Court kept in the dark about role Justin Brake played during Muskrat

first_img(The front page of The Newfoundland and Labrador Independent. Its editor, Justin Brake was named in a court order to evict occupiers at Nalcor’s offices at Muskrat Falls)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsThe lawyer for Justin Brake says the court was not made aware that he was a journalist at the time a judge expanded an injunction to include his name.Brake, a reporter, and editor for the Newfoundland and Labrador online publication The Independent, was covering the protests over the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador.“From what I’ve seen so far,” said Geoff Budden, “Nalcor did not advise the court that Justin Brake was a working journalist. We say that was a failure to provide material fact. On the basis of that failure, we wish to challenge whether the order should ever have been issued.”Nalcor Energy, a Crown corporation in Newfoundland and Labrador, filed for an initial injunction in mid-October, as protests picked up and people blockaded the gates at Muskrat Falls.The main concern is how the dam will impact the health and way of life of Innu and Inuit who live downstream.On October 22, a group of land protectors cut the padlocks on the gate and marched into the Muskrat Falls site along the Lower Churchill River.Innu leader David Nuke on the phone inside Nalcor’s offices at Muskrat Falls. This is one of the many photos taken by Justin Brake while covering the occupation.Around 50 people occupied the main Nalcor building, Brake followed and spent the next four days reporting from inside the occupation, tweeting and going Live on Facebook.Innu elder Bart Jack was one of the people who occupied Muskrat falls camp. He called Brake’s coverage “very important” because “people were able to get the whole story from right where we were. We were able to give the atmosphere of the camp and how we were conducting ourselves.”Jack described the occupation as peaceful and emotional. Brake’s presence put eyes on what was unfolding in real time.“This is an example of how the underdog can get into the picture and say, ‘this is our fight,’” said Jack. “So we’re not going to give up because the opponent has all the elements in their favour to run over us.”The occupation effectively shut down the multi-billion dollar operation for five days. Nalcor was forced to send 700 workers home and in an affidavit submitted to the court, said the occupation cost the corporation $3-million a day.Nalcor went back to court and asked the judge to expand the injunction to include a list of 22 names and “any other persons unlawfully occupying the Project Site.”That’s when Justin Brake appeared on the list.“Nobody is suggesting journalists are outside the law,” said Budden. “But there’s a pretty high duty on a party seeking ex parte order to provide all material facts.”Journalist Justin Brake of The Independent.Budden said that’s relevant because the press has certain constitutional protections. The question remains on whether the judge would have included Brake’s name knowing he was working as a journalist.“It’s long been recognized in other contexts that a free and unrestrained press is a social good that should be promoted,” said Budden. “There are particular rights attached to press coverage that we believe the court must consider as they ultimately address Justin Brake’s situation.”In an email response, Nalcor Energy wrote, “Mr. Brake was treated in the same manner as all individuals who chose to enter the site and take up occupation at the camp. Mr. Brake’s profession and reporting was not a consideration.”Brake made a snap decision to follow the land protectors past the gate at Muskrat Falls and continue his coverage from inside the occupation.“There were a lot of really newsworthy and wonderful scenes that happened in there that I think changed the narrative of how we interpret this whole project on the outside and people’s whole struggles against it, and resistance to it,” said Brake in an interview with APTN National News.He said his coverage gave weight and perspective to the mainly Innu and Inuit, underrepresented in mainstream coverage. Brake pointed out that Call to Action number 84 of the Truth and Reconciliation Report is aimed at media.“To fairly and accurately report on Indigenous struggles and Indigenous issues,” said Brake. “And a lot of the people in there who are Inuit and Innu who were occupying that building say they don’t feel like they’ve had a voice at all.”Bart Jack agrees. He said the coverage shone a spotlight on the issues and concerns.“That plays a role a different role for people who are being oppressed,” said Jack. “We are facing the oppressor and they are doing everything to make our lives miserable. But here we are, still alive and doing what we can to survive.”Brake left the occupation when he found out his name was on the court injunction. He said he didn’t want to get arrested and not be able to cover the story at all.The case was on the docket this week at the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in Goose Bay where 21 people who occupied the Muskrat site appeared to face contempt of court charges.It’s a civil charge and no one at this point is facing criminal charges. Most people a have a new court date, giving them time to seek legal advice.Brake is back home in Newfoundland. Budden, based in St. John’s, called into the courtroom Tuesday morning on his behalf.Brake has received support and backing from organizations like the Canadian Association of Journalists.“We want to know why a reporter’s name was not removed from the subpoena as soon as it became apparent that he was simply following a story and telling it to his readers,” said CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey. “It’s imperative that reporters be allowed to work in the public interest, as is our constitutional right.”Brake’s next court date is December 7.The fight against Muskrat Falls isn’t over.Innu and Inuit land protectors in Labrador are planning to meet Tuesday evening to figure out next steps as word spread that Nalcor Energy is looking to flood the reservoir at Muskrat Falls as early as this weekend.A study by Harvard University predicts that trees and topsoil left in the reservoir can create high levels of methylmercury. As the naturally-occurring toxin flows downstream, it could contaminate traditional food sources.Indigenous groups in Labrador have called for Nalcor Energy to fully clear the reservoir before initial flooding.The Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Indigenous leaders reached an agreement to set up an advisory committee, increase monitoring, and make scienced based decision. But that has not fully calmed concerns that important country foods like fish and seal could be poisoned.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

