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Dawood Ibrahim’s wife visited Mumbai in 2016, his brother Iqbal Kaskar tells police

first_imgUnderworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s wife Mehajabin Shaikh had visited Mumbai to meet her father in 2016, police officials said, quoting the fugitive gangster’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, who has been held in an extortion case.The sensational revelation came after Mr. Kaskar had earlier told interrogators that Dawood Ibrahim, a designated global terrorist, is still in Pakistan.Mr. Kaskar, arrested by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Thane Police earlier this week, has given some vital information about Dawood Ibrahim and his family, the police officials said.According to the officials, Mr. Kaskar has allegedly told them that Dawood Ibrahim’s wife who also goes by the alias Zubeena Zarin came to Mumbai some time in 2016 to meet her father Salim Kashmiri, who lives in Mumbai with his family. After meeting Mr. Kashmiri and his family members, Ms. Shaikh quietly left the country, they said.Mr. Kaskar has also provided addresses of four residences of Dawood in Karachi, the officials said.Quoting Mr. Kaskar, they said, Dawood Ibrahim, his other brother Anees Ibrahim and his close aide Chhota Shakeel are all staying together in a posh locality in the Pakistani port city. Anees Ibrahim usually makes phone calls to his family members in Mumbai on the occasion of Eid, they said.The team, which is interrogating Mr. Kaskar since the last four days, also asked him questions about Dawood Ibrahim’s health. According to the officials, Mr. Kaskar has claimed his elder brother is “fit and fine” and not suffering from any ailment.Mr. Kaskar’s claims, made before a Thane Crime Branch team, are being verified, a police official who is part of investigation in the extortion case, said.Mr. Kaskar and his associates had allegedly been threatening a prominent builder in Thane in Dawood Ibrahim’s name since 2013 and had extorted ₹30 lakh and four flats from him. Mr. Kaskar was deported from the UAE in 2003.last_img read more

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Enhanced pay for J&K SPOs based on threat perception

first_imgThe Union Home Ministry’s decision to increase the salaries of Special Police Officers in Jammu and Kashmir came after the State Chief Secretary wrote to the Centre highlighting the threat to their lives.On Wednesday the Ministry enhanced the honorarium for SPOs who have more than 15 years of experience, from ₹6,000 to ₹12,000 per month.On September 21, three policemen, including a Special Police Officer (SPO) were abducted from their homes and killed by suspected militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian. Following this, several videos surfaced where SPOs announced their resignations. The Home Ministry later issued a statement denying that any SPO had resigned, saying “mischievous elements are trying to project that those SPOs whose services are not renewed due to administrative reasons, have resigned.”For motivationJ&K Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam wrote to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on September 24, saying that “given the risks that they face in performing their duties and the threats to their lives, there is a need to pay experienced SPOs a slightly higher rate that would motivate them to work in difficult circumstances”. The letter, accessed by The Hindu, also said that SPOs had a key role in the functioning of J&K police.The militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen had issued threats to policemen and SPOs to either quit or face action.There are around 30,000 SPOs in J&K who assist the State police in various functions including that of intelligence gathering.The Union Home Ministry wrote back to the State government on September 26 that it has decided to enhance the monthly remuneration of SPOs. The salary of SPOs is reimbursed by the Centre.In an interview to The Hindu on September 24, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik had said the government had proposed to increase the salary of the SPOs from ₹6,000 to ₹16,000.As per the latest order, there are 10,967 SPOs with less than five years of experience who would be entitled to monthly remuneration of ₹6,000. As many as 10,623 SPOs, who have completed five years, are now entitled to ₹9,000 per month while 8,411 SPOs, who have completed 15 years, are to be given ₹12,000 per month.last_img read more

