DRG jawan dies after encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

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first_imgRaipur: A District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan, who was injured in an encounter with Naxals on Saturday in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, has died, police said.Five Naxals were killed on Saturday in the gun-battle with the DRG in a dense forest area of the district, located about 350 km from the state capital Raipur.Two DRG jawans, identified as Raju Netam and Somaru Gota, were also injured in the encounter.”Netam received critical bullet injuries to his vital organs. He succumbed while being evacuated from the forest,” Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI on Sunday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Acting on a specific intelligence input about the location of a Naxal training camp near Dhurbeda village in core area of the Maoist hotbed of Abhujmad, a team of DRG, comprising over 100 personnel, raided the place around 6 am on Saturday, he said.The gunfight lasted for about an hour, following which the ultras disappeared into the dense forest.During search, bodies of five ultras were recovered along with a huge cache of weapons, explosives and Maoist documents from the spot, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGarg said bad weather and hostile terrain hampered the evacuation operation as three attempts to airlift the injured personnel from the forest failed due to continuous rainfall in the area.”The security personnel brought their injured colleagues on cots over their shoulders. They reached Orchha, where the ambulance and doctors were arranged,around 10 pm (nearly 15 hours after the encounter) on Saturday,” he said.While Netam was declared brought dead, Gota was admitted to a private hospital in Raipur where his condition was reported to be out of danger, he said.The killed ultras were yet to be identified, the official said, adding that prima facie, it seems they belonged to military company no. 1 of Maoists.last_img read more

Conservatives unveil belttightening federal budget with few changes

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first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Conservative government unveiled a carbon-copy federal budget Monday containing modest investments to First Nations policing, reserve infrastructure and for a highway in the Northwest Territories.The budget was essentially a replay of the previous budget unveiled on March 22 which was rejected by the opposition parties and failed to see the light of day after the triggering of the last election which led to a Conservative majority government.The two main additions in this incarnation of the budget was the $2.2 billion harmonized sales tax agreement with Quebec and the beginning of the phase out of the per-vote subsidy for political parties.The undercurrent of the budget remains belt tightening, with the government projecting a return to a balanced budget by 2014-2015.The government is projecting a deficit of $32 billion for 2011-2012. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the government planned to find about $4 billion in savings a year.The main commitments on the Aboriginal affairs file in this latest version of the 2011 budget were also highlighted in the Speech from the Throne including completion of a highway in the Northwest Territories, investments in clean energy technology, expanding adult education and supporting an Indian Affairs initiative to help bands develop and enact laws governing their reserve lands.The government is committing $150 million to finish the final leg of the Dempster Highway to link Inuvik, NT., with Tuktoyaktuk, NT., according to the 2011 budget.The budget also set aside $8 million to continue investments in clean energy technology to power remote First Nation and northern communities that currently rely on non-renewable energy, like diesel powered generators, to provide electricity.The government has committed to invest about $22 million over the next two years to upgrade fuel tanks for these power plants that supply electricity to “off-grid” First Nations communities.The government will also put $30 million over the next two years into the First Nations Policing Program to continue funding on-reserve First Nations police forces.The First Nations Land Management program, which helps First Nations communities develop and enact laws governing reserve land use, will also get about $20 million in reallocated funds, according to the 2011 budget.Basic adult education is also getting about $9 million over two years.Nunavut’s justice system will get about $4.2 million to hire new judges and prosecutors.The budget also invests $68 million to clean up federal contaminated sites over the next two years, including the Giant and Faro mines in Northern Canada.last_img read more

TNA asserts it does not want the LTTE to return

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He said that the political prisoners have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), a law which the Government promised to repeal.Sampanthan questioned the justification to continue keeping those arrested under the PTA behind bars when the Government has admitted that the PTA must be repealed. (Colombo Gazette) “That is something we publicly state. So why don’t we try to make harmony with people,” he said. Sampanthan also called for a meeting with the Minister of Justice to discuss the political prisoner issue saying it must be urgently addressed. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan told Parliament today that the TNA does not want the LTTE to return.He said the TNA also does not want violence and instead wants a political solution for the Tamils within a united Sri Lanka. read more