At ICC review conference nations reaffirm commitment to Rome Statute

2 June 2010More than 80 nations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Rome Statue, which led to the founding of the International Criminal Court (ICC), emphasizing the crucial role of justice in achieving sustainable peace. More than 80 nations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Rome Statue, which led to the founding of the International Criminal Court (ICC), emphasizing the crucial role of justice in achieving sustainable peace.The so-called Kampala Declaration was adopted yesterday at the end of the general debate segment of the two-week-long ICC review conference under way in the Ugandan capital.During the debate, 84 States, along with Palestine, international organizations and others, reiterated their support for the Court’s mission of tackling impunity, bringing justice to victims and deterring future atrocities.In the Declaration, States underscored their determination to end impunity for perpetrators of the most serious crimes and pledged to enhance efforts to promote victims’ rights under the Rome Statute.During the general debate, many delegations stressed that an amendment to the Statue to adopted to include the crime of aggression, the focus of the remainder of the Kampala conference.United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is expected to discuss the gathering tomorrow.So far 111 countries have become parties to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, while 37 others have signed but not yet ratified it. But some of the world’s largest and most powerful countries, including China, India, Russia and the United States, have not joined.For the ICC to have the reach it needs, it must have universal support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the start of the review conference on Monday. “Only then will perpetrators have no place to hide.”More than one decade after the Court was set up, a new “age of accountability” is replacing the “old era of impunity,” he underlined.Twelve years ago when world leaders gathering in Rome for its establishment, “few could have believed, then, that this court would spring so vigorously into life,” Mr. Ban said.“Seldom since the founding of the United Nations itself has such a resounding blow been struck for peace, justice and human rights.”The Kampala event, the Secretary-General said, marks an occasion to bolster “our collective determination that crimes of humanity cannot go unpunished.”The new “age of accountability,” he noted, dawned with the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals, gaining strength with tribunals for Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Lebanon.“Now we have the ICC – permanent, increasingly powerful, casting a long shadow. There is no going back,” Mr. Ban stressed.“In this new age of accountability, those who commit the worst of human crimes” – be they rank-and-file foot soldiers or top political leaders – “will be held responsible.” read more

Pentagon report to Congress notes Chinese involvement in Sri Lanka

The Pentagon’s annual report to the US Congress on military and security developments involving China, has taken note of Sri Lanka’s deal with China on the Hambantota Port.The report China’s leaders increasingly seek to leverage China’s growing economic, diplomatic, and military clout to establish regional preeminence and expand the country’s international influence. According to the report, the “One Belt, One Road,” now renamed the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI), is intended to develop strong economic ties with other countries, shape their interests to align with China’s, and deter confrontation or criticism of China’s approach to sensitive issues. Countries participating in BRI could develop economic dependence on Chinese capital, which China could leverage to achieve its interests. In April 2017, Chinese special forces, under the cover of an Indian naval helicopter, boarded a hijacked cargo ship and rescued the crew. China also continued to send submarines to the Indian Ocean, ostensibly in support of its counterpiracy patrols.Chinese attack submarines conducted port calls in Seppangar, Malaysia and Karachi, Pakistan, but they were denied a port call in Colombo by Sri Lanka.The Pentagon report says the submarine patrols demonstrate the PLAN’s emerging capability both to interdict key sea lines of communication (SLOC) and to increase China’s power projection into the Indian Ocean. (Colombo Gazette) The report released last week, notes that in July 2017, Sri Lanka and a Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE) signed a 99-year lease for Hambantota Port, following similar deals in Piraeus, Greece, and Darwin, Australia.The report also notes that In 2017, China continued counterpiracy operations in the Gulf of Aden by deploying its 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th naval escort task forces to the area since 2008. read more

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

U.S. stocks pushed to record heights Friday following strong profit reports from Google’s parent company, Twitter and other big corporations.Companies are nearly midway through earnings reporting season, and results have generally been better than the dismal expectations that analysts had coming into it. A government report on Friday also showed that U.S. economic growth slowed in the spring, but it was still better than economists expected.On Friday:The S&P 500 rose 22.19 points, or 0.7%, to 3,025.86.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 51.47, or 0.2%, to 27,192.45.The Nasdaq composite jumped 91.67 points, or 1.1%, to 8,330.21.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks rose 17.52 points, or 1.1%, to 1,578.97.For the week:The S&P 500 rose 49.25 points, or 1.7%.The Dow rose 38.25 points, or 0.1%.The Nasdaq rose 183.72 points, or 2.3%.The Russell 2000 rose 31.07 points, or 2%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 519.01 points, or 20.7%.The Dow is up 3,864.99 points, or 16.6%.The Nasdaq is up 1,694.93 points, or 25.5%.The Russell 2000 is up 230.41 points, or 17.1%.The Associated Press read more