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Isolate those who desecrated Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid: Mirwaiz

first_imgHardening his pitch over the bid to unfurl an Islamic State (IS) flag inside Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid recently, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said, “The December 28 incident is highly condemnable act. It has left the entire valley in a deep shock and hurt their sentiments. It’s time to isolate those elements who are trying to damage and violate the sanctity of the grand masjid. People of J&K should maintain strict vigil.”A group of masked youth tried to unfurl an IS flag atop the pulpit of the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on December 28.In Srinagar’s old city, which houses the 624-year-old mosque, the Mirwaiz held a meeting at the Mirwaiz Manzil, Razia Kadal, on Wednesday and described the incident as “sacrilegious”.“The December 28 incident is highly condemnable act. It has left the entire valley in a deep shock and hurt their sentiments. It’s time to isolate those elements who are trying to damage and violate the sanctity of the grand masjid. People of J&K should maintain strict vigil,” said the Mirwaiz.He urged the people to stay united on this. “Unity among all sects will not allow these elements to damage our religious and social fabric and ethos,” he added.The participants in the meeting pledged “to not allow any such incidents to happen again”. The Mirwaiz, backed by other separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, is holding a joint protest on coming Friday at the mosque.“The old city has always been the epicenter of Kashmir’s spiritual religious quest and its political ideology and the pulpit of Jamia Masjid has represented both. Nobody will be allowed to tamper with the centrality of Jamia Masjid and what it stands for,” the Mirwaiz, who is also the head priest, said. He also performed an ablution of the mosque in the wake of the desceration.44 civilians killed by militants in 2018: DGP SinghMeanwhile, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Wednesday said a total of 423 people were killed in 2018, including 252 militants, 91 civilians, 45 policeman, five CRPF and 30 Army soldiers in around 97 operations.“Of 97 operations, 83 witnessed no collateral damage. Out of 91 civilians deaths, 44 were killed by militants and 38 lost their lives near encounter sites,” said DGP Singh in a press conference in Srinagar.The DGP appealed to youth of the Valley to safeguard their precious lives. “Police and other security forces have always exercised maximum restraint. I will again appeal them to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with the situation,” said the DGP.He said it was painful to see youth picking up arms and getting killed. “Killing militants is a success but at the same times losing lives is painful and cannot be a thing to be celebrated. I hope the New Year will be a better year and the graph of violence comes down,” said the DGP.On frequent internet outage, the DGP said the social media was a big and uncontrolled tool, which creates law and order situation many a times. “The internet is being snapped to ensure peaceful environment. People suffer due to internet blockades and the police also face hardships in the absence of internet as their communications also comes to a halt. But, we will see that 2019 will see a lesser number of internet blockades,” the DGP said.last_img read more

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Chafing

first_imgDefinitionChafing is skin irritation that occurs where skin rubs against skin, clothing, or other material.Alternative NamesSkin irritation from rubbingInformationWhen skin becomes irritated because of something rubbing, there are several things you can try, including:Avoid coarse clothing. Wearing 100% cotton fabric against your skin may help.Eliminate friction against your skin by using appropriate clothing for the activity you are involved in (for example, athletic tights or cycling shorts).Avoid activity that is causing chafing unless it is part of your typical lifestyle, exercise routine, sporting, or other activity.Wear clean and dry clothing. Dried sweat, chemicals, dirt, and other debris may actually be causing the irritation.Temporarily use petroleum jelly or baby powder on chafed areas of your skin. You can also use these agents before activity to prevent chafing in easily irritated areas — for example, your inner thighs or upper arms while running.ReferencesCole MB, Smith ML. Environmental and sports-related skin diseases. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, eds. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 88.Review Date:8/11/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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SCIENCE 3 LAST

first_imgThe areas of research undertaken by these companies andThe areas of research undertaken by these companies and institutions include, anti-cancer, anti-tuberculosis, cardiovascular, anti-diabetic and vaccines.Many researchers blame the flip flop in Indias intellectual property rights regime for this failure in discovering new drugs.Till a decade ago India followed a process patenting regime which was well suited for reverse engineering and this resulted in a flourishing pharma industry that thrived on making low cost generic drugs of chemicals that had gone out of the patenting regime.Since 2005 India reverted back to the product patent approach and since then the industry and the academia has not recovered as it seems the cutting edge had been lost.One reason for the slow growth according to Dikshit is that the “public sector laboratories like CDRI being slow in anticipating the impact of new biology in drug discovery and did not make commensurate timely and adequate investments in strengthening modern biology”.Vardhan has recently announced that “candidate drugs” are currently undergoing clinical trials and that CDRI is carrying out investigational new drug studies on lead molecules for fracture-healing, cancers, thrombosis and malaria.Vardhan hopes “I am confident that the drug laboratories under CSIR are capable of backing up the Swasth Bharat Mission. I am certain that India has the potential of becoming a global pharmaceutical powerhouse.”If India has to remain healthy and in future win medals at international sporting events providing suitable and affordable health care is a must and towards that the country needs to invest in discovering new drugs for diseases relevant for India. PTI COR ZMN RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

