NPP wins Williamnagar Assembly seat in Meghalaya

first_imgThe National People’s Party (NPP), a regional entity that former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma had formed, won the adjourned election to the Williamnagar Assembly constituency in Meghalaya on Tuesday.The victory has taken the seat tally of NPP, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, to 20 in the State’s 60-member House with an effective strength of 59 after former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of Congress gave up Ampati, one of the two seats he had won. The NPP-led alliance, including two legislators of BJP, now has 37 MLAs.The result declared around Tuesday noon showed NPP candidate Marcuise N. Marak won the Williamnagar seat by bagging 9,558 votes, which was 37.5% of the total votes cast.Of the constituency’s 32,345 voters, 78.8% had exercised their franchise.Independent candidate Sengbath R. Marak was second with 4,698 votes while former minister Deborah C Marak of Congress, who had won the seat in 2013, finished third with 4,517 votes.Krinilla R Mark, the widow of slain Nationalist Congress Party leader Jonathone N Sangma who was expected to gain sympathy votes, came fourth with 4,009 votes.Election in Williamnagar had to be adjourned after extremists killed Mr. Sangma by blowing up his vehicle during campaign a week ahead of the Assembly polls on February 27. He was the candidate of NCP, which later decided to field his widow.“The challenge of living up to the expectations of the people begins now,” Mr. Marak, who had won the State’s Rongrenggiri seat as an NCP candidate in 2008, said after the result was declared.Prior to the poll in Williamnagar, the NPP-led alliance had 36 MLAs in the Meghalaya assembly. Apart from NPP’s 20 now and BJP’s two, the constituents are United Democratic Party (six LMAs), People’s Democratic Front (four), Hill State People’s Democratic Party (two), NCP (one) and two independents.last_img read more

Victoria bowling coach fined over ball tampering

first_imgMick Lewis, the bowling coach of Victoria, has been fined more than $2,000 for tampering with the ball during the final of the Sheffield Shield domestic first-class competition against South Australia.The former Australia fast bowler pleaded guilty to a charge of ball tampering which arose from an incident on the third day of the four-day match Monday in which the umpires found the state of the ball had been altered after being handled by Lewis.Cricket Australia said “ball tampering is a very serious offence and simply won’t be tolerated at any level of the game.”It said as it was Lewis’ first offense he would not be suspended but would pay a fine of $2,266, equivalent to half a player’s match fee.Television replays showed that after a boundary had been hit by a South Australia batsman, Lewis appeared to kick the ball under a picket fence, then scrape it against a concrete gutter before returning it to a fieldsman.Umpires Paul Wilson and Mick Martell inspected the ball two overs later and decided its condition had been altered and it should be replaced.After discussion with match referee Steve Bernard, the umpires awarded South Australia five bonus runs in its second innings.Cricket Australia said Bernard “addressed the matter as soon as it was brought to his attention, spoke at length to Mick Lewis about it and has handed down the subsequent penalty.”We acknowledge that (Lewis) has apologized to the South Australian team and the match officials and hope the matter deters others from doing anything like this in the future.”advertisementlast_img read more

Workplace climate responsible for gender-based job stress

first_imgWashington, Jul 14 (PTI) The gender-based job stress which women face is because of the workplace climate and not due to their nature as commonly thought, a new study suggests.Social scientists have long known that women working in numerically male-dominated occupations like physics and firefighting report experiencing workplace stress, but men who work in numerically female-dominated occupations like nursing and child care do not, researchers said.The study by Cate Taylor from Indiana University in the US found that gender-based stress is experienced due to the workplace, and not because of something about the women.She designed and carried out an experiment that subjected both men and women to the negative social conditions that many women report experiencing in male-dominated occupations.The result was that men showed the same physiological stress response to the conditions as did women.”Women are not especially sensitive to negative workplace social conditions. Rather, both women and men exhibit similar responses to the same types of stressful workplace conditions,” she said.The study focuses on what Taylor calls “gendered social exclusion,” behaviour that would tend to make “token” women or men feel excluded from a group of mostly opposite-sex coworkers.For example, men might exclude female co-workers by talking constantly about sports or other stereotypically male interests.To determine the effect of gendered social exclusion, Taylor placed female study participants in experimental groups with three male confederates and male study participants in groups with three female confederates.The confederates were trained to make the study participants feel excluded by talking about stereotypically masculine topics (sports, video games and a class in business statistics) or stereotypically feminine topics (shopping, yoga and pilates, and a class in child development) and by subtly excluding the participants from the conversations.advertisementShe compared the stress response of these participants with the stress response of participants in groups made up of members of the same sex that did not use conversation to make the participants feel excluded.In order to measure stress response, at several points during the experiment, Taylor measured levels of the hormone cortisol in the participants saliva – a known indicator of physiological stress response.Cortisol levels rose markedly in participants subjected to gendered exclusion but not in the other participants.”The results suggest that conditions associated with male-dominated professions are what cause token women to report experiencing high levels of stress in the workplace,” said Taylor.”If the workplace climate were less unfriendly, we might see more women in these male-dominated occupations, and we might see more parity in pay,” she said.The study was published in the American Journal of Sociology. PTI SAN CPSlast_img read more


