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Congress ticket in M.P. has a price

first_imgThe Congress has come up with a plan to overcome its “resource crunch” in Madhya Pradesh, where it has been out of power for 15 years. Those who seek nomination for the Assembly elections will have to make out a demand draft for ₹50,000 in non-refundable deposit. But this is no guarantee for nomination.Speaking to The Hindu, Pradesh Congress Committee president Arun Yadav said the proposal was under consideration and this rule would not be applied to leaders with strong grassroots links if they did not have the sum. The party will invite applications between March 5 and 15. But some leaders say the plan may allow those with money to edge out the weak but deserving candidates. “Finally, the party will choose candidates on merit and their chances of victory, but this will help to weed out non-serious players,” said a senior leader in New Delhi. Another leader said the same system was followed in Himachal Pradesh, though the amount was lower: ₹25,000 for the general category seats and ₹15,000 for the reserved seats. Nearly 400 candidates had applied for nomination from 68 seats. The Congress in Madhya Pradesh hopes to mount a strong challenge to the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government. Anti-incumbency apart, Mr. Chouhan is facing opposition from farmers, especially after the police firing that killed five farmers at Mandsaur last June. In the recent bypoll, the party put up a united face, overcoming factionalism, a problem for long. It has so far not announced a CM candidate, despite pressure on the central leadership.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan highlights: Stars glitter in Mohali

first_imgThe  stars were on the field, in the stands and among the crowd as Mohali came to a stand still to witness the culmination of days of expectation, nervous anticipation and chestthumping patriotism. The lazy roads of the city met at one point on Wednesday as the PCA Stadium here burst at its seams to accommodate all the politicians, VIPs and celebrities who came from all over the country to be a part of a spectacle that was the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan.There were frequent traffic jams on several routes – except the one meant for VVIPs – before the match.On Wednesday, the Chandigarh airport remained one of the busiest destinations with several chartered and scheduled flights landing and taking off prior to the match.As the Indian and Pakistani teams warmed up before the toss, the 28,000 fans had a tough time sifting through the personalities on and off the field.It is not often that the crowd turns its back when Sachin Tendulkar is going through the drills near the boundary. But that is what happens when Aamir Khan, Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, Mukesh Ambani, Vijay Mallya, son Siddharth, Deepika Padukone, Shashi Tharoor, along with various tinsel-town stars, turn up.But even these distinguished guests had to take a back seat as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani made their way to the ground. They were greeted by ICC president Sharad Pawar, BCCI president Shashank Manohar and PCB chief Ijaz Butt and were presented mementos.advertisementThe two then made their way to the playing arena, where the Indian and Pakistani teams stood side by side, soaking in one of the most mesmerising sights in competitive sport – the national anthems of two countries joined by a common yet turbulent past. As soon as the anthems were played out, the two PMs came out on the field and met the players and wished them the best.If any player was trying to keep the political and cultural significance out of his mind, the meeting with the heads of state put them face to face with stark reality; it was more than just a semifinal.Manmohan Singh first met Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, who then introduced the rest of the squad to the PM, with Gilani right behind him. It was then the turn of Gilani to give his best wishes to Dhoni and his boys. However, the Indian skipper only greeted the two dignitaries and didn’t introduce his players to them, allowing the two to meet the squad themselves.All formalities done, it was time for business to start and the fans who had thronged the stadium in all shades of blue, with a smattering of Pakistan fansin green, to shout their hearts out and cheer for some high-voltage cricket.Though the Pakistan fans were outnumbered, they did everything in their capacity to lift the eleven players from just across the border.The overpowering presence of police, commandos, paramilitary, special forces and dozens of bomb-sniffing dogs did have most present at the venue a bit edgy. The security personnel even frisked policemen in charge of manning the stands at the PCA gates.There was tension when two senior Punjab police officers were not let in. Later, senior police officers intervened to diffuse the situation. But once the first ball was bowled by Umar Gul, all apprehensions faded away as it was time to watch cricket.last_img read more

