Track expenditure on DDA infra projects online

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 14 (PTI) Delhi residents can online track expenditure made on DDA infrastructure projects in their areas, as the urban body has developed a software for recording measurements and payments to its contractors.The e-MB software facilitates quick payments, dispute- free measurements, permanent record of measurements along with latitude and longitudes of the place, ensuring a foolproof system to check the timeline of construction, material management and the quality of construction, the DDA said.”In order to have greater transparency and moral ethics relating to execution of works and related payments, the software has been put in public domain for review or reference of the public,” it added.The online software can be accessed on the web — using username PUBLIC and password PUBLIC, the DDA said.Delhi citizens, resident welfare associations can track “expenditure on projects” taking place in their areas and they can post comments about the same, the DDA said.The DDA already has launched four mobile applications, including one for receiving feedback from allottees for its housing schemes, in a bid to bring in greater transparency and ease in operation and consumer grievance redressal.Three of these four applications are about giving feedback on sports complexes and golf courses, community halls and housing scheme, while the fourth is for DDAs internal project monitoring. PTI KND DIPlast_img read more

Schneider provides solar lights to 350 families in Kargil

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) Schneider Electric India today said the firm, along with non-government organisations, has provided solar lights to 350 households in Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir.Under its rural electrification project, SEIF & SHIF contributed Mobiya range of portable solar lights to the households of Darchik and Garkone villages in Kargil, Schneider Electric India said in a statement.Schneider Electric India Foundation (SEIF) is the social commitment of Schneider Electric India and Spreading Happiness InDiya Foundation (SHIF) partnership is backed by renowned sports personality Sachin Tendulkar.The foundations organised portable solar light distribution programme at primary school of Darchik village and Jamyang School in Leh district.This solar lighting system could benefit the residents, especially children, with improved lighting for late night studying and safety for night time transportation.”At Schneider, we believe that access to energy is a basic human right which should be made available to everyone. I am happy that this project would contribute meaningfully in helping remote communities gain access to safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy,” SEIF Vice President Venkat Garimella said in statement.The Mobiya range of portable products for lighting and mobile charging is an energy-efficient and eco-friendly LED lamp that provides up to 48 hours of lighting with one day of solar charge. PTI KKS BALlast_img read more

