Ngaitlang Dhar richest candidate contesting in Meghalaya elections

first_imgNgaitlang Dhar was the richest candidate in the 2013 Assembly elections. He continues to be so even in 2018.The 49-year-old Mr Dhar, who can barely read despite studying up to Class 8, is richer by ₹55 crore than five years ago. His affidavit says his fleet of vehicles too has increased by six to touch 144. But 129 of these are trucks and earth movers. The remaining are high-end SUVs and sedans of brands such as Mercedes and BMW.The affidavit of this former Congress leader, who hopes to retain the Umroi assembly seat on an NPP ticket, says his assets are worth ₹290 crore.His son Dasakhiatbha Lamare, a first-timer at 25, is a millionaire too. He owns 15 vehicles, a few of them luxury cars, and his movable and immovable assets are worth ₹40 crore.Mr. Lamare is the NPP candidate for the Mawhati seat. One of his rivals is Julius Kitbok Dorphang, an independent in jail on charges of raping a minor several times in December 2016. Mr. Dhar’s younger brother Sniawbhalang, 36, is poorer in contrast. He declared ₹28 lakh as assets.Sniawbhalang Dhar, who won the Nartiang seat on a Congress ticket last time, is an NPP candidate this time.last_img read more

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Haryana schools to remain closed on May 7, 8

first_imgThe Haryana government on Sunday announced that in the wake of the warning of heavy rain, thunderstorms and dust storms issued for Haryana between May 7 and 8, all government and private schools across the State will remain closed on these two days.Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the decision has been taken after the Haryana Meteorological Department issued the weather warning. ‘No need to panic’ The Haryana Revenue and Disaster Management Department said that there was no need for panic. All the departments have been directed to stay alert, a government spokesperson said.The spokesperson said that people should prepare an emergency kit with essential items for safety and survival in case the weather turns rough.last_img read more

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India outplay Spain 4-2, win hockey series 2-1 in Europe tour

first_imgForward Ramandeep Singh struck twice in the 50th minute as India defeated Spain 4-2 in the third and final match to clinch the hockey series 2-1 here on Thursday.Ramandeep scored field goals while drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh (24th minute) and striker Akashdeep Singh (45th) also sounded the boards for India. Ricardo Santana (25th) and Xavier Lleonart (49th) scored for Spain.The Indians played an aggressive game, troubling the Spanish defence with fast counter-attacks at regular intervals.Chinglensana Singh could have put the visitors ahead in the second quarter when he found himself unmarked inside the Spanish penalty circle. The midfielder, however, fired his attempt wide.Also read:  Junior women’s hockey team to begin preparations for Asia Cup India did not have to wait too long for the lead as Rupinder smashed home a penalty corner in the 24th minute.Spain hit back in the very next minute as Santana dribbled past a couple of Indian defenders to score the equalizer.The Indians continued to attack relentlessly despite Spanish attempts to slow the pace of the game. The Indian efforts bore fruit when Akashdeep showcased some excellent dribbling skills before beating the Spanish goalkeeper with a well-placed attempt.In the fourth quarter, Spain put an extra player in their attacking line up which allowed them to put the Indian defence under pressure.After several attempts went abegging, Lleonart finally breached the Indian defence to put the hosts back on level terms.However, any hopes of a Spanish win was quickly extinguished by Ramandeep who utilised a couple of long balls from the midfield to score back-to-back field goals in the 50th minute.advertisementSpain got a chance to come back in the dying moments, but Indian custodian P.R. Sreejesh came up with an excellent save to facilitate India’s 4-2 win.With this, the Roelant Oltmans-coached India completed their European tour with series wins over Spain and France (2-0).last_img read more

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England did not do enough to protect Wayne Rooney: Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho feels England did not do enough to protect captain Wayne Rooney after he was pictured socialising in the early hours of the morning while on international duty last week.Rooney made a public apology on Wednesday after images were published of the striker looking worse for wear at the team hotel after last week’s victory over Scotland at Wembley. (Wayne Rooney out of Spain game, Jordan Henderson to captain England)”The only thing I say is the player goes to the national team, he belongs to the national team – I learned since I was a kid, if someone lends me something I have to take care of it even better than if it was mine,” Mourinho told British media.”You know – your friend lent you a pencil, you have to take care of the pencil better than if it was your pencil. So I think when one day if I become a national manager, I will try.” (Gareth Southgate backs ‘hugely influential’ England captain Wayne Rooney)Several other Premier League managers have leapt to Rooney’s defence, including Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp, who felt there had been an over-reaction to the episode.”I am not saying I will be successful and I am not being critic with Gary (caretaker manager Gareth Southgate) or anyone,” Mourinho added. (For England, problems run deeper than Wayne Rooney)”I get the occasion to wish Gary the best of luck but I think you have to build something to protect what is not yours, what someone lends you.”advertisementUnited, sixth in the league, host fourth-placed Arsenal on Saturday.last_img read more