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South Africa’s Chris Morris ruled out of Australia ODI series

first_imgSouth Africa all-rounder Chris Morris has been ruled out for up to two months with a knee injury and will miss one-day internationals against Ireland and Australia, Cricket South Africa said on Friday.Morris has been struggling with a tendon problem for the last eight months.”The injury has flared up considerably over the last two weeks leaving us with no option but rest and rehabilitation to allow the knee time to fully recover,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement.Morris had been named in the squad for the one-off match against the Irish on Sunday and five home ODIs against Australia starting on Sept. 30.Uncapped all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been called up as a replacement for the Australia matches.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy S9 to be launched in early 2018: Possible specs and features

first_imgLooks like Samsung will be starting year 2018 with a bang. The company is expected to launch not only its flagship Galaxy S9 phone, which could come as early as January, it will also possibly launch the new and updated Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ (or should we call it Galaxy S8 Plus) to take on the likes of the Nokia 8 and the OnePlus 5T . While the Galaxy S9 is expected to be an entirely new phone according to leaks and rumours so far, the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ will be like poor man’s Galaxy S8.A number of rumours and leaks have surfaced about these three phones. The most substantial of these is the leak of Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ manual, which tells a lot about these two phones. This user manual was uploaded on the official Samsung website but once its details surfaced in news, it was taken down. So let’s summarise each of them.Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+– The design shown in the leaked manual hints that the new Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ are going to come with the infinity display, similar to what Samsung put in the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in 2017. It makes sense. This year the infinity display was cutting edge technology. But in 2018, it is only logical that Samsung will try to bring it down to more affordable phones, which the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ are going to be relatively. However, for now the screen-size and the resolution of the screen is not known, but it is almost certain that the two phones will use AMOLED panel.advertisement– The processor, amount of RAM and total storage is something not known so far.– The leaked manual hints that the Galaxy A8 and the A8 Plus variant will come with dual front cameras, which will also offer portrait mode during selfies.– On the back, there will be single camera. The make and resolution of the camera is not yet known. The rear cover also has a fingerprint sensor, similar to what we have seen in the Galaxy S8.Also Read: Phone with fingerprint sensor under display to launch in January, could be Samsung Galaxy S9– The two phones will come with USB-C port and with the regular 3.5mm headphone jack.– Support for SD card will be offered. Also, the dual-SIM card feature is almost certain to be there in the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ (2018).– The Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ will be launched with Android Nougat.– The phones are likely to be launched at Samsung Global or Asia Forum, that the company holds usually after January. These two phones are expected to cost under Rs 40,000 given the fact that they are part of A series processor and will compete with the likes of the OnePlus 5T.Galaxy S9– This is going to be the flagship Android phone for Samsung in the year 2018.– The Galaxy S9, just like the S8, will come packed with the latest technologies of the day. This means it is going to be powered by the recently-announced Snapdragon 845 in some markets whereas in other markets, most notably in India, the phone will use a comparable Exynos processor.– The latest rumours suggest that the Galaxy S9 will come with single rear camera, and may offer features like portrait mode through AI-driven software.– Leaked schematics spotted on Weibo suggest that the Galaxy S9 could keep the fingerprint sensor below the rear camera rather than next to it as was the case with the Galaxy S8. This should please a lot of people who found the placement of the sensor on the S8 troubling as it would often cause accidental touches on the camera. — The scematics also suggest a slightly smaller form factor, which could be possible as rumours have suggested that the Galaxy S9 will sport narrower bezels for a larger display compared to the Galaxy S8.– It is certain that the Galaxy S9 will have at least 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Recently Samsung noted that it has started manufacturing 512GB storage modules, and chances are that the company may put them in the Galaxy S9 before it sells them to other phone makers.– The Galaxy S9 is likely to launch with Android Oreo, customised by Samsung with its touchwiz user interface.– Just a day ago Synaptics said that it has made a fingerprint sensor that can go under the screen and said that a top phone maker will launch a phone using this technology in January. It is possible that this phone maker is Samsung and the phone in question is Galaxy S9.advertisement– The Galaxy S9 is going to be a top-end phone with price to match. It is likely to be shown in January, although the formal launch may happen in February.last_img read more

