Unnao rape case: Yogi Adityanath assures firm action against criminals ‘no matter how influential they are’

first_imgFacing severe flak over the delay in taking action against his party MLA who has been accused in the Unnao rape case, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on April 13 said his government had not deviated from its zero-tolerance policy on crime and that it would firmly deal with criminals, no matter how influential they might be.Mr. Adityanath’s remarks came amidst criticism by political parties and a public outcry, demanding the arrest of the legislator of Bangarmau in Unnao district. The Allahabad High Court also directed the Central Bureau of Investigation on April 13 to arrest MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the accused in the alleged rape case of a minor girl in 2017.“As soon as the matter came to the notice of the government on April 9, we immediately constituted an SIT (Special Investigation Team) and initiated action in the matter…The policemen and doctors found guilty in the SIT report were suspended,” the Chief Minister told reporters in Chitrakoot. “We have referred the matter to the CBI… our government will not compromise on the zero-tolerance policy it has followed against crime and corruption since the beginning. We will firmly deal with criminals, however influential they might be,” Mr. Adityanath said.Senior State Minister and spokesperson of the U.P. government, Siddharth Nath Singh, said the law will take its own course and lashed out at the Opposition for “shedding crocodile tears” on the issue of safety of women. The process of recommending a CBI inquiry was promptly completed, the central probe agency had already taken over the case and detained the accused MLA for questioning, he pointed out.On the Opposition accusing the U.P. government for “delaying the MLA’s arrest”, Mr. Singh alleged that former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had “shielded rape-accused minister” Gayatri Prajapati. He also referred to Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remarks that “should a rape accused be punished with hanging? Boys are boys, they make mistakes”.Mr. Singh also said, “Those who are raising a hue and cry are shedding crocodile tears for women… those who held a candlelight march last night should remember that the ‘tandoor case’ had taken place during their government and what all were done by their men.” He was referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi taking part in a candlelight vigil in New Delhi on April 12 night to protest the growing incidents of violence against women. The infamous “tandoor case” involved former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma, who is serving a life term for the murder of his wife, Naina Sahni, in which the body of the victim was disposed of by putting it in the tandoor of a restaurant in the national capital in 1995.last_img read more

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Leopard injures seven in Pune

first_imgAs many as seven people, including a child and an elderly woman, were injured after a stray leopard entered an under-construction building in Mundhwa in Pune on Monday.Those injured are said to be out of danger while the leopard, who was caught and tranquilised after over a two-hour struggle, was sent to the city’s Katraj Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.According to sources, the animal entered the 14-storey building of the ‘Vertical Infra’ society in Keshavnagar after 6 a.m. The densely-populated area has a number of unfinished housing projects and completed residential colonies.The animal allegedly attacked a seven-year-old child and injured three other labourers who rushed to rescue the minor. Frightened labourers raised an alarm and personnel from the police, forest department and the fire services reached the spot.The feline panicked on seeing the crowd and fell into a duct, and was trapped. Officials managed to tranquilise it and quell the mob. “A policeman, a forest guard and a member of the Katraj animal rescue centre suffered minor injuries,” a forest department official said.Earlier last month, the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Khadakwasla had issued a cautionary note to its staff and cadets following several leopard sightings.A similar incident occurred in a crowded locality in Nashik city a little over a week ago, when a leopard injured four persons, including two media persons and a Shiv Sena corporator before being caught by forest authorities.last_img read more

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My govt. will minimise red tape to attract investment, says MP CM Kamal Nath

