges, as well as potential traffic from other proposed LNG projects.The Coast Guard concluded that the waterway is suitable to handle current and anticipated incremental traffic from the Texas LNG facility.The Texas LNG facility is being designed to accommodate LNG carriers with nominal LNG capacities up to 180,000 m3 and dimensions on the order of 977-feet long and 151-feet wide. The Brownsville Ship Channel has a current depth of 42 feet, with full U.S. Congressional authorization to deepen its channel to 52 feet.The total inbound transit from the Gulf of Mexico sea buoy (pilot boarding area) to the future Texas LNG terminal berth is approximately seven miles (11 km). This is a notable advantage over most other proposed US LNG projects in Texas, as well those in Louisiana, where transit distances can be significantly longer.Full FERC approval and Final Investment Decision (FID) for the development of the Texas LNG liquefaction project in Brownsville, Texas, are expected in 2019, and first phase production of 2 million tonnes per annum of LNG is expected to begin in 2023.last_img read more

Seatrade Convicted for Beaching Ships

first_imgzoom Rotterdam District Court today sentenced Groningen-based owner Seatrade for illegal exports of vessels sent for scrapping on beaches of South Asia as the company’s move breached the EU Waste Shipment Regulation.Seatrade has been imposed with fines ranging between EUR 50,000 (USD 61,700) to EUR 750,000 (USD 924,000). Furthermore, two of its executives have been banned from exercising the profession as director, commissioner, advisor or employee of a shipping company for one year. A third director has been acquitted. The prison sentence, previously sought by the prosecution, has been waived amid the company’s lack of a previous criminal record which was accepted as a mitigating factor.The court said that the conviction concerns the illegal transfer of four reefer ships from the European Union to initially India. When these ships left the ports of Rotterdam and Hamburg in 2012, the intention was already to demolish the ships which makes the ships categorized as waste, despite the fact that they were still seaworthy, certified, insured and operational.It was determined that Seatrade knowingly sold the vessels for dirty and dangerous breaking in order to maximize profits.“We strongly welcome the judgment of the Rotterdam Court. The ruling sends a clear-cut message that dirty and dangerous scrapping will no longer be tolerated,” Ingvild Jenssen, Founder and Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.Ships sailing to their final destination on their own contain large quantities of hazardous substances such as bunker oil, lubricating oil, PCBs and asbestos.Since the ships in question are refrigerated vessels, they also contained HCFCs.As these hazardous substances were not removed from the ships their sale to India, Bangladesh and Turkey was illegal.To remind, the two 1984-built reefers, Spring Bear and Spring Bob ended up at Indian and Bangladeshi breakers respectively.The 1984-built Spring Panda and Spring Deli were demolished at shipyards in Turkey.last_img read more

Trudeau says his trade message is being heard in the US

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The pro-trade message Canada is touting in the United States will resonate with everyday Americans and their political class, even if the words get obscured by the breaking news of the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.Standing at the Griffith Observatory in the Los Angeles hills — a site made famous as a setting in multiple movies — Trudeau said his pitch to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from falling apart was well received.Behind Trudeau, a cloudy California sky obscured the city’s most famous message: the Hollywood Sign.Local coverage of the prime minister’s visit to California has focused on U.S. President Donald Trump’s talk and actions on immigration, a particularly acute issue in this “blue” state on the border with Mexico and home to the largest population of Canadians outside of Canada, some 150,000 people.And Trudeau’s talk Friday night at the Ronald Reagan library was overshadowed with international headlines about a crash between an SUV and a motorcycle officer in the prime minister’s motorcade. The California Highway Patrol officer broke his clavicle in the accident.Trudeau said Canadians needed to continually remind Americans about the bilateral relationship between the two countries, which can often be taken for granted.“The conversations I’ve had across this country over these past few days have been extremely positive,” the prime minister said on Saturday morning.“Maybe it’s not as breaking news as something else might be, but that emphasis that we are working together for the betterment of our citizens is a message that does continue and does resonate.”A weekend hike through Griffith Park marked the last public event for Trudeau on his four-day trip through the United States, where he hit communities that swung Democrat in the last presidential election to talk trade.He met with governors and mayors as part of an ongoing charm offensive to win over states and cities on the merits of trade to pressure the White House. Congressional lawmakers were supposed to be at Trudeau’s speech Friday night at the Reagan library in Simi Valley, outside Los Angeles, but a brief government shutdown forced them all to stay longer in Washington and miss the event.Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said the content and the timing of the speech were critical for Americans to hear through the white noise of other domestic issues.“We can talk about the fights, but we’re a family. Canada and Mexico are our two closest friends,” Garcetti said.“We really have a depth of relationship that isn’t just about one visit.”California sells some $25.4 billion in goods and services to Canada, and almost 1.2 million jobs in the state rely on trade, according to federal statistics.But it is also a forerunner for Canada in terms of legalizing marijuana, which came into effect at the start of the year. San Francisco has decided to provide amnesty for marijuana convictions going back decades in a move that other jurisdictions are following.The Liberals have been threatened with legal action if they don’t move faster on wiping clean simple possession convictions that have disproportionately affected black Canadians.Trudeau indicated his government was in no rush to deal with amnesty ahead of when the new legal cannabis regime takes effect.“Until we actually change the laws, the existing laws remain in place,” Trudeau said.“After we change the law, we will then look at steps forward on how we move on pardons and retroactive measures.”last_img read more