first_imgChhetri was happy that Mumbai City FC have qualified for Chhetri was happy that Mumbai City FC have qualified for the first time for the play-offs with one game in hand. “I feel very happy. Last year we could not qualify but this is the first stage (in play-offs). When I joined (after stint with I-League club Bengaluru FC), the team was in a very good position. Everyone looks fit. We will give our best but will take it one game at a time,” Chhetri said. “The first season, I was not there. Second season we had a good team, but we just lost our track. One of the reasons we have done well is sitting on my right (Forlan). He has been very influential on and off the field. “We also have a very able coach and coaching staff. We are in sync. We are heading in the same direction and when this happens more often than not we will taste success. There are no groups here. We are united but not complacent. “We are going to try our best to win the next game (against Delhi Dynamos here on December 3). There has been no calculation about whom to avoid (in semis). None from coach to captain. We are happy that we have qualified with one game in hand. “We want to be a confident team going into the semis. We will try to win the last game as well as the next one, semis. We have a great away result but had not done well at home. Suddenly we have won two out of two at home. We have to build on it, work harder. The momentum is with us,” he said. Asked about his position in the teams line-up, Forlan said from childhood he always played as a forward. “I like having freedom to play wherever I feel comfortable. I am comfortable in forward position where I have always played as a kid. We have really good players, Indian or foreign. Everybody who has had an opportunity has done well. We are all enjoying each others company, playing and training,” he said. He was not sure whether he could take part in a longer league in India. “Entire season in India? I dont know what I am going to do once the league ends. I have to see, get whole information before deciding,” Forlan said. PTI SSR GK PDS PDS SREadvertisementlast_img read more

Concurrent reloads VME product line based on latest generation processors

first_imgConcurrent Technologies announces two new VME boards for long life-cycle deployments that are expected to remain in the market beyond 2030.  VP B7x/msd is based on an 8th generation Intel Xeon processor for applications that need high compute or virtualization capability.  VP F6x/msd is optimized to maximize I/O capability and is suitable for those applications that need to boot legacy operating systems. Air-cooled products are available for evaluation and rugged conduction-cooled versions are scheduled, pending the conclusion of environmental qualification testing.VP B7x/msd is based around a six-core Intel Xeon processor E-2176M and up to 32Gbytes of DDR4 memory.  VP F6x/msd is fitted with a four-core Intel Xeon processor E3-1505L v6 and includes dual PMC/XMC sites plus an option for two additional PMC modules using a carrier card in a 2-slot configuration. Both boards have a site for a SATA based Flash drive up to 128Gbytes, an M.2 site for up to 1Tbytes of high speed PCI Express NVMe storage and an adapter for a 2-5-inch Solid State Disk.  In addition, a variety of USB, RS232, Gigabit Ethernet and display interfaces are supported.For security conscious customers, Concurrent Technologies offers several options: a TPM 2.0 device and Secure Boot are standard features with Sanitization Utilities and our Guardian Security Package also available.  Guardian enables customers to deploy sensitive applications through a range of hardware, firmware and software features that deter tampering and lock access to intellectual property.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous EKF: PICMG CompactPCI Serial peripheral slot boardNext Winbond extends performance of Serial NAND Flash Memory with new 1Gbit device offering maximum data-transfer rate of 83MB/slast_img read more