Dortmund, Chelsea Stage Big Champions League Comebacks

first_imgPARIS (AP) — On a night of big comebacks in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund came from two goals down to beat Inter Milan 3-2 Tuesday while Chelsea erased a three-goal deficit to draw 4-4 against nine-man Ajax.Napoli fluffed a chance to qualify for the knockout stage after drawing 1-1 home at home to Salzburg, while defending champion Liverpool held on for a 2-1 win against Belgian side Genk at Anfield.Five-time champion Barcelona couldn’t score at all, with star striker Lionel Messi hitting the crossbar and having a late shot saved by standout goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar in 0-0 draw with visiting Slavia Prague.Barcelona remains top of Group F with eight points and Dortmund is only one behind. But Inter has only four and is facing elimination.While Messi failed to add to his whopping total of 113 goals in Europe’s top club competition, Salzburg’s 19-year-old rising star Erling Haaland made it seven in four games with an early penalty only for Hirving Lozano to equalize for Napoli just before halftime.Memphis Depay continued his scoring form as Lyon beat Benfica 3-1 to stay in touch with group rival Leipzig, which tops Group G by two points after winning 2-0 at Zenit St. Petersburg.Group H is up in the air, with Valencia beating Lille 4-1 to join Ajax and Chelsea on seven points with two rounds remaining.NOT A BRIDGE TOO FARReferee Gianluca Rocchi shows a red card to Ajax’s Daley Blind during the group H Champions League soccer match between Chelsea and Ajax at Stamford Bridge in London, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Chelsea fell behind after two minutes, then trailed 4-1 after 55, yet almost won on a wild night at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea’s comeback charge was helped by Ajax — last season’s semifinalist — playing the final 20 minutes with nine men after defender Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were sent off in quick succession.Substitute Reece James made it 4-4 with a 74th-minute equalizer for coach Frank Lampard’s side.Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham’s own goal gave Ajax a second-minute lead before Jorginho equalized with his first of two penalties.Quincy Promes put Ajax in front with a header while another Chelsea own goal — this time by goalkeeper Kepa — and midfielder Donny van de Beek’s strike gave Ajax a three-goal cushion.Defender Cesar Azpilicueta pulled a goal back in the 63rd and Jorginho notched his second penalty in the 71st — awarded in the same sequence that saw both Blind and Veltman handed a second yellow card — to set up a rousing finish.Chelsea even thought it had scored a late winner through Azpilicueta, but the goal was ruled out for a handball by Abraham after a video review.Valencia won with four goals in the last 25 minutes after trailing to Lille striker Victor Osimhen’s 25th-minute strike.Valencia equalized with a 66th-minute penalty converted by Dani Parejo — Panenka style — and hosts went ahead with an own goal by defender Adama Soumaoro.Midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and substitute Ferrán Torres added late goals.KEEPER KOLARBarcelona’s Lionel Messi reacts after missing a scoring chance during a Champions League Group F soccer match between Barcelona and Slavia Praha at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)Kolar kept Barcelona at bay with a string of fine saves, denying Messi with his legs in the 79th having earlier saved from the star forward and from Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.Although Barca extended its record unbeaten streak in Europe’s top club competition to 34 consecutive home matches, the Czech side looked sharp on the counterattack and forced eight corners.A day after turning 21, defender Achraf Hakimi — who is on loan from Real Madrid — scored twice and grabbed Dortmund’s winner in the 77th minute after Inter led 2-0 at halftime thanks to goals from Lautaro Martínez and Matías Vecino.Hakimi kick-started Dortmund’s comeback in the 51st minute and Julian Brandt equalized in the 64th.OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN AGAINLiverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 3rd right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group E soccer match between Liverpool and Genk at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)After scoring twice in a 4-1 win away to Genk two weeks ago, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the winner for group leader Liverpool.Fellow midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum grabbed Liverpool’s first goal in the 14th and, after Ally Mbwana Samatta leveled with a header shortly before halftime, Oxlade-Chamberlain struck in the 53rd.In Italy, Haaland’s 23rd goal in 17 competitive matches this season silenced the Napoli crowd. But Lozano then scored his first home goal for Napoli.LEIPZIG LEADSLeipzig moved to the verge of qualifying from the group stage for the first time, even with star forward Timo Werner only used as a substitute on a freezing night in St. Petersburg.Leipzig’s breakthrough came on the stroke of halftime when midfielder Diego Demme hammered in a rebound after Marcel Sabitzer’s free kick hit the wall. Sabitzer made it 2-0 midway through the second half.Depay went off at halftime with a thigh strain, even though coach Rudi Garcia said he wanted to stay on.The Netherlands forward volleyed home in the 33rd minute from midfielder Houssem Aouar’s cross from the left to make it 2-0 after imposing center half Joachim Andersen netted an early header.Benfica striker Haris Seferovic pulled a goal back in the 76th, but Lyon substitute Bertrand Traoré made sure of the win in the 89th.___By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Choo! Choo! Shirts Available This Weekend

first_imgcc4I’m still not sure I totally understand this phenomenon that started last week or why it’s caught on so vociferously but if everybody else is on the train, I’m sure not going to be the one left behind.These shirts* will be on sale for $15 on Knoblock just north of Cowboy Book (see map below) at 9 AM on Saturday morning before the Texas Tech game. Whatever is left over I will sell online at the beginning of next week.I will send a tweet when we have things set up (so make sure you follow me on Twitter). I’d love to have you come by, say hey, and pick up a shirt. Plus, you’d be supporting the blog by making a purchase! And if Gundy names a new QB between now and Saturday…well…uh…..we’ll always have that West Virginia game!Also, I will be sending a special coupon to all my email subscribers to get the shirt for $10 on Saturday instead. If you haven’t signed up to receive emails yet, do so here and I will send the coupon email information out this Thursday or Friday.Lastly, so I can get an idea of how many to order, I would appreciate you letting me know what your plan is (it’s anonymous!)Loading…All aboard[1. And ALL of the coeds]!!shirts*These shirts have been approved by OSU’s director of compliance. You’ll have to go elsewhere (Big Red in Norman) to find an NCAA violation.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ireland vs USA team news: Weah & Adams start

