CBI files FIR on mills sale

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has registered an FIR to probe alleged irregularities in the sale of 21 State-owned sugar mills during the tenure of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in 2010-11, resulting in a loss of ₹1,179 crore to the exchequer.The case, in which seven persons have been named as accused for using forged documents while purchasing the mills from the U.P. State Sugar Corporation Limited, has been lodged on a reference from the Yogi Adityanath government. Six preliminary enquiries have also been initiated into the allegations.Probe soughtThe State government had sought a CBI probe into the sale of 21 mills and alleged graft in the purchase of seven closed mills in Deoria, Bareilly, Laxmi Ganj, Hardoi, Ramkola, Chittauni and Barabanki. It was also being pursued by the Lucknow Police.last_img read more

Glimpse of the Universe’s First Split Second Boosts Inflation Theory

first_imgIf imagining the big bang makes your head ache, what happened an instant later might make it explode. Cosmologists think the just-born universe—a hot, dense soup of matter and energy—went through a burst of expansion faster than the speed of light. Like a magical balloon, the cosmos doubled its size 60 times in a span of 10-32 seconds. This phase, known as inflation, ended well before the universe was even a second old.Now, 13.7 billion years later, cosmologists have detected what they say is the first direct evidence of this inflation—one of the biggest discoveries in the field in 20 years. From studying the cosmic microwave background (CMB)—the leftover radiation from the big bang—they have spotted traces of gravitational waves—undulations in the fabric of space and time—that rippled through the universe in that infinitesimally short epoch following its birth. The imprint of these gravitational waves upon the CMB matches what theorists had predicted for decades. The findings, announced this morning at a scientific presentation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, also show that gravity—at the smallest scale—follows the rules of quantum mechanics, similar to other forces such as electromagnetism.“This is an astounding result,” says Alan Guth, a cosmologist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and one of the original proponents of inflation. Guth—who was not involved in the work being highlighted today—says the researchers showed him a draft paper a week ago, after swearing him to secrecy. “The observations are at a very high level of significance,” he says. Andrei Linde, a cosmologist at Stanford University in California who developed one of the most theoretically successful models of inflation, agrees: “If these results are right, inflationary theory has passed its most difficult test ever.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The discovery comes from observations by a small but sophisticated telescope at the South Pole dedicated to a project known as the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP). Just like visible light and other kinds of electromagnetic radiation, a cosmic microwave’s electric and magnetic fields could be oscillating along any of an infinite number of orientations. The telescope used by the BICEP researchers is designed to map the orientation—or polarization—of the CMB as it varies in different parts of the sky. In data taken from a small patch of the sky between January 2010 and December 2012, the researchers found a random pattern of faint pinwheel-like swirls in the CMB. Such swirls, called B modes, are the hallmark of gravitational waves in the primordial universe and—many cosmologists say—are the smoking gun for inflation.“We believe that gravitational waves could be the only way to introduce this B-mode pattern,” says John Kovac, a cosmologist at Harvard and one of the four principal investigators of BICEP.According to the standard model of cosmology, when the universe sprang into existence, it contained a quantum field similar to an electric field that was roiled with quantum fluctuations. Inflation magnified those infinitesimal fluctuations to enormous size, seeding differences in density, energy, and matter that ultimately led to the cosmic structure we see today, with galaxies and other features. The fluctuations also created variations in temperature of the CMB across the sky, from which cosmologists have determined the content of the universe in terms of ordinary matter, mysterious dark matter whose gravity binds the galaxies, and weird space-stretching dark energy.But, thanks to quantum mechanics, not only did the quantum field created in the big bang fluctuate—so did spacetime itself. Inflation stretched that spacetime jittering into gravitational waves billions of light-years in wavelength. The waves left their own imprint on the CMB, scattering CMB photons in a way that created the polarization pattern that Kovac and his colleagues observed.BICEP scooped a gaggle of other experiments, including the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft. Suzanne Staggs, a cosmologist at Princeton University who works on the Atacama B-mode Search in Chile, says she was shocked when she heard the news. “The more I think about this, the more excited I am because the signal is so big,” she says.Kovac says the experiment’s success was due in large part to advances in the technology for measuring CMB polarization. The detectors for the telescope used to make the observations were made by the same group—led by Jamie Bock at the California Institute of Technology—that developed detectors for Planck. Whereas Planck was launched in 2007, “we have been able to go down to our telescope every year and upgrade the detectors,” Kovac says. Also, Planck was surveying the entire sky while BICEP’s telescope was focused on a small region. “We are now eagerly awaiting Planck’s polarization results,” Kovac says.The discovery of B modes is just the beginning, researchers say. The strength of the current signal tells theorists the energy density during inflation. By studying the statistical distribution of larger and smaller swirls on the sky, they may be able to piece together a detailed picture of the energy and density distribution in the primordial universe. That would help in nailing down a precise model of inflation.“For us, it’s huge, as big as it gets,” says Marc Kamionkowski, a cosmologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, of the results. “It’s not every day that you wake up and find out what happened one trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the big bang.”last_img read more