Despite new opportunities stereotypes still keep women out of key jobs –

Although globalization has raised women’s awareness of employment options and improved job opportunities – particularly in the service sector – lingering stereotypes and rigid gender roles can keep them from entering male-dominated sectors or accessing top managerial positions, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report. Further efforts are needed to address the gender wage gap and gender segmentation of the labour market and to improve women’s job security, including in the largely female dominated service sector, Mr. Annan says in a report to the General Assembly on women in development. The report focuses on the impact of globalization on women’s empowerment and employment, using examples from the service sector, which is estimated to be the largest and fastest-growing segment of the world economy and includes professions ranging from education and health services to professional and business services. Mr. Annan also notes the impact on migrant women and trafficked women, who often find themselves trapped in sweatshops and types of exploitation that constitute contemporary forms of slavery. Many migrant women also work in health sector jobs such as nursing or physical therapy, following well-recognized gender stereotypical paths to what is perceived to be “acceptable economic activities for women.” “The gender segmentation of the labour market creates an additional challenge for women in the economy,” Mr. Annan says, calling for policies that enable both men and women to take advantage of service sector opportunities, particularly in traditional areas such as information and communication technology and tourism. He also says that national policies and practices needed to be reviewed to eliminate discrimination against migrant women employed in the service sector. “Increased attention should be given to gender-specific barriers to migration, recruitment practices, access to information, human rights protection and remittance procedures,” he adds. read more

States must act to save hundreds of millions of abused children UN

“Meeting the Millennium Development Goals depends on reaching vulnerable children throughout the developing world,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said, launching the agency’s report in London and referring to UN targets set at a 2000 summit which aim to address a host of socio-economic ills by 2015, including extreme hunger, poverty and lack of access to education and health care.“There cannot be lasting progress if we continue to overlook the children most in need – the poorest and most vulnerable, the exploited and the abused,” she added. The State of the World’s Children 2006: Excluded and Invisible is a sweeping assessment of the world’s most vulnerable children, whose rights to a safe and healthy childhood are exceptionally difficult to protect. These children are growing up beyond the reach of development campaigns and are often invisible in everything from public debate and legislation, to statistics and news stories.Noting that millions of children disappear from view when trafficked or forced to work in domestic servitude while others, such as street children, live in plain sight but are excluded from fundamental services and protections, enduring abuse and denied school, healthcare and other vital services, the report probes four main causes and proposes four key remedies. As the four principal culprits it cites:Lack of formal identity – every year over half of all births in the developing world (excluding China) go unregistered, denying more than 50 million children a basic birthright: recognition as a citizen. Without a registered identity, children are not guaranteed an education, good healthcare, and other basic services.Lack of parental care – millions of orphans, street children, and those in detention are growing up without the loving care and protection of parents or a family environment. Some 143 million children in the developing world – 1 in every 13 – have suffered the death of at least one parent.Imposition of adult roles – children are forced into adult roles too early, missing crucial stages of childhood development. Hundreds of thousands are caught up in armed conflict as combatants, messengers, porters, cooks, and sex slaves for armed groups. Despite laws against early marriage, over 80 million girls in the developing world will be married before they turn 18 – many far younger. Some 171 million children work in hazardous conditions, including in factories, mines and agriculture.Exploitation – shut away by their abusers, these children are among the most invisible. Some 8.4 million work in the worst forms of child labour, including prostitution and debt bondage. Nearly 2 million are used in the commercial sex trade, where they routinely face sexual and physical violence. A vast but unknown number are exploited as domestic servants in private homes.Outlining concrete remedies that Governments should take, the report proposes:Research, monitoring and reporting on the nature and extent of abuses against children are vital to reaching those who are excluded and invisible.National laws must match international commitments to children, and legislation that fosters discrimination must be changed or abolished.Child-focused budgets and the strengthening of institutions that serve children must complement. Reform is urgently needed in many communities to remove entry barriers for children who are excluded from essential services, for example, eliminating the requirement of a birth certificate to attend school. The report warns that without focused attention, millions of children will remain trapped and forgotten in childhoods of neglect and abuse, with devastating consequences for their long-term well-being and the development of nations. read more

