PM to pitch for action to deal with terrorism

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to pitch for strong and decisive action to deal with terrorism when he addresses a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek on June 14.Modi, who will be on a two-day visit to the Kyrgyz capital from June 13, will also hold a series of important bilateral meetings, including with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the summit, Secretary(West) in the External Affairs Ministry A Gitesh Sarma said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThis will be Modi’s first participation at a multilateral forum after coming back to power following huge mandate in the Lok Sabha polls last month. SCO, considered a powerful grouping, represents around 42 per cent of the world’s population and 20 per cent of the global GDP. Modi is expected to pitch for strong and decisive action to deal with terrorism, an official said. While briefing reporters on Modi’s visit to Bishkek, Sarma said India will flag concerns about terrorism but unlikely to talk about any specific country when asked whether the PM will raise Pakistan’s support to terror groups. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsHe is also expected to emphasise on the need for enhancing connectivity among the members of the grouping to boost overall growth. Asked whether Modi will have a meeting with and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the summit, ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said no such meeting has been arranged between the two leaders. The ministry officials also parried a question whether Pakistan has responded to India’s request to let Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace while travelling to Bishkek, and merely said that it was not proper for them to discuss the Prime Minister’s flight details. Sarma said dealing with the growing challenge of terrorism, enhancing security and defence cooperation among SCO countries and boosting connectivity in the region are expected to be key focus areas of the summit. He said India is also keen on deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) which specifically deals with issues relating to security and defence. It will also take part in a military exercise of the bloc which will include other member-states, including Pakistan. The official said there may be discussions on situation in Afghanistan at the summit. “The leaders participating in the summit are expected to focus their discussions on the global security situation, multilateral economic cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and also on topical issues of international and regional importance,” Sarma said.last_img read more

Afghan opium production nearly halved UN report finds

30 September 2010Afghan opium production has decreased by almost 50 per cent this year, the United Nations said in a new report released today, while cautioning that rising prices on the global market may induce farmers to cultivate more of the lucrative crop. Total opium production is estimated at 3,600 metric tons, down 48 per cent from 2009, according to the 2010 Afghan Opium Survey, produced by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The agency says the sharp drop is mainly due to plant infection that took a heavy toll on the major poppy-growing provinces of Helmand and Kandahar. As a result, yield fell 48 per cent to 29.2 kilogrammes per hectare, from 56.1 kilogrammes per hectare compared with the previous year.“This is good news but there is no room for false optimism; the market may again become lucrative for poppy-crop growers so we have to monitor the situation closely,” said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC.The report also notes that much of the cultivation continued to take place in the southern and western provinces of the country. “These regions are dominated by insurgency and organized crime networks. This underscores the link between opium poppy cultivation and insecurity in Afghanistan, a trend we have observed since 2007,” said Mr. Fedotov.At the same time, all 20 poppy-free provinces remained so in 2010 and four other provinces – Kunar, Laghman, Zabul and Herat – were almost poppy-free.According to UNODC, surveys carried out last year showed that farmers were willing to consider abandoning opium cultivation due to the low price it fetched. But while prices were on the decline from 2005 to 2009, they are again rising, with the gross income for farmers per hectare having increased by 36 per cent to $4,900.The problem is made worse by the low price of wheat, which is an important alternative crop. “We are concerned that in combination with the high price of opium, a low wheat price may also drive farmers back to opium cultivation,” said Mr. Fedotov.The Executive Director called for a comprehensive strategy to tackle the Afghan opium threat, including by strengthening the rule of law and security, spurring development efforts, boosting regional cooperation to contain the illicit drug trade, and curbing demand. “Unless we reduce the demand for opium and heroin, our interventions against supply will not be effective,” he stated. “As long as demand drives this market, there will always be another farmer to replace one we convince to stop cultivating, and another trafficker to replace one we catch.” read more

Dollarama recalls 50000 doll and toy furniture sets

For the second time this year, Dollarama Inc. is recalling a toy containing excessive levels of a chemical used in plastic.The Montreal-based company says more than 52,000 Montoy doll and toy furniture sets sold between Oct. 16, 2017 and Oct. 8, 2018 have been recalled. Health Canada says the toys may contain levels of phthalates that exceed the allowable limit and may pose a chemical hazard.There have been no reports of injuries as of Nov. 8, but the agency says the chemical can pose serious health risks. “Studies suggest that certain phthalates, including DEHP, may cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities in young children when soft vinyl products containing phthalates are sucked or chewed for extended periods,” said Health Canada in a warning on their website. Consumers are advised to dispose of the toy or return it to the store for a full refund. The company says no receipt is required. Back in August, Dollarama recalled more than 500,000 Skip Ball toys that contained higher than allowed levels of phthalates. read more

