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first_imgNuclear physicists in the United States are one step closer to building their next dream machine. But numerous obstacles remain.On 1 August, the Department of Energy (DOE) approved the “baseline” cost and schedule for construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a straight-shot linear accelerator in the works at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The accelerator would be used to generate rare, highly unstable nuclei not now seen outside of stellar explosions for a wide variety of nuclear physics experiments. The DOE review fixes the cost of the experiment at $730 million, $94.5 million of which will be provided by Michigan State, and the completion date for construction at 2022.“It’s a step forward and an important one,” says Thomas Glasmacher, a nuclear physicist at Michigan State and leader of the FRIB project. “Especially given the federal budget situation we’re just happy to be going forward.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The DOE decision doesn’t quite give researchers the green light to start construction. Rather, the DOE directive allows them to start buying materials such as high-purity niobium, which will be needed to make the high-tech guts of the accelerator. But workers won’t be allowed to start the “civil construction” of digging the 150-meter basement in which the accelerator will lie until Congress passes a budget for fiscal year 2014, which starts 1 October. And researchers must pass another major review before they get permission to start building the accelerator itself—the hard part of the project.However, with Washington mired in partisan bickering, many observers doubt that Congress will pass a budget this year. Instead, they expect that legislators will simply extend the current budget through next year in a “continuing resolution”—just as they did this year. If that happens, researchers won’t be able start civil construction for another full year, Glasmacher says. Still, physicists will cope, he says: “We’re going to manage whatever the constraints.”Meanwhile, it’s not clear that DOE’s nuclear physics program, which has an annual budget of $520 million, can afford to follow through on the project. In January 2012, then-Secretary of Energy Steven Chu warned that it might not be able to. A year later, an advisory panel begrudgingly told DOE officials that if they cannot afford to both build FRIB and continue to run a 14-year-old atom smasher known as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, which does a different type of nuclear physics, then they should build FRIB. But some observers say that issue may eventually involve Congressional politics. For the moment, though, FRIB continues to move forward.last_img read more

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first_imgA day after the CBI issued summons to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the agency, the senior IPS officer on Saturday failed to turn up at its headquarters in the city. The Calcutta High Court had on Friday vacated the interim order providing him protection from arrest by the CBI in the Saradha scam, following which he was issued summons by the Central agency. A team of CBI officers met their counsel Y J Dastoor, who had represented the agency in the High Court, and discussed their options for more than a hour. “We are discussing the matter with our lawyers,” CBI Joint Director Pankaj Srivastava told journalists. Asked what action would the agency taker against Mr. Kumar, “We cannot disclose that,” he said.Mr. Kumar, who is posted as Additional Director General, CID, remained untraced in the day. The CBI served notice on him under Section 160 of The Code of Criminal Procedure in the multi-crore scam. Mr. Kumar was part of the Special Investigation Team ( SIT) set up by the West Bengal government to probe the case before the agency took it up in 2014. In February, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sat in dharna when the CBI tried to question the former Kolkata Police Commissioner.last_img read more

1 12 19

first_imgThe Janata Dal (U) reacted with some relief to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement to a television channel that his party would go into the Bihar Assembly polls in 2020 under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, ending all speculation that the BJP was mulling its options. Bihar Minister and JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha, said on Twitter: “I appreciate BJP president Amit Shah’s statement quelling rumours about the “rift” in our alliance. Together we are committed to continue to brighten Bihar.” Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Sanjay Paswan had publicly espoused his view that Mr Kumar should be replaced by a BJP candidate for chief minister, while others in the State unit had felt that if not a change in chief ministerial candidate, the BJP should demand an equal number of seats in the seat sharing arrangement. Senior sources in the party said that particular demand will still stand when seat adjustment is discussed closer to the polls. “Mr Shah’s statement makes it clear that the leadership question is settled. He is clear that he does not want a three-way fight in Bihar. The question of the number of seats each party will fight is still open,” say sources. Sources in the JD(U), however, feel the fact that Mr. Kumar will be the chief ministerial candidate for the alliance in Bihar, will prevent any reduction in its status in the alliance, unlike what happened to the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, with the party contesting fewer seats than the BJP in the State. “Nitish Kumar is the CM face, and, therefore, his party will be big brother,” said a source. BJP leaders may not exactly agree with the postulation as they feel that the political ground has shifted in their favour in Bihar because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. The last time the two parties fought an Assembly poll in an alliance was in 2010, where the JD(U) got a lion’s share of the seats at 142, and the BJP fought on 101 seats in the 243 member House. “Certainly the seat adjustment will be more equitable than that,” said a senior leader from Bihar.last_img read more

