Litigants appear before SC-appointed mediation panel

first_imgFaizabad (UP): Twenty-five litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land case on Wednesday appeared before a Supreme Court-appointed panel as it began an attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation, officials said.The litigants and their counsels altogether over 50 people met the three-member mediation panel on the Avadh University premises here. The Supreme Court has given the panel, led by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla, eight weeks to explore the possibility of an amicable settlement over the disputed site in Ayodhya. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The panel members, who also include spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu arrived in Faizabad on Tuesday and are expected to spend three days here. Uttar Pradesh Advocate General Raghvendra Singh and Additional Advocate General Madan Mohan Pandey also attended the meeting. Swami Avimukteshwaranand of the Ram Janmabhoomi Punruddhar Samiti said the meeting began at 10 am with over 50 participants. The discussions were being held in a harmonious manner, he said. Nirmohi Akhara’s Mahant Dinendra Das, Triloki Nath Pandey who is representing Ram Lalla Virajman, Mahant Dharam Das appearing for Ram Abhiram Das and Mahant Suresh Das of the Digambar Akhara were among the participants. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedSwami Chakrapani and Kamlesh Tiwari appeared at the meeting for the Hindu Mahasabha. Litigants Iqbal Ansari, Mohammad Umar and Haji Mahboob attended the meeting, where Maulana Ashhad Rashidi represented Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind. Waseem Rizvi, who heads the UP Shia Waqf Board, and representatives from the Sunni Waqf Board also participated. The Faizabad administration had issued notices to the 25 litigants on behalf of the panel. Authorities said only the participants were being allowed to enter the area where the meeting was taking place. Strict security arrangements have been made on the university premises, Faizabad District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said. The panel in a letter had directed the Faizabad administration to ensure foolproof security in and around the venue, and also necessary personal security for the litigants and their lawyers, the authorities said. The Supreme Court is hearing 14 appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre site in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. In 1992, a right-wing mob demolished the Babri Masjid, which many Hindus believe was built on the spot which marks the birthplace of Lord Rama. While appointing the mediation panel last week, a five-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said “utmost confidentiality” should be maintained in the mediation proceedings to ensure their success. The apex court said the progress report on the mediation should be filed before it within four weeks and the proceedings should it be completed within eight weeks. Earlier, the apex court observed that the issue is not about 1,500 square feet of land, but about religious sentiments. The bench said it was conscious of the gravity and the impact of the issue on “public sentiment” and also on the “body politic of the country”.last_img read more

Ban stresses vital role of SouthEast Asian nations regarding Myanmar

Addressing a gathering at UN Headquarters of the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Mr. Ban said Myanmar has an opportunity to demonstrate to its people and to the international community its clear commitment to an inclusive political transition. “It is an opportunity Myanmar should not miss,” Mr. Ban said, adding that ASEAN countries have an important role to play in this effort – first and foremost to ensure the well-being of the people of Myanmar, but also in the wider interest of peace and security in the region. In a report released this week, Mr. Ban voiced disappointment and concern that meaningful steps have yet to be taken by the Myanmar Government following the recent visit by his Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari, and called the house arrest of opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi “a serious setback to the prospects of genuine national reconciliation, democratic transition and the rule of law.” He told ASEAN leaders that it is important that Myanmar responds to the concerns of the international community in a timely and concrete manner. “The recent release of a number of political prisoners as part of the larger amnesty announced last week, while a step in the right direction, falls short of expectations,” he stated. “Our collective interest is to find ways to encourage Myanmar to free Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners, start a genuine political dialogue and create conditions conducive to credible elections.” In addition, he stated that next year’s election – the first in two decades – must be held in an inclusive and credible manner if they are to advance stability, democracy, reconciliation, national development and respect for human rights. “The international community must send a strong, unified message,” he stated. Mr. Ban made a similar call earlier in the week when he convened a meeting of the Group of Friends on Myanmar, comprising 14 countries and the European Union. Participants at today’s meeting had a “productive, frank and wide-ranging exchange of views” on a range of issues of common concern, according to a joint press statement issued after the gathering. “The meeting stressed the importance of nurturing an effective partnership between ASEAN and the UN that will help both organizations address effectively the challenges affecting Southeast Asia and the world.” 26 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the important role of South-East Asian nations in encouraging Myanmar to do what is in the best interests of its people and of the wider region. read more

