Report on desecrations untrue: CM

first_imgChief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that a church-backed fact-finding report into serial desecrations in Goa was part of a conspiracy hatched against him ahead of the bypolls. On August 21, the Council for Social Justice and Peace, an NGO affiliated to the Goa Catholic Church, had released the report on a series of cases of alleged desecration of Christian and Hindu religious symbols in South Goa.Mr. Parrikar said, “All methods were tried — legal, media, social media and scurrilous publicity. Even to the extent that two days before elections, some organisation released an untrue fact-finding report. I am calling it untrue, you will realise why in the coming days after details of the police investigation.”The report, co-authored by the Mumbai-based Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, has demanded a court-monitored probe into the cases of desecration. It has accused the Goa police of colluding with the State administration in covering up the investigation into the cases and so far arresting only one person. Earlier, a Church-run magazine had severely criticised the BJP governments at the State and Centre. The article compared contemporary India to Nazi Germany and implored Catholics to vote against communalism.last_img read more

Kerala rope in Aussie legend Jeff Thomson to train pacers

first_imgFormer Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson has been roped in by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) to train budding seamers from Kerala for the next two years, an official said on Friday.The 15 days-a-month programme will start on September 1 with 15 selected pace bowlers, including current state players and new talent.KCA President TC Mathew told IANS that the programme has been organised in partnership with the IDBI-Federal Bank Pace Foundation. (Also read: Duleep Trophy: Kuldeep Yadav’s five-for puts India Red on top) “Thommo will be in Kochi on Monday. On Tuesday he will address the press. Starting next month he will leave for Wayanad, where the training programme is scheduled,” said Mathew.The Foundation is organising a similar programme in Bengaluru and Thomson, 66, is expected to shuttle between the two southern states. The Australian pacer will be assisted by a few former Indian players including Tinu Yohanan, Ramesh Powar and a few others.Thomson played 51 Tests for Australia between 1972 and 1985 and took 200 wickets.last_img read more

Man Utd-linked Bale urged to snub Premier League

first_imgTransfers Man Utd-linked Bale advised to snub Premier League move because it’s too physical Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 16:43 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2017 Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Primera División Gareth Bale The Welshman has seen his career at the Bernabeu blighted by injury but his international manager thinks he would be better off staying in Spain Wales boss Chris Coleman has advised star man Gareth Bale to snub any advances from the Premier League and stay at Real Madrid.The 28-year-old winger has had something of a tumultuous time in the Spanish capital in recent months having struggled with injury problems that have restricted him to just nine appearances in 2017-18.United 14/1 to win PL with dabblebet 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 Manchester United have long been linked with a move for the Welshman, while former club Tottenham have also been mentioned by the Spanish media as a possible destination.Bale has always maintained that he is content in Spain and, although Coleman admits he would urge the player to leave if he was ever unhappy, he believes it would not be the best idea for his career, and physical condition, to head back to England.”I’d like to see Gareth wherever he’s going to be happy,” said Coleman. “If I’m going to be the Welsh manager for two more years, or four more years, I’d like to see him stay at Real Madrid.”Okay, he’s picked up a lot of injuries but generally the Premier League is much tougher than La Liga in terms of the physicality. It’s very tough the Premier League.”When he’s happy he plays good football. When he comes to us and he’s happy we see an amazing player. If he’s happy in Madrid, fine. If not, he should go and play somewhere where he is happy.”Sometimes the harder you work to get back, the longer it takes for you to get back because you pick up niggles. He’s finding that out now, Bale.”It’s a shame really, he’ll be a loss for them [Real Madrid] and we need him now also. We’re always a stronger force when you have someone like that in your ranks.”Bale has won three Champions League titles since his move to the Bernabeu from Tottenham in 2013 but made just 19 league appearances last season owing to his injury issues.And the former Spurs man suffered another set-back recently, with Madrid confirming that he had picked up a groin strain in a training session on November 9.last_img read more

9 months agoCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no fluke

first_imgCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no flukeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success at Manchester United is no fluke.Former United midfielder Paul Ince has downplayed the immediate impact made by the Norwegian boss by insisting that “anyone could have gone in and done what he has done”.But Carragher told Sky Sports: “A lot has been written about Solskjaer and everything being very, very positive on the surface.”I think underneath that, a lot of people were looking at it before the Spurs game and thought: ‘Anyone could have gone in there and done that’. It’s nonsense. It’s absolute nonsense.”He’s made big decisions by leaving people out – (Romelu) Lukaku, an £80million striker, on the bench. When he’s brought him on he’s made an impact.”You think of Jose Mourinho, people were saying these games were easy. Last season, when Manchester United finished second and got to an FA Cup final, Mourinho lost three games to promoted teams.”So it’s not easy to go and wipe the floor with these teams. He’s (Solskjaer) made a great start to his career.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