Drilling for oil in Arctic circle off Alaskas coast suspended as Shell

Drilling for oil in Arctic circle off Alaska’s coast suspended as Shell pulls back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Toby Sterling, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2014 2:06 am MDT Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO Ben Van Beurden speaks during a press conference with CFO Simon Henry, left, to give detail on the group’s 4th quarter 2013 results in London, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. In Shell Oil’s latest setback in the United States, the company’s new CEO has said the company won’t drill in the Arctic circle off Alaska’s shore in 2014, and may never do so. The decision by Ben van Beurden follows a negative Federal court decision last week. Environmentalists are still challenging whether the government’s 2008 decision to open the area to exploration was correctly granted in the first place. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) AMSTERDAM – Oil companies’ rush to find reserves off Alaska’s Arctic shores suffered a setback on Thursday after Shell said it would suspend its operations in the region — and possibly withdraw for good.Royal Dutch Shell PLC is the main company to have purchased leases for oilfields off Alaska’s Arctic shores, but its attempts to drill have been halting due to technical and legal hurdles.While other companies are still seeking to exploit deep-water Arctic fields nearby in Canada, Shell’s troubles may indicate the troubles outweigh the potential economic benefits.“We will not drill in Alaska in 2014, and we are reviewing our options there,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden told reporters in London.Shell received a negative Federal court decision last week. Environmentalists are still challenging whether the government’s 2008 decision to open the area to exploration was correctly granted in the first place: it is covered by sea ice for much of the year.Asked whether Thursday’s retreat means the project is finished, Van Beurden said that depends in part on how the ongoing lawsuit proceeds.Environmental activists cried victory.“Shell’s Arctic failure is being watched closely by other oil companies, who must now conclude that this region is too remote, too hostile and too iconic to be worth exploring,” Greenpeace International Arctic oil campaigner Charlie Kronick said in a reaction.Jacqueline Savitz, the U.S. chief of the Oceana conservationist group, said Shell’s retreat shows that offshore drilling in the Arctic is “simply not a good bet from a business perspective.”Shell’s troubles in Alaska are only the most visible in a series of setbacks for the company in the U.S., and Van Beurden hinted he won’t prioritize investments there in the future.While oil prices remain high globally, “North America natural gas prices and associated crude markers remain low, and industry refining margins are under pressure” Van Beurden said.Last month, Shell said it was scrapping a $20 billion dollar project to develop an onshore natural gas-to-diesel facility in Louisiana.Van Beurden’s predecessor, Peter Voser, spent billions building up the company’s portfolio of U.S. shale properties to $26 billion, only to write $2 billion off their value last summer.“Yes, we went into North America in a big way. You could argue that we went a little bit too far too soon. But we are where we are,” Van Beurden said.He described the North American shale market as “a different game, a very efficient market, and the sort of pressures you have there are therefore fundamentally different from what you would have in places like Russia, Argentina.”Still, Shell’s Arctic misadventures stand out.After purchasing licenses for $2.1 billion in the Chukchi sea off Alaska’s coast in 2008, Shell began preliminary drilling in the summer of 2012.But it was unable to get far after difficulties deploying an oil containment system it had on standby in the event of a spill. Then was forced to retreat because of approaching winter ice.Then one of its rigs was damaged while being transported on Dec. 31, 2012, and no drilling took place in 2013.CFO Simon Henry said Thursday Shell wrote around $1 billion off the value of its Alaskan business in 2013.“The group’s exploration near the North Pole cost billions of dollars and generated reams of negative press – yet not a single drop of oil has been pumped” said Garry White, Chief Investment Correspondent at British brokerage Charles Stanley.“Like the mining sector, capital discipline has been lacking at the major oil groups and there is pressure from shareholders to cut back investment to improve cash flows,” he said. “Shell appears to be listening.”Van Beurden said Shell will cut spending by $9 billion this year and is targeting $15 billion in asset sales.Investors generally cheered the company’s plans, and shares were up 2 per cent at 26.27 euros in early Amsterdam trading.Van Beurden’s strategy “is pretty much what we believe the market wanted to hear,” said Investec analyst Neill Morton in a note.But Morton predicted further writedowns of Shell’s North American shale assets.Shell’s reported fourth quarter net profit of $1.78 billion (130 billion euros), down 74 per cent on the $6.73 billion reported a year earlier. The big fall was due to higher production costs, lower production, and worse refining margins. The swing was also exaggerated by one-off items during the two periods. Production was down 5 per cent to 3.25 million barrels per day. read more

