South Africa coach Russell Domingo leaves England tour to attend to critically injured mother

first_imgSouth Africa coach Russell Domingo, who was in England for the ongoing four-match Test series, has once again flew back home in order to be with his critically injured mother.Domingo returned to South Africa after his side slumped to a huge 211-run defeat at the hands of the Joe Root-led team in the first Test at the Lord’s.The 42-year-old’s mother, who was critically injured in a car accident while travelling alone in Port Elizabeth, has now been placed on life support.Reflecting on the matter, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said that although Domingo’s mother had shown some signs of improvement, her condition has obviously taken a turn for the worse over the past few days, Sport24 reported.Domingo had earlier headed back home during South Africa’s three-match T20 series, which England went on to win by 2-1.South Africa are slated to play second Test from Friday at Trent Bridge.last_img read more

Nissan sues India over outstanding dues; seeks over $770 million

first_imgJapanese automaker Nissan Motor has begun international arbitration against India to seek more than $770 million in a dispute over unpaid state incentives, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by Reuters.In a legal notice sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, Nissan sought payment of incentives due from the Tamil Nadu government as part of a 2008 agreement to set up a car manufacturing plant in the southern state.According to the notice, Nissan said repeated requests to state officials for the payment, due in 2015, were overlooked and even a plea by the company’s chairman, Carlos Ghosn, to Modi in March of last year seeking federal assistance did not yield any results.The notice, sent by Nissan’s lawyers in July 2016, was followed by more than a dozen meetings between federal and state officials and Nissan executives, said the person familiar with the matter, who did not want to be named as it is not public.The federal officials, from several ministries, assured Nissan the payment would be made, and it should not bring a legal case. But, in August, Nissan gave India an ultimatum to appoint an arbitrator, the person said, adding the first arbitration hearing will be in mid-December.A Nissan spokesman said the company was “committed to working with the government of India toward a resolution,” but did not elaborate.A senior Tamil Nadu state official said the government hoped to resolve the dispute without having to go to international arbitration. “There is no discrepancy with regard to the amount due, and we are trying hard to resolve the issue,” the official told Reuters.advertisementModi’s office did not respond to an email seeking comment.The case, brought against India for alleged violations of its Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, is the latest in a string of international arbitration proceedings against the country by investors concerned about issues ranging from retrospective taxation to payments disputes.There are over 20 cases pending against India, among the highest against any single nation.The dispute between Nissan and the Tamil Nadu government also shows the challenges companies face in India and how local disputes could undermine the Modi government’s efforts to attract foreign investment and create new jobs.GROWING LOSSESSeveral automakers, including Ford and Hyundai Motor, have set up production hubs in Tamil Nadu, giving state capital Chennai the nickname; the ‘Detroit of South Asia’.In 2008, when Nissan and its global alliance partner, French carmaker Renault, agreed to invest in setting up a car plant in Chennai, the state government promised several incentives including some tax refunds.Over seven years, Nissan and Renault invested 61 billion rupees ($946 million) and set up a plant with annual production capacity of 480,000 vehicles, which entitled them to receive the incentives in 2015, according to the legal notice.In that notice, Nissan’s lawyers said the state government’s decision to not pay was “arbitrary”, and Nissan has “incurred significant and increasing losses”.Nissan did not specify the business impact in the 8-page notice, but said in 2008 that state incentives were critical to the project’s viability and sustainability.The carmaker, in its notice, is claiming 29 billion rupees in unpaid incentives and 21 billion rupees in damages, plus interest and other costs.Nissan, which has less than a 2 percent share of India’s passenger car market, builds and sells the Micra hatchback, Sunny sedan and Terrano sport-utility vehicle. It also sells low-cost cars under its Datsun brand.The company spokesman said Nissan has created more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs in India.last_img read more

