Rajasthan daily boycotts CM over ordinance

first_imgA leading Hindi daily of Rajasthan on Wednesday decided to boycott Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje until she revokes a controversial ordinance which has extended protection to public servants against investigation for their acts done in discharge of official duties and given sweeping powers to authorities to “gag the media”.In a scathing front-page editorial, Rajasthan Patrika, headquartered in Jaipur, termed the ordinance, promulgated on September 6, a “black law” and announced that the newspaper would not publish any news on Ms. Raje and on the activities related to her until she repeals the law. “It is a question of democracy, freedom of speech and people’s voice,” Editor-in-Chief Gulab Kothari said.The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, has provided immunity to the serving and retired public servants, judges and magistrates from probe and prosecution on the complaints about their alleged offences without prior sanction from the authorities. It also bars the media from reporting on such accusations till the sanction is given and lays down two years’ imprisonment for violation of law.While a Bill introduced in the State Assembly on October 23 for replacing the ordinance has been referred to a select committee of the House for reconsideration, the ordinance has been challenged in the Rajasthan High Court. The court’s Jodhpur and Jaipur Benches have issues notices to the Centre and the State government on as many as eight writ petitions.The signed editorial said the State government’s move to refer the Bill to the select committee was an “eyewash”, as the ordinance was still in force and the journalists were vulnerable to the government’s punitive action. “A journalist publishing a corrupt officer’s name today can be jailed for two years. Hasn’t the government pulled the wool over people’s eyes?” it said.“Glaring mistakes”Taking a tough stand on the issue, the newspaper said there were “glaring mistakes” in the way the Bill was tabled in the Assembly and referred to the select panel, while the “totalitarian rule” was trying to gain dominance over democracy. “[Assembly] elections are one year away. Till then, a lot of damage can be caused. Our board of directors has decided to boycott Ms. Raje until she withdraws this black law,” it said.last_img read more

A New Killer Virus in China?

first_imgIn June 2012, three men removing slag from a derelict copper mine in southwestern China fell ill with severe pneumonia and died. Six months later, researchers went spelunking in the mine—an artificial cave hewn from a hillside—in search of pathogens. After taking anal swabs from bats, rats, and musk shrews living in the cave, the team has discovered what it says is a new virus that may have felled the workers.The presumed pathogen resembles a genus of viruses known as henipaviruses, two of which are deadly: Hendra virus, discovered 20 years ago in Australia when it started killing horses—since then, four people who came in contact with infected horses have died—and Nipah virus, the cause of periodic outbreaks in people in Southeast Asia since 1998. The third confirmed henipavirus, Cedar virus, was first reported in Australia in 2012; it does not appear to infect humans. For all three species, the animals that harbor the virus in the wild—the natural reservoir—appear to be fruit-eating bats called flying foxes.The new virus, named Mojiang paramyxovirus (MojV) after the county in Yunnan province where it was found, joins a growing list of species that share genetic similarities with henipaviruses and members of the Paramyxoviridae family that includes henipaviruses. The bats and shrews in the Yunnan cave tested negative for the new henipa-like virus; three of nine rats were infected. “It is not totally surprising to find henipa-like sequences in rodents,” as rats are the natural reservoir for some paramyxoviruses, says Lin-Fa Wang of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, who was not involved in the Mojiang study. 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The new virus and any relatives, if they exist, are keeping a low profile. Jin’s team sampled bats from the cave in Mojiang a second time and again came up empty. More recently, he says, a “systemic viral survey” in 38 bat species across China conducted by his team failed to turn up any henipaviruses. He believes rodents should be further investigated as potential wildlife reservoirs of henipavirus. But for the time being, Jin says, MojV is “more likely a curiosity.”*Correction, 21 March, 11:28 a.m.: The original version of this article did not contain a link to the research paper. We have corrected this.last_img read more

PH snags 2 silvers, 2 bronzes in karatedo

first_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Rexor Tacay also settled for silver in the men’s kumite -67kg, bowing to Thailand’s Supa Ngamphuengphit in the final.Orencio delos Santos came away with a bronze in men’s kata individual while Junna Tsukii also snagged the bronze in the women’s kumite -50kg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gymnastics chief sees ‘2 or 3 more’ gold medals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Filipinos collected two silver and two bronze medals in karate to add to the Philippines’ medal haul Tuesday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Jayson Ramil Macaalay won silver in the men’s kumite -60kg event, where Senthil Kumaran of Malaysia bagged the gold.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Muller praises Heynckes for ‘uniting’ Bayern

