Yuvraj Singh trolls Kevin Pietersen after Manchester United beat Chelsea

first_imgYuvraj Singh took a jibe at his English counterpart Kevin Pietersen after Manchester United registered a resounding victory over Chelsea in their opening Premier League game on Sunday.Former India cricketer Yuvraj is a known Manchester United fan while Pietersen is a big time Chelsea supporter. The Former English player has often been seen posting updates about his favourite football club on Twitter but after Chelsea’s 0-4 defeat against United, Pietersen was quiet on social media.This silence from Pietersen, prompted Yuvraj to take a friendly dig at the English cricketer as he tweeted, “”Hey mr @KP24 very quiet today all ok?? @ManUtd”.Hey mr @KP24 very quiet today all ok @ManUtdyuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 12, 2019After Yuvraj Singh, other fans also came up with memes to troll Pietersen.Kp after Chelsea match pic.twitter.com/tSeW4ZC5WgVikram (@Itsvikram94) August 12, 2019Chelsea couldn’t even Chuck piesBikram Chaudhury (@SomeSpeaks) August 12, 2019pic.twitter.com/OS6BP9PUEfDeep Gill (@DeepLove_United) August 12, 2019Kp now pic.twitter.com/zIJPhCrM27Yuvi is my world (@LLB46section) August 12, 2019Marcus Rashford struck twice as Manchester United opened their Premier League account with a 4-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Old Trafford.The win was United’s biggest over Chelsea in a top-flight match since the same scoreline in March 1965 under Matt Busby.Not only did Rashford strike twice but his attacking partner Martial also found the target after the break and the victory was rounded off by substitute James, a close-season signing from Swansea City, marking his United debut with the fourth.advertisementAlso Read | Manchester United thrash Chelsea 4-0 in their Premier League openerAlso Read | Premier League: Defeat to Manchester United reality check for Chelsea, says Frank LampardAlso Seelast_img read more

Sam Adams II, Country’s No. 16 RB, Announces Commitment

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 30: An general view during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 44-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Sammanish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic running back Sam Adams II is off the board. The four-star recruit with NFL bloodlines is staying home.Adams announced his commitment to Washington this afternoon. He chose the Huskies over Florida, Ohio State and others.Adams is the son of former Texas A&M and NFL star defensive tackle Sam Adams. His grandfather, also named Sam Adams, was an offensive lineman with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints from 1972-81.The youngest Adams is the No. 16 running back in the 2020 class and the No. 3 rising senior in the state of Washington. He revealed his commitment with a video he posted to Twitter.Thank you to all of the coaches who saw potential in me at the next level. Thank you for the help and and for recruiting me through this process. I’m 100% committed and happy with my decision. Thank you. •••s/o @MontWorkMedia for the video pic.twitter.com/xurtGOr2Z8— Sam Adams II (@SamAdamsII) July 14, 2019Adams’s commitment gives Washington six four-star commits in the class of 2020, and 12 pledges overall.Washington’s 2020 haul currently ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 and No. 22 nationally.last_img read more

EU Budgetary Support a Signal of Confidence in Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights “Budget support is a particular modality that a country has to qualify for, and it is not granted to everybody because it has to be based on sound financial management, transparency, accountability reporting and so on,” she noted. “So first of all, that is a sign of trust and progress that Jamaica has made over the years. With the success of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Administration and the people of Jamaica for the progress it has made in that area,” Ambassador Wasilewska added. Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, says the continued budgetary support provided to Jamaica is a signal of trust in the country’s economic progress.“Budget support is a particular modality that a country has to qualify for, and it is not granted to everybody because it has to be based on sound financial management, transparency, accountability reporting and so on,” she noted.“So first of all, that is a sign of trust and progress that Jamaica has made over the years. With the success of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Administration and the people of Jamaica for the progress it has made in that area,” Ambassador Wasilewska added.She was speaking on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Television programme, Get the Facts, recently.Over the years, Jamaica has been the beneficiary of over €250 million in budgetary support from the EU to undertake policy reforms in the macro economy as well as the justice and security sectors.Just last month, Jamaica and the EU signed two multimillion-dollar grant agreements, providing €3.6 million (J$509.1 million) to finance the country’s Public Financial Management (PFM) Reform Programme, and €16.55 million (J$2.3 billion) to fund efforts to improve Jamaica’s forestry management.Ambassador Wasilewska told JIS News that “there has to be sound sectoral policy with clear objectives and deliverables for us to put money in that sector in different tranches over a period of time”.She noted, however, that ownership and leadership remains with the Government.“We do monitor, very carefully, the deliverables, but it’s fantastic to give that lead and ownership of the sector to the Government and it’s the Government that delivers those results to the people with support of the EU,” she noted. Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, says the continued budgetary support provided to Jamaica is a signal of trust in the country’s economic progress.last_img read more