Poor nations call for fairness from rich at General Assembly afternoon session

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Prime Minister Bernard MakusaThe Prime Minister of Rwanda, Bernard Makusa, noted the tenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda was to be commemorated during the fifty-eighth session of the General Assembly, and suggested that 7 April 2004 should be declared the day of commemoration. He said his country’s experience could provide a hopeful example as this year Rwandans had gone to the polls in a pluralist Presidential election; the first time since independence in 1962. With the free and transparent elections, the country had turned its back on the genocide forever and its fundamental values now included unity, peace, justice, democracy and democracy, he added. Within the scope of the wider region, Mr. Makusa noted that the political and security situation in the Great Lakes region of Africa had tangibly improved over the past year. The moment has arrived to call upon the international community to accompany regional peace efforts with the convening of an international conference for peace, security and development, with the aim of producing a “Marshall Plan” for the region, he stated. With regards to revamping the UN, Mr. Makusa said we must ask and seek answers to why the Security Council had been unable to respond effectively to the genocide in Rwanda, as well as the recent crisis in Iraq. VideoThe Vice-President of Sierra Leone, Solomon Berewa, also addressed the Assembly during its afternoon session, as did the Foreign Ministers of Mali, Lassana Traoré, Kazakhstan, Kassymzhomart Tokaev, Iran, Kamal Kharrazi and Armenia, Vartan Oskanian.Others who participated in the debate included the Foreign Ministers of Poland, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Austria, Betina Ferrero-Waldner, and the Republic of Korea, Yoon Young-kwan. Prime Minister Pierre CharlesThe world has changed considerably, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Pierre Charles, said, noting that in contrast institutions for global governance – the UN, World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) – continued to operate on outdated political and economic foundations. He said Dominica and its sister islands were adversely affected by the WTO banana regime, which would bring to an end preferences and quotas for bananas exported to the EU. The impending end of the banana quota at the end of 2005 had contributed to the economic crisis in many Caribbean countries, he added.In Dominica, the situation had necessitated implementation of an austerity programme in tandem with a stand-by agreement with the IMF, he continued. As Dominica struggled to eradicate the mono-crop nature of the economy – a remaining vestige of the colonial period – it urgently required a complement of new foreign direct investment, official development transfers (ODA), and technology transfer among other things. In addition, he said the outcome of the WTO meeting in Cancún had not been encouraging and in this connection, Dominica joined other developing nations in the call for a drastic reduction of agricultural subsidies in the developed countries. Video President Alfred Moisiu of Albania said his country “believes in a still greater role of the United Nations for the strengthening of peace, security and the economic and social development across the world.” He supported Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s efforts to reform the institution “aimed at making of the United Nations an ever stronger organization capable of coping with the challenges of the present times, thus providing timely solutions to issues that are of concern to all of its members.”Turning to his own region, Mr. Moisiu noted recent progress in easing tensions in the conflict-torn Balkans. He credited the UN mission in Kosovo and Mr. Annan’s former Special Representative there, Michael Steiner, for “the democratic and integrating developments” after the fighting there between Albanians and Serbs. He said that positive developments in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, where Albanians and Macedonians had clashed, “also give hope for the achievement of a lasting stability.” Video President Azali AssoumaniFor his part, the President of Comoros, Azali Assoumani, said while the countries of the North ask questions about terrorism and proliferation, those of the South labour under enduring debt, civil war, poverty and endemic illness. It should be recognized that terrorism thrived in poverty as it sought to express itself through the weakest links of the global chain, he said, stressing that it is futile to talk of security in a world of poverty, peace without economic development or democracy while inequality leaves entire sectors of the world teetering on the brink of oblivion.It is therefore necessary, he continued, to restructure the UN so that it is able to rise to the challenges of the times. He called on Member States to assure the well being of its most vulnerable regions, such as the small island states. In addition, he stressed that only wide-ranging economic development and solidarity between rich and poor would result in lasting peace. In this context, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) should receive support, while debt should be recognized as a burden stifling the economies in development, he said. Mr. Assoumani also called on rich countries to stop subsidizing their agricultural sectors. Video President Marc RavalomananaSpeaking next, President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar said the economic and social state of the world was more than worrying. “The benefits of economic growth have passed our island by, just as they have bypassed other countries of Africa,” he declared. Noting that over the past decade UN conferences had already identified what strategies to use, he added: “But the necessary resources remain to be mobilized in order put into action the declarations adopted together that aroused so much hope in the hearts of our peoples who are plunged into extreme poverty.”Mr. Ravalomanana also referred to the Cancún trade talks. “Madagascar is opening up, and I dare hope that other countries will also follow suit,” he said. “But the world is not opening up, as was shown in Cancún.” Noting that Africa was “the forgotten continent,” the victim of marginalization, he declared: “We need aid in capacity reinforcement to reach our objectives. We are ready to work resolutely, ready for change, ready for opening up. However, we want more support, more opening up and above all another spirit and a new vision for our continent in the concert of nations.” Video President Bharrat JagdeoIn his address, President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana stressed the economic problems of developing countries. “In the face of a persistent debt burden, drastically reduced development assistance and ever-present protectionist barriers and in the prevailing climate of international tension and uncertainty, many developing countries, Guyana included, are made more vulnerable and the prospect for growth severely impaired,” he declared. He added that the collapse of recent world trade talks in Cancún, Mexico, over rich countries’ subsidies for their agriculture “does not make us sanguine about the future.”Calling for help for heavily indebted countries, Mr. Jagdeo said: “The success of international cooperation and indeed of the United Nations system will be determined by how well they respond to the interests and concerns not only of the powerful, but of the powerless – not only of the rich, but, most urgently, of the poor. If truth be told, their record thus far leaves much to be desired.” He called for UN reform, including enlarging the Security Council so that the role of developing countries there is appropriately strengthened and said his country would support Brazil, India and an African country for permanent seats and a suitable number of non-permanent seats for other developing countries. Video President Blaise CompaoreRecent events challenging the international community – including conflict, terrorism and poverty and unfair trade policies – must be confronted head on, Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore stated. He said political tension in his country and in the West African region as a whole remained a critical concern. While there had been some improvements, violations of human rights, recent flare-ups and deepening poverty among some of Burkina Faso’s neighbours was troubling. Since all the countries of the region were so interdependent, Mr. Compaore expressed his hope that Côte d’Ivoire would, through the recent peace accord, finally find peace.Africa’s soundness resided in sustainable development, he said. To that end, Burkina Faso believed that expanding job opportunities toward the eradication of poverty was essential, not just for Africa but for all humankind. Mr. Compaore hailed the rejection of unfair trade schemes by delegations attending last week’s WTO round in Cancun. Such practices benefit farmers and large-scale manufacturers in the North but mean certain death for peasants in the South, he said. Video read more