Pedro’s extra-time header takes Chelsea past Leicester into semi-finals

first_imgReuse this content Kanté was still offered far too much time to measure his centre and pick out Pedro, eagerly infiltrating space between Ben Chilwell and Marc Albrighton, an unsatisfactory last line of defence with the home side’s centre-halves horribly out of position. The winger, at 5ft 7in, duly leapt to connect before Kasper Schmeichel could punch, and nodded his team’s second neatly over the muddle and Chelsea into the semi-finals. “Maybe he has only ever scored twice with a header: today and our third here last season,” said Conte of the winger’s impact. “It’s great for him, and great for the team. Pedro is another player who puts, in every moment, everything he has for the team. If he starts the game or if he comes on. I’m very happy for him.”It was a winner to deflate the mood inside this arena, all the optimism built up by Jamie Vardy’s equaliser back in normal time suddenly punctured. Harry Maguire would fizz the ball across Willy Caballero’s six-yard box in what time remained, prompting panic yet no reward, but that was as close as Leicester would come to forcing parity for a second time. The locals watched the draw being made post-match and will have cursed a missed opportunity. 0:42 Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Leicester City Antonio Conte sets Chelsea’s sights on FA Cup final and ultimate victory Share on Facebook Read more Read more Play Video FA Cup semi-final draw: United face Tottenham, Chelsea versus Southampton Chelsea Chelsea’s Morata tries to run his way into Antonio Conte’s good books match reports Conte waved his players off on international duty bolstered by Pedro’s contribution, but also by Morata’s return to some semblance of form. The striker had not scored since Boxing Day but despite a nervy start, has at last made his mark on the calendar year. A Leicester attack had run aground three minutes from the interval, momentum squandered by Kelechi Iheanacho’s slack pass to Mahrez, who eventually surrendered possession to Alonso. Willian, prodded clear by Antonio Rüdiger, would wrestle himself free of Chilwell’s attentions and prise Leicester apart, with his diagonal pass sending Morata galloping between and beyond Morgan and Danny Simpson.The striker took a touch, opened up his body and curled his effort into the far corner. “It was very important for him to score, but at the same time I was very pleased with his whole performance,” added Conte. “He showed great character and that he is strong. This goal will be very important for the future.” As it was, Pedro’s may prove to have been just as critical in sustaining this team’s aspiration for a trophy. The Premier League champions needed this. That midweek exit in the Champions League, while hardly surprising given Barcelona’s reputation, had still stung, and the prospect of leaving the East Midlands with nothing more than the pursuit of a top-four finish to sustain interest over the next two months would have been unpalatable. Now they will meet the relegation-threatened Southampton in next month’s semi-final, with the possibility of last season’s FA Cup finalists going one better this time maintained.There was something rather apt about the unlikely nature of Chelsea’s winner. This had been a frantic mess of a cup tie, exhilarating and infuriating in equal measures. Goals had been exchanged in normal time to prompt the anxiety of the extra half-hour, in which Pedro would provide the decisive contribution.The substitute actually sparked the break which would lead to his winner, collecting inside his own half before shifting possession upfield to Álvaro Morata and ambling forward unnoticed. Morata had supplied N’Golo Kanté, with the former Leicester midfielder using Marcos Alonso’s dart down the touchline as a decoy to draw Wes Morgan from the middle. FA Cup Antonio Conte pleased with Chelsea’s character after FA Cup win at Leicester – video Read more Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “Of course we are frustrated,” mumbled Claude Puel, a former Southampton manager. “We deserved a fairer result. It’s harsh because my players gave their best, and demonstrated fantastic attitude and commitment. I can’t criticise the squad or the players. Now we have to keep this positive attitude and quality on the pitch to finish the season strongly.”That will be in pursuit of a top-seven finish, even if Puel will still be wondering what might have been. The Frenchman would have been convinced momentum had been wrested back in the tie going into the extra period. Leicester, for all their initial urgency, might have trailed at the interval to Morata’s well-taken opener but forced themselves level 14 minutes from time as Chelsea’s concentration momentarily wavered. Riyad Mahrez was permitted to ease beyond Alonso far too easily on the flank, with his centre prodded at goal by Vardy only to strike Andreas Christensen inside the six-yard box. In the confusion which followed the ball broke to Vicente Iborra, whose first attempt struck the prone César Azpilicueta, and his follow-up was blocked splendidly by a diving Caballero.Thereafter, the Argentinian’s luck deserted him. With the six-yard box littered with bodies, the ball spun away from the goalkeeper’s attempt to smother and was rammed home by Vardy. Even then the goalkeeper somehow laid a glove on the shot, but was in no position to keep it out. He would at least make amends with a smart save from the England striker as time ticked down. So much of Chelsea’s campaign has been tempestuous, a season played out to the grumbling of a disenchanted head coach, but it could yet produce a trophy. It took a header in extra time, scored by one of the smallest players on the pitch, to see off Leicester City, and as those in the away end chorused their delight at another imminent trip to Wembley, Antonio Conte could still cling to the possibility of a send-off at the national stadium. If he is to depart this club in May, there might be no better way to go. Topics Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Neymar back to training with Paris Saint-Germain after 10-week layoff due to foot injury