Missing 2 year old girl found safe

(Updated)It is every parent’s worst nightmare — their young child gone missing.And that’s exactly what happened last night in a rural area just south of Woodstock.Luckily, the two-year old girl was found. She ended up about a kilometer away from where she went missing.Search and rescue crews continued to look for two-year-old Brooklyn Honderich through the night and well into the morning.Whether it was by air or ground, rescuers were hopeful they’d find the toddler unharmed.Police say the family first reported Brooklyn missing just after 7 last night.Over 200 volunteers and police officers from a number of detachments took part in the search.Just after 10am, one volunteer found Brooklyn deep in the cornfield unharmed.Steve: “We were just walking along the back corn field and were just calling her name and I said to her — I called her name and I said Brooklyn you want to go to mommy and I heard a little crying. I just followed the noise and led me right to her.”But according to police, the cornfield made it difficult to locate little Brooklyn.The search for Brooklyn Honderich started in this cornfield right here. You can see the corn stalks tower over 2 metres high — making the search for the toddler that much harder.The Honderich family uses this farm to feed their cattle. And according to neighbours, Brooklyn was playing with the farm’s dog before she disappeared.The little girl spent more than 12 hours in the farm’s cornfield. A combination of warm weather and warm clothing kept her safe.Steve, a father himself, says he couldn’t imagine what the family was going through: “In this community, we gather around each other. And if it was my kid, I would expect the community to come together to find my child too.”According to Steve, the toddler had wandered almost a kilometre from the farm house, but is glad she’s back home safe and sound: “It’s pretty special finding that girl and it’s definitely a feel good moment for me.”It’s was a happy moment for Brooklyn’s family as well. She was taken to hospital as a precaution. She is now with her family safe and sound. read more

New rules seek to stem illegal caviar trade UN environment agency says

The move came in Bangkok where the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which seeks to ensure that global trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival, is holding its 13th Conference of Parties through tomorrow. UNEP staffs the treaty’s operations. The new rules require caviar processed this year to be exported by 31 March 2005. From 2006 onwards, all caviar must be exported in the same year that it is produced, with no opportunity to “carry over” stocks from one year to the next. In addition, there can be no re-exports of caviar more than 18 months in age, another loophole that illicit traders have used. Until now, traders in illegal caviar were able to fraudulently declare that their product was caught during previous years and avoid the annual quota limits set by CITES, exploiting a loophole that allowed sturgeon-range States to carry over remaining stocks from the year of harvest while claiming that they had already been exported. These declarations having been accepted, traders then process fresh caviar obtained from sturgeons that have been caught by poachers and “launder” it into international markets where it fetches high prices. “This is a major victory in the war against the caviar criminals,” said CITES Deputy Secretary-General Jim Armstrong. “This will bring stability to the caviar trade and close the door on the criminal opportunists who have engaged in large-scale fraud.” In a meeting on the Conference sidelines, Caspian Sea countries invited experts from the CITES secretariat to join a working group drafting a regional action plan to fight poachers and illegal traders. The trade in sturgeon products, especially caviar, has a long history of criminal involvement with close links with organized crime groups, UNEP said. Fishery protection officers in the Caspian Sea regularly face violence from poachers and CITES officials have met staff who have had hand grenades thrown into their patrol vessels by poachers avoiding arrest. read more

With Africa in spotlight at G7 summit SecretaryGeneral Guterres urges investment in

Speaking at a session on reinforcing the partnership between the G7 and Africa, the Secretary-General noted that the international community has a role in helping the continent adapt as it heads for a new wave of industrialization.“Failing to do so might have dramatic consequences for the well-being of the people of Africa; increase fragility, causing massive displacement and risking to boost unemployment, especially for young people,” Mr. Guterres told leaders at the two-day meeting in Taormina, Italy.Noting that a majority of African countries have improved their competitiveness and business environments, the UN chief stressed: “Our shared challenge is to build on these gains and to change the narrative about Africa – from crisis-based narrative to an opportunities-based narrative. We know that the full and true story of Africa is that of a continent with enormous potential for success.”Africa has the fastest growing youth population in the world, he added, who must be supported with education and training in tomorrow’s jobs.“High levels of youth unemployment are not only a tragedy for young people themselves, but can also undermine development and generate frustration and alienation that, in turn, can become a threat to global peace and security,” Mr. Guterres cautioned in his statements to leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.Investment in youth must include education and training for girls and women. Gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa $95 billion a year, which at six per cent of the region’s gross domestic product is “a needless loss of inclusive human development and economic growth,” the UN chief said. He also called for moving manufacturing and traditional activities, such as agriculture, higher up the global value chain, as well as investing in infrastructure that links regions, countries and communities. “Smart digital platforms, smart grids, smart logistics infrastructure can link urban and rural, and better connect the people of Africa to each other and the world,” Mr. Guterres stated, adding: “More than just the transfer of technology, we need to maximize the power of innovation for the people of Africa.” Such support and innovation will help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s framework for socio-economic transformation, known as Agenda 2063. read more