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh government is committed to reducing red tape to foster an environment conducive for investment in the State, says Chief Minister Kamal Nath in a written response to questions submitted by The Hindu ahead of the Magnificent M.P. Investors’ Summit in Indore. Excerpts:Madhya Pradesh is going to be the first State to roll out a land pooling policy for industries. You claim owners will not be required to relinquish rights. How will you strike a balance between investors’ confidence and rights of landowners without upsetting either of the two?From the past experiences regarding land acquisitions, it is well known that it’s a lengthy and costly affair and many a time land acquisition projects are marred by litigation.For the first time in India we are coming up with a land pooling policy for an industrial purpose. We have done meticulous planning for this. In this model, participating landowners will not have to relinquish their ownership rights, instead they will become partners in the development process. They will be direct beneficiaries of all the future price appreciation of the land. Additionally, a 20% cash component of their land compensation will provide them immediate liquidity.The MPIDC [M.P. Industrial Development Corporation Limited] will issue land pooling certificates to participating landowners. The LPC will be a tradable instrument. Currently, the MPIDC is running a pilot project of land pooling at Pithampur Sector 5. Under phase 1, the pilot project aims to create a new industrial land pool of 400 hectares in the region.Earlier, it was observed that in many cases land was acquired from participating landowners at a lower cost and later sold at a higher price to the industry. This made the landowners feel cheated. Madhya Pradesh’s new model will stop such a practice.Investors’ confidence has been seriously hurt in the domestic market due to the lingering effects of demonetisation and the limiting impact of the Goods and Services Tax. In an unfavourable climate like this, what are your guiding principles of engagement with investors? How will you restore their confidence?There is a huge impact on the overall business sentiment due to the aforesaid measures. The State government has initiated a thorough review of the existing industrial promotion policy. We want to create a conducive environment for investment in the State. My government is focused on minimising red tape to ensure that the industry has a welcoming experience.We are the only State in India having a tax-delinked industrial promotion policy with additional incentives for export-oriented units and high employment generation units. We believe in the timely settlement of the incentive amount and are committed to transparent and unambiguous policies.In almost 10 months, my government has been successful in grounding industrial projects worth over ₹20,000 crore leading to direct employment of 30,000 and indirect employment of 75,000 persons.How do you plan to overcome the effects of demonetisation on the textile industry, a significant contributor to the State’s gross domestic product, as around half the organic cotton produced in the country is from the State?We are the largest producer of organic cotton in the country, accounting for 43% of India’s production by volume and 39% by acreage. In terms of textile-based industry, Madhya Pradesh is a traditional hub and has a well-established ecosystem.We are working towards establishing forward linkages in the textile sector. The State has come up with a special incentive package for the garment sector. We are very focused on the textile sector as it is a high employment-potential sector. Through the summit we will showcase various opportunities that the State offers to the textile sector.By setting up the National Automotive Test Tracks [NATRAX} and endorsing investment in the automobile cluster in Pithampur and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, how do you plan to offset effects of a reduced demand in the automobile sector?We have a very vibrant ecosystem for the auto sector in and around Indore. Spread across 2,000 hectares, Pithampur Auto Cluster has over 500 units with a combined investment of $11.3 billion. The presence of NATRAX in the region makes it a preferred choice of investment for auto companies. Spread over an area of 1,669 hectares, it has 14 types of test tracks with a total length of 11.3 km. In addition to this, considering the proximity of the region with the corridor influence area, it gives a further boost to the sector by offering excellent connectivity to the rest of India.With the State promising investors a friendly atmosphere, what promise does it bring for locals? What are the steps taken by the State government to ensure employment of locals in industries and reskilling of those displaced by the projects?The government is focused on generating more employment through industrialisation and ensuring that the locals benefit from them. We understand that skilled manpower is the need of the hour. The government is going to provide skill-based training to the youth in the State. Courses are being designed based on industry feedback, so that skills meet industry requirements. In order to ensure that this will not be limited to the labour sector only, we are going to focus on better quality in higher education too. Internationally reputed institutes like IIM-Indore, IIT-Indore, AIIMS-Bhopal, MANIT-Bhopal and IISER-Bhopal are present in the State. Reputed private institutes like VIT have already opened a campus in Bhopal while Symbiosis is in Indore. The government is working towards attracting more such institutes in the State. Furthermore, the Global Skill Centre is being set up in Bhopal.last_img read more