Federal government says BC LNG decision coming after 90day review

Federal government says B.C. LNG decision coming after 90-day review VICTORIA – Potential delays by the federal government on deciding the fate of a liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia appeared to be causing a concern overseas even before the latest setback on Monday, with the Japanese ambassador warning that putting off a decision could mean Canada missing out on a rare opportunity.But Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Monday she expects the federal cabinet to be ready to make a decision after another 90 days on the proposed $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG export project near Prince Rupert.Japan’s ambassador to Canada expressed his concerns in a letter dated March 11 to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, which is reviewing the project.“It is critically important to advocate the early realization of LNG export projects in Canada,” wrote Kenjiro Monji.“If the approval of the environment assessment is delayed further, Canada may run the risk of missing the chance to export LNG to the growing Asian market for a long time.”Monji wrote that LNG exports are usually based on long-term contracts and if Canada misses this opportunity, it might not come around again for 10 or 20 years.JAPEX, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd., is part of Pacific NorthWest LNG, whose majority backer is Malaysian state-owned energy giant Petronas.Pacific NorthWest LNG, the B.C. government and communities in northern B.C. were watching a Tuesday deadline for a decision from Ottawa, but McKenna said the federal review agency needs more time to clarify plans for pollution reduction and project construction.“Because we recognize the need for timely decisions, once we receive a response from the proponent, they will have a final decision from the government within 90 days,” she said in a statement.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued a draft report last month that concluded the plant can be built without major environmental impacts, but it’s now reviewing 34,000 public comments and new information about greenhouse gas emissions provided by Pacific NorthWest LNG.B.C. government officials were sent to Ottawa to discuss and clarify project details with federal officials after McKenna announced the extended review period.Rich Coleman, B.C.’s natural gas development minister, said the project has the potential to generate more than 18,000 jobs and produce billions of dollars in revenues.“While work is required as a result of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s latest posting, we are confident that working together with the federal government and the company, any remaining questions can be fully resolved expeditiously,” he said in a statement.Pacific NorthWest LNG president Michael Culbert said in a statement that its first project description was submitted to the environmental assessment agency in February 2013.“Seven-hundred-and-fifty days after our initial submission and four days prior to a legislated deadline for a ministerial decision, we were advised by the CEAA that further information is required to make a determination of significant adverse impacts the proposed project may have,” said Culbert. “Pacific NorthWest LNG will work to assess this latest information request and continue to work constructively with federal agencies through this rigorous process.”McKenna said the creation of an LNG industry is a huge economic opportunity for B.C. and Canada, but more time is needed to get everything right.“Our government recognizes the importance of new infrastructure development but has also been clear that any development must occur in an environmentally sustainable manner,” she said. “We committed to rebuilding Canadians’ trust in environmental assessments, and to do so we need to make sure assessments are thorough and credible.”B.C. Premier Christy Clark said she told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month the LNG project has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Asia by switching from coal to natural gas. by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2016 2:10 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Killers and Mr Las Vegas to open splashy Strip arena

In this Monday, March 28, 2016, photo, workers finish construction inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. MGM officials think they will hit the jackpot with a new $375 million arena that sits in the middle of the glittering Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The newest addition to the glittering Las Vegas Strip debuts next week without a slot machine or a blackjack table in sight.No NHL team, either, but that doesn’t stop MGM officials from believing they will hit the jackpot with a new $375 million arena that sits in the middle of all the best action this gambling town has to offer.“We’re ready for an NHL team,” said Rick Arpin, senior vice-president of entertainment for MGM Resorts International. “But our primary motivation was not for a pro sports team. We built this building to get events we couldn’t do otherwise, and pro sports certainly fits in that.”The T-Mobile Arena opens next week in a very Vegas way, with the hometown Killers headlining along with, of all people, Wayne Newton as a special guest. Once inside, concert-goers will find amenities no one could have imagined when Mr. Las Vegas opened as a lounge act downtown in 1958, including an 18,000-square-foot nightclub that will offer bottle service, DJs and dazzling views of the Strip.The opener will be followed quickly by two highly anticipated concerts by a reunited Guns N’ Roses, the first the group has played together in 23 years.A few weeks later, Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez faces off against Amir Khan in a Cinco de Mayo spectacular. Come summer, the UFC will be taking up residency with one of its big pay-per-view shows in an arena that will seat 20,000 for combat sports.That’s a good year for many arenas. But Arpin says it’s just the start for this one, sandwiched behind the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts and joined to the Strip by a pedestrian park that adds a touch of greenery to the famed tourist boulevard.With three other arenas nearby — two operated by the MGM — there wouldn’t seem to be a need for another one. But Arpin said the size and amenities of T-Mobile Arena will help the city get events it was missing before.“With all the great facilities we have, what we were missing is the sort of modern facility that could get us events incremental to the market,” he said. “The big events, the big concerts they want the premier buildings and this puts us in that echelon.”In addition to the nightclub there are the obligatory suites — all 42 have been leased — and premium seating areas designed to maximize the money spent by every ticket holder. There are also eight premium event level suites, with one still available at a cool $1 million a year.What many people will be talking about, though, are two triangular walkways up high that jut out over the arena floor.“A great place for selfies, for sure,” Arpin said.Arpin said the MGM — which has partnered with industry giant AEG — expects to do 100 events a year in the new arena without a hockey team, and 130 if billionaire Bill Foley is successful in convincing the NHL to give Las Vegas its first major league professional franchise. Nearly 14,000 people have already put down season ticket deposits for a possible team in the arena, which will seat 17,500 for hockey.Foley is ready to pay $500 million for an expansion team, and the NHL appears interested. The league is considering applications from Las Vegas and Quebec City, though owners have yet to vote on whether to expand. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said at GM meetings last month that a decision would have to be reached by June if the league is to expand for the 2017-18 season.If a team comes, the arena is ready. There are two locker rooms built exclusively for hockey, and two others built for the NBA, should that league also come calling.What the arena may not have enough of is parking. No new garages were built for it — one is eventually planned — though MGM officials say they believe existing hotel parking garages should suffice and that many people attending events will walk or take taxis from their hotels.“It’s a beautiful arena, but I’m really concerned about the lack of parking,” boxing promoter Bob Arum said. “Also, I don’t know if you need that many seats for many of these events.”The arena opens just as competing hotel operator Sheldon Adelson is pushing a $1.3 billion stadium project just off the Strip. Unlike the T-Mobile Arena, which was privately financed by MGM, Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands plans to ask for public money to build the proposed 65,000-seat facility on hopes of getting an NFL team.While the stadium is still a concept, the arena is now a reality. That has brought, among other things, George Strait to do a semi-residency of 6-8 dates a year, the annual Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament and possibly NCAA post-season play if the organization relaxes its regulations about playing in a gambling city.Arpin said it’s all about the city continuing to be a big time player in entertainment and special events.“Part of this is evolution, not revolution,” Arpin said. “It’s making sure we stay relevant for years to come. This arena does that, and more.” Killers and Mr. Las Vegas to open splashy Strip arena by Tim Dahlberg, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2016 1:01 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