Titans coordinator Dean Pees working through medical issue

NASHVILLE — Tennessee defensive co-ordinator Dean Pees says nothing can be done until the end of the season about the undisclosed medical issue that sent him from the coaches’ box during a game to an Indianapolis hospital.“I tell the players to suck it up, I got to suck it up,” Pees said Thursday.Pees spoke Thursday for the first time since missing most of the Titans’ 38-10 loss to the Colts on Nov. 18. Medical personnel transported him to an area hospital, where the 69-year-old Pees spent the night before returning to Nashville. Titans coach Mike Vrabel sent Pees home from practice on Nov. 23 to rest, and Pees said he also missed another practice last week.“That didn’t exactly help me prepare for the game, either,” Pees said. “I didn’t do as good a job as I think I’m capable of doing, and that’s no excuse. I’ve got to get it done this week.”The Titans allowed a season-worst 281 yards rushing Monday night in a 34-17 loss in Houston. Vrabel said he planned to limit Pees to banker’s hours, and Pees joked that he doesn’t think Vrabel’s idea of banker’s hours are what bankers really work.“Mike also came around at night and made me get out a couple times earlier than what I would’ve normally got, and I appreciate it,” Pees said. “He’s handled it extremely well, and everybody here in the organization has been very supportive. … Just got to keep working at it.”Pees also said he heard from coaches around the NFL and in college, along with a lot of former players, including several now in broadcasting such as Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi. Ed Reed called him a few days ago to check up on his former co-ordinator in Baltimore, and Pees said that all means a lot to him.“It’s been a rough two weeks,” Pees said. I’m not used to missing a game.”Vrabel said Pees’ health, like that of the Titans’ players, is the most important thing.“So I’m very mindful to help wherever I can and make sure we’re getting the work done in an efficient and timely manner, so that Dean can get home and get some rest. That should be for all coaches, just making sure we’re efficient in what we do so that we can get home, take care of our bodies, see our families, and not sit here and sleep in the office.”The Titans (5-6) have allowed 72 combined points over the past two games, dropping what had been the NFL’s No. 1 scoring defence to sixth overall. Linebacker Brian Orakpo said the Titans need to relax, trust each other, stick to fundamentals and play their assignments after trying too hard to make a big play.“We’re literally beating ourselves,” Orakpo said. “I know it sounds cliché or whatever, but honestly, we’re just doing things that are not ourselves, that we were accustomed to do early on in the season.”Pees said playing better defence is just that simple as they prepare to host the Jets (3-8) on Sunday. He sees the Titans giving up plays with missed tackles and being out of position.“We got to play better, I got to coach better. I don’t think I did my best job of coaching, either, last week,” Pees said. “I got to do a better job.”NOTES: LB Will Compton (hamstring) was added back to the injury report after being limited in practice Thursday. S. Dane Cruikshank (knee) and RB David Fluellen (knee) were the only other Titans not to practice fully.___Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTeresa M. Walker, The Associated Press read more

Carlos Hyde Bradley Roby among 6 former Ohio State Buckeyes invited to

Senior running back Carlos Hyde breaks a tackle on his way to a touchdown during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorA total of six former Ohio State Buckeyes have been invited to participate in the 2014 NFL Draft Scouting Combine, which opens Feb. 19 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.The six OSU players invited include senior running back Carlos Hyde, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, a pair of senior offensive linemen, including center Corey Linsley and left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby.Notable members of the 2013 team, which finished 12-2 after back-to-back losses to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 and then Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3, who did not receive an invitation to the combine include redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton, senior safety Christian Bryant and senior offensive linemen Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall.OSU coach Urban Meyer confirmed Wednesday on National Signing Day that Bryant’s time at OSU is finished, after a second appeal for a medical redshirt was denied. Bryant suffered from a broken ankle in OSU’s 31-24 win against Wisconsin Sept. 28.The combine runs through Feb. 24, and a record 85 underclassmen will be among the 335 players invited, according to CBSSports.com.OSU’s Pro Day is set for March 7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.The Buckeyes are slated to start their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

