Article 370 abolished Massive opposition uproar in House

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Monday abolished Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, amid massive opposition uproar in Rajya Sabha. Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the House to abolish Article 370 after the President issued a notification in this regard and also moved the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said the UT in Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh while the other UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry. The Home Minister’s announcement evoked strong protests from the opposition with leaders of Congress, TMC, DMK, AAP, NCP and Left raising slogans and storming the well of the House. They later squatted in the well and continued with their protest. However, some regional parties like BSP, BJD, TRS and AIADMK extended full support to the resolution and the bill while NDA constituent JD(U) walked out. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Shah, who received a standing ovation from his party colleagues when he entered the House minutes before proceedings in the Rajya Sabha commenced, termed the move as “historical”, saying Article 370 has not allowed integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the country. The Home Minister said Article 370 will no longer be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir. Shah informed the House that President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the official notification abrogating Article 370 and since the Jammu and Kashmir constituent assembly no longer exists and the state assembly stands dissolved, the powers of the assembly wrest with both Houses of Parliament. “The President’s order can be discussed and passed by both houses of Parliament,” he told members. A copy of the President’s order was also distributed in the House. He also said that Article 370 can be abrogated through such an order, as there are provisions within the said Article to do so. Reading out provisions of Article 370 (3), the Home Minister said there are provisions within that state that Article 370 shall cease to be operative or can be amended and the President has the right to issue such a notification or constitutional order. “We are adopting the same path as adopted by the Congress in 1952 and 1962 by amending the provisions of Article 370 the same way through a notification,” Shah told the House, after Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) sought to know if the Constitution can be amended without a Constitutional amendment. “There are no merits in the opposition stand and they are opposing it only to do politics and are creating ruckus inside the House,” he said. Soon after Shah’s announcement, one of the PDP members tore his clothes and then along with another PDP member tore copies of the Constitution, prompting Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to order that they be physically removed. When the House met, Naidu said he had used his discretionary powers to waive the requirement of the government to give advance notice and circulate a bill as the issue was of urgent national importance. Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the entire Kashmir Valley is under curfew and three former chief ministers of the state and political leaders have been placed under house arrest. He wanted the situation to be discussed first but Naidu allowed Shah to move the resolution. Shah moved the resolution to abolish Article 370 as well as the state reorganisation bill along with listed bills to extend reservation for economically weaker sections in educational institutions and government jobs in Jammu and Kashmir. The reorganisation bill provides for formation of union territory of Ladakh without legislature and a separate one for Jammu and Kashmir with legislature. While Naidu said only the bill for providing reservation is being moved now and the other would be done after it is circulated to members, the House in a voice vote approved the introduction. Later Naidu allowed Shah to re-introduce the resolution and the reorganisation bill, saying copies have now been circulated to members. But it was not put to vote and it was not immediately clear if the voice vote taken earlier was for all bills and resolution or only for the bill for reservation. Shah had moved the resolution and the bills together. But the introduction was opposed by Congress, TMC and DMK members who along with leaders in the House rushed into the well, They first shouted slogans and then squatted in the well of the House. Those who squatted on the floor included Azad, Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma and TMC leader Derek O’Brien. Samajwadi Party (SP) members, however, did not join them in the well. Amid the ruckus, PDP members Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz shouted slogans and tore posters. Laway even tore the ‘kurta’ he was wearing. Later as the protests heated up, the duo tore copies of the Constitution, prompting Naidu to order their eviction. “The Indian Constitution is supreme. Nobody can do it,” Naidu said as he named two members and ordered marshals to physically remove them from the House. Before the marshals could do that, BJP leader Vijay Goel tried to intervene but was pushed back. Naidu said the Indian Constitution is supreme and nobody has the right to tear copies of it. “Tearing the Constitution in the House, shouting against India, will not be allowed. I will not just name (members) but also take action,” he said. Azad said the opposition was not against the reservation bill but wanted the Kashmir situation to be discussed first. While the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said the government was “rectifying” the historical blunder of imposing Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there was enough empirical evidence and precedence where the governments have in past circulated and got approved bills on the same day. Shah said the reservation bill will help provide economically weaker sections 10 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government jobs. This reservation will be besides existing reservation for SC, ST and OBC. Noting that in past 38 times bills have been circulated and passed on the same day, he said this will be “null and void” after the resolution for abolition of Article 370 is approved. Vaiko said the government was killing democracy. “Emergency days have come back,” he said. “There is no emergency, only urgency,” Naidu remarked. Azad said Article 370 was integral to Jammu and Kashmir joining India and added that lakhs of security personnel and civilians have lost their lives in the state during the last 70 years. “I strongly condemn the act of two or three members of Parliament (to tear copies of Constitution), none were from our party. We stand by the Constitution of India,” he said. He, however, said the BJP has murdered democracy. Shah retorted that people of Jammu and Kashmir were living in poverty and corruption because of Article 370. Three families have looted the state for years, he said noting that Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India on October 27, 1947 but Article 370 came in 1949. “It is not true that Jammu and Kashmir joined India because of Article 370,” he said. Article 370 was always temporary and past governments did not remove it because of lack of political will and vote bank politics, he said. Shah in his resolution said, “…the President, on the recommendation of Parliament, is pleased to declare that, as from 5th of August, 2019, all clauses of the said article 370 shall cease to be operative except clause (1) thereof.” “All provisions of this Constitution, as amended from time to time, without any modifications or exceptions, shall apply to the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” it read. Article 370 of the Constitution granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir whereby provisions of the Constitution which were applicable to other states were not applicable to J&K. As per this article, except for defence, foreign affairs, finance and communications, Parliament needs the state government’s concurrence for applying all other laws. It was introduced in the Constitution on October 17, 1949.last_img read more