first_imgBayern München Muller praises Heynckes for ‘uniting’ Bayern Munich Niklas König 17:00 12/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich, 17/18 Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund DFB Pokal After a troubled start to the season saw Carlo Ancelotti lose his job, the forward believes his successor has excelled in restoring unity to the team Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has hailed Jupp Heynckes for bringing the Bundesliga giants together after a difficult start to the season. The veteran coach was brought back for a third spell at the club after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked in September. Ancelotti’s exit was preceded by widespread reports of unrest inside the Bavarians’ ranks, and Muller affirms that his successor has brought the players closer together. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “A jolt went through the team. I don’t know if Jupp Heynckes performed magic, but with the change of the coach responsibility was pushed onto the team,” the Germany international told  Goal .”We made individual mistakes, where even the best tactics in the world would not have helped. Jupp Heynckes managed, with his experience and his instincts, to make sure we were always united. “We won 1-0 three times in a row without dominating the opponents. So, there is clearly space to improve. In the big games we have to reach our best.”Lewandowski, Tolisso, Ribery, Bayern Munich vs PSGPerhaps Bayern’s best performance so far this season came in the Champions League, where they inflicted a first and only group stage defeat on Paris Saint-Germain by winning 3-1.The victory raised spirits after losing the corresponding fixture in Paris 3-0, but Muller insists that neither result should be over-analysed – least of all that ‘dominant’ win in the Allianz Arena. “What does dominant mean? In Paris we lost 3-0 and it was blown up into a major issue. Then we won 3-1 and it was blown up into a major issue again,” he fired.”It’s a pity football is only about the result and the coverage became extreme in both directions. I can tell you a story about this. In one case two articles were put online by mistake after the Under-21 final we won: one completely a farewell to the German youth and one gushing praise!”That’s a joke. So, you see that the content which is presented to the fan is often far away from the football reality. For sure, we know the result is what counts in the end. But I cannot understand why the details of the game are often completely ignored.“last_img read more

PAOK owner who stormed pitch with gun ordered to testify

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Facebook Topics Share on LinkedIn The Panhellenic Federation of Police expressed dismay that Savvidis had not been arrested and asked if he had “privileged protection”. In an effort to distance itself from the tycoon, whose controversial business portfolio has grown considerably under Athens’ leftist-led Syriza party administration, the government announced it would take tough retaliatory measures including the indefinite suspension of the Superleague.Speaking from the US, the main opposition leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accused the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, of being “in bed” with Savvidis, helping him expand his business empire in return for favourable overage from the media outlets that were part of it. The tycoon, who was made an honorary citizen of Greece in 2013, bought shares in Mega channel TV and three prominent newspapers last year including the Ethnos titles. His other assets include the strategic port of Thessaloniki, in the country’s north, and tobacco companies. Given the country’s strategic importance on Europe’s eastern flank, and evidence of growing Russian influence in the Balkans, the oligarch’s ever-extending reach has been cause for alarm among western diplomats. On his website, where he is pictured being honoured by Putin, Savvidis writes of his “contribution to the social and economic development of Russia”.On Wednesday, the world soccer federation, Fifa, warned that Greek football was “on the edge of the cliff.” The country’s premier league clubs would be excluded from international competition if the notoriously violence-prone sport was not immediately cleaned up, said Hubert Hubel, the Austrian who heads a Fifa committee set up to monitor Greek soccer and is on a visit to the country. “This behaviour has pushed us to come here to make recommendations. The situation is very serious. The violence has to stop for the games to continue.”In a statement on PAOK’s website, Savvidis apologised for his behaviour, blaming it on the “widespread negative situation prevailing in Greek football”. news European club football Greece Fifa Europe Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Share via Email The Russian oligarch and football club proprietor who stunned spectators when he stormed on to the pitch carrying a gun during a match in Greece has been ordered to appear to before a public prosecutor on Friday after criminal charges were brought against him.Ivan Savvidis attempted to confront the referee after a goal by his PAOK Salonika team was disallowed in the 89th minute of the Superleague match against AEK Athens on Sunday. The game was subsequently abandoned.The 59-year-old former member of the Russian duma, who reputedly has close ties to Vladimir Putin and is one of Greece’s most powerful businessmen, is already facing disciplinary action from football authorities over the incident.Savvidis is expected to be fined at least €50,000 (£44,000) and prohibited from entering stadiums for the next three to five years. PAOK, who had been tipped to win the Superleague, could face relegation.“He has not been seen since the incident and, under Greek law, it is no longer in our jurisdiction to arrest him,” police spokesman Theodoros Chronopoulos said. “The matter is now in the hands of justice.”After the criminal charges were announced, the tycoon’s son wrote in English on Instagram: “We are off to Russia – one small message to all our enemies before I leave.” Share on Pinterest Paok Salonika The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Watch: Victory crushed by Oscar’s Shanghai SIPG