Formula One: Penalty for Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat to Back of Russian GP Grid

first_imgSochi: Max Verstappen will have a five-place grid penalty and Daniil Kvyat will start his home Russian Formula One Grand Prix from the back of the field on Sunday as a result of power unit changes.Honda said Kvyat and his Toro Rosso teammate Pierre Gasly, along with Red Bull’s Verstappen and Alexander Albon would all have grid drops after being given new engines for the race in Sochi. “With a different replacement history, Kvyat is changing all (power unit) elements except the battery. He will start from the back of the grid,” the Japanese manufacturer said on its F1 Twitter account on Thursday.”The other three will get five place grid penalties.”The move ensures all four cars have fresher engines for Honda’s home race in Japan on Oct. 13, the next round after Russia.Neither Red Bull-owned team have had drivers finish on the podium in Sochi, a track with both high speed straights and low speed corners.Verstappen, winner of two races this season, is fourth in the championship but level on points with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.The pair are both 96 points behind Mercedes’ five-times world champion Lewis Hamilton with six races remaining. Champions Mercedes have won every Russian Grand Prix since the first in 2014.Kvyat is the only Russian driver on the starting grid.Verstappen started on the back row in last year’s race at Sochi due to engine penalties and was leading after 19 laps, when others pitted, before the 21-year-old Dutchman finished fifth.The sport’s youngest race winner, who has now collected an engine penalty for the second time in three races, doubted his drop would be a major setback and looked forward to plenty of passing.”Last year we started from the back and overtaking didn’t seem like a big problem around here,” he said. “Maybe the midfield teams are a little bit more competitive this year but, I don’t care, it should be alright.”You might lose a little bit of time to the guys ahead but, realistically speaking, you would anyway qualify fourth or fifth, so it’s not going to change a lot.”Ferrari have won the last three races and Sunday’s race looks like being a battle between the Italian team and Mercedes, who are leading both championships.Hamilton is 65 points clear of Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas. daniil kvyatF1formula oneGrid First Published: September 27, 2019, 7:39 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Ministry official attacked by vendor in Lutyens Delhi over

first_imgchange moneyNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) An official of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports was today attacked by a street vendor outside Krishi Bhawan in Lutyens Delhi after an argument over tendering change money, police said.The accused vendor is yet to be arrested, they said.Ashish Chowdhary, who is in his twenties, is posted as an assistant section officer in the ministry, whose office is located in Shastri Bhawan.Around 12.15 PM, he had come out to buy a water bottle from a vendor opposite Krishi Bhawan, near his office, police said.Chowdhary bought the bottle for Rs 20 but told the vendor that he had a Rs 500 note. To this, the vendor asked him to buy items worth Rs 50 as he “did not have enough change (money)”.Chowdhary agreed and the vendor returned him Rs 450.Then Chowdhary told the vendor, “When you can return Rs 450 to me, you can also pay Rs 480.”The vendor lost his cool at Chowdharys remark and took out a knife to attack him but was prevented by a CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) personnel posted there, police said.Chowdhary, who suffered minor bruises, approached the police and a case was registered.In the aftermath of the incident, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has asked the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to act against “encroachers”.”The NDMC has been asked to take appropriate action against encroachers. Earlier, encroachers had left the place for almost two months after we had made a complaint to the Council. However, they have returned,” said an official from the ministry. PTI LUX SLB KISadvertisementlast_img read more

Sandeep Yadav banned for four years for failing dope test

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 17 (PTI) Tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadavs former roommate Sandeep Tulsi Yadav, who had also failed the dope test last year, has been handed a four-year ban by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of the NADA.”Yes, Sandeep has been banned for four years by the NADA ADDP for failing the dope test last year,” a top Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) official told PTI.Days after Narsingh had failed his dope test last year ahead of the Rio Olympics, his sparring partner and roommate Sandeep also failed the test conducted by the NADA.The two wrestlers were roommates at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Sonepat and both of them tested positive for methandienone, an anabolic steroid.The tests were conducted on June 25 last year.Narsingh was ousted from the Olympics last year and slapped with a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) overturned the clean chit given to him by the NADA.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against the NADA all-clear to Narsingh at the CAS, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Rio Games. PTI CM PDS PDSlast_img read more