ICC wants Indias revenue slashed BCCI to contact British firm

first_imgNew Delhi: The BCCI is set to seek advice from an English law firm after the ICC threatened to deduct a part of the Indian cricket board’s annual revenue share in a continuing tussle on tax exemptions for events held in India. The Shashank Manohar-led International Cricket Council (ICC) wants complete tax exemption for all global events happening in India and is still awaiting waiver for the 2016 World T20 held in the country. According to the latest documentation of the July 6 Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting here, the ICC wants to recover the tax burden for the 2016 event by slashing the BCCI annual share from the ICC revenue. The BCCI legal team has informed the CoA that the Board “ensured all efforts to make tax exemptions to ICC. Prior to this event (2016), these events have always received tax exemptions.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn the recorded minutes uploaded on the BCCI’s website, it is stated that the ICC wants to slash the BCCI’s annual revenue and recover the amount. “For the 2016 event, tax authorities directed that 10 per cent of the amount payable by ICC’s broadcaster (Star Sports) to ICC under media rights agreement (MRA) should be withheld. “The CoA was informed that ICC is now attempting to recover the same amount by deducting the same amounts payable by ICC to BCCI,” it stated. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe CoA has asked the BCCI legal team to contact an “English law firm” since the “agreement between BCCI and the ICC in relation to the hosting of the 2016 World T20 is governed by English law.” When contacted, a senior BCCI official said that if ICC has its way, the annual revenue of $405 million earmarked for the richest cricket board could be slashed by $40.5 million (10 per cent). “The BCCI can’t change the existing government tax laws. We have time and again intimated this to the ICC,” the official said on Thursday. He agreed that unless the current tax law structure is changed or the government of the day agrees on a waiver, there could be problems in hosting of the next two big events in India — the 2021 World T20 and the 2023 50-over World Cup. “Normally ICC seeks exemption on excise duties for importing TV production equipment. But in this case Star (Sports) which also has the BCCI’s home match rights has a set up in India,” the BCCI official pointed out. “So why does BCCI need to carry their burden? In any case, we can’t violate government laws and the ICC chairman should be the first one to know that as he has also been BCCI president,” the official said. In other decisions, the BCCI will not clear the payments pending towards former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin after he was banned on match-fixing charges in 2000. While Azharuddin’s name is not mentioned in the minutes of the July 6 meeting, it states about CoA, having discussed “payments being not made to a certain retired senior cricketer.”last_img read more

Michael Sheen Visits Recycle And ReUse Charity In Wales

first_imgWelsh recycle and re-use charity toogoodtowaste are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and they had a special visitor visit their Ynyshir branch last week.Michael Sheen OBE attended their celebratory event on Friday 31st July 2015. Michael was inspired by the organisation after hearing all the excellent community work that they carry out and wanted to learn more about them. During his visit Michael was given a full tour of their charity showroom, including their newly extended retail space and bric-a-brac area. He was also one of the first to see their newly introduced pre-owned clothing section that they hope will be a further help to the communities they serve. Michael was also given an exciting behind the scenes tour looking at their new sort facility and training room.During the tour Michael was introduced to the dedicated, loyal volunteers and staff members in their natural working environment as well as some partner organisations that the charity works closely with.“It has been an incredibly exciting visit and a signpost into the future,” said the actor. “I’ve witnessed a real respect here for people and for the community. That is combined with a sheer happiness of people just to be working here.“You’ve got people from school age right up to older volunteers, all working together in a nurturing environment. It’s an extraordinary place. People who are in need come here and they find what they are looking for.“There is a massive inequality in our society and we all have to look after each other, to work together to get through the hard times.Read more about his visit here.Source:toogoodtowastelast_img read more

Homemade bomb goes off in Winnipeg injuring 4

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsWinnipeg police are still investigating an explosion that injured four people and destroyed a vehicle.The explosion took place over the weekend.The family is still in shock.“It’s pretty sick especially when there’s lots of kids walking around,” said Nick  and she’s a mother herself,” said Nick Chastellane who was injured in the blast.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

Dancing Canadian Police Officer Breaks Internet

Toronto – Oshawa constable Jarrod Singh has gone viral on social media, busting his moves and bringing new meaning to the phrase “walking a beat.”Responding to a call about a fight in downtown Oshawa, Ontario, Canada on Sunday night. Instead, he found a local university dance troupe shooting a dance video and decided to join in the fun.For Singh, the fun was undeniable but he also saw it as an opportunity to connect on a positive level with the youth in his community. At a time when police have been receiving some negative exposure, Constable Singh voiced his thoughts on seeing police officers as human beings first saying, “we have interests, we have hobbies too.” By Monday morning the video had already garnered 10,000 views.  That has expanded rapidly to just under one million views. read more