first_imgAFC Champions League Melbourne Victory crushed by Oscar and Hulk’s Shanghai SIPG Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 03:05 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFC Champions League Nasaf Ulsan v Kawasaki Frontale Kashiwa Reysol v Tianjin Tianhai Shanghai SIPG v Melbourne Victory Kitchee v Jeonbuk Motors Nasaf v Al Wasl Esteghlal v Al Hilal Al Sadd v Persepolis Al Ain v Al Rayyan Al Hilal Melbourne Victory Tianjin Tianhai Kawasaki Frontale Al Sadd Persepolis Shanghai SIPG Esteghlal Ulsan Kashiwa Reysol Jeonbuk Motors Kitchee Al Wasl Al Rayyan Al Ain Shanghai SIPG had no problems continuing their winning start to AFC Champions League Group F, beating Melbourne Victory 4-1 on Tuesday. Brazil stars Hulk and Oscar led the way as Shanghai SIPG cruised to a 4-1 win over Australian side Melbourne Victory in the AFC Champions League, while Jeonbuk Motors thrashed Kitchee 6-0.Hulk gave hosts Shanghai the lead in the 27th minute from the penalty spot after Wu Lei – who then scored their second just before the break – had been fouled in the area.Oscar then took over in the second half, netting either side of Besart Berisha’s penalty for the visitors to take Shanghai on to maximum points from two games in Group F Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That leaves Shanghai two points clear of Ulsan, who beat Kawasaki Frontale 2-1.Shanghai SIPG maintain their perfect start to the #ACL2018 and are sitting pretty at the top of Group F! pic.twitter.com/YWB1TRCoxU— AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) February 20, 2018But the most impressive win on Tuesday came in Hong Kong, as Kitchee were comprehensively beaten 6-0 by Jeonbuk – striker Adriano scoring a hat-trick, while Kashiwa Reysol and Tianjin Quanjian drew 1-1 in Tuesday’s other Group E clash.Persepolis’ unbeaten run was ended at 22 games across all competitions, with the Iranian side beaten 3-1 away to Al Sadd, who themselves secured a seventh successive triumph.Baghdad Bounedjah stole the show, scoring a brace to continue his remarkable recent run of form, taking his tally to 10 in his last eight appearances.That result leaves Al Sadd three points clear at the top of Group C, with Persepolis and Nasaf – who beat pointless Al Wasl 1-0 – already with ground to make up.In Group D, Al Ain and Al Rayyan drew 1-1 to leave them on two points apiece, while Esteghlal took charge by beating Al Hilal – who had goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi sent off – 1-0..last_img read more

6 days agoBurnley boss Dyche: VAR being used unwisely

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche: VAR being used unwiselyby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche says they were robbed of a point after seeing VAR rule out a late equaliser at Leicester City.The Clarets looked to have levelled the scores up at 2-2 in the 80th minute at the King Power Stadium, when Chris Wood’s effort cannoned off goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and hit team mate Jonny Evans on the chest before rolling into the gaping net.However, following a lengthy delay, referee Jon Moss ruled out the goal after VAR referee Andy Madley spotted a ‘trip’ on Evans that he claimed stopped the fallen defender from clearing off the line.But Dyche said: “Firstly, for the record I am a big fan of VAR. I think it will streamline and improve things.“When it’s used unwisely, like today, it’s a head-scratcher and today we are probably a cautionary tale of its development.“To start with, before the game the referee (Moss) told my coach that if he needed to use the screen at the side of the pitch, he would do, and to be tolerant if that was the case.“He didn’t use the screen and if you are not going to use it for instances like that, I’m not sure when you will ever use it.“Going to the moment of truth, if goals start not being given for that, we’re in trouble.“Chris (Wood) has clearly not changed his running gait and if you look at his eyes they are only for the ball.“The reason I’m bringing this level of detail up is that someone is sitting in a studio seeing everything I’m describing.“They see 15 different angles of what I’m saying, and Chris is quite obviously not deliberately trying to trip the player up – for starters.“Secondly, their lad is never going to get that ball and keep it out of the net in a million years.“If he did, he’d be the quickest player on earth, so therefore in a game when people are falling over constantly every week, you just look at this incident and say ‘it’s a goal’.” last_img read more