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Just getting there

first_imgDuterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio was all smiles after the Batang Pier pulled out a gutsy 98-96 win over Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night that assured their march into the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.But he is also well aware that such a smile could wear off just as quick, with his charges up for a mammoth task.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Wells, the most impressive among the imports, has been in and out of the San Miguel lineup reportedly because of an injury, but this latest development seems to belie that.Commissioner Willie Marcial told scribes before Sunday night’s games that the league is going to look into the incident and will come up with the appropriate actions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Justin Brownlee had 31 points for the crowd favorites, while three locals tossed in 14 or more as the Gin Kings slipped to 7-4.“A win is a win, whether it be by one, two, or three points,” Jarencio said. “Now, we just have to be ready for the twice-to-beat [opponent].”That foe could either be the retooled Bolts or Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, which is reportedly repairing a rift among import Dez Wells and some of its locals.That quarterfinal matchup will be finalized this Wednesday when NLEX takes on Alaska and San Miguel battles TNT at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sources on Sunday said that Wells got into a fight with Arwind Santos and Ronald Tubid during practice, an incident that also included Kelly Nabong, who reportedly came to Wells’ rescue.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PH tennis team shows readiness for SEA Games Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments “It’s nice that for the whole season, we’re in the quarterfinals,” Jarencio told reporters after getting 30 points and 13 rebounds from Michael Qualls and steady games from Sean Anthony and Christian Standhardinger.“But it’s time to step up,” he said. “It’s time for the semis. That’s the [new] goal of the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAnthony had 18 points while Standhardinger 17 and 11 rebounds as the Batang Pier wound up with a 5-6 record for seventh spot and the right to face the No. 2 team but needing to beat that squad twice to make the Final Four.NorthPort’s win also put to naught an 83-81 win Rain or Shine pulled out over Meralco earlier in the night, as the Elasto Painters still got the boot after closing out with a 4-7 record. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysislast_img read more

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Punjab government to introduce biometric attendance in state technical education department colleges

first_imgThe Punjab government will be introducing a biometric attendance system in all the colleges and industrial training institutes run by the state Technical Education department. Charanjit Singh Channi, Minister, Punjab Technical Education and Industrial Training made this announcement while presiding over the first review meeting of the department at Chandigarh.He said that the biometric system would be introduced both for the staff and students which would be directly connected with the head office.”The state government would launch a scholarship scheme for meritorious students interested in studying in government polytechnic, engineering colleges and industrial training institutes (ITIs),” Channi said. He said the scheme will also be applicable for outstanding sports students. In a stern message to all the officials, the minister said corruption and favouritism would not be tolerated at any level in the department and all promotions would be based on performance.Highlights as stated by ChanniBased on the present and future needs of the global industry, the state-run institutes should focus on providing job orientated quality educationHe also asked the heads of the department to make extra efforts to tie up with big industrial units and multinational companies at their levels for the placement and practical training of studentsAnnouncing zero tolerance towards copying in exams, along with the erring students, the examiners concerned will also be held responsible”The answer sheets of students seeking revaluation would be put on the department website and if a difference of more than 10 percent is found in the revaluation cases, action will be taken against the examiner,” he saidHe asked the senior officials to inspect all polytechnic, engineering colleges and ITIs regularly and submit their performance reports to himThe minister also announced annual state awards for the three best-performing principals and teachers from each of the institutes of the technical education department.With inputs from PTI advertisementRead: Odisha government: Mobile science lab launched for students Read: Hindi to be made compulsory in schools from Class 1-8: SC receives PIL For information on more latest news and updates, click herelast_img read more

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DRS controversy erupts in Durban Test as umpire fails to prompt Sri Lanka after 10 seconds

first_imgYet another controversy related to the Decision Review System took place on Wednesday in the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Durban.Sri Lankan players were on the receiving end of the controversy on this occasion as they took more than 15 seconds to review a decision against South Africa batsman Hashim Amla in the second over of the first day.But the on-field umpire Aleem Dar, whose original decision was not out, told Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne that it was already past the 15-second barrier that captain’s have in hand to decide and appeal against the on-field call.The problem here was that the on-field umpire Aleem Dar also forgot to prompt the captain and Sri Lankan players after 10 seconds, according to the rules. The replays later showed that Amla was caught plumb in front with three reds flashing on the screens. South Africa would have lost two wickets with no runs on the board had the decision to review been allowed.DRS rules state that the on-field umpire should give a prompt to the team or batsman reviewing against the on-field call after 10 seconds. But Aleem Dar simply failed to do that.Karunaratne’s signal for the DRS however, was within the 15 seconds, according to the TV broadcasters. Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding, who was on air at the time, slammed the umpire’s decision. “I have seen people take longer than that to review,” Holding said during his commentary stint.All this happened right after Vishwa Fernando had got the wicket of Proteas opener Dean Elgar for a duck off the fourth ball in the second over. Just one ball later a Fernando delivery wrapped Amla on the pads.advertisementSri Lanka’s bowlers made use of a helpful pitch to have South Africa struggling on 17 for 3 at one point before limping to lunch on 89 for 4 on the opening day.Left-arm quick Fernando took two wickets in his first spell – removing both openers Aiden Markram and Elgar – while Suranga Lakmal chipped in with the prize wicket of Amla to put South Africa’s top three batsmen back in the dressing room after only 7.4 overs of the series-opener at Kingsmead.The technology and the rules surrounding it have frequently come under the scanner with the most recent case being the controversial Daryl Mitchell dismissal during the second T20 international between New Zealand and India in Auckland when the batsman was given out after the snicko failed to pick up an inside-edge despite it being clearly visible in the TV replays.The batsman had to walk back to the pavillion on that occasion as he was given out by the on-field umpire while the third-umpire didn’t overturn the decision due to the snicko’s mistake.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 1 in Durban: Live cricket scorelast_img read more