Mining issues lead TSX to modest gain New York markets closed for

by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2015 5:24 am MDT Last Updated Nov 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mining issues lead TSX to modest gain; New York markets closed for Thanksgiving TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Thursday, with mining issues leading the way even as an early rally in copper prices faded.The S&P/TSX composite index ended the day up 21.77 points at 13,425.19, with metals and mining the leading sector, gaining 3.5 per cent on the day.U.S. markets were closed for that country’s Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen for an abbreviated session on Friday.In commodity markets, the January contract for benchmark U.S. crude rose 17 cents to settle at US$43.04 a barrel in electronic trading, while January natural gas fell 2.5 cents to US$2.299 per mmBtu and December gold fell $3.80 to US$1,070 an ounce.After a big gain earlier in the day, copper settled down 0.85 of a cent at US$2.046 a pound.Industrial metals, including copper, had jumped earlier in the day on reports that Chinese authorities are considering measures to boost prices, including cracking down on short-selling and cutting domestic output, but fell back in afternoon trading.Prices for many commodities, including oil and copper, have fallen dramatically over the past year.Oil is down from a peak above $110 in July 2014, while copper was trading above $3 a little more than 12 months ago.The advance on the TSX followed bigger gains on European bourses, where London’s FTSE 100 index added nearly 0.9 per cent on the day, while France’s CAC 40 rose 1.08 per cent and Germany’s DAX rose 1.35 per cent.Norman Raschkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisors, said the slide in commodities has been positive for Europe because it is a net importer of raw materials.“Europe generally benefits from lower commodity prices, while Canada unfortunately is on the other end of that trade,” he said.Raschkowan said traders expect the European Central Bank to continue its monetary stimulus program when it meets next week and that faith has helped the market shake off the after-effects of the Nov. 13 terrorist attack in Paris.The Canadian dollar rose 0.01 of a U.S. cent to end the day at 75.22 cents U.S.Despite the slight uptick in the loonie on Thursday, Raschkowan said the continued strength of the American dollar benefits Canada, especially when it comes to companies that export to the country’s largest trading partner.“The reality is that the weaker Canadian dollar can cover up a lot of sins,” he said, adding that it will provide support for the economy while Western Canada deals with the oil price bust.“It will help, and it’s one of the reasons I don’t think you’ll see that weakness in the West pull the Canadian economy into a recession,” he said. read more

South Sudan UN agency scales up cholera response with 500000 doses of

“Cholera is endemic in South Sudan and historically, outbreaks have occurred along major commercial routes and rivers in the dry season as well as during the rainy season,” said Joseph Wamala, an epidemiologist at the World Health Organization (WHO), in a news release from the agency’s Africa office. Earlier this week, WHO received 500,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine and is working with South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and partners to carry out a vaccination campaign from 28 July to 3 August in four selected counties – Tonj East, Kapoeta South, Kapoeta North and Kapoeta East.“South Sudan has suffered from several major cholera outbreaks in the last four years. Following other successful oral cholera vaccine campaigns, WHO and partners can make a real difference in controlling the outbreak in Tonj and Kapoeta states and in other parts of the country,” Mr. Wamala said. Along with the use of the vaccine, South Sudan is implementing the integrated approach to control cholera, such as improving access to patient care, surveillance, social mobilization, water, sanitation and hygiene.As a result, cholera transmission in Bor, Mingkaman, Duk, Ayod, Bentiu, Leer, Aburoc, Malakal Town, and several other areas has been controlled.Food insecurity is putting people at increased risk of starvation and malnutrition, which in turn will further the risk that cholera outbreak in South Sudan will spread. Drought has also led to the drying of water points in some regions leading to the population using contaminated water from the remaining few unprotected points leading to repeated outbreaks of cholera and other water-borne diseases. read more

Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 29 November 2013

DOWNLOAD 1.     VOSA and DSA merged to create DVSA2.     Two weeks left to apply for Regional Growth Funding3.     Cross-party MPs call for ten year pro-manufacturing fiscal framework4.     UK designed engine wins top innovation prize5.     Automotive industry celebrates youth skills development6.     Nissan and British Gas launch electric commercial vehicle trial7.     North East leading UK region for electric vehicles8.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

John McEnroe reignites row with Serena Williams with jibe over her Vanity

first_imgJohn McEnroe has reignited his spat with Serena Williams by claiming she courted publicity over a magazine cover featuring her pregnancy.The presenter and former Wimbledon champion provoked controversy when he suggested the tennis star would rank 700th if she played against men.Ms Williams, who won the Australian Open earlier this year while two months pregnant, responded by asking McEnroe to “respect” her after he stated would be “like 700” in the world tennis rankings if she played on the men’s tour. McEnroe initially said he regretted his commentsCredit:Julian Finney /Getty The pose echoed the infamous 1991 Vanity Fair cover of actress Demi Moore, who was then seven months pregnant. At the time, the image, taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz, divided opinion.McEnroe told ESPN: “[Serena] also said to me, ‘Respect my privacy’—and then I saw her doing a Demi Moore lookalike thing on the cover of Vanity Fair.”Asked by McEnroe where Williams would be ranked if she were on the men’s circuit,  former women’s number one Chris Evert said: “It’s not relevant. It’s apples and oranges.” The 23-time Grand Slam champion wrote on Twitter: “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.”I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”McEnroe initially responded apologetically, saying he regretted the comments. The tennis star’s Vanity Fair coverCredit:Annie Leibovitz /PA John McEnroe “It would have been better not to have said it. I didn’t realise it would create something like this,” he said ahead of the start of the Wimbledon championships.But on the first day of the tournament on Monday he returned to the subject, suggesting Ms Williams had used her pregnancy for publicity, posing naked on the cover of Vanity Fair.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The tennis star's Vanity Fair coverlast_img read more