27 11 19

first_imgIn a massive embarrassment for the Indian contingent at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta and wrestling referee Virender Malik have been arrested on different charges.     According to reports, while Mehta has been arrested for drunken driving, Malik is facing a more serious charge of sexual assault.     Media reports, quoting a Scotland Yard spokesperson, stated that “two male members – aged 45 and 49 – were arrested on separate charges.”     The two will be produced in court tomorrow.The duo, however, is not part of the official 215-strong contingent which is staying in the Games village. Both of them were reportedly lodged at a local hotel.last_img

20 11 19

first_imgIndian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and actor Hazel Keech finally have a wedding date: November 30. The ceremony will reportedly be held at a gurdwara in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib, a small town. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was personally invited by Yuvraj Singh, might attend the wedding, Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh will not.Earlier, Yograj Singh, a former cricket who personally coached his son Yuvraj in his youth and later turned an actor (he played Farhan Akhtar’s coach in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), had made it clear that he would not attend the wedding as he was opposed to it for being solemnised by a dera leader. This is because Yograj belives in god and not religious leaders. Yuvraj’s parents, Yograj and Shabnam got divorced many years ago and since then, Yuvraj has stayed with his mother.According to a report in The New Indian Express, a family friend of Yuvraj’s family said that the wedding ceremony would see only 50 people attending it, including family and very close friends.ALSO READ: Yuvraj in Parliament to invite PM Modi for his wedding ALSO READ: All you need to know about Yuvraj-Hazel’s wedding SEE PICS: Yuvraj and Hazel on an intimate dinner date WATCH: Yuvraj gets engaged to Hazel Keech Yuvaj’s mother Shabnam Singh’s religious mentor is Sant Ajit Singh Hansaliwale who is likely to bless the couple at the Dera Hansaliwale in Hansali village near Fategarh Sahib, where the wedding will take place.According to sources close to Yuvraj Singh’s family, November 29 will see the mehndi and the first reception party which will be held at Chandigarh’s Hotel Lalit. This will be attended by father Yograj. In addition to this, India and England cricket teams’ players will attend the festivities. At the moment, they are playing a Test match in Mohali. Sources added that if the Test match ends, as scheduled, on November 30, Yuvraj will organise a special dinner for his fellow cricketers at Hotel Lalit.advertisementYograj Singh had earlier that there would be no fizool kharcha on the wedding. He was quoted as saying, “We, as a family, have always believed in simplicity. In a country where a majority of the population lives in abject poverty, people should spend reasonably at weddings. It is better to make donations to charitable organisations on your wedding day, instead of wasting large amounts on lavish parties.”  There have also been some talk that a few Indian players might attend the wedding on November 30 and that that would include Sachin Tendulkar as well.In fact, Yuvraj and Hazel’s wedding will not just be held according to Sikh rites but also Hindu ways. A source was quoted as saying, “On December 2, Yuvraj and Hazel will wed according to Hindu rituals. This ceremony is set to take place at a farm house in Goa again where limited guests have been invited for a lunch reception.”December 5 is reportedly the date for the Sangeet ceremony which will be held at a farmhouse in Delhi’s Charatpur. A larger reception party is scheduled to be held on December 7 at ITC Maurya in Delhi, according to an insider. At both these functions, Bollywood and the sports world’s glitterati will be seen and choreographer-director Farah Khan will be choreographing the Sangeet ceremony.last_img read more