Nepal tells UN of its commitment to drafting a new democratic constitution

Nepal is committed to the drafting of a new constitution that will consolidate peace and democracy as the country moves away from the “feudalistic and autocratic” monarchy that was abolished in 2008, Prime Minister Bauram Bhattarai told the General Assembly today. “The constitution will not only guarantee the fundamental democratic norms… It will also ensure that our multi-party democracy is inclusive, participatory and life-changing for all, especially the labouring masses and the marginalized ones.” The South Asian country has been plagued by political disputes since the civil war between Government forces and Maoists formally ended in 2007 and the monarchy was abolished. Several deadlines to draft a new constitution have been missed. Mr. Bhattarai also called for a “new Marshall Plan” – the large-scale aid programme that helped Western Europe recover after the Second World War – to rebuild countries emerging from conflict to ensure sustainable peace and socio-economic development to lift people out of poverty. “The islands of prosperity amidst the sea of poverty are not sustainable. It is morally indefensible,” the Prime Minister said. “The financial capital-driven ‘globalization’ process is increasingly exposing its inherent structural deficiency and incompatibility. Unless the interest of labour, the basic source of human wealth, is duly integrated in this process, we may have to face the ‘globalization’ of unrest and upheavals.” At a meeting with Mr. Bhattarai on the margins of the debate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his appreciation of Nepal’s leadership and active role in the work of the UN, especially in social and economic development and peacekeeping.The two officials also exchanged views on the peace process in Nepal, with Mr. Ban expressing his hope that the outstanding issues of the peace process, including integration and rehabilitation of the former Maoist combatants and the drafting of a new constitution, would be completed in a spirit of compromise and cooperation in the Constituent Assembly. 24 September 2011Nepal is committed to the drafting of a new constitution that will consolidate peace and democracy as the country moves away from the “feudalistic and autocratic” monarchy that was abolished in 2008, Prime Minister Bauram Bhattarai told the General Assembly today. read more

Sri Lankan held in Tamil Nadu without valid documents

He told the police that he left his country fearing torture at the hands of military there and that he had come in search of his wife who is lodged in a refugee camp in Erode district, about 360 kms from Rameswaram. Arulselvan was picked up by Dhanushkodi police and handed over to ‘Q’ branch police, who arrested him for entering the country without proper travel documents, they said adding the man was being questioned. (Colombo Gazette) A 42-year-old Sri Lankan national who arrived in Rameswaram by a boat today claiming that he fled his country fearing detention by the military, was arrested for travelling without valid travel documents, police said.The man identified as Arulselvan from Jaffnaa reached Arichalmunai by boat this morning, the Press Trust of India reported read more

Everything from Indian Act to Canada Labour Code altered in latest omnibus

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The latest omnibus budget bill from the Harper government makes changes to everything from the Indian Act and the Canadian Labour Code to the Canada Shipping Act.The bill kills off independent tribunals that examined things such as hazardous materials in the workplace and set the rates for employment insurance premiums, while making workers pay taxes on their employers’ contributions to group health and accident insurance plans.It also sharply reduces project approvals required under the Navigable Waters Protection Act, sets time limits on worker complaints under the Canada Labour Code and makes additional changes to an Environmental Assessment Act that was essentially rewritten by the Conservative government last spring.It lays out a whole new act for the building of a new bridge from Windsor, Ont., to Detroit, while exempting the project from “a number of federal laws under which permits, approvals or authorizations would normally be required.”The bill — the second of two massive implementation acts based on the March federal budget — contains no surprises, said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who angrily accused the opposition of being too lazy to read last spring’s federal spending blueprint.“What’s in the bill today is in the budget,” Flaherty snapped in the House of Commons.“If you haven’t read the budget, I say to my honourable friends on the other side, I don’t know what you did all summer…. Do your work. Do your job.”But citing the words of a young Stephen Harper, opposition MPs responded that the sprawling omnibus bill is exactly what’s preventing them from doing their job — examining proposed legislation in detail and depth.“How do they expect Canadians to understand all the devious schemes and plans this government has for them in such a short amount of time?” demanded Nathan Cullen, the NDP House leader.“This is a prime minister who used to have contempt for such tactics (while an opposition MP).”Critics suggest the devil is always in the details — and at 457 pages, the omnibus legislation includes a lot of them.“Frankly, I think it’s a little dishonest on the part of Mr. Flaherty to say that there are no surprises in the budget bill,” said Bob Rae, the interim Liberal leader.“In a Conservative budget, there are always surprises.”In fact, a cursory search of the March 2012 budget document reveals that Flahery is wrong — not everything in the legislation tabled Thursday was flagged in the spring spending blueprint.For instance, on EI rates, the budget stated that: “Over the next few years, the Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board (CEIFB) will continue to set the rate, but the government will limit rate increases to no more than five cents each year until the EI Operating Account is balanced.”On Thursday, the board was disbanded while the Conservatives set up what they’re calling an “interim … regime” for setting EI rates.The budget also made no mention of changes to the definition of a native fishery included in the omnibus bill, while the Navigable Waters Protection Act is entirely absent from the March budget.That didn’t stop the prime minister from claiming every measure in the omnibus bill — including those made public for the first time Thursday — has the public’s seal of approval.“I don’t know what specific objections (opposition critics) have to them, but I know they’ve been well received by the Canadian public and they are important to continue the superior performance of the Canadian economy,” Harper told the Commons.The navigable waters changes drew the sharpest reaction Thursday.The previous omnibus budget bill sparked a lengthy parliamentary battle in June over changes to the Environmental Assessment Act that rewrote the rules for major project developments.The Federation of Canadian Municipalities applauded the latest changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which similarly clear away regulatory hurdles.The reforms, it said, will “make it more affordable to build basic infrastructure.”Critics, including aboriginal groups and environmentalists, were appalled.The new act, rechristened the Navigation Protection Act, limits its scope to just 97 lakes and 62 rivers. There are almost 32,000 lakes in Canada larger than three square kilometres, according to Natural Resources Canada.“In other words,” said Green party Leader Elizabeth May, “the minister of transport and the federal government will have nothing to say about dams, mines, bridges, highways — you name it — that obstruct and change the waterways of Canada unless they happen to be a listed waterway.”NDP Leader Tom Mulcair called the existing law “a worldwide model for good environmental stewardship” and said Canadians are “going to be losing an incredible, unique protection.”And a spokesman for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta called the move “unacceptable.”“They have made a unilateral decision to remove the protection of waterways without adequate consultation with First Nations and communities that rely on river systems for navigation and cultural practices protected under treaty,” Eriel Deranger said in a release. by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2012 5:25 pm MDT Everything from Indian Act to Canada Labour Code altered in latest omnibus bill read more