Liberals look to infrastructure bank to finance rural remote broadband internet

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal infrastructure minister says he is looking to connect private backers with some of the country’s rural and northern communities to pay for badly needed broadband internet connections.Provincial governments have leaned heavily on the Liberals to use whatever influence they have with the Canada Infrastructure Bank to get it to fund broadband internet projects, particularly in rural and remote locations.The Liberals created the bank late last year to take $35 billion in federal financing, and use it to leverage three-to-four times that from the private sector to help pay for major highways, bridges, and water and electrical systems to ease the financial burden on public coffers.Provinces argue broadband yields a long-term revenue stream that would be enticing to any private investor willing to pay the connection costs.Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says a single broadband line into one rural community is unlikely to grab the attention of large institutional investors, such as pension funds.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Champagne says he is looking at how different revenue models could entice private backers or bundle several smaller projects into one large proposal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Train fares to be increased with effect from 1st of October

The train fares are to be increased by 15% but the minimum fare of Rs 10 will remain the same. (Colombo Gazette) The Government has decided to increase train fares with effect from the 1st of October.According to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation the gazette notice on the new fares will be issued soon.

Mahinda Samarasinghe and Keheliya new Government spokespersons

Parliamentarians Mahinda Samarasinghe and Keheliya Rambukwella have been appointed as the new Government spokespersons.Rambukwella was the Media Minister in the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government before 2015 while while Samarasinghe was the Ports and Shipping Minister in the Government when Ranil Wickremesinghe was Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette)

Paul Haggis elected as new chairman at Canadian Pacific Railway

Paul Haggis elected as new chairman at Canadian Pacific Railway by News Staff Posted Jun 5, 2012 4:41 am MDT CALGARY – Three weeks after a bitter proxy battle with an activist hedge fund, Canadian Pacific Railway has elected Paul Haggis as chairman of the company’s board of directors.New York-based Pershing Square Capital Management succeeded in May in its months-long battle to oust now former CEO Fred Green, a 34-year veteran of the railroad.At that time, Haggis was among seven Pershing Square nominees appointed to a newly formed board. Nine existing CP directors still sit on the new board.CP (TSX:CP) is now in the process of searching for a new CEO. Railway veteran Stephen Tobias, a Pershing nominee to the board, is currently serving as interim CEO while a committee hunts for a new leader.Bill Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square, CP’s largest shareholder with a 14 per cent stake, had been pushing to replace Green with Hunter Harrison, the retired boss of rival railroad Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR).But Ackman has said the company is going to conduct a thorough search and meet all candidates for the top job before making any decisions.The defeat of CP’s former leaders had been widely anticipated as a number of institutional fund managers disclosed they would support the board nominees proposed by Ackman.Green’s detractors had said CP has become North America’s worst performing major railway under his leadership while his supporters insisted the problems had been exaggerated.In a statement released Monday night, CP said Haggis — currently chairman of the Alberta Enterprise Corporation as well as C.A. Bancorp Inc — had extensive financial markets and public board experience.He serves as a corporate director at several public and crown corporations including Advantage Oil and Gas Ltd. and Liberty Silver Corporation, and is an advisor to the Investment Committee of Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, a body he directed until December.Haggis was also previously the president and CEO of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System and head of Alberta Treasury Branches.“I am proud to be part of this great company,” Haggis said in a statement. “The board is united in its commitment to serving the best interests of CP. We are confident in the depth and breadth of this board and its ability to work with management and all CP employees to serve our customers.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Carbon Mineral Challenge A worldwide hunt for new carbon minerals