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STOLEN UNMARKED NEBRASKA PATROL VEHICLE LEADS TO I-80 PURSUIT

first_imgAn Iowa woman is facing charges involving a pursuit where she allegedly stole an unmarked Nebraska State Patrol vehicle.Wednesday afternoon a Nebraska Trooper responded to a crash where a Pontiac rear-ended a semi on Interstate-80 near mile marker 284.While the investigator was checking on those involved in the crash, a passenger in the Pontiac stole the trooper’s unmarked vehicle and headed west.Other patrol vehicles took up the pursuit as the suspect continued at a high rate of speed and refused to stop.Spike strips were used multiple times and the vehicle came to a stop in a ditch after a nearly 31 mile interstate pursuit.The suspect female driver, 24-year-old Toni White of Chariton Iowa, was taken to a hospital for potential injuries.When White is released, she will be arrested for motor vehicle theft, felony flight to avoid arrest, and driving under the influence of drugs.last_img read more

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Shame! East Bengal fans vandalize Mohun Bagan gate

first_imgVideo footage of East Bengal fans vandalizing Mohun Bagan club gate pic.twitter.com/6BKxTRFKah— Ritabrata Banerjee (@ritabrata20) September 19, 2017 East Bengal East Bengal fans vandalize Mohun Bagan club gate in shameful incident Goal Last updated 2 years ago 20:20 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Mohun Bagan gate East Bengal Mohun Bagan A video has emerged of a number of East Bengal fans hurling stones at their arch-rivals’ tent…… In what can be termed as the most shameful incident of current Indian football season, a number of East Bengal fans damaged the Mohun Bagan club gate by hurling stones on Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened after the Red and Gold’s 5-0 win against Tollygunge Agragami in a Calcutta Football League (CFL) match, which put them in the pole position in the championship fight.The Maidan has a long and infamous history of crowd troubles starting from the 1930s, but today’s incident, which involved fans attacking a rival club without any provocation, marks a new low.A video, which has gone viral, clearly shows a number of East Bengal fans taking target at the Mariners’ base camp, leaving no room for doubt about who the guilty party are. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The club officials, who usually don’t waste any chance to launch a tirade against their neighbours, has toned down their reaction to the ghastly incident, keeping in mind the ensuing derby and the festive season at the state.Speaking to Goal, Mohun Bagan senior official Debashish Dutta said, “We have got video footage and we will register a FIR against the miscreants. But more importantly, we are waiting for East Bengal club to take a stern action against this set of fans. The Kolkata Derby is coming up and such reactions from the East Bengal fans may create serious consequences.”East Bengal official Debabrata Sarkar told Goal, “We condemn such an act by a section of our fans. We do not endorse such terrible acts and we sincerely hope the administration will take proper action against the miscreants.”Here is a video of East Bengal fans throwing stones at the Mohun Bagan gate.last_img read more