US police help woman who took selfie of domestic abuse

first_img A WOMAN IN Kentucky in the US turned to Facebook to seek help after her husband allegedly attacked her and tore out the phone line in her home, posting a picture of her bloody face with the words, “Help please anyone,” a US tv station has reported.Susann Stacy told police her husband beat her with a handgun after she was heard in the bathroom on the phone with another man, WKYT-TV reported. After the confrontation, she said he ripped out the phone line, and while she had no reception on her mobile phone, she did still have WiFi, according to WKTR.One of her friends saw the post and called police, according to News.com.au.From WKYT-TV:When deputies arrived, they say Stacy’s husband, Donnie Stacy, had left the house. Deputies soon found him, and arrested him nearby. The 15 best college dining halls in America, according to students WeWork founder Adam Neumann joked about changing the United States Constitution so he could run for president After discussing layoffs to cut costs, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann treated employees to tequila shots and a private performance by a member of Run DMC center_img ‘Why is my iPhone battery yellow?’: How to enable an iPhone’s Low Power Mode to conserve battery Deputies say they later found the handgun used in the attack near a tyre swing the couple’s son uses.This isn’t the first time the social network was used in time of distress when a phone wasn’t an option. In August 2012, a woman in Oklahoma hid in her basement and used Facebook to get help after men broke into her home.If you are affected by domestic abuse, you can contact the National Freephone Helpline run by Women’s Aid on 1800 341 900 or Amen on 046 902 3718/ info@amen.ieRead: Christmas time ‘can trigger more abuse’ for victims of domestic violence > Read: Abuse husband was ‘knocked out’ and had knife ‘lunged’ at him > Read: Domestic violence refuge to finally open after two-year wait >last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added breathless love

first_imgCats sleep on a street sign in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district today. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)THINGS WE LEARNED#MAGDALENE The Government is working on a ‘comprehensive package’ following the McAleese report into Magdalene Laundries, which it will announce in the Dáil on Tuesday, Minister Alan Shatter said today. The Justice for Magdalenes group has called for a “fair, non-adversarial and transparent compensation package”, including compensation of €100,000 and pensions, healthcare, counselling, housing services and advice.#CONSTITUTION The delegates at the Constitutional Convention have voted overwhelmingly for altering the ‘women in the home’ clause in the constitution. Today, 98 per cent said they supported a proposal to alter the article to make it gender neutral and acknowledge the important role of other carers in the home.#PISTORIUS Oscar Pistorius has received “overwhelming support from his fans”, his agent said today. New reports – though unconfirmed by police – say that a bloody baseball bat was found in his home, but there is no evidence yet if it was used to assault Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius’s family say the Olympic athlete mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, shooting her.#GARDAÍ Minister Alan Shatter has said that he is ‘as angry as’ the Garda Síochána over the financial state the force finds itself in. In an interview today, he called on the garda representative bodies to enter the Croke Park extension talks, saying he thinks it is unfair they exited the process at an early stage. The Garda Representative body called his comments “smoke and mirrors”.#NIGERIA Gunman have abducted seven workers during an attack on a construction site in Northern Nigeria. Two Lebanese, an Italian and a Greek have been confirmed by their governments to be among those seized in the attack in the town of Jama’are in Bauchi State.#DEATHS Two people have died tragically in house fires this weekend. A 70-year-old man died in a fire at a home in Ballymacarbery, Co Waterford on Friday, while a 36-year-old woman died in a house fire in Passage West in Cork in the early hours of this morning.A Howth sunset photo sent in by an anonymous reader.THINGS WE LOVEDWhy are some people musical, and others of a scientific bent? Scientists have been taking brain scans at Massachusetts General Hospital to create the first map of the human brain. Here’s what it could tell us.What was your first kiss like? And was it behind a shed, at a teenage disco, or in your friend’s front room? Here’s a look at the world of first kisses in Ireland…How could we not love this? (Wriggles & Robins/Vimeo)THINGS WE SHAREDWho doesn’t love Daniel O’Donnell? Here’s 12 ways you can have more of him in your life. Wonderful.These gifs of photoshopped celebs are mesmerising – and a disturbing look into how Photoshopped photographs betray reality.These chimpanzees were caged for 30 years before finally being released to a sanctuary. Just look at that hug at 1:27! (britches1985/YouTube)last_img read more