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Rohde & Schwarz: RTP oscilloscope doubles maximum bandwidth to 16 GHz

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADLINK joins ROS 2 Technical Steering CommitteeNext CEVA: second-generation AI processor for deep neural network workloads With new 13 GHz and 16 GHz models, the R&S RTP high-performance oscilloscope family, the most compact multi-purpose lab instrument available, is now scalable from the 4 GHz minimum up to the full 16 GHz bandwidth. Additional new highlights are powerful debugging functions such as the high-speed serial pattern trigger using hardware-based clock-data-recovery (CDR) up to 16 Gbps, or the DDR4 signal integrity and compliance test. The R&S RTP oscilloscope now also provides time domain reflection (TDR) and transmission (TDT) analysis to characterize and debug signal paths.The R&S RTP triggers on realtime deembedded signals and supports all trigger types including pulse width, setup and hold, or runt, up to the full instrument bandwidth. Ideal for debugging high-speed differential signals and available for both data acquisition and trigger functions, the new math module introduced directly after the realtime deembedding block supports addition or subtraction for any two signals, plus signal inversion and common mode operations.R&S RTP users can now analyze high-speed serial signals at data rates up to 16 Gbps with the serial pattern trigger options R&S RTP-K140/K141, which include hardware-based clock data recovery for extracting the embedded clock signal as trigger reference. The trigger supports bit patterns up to 160 bits in length, plus decoding schemes such as 8B/10B, or 128B/132B. Eye diagrams for signal integrity debug, based on the embedded clock, for at-a-glance analysis with the fastest mask test or histogram function provide results within seconds.The R&S RTP supports debug and compliance test on DRAM memory interfaces using DDR4, DDR4L, and LPDDR4 with the new option R&S RTP-K93. It combines multiple functions such as READ/WRITE decoding, up to four DDR eye displays and automated compliance testing in line with the appropriate JEDEC standards.The new I/Q mode option R&S RTP-K11 converts modulated signals to I/Q data for analysis, saving acquisition memory, and extending the maximum acquisition time. The R&S VSE vector signal explorer is the right tool for in-depth analysis of wideband radar signals, or demodulating wireless communication signals including 5G NR. The I/Q data can also be used with any suitable external tool for proprietary signal analysis.The R&S RTP now also provides all the functions required as a time domain reflection (TDR) and transmission (TDT) analysis system to characterize and debug signal paths, such as PCB traces, cables and connectors.The R&S RTP is a compact high-performance oscilloscope, with a footprint up to 40 percent smaller than competitor products. It is also the quietest, due to the sophisticated cooling concept and silent fans.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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Preity G Zinta: I almost died in 2004 tsunami

first_imgOn December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami struck the coasts of the Indian Ocean and killed over 2,30,000 people in 14 countries. At the time, Preity GZinta was holidaying with her friends in Phuket, which was badly hit by the waves.At the India Today Conclave East 2018, Preity recounted her near-death experience. “I almost died in the tsunami. I was in Phuket. Most of my closest friends passed away in that. I’m the only one who survived. God bless their souls. It was a tough time,” she said.The horrific incident became a major turning point in Preity’s life. “I came back thinking, ‘Why did I survive?’ So I thought I should do what I really want to do with my life,” she said, adding that it was after this that she decided to venture into the Indian Premier League.”I met Lalit Modi at the Bravery Awards. I was the brand ambassador and his family was involved with that. We sat down for coffee later, and I told him that I want to have a sports school. It was my dad’s and my dream. I didn’t realise that you need to have Rs 1000 crore to ave a sports school!” she revealed.Preity added, “When the IPL was being bid for, he called me and asked, ‘Why don’t you do this?’ Everyone said no, but I’m a visual person. I thought to myself, ‘Can I see this? Yes, I can.'”ALSO SEE: Salman Khan’s friend Preity Zinta rushes to Jodhpur to visit him in jailadvertisementlast_img read more