Redemption not revenge on Ohio States mind ahead of Virginia Tech

“There is a little nudge around here because they beat us, and really the way they beat us,” he said. “Offensively right now there is a lot of distaste for the way that thing happened.”In last year’s meeting between the schools, OSU was decimated by the talent of the Virginia Tech defense. Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, making the second start of his collegiate career, completed just nine of 23 passes and was sacked seven times. He also threw three interceptions, including two by then-senior safety Kyshoen Jarrett and a late 63-yard pick-six by then-junior safety Donovan Riley.Powell said a big reason for the Buckeyes being unprepared for Virginia Tech last year was their season opener the weekend before against Navy. The safety said the Midshipmen, a team known for running the triple option on nearly every play, forced the Buckeyes to spend their entire practice time preparing for that untraditional offense rather than a more typical one used by teams like Virginia Tech.“Last year we spent a lot of time trying to master that triple option offense. It was really difficult to go from that then jump straight to a regular spread offense,” Powell said. “It’s good to finally just focus on one thing and that’s kind of what we’re going to see all year, instead of focus on one thing for one game that we’re never going to see again.”Schutt added that with no Navy game ahead of Virginia Tech in 2015, he expects the team to be better adjusted and then some, when the extra motivation is factored in.“For this game specifically, I think we put in more than we would for a normal game just because of what happened last year,” Schutt said. “We felt unprepared last year coming into that game, both offensively and defensively, and this year we’ve been working on this game plan all summer and are excited about next week.”OSU’s rematch with Virginia Tech is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Monday in Blacksburg, Virginia. Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) lies on the ground after being tackled during a game against Virginia Tech Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State might have won the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship in 2014, but the one thing the team cannot hang its hat on is a perfect season.While the Buckeyes won 13 straight games to end the season, a 35-21 defeat at home to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 put an early but permanent mark in their loss column.Now, 366 days after the upset loss, OSU is set to have a chance to return the favor to the Hokies on their home field of Lane Stadium.“Due to the fact that we did lose to them last year … that’s something that we can’t get back at them, because although we won it all last year, still in our loss column there was a ‘one’ in there, and they’re the ones that unfortunately gave it to us,” redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell said. “So it’s just about going out there and making sure that doesn’t happen again.”While members of the team said they vividly remember the 2014 matchup and have been studying tapes from that game for weeks, senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said the extra motivation the team feels is not completely revenge-based.“I wouldn’t necessarily call it revenge, but it’s something that’s been in the back of our heads since that game,” he said. “I think we definitely have a little extra chip on our shoulders knowing what happened last year, how we finished the season last year knowing they were the one team that was able to beat us, so we definitely have a little extra chip on our shoulder going into this one.”OSU coach Urban Meyer echoed his players’ sentiments and said Monday’s game is one the Buckeyes have been looking forward to for a long time. read more