Croatia reach maiden World Cup final, to play France on July 15

first_imgCroatia defeated England 2-1 in extra-time to reach their first ever World Cup final. They will meet 1998 champions France in the title clash of FIFA World Cup 2018.It was a massive heartbreak for England, who had taken the lead in the first five minutes. The Three Lions were suddenly in sight of their first World Cup final after 52 years. Between 1966 and 2018, England had reached the semifinals in 1990 but other than that, they had largely disappointed in the most mega event.Croatia’s best run in a World Cup before tonight was a semifinal berth in 1998.Croatia and England were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday after Croatia’s Ivan Perisic scored in the 68th minute to cancel out Kieran Trippier’s early free kick.Trippier curled the ball in after five minutes to get England off to a flying start but Croatia hit back when Perisic got in front of his marker to flick in a high cross from Sime Vrsaljko in the 68th minute.(Highlights)As the game moved to extra-time, both teams failed to create chances. There was no change to the scoreline in the first half but Mario Mandzukic reacted quickly to a flick on and he netted it in as Jordan Pickford looked on helplessly in the 109th minute.England were off to a sensational start in a World Cup semifinal which was right on the edge for most of the 90 minutes. Perisic’s 68th minute strike meant the teams went into extra-time not for the first time in the tournament.Also read – Croatian president parties with Modric’s team in dressing roomadvertisementCroatia had won both their knockout matches before the semifinals via penalty shootouts. In the round of 16, the Croats had defeated Denmark 3-2 in penalties before overcoming Russia in the quarter-finals 4-3 in a tense penalty shootout.England had prevailed over Colombia 4-3 via a penalty shootout in their round of 16 match.It was another high-octane semifinal a day after France defeated Belgium 1-0 at St Petersburg.Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, who had spoken out in support of Russia’s neighbour and adversary Ukraine, was booed by spectators on Wednesday.After Croatia’s quarter-final victory over Russia, a video was posted online showing Vida, a former player with Ukrainian club side Dynamo Kiev, saying “Glory to Ukraine!”Russia’s relations with Ukraine have been fraught since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.World soccer’s governing body FIFA ruled that Vida’s comments were not in keeping with tournament rules about political neutrality.The booing and whistles rang out each time Vida touched the ball in the semi-final against England, starting about 30 minutes into the first half.It did not appear to be coming from sections of the stadium where England supporters were concentrated. There were significant numbers of Russians in the stadium.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Thailand Open: PV Sindhu beats Tunjung to set up final meet with Okuhara

first_imgIt will be the titan clash between PV Sindhu and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara once again in the final of the Thailand Open after PV Sindhu beat Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the women’s singles semi-final on Saturday.In exactly an hour, Sindhu defeated Tunjung of Indonesia 23-21, 16-21, 21-9 to reach the final of the tournament.This is Sindhu’s first final at the BWF World Tour this year. She had reached the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games but that is not included in BWF tournament.She will meet Okuhara on Sunday, who earlier breezed past Beiwen Zhang 21-17, 21-10 in just 34 minutes.In the first two games of the match, it was not the best of performances from Sindhu and Tunjung troubled her with her quick feet and tricky strokes.Also read – Kidambi Srikanth pulls out of Thailand Open due to injuryIn the first game of the match, Tunjung went into the break with a solid 11-7 lead over the Indian but Sindhu fought back adnd stretched the game to eventually take it 23-21.It was the infamous fighting spirit of Sindhu that came into play once again.In the second game, Sindhu started stronger and opened up an 8-4 lead over the 18-year-old Tunjung. However, some impatience from her and some delightful shots from Tunjung meant the Indonesia cut that lead and went into the lead with an 11-9 advantage.This time around Sindhu failed to cut out that advantage and made many unforced errors to keep losing points against the Indonesia. Tunjung on the other hand started playing some beautiful shots and her quick movements were catching Sindhu off guard.advertisementHowever, in a couple of rallies that followed, it was evident that Tunjung was getting tired while Sindhu’s physical superiority was beginning to come into play.Tunjung held on to her advantage though and took the second game.It was the decider when Sindhu read Tunjung perfectly and began bringing her aggressive style of play onto the court.Sindhu began dominating the net play completely and nullified Tunjung’s quickness. Sindhu, having played some flat smashes and some smart net strokes, went into the break with an 11-7 lead.At the net, the Indian coaches were heard telling Sindhu that Tunjung was tired and all she needed to do was keep patience and go for her strokes when deemed correct.Also read – Why Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are training at separate venuesSindhu did exactly that and eventually emerged victorious.When Sindhu will take the court on Sunday, she will be up against Okuhara, who she has played some memorable matches against.Their current head-to-head record stands equal at 5-5 with the previous victory coming Sindhu way at the All England Championships 2018.Out of the last five matches between the two, four have gone the distance and Sindhu has won three of them.last_img read more