Hawaii boat wreck shows ecorisk of fishing fleet practices

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Just offshore from Waikiki’s pristine white sand beaches, a fishing boat transporting foreign workers destined for low-paying jobs in Hawaii’s fishing fleet smashed into a shallow reef last month.The stranded boat has been leaking oil and diesel ever since in an area prized by swimmers and surfers, and there was a visible sheen around the boat this week.The crash of the 79-foot (24-meter) Pacific Paradise illustrates a potential environmental impact of the Hawaii fishing fleet’s practice of transporting foreign workers by boat.The industry already faced criticism following a 2016 Associated Press investigation revealing that the workers from Southeast Asia and Pacific nations work without visas, some making less than $1 an hour and living in squalid conditions.Swimmers and surfers say they feel and smell the petroleum even when they’re in the water far from the wreck site. Some visitors mistakenly assume the crippled boat is a tourist attraction.The wrecked vessel had about 1,500 gallons (5,700 litres) of diesel and hydraulic oil left in its tanks after the vessel caught fire days after the Oct. 10 crash.Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Scott Carr on Wednesday minimized the possibility of environmental damage, saying there is a sheen on the water but that diesel fuel evaporates quickly and that surf breaks it apart.“The environment is fairly resilient,” Carr said.Crews replaced booms aboard the Pacific Paradise to collect oily water and fuel leaking from the engine room of the crippled boat, according to a statement by the U.S. Coast Guard late Thursday. The boom has been in place since the grounding and is replaced as needed.The team also secured danger signs on the hull, officials said.The Coast Guard said the pollution removal will take several more weeks to complete.Efforts to remove the boat have failed so far, but swimmer Chris McDonough said more should be done. He said his surfer friends can smell and feel the fuel in the water hundreds of yards (meters) away from the wreckage at a popular surfing spot.“I could feel it on my skin,” the Honolulu resident said, adding that the boat removal attempts so far seem “like an inadequate response.”The boat is a longline tuna fishing boat that somehow crashed into the shallow reef in the middle of the night as it headed to drop off the foreign workers for their transfer to other fishing boats.No one aboard called for help when it ran aground and the Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the crash. The crew members were taken into U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody and released to the boats that had contracted to bring them to the state.While a salvage crew was preparing to tow the boat away, it caught fire and sent thick black smoke over tourists in Waikiki as the workers jumped off the burning deck and into the ocean. Another attempt using a powerful tug boat and specially designed cables also failed.Officials designated a 500-yard (460-meter) safety zone around the wrecked vessel. But they do not continuously monitor the site and the beach closest to the boat has no signs or warnings for people to stay away.Some tourists had no idea the wreck was recent and leaking.“I thought it was a tourist thing, I thought it was some attraction or something,” said Lauren Benschoter, of Adrian, Michigan, on vacation with her husband Bryan.The wreckage is also near the Waikiki Aquarium, which pumps in seawater for its marine life. Water samples taken there and at the beach closest to the boat have shown no signs of fuel or oil, officials said.Keith Kawaoka, Hawaii’s deputy director of environmental health, said “people should, for their own safety, stay away from that area.”The oil and diesel fuel pose possible risks to other nearby reefs and several endangered species, including an endangered Hawaiian monk seal seen swimming near the boat Wednesday by an Associated Press reporter.Officials are also concerned about the impact of the fuel on green and hawksbill turtles and have said the extent of damage to the coral won’t be known until the boat is removed.The Coast Guard has hired experts to review salvage plans for the boat proposed by its owner, TWOL LLC. The company’s lawyer, Bryan Ho, asked The Associated Press to send him questions by email but said Thursday he could not immediately respond to them.Fishing boats regularly transport groups of foreign workers to Hawaii because the men do not have visas and are not permitted to fly into country.There were 19 foreign men from Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Kiribati with one American captain on the Pacific Paradise when it hit the reef.Hundreds of foreign workers are currently confined to fishing vessels in Honolulu for years at a time. Legislation introduced last Thursday in Congress could change the way the system works.The Sustainable Fishing Workforce Protection Act would offer workplace protections a year after the AP’s investigation found that the fleet is crewed by about 700 men who are confined to their boats for the duration of their contracts, often a year or two at a time.While some of the 140 boats are clean and safe, AP found some fishing crews living in squalor, forced to use buckets instead of toilets and suffering running sores from bed bugs. There have been instances of human trafficking, active tuberculosis and low food supplies.The bill would close a loophole in the law that has allowed the Hawaii fleet to employ the workers for a fraction of the pay an American worker would get, in part by collecting them by boat from Pacific islands.last_img read more

New Brunswicks minority Tory government to hand down first budget today

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s minority Tory government is set to table its first budget today and is warning to expect the hard decisions needed to balance the province’s books.Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says the province is paying almost $700-million a year to service its approximately $14 billion debt.Steeves says he thinks it’s urgent the government balance the budget and try to pay down the net debt.He says while there will be some new money spent in the budget, some departments will face cuts.Steeves also says the budget will not have big tax cuts, but it won’t raise taxes either.The province had consecutive deficit budgets for more than a decade until a small surplus last year.The Canadian Press

Annan urges all sides in Georgia to build on Februarys meeting honour

Mr. Annan, in his latest report to the Security Council, also repeated calls for both sides to ensure the safety and security of staff belonging to the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), including by identifying and bringing to justice perpetrators of criminal acts, such as the shooting down of a UN helicopter in the Kodori Valley in October 2001.“I urge the sides to implement the understandings reached during the February 2006 Geneva meeting of the Group of Friends, in particular regarding a meeting of the Georgian and Abkhaz sides at the highest level without preconditions and the early finalization of the set of documents on the non-use of force and the return of internally displaced persons and refugees.”“At the same time, it is essential that both sides honour their previous commitments in an expeditious way – in particular, for the Georgian side to address the legitimate security concerns of the Abkhaz side, and for the Abkhaz side to allow the opening of a human rights sub-office in Gali and the teaching of local youth in the Georgian language, and to accept the deployment of UNOMIG police officers in the Gali district.”During this latest reporting period, covering the period from 17 March to 26 June, Mr. Annan said the security situation in the conflict zone had remained “generally calm,” although he highlighted two violations of the 1994 Moscow Agreement, including one incident last month involving the use of mortars.The UN chaired February’s talks on Georgia during which the so-called Group of Friends of the Secretary-General – Germany, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States – underlined that the basis of their efforts was the settlement of the conflict by peaceful means and in the framework of relevant Security Council resolutions.The conflict in Abkhazia, strategically located on the Black Sea, began with social unrest and the attempts by the local authorities to separate from the Republic. It escalated into a series of armed confrontations in the summer of 1992. A ceasefire agreement was concluded later that year but never fully implemented. Fighting which followed forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee. read more