first_img Reuters ParisApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 13:49 IST Paris St Germain’s Brazil striker Neymar was on the sidelines for 10 weeks due to a foot injury on January 23. (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTS St Germain’s Brazil striker Neymar will return to training on WednesdayHe was on the sidelines for 10 weeks due to a foot injuryA full medical and radiological assessment will now be carried out on himParis St Germain’s Brazil striker Neymar will return to training on Wednesday for on-field tests after 10 weeks on the sidelines because of a foot injury, the Ligue 1 club said on Tuesday.”.@neymarjr’s recovery from injury is progressing well and he will return to training on Wednesday as scheduled for on-pitch tests,” reigning French champions PSG said on Twitter.”Club specialists will carry out a full medical and radiological assessment in two weeks’ time.”.@neymarjr ’s recovery from injury is progressing well and he will return to training on Wednesday as scheduled for on-pitch tests.Club specialists will carry out a full medical and radiological assessment in two weeks’ time.Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) April 2, 2019Neymar picked up a foot injury on January 23 during a French Cup game against Strasbourg before undergoing surgery.Runaway leaders PSG are 20 points clear in Ligue 1 and face Nantes in the semi-finals of the French Cup on Wednesday.Also Read | Premier League: Forget quadruple, focus on Cardiff, says Manchester coach GuardiolaAlso Read | Zinedine Zidane wants Rafael Varane to stay but is ambiguous about Gareth Bale futureAlso Read | Premier League: Arsenal climb to third spot with 2-0 victory over NewcastleAlso Watch | What is wrong with their culture? Sangakkara, Styris discuss RCB’s poor start to IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow NeymarFollow Paris St GermainFollow foot injuryFollow training Neymar back to training with Paris Saint-Germain after 10-week layoff due to foot injuryParis St Germain’s Brazil striker Neymar will return to training on Wednesday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

BW Orders LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom BW Group, a global maritime company involved in oil and gas transportation, floating gas infrastructure, environmental technologies and deepwater production, has signed shipbuilding contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) for two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers plus options for additional vessels on September 17, 2014.The two firm 173,400 m3 newbuildings will be delivered in late 2017 and early 2018 and have been specified to meet next generation LNG shipping requirements.The vessels will feature DSME’s latest eco-ship design with MEGI propulsion. They will also be equipped with partial reliquefaction systems which ensure industry-leading low Boil off Rates (BOR).Andreas Sohmen-Pao, BW Group CEO, said: “BW and DSME have a strong relationship spanning more than 30 years and over 50 vessels through our World-Wide Shipping and Bergesen heritage. We look forward to receiving high quality and technologically advanced newbuildings. With an expanding fleet of well-built and well-maintained vessels, BW will continue to strive for outstanding service to customers. We have strong ambitions in the LNG sector and these vessels will continue our steady growth in the sector.”The newbuildings will bring BW’s LNG fleet size to 20, and total fleet size to 147. Press Release; September 18, 2014 Follow @worldmaritimenelast_img read more