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Aston Martin drives in all new Vantage in India priced at Rs 2.86 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 26 (PTI) British luxury brand Aston Martin Friday launched all new version of its sports car Vantage in India priced at Rs 2.86 crore (ex-showroom).The company, which had launched DB 11 model in India in 2016, now plans to ramp up its presence in the country over the next few years.”We see India as a very important market with great potential and that is why we are emphasising a lot on this market. We are doing a lot of study in emerging markets so that we can increase our presence here,” Nancy Chen, Head of Sales Operations for Aston Martin, South and Southeast Asia, told PTI.Chen said globally the company aims to launch seven new products over the next seven years under its Second Century Plan.”Each of these seven new models would also be launched in India, that’s how important the Indian market is to us,” she added.When asked about cumulative sales in India so far Chen declined to comment but said the company sales have been growing in double digits since the launch of sports coupe DB 11 in 2016.She added that the company is also looking to bring in the Aston Martin experience and brand centre to India as well. Currently, the company has one in Tokyo catering to the Asia Pacific region.Commenting on all new Vantage, Chen said its a true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge.”The new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine that the enthusiasts have been waiting for,” she added.advertisementThe sports car comes with 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine mated to eight-speed automatic transmission enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds.The company currently has two dealerships in India — Delhi and Mumbai. PTI MSS BALBALlast_img read more

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Notes on Mike Gundy’s Monday press conference

first_imgMonday is media day for OSU and Coach Gundy and guest writer Clint Davison will be covering Gundy’s press conferences for us this season. Here’s his first post (he gave great effort).• “[We’ve] been here 10 years, so there’s a little bit of substance to us…we probably compete and play a little better than we should, just based on the continuity we’ve had here for a number of years…” I have to agree – Coach Gundy is building a system – however hard that is to define, it’s happening in Stillwater.• When asked if he expected the defense to perform at this level – Gundy gave a great Gundy-ism – “didn’t have a clue.” No clue, really? Not surprising coming from the same Gundy that sat on the sidelines drawing up plays during the Mizzou game in ‘08!• He was complimentary of the defense. “Two or three mental mistakes on small things really the difference…Am I pleased with their effort? Yes. But they have a long ways to go…”• Gundy said about JW “What I’d like to have back is when he fumbled the ball with four and a half minutes to play. Florida State didn’t want him to keep the ball and run it…I was surprised.” With the “FSU didn’t want him to keep the ball” comment, are we seeing a green light for the JW legs to have a greater part in the offense?• Gundy on the offensive line: “We believe in playing 2-deep…[we’d] like to play two offensive lines…”• When asked how many players played every snap. He said “Six? Could be wrong…on offense, not more than 10.” What?!• When asked how they were going to continue getting him the ball Gundy said: “We’re taking suggestions. Drop it in the box [outside the door].”• This quote on Tyreek being the decoy on Glidden’s TD was great: “If you or I were running that direction, I’m not sure they’d be so fired up.”• For the Daxx fans: “Daxx has taken a lot of reps; and I think he’s ready to play in a game. There wasn’t a time Saturday night, it benefitted our team for him to be in there.” Okay this was confusing.  It would have benefitted our team several times to complete the downfield pass!• He had some stunning things to say about Emmanuel Ogbah: “[I was] very confident he would play well. Could be the best here, the ball’s in his court.”• When asked who to compare Ogbah to at OSU he dropped this gem: “Who’s the best one ever…?”• On the receivers Gundy said “[they] have to catch the ball better at the receiver position.” Had the one to Seales been hauled in and it may have been a night for Gundy crazy arms up and down the Strip in Stilly!• “My 9-year old (Gage) likes [Ofa Hautau] because he has long hair.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Report: Kyler Murray Officially Signs With Arizona Cardinals