first_imgRepublic of Ireland v United States Ireland vs USA team news: Weah, Adams & McKennie in starting side Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tim Weah USMNT 05282018 Bill Streitcher Republic of Ireland v United States United States Republic of Ireland Friendlies Dave Sarachan has opted for another young lineup, with the three teenagers highlighting a starting side short on experience Tim Weah, Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie are all in the starting team for Dave Sarachan as the U.S. national team takes on the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. The three teens highlight a young starting side that will be captained by midfielder Wil Trapp.Bobby Wood gets the start up front, with Weah on the right and Rubio Rubin on the left expected to support him out of a five-man midfield.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Adams and McKennie start beside Trapp in the middle of the park. Sarachan has opted for the same back line that kept a clean sheet against Paraguay in March, with Jorge Villafana playing on the left, DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Cameron Carter-Vickers joining Matt Miazga in the middle. Overall this is the second-youngest team Sarachan has fielded, coming in just behind Monday’s lineup with an average age of 23 years, 73 days. For Ireland, Shane Long misses out after picking up a knock in training, as does left back Derrick Williams, but Martin O’Neill has turned to a much more experienced team.Colin Doyle starts in goal, with Seamus Coleman, Kevin Long, John O’Shea, Shane Duffy and James McClean making up the back line.Declan Rice, Callum O’Dowda and Jeff Hendrick start in a three-man midfield, with Graham Burke and Jon Walters leading the line. It’s a debut for Burke, who becomes the first the first League of Ireland player to start for Ireland since 2007. Republic of Ireland starting XI: Doyle; Coleman, Long, O’Shea, Duffy, McClean; Rice, O’Dowda, Hendrick; Burke, WaltersUSA Starting XI: Hamid; Yedlin, Carter-Vickers, Miazga, Villafaña; Trapp (capt.); Weah, Adams, McKennie, Rubin; Woodlast_img read more

College Football Head Coach Of The Year Award Reportedly Decided

first_imgA pylon at the CFP National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)UAB head coach Bill Clark, who has led the Blazers to a 10-3 record and the Conference USA title this season, will receive this year’s Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award, according to a new report from award is quite the achievement for Clark and his program, considering UAB elected to discontinue football following the 2014 season. In June 2015, it was announced that the program would be reinstated, but not until 2017.Clark stuck around, leading the Blazers to an 8-5 mark and Bahamas Bowl berth last year. He improved on that record in 2018, guiding the team to its first division and conference titles in the process.Clark beat out Alabama’s Nick Saban, Army’s Jeff Monken, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and UCF’s Josh Heupel for the honor.The Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award is one of two major end-of-season accolades for head coaches, along with the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award.UAB coach Bill Clark will be named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year:— John Talty (@JTalty) December 11, 2018Clark and the Blazers will wrap up their season in the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl next Tuesday, December 2018. They’ll take on MAC champ Northern Illinois.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

Snoqualmie Ice Cream Introduces Seasonal Flavors just in Time for Fall

first_img 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather While not exactly fans of Pumpkin Spice Season, we have to give a nod to the creative genius who realized that adding the Thanksgiving spice combination to coffee would have women and teen girls (and some men) champing at the bit to get their autumnal fix every year from September through December.Hopping on that same seasonal flavor bandwagon is Washington-based Snoqualmie Ice Cream with their two traditional seasonal flavors: Pumpkin Custard and Peppermint Stick Gelato, and their fresh, new seasonal flavor, Sun Liquor Fancy Eggnog Custard.These limited-edition flavors are available in pints at grocery and convenience stores throughout the Pacific Northwest and can be shipped nationwide when ordered online. All Snoqualmie ice cream, custard, and gelato are all-natural and made in small-batches to insure quality. Snoqualmie products are made with more cream and less air, along with no artificial flavors or colors, no high fructose corn syrup, and are sweetened with non-GMO cane sugar all in their sustainable and environmentally conscious manufacturing facility. Editors’ Recommendations Snoqualmie’s pumpkin custard is made from a combination of pumpkin puree, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. The taste is almost exactly like a very cold, very delicious pumpkin pie, but not at all like pumpkin spice. There is a deep, heady flavor to this creamy, custard that live the taste lingering on your tongue (in a good way). With just the right hint of pumpkin flavor, this seasonal ice cream is a top-contender for best seasonal anything ever.The Peppermint Stick Gelato is made with natural mint candies that are swirled into a peppermint infused gelato. While definitely full of flavor and undoubtedly pepperminty, this ice cream does not overdo it. It’s like eating a hint of Christmas with every spoonful. And if you really want to get into the Christmas season, have a few bites with a shot of peppermint schnapps for that hardcore holiday spirit.Snoqualmie’s Sun Liquor Fancy Eggnog does not contain any alcohol (unfortunately). As Berry Bettinger, owner and Founder of Snoqualmie ice cream noted, “We made a really great Eggnog flavor in the past, but it had too much alcohol in it and we weren’t able to sell it at retail. Our collaboration with the wonderful team at Sun Liquor has allowed us to perfect a non-alcoholic recipe with a fantastic taste, and it’s a real treat – we’re thrilled about it!” Sun Liquor has been making their famous aged eggnog for over a decade, and now, for the very first time, they’ve partnered with Snoqualmie Ice Cream to create a non-alcoholic custard version of their amazing seasonal classic. Though, you could add back the alcohol in the form of a simple whisky float.As Erik Chapman, Head Distiller and Operations Manager at Sun Liquor, says, “We are huge fans of Snoqualmie Ice Cream. The marriage of our two iconic Pacific Northwest brands has been a really fun opportunity to create a truly special frozen treat for the holidays.”And when you taste it, you realize how truly special it is. There are a lot of ice cream and custard flavors out there (thank you Ben and Jerry’s and Baskin Robbins), but none of the more traditional flavors you might have tasted before have the punch that this eggnog custard does. Every bite is rich and filling, making this a pint you can spread out over the course of a week or more. But, we aren’t opposed to downing it all in one sitting. Just hit the gym afterward.For a look at our taste-testing process, check out our recent Facebook Live video featuring a few Digital Trends staffers who so graciously offered to do the hard work of trying out ice cream. And for more information on the difference between ice cream, custard, and gelato, take a look at this page full of helpful identifying information.Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s seasonal flavors are available both online and in stores from October through December of each year. center_img The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Balfron Bridge The Balfron Bridge, over the Waugh River on Route 311 loop to Murphy Road, will be closed, except to local traffic, for repairs until Friday, Feb. 19. DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge, on Trunk 1, in Salmon River, is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Martins Brook Bridge Martins Brook Bridge, Trunk 3, about 900 metres north of Hermans Island Road, is closed for replacement until Friday, Feb 19. Detour on Trunk 3 to Fauxburg Road, Northwest Road, Schnares Crossing Road back to Trunk 3. CONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-last_img read more