PengrowthNova Scotia Energy Partnership Boosts Energy Sector

first_img The deadline for the 2008 undergraduate and trades scholarships is April 25. For application forms or for additional information on scholarships and programs, visit the Department of Energy website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy . Nova Scotia’s energy sector received a boost today, Oct. 3, with the announcement of this year’s Pengrowth-N.S. Energy Scholarship winners and the appointment of the new Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Professorship in Petroleum Financial Management. Premier Rodney MacDonald was joined by Energy Minister Bill Dooks and Pengrowth Management Limited president and CEO Jim Kinnear as the participants of the CORE Energy Conference were informed of the benefits the new research and development position will bring to the province’s energy industry. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Professorship in Petroleum Financial Management will help foster leading edge financial and economic research in petroleum related projects. This research professorship will be created at Saint Mary’s University and is valued at $600,000 over five years. “We are very excited about the unique opportunities that this professorship will provide for Saint Mary’s University and the province’s energy sector,” said Premier MacDonald. “It is a step in the right direction for oil-related research here at home.” “Our involvement in Nova Scotia’s offshore continues to be very rewarding for Pengrowth and for the people of Nova Scotia, which is why we are proud to be able to invest more in the province,” said Mr. Kinnear. “The professorship will build expertise within the province of Nova Scotia and support ongoing technical research related to petroleum projects, onshore and offshore, from an economic and financial perspective.” Energy Minister Bill Dooks welcomed the announcement. “There are many opportunities in Nova Scotia’s energy industry,” he said. “The addition of this professorship will provide lasting benefits for the sector through research and knowledge.” Colin Dodds, president of Saint Mary’s said, “With the professorship being held at Saint Mary’s, it means that SMU will remain a leader in energy research — an area we have been very active in over the last number of years.” The premier and Mr. Kinnear also announced the winners of the 2007 Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship. Pengrowth Corporation, one of the owners of the Sable Offshore Energy Project, contributed $2 million to the fund and the province added $1 million. Created in 2005, the program awards scholarships and research grants to Nova Scotia students pursuing undergraduate degrees, college-level trades and technology programs at Nova Scotia Community College and graduate research at Nova Scotia universities. This year’s winners are: Sarah Cox, Truro, Colchester Co. Nicole Doucette, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality. Chrissy Duggan, Antigonish, Antigonish Co. Brian Hall, New Germany, Lunenburg Co. Colin Heighton, New Glasgow, Pictou Co. Kristin Hill, Upper Tantallon, Halifax Regional Municipality. Jessie Kang, Bedford, Halifax Regional Municipality. Keri Kwakernaak, Middleton, Annapolis Co. Kevin McCormack, Coxheath, Cape Breton Co. Chris MacDonald, Antigonish, Antigonish Co. Lisa MacDonald, Coxheath, Cape Breton Co. James Mombourquette, Louisdale, Richmond Co. Nigel Moore, Wolfville, Kings Co. Cameron Murphy, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality. Samantha Scales, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality. Peter Trites, Cambridge Station, Kings Co. Tyler Williams, Westville, Pictou Co.last_img read more

New Case in Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program

first_imgAnother case was added to the province’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program today, May 6. The Department of Justice is offering a reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible in the murder case of Rachel Joy MacQuarrie of Dartmouth. On June 13,2002, skeletal remains were found by a construction worker who was on site twinning the 101 highway between Mount Uniacke and Windsor. The remains were later identified as those Rachel Joy MacQuarrie. The investigation revealed that Ms. MacQuarrie was last seen on Sept. 25, 1997 in the Halifax area, and was reported missing on Oct. 8, 1997. Ms. MacQuarrie had been living on Victoria Road in Dartmouth at the time of her disappearance. “I implore anyone with information related to the this homicide case to please come forward,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We want to see criminals brought to justice and help bring some closure to the family of the late Ms. MacQuarrie.” Anyone with information about this case can call the Department of Justice, Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program, toll-free at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program will be recorded. More information on this case, and other cases, can be found on the Department of Justice website at www.gov.ns.ca/just . The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime. There are now 60 cases in the program.last_img read more