DP World to Build USD 12 Bn Container Terminal in Indonesia

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DP World Dubai-based port operator DP World and Indonesia’s conglomerate Maspion Group have signed two preliminary agreements with an aim to create a USD 1.2 billion container terminal and an industrial logistics park in the Indonesian province of East Java.As explained, this is the first joint venture of its kind in the Indonesian transportation sector involving a private sector partnership between an FDI partner and a private sector Indonesian company in Maspion, within the context of cooperation in maritime services with Pelindo III.Under the two term sheet agreements, a modern, integrated container terminal and a 360-hectare industrial and logistics park are planned to be constructed. They are expected to play a vital role as a trade gateway for Eastern Java.The parties intend to construct Maspion International Container Port in Gresik that will have a capacity of 3 million TEUs and use electric power in its operations to help cut carbon emissions.The project is expected to break ground later this year and commercial operations are being planned for the first half of 2022.“This partnership will be a major addition to our global portfolio and a new step in our ongoing expansion. It will also enhance our continuing commitment to Indonesia, one of the most important world economies,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, commented.DP World ended its concession agreement with Pelindo 3 at the Surabaya Container Terminal in April 2019. The new agreements are said to confirm a long-term strategic partnership in the economic development of the country which has been growing rapidly in recent years.”This collaboration is a major development for the two groups, and a new step in Maspion Group’s ongoing expansion,” Alim Markus, President Director and CEO of Maspion Group, pointed out.Today in Jakarta I signed two preliminary agreements with Indonesia’s leading conglomerate, Maspion Group to create a US $1.2bn container port and industrial logistics park in East Java. (1/6)— Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem (@ssulayem) July 24, 2019last_img read more

PM calls meeting of presidents of all parties on June 19 to

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of presidents of all parties represented in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha on June 19 to discuss the issue of ‘one nation, one election’, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said Sunday. The prime minister has called the meeting to also discuss the celebration of 75 years of India’s independence in 2022, 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary this year and issues related to aspirational districts, Joshi said after an all-party meeting called by the government. He said the PM has also called a meeting of MPs to discuss these issues on June 20, he said.last_img read more

No province asks to use federal carbon pricing system by deadline

first_imgOTTAWA – No province has yet shown interest in signing on to the federal government’s carbon pricing system instead of creating their own, potentially setting up a log jam for Ottawa to meet its deadline for every province to have a $20 a tonne price on pollution by Jan. 1.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna told provinces last fall they had until the end of March to ask to use the federal backstop, in part, a government official says, to give Ottawa as much time as possible to get the system in place in time.But as of Thursday, no province had put its hand up.Nor has any province submitted their own plans for assessment to see if they meet McKenna’s requirements for carbon pricing under the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec already have their own carbon pricing systems in place. Manitoba’s carbon tax will take effect in September and Nova Scotia has a cap-and-trade system set to kick in Jan. 1.New Brunswick’s current plan is to use its existing gas tax as the equivalent of a carbon tax, but McKenna has already said that won’t cut it, so it is one of the provinces ripe for having the federal system imposed on it.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is adamant his province won’t introduce a carbon tax and has threatened to sue if Ottawa tries to impose one.A spokeswoman for the Newfoundland government said that province will announce a “made-in-Newfoundland and Labrador” approach this spring. Prince Edward Island is still working with Ottawa on the options, said a spokeswoman for that province.Provinces have until Sept. 1 to submit their plans to McKenna’s office so they can be assessed to determine if they meet her requirements under the Pan Canadian Framework for a carbon price. It was supposed to be $10 a tonne by this year, but it has been delayed and will start at $20 a tonne on Jan. 1. It is to rise at least $10 a tonne each year until 2022, when it will be reassessed.The legislation to do this was included in this week’s federal budget implementation bill.Ottawa is allowing every province to create their own system to meet the requirements, but if those plans don’t jibe with what Ottawa wants, the legislation creates a system known as the federal backstop that will be imposed instead. Provinces can voluntarily choose the backstop if they want, but right now nobody seems to be keen for that.A government official speaking on background said the March 30 deadline was really just an effort by Ottawa to get a jump on things, but she acknowledged the department will probably be scrambling in the fall if too many provinces don’t meet the federal requirements.She said it’s expected it will take about four months to implement the backstop in a province, including several weeks for the paperwork and at least two months to get all the fuel distributors registered. The tax is to be charged at the producer or distributor level and passed on to consumers down the chain.The federal program has a separate system for heavy industry, which will see emissions caps set based on average emissions in an industry and the tax charged on any emissions above the cap. Companies which emit less can get and sell credits for being under the limit.Ottawa has guaranteed any carbon tax revenues raised in a province will stay in that province. However, if the federal backstop is imposed, Ottawa will decide how the money is spent in that province. McKenna and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau favour sending direct rebate cheques to individuals, bypassing the provincial government entirely.McKenna has however promised that jurisdictions which volunteer to use the federal backstop can decide how they want to use the money themselves.The carbon price is part of Ottawa’s plan to cut emissions to meet its targets under the Paris accord, which aims to keep global warming below two degrees compared with pre-industrial times.Canada has committed to reducing its emissions another 200 million tonnes by 2030, which is the equivalent of what 44 million cars emit each year, twice as many cars as there are registered in Canada.Conservative environment critic Ed Fast is highly critical of the carbon price, saying despite repeated requests McKenna has not been able to show how much emissions the carbon price will save.last_img read more