South Africa are hopeful Kagiso Rabada will be fit for 2019 World Cup

first_imgSouth Africa are hopeful that injured pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada will be fit in time for the World Cup as he was sidelined for another 2-3 weeks. Cricket South Africa’s medical team said they had taken an ‘extra cautious’ approach with Rabada due to his history of back complaints and were confident he will play a role in the tournament.”The anticipated recovery period for Rabada’s injury is 2-3 weeks and we are hopeful he’ll make a full recovery to be part of the World Cup squad,” team doctor Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying by 2019 Final: MI vs CSK Live BlogRabada complained of back pain while playing for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. He returned home for further assessment.Besides Rabada, South Africa are also plagued with injuries to Dale Steyn (shoulder) and Lungi Ngidi (side).”The selectors have ensured they have enough options on the table but there are some players that have been earmarked as standby players,” Moosajee added.According to the World Cup rules, 15-man World Cup squads must be finalized by May 23, while injured players can be replaced during the tournament.For the Proteas, paceman Anrich Nortje was ruled out of the tournament due to a hand injury last week and was replaced by all-rounder Chris Morris.Also Read | Selecting final England squad of 15 for 2019 ICC World Cup will be difficult: Eoin MorganAlso Read | Australia 2019 ICC World Cup squad to draw inspiration at World War One battle siteadvertisementlast_img read more

Salah and Van Dijk back in full Liverpool training after injury scares

first_imgMohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are expected to be fit for Liverpool’s visit to Huddersfield Town on Saturday despite missing recent internationals through injury.The influential duo completed full training sessions at Melwood on Wednesday and, barring any late setbacks, will be included in Jürgen Klopp’s plans against David Wagner’s winless side. Share on Twitter Share via Email Liverpool Topics Read more news Mohamed Salah Salah missed Egypt’s fixture with Swaziland on Tuesday having been substituted with a muscle problem against the same opponents last Friday, and Van Dijk was rested from the Netherlands’ friendly draw with Belgium in midweek.Van Dijk played and scored for Ronald Koeman’s side in their Nations League win against Germany but was omitted against Belgium as a precaution against a continuing rib problem. Sadio Mané, who sustained a thumb injury with Senegal, and James Milner, who hurt a hamstring against Manchester City before the international break, are both doubtful for the trip to Huddersfield.Naby Keïta, who injured a thigh playing for Guinea, is still being assessed and could be out for a fortnight. Huddersfield Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook The 10 most improved players in the Premier League this season Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

FIFA 18 completes Team of the Year

first_imgeSports Ramos, Marcelo and De Gea round out FIFA 18’s Team of the Year Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:48 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David de Gea Manchester United Getty Images eSports David de Gea Real Madrid Manchester United Premier League Primera División Sergio Ramos The Real Madrid and Manchester United stars were voted in by athletes, media and members of the EA Sports FIFA community in the annual best XI Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Marcelo, Dani Alves and David de Gea have been named in the FIFA 18 Team of the Year, as the video game completed its star-studded XI by unveiling the defenders and goalkeeper on Wednesday.The quartet of defenders made the final cut after the field had been narrowed to 20 nominees, with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva, Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso and Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia among those missing out.De Gea, meanwhile, emerged from a group of five goalkeepers that also included Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon and Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player #TOTY De Gea, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Bonucci and Dani Alves will be available for 48 hours, starting at 6pm UK! TOTY Midfielders will be out of packs from 6pm UK. — EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) January 17, 2018 Ramos and Marcelo inclusions mean Real Madrid have four representatives in the Team of the Year, with Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo included when FIFA announced the squad’s midfielders and strikers earlier in the week.Bonucci, Alves and De Gea are the only players from AC Milan, PSG and Manchester United in the final XI, which also features Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Spurs’ Harry Kane, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.FIFA 18 Team of the YearBased on their real-life performances throughout 2017, the total list of 55 nominees was whittled down to the final XI based on votes from athletes, media and members of the EA Sports FIFA community.EA Sports sent a ballot box to eligible voters, who picked their team in a 4-3-3 formation and submitted their choices by sharing a picture of the selection on social media with the hashtag #TOTYVote.last_img read more