HC convicts one in British teenager Scarlett Keeling death case

first_imgPanaji: The Bombay High Court’s Goa bench on Wednesday convicted a person in the 2008 British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling death case, overturning his acquittal by the trial court. Scarlett was found dead with bruises on her body at Anjuna beach in Goa on February 18, 2008. Two locals, Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho, were accused of leaving her to die after drugging and sexually abusing her. The Goa Children’s Court had acquitted both last year. On appeal, the high court convicted D’Souza under IPC sections 328 (for administrating drugs), 354 (outraging woman’s modesty), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting murder), and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and for child abuse under section 8(2) of the Goa Children’s Act. The arguments on quantum of sentence would be heard on July 19. P7last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Tuesday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $7.80 lower $494.30; Jan. ’18 $7.60 lower $499.20; March ’18 $7.50 lower $502.50; May ’18 $6.30 lower $504.80; July ’18 $6.30 lower $506.40; Nov. ’18 $5.80 lower $473.00; Jan. ’19 $5.80 lower $473.80; March ’19 $5.80 lower $476.50; May ’19 $5.80 lower $476.50; July ’19 $5.80 lower $476.50; Nov. ’19 $5.80 lower $476.50.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.Tuesday’s estimated volume of trade: 243,620 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 243,620. read more

Water line breaks at Ohio States Bill Davis Stadium no repair cost

A water line break at Bill Davis Stadium during the extreme cold temperatures Jan. 6 and 7 has displaced Ohio State baseball coaches and complicated batting practice for players.Administration and Planning spokeswoman Lindsay Komlanc said in an email the Department of Athletics has been working with university contractor BELFOR Property Restoration who “assists with restoration effects involving water damage, among other things.”“This work is ongoing, so there is not a cost estimate at this time,” Komlanc said. “Our crews first response is always to immediately isolate and shut off the water and the next priority is repairing the space so it can return to normal use as quickly as possible.”The leak occurred in the ceiling of the second floor of the baseball facilities, flooding the baseball coaches’ office, Komlanc said.OSU athletics spokesman Brett Rybak said in an email the second floor holds the offices of OSU coach Greg Beals, two assistants, an office for a volunteer assistant and the director of operations and a front desk for a receptionist.“The coaches have been working out of our video room behind our home dugout the last two weeks,” Rybak said.Redshirt-freshman pitcher Joe Stoll said the water from the offices leaked through the ceiling and into the players’ batting cages on the first floor.“The whole side of the building was covered in ice,” Stoll said. “Every single paper in their office was unusable.”Rybak said there is not an estimated date for the offices to be reopened.Stoll said dehumidifiers have been set up along the players’ batting cages to help dry up the water.“We should have the dehumidifiers in the batting cages until our first trip on Feb. 14,” Stoll said.Komlanc said repairs mainly involve replacement of drywall, wood trim and carpeting.Multiple calls to BELFOR Property Restoration were not returned. Attempts to obtain photographs of the scene were denied.The OSU baseball team is scheduled to start its season in Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 14 against Connecticut as part of the Snowbird Classic. read more