Gord Downie thanks crowd for keeping me pushing in stage farewell

first_imgYes, Downie’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer gave this concert a feeling unlike any other. Here was an artist submitting what he knew would likely be his biggest, most emotional and, well, final performance, for a national audience still gripped by grief over this sudden news. And Downie delivered, with will and determination and, of course grace, for an audience that seemed ready at any moment should he falter.Thank you, thank you, thank you music lovers!#ManMachinePoemTour #HipInKingston #cbcthehip— The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) August 21, 2016 Advertisement Login/Register With: It was one of several moments that brought any number of Hip fans in the audience to tears. And so it was that what was likely the final Hip show was a perfectly surreal union of celebratory and somber, raucous and respectful, massively scaled yet deeply intimate. KINGSTON, ONT.— With all of Canada watching, Gord Downie stormed a Kingston stage Saturday for the final show of what’s believed to be the Tragically Hip’s farewell tour, donning one last set of eye-catching outfits in silver and fuchsia, shimmying one last set of gloriously unpredictable dances, and howling one last set of those enigmatic poems that so many of us know pretty well by heart.And, apparently, by throat, judging by the way this audience filled every inch of that small, sweaty arena with each syllable of Downie’s layered lyrics. This was a heroes’ welcome, and of course it was, given that it was Downie.Paul Langlois, Johnny Fay, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker, in their beloved hometown, in a hockey arena, on a street actually called Tragically Hip Way. Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Sexual Harassment Allegations Rock Talent Agencies Force Recent Departures at CAA ICM

first_img Facebook READ MORE Advertisement CREDIT: PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK / EVERETT HISTORICA; ILLUSTRATION: VARIETY Twitter Login/Register With:center_img As the cascade of sexual harassment and assault allegations rock the entertainment industry, Hollywood’s largest talent agencies are girding for tougher scrutiny of their working environments that, in many instances, have long been compared to that of a frat house.Over the past six months, ICM and CAA have forced out male agents accused of sexual harassment of co-workers. The scandal at Fox News that enveloped CEO Roger Ailes and star anchor Bill O’Reilly, both of whom were fired amid sexual harassment allegations, has heightened sensitivity to the legal liability of working conditions that could be viewed as hostile for women. Talent agency leaders are nervous about how aspects of their businesses will hold up to closer examination as fallout from the explosive allegations of Harvey Weinstein continue to ripple across the industry.Last month, APA talent agent Tyler Grasham was fired for alleged sexual misconduct involving some clients that has expanded well beyond a workplace behavior issue into a criminal investigation by the LAPD.  The latest wave has involved such high profile stars Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman, who generate millions of dollars in commissions for agencies, have also been in the news for sexual harassment allegations. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