Be A Character In James Pattersons New Book And Help Charity

first_imgSixty-five-year-old crime and thriller author James Patterson has sold more novels than Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined by creating unforgettable characters like psychologist Alex Cross, NYPD detective Michael Bennett and homicide inspector Lindsey Boxer.Now, Patterson is teaming up with the National Kidney Foundation and global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com to auction the chance for one lucky bidder to have a character named after them, or someone they choose, in an upcoming book. Villain, hero or victim – the choice is Patterson’s, and the winner will have to read the book to find out!Bidding is open today through Monday, February 11th, at charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/334730. Closing just in time for Valentine’s Day, this Patterson-fan-dream-gift is valued at $15,000. Bidding is currently at $6,010.Patterson has written 107 books, sold more than 275 million copies and boasts 83 bestsellers, a Guinness World Record.Proceeds of the auction benefit the National Kidney Foundation, the leading health organization dedicated to fighting kidney disease. Currently, 73 million people in the United States are at risk for developing Chronic Kidney Disease, the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. NKF is dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and tens of millions of Americans at risk.last_img read more

Grieving mother believes daughters death at Caribbean resort suspicious

first_imgAshley BrandonAPTN NewsA Manitoba mother is still grieving the death of her daughter, who died on a Caribbean vacation three weeks ago.Holly Twoheart believes Danielle Twoheart’s death is suspicious.Danielle, 26, died in hospital after what hotel security claims was a fall from a three-story balcony at an all-inclusive Dominican Republic resort.The mother sat down with APTN News to describe what happened.The mother and daughter arrived at the resort on the evening of February 14 and decided to go out drinking, but got separated on the way to back to their room later that night.Holly says she asked security guards to help her back to her room because she was inebriated, and her daughter went ahead to use the washroom.  “That’s the last time I saw my daughter,” she says.Holly Twoheart is in mourning after her daughter died on vacation. (Ashley Brandson/APTN)Holly says she stayed up waiting for Danielle to return to the room, when around 3 a.m., there was a knock on the door and it was security, “They told me to come with them and that’s when they took me to the scene where my daughter was laying.”Danielle was lying in the grass outside below a set of balconies.  Twoheart recalls, “I was screaming, crying, I was hysterical.  I was like, ‘That’s my baby’ and I was crying, ‘No, no, no’.”Twoheart says she was told security was chasing Danielle to bring her back to the room, and that she jumped from the balcony, “She wouldn’t jump, why would she jump?  She has family at home and everything, she’s going to school, she wasn’t suicidal.”Danielle Twoheart allegedly jumped from this balcony at her Punta Cana hotel. (Photo Holly Twoheart)She says her daughter was taken to a local hospital and succumbed to her injuries.In an email to APTN News, Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Richard Walker wrote: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian citizen who died in the Dominican Republic.  Consular officials are in contact with Dominican Republic authorities to gather additional information, and due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed.”The Twohearts are originally from Sagkeeng First Nation, located 100 kms northeast of Winnipeg.  Recently APTN confirmed 20 missing and murdered Indigenous women cases from this community, Danielle being one of them.Holly says she’s received support from the community, including Chief Derrick Henderson.Henderson tells APTN he’s writing a letter to Canadian consular officials to get more details.Danielle Twoheart died under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic. (Photo Holly Twoheart)“I’m not satisfied with ‘It’s an accident’.  I’m going to pursue it further. I’ve been in touch with the national and regional chiefs, I’m going to be requesting for something more than just, ‘Yeah, she fell off the balcony’.”Holly says she hopes this support will initiate a more thorough investigation into her daughter’s death.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Main suspect in Kataragama temple shooting incident identified