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Wimbledon: Thiem, Goffin depart while Nadal, Djokovic advance

first_imgSeventh seed Dominic Thiem bid adieu to Wimbledon as he retired in the middle of his match against Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis with a back spasm and his London adventure came to an abrupt end.Baghdatis was leading 6-4, 7-5, 2-0 when Thiem retired even after the Austrian sprawled on his stomach and received a deep-tissue back massage from the trainer before the start of the third set.On the other hand, 10th seed David Goffin of Belgium fell to Matthew Ebden 4-6, 3-6, 4-6 to bow out of the tournament.While these two faltered, Gen Next stars Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios enter the second round with wins over James Duckworth and Denis Istomin, respectively.Also read – Wimbledon: Stan Wawrinka beats sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov on comebackIt was a routine win for Zverev as he went past Duckworth in just three sets 7-5, 6-2, 6-0 with only the first set proving to be a fighting one.Powering through…Alexander Zverev is into the second round after coasting past James Duckworth 7-5, 6-2, 6-0#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/QuNjoXb3RQWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Kyrgios cranked down 42 aces as he opened his Wimbledon campaign with 7-6(3), 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-3 win over Istomin on Tuesday.If you can serve like @NickKyrgios, you’ve got a chance on grass #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/7jg3ZckxFtWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018The Australian showman saved two set points in the first set and was briefly rattled when 92nd-ranked Istomin grabbed the third on a tiebreak on Court 12.advertisementKyrgios railed against his entourage and kept up a regular dialogue with the umpire and anyone who would listen but remained focused enough to break decisively in the eighth game of the fourth set before completing victory with another ace.Also read – Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki off to winning starts”How did you make that?”Even @NickKyrgios couldn’t believe this from Denis Istomin #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/V5qPnzsMPJWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018The 23-year-old will face Dutchman Robin Haase or Romanian Marius Copil for a place in the third round where he could potentially face fellow Australian Bernard Tomic.NADAL POWERS PAST SELA Rafael Nadal made a winning start to Wimbledon with an easy win over Dudi Sela. (Reuters Photo)Nadal will face sterner tests than Dudi Sela if he is to complete a third French Open/Wimbledon double this year but was impressive all the same as he bounded into round two with a 6-3 6-3 6-2 win on Tuesday.The 32-year-old Spanish second seed had not played a match since claiming his 11th French Open last month.Also read – Wimbledon: Roger Federer, Marin Cilic storm to easy Round 1 winsBut he showed no sign of rust on a sultry Centre Court as he quickly found his rhythm against the 127th-ranked Israeli who resisted well early on before Nadal seized control.A Sela double-fault secured Nadal the break of serve he needed in the first set and Nadal moved two sets clear with a punishing forehand return.His only blemish came at the start of the third when a double-fault gave Sela a break but he quickly repaired the damage and powered on to victory.DEL POTRO RIDES BIG SERVERound Juan complete.Del Potro begins his #Wimbledon campaign with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Peter Gojowczyk pic.twitter.com/kmLvot315OWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro thumped down 22 aces to blow away the Wimbledon first-round challenge of Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk on Tuesday and said his serve was the key to playing better on grass.The Argentine, nearly two metres tall, appears often to be playing on a miniature court such is his reach and stride.He used his height to great effect in a regulation victory over Gojowczyk, breaking the German’s serve once in each of the first two sets and twice in the third.Also read – Wimbledon: Fourth seed Sloane Stephens crashes out on Day 1Though he was fired up by a dispute with the umpire over an over-ruled serve, Del Potro barely raising a sweat for the rest of the 90 minute-match despite the warm midday sunshine on Court Three.Del Potro next meets 36-year-old Wimbledon favourite Feliciano Lopez, playing his 17th consecutive Championships on a surface he loves.Also read – Wimbledon: Federer walks in a different jersey for first time in 20 yearsOTHER RESULTS:Novak Djokovic beat Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 6-1, 6-2Three-time #Wimbledon champion is in fine form…@DjokerNole defeats Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the second round pic.twitter.com/wgDoynMkKaadvertisement Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Bernard Tomic beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(2)Feliciano Lopez beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2Kei Nishikori beat Christian Harrison 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-2Next up: Bernard Tomic@keinishikori seals his spot in the second round at #Wimbledon after defeating Christian Harrison 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 pic.twitter.com/TfCLrPADiyWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Fernando Verdasco lost to Frances Tiafoe 6-7(6), 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6Kyle Edmund beat Alex Bolt 6-2, 6-3, 7-5Diego Schwartzman beat Mirza Basic 6-3, 6-2, 6-1Fabio Fognini beat Taro Daniel 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3Marco Cecchinato lost to Alex de Minaur 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 4-6David Ferrer lost to Karen Khachanov 1-6, 6-7(3), 6-3, 5-7(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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HC asks sports secy to examine differently-abled TT players’ plea to participate in Asian Para Games