Clippers defeat Mud Hens in 5th game of 6game series

A beautiful Sunday afternoon in Columbus was only made better by a three-home-run 6-2 victory by The Columbus Clippers against the Toledo Mud Hens in the fifth game of their six-game series. Starting on the mound for Columbus was left-hander David Huff. Throwing for Toledo was lefty Adam Wilk. Columbus tried to put numbers on the board early. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera walked in his first at-bat, then stole second. Carrera stole third later, but never reached home when right fielder Chad Huffman popped out to center field. After both teams went scoreless in the first, Carrera would leave the game after twisting his arm diving for designated hitter Ryan Strieby’s pop-up. “I think he is going to be day-to-day. We will know more about it tomorrow,” manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “We wanted to be cautious so we got him out of the game.” Later in the inning, Huff walked third baseman Danny Worth, who went on to steal second before shortstop Cale Iorg also made it to first on balls. Toledo took a 1-0 lead when Worth stole third, then home, in a double steal after Clippers catcher Luke Carlin overthrew third baseman Luis Valbuena. Toledo then went up, 2-0, when Iorg stole home after first baseman Wes Hodges mishandled a throw from Huff. Columbus got on the board in the bottom of the second when Valbuena ran out a grounder to first, after Toledo first baseman Scott Thorman bobbled the ball. Valbuena made it to third after Hodges drove a liner into center field facing a full count with two outs. Carlin made sure Valbuena didn’t wait long, squeaking a grounder between third and short that cut the score to 2-1. The sixth inning brought right-hander Zach Putnam out of the bullpen to replace Huff for Columbus. Huff finished the game with five innings pitched, one hit, two runs, four walks, five strikeouts and an earned-run average of 0.00. Huffman got on first in the sixth inning. Clippers fans soon got a souvenir when right fielder Jerad Head smoked a two-run shot into the left-field stands, giving the Clippers a 3-2 lead. After Toledo put in right-handed pitcher Zach Simons in the sixth, Carlin doubled the lead to 4-2 with a single run homer in the seventh. Frank Herrmann took the mound for Columbus in the eighth inning, and allowed only one. The bottom of the eighth inning brought the Clippers’ third home run. After Brown walked, Head stared down a full-count pitch and knocked it over the left-field stands, giving Columbus a 6-2 lead. Columbus is now 8-3 on the season, 2-0 at home. They play Toledo again at 11:35 a.m. Monday. read more

Loughborough Junction Three graffiti artists killed by train as spray cans are

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan sent his condolences to the relatives of those found on the tracks. He said: “My heart goes out to the families of the three people killed at Loughborough Junction station this morning. Sources said that the incident could have happened overnight, when freight trains run, as the bodies were not spotted until around 7am. A BTP spokesman confirmed the bodies “had been dead for a while” before they were seen by a train driver.Freight trains carry out a lot of the infrastructure work on Britain’s railways, usually overnight when the passenger pathways are clear.BTP Superintendent Matt Allingham said: “It is believed they died earlier in the morning and their injuries are consistent with having being hit by a train… our investigation is focusing on how and why the men came to be on the tracks in the early hours of this morning.”The families of the victims have been informed. Police officers are seen carrying evidence bags on the train tracks near Loughborough Junction station Credit:Rob Pinney/LNP Officers work on the tracks near Loughborough Junction Police officers are seen carrying evidence bags on the train tracks near Loughborough Junction station  Superintendent Matt Allingham of the British Transport Police giving a statement outside Loughborough Junction station  “City Hall is in close contact with the British Transport Police who are urgently investigating this incident.”Workers at garages and other businesses based under under the arches of the railway believe it could have happened in the “dead of night”.They said nobody had heard anything until helicopters arrived overhead. Three suspected graffiti artists have died after being struck by a train in south London station as it was revealed spray cans were found near their bodies. Police are describing the deaths close to Loughborough Junction station as “unexplained”. All three – one aged 19, and two aged 23 – were pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are now trying to determine how the three men, all from London came to be on the tracks having been called just before 7.30am on Monday. Police were seen taking photographs of graffiti as part of their enquiries.The British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed the discovery of the spray cans, and officers said the possibility that the three men were graffiti artists was a line of enquiry.  The bodies were found on an elevated section of track with an electric third rail between Brixton and Denmark Hill and aerial footage showed two covered bodies on stretchers with a third being tended to by officers in forensic suits.  He added that his officers were trying to establish how the three men got onto the tracks, and added: “There’s not a safe refuge up there, so if they were up there, there is nowhere for them to go. “If they are caught up there in that section of track with a train coming through, they really wouldn’t have much option.”  Police officer comb the scene after three men died on the railway Disruption is expected on the line while police investigate. Superintendent Matt Allingham of the British Transport Police giving a statement outside Loughborough Junction station Credit:Yui Mok/PA Two police officers stand near to where the bodies were found on the tracks Trains could be seen slowly passing through the area earlier Monday morning, inches from the bodies and members of the emergency services. The video, filmed from a helicopter, showed the bodies were on a line which does not serve Loughborough Junction and several dozen yards from any railway station. Police officer comb the scene after three men died on the railwayCredit:Yui Mok/PA Two police officers stand near to where the bodies were found on the tracksCredit:Rob Pinney/LNP Officers work on the tracks near Loughborough JunctionCredit:SWNS/PA Some workers had started the working week at 6am, going about their business oblivious to the fact there were three bodies directly above them.  As the news filtered through, shopworkers and business owners in the area were seen huddling together in shock to discuss how it could have happened.They said they had never heard of anything like it before. One local told The Telegraph: “There’s lots of graffiti up there.”Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson from British Transport Police, said: “My team are now working hard to understand what happened and how these three people came to lose their life on the railway. “My thoughts are with the family and friends of these three people.  “At this time, we are treating their death as unexplained as we make a number of immediate enquiries. I would ask anyone who was near to Loughborough Junction this morning, and saw something which they think might be relevant, please contact us as soon as possible.” 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. read more

