In Bishahra, a night of revelry

first_imgYogi Adityanath unleashes Hindutva blitz On Sunday, when Yogi Adityanath took oath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Bishahra, a Thakur-dominated village, danced and celebrated with a DJ in attendance late into the night.The residents believed they had reasons for revelry, and the participants included members of the Gau Raksha Hindu Dal (Save cow Hindu protection force), a cow vigilante outfit active in Dadri.The family members of the youths arrested on charges of lynching Mohammad Akhlaq, accusing him of cow slaughter and storing beef, were happy as they saw Mr. Adityanath as someone who “would understand their plight”.“It is for the first time in the past year-and-a-half that we felt that our plight would be felt and understood by those in power. Yogiji [Mr. Adityanath] has supported Hindus, and he has been a constant source of support, always present in the background, when this incident happened,” Om Kumar, an electrician in Bishahra, told The Hindu.Also Read Mr. Adityanath, who belongs to the Thakur community, had demanded that the family of Akhlaq be arrested on charges of cow slaughter and eating beef, and the compensation given to them be withdrawn.The outfit established by Mr. Adityanath, Hindu Yuva Vahini, had offered guns to “harassed” Hindus of Bishahra.Fifteen of the 18 accused in the lynching case are in jail. Two of them are out on bail as they were minors. One of the accused died in judicial custody. Yogi Adityanath: a hard Hindutva face of BJP  His sons, Saurav and Gaurav, were arrested on charges of killing Akhlaq. Gaurav, a minor, is out on bail. All the accused, except one, arrested on charges of killing Akhlaq, belong to the dominant Thakur community.Ved Nagar, the head of Gau Raksha Hindu Dal, told The Hindu on the phone that the “family members of Akhlaq’s murder accused, had met Adityanath twice in Delhi after the incident and he had promised to extend all possible support to them”.A matter of pride“It is a matter of pride that a cow protector like Yogiji has become the Chief Minister. Now we expect justice to be done,” Mr. Nagar said.He said Mr. Adityanath’s appointment “gives hope that the accused in the Akhlaq murder case would soon get bail”. The villagers now see a “ray of hope” because Mr. Adityanath had stood with the accused. In the aftermath of Akhlaq’s lynching, he demanded that the 18 youths arrested in the case be released. Also Readlast_img read more

Shiv Sena to not contest Palus-Kadegaon bypoll

first_imgPune: Shiv Sena has decided to not field a candidate for the bypoll to the Palus-Kadegaon Assembly seat in Sangli district, which fell empty after the death of Congress leader Patangrao Kadam in March.On Thursday, Patangrao’s son, Youth Congress president Vishwajeet Kadam, had a telephonic conversation with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray who assured him that the party would not field a candidate for the seat out of respect for his late father, sources close to the Congress leader said.BJP fields DeshmukhAfter Patangrao’s death in March, it was expected that the major political parties would not field candidates against Vishwajeet Kadam, who hopes to get elected unopposed. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has already said it would not put forward anybody for the seat. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced on Wednesday that it would field Sangramsinh Deshmukh, son of late BJP legislator Sampatrao Deshmukh, for the seat — two days after Mr. Kadam filed his nomination. Sangramsinh’s cousin Prithviraj Deshmukh is BJP’s Sangli district chief. Sangramsinh heads the Zilla Parishad and has interests in the Sangli District Cooperative Bank.Bitter legacyThe Palus-Kadegaon seat has a bitter history. In 1997, following Sampatrao Deshmukh’s death, Patangrao had decided to contest the election instead of letting a relative of the BJP MLA be elected unopposed. This rankled with the Deshmukhs. In the 2009 Assembly poll, Patangrao managed to wrest the seat from Prithviraj, and again defeated him in the 2014 election, despite the BJP coming to power in the State.The BJP’s decision to field Sangramsinh against Mr. Kadam is viewed as ‘payback’ by a section of BJP leaders and workers in Sangli. However, sources say the BJP might be willing to withdraw their candidate if the Congress doesn’t field anyone for the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll.The Kalus-Padegaon Assembly by-election, along with the Palghar and Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypolls, is to be held on May 28, with counting of votes on May 31.last_img read more