FIFA president: Racism in Italian stadiums ‘very serious’

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin02:11Makabayan 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Federer, Zverev win as Europe retains Laver Cup title Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentscenter_img P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The referee ordered a warning to be read over the stadium’s loudspeaker after the chants were apparently made by Atalanta fans toward Fiorentina fullback Dalbert Henrique, a Brazilian player who is black.Toward the half-hour mark, Dalbert stopped and glared at the direction where the chants appeared to come from, and he then spoke to the referee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The address over the loudspeaker, warning that the match would not resume until the chants stopped, was met with whistles from the crowd.Once the crowd calmed down, the match resumed after a break of several minutes. This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and AC Milan’s Franck Kessie have also been targeted this season but no club has been punished by the league judge.“Racism is combatted with education, condemnation and discussion,” Infantino, head of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, said on Italian state TV RAI. “You can’t have racism in society or in football. In Italy the situation has not improved and this is very serious. You need to identify those responsible and throw them out of the stadiums. You need, as in England, the certainty of the penalty. You can’t be afraid to condemn racists, we need to combat them until they stop.”Atalanta fans have been accused of racism before.Last year, Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi questioned if UEFA cared about tackling racism after European soccer’s governing body rejected his complaint that the Bergamo club’s fans subjected him to abuse during a Europa League game in Italy.Coaches of both clubs Sunday vehemently insisted that they didn’t hear any offensive chants.ADVERTISEMENT “I really didn’t hear these chants. I didn’t ask (Dalbert) anything either,” Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said. “I didn’t hear, to be honest, no.”Montella was then asked if he condemned the incident.“Come on, just because two people say something. … In every game I am on the receiving end of these things because I am from Naples,” Montella said, referring to territorial chants, which are also a problem in Italy. “What should I do? My answer is to always thank them for reminding me (that I am from Naples). What should I do?”Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini added, “I didn’t hear any chant, at least from where we were nobody heard anything. I even asked (Vincenzo) Montella if (he had heard something). Then, if a couple of idiots who were on the other side (of the stadium) said something to Dalbert, OK. But then again do you know how many and serious insults from individuals there are in all the stadiums, Florence included, when you play there? I don’t think they were chants. … chants are something else.“We have to be careful with these things, because obviously we have to absolutely condemn any form of racism, but we can’t start checking if some individual insults. They were not chants. We didn’t hear any chant,” Gasperini said. “Let’s avoid doing things like this because instead of having a positive effect, which would be right when there are actual chants, we have an exaggeration and I think this was the case today.”Atalanta, which is based in Bergamo, is playing in Parma while its stadium is being renovated.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FIFA President Gianni Infantino talks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Miami. The council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)PARMA, Italy — FIFA president Gianni Infantino labeled the situation of racism inside Italian soccer stadiums “very serious” following the latest incident of offensive chants.A 2-2 draw between Atalanta and Fiorentina on Sunday was suspended briefly during the first half due to racist chants.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Indian U-21 handball team wins maiden top-fight title