March big bus registrations up 42

“¢          Small minibuses down 75% to 49 but big single deckers up 125% to 111. “¢          Last year’s sales push last month’ big buses up 42% to 393. March big bus registrations up 42% “¢          Coaches down 35% to 134 on the effects of recession. “March big bus registration data show the benefit of last year’s strong sales and their long lead times, but the effects of the recession are beginning to bite other bus and coach sales,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “Orders are down so registrations will follow them.  Because it will take time for any of the Chancellor’s financial stimulus policies to work, we all need the government to do more to encourage demand and ease access to credit.”DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Buckeye Brief Ohio State defensive line scheme change replacing Michael Hill and

With just over a week until Ohio State’s season opener against Indiana on Aug. 31, the Buckeyes have shifted their focus to their Week 1 opponent. Monday afternoon, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson and a group of Buckeye defensive linemen addressed the media. Here is what we learned.Defensive line to “pin its ears back” on first and second downLast season, Ohio State’s talented foursome of defensive ends — redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, senior Jalyn Holmes and sophomore Nick Bosa — combined for 18.5 sacks, a total less than might be expected given the group’s elite talent. Some of that might be due to opposing offenses’ increased focus on stopping their pass rush. However, there might be another factor to the less-than-anticipated sack totals.Ohio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa (left) and redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard prepare for a drill at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.“Last year, we were more a squeeze front, built a wall, and now this year, we’re playing a tad wider which allows us to get up the ball and allows us to play a little faster,” Johnson said. “This system fits what we have talent wise.”The change was spearheaded by defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who, Johnson said, has a different philosophy than former co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. “Coach Fickell, obviously a linebacker coach, we kind of set up all the plays for the linebackers to make and now it’s us pinning our ears back and going instead of waiting,” Bosa said.Bosa said last year he felt frustrated as the ends focused on defending the run on first and second down. This year, that is unlikely to be the case. Though offenses will once again be focused on deterring a ravaging defensive front from reaching the quarterback, a more aggressive, attacking defensive line on first and second downs might result in more sacks by Lewis, Hubbard, Bosa and Holmes.How will Ohio State defensive tackles rotate without Michael Hill?Last Monday, coach Urban Meyer announced redshirt senior defensive tackle Michael Hill would be suspended indefinitely, at least for the first couple of games, for undisclosed reasons. On most teams, a suspension of a returning starter in his fifth year with the program would be a devastating blow. But given Ohio State’s depth, the Buckeyes feel they can overcome the temporary loss of a starter.Ohio State redshirt senior defensive tackle Michael Hill goes through a drill at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.“Mike brings some veteran stuff, he played a lot of football for us last year. But one guy out, next guy up,” Johnson said. “So right now, the guys know that and so we’ve got to find a guy to step up and get it done.”A conglomerate of interior linemen, including redshirt senior Tracy Sprinkle, redshirt sophomores Robert Landers, redshirt sophomore Jashon Cornell and redshirt sophomore Davon Hamilton and freshman Haskell Garrett, will help serve as Hill’s replacement until he returns.Sprinkle ruptured his patellar tendon in the first week of last season. Despite the seriousness of his injury, Johnson said he expects the redshirt senior to be ready to play in the opening week. Landers is a short, stocky lineman listed at 6-foot-1, 283 pounds. The defensive tackle relies on his quickness and will be pushed into a larger role than he had last season.Hamilton, who missed much of spring practice with a broken foot, might be thrust into a larger role early in the season, along with Cornell and Garrett, due to Hill’s suspension.Hill, the starting nose tackle, racked up 21 tackles, including four for a loss, last season. Being a BosaLast season, Bosa burst onto the scene last season with seven tackles for loss and five sacks, the second most, behind his brother Joey (7.5 sacks), of any Buckeye true freshman since Meyer was hired as Ohio State head coach. That being said, expectations are high for him to increase that total and disrupt even more quarterbacks in 2017.Ohio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa runs through a drill at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“I remember last year, he didn’t really practice much at the tempo that he needed to do to get him ready because of the ACL injury he suffered in high school,” Meyer said. “He’s ridiculous right now.”Though Nick said the knee injury didn’t affect his play last year, he admitted it was tough being thrown into the rotation as a freshman. And since Ohio State possessed so much depth at defensive end, he wasn’t able to stay in games long enough to gain a rhythm.This offseason, Nick said he has been sending practice film to Joey, who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers, to work on day-to-day improvement. “The thing they both have is the ability to work hard,” Johnson said. “Nick’s a great worker, Joey was a great worker. So they play really hard. They have a burning desire to be the best.”According to the sophomore defensive end, his brother’s help has worked. Though he didn’t want to set specific goals, Nick said he feels like he is reading and reacting quicker to plays.