Tenke Fungurume production set for 2008

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first_imgTenke Mining has completed the feasibility study for the first phase of production at the Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt project in Katanga Province, DRC. The results of the feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) have defined initial mine production of 115,000 t/y of copper cathode and 8,000 t/y of cobalt. Site infrastructure and process facility layouts have been designed contemplating significant future potential expansions.The project is being developed by Tenke Fungurume Mining, which is owned 24.75% by Tenke Mining, 57.75% by Phelps Dodge and 17.5% by Gecamines. The feasibility study has been prepared by Tenke’s operating partner, Phelps Dodge, with the study authored by GRD Minproc. The ore reserve assessment was conducted by Phelps Dodge along with Independent Mining Consultants. Phelps Dodge has conducted the mine planning. Pilot plant process testwork has been conducted at Hazen Research in Colorado. An ESIA and community consultations have proceeded in parallel under the primary direction of Golder Associates, who have also prepared tailings management facility designs. Several NGOs have contributed to baseline studies, social impact assessment, community consultation and implementation of social programmes.The 40 year mine plan is based on first developing the Kwatebala, Fwaulu and Goma deposits. Proven/probable ore reserves for these three areas are 103 Mt at 2.1% Cu and 0.3% Co (proven 22 Mt at 2.2% Cu and 0.30% Co, probable 81 Mt at 2.1% Cu and 0.31% Co). The feasibility study is based on around 19 years of fresh ore processing followed by 21 years of lower-grade stockpile feed. During the first ten years, 25.5 Mt of leachable oxide ore is to be processed grading 4.57% Cu and 0.37% Co. The overall strip ratio is 3.1:1.The mining method will be open pit, using conventional methods in waste and a continuous miner in ore to maximize operating efficiencies and to minimize dilution of the high-grade material. Haulage will be by articulated 45 t trucks. Measured and indicated resources for the Tenke Fungurume concessions are 235 Mt at 3.01% Cu and 0.31% Co (Measured 126 Mt at 3.44% Cu and 0.33% Co and indicated 109 Mt at 2.52% Cu and 0.28% Co), with inferred resources providing an additional 265 Mt of 2.6% Cu and 0.19% Co. Tenke intends to update the concession resource estimate prior to mid-2007 to incorporate Phelps Dodge drilling that has occurred since early 2006.The feasibility study contains extensive onsite and offsite infrastructure improvements. Onsite infrastructure will include a large construction camp and permanent housing and support facilities for mine employees and the operations. Infrastructure has been designed and located contemplating significant future potential expansions. For initial operations, extensive use is being made of existing refurbished Tenke Fungurume infrastructure, including housing, water and power supply, airstrip, office, warehousing and maintenance facilities.  During construction, the Tenke project will provide employment for some 2,000 construction workers. Currently, Tenke Fungurume employees and contractor staffing on the project exceeds 1,000. During the initial phase of operations, about 1,000 Tenke Fungurume full-time employees are expected. The feasibility study contemplates a 23 month overall project schedule to fast track development. Detailed engineering commenced in August 2006, major long delivery items such as the acid plant and grinding mill were ordered in November 2006, and significant road building and basic infrastructure development were accomplished in the last half of 2006. Major civil works have now commenced at the plant site, and the largest piece of mine equipment is already on site. Full production of copper is scheduled to occur as early as the fourth quarter of 2008 with full cobalt production scheduled to occur as early as the end of the first quarter of 2009.last_img read more