OGM les obligations de la Commission européenne modifiées

first_imgOGM : les obligations de la Commission européenne modifiéesDepuis ce mardi, la Commission européenne n’est plus dans l’obligation d’autoriser la culture et la commercialisation des organismes génétiquement modifiés en cas d’impossibilité pour les 27 à trouver un accord. De nouvelles règles concernant ce processus viennent en effet d’entrer en vigueur. Jusqu’à présent, la Commission européenne était contrainte d’autoriser la culture et la commercialisation des OGM lorsque l’Efsa avait rendu un avis favorable, et que les Etats membres de l’UE n’avaient pu parvenir à une majorité. La Commission risquait alors si elle ne se pliait pas à cette obligation, d’être poursuivie devant la Cour européenne de justice pour carence, ou pour manquement aux obligations internationales de l’UE.À lire aussiCet homme a fabriqué un Jurassic Park miniature pour sa tortueDepuis ce mardi 1er mars, cette obligation n’existe plus, rapporte le site de la RTBF. Désormais, Bruxelles peut faire le choix de valider un projet en cas d’absence d’accord au sein de 27. Mais la Commission n’est plus contrainte de le faire. Le président de la Commission, José Manuel Barroso, ne pourra alors plus faire prévaloir cette obligation, et les décisions qu’il prendra en matière d’OGM deviendront des décisions politiques.A ce jour, seuls deux organismes génétiquement modifiés sont autorisés à la culture dans l’Union européenne : le maïs 810 du géant américain Monsanto et la pomme de terre Amflora de l’allemand BASF. Des cultures qui s’étendent aujourd’hui sur un peu plus de 100.000 hectares. Mais quinze autres OGM, en grande majorité des maïs, ont soumis des demandes d’autorisation, bloquées par les divergences qui opposent les pays membres.Le 1 mars 2011 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Oregon woman in court in trespassing case

first_imgA Gresham, Ore., woman appeared Monday in Superior Court after a Clark County man reportedly found her snoozing in his spare bedroom early Sunday morning.Angel L. Umemoto, 20, faces allegations of first-degree criminal trespassing, custodial assault and being a minor in possession of alcohol-consumption.Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded about 1:20 a.m. to a residence in the 3600 block of Northeast 54th Street after a man called 911 to report finding an unknown woman asleep in his spare bedroom. The resident wasn’t sure how the woman got inside, according to an affidavit of probable cause.The woman, later identified as Umemoto, was unresponsive as deputies tried to wake her up, and she smelled heavily of alcohol, the affidavit said.She eventually woke up, but when officers tried to question her, she said she didn’t need to tell them anything, court records state.Deputies said Umemoto’s speech was slurred, and her eyes were watery and bloodshot.When they put her in the patrol car, she started swearing and screaming epithets at the officers, according to court documents. And while being booked into the Clark County Jail, she tried to assault a sergeant by swinging at her face, the affidavit said.On Monday, Judge Scott Collier appointed Umemoto an attorney and granted her supervised release. She will be arraigned June 23.last_img read more

Rice dedicates the victory to Billy Bonds

first_imgThe West Ham United youngster feels happy after beating Newcastle United 2-0 in the English Premier League Saturday fixture.Declan Rice scored once, and Mark Noble helped his team with another goal, to leat West Ham United to a 2-0 win over Newcastle United tonight in the English Premier League.And the Hammers youngster dedicated the three points to Billy Bonds, who was honored before the match.The East Stand was named the Billy Bonds Stand in his honor after the whole stadium clapped for the four-time Hammer of the Year.“I hadn’t met Billy before,” Rice said to the team’s official website.“I just shook his hand before the match and said ‘it’s a great occasion, and lovely to meet you’. It was great to hear the fans singing Billy Bonds’ name today.”“I know everything that he did for the club. It was a special day, and to get the three points for him was even more special,” he added.“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet again, and from a header. It was a massive goal. It’s good to make up for the one I missed against Liverpool the other week. I think it gave the lads a boost.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Mark Noble’s penalty was spot on. I don’t know why I get so nervous when Noble steps up to take penalties! He’s been taking them his whole life. He stuck it in the top corner. It was special,” he continued.“I think we deserved the win. Newcastle has been in some great form recently so we knew we had to be on our game, and we said that. We had to treat this game like as a final. I think you saw that in the first half.”“We were out of the box quick. We got an early goal and we kept pushing. We played some lovely football at times. Manu and Felipe played some beautiful football,” he concluded.With this result, West Ham United is now in the ninth position of the table with 39 points, three points ahead of Everton.Well done, lads! You did Bonzo proud ❤️#WHUNEW #COYI— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) March 2, 2019last_img read more