A van used for the crime was later found by the Police. (Colombo Gazette) The Police had found weapons inside the house of the main suspect. Investigations are underway to locate the main suspect.The chief incumbent of the Kiriwehera temple in Kataragama and another monk were admitted to hospital after being shot at by unidentified gunmen yesterday. The main suspect in the Kataragama temple shooting incident has been identified, the Police said.According to the Police, the suspect, identified as Asela Lakshman Bandara, had been employed at a temple earlier.

Ambassador Jayatilleka meets US Ambassador to Russia

The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation Dayan Jayatilleka paid a courtesy call on his American counterpart, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., in Russia today.Huntsman is a prominent politician, diplomat and businessman, whose record of service includes terms as U.S. Ambassador to China and to Singapore, before he assumed his duties as Head of Mission in Moscow. The Ambassadors had a long and substantive discussion on Sri Lanka as well as current global developments involving US – China – Russia – India – Latin America. (Colombo Gazette)

Commending Yemenis on peace pact Ban urges partners to step up support

“If we continue to stand united and step up our support, I am confident that Yemen’s transition towards a more stable, democratic and prosperous future can succeed,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Friends of Yemen Ministerial Meeting held at UN Headquarters on the margins of the General Assembly’s high-level debate.In the message, delivered by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández-Taranco, Mr. Ban said that the Peace and National Partnership Agreement – brokered by UN Special Adviser Jamal Benomar and signed by all the key parties in Yemen – is a step in the right direction. “All sides now bear a solemn responsibility to implement this agreement in full and without delay, exercising maximum restraint, ceasing all violent acts, and enabling the legitimate authorities to fully exercise their national duties,” he stated. The Secretary-General also raised concerns about the millions of people who continue to rely on life-saving assistance.“I urge Member States to increase their support for life-saving and stabilization efforts that will make a tangible investment in the future of the Yemeni people,” he said, adding: “I count on the members of the Security Council, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Friends of Yemen to sharpen their focus on helping Yemen.”The Friends comprise nearly 40 organizations and countries that meet regularly to discuss the political, economic, security and humanitarian sectors in Yemen, which has been undergoing a democratic transition since early 2012.Yesterday, the UN Security Council welcomed the recent peace pact and called for its full and immediate implementation, an immediate end to all attacks and threats, and the rapid formation of a new government. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State lands graduate transfer Keyshawn Woods from Wake Forest

Two weeks ago, Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann said he expected his team to add “one or two” graduate transfers. Tuesday night, the Buckeyes landed one of the top graduate transfers on the market, bolstering a thin backcourt.Redshirt senior Keyshawn Woods, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sweet-shooting guard who spent the past four seasons at Wake Forest announced on Twitter he will play his final collegiate basketball season at Ohio State. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible to play in the upcoming season.Despite coming off the bench in 23 of his 28 games last season, Woods was second on Wake Forest with 11.9 points per game and added 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 25.7 minutes per game. His 15 games with at least 10 points were second-most off the bench in program history. Woods shot 43.9 percent from the field, hit 37.4 percent of his 3-pointers and made 84.5 of his free throws.Woods will presumably slide into the Buckeyes’ starting lineup alongside point guard C.J. Jackson, who will also be playing his final season of eligibility. Ohio State graduated Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich, two guards who played key roles in the team’s surprisingly successful season last year. The Buckeyes also lost forward Jae’Sean Tate to graduation and forward Keita Bates-Diop to the NBA draft. Both Tate and Bates-Diop played as de-facto guards in different lineups.The addition of Woods will lessen the reliance on Jackson as a ball-handler and takes pressure off incoming freshmen guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington, along with sophomore Musa Jallow, to step into major roles. Though Woods came off the bench last season, he started 22-of-33 games in the 2016-17 season, averaging 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He is a career 42.5 percent shooter from beyond the 3-point arc. read more