9 11 19

first_imgManchester City ‘What’s up with my knee is nothing’ – How Mendy kept his spirits up through injury torment Robin Bairner 16:59 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Benjamin Mendy France Getty Manchester City France v Australia Southampton v Manchester City France Australia World Cup Premier League After being placed in a hospital bed beside a patient diagnosed with cancer, the 23-year-old found he was able to put into context his problems Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy has revealed how he was able to maintain his spirits after his serious knee injury last season.The 23-year-old defender suffered a rupture of his right knee ligaments against Crystal Palace in September and was forced to travel to Spain for treatment.Although considered one of the most serious injuries possible for a sportsman, he was rapidly able to put his position into perspective, as he explained to SFR Sport. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “When I was in Barcelona, the patient next to me, a Spaniard, was diagnosed with cancer,” he explained. “We found out two days later. He was dying. “I told myself: ‘What’s up with my knee, it’s nothing’. I think that helped with my recovery.“When you’ve hurt your knee or your ligaments, it’s nothing at all compared to folk who suffer things that are far more serious.”Mendy, who was signed to Pep Guardiola’s side from Monaco last summer, has recovered sufficiently to earn a place in the France World Cup squad.He was only able to make eight appearances with City over the course of the campaign due to his injury woes, featuring for 451 minutes of competitive football.He returned to action in late April, coming off the bench against Swansea, and he would make similar cameo appearances against Huddersfield and Brighton for the Premier League champions.last_img read more

28 10 19

first_imgSagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keitaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes PSG should move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.PSG are in the market for a new midfield signing as a replacement for wantaway Adrien Rabiot.And Sagnol says: “With (Marco) Verratti, you have a player who is very good technically, able to organise the game from deep. But he needs a player with a large volume of play at his side. “Naby Keita (Liverpool) is a player who knows how to do everything, who recovers balls, can also project with and without the ball. Verratti and Keita could form a beautiful duet if we assume that (Thomas) Tuchel retains his defence with three men behind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

26 10 19

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns mascot being walked onto the field.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Texas Longhorns mascot Bevo XV is seen during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 4, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Each year of the College Football Playoff, since its inception in 2014, has brought at least one team that had never made the field previously. Even with the small group from which Playoff teams have come, that trend is yet to break.In 2014, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and Ohio State made the field, with the Buckeyes taking home the title that year. Since then, six other teams have made their debut.2015 brought Clemson, which has made the field every year since, Michigan State, and Oklahoma. In 2016, Washington made the field, 2017 brought Georgia, and this past season, Notre Dame made its playoff debut.Of course, there’s no guarantee that the trend will continue in 2019, but if it does, we have some interesting candidates to make their first playoff run. Sports Illustrated college football analyst Andy Staples was asked about 2019’s top College Football Playoff “dark horses” in his mailbag column.He identified four potential CFB powers that could break through.Two are from the Big Ten, and could use Urban Meyer’s retirement to their advantage: Michigan and Penn State. Staples mentions Meyer in his write-ups for both teams:The departure of Urban Meyer from Ohio State doesn’t mean the Buckeyes won’t continue to rule the Big Ten, but it does mean there is an opportunity for someone else to take command. Penn State could be that team.[…]The way the Wolverines ended the season makes them feel farther from the playoff than they actually are. They’ll probably have to solve the Buckeyes to get there, but with Meyer gone, that might tilt the balance of power. Michigan brings back a lot of production and will be led by a senior quarterback (Shea Patterson).After last season’s Sugar Bowl win over Georgia, it looks like Texas may, finally, be back. Staples also has the longhorns listed in his column:The Longhorns beat Oklahoma in the regular season and then creamed Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, and they bring back a lot of the players—specifically quarterback Sam Ehlinger and receiver Collin Johnson—who helped create a renaissance in 2018. They’ll get a chance to prove they belong in the playoff conversation early with a visit from LSU on Sept. 7, but their candidacy likely will come down to how they play against the Sooners in Dallas and (they hope) in Arlington.Staples has two more dark horses listed in his write-up. Head to Sports Illustrated for the full column.last_img read more