Ford expects lower profit in 2017

FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Ford vehicles sit on the lot at a car dealership, in Brandon, Fla. Ford Motor Co. expects its pretax profit to fall in 2017 but improve in 2018 as it invests in emerging businesses. Ford updated its outlook Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at its annual investor day. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File) by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Sep 14, 2016 5:47 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that a plan to embrace “mobility” and spend billions on electric and autonomous vehicles will hurt its bottom line in the short term but lead to frothier profit margins in the future.Ford said profit from its core business of selling cars and trucks will improve over the next three years. But its ambitious plan to invest in emerging businesses will damp pretax profit next year before it rebounds in 2018.The maker of the bestselling F-150 pickup truck and the iconic Mustang muscle car has said it will invest $4.5 billion to bring 13 new electric and hybrid vehicles to market by 2020. Ford has also promised to put a fully autonomous vehicle into ride-hailing or car-sharing fleets by 2021.“We are making choices: Where to play, where not to play and how we’re going to win,” Ford CEO Mark Fields told investors and Wall Street analysts who gathered at the company’s headquarters for a day-long presentation.Fields said Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford has a unique opportunity to remake its business at a time when it’s healthy and profitable.“Usually when we had to do it, our backs were up against the hot pipes and we were in crisis,” Fields said.The company recently bought Chariot, a crowd-sourced shuttle service in San Francisco, and is partnering with bike-share company Motivate. It’s also investing in companies that make sensors and maps for autonomous cars.Ford says 30 vehicles are sold each minute in the U.S., but 9 million miles are travelled. If people want to travel by autonomous taxi or shared rides, Ford wants to provide the cars, the service or both. The company believes autonomous cars could make up 20 per cent of global vehicle sales by 2030.“This is very different thinking for us. For years, we have thought about the thing and how many things we sold,” Fields said.Ford is projecting an adjusted pretax profit of $10.2 billion this year, lower than the record $10.8 billion it booked last year. The deficit is largely due to a recall of 2.4 million vehicles for defective door latches that will cost Ford $640 billion.Ford shares fell 1.9 per cent to close at $12.14. The stock is down almost 14 per cent so far this year.Among other topics Ford discussed at the event:— ADIOS, SMALL CARS: Ford confirmed all of its U.S. small car production is moving to Mexico. Production of the Focus and C-Max small cars will move to a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, from Ford’s Michigan Assembly plant. But the suburban Detroit plant will get new products. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been critical of Ford for building vehicles in Mexico. Fields has responded that Ford invests far more in the U.S., and needs to make sure it can build its smallest vehicles profitably.— WATCH IT, TESLA: Ford technology chief Raj Nair suggested that Tesla Motors’ semi-autonomous Autopilot system was put into public hands too early. Autopilot keeps a car within its lane, brakes automatically and maintains a set speed without a driver’s hands on the wheel. A driver whose car was using the system died in Florida in May in a collision with a tractor-trailer. Nair said accidents like that could cause regulators to clamp down on the technology. Autopilot’s role in the Florida crash is under investigation.— PROFIT MARGINS: Fields said Ford’s emerging mobility businesses may not make money right away, but will have to show a path to profitability. The CEO said the automotive business needs to deliver profit margins of 8 per cent or more, while emerging businesses will need to deliver margins of 20 per cent or higher. Ford’s automotive operating margin was 6.8 per cent last year but is expected to rise through 2018. Fields said Ford isn’t afraid to change course if the goals aren’t being met.— CUTTING COSTS: Ford says it will gain $3 billion each year in efficiencies between 2016 and 2018. That includes making its vehicles less complex. Right now, for example, there are 200,000 buildable combinations of the Ford Focus sedan in North America. Ford is reducing that to 300 in 2017 and 30 in the next-generation Focus. That will save $250 to $300 per vehicle, Ford’s Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said. Ford expects lower profit in 2017 read more

Search Underway for Missing Skier in Emery County Following Avalanche

Emery County Sheriff’s Office Press ReleasePersonnel from Emery County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Sanpete County Search and Rescue, and Utah DPS helicopter are searching for a missing skier in a side canyon north of Electric Lake in Emery County.Two men were skiing in the area on Friday in the late afternoon. When one man failed to complete a run, the other hiked back up to look for him and discovered an avalanche. After a quick search of the surface, he went for help. Searchers arrived on scene around 8 p.m. A forecaster from the Utah Avalanche Center arrived to assess avalanche danger. Due to darkness and inability to assess stability of the area, ground search was limited last night. However, the Utah DPS helicopter conducted a search from the air with spotlights. Around midnight, a decision was made to regroup Saturday morning and continue the search. UDOT will be on scene Saturday with explosives to take care of some unstable areas. SR264 and SR31 are not impacted by search activities. The Emery County Sheriff’s Office will update this report as more information becomes available. read more