Rafael Nadal Is Playing Mind Games With You

It’s a smart and subtle way to serve in the situation, and his success rate suggests that his opponent, potentially predisposed to Nadal’s T serve, does not see it coming.Granted, it’s also a bit of a “tell” for anyone lucky enough to find himself with a pair of break points against Nadal — those guys should look for the out wide serve. But more than that, it reveals a mental game-within-the-game orchestrated by Nadal.He turns balls hit to his backhand side into forehand winnersNadal’s forehand is his biggest weapon. Opponents try to dodge it at all costs, which means avoiding hitting the ball to the ad court as much as possible against the southpaw. A good way to understand the baseline is to divide it into four vertical zones — two in the deuce court and two in the ad court. In tennis, these zones are sometimes labeled A, B, C and D, with A being the out wide in the deuce court, all the way to the D zone, which is the out wide in the ad court.If you’re Nadal’s opponent and you’re trying to avoid his forehand, you would hit to zones A and B (the ad court). And that’s where he gets you.The King of Clay is also the King of Running Around His Backhand to Hit Forehand. He’s an expert at it. Indeed, he loves to run around his backhand to hit forehand so much that in some matches, he has hit about the same number of winners from what would be his natural backhand side of the court — zones A and B — than from his normal, left-handed forehand side of the court — zones C and D. Through five rounds at this year’s French Open, 54 percent of Nadal’s forehand winners (46/85) have been hit as run-around forehands from zones A and B, according to officially recorded statistics from Roland Garros.By comparison, consider the right-handed Djokovic, the number one player in the world. Through the first four rounds at Roland Garros this year, 42 percent of Djokovic’s forehand winners have been run-around forehands (14/33).Nadal is like a spider looking to snare a rally ball, and players would be ill-advised to hit toward Nadal’s backhand unless they can be sure he’ll only be able to use his backhand. At the same time, better not hit too far out wide or the errors will flow.Just when you think you know Nadal, think again. He will bend your mind more than he bends the ball. When you think of Rafael Nadal, you might think of a player who hits balls with hellacious topspin and grinds out points on clay. His RPMs and his sweat grab the glory. But the 11-time French Open champion uses a few insidious tricks that go beyond the obvious strokes and traditional tactics.All of Rafa’s ways and means traveled to Roland Garros in 2019 — the energy, the rituals, the patterns of play — it’s all been put to use in another run to the semifinals, this time at age 33. He’ll need every tactic at his disposal, the conspicuous and the cunning, as he takes on Roger Federer and potentially Novak Djokovic after that.Here are three examples of the subtle mental maneuvers that Nadal makes against his opponents.He makes them waitStrictly from a length-of-match standpoint, Nadal is one of the slowest tennis players of this era. And there are a host of things Nadal does to extend matches — and possibly distract and annoy his opponents in the process.The ultimate creature of habit, Nadal starts managing time with his first step on court. When the chair umpire prepares to toss the coin and the presence of both players is required in the middle of the court before the start of the match, Nadal is typically the second to arrive — after a delay of several seconds while he goes through his routines with water bottles.Once the match is underway, Nadal’s pre-point rituals have been fodder for everything from complaints to comedy routines. Even the typically chilled-out Roger Federer has been critical of the time that Nadal takes between points. By rule, players are limited to 25 seconds between points. Beginning this year at most events, the sport put in formal, visible shot clocks in an attempt to keep servers from abusing the rule.According to an analysis by Melbourne, Australia-based Data Driven Sports Analytics of more than 140 matches each for Nadal, Federer and Djokovic from 2008 through this year, Rafa averaged 26.1 seconds between points when serving — the longest of the so-called “Big 3.”1Djokovic averaged 25.2 seconds, while Federer averaged 18.6. Nadal’s average time between points is over the limit — and that’s just an average, which means that he regularly serves beyond the 25-second rule. Chair umpires can use their discretion in starting the clock, so, clearly, Nadal is getting some wiggle room.Nadal finds a way to play on Rafa time when he’s returning as well, going through a catalog of rituals and often turning his back on the server or lifting his racquet until he’s ready to receive.The overall effect is that Nadal asserts his own pace of play, which can be legitimately discomfiting for opponents.He conditions them like PavlovOne of the hardest things to do in professional tennis is return serves. Speeds regularly top 125 mph, and then there’s the spin. Professional tennis players also excel at “spot serving” — landing serves in precise locations. They most often hit close to the lines of the service box, placing the serve at angles to inflict the most damage. Those most-visited, go-to spots are either up the T, which is the middle of the court, or out wide, which is on the outer edge of the service box. Servers work hard to place their serves effectively on both the deuce side (serving from the right side to the servers’ left and returners’ right), when the game score is usually tied, and on the ad side, when one player is always ahead.Nadal has a curious modus operandi when serving on the deuce side. The effect is Pavlovian: It conditions his opponents for one thing and then kills them with another.Because Nadal is a left-handed server, the natural play for him in this situation is to serve up the T. The ATP Tour has collected serve placement data from 2011 to 2019 for Masters 1000 events, which are just beneath Grand Slams and the Tour Finals in terms of stature, ranking points and prize money. According to that data set, on clay, Nadal’s first serve has been up the T 56.4 percent of the time on the deuce side. His success rate for this location — meaning how often he wins the point — is a healthy 68.5 percent. Much less often — 27 percent of the time — Nadal takes his first serve out wide from the deuce court on clay. And in that spot, his success rate is eye-popping, 74.8 percent. In 2019 alone, it’s up to 79.2 percent.Why would Nadal use a serve that is statistically so successful for him so infrequently? It’s possible that the tactic is about mentally conditioning the returner, greasing the tracks as it were, and then flipping his pattern when he really needs it.Indeed, data from that same set of ATP Masters tournaments reveals this morsel about Nadal on clay: He habitually hits his first serve from the deuce court up the T on nearly all scores. The most notable exception: when he’s down 15-40. When Nadal faces two break points against him, his primary service pattern switches to his secondary, “money” spot — the out wide. At 15-40, he goes T only 39.7 percent of the time, and his primary pattern becomes out-wide, at 44.9 percent.How does the King of Clay perform with that deuce court, out-wide serve down two break points? Put simply, he crushes: 82.9 percent of the time he wins the point. read more