White House welcomes Senate vote killing consumer rule

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House is welcoming a congressional measure killing the ability of millions of Americans to band together to sue bank or credit card companies to resolve financial disputes in a major win for Wall Street.The Senate narrowly voted late Tuesday night to nullify the rule, with Vice-President Mike Pence casting the final vote to break a 50-50 tie. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.“President Donald J. Trump applauds the Congress for passing,” the resolution, the White House said in a statement shortly after the vote that highlighted its own Treasury Department report criticizing the rule. “The rule would harm our community banks and credit unions by opening the door to frivolous lawsuits by special interest trial lawyers.”The banking industry had been lobbying hard to roll back the regulation from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bureau had moved to ban most types of mandatory arbitration clauses found in the fine print of agreements consumers often enter into when opening a checking account or getting a credit card.The vote reflects the effort of the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to undo regulations that the GOP argues harm the free market.Democratic lawmakers said the CFPB’s rule would have given consumers more leverage to stop companies from financial wrongdoing. They cited the sales practices at Wells Fargo and the security breach at credit company Equifax as examples of misdeeds protected through forced arbitration.“So who does forced arbitration help? Wall Street banks and other huge corporations that never pay the price for cheating working people,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.Richard Cordray, director of the consumer bureau, said: “Tonight’s vote is a giant setback for every consumer in this country. Wall Street won and ordinary people lost. This vote means the courtroom doors will remain closed for groups of people seeking justice and relief when they are wronged by a company.”Republicans said the arbitration system has worked wonderfully for consumers. They said the payouts for the average consumer in arbitration cases are generally much larger and come more quickly than when compared to the relief gained through class-action lawsuits.“The effort to try to characterize this as some devious system that has been created to try to stop consumers from having access to fairness is simply false,” said Sen. Mike Crapo, the Republican chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. “We have a very fair system that has been working for over 100 years in this country.”Crapo said the average pay-out for consumers in class-action lawsuits against financial companies was just $32, but lawyers stood to make millions.Democrats argued that consumers generally don’t have the time and means to pursue claims in arbitration, and since most disputes revolve around small amounts, they typically just give up. They said banks and other financial firms know that in the end they won’t have pay a real price for taking advantage of a consumer.But class-actions would serve as a powerful tool for consumers, they said.“Once again, we’re helping the powerful against the powerless,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as the Senate neared the vote, sensing the Democrats would lose.Two Republicans sided with Democratic lawmakers to keep the rule — Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana.The advocacy group Consumers Union and several veterans groups, including the American Legion, lobbied to keep the rule. They said consumers would still have the option to use arbitration to resolve a dispute, if both parties want to go that route.“Without the CFPB rule, consumers can be forced into a rigged system where they have no recourse. It’s a disgrace,” said Linda Lipsen, CEO of the American Association for Justice, an advocacy group that works to improve the legal system.The American Bankers Association cheered the Senate vote. “Today’s vote puts consumers first rather than class-action lawyers,” said Rob Nichols, the group’s president and chief executive officer.last_img read more

Retailer MEC to stop ordering from Vista Outdoor in response to Florida

first_imgVANCOUVER – Mountain Equipment Co-op has decided to stop selling several outdoor equipment brands owned by Vista Outdoor Inc., which is also a gun manufacturer.MEC doesn’t sell guns, but had faced a petition calling on it to stop selling brands owned by Vista Outdoor because the U.S. company also develops and manufactures firearms similar to the type of rifle used in a recent Florida mass shooting.The retailer said Thursday its existing inventory of Bushnell, CamelBak, Camp Chef, Jimmy Styks and Bolle gear will remain on its shelves until it is sold, but it has suspended further orders of the brands owned by Visa Outdoor.MEC chief executive David Labistour issued a statement saying he has heard the calls to boycott the brands, but also from members who believe that decision should be left to individual consumers.“I hope that you will see that the decision we made today is balanced and considered and positions us to inspire a wider discussion throughout our industry and North America,” Labistour said.He added he believes a member-owned organization like MEC needs to engage in the “complex and highly charged debate” surrounding the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that resulted in 17 deaths.The retailer will also “continue to engage with these brands as well our peers in the outdoor industry in North America in ways that are consistent with our mission and values,” he said.On Wednesday, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods took steps to restrict gun sales.Dick’s said it will stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21.Walmart said it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21.A 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been accused of using an AR-15 rifle, that he purchased legally, for the attack.last_img read more