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 26 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has asked the secretary of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to examine and take expeditious decision on the matter relating to non-inclusion of 10 differently-abled table tennis players in the final list of participants for the upcoming Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games. Justice Vibhu Bakhru said the secretary shall take the decision in consultation with the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) within a week. The court passed the order after noting that the last date for submission of the names of participants is already over and the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has already sent the names of the participants. “It is clarified that in the event, the ministry decides to permit the petitioners (players) to participate in the Asian Para Games 2018, PCI will take all necessary steps to ensure that the names of the said players are also included in the Indian contingent,” the court said and disposed of the plea. The petition claimed that trials were conducted by TTFI on July 8 in Indore to select the team of table tennis players for the games and 19 best performing players, including the 10 petitioners, were selected. However, they were shocked to note that despite their selection in the trials, the authorities have “arbitrarily and whimsically” dropped their names from the final list of players and selected only five players for the tournament to be held from October 6 to 13, the plea filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava said. The 10 players who have filed the plea in the high court are Sandeep Kalra, Jagannath Mukherjee, Ramakrishnaiah Srinivas, Sanjeev Kumar Hajeri, Dr Ajay Gubbi Vijaya Kumar, Sumit Sehgal, A Raj Aravindan, R baby Sahana, Poonam and Jashvantbhai Chaudhary.advertisement They are aged between 14 and 53 years. The plea said these players are holding international classification cards issued by International Paralympic Committee, a prerequisite for any payer to play any international match in the para (disabled) category. The petitioners said they had to incur lakhs of rupees on their own to obtain the international classification cards and many of them had taken loans for it. The plea said every participating country has been allotted a maximum slot of 25 athletes in para table tennis category in the event. “Considering adequate quota of 25 players allotted to India by the Asian Paraympic Committee, all of the 19 players, including the petitioners, were required to be included in the final list of Indian contingent for table tennis in the tournament. “However, despite having availability of sufficient slots, the authorities have arbitrarily decided to only include the five players and have arbitrarily excluded the names of the petitioners from the final list, that too without assigning any reason,” it said. The players said despite repeated requests, the authorities had not included their names in the Indian contingent. PTI SKV HMP SMNlast_img read more

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I abused Trent Boult a little: Amit Mishra on missing 4th IPL hat-trick

first_imgDelhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra admitted he did abuse Trent Boult a little after he denied the leg-spinner his first hat-trick of this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in their last group stage game against the Rajasthan Royals.On Saturday, Delhi defeated Royals by five wickets and Mishra was named Player of the Match as he returned with figures of 3 for 17 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. However, he was disappointed that he couldn’t take his fourth IPL hat-trick.In the 12th over of the Rajasthan’s innings, Mishra dismissed Shreyas Gopal and Stuart Binny off successive balls and had a chance of taking his fourth IPL hat-trick but Boult dropped, what looked like a simple catch of K Gowtham.”I don’t know if I have a love affair with the IPL but I am sad about the missed hat-trick. I abused him a little after Boult dropped the catch. I told him it was a simple catch and he could have taken it. Why did you jump unnecessarily?” said the leggie with a laughter at the post-match presentation ceremony.”I told him off in English but he said sorry two or three times so it’s fine,” he added.The 4th #VIVOIPL hat-trick that wasn’t!@MishiAmit felt hard done by missing out on another hat-trick but was happy that his and @ImIshant’s 3-fors helped @DelhiCapitals to a home win before the playoffs. By @tanmoym. #DCvRRWatch the full video – https://t.co/ogiIeS1aeH pic.twitter.com/9QBGf6rRIuIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 5, 2019The 36-year-old is the second highest wicket-taker in IPL history with 155 wickets.advertisementMishra said he believes in building pressure with his stock delivery and understood why batsmen want to play him off without giving him too many wickets. So far, he has taken nine wickets in the nine matches he has played for the Delhi-based franchise in this season.”I always try to bowl my stock ball more, because that is important to build pressure. I didn’t get a lot of wickets this season because batsmen are trying to play me out,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: KKR, SRH and KXIP in three-way battle for last spotAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant breaks Virender Sehwag record for Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals win by 5 wickets to eliminate Rajasthan Royalslast_img read more

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CREWS SEARCH MISSOURI RIVER NEAR YANKTON FOR MISSING BOATER

first_imgCrews from Nebraska and South Dakota continued to search the Missouri River for a missing boater.South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks supervisor Sam Schelhaas says the man was last seen in a boat found in the Weigand area in Knox County, Nebraska.The Yankton Press and Dakotan says he was reported missing Friday. The man left from the South Dakota side of Lewis and Clark Lake.Searchers spent the weekend looking for the boater near the Gavins Point Dam.File photolast_img