first_img(Eds: With correction in headline and para 1) New Delhi, Apr 30 (PTI) The Indian mens U-21 handball team defeated Uzbekistan in the final to win the International Handball Federation Trophy in Bangkok, their maiden title in a top-flight international event. Handball Federation of India said that it was the first time the country had won a tournament held under the aegis of the world governing body of the sport. With this title win, the mens team also qualified for the Intercontinental Trophy. “The U-21 mens team defeated Uzbekistan 39-35 and secured the gold medal. It is a historic moment for us. This is the first time an Indian mens handball team got a medal in an IHF Handball Trophy. The mens team also qualified for the Intercontinental Trophy,” HFI General Secretary Anandeshwar Pandey told PTI. “This was Indian handballs best performance in an International Handball Federation event,” he added. Vikas Yadav, Tinku, Ashok Nain were the key performers for the Indian team. The Indian U-21 womens team also secured a bronze medal in the same event, which was also the first time in any IHF event. Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta congratulated the players and HFI for the achievement. “This is the first time the Indian handball team has won a top-flight international title. This was a tournament held under the world body IHF. No Indian team had done this earlier. It is a big achievement. I congratulate the players and the officials for their hard work to make this possible,” Mehta said. The mens and womens team today met Sports Minister Vijay Goel who congratulated the players and the officials for their achievement. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Messi fails to make Goal 50 top three again

first_imgGoal 50 Messi fails to make top three of Goal 50 for second year in a row Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(34) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Goal 50 Lionel Messi UEFA Champions League Primera División Barcelona Real Madrid Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo The Argentine scored freely for Barcelona over the past year but he has paid for his team’s failure to win either La Liga or the Champions League Lionel Messi has again failed to make the top three in the Goal 50, with the Barcelona ace finishing in fourth place for the second consecutive year.Messi’s great rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, retained top spot in our annual vote, which both recognises and ranks the world’s 50 best footballers of the preceding 12 months.As a result, the Real Madrid superstar now has five Goal 50 awards, moving him one clear of Messi, who last lifted the trophy in 2015. 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 Messi 15/4 UCL top scorerGianluigi Buffon racked up his highest-ever Goal 50 finish to claim second place, after leading Juventus to another domestic double last season, as well as the final of the Champions League.Ronaldo’s club-mate Luka Modric also claimed a career-best third place, reward for his masterful performances in the Madrid midfield as Zinedine Zidane’s men won both the European Cup and La Liga in the same campaign for the first time since 1958.Ronaldo, of course, was pivotal in that regard, netting 42 times in 46 appearances in all competitions. However, while the only major trophy that Messi managed to win last season was the Copa del Rey, he did outscore his great rival.Messi scored 54 goals in just 52 games and, given that he has made a sensational start to the current campaign, the 30-year-old would appear well placed to break back into the Goal 50 top three next season.The Goal 50, which was conceived in 2008, is voted on by chief editors and correspondents from Goal’s 37 editions around the world, with candidates judged on their level of consistency over the previous year of action, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their teams at both club and international level.last_img read more

Di Francesco backs struggling Dzeko

first_imgRoma Di Francesco backs Dzeko to rediscover goalscoring form against Juventus Jamie Smith 01:26 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edin Dzeko Getty Images Roma Edin Džeko Juventus v Roma Serie A Juventus The forward has scored only one league goal since October, but Roma’s manager says the striker will come good again Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has backed striker Edin Dzeko to rediscover top form after a barren spell in front of goal.Dzeko has hit eight league goals in Serie A this season, but the 31-year-old has found the net only once since October, in a 3-1 victory over SPAL on December 1.Saturday’s trip to Serie A champions Juventus would be an ideal time for Dzeko to end his dry spell, with Roma fourth in the table, three points behind Massimiliano Allegri’s side. 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 Di Francesco feels it is only a matter of time until Dzeko is back among the goals, although Patrik Schick is an appealing attacking alternative.”He is living with a great desire to score, with great positivity, and with great desire to make himself helpful to the team,” the Roma coach told a pre-match news conference.”He does not have anxiety and anguish about the lack of goals, which I am sure will come, because he has the talent.”Schick — you have seen him, he is growing from all points of view. To help him improve I have to put him on the pitch and get him to score goals. He has a physical talent, not just a technical one. Let’s let him mature and grow, but he is not yet a champion.”Di Francesco: “I thank Allegri for his complimentary words. He’s a fantastic coach in every respect. Higuain is lethal, Dybala an outstanding footballer and Mandzukic can completely disrupt the opponents’ back line.”#ASRoma #JuveRoma pic.twitter.com/SSlqt7G9GC— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) December 22, 2017Roma will come up against a number of familiar faces when they visit Juve, with Allegri confirming Wojciech Szczesny will deputise for injured goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Mehdi Benatia will line up in defence, while former Giallorossi midfielder Miralem Pjanic is likely to feature in midfield.Italian media outlets have made much of Juve featuring a cluster of former Roma stars in their ranks, but Di Francesco does not believe it is relevant.”What influences the thinking of players is not of interest — when I chose to come to Rome as a player I created a special bond with the people that were here,” Di Francesco said. “I can say that I also had the chance to go and play for Juventus but chose Roma.”Juventus are a huge club but for me it would be wonderful to achieve something with Roma. I’m not interested in what other people think — I’ll just focus on my own thoughts.”I’d like to change people’s mentality, of making premature judgements, and to improve the environment we have here — it’s something that can easily be blamed for shortcomings.”We have to improve a great deal. Juventus should be an example of how to become a great club, but it’s so great to do that here, where the sun shines and we have wonderful supporters.”last_img read more