first_img ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the signing.Kyler Murray’s fully guaranteed 4-year deal will be $35,158,645, which includes a $23,589,924 signing bonus via @corryjoel https://t.co/obSnhIx9DX— Robert Raiola, CPA (@SportsTaxMan) May 9, 2019After moving on from the Oakland A’s offer, Murray won out in the end.He receives more than $35 million guaranteed after the Cardinals decided to make him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft.Following their decision to draft Murray, the team traded former No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins for a late second-round pick.Arizona drafted former UMass wide receiver Andy Isabella with that selection.We’ll have to wait and see if Murray can lift the Cardinals to prominence. former oklahoma quarterback kyler murray at the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Two weeks ago, the Arizona Cardinals made former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.Despite trading up to draft former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen at No. 10 in the 2018 NFL draft, the Cardinals decided to roll the dice on the reigning Heisman Trophy-winner.Murray reportedly considered signing with the Oakland Athletics after the team drafted him with the No. 9 overall pick in the MLB draft. However, the former Sooner decided football is the game for him and he became the first individual to be drafted in the first round of the NFL and MLB drafts.Two weeks after landing with the Cardinals, Murray has reportedly signed with the team.last_img read more

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Jamaica to Host Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality

first_img Strategies to remedy gender inequality and engage men as partners in tackling gender-based discrimination in the region are among the issues to be discussed at an Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 24 and 25.The event, to be held under the theme, ‘Partnerships to Transform Gender Relations’, is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; the Jamaican Parliament; and ParlAmericas, an inter-parliamentary association with membership across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.It will involve the participation of parliamentarians, non-governmental organisations, and gender experts from countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held today (January 17) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, said plans are advanced in the preparation for the workshop.She said that the event provides an opportunity for parliamentarians, along with civil society, to engage in dialogue and discuss actions to deal with the gender equality issue.“When they go back, participants are expected to strengthen systems within the Parliament that will encourage dialogue on gender affairs and how to treat with gender balance,” she said.Mrs. Cooke stated that there will be a closing session and a press briefing with the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at the end of the workshop.For her part, Director, Policy and Research, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn Robinson, said the Ministry is “extremely ecstatic” to partner with the Houses of Parliament on the initiative.“For years we wanted to sensitise parliamentarians. This is a part of our mandate coming out of… the National Policy for Gender Equality,” she added.She noted that one of the areas of the Policy is to “sensitise our parliamentarians, so that they understand the importance of legislation and the impact it has on gender equality, and that they are not just aware but they are engaged strategically”. Story Highlights Strategies to remedy gender inequality and engage men as partners in tackling gender-based discrimination in the region are among the issues to be discussed at an Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 24 and 25. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held today (January 17) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, said plans are advanced in the preparation for the workshop. It will involve the participation of parliamentarians, non-governmental organisations, and gender experts from countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.last_img read more

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Copenhagen Malmo Port Improves Turnover

first_imgzoom Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) increased its turnover by 7% in 2014, as well as its operating profit reaching SEK 89.5 million (USD 10.54 million).According to the CMP, the main reason for these increases were higher volumes in the fields of RoRo, containers and dry bulk.In 2014 CMP’s turnover was SEK 763 million (USD 89.87 million), its operating profit was SEK 89.5 million( USD 10.54 million) and its operating margin was 11.7%.The RoRo traffic volumes were about 10% higher than in 2013, and were made up of around 279,000 units. It was the third year of increased RoRo goods volumes in succession. Handling of new cars decreased to 357,000 vehicles. New collaborations were at the same time established within this area, e.g. with Ford, CMP said.Liquid bulk volumes were lower than in 2013, mainly because of decreased transit oil volumes. Container handling increased to around 149,000 units.“It is important to us that we are working in several different business segments. This spreads the risk, and means that CMP can increase its volumes even during periods of relatively weak demand,”  Johan Röstin, CMP’s CEO, said.Last year Copenhagen was named Best Baltic Cruise Destination. The figures for cruise traffic were 20.9 million gross tonnes (23.1) and around 772,000 passengers (837,000).Image: CMPlast_img read more