Survey Says Sex Robot Revolution is Coming

first_img The History of Sexbots in MoviesSexy Robots Help Cure Erectile Dysfunction Some of the first sex dolls were invented by Dutch sailors in the 17th century.Fast forward 4,000 years, and those seamen would probably endorse modern sex robots.And they wouldn’t be alone: New data from Internet-based market research firm YouGov suggests 49 percent of Americans expect that having sex with robots will become common practice in the next five decades.Unsurprisingly, adult men lead the charge—one in four (24 percent) would consider taking an automated lover. Fewer than 10 percent of women, meanwhile, are open to the idea.The statistics, published on Monday, reconcile with those released by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) in July; they are also consistent with futurist Dr. Ian Pearson’s forecast that sex with robots will overtake human love-making by 2050.One in four men would consider having sex with a robot (via YouGov)Most Americans aren’t convinced that mechanical copulation should even be classified as sex (I did not have sexual relations with that robot). Only 14 percent of US adults would label the act as intercourse, and one in three liken it to simple masturbation.Which begs the question: Does having sex with a robot while in a relationship constitute cheating? The divided response split down the middle: 32 percent said yes, 33 percent said no. (One guess as to which gender voted which way.)The moral ambiguities of cyborg sensuality remain unclear.More people believe it is acceptable to get it on with a humanoid android versus a traditional robot. But a majority still find either exterior—synthetic character or motorized machine—objectionable.Unlike Arran Lee Wright and his wife Hannah Nguyen, whose smart sex doll Samantha is part of the family.“My children [aged three and five], they say, ‘Where’s Samantha?’” Wright said during a recent appearance on This Morning.Nguyen agreed, admitting that “We have fun with her.”“I have no worry about someone else actually there for Arran to have an affair. We don’t have to worry about some sort of disease,” she said on live television. “It’s fun to have her around.”YouGov’s robot sex survey, administered online between Sept. 26-27, includes responses from 1,146 adults (aged 18+). Test your own convictions with all eight original questions below:If it were possible to have sex with robots, to what extent would you consider having sex with one?And how important, if at all, would it be that the robot would resemble a humanoid (i.e. as opposed to a traditional mechanical robot)?To what extent do you think it would be morally acceptable or unacceptable for people to use a robot designed for sex if it resembled a humanoid or a traditional robot?Do you think that engaging in sex with a robot should be considered closer to resembling traditional intercourse, to masturbation, or neither?If someone were to pay to use a sex robot, would you consider that prostitution?If you had a partner who had sex with a robot, would you consider it cheating?When, if ever, do you believe using robots for sex will become a commonly accepted practice?To what extend do you feel that having sex with a robot is more or less safe, if either, than having sex with a human stranger?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Does Vigor Still Need Local Tax Utility Breaks

first_imgAs Ketchikan’s shipyard continues to grow and attract contracts, questions arose last week about whether the community should continue to offer tax and utility breaks for the property.Download AudioKetchikan’s shipyard is owned by the Alaska Industrial Energy Development and Export Authority, but it’s operated by Vigor, a Pacific Northwest company that owns shipyards in several states.Ketchikan’s shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)Vigor bought the operating rights a few years ago, and the Vigor Alaska operation is very likely about to get a lucrative contract to build two new ferries for the State of Alaska.With that in mind, does the shipyard still need financial support from the community? That’s the question asked at two recent events, a Ketchikan Borough Assembly meeting and the regular Chamber of Commerce lunch.Here’s Borough Assembly Member Agnes Moran, who said the community should look into developing an exit strategy.“We now have a very large company running that shipyard that essentially has a monopoly on the West Coast,” she said. “It recently bought a shipyard, it recently bought an ironworks. You’re looking at a subsidy of a million and a half dollars every year, coupled with the fact that the city’s looking at bonding for infrastructure projects.”The “subsidies” Moran referenced are through local property tax breaks from the city and borough, and a deal on electricity through the city-owned Ketchikan Public Utilities.Assembly Member Bill Rotecki agreed with Moran that the discussion should take place.“If the local municipalities and their taxpayers are subsidizing them substantially, it shouldn’t be forgotten,” he said. “It should be looked at and evaluated. I agree with that wholeheartedly.”During the Chamber of Commerce lunch, candidates for Borough Assembly were there for a candidate forum. An audience member asked what they thought about maintaining or eliminating Vigor’s tax and utility breaks.Borough mayor candidate David Landis said a conversation needs to happen.“Obviously, the shipyard is a cornerstone of the business in this community and it’s vital to keep it here,” he said. “That being said, you don’t want to give everything away.”Incumbent Assembly Member Mike Painter, who is running for re-election, agrees that the issue needs to be revisited. Incumbent Glen Thompson, also seeking re-election, said local subsidies should go away when the shipyard is self-sustaining.“I think we’re very close. The Alaska Class Ferry demonstrates the ability of the system, there’s now about 150 people working there on a year-round basis,” he said. “I think last year, there was about $2.5 million of profit. The city and borough subsidized about a million and a half of that, but even if you take that subsidy away they still would have made a profit. Is that enough to sustain a business going forward? That’s question is where we are. We need to answer that.”Assembly candidate John Harrington suggested that the state exempt the shipyard from paying property taxes, which the state does for an AIDEA property further north.Lewis Armey Jr. is running for borough mayor. He was generally critical of the shipyard, but didn’t have an answer to that specific question.Vigor Alaska’s Director of Shipyard Development Doug Ward attended the Chamber of Commerce luncheon. After the event, he said he felt the candidate’s answers were reasonable, and he’s willing to have the discussion.Ward said the issue of self-sufficiency is always on his mind.“We’re still operating a complex manufacturing activity in a region and in a state that lacks the basic industries that goes along with supporting these kinds of complex projects,” he said. “I think the question gets to how much employment do we want to create through shipyard investment.”Ward said the employment projections are 300 to 350 workers once all the facility infrastructure is in place. They’re about halfway there as far as employees go, and the last big piece of infrastructure needed is a large, dedicated ship repair hall.He noted that the agreements with the city and borough include a profit-sharing component.“We’d like nothing more than to increase our profitability to the point where AIDEA can begin spinning off our payments to AIDEA back to the community through revenue sharing,” he said. “We’d love to make that happen.”Ward said it’s a complicated issue, and one that he’s sure the community will be talking about a lot over the next year.last_img read more