Queensland and New South Wales Levelled

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS Queensland and New South Wales have claimed two series each in the earlier Game Two matches of the 2012 State of Origin series at Port Macquarie.The Maroons clinched the men’s 50’s and women’s 30’s divisions, and New South Wales have got the Women’s 20’s and Men’s 45’s in the bag.There were tight matches all round in today’s 9.50am time slot of the State of Origin series.The Men’s 50s match went into a drop-off and it was the fourth time in the series Queensland have won in extra-time.After scoring a double in the first half, Phil Evans scored the match-winner for Queensland to give his team a 6-5 victory.There was only one touchdown in it between the two states in the Women’s 30’s competition.After Queensland won game one in a drop-off, they claimed the second game 2-1.Like she did in game one, Maroons’ Lana Curry scored the winning touchdown.Queensland made it a clean sweep in the 30’s age group with their Men’s team winning the second match 9-8.In another heart-stopping encounter, both teams traded touchdowns but it was Queensland who were able to rejoice as they hit the lead in the final two minutes.But New South Wales got some of their own back by winning the Women’s 20s and Men’s 45’s divisions.Up 3-1 at half-time, New South Wales went to sleep in the second half, allowing Queensland to score two touchdowns.However, a touchdown to Simone Smith got the girls in blue the series win.New South Wales went for the jugular in the second half of the Men’s 45’s as they scored six touchdowns to claim a 8-5 win.Craig Nicholls scoring a double in the match. Queensland levelled the series in the Men’s 40’s with a hard-fought 6-4 win. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksState of Orgin game twolast_img read more

Women directors dont get second chances Longoria

first_imgCannes: Actor Eva Longoria says women directors don’t get second chances in Hollywood, and that needs fixing. “Unfortunately, women don’t get a second bite of the apple. So that is something we have to fix,” Longoria said in a video posted on Variety’s YouTube channel. “If a female director fails, if her movie doesn’t do well, then she can’t direct. That’s not the case,” she said. Longoria, who has a production house UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, finds it important for women to support each other. “It is important once the door is open and ‘you are there’ to leave the door open for other women.” On the work front, Longoria is excited about Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which is based on the popular animated series Dora the Explorer, aired in India on Nick Jr.last_img read more

Talent is irrelevant in Bollywood

first_imgNew Delhi: Three-time National Award-winning star Kangana Ranaut, who has had her share of struggle in the initial years, says she now finds that talent is irrelevant in Bollywood. “I have become tough. Initially, when I came in, I’d think that talent was everything and you got to prove yourself. I did many things (and) I struggled on my way up. I learnt filmmaking and script writing. I did everything, thinking talent is everything. Then, when I made it big, I realised talent is not relevant in this industry.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”People who play power politics and games have woven their little web of contacts and a small mafia. They work in sync with each other,” she added. Kangana stepped into the world of acting with the thriller Gangster. Over a decade later, she is tagged as one of the top actors in the Hindi film industry, after working in blockbusters like Queen, Tanu Weds Manu franchise and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The actor, who is often surrounded by controversies, hit the headlines in 2017 when she called filmmaker Karan Johar “intolerant” towards outsiders and a “flagbearer of nepotism”.last_img read more