Australian World Cup Diary – Dylan Thompson

first_imgAustralian Mixed Open player, Dylan Thompson tells about his team’s preparation for the 2015 World Cup. Well, that’s it. The fat lady has sung and the curtain closed on our World Cup 2015 preparation. Our Aussie Open’s Mixed team left Parra on Sunday with a smile on their faces and a little spring in their step. There is a quiet buzz in the team, and the feeling that we have something a little special happening.It certainly hasn’t all been plain sailing. Of the Open’s teams, we were the last to be able to finalise our side. We thought we had that box ticked some time ago, but the devastating ACL injury to Sarah Peattie at Elite Eight resulted in this camp being our first and only camp with our final 16 players in attendance. Well, almost all in attendance, as Bundy was not able to join us on Saturday. His boss, Alix, told him he had to work, so he was out catching some dinner.School was in first thing Saturday morning. Head Master Micheal Lovett held court, going through our player manual/encyclopedias, with specific focus on ensuring that each player knew their role, and that of each of their teammates. Mick, having his finger on the pulse, knows we have the full spectrum on the intelligence continuum within our side, and he made sure there were numerous diagrams, hand drawn in crayon, for Yassy and Patty. He also had the big stick ready to prod Trent when his eyelids were drooping.A highlight of the day was our sexy warm up. It looks as though Jaycee has recently read the Karma Sutra for inspiration in his warm-up routine. It certainly got the blood pumping.Having only just finalised our team, we have had little game exposure. We knew that going into the first game for the day against the Senior Mixed, we could expect a thorough examination of our game plan. As you would expect from such a game, no quarter was asked and none given, by either side. The match starting physically and just getting more physical, as both sides battled for dominance. We managed to get up on the score sheet by a few, but felt that the Senior Mixed side had frustrated our game plan a bit and that we never managed to get into our flow. Rushy and Frosty also put the acid test onto our open-side defence, and found us out a little in this area.Game two was much the same against the Men’s 30’s. A bit of smash and bash through the mid-field being the theme. It was a game that was largely dominated by very strong rucking from both teams, which shows promising signs for World Cup, as that will likely be where the matches are won. The referees in that game were very fortunate to have the benefit of Garry Sonda’s assistance. The highly affable and ever so helpful Garry, calmly gave the referees some useful tips and directions, which they looked like they enjoyed enormously. Once again however, we just did not find our mojo in that match and finished it feeling that we had still just not put the performance together that we would have liked.Our final session for the day however, was a knock out. A gentle rev up from Micky Moussa (who usually plays the ‘Good Cop’ role), appears to be what was needed to kick start the party. We finished by punching out what felt like a red hot Line Attack /Line D session. And there it was. Mojo. Found. Tick!Good feed at the Robin Hood Hotel that night. No Roosters to be seen at the Bondi Junction, but the Social Committee earned their stripes. Banter a-plenty as Parra lived up to their reputation and ‘did the unexpected’, knocking the remaining punters down to two in our NRL tipping comp.McLovin’s fanny pack went missing. No doubt Mick Moussafer had something to do with the shenanigans.Day two had a totally different feel from the start. No one could wait to tear into things; a re-match against the Senior Mixed. Not satisfied with the win the day before, we were looking to make more of ‘a statement’.Having 4-5 of the key players that have made Rebels Mixed team, the most successful Touch team in Australia over recent times, we knew that Mick McDonald and the Manu, Frost, and Rushy brain trust would have reviewed yesterday’s footage at length. We expected they would have a surprise or two in store for us today. However, our own coaching group isn’t short of a brain cell or two themselves, and we may just have had one or two surprises left in our bag of tricks ourselves.We were happy to put together the performance we were looking for and walked away satisfied at having fixed a couple of things up and tested out one or two new ideas.By this stage, being a highly tuned athlete, my body was fatiguing from all the time spent on the massage table. Getting five rub downs a day is far more tiring than people think. However, I single-handedly made sure that the physios put in an honest day’s work. I’m really not sure what we did in the last session, as I needed a caffeine fix and went to the café over the road. Just to keep in sweet with the coach, I made sure I got McLovin a café latte. Think he might promote me to Vice Captain.By the time I was back, we were done and dusted. Smiles, handshakes, plus Springy’s special ‘Mixed’ hugs and it’s a wrap. Preparation complete and we are on our way to the World Cup. Pretty excited!!!!Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 World Cup:Website – – – – LinksTWC Diary – Dylan Thompsonlast_img read more