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Costa deserves Brazil chance – Tite

first_imgBrazil Unlucky Doulgas Costa deserves Brazil chance – Tite Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 04:43 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy DouglasCosta - cropped Getty Images Brazil Japan v Brazil England v Brazil Japan Juventus England Serie A Friendlies After sitting out the last four games, the Juventus man has a chance to impress ahead in November’s Brasil Global Tour clashes with Japan & England Tite says Juventus star Douglas Costa deserves a chance to impress for Brazil.The former Bayern Munich man earned an international recall on Friday as he was named in coach Tite’s 25-man squad for November’s Brasil Global Tour clashes with Japan and England.READ MORE: Brazil’s WCQ campaign in full | All 60 players called by Tite | Tite names Brazil squadAnd Tite believes that, after a series of unfortunate injury problems, Costa has returned to the form that saw him become a first-team regular under previous Brazil coach Dunga. 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 “We previously selected him at some points when he had injury problems and they have denied him the opportunity to perform better,” Tite said.Tite announces Brazil squadWatch Tite announce his new Brazil squadPosted by Brasil Global Tour on Friday, 20 October 2017″His season under [Pep] Guardiola [at Bayern] was better than under [Carlo] Ancelotti. He has now transferred (to Italy) and has played well under [Massimiliano] Allegri.”In recent games against Torino and Sporting Douglas has returned to his natural level.”Former Corinthians boss Tite also spoke once again on his decision to continue rotating the captaincy.”There is a clear idea behind this: Everyone has responsibilities,” Tite said. “In the 1958 World Cup final, Sweden scored against Brazil and Didi went to the back of the net and talked to all the players. “And he was not the captain, but he behaved like one. Every player has to behave as if he was captain.”last_img read more

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FAU Tight End Has Extreme Praise For Ohio State Ahead Of Week 1

first_imgA closeup of an ohio state football helmet.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: A detail of an Ohio State Buckeyes helmet during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Teams across the country are turning their attention to their week one opponents as college football officially begins this weekend.Auburn-Oregon, Utah-BYU and FSU-Boise State are several of the week one games most of the nation will tune in to see. But according to FAU tight end Harrison Bryant, Ohio State should garner some spotlight.As both teams prepare for a week one clash in Columbus, interview questions revolve around the matchup. Bryant has high praise for the Buckeyes, saying they’re “probably the best team he’s played in his life.” (via Jake Elman)Considering FAU played Oklahoma in 2018 — which resulted in a 63-14 loss for the Owls — Bryant’s comments speak to the elite squad Ohio State will field in 2019.FAU quarterback Chris Robinson echoed Bryant’s remarks in a later interview.“We played a good team in Oklahoma last year,” Robinson said, via Jake Elman. “But the players that Ohio State has, they’re unbelievable.”If Bryant and Elman’s words hold true, this game could get ugly fast.Ohio State put up 77 points in a beat-down of Oregon State in their season opener last year. Though, they did struggle on the defensive side of the ball allowing 31 points to the Beavers.Saturday’s game between FAU and Ohio State will be Ryan Day’s first season opener as head coach of the program.last_img read more

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CMHI Lays Keel for SunStone Ships Expedition Cruise Vessel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: CMHI Shipbuilder China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) held a keel laying ceremony for a new expedition cruise vessel, being built for Miami-based SunStone Ships on June 12.With a Polar Class 6 notation, the vessel, named Greg Mortimer, is being constructed at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) yard in Haimen.Featuring a length of 104.3 meters and a beam of 18.4 meters,t he vessel will be operating for Aurora Expeditions.The ship can accommodate a total of 255 persons, including crew. For expedition cruises in the polar regions, the vessel will take on 120 passengers.Norwegian ship designer Ulstein designed the polar class, X-BOW expedition cruise vessel, and provided the equipment package for one vessel and options for additional nine units.The equipment package includes the bridge system, ULSTEIN COM and integrated automation system ULSTEIN IAS and ULSTEIN POWER, and site team support to ensure the vessel delivery time.last_img read more

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FIR filed against accused BJP MLA 9 others in Unnao road accident

first_imgLucknow: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was among the 10 people named in an FIR registered on Monday in connection with a road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and her two aunts killed, police said. The FIR, in which 15-20 unnamed people were also mentioned, was registered at the Gurubuxganj police station in Raebareli, they said. “FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code’s sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120b (criminal conspiracy) against 10 named persons, including the BJP MLA, and 15-20 others,” a police officer said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Sengar, a four-time MLA who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, was arrested in 2018 in connection with the incident that took place in 2017. The case was registered on a complaint from the rape survivor’s uncle Mahesh Singh, who is lodged in the Raebareli jail, police said. A truck hit the car carrying the rape survivor, her family and lawyer when they were going to meet Mahesh Singh on Sunday. Two– Sheela (50) and Pushpa 45) were killed in the mishap Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Besides the BJP legislator, his brother Manoj Singh Sengar, Vinod Mishra, Haripal Singh, Naveen Singh, Komal Singh, Arun Singh, Gyandendra Singh, Rinku Singh and Awadhesh Singh have been named in the FIR. The rape survivor’s uncle alleged that the MLA got the car hit on Sunday. “I am sure that the car was hit for killing all of them by the BJP MLA and his men,” he said in his complaint. He alleged he was transferred from Unnao to Raebareli jail as part of a conspiracy. “I had requested officials to keep me in Unnao jail otherwise my family members will be killed on way when they come to Raebareli to meet me…” he alleged. Meanwhile the condition of the survivor and his lawyer Mahendra Singh is critical and both of them are on ventilator, KGMU sources said.last_img read more