Mercedes Benz Launches BClass Diesel in India for ₹226 Lakh

first_imgLuxury car maker Mercedes-Benz rolled out the diesel engine version of its B-Class car in India with a price tag of ₹22.60 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).Under the hood, the B-Class 180 CDI Style (Diesel) is powered by the same 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine which powers A-Class diesel cars. It delivers a power of 108PS and 250Nm of peak torque and the company claims it gives a fuel efficiency of 18.98 Kmpl. It has a top speed of 190 kmph.”With the B-Class we have pioneered the luxury tourer segment in India and the launch of the B-Class diesel will further enhance the options for the new age customers who aspire to own a luxury brand,” said Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Eberhard Kern, reported PTI.The most noticeable aspect about the diesel version is its price tag. By pricing the diesel version lower than its petrol model, Mercedes once again played the same trick that it tried with the A-Class diesel version. The car will come in four colour options which include Jupiter Red,Cirrus White,Polar Silver and Monolith Grey. Unlike the B-Class petrol version, the diesel version is launched only in one variant – Style trim.”We have seen a substantial demand for our new generation cars like the B-Class petrol and the A-class in India and the B-class diesel is a step ahead,” Kern said adding, “We are closely monitoring the developments. If the rupee continues to remain at current level for long, it may be forced to pass on cost pressure to consumers for specific models to protect margins.”last_img read more

Sushmita Sen – Rohman Shawl Trouble in paradise

first_imgInstagramEver since Rohman Shawl came into Sushmita Sen’s life, the duo has been giving us some major relationship goals. From celebrating events and family gatherings together to holidaying together; there is no stopping the two from painting the town red. Rohman was recently seen attending the wedding ceremony of Sushmita Sen’s brother Rajeev Sen with Charu Asopa. And while everything looked good from the outside, reports suggest that things have not been going too well for the couple.Rohman Shawl’s recent Instagram posts hint at the couple hitting a rough patch. In a series of Instagram posts, Rohman seems to be venting out at his ‘partner’ and ‘relationship’. “So you feel you are doing too much in a relationship and your partner isn’t reciprocating… It’s alright!! You need to understand that what you do for your partner is your call, don’t put your him/her under the obligation of loving you the same way!! Do things for them because you genuinely feel like doing it, not because you expect them to do the same for you!!” he wrote.He didn’t stop at this. The actor-model also wrote, “So you expect your partner to treat you right because you are in a relationship with them? If someone doesn’t treat you right and you are still with them, its your fault!! Love yourself.””So you get bored when you are by yourself? Ok so how do you expect others to find you interesting when you can’t even entertain yourself!! Spend atleast 15-20 mins daily with yourself, without any phone, tv, books or anyone. Listen to the voice from within which is trying to talk to you, it has all the answers!” he wrote next.While Rohman hasn’t taken any names and no official confirmation has come our way, we hope this is just another one of those lovers’ tiff and nothing serious.last_img read more