Assam Police add fun to fighting crime

first_img “We follow up our campaign against rumours, fake news, crime against women, drugs, social prejudices such as mob violence and witch-hunting with counselling, so that people get a chance not to repeat their mistakes,” Mr. Singh said.Among those receiving counselling is Mujibur Rehman, 18, who was detected committing nuisance in a burkha during Rath Yatra in southern Assam’s Badarpur. “We hope he will use his talents and courage for better things in life,” the Assam Police tweeted with several hashtags including #LifeInPoliceNeverCeasesToAmaze.  “The Chief Minister (Sarbananda Sonowal) had some time ago sought better policing through active interaction between the police and the public. The trigger for the social media campaign was the lynching of Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das,” Harmeet Singh, Additional Director General of Police (modernisation-logistics) told The Hindu.The State police’s engagement with smartphone and internet users began with two WhatsApp numbers soon after a mob in central Assam’s Karbi Along lynched Abhijeet and Nilotpal on May 31. The force received a deluge of information on the two numbers, leading to the arrest of 40 people within 48 hours.It wasn’t until end-June that ‘Nagarik Mitra’ (citizen’s friend), the State police’s Smart Social Media Centre headed by Mr. Singh, decided to be witty with its campaign.A team threw ideas about, worked and reworked on the copies to come out with lines that appeal.The team had a similar pun-filled campaign by the Mumbai police in 2016 to work on, but intended to be different while targeting the “right kind of people”. The latest in the campaign, against stalking women, reads: “For every unwanted compliment you give a lady, we have a complimentary legal action ready for you.”“There’s no harm in fighting crime and social prejudices with a dose of humour from creative minds in the force. We believe in social media engagement, not social media monitoring, and this helps us interact or engage with people better,” Kuladhar Saikia, the State’s Director General of Police, said.The level of engagement helped the police take against a traffic policeman in southern Assam’s Barak Valley within 15 minutes of a Twitter complaint that he was extorting money from vehicles. And on Tuesday, a Facebook upload helped the police talk a minor girl out of her plan to commit suicide. The Assam Police are driving home a serious message to potential law-breakers with a bit of wit via social media.Sample this: Sharing rumours/hate messages online can enable you for a date with us in nearest police station this weekend.And this: Mobs may not follow the law, but the law will follow them. If you hit, the law won’t miss.These messages through Twitter and Facebook – the force has just opened its Instagram account – are part of the Assam Police’s ‘Think’ campaign in three hashtag segments — #ThinkBeforeYouPost, #ThinkBeforeYouHit and #ThinkBeforeYouStalk.In about a month after the launch of this campaign, the Assam Police Facebook page and Twitter handle have together garnered 17.25 lakh followers and counting. Among the fans and re-tweeters are Bollywood stars such as Ajay Devgn, whose screen cop avatar is Singham.last_img read more

U.S.-India Relationship Defining Partnerships of This Century

first_imgStatement by Hillary Clinton:“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of the Republic of India as you celebrate the sixty-fourth anniversary of your independence this August 15.“India’s independence movement and the inspirational leadership of Mahatma Gandhi still move people to be the change that they want to see in the world. At this time of profound change and hope for millions of people, India’s story stands as a powerful example of what people can achieve through the peaceful pursuit of inalienable rights.“During my recent visit to India, I once again had the opportunity to experience India’s beauty, vitality, and dynamism. We believe that the U.S.-India partnership — based on people-to-people ties and our shared values of democracy, liberty, and respect for religious and cultural diversity — will be one of the defining partnerships of this century. And we look forward to continuing to partner with you as you share your story and successes with other countries around the world.“As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, in Chennai, New Delhi or anywhere in between, know that the United States stands with you as a committed partner and friend.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Michael Jordan scores again, this time with his Jumpman logo