Nicaragua crisis One year in more than 60000 have fled seeking refuge

© UNHCR/Roberto Carlos SanchezA young girl and her family apply for asylum in San Jose, Costa Rica, after fleeing Nicaragua.People ‘hiding in trucks, amongst sacks, to escape’“The people who are fleeing are coming from different parts of Nicaragua and they are travelling to the Costa Rican border, trying to avoid contact with the police and paramilitary groups,” Ms. Throssell explained. “Some are travelling in trucks, hidden amongst sacks.”“Among those seeking asylum are students, former public officials, opposition figures, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders and farmers,” she said. “A significant number arrive in need of healthcare, psychological support, shelter and food assistance.”Without a political solution to the crisis in Nicaragua, people are likely to continue to flee, UNHCR has warned.Funds are urgently needed to strengthen the agency’s humanitarian response to allow asylum-seekers in dire need of assistance to access aid, Ms. Throssell said, instead of having to resort to informal jobs to pay for somewhere to live, and food prices which are beyond their reach.Bachelet warns authorities to refrain from violence on anniversaryWith the anniversary of the protests looming later this week, the head of the UN rights office (OHCHR), Michelle Bachelet, said on Tuesday that the Nicaraguan Government needed to ensure its security forces give citizens to right to assemble peacefully, and express their views freely.“I am concerned that the protests planned for later in the week may trigger another violent reaction,” Ms. Bachelet said. “Violations over the past year include the criminalization and harassment of — and attacks on — student leaders, human rights defenders, journalists and others critical of the Government. The authorities have also resorted to media censorship, bans on demonstrations, and persistent use of excessive force and large-scale arbitrary arrests by the police,” she added. “Inevitably these actions, coupled with the lack of accountability for unlawful excesses by members of the security forces, have stoked rather than reduced the tensions in the country.”The UN human rights chief said she was also disturbed by reports of conditions faced by protesters who have been detained, noting that “severe conditions” in jails could amount to torture and ill-treatment. She cited recent protests at La Modelo, a men’s prison in Tipitapa, to the north-east of the capital Managua, where people were detained during the protests, who are being held alongside common criminals. The prisoners were reportedly violently repressed, through beatings, use of dogs and tear gas. Echoing concerns from the UN’s human rights office, OHCHR, and others about the deteriorating situation in the Central American country, UNHCR said that families with young children are now taking extreme measures to cross the border.“The kinds of reasons that people have been giving for fleeing are the fear of losing their lives, being attacked or kidnapped by paramilitary groups,” spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell told journalists in Geneva.According to OHCHR, hundreds of activists have been arrested in Nicaragua in recent months in protests, while some 300 people reportedly died between April and August last year alone, the Office said in a 2018 report.Costa Rica’s capacity, overstretched She noted that of an estimated 62,000 people who had fled abroad, 55,500 had sought refuge in neighbouring Costa Rica.“Some have received direct threats or have been persecuted; others fear for their lives because their communities have been a target of violence; or some, because their relatives are being sought,” she said. “So, we do feel that it is overwhelmingly a refugee flow.”Latest information from the Costa Rican authorities indicates that at least 29,500 Nicaraguans have filed asylum applications to date. UNHCR has commended the country’s open-door policy, but noted that capacity to shelter everyone remains overstretched, meaning that 26,000 others are waiting to have their claims formalized. read more

Outotec research center is recognised at Excellence Finland Quality Awards

first_imgOutotec’s research centre in Pori, Outotec Research Oy, took part in the Finnish Excellence Quality Awards and received the prestigious Recognised for Excellence award. The centre achieved a score of over 500 points, which entitles the winner to use the five-star Recognised for Excellence, R4E emblem. For a long time, Outotec Research has worked systematically to improve its operations. When the centre received Quality System certification in 1994 it was the first company in the field of research and development to do so in Finland. An occupational health and safety system was introduced in 2005. An upgrade in 2007 replaced the environmental management program used since 1998. In addition, some of the centre’s laboratory operations have been accredited as official ‘measurement laboratories’. Self-assessment has been used as a tool for developing operations since 1999. Outotec Research is a business-oriented research and product development unit, which develops metals production technologies, processes and equipment. Its expertise covers the entire processing chain from ore to metal. The centre employs 180 people, 30 of whom have a doctorate degree. It was founded almost 60 years ago. “Years of systematic development work and continuous operational improvement has produced many important technological solutions for our customers’ use,” says Outotec CEO, Tapani Järvinen.last_img read more