Premier League: 10-man Southampton hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at home

first_img Next Premier League: 10-man Southampton hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at homeManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded his team lacked the killer instinct in the opposition half but showed no signs of frustration after a third successive lacklustre performance.advertisement Reuters SouthamptonAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 20:27 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSWales winger James netted for Manchester United in the 10th minuteBut Jannik Vestergaard equalised for the Saints through a header in the 58th minuteSouthampton’s Kevin Danso was sent off in the 73rd minute for a second bookable foulManchester United’s patchy start to the Premier League season continued with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Southampton after a Jannik Vestergaard header cancelled out a brilliant Daniel James goal for the visitors on Saturday.The result left United on five points from four games after last weekend’s shock 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace while Southampton, who stretched their winless league streak at home against United to nine games, have four points.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded his team lacked the killer instinct in the opposition half but showed no signs of frustration after a third successive lacklustre performance following the opening 4-0 home win over Chelsea.”We started well, got the game where we wanted it and that’s where you have to score the second and the third and finish it off,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.”We weren’t clinical enough. We had loads of chances, and the last bit is missing. It’s getting there though.”The three other games that we haven’t won, we played better than against Chelsea.”We are dominating and creating chances but haven’t been clinical enough in front of goal to win games. We have missed penalties, chances – it’s a dip in results but not in form.”Wales winger James, signed from Swansea City during the close season, netted the third goal of his fledgling United career when he beat Angus Gunn with a 10th-minute rocket into the top corner which gave the Saints keeper no chance.It was almost a carbon copy of his goal against Palace and with the visitors dominating the opening half, the 21-year-old forced a reflex save from Gunn with another piledriver from 20 metres midway through the first half.advertisementThat effort came after striker Marcus Rashford, who endured another forgettable afternoon, headed well wide of the near post from close range.United faded after the break and Vestergaard equalised in the 58th minute when he rose above Victor Lindelof to head home emphatically a Kevin Danso cross from the right, moments after visiting keeper David De Gea tipped away a Danny Ings header.The home side were forced to hang on in the closing stages after Danso was sent off in the 73rd minute for a second bookable foul when he hacked down Scott McTominay, with Gunn denying Rashford and substitute Mason Greenwood.United left back Ashley Young acknowledged it was a poor result for the winners of a record 20 English league titles, who have won only one of their last nine league games.”I think it’s two points dropped, even before they went down to 10 men we felt comfortable,” Young told BBC Sport.”We didn’t come down here to draw, we came to win. The chances are there, we just need to take them.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow SouthamptonFollow Premier leaguelast_img read more

Volunteer Fire Service Recognition Day

first_imgSunday, Oct. 12 has been designated Volunteer Fire ServiceRecognition Day in Nova Scotia. “Volunteer firefighters are shining examples of the pride NovaScotians have in their province,” said Kerry Morash, Minister ofEnvironment and Labour. “Just last week, we saw them once againstep up to help ensure everyone’s safety in the days afterHurricane Juan. We should all take a moment this Sunday to say’thank you for being there’.” The role of the volunteer fire service is expanding. Manyvolunteer departments now deliver vehicle extrication, advancedmedical first response, water rescue and hazardous materialsresponse capabilities. “These capabilities are visible enhancements of public safety,”Mr. Morash said, “but what often escapes public notice is thetime away from families that’s needed to train for thesespecialized activities.” A typical fire service volunteer spends about 10 hours each weekin training or operations. In Nova Scotia, there are 314 fire departments. More than 300 areall-volunteer and 12 are combined volunteer and careerfirefighters. Currently, about 7,500 Nova Scotians volunteer inthe fire service.last_img read more