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Neymar has unique potential – Nene

first_imgNeymar ‘Neymar has unique potential’ – Brazilian backed to rewrite PSG history by Nene Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:40 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Troyes Ligue 1 29112017 Getty Neymar PSG Ligue 1 A €222 million transfer has the forward’s every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure Neymar boasts “unique potential” and is capable of writing an exciting chapter in Paris Saint-Germain’s history, claims Nene.The Brazilian forward is operating under the brightest of spotlights following a record-breaking €222 million transfer to PSG from Barcelona.He is, however, being backed to thrive under that pressure, with his early exploits in France suggesting that he will prove to be a shrewd investment. 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 Nene believes his fellow countryman will deliver on the faith shown in him, with there plenty still to come from a 25-year-old talent expected to collect many more collective and individual titles over the coming years.”It’s great to see a player like him here in Paris,” former PSG star Nene told the club’s official website.“In addition to being a great footballer, he’s also an incredible person. We’re very good friends him and I.Nene Neymar unique potential“He’s a man with heart, a great competitor. He wants to play every game, do his best each time, we’re similar in that way.“He’s a player of unique potential. I’m really happy for him that he’s here to exploit that potential, and I hope he’ll mark the history of the club too.”Neymar is the latest in a long line of Brazilians to have made their way to Parc des Princes, with the likes of Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Lucas Moura also on the club’s books.Nene is another to have earned cult hero status in the French capital in years gone by, while Ronaldinho’s efforts for PSG earned him a high-profile switch to Barcelona.”I’m proud to be part of this love story between Paris and Brazil,” added Nene.“It’s like a marriage, an alliance between the two.“The two countries are very different, the people, the relationships between people. But the fans here, especially in Paris, like good football and a show. They’re fans who love and know football. And we Brazilians like to put on a show. I think we’re made for each other.”Neymar has contributed 15 goals to that “show” so far this season, while also providing nine assists across Ligue 1 and Champions League competition.Those efforts have helped PSG to the top of their domestic standings and safely through to the last-16 in Europe.last_img read more

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House of Future Debuts Hi Top and Low Top Versions of the Original

first_img 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn 12 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools for Extravagant Views Editors’ Recommendations The Top 5 Best Note-Taking Apps 8 Pairs of Sneakers to Keep Clean and Crispy for Special Occasions 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Launched in 2016, the Los Angeles-based footwear company House of Future flung open its doors by offering consumers a stylish set of shoes boasting a particularly minimalist design.After enjoying loads of success in its first year, House of Future decided not to simply rest on its laurels and introduced two incredibly clean new shoes in the Original Hi Top and Original Low Top. Decked out in stark white, the Original Hi and Low Top features House of Future’s signature microsuede accent on the heel. Though instead of a plain color to go with the bright white, the brand adorned this accent in a maroon, giving the shoes a simple and classic style.Related: Maven Watches Uses Marble and Natural Landscapes to Fuel its StartupAs is evidenced by each version’s name, the shoes come in an ankle-high Hi Top (for $120) and a standard Low Top (for $110). Featuring a near-identical design — save for the extra lace loops on the Hi Top — the two models differ in that the accent exists as a vertical bar for the Hi Top and as a horizontal accent on the Low Top. Outside of the minimalist aesthetic, the shoes are manufactured out of micro-leather with its upper and interior lining. Featuring a welted rubber outsole, the shoe also comes with a pack of waxed laces.With every pair of shoes purchased through House of Future, the brand includes a lightweight dustbag, helping serious shoe aficionados keep their kicks clean year-round. Additionally, the company also sticks a short flyer on how to care for the shoes in each box. Considering the Original Hi and Low Top are adorned in a clean white finish, routinely cleaning them is absolutely paramount in assuring they keep that out-of-the-box glow.Sporting a classic yet simple look — with a price tag that makes it easy for anyone to wear them — House of Future’s Original lineup eschews flashiness in favor of high-quality style.last_img read more

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COSCO Shipping Lines Names Its Final 21000 TEU Giant

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: COSCO Shipping Lines China’s COSCO Shipping Lines has named its sixth and final 21,000 TEU containership at compatriot Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing shipyard.The vessel, featuring a length of 400 meters and a width of 58.6 meters, was named COSCO Shipping Planet.The ultra large container vessel (ULCV), with a capacity to carry up to 21,237 TEUs, was handed over to its owner at the event.The containership is equipped with ballast water treatment systems (BTWS) and has energy-saving and low-emission technologies, complying with the latest environmental regulations. With a deadweight tonnage of 198,000, the boxship can reach a speed of 22 nautical miles.Following delivery, the ship is scheduled to be deployed in COSCO Shipping Lines’ MEX service, connecting the Far East with the Middle East, together with the company’s COSCO Shipping Solar, delivered in April 2019.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the COSCO Shipping Planet currently has a market value of USD 157.17 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Justice minister defends approval of roadside pot test as some police wary