first_imgAdamson stops UE’s win streak Forbes Magazine estimated last December that Jordan has made $1.7 billion since leaving the University of North Carolina in 1984 — more than any athlete ever.The vast majority of his wealth has come from marketing, since Jordan earned just $93 million during hisplaying career.It’s led all led to Jordan being able to call his own shots — like exclusive use of the Jumpman logo.“Well, he does own the team,” Westbook quipped. “He gets to pick that for sure.”Hornets forward Marvin Williams, who like Jordan played college basketball at North Carolina, said he knows the uniforms will be extremely popular with NBA fans simply because of the “international symbol” Jumpman has become. The logo features a silhouette of Jordan leaping through the air, his legs scissored with a basketball outstretched in one hand.“That symbol — I have seen people have it on their clothes, their cars, tattoos,” Williams said.Larry Miller, president of Jordan Brand, said the logo represents greatness “so it’s a natural fit to have it on the uniforms of MJ’s team.”“Aligning his team and his brand brings everyone in the Jordan family closer together,” Miller said in an email to The Associated Press, “and it’s a win for both organizations.”The Hornets recently opened an expanded team store at their downtown arena and are still receiving new Jumpman merchandise, but it’s not staying on the shelves very long.Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer Pete Guelli said the team isexpecting a “substantial increase” in merchandise sales.“Being the only Jordan Brand team has a number of inherent advantages,” Guelli said. “It is also our first formal connection to our owner and allows us to explore additional extensions around that unique alignment.” SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCharlotte’s All-Star point guard Kemba Walker loves the idea of the Hornets being a slightly unique — and knows it’s because of Jordan.“I mean, he’s the GOAT (Greatest of All Time),” Walker said. “Everybody loves MJ. Everybody loves the way he competed and the way he carries himself.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Since the Jordan Brand is a Nike subsidiary and the namesake of the six-time NBA champion, the Hornets will be the only NBA team to wear the Jordan Brand “Jumpman” logo on their uniforms this season. That would appear to be a merchandising windfall.After the switch from Adidas, the other 29 NBA teams will wear the Nike “swoosh” on their uniforms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Michael Jordan is showing he still has the ability to score big — even though he hasn’t played The Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo is shown on merchandise as a customer shops at the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA basketball fan store in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The NBA’s new uniform contract with Nike could be a financial coup for Hornets owner Michael Jordan. Sports’ greatest pitchman will be reaping the benefits of the Hornets being the only NBA team to wear the famous Jordan Brand “Jumpman” logo on their jerseys this season. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)in nearly 15 years.The Hornets owner’s latest slam dunk off the court might come by way of the NBA’s new uniform contract with Nike.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Especially off the court.There isn’t a player in the league who doesn’t want to emulate the NBA’s greatest pitchman.Though Jordan was not made available to be interviewed for this story, others praised his savvy and longevity.Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbook is a representative for the Jordan Brand, which sponsors 21 active NBA players. Westbrook is soaking up as much knowledge as he can working with Jordan.The reigning league MVP said he’s tried to use what Jordan has done with marketing skills as a model for his own success.“He set himself up, not just on the basketball court, but in business,” Westbrook said. “…. He set himself up tremendously — his kids, his family — by doing the right things on and off the court.”Jordan last soared through the air in the NBA in 2003. But even now, at 54, his marketability doesn’t seem to be tapering off.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary History indicates it should be a profitable connection.Williams said Jordan is more relevant now than ever.“Obviously people knew who he was when he played, but when you see a 5- or 6-year-old kid walking around with Jordans on, and know who Michael Jordan is, but have never seen him play,” Williams said. “I have teammates that have never seen him play but know about everything he has done. It speaks volumes not only to what he has done as a player in his career, but it speaks a ton to what he has done post-basketball as well.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Reply to Pakistan in its own language, says Shiv Sena