Hot Jupiter detected around nearby variable star

first_img(—Astronomers have detected a new “hot Jupiter” exoplanet orbiting a nearby T Tauri star known as TAP 26. The newly detected alien world, designated TAP 26 b, is about 66 percent more massive than Jupiter and is orbiting its parent star approximately every 10 days. The findings were presented in a paper published Jan. 6 on Astronomers discover a dense ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star Located some 480 light years away, TAP 26 belongs to the T Tauri class of variable pre-main-sequence stars. With a mass similar to that of the sun, TAP 26 has a radius of 1.17 solar radii and is about 17 million years old. Such young forming T Tauri stars could provide important information about the formation and early evolution of planetary systems. Therefore, detecting “hot Jupiters” around these objects and determining their orbital properties could help astronomers to understand how they form and migrate, offering crucial insights on physical processes responsible for generating such planets.With this aim in mind, a team of astronomers led by Louise Yu of the Toulouse University in France, has observed TAP 26 between November 2015 and January 2016 using the the 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) in Hawaii. The observational campaign, which utilized CFHT’s Echelle SpectroPolarimetric Device for the Observation of Stars (ESPaDOnS), was carried out under the Magnetic Topologies of Young Stars and the Survival of close-in massive Exoplanets (MaTYSSE) program.By implementing three different methods, the researchers managed to detect a planet radial velocity signal in TAP 26’s spectrum. The discovery is based on the analysis of 29 unpolarised and circularly polarised spectra collected over a timespan of 72 days.”We report the detection of a hot Jupiter around TAP 26 using three different methods, two using Zeeman-Doppler Imaging (ZDI) and one Gaussian-Process Regression (GPR), with a false-alarm probability smaller than 6 10−4,” the paper reads.According to the research, the newly detected planet has a mass of 1.66 Jupiter masses and is circling its parent star at a distance of nearly 0.1 AU. With its short orbital period, huge mass and proximity to its host star, TAP 26 b was classified as a “hot Jupiter.” The so-called “hot Jupiters” are gas giant planets, similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods not longer than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their parent stars very closely.More detailed characteristics of TAP 26 b are expected to be determined by further observations, in particular including more regular temporal sampling.Besides deriving fundamental parameters of the newly detected planet, the researchers also revealed some important insights on the nature of the host star. According to the paper, the team created surface brightness and magnetic maps of TAP 26, revealing the presence of cool spots and warm plages totaling up to 12 percent of the stellar surface. They found that the star’s photospheric temperature is about 4,620 K and its maximum V magnitude is equal to 12.16. Moreover, based on the observational data, the scientists assume that TAP 26 dissipated its accretion disc very early and its magnetic field started to evolve into a complex topology. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 More information: A hot Jupiter around the very active weak-line T Tauri star TAP 26, arXiv:1701.01512 [astro-ph.SR] report the results of an extended spectropolarimetric and photometric monitoring of the weak-line T Tauri star TAP 26, carried out within the MaTYSSE programme with the ESPaDOnS spectropolarimeter at the 3.6 m Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Applying Zeeman-Doppler Imaging to our observations, concentrating in 2015 November and 2016 January and spanning 72 d in total, 16 d in 2015 November and 13 d in 2016 January, we reconstruct surface brightness and magnetic field maps for both epochs and demonstrate that both distributions exhibit temporal evolution not explained by differential rotation alone. We report the detection of a hot Jupiter (hJ) around TAP 26 using three different methods, two using Zeeman-Doppler Imaging (ZDI) and one Gaussian-Process Regression (GPR), with a false-alarm probability smaller than 6.10^-4. However, as a result of the aliasing related to the observing window, the orbital period cannot be uniquely determined; the orbital period with highest likelihood is 10.79 +/- 0.14 d followed by 8.99 +/- 0.09 d. Assuming the most likely period, and that the planet orbits in the stellar equatorial plane, we obtain that the planet has a minimum mass M.sin(i) of 1.66 +/- 0.31 M_Jup and orbits at 0.0968 +/- 0.0032 au from its host star. This new detection suggests that disc type II migration is efficient at generating newborn hJs, and that hJs may be more frequent around young T Tauri stars than around mature stars (or that the MaTYSSE sample is biased towards hJ-hosting stars). Artist’s impression of a “hot Jupiter”. Credit: Ricardo Cardoso Reis (CAUP) Citation: ‘Hot Jupiter’ detected around nearby variable star (2017, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

The Korean state of mind

first_imgLove Korean films? Here’s something you should not miss! The Korean Cultural Centre, India in association with Cinedarbaar is organising Korean Cine Experience 2013 at the Korean Cultural Centre.The festival is a treat for cinephiles which will bring the best of the Korean cinema, from auteur driven cinema to popular gangster movies genre to romantic drama to documentaries. The opening film of the festival is Barking Dogs Never Bite by Joon-Ho Bong, starring: Doona Bae, Sung-jae Lee, Hie-bong Byeon. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Korean Cine Experience 2013 also marks the culmination of Indo-Korean 40th Diplomatic Year celebrations.For the past decade, the Korean film industry has enjoyed a renaissance and gained immense popularity in the pop culture. With innovative storytelling and visceral effects, Korean films not only have been commercially viable in the domestic and regional markets but also have appealed to cinephiles everywhere in the international festival circuit. This event is the rarest of the opportunity for the Indian audience to enjoy the Korean movies under a single roof. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKorean Gangster movies have gained immense popularity and many Korean films have been adapted in Hollywood productions. This festival will explore this genre through three films naming  Breathless by IK-Joon Yang, Rough Cut by Hun Jang and Show Must Go On by Jae-Rim Han.The three-day long festival will showcase seven films to celebrate Korean Cinema. All films will be followed by an interactive sessions to explore the themes and styles of different auteurs and quizzes and exciting prizes will be given away. A session called Indian remakes of Korean films is a session about Indian films ‘inspired by’ or ‘based on’ Korean films, the legalities of this practice and how they are adapted for Indian audiences. Focus will be on films like: Zinda – Remake of Old Boy, Ugly aur Pagli – Remake of My Sassy Girl, Awarapan – Remake of A Bittersweet Life. The entry to the festival is free and is on first come first serve basis. There is also Hello Hangul, a Korean Calligraphy Exhibition by calligraphy artist Hyung Byung Chan at the Korean Cultural Centre.Korean calligraphy is a unique cultural heritage which has taken several leaps over the period of time. Hangul is often evaluated as the most scientific language which is easy to learn.This exhibition is organised by the ‘Sejong Korean Calligraphers Association’, an association of calligraphy masters who have devoted their life to Korean calligraphy. The exhibition presents various facets of Korean Calligraphy evolved in present day Korea from ancient calligraphic styles, which is an amalgamation of both traditional and contemporary forms. The contents are mainly quotes or poems of renowned people of the past which also includes those written by the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.When: Movie screenings: 6 Dec (6:30pm), 7 and 8 Dec (12:30 pm); Exhibition: On till 30 DecemberWhere: Korean Cultural Centre, Lajpat Nagarlast_img read more