first_imgSome Canadian police forces are hesitant to use a federally approved roadside marijuana test, raising questions about the Liberal government’s decision to give the devices the green light.Vancouver’s police department is among those that won’t use the Drager DrugTest 5000 when pot is legalized next month because it says the device doesn’t work in sub-zero temperatures, is bulky and takes too long to produce a sample.“We’re just not comfortable moving forward with this machine and we’re looking at other options,” said Sgt. Jason Robillard.Police in Delta, B.C., say their officers won’t use the device this year but the department hasn’t made a decision about 2019, while Edmonton police and B.C.’s provincial RCMP say no decisions have been made yet.National RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Marie Damian said the force will have a strategic, limited rollout of the device in consultation with provincial and municipal partners.Standardized field sobriety tests and drug recognition experts will continue to be the primary enforcement tools, she said.The RCMP has taken the lead on training Canadian police officers on the devices and has ordered 20 units for that purpose. The training will be available “on or prior to” Oct. 17, when marijuana will be legal, she said.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould defended the approval of the device in the Senate on Tuesday. The Canadian Society of Forensic Science examined the machine and the public had an opportunity to give feedback, she said.“It is not the only tool that law enforcement officers have. It’s an additional tool,” she said. “There is a potential that in the future I will certify additional devices.”Sen. Claude Carignan said police forces are being left with a false sense of security from the federal government when they are not actually equipped enough for cannabis legalization.“She’s disconnected with the reality of what the police forces have in their toolbox,” he said, referring to the justice minister.For its part, Halifax police said the department is not panicking about needing to use the screening device, noting the availability of other existing policing tools.There are expected to be more instruments approved in the future, added Const. John MacLeod.“Rather than jumping at the first instrument, we are collecting all the information that we can to determine what would be the best tool to use,” he said.Ottawa police are also holding off on using the Drager test.“It is not no forever, it is just no for now,” said Const. Amy Gagnon. “The one big concern is we have such a fluctuation in weather and the instrument specifications for temperature would be … an issue for us.”Rob Clark, managing director of Drager Canada, disputed criticisms of the device.It operates best between temperatures of 4 C and 40 C. But the main part of the machine — which does the analysis — remains in the police vehicle where it’s protected from the cold, he said.It’s only the oral swab that collects the saliva sample that is exposed to extreme temperatures. But Clark said the sample can be heated up when plugged into the machine in the car.He said it typically takes about 30 seconds to a minute to collect a saliva sample and 4 1/2 minutes to get the test result.Clark stressed the devices are merely a screening tool, like a breathalyzer for alcohol, and the result does not provide the evidence to convict a driver. A blood test would be relied on in court, he said.Kyla Lee, a criminal defence lawyer in Vancouver, said she intends to file a constitutional challenge of the devices as soon as police use one on a driver who wants to challenge it.She said she bought a Drager DrugTest 5000 and tried it on herself. It took 2 1/2 minutes to collect a saliva sample and eight to 10 minutes to get a result, she said.Canadians have a legal right to a lawyer immediately upon arrest or detention. But during roadside testing that right is suspended as long as the testing is done immediately, she said.“There have been tons of cases at all levels of court that have found delays of even five minutes in doing roadside sobriety testing to be offensive to charter standards,” she said.Einat Velichover, business development manager for Drager Canada, said it’s not possible for Lee to have the Canadian version of the test because only 20 of the devices have been produced for the RCMP.She said a different version of the test takes longer to produce results because it tests for more drugs at lower volumes.Lee said her device has police settings and is not set to zero tolerance. The device produces “very high” rates of false positives, she asserted.A study published this year in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology examining the use of the device in Norway said it produced “fairly large proportions of false-positive or false-negative results compared to drug concentrations in blood.”The study found the proportion of false positives was 14.5 per cent for cannabis.However, the authors noted the Norwegian police say the test is still a “valuable tool” and has more than doubled the number of arrests.Clark, with Drager Canada, said the study did not prove the test produces the number of false positives claimed by the authors.He said Norwegian police allowed up to four hours before a blood test was taken. The drivers were likely no longer intoxicated by that time, he said.The Canadian Society of Forensic Science ran over 200 tests and found the device was 98.7 per cent accurate for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, he said.The society referred a request for comment to the Justice Department, which did not immediately respond.— Follow @ellekane and @kkirkup on Twitter.last_img read more