first_imgMumbai, Sep 21 (PTI) Shiv Sena today said Pakistan should be given a reply in its own language and sought to know from Prime Minister Narendra Modi what exactly he is going to do in response to the audacious Uri terror attack that left 18 jawans dead.Asserting that talks with Pakistan is not going to yield any positive result, Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said it was high time the neighbouring country was given a reply in its own language.Sena mouthpiece Saamana carried a stinging editorial, the second on the issue since the September 18 assault, needling Modi, saying mere statements would not serve any purpose as happened after the Pathankot attack in January.”Talking with Pakistan wont work now. It is now high time that it is answered in its own language. If war (with Pakistan) is to take place, it should be for well-being of the nation, not for votes. When will we finally understand Pakistans language,” Thackeray told reporters here.Asked if he had spoken to the Prime Minister on the issue, Uddhav said, “he must be busy talking to Pakistan right now. When he gets free, we will talk.”Thackeray, whose party is a long-time ally of the BJP, said the Uri strike has set off a wave of anger among the masses and Modi is well poised to take definite action against the neighbouring country owing to the overwhelming majority the saffron outfit has in the Lok Sabha.”If you keep doing what the previous Governments did, how can you say there is an atmosphere of change in the country? It seems the Government is of the view that those who want to shed tears may do so, we will continue to go to Pakistan to have tea and continue to welcome their artists and sports-persons here,” he said.advertisementHe said people have made Modi the Prime Minister trusting the promises he had made ahead of elections, which now needs to be fulfilled.”This is not the first time they have attacked us. They recently stabbed us with the Pathankot attack. There is no use of merely expressing anger against Pakistan.”Dubbing Pakistan as a “shameless” country that would not be affected by any international condemnation, Saamna editorial demanded “revenge” on the neighbour and asked the PM to spell out how exactly he is going to respond to the Uri attack.”While the PM says Pakistan will be taught a lesson and would not be allowed to go scot-free after killing our soldiers, he needs to clearly state what exactly will he do. He had made similar statements after the terror strike at Pathankot air base,” the Sena organ said. PTI MM DK NM RSY RGlast_img read more

Vasilakakis and Referees Down the Greens

first_imgXanthi ruined Panathinaikos’ chances of moving second in the SuperLeague by edging out the Greens 1-0 in Sunday’s late game, securing their first three-point haul for over a month in the process.Marinos Ouzounidis’ Panathinaikos arrived in the northern Greek city in a rich vein of form having scored nine goals in their last two fixtures, but they found themselves the victims of several refereeing blunders as Theodore Vasilakakis’ wondergoal proved the difference.Vasilakakis, who scored in the the teams’ meeting earlier this season, picked up possession after a mistake by Giorgos Koutroubis and with a superb long range strike beat Luke Steele six minutes after the hour mark.But the key talking point will unfortunately be the performances from the officials who had a poor game to say the least at the expense of Panathinaikos.First assistant referee Kosmas Harisis was guilty of a wrong decision in the 19 minutes when he flagged Greens’ Sweden striker Marcus Berg for offside when he was sent clean through on goal.Ioannis Karagiozopoulos then made an almost identical error two minutes after half-time when he wrongly raised his flag in similar circumstances when Lucas Villafanez raced clear.The icing on the visitor’s cake of misfortunate, however, came late on when, as they frantically pressed for an equalizer, legitimate claims for a penalty were waved away by referee Dimitris Thanos when Xanthi’s French defender Salimo Sylla felled Villafanez in the home side’s box.Panathinaikos remain in fourth place with 38 points as a result, while Xanthi – who have struggled for form since last picking up a win on January 18, move into fifth spot with 36 points.Source: ( – Like us on Facebook, follow us on  Instagram, and Twitter TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Goal test

first_imgPremier League Goal test Last updated 5 days ago 18:00 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gini Wijnaldum & Virgil, Liverpool Getty Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City Manchester City Liverpool Betting DAZN: Liverpool v Man City [test]10 November 2019DateAnfieldLocationAnfield, Anfield Road, Liverpool, UK2019-11-10T17:00:55.000ZDAZN: Liverpool v Man City [test]⚡️ Powered by ✨ Amondo 💛 Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Festival Queen Finalists Will Be Among Future Leaders – Holness