25 10 19

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 13:07 IST MS Dhoni at a charity football match in Mumbai (@RhitiSports Photo)Superstar India cricket MS Dhoni’s love for football is well documented. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who had been a goalkeeper during his school days, never misses an opportunity to flaunt his football skills.Dhoni, who often can be spotted doing football drills during Team India training sessions, played a charity football match in Juhu, Mumbai earlier this week. Flaunting his new hairstyle, Dhoni was fit as ever as donned the football boots alongside a few celebrities, including Bollywood actor Aparsakthi Khurana and Dino Morea.A large crowd gathered to watch Dhoni in action, this time on a football field. Notably, the India cricketer had also taken part in a similar charity football match in Mumbai, playing alongside the likes of Nick Jonas and Ishan Khatter after India’s Asia Cup win in October last year. MS Dhoni at a charity football match in Mumbai (@RhitiSports Photo)Meanwhile, Dhoni will be sporting the new hairstyle clean cut with short sides and a small tuft of hair all spiked up at the front in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia. Aaron Finch-led Australian side will take on hosts India in a two-match T20I and a five-match ODI series, starting February 24.Dhoni has been in fine form in the ongoing year with the bat and from behind the stumps. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, who had scored only 275 runs from 20 matches last year, has moved up three places in the ICC ODI rankings to the 14th spot after the tours to Australia and New Zealand.Dhoni has begun the World Cup year with a bang, scoring three successive half-centuries in India’s historic 2-1 ODI series in Australia. It was also the first time since 2011 Dhoni had won a Man of the Series award.advertisementMeanwhile, expressing relief and delight at Dhoni’s form with the bat, India’s senior selection committee chairman, MSK Prasad reiterated that the senior campaigner will be crucial to India’s chances at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”Well, if you have to win a match or a series, it’s going to be a team effort. Having said that, our openers are doing really well. Virat is in fantastic form. But here, I have just added that MS, under whom we have won two major World Cups… the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011… his experience will come to the fore. His mentoring will also be very crucial, crucial. We all know the chemistry Virat and Mahi share is very, very important. That’s the reason why I said MS Dhoni is very crucial,” MSK Prasad said.He added: “Time and again, I have said he is the best wicketkeeper in the world. With every passing game, his wicketkeeping skills are only getting better. Yes, we were a bit worried about his batting form at a point in time. With these two series, all those worries are addressed. He’s back in form. He will be playing the Australia series and the IPL. He is going to play a very good no. of matches, which is important for him.”Also Read | MS Dhoni ensures Indian flag doesn’t touch the ground as fan rushes out to touch his feetAlso Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant for World Cup: MSK Prasad weighs in on debateAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Dhoni hairstyleFollow MS Dhoni football MS Dhoni plays charity football match ahead of India vs Australia seriesAustralia tour of India 2019: Ahead of the much-anticipated limited-overs series, India wicketkeeper-batsman was spotted playing football in a charity match in Mumbaiadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.The notion of the American Dream, oft defined by economic and social opportunity, has never been anything short of alluring. It’s what many of us strive to achieve in our day-to-day lives, a sense of stability and peacefulness that’s as picturesque as the small house and white picket fence we tend to associate with it. Achieving it in these days of political turmoil and economic strife, however, seems easier said than done. Thankfully, the same isn’t necessarily true of the Portland-bred camper with which the concept shares its name, aka the American Dream Trailer ($8,900+).Related: The Pendleton Limited Edition is built for the outdoors (not your budget)Using a 1961 teardrop trailer for inspiration, husband-and-wife duo Paul and Tyla Dahlman have helped forge a modern replica with a penchant for authenticity. The 650-pound, fiberglass trailer takes a cue directly from the original’s design, and relies on a local metalsmith and fiberglass company to manufacturer the same glass windows and molds that defined the original. The entire building process takes five to six weeks, but the end result is a compact towable that sleeps two and houses a small cooking and storage galley in the rear for food preparation, complete with room for customization.The real kicker of the American Dream Trailer isn’t the checkerboard floor, though, or the  two-tone color scheme and optional galley table. The trailer’s biggest selling point lies in the secondary roof, which conveniently functions as a small rowboat when it’s not securely attached to the top of the trailer’s lightweight frame via a set of five hood latches. How and where you want to use the trailer, well, that’s totally up to you.Visit The American Dream Trailer Company online to request an estimate. Each camper is custom built to order, and takes roughly six to eight weeks for delivery. Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 5 Ways to Rent an RV for Your Next Road Trip Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream last_img read more