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Probe of Buddhist leaders alleged misconduct ongoing report due by January

first_imgHALIFAX — An independent probe into allegations against the spiritual leader of one of the largest Buddhist organizations in the western world has finished accepting new claims, with a final report into the sexual misconduct accusations expected by early January.In a statement to the Shambhala International community today, the organization’s interim board says the law firm Wickwire Holm has been investigating allegations of sexual harm caused by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and other Shambhala leaders since late summer.The eight-member interim board says the investigation closed to new claims on Nov. 16, and the investigator is continuing to review the claims she has received.They say the investigator will submit the results to the Buddhist organization in a final report no later than early January.The interim board says it will review the information from the investigator and then provide a report to the community, adding that it is “committed to providing transparency” on the findings without breaching confidentiality.The investigation was launched after a former Shambhala community member published reports from women alleging sexual misconduct by the Buddhist leader — a holder of Shambhala lineage who is considered royalty within the Shambhala community.The accusations prompted Mipham to step back from his duties pending the outcome of the third-party investigation, and also lead to the mass resignation of the Kalapa Council — the governing body of the Buddhist group.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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GM reaffirms Oshawa closure after meetings with Ontario and federal officials

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — General Motors says it has reaffirmed plans to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant in meetings with the Ontario and federal governments.Company CEO Mary Barra met briefly with federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains Monday on the sidelines of an auto show in Detroit, and company executives met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford earlier on Tuesday.The company says it told both governments that it intends to continue to be a major manufacturer in Canada with its Ingersoll and St. Catharines plants and an expanded automotive research base.GM announced in late November that it would wind down its Oshawa operations by the end of 2019 at a loss of about 2,600 unionized workers and 340 other staff.Bains said in a statement that he urged the company to reconsider the Oshawa closure, and regrets that the company’s position hasn’t changed.He said the federal government stands ready to play an active role to find a solution for Oshawa’s workers.last_img read more

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Tommy Lakes Forest Fire grows to over 20000 hectares

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Tommy Lakes fire that caused residents north of Prespatou to be evacuated Saturday night, is now over 20,000 hectares in size.According to an update posted Sunday morning by the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 20,000 hectares and approximately 29 km northeast of Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway.  Officials are still saying the size of the fire is only an estimate and that they will do further tracking on Sunday to determine the full size and of the fire.  On May 26, the fire did move to the Northeast.The evacuation order is in effect for the following area: Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service from earlier in the 2018 wildfire season. 1 of 6 Interface: Interface Interface FireEvacuation Order is in effect.On May 26, 2018 at 1700 hours the Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order for Electoral Area B due to the Tommy Lakes wildfire. The evacuation order is in effect for:Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.More informationIt is expected that an area restriction will be in place to restrict public access to the active wildfire area and access roads within the Tommy Lakes wildfire boundary. This is to ensure the safety of the public and crews.Cause: Lightning Lightning CausedResources• 77 firefighters• 7 helicopters• 7 heavy equipmentThe primary objectives are to establish machine guard and if conditions permit conduct controlled burning operations, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure and other values in the vicinity of G80340. Two unit crews are working on the east side of the South Nig Road connector continuing west of the Nig connector to Tommy Lakes junction. Additional crews are working along with heavy equipment to build guard to establish access to Beatton River off the Tommys Lake Road. They will also be preparing for controlled burning (burn off) operations if weather permits.The Tommy Lakes (G80340) is the result of the amalgamation of the former Beatton Lake (G80340) and the Tommy Lakes Road (G80341). This amalgamation occurred on May 25, 2018.Please refer to attached perimeter map for location of the Tommy Lakes wildfire.Smoke may be visible to the public from this wildfire. Photo taken by Ina Dick Discovered: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Size: 20,000.0 hectares (estimated)Status: Active• 0% containedThe fire is approximately 20,000* hectares, 0% contained*This area is an estimate only. The wildfire is expected to be tracked today to determine a more accurate area including the May 26th excursion to the northeast. Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.Forest Fire PhotosHere are some photos of the fire submitted to Energeticcity.ca by Ina Dick and the B.C. Wildfire Service: Below is the latest update from the B.C. Wildfire Service:Tommy Lakes (G80340)Last updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 9:47 AMLocation: Approximately 29km northeast of mile 109 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway)• See approximate location of this wildfire by clicking here Photo was taken by Ina Dick. Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service Photo taken by Ina Dicklast_img read more

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Effort to rewrite Jack Danielssupported legal definition of Tenn whiskey fails for