Federal government offers provinces 5050 split on abandoned busroute service

first_imgVANCOUVER — The federal transport minister says the government will split funding for bus service on rural routes abandoned by Greyhound in northern Ontario and the Western provinces but so far only British Columbia has taken him up on the offer.Marc Garneau has met with B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Travena for a fourth time on a 50/50 cost-sharing plan to service routes that were dropped when Greyhound shut down operations last fall.Garneau says he’s waiting for Travena’s ministry to provide a list of routes as well as costs and there won’t be a cap on how much Ottawa will pay for the arrangement that would last two years.He says all 10 provinces have also formed a group, led by B.C., to consider long-term solutions for inter-city bus travel.Travena says B.C. has paid $2 million on a bus service for the northern part of the province, which will be included in the cost-sharing plan.She says the aim is to provide safe and affordable transportation for underserved areas, including those that are home to Indigenous communities that were dependent on Greyhound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC suspect denied bail in Vernon court

first_imgMembers of group that rallied outside Vernon, B.C., courthouse. (Facebook photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA judge has denied bail for a suspect charged with violence against women in B.C.’s Okanagan district.The decision to keep Curtis Sagmoen behind bars was cheered by Indigenous activists gathered on the steps of the Vernon courthouse.“It did have an impact,” rally organizer Jody Leon told the small but vocal group.“At every bail hearing they heard your voices.”Allies and advocates from Vancouver and Kamloops were in the crowd, Leon said on Facebook.“When it comes to the next decision we’re going to be here.”Sagmoen faces a number of charges alleging violence against women in various B.C. communities.Evidence disclosed at the bail hearing cannot be published under a publication ban.But not in relation to the death of Traci Genereaux, whose body RCMP discovered on a farm owned by Sagmoen’s parents outside Vernon.Sagmoen was living in a trailer on the property prior to his arrest a year ago.Genereaux is one of five women – two Indigenous – missing from the area.Leon’s group has been helping families of the missing women search for clues.APTN Investigates documented their efforts in this story.They were also outside the courthouse for each of Sagmoen’s court appearances over the past few weeks in Vernon.The group drummed, waved homemade banners and chanted, “No more stolen sisters” as passing motorists honked their horns. read more