20 10 19

first_imgLucknow: In a visible softening of stand, Shivpal Yadav, who heads the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP), has said that he is ready to forge an alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, which is slated to be held in 2022. Shivpal, who is a younger brother of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh and uncle of former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, indicated that his party could form an alliance with SP for Assembly polls, but also underlined that he would not rejoin the Samajwadi Party. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Talking to reporters, he said: “When elections around, there will be talks of an alliance but we will not go back to Samajwadi Party. We will talk to those who want to ally with us. The PSP will also be there. We can ally with Samajwadi Party as well.” Shivpal Yadav’s statement comes after Samajwadi patriarch Mulayam Singh had made efforts to bring the estranged uncle and nephew together after the SP suffered a rout in the Lok Sabha elections in April-May. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Three members of the Yadav clan-Dimple Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav-lost the elections and the party’s tally in Lok Sabha was reduced to five. Thereafter, the Bahujan Samaj Party also snapped its alliance with SP and announced that it would contest all elections on its own. The BSP even blamed the SP for its anti-Dalit policies. Akhilesh Yadav, on his part, has shown no inclination to build bridges with his uncle. Senior leaders in the SP feel that if the two leaders joined hands, the SP would gain some strength and revive itself to an extent.last_img read more

14 10 19

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsThe Peters band council in British Columbia sought legal advice on what to call bonuses and “reasonable” amounts without getting into trouble with the federal government months after receiving over $2.5 million from Kinder Morgan.“I’m just wondering if you’ve come up with any wording for us RE: ‘bonus’ and amounts etc,” wrote former Peters First Nation councillor Leanne Peters in an email to the band’s lawyer May 5, 2016.Leanne Peters, who is now a staff member for the band, was following up on what appears to have been a phone call with their former lawyer Maya Stano of Gowling WLG in Vancouver based on another email.The emails were obtained by APTN News in an ongoing investigation into Peters, which is under an RCMP investigation and KPMG is also conducting a financial review based on allegations of misappropriation of funds. The KPMG review recently received an extension as a draft report was due July 31. In depth: APTN opens the books on Peters reserve, finds questionable payments, INAC’s role in questionSee also: INAC launches financial review of B.C. First Nation, while RCMP continues investigationBoth the RCMP and KPMG have copies of the emails.APTN is quoting the emails as they were written.“Hi I spoke to Maya she said she is glad I asked her there was a band in the lower mainland who got into trouble with giving themselves so much money and them calling it a bonus etc.,” wrote Leanne Peters May 3, 2016 to Chief Norma Webb, Coun. Victoria Peters and staff members.“She asked if she could get back to us on Thursday, I said that was fine as as is very busy the next two days. She will let us know what we should call it and give us amounts that are reasonable …”Stano wrote Peters council May 6, 2016 saying “it’s a bit of a tricky area with conflict of interest concerns arising, as well as how the fiduciary duties that council owes to the band come into play” and said she would need to get to back to council to give her “best advice.”“Recent case law makes this something we need to make sure we get absolutely right,” wrote Stano from her iPhone according to the email.APTN was not able to obtain any further emails on the matter and wrote Stano asking if she counselled Peters on how to give themselves money without getting into trouble.Stano did not respond, but the CEO of the Gowling WLG did a couple days later.“Gowling WLG has not advised the Chief and Council to authorize bonus payments to themselves, nor to disguise any such payments, whether in the form of meeting per diem/Honoria or otherwise,” wrote Peter Lukasiewicz.Lukasiewicz said Gowling also did not provide any advice to administration or staff.Stano was one of the lawyers Peters had during its negotiation with Kinder Morgan over the expansion of Trans Mountain pipeline.Peters signed what’s known as a Mutual Benefits Agreement with Kinder Morgan in January 2016 to allow the company to put a second pipeline through its territory.The deal is worth millions of dollars over the next 20 years.Related: Promise to dying mother sees daughter take on ‘rigged’ band council to bring her family homeAs of April 2016, Peters had $985,000 in a separate bank account, known as its Kinder Morgan account, according to bank statements obtained by APTN.Records show $200,000 was transferred from the Kinder Morgan account to its main bank account June 28, 2016.Peters council has refused to answer questions from APTN.Peters First Nation is a reserve of 12 homes about two hours east of Vancouver along the TransCanada Highway.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