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Deliberate spill study launched to test crude and bitumen impact on lake

first_imgKENORA, Ont. – Researchers were in northwestern Ontario over the weekend spilling diluted oilsands bitumen and crude oil into a lake to study how the ecosystem, from microbes to fish, responds.The pilot project, known as Freshwater Oil Spill Remediation Study, is being done at the International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area southeast of Kenora, Ont.Vince Palace, the scientist who is leading the experiment, said the area is typically known for experiments involving a whole lake, but this work is different.“We’re using small enclosures to contain that oil,” he said.The oil was spilled inside four yellow floating boomed rectangles, each along 2.5 metres of shrub and sphagnum moss shoreline.The enclosures stretch 10 metres into the lake and contain 20,000 litres of water. Curtain-like sides extend down and are carefully affixed to the lake bottom with lines of sandbags filled at the local gravel pit and placed by a small army of students in waders and wetsuits.The spills were 1.25 litres each and were to be left for 72 hours then cleaned up by professional oil-spill responders.With any oil spill, even after clean up, there is residual contamination.“We’re interested in looking at the impact of residuals,” Palace said in an interview before the experiments were conducted.Palace’s team will study impacts on microbes, algae, zooplankton, insects, wood frogs, and fathead minnows by sampling soil, water, and sediment before and after the spill and clean up.They’ll look for direct impacts from fouling and poisoning, but also indirect effects on fish survival and reproduction.Palace notes that when oil spills, social pressure and regulatory commitments create a huge drive to clean it up.“The problem is, in the shoreline environment, when you spill oil, often times the removal of it can be just as damaging as the impact of the oil on the shoreline environment itself,” he said.Soil removal, compaction, and moving heavy equipment into remote areas are ecologically destructive.“In marine environments, there are microbes present that will respond to the presence of oil to degrade it. So it may be that there is a benefit to leaving the oil in place to degrade,” Palace said.The researchers hope to find out if such oil-eating microbes exist in the freshwater environment of oil-naive Boreal shield lakes.Diluted bitumen’s behaviour in freshwater has been studied extensively in laboratories.Project collaborator Heather Dettman, senior scientist with Natural Resources Canada in Alberta, has simulated spills in laboratory wave tanks using North Saskatchewan River water.Her studies have manipulated variables such as wave action and temperature, but not things like wind, rain and sun.So, when it comes to understanding how oil behaves in a lake “maybe we’re missing something,” she said.This is “the next step up” from the lab.last_img read more

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Inmates placed in solitary confinement awarded preliminary 20 million

first_imgTORONTO — The federal government will have to pay thousands of prison inmates placed in solitary confinement for long periods a preliminary $20 million for breaching their rights, a Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday.The decision, which comes without a full-blown trial, is the latest in a string of similar rulings across Canada that have gone against the government and are now at various stages of appeal.“The Correctional Service operated administrative segregation in a way that unnecessarily caused harm to the inmates,” Justice Paul Perell said in his ruling. “Class members suffered harm because of a systemic failure.”Administrative segregation involves isolating inmates for safety reasons where authorities believe there is no reasonable alternative. Prisoners spend up to 22 hours in small cells without any meaningful human contact or programming.Critics argue among other things that the practice can cause severe psychological harm and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, facts which Perell — and other courts — have accepted.“Many of the administrative or disciplinary cells are very poorly maintained. They are filthy and unsanitary,” said Perell, who noted the exercise yard for such inmates at the Edmonton Institution resembled a dog kennel.The representative plaintiff in the current case, Julian Reddock, launched the action in March 2017. Reddock, who said he sometimes spent days without leaving his cell, said he binged on an anti-anxiety drug.“All I wanted was to pass out cold for as long as possible, again and again,” Reddock testified. “It was all I could think to do to cope with the hopelessness of not knowing they would let me out.”One witness, Jeffery Candanay, testified to being segregated for more than 15 days on more than a dozen occasions. One placement lasted almost two years.The case, certified on consent as a class action last year, takes in almost 9,000 inmates placed in isolation for more than 15 days at a time between Nov. 1, 1992, and the present who were still alive in March 2015. The ruling only applies to those incarcerated after March 3, 2011, due to time limits for filing claims.In his ruling, which runs more than 100 pages and is based in part on 22,500 pages of evidence, Perell found the government had no reason to run the system the way it did, a point underscored by recent legislation doing away with solitary confinement.“Even if some form of segregation were necessary to ensure the safety or security of the penitentiary and its population, there never has been an explanation and hence no justification for depriving an inmate of meaningful human contact,” Perell said. “This form of segregation is not rationally connected to the safety of the penitentiaries.”Perell found an absence of independent oversight and the lengthy placements breached the inmates’ rights in that it can cause a wide array of serious effects, ranging from anxiety and hallucinations to delusions, panic attacks and psychosis.“An inmate who is placed in administrative segregation is cruelly and unusually treated once the placement is more than 15 days,” he said.The $20-million award for vindication and deterrence includes compensation — $500 for each placement longer than 15 days — of about $9 million. The money is to be shared equally among class members, who can still claim punitive and other damages after proving their individual harm, Perell said. He declined to award punitive damages.The justice said he decided to forge ahead with the case and issue his judgment given the array of other cases before the courts.“Since my decision in the immediate case will be appealed by one or the other or both of the parties, I felt it preferable to decide the Reddock case promptly, so the appeals of these interconnected cases, with their very similar and factual footprints, could, if possible, be heard together.”Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Sends Message to Participants in Conference on Independence