“(We) need some more Bosas,” Meyer joked.Dre’Mont Jones taking the next stepWhen redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones enrolled at Ohio State, he wasn’t even playing the position at which he is now a highly regarded NFL draft prospect. The Cleveland native was the 11th best strongside defensive end in the country in 2015, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Given the former defensive end’s experience rushing the passer from the outside, Johnson sees a potentially disruptive player that can get pressure from the interior of the line.“Play inside on top of the guard, he adds a dimension. It’s like having a defensive end playing three-technique,” Johnson said. “He is a really fast guy playing three-technique who can get one-on-one battles with the guard, and that’s what we want with this team.”Johnson said Jones played well last year, but didn’t disrupt the passer as much as the team expects from its defensive tackles. In his redshirt freshman season, Jones didn’t get a single sack, but picked up four tackles for loss and 52 total tackles.Entering his third year in the program, Jones said he understands he needs to maximize the remaining time, as it is limited. “It’s night and day,” Johnson said. “He’s taken so many leaps and bounds, he really has. He’s gotten stronger in the weight room, he’s much more physical. He’s always been a really bright player.”Since Ohio State will be without Hill for at least a few weeks, Jones will be counted on to make big plays immediately. read more

Serial car thief could face life for killing child actor and aunt

first_img 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. A forensic police officer examining the scene in Lennard Road, where Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rosie Cooper, 34, were mown down by 23-year-old motorist Joshua Dobby in August last year Death by dangerous driving carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison but, in an unusual move, the Crown also brought manslaughter charges.It means that, following consideration of Dobby’s potential danger to society, a judge has the option of imposing a discretionary life sentence.When he first appeared before magistrates in Bromley last September, the court heard that Dobby had a “very long previous criminal record” including aggravated vehicle-taking.He was brought before the courts just two months before the deaths of Makayah and his aunt and was out on licence at the time, the court was told.During Dobby’s last appearance at the Old Bailey, Robin Ghosh his lawyer, said: “He wishes it to be noted that he fully acknowledges the utterly incomprehensible pain and suffering caused to the families involved.”Members of the victims’ families sat in the well of the court to watch the hearing before Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC.At the time of Makayah’s death, Sam Brown, of entertainment agency Brown and Mills, described him as an “extremely talented young actor” and a “bright young star”.He had recently auditioned for a role in a television series and had featured in a number of commercials.Ms Cooper, a hairdresser, was remembered by a friend as “one of the kindest, most beautiful, caring people you would ever meet”.The case comes amid discussions about giving judges greater sentencing powers when dealing with the worst death by dangerous driving offenders.Dobby entered his guilty pleas via video link from jail.Judge Hilliard ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentence to Friday March 10.He said it was clear Dobby was driving dangerously on August 26 last year and again on the day of the fatal crash on August 31.He continued: “There is also an incident in 2010 that ended in a collision.”I understand he was on licence at the time of this offence and on the face of it he had a serious drug problem.”He said the defendant’s drug issues were shown in a letter to his girlfriend.However, he confirmed the Crown’s case was that toxicology texts were unable to establish whether he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash, only that he had used them previously. A forensic police officer examining the scene, where Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rosie Cooper, 34, were killed by 23-year-old motorist Joshua DobbyCredit: Dominic Lipinski/PA A convicted car thief from a wealthy background could be facing life behind bars for mowing down a child actor and his aunt during a police chase after admitting manslaughter charges.Joshua Dobby, 23, was out on licence when he drove a black Ford Focus into Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rosie Cooper, 34, as they walked along a road in Penge, south London, on the afternoon of August 31 last year.At an earlier hearing, Dobby admitted causing death by dangerous driving and injuring Makayah’s sister but denied manslaughter.Ahead of his trial, he changed his plea on Thursday, admitting two counts of manslaughter and also pleading guilty to dangerous driving relating to an incident on August 26 on the A228 near Snodland in Kent.last_img read more