first_imgStory Highlights Patron of the National Festival Queen Competition, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, says she is confident that the 13 finalists in this year’s Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) contest will be among the country’s future leaders. The reigning queen is Dainalyn Swaby, who represented St. Elizabeth. For her part, Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, thanked Mrs. Holness for hosting the breakfast, and reminded the finalists that they, in their capacities as parish queens, are all cultural activists. Patron of the National Festival Queen Competition, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, says she is confident that the 13 finalists in this year’s Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) contest will be among the country’s future leaders.Addressing the contestants during Tuesday’s (July 31) Festival Queen Breakfast at the Jamaica House Banquet Hall, Mrs. Holness noted that the finalists are “bright, articulate and well-rounded in terms of your knowledge of Jamaica and your own creativity and talent”.“I am absolutely comfortable and confident that in this very room are seated the next generation of Jamaica’s leaders. I am absolutely proud to be the Patron of an event which brings together such a distinguished group of women,” she said.Meanwhile, Mrs Holness is encouraging the finalists to use the opportunities afforded them, by virtue of winning their parish titles, as springboards to propel themselves towards achieving greater success.She emphasised that the parish crown “is not a destination but a stepping stone for greater things to come,” adding that “each daily experience must form part of the groundwork for the next day’s achievements”.Mrs. Holness also encouraged them to engage in outreach activities in their respective parishes that will empower other women, in particular, through mentorship and other initiatives.She urged them to bear in mind that whatever the outcome of the coronation, slated for Emancipation Day, Wednesday, August 1, “all of you are already winners”.For her part, Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, thanked Mrs. Holness for hosting the breakfast, and reminded the finalists that they, in their capacities as parish queens, are all cultural activists.She said whatever the competition’s outcome, each finalist would still be excellent cultural representatives and leaders, “because you would have done your best… and (made) us all very proud”.“So, when the contest is over, you still have a responsibility… to continue to be leaders in your parishes and to be leaders nationally,” Miss Grange added.In his remarks, JCDC Executive Director, Orville Hill, said the experience gained by this year’s queens “is not one that you leave at the doorstep; it stays with you as you go through your experiences in life”.“Your experience has just started. As you go back into your respective communities, you (will be) representing your parish; the JCDC; the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and, in fact, Jamaica,” he added.Miss Manchester, Stacy Ann Nelson, who responded on behalf of the contestants, gave their undertaking to be exemplary ambassadors.The reigning queen is Dainalyn Swaby, who represented St. Elizabeth.last_img read more

Koch Shipping Paying Double for Dianas Bulker

first_imgGreek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore-based Koch Shipping for one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels.Under the agreement, the company’s 208,006 dwt bulker San Francisco would be chartered at a gross charter rate of USD 24,000 per day.The charter, expected to commence on May 13, is for a period of ten to twelve months.Diana Shipping said that the employment is expected to generate USD 6.96 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The 2017-built San Francisco is currently chartered to Koch Shipping at a rate of USD 11,750 per day.last_img read more

Mises à jour sur la tempête

first_imgLe Bureau de gestion des urgences a activé le centre provincial de coordination en raison du mauvais temps et des pannes d’électricité qui touchent la province à l’heure actuelle. Pour la liste des fermetures, consultez le (en anglais seulement). Pour les renseignements les plus à jour, sur Twitter, suivez @NSGOV, @NSEMO pour des renseignements d’urgence ou @NS_TIR pour des renseignements sur les conditions routières ou les fermetures. -30-last_img read more