Rabat- King Mohammed VI sent a message to participants in the high-level conference on the judiciary, which opened Monday in Marrakech under the theme “The independence of the judiciary: guaranteeing the rights of litigants and upholding the principles of justice. Here is the full text of the Royal message, read by the king’s advisor Abdellatif Menouni:“Your Excellencies, honorable Ministers,Distinguished Presidents of the Higher Councils of the Judiciary and Public Prosecutors,Ladies and Gentlemen, It gives me pleasure to send this message to your international forum and to welcome participants in this high-level conference on the judiciary. Given the high esteem in which I hold the judiciary and also the special attention I have always devoted to judicial bodies and to the members of the judicial system, I was keen to grant my patronage to this event.First of all, I wish to commend you on your choice of theme: The independence of the judiciary: guaranteeing the rights of litigants and upholding the principles of justice. This is an important, topical theme for any judicial system that seeks to play a greater role in safeguarding rights and freedoms and in enhancing judicial security with a view to promoting development and protecting society.I hope this conference will provide an opportunity for participants from different legal backgrounds to identify common challenges and come up with appropriate answers and innovative solutions to those challenges, building on the universal principles they have in common.Your Excellencies,Distinguished members of the Judiciary,Ladies and Gentlemen,Your meeting is taking place at a time when a major, historic reform of the judicial system is under way in Morocco.Guided by a constant desire to comply with the modern principles governing judicial systems, the Kingdom of Morocco has been actively seeking to upgrade its judicial sector in order to respond to the concerns of citizens, satisfy the needs of litigants, fulfil the aspirations of society and meet the requirements of our time.Convinced that the independence of the judiciary is of utmost importance and given the role it plays in the emergence of states committed to the rule of law, my country has sought to lay the foundations for judicial independence, taking the necessary institutional, legislative and practical measures to that end.In this regard, I was particularly keen to make sure the separation of powers was expressly enshrined in the Constitution. The latter also stipulates that a Higher Council of the Judiciary – chaired by the Sovereign and composed of legal and judicial experts as well as elected judges – is to be set up as an independent constitutional body which ensures that the guarantees provided to judges are respected and which manages judges’ professional careers.The Constitution also prohibits any interference in the cases being prosecuted, and the law provides for sanctions against any attempt to influence judges. Moreover, the Constitution stipulates that any failure by a judge to uphold his or her obligations with respect to the independence and impartiality of the judiciary would be considered a serious professional violation which could give rise to criminal prosecution.The Constitution goes further in this regard, laying down provisions for upholding the rights of litigants and ensuring the proper administration of justice. It confirms the judge’s role in terms of protecting the rights, freedoms and judicial security of individuals and groups. It also guarantees not only a citizen’s right to take legal action, but also the presumption of innocence as well as the right to a fair trial within a reasonable timeframe.These are constitutional principles which I wanted to see reflected in a national charter for the reform of the judicial system. The preparation of that charter, which includes a range of legislative, organizational and practical reforms and which was developed using an extensive participatory approach, was entrusted to a group of eminent judges, lawyers, judicial experts and professionals from the justice system.Important legal texts have been adopted in this respect, particularly the organic laws relating to the Higher Council of the Judicial Power and the Statute of Judges, in addition to the legislation which transferred the supervision of the Office of the Public Prosecutor from the Minister of Justice to the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation.Through this collective initiative, my country has made important strides towards completing the institutional framework for running the judicial system.I hope we can speed up the implementation of other relevant measures set out in the charter to update legislation and improve the functioning and performance