6 10 19

Addressing the World Health Assembly, Mr. Annan said that in order to encourage development in many countries, the runaway contagion of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases must be contained.”The devastation wrought by HIV/AIDS is now so acute that it has itself become one of the main obstacles to development,” the Secretary-General told representatives of the World Health Organization’s 191 Member States participating in the Assembly.Mr. Annan also detailed plans for the Global AIDS and Health Fund, which he first proposed at an African summit meeting last month. “The Fund would be governed by an independent Board, on which all significant stakeholders would be represented — including, of course, the governments of developing countries,” he said. “In addition, there would be a small secretariat, to do the day-to-day administration, and a strong advisory body, on which the best international experts would be asked to serve.”Mandated to set broad policies to support national strategies, the Board “would insist on transparency and accountability, so that we can be sure the money is being spent in ways that are effective, and that it is reaching the people who need it most,” the Secretary-General stressed.Muting concerns that the proposal would pull money away from current health programmes, Mr. Annan emphasized that the Fund “must be additional to existing funds and mechanisms, not just a new way of channelling money that is already earmarked for development.”Calling on governments and donors to contribute to the Fund, the Secretary-General said, “We must give hope to those infected with HIV, enabling them to plan for life instead of preparing for death, and we must give hope to humanity — hope that the spread of the disease can indeed be halted and reversed, and that future generations will not have to live under its shadow.”So far, the United States has donated $200 million to the Fund, while Mr. Annan has personally pledged the $100,000 grant he will receive along with the Philadelphia Liberty Medal which he will be awarded later this year. read more

6 10 19

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the current EU president, signed a Joint Declaration on UN-EU Cooperation in Crisis Management, which defines their roles in military and civilian relief operations and disaster situations.The Secretary-General “hopes that this step will lead to even closer cooperation between the two organizations in both military and civilian areas of crisis management,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement.”The Secretary-General is particularly pleased that the declaration outlines specific area where practical cooperation can advance, such as training, planning, communications and ‘lessons learnt’,” the statement added.