Costa Rica on alert following cholera outbreak in Mexico

first_imgCosta Rica’s National Football Team, known as “La Sele,” will play their last World Cup qualifying game against Mexico on Tuesday, but they aren’t the only ones preparing for the match. The Costa Rican Health Ministry this week launched an anti-cholera campaign in hotels that will be hosting Mexican fans. As of last Monday, Mexican health officials had reported 77 confirmed cases of cholera in that country.No cases of the disease have been reported so far in Costa Rica, but the ministry’s director of health monitoring, María Ethel Trejos, last week issued a preventive alert to all hotel staff members – especially those located in the metropolitan area. The alert asked hotel staff to report any guests experiencing cholera symptoms, including diarrhea and severe vomiting.A similar protocol was implemented during the 2013 Central American Games in San José last March. It requires that anyone with cholera symptoms must receive special attention at public health facilities. Officials also will be monitoring the country’s borders, ports and airports.Mexico’s Health Ministry this week reported that one person has died from cholera and 77 others are sick in the state of Hidalgo, near Mexico City. Cholera also has been detected in other states. An additional 17,000 lab tests are pending. Mexican officials, however, have not yet declared the outbreak an epidemic, the Mexican daily Reforma reported.Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Primary symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration. It is not spread from person to person, but rather by consuming food or water contaminated by fecal matter from infected people.Health officials say the best way to prevent infection is proper hand-washing and avoiding eating food or drinking beverages of questionable origin or preparation.The last cases of cholera in Costa Rica were reported in 1997. The worst episode of the disease occurred in 1856, when the country faced an attempted invasion by a group of mercenaries led by U.S. filibuster William Walker. At the time, cholera caused the deaths of nearly 10 percent of Costa Rica’s population. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Latest innovations in AV technology 26th 27th August RDS Dublin

first_imgWhen and where is it on? The event will take place on the 26th and 27th August, at the RDS in Dublin.How many years has it been going?This is the second year the event has taken place. The previous one was in 2017.What was the inspiration to start it? The event was conceived as there was no other event of its kind for the AV industry in Ireland. We are at the leading edge of the latest technologies and we wanted the opportunity to showcase it to customers so they could see how it could work for their business.What exciting things can people look forward to? Visitors will get to enjoy a personalised tour of the showcase event as well as live demonstrations of the latest equipment and technologies.What opportunities are on offer for those attending? Those attending will get to see the technology in practice not just as an exhibition display, and the following key innovations will be on display:IglooVision Immersive Video for product BIM, visualisation experiences, marketing showcaseAirscan interactive video wall, which operates with any video or projection deviceConnected Media HR App for TriplePlay systems, enabling remote workers to stay connected in in-house communications platformsA unique demo of the relative image quality of LED panels at different pixel pitchesA dynamic, live video experience show, with a blend of projection, LED, lighting, and immersive audioA-I powered visual search and asset monitoring solutionA model-scale Projection Mapping experience, showing how effective 3-D modelling can bring an outdoor event to lifeWho will be speaking?Experts from the Ion Solutions team, along with their technology partners will be on hand to guide, discuss, and explain what is being shown.What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it? In order to get the most out of the event, we would encourage visitors to register as soon as possible. They will be allocated a time slot and taken on a personalised tour where they can engage in one-on-one interaction with experts from Ion Solutions, as well as all the suppliers taking part. They will also be given an overview of the live demos and will get to speak with our experts who will be on hand over the two days to answer any questions.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCocking AV technology, 26th, 27th August, RDS, Dublinlast_img read more

Shiny cars show off their soundShiny cars show off their sound

first_imgShine and Show Car Wash hosted a Show ‘n Shine & Sound Competition on Saturday afternoon in Main Road.Young and old flocked to the car wash to see the pimped-up cars and enjoy the loud music blasting out.Aside from locals, people from as far afield as Estcourt and Newcastle drove through to enjoy the motoring action.Mason’s staff were the judges of the Sound Competition, having the unenviable task of picking a winner from among all the talent on offer.A tuck shop kept the tummies happy, selling snacks and cool drink to those present.It was a fun-filled afternoon of mingling and socialising in the presence of “loud, styling cars”. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img