of the judiciary, thus enhancing its independence, in keeping with the Kingdom’s Constitution.As the guarantor of the independence of the judiciary, I seek to make sure that that independence – as enshrined in the Constitution – serves the citizen, enhances the rule of law and promotes development.Your Excellencies,Distinguished members of the Judiciary,Ladies and Gentlemen,Like other communities which attach the utmost importance to the judicial system, and regardless of the accomplishments made with respect to the institutional framework underpinning the legal system, my country remains concerned by the stakes and challenges relating to judicial systems worldwide.Chief among these challenges is the obligation to guarantee the independence of the judiciary on the ground and in practical terms. This is because judicial independence is not meant to benefit the judges, but rather the citizens. Because it asserts the rights of litigants, it entails responsibilities for the judges.Litigants are legitimately entitled to expect a judge to prosecute independently and impartially, and to base his or her judgment on nothing but the law and his or her conscience and convictions.This is an obligation for the judge. He or she must show integrity and impartiality and steer away from any influence or temptation which may expose him or her to disciplinary measures or criminal proceedings.Enhancing confidence in the judiciary as the bedrock of the rule of law and the main driver of development is another challenge that needs to be tackled. This can be achieved by improving the performance of the legal system in order to enable it to accompany the profound economic and social changes taking place in society.To achieve this objective, we need, among other things, to facilitate access to justice through an overhaul of legislation in order to keep pace with modern times and bring domestic legislation in line with international instruments, particularly those relating to human rights. Just as important is the need to make sure that cases are prosecuted within reasonable time frames, to provide the judicial security needed for an improved business environment and to promote investment and development. It is also essential to ensure the effectiveness and transparency of judicial administration through the use of information technology and to institutionalize alternative means for resolving disputes.To develop criminal justice, we need to look into ways and means to strike as sound a balance as possible between the obligation to safeguard rights and freedoms and the need to preserve the values and pillars of society and to shield it against anything that may threaten it. This is particularly true in today’s world, which is characterized by growing perils, complex relations and the ever-expanding use of digital communications. The latter implies threats as well as potential misuses that are particularly complex and that need to be tackled in an efficient, professional manner.Enhancing the performance of the legal system remains a key concern, given the expectations of individuals and societies alike. This goal cannot be achieved without improving judicial administration to support the work of judges. Experience shows that the digitization of the legal system can play an important role in this regard.The achievement of objectives at all of the above levels hinges on enhancing the qualifications of the men and women working in the judiciary. It also requires that we ensure capacity building within legal bodies and foster integrity across the judiciary. Any endeavor to promote integrity should be supported through, for example, the promotion of international cooperation as an instrument that can help improve legal systems and encourage the exchange of experiences and know-how as well as the identification of best practices in the field.Your Excellencies,Distinguished members of the Judiciary,Ladies and Gentlemen,I am sure the issues relating to the theme of your conference will be discussed extensively. Participants will thus have the opportunity to make fruitful comparisons, particularly as they share not just a deep concern about the challenges legal systems are faced with, but also a strong desire to forge innovative solutions by drawing on their vast experience and achievements. They will thus enrich the debate, while bearing in mind the particularities of their respective societies.I hope your debates will lead you to make creative, relevant proposals and practical recommendations. You would thus have turned your conference into a sustainable platform for the fruitful exchange of experiences in order to contribute to the development and overhaul of legal systems.May Almighty God grant you every success.” read more