Qatari FM to Meet US Secretary of State to Discuss Gulf

Washington – Only days after the blockade countries issued their list of demands to Qatar to end the Gulf crisis, Qatari foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani is scheduled to meet with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Tuesday in Washington.Qatar described the list of demands, which it received Thursday from the blockading countries, as unworkable. Citing Tillerson’s earlier urging that the demands be both “reasonable and actionable,” Qatar’s official response was to find them neither.Included in the demands were the complete shutdown of state-funded network, Al Jazeera, a significant scaling down of Qatar’s relationship with Iran and the closure of a Turkish military base in the country. The list of demands came weeks after three Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, announced they were severing all diplomatic ties with Qatar, alleging financial support for terrorist organizations and a relationship to Iran which they found too close for their comfort. The blockade followed this announcement almost immediately. The allegations have since been proven to be unfounded, prompting many to believe the reasons for the blockade to be more closely related to an intense dislike for Qatar’s foreign policy.Bahrain Changes its Opinion on Turkish PresenceMonday was a day for statements on the crisis, starting with Bahrain’s curiously timed reversal on the issue of Turkish increased military presence in Qatar. Originally, Bahrain regarded Turkish military personal in Qatar a non-issue. Now, however, the Bahraini foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, describes his country’s official opinion as markedly different:“The disagreement with Qatar is a political and security dispute and has never been about military… But the deployment of troops with their armored vehicles is a military escalation for which Qatar will bear the consequences.”Modest US DefianceRepublican US Senator, Bob Corker, vowed Monday night to withhold his consent regarding any US arms sales to GCC countries until the crisis in the Gulf has been resolved.Any sale of arms is mandated to go through a preliminary approval process before heading to full Congress for a 30-day review period. In his position as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Corker finds himself uniquely positioned to apply pressure for a resolution.In a letter to US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, with whom he shares a close relationship, Corker stated that “all countries in the region need to do more to combat terrorism, but recent disputes among the GCC countries only serve to hurt efforts to fight ISIS (ISIL) and counter Iran.”Iran Asks Europe to Step Up Pressure for ResolutionSpeaking in Berlin on Monday, Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, urged European countries to use their influence more effectively to intercede in the crisis to bring about a timely solution.Accusing the blockade countries of “punishing Qatar and Iran to deflect attention away from their governments’ handling of their own people,” Zarif said, “When foreign policy becomes a commodity, then purchasing military equipment becomes your yardstick for measuring who is a terrorist and who isn’t a terrorist.”As if to signal his agreement, Zarif’s German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, called the blockade’s list of demands against Qatar “very provocative.” Gabriel made the remark during a speech at an event presented by the European Council on Foreign Relations.Students in an UproarThe blockade, now in its third week, has affected all areas of Qatari life, including students from three of Qatar’s neighbours. Unable to complete their exams, the students have been refused their certificates and had their educational accounts closed. Their school registrations have also been revoked, prompting Qatar’s Human Rights Watch Committee to declare its official objection to the “serious threat” to students posed by the blockade.Al Jazeera Issues its Own ResponseIn an open letter published on Monday, Qatar-funded network Al Jazeera issued its own response to the list of blockade demands, which included the network’s closure.According to the statement, “The attempt to silence Al Jazeera is an attempt to silence independent journalism in the region, and to challenge everyone’s freedom to be heard and to be informed. This must not be allowed to happen”Espousing professional journalistic pride, the network affirmed its determination to carry out “our responsibility of providing reliable information, and giving those we cover a voice.”“We will continue to do our job with integrity. We will continue to be courageous in the pursuit of the truth. And we will continue to respect people’s rights to be heard,” it continued. read more

Interior secretary tribes meet amid drilling fight

CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M. — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has met with tribal leaders who are supporting legislation to prevent drilling on land they consider sacred around Chaco Culture National Historical Park.The meeting Tuesday at the centuries-old site in northwest New Mexico came at the urging of Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich amid a yearslong dispute over oil and gas development surrounding the park.Legislation sponsored by Heinrich and other members of New Mexico’s all-Democratic congressional delegation would halt new oil and natural gas lease sales on federal land within a 10-mile (16-kilometre) buffer zone around the park’s ancient stone structures and avenues.Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has previously said that many tribes want a greater area around Chaco protected from industrial incursions.Oil developers say robust protections already are in place.The Associated Press read more

Gerry Adams denies sanctioning murder of IRAs Denis Donaldson for being a

first_imgReal IRA Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein president, has denied sanctioning the murder of a British spy in the IRA.The allegation about the 2006 killing of Denis Donaldson was made by a man who claimed he was also a paid state agent in the IRA.The man made a series of claims, on an anonymous basis, to BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme.The most explosive was that Mr Adams sanctioned the killing of Mr Donaldson.Mr Donaldson, 55, a Sinn Fein official and close colleague of Mr Adams, was shot dead at an isolated cottage near Glenties in Co Donegal in April 2006.He had been living in the remote area of Donegal following his exposure as a state agent a year before his death.The Real IRA, a dissident republican group, claimed responsibility for the murder in 2008.  A masked member of the Real IRA splinter group, which claimed responsibility for the murder of Denis Donaldson, reads a statement during a ceremony in Londonderry in 2011Credit:Peter Morrison/PA But the circumstances surrounding Mr Donaldson’s outing as a British agent and subsequent death have long been shrouded in mystery.The man interviewed by Spotlight said the IRA was responsible for the murder and that it was sanctioned by Mr Adams.The claim was rejected by the Sinn Fein leader, who has always denied he was in the IRA.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Paramilitary groups killed or injured an estimated 3,000 people during the TroublesCredit:PAcenter_img His lawyer told the programme his client had no knowledge of or involvement in Mr Donaldson’s death and denied being consulted over the killing.On Wednesday morning, Mr Adams wrote on Twitter: “Last night’s BBC Spotlights totally untrue allegations about me.” On the way 2 Ploughing.,doing LMFM’s Mike Reid Show @ 9.30 on last night’s BBC Spotlights totally untrue allegations about me.— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) September 21, 2016 Mr Adams’s party colleague Gerry Kelly dismissed the documentary as a “collection of discredited conspiracy theories”.”The programme-makers have had no regard for the feelings of families of the victims of the conflict, including the family of Denis Donaldson,” said the North Belfast Assembly member. Paramilitary groups killed or injured 3,000 people during the Troubleslast_img read more