We made a mistake Alberta charges zoo after icecreameating bear video

first_imgINNISFAIL, Alta. – A central Alberta zoo is facing two charges under the province’s Wildlife Act after a bear was taken through a drive-thru for ice cream.A video, posted on social media in January by Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, showed a one-year-old captive Kodiak bear named Berkley leaning out a truck’s window and being hand-fed ice cream by the owner of the local Dairy Queen.Officials with the province investigated the video and the terms of the zoo’s permit.“Under the terms and conditions of the zoo’s permit, the charges are directly related to the alleged failure of the park to notify the provincial government prior to the bear leaving the zoo,” said a statement from Fish and Wildlife.One count is related to the bear being taken through the drive-thru for ice cream, while the other stems from the bear leaving the facility on other occasions in 2017.The charges were laid against Discovery Wildlife Park and its owners, Doug Bos and Debbie Rowland, under Section 12(3) of the Wildlife Act, which states a person must not contravene the terms or conditions of a licence or permit.Bos said they made a mistake.“What we got charged for under the act was that we failed to notify them that we were going to do those things,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “We were busy, we made a mistake and we didn’t email them and tell them.“I’m glad that they followed through with it because it shows how strictly regulated the zoo industry is in the province.”Bos said they plan to plead guilty on May 28 when they are to appear in provincial court in Red Deer, Alta.The zoo’s permit, which is regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks, has been revised to impose new conditions.They include requiring the zoo to provide more details when asking to transport a controlled animal or wildlife and to keep those animals in a cage, crate or kennel when in a vehicle.It also says the zoo cannot put any animals on display outside the facility without prior permission from the province nor can it allow any member of the public to have physical contact with animals such as monkeys, cougars, wolves or bears.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton. Follow @cderworiz on Twitterlast_img read more

Jackson Browne Performs Benefit Concert For Safety Harbor Kids

first_imgSinger/songwriter Jackson Browne performed Tuesday evening at the Majestic Theatre in Ventura, CA as part of his Solo Acoustic Fall Tour.The concert was a benefit for Malibu charity, Safety Harbor Kids, which Jackson has supported for many years and sits on the board.Delighting the audience with stories and songs, Jackson’s show included “Living Off Wonderland” written about his antics with Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward and others in Laurel Canyon and other favorites including Jackson’s “Take It Easy” made popular by the Eagles version.Jackson even invited a surprise guest to treat the audience. Guitarist Fred Tackett of the rock band Little Feat, came on to play “Willin” written by Lowell George. The song was recently featured on Cameron Crowe’s hit TV show “Roadies” on which Jackson played a part. Luke Wilson the star of “Roadies” was also in attendance.In 2009 Jackson performed a duo with Inara George (Lowell’s daughter and member of Bird and the Bee), “Silver and Gold” for the Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection CD (available at www.safetyharborkids.org).Safety Harbor Kids is a nonprofit with the mission to enrich the lives of orphans, foster and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career, Music and the Arts.Many music industry celeb’s, companies and individuals support the cause. The charities 9th Annual Music Fundraiser was supported by Jackson, McCabes Guitar shop and Stress and Pain deletion guru Marnie Greenberg with proceeds going to benefit education programs for parentless children.Through its Enrichment Programs in academic tutoring, college planning, career development, internships and music and the arts, Safety Harbor Kids seeks to break the vicious cycle of homelessness, poverty and prison that have ensnares thousands of children each year.Safety Harbor Kids is currently raising funds for 1,000 holiday gifts for parentless children. For more information or to donate a gift, visit www.safetyharborkids.org.last_img read more

CANADAHUB BRINGS FIVE NEW PRODUCTIONS TO THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Canada is storming back to the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August with five more productions in the hopes of building on last summer’s success stories.In 2017, the first year for CanadaHub at the Scottish festival, the two-women show Mouthpiecefrom Quote Unquote Collective won two major awards, received more than 15 four- and five-star reviews, and secured tours in Europe and the U.S.Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story from 2b theatre garnered a two-month, sold-out run in New York and was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards. And Theatre Conspiracy’s Foreign Radical, another Canadian Fringe offering, will tour for five weeks this fall, partially as part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network. Cliff Cardinal plays all the characters in Huff, a traumatic story of a family living on a contemporary Canadian Aboriginal reserve. (ED MARUYAMA / AKIPARI) Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