Oakleighs Greek Day paved Greek Independence Day festivities

first_imgThere was dancing, food and a spirit of euphoria at Oakleigh’s Greek Day on Saturday, proving that the southeastern suburb of Melbourne rightly deserves its reputation as the epicentre of the Hellenic Community.A local line-up of talent delighted visitors with their music and dances from 4pm to 10pm.The eateries that the district is famous for were packed with people and the aromas of souvlaki were tantalising.In fact, the area literally caught fire with a small incident at Orexi, where thankfully a small blaze was quickly extinguished.The free Greek Day had the support of Nikpol, the main sponsor, as well as Procal, Delphi Bank, O’Brien Real Estate and many others.READ MORE: See photos from the Greek Independence Day parade in Melbourne Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Watch: Mountain Goats Airlifted From a Washington National Park

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Visitors to Washington’s Olympic National Park may have caught a glimpse of goats up in the sky this week. No, it’s not a new (superhero) species.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) airlifted non-native mountain goats from remote parts of Olympic National Park as part of the agency’s efforts to relocate them to the Cascade Mountains, where they’re needed. Stay on targetcenter_img A video posted to the agency’s Facebook page on Monday show three goats being transported.“Mountain goat relocation will allow these animals to reoccupy historical range areas in the Cascades,” Jesse Plumage, a U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist, said in a news release.Animal capture specialists called “gunners” and “muggers” sedate the animals with darts or capture them in nets, blindfold them, pad their horns and fly them – on slings dangling from a helicopter – to a staging area.The goats are then looked over by veterinarians and outfitted with tracking collars before being transported to the Cascades and once again flown by helicopter, this time into their new alpine habitats.The two-week goat relocation mission started on Monday and Tuesday, when the WDFW captured 17 goats, including a kid about 6 weeks old, which got a ride on a mugger’s lap inside the helicopter instead of hanging beneath it.There are six designated sites in the Cascades that the animals will be released to.According to the National Park Service, humans introduced mountain goats to the Olympic Mountains, where they are not a native species. Their population quickly grew, posing a problem for the more than 20 native plants and animals on the Olympic Peninsula.Goats grazing in Olympic National Park. (Photo Credit: Jordan Siemens / Getty Images)The goat have also become aggressive and dangerous to humans and hikers in the Olympics. The Olympics have few natural salt licks, so goats there are more likely to be attracted to the sweat, urine, and food of hikers, potentially endangering them. One goat fatally gored a hiker in 2010.In the Cascade Mountains, however, the goat populations are slow to recover from over-hunting.Efforts to relocate 115 of the roughly 725 mountain goats in the Olympics to the Cascades began last year. A coalition of state and federal agencies and American Indian tribes is behind the effort, which involves closing parts of the park.More on Geek.com:Maine Police ‘Drop Charges’ Against Goat That Chased WomanStudy: Humans Are Pushing Elephants Out of Their Natural HabitatArctic Fox Stuns Scientists With Epic Trek from Norway to Canadalast_img read more

Kiki on the River gives foodies 1st taste of upcoming events

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A culinary kickoff along the Miami River gave guests a first taste of two big shows coming to South Florida early next year.Attendees were treated to complimentary appetizers and wine at Kiki on the River, located near Northwest Fourth Avenue and North River Drive, Monday night.The event aims to promote the upcoming Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival as well as the Miami International Boat Show. Both events are set to take over South Florida in February.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Deputy Chief Management Officer Named DODs New Personnel Readiness Chief

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Peter Levine, the Pentagon’s deputy chief management officer, has been named to succeed Brad Carson as acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, reported Military Times.Levine, who was confirmed by the Senate last year for his current post, will take over as the department’s top personnel official when Carson departs April 8, according to an e-mail Carson sent to his staff. DOD officials were not available to confirm the appointment. The undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness is responsible for overseeing military and civilian personnel policy and total force readiness, including quality of life.Carson has been the acting undersecretary since April 2015; he announced his plan earlier this month to step down in April. The decision followed a confirmation hearing in February during which lawmakers accused him of presuming confirmation and violating an obscure law that prohibits nominees from assuming their posts ahead of Senate confirmation, according to the story. GOP senators also derided his work on the Pentagon’s Force of the Future initiative, a broad set of proposals aimed at modernizing DOD’s civilian and military personnel systems.In his current role, Levine is the senior advisor to the secretary of defense and the deputy secretary on business transformation and leads the department’s efforts to streamline business processes and achieve greater efficiencies in management, headquarters and overhead functions. Previously, he served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee from August 1996 to February 2015, including two years as staff director, eight years as general counsel and eight years as minority counsel.last_img read more