4 killed in alleged gunfights

first_imgFour persons were killed in what the law enforcement called separate incidents of ‘gunfights’ in Madaripur, Sirajganj and Cox’s Bazar districts early Tuesday.The law enforcers claimed that the deceased were drug traders and pirates.In Madaripur, Zahirul Islam alias Zokka, 40, son of late Sobhan Khan, was killed in a reported gunfight with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Charairkandi village of Kalkini’s Ramzanpur union, reports Prothom Alo’s Madaripur correspondent.Tipped off that two groups of drug traders were exchanging gunshots, a team of RAB-8 conducted a raid in the area.Sensing their presence, according to the law enforcement, the drug traders opened fire on the RAB members, forcing them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight and leaving Zahirul dead on the spot.The RAB team recovered bullets and narcotics from the spot.Zahirul’s body was also sent to the morgue of Madaripur Sadar Hospital.RAB-8 captain Debashish Karmakar said to Prothom Alo, “Zahirul was killed in a gun battle between the drug traders and RAB men. He was accused in more than 24 cases.”In Sirajganj, according to the news agency UNB, Nurul Islam Mohon, 55, son of late Hayat Ali was killed in a reported gunfight between two gangs at Raipur railway station in the Sadar upazila,.According to the police, he was accused in several drugs-related cases.Police said the gangs of the drug dealers fought over the share of money.”We sent a team when we learned about the gunfight,” said Mohammad Daud, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.”We recovered Mohon’s body from the spot. It bore gunshot wounds,” he added.The body was sent to Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital.In Cox’s Bazar, two men were killed in a reported gunfight between rival gangs at Fateh Ali Shikderpara Bila in Kutubdia, reports UNB.The deceased were Erfan Hossain alias Erfan Majhi, 32, and Nur Hossain, 26. Both were accused in several cases, including robbery and drugs, according to the law enforcers.Deedarul Ferdous, officer-in-charge of Kutubdia police station, said they sent a team to the spot after learning about the gunfight.Police found Erfan and Nur with gunshot wounds and took them to Kutubdia Upazila Hospital where the physicians pronounced them dead.A pistol, four bullets and 400 yaba pills were recovered from the spot, said the OC.In Sirajganj, Nurul Islam Mohon, 55, was killed in reported gunfight between two gangs of drug dealers at Raipur Railway Station in the Sadar upazila early morning.Police said the drug dealers’ gangs were fighting over the share of money. “We sent a team when we learned about the gunfight,” said Mohammad Daud, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.”We recovered Mohon’s body from the spot. It bore gunshot wounds,” he said, adding that the man was accused in several drugs-related cases. Gunfight Illustrationlast_img read more