Nicole Kidman to executive produce Crime Farm

first_imgLos Angeles: Nicole Kidman is all set to executive produce drama series “Crime Farm” for WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service. The show, described as a “psychosexual love story”, is based on forensic homicide experts and real-life couple Selma and Richard Eikelenboom, reported Variety. The couple’s marriage thrives on their all-consuming investigations into the depravity of the world’s most notorious criminals. As a seminal case upends the paradigm of their relationship, their unique, unconventional and sometimes dangerous arrangement stretches the boundaries of marriage and science to the limit. The show will be written and executive produced by Janine Sherman Barrois, best known for serving as shworunner on TNT series “Claws”. Kidman will executive produce alongside Per Saari under their Blossom Films banner. No casting for the project has yet been announced.last_img read more

All out diplomatic war India hits back

first_imgNew Delhi/Islamabad: India on Thursday termed Pakistan downgrading diplomatic ties with it as an attempt to present an alarming picture to the world about bilateral relations, and urged Islamabad to review its decision.The Ministry of External Affairs said India regretted the steps announced by Pakistan on Wednesday and asserted that its decision on Jammu and Kashmir is an internal affair. The ministry said Pakistan negatively perceiving India’s developmental move is not surprising as the neighbouring country has utilised such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed,” the MEA said in a statement. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to the decision, Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Recent decisions by the government and Parliament of India are driven by a commitment on extending Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that was earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution,” the MEA said. It said the intention behind Pakistan’s announcement on downgrading diplomatic ties was to present “an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties”. “The government of India would urge Pakistan to review the steps so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved,” the MEA said. Pakistan has suspended the Samjhauta Express train service with India, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced on Thursday, a day after Islamabad downgraded the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. “We have decided to suspend the Samjhuta train service,” Rasheed said while addressing a press conference here. The Samjhauta Express train service was suspended earlier this year, due to escalating tensions between the two neighbouring countries. However, the service was later resumed. The minister made the announcement as passengers were waiting at the Lahore station to board the train to travel to India. On the Indian side, the train runs from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side. However, Pakistan said on Thursday that it remains committed to complete the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor despite its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday strongly defended his government’s decision to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the provision has not given anything except separatism, corruption and family rule to the state, and Pakistan has used it as a tool to spread terrorism. In his televised address to the nation, Modi hailed his government’s decision to revoke the Article as “historic” and said a new era has begun in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. He also said over 1.5 crore people of J&K were being denied benefits of legislations meant for the entire country. Spelling out his government’s development plans for J&K, he said state government employees including police will soon get benefits on par with employees of other Union Territories and all vacant posts in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will be filled, creating employment opportunities.last_img read more