Good year for Rio Tinto Coal Australia with many sustainable advances

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first_imgIn 2008, Rio Tinto Coal Australia produced more than 22.3 Mt of thermal and semi-soft coking coal, and 7.4 Mt of hard coking coal. That year, business improvement projects delivered A$655 million in savings and the group contributed net earnings of $1.7 billion to Rio Tinto, a 600% increase on 2007. It also strongly contributed to the national economy, economies of Queensland and New South Wales as well as communities where it operates.Rio Tinto Coal Australia recorded an all injury frequency rate of 0.76 injuries per 200,000 hours worked – its lowest since 2003, when current record keeping was introduced.In 2008, 27% of the new Clermont mine’s workforce was female, compared to 11% in the mining industry. The mine’s proactive recruitment won the 2009 Queensland Resource Council’s Resources Award for Women – Best Company Initiative.In environmental management, the group’s sites rehabilitated more than 260 ha of land in Queensland and New South Wales, surpassing its voluntary rehabilitation targets by 27 ha. Overall, it used significantly less freshwater than targeted.In 2008, it continued working with our local communities. Highlights included a socio-economic baseline study for the Bowen Basin in Queensland, and incorporating feedback from a Hunter Valley study to guide future consultation and communication.The energy management programme reduced emissions by 38,000 t of CO2 equivalents through a range of energy efficiency programmes across the sites.last_img read more

Best Buy announces Insignia Connected TV powered by TiVo

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first_imgThe “connected” TV trend is booming. Every manufacturer out there is trying to get you to trade in your busted old HDTV for a new connected TV that will put web apps and media streaming at your fingertips. In such a competitive world, companies have to find a way to distinguish themselves, and Insignia, Best Buy’s in-house brand, figured out a way to do just that by teaming up with TiVo.Best Buy is releasing a new line of Insignia Connected TVs that aren’t necessarily anything special on the hardware end of things, but the software is where the TVs really shines. The TV’s interface appears to be extremely intuitive and user friendly thanks to TiVo’s software. There’s no TiVo subscription necessary with this TV, but there’s also no built-in DVR–you still have to pay extra for that. Again, although it has the TiVo-branded name attached to it, it’s just the TiVo interface that you’re getting here.The interface is clean and the TV offers easy navigation through services like Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, and Napster. Social media apps from the chumby content network, like Facebook, Twitter, and Photobucket, Accuweather, Reuters News, and traffic are also easily accessible.For many people who are finally getting rid of that old tube TV they’ve had for the past 15 years, a “smart” TV can be somewhat intimidating. The Insignia Connected TV is being marketed as the easiest TV to use and to connect to broadcast and online entertainment.As for the hardware, it’s pretty standard: 1080p, 120Hz, LED backlighting, and Audyssey/SRS sound processing. Models will be available in a 32-inch for $500 and a 42-inch for $700.via Gizmodolast_img read more