More than 80000 people driven out by clashes in northwest DR Congo

15 December 2009Tribal violence in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sent 84,000 people fleeing across the border into the Republic of the Congo since last month, with the United Nations refugee agency reporting today that supplies to assist the displaced are running low. Inter-ethnic clashes between the Enyele and Munzaya tribes erupted in Equateur province in November over farming and fishing rights, and fearing the spread of fighting, people are continuing to leave their homes. Some 100,000 people are said to have been internally displaced so far in the province, where the situation remains tense and Government troops have reportedly taken control over several areas.Some of the uprooted have told the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) that they fled after hearing that Enyele militiamen, who killed and wounded scores of people in the Dongo area, were heading towards the town of Gemena.Others said they came for the scene of conflict or said they were fearful of a Government counter-offensive.In the latest wave of arrivals, Andrej Mahecic, UNHCR spokesperson, said that agency staff met with people with fresh gunshot wounds and those who had been raped, including three girls under the age of 18.“Together with our partners, we are trying to cope with the influx but aid reserves are running low as the number of refugees mushrooms and current needs overcome the actual resources,” he told reporters in Geneva.Humanitarian agencies are also facing logistical obstacles in delivering aid as the entire refugee population is scattered along a 500-kilometre stretch on the banks of the Oubangui River.The displaced are living in overcrowded conditions, and the risks of respiratory infections, diarrhoea and malaria are high.UNHCR and other agencies have set up nine health centres in areas of high refugee concentration, but they need more personnel and medicine.Because they lack clean water, the refugees are turning to the river for their needs, posing another health risk, and Mr. Mahecic said UNHCR is distributing water-purifying tablets and its partners have installed water bladders holding a combined 60,000 litres.“The massive presence of the DRC refugees is also exerting pressure on local communities, some of whom are hosting them in their homes, sharing their meagre resources,” he noted.Other refugees have taken shelter in public buildings, such as schools, making it difficult for children to attend classes.After being allocated land by local authorities, UNHCR has started work on a new camp site where it plans to transfer some of the refugees. read more

Home Capital repays 2B line of credit from Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway

Home Capital repays $2B line of credit from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2017 3:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG), the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender that was on the verge of collapse earlier this year, says it has repaid a $2-billion line of credit from Berkshire Hathaway.The company was given the financial lifeline last month by Berkshire Hathaway, which is headed by Warren Buffett, as it was trying to regain investor confidence following a run on deposits from customers.When it provided the line of credit, Berkshire Hathaway also bought a $400 million stake in Home Capital.Home Capital says proceeds from asset sales helped it repay the line of credit, bringing down the amount of interest expenses it faces as it continues to strengthen its liquidity position.The lender, which provides mortgages to borrowers who don’t qualify for a loan from the big banks, faced allegations earlier this year from Ontario’s securities regulator that it misled investors in its handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications.It has since settled that case and a separate class-action lawsuit filed by investors. read more

Romanian goalkeeper Dedu stops Olympic winners

The Olympic champions from Rio, Russian girls are defeated in big battle with Romania 22:17. Fantastic night had goalkeeper Dedu with amazing 22 saves, but also Neagu and Buchesci with seven goals each made this night unforgetable for the Romanian handball fans.In the second match of group D, Norway smashed poor Croatia 34:16 (16:9).Much more interesting was in Group C, where rejuvenated Montenegro beat Czech Republic 28:27 in thriller, when Hrbkova didn’t score in the last attack for a draw. However, Czech girls are at Main Round, as Denmark as weel, who beat Hungary 23:19. ← Previous Story Bella Gullden after two matches in Stockholm: We have to start running Next Story → Sweden and Serbia to start from the TOP in Gothenburg