TDPs manifesto promises doles of Rs 2 lakh to each family every

first_imgAmaravati: The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh Saturday released its manifesto for the general elections promising doles to the tune of Rs 2 lakh to each family every year, with the monetary benefits starting from womb to tomb.Releasing his party manifesto, TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said while Congress chief Rahul Gandhi promised Rs 72,000 per annum to each poor family, his government, if voted back to power, would be giving out Rs 2 lakh to each family every year. “Nobody can match us in extending such largesse even in imagination,” he said. The TDP promised to continue the Centre’s PM Kisan Samman scheme with a matching grant from the state, giving a benefit of up to Rs 15,000 to each farmer per annum. The principal opposition YSR Congress party also released its manifesto, hours ahead of the TDP, matching the largesse in equal measure, if not more. The Assembly and Lok Sabha elections are being held simultaneously in Andhra Pradesh which goes to the polls in the first phase on April 11. While the TDPs promises include raising the limits of various existing schemes for different sections, the YSRC party added several new components to the Nava Ratnalu it announced on the eve of its president Y S Jaganmohan Reddys ‘paada yatra’ in November 2017. Officials estimated that the cash-starved state government will require at least Rs 1.5 lakh crore to Rs 2 lakh crore to fulfill the promises of either party. With the two parties promising 30-45 lakh free houses for different sections, besides waiver of existing loans on old houses, that bill alone is expected to cross over Rs 40,000 crore. Neither the TDP nor YSRC announced a farm loan waiver but promised several benefits to farmers in varied measures. The YSRC, on the other hand, promised to introduce the YSR Rythu Bharosa scheme that will give annual benefits from Rs 12,500 to Rs one lakh to each farmer. Tenant farmers would be given Rs 12,500, according to Jagan Mohan Reddy.last_img read more

Jury Roundup weed killer major factor in mans cancer

SAN FRANCISCO — A jury in federal court in San Francisco has concluded that Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man’s cancer.The unanimous verdict on Tuesday came in a trial that plaintiffs’ attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits against Roundup’s manufacturer, agribusiness giant Monsanto. It was the second jury verdict to find that Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Another jury reached that conclusion last year awarded the plaintiff, DeWayne Johnson, $289 million.Tuesday’s verdict came in the case of 70-year Edwin Hardeman. The judge overseeing Hardeman’s lawsuit had split the trial into two phases. Hardeman’s attorneys first had to convince jurors that his use of Roundup was a significant factor in his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.The trial will now proceed to the damages phase.The Associated Press read more

Slow global economic recovery predicted after last years sharp downturn UN report

The World Economy in 2002 predicts that developing countries will benefit only gradually from the revival, with a 2003 growth rate of 3.25 per cent – well below the average for the past decade. In Africa, economic growth of around 3 per cent this year will barely exceed population increases.Factors that led to the recent steep slowdown, when global growth decelerated from 4 per cent in 2000 to 1.3 per cent in 2001, could continue to dampen expansion, according to the report, which cites the example of the collapse in the information and communications technology (ICT) market. “Another boom in the ICT sector is unlikely to serve as the driving force for recovery,” the report cautions.The problems posed by the ICT bust were compounded by the shock of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States, causing a sharp slowdown in that country’s economy which was quickly transmitted to the rest of the world, according to the report. US recovery in 2002 is expected to be modest and the stimulus it provides to the rest of the world, through imports, will be correspondingly limited.Introducing the report at a press briefing in New York, a senior UN official said the effects of the slowdown, which originated in the developed world, would be magnified in poorer States. “The developing countries have really taken a big hit,” said Ian C. Kinniburgh, Director of Development Policy Analysis Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.In 2001, those States had lost an aggregate of some 3 percentage points in growth, he noted, predicting that they would also face a slow turnaround this year and next “This, I think we can agree, is rather an inauspicious start to the new millennium as far as they are concerned.” read more