Axels a rugby man so he would have told us all Play

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first_img‘Axel’s a rugby man, so he would have told us all ‘Play your game” – O’Mahony Peter O’Mahony has had a whirlwind year but is now ready to lead the Lions against the All Blacks. By Murray Kinsella Share36 Tweet Email O’Mahony is the 11th Irish Lions Test captain. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAt some stages they will look to O’Mahony for his leadership and many of them have little doubt he will provide it.“I think Pete brings a dog, edge, a hunger and hard work,” says his Ireland team-mate Tadhg Furlong.“He leads a lot of the time by his actions and a lot of the unseen work that he does. I couldn’t speak highly enough of him as a captain. When you go into the trenches and the game becomes tight, he’s the man everyone rows in behind.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! “There would be something seriously wrong if there wasn’t excitement with the week that’s in it. There is a huge amount of energy in there.”There may be excitement and energy in buckets, but the Lions are going to need to dig deeper than they ever have before to end the All Blacks’ incredible record of 37 Test wins in a row at Eden Park. Short URL It’s a huge task obviously with the calibre of player New Zealand have, their record at Eden Park is impressive,” says the Cork Con clubman.“But it’s going to be a different animal at the weekend, there are going to be 20,000-odd Lions fans there. To be involved in a game of this magnitude is where all these players who have been picked want to be, challenging against the best in the world. 16 Comments Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM “You’ve been picked for a reason, so if you go out and play as well as you can, no one’s going to fault you for that.”O’Mahony hopes that Foley “would be proud” of his achievement, but he insists that this first Test is not about him, instead pointing to the entire match day 23 and also the other Lions who are “hugely disappointed” to have missed out on making the cut.The Munster man will be relying on leaders around him too, and Lions head coach Warren Gatland feels those figures will be important for O’Mahony.“Peter has done a good job and he is chuffed about it,” says Gatland. “He’s lucky that he’s got a lot of experience around him. O’Mahony alongside Gatland today. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“We have been very pleased with the micro-chat within the squad with players contributing to the talk, whether it’s been Sean O’Brien, Sam [Warburton] has been been excellent, Alun Wyn Jones and George Kruis, Owen Farrell as well, so there’s a lot of leadership within the group.“There’s not people talking for the sake of it, there’s not white noise, it’s clarity and it’s succinct. Peter has got to concentrate on doing his job, which he does well, and he will get plenty of support from other players too.”Being part of such a balanced back row unit alongside Taulupe Faletau and O’Brien will be helpful for O’Mahony in getting his duties done at Eden Park, with the 27-year-old pointing to the Welsh number eight as “the outstanding player so far.”O’Mahony has captained the vast majority of the teams he has played for across his career, but it’s clear that this is the greatest challenge for him yet. Jun 22nd 2017, 12:00 PM https://the42.ie/3457023 Murray Kinsella reports from AucklandIF FEELS LIKE much longer than eight months since a grief-stricken Peter O’Mahony sat in Munster’s high performance centre in UL doing his best to describe what Anthony Foley meant to him.Just three days after the Munster legend had passed away in Paris, it was difficult to watch the emotion pouring out of O’Mahony and it is hard to imagine what he was going through at that time. O’Mahony after being named Lions captain. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOBut the Cork man summoned the strength to express his sheer sadness at losing his hero, his mentor, his friend and his coach.Munster committed to doing Foley proud for the remainder of that season and O’Mahony has been doing as much ever since.Now, after being named to captain the Lions in their first Test against the All Blacks on Saturday, O’Mahony is sure that Foley’s advice to him would have been to simply play his own game.“Axel’s a rugby man, so he would have told us all ‘Play your game, do what you do and what you know.’ He’d have said there’s a reason there’s 45 players here now who have been selected.So just go out and play the game you know and what you’re here for. There’s no point in trying to be something you’re not over here. Gatland happy to be getting up Hansen’s nose as war of words continuesJackson’s hard work paying off as he looks to continue hot kicking streak in Tokyo 18,580 Views Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Macron attacks Bolsonaro after sexist Facebook post about his wife

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first_img Monday 26 Aug 2019, 1:51 PM FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL Macron condemned “extraordinarily rude” comments made about his wife Brigitte by his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro.“He has made some extraordinarily rude comments about my wife,” Macron said at a press conference at the G7 meeting in Biarritz when asked to react to statements about him by the Brazilian government.“What can I say? It’s sad. It’s sad for him firstly, and for Brazilians,” he added.Yesterday, a Bolsonaro supporter posted a message on Facebook mocking the appearance of Brigitte Macron and comparing her unfavourably with Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro.“Now you understand why Macron is persecuting Bolsonaro?” he wrote next to an unflattering picture of Brigitte Macron, who is 28 years older than Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle.Bolsonaro replied on Facebook: “Do not humiliate the guy, ha ha.” Macron attacks Bolsonaro after sexist Facebook post about his wife Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was responding to a Facebook post which sought to compare both leaders’ wives. Short URL France’s President Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte during the G7 Summit. Image: PA Images essa porra é o presidente do país pic.twitter.com/QMerhagf8I— Bots do Jair 🇧🇷🤖 (@botsdojair) August 24, 2019 By AFP Aug 26th 2019, 1:51 PM https://jrnl.ie/4782624 France’s President Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte during the G7 Summit. Image: PA Images Share47 Tweet Email Source: Bots do Jair 🇧🇷🤖/Twitter “I think Brazilian women will probably be ashamed to read that from their president,” Macron said. “I think that Brazilians, who are a great people, will probably be ashamed to see this behaviour…“And as I feel friendship and respect towards the Brazilian people, I hope that they will very soon have a president who behaves in the right way.”The spat took place as the G7 agreed to spend €20 million on the Amazon, mainly to send fire-fighting aircraft to tackle the huge blazes engulfing the world’s biggest rainforest.Bolsonaro has authorised the deployment of Brazil’s armed forces to help combat ongoing the fires but his response has been criticised, with Macron among those calling for greater action.  © – AFP 2019 92,770 Views 19 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