first_imgNew research predicts at least 145 of Earth’s carbon-bearing minerals remain undiscovered. How many can collectors find by 2019? The hunt is on for Earth’s undiscovered carbon minerals. Scientists, using statistical calculations, now know how many are out there. They even have some ideas about where to look. But to find them, they need the help of the world’s mineral collecting community.The Carbon Mineral Challenge sets the stage for both professional and amateur mineral collectors to make their mark by discovering never-before described minerals.Carbon is one of the most chemically diverse elements, and occurs in compounds with almost every element of the periodic table. Some carbon-containing minerals form ores, which are mined for metals such as iron, nickel, and copper. Carbon-bearing minerals can contain rare Earth elements, critical components of smart phones and tablets. Carbon also becomes coal and diamond. And, most importantly, without carbon, there is no life.Given the scientific value of potential new carbon-bearing mineral discoveries, the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is challenging both amateur collectors and professional mineralogists around the world to find these rare specimens.DCO is a global community of multi-disciplinary scientists unlocking the inner secrets of Earth through investigations into life, energy, and the fundamentally unique chemistry of carbon. A key goal of DCO is to identify the forms of carbon in Earth. Any new carbon minerals discovered as part of the Carbon Mineral Challenge will address this important scientific question, and add to our growing understanding of Earth’s unique chemical makeup.Earth is the only known planet that supports life. Life on Earth has interacted with rocks over billions of years, generating a telltale geobiological footprint. Such a footprint should be visible on other life-supporting planetary bodies.“Figuring out the mineral signature of a life-supporting planet is a really exciting prospect,” says Robert Hazen, Senior Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA and Executive Director of the Deep Carbon Observatory. “Without life, fewer than a third of the different kinds of minerals we see on Earth would exist. Our new projections will inform planetary investigations, with probes tuned to detect mineralogical signs of life.”Today, mineralogists recognize 406 carbon minerals out of more than 5,000 known mineral species on Earth. Since 2010, the International Mineralogical Association has reported the discovery of an average of about four new carbon minerals every year for the past five years. However, DCO researchers now estimate there are at least 145 more carbon minerals still awaiting discovery.Hazen and his colleagues, including mathematician Grethe Hystad of Purdue University Calumet, used a type of analysis called Large Number of Rare Events (LNRE) modeling to formulate this prediction, and will share the work in American Mineralogist in early 2016 (http://www.minsocam.org/MSA/Ammin/AM_Preprints/5546HazenPreprintApr.pdf).“Imagine reading a book,” says DCO’s Hazen. “Some words you read over and over throughout, such as ‘and’ and ‘the.’ These common words are everywhere and easy to spot. On the other hand, there are words that may appear only one or two times in an entire book. Earth’s missing minerals are like these rare words; we haven’t found them yet because they formed only in very few places and in very small quantities.”The LNRE model also predicts that the majority of the carbon-bearing minerals awaiting discovery are hydrous carbonates, a potentially challenging fact for collectors.Where are these undiscovered minerals and what do they look like? Hazen’s team predicts finding missing carbon minerals will challenge even the most dedicated mineral collectors. To have remained hidden for so long, these minerals must reside in remote localities and in small quantities. In some cases the minerals are likely ephemeral in nature. Many of the carbon species on Hazen’s list, including hydrous carbonates, are potentially colourless, poorly crystalised, or easily dissolved in water.While Hazen and colleagues have not identified a treasure map for finding the missing carbon minerals, there are some potentially rewarding localities to consider. These include the Poudrette quarry in Canada, Kukisvumchorr Mountain in Russia, and Clara mine in Germany, where collectors have already found a diverse array of carbon minerals.“There’s something magical about mineral collecting that’s hard to put into words,” said Hazen’s colleague and DCO early career scientist Daniel Hummer. “You’re collecting fundamental constituents of the natural world that only exist because life has interacted with rocks over millions, or even billions, of years.”“One of the most exciting prospects,” Hummer continues, “is we might even stumble upon minerals we didn’t predict in our analyses. We could be in for a surprise!”In fact, some of the missing carbon minerals might be hiding in plain sight, sitting in a museum drawer.“As a PhD student at the University of Arizona, I work on the development of the RRUFF mineral database in (co-author) Professor Robert Downs’ lab,” said Barbara Lafuente. “It’s quite possible we’ll find one or two new carbon minerals in our university’s mineral collection, now that we know what we’re looking for.”How does the Carbon Mineral Challenge work?Amateur and professional mineral collectors should follow the procedures outlined by the International Mineralogical Association Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification. Once the commission has approved the new mineral, the team responsible for its discovery and verification should submit their entry to the Carbon Mineral Challenge via mineralchallenge.net.Interested collectors may contact Carbon Mineral Challenge International Advisory Board members in their region with questions about mineral analysis and verification. Mineralchallenge.net also contains comprehensive guidelines, useful links, a photo gallery of known carbon minerals, and a list of FAQs for potential participants.The Carbon Mineral Challenge will continue until September 2019. DCO will publicly recognise each discovery as it happens and celebrate the final suite of newly discovered carbon minerals at the culmination of its decadal program in late 2019.The Carbon Mineral Challenge shines a light on a very specific, but important, subset of minerals. Over the next four years, and with each new discovery, a new piece of Earth’s mineralogical puzzle will fall into place.The picture, courtesy of Dakota Matrix Minerals, shows smithsonite from the Kelly mine in New Mexico, USA.last_img read more