BBC foreign editors should not earn more than British ambassadors says new

first_imgJon Sopel, the BBC’s North America editor, earns £200,000-£249,999 per year. Sir Kim Darroch, Britain ambassador to the US, earns £180,000-£184,999. Matt Hancock Among the few big names on staff, rather than a short-term contract, is Huw Edwards. The BBC is said to have asked him to take a cut, but he is under no obligation to agree.Speaking in the Commons, Mr Hancock said the BBC must set “appropriate levels of pay in an organisation funded by licence fee payers”.He told MPs: “All of these jobs are in public service, and when you are in the service of the public, restraint is necessary.”Men working for the BBC earn an average of 9.3 per cent more than its women. Lord Hall has said this puts the corporation in “a better place” than other organisations, as the UK average is 18 per cent. But Mr Hancock said: “The defence that they as an organisation are better than others and better than the average is, frankly, not good enough – not just because everybody should be doing better, but because the BBC should be held to a higher standard because they are a treasured national institution and our national broadcaster.”A BBC spokesman said: “We have great respect for the diplomatic service but the BBC is an international broadcaster and while we can’t match the salaries offered by some of our rivals, it is media companies we have to compete against for talent.” 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. Matt Hancock answered questions in the Commons on his first day as Culture SecretaryCredit:PAcenter_img Carrie Gracie The BBC must bring down the pay of its top journalists, the new Culture Secretary has said, arguing that it is unacceptable for the corporation’s foreign editors to earn more than British ambassadors to the same countries.On his first day in the job, Matt Hancock waded into the BBC pay row and said the public service broadcaster should be held to a higher standard than other organisations.“This isn’t just a matter of levelling women’s pay – it is a matter of equality. Working for the BBC is public service, and a great privilege, yet some men at the BBC are paid far more than other equivalent public servants,” Mr Hancock said.“The BBC has begun to act and I welcome that, but more action – much more action – is needed, especially when BBC foreign editors can earn more than Her Majesty’s ambassadors in the same jurisdiction.”His intervention came as Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the BBC director-general, was asked to appear before a Commons select committee alongside Carrie Gracie, who this week resigned as China editor after discovering she is paid at least 50 per cent less than her male counterparts. Carrie Gracie has resigned as China editor in protest at unequal payCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Gracie earns £135,000 per year – more than Dame Barbara Woodward, ambassador to China, whose salary is £120,000-£124,999.Asked if some of the BBC’s high salaries are “impossible to defend”, Mr Hancock replied: “Absolutely spot on.”He also called for the BBC to close the gender pay gap before the 2020 deadline set by Lord Hall. It is understood that a significant number of male presenters have already accepted lower pay deals since the summer as their contracts have come up for renewal, when salaries of £150,000 or over were made public at the government’s insistence.One high-earning star said: “Every male I know is having their pay moved down, unless they are on staff.”last_img read more

Punches thrown vodka downed and music blared on chaotic Ryanair flight to

first_img Thursday 2 May 2019, 7:42 AM Punches thrown, vodka downed and music blared on chaotic Ryanair flight to Malta RTÉ reporter Kieran Dineen has said several brawls broke out during the flight. AN RTÉ REPORTER has described a chaotic and at times “quite scary” Ryanair flight from Dublin to Malta during which drunken fights broke out amongst passengers who were headed for a dance festival.Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, reporter Kieran Dineen recalled how many of the young people on the Malta-bound flight were “inebriated” before take-off and that it was only when the airplane was on the runway did he realise that 150 of the 180 passengers on the flight were heading to a dance festival on the Mediterranean island. Several brawls broke out during the flight, said Dineen, who described how one man was “pinned to the ground” for a large part of the flight by two other men so he could be kept under control. “There were punches thrown, one man was held up to the window of the plane by his neck. So it was quite a scary experience, especially for those people not interested in the dance festival,” he said.“There were some going to the dance festival who behaved themselves but of the 180 on the flight there was quite a number who were unruly.”The Dublin-Malta flight was late taking off, Dineen said, as people were jumping in and out of their seats with some passengers shouting at the stewards or giving them “hand gestures to show that they weren’t really interested in what they thought”. It was when the flight did eventually take off “to the sound of dance music which was blaring all over the plane” that “the real messing really started,” Dineen said. ‘They kept serving alcohol’“Huge groups congregated at both bathrooms mainly because the drinks carts were there and they bought many, many drinks and there was huge bottles from duty-free were opened, bottles of rum, bottles of vodka, bottles of whiskey and were being downed on the plane,” Dineen said. “There was one man handing out a big bottle of vodka for people to take sups out of. So it was quite scary because there was always the chance that things would spill over, thankfully things didn’t quite spill over but really there was an opportunity that they could”. The RTÉ reporter said the Ryanair staff on board the chaotic flight were “very slow in dealing with the problem.”“They seemed to think there was little they could do except advise people to turn down their radios. I didn’t witness any of them trying to take the glass bottles away from people, they kept serving alcohol on the flight for an hour and a half despite it being obvious that there was an issue considering there was so much alcohol already on people.”When – about halfway through the flight – staff did try to get the situation under control “it was just too late, because it had all got too much out of hand,” Dineen said. “There was pushing and shoving and there was fights breaking out, there was shouting and roaring along the aisles.”The airline has since issued a statement saying that “crew on Dublin to Malta flight requested police assistance upon arrival after several passengers became disruptive in flight, the aircraft landed normally and the police removed and detained these individuals.”The airline has said it would “not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police”.  174,300 Views Share136 Tweet Email8 Short URL Image: DPA/PA Images May 2nd 2019, 7:42 AM By Cónal Thomas Image: DPA/PA Images 75 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