Province Working to Reduce Heating Costs

first_imgSome Nova Scotians who heat their homes with oil will now have access to a cheap and easy way to convert to natural gas. The province and Heritage Gas have identified a safe and cost-effective way to convert an oil furnace to burn natural gas. Metro Burner Services, a local company that specializes in heating, can do the conversion in a way that meets national standards. “We are committed to making life better and more affordable for families,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “We know that heating costs are one of the biggest expenses for families. By working with our partners in natural gas, we are providing Nova Scotians with a safe option to convert to this cost-effective heating source, helping them to reduce their monthly costs. “For those Nova Scotians in areas that have availability, who have done their homework and have decided to convert, we’ve simply removed some of the barriers.” In the past, Nova Scotians who wanted to convert from oil to natural gas would have to replace their whole heating system, costing around $12,000 to $15,000. Now, only the burner has to be replaced, providing the appliance meets certain conditions, costing around $3,000 to $4,000, according to Heritage Gas. “My husband and I are in the process of purchasing a home in a neighbourhood that has natural gas availability, but before today, we thought it was going to be too expensive to convert,” said Emily Moir, a homeowner in Bedford. “There is no sense having access to a cheap heating source if the tools needed to provide it are too expensive. It is great to see that government and the right people are working together to make natural gas more accessible to existing and new homeowners, like us.” Jim Bracken, president of Heritage Gas, said conversion costs are about a third of what they were a year ago. “We are very excited about helping homes and businesses reduce their energy costs with a more affordable solution. Be it a homeowner or a small business, we want our customers to enjoy the cost savings, the reliability and the environmental benefits of using clean energy like natural gas,” said Mr. Bracken. “The burner conversion makes this possible for more Nova Scotians. This was an important step that will significantly increase the number of people who choose to convert.” Heritage Gas will be attending this weekend’s Real Home Show at the Halifax Forum Complex where they will be providing information to homeowners about the new option that has dramatically reduced the costs to convert from oil to natural gas. The province also offers the Natural Gas Equipment Rebate Program to help residents and businesses in Nova Scotia convert to natural gas using the most efficient equipment available. The program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing fuel use and by using lower carbon intensity fuel. The program also helps reduce dependence on costly imported energy products. The program is administered by Heritage Gas. Natural Gas is currently available in Halifax, Dartmouth and Amherst.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6 is closed in the River John area until 5 p.m. today, Aug. 7, because of an overturned truck. Traffic is being detoured through Mountain, Louisville and Barron roads. -30-last_img

Delhi University releases revised eligibility criteria for UG courses

first_imgNew Delhi: Following the order of the court, the University of Delhi has uploaded the revised eligibility criteria for the admission to the undergraduate course in the varsity of 2019-20 for academic session in a PDF version on its official website. According to information mentioned in it, aspirants who scored 45 percent in their class 12 examination can apply for Bachelor of Arts (BA) excluding the vocational courses and student with 40 percent can opt for Bachelor of Commerce. Further, for B.Sc (Mathematics/Statistics) applicants who have scored 50 percent marks in Mathematics and an aggregate of 45 percent in the qualifying examination can fill the application form. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe new eligibility norms of DU Admission 2019 was released against the scrapped rule, which mandated applicants to score a minimum of 55 percent marks in class 12 result. The official notification concerning revised eligibility criteria for DU Admission 2019 can be read by browsing the Delhi University official website. The University of Delhi has also extended the application process for undergraduate courses till June 22 on complying with order of Delhi High Court. Earlier, the last day for submission of application form was June 14. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”It is also to notify to all the applicants seeking admissions to various undergraduate (UG) courses for the academic session 2019-2020 at the University of Delhi that the Registration Portal ( neither calculate any marks for the “Best Four” subjects nor for any other purpose. Only the marks on pro-rata basis are shown. There is no ‘On-line Calculator’; however, ‘Eligibility Check Tool’ will be implemented at the time of Admissions. The official said that following the step at website, browse the banner headline reading on ” corrigendum: Eligibility Criteria for UG admission 2019-20 and later on the new window with revised eligibility criteria will open in PDF.” He also added that aspirant need to download and save a copy of the revised eligibility for future reference.last_img read more