Govt to amend MMDR Act to expedite exploration of coal

first_imgKolkata: The Centre is in the process of bringing an amendment to the MMDR Act to do away with the need of the state governments’ seeking prior approval for giving out mining leases, Coal Secretary Sumanta Chaudhuri said here on Wednesday. A bill for bringing the amendment to the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act will be introduced in the next session of Parliament, he said. “The drafting of the bill for amendment of the MMDR Act is in the process and will be introduced in the next session of Parliament,” Chaudhuri said at a stakeholders’ consultation organised by the coal ministry and FICCI here. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja He said the allocation of coal blocks is within the domain of the Union goevrnment but the state governments do have a say. “The role of the state governments is limited in this regard. States are required to seek prior approval from the Centre. We are now in the process of amending this”, he said. According to him, this would expedite the process of coal exploration in the country. The government would go for forward auction in tranches during October and November this year for allotment of 46 coal blocks having a reserve potential of around 100 million tonnes. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway After the amendment of the MMDR Act, exploration of these 46 blocks would come to fruition in four to five years and this will reduce the quantum of coal imports into India, the Coal Ministry’s Joint secretary Ashis Upadhyaya. “Without the amendment of the Act, exploration from these blocks would have taken seven to eight years”, he added. Chaudhuri also said that entire mining approval plan would be digitalised as well. The basic premise of amending the Act is to revamp the system of getting clearances in the mining sector and this is one way to plug the gaps.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Streaming is the future of music distribution. The ability to access more than 50 million songs with just a few pokes at your phone for free (or something close to it) is not only convenient but intoxicating. It’s the once-hypothetical Infinite Jukebox come to life. A person makes the “rock on!” sign with a neon light backdrop. (Getty Images) Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Record labels certainly love it. All three of the majors now see more revenue come through streaming than any other source. Truth be told, they’d be happy to see all physical product go away thereby eliminating the need for manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, and dealing with record stores that keep going out of business..Thanks to streaming technology, the demand for music has never been greater nor has music consumption ever been this high. But there are some downsides to this revolution which emphasizes access to music over possession, a shift that may not bode well for the future of music..Composing music is increasingly driven by dataBehind all the streaming platforms are massive server farms that collect and process how users are listening to music. That data is used to determine which songs resonate with fans and which don’t. Digging deeper, it’s possible to find common data points that help create a hit song.last_img read more

Youth coalition challenges UN meeting to take stand on climate change

“I have nothing but my future ahead of me and you have nothing but my future to protect,” Catherine Gauthier, 18, told heads of State or government or other top officials from over 150 nations, the largest-ever gathering of its kind on climate change.“I challenge you to show true leadership,” she said.A timetable of targets is indispensable in combating climate change, Ms. Gauthier noted.“A short-term target without a long-term goal is short-sighted,” she explained. “A long-term target without a short-term goal is prone to procrastination and political manoeuvring – I should know, I only do my homework the night before it’s due.”Speaking on behalf of Greenpeace Solar Generation, the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Environnement Jeunesse, SustainUS and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Ms. Gauthier said that many will hold their elected leaders accountable for missteps taken in addressing climate change.“I turned 18 this year and am now among the many that will vote for the climate.”She also stated her high expectations for the major upcoming summit in Bali, Indonesia, in December, which seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012.“It can be no small step, next step, inch forward,” she said. “Bali must mark the watershed of a new phase in the Kyoto Framework.” 24 September 2007A representative of environmental youth groups today challenged global leaders gathered at the United Nations to take decisive action to curb the threat posed by climate change. read more