Push to let ministers challenge soft sentences for hate preachers

first_imgIt is imperative that inciting individuals to support terror organisations including so-called Islamic State is includedHarry Fletcher, Voice 4 Victims 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. Ministers have pledged to close a legal loophole which prevents them reviewing soft jail terms for hate preachers such as Anjem Choudary.There was outrage last week when Choudary was given a five-and-a-half-year term for inviting support for the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).He was convicted at the Old Bailey after backing the group in an oath of allegiance published online.Under good behaviour rules, Choudary, 49, could be released after serving half of that term – just 33 months. Yet despite receiving scores of complaints about his sentence, ministers are powerless to do anything. Robert Buckland QC, the solicitor general who reviews soft jail terms with Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General, said: “It is a manifesto commitment to extend the unduly lenient sentence scheme so that a greater number of offences can be considered.”  The amendments are to be tabled in the House of Lords next month by Baroness Brinton, and will amend the 1988 Criminal Justice Act that lists the offences allowed to be reviewed. Peers also plan to table amendments to the Police and Crime Bill to bring about the change next month.Harry Fletcher, a spokesman for the Voice 4 Victims campaign, said: “The list of offences for appeal on the grounds of leniency is too short. It needs to be brought up to date.“It is imperative that inciting individuals to support terror organisations including so-called Islamic State is included.” Under the unduly lenient sentence scheme, members of the public can call for a sentence to be increased, allowing ministers to then review the sentence.However, the scheme is currently limited to violent and sexual offences.Choudary’s crime of supporting Isil, under Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000, is therefore not covered.Last year’s Conservative Party election manifesto pledged to expand the scope of these unduly lenient sentences which ministers can review. It said: “To tackle those cases where judges get it wrong, we will extend the scope of the unduly lenient scheme, so a wider range of sentences can be challenged.”last_img read more