Islamic University in Uzbekistan Expels Student for Hijab

Rabat – The International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan, according to its own description, “is specialized to educate religious and secular knowledge as an educational and scientific structural subdivision under the supervision of the Committee on Religious Affairs on the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Board of Muslims of Uzbekistan.”Muminjonova explained the reality of the law making all schools a religiously neutral zone, even one offering a masters in Studies of the Quran, saying; “There is a sign at the entrance, it says that women may only wear dark skirts and white jackets. Skirts have to be worn below the knee. I was told to wear this uniform and take off the hijab. But I could not go along with that because those rules contradict my religious beliefs,” Muminjonova added that, before the university expelled her and nine other students last September, it had presented an ultimatum: “[They said] ‘either you take off a headscarf, or you will be expelled.’ ”She said that being asked to take off the hijab was “like being forced to give up on my faith.” When Muminjonova refused to abide by the hijab ban, she was not allowed to attend classes or stay in the dorms. “Muminjanova was officially expelled for her extended absence from classes, and others were compelled to write their own requests to the Islamic Academy to leave, allegedly for lacking finances and other reasons,” Yelena Urlayeva, a local independent human rights defender who chairs the Human Rights Alliance, said.Read also: Austrian MP Wears Hijab in Parliament to Protest its Ban for School GirlsLegal actionMuminjonova’s family attempted to sue the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan. After no success in either district and city courts, Muminjonova’s family took the case to the Supreme Court. A defiant Muminjonova said that if the court ruled against her, she would take her case to international courts.The court finally ruled in favor of the academy, arguing that no laws were violated in imposing the dress code.The US Commission on International Religious Freedom said that “severe violations of religious freedom persisted” and advised that the State Department put Uzbekistan back on the watchlist along with North Korea and Saudi Arabia.Both Saudi Arabia and North Korea are accused of “infring[ing] upon individuals’ ability to adapt, change, or renounce their religion or belief, worship in accordance with their religion or beliefs, or be free from coercion to practice a particular religion or belief.”The University was founded as a state-run institution by the president at the time, Islam Karimov, in April 1999. President Karimov saw radical Islam as a reason to keep tight control over religion in Uzbekistan, fearing it would be influenced by the extremists in neighboring Afghanistan. Since President Karimov’s death, anti-religious policies are still being created and enforced. For example, Under Uzbek law, the appearance of citizens in public places in religious attire may trigger a fine or administrative arrest for up to 15 days. Only [the clergy] can wear religious clothes. As well, selling a hijab in the market is punished by a fine of five to 10 times the monthly minimum wage to 15 days in jail.Political Rights publication Forum 18 News says, “Only state-recognized religious communities with centralized religious bodies (such as the Spiritual Administration of Muslims, Russian Orthodox diocese or Baptist Union) are allowed to run their own educational establishments. Those who conduct religious education outside these officially-approved organizations face fines or jail sentences.” read more

US soldier attempted to sell stolen Humvees to Sri Lanka

A US soldier and six South Korean civilians have been accused of being part of a ring that stole three Humvees from a U.S. base in South Korea and possibly tried to sell two of them to Sri Lanka, reported.The soldier, identified only as a 47-year-old Korean-American man, allegedly conspired with the others to arrange for three Humvees to be stolen from the base in June and September of last year, police said. The thefts were carried out by camouflaging the vehicles to appear as unused items, said Kim Dong Hwan, chief detective of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s international crime investigation unit. “The soldier insists that he was not trying to steal the vehicles with the rest of the guys,” Kim told Stars and Stripes. “The Koreans kept denying what they did at first. But they’ve been saying lately that they attempted to sell the Humvees.” Police said they worked with investigators from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department.The U.S. has some 28,500 servicemembers based in South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North after the 1950-53 conflict between the two countries ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty. They’re under suspicion of receiving stolen goods, larceny or trespassing on military facilities but have not yet been charged.Kim declined to identify the suspects or give the name of the base, saying police were turning the case over to prosecutors on Thursday.U.S. Forces Korea said it “takes all allegations of misconduct or criminal activity very seriously” but declined to comment on the Humvee case specifically, saying it’s still under investigation. USFK’s public affairs office referred queries to the Army Criminal Investigation Command, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. One of the Humvees was sold to the film-prop maker for nearly $10,000, but the police retrieved the vehicle from him later, Kim said. Police caught the remaining suspects as they tried to sell the other two Humvees to Sri Lanka, Cambodia or Mongolia. The vehicles were found on one of the junk dealer’s lots, he added.U.S. bases in South Korea are tightly controlled with guards at access gates and entrance permitted only to people with authorization.Police believe the U.S. soldier and the Korean civilian employee told colleagues that the Humvees were unused items being sent to the Defense Logistics Agency but then shipped the vehicles to the South Korean suspects instead. Kim said it was the first time police have uncovered a ring trafficking in stolen Humvees in South Korea.The suspects — who also included a civilian contractor working on the base, three junk dealers, a film-prop maker and an intermediary — have been booked without detention. read more