The Week in Brussels

5. UNEP announces ozone damage will cause harm for longerThe ozone layer will take longer to recover from chlorinated pollutant damage than previously thought according to an assessment of stratospheric ozone levels by the United Nations Environmental Programme. (Source: ENDS/UNEP) 1. Commission reports on new car emissions The European Commission has published its annual report on CO2 emissions from new cars, showing 2004 average emissions were 12.4 per cent below 1995 levels. This figure is commended, however the report emphasises that the automotive industry will need to do more if it is to achieve the voluntary commitment of average emissions of 140g/km by 2008/9, a reduction of around 25 per cent from 1995 levels. Commissioners Verheugen and Dimas have stated clearly if industry does not achieve these levels, the introduction of mandatory measures could be considered. The report shows ACEA’s average emissions in 2004 stood at 161g/km, representing a 1.2 per cent reduction on 2003 levels. The Commission recently launched an online consultation to seek the views of the public on measures to further improve cars’ fuel efficiency and reduce their CO2 emissions. A Communication to the European Parliament and Council on the outcome of this review will be presented in the second half of this year. (Source: European commission) 2. Better regulation agenda key to Commission’s work programmeThe European Commission has adopted its mid-term review of the Commission work programme for 2006, assessing achievements so far in 2006, and reaffirms the political priorities for this autumn. The Commission’s adoption of these 37 initiatives represents a mid-term implementation rate of almost 40 per cent. Better lawmaking is at the heart of the Commission’s work, and 2006 is the first year during which the Commission fully applies the new Impact Assessment Guidelines adopted in June 2005, which has led to a more lengthy preparation process involving wide consultation and greater use of internal and external expertise. The Commission has also reaffirmed its commitment to the better regulation agenda with a series of new initiatives to enhance delivery of this approach, in particular those on consultation and impact assessment. (Source: European Commission) 3. Commissioner announces plans to bridge the communication gapMargot Wallström, vice president of the European Commission responsible for Institutional relations and Communication Strategy has announced the 2007 plans for bridging the communications gap between the EU and its citizens. The Commissioner, in outlining the communications action plan, announced there is wide consensus on an EU communication strategy ‘including the need to establish communication as a European policy in its own right and to define the common principles that should guide such a policy’. The Commissioner also highlighted the issue of more partnerships between the Commission and member states – groups such as the CARS 21 high level group are cited as best practice examples of improving relationships between the EU and member states. (Source: European Commission) 6. Support increases for campaign to scrap Strasbourg ParliamentAlmost one million EU citizens have signed up to the ‘oneseat’ campaign, which calls for the European Parliament to be based solely in Brussels, rather than split between Brussels and Strasbourg. It is estimated the split costs the European taxpayer €200 million per year. (Source: oneseat) 4. European energy and transport – Scenarios on energy efficiencyThe Commission has published a report examining several scenarios in the field of energy efficiency and renewables, reflecting policies currently under discussion. The scenarios include a high energy efficiency case and a high renewables case and a combined high efficiency and renewables scenario, in which the renewables share reaches 20 per cent in 2020. (Source: BBB/European Commission) Council of Ministers8-9 September, informal Ecofin meeting, several issues on the agenda including ‘global competitiveness environment’ In this week’s report:Commission reports on new car emissionsBetter regulation agenda key to Commission’s work programmeCommissioner announces plans to bridge the communication gapEuropean energy and transport – scenarios on energy efficiencySupport increases for campaign to scrap Strasbourg ParliamentUNEP announces ozone damage will cause harm for longerSustainable chemistry action plan published EU survey recommends risk assessments in annual reportsWeek ahead 7. Sustainable chemistry action plan publishedThe European chemical industry’s technology platform on sustainable chemistry (SusChem) has published an action plan for implementing a 20-year strategic research agenda. The plan focuses on launching projects under eight themes, including energy, sustainable products design and transport. (Source: ENDS) European Parliament (Strasbourg week)Committees:– Economic and Monetary Affairs (4 Sept): A European strategy for sustainable, competitive and secure energy– Internal Market (4 Sept): Services in the internal market, type approvalPlenary session:– 4 Sept: minimising administrative costs imposed by legislation, passenger-car related taxes– 6 Sept: meeting of the shadow rapporteurs involved in the Euro 5 dossierClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 9. Week aheadEuropean CommissionWeekly meeting – 5 SeptemberNo points of interest 8. EU survey recommends risk assessments in annual reportsAn EU-funded study of industrial risk communication in EU member states has recommended that publicly listed firms be required to include a risk assessment in their annual reports. The survey looks at current practices in three sectors: chemical waste, biotechnology and electricity. (Source: ENDS) read more