Revolutionary change to the way concrete mineral domes are built

first_imgA development that should have a major impact on domes for protecting mineral stockpiles is a revolutionary technique for their erection developed at the Vienna University of Technology. When concrete shells are constructed conventionally, they usually have to be supported by elaborate timber or other structures. This system now uses inflatable air cushions instead.This completely new construction method does not require any timber structures at all: a flat concrete slab hardens on the ground, and then an air cushion below the plate is inflated, bending the concrete and quickly forming a sustainable shell. Even large event halls could be built this way, the University says. In Vienna, a first experimental structure has now been built using the new method.“It is similar to an orange peel, which is regularly cut and then flattened out on the table”, says Professor Johann Kollegger. “We do it the other way around, starting with a flat surface and then bending it to a shell.” Johann Kollegger and Benjamin Kromoser (TU Vienna) have developed the new construction technique, which has now been successfully tested on the Aspang Grounds in Vienna.At first, a flat slab is created using standard concrete. It is crucial to get the geometric shape exactly right. The slab consists of several segments. Wedge-shaped spaces are left between these segments, so that the segments fit together perfectly when the structure is bent.Once the slab is hardened, an air cushion below is inflated. The cushion consists of two plastic sheets welded together. At the same time, a steel cable is tightened around the concrete segments, so that the concrete is lifted up at the center and pushed together from outside. To ensure that all the concrete segments move in perfect synchronicity, they are connected with metal beams. In the experiment, the whole process was finished after about two hours, the final height of the concrete structure was 2.90 m.When the concrete is bent, many tiny cracks appear – but this is not a problem for the stability of the shell. “We can see that in old stone arches”, says Johann Kollegger. “If the shape is right, each stone holds the others in place and the construction is stable.” In the end, the structure can be plastered, then it has just the same properties and is just as stable as a concrete shell constructed in a conventional way.last_img read more

So Bono does a fairly good impression of Bill Clinton

first_img Source: YOUTUBE NEWSROOMH/T to Joe.ieWhen Clinton finally took to the stage he was a good sport about it all, saying:I must be really easy to make fun of.Bono’s comedy turn wasn’t quite the spur of the moment LOLfest he’d like us to think it was though.He’s been practicing… Source: Charlie SpieringYou’re a gas ticket, Bono.Adam Clayton got married but where was Bono?Bryan Cranston reads his most erotic fan letter ever> LOOK, BILL CLINTON, if you’re going to be late, then you have to accept that someone might take the mickey out of you.That’s exactly what Bono did when Bill was a running late for a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative.Maybe Bill was off taking more selfies with Bill Gates?last_img read more

Researchers find method of making food from notfood

first_imgCellulose is an organic polysaccharide — a sugar. It is the main component of plant cell walls, which makes it the most common carbohydrate on the planet. It is sadly non-digestible by humans. We lack the digestive system, like you’d find in a cow, to break down cellulose. A team of researchers from Virginia Tech is hoping to change that unfortunate fact, though. And no, they’re not grafting cow stomachs into humans. In a new experiment, professor Y.H. Percival Zhang has successfully transformed cellulose into starch, which we can eat just fine.Both cellulose and starch have the same chemical formula, explains Zhang. The difference is in the way they are bonded together. Cellulose is composed of a chain of glucose molecules that could be thousands of units long. Starches are simpler carbohydrates also composed of glucose, but with fewer bonds than cellulose. If you need a visual aid, cotton fibers are the purest form of cellulose we have. Could you snack on a cotton ball? No, you could not. A nice starchy potato or some rice? That’s a biologically sound meal!The researchers used corn stover in their testing. Stoving, by the way, is the totally unappetizing mixture of corn stems, husks, and leaves of the corn plant. With an enzymatic treatment, the bonds holding the cellulose together are broken, thus allowing the molecules to reconfigure into starch. About 30% of the cellulose becomes starch, with the remainder ending up simple glucose suitable for ethanol production.While corn plants were used in the test, the researchers believe the same process should work on any plant. The process, called “simultaneous enzymatic biotransformation and microbial fermentation” should be easy to scale up to an industrial level. It also has very little environmental impact — no chemical waste, little power usage, and no pricey equipment to buy. The enzymes used to hydrolyze the bonds are immobilized on magnetic nanoparticles that can be collected and re-used.This could make food production easier as the population continues to increase, but starch can also be used in the production of packaging, adhesives, and hydrogen storage. It’s neat science.last_img read more