More value from Multotec through local innovation

first_imgLeveraging digital technologies in its range of mineral processing equipment will again allow Multotec to display new product developments at Electra Mining Africa that optimise recoveries and reduce cost of ownership for mineral processing plants.“Technologies such as smart panels and 360˚ virtual reality video can make a valuable contribution to pioneer greater efficiencies, by helping predict and schedule equipment maintenance,” says Multotec group CEO Thomas Holtz. “This assists planning at plant level and means less unexpected downtime as a result of equipment failure; every step we can take on this innovation journey gets us closer to a more sustainable mining sector.”Inspired by the philosophy ‘think global and act local’, Multotec can draw from its experience around the world to feed into its ongoing research and development programme that continuously improves its wide range of offerings from screen media and wear solutions, to solid-liquid separation and mill linings.“Retaining the technological edge is one important way that South Africa can sustain and grow its local manufacturing capability,” says Holtz. “As a Level 4 B-BBEE company with a 26% black shareholding, we are fully supportive of the emphasis that the Mining Charter places on local content, and especially about the plans for formal verification of local content.”According to the Manufacturing Circle – in which Multotec is an active member – the country’s percentage of local manufacture as a percentage of GDP has dropped from 24% in 1994 to just 12% today, with the difference going to imported products.“If we want to drive a local manufacturing agenda and create jobs in the manufacturing sector, we must have an effective way of verifying local content in manufacturing activity,” says Holtz.He says the company is already participating in the engagement process with the South African Bureau of Standards about how such a verification system could be designed and implemented, as an auditing authority, such as the SABS, would be required to make the system work.“Equipped with the right framework and incentives, the mining sector could improve its already substantial contribution to stimulating local manufacture and technology development,” he says.With 45 years of specialised experience in its field, Multotec also provides skills development through its in-house training facility, constantly raising the expertise in its extensive network of branches around South Africa and the rest of Africa. Its innovation even goes beyond product development, to evolving new service models – such as its ‘cents per tonne’ model in which customers pay a monthly invoice based on process tonnages to maintain their process equipment.Operational cyclone innovations will be showcased on Multotec’s stands at Electra Mining Africalast_img read more