NASAs InSight Lander Deployed Second Instrument on Mars

first_imgStay on target NASA’s InSight lander is absolutely killing it on Mars.Last week, the probe’s robotic arm successfully covered its attached seismometer with a protective shield.Now, new images confirm the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) was triumphantly deployed about three feet from said seismometer.InSight’s second Martian instrument will measure heat moving through the planet’s subsurface, in an effort to help scientists understand how much energy it takes to build a rocky world.“Within a few days, we’ll finally break ground using a part of our instrument we call the mole,” HP3 principal investigator Tilman Spohn, of the German Aerospace Center, said in a statement.A self-hammering spike, the mole will burrow up to 16 feet below the surface—deeper than any previous mission to the Red Planet.(NASA’s Viking 1 lander dug 8.6 inches down, while the Phoenix lander—a cousin of InSight—tunneled 7 inches.) NASA Names Martian Rock After Rolling StonesNASA’s InSight Lander Captures First Audio of ‘Marsquake’ center_img The gang’s all here: my seismometer, its cover, and now the heat flow probe! It’s no easy task to set up such sensitive instruments on the surface of another world. Together we’ll unlock some of #Mars’ deep secrets.— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) February 13, 2019“We’re looking forward to breaking some records on Mars,” Spohn boasted.HP3 looks a bit like an automobile jack, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But with a vertical metal tube on the front to hold the 16-inch-long mole.Heat sensors in the device will measure the soil’s thermal conductivity, or how easily heat moves through the subsurface.“Our probe is designed to measure heat coming from the inside of Mars,” Sue Smrekar, InSight deputy principal investigator at JPL, explained. “That’s why we want to get it below ground. Temperature changes on the surface, both from the seasons and the day-night cycle, could add ‘noise’ to our data.”Once turned on, the spike will pause every 19 inches to collect a thermal conductivity reading of the soil.Because hammering creates friction and releases heat, the mole is scheduled for a two-day R&R session, allowing it to cool down before being heated up again.Built-in temperature sensors measure how rapidly this happens, which tells scientists the conductivity of the soil.NASA’s InSight lander set its heat probe, called the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3), on the Martian surface on Feb. 12 (via NASA/JPL-Caltech/DLR)Here’s to hoping there are no unexpected road blocks: If the machine encounters a large rock before reaching at least 10 feet, the team will need a full Martian year (two Earth years) to filter out the noise.“We picked the ideal landing site, with almost no rocks at the surface,” JPL’s Troy Hudson, a scientist and engineer who helped design HP3, said. “That gives us reason to believe there aren’t many large rocks in the subsurface. But we have to wait and see what we’ll encounter underground.”In the meantime, NASA is mourning the death of its Mars Opportunity rover.On Tuesday, JPL engineers sent a final radio command to the robot, which did not reciprocate. After nearly a year of trying to communicate with the non-responsive bot, NASA is cutting ties with Opportunity and ending its 15-year mission.More on Recorded the Sounds of Mars (And It’s Almost All Creepy Bass)InSight Lander Sets ‘Off-World’ Record on First DayNASA’s MAVEN Probe Shrinks Orbit to Make Way for Mars 2020 Roverlast_img read more

Minimum Wage not a done deal Govt wants public feedback

first_img Check your Cheques, next week Minimum Wage legal Recommended for you New Minimum Wage in Effect for Turks and Caicos Related Items:employment services department, Minimum wage Bahamas raising Minimum Wage by mid August Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – Government may have to pull back on two major initiatives; which after being reported as approved at Cabinet now have to go to the public for feedback. Minimum wage, the first, is seemingly getting some push back and a call for comments was yesterday Gazetted. The report in the Gazette is soliciting opinions and views on the proposal to up hourly earnings from $5.50 to $6.25. Government in February announced that minimum wage increase would take effect since April 1st; just days ahead of the implementation though, there was notice that the change is delayed to May 15th. However, based on the wording in this most recent public notice, if public feedback is strongly negative for a hike, there could be a withdrawal of the 25% boost in minimum wage altogether. The notice says the public has until April 30th to weigh in on minimum wage, so it is not a done deal. Your comments can be delivered by hand to Employment Services Department on Provo and Grand Turk or your District Commissioner’s Office or emailed to TCIminimumwagereview2014@gov.tclast_img read more

