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NGT raps Punjab, Haryana over their action plan on pollution

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal today slammed Punjab and Haryana governments for filing generalised action plans to combat air pollution and directed them to refer to its previous judgements on the issue. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also summoned the environment secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan asking them to give a “workable solution” for combating the problem of pollution. The tribunal took exception that Punjab and Haryana were following the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority’s (EPCA’s) comprehensive action plan and not applying their own mind. During the proceedings, both the states told the green panel that a slew of measures including stopping construction work, burning waste, shutting schools and monitoring of industries causing emissions will be taken whenever pollution is beyond prescribed limits continuously for 48 hours.“What is the logic of waiting for 48 hours? There is nothing great about the action plan which you have prepared. It is your basic function which you have to do all the time.” “Why have you referred to the EPCA’s plan? Why don’t you apply your own brains? In this country, it is a dream to have prescribed norms of air quality,” the bench observed.When the bench asked the Delhi government its stand on the odd-even scheme, the counsel appearing for it said the government wants to implement it with exceptions and has also filed a review plea in this regard which will be heard tomorrow. The tribunal had yesterday slammed the Delhi government and the neighbouring states over their action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution in the city and directed them to file a detailed document to tackle with the problem. It had observed that air pollution was never at the “normal level” in the national capital and directed the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan to file the action plan afresh. The counsel for the Delhi government had filed the plan which recommended implementation of odd-even plan, entry of trucks in the city, ban on construction works and disallowing children from playing outside when air quality turns severe. The counsel for petitioner Vardhaman Kaushik, who had filed plea against worsening air quality in Delhi, had said the action plans submitted by the states were merely “an eye- wash” and they have only “copy-pasted” the recommendations of the Supreme Court appointed EPCA. Earlier, the NGT had directed the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and every state pollution control board to file ambient air quality analysis before the tribunal on monthly basis and also put up on their websites to enable the concerned authority to take effective steps to control air pollution.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Y1, Y1 Lite launched: Key specs, features, India price and where to buy

first_imgJust after launching the Android One-powered Mi A1 and the flagship Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi has now launched two new ultra-affordable Redmi phones. The phones are called the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite. These were launched on Thursday and will be available purchase soon. Based on specs, it seems the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite are a mish-mash of the Redmi 4A and the Redmi 4 but the growing popularity of Xiaomi in India seems to have propelled the company into launching something out of the usual trend, even if that means overcrowding the budget smartphone market.The Y1 Lite and the Y1, according to Xiaomi, are chiefly targeted towards the youth looking for a big screen and ‘the best’ selfie experience respectively. They also seemingly replace the Redmi 4 series in the market, which is until the Redmi 5 probably hints here. We take a closer look.Specifications:Processor: While the Redmi Y1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, the Redmi Y1 Lite comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor.RAM: While the Redmi Y1 comes with up to 4 gigs of RAM, the Redmi Y1 Lite comes with 2GB RAM. Given the price point, both seems fairly generous with RAM.Internal storage: While the Redmi Y1 comes with up to 64GB of internal storage, the Redmi Y1 Lite comes with 16GB of internal storage. Both the phones support expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. A little surprising though because we would have liked to see the Y1 Lite packing in 32GB storage.advertisementScreen: Both the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite come with a 5.5-inch 720p IPS LCD display. Usually phones in this price range come with 5-inch display. Rear camera: Both the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite sport a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with PDAF and LED flash.Front camera: While the Redmi Y1, which is a selfie-centric phone, comes with a 16-megapixel camera on the front with LED flash, the Redmi Y1 Lite has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.