Ohio State inks homeandhome series with Boston College for 2020 2021

Ohio State continued its scheduling flurry after locking up its fourth home-and-home series in less than a month, securing contests against Boston College for 2020 and 2021 on Wednesday. The Buckeyes will host the Eagles at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 19, 2020 before traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2021. OSU athletic director Gene Smith called BC “a fine program from an outstanding conference.” “This gives Ohio State fans a chance to watch their Buckeyes in back-to-back games against Pacific 12 and ACC schools,” Smith said in a released statement. BC athletic director Brad Bates said the matchups against OSU serve as a way for the Eagles to gauge themselves against one of the nation’s best teams. “This will be a great opportunity for our team to measure itself against one of the premier programs in college football,” Bates said in a released statement. The Buckeyes are 3-0 against BC and haven’t played the school since a 38-6 win at the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in New Jersey in 1995. Over the course of those three games, OSU has outscored BC, 103-45. The Buckeyes will also face Oregon in 2020 and 2021 after locking in a home-and-home series with the Ducks on Oct. 23. On Oct. 18, OSU announced a rematch against Texas for 2022 and 2023. On Oct. 2, the Buckeyes inked a home-and-home series with Texas Christian University for 2018 and 2019. OSU is a combined 16-3-1 against BC, Oregon, Texas and TCU. read more

National Trust volunteers banished to back room chores if they refuse to

first_imgFelbrigg Hall, NorfolkCredit: Getty Images For nearly 40 years, the vibrant rainbow flag of the gay pride movement has come to represent diversity and tolerance. However, a decision by the National Trust to demand 350 of its volunteers at a Jacobean mansion wear the banner or be banished to backroom chores has triggering an angry backlash.Bosses at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk wrote to their army of volunteers asking them to all wear a lanyard or badge displaying the rainbow flag to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer visitors. The email, seen by The Telegraph, reveals that those who refused would not be allowed to meet and greet guests to the 17th Century hall. “To coincide with the campaign we would like staff and volunteers to wear the rainbow lanyards or badges as this is an internationally recognised symbol of inclusivity,” she says.“However, we appreciate that we have not given everyone much time to think about this.  Ideally we would have had more time to introduce the programme but this has developed very quickly.  “We respect people’s decisions to opt out of wearing the lanyard.  If this is the case please come and talk with us and during this period we will ask you not to be on duty in a visitor-facing role. Mike Holmes, who has volunteered there for 13 years, said those in open revolt were not homophobic, but simply annoyed that the Trust had strayed beyond its role as guardian of the country’s heritage.“Wyndham would have turned in his grave to know what’s happening,” Mr Holmes, 72, said. “He was an intensely private man. He was never open about his sexuality.“The National Trust looks after grounds and buildings, they do not have the right to research their benefactor’s private lives to suit the needs of a marketing campaign. It’s abhorrent.“This is not about the squire’s sexuality, I am not homophobic and that’s not what this is about.“I love Felbrigg Hall, and I think nobody could say the volunteers aren’t the greatest advocates for the place. “We do recognise that some volunteers may have conflicting, personal opinions.  However whilst volunteering for the National Trust we do request and expect individuals to uphold the values of the organisation. We encourage people with any concerns to chat to our teams.”The rainbow flagwas designed by the San Francisco-based artist and gay rights campaigner, Gilbert Baker, in the late 1970’s.It features up to eight colours – including “hot pink” – which represent sex, life, healing, sunlight, nature, art, serenity and spirit. Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer   The move was part of the Trust’s Prejudice and Pride campaign marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. But it was mired in controversy when the Trust “outed” Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, the late owner of the hall, last month in a short film narrated by Stephen Fry.Relatives and godchildren of the country squire wrote to the Telegraph complaining that the “intensely private” historian and poet who died in 1969 should not have been “outed”.  Stephen Fry   Stephen Fry narrated the National Trust programme ‘The Unfinished Portrait’Credit:PA “There’s a group of about 10 of us who have volunteered for more than 10 years, and we’ve now been told that if we don’t toe the line, we can’t do our jobs.“People are getting ill over this, they’re losing sleep because they’re missing out on a big part of their daily lives and doing something they love so much.”Another volunteer, who did not want to be named, said she had not signed up for any shifts during the summer Prejudice and Pride campaign when volunteers and the 48 staff are required to wear the rainbow flag colours.center_img 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. It is understood that at least 10 Felbrigg Hall volunteers have refused to wear the lanyards or badges in protest at the Trust’s decision to publicise his sexuality. There’s a group of about 10 of us who have volunteered for more than 10 years, and we’ve now been told that if we don’t toe the line, we can’t do our jobsMike Holmes, National Trust volunteer Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer  Credit: National Trust By wearing the lanyard we are sending a clear message of welcome to all of our visitors “By wearing the lanyard we are sending a clear message of welcome to all of our visitors.”In a statement, Annabel Smith, the Trusts’ head of volunteering, said staff and volunteers sign up to the organisation’s “core ambition”, adding that the Trust was committed to “promoting equality of opportunity and inclusion”.She said “As part of our ‘Prejudice and Pride’ programme our staff and volunteers are wearing rainbow badges and lanyards, as an international symbol of welcome. An email written by Ella Akinlade, the general manager at the hall, said the use of the lanyard and badge was an attempt to “send a very clear and visible sign to visitors” that they support the LGBTQ community who “shaped” many of the Trust’s properties. Felbrigg Hall, Norfolklast_img read more