A lot of concern among EU states over prospect of Article 50

first_imgDoes an extension increase the chances for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement? Source: BBC Politics/Twitter 81 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha 33,699 Views Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: He added that the political declaration could be made “more ambitious” if a majority in the House of Commons wanted that.If the reason for an extension is neither of the above, Barnier asked what the purpose would be: “…How can we ensure that, at the end of a possible extension, we are not back in the same situation as today?”Extending the uncertainty without a clear plan would add to the economic cost for our businesses but could also incur a political cost for the EU.Coveney also warned that “it’s important that the British government gets the message from EU countries that while … there is an openness to an extension of Article 50 that EU leaders will be demanding in the context of a persuasive plan to accompany that extension”.He said this is to ensure “we can all move forward with some confidence that the outstanding issues relating to the Brexit process can be resolved”.Barnier said that the European Council, which is made up of the leaders of the EU’s 27 countries and is due to convene this Thursday and Friday, will need to assess what is in the best interest of the EU.“Voting against a no-deal does not prevent it from happening,” he continued, adding that it was “for the British government to decide what the UK wants to do next”.Everyone should now finalise all preparations for a no-deal scenario. On the EU-side, we are prepared.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with European Council President Donald Tusk at Government Buildings in Dublin this morning; meanwhile, Tánaiste Simon Coveney is in Brussels and has held meetings with UK Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington and Michel Barnier, among others.With reporting by Hayley Halpin Short URL Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.iecenter_img Michel Barnier: “Everyone should now finalise all preparations for a no-deal scenario”EU’s chief #Brexit negotiator says leaders are ready to consider a delay to Brexit, but MPs “voting against no-deal does not prevent it happening”— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 19, 2019 Mar 19th 2019, 4:36 PM Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney Image: Sam Boal via ‘A lot of concern’ among EU states over prospect of Article 50 long extension, Coveney warns EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier earlier said that EU member states should prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Updated Mar 19th 2019, 9:32 PM TÁNAISTE SIMON COVENEY has said there is a lot is concern among EU member states about the prospect of a long extension of Article 50, as the British Prime Minister Theresa May is on the cusp of asking to delay the date by which Brexit must happen, currently set for 29 March.His comments come after the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that EU member states should prepare for a no-deal Brexit.If MPs vote for Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal this week, May said that she would ask for an extension to Article 50, and delay the Brexit date by three months until 30 June.But to do this, the UK must get the permission of the EU’s 27 countries. EU leaders have said previously that without a clear reason for leaving, the request to push that date out wouldn’t be likely to be accepted by the EU.Speaking after Cabinet this evening, Coveney said that “there is a lot of concern among EU member states and partners about the prospect of a long extension to Article 50″.“The disruptive effect of Brexit for another nine months or another whatever period of time is something that I think people will need convincing on,” Coveney said.He said that if there is a request for a long extension, “there will need to be a very persuasive plan” to go with that which would explain why that’s needed and how the UK will use the time to “conclude the outstanding issues that haven’t been able to be agreed in London in the context of the Brexit process”. Coveney also said it has been “very clear” that there is “absolutely no appetite” to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement” from the EU.Making similar comments at a press conference today, Barnier said: “EU leaders will need a concrete plan from the UK in order to be able to make an informed decision.”He added that the “key questions” for the EU would be: Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 9:32 PM Will the UK request an extension because it wants a bit more time to rework the Political Declaration? Share287 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Réintroduction de caïmans en Colombie écologie ou économie