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UN agency pinpoints urgent needs of Bolivian families hit by floods

The six working groups operating at the Office’s On-Site Coordination Centre in the hard-hit Santa Cruz region also identified emergency shelter management and the psycho-social care of the people living in camps as critical needs.Last week, OCHA announced the creation of the centre, which is coordinating health, food, shelter and education aid for many of the 13,000 families affected by the floods. The working groups include a team dedicated to infrastructure repair and the rechanneling of rivers as the Rio Grande River is now flowing up to 30 kilometres away from its original course in some areas because of the floods.New rains are expected, which might provoke another overflow of the Rio Grande River and create new flooding. In the San Julian area, rising waters are causing an increase in existing flood areas and the affected communities.The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Bolivian Red Cross have distributed food and relief items to 1,800 families in San Borja, Luna de Vaca and Riberalta and will extend operations to other affected areas in Beni when additional funds become available.In addition to restoring the agricultural economy, other priority needs in Santa Cruz include the repair of infrastructure, such as some 300 kilometres of roads as well as bridges and water drainage structures, according to local authorities. read more

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Fujitsu develops worlds smallest vein authentication sensor

first_imgRelying just on a password to keep the data secure on a laptop is not a great idea, especially if it contains very sensitive information. Drive encryption, and the ability to remotely wipe your machine are both becoming popular security options. If you want a uniqie way to identify yourself at login, though, the best choice at the moment is a fingerprint reader which some laptops ship with.Fujitsu has improved upon fingerprint identification, however, and is pushing ahead with vein authentication sensors. These senors look at the palm of your hand and identify your vein pattern which is unique. The benefit of such a system is it requires no contact with the hand. The problems are various, though, with sensors being too big to deploy in a mobile device, and not being able to cope with any movement of your hand meaning lots of bad reads and an extended authentication process for the user.Those problems seem to have been solved now as Fujitsu has just unveiled its smallest and slimmest ever vein sensor, thought to be the smallest in the world. Measuring just 29 x 29 x 11mm, it is small enough to be incorporated into a laptop or other portable gadgets (external hard drives?).Fujitsu managed to slim down the sensor significantly by using a new lighting system that fits into half the space of previous models. The result is a sensor that could be an option on your next laptop.Fujitsu didn’t just stop at miniaturization, though. The other big problem was handling movement, so the new sensor was made capable of capturing multiple images at 20fps. That means it can pick the best image from a sample and get a clearer reading with a vastly improved success rate. It also means a faster authentication process for the user.Vein authentication is desirable because it relies on an invisible pattern of veins making it very secure. It also requires no contact with the user’s hand making it hygienic for high-traffic authentication, and with Fujitsu’s new sensor it is now very fast and error free too.Read more at the Fujitsu press releaselast_img read more

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iPhone 4G sortie officielle le 7 juin prochain

first_imgiPhone 4G : sortie officielle le 7 juin prochain ?États-Unis – Le 7 juin prochain se tiendra l’édition 2010 de l’Apple worldwide developers conference (WWDC). Un événement qui risque fort d’être marqué par la sortie officielle du nouvel iPhone 4G. Comme l’explique notre partenaire AbriCoCotier, un simple coup d’œil aux calendriers habituels de sortie des nouveaux iPhone, tous lancés en juin ou juillet, permet de supposer que le nouvel iPhone 4G (ou iPhone HD, le doute subsiste) devrait certainement sortir officiellement de l’ombre lors de la prochaine WWDC.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Les divers rebondissements de “l’iPhonegate” ont déjà permis de connaître divers détails de ce nouveau smartphone tant attendu : deux caméras, une frontale, et une dorsale (la dorsale étant améliorée par rapport à celle de l’iPhone 3GS), une résolution améliorée, le support des microSIM et, très certainement, l’iPhone OS 4. La WWDC commencera lundi prochain et se terminera le 11 juin. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le blog d’Abricocotier.Le 3 juin 2010 à 12:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Laughing Planet opens in Vancouver

first_imgFranz Spielvogel has had his eye on Vancouver and its attractive unincorporated collars for at least three years.The owner of the Laughing Planet chain knew the community would be an ideal location for one of his restaurants. But where?Spielvogel took a close look at downtown Vancouver and the Salmon Creek area. But he settled on east Vancouver. Specifically, he chose a spot in Fisher’s Mercantile shopping center at 16209 S.E. McGillivray Blvd. The restaurant opened last week. On Wednesday afternoon, Spielvogel participated in a Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting at the site.And Spielvogel spent some time Wednesday talking to The Columbian about the factors that pushed the new site to the top of the list of best options.Laughing Planet is a quick-service restaurant that opened in Portland in 2000 and traces its roots to its first store in Bloomington, Ind. The restaurant markets its fare as a healthy alternative, “serving fresh, nutritious food that is good for you and the environment,” says a news release. “The menu features bowls, burritos, soups, salads and cold-pressed juice using local ingredients from local farmers, and offers a variety of delicious vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free dishes in a bright welcoming space.”If that doesn’t offer enough clues to its cultural bent, perhaps this slogan on a T-shirt offered on its website will help: “Make America Kind Again.” It’s one of several items on the page, right above the tote bag with this slogan: “Tree Hugger Tote Bag.”The chain has 10 restaurants in or near Portland, two in Eugene, Ore., one in Bend, Ore., one in Corvallis, Ore., and two in Reno, Nev. And it has plans to expand to cities in Washington, Idaho and Utah.last_img read more

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Marchers protest child abuse at downtown rally

first_imgA small, daylong rally in Esther Short Park on Monday raised community voices against child abuse.Children Without A Voice, a nationwide nonprofit organization, observed National Child Abuse Month with music and speakers, as well as an ongoing march around the park. When The Columbian stopped by just before lunchtime, about 25 people were there.“The longer it stays in the dark, the bigger it’s going to grow,” said local organizer Stephanie Holt. “This is all about awareness.” It was the first such march in Vancouver, Holt said, and she’s hoping future years will see a bigger turnout.According to a statement from Children Without A Voice, people in 150 cities and 45 states were marching against child abuse Monday. Learn more about Children Without A Voice at cwavusa.org. Children Without A Voice reports that there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States each year.last_img read more

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