White man accused of running over black teen from Vancouver Head injury

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first_imgPORTLAND — An attorney for Russell Orlando Courtier, the white man accused of killing an African American teenager, offered an unexpected theory Thursday about what happened: Courtier had just suffered a vicious beating by the teen and wasn’t thinking clearly when he got into his Jeep and struck the 19-year-old.The death of Larnell Bruce Jr. in August 2016 wasn’t a cold-blooded murder by a man with white supremacist beliefs as the prosecution has portrayed, defense attorney Kevin Sali told jurors.Rather, Courtier feared for his life and brain scientists will testify that Courtier suffered a head injury that prompted an unusual reaction to that threat, Sali said as Courtier’s trial began in Portland.“Russell Courtier never wanted any of this to happen,” Sali said.The trial is expected to last 12 days. Jurors will be asked to decide if Courtier, 40, is guilty of murder, hit-and-run driving and the hate crime of intimidation.Multnomah County Circuit Judge Jerry Hodson also will be asked to rule whether Courtier’s girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, 37, is guilty of those crimes for allegedly egging Courtier on from the passenger seat of the Jeep. Witnesses told police they overheard Hunt yelling, “Get him, baby!” and “Run him over!”last_img read more

Students should develop patriotism in Mancherial ABVP

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first_imgMancherial: ABVP national leader Goda Satyanarayana told the students to develop patriotism, speaking at the party meeting at MVN Degree College in Mancherial on Thursday. Chief Guest at the meeting, Satyanarayana wanted the students to follow the footsteps of great national leaders and adopt leadership qualities and communication skills.ABVP has been following the preachings of Swami Vivekananda for the past 70 years, he said and gave a call to the students to dedicate their lives for the country. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us ABVP district body elected After the union meeting, ABVP new body was elected. Durgam Vijay elected as town secretary; Sai Kumar as zonal in-charge; Vamshi Krishna and Ram Vilas as town vice-presidents; Shiva Kumar, Anjaneyulu, Vamshi, Swathi and Kumar as town joint secretaries; Venugopal, Pawan, Kalyan, Shahsi, Dilip and Supriya as members; Prashanthi, Nikhil and Shravan as women convenors; and Meghamala and Satish were elected as hostel convenors. ABVP leaders Naveen, Rani, RSS members Sharma and others attended the meeting.last_img read more

Styling with Khadi

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first_imgDuring the fashion show eight sequences like Make in India , Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Videsh se swadesh, Woollen wear, bridal wear were presented by leading fashion models. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) of MSME Government of India participated in the 35th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) organised from November 14th to 27th at  Pragati Maidan. This year, the theme of IITF-2015 was “MAKE IN INDIA”. KVIC has set up biggest ever exclusive pavilion. The sales in khadi pavilion recorded approximately 20 lakh per day.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Giriraj Singh Minister of State for MSME, inaugurated Khadi fashion show as chief guest in presence of Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC  along with Anup K. Pujari, Secretary, B.H. Anil Kumar Jt. Secretary MSME and, Arun Kumar Jha, Chief Executive Officer, KVIC graced the occasion.First time in Khadi Pavilion a large statue of Mahatma Gandhi was put up at the main entrance of the Hall for  taking “selfie with Gandhiji”. This had become hotspot of the pavilion, as people from all age groups visited and took selfie with Gandhi ji in different poses. First time two hundred participants’, i.e artisans, craftsmen and khadi institutions from across the country had put up their most exclusive products in the pavilion. Ten nationalized banks have also associated with KVIC as sponsors and had put-up their stalls inside the pavilion. First time, the technical demonstration of spinning and weaving of khadi has been displayed in the Pavilion.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn India, Khadi is not just a cloth, it is a whole movement started by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The Khadi movement promoted an ideology, an idea that Indians could be self-reliant on cotton and be free from the high priced goods and clothes which the British were selling to them. The British would buy cotton from India at cheap prices and export them to Britain where they were woven to make clothes. These clothes were then brought back to India to be sold at hefty prices. The khadi movement aimed at boycotting foreign goods including cotton and promoting Indian goods, thereby improving India’s economy. Mahatma Gandhi began promoting the spinning of khadi for rural self-employment and self-reliance (instead of using cloth manufactured industrially in Britain) in 1920s India thus making khadi an integral part and icon of the Swadeshi movement. The freedom struggle revolved around the use of khadi fabrics and the dumping of foreign-made clothes. When some people complained about the costliness of khadi to Mahatma Gandhi, he started wearing only dhoti.last_img read more