We wont abandon miners Koutsantonis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis has promised the mining industry the state government will stick by it through the current downward slide in commodities prices.Koutsantonis told the ‘Paydirt’ SA Resources and Energy Investment Conference that miners faced challenging times ahead, but the government would continue to back the industry.“Quite frankly, the pathway ahead is challenging,” Koutsantonis said. “There is not a person in this room who isn’t aware of the dramatic fall in commodity prices, in particular iron ore and oil.“Yet it is the work we do now that will determine the scale of our success when the inevitable upswing gathers pace. The South Australian government won’t be abandoning you during this cyclical downturn.“Instead, we will continue to work on the strategic planning that is required to ensure South Australia takes its rightful place among the titans of mining.”The comments come only a few weeks after Koutsantonis poured cold water on long-mooted plans for a deep sea port to service iron ore mines on Eyre Peninsula.last_img read more

Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise Found Dead in Mexico

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Activists patrolling the Vaquita Refuge off the coast of Mexico say they have found a dead vaquita porpoise, a critically endangered marine animal of which only about 10 remain in the world.On March 12, crew from the environmental group Sea Shepherd found an unidentified white animal trapped in an illegal gillnet, an apparatus used to trap fish by their gills. The decomposed carcass made it difficult to positively identify the animal but after sending preliminary photographs to marine mammal experts, it was determined that morphology and length matched the body of a vaquita porpoise, according to a statement.Although the organization has found several dead vaquitas confirmed by scientists to have been killed from entanglement, this is the first time one has been discovered still trapped in a gillnet, according to Sea Shepherd.“If there were any reservations about totoaba gillnets being a great danger for vaquitas and other cetaceans, despite ample proof in the past, this event should definitely leave no room for doubt,” said Sea Shepherd Director of Marine Operations Locky Maclean.News of the discovery comes just a few days before scientists announced that only 10 vaquita porpoises likely remain in the world and that the animal’s extinction is virtually assured without bold and immediate action.The vaquita was found trapped in an illegal gillnet, an apparatus used to trap fish by their gills. (Photo Credit: Sea Shepherd)The announcement from the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita also calls on Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to end all gillnet fishing and adopt a “zero tolerance” policy of enforcement in the vaquita’s small remaining habitat, according to EcoWatch.Even as Mexico banned the use of most gillnets within the vaquita’s range in 2017, the vaquita’s population dropped 50 percent in 2018, leaving an estimate of around 10 remaining vaquita, with no more than 22 and perhaps as few as six, according to scientists.In 2018, demonstrators with the Animal Welfare Institute held a rally to save the vaquita, the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, outside the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC (Photo Credit: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)“If Mexico doesn’t want to be guilty of wiping out a species, it needs to secure 100 percent gillnet-free habitat now,” said Zak Smith, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Marine Mammal Protection Project.As a response, the Mexican government recently announced that it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the vaquita porpoises. The Environment Department promised to provide social programs and jobs for fishing communities in the upper Gulf of California, the only place in the world the vaquita lives, the Washington Post reported.But despite the marine mammal’s alarming decline, the international committee emphasized that the vaquita is not extinct and that recovery remains possible. They are still producing offspring, and the remaining animals are healthy, showing no signs of disease or malnutrition.More on New See-Through Glass Frog Is Threatened by MiningGiant 700-Pound Alligator Found in Georgia DitchWatch: Dead Humpback Whale Found in Brazilian Junglelast_img read more