Breakfast at Bebetos All you need to know from last nights World

first_img Marcelo lies dejected on the pitch during the semi final. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesWinnerMiroslav Klose broke the all-time World Cup goals record when he tapped in his own rebound to put Germany 2-0 up. It was the striker’s 16th goal at the tournament and his fourth consecutive semi-final goal, having netted was back in 2002 to set up a final clash with Brazil. Ronaldo, who set the 15-goal tally, won out in 2002 but Klose secured satisfying revenge 12 years later. Source: Frank AugsteinLoserDavid Luiz was at fault for Germany’s opener and was caught in midfield as the deficit went from 3-0 to 4-0 in 12 horrendous seconds. He failed to close down André Schürrle for the German’s seventh goal. He seemed determined, too, to get sent off in the closing stages but could not get close enough to any red and black shirts to do any meaningful damage. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images GERMANY RAN RIOT at Estádio Mineirão and became the first ever country to score seven goals in a World Cup semi final. Brazil’s players wore ‘Forca Neymar’ caps and t-shirts ahead of the match and badly missed their playmaker as Germany tore them asunder. By the time the final whistle was shrilled, the Germans had triumphed 7-1. 24-year-old Müller has now scored 10 World Cup goals. Source: Frank AugsteinThe hosts struggled without their captain, Thiago Silva, in the centre of defence as Germany racked up a dolly mixture of superb and faintly ridiculous goals. Toni Kroos and André Schürrle scored doubles, with record-breaking Miroslav Klose, Sami Hhedira and Thomas Müller heaping on the woe. Joga BonitoGermany’s André Schürrle controls a throw-in, on the run, with his right foot and buries a high drive in off the crossbar with his left.https://vine.co/v/MPX2h0zYxlaWhat we’ve go to look forward to today Lionel Messi, left, sits next to teammate Gonzalo Higuain in Argentina’s Tuesday training session. Source: Victor R. CaivanoThe minor matter of another World Cup semi-final. Argentina will hope their top trump, Lionel Messi, can out-gun Holland’s Arjen Robben. The match kicks off at 9pm inArena Corinthians, São Paulo.As it happened: Brazil v Germany, World Cup semi-finalRobin van Persie a serious fitness doubt ahead of World Cup semi-finallast_img read more

HPs opensourcing of webOS begins today

first_imgThe last time we heard about webOS, HP had opted to open-source the mobile platform, letting developers take a stab at breathing some life into it. It was an unconventional move, but not necessarily a bad one: it puts the platform largely in the hands of the development community, and it doesn’t require a large investment.Today we found out more about HP’s plans for the second coming of webOS. The first step of the open sourcing process, the release of the Enyo application framework, took place today. The entire process is expected to be completed by September of this year. Upon completion of the open-sourcing transition, it will be known as Open webOS 1.0.The Enyo release lives up to HP’s pledge to continue development, as it shows a refresh over the previous version. Enyo 2.0 is no longer tied to WebKit, so it can be developed for any browser, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome.Additionally, webOS is getting a new kernel, making the switch to Linux (like Android). This move is designed to a) make webOS more easily installed on a variety of hardware, and b) make it easier for Linux or Android developers to jump in and start developing webOS applications.HP laid out its timeline for the open-sourcing process, which started today. The company has major updates scheduled for almost every month from now until September. Highlights include the Linux kernel in March, Enyo 2.1 in April, a Beta release in August, and the 1.0 version of Open webOS in September.Will this go anywhere? Only time will tell, but remember that HP’s plans for webOS are only a couple of steps removed from killing it off. There’s lots of potential for creativity when you hand a platform over to developers, but don’t expect webOS to make a dramatic comeback to do battle with Android and iOS.via The Vergelast_img read more