Lit Motors CEO Dan Kim aims to reinvent the motorcycle

first_imgThe more daring among us commute by motorcycle. Granted, riding a motorcycle is a great deal of fun, and a whole lot windier. Yet, as Lit Motors CEO Dan Kim notes, there hasn’t been much progress in terms of safety with the production of motorcycles. Thrill and safety have an inverse relationship, and with that in mind, he has set out to reinvent the motorcycle with the fully enclosed C1.It seems as if the C1 rode straight out of a science fiction film. The two-wheeler exists somewhere between motorcycle and car with the small form factor of a motorcycle and the safety of a car. Yet, with the design, one may wonder how it doesn’t tip over. That problem is dealt with by a gyroscopes that provides over 1,300lb/ft of torque. As demonstrated in the video’s animation, the C1 will manage to stay upright in the event of a collision.The C1 is fully electric. Two 40-kilowatt electric motors give the vehicle a top speed of 120mph. One full charge can yield about 200 miles. With progress in mind, the C1 is connected in nearly every way, offering H2V, H2C, V2l, and V2V connectivity, traffic, construction, and weather information will be sent to the C1 so that the driver is always up to date.Granted, traditional motorcycle enthusiasts may take issue with the C1’s design. It’s not open air, and you’re sitting inside rather than on the vehicle. One may argue that the C1 has much less bravado, but that isn’t the point of the C1. Dan Kim’s concept bike combines mobility, flexibility, and safety. Motorcycle accidents are gruesome, and riding one begs the question, “Is it really worth the risk?” The C1 decreases that risk while providing the same essential functions with a semi-futuristic design.The expected price of a C1 is $16,000, and Lit Motors is aiming for a 2013 release date. For a safer motorcycle, that doesn’t seem all that expensive.More at Lit Motors via SmartPlanetlast_img read more

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has account hacked

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP TWITTER CHIEF JACK Dorsey’s account was hacked this evening, with a series of offensive messages posted from his account. Twitter said this evening that the account of chief executive Dorsey had been “compromised”.The tweets containing racial slurs and suggestions about a bomb showed up around 8pm on the @jack account of the founder of the social media site.“We’re aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened,” a Twitter spokesperson said.Some of the tweets contained the hashtag #ChucklingSquad which was believed to indicate the identity of the hacker group.The news comes with Dorsey and Twitter moving aggressively to clean up offensive and inappropriate content as part of a focus on “safety”.© – AFP 2019 Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, had his account hacked this evening. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, had his account hacked this evening. Image: Rolf Vennenbernd/DPA/PA Images 7 Comments Image: Rolf Vennenbernd/DPA/PA Imagescenter_img 17,852 Views Aug 30th 2019, 10:20 PM Friday 30 Aug 2019, 10:20 PM Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has account hacked The hack happened earlier this evening. Short URL Share5 Tweet Email last_img read more