Joey Bosa adds to trophy haul with Big Ten Defensive Player of

Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named the Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, a day after he was named the conference’s top defensive lineman.Bosa — who is already a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award — leads the Buckeyes with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss this season. Those numbers put him atop the Big Ten in both categories, and in the top five nationally.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14 in a season. Bosa has also totaled 46 tackles this season to go with four forced fumbles and three additional quarterback hits.Bosa was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week after the Buckeyes defeated Penn State in double overtime. He sacked Nittany Lion sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on the final play of the second extra period to seal the win.In addition to his pair of individual awards, Bosa was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote on Monday.He is the first Buckeye to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year since John Simon in 2012. Overall, Bosa is the seventh OSU player to win the award.Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Logitech brings us Conference Call Bingo

first_imgIf you are like me, long meetings are no fun and long phone conference meetings are about the worst. But at least when you are sitting at your desk unwillingly engaged in a boring phone conference you can do something fun on your computer. Like play a game of Conference Call Bingo, for example.New from LifeSize, a division of Logitech that provide HD video communication products, is an online game that is meant to remove the boredom from those seemingly never-ending phone meetings. It is “Conference Call Bingo.”Using the electronic bingo card; simply click on the action or phrase square that occurred during the meeting. Then when you have marked a row or a diagonal on the card, you score a “Bingo.” When the call is over you can post your score on Facebook and invite your coworkers to play next time there is a phone conference. Just make sure when you play your phone is on mute so no one else on the call hears you shout, “Bingo!”Read more at Conference Call Bingolast_img read more

Washington ferry system struggles with broken boats

first_imgSEATTLE — The Washington state ferry system has struggled recently.The Seattle Times reported that soon after Washington State Ferries restored service to Bainbridge Island, another boat broke down Saturday. That slowed service on the Mukilteo to Clinton route.A leaky water pipe in an electrical room of the ferry Tokitae knocked that boat out of service temporarily, taking the route down to one boat until further notice.Ferries spokesman Ian Sterling suggested that people find alternate routes.Sterling said the Edmonds-Kingston and Port Townsend-Coupeville ferries or Deception Pass Bridge were options.The dented ferry Wenatchee returned to service Friday evening. It had been pulled out of service after striking the Bainbridge Island dock midday Thursday. Inspectors found no serious damage to the vessel.last_img read more

WalMart Aldi vegetable brands included in nationwide listeria recall

first_imgSALINAS, Calif. (WSVN) — A vegetable recall by Mann Packing issued earlier this week in North America is larger than originally reported and encompasses major store brands, including Wal-Mart and Aldi.The original recall notice that the California-based company wrote for the Food and Drug Administration listed only the products released under the Mann brand.The recall notice was revised Saturday to include all the brands made around the same time in the same facility. In the United States, these include:Wal-Mart store brand Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Stir Fry Medley; Cauliflower Florets; Cauliflower; Super Blend and Vegetable MedleyTrader Joe’s store brand Kohlrabi Salad BlendAldi store brand Little Salad Bar Broccoli Florets and Broccoli SlawSafeway and Albertson’s store brand, Signature Farms, Meat & Cheese Tray; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Broccoli Stir Fry; Broccoli Florets; Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip; Vegetable Medley; and Veggie & Hummus TrayH-E-B store brand Broccoli Carrots; Broccoli Cauliflower; Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad; Veggie Toss Kit; Caulibits with Mushroom Sauce; Caulibits Chopped Cauliflower; Cauliflower Florets; Fiesta Salad; Power Slaw; Stir Fry Medley; and Vegetable MedleyArcher Farms Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Broccoli Medley; Cauliflower Florets; Brussels Sprouts; and Shaved Brussels SproutsCross Valley Farms restaurant food service bags of Shaved Brussels Sprouts; Cauliflower Florets; Spiral Cut Kohlrabi; and Superfood SlawSysco Natural restaurant food service bags of Broccoli Cole SlawMost of these products have a Best By date of Oct. 11 through Oct. 20. If you have any questions, call Mann Packing at 888-470-2681.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more