Uber and Lyft drivers go on strike a day before Uber IPO

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first_imgNew York Times reported last Friday that Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a two-hour strike in several major cities around the world on Wednesday. This is a collaborated effort meant to coincide with Uber’s forthcoming IPO. Labor groups organizing the strike are protesting the companies’ poor payment and labor practices. They have planned to switch off the apps during the crucial morning rush hour on the day before Uber is expected to roll out the public offering of $90 billion. Uber drivers in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Los Angeles are scheduled to go on strike from 7AM to 9AM on Wednesday, May 8th, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. Drivers have also participated in the work stoppage in several cities of UK, including London, Birmingham, Nottingham, and Glasgow, reported by The Independent. Other reports by Premium Times say that Uber drivers went on strike in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria in Africa. According to the alliance, workers are demanding fewer driver deactivations, an end to upfront pricing, and a cap on the per-fare commission taken by ride-hail companies. Sonam Lama, one of the Uber drivers and a member of the alliance group says, “The gig economy is all about exploiting workers by taking away our rights. And it has to stop.” Uber knows it has a driver problem. In its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission which declared its intention to go public last month, Uber said that driver dissatisfaction was likely to increase as the company sought to reduce the amount of money it spends on driver incentives. “Further, we are investing in our autonomous vehicle strategy, which may add to Driver dissatisfaction over time, as it may reduce the need for Drivers,” the company notes. Uber has a complicated history with driver strikes. In January 2017, Verge reported about the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announcing a strike at JFK Airport. This was in protest of President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from six Muslim-majority countries. Uber was then accused of breaking the strike, sparking backlash from riders who tweeted photos of themselves deleting the Uber app with the hashtag #DeleteUber. Again this year on March 25th, Uber and Lyft drivers went on a strike across Los Angeles in opposition to Uber’s decision to cut rates by 25% in the Los Angeles area. But tomorrow’s strike appears to be more organized and geographically diverse than the earlier protests which were more localized. As the strike is organized by labour groups such as “Rideshare Drivers United”  who are building an organization to fight for the dignity of their work and better lives. These groups are also aided by national advocacy groups such as Gig Workers Rising. It all makes sense, considering the IPO is expected to be the largest since Alibaba’s in 2014. One of the Democratic presidential front-runners has also tweeted in favor of the drivers and said it is reasonable for drivers to ask higher wages when the CEO of the company gets paid $50 million in a year. An Uber spokesperson responded to NY Times listing some of the perks available to drivers, which include higher earnings and free four-year college, while a spokesperson for Lyft said that driver wages have gone up over the last two years. None of them commented on whether they would plan to use cash incentives to entice drivers to break the strike. It is sure that a significant chunk of drivers will log off their apps during the strike, it remains likely that others will see it as an opportunity to cash in on the disruption. According to one of users on Hackernews, “If a bunch of drivers go on strike then any of the remaining ones automatically get paid more because the supply is lower (surge pricing). The higher pay attracts new drivers, or gets the ones who only drive during surge pricing to come out and work full shifts as long as the good money is there. This is basically the same result for the company as conceding to the drivers’ demands, except that it ends as soon as the striking drivers give up and reenter the labor pool.” As of now we can only comment that drivers are classified as independent contractors, and as such, tend to act in their own best self interest. Read Next Uber introduces Base Web, an open source “unified” design system for building websites in React Uber open-sources Peloton, a unified Resource Scheduler Uber and GM Cruise are open sourcing their Automation Visualization Systemslast_img read more