MesoCoat winning much recognition for wear resistance and rust proofing

first_imgMesoCoat, a provider of wear and corrosion solutions using surface engineering technologies, has received a $2.75 million funding commitment from Alberta’s Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education (IAE) and Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) for an 18-month collaborative effort to establish a prototype demonstration facility for developing, testing and commercialising wear-resistant clad pipe and components, along with the lead project partner Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Improvements in wear resistance are expected to make a significant impact in reducing losses due to maintenance and downtime while increasing productivity in oil sands and other mining applications.MesoCoat is a 72% subsidiary of Abakan. It recently received the highly prestigious National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Materials Performance (MP) Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award in the Coatings and Linings category. The award was conferred upon MesoCoat’s CermaClad™ high-speed, large-area, metal cladding technology that extends the useful life of metal assets while significantly reducing associated maintenance and downtime costs. CermaClad technology uses a high-intensity arc lamp to rapidly fuse protective, proprietary cladding materials onto the internal surface of steel pipe and tube.Abakan CEO, Robert Miller stated “Our goal is to improve the useful life of metals beyond current cladding technology standards. It’s common knowledge that corrosion is the number one limiting factor in the life of metals. CermaClad anti-corrosion and anti-wear cladding technology represents a revolutionary advancement in corrosion prevention and mitigation technologies because it can produce an exceptional product at a lower cost and a fraction of the manufacturing time of competing technologies. In short, it is a significantly better, cheaper and faster alternative to current industry standards.”The Alberta oil sands use hydro-transport pipelines to carry the oil laden bitumen from the mining site to the up-graders and refiners, and subsequently to return the waste sand and rock back to the mining sites to fill in the pits that were mined. The cost of maintenance of these hydro-transport pipelines and the associated downtime in Alberta is estimated at more than $10 billion annually. According to the Materials and Reliability in Oil Sands (MARIOS) consortium in Alberta, this figure is expected to increase significantly as production expands in the coming years. Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board expects output from the province’s oil sands to double to 3.8 million barrels/d) by 2022, from the 1.9 million in 2012. Therefore, this project is an important initiative aimed a reducing these enormous losses associated with that downtime.“Our objective in Alberta is to fast-track the commercialisation of our CermaClad clad pipes and components,” said Miller. “Once our products are adopted in Alberta, we anticipate acceptance for mining applications around the globe. Currently, pipes have to be rotated every three to four months and are replaced every 12 to 15 months. We intend to increase the life of these pipes and components using a combination of our advanced materials and high-speed large-area coating technology.”“The oil majors that mine the oil sands in Alberta have primarily been using the same two coating materials for the past 40 years, tungsten-carbide and chrome-carbide, to protect their hydro-transport pipe,” continued Miller. “Our wear-resistant clad products have shown two to four times improvement in wear and corrosion resistance in laboratory tests, compared to weld overlays currently in use, at costs that are lower than currently available alternatives.“Producers are looking to extend the life of carbon steel transport pipes with harder, tougher coatings that protect them from the abrasiveness and high acidity of the tar-like bituminous oil sands. CermaClad wear-resistant clad products that will be developed through this collaborative effort with NAIT can provide that economically viable, long-term solution,” he concluded.last_img read more

PIC Enda Kenny meets Magdalene survivors in Dáil gallery

first_imgENDA KENNY made a rare trip to the Dáil’s public gallery to meet the Magdalene survivors after issuing a historic state apology to them this evening.While Dáil statements on the State’s role in the Laundries continued below, the Taoiseach mounted the stairs to the public gallery, where dozens of survivors were watching proceedings.The Taoiseach’s arrival caused a bit of a stir in the gallery, prompting calls from the acting chairman Tom Hayes to the onlookers in the gallery not to interrupt proceedings.Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, who was speaking at the time, said she was happy to overrule the chair – and told the women in the gallery to “work away” as they met the Taoiseach after the landmark apology he had delivered 90 minutes earlier.VIDEO: Enda Kenny issues formal State apology to Magdalene survivorslast_img read more