This is how much the iPhone 5S costs around the world

first_imgIF YOU’RE PLANNING on buying an iPhone 5S and think the price is excessive, just be thankful that you’re not based in Jordan or Turkey.Mobile Unlocked has put together an interactive map showing the relationship between the price of the iPhone 5S and the national GDP per capita for all countries where it is available. It also compares prices from each country from cheapest to most expensive.Basing the price on the 16GB version, if found that the cheapest place to buy one is in the US where it will cost you €517. At the other end of the spectrum, purchasing one in Jordan will set you back €798.Ireland is one of the more expensive places to purchase one, the 16GB version is priced at €699.(All prices are based on the 16GB version of the 5S and the map can be found here).Read: “Apple doesn’t own beautiful and sexy” – Samsung lawyer reacts to €215 million award >Read: Have an iPhone? This short film is calling you an idiot >last_img read more

Mars un cratère géant suggère lexistence dun ancien lac

first_imgMars : un cratère géant suggère l’existence d’un ancien lacLe Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter de la NASA a fourni de nouvelles photos du cratère McLaughin, large de quelque 90 kilomètres. Les observations suggèrent que de l’eau souterraine a un jour, coulé à l’intérieur même du cratère.La planète Mars a t-elle un jour été habitable ? Cela fait de nombreuses années que cette question anime les scientifiques du monde entier, qui ont multiplié les missions pour tenter d’y répondre. Jusqu’ici, la surface martienne est apparue froide, aride et relativement hostile à toute forme de vie. Aussi, des chercheurs ont suggéré qu’il valait peut-être mieux chercher dans les sous-sols de la planète plutôt qu’à sa surface. La croute martienne est moins dense et plus poreuse que celle de la Terre, ce qui suggère que de l’eau pourrait aisément s’y cacher. Une hypothèse renforcée par plusieurs découvertes dont une toute récente réalisée grâce au Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Cette sonde en orbite autour de Mars a capturé de nouvelles images d’une zone bien particulière de la planète : le cratère géant McLaughin. D’après les clichés pris, celui-ci s’étend sur pas moins de 92 kilomètres et présente une remarquable profondeur de 2,2 kilomètres. Des caractéristiques physique qui laissent à penser que de l’eau aurait un jour pu couler à l’intérieur. Mais les chercheurs ont également constaté que les roches plates au fond du cratère contenaient des minéraux argileux et à base de carbonate qui se forment normalement en présence d’eau. Un cratère vieux de 4 milliards d’années Ajouté à cela, des chenaux présents sur les murs du cratère et montant jusqu’à 500 mètres suggèrent que ce niveau pourrait correspondre à la surface du lac. “Prises ensemble, les observations du cratère McLaughin fournissent la meilleure preuve que du carbonate s’est formé à l’intérieur d’un environnement de type lac, plutôt qu’il ait été emporté à l’intérieur du cratère depuis l’extérieur”, a expliqué Joseph Michalski, principal auteur du papier et scientifique au Planetary Science Institute de Tucson. Dans l’étude publiée par la revue Nature Geoscience, ce chercheur et ses collègues estiment que l’eau aurait pu donner sa forme au cratère et contredisent ainsi l’hypothèse selon laquelle la fameuse eau aurait été captée de l’extérieur. En vérité, Michalski tentait à l’origine de réfuter l’idée que de l’eau souterraine avait ouvert des brèches à plusieurs endroits de Mars. Mais au vu des observations, le chercheur a fini par changer d’avis. “Voilà, il y avait de fortes preuves de ce processus dans ce cratère. La science est spéciale parce que nous avons la possibilité de changer d’opinions”, a ajouté le scientifique cité par Space.com. Une planète plus habitable qu’on ne pensait au départ ?”Ce nouveau rapport et d’autres continuent de révéler une planète Mars plus complexe que ce qui avait été pensé, avec au moins quelques aires plus susceptibles de révéler des signes d’une ancienne vie que les autres”, a précisé de son côté Rich Zurek, scientifique du Jet Propulsion Laboratory impliqué dans le projet du Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Aussi, les équipes sont bien déterminées à pousser leurs recherches dans les profondeurs de Mars mais pas nécessairement en forant la surface. Les chercheurs comptent notamment étudier les roches issues des sous-sols et exhumées par des impacts de météores.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Pourquoi entends-je tout le temps parler de la détection d’eau ou de la possibilité de vie sur Mars ? La réponse est que Mars est habitable en bien plus de manières que nous ne l’avons jamais réalisé pendant de nombreuses années, et nous trouvons de l’eau sous plusieurs formes et environnement sur Mars – bien plus que ce que nous avions prédit si longtemps”, a indiqué Michalski qui reste néanmoins prudent. Selon lui, imaginer que le sous-sol est habitable est encore très différent de dire que de la vie existe actuellement sur la planète rouge.(crédits photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona) Le 22 janvier 2013 à 12:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NLight expects shares to be $13 to $15 in IPO