Luke Shaw explains how he stays grounded

first_imgThe Manchester United defender says he never wants to change who he is and how he maintains both feet on Earth during his current good runManchester United left-back Luke Shaw has been doing great things this season with his team.The defender is playing very well for the Red Devils during the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.“I’m really close with my mates, so I just do normal things. Sometimes it’s hard to do that, but you’ve got to stay grounded and just enjoy it,” he told the club’s official website.“Of course, you had a life before all of this and you’ve just got to remember what you were before any of this. You’ve got to stay grounded and keep doing what got you to where you are today. There’s no need to change because of what I do.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I’ll always be the same boy that I was before I started being a professional footballer to the day I finish playing,” he added.“I play Xbox with my mates, because they come around a lot, and we play FIFA and Fortnite at the moment. I also like to play a bit of pool and we go bowling – we always have competitions.”“We like to play for a forfeit so the loser might have to eat a hot chili or something like that,” he commented.“It’s just a bit of fun and makes the game more intense, although you don’t want to get videoed on Snapchat doing the forfeit.”last_img read more

UPDATE Kliger Out as Hachette CEO

first_imgSEE ALSO: Kliger’s Exit Memo Jack Kliger, magazine industry veteran and former chairman of the Magazine Publishers of America, is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of Hachette Filipacchi, Didier Quillot, CEO of France-based parent company Lagardère Active, announced today. Kliger will become chairman of HFM U.S., a newly-created position.Alain Lemarchand, “directeur général délégué” of Lagardère Active, will replace Kliger as CEO. Lemarchand’s appointment is effective September 1. The succession process has been ongoing for several months, a HFMUS spokesperson told FOLIO:, noting that Lagardère is “very interested” in growing its U.S. business. “Lagardère felt that they wanted [Kliger] around as chairman because he knows the market so well and has invested in and grown the digital side of the business.” The spokesperson declined to comment on the details surrounding Kliger’s succession.A spokesperson for Lagardère could not be immediately reached for comment. Kliger was not immediately available for comment.“I have been offered the position of Chairman, HFM U.S. to concentrate on developing strategic relationships for the company,” Kliger wrote in a memo to his staff. “It has been a pleasure to spend the past nine years here. You are an outstanding team, and I want to thank you for your dedication and the many contributions that you have made.”Kliger served as chairman of the MPA from 2005 to 2007. In January, he received the Henry Johnson Fisher Award for Lifetime Achievement from the MPA alongside Tina Brown, who was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame.Check FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story. [PHOTO: MPA]last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of December 23 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, December 23, 2018:181569 — Wilmington Planning Board — 196 Ballardvale St181575 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Mapvale181592 — Removal of PR Janes Estate Wilmington181593 — Successor PR Janes Estate Wilmington(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Mayoral Straw Poll Youth Summit

first_imgBaltimore City College, the third oldest public high school in the country, will host a Mayoral Straw Poll and Youth Summit on March 21 from 2:45 to 5:30 pm in the school’s gymnasium. The gymnasium is located off of Loch Raven Blvd., however, the school’s official address is 3220 The Alameda, Baltimore, MD 21218. At our event candidates will make a 90 second elevator pitch, meet with registered voters, share policy positions, answer questions, and lobby for support in our straw poll. The results of the straw poll will be released to the medialast_img read more

YouTube Streams Over 180 Million Hours to TV Screens Every Day

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Wojcicki also used the post, and an accompanying video, to once again highlight new and expanded monetization options that were first announced at Vidcon.Finally, she announced that YouTube will expand its Snapchat-like Stories feature to creators with more than 10,000 subscribers in the near future.center_img YouTube is streaming more than 180 million hours of video to smart TVs and TV-connected devices each and every day, revealed YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Friday. Wojcicki dropped the number in a blog post updating the service’s efforts to help creators monetize their videos.The post also reiterated that YouTube now sees over 1.9 billion logged-in users every month, a data point first mentioned by YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan at Vidcon last month.Other numbers revealed by Wojcicki Friday: Viewer interactions including likes, comments and chats grew 60% year-over-year; the community tab, which has been available to creators with over 10,000 subscribers, is being used by over sixty million viewers every day; and live streaming watch time increased by 10x over the past 3 years.last_img read more