Trinidad rattled by two earthquakes minutes apart

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean islands rattled by two earthquakesJanuary 4, 2019In “latest news”Trinidad jolted by two earthquakesJanuary 26, 2018In “latest news”Trinidad rattled by two earthquakes, hours apartFebruary 12, 2018In “hours apart” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Two earthquakes, one with a magnitude of 5.1 rattled Trinidad and Tobago minutes apart late Monday night, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies said that the first quake was felt at 11:33 pm (local time) and measured 5.1 on the Richter scale.It said it was located Latitude: 10.41N, Longitude: 62.27W and at a depth of Depth: 10 kilometres (km).The quake was felt 88 km west south west of the capital, Port of Spain, 91 km west north west of the second city, San Fernando and 110 km east south east of Carúpano in Venezuela.SRC said that the second quake, which occurred four minutes later, had a magnitude of 4.2 and was located Latitude: 10.49N, Longitude: 61.93W and at a depth of 10 km.This quake was felt mainly in the capital, the second city of San Fernando and the town of Arima, east of here.The quakes are the latest to rattle the country now dealing with excessive flooding caused by torrential rains over the past four days.Over the last three days the country has been hit by earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.1, 4.2 and 4.1 respectively.In August, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 jolted Trinidad and Tobago, sending an already frightened population out of buildings into the streets.The SRC said then it was one of the many aftershock following the major earthquake that registered 7.3 on August 21. read more

Un mammouth grandeur nature reconstitué dans le Nord découvrez les images

first_imgUn mammouth grandeur nature reconstitué dans le Nord, découvrez les imagesVilleneuve d’Ascq, France – Une spectaculaire reproduction grandeur nature d’un mammouth laineux (Mammuthus primigenius) est présentée au public depuis le 27 mars dernier au forum départemental des sciences, dans le cadre de l’exposition “Au temps des mammouths”.L’animal a été conçu d’après le squelette d’un véritable spécimen de mammouth laineux conservé au Muséum d’Histoire naturelle de Bruxelles. Mesurant 3,75 mètres de haut, 5,60 mètres de long et 1,60 mètre de large, c’est un véritable tour de force logistique qui a dû être déployé afin d’acheminer la bête dans les murs du forum départemental des sciences de Villeneuve d’Ascq. Félix, comme il a été baptisé, est ainsi arrivé “en kit”, car trop gigantesque pour franchir les portes en un seul morceau. Son montage s’est fait sous la direction de son créateur Jack Thiney, taxidermiste au Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle : celui-ci a supervisé les opérations, utilisant fourche longue et élévateur afin d’installer le pachyderme au coeur du forum.À lire aussiRazana, ce crocodile préhistorique aux dents de T-rex qui terrifiait MadagascarFigure phare de l’exposition “Au temps des mammouths”, qui se déroulera du 27 mars au 22 août 2010, le célèbre animal devient quasiment réel pour le plus grand plaisir du public. Le rendu de cette structure en bois et métal recouverte de polystyrène stratifié sur lequel est fixée une fourrure synthétique est plus vrai que nature. Défenses hélicoïdales en résine époxy et yeux de verre confèrent à cette reconstitution un aspect vivant et expressif qui a de quoi impressionner.  Tout au long de leur parcours, les visiteurs étudieront l’environnement du pachyderme, sa biologie, ses rapports avec l’Homme et les causes de sa disparition il y a 10 000 ans. Parmi les autres pièces présentées, on trouvera la hutte de Mizyn, construite avec des ossements de mammouth, la sculpture du squelette de Lyakhov, unique exemple d’un mammouth sibérien, ainsi que la reconstitution du bloc de Jarkhov, bloc de terre et de glace conservant des parties d’un mammouth sibérien.Découvrir la reconstitution en images : 4 avril 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vigilance Météo plus que huit départements en vigilance jaune

first_imgVigilance Météo : plus que huit départements en vigilance jaunePeu de départements sont encore concernés par les alertes météos ce dimanche et le nombre de cours d’eau à surveiller diminue également.La situation s’améliore en France et seuls huit départements sont encore en état de vigilance jaune : l’Aisne, les Ardennes, l’Aube, la Charente-Maritime, la Marne, l’Oise, les Pyrénées-Orientales et le Rhône.Au niveau des risques de crues, l’état de vigilance jaune concerne là aussi de moins en moins de cours d’eau. Parmi eux on retrouve la Boutonne en Charente-Maritime, la Seine Bassée Champenoise dans l’Aube, l’Oise moyenne en Picardie et l’Aisne moyenne et aval en Picardie et Champagne-Ardenne.Le 6 janvier 2013 à 10:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wolverines Regenerative Powers Inspire SelfHealing Smartphone Tech