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first_img By: Kit Doyle Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Share This! Opinion By: Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like Kit Doyle,Load Comments,Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ Share This!center_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes breaking the “Dahi handi” in India, the aftermath of attacks in Sri Lanka, and more.A Sri Lankan Muslim woman walks with a child past a mural in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Islamic clerics in Sri Lanka asked Muslim women on Tuesday to continue to avoid wearing face veils despite the official end of emergency rule, four months after a string of suicide bomb attacks. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, pray by her tomb on her birth anniversary in Kolkata, India, on Aug. 26, 2019. Mother Teresa was born at Skopje, Macedonia, Slovenia in 1910, and spent 45-years serving the poor, the sick, the orphaned, and the dying. Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was conferred a Sainthood on Sept. 4, 2016, by Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)Residents watch an Indian Hindu devotee breaking the “Dahi handi”, a curd-filled pot, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 24, 2019. The festival marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna and the act seeks to reenact the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter during his childhood. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)More than 15,000 people attend an evening rally in Hong Kong on Aug. 23, 2019, the first large-scale political rally for Christians since the democracy movement began in June. Attendees sang and prayed for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduIndian women carrying water walk past statues of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha before the Ganesha Chaturthi festival at a workshop in Hyderabad, India, on Aug. 29, 2019. Ganesha Chaturthi, which begins on Sept. 2, is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha, who is widely worshiped by Hindus as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)Relatives of political prisoners attend a Mass asking for the freedom of their loved ones, in Masaya, Nicaragua, on Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)Pastor Tim Kim, center, with members and guests of Root & Branch Church gather for a “dinner church” service on Aug. 25, 2019, in Palmer Square Park in Chicago. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerIndian youth form a human pyramid to break the “Dahi handi,” an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 24, 2019. The festival marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna and the act seeks to reenact the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter during his childhood. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby blesses a survivor of the Easter Sunday attack at St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya village, Negombo , Sri Lanka, on Aug. 29, 2019. The figurehead of the Church of England emphasized the need for Christian unity on Thursday as he paid tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks at a Roman Catholic church in Sri Lanka. A total of 263 people were killed when seven suicide bombers from a local Muslim group attacked three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) Share This! We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Kit Doyle Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Postslast_img read more

French American Innovation Day In Houston Shows Best Practices Challenges Stereotypes

first_imgListen Share 00:00 /01:18 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian MartinSujiro Seam, consul general of France in Houston, addresses participants at the French American Innovation Day at the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute.What do France and Texas – and maybe Houston in particular – have in common?They are leaders in technology, according to Sujiro Seam, consul general of France in Houston.“We have rocket science, we have a launch pad in France in the field of air and space,” he said. “In health, we were the team which discovered the AIDS virus, was a French team. In the field of energy, I think we are recognized as one of the leading nations in the nuclear energy, for example.”Florian MartinSujiro Seam, consul general of France in Houston, addresses participants at the French American Innovation Day at the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute.The French American Innovation Day took place at the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute. It aimed to highlight that and also showcase what some leading French and American companies are doing when it comes to technology and data science.One of them is Airbus Helicopters, a French company with American headquarters in the Dallas area.Thierry Meouchi, head of customer analytics and software sale at the branch, said one challenge is to keep up with new developments.“When you start a new product, in the meantime new technologies based on data goes much, much faster,” he said.By the time a new product is developed, its technology could already be outdated and so it’s important to plan ahead, take risks and collaborate with other companies, Meouchi said.The French American Innovation Day is organized by the French embassy. This was the first time the annual event took place in a city other than Boston.last_img read more

Celebrate the Love with 22 of Our Favorite Comic Couples

first_imgHappy Valentine’s Day to all from Geek.com! You don’t need a sweetheart to enjoy the day and appreciate the bond between some of our favorite characters between the pages. Through thick and thin they are by each other’s side. With the further growth of the MCU and DCEU’s, we have been gifted the joy of getting to see some of these relationships play out on the big/small screen. And in some cases see new loves flourish, and old ones evolve.If there’s a couple you always wished would happen just take to Tumblr and create your own fandoms to ship. But be warned if you take a peak…there’s a lot of NSFW material in there.For 100% PG (13 at most) art, we’ve got a gallery below with lots of happy comic couples and completely safe for the office.View as: One Page Slides1. Rogue and GambitMckenzie Hilt2. Snow and BigbyZahraa3. Hawkgirl and HawkmanDaniel Govar4. Bettie and The RocketeerAdam Hughes5. Apollo and MidnighterChris Sprouse6. Black Canary and Green ArrowCliff Chiang7. Iris West and Barry AllenMax Barrow8. Kyle Jinadu and NorthstarJensen Couch9. Catwoman and BatmanStephanie Hans10. Storm and Black PantherLord Cornelius J11. Wiccan and HulkingCris Art12. Mary Jane Watson and Spider-manGabriel Soares13. Poision Ivy and Harley QuinnVitor Moura14. Betty, Veronica, and ArchieRebecca N15. Lois Lane and Superman Brittney Williams16. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage Denise Chanberry17. Black Widow and Winter SoldierAndrea Parrocho18. The Question and BatwomanChris Samnee19. Elektra and DaredevilThony Silas Dias de Aguiar20. Alana and MarkoKevin Wada21. Scarlet Witch and Visionthatssocreepy22. Peggy Carter and Steve RogersDes Taylorlast_img read more