Ronaldo cant wait to play vs Manchester United

first_imgPortuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo confessed how excited he is about playing at Old Trafford again, where he will face Manchester United.If there is one stadium that Cristiano Ronaldo loves above any other place, that is Manchester United’s, Old Trafford.After missing a match due to a suspension thanks to a red card against Valencia, the Juventus forward is going to make his return to his favorite competition where he will play against his former squad.The last time Cristiano visited the Red Devils in the tournament was with Real Madrid, he scored the winning goal for Los Blancos and didn’t celebrate it because of how much he respects the institution.So naturally, he was the most obvious choice to speak to the press ahead of this very important match in which he will also meet his former manager Jose Mourinho again.🎙 @Cristiano: “I’m not obsessed about individual awards, I’ve been focusing the last two months on Juve. They’ve been fantastic and it’s going well.”#MUFCJuve #UCL #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 22, 2018“It is special for me to return to Manchester,” said Ronaldo via Juventus’ website.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Here I have many memories of victories and affection and in particular with Alex Ferguson, to whom I send a big hug. He is a person who helped me so much.”“It’s going to be a tough match. Manchester United are strong, but if we play the way that the coach wants we have a good chance to win the game.”“However, we can’t underestimate our opponents.”“The Champions League started two games ago, even if I’m returning now, it doesn’t matter that I was sent off and then didn’t play.”“We are in a great position and a win tomorrow will go a long way [to seeing us progress],” he concluded.🗣 @Cristiano on his return to Old Trafford tomorrow night with the ⚪️⚫️📰 Read the full recap along with @OfficialAllegri’s pre-match comments 👉 #MUFCJuve #UCL #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 22, 2018last_img read more

Full Show Houston Connections To The Mueller Report And Lessons From Midsize

first_imgListen 00:00 /51:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img X On Friday’s Houston Matters: An Instagram post about a confederate rally in Houston is cited in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as the “earliest evidence” of Russian influence in political rallies that happened across the United States. We learn more.And, tomorrow marks nine years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. We revisit our 2015 conversation with a filmmaker behind a documentary detailing the human toll of the spill.Also this hour: We often hear that Houston is the model for what cities of the future will look like – with multiple urban centers and a diverse workforce. But former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett begs to differ. In his book, The Next American City, he explains why mid-sized cities like OKC, Indianapolis, and Des Moines are the cities of the future. He’ll discuss that topic at a Houston event Monday night.Plus, from a classical music performance on the border, to being snubbed by the Muppets, our “non-experts” discuss The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the news.And a children’s book tells the story of Sam Houston State University through the eyes of the numerous chickens that live on campus.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

China sentences 8 to death for attacks in Xinjiang

first_imgThe Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court in the capital of Xinjiang also handed out suspended death sentences to five others, China Central Television said, without mentioning when the trials were held. In a separate case, the same court jailed seven minority students of a prominent Uighur scholar for three to eight years after convicting them of separatism, rights lawyer Li Fangping said Monday. Violence linked to Xinjiang has killed about 400 people in and outside the region over the past 20 months. Beijing has blamed the attacks on radical separatists with foreign ties, although critics and human rights advocates say Uighurs have chafed under the repressive rule of the Han Chinese-dominated government. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenUighurs also complain of economic disenfranchisement with the inflow of Han Chinese to their homeland. Beijing says it is pumping investments into the region to help it grow. Most attacks have been mounted against state targets, such as police stations, military checkpoints and government buildings, but assailants also have struck at civilians in several recent incidents, slashing at crowds with knives or setting off bombs at train stations and commercial areas.last_img read more

Highlights of Bill Waltons MLB Announcing Debut Are A Long Strange Trip

first_imgLet’s see what he can do in an NFL booth after an hour alone in the green room with some Afghan Kush.“Rainbow is my favorite color.”Ladies and gentlemen, the best of @BillWalton!— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) August 17, 2019 Advertisement As an NBA long-hair superstar hippie, BIll Walton led the Blazers to an NBA title in ’77 and had one of the most dominant college careers ever at UCLA. As an announcer, Walton has called basketball games for 30 years, and added his special brand of psychedelic commentary, complete with dead end Grateful Dead tangents.Last night for the White Sox 70’s night, Walton hopped into the booth to do baseball color commentary for the first time, and it was a long strange trip like a 3-hour Jerry Garcia solo at the Garden in ’72. It’s unclear if Walton had actually ever seen baseball played before, but the extremely long pauses in the game action actually complimented his constant barrage of stoned Uncle soliloquies like peanut butter and jelly.Here’s a helluva home run call on a Mike Trout bomb:Bill Walton did not disappoint calling @MikeTrout‘s homer. 😂— MLB (@MLB) August 17, 2019center_img THIS IS REAL LIFE— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) August 17, 2019last_img read more