Review Huddersfield – Chelsea

first_imgN’Golo Kante, Jorginho (pen.) and Pedro scored the three goals for Chelsea in their 3-0 win at Huddersfield in Maurizio Sarri’s first Premier League game.Huddersfield – Chelsea starting lineupsHuddersfield: Hamer, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Hadergjonaj, Lowe, Hogg, Billing, Mooy, Pritchard, Mounie Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, D. Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, MorataHalf of the first period went by without a single serious threat on either side. Chelsea looked far from a team ready to compete for a Champions League spot, while Huddersfield were playing it safe, testing The Blues’ strength. Willian was the only visiting player who was actively seeking to create something. David Wagner’s players weren’t leaving any breathing room, putting pressure deep in Chelsea’s own half. In the 34th minute, the motivated Willian, who was playing on the left side today, made a couple of dribble moves before sending a pacy cross that came to N’Golo Kante. He didn’t catch the ball cleanly on his volley attempt, but nonetheless, he scored.This man! ?#HUDCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018It was an unexpected turn of events for the home team, as the goal came just as they started to gain confidence. In the 38th minute, Huddersfield hit the post following a corner kick. Steve Mounie was the one who got at the end of a redirected ball, but wasn’t lucky enough to put it past Kepa. In the 44th minute, Schindler’s risky sliding challenge inside his own penalty area didn’t pay off. He missed the ball and kicked Marcos Alonso, giving every right to referee Chris Kavanagh to show on the spot. Jorginho took the penalty with utmost confidence, fooling Hamer and giving his new team a 2-0 advantage. That was it for the first half.Calm, cool and collected… ? #HUDCHE Zinedine Zidane could also want N’Golo Kante Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 Following his policy of signing French players for Real Madrid, it has been reported that Zidane might like N’Golo Kante.As we continue with our…— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018Laurent Depoitre, who scored in both games against Chelsea last season, replaced Alex Pritchard at the half. In the 57th minute, Ben Hamer had to stretch in order to save Rudiger’s header after a Chelsea corner kick. Then, on the next corner kick, Marcos Alonso hit the top of the cross bar with an attractive overhead kick. In the 64th minute, Alonso had a free kick from a good position, but his shot was a bit too high. Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Ross Barkley was Maurizio Sarri’s first bench move.Adama Diakhaby for Chris Lowe and Eden Hazard for Willian were the next two substitutions. It didn’t take long for Hazard to make his presence felt. He broke away from three defenders at midfield and spearheaded a 3-on-2 attack which ended with Pedro tipping the ball over Hamer for a 3-0 Chelsea lead.The best way to end a special day. Come on Blues! / Acabando de la mejor manera un día especial ⚽️???3️⃣1️⃣ #CFC #CFCinNice— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) July 28, 2018Right after the goal, Pedro was replaced by Victor Moses. In the 84th minute, Hazard hit the wall on a free kick from about 18 meters out. The result remained the same until the final whistle. It was a very poor performance against a rather average Chelsea side for Wagner’s squad. Terriers fans have every right to be concerned about the team’s PL outlook this season. Meanwhile, Sarri will be delighted with the result in his first game in charge of The Blues.last_img read more

Cherry Point refinery back on line

first_imgBLAINE, Wash. (AP) — A BP refinery in Washington state that shut down after a February fire has resumed normal operations.BP spokesman Scott Dean in Chicago said Thursday that repairs and maintenance were completed in May at the Cherry Point refinery near Blaine.The three-month outage has been cited as one reason that gasoline prices have been higher on the West Coast than the rest of the nation. But other factors also go into the price of gasoline, including increased demand for summer driving.BP Cherry Point is the third-largest refinery on the West Coast. It produces 20 percent of Washington’s gasoline needs and supplies the majority of jet fuel for Sea-Tac, Portland and Vancouver, British Columbia, airports.BP sells gasoline under the Arco brand name in Washington and Oregon.The refinery was hit by a fire Feb. 17.last_img read more

Sainsburys staff bring legal action over equal pay

first_imgSainsbury’s faces legal action from four female shop-floor employees over claims that male employees are being paid more, despite doing comparable work.If successful, the members of staff may be entitled to six years’ back pay for the difference in earnings.Three of the employees are working in the Shrewsbury area and one in Fareham, Hampshire.The preliminary hearing will take place today (10 July) at the Birmingham employment tribunal. Law firm Leigh Day, which is taking the legal action on behalf of the workers, is arguing that store-based staff, mainly female workers, are of equal value to higher-paid jobs in male-dominated distribution centres.It also believes that thousands of other female shop floor staff could be eligible to make a pay claim.In 1989, Sainsbury’s faced a similar case from women working in its Lewisham store in south London.The first ruling found that even if “one or two minor terms of employment are not common to the two relevant classes of employees” that should not “disable a woman from saying that a given man in a different establishment was ‘in the same employment with her’”.Michael Newman, solicitor at Leigh Day, said: “This is an important case, given the amount of time equal pay legislation has been in force and the gender pay gap still exists. Sainsbury’s had a judgment against them in the 1980s and they appear not to have learned from that.”Asda is also currently facing similar legal action over equal pay. A hearing took place in January.last_img read more