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 20, 2009, file photo, Jeff Arnett, the master distiller at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn., tests the aroma of whiskey at the distillery. Jack Daniel’s is fighting efforts in the state Legislature to dial back the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey, including a provision that requires the spirit to be aged in new oak barrels. State lawmakers on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel’s will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) Effort to rewrite Jack Daniel’s-supported legal definition of Tenn. whiskey fails for year NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel’s will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.The proposal that could have led to the outright repeal of the labeling law was moved to summer study panels that will convene after the legislative session ends.Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett, who has heavily lobbied lawmakers to uphold the current law, welcomed the decision to put off suggested changes like removing a requirement to age whiskey in unused oak barrels.“We stand behind last year’s law, we truly believe it’s best for Tennessee whiskey all over the world,” Arnett said. “And for the players who’ve located in the state of Tennessee, we need to uphold these quality standards.”The debate has pitched two global liquor giants against each other. Jack Daniel’s which is owned by Louisville, Ky.-based Brown-Forman Corp., first proposed the establishment of a Tennessee whiskey law last year. George Dickel is owned British conglomerate Diageo PLC, which led this year’s attempts to dismantle that law.Guy L. Smith IV, executive vice-president of Diageo, said he hopes the study committee gives serious consideration to changing the law.“Rather than having one company dictate for everyone, we can do this the right way and come together in an open forum to discuss how to create the best standards for Tennessee whiskey,” Smith said in a release.While some smaller distillers like Full Throttle in northwestern Tennessee had spoken out against the restrictions, others like Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville argued that strict rules akin to those governing bourbon whiskey would ensure a baseline of quality.“It’s a relief that we’re upholding the standards of Tennessee whiskey for now,” said Nelson’s Green Brier CEO Charles Nelson.Nelson said the state law conforms with the way his ancestor first made Tennessee whiskey, and that his company had planned to distill its own version following that recipe regardless of whether the legal definition had been changed.Jack Daniel’s is by far the largest producer of Tennessee whiskey, shipping 11.5 million cases of its Black Label last year, a 5 per cent increase from 2012. Dickel was the second-largest Tennessee whiskey producer in 2013, with 130,000 cases sold.Whiskey is clear when it goes into the barrel. It’s during the aging process that the whiskey acquires colour and flavours. Arnett, the Jack Daniel’s master distiller, argued that employing reused barrels could lead some distillers to be tempted to use artificial colours and flavouring agents.Arnett said he’s ready to put the arguments over the definition of Tennessee whiskey to rest.“I would love to stop debating it and get back to making it,” he said. by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2014 4:15 pm MDT read more

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Improvements in Afghan audit will enhance integrity – UN

The United Nations in Afghanistan has welcomed several refinements made this week to that country’s ongoing audit over the results of the presidential run-off poll, saying the improvements will strengthen the “integrity of the process”.In a statement from Kabul today, Ján Kubiš, head of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that all parties had a responsibility to ensure the delivery of credible results of the roughly eight million ballots. “The objective of the unprecedented audit agreed to by [the two Presidential candidates] Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani is to identify and excise large-scale fraud from the millions of valid votes,” said Mr. Kubiš. During the last week several refinements were discussed in the Audit Management committee co-chaired by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and UN with the participation of the two campaigns and international observers. “As we continue to learn every day by carrying out the audit, the IEC, the UN and the two campaign teams are working to tighten the procedures and criteria so that the demand of the Afghan people to separate fraudulent ballots from valid votes can be achieved.” The most significant of these issues was the new special scrutiny procedure, which commenced on 16 August. It was required by the 12 July Agreement reached between Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ghani, which allowed agents from their campaigns to request special scrutiny on ballot boxes that register certain results. “Operationalising the special scrutiny provision is important to promoting broad acceptance of the result of the audit,” said Mr.Kubiš. Other updates include a process on how to identify improbable sequences of voter ID cards in voter logs, and further clarifications on what constitutes a ballot marked according to procedure. “Now both candidates can have the confidence that the polling stations about which they had the greatest concerns will not just be audited but also receive full recounts under the close monitoring of the most experienced IEC staff, UN experts and observers.” The issues were raised by the electoral campaigns based on their experiences with the audit, which is expected to have completed 10,000 boxes by Sunday. Following extensive deliberations on each issue, UN recommendations on technical matters and other issues were put forward with the aim to contribute to the audit overall objective of capturing and cleaning large-scale fraud. read more

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