Academic group says its time for researches to begin sharing source code

first_img Explore further Symantec urges users to disable pcAnywhere The group argues that because computer programs are now an integral part of research in almost every scientific field, it has become critical that researchers provide the source code for custom written applications in order for work to be peer reviewed or duplicated by other researchers attempting to verify results.Not providing source code, they say, is now akin to withholding parts of the procedural process, which results in a “black box” approach to science, which is of course, not tolerated in virtually every other area of research in which results are published. It’s difficult to imagine any other realm of scientific research getting such a pass and the fact that code is not published in an open source forum detracts from the credibility of any study upon which it is based. Articles based on computer simulations, for example, such as many of those written about astrophysics or environmental predictions, tend to become meaningless when they are offered without also offering the source code of the simulations on which they are based.The team acknowledges that many researchers are clearly reticent to reveal code that they feel is amateurish due to computer programming not being their profession and that some code may have commercial value, but suggest that such reasons should no longer be considered sufficient for withholding such code. They suggest that forcing researchers to reveal their code would likely result in cleaner more portable code and that open-source licensing could be made available for proprietary code. They also point out that many researchers use public funds to conduct their research and suggest that entities that provide such funds should require that source code created as part of any research effort be made public, as is the case with other resource materials.The group also points out that the use of computer code, both off the shelf and custom written will likely become ever more present in research endeavors, and thus as time passes, it becomes ever more crucial that such code is made available when results are published, otherwise, the very nature of peer review and reproducibility will cease to have meaning in the scientific context. Citation: Academic group says it’s time for researches to begin sharing source code (2012, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-academic-group-source-code.html More information: Shining Light into Black Boxes, Science 13 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6078 pp. 159-160 DOI: 10.1126/science.1218263AbstractThe publication and open exchange of knowledge and material form the backbone of scientific progress and reproducibility and are obligatory for publicly funded research. Despite increasing reliance on computing in every domain of scientific endeavor, the computer source code critical to understanding and evaluating computer programs is commonly withheld, effectively rendering these programs “black boxes” in the research work flow. Exempting from basic publication and disclosure standards such a ubiquitous category of research tool carries substantial negative consequences. Eliminating this disparity will require concerted policy action by funding agencies and journal publishers, as well as changes in the way research institutions receiving public funds manage their intellectual property (IP). Journal information: Science © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — A diverse group of academic research scientists from across the U.S. have written a policy paper which has been published in the journal Science, suggesting that the time has come for all science journals to begin requiring computer source code be made available as a condition of publication. Currently, they say, only three of the top twenty journals do so. 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.last_img read more

Kansas City is throwing a sausage fest in honor of Mike Pence

first_imgUS Vice President Mike Pence is visting Kansas City, Missouri tomorrow (11 July). He’s heading to the Midwestern state to help fundraise for Rep. Kevin Yoder who is defending his seat in November’s midterm elections. this is fucking awesome.— Colin Louis Dieden (@ColinDieden) July 10, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Pence gets his second LGBTQ greeting | Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore Best radio station in the country— Duffer (@DufferHawkins) July 10, 2018When one person told the station to ‘stay out of politics’, they had a pretty great comeback.We’ve heard that for 15 years https://t.co/fDQDtixxbQ— 96.5 The Buzz (@965TheBuzz) July 10, 2018This is not a strange response to Pence visiting cities across the country.When he traveled to Ohio last month for a right-wing conference, thousands of people showed up to protest him with a ‘Big LGBTQ Dance Party‘.More from Gay Star NewsJohn Oliver’s gay bunny book is outselling Mike Pence’s family bunny bookcenter_img The best photos from Ohio’s ‘Big LGBTQ Dance Party’ greeting Mike PenceGay Olympian Gus Kenworthy: Anti-LGBT VP Mike Pence is ‘bad fit’ to lead Winter Olympics delegationWinter Olympics 2018: Fox News pulls column complaining about gay and black athletesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kansas-city-sausage-fest-mike-pence/ Here are some of the best Pride photos from Mike Pence’s hometown eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Kansas City residents are preparing themselves to welcome Pence — some in more unique ways than others.Alternative radio station 96.5 The Buzz announced on Twitter they’re throwing a ‘sausage fest’ to welcome Pence to the city.Mike Pence is coming to Kansas City this Wednesday. Pence is no fan of the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re no fan of his. So we’re throwing The Mike Pence Sausage Fest across the street at Barney Allis Plaza starting at 11a. Stop by and get a free hot dog while we have them! pic.twitter.com/nqWz1ZFnSQ— 96.5 The Buzz (@965TheBuzz) July 9, 2018The reason for the party has to do with Pence’s anti-LGBTQ record.‘Pence is no fan of the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re no fan of his,’ the station tweeted out.‘So we’re throwing The Mike Pence Sausage Fest across the street at Barney Allis Plaza starting at 11a. Stop by and get a free hot dog while we have them!’The Human Rights Campaign recently called Pence one of the ‘greatest threats to equality‘.In another tweet, The Buzz encouraged people to bring flags and signs for the cook-out/protest.‘Stay out of politics’Reactions to the station’s event have been mixed, but most people are praising it.Those hotdogs are gonna #GlistenLonger.— Jeremy Danner (@Jeremy_Danner) July 10, 2018 Here’s why Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown met with VP Mike Pence’s wifelast_img read more