ASA Outlines Trade Policy Goals In Wake Of Record Crop Projections

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) First Vice President Mike Yost said today, “The projected record 1998 U.S. soybean crop sends a strong message to Washington that U.S. farmers must have aggressive trade and export policies to ensure agriculture’s future profitability.” According to Yost, “There are important international issues facing the Administration and Congress right now, and their resolution will be critical in determining the viability of our market-based farm program.”Yost’s remarks followed release this week of USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, projecting soybean plantings at 72.0 million acres, 2 percent above last year’s level. If realized, this would be the largest planted area for soybeans on record.”Congress must reconsider the Administration’s request for broad-based Fast Track trade negotiating authority as soon as possible. Without Fast Track, the U.S. is being left out of numerous trade deals between our competitors and our customers,” Yost added. “More than half the value of our $18 billion crop is exported annually and that contributes positively to the United States’ balance of trade. ASA also is urging that funding for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Cooperator Program be maintained at the current year level of $32 million.” ASA invests FMD funds and producer checkoff dollars collected from farmers to promote U.S. soybean exports in nearly 100 countries worldwide.”In addition, congress and the Administration must continue to insist that regulations governing trade in biotech crops and products be based on sound science. Any import restrictions or labeling requirements based on the process rather than product characteristics can lead to crop segregation, and segregation would disrupt the U.S. and world commodity marketing system,” Yost said. Industry sources estimate that 40 percent of the soybean seedstock planted in the U.S. this year will be derived through biotechnology.”Congress should immediately approve the Administration’s request for $18.0 billion in funding for the International Monetary Fund. This amount includes $14.5 billion to increase the IMF’s quota and $3.5 billion to stabilize Asian economies,” Yost said. Asian countries are major importers of U.S. soybeans and soybean products, and it is important to restore the buying power of their currencies.”ASA is also asking the Administration to continue to insist that China comply with basic World Trade Agreement requirements regarding state trading and transparency in the current accession negotiations. These talks offer U.S. producers and processors a one-time opportunity to increase access to the largest potential world market for soybeans and products. We are also recommending that China’s Most Favored Nation trading status should be renewed again in 1998,” Yost added.On top of the large projected U.S. crop are projections that South America’s soybean crop, which is being harvested right now, will reach a record 51.6 million metric tons (1,896 million bushels). That represents an increase of 11.3 mmt (415 mil. bu.) or 28 percent above last year’s South American crop of 40.3 mmt (1,481 mil. bu.). This increased level of South American production represents an amount that is greater than the total amount of whole soybeans exported last year by the U.S. to the European Union, the United States’ number one market area for whole soybean exports.Soybeans were planted on 26 percent of all U.S. crop acres in 1997. USDA estimates that the value of 1997 U.S. soybean and soybean product exports will exceed $11 billion, the highest value of any agricultural product category, accounting for nearly 19 percent of total U.S. agricultural exports that are projected to reach $58.5 billion. ASA is a national, not-for-profit, grassroots membership organization with 31,500 members, affiliate offices in 26 states, and overseas marketing offices in 13 countries. The Association develops and implements policies to increase the profitability of its members and the entire soybean industry.last_img read more

Senate Appropriation Committee Approves Funds for USDA in Cuba

first_imgEarlier this week, the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee approved $1.5 million in funds for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff in the new U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.The American Soybean Association (ASA) along with over 60 other agricultural groups, in April sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, urging them to provide funding for USDA personal to be housed in Cuba.The letter stated that providing USDA boots on the ground in Cuba would help provide opportunities for U.S. agribusinesses, support marketing efforts of U.S. exporters and help the transition of lifting the embargo run more efficiently.The next step will be for the full Senate Appropriations Committee to mark-up the Agriculture Appropriations bill.Click here to read the letter.last_img read more

Sterling Highway Closed Due To Police Activity

first_imgThe individual has been taken into custody. For the full story: Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update: 1:25pm Update: 12:10pmKSRM News has learned that the active shooter situation has been resolved. SERT, Alaska State Troopers and Ninilchik Emergency Services are awaiting a tow truck from Soldotna to reopen the highway. Emergency officials on the scene, expect the road to reopen within 30 minutes. Update: 9:04amAccording to responders – SERT is on scene Update: 11:15amKSRM News has confirmed that there is an active shooter situation currently in progress on the Sterling Highway around Milepost 131, north of Ninilchik. No other details are available at this time. Update: 10:24amAlaska State Troopers have requested additional resources for the Soldotna Post. Please be advised of Troopers on the roadway.center_img This is a developing story. More details will be posted as they are made available. Original Post: 8:05amThe Alaska State Troopers have closed the Sterling Highway at MP 131, north of Ninilchik, for an undetermined amount of time due to law enforcement activity. SERT, Alaska State Troopers and Ninilchik Emergency Services are on scene. Update: 10:10amKSRM News is on the scene near Rachel Road on the Sterling Highway. It remains an active situation and the road is still closed in both directions for undetermined amount of time. Update: 12:27pmAccording to the Alaska State Trooper Dispatch, the Sterling Highway has reopened to single, alternating lane travel.last_img read more

Capital New York to Relaunch with Subscription Model

first_imgAbout two months after being acquired by Politico parent company Allbritton Communications, New York-focused news site Capital New York is already adopting some of Politico’s content strategies.The site announced Wednesday that it will relaunch in early December with a new design, an expanded journalist roster and several new subscription options.Content will continue to be free on the new site, but most of it will only be available to “Pro”-level subscribers. Three different subscriptions will be available for its main coverage areas: City Hall Pro, Albany Pro and Media Pro. The subscriptions will convert to paid in early 2014.A free daily newsletter called Capital Playbook, modeled after the Politico Playbook, will debut tomorrow. The National Retail Federation has signed on as a launch sponsor for the rest of the year.last_img read more