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Town Looking To Fill Upcoming Finance Committee Vacancy

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Effective April 30, 2019, the Wilmington Planning Board will have one vacancy. Residents interested in serving on the Planning Board should complete the Application for Appointment and return it to the Town Manager’s office.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Town Looking To Fill Finance Committee VacancyIn “Government”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Town Seeking Volunteers For Open Space CommitteeIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Burst Water Pipe Likely Cause For Skagway Ferry Dock Sinking

first_imgWestern Marine Construction began working early Tuesday to refloat the dock. (Photo courtesy Jeremy Stephens, Alaska DOT&PF)State transportation officials agree that a burst water pipe likely caused the Skagway ferry dock to sink last month. Repairs continue in hopes of getting the dock operational and returning ferry service to the Southeast community within the next week.Download AudioThe state is making repairs and some modifications to the dock now that it’s floating again.Department of Transportation spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow says it’s not yet known how much the salvage and repairs from the sinking will cost the state.Woodrow says the state is hoping to resume ferry service to Skagway on May 11. A final decision on that timeline will be made later this week, he said.last_img read more

MLC Mahender Reddy attends Raksha Bandhan festivities

first_imgTandur: “Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of relationship between a brother and a sister,” said MLC Mahender Reddy. He called upon people to celebrate the festival with gaiety. He said this, while participating in the Raksha Bandhan programme organised by ‘Brahma Kumaris,’ on Wednesday. On this occasion, Radhe Bahen of Brahamakumaris tied a rakhi to the MLC. RDO Venu Madhava Rao, several TRS leaders were present.last_img

Balakot airstrike Pakistan reopens airspace for civil aviation months after standoff

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:51Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Representative Image.IANSPakistan’s airspace has been reopened to civil aviation with immediate effect, its aviation authority said on Tuesday, following months of restrictions imposed in the wake of a standoff with neighbouring India earlier this year.”With immediate effect, Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes,” according to a so-called Notice to Airmen (NOTAMS) published on the authority’s website.An official at the authority, reached by telephone, confirmed that the change was in effect.Pakistan closed its airspace in February after a standoff with India in the wake of an attack by a Pakistan-based militant group on a police convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 paramilitary police.Both countries carried out aerial attacks over the other’s territory during the standoff and warplanes fought a brief dogfight over the skies of the disputed Kashmir region.Partial operations at Pakistani airports resumed once tensions eased but restrictions continued to affect many international carriers using Pakistani airspace.Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor and the airspace restrictions affected hundreds of commercial and cargo flights each day, adding to flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines.The announcement came hours after United Airlines Holdings Inc said it was extending the suspension of its flights from the United States to Delhi and Mumbai in India until October 26, citing continued restrictions of Pakistani airspace. Closecenter_img India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot, In an intelligence led operation today says Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhalelast_img read more