25 09 19

Britain’s first official red light district has been branded a failure by one of its key architects amid speculation that the controversial scheme maybe on the brink of collapse.The local politician who helped mastermind the zone in Leeds admitted the women working the streets were still at risk of violence and neighbouring residents had seen a surge in sex and drug-taking in their streets, parks and woods, sometimes in full view of children. Kerb-crawling men are meanwhile evading prosecution from the police’s “hands-off” approach.A crisis meeting to be held between residents and the council, police and health chiefs on Tuesday will hear strong calls for the ending of the scheme. “Our argument is that it’s not appropriate to have girls bought and sold on our streets in 2018,” said Claire Bentley-Smith, a resident.Mark Dobson, the executive councillor who helped set up the zone, called for a major overhaul:  “Unless the scheme is seen to work, it will fail and it is failing.”Former international development secretary Hillary Benn, the local MP, has also said the scheme “is not working in its own terms” and has called for a “rethink.” “It was a disaster from day one. Other criminals came into the area quick as a flash. Drug dealers, pimps, even traffickers that brought the women from Romania… the women were given carte blanche and it was like there was a total amnesty on any of the scumbags buying and selling the girls,” added the officer.Leeds managed zone was created in October 2014 in the largely industrial district of Holbeck, with men free to kerb crawl for prostitutes in the area between 8pm and 6am. Sex in public, however, remained an offence against public decency.As a result, residents said it had turned into a “meet-and-greet” area with the prostitutes, 90 per cent of whom are drug addicts, and their clients decamping to neighbouring residential streets, parks and woodland to have sex, leaving behind condoms and syringes that have been found by children.The ward which includes the neighbouring residential area of Beeston as well as Holbeck has seen a doubling in reports of rapes and sexual assaults although council say this is result of increased reporting by the women. Local resident Claire Bentley-Smith set about taking action after her local primary school became scene to condoms, needles and soiled tissues discarded by prostitutesCredit:Charlotte Graham In contrast, A Nordic-style approach in Ipswich following the murder of five prostitutes in 2006 saw a ban on kerb-crawling clear the streets with nearly all of the women still out of prostitution, Brian Tobin, of the Iceni charity, told The Telegraph.  An independent evaluation by the University of East Anglia judged it a “clear and sustained success” in tackling kerb crawling and helping the women. Superintendent Kerry Cutler said they enacted a multi-agency approach to get women off the street “straight away” if they received any alerts about prostitutes, allied to zero tolerance of kerb crawling.By contrast, figures obtained by The Telegraph show the trade in prostitutes in Germany doubled in value to euros 14.6bn after legalisation in 2002, fuelled by an influx of migrants from Eastern Europe. Chloe, 23, a prostitute since she was 16 who was being “pimped” in Holbeck by her drug-dealing boyfriend told The Telegraph: “I don’t know why people think the zone would ever work. All it meant was the dirty bastards came there knowing that they could do anything they wanted to us and loads of men would come to gawp at us and laugh. That’s the bit I hated the most.”Rosa, 26, a prostitute since she was 18, said she was regularly asked for unprotected sex and was threatened with gang rape in front of a community police officer. The zone meant the men were “more cocky than usual because they don’t get arrested and still treat women like dirt,” she said.Last week a prostitute was run down by a client after a row over payment.Among complaints are:A prostitute injecting drugs into her groin in a car in a residential street in full view of a mother of a 14 year old and a drugged prostitute with no shoes on staggering into traffic on a snowy winter’s morning as mothers did their school runs.Businessman Ian Staines who was forced to close for a day just before Christmas at a cost of £10,000 in lost work after a prostitute was caught having sex against the wall of his firm’s building and claimed she had been raped, leading to the area being sealed off. He says he is calling the police three times a week to report breaches of the time limits on kerb crawling.Matthew Sullivan, a father of four who discovered his local wood carpeted with almost 100 discarded needles after seeing a punter disappear in to the trees to have sex. He also recounts a prostitute returning to have sex four times in the space of 12 hours with four different men on a park bench, in a car and in the woods behind his house.A spokesman for Safer Leeds said creation of the zone had led to an increase in reporting of crimes – rising from 7 per cent to 50 per cent reported to the National Ugly Mugs scheme as a result of which there had been “landmark” convictions of people who would otherwise have continued to offend. The data on offences also covered Beeston, which was not part of the managed area, he added. In Leeds, a senior police officer told The Telegraph the force had “given up” and was failing to find a way out of prostitution for the girls who are “dying because of being abused, the drugs and the booze while the punters go home to their wives to watch the football.” Local resident Claire Bentley-Smith He said it had made changes in response to residents’ complaints included a dedicated policing team and increased spending on cleaning. The scheme was under continuous review to meet its aims of finding a long-term solution afters of previous initiatives. “Further steps will be taken and further options considered as appropriate,” he said. Syphilis rates in the city have doubled since 2014, gonorrhoea has marginally increased and chlamydia among 15-24 year olds is up by 30 per cent, and is almost 75 per cent higher than the national rate, according to Public Health England. The prevalence of HIV has risen slightly although new diagnoses are down in line with the national trend. The red light district, launched in 2014, is at the heart of a national and international debate over the most effective way of regulating prostitution to combat trafficking, violence against women and high rates of sexual diseases including HIV. Organisations including Amnesty International, UNAIDS and the medical journal The Lancet called for decriminalisation of prostitution after a 2014 Lancet paper claimed it could slash HIV global rates by up to 46 per cent. However, the laissez faire model on which the forecast was based has been criticised for failing to factor in the possibility that demand for prostitution and trafficked women and girls would expand if the legislative lid was lifted.A Telegraph investigation in locations including Leeds, Bangladesh, Germany and Holland suggests the “hands-off” approach is unwinding fast, creating more harm than it prevents.It reflects a shift politically where a growing number of Tory and Labour MPs are pushing for the “Nordic model” of regulation to be introduced in Britain under which the buying of sex is made illegal while prostitutes are helped to escape the sex trade.The policy is already in place in countries including Ireland, Northern Ireland and France. Proponents say it reduces prostitution and cuts people trafficking as well as helping prostitutes exit the trade. [They] came there knowing they could do anything they wanted to usChloe, 23 As a result, Germany is introducing a new law enforcing mandatory health checks on prostitutes to combat rises in sexual diseases and bans on brothels advertising sex without a condom and on flat rate deals where men pay a fixed sum to have sex with as many women as they want in a day.Holland is also facing a backlash after trafficking trials, the first national protest against the exploitation of women in prostitution, rising gonorrhoea rates among prostitutes linked to unprotected oral sex and moves to introduce a new law to make it illegal to knowingly have sex with a trafficked woman.Additional reporting by Rory HannaProtect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  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. Health experts say there has been a rise in sexual disease rates due to brothels actively advertising unprotected sex to punters. One of the biggest brothel owners is currently on trial for trafficking, exploitation of prostitutes, pimping and fraud. read more