Govt to set up centre of excellence for agriculture

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government is likely to set up a centre of excellence (COE) for agriculture and horticulture at Chinsurah in Hoogly district by the end of this year, department of Food Processing Industries and Horticulture secretary Nandini Chakravorty said on Tuesday.While addressing a seminar organised by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city about the development of food processing industries and horticulture in West Bengal, Chakravorty said: “Agriculture is very technology-intensive and so there is a dire need to bring in new techniques and technologies. We have pondering for a while to set up a centre of excellence in Bengal. Earlier, it had not received approval from the government of India but now we are bringing the centre of excellence under a different scheme with the Israelis and the setup should be completed by 2019”. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseShe further said: “The government wants to set up three packaging houses in each district under the public-private partnership mode.” In 2006, the agricultural ministers of India and Israel had signed a Memorandum of Understanding under the Indo-Israel Agricultural Project, which aimed at establishing various centers of excellence across the country to disseminate Israeli technologies and know-how to Indian farmers.As of now, more than two dozen COEs have sprung up across the country. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataStressing on the need to convert agriculture into agri-business for survival, Janab Abdur Razzak Molla, Minister of Food Processing Industries and Horticulture said the only way to increase the farmers’ income was to adopt the method of participatory farming in which the private investors would be able to tie up with the farmers on a contractual basis. He said: “In participatory farming, the land and labour will be provided by the farmers, while the inputs and technology will be provided by private entrepreneurs who will bear the business risks to reap profit, not only for domestic markets but also for exports. The government will play the role only of a facilitator.” Aiming at the business community present at the seminar, the minister urged the community to come forward with their business proposals for investment. He also said that facilities like packaging houses, poly houses, and subsidies will be provided by the government.last_img read more

Halifax Holiday Park wins Environmental Industry Award

first_imgHalifax Holiday Park has just been awarded a Gold Gumnut Award which is an exciting environmental initiative from the Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA).  To achieve the Gold Gumnut – Halifax Holiday Park had to meet strict objectives and prove continued commitment across ten areas of sustainability through the Environmental Management Plan.  The ten areas include landscaping, water, waste, energy, pollution, conservation, economics, staff, community and safety. One of the parks goals was to focus on reducing Electricity usage and to put in place a range of Initiatives as part of the Environmental Management Plan for the park. Halifax Holiday Park has been one of Port Stephens Councils top performing facilities in terms of achieving the organisation’s goal of a 10% reduction in electricity consumption each year. To date Halifax Holiday Park has saved $16,246 in Electricity costs for 2011-2012.Robert Robinson, Halifax Holiday Park Manager, stated “The Gold Gumnut Award is an outstanding Industry achievement and recognises that Halifax Holiday Park is leading the industry in creating a sustainable Holiday Park. Halifax is the first park in Port Stephens, Newcastle and the Hunter to receive this award”.Many Holiday Parks form an important part in their local community and are located in prime positions, adjacent to sensitive sand dune, beaches and rivers or National Parks. Developing sustainability is a vital component of our Industry and to ensure that we are part of the environmental solution rather than part of the problem. Source = Halifax Holiday Parklast_img read more

Aiming to revitalize an often routine luxury hotel

first_imgAiming to revitalize an often routine luxury hotel offering, Montage Beverly Hills is providing a complimentary overnight shoe shine a la bespoke shoe maker, John Lobb. The shoe shine being offered uses the finest John Lobb shoe polish to ensure the highest quality shine and care. The hotel’s John Lobb certified butler had to undergo a lengthy training course to ensure guests’ shoes are consistently and expertly maintained.www.montagebeverlyhills.comlast_img

No that Hadestown song isnt really about Donal

first_imgNo, that ‘Hadestown’ song isn’t really about Donald Trump by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2019 10:56 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by DKC O&M Co. shows Patrick Page, left, and Reeve Carney during a performance of “Hadestown,” directed by Rachel Chavkin. (Matthew Murphy/DKC O&M Co. via AP) NEW YORK — It’s one of the most striking moments in the multi-Tony Award-nominated “Hadestown” — when the character of Hades sings to his followers about “Why We Build the Wall.”Even though the Broadway hit is based on a Greek myth, many audience members instinctively assume the song is a pointed contemporary reference — to Donald Trump and his border wall.But, actually, composer Anais Mitchell wrote the song in 2006, a full decade before Trump became president. She says was thinking about lots of different kinds of walls when she wrote it.Suddenly in 2016, the song took on dramatic new meaning when the show played off-Broadway and Trump was a candidate. And later in London, says actor Patrick Page, some audiences saw references to Brexit in the song.Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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