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Industrial production dips 0.1% in March… lowest in 21 months

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s industrial production contracted by 0.1 per cent in March this year, the lowest in 21 months, mainly due to manufacturing sector slow down, official data showed Friday. Factory output, as measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had grown by 5.3 per cent in March 2018, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). IIP’s previous low was recorded in June 2017, when output shrank by 0.3 per cent. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraOn annual basis, IIP growth slowed to three-year low of 3.6 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal as against 4.4 per cent in the previous fiscal. Industrial production growth was 4.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent in 2016-17 and 2015-16, respectively. Meanwhile, Index of Industrial Production growth for February 2019 has been revised downwards to 0.07 per cent from 0.1 per cent earlier. The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63 per cent of the IIP, contracted by 0.4 per cent in March as compared to 5.7 per cent expansion in the year-ago month. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysCapital goods output declined by 8.7 per cent in the month under review as against 3.1 per cent contraction in March 2018. Power sector growth slowed to 2.2 per cent in March as compared to 5.9 per cent a year ago. Mining sector growth also dropped to 0.8 per cent in March compared to 3.1 per cent expansion a year ago. As per use-based classification, growth rates in March 2019 are 2.5 per cent in primary goods, (-) 2.5 per cent in intermediate goods and 6.4 per cent in infrastructure/ construction goods. Similarly, consumer durables and consumer non-durables have recorded growth of (-) 5.1 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively. In terms of industries, 12 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown negative growth during March 2019 as compared to same month a year ago.last_img read more

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What Does Kevin Durants Injury Mean For The Warriors

FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. This week’s show was taped live at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. On this episode (Mar. 8, 2017), we talk to Baltimore Raven John Urschel, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT during the offseason. Next, we break down what Kevin Durant’s injury means for the Warriors’s postseason prospects. Finally, we investigate some interesting NHL trades and ponder the merits of building a hockey super team. Plus, we turn our regular significant digit segment into a quiz!Links to what we discussed:John Urschel explained his decision to head back to school for The Players’ Tribune last year.Urschel was recently named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner wrote about why Kevin Durant’s injury showed how much the Warriors needed him.The Kevin Shattenkirk trade was a no-brainer for the Capitals, notes The Washington Post’s Steve Allen.Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky says that the Ben Bishop trade was startlingly smart. read more

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VfL Gummersbach sign Norwegian 204 cm tall shooter Eirik Kopp

Norwegian giant Eirik Kopp will join VfL Gummersbach to gain his first DKB Bundesliga experience from the next summer, announced legendary German team. The 204cm tall left back signed three-years contract with famous German side after he presented himself in best shape during trial period.The 21-years old shooter was a part of All Star team of the Junior’s World Championship two years ago. He is in plans of Norwegian NT head-coach Christian Berge.  ← Previous Story Meshkov have to win in Zagreb to qualify for SEHA Final4 Next Story → Martin Stranovsky extends with HC Erlangen Eirik Kopp read more

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WORLD FEMALE YOUNG left wing 2017/2018?  Loading …VOTE ALSO FOR…WORLD YOUTH FEMALE LEFT WING 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE LEFT BACK 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE PLAYMAKER 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE RIGHT BACK 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE RIGHT WING 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE LINE-PLAYER 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE GOALKEEPER  2017/2018 Handball-Planet.com organizes the voting Contest for the WORLD FEMALE YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER of the season (2017/2018) for the fifth year in a row.Vote for World Female Youth left wing 2017/2018 until May 21. Female Youth World Handball Left wing 2017/2018? Szidonia Puhalak (Gyori AUDI ETO KC – Hungary) Itana Grbic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro) Laerke Pedersen (NFH – Denmark) Olivia Mellegard (IK Savehof – Sweden)View Results ← Previous Story Vote for World Young Female Handball Player 2017/2018 until May 21! Next Story → WORLD FEMALE YOUNG left back 2017/2018? read more