first_imgVancouver laser maker nLight expects to raise between $70 million and $81 million after it soon shares stock to the public.The company plans to issue 5.4 million shares, according to a Monday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and expects each share to fetch between $13 and $15.Accounting for total shares outstanding — an extra 27.6 million shares will not be offered, according to the filings — the company could be valued between $430 million and $495 million.Founded in 2000 by Scott Keeny, nLight announced plans March 31 to go public. It makes powerful and precise lasers designed for use in such industries as manufacturing and defense. Some experts peg sales in those sectors to grow from $2.3 billion in 2015 to $4.2 billion in 2020.The overall laser market is estimated to be worth close to $10 billion, according to market research firm Strategies Unlimited.NLight’s initial filings to go public revealed the company has grown in recent years. Revenues climbed from $101.3 million in 2016 to $138.6 million last year. Net income climbed from a $14.2 million loss in 2016 to $1.8 million in profit last year.NLight employs more than 1,000 people around the world, with local offices in Vancouver and Hillsboro, Ore. The last Vancouver-headquartered company to go public was take-and-bake pizza company Papa Murphy’s in 2014.When nLight goes public, it will be listed as “LASR” on the Nasdaq Exchange.last_img read more

Local pilots funeral set for Monday at Air Force Academy

first_imgA Vancouver pilot who was killed in a helicopter crash will be buried Monday morning at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.The funeral service for Capt. Christopher Stover will be at 10 a.m. (mountain time) in the Cadet Chapel. It will be followed by a graveside service in the Air Force Academy Cemetery, academy spokesman Meade Warthen said.Stover, 28, was a 2004 graduate of Evergreen High School. His parents are Maribel and Richard Stover of Vancouver.The 2008 graduate of the Air Force Academy and three other airmen died on Jan. 7 when their HH-60 helicopter crashed during a low-level training flight over a coastal wetland near Salthouse, England.Stover was with the U.S. Air Force’s 56th Rescue Squadron, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England.last_img

4 dead in New Jersey fire mixup delayed response

first_imgJERSEY CITY, N.J. — A fast-moving fire claimed four lives on Thursday in New Jersey’s second-largest city, where the mayor said a mix-up over the street name delayed the emergency response.Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said the fire also likely destroyed five houses and displaced at least 30 people. He said it took firefighters 7 to 8 minutes to get to the scene instead of the usual 3 to 4 minutes because a dispatcher misunderstood a caller.But the mayor told The Associated Press that officials do not believe the delay cost lives because the home was already engulfed when the first calls came in.“The calls indicated the house was already engulfed in flames,” Fulop said. “It was already a multi-alarm fire out of the gate.”The fire happened on Jersey City’s Grant Avenue, but the mayor said an initial caller did not specify the street or avenue, and a dispatcher thought the person said “Grand” instead of “Grant.” Firefighters were routed to Grand Street instead of Grant Avenue.“The 911 dispatchers are obviously trained to deal with high-pressure situations,” Fulop said. “But in the mix-up, the caller didn’t distinguish … You’re dealing with people in the heat of the moment, and it’s hard to get them to answer questions. That issue was part of it.”last_img read more