Officials Roadside bomb wounds 18 Egypt police conscripts

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first_imgCAIRO (AP) — A roadside bombing in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula wounded 18 police conscripts Sunday, security officials said.The officials said the blast targeted a bus carrying the conscripts in el-Arish as they traveled along a seafront road in the early morning.Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figure and said none of those hurt had life-threatening wounds.The Egyptian Islamic State affiliate, which calls itself the militant group’s Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attack. The claim, in a statement posted on Twitter accounts of the group’s supporters, could not be independently verified. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img Security officials also said attacks on three separate checkpoints later in the day injured three military conscripts.In one of the checkpoint attacks, militants damaged two vehicles belonging to peacekeeping forces, the officials said. They added that no peacekeepers were injured in the attack south of Rafah.All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to discuss the attacks with journalists.Sinai-based militants have launched increasingly sophisticated attacks in recent months that have killed dozens of Egyptian soldiers and police. The latest wave of violence began after the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi two years ago.Government forces have been carrying out an intensified hunt for Islamic militants in several northern Sinai towns. But in el-Arish, a more-densely populated area, government forces are more vulnerable to roadside bombs — which have become a recurrent weapon used against troops.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Pavaso and IDS Team Up to Create Digital Closing Platform

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first_imgPavaso and IDS Team Up to Create Digital Closing Platform May 18, 2015 516 Views in Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing, Technology Sharecenter_img Digital Close International Document Services Pavaso TRID 2015-05-18 Staff Writer Real estate technology provider Pavaso and International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), mortgage document preparation provider, have announced their mortgage closing platform collaboration in a recent press release. The firms will combine Pavaso’s Digital Close, an electronic closing platform, and IDS’s document preparation system idsDoc.This new alliance is expected to align idsDoc’s eSignature and electronic document functions with Digital Close’s electronic mortgage closing function in order to provide consumers with a completely digital mortgage document process from issuance to closing, the press release says. This digital process will be pertinent and useful for lenders as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) deadline approaches.“TRID is forcing lenders to reimagine their operations workflow in order to accommodate the disclosure’s required timelines,” said Mark Mackey, CEO of IDS. “Utilizing a digital environment to manage both the doc prep and the closing pieces of the mortgage transaction sets lenders up for even greater success in implementing TRID by August 1.”Digital Close, a segment of Pavaso’s Consumer Management Platform, allows lenders, title companies, and Realtors to provide consumers with a higher level of customer service and convenience that they demand and deserve. During the complex process of mortgage origination and closing, this platform would offer functionality for each stakeholder to service the consumer.“We’re thrilled to partner with IDS,” said Nancy G. Pratt, VP of Operations and eStrategy at Pavaso. “This strategic move will expand our reach to lenders, and we look forward to expanding eClosing capabilities for IDS customers. It’s right in line with our commitment to efficient digital closings that transform the consumer’s experience, and give businesses a boost beyond TRID.”last_img read more

Tracking Pending Home Sales in the US

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first_imgTracking Pending Home Sales in the U.S. 2 days ago 125 Views Share Pending home sales grew for the second-consecutive month in June, as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced the Pending Home Sales Index rose 2.8%, and year-over-year contract signings increased 1.6%. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, said favorable conditions aided to the increase, and that this is a good sign moving forward. “Job growth is doing well, the stock market is near an all-time high and home values are consistently increasing. When you combine that with the incredibly low mortgage rates, it is not surprising to now see two straight months of increases,” Yun said.Additionally, Yun said June’s increase in contract signings—breaking a 17-month streak of decreases—indicates that buyers are both enthusiastic about the market and the possible wealth gain, but noted inventory needs to increase. “Homes are selling at a breakneck pace, in less than a month, on average, for existing homes and three months for newly constructed homes,” Yun said. “Furthermore, homeowners’ equity in real estate has doubled over the past six years to now nearly $16 trillion. But the number of potential buyers exceeds the number of homes available. We need to see sizable growth in inventory, particularly of entry-level homes, to assure wider access to homeownership.”The NAR also reported that every region in the nation saw an increase from May and 2018. The midwest rose 3.3%, followed by the northeast’s increase of 2.7%. Pending home sales in the south grew by 1.3% in June, and the west saw a jump of 5.4%.This report comes days after CoreLogic’s latest Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index (HPI) revealed home prices rose 3.4% in May, which is a slight decrease from the 3.5% growth the month prior. “Growth in home prices, as measured by the Case-Shiller HPI, began to stabilize in May.  The more than 100 basis point decrease in mortgage rates since November has revived home sales and given buyers additional purchasing power in the market,” said Tian Liu, Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance. “That extra purchasing power is beginning to show up in home prices.”The 10-city composite annual increase came in at 2.2%, which is a slight decrease from 2.3% in the previous month. center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Pending Home Sales Index 2019-07-31 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

Related Flights to San Francisco to be launched by

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