22 09 19

first_imgA UNION REPRESENTING staff in third-level institutions has agreed to enter talks on a new Croke Park deal.The decision was made at an emergency meeting held by the executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) this morning as other unions representing the education sector – including the three teachers’ unions which rejected the Croke Park II deal – attended talks at the Labour Relations CommissionMike Jennings, the general secretary of IFUT, sounded a note of caution and said that it was now up to the government negotiators to prove that talks are not just an attempt to persuade people to accept proposals that have already been rejected by IFUT members.“IFUT will be going into the talks to investigate if it is possible to achieve meaningful changes to the previously unacceptable and rejected proposals,” he said.Talks are continuing at the Labour Relations Commission today in a bid to put together a new public sector pay deal, which may include separate agreements with different sectors.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said that the €300 million targeted in savings for this year may not be met but that the government is still optimistic of saving €1 billion in total between now and 2015.Read: Pay talks continue as coalition concedes €300 million target might be missed >last_img read more

22 09 19

first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. Tragic news from Sligo today – the bodies of two brothers were found at their home yesterday evening. The nine-year-old had been stabbed and it is believed his older brother took his own life. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland2.  The Palestinian death toll in the current Gaza conflict has now passed a shocking 500 and the UN has called for an immediate truce. Meanwhile, our readers think the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland should be expelled from the country: 4. Today marks the first National Farm Safety Awareness Day, with families being urged to review the safety on their farms. Fourteen lives have been lost to farm accidents so far this year – a 70% rise on last year. 5. A judgement of nearly €2.5 million has been registered against former minister of state John Perry and his wife over unpaid loans, RTÉ reports. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland6. The political version of Electric Picnic is currently underway in Donegal. The MacGill Summer School kicked off this morning and a number of government ministers will get a chance to have their say in the coming days. Source: our-life-the-edm via TumblrRead the rest of today’s news> South Tipperary IFA Chairman, Simon Ryan and his family review safety on their farm #FarmSafetyDay pic.twitter.com/4doYoUPr0U— Irish Farmers’ Assoc (@IFAmedia) July 21, 2014 Source: Irish Farmers’ Assoc/Twitter 3. It’s official: From today children are banned from using sunbeds. Fake tan retailers across the country must be rejoicing.last_img read more

21 09 19

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An international rights group has urged the European Union to pressure Greece into ending its “abusive” treatment of illegal migrants.A Human Rights Watch report released last week accused the Greek government of detaining migrants, including unaccompanied children, in poor conditions, and denying them proper access to the asylum process.“Greece’s abusive detention and illegal expulsion of migrants has gone unchecked for too long,” Simone Troller, a researcher at the rights group, said. “With a new government in place, ending this abuse, protecting migrant children and reforming asylum practices should be urgent priorities for Athens, and for Brussels.”But Giorgos Petalotis, a spokesman for the Greek government, said the new Papandreou government was committed to protecting human rights, citing their “decision to create a new citizen’s rights ministry” as evidence.last_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgRetired Marine Completes Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Eight Months After Losing Leg Anjalie Tandon June 3, 2019 Anjalie Tandon, Posted: June 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Retired Marine Peter Keating had his leg amputated eight months ago. This past weekend he finished the full Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon.KUSI’s Logan Byrnes interviews him for the full story. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more