first_img Your expensive smartphone sat on a wall. Your expensive smartphone had a great fall.Researchers have developed a self-repairing polymeric material that could put your expensive smartphone back together again.Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, took a page directly out of Marvel Comics to create a new component that not only heals itself but can stretch up to 50 times its usual size.“When I was young, my idol was Wolverine from the X-Men,” team leader Chao Wang said in a statement. “He could save the world, but only because he could heal himself.”Inspired by the fictional mutant, who boasts powerful regenerative powers and retractable bone claws, Wang invented a self-healing lithium ion battery—”so when you drop your cell phone, it could fix itself and last much longer.”The material can stretch up to 50 times its size (Wang lab)The key component, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS), is chemical bonding. Available in two flavors—strong-but-inactive covalent bonds and weak-but-dynamic noncovalent bonds.As you may remember from middle school science class, the hydrogen bonds that connect water molecules are noncovalent; they break and constantly reform to allow for fluid properties of the liquid.And while most artificial or synthetic substances with the ability to automatically repair damage to themselves will form hydrogen bonds or metal coordination, these aren’t suitable for ionic conductors, Wang explained.Instead, he and his team used a different type of noncovalent bond: ion-dipole interaction—a force between charged ions and polar molecules—which has “never been used for designing a self-healing polymer,” Wang said. “But it turns out that they’re particularly suitable for ionic conductors.”The prototype technology, presented at last week’s National Meeting & Exposition of the ACS, can stretch up to 50 times its usual size. Even more impressive: tear it in two, and the material automatically stitches itself back together completely within a day.For their next trick, Wang and his researchers are testing the material in harsh conditions, like high humidity, which has proven troublesome in the past.“Water gets in there and messes things up. It can change the mechanical properties,” according to Wang. “We are currently tweaking the covalent bonds within the polymer itself to get these materials ready for real-world applications.” Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

Puget Sound salmon do drugs which may hurt their survival

first_imgAnti-depressants. Diabetes drugs. High-blood-pressure medication. Puget Sound chinook are doing our drugs, and it may be hurting them, new research shows.The metabolic disturbance evident in the fish from human drugs was severe enough that it may result not only in failure to thrive but early mortality and an inability to compete for food and habitat.The response was particularly pronounced in Puget Sound chinook — a threatened species many other animals depend on for their survival, including critically endangered southern-resident killer whales.The research built on earlier work, published in 2016, that showed juvenile Puget Sound chinook and Pacific staghorn sculpin are packing drugs including Prozac, Advil, Benadryl, and Lipitor among dozens of other drugs present in tainted wastewater discharge.Jim Meador, the environmental toxicologist at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle who led that work, has taken it a step further. He is the lead author on a paper published in February in the journal Environmental Pollution that shows how the drugs are affecting the fish. The news is not good.The fish in the test were regularly fed drug-laced food treated to the same level picked up by fish swimming through the Puyallup River and Sinclair Inlet estuaries. Their growth rates were stunted and metabolisms so disrupted the fish appeared to be starved — just when the fish need most to be growing fast.last_img read more

Education Week Success for Every Learner

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 7, 2017 – Providenciales – Education Week continues today with the History and Culture Quiz at Brayton Hall… Oseta Jolly Primary school which was yesterday treated to gifts and surprises by their sponsors, Flow, will today split girls and boys for motivation events featuring community leaders as presenters and  on Wednesday and Thursday is the Annual FortisTCI Science Fair, at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.  This year’s theme is Success for Every Learner.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Bicyclist 47 dies of injuries sustained in April crash in Hazel Dell

first_imgA Vancouver bicyclist injured in an April 27 crash with a minivan in Hazel Dell has died.Kurt Lundeman, 47, died the morning of May 19, said Sgt. Dennis Pritchard, who supervises the Clark County sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Unit.Lundeman was crossing Northeast Highway 99 near Northeast 102nd Street around 8:30 p.m. when he was hit by a 2001 Mazda minivan driven by Jill Johnson, 47, of Vancouver, according to the sheriff’s office.Lundeman was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in critical condition. He was reported in serious condition on May 9.Johnson is not suspected of speeding or being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, the sheriff’s office said.Deputies are waiting on Lundeman’s toxicology reports, which could come back in six to eight weeks, to complete the investigation, Pritchard said.last_img read more