Heres why you might be seeing stories about Sofia Vergara being sued

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3129364 Image: Jordan Strauss AP/Press Association Images Friday 9 Dec 2016, 8:35 AM 24,910 Views Dec 9th 2016, 8:35 AM Image: Jordan Strauss AP/Press Association Images 33 Comments Short URLcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Here’s why you might be seeing stories about Sofia Vergara being ‘sued by her embryos’ The suit alleges that not allowing the embryos to be born is “depriving them of their inheritance”. An in vitro fertilized human ovum is a juridical person which cannot be owned by the in vitro fertilisation patients who owe it a high duty of care and prudent administration.In other words, Vergara’s  frozen embryos would be viewed as having the rights of a person under Louisiana law until such time that they are implanted in the womb. Furthermore, parents owe the embryo a duty of care, and do not “own” the embryo.In Ireland, under the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, a supreme court ruling of 2009 indicated that that a frozen embryo does not have have the same right as a foetus in the womb.Chief Justice John Murray said: “Accordingly in my view it has not been established… that the frozen embryos constitute “life of the unborn” within the meaning of Article 40.3.3.”The latest lawsuit on behalf of the embryos is unusual and a “longshot,” legal experts told The Daily Beast, but had a “very real chance at some kind of success” thanks to Louisiana’s pro-life laws.The surprise filing by a trust apparently established for the embryos comes as Vergara’s ex-fiancee Nick Loeb this week sought to end another lawsuit he had filed against her.In that suit, the businessman had tried to gain custody of the two fertilised eggs he and Vergara created via in-vitro fertilisation with the aim of bringing them to term.The Modern Family actress has been adamant that she wants to keep the embryos frozen indefinitely.Last year, she told the Howard Stern Show that she was doing the right thing by refusing to sign over custody of the embryos to Loeb.A child brought into the world needs “more than a mother, it needs a loving relationship of parents”.Loeb signed an agreement with Vergara in November 2013 before they proceeded with IVF, stipulating that nothing would be done with the embryos unless both agreed. Nick Loeb with Sofia Vergara in 2013. Source: John ShearerAP/Press Association ImagesHowever, Loeb sued the actress for custody after their breakup, saying the agreement did not clearly state what would become of the embryos if he and Vergara were to split.In a statement to People Magazine, lawyers on behalf of Vergara said that this latest court case was the “latest manoueuvre” by Loeb to try and keep the case in the spotlight.They said:Loeb apparently thinks that he will garner sympathy from the public and the courts through this latest maneuver, one that we believe will also result in failure.With reporting from AFP – © AFP 2016Read: Mick Jagger welcomes eighth child at age of 73Read: Baby born in Mexico using ‘three parent’ fertility technique Share Tweet Email TV ACTRESS SOFIA Vergara has become embroiled in a bizarre lawsuit in the US, brought on behalf of two frozen embryos she created with an ex-boyfriend.In effect, Vergara is facing a lawsuit from her own embryos for not allowing them to be born.The embryos are listed as plaintiffs “Emma” and “Isabella” in papers filed with a Louisiana court, the New York Post reported.According to the lawsuit, not allowing the embryos – currently frozen at a California fertility clinic – to be born is “depriving them of their inheritance”.Louisiana is a pro-life state where embryos are given rights as people. Its governor from 2008 to 2016, Bobby Jindal, was a staunch pro-life supporter and passed a series of measures while in office limiting abortion.One such measure was limiting abortion past 20 weeks only if the woman’s life is endangered, her physical health is severely compromised or the pregnancy is “medically futile“.According to Louisiana law, “an in vitro fertilised human ovum exists as a juridical person until such time as the in vitro fertilised ovum is implanted in the womb. By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Tough talks on austerity measures resume

first_imgTough negotiations are to resume this week on two fronts — between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners on the one hand and between ministry officials and representatives of the country’s troika of foreign lenders on the other — in a bid to move toward an agreement on a tough package of some 11.5 billion euros in austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors.Kathimerini understands that the talks will focus on some 4 billion euros in measures that have yet to be agreed, with the bulk of the package believed to comprise cuts to state spending, pensions and social welfare benefits.With Samaras and his coalition partners – socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis – having rejected the troika’s calls for layoffs in the public sector, negotiations are expected to shift to an alternative measure being proposed by the government — the raising of the retirement age to 67 from 65.Other cuts that government officials are expected to insist on — as alternatives to even heavier cutbacks in the area of pensions and salaries — are in the areas of state administrative costs, local authority funding and spending on health and defense. The troika is said to have expressed reservations regarding the extent to which such measures can be enforced but government officials will try to win some concessions.Another sensitive issue which the troika is expected to broach is the proposal for changes to the labor market, including the introduction of a six-day working week and a reduction in the amount of compensation private employers are obliged to give dismissed employees. In an interview with Kathimerini, Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis said that adding such onerous new measures to existing austerity “does not contribute to the creation of a smooth climate.”Meanwhile the government is also reportedly examining the scrapping of a 5,000-euro income tax-free threshold as a way of making potential savings.The aim of Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, as expressed at the end of Friday’s informal summit of eurozone finance ministers in Nicosia, is for the austerity package to be finalized in the next 10 days so that the troika can issue its report by early October, paving the way for a decision on the release of funding for Greece at a European Union summit on October 18. Without the 31.5-billion-euro loan, Greece faces defaulting on its debts.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more