Well ensure EC hold next polls independently Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaAsserting that next general election must be held in a free, fair and impartial manner in the country, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said none will be allowed to play game with people’s voting right.“The next general election must be held in a free, fair and neutral manner … none will be allowed to play ducks and drakes with the voting rights of the people and we won’t let it happen,” she said.Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, was addressing a meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) at her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital.The prime minister said the Election Commission will hold the next polls completely in an independent manner. “We will ensure it,” she said.She added that there is no scope for unnecessary polluting the water about the polls and thinking about doing other things by violating the constitution.While talking about the BNP’s demand for holding a free and fair election in the country, Sheikh Hasina said the BNP should look their face in the mirror as the party had first staged farcical elections.“I wonder and laugh when the BNP talks and raises various allegations about the free and fair elections in the country … I think they should look their face in the mirror,” she said. “This party had first influenced the polls and staged farcical elections,” she added.The prime minister said general Zia after grabbing power illegally and violating constitution staged the “Yes-No” vote. Ziaur Rahman also staged farcical presidential elections where record 100 per cent votes were cast and after the polls, he constituted the BNP, she said.Sheikh Hasina said the BNP is such a party which was formed by the man who captured power illegally. “The people didn’t forget the repression, torture and exploitation that BNP unleashed when they were in power … such character was exposed when it came to power,” she said.She said the BNP rigged the 1979 elections by capturing polling booths like the 15th February polls in 1996. “Almost all BNP candidates were elected MPs unopposed in the 15th February polls and no election was held in 18 seats at that time … so I don’t know how they talk about the fair polls?”The AL president also mentioned rigging in the Magura, Mirpur and Dhaka-10 by-elections during the BNP government, saying that the BNP snatched and destroyed the voting rights of the people.The prime minister said her government has ensured the rights to vote and constitution and it will continue. “We have waged movement for vote and food and established these rights of the people … it is the Awami League government which raised the slogan—Amar vote ami debo, jake khushi take debo,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said there are some “atels” in the country who have much expectations of going to power, but they have no capability of getting votes.“But the people of the country won’t accept the suffering of the people, snatching the democratic and constitutional rights and playing with the fate to fulfil the desire of such elements,” she said.last_img read more

San Francisco Board of Supervisors vote in favour to ban use of

first_imgIn January, San Francisco legislation proposed a ban on using facial recognition technology by the government. The ban is imposed on government agencies, including the city police and county sheriff’s department, but excludes the technology that unlocks the iPhone or cameras installed by businesses or individuals. Again this month, San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced the Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance. And yesterday it has been reported that the Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the ban to use facial recognition by city agencies. Northern California’s Matt Cagle and Brian Hofer, chair of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission, came in support of this ordinance and wrote in an op-ed last week, “If unleashed, face surveillance would suppress civic engagement, compound discriminatory policing, and fundamentally change how we exist in public spaces.” The proposal faced opposition from few, a local group named Stop Crime SF argued a ban might not be that fruitful when talking about property crime and might also impact in collecting and presenting evidence of crime. Though the vice president of Stop Crime SF, Joel Engardio, seems to be satisfied with the amended bill. In a statement to Wired, he says, “We agree with the concerns that people have about facial ID technology. The technology is bad and needs a lot of improvement.” This move definitely would impact the use of technology all over the world and might motivate other cities to adopt the same. Last month, the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission released 2 key documents, an initiative to protect Oaklanders’ privacy namely, Proposed ban on facial recognition and City of Oakland Privacy Principles. Techies and developers of the facial recognition systems have been showing their concern in this regard and think that introducing strict rules and surveillance would be better than putting up a ban. Benji Hutchinson, vice president of federal operations for NEC, a major supplier of facial-recognition technology, says, “I think there’s a little bit too much fear and loathing in the land around facial-recognition technology.” In a statement to Wired, Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Forum believes in calling for safeguards on the use of the technology rather than prohibitions. He also calls ban a “step backward for privacy,” as it will leave more people reviewing surveillance video. Though in the board meeting, Peskin said, “I want to be clear — this is not an anti-technology policy.” He further clarified that the ordinance is also an accountability measure which would ensure safe and responsible use for surveillance tech. Update from ACLU on 21st May San Francisco’s ban on using facial recognition technology by the government is now official. Yesterday, Matt Cagle tweeted that San Francisco has approved the ban by a vote of 10 to 1. Read Next Amazon finally agrees to let shareholders vote on selling facial recognition software Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission lay out privacy principles for Oaklanders and propose ban on facial recognition China is using facial recognition tech to profile 11 million Uighurs Muslim minority: NYT reportlast_img read more