first_imgRéintroduction de caïmans en Colombie : écologie ou économie ?Colombie – L’opération visant à réintégrer progressivement 7.000 caïmans dans leur biotope d’origine a pour but de disposer de reproducteurs en milieu naturel. Cela permettra à l’entreprise Colombian Croco de diminuer ses coûts de production et d’augmenter les bénéfices générés sur le dos des caïmans.Bien que la Colombie affiche une intention écologique dans cette réintroduction d’animaux en milieu naturel, l’intérêt économique sous-jacent est manifeste. En effet, chaque année, la Colombie exporte 350.000 peaux de caïman vers des pays comme le Mexique, Singapour ou la Thaïlande. Vendues entre 10 et 25 dollars pièce, la peau des caïmans est très prisée et permet la confection de sacs, ceintures et autres accessoires de luxe.À lire aussiL’effrayante maladie de l’homme-arbre dont la peau se change en ”écorce”Pour le moment, 800 reptiles ont été réintroduits. Âgés de 2 ans,certains mesurent déjà entre 75 et 90 cm et iront repeupler les cours d’eau de Barranco de Loba. Cette petite ville bâtie sur les berges du fleuve Magdalena, le plus important de Colombie, s’inquiète de cette initiative. En effet, les caïmans risquent de décimer les populations d’arencas, un poisson qui constitue la base de l’alimentation de la population locale. Les conséquences seraient désastreuses pour cette région de Colombie extrêmement pauvre. De plus, la zone était déjà le théâtre d’affrontements entre les paramilitaires, les FARC, l’Armée de libération nationale (l’ELN) et l’extrême-droite armée (l’AUC), qui cherchaient à s’approprier les mines d’or qui s’y trouvent.Le 26 septembre 2010 à 16:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Eriksen admits Kane is under pressure to deliver

first_imgHarry Kane is under pressure to deliver in every game according to his Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen.Kane failed to deliver for Spurs in their last two Premier League games, despite breaking his deadlock in August.The striker has faced criticism this season for his poor scoring form and there have been calls from different pundits to rest the player after a hectic World Cup campaign.“Everyone expects him to score three goals every game,” Eriksen told the Independent.“As a team we know we have to feed him, but in a team that is losing it is very difficult to score goals, even one that keeps creating chances.“I know Harry wants to score more, and so do the rest of the team. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who is scoring and who is not scoring. It’s about winning games.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.But Eriksen has brushed aside fatigue claims as they resume their Champions League campaign away to Serie A giants Inter on Tuesday.“We are not tired after the World Cup. Everyone has had near enough the same break,” Eriksen added.“Of course we are unfortunate we had so many players going so far in the tournament, which meant they started their pre-season later.“But our performances have had nothing to do with tiredness. And personally, I haven’t felt tired.“There is no better place to put things right than at the San Siro. It’s the perfect stadium to play in.“And there will be no better way to start a Champions League campaign than with a win at the San Siro. It’s going to be an exciting game.”last_img read more

The Atlantic Posts Profit for First Time In Years

first_imgThe Atlantic says it turned its first profit in decades in the fourth quarter of 2010, driven by double-digit revenue increases year-over-year in digital (up 70 percent), events (up 37 percent) and even print (up 27 percent). Overall advertising revenue grew 37 percent. Online traffic grew 34 percent, with and TheAtlanticWire driving a monthly average of 5 million unique visitors. The Atlantic‘s November issue boasted the most ad pages of any issue in the magazine’s 153-year-history and out of 11 issues, eight were up double digits over 2009, according to publisher Jay Lauf. Much of the magazine’s success over the last year can be attributed to custom packages, such as cover unit packages sold against The Atlantic‘s “Brave Thinkers” issue. In his keynote address at the FOLIO: Show in June, Atlantic Media president Justin Smith said The Atlantic was projected to have a profitable fourth quarter and a “multi-million dollar” profit in 2011. According to Smith, the comeback was structured around creating a solid brand identity; a digital-first strategy; building a marketing services operation; expanding live events; and maintaining a relentless focus on hiring top talent.last_img read more