Governor Walker Renames Wade Hampton Census Area

first_imgThe western Alaska census district named for a confederate slave owner and Civil War general has a new name.Download Audio Governor Bill Walker wrote Thursday to the Census Bureau to begin the process of changing the name from the Wade Hampton Census District to Kusilvak Census District. Katie Marquette is the governor’s press secretary. “That original name had no connection to the culture or history of Alaska and its people. With support of the people I mentioned, Governor Walker felt it was only appropriate that Alaska’s place names reflect and respect the diversity of our great state.”The city and tribe of the largest community in the area, Hooper Bay, passed a resolution in support of a change and came up with the new, local name. A recent Alaska Dispatch News article brought the history to the forefront. Local and state politicians voiced their support for shedding the name of a Confederate general whose rise to political power was in tandem with terror campaign by a violent white-power group, the Red Shirts.Edgar Hoelscher is the tribal chief for the Native Village of Hooper Bay. “Everyone knows in the early times, that man was a slaver and never had stepped into Alaska. Why should our area be named after a man we don’t even know about?”Wade Hampton’s son in law was a territorial judge and named a nearby mining district after the South Carolina politician. That showed up in census data first in 1920 and stuck.Myron Naneng, Association of Village Council President and Chairman of the Sea Lion Corporation, of Hooper Bay, and has been organizing behind the scenes to get a new name. “Kusilvak means the high one. It’s the mountain located between Scammon Bay and Mountain Village. It’s highest mountain in the area and there’s a lot of history associated with it.”The peaks, which rise as high as 2200 feet, are visible from several villages and are used a landmark for traveling and navigating. Naneng says stories tell of a mole or mouse that attempted carry the mountain to the Bering Sea, but stopped short of the coast. Several nearby lakes are shaped like animal prints.Hoelsher says having a local Yup’ik name honors the region’s people. “It shows that our elders and forefather were there, and we’re still living on the ground where they were.”The name is mostly used for statistical and record keeping. There’s no regional government with the name, but it shows up in countless publications for borough-level information. That will change going foward. Eddie Hunsinger is the state demographer. He explains that the Census Bureau will begin to implement the new name in their records systems. “I don’t think it will be that difficult of a process. We expect that it will be in their next borough and census area release of data.”That’s expected to be early next year. The Governor writes that he will use the new name from now on.last_img read more

NRC an insult to Bangladesh Mamata Banerjee

first_imgMamata BanerjeeWest Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the Assam is an insult to Bangladesh.Speaking at the office of her party All India Trinamool Congress in New Delhi on Wednesday, she said, “BJP is trying to say that all Bangladeshis are infiltrators. That’s not true. Neither is Bangladesh an illegal country, nor is she a nation that patronises terrorism.”Mamata went to New Delhi on Monday to gather support against the BJP move. “Bangladesh is our friend. The issues concerning the NRC will have a negative impact on the country. It’s a lie that those 4 million people who have been left out of the NRC have come from Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a friend. Such words against her will create big problems. The number of infiltrators is very low. But how did they get in here? It’s the responsibility of the BSF who are under the central government,” said the WB chief minister.”Forcing millions of Bangla speaking people saying that they are Bangladeshis is very wrong. We in both the Bengals speak Bangla. Is that a crime? During the partition, many fled Pakistan and came to India. People came here from Nepal as well. What BJP is doing in the name of NRC gives us the impression that anyone who is not a voter for them will be labelled ‘foreigners’. If this continues, we will see bloodshed,” warned Mamata.Mamata has earmarked the NRC issue as a catalyst for her initiative to form an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the next general election. As part of the campaign, she met former Indian prime minister HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy, who is now the chief minister of Karnataka.Mamata met Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday evening while she has sent an eight-member Trinamool Congress delegation to Assam on a two-day visit.The West Bengal chief minister also held meetings with veteran lawyer and former BJP leader Ram Jethmalani, former India finance minister Yashwant Sinha and stranged BJP lawmaker Shatrughan Sinha. Mamata said she believed other political parties that are against the NRC should also sent delegations to Assam.Her party is organising a mass rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on 19 January and Mamata has urged all opposition parties to join the programme to strengthen the anti-BJP movement.last_img read more