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first_img Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more August 12, 2008 – Evolving standards in cardiovascular (CV) care have produced the need for a multimodality image management platform that integrates patient images and related information, according to a recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, “North American Cardiovascular Image Management Systems (CV-PACS) Markets.” The report states providers of CV image management systems (CV-PACS) appear set to benefit from this growing need as their products integrate radiology and nuclear cardiology, and offer more advanced structured reporting capabilities. Although most cath and echo labs in North America have adopted digital X-ray technology, digital echo, or analog to digital converters, the image data from these core modalities are often managed independently. The report found this causes their respective workflows to remain disparate, thereby offering many opportunities in the CV-PACS markets to replace stand-alone solutions with multimodality platforms.“Currently, single-modality image management solutions supporting each type of lab constitute silos of information, which prevents the exchange of information with other systems in order to create a unified view of the patient,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Nadim Daher. “By consolidating image management for several modalities onto a single platform, multimodality solutions can aid the formation of a single integrated system, and enable the use of advanced workstations that support the new standards of cardiovascular care.”To find optimum uptake, the novel CV-PACS technology must be capable of replacing and/or integrating with the legacy infrastructure in cath and echo labs. Meanwhile, labs are encouraged to share common grounds with nuclear imaging and radiology by deploying enterprise-wide image management systems.Additionally, cardiology IT systems have to show further integration and inter-operability to consolidate images from various sources and other enterprise systems. As such, they play a central role as integration platforms for larger facilities to help develop patient-centric CV care processes and records, the report states.While offering novel capabilities and integrated solutions, CV image management system vendors will have to strategize in order to deal with the increasing levels of competition and more complex sales cycles, the report states. New business plans are crucial, as they must deliver on several fronts to help customers meet mounting challenges. Vendors must pay greater attention when assisting customers with improving productivity and departmental efficiencies, by helping them support higher imaging procedure volumes while simultaneously reducing costs and turnaround times.Apart from using these product capabilities to attract larger contract opportunities, vendors must also educate prospective customers about the benefits of enterprise-wide systems. Specifically, they should proactively help customers overcome political restraints, align the incentives of enterprise stakeholders, and cater to every CV sub-specialty. Additionally, vendors need to give top priority to service due to the complexity of their solutions.“While CV-PACS solutions are much less hardware-based than in the past, they offer more sophisticated software components and require a larger professional service component,” notes Daher. “The CV-PACS market is fast becoming more service-oriented, thereby challenging vendors to increase profit margins by providing cost effective implementation and support services to a growing customer base.”The report is part of the Medical Imaging Growth Partnership Service program, which also includes research in the following markets: cardiovascular X-ray imaging equipment, medical ultrasound imaging, CT imaging equipment, MRI, SPECT and SPECT-CT, PET and PET-CT, computed and digital radiography (CR, DR), radiology picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), computer-aided detection and diagnosis (CAD), and medical displays. The report also finds the market earned revenues of $272 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $670 million in 2014.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | August 10, 2008 Multimodality Platforms Serve as the Pulse of Cardiovascular Image Management Systems News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

GNU Bison 32 got rolled out

first_imgOn Monday, the team at Bison announced the release of GNU Bison 3.2, a general-purpose parser generator. It converts an annotated context-free grammar into a deterministic LR or generalized LR (GLR) parser, employing LALR(1) parser tables. This release is bootstrapped with the following tools, Gettext, Autoconf 2.69, Automake 1.16.1, Flex 2.6.4, and Gnulib v0.1-2176-ga79f2a287 GNU Bison, commonly known as Bison, is a parser generator that is part of the GNU Project. It is used to develop a wide range of language parsers, right from those used in simple desk calculators to complex programming languages. One has to be fluent in C or C++ programming in order to use Bison. Bison 3.2  comes with massive improvements to the deterministic C++ skeleton,, while maintaining compatibility with C++98. Move-only types can now be used for semantic values while working with Bison’s variants. In modern C++ (C++11 and later), one should always use ‘std::move’ with the values of the right-hand side symbols ($1, $2, etc.), as they will be popped from the stack anyway. Using ‘std::move’ is now mandatory for move-only types such as unique_ptr, and it provides a significant speedup for large types such as std::string, or std::vector, etc. A warning will be issued when automove is enabled, and a value is used several times. Major Changes in Bison 3.2 Support for DJGPP (DJ’s GNU Programming Platform), which have been unmaintained and untested for years, is now termed obsolete. Unless there is an activity to revive it, it will be removed. To denote the output stream, printers should now use ‘yyo’ instead of ‘yyoutput’. The variant-based symbols in C++ should now use emplace() instead ofbuild(). In C++ parsers, the parser::operator() is now a synonym for the parser::parse. A ‘comment’ in the generated code now emphasizes that users should not depend on non-documented implementation details, such as macros starting with YY_. A new section named “A Simple C++ Example”, is now a tutorial for parsers in C++. Bug Fixes in Bison 3.2 Major bug fixes in this release include Portability issues in MinGW and VS2015,  the test suite and with Flex. To know more about this release check out the official mailing list. Read Next Mio, a header-only C++11 memory mapping library, released! Google releases Oboe, a C++ library to build high-performance Android audio apps The 5 most popular programming languages in 2018last_img read more

The blue skies and waves of summer

first_imgWith December just two weeks out, we’re dreaming of summer days like this one at Playa Conchal.To celebrate Costa Rica’s dazzling verano and tourism high season, we’re preparing a special Print Edition for publication Dec. 5. The free 16-page publication will feature an Insiders’ Guide to Costa Rican travel featuring some of our beloved columnists; a Costa Rican map with essential travel information; a December-May Cultural Events Calendar; and some of our favorite stories, columns and photos. It will be distributed nationwide through April 30; we also plan to reprint and update the edition throughout that period.Learn more about advertising in this special edition here; ad deadline is Nov. 22.To become a distributor of this free edition, please contact us ( or 4000-0838). Distributors will be listed on our website with links to their own sites or Facebook pages, as well as in stories on our site in your area of the country.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to We’d love to see the sights with you. Related posts:Turn off your phone, turn on the twinkly lights Bring on the high season Name that beach The key to Mondays: un buen cafecito Facebook Commentslast_img read more