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Burglaries down by 10 per cent this year but thefts increased

first_imgTHE LATEST CRIME statistics show that there has been a decrease in the number of murders in 2013 compared to last year – but a rise in kidnappings.The figures on recorded crime, released by the Central Statistics Office, were welcomed by the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan.The stats show that falls continue in most offence groups, but there were rises in kidnapping and theft.Dangerous and negligent acts fell by 15.1 per cent, while fraud, deception and related offences fell by 16.6 per cent.However, theft and related offences rose by 3.6 per cent.From September 2012 to September 2013, there were 2 recorded murder and manslaughter offences, a decrease of four on the previous year.However, dangerous driving leading to death offences rose from 17 to 21 over the same period.Of sexual offences, the statistics show that the number of offences fell by 2.04 per cent to 2,007. However, sexual assault was the only sub-group that saw offences increase by 4.2 per cent.Commissioner Callinan said he is “heartened that the hard work being carried out by members of An Garda Síochána throughout the country is reflected in the Q3 statistics released today”.However, he warned that “we must not become complacent”:the rise in Theft and Related Offences shows that recent initiatives we have undertaken such as the inaugural Crime Prevention Day of Action (December 2) highlighting smartphone theft are timely and targeted, and will assist us in the fight against crime in general and thefts in particular.The Garda Commissioner said that the fall in weapons and explosives offences (down 9.2 per cent), controlled drug offences (down 6.7 per cent) and offences against the State (down 11.8 per cent) “show that our continuing efforts to dismantle all aspects of organised crime and subversive activity is having a definable benefit for the law abiding citizens of the country who wish to live their lives in peace”.Read: Over half of those released from prison re-offend within three years>last_img read more

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Bonython Park for Adelaides Glendi

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide’s Greek Glendi Festival has had yet another change of venue. As it stands, the Glendi is expected to be held at Bonython Park. This is the first time the event will be held at this site. “We have been pleased with the community’s positive response to the change in venue to Bonython Park. The community is excited about a return to an open park setting,” Mike Diakomichalis said on behalf of Glendi Inc. Glendi was expected to be held this year at Thebarton Oval, the venue where this festival first began. According to a press release sent by Glendi Inc, they said: “Thebarton Oval is owned by the City of West Torrens and leased to the South Australian Amateur Football League. Glendi made the communication following the passing of a formal resolution by the City of West Torrens at its council meeting on 16 July 2013. Prior to that resolution, Glendi was told by the City of West Torrens that Thebarton was available on 30 November and 1 December and that a tentative booking had been made. Contrary to this decision and advice, Glendi was subsequently advised that Thebarton Oval was no longer available due to a pre-existing booking.” “We were disappointed because we were told that Thebarton Oval was available on 30 November and 1 December and we followed what we believed were the appropriate channels to secure it. We were particularly disappointed because we know how much the community were looking forward to a return to Thebarton Oval,” 2013 Glendi Festival Director, Mr Diakomichalis said. Bonython Park provides an open park setting for the Glendi, which is something the community have advocated for strongly in recent years. The location of Bonython Park is ideal; it is central, accessible by all forms of transport and has successfully hosted a number of South Australian festivals in the past. “[The Adelaide Greek Australian community] want a festival that feels like a ‘paniyiri’,” says Mr Diakomichalis on why the Glendi was returning to an open park setting. “We are extremely grateful for the support of the Adelaide City Council and its offer of Bonython Park which provides an ideal setting for our festival. We’re excited about the prospect of taking Glendi back to an open park setting. We remain committed to and confident of delivering a celebration worthy of our 35 year anniversary,” he says. The Adelaide Glendi will be held on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December at Bonython Park.last_img read more

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Solskjaer on mission to restore United pride

first_imgManchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he wants to restore pride in the “biggest club in the world”.Ahead of his first game in charge, Solskjaer wants the United players to feel proud of their performance once again, reminding them that they are wearing the badge of the “biggest club in the world”.“Attacking football, giving youth a chance and winning. Biggest club in the world, best supporters in the world, best players in the world,” Solskjaer told MUTV.“When I scored on my debut, Eric [Cantona] was there and it was a brilliant feeling. You felt comfortable at Old Trafford and you want the players to feel at home there too.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s about the players being proud of their performance and the fans being proud of their team.“It’s great to be back home. I promise I’ll give everything I’ve got to get this club back to success.”last_img read more

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