Blurring sensitive information no longer keeps it safe on the Internet

first_imgWe have long relied upon simple image manipulation like blurring and pixelation to obscure sensitive information on the internet, but that may not work for much longer. Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Cornell Tech have developed a machine learning system that can identify faces and text in images with alarming accuracy. And it wasn’t even very hard to do.The premise of blurring and pixelation comes from a very human perspective. If we can’t see through the filter, it’s considered good enough. Humans are no longer the pattern recognition champions, though. The researchers trained a neural network with images of faces and text and found it could often correctly identify the images again after they had been obfuscated with three different techniques — YouTube’s proprietary blur tool, standard mosaic pixelation, and the P3 algorithm. It doesn’t technically de-blur the image for humans to see, but it can identify the content of the image by matching it to the original.The most striking aspect of this approach is simply how easy it was to implement. The researchers used Torch, an open source machine learning framework. The training data of faces and text was also publicly available. The team fed the images into the neural network until it could recognize them at greater than 90% accuracy, then the images were obfuscated with the three methods listed above.For some data sets, the neural network was able to correctly identify the YouTube blurred image with 80 or 90% accuracy. With mosaic processing, the computer was able to identify the most aggressively pixelated images with 50-75% accuracy. The lowest accuracy was seen with P3 (that’s Privacy-Preserving Photo Sharing). This encrypts identifying data in a JPEG but leaves other data components intact. In this case, the network was only able to get it right 17% of the time. That’s a little higher than random chance.You don’t yet need to worry that every pixelated photo you’ve posted online is being decoded, but that day might not be far off. This was an extremely simple neural network composed of off-the-shelf software. Someone with more time and resources may be able to do much better. Going forward, you might want to simply remove all sensitive information from images with a solid black bar. That’ll stop the machines. For now, at least.last_img read more

State Efforts to Improve License Portability for Spouses Miss Mark

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR State lawmakers have begun to take aim at the hurdles facing military spouses striving to maintain a career as they move across the country, but so far legislation addressing the portability of professional certifications and licenses has been uneven, according to a panel discussion last week.After moving to Virginia, one spouse, a hairdresser, had to spend four months satisfying state requirements calling for her to obtain notarized copies of the licenses she previously earned in five others states.“Who’s your advocate when you’re that one spouse trying to get a governing body to expedite?” Eddy Mentzer, DOD’s program manager for spouse education and career opportunities, said April 28 at the American Legion’s National Credentialing Summit in Washington. “Many spouses don’t have the resources.”The challenge is particularly difficult for teachers due to the array of licensure requirements, reports Military Times.Third Way, a Washington think tank, has recommended creating a common application for teacher licensure that states could opt into. States would set a minimum bar for the licensing standards, with the ability to add requirements for particular teaching assignments.“It would give teachers the opportunity to more freely and easily move their licensure across state lines,” said Tamara Hiler, policy advisor for education for the organization.But even though no such agreement has yet been reached, “in reality, reciprocity is growing,” with states increasingly accepting candidates with teaching certificates from other states, said Emily Feistritzer, the head of an online teacher preparatory program for college graduates.last_img read more


AL infighting over upazila polls kills 2

first_imgjoypurhatAt least two people were killed and 10 others injured in a factional clash of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) cantering the recently-held Upazila Parishad elections in Kalai upazila of Joypurhat on Saturday night, reports UNB.The deceased are Aftab Hossain of Monnapara village and Ratan Hossain of Mahissyapara in the upazila.The clash ensued between the supporters of Minfuzur Rahman Milon, chairman-elect of Kalai upazila, and local union chairman Wazed Ali at Moslemganj Bazar around 8:00pm, leaving Aftab killed on the spot and injuring 11 others, said Kalai police station officer-in-charge Abdul Latif.Among the injured, Ratan died around 5:00am on the way to Bogura Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital.Rest of the injured were undergoing treatment at local upazila health complex, he added.last_img read more


Opposition candidates file nomination in huge numbers in Jhargram

first_imgKolkata: In the newly-formed district Jhargram, which is going for the three-tier Panchayat elections for the first time, the Opposition parties have fielded their candidates in the Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad in huge numbers. The turnout of the Opposition candidates who have filed nominations peacefully demolishes the claims of the leaders of the other parties, mainly BJP, that their candidates were prevented from filing their nominations. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsGoing by the numbers, it clearly shows that the Opposition parties had not been prevented from filing nominations or else it would not have been possible for them to field candidates in all the seats.In Jhargram, there are 806 seats in the Gram Panchayat, the lowest in the three-tier Panchayat system. The BJP has fielded 942 candidates while the CPI(M) and Congress have fielded 194 and 26 candidates respectively. The others and Independent have fielded 23 and 190 candidates. The Trinamool Congress has fielded 1,228 candidates. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the Panchayat Samity, there are around 187 seats. BJP, CPI(M) and Congress have nominated 230,78 and 10 candidates. The Independent and others have fielded 44 and 9 candidates respectively. The Trinamool Congress has nominated 368 candidates in the Panchayat Samity. In the Zilla Parishad, there are 16 seats. The BJP, CPI(M) and Congress have fielded 19, 16 and 8 candidates while the Independent and others have fielded 5 candidates each. The TMC has fielded around 22 candidates. The statistics clearly show that there has been a massive erosion of voters for the CPI(M) and Congress. CPI(M) used to run a parallel administration there when Jhargram was part of West Midnapore district. During the Maoist movement, both education and economy of Jhargram had been badly hit. After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the area several times to win back the confidence of the people. The statistics show that the BJP is coming up as the second power in Jhargram. However, the collective strength of the Opposition parties is less than the TMC in fielding candidates.last_img read more