Latif Siddiqui falls sick during indefinite hunger strike

first_imgThis photo shows independent candidate from Tangail-4 (Kalihati) constituency Latif Siddique is being taken to Tangail General Hospital after he falls sick while continuing his indefinite hunger strike protesting an attack on his motorcade during electioneeringIndependent candidate Abdul Latif Siddique was admitted to Tangail General Hospital after he had fallen sick on Wednesday while continuing his indefinite hunger strike protesting an attack on his motorcade during electioneering, reports UNB.Demanding the withdrawal of the officer-in-charge of Kalihati police station and immediate arrest of those attacked his motorcade, the former Awami League minister, who is contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections from Tangail-4 (Kalihati) constituency, went on hunger strike on 16 December.He fell sick on Tuesday night while continuing his protest in front of the office of the returning officer and deputy commissioner of Tangail Shahidul Islam for the second consecutive day, braving cold and rain.As his condition deteriorated, the expelled AL leader was admitted to Tangail General Hospital around 9:00am on Wednesday.Latif Siddique came under attack allegedly by the supporters of a local MP-backed union parishad chairman in Soratail of Kalihati upazila that left 20 people injured.last_img read more

14 members of teengang FHB detained in capital

first_imgRapid Action Battalion (RAB) members arrested 14 members of a teenager gang named ‘First Hitter Boss’ or “FHB” from the capital’s Uttara on Saturday night.The arrestees are Bishu Chandra Shil, 20, Nayeem Miah, 18, Yasin Arafat, 18, Asif Mahmud, 20, Farhad Hossain, Al Amin Hossain, 19, Md Bijoy, 19, Shawon Hossain Sifat, 21, Imamul Hasan Munna, 19, Tanvir Hawlader, 18, Md Akash Mia, 18, Merajul Islam Jonny, 20, Hazrat Ali, and Md Rajib, reports UNB.Based on secret information, a team of RAB-1 conducted a drive in front of Uttara RAJUK office at around 11:30pm and arrested the 14 members, said RAB-1 commanding officer Lt Col Sarwar Bin Kashem.The elite force members also recovered one firearm and two knives from their possessions.During preliminary interrogation, the arrestees revealed that they are members of “FHB” gang and the group runs a dance academy named ‘PSB’ to increase its members, said Lt Col Sarwar.Although Bishu introduce himself as a dance master he has no institutional knowledge about it, he said.last_img read more

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxtons Trial On Fraud Charges To Begin On

first_img Share Bill Clark for The Texas TribuneTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton holds a press conference on June 9, 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to discuss the filing of a lawsuit against the state of DelawareTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s trial on criminal securities fraud charges is set to begin May 1. Jury selection will be held April 20-21 and April 27-28, according to a recent order by George Gallagher, the judge presiding over Paxton’s case. He also scheduled a hearing on pretrial motions for Feb. 16. The trial will unfold in the heat of the legislative session, which began Tuesday and ends on May 29, and as campaigns get underway for the 2018 elections. Paxton plans to seek another term.Paxton is accused of misleading investors in a company from before his time as Texas’ top law enforcement official. He has pleaded not guilty.Read More Timeline: Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Legal SagaHe is also fighting similar civil charges at the federal level. A judge threw out that case last year, but the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rebooted it by filing amended allegations two weeks later. In the criminal case, Paxton faces three felony charges of breaking Texas securities law. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for five to 99 years.Last year, Paxton exhausted his options in trying to put an end to the criminal case. The final blow came in October, when Texas’ highest criminal court declined to hear a Paxton appeal. Paxton did not want to discuss the trial during a news conference later Thursday on human trafficking. Asked if Texans can expect to have a full-time attorney general this year, especially in May, he declined to answer. “I would like to confine this to human trafficking questions if that’s at all possible,” Paxton said, adding that he is happy to answer questions about other topics at a later point in time.Read more:Last month, Paxton was zeroing in on state Rep. Byron Cook’s credibility in a new push to discredit the latest federal civil fraud allegations against him.Use this timeline to to keep up with Paxton’s legal and political drama.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/12/paxton-trial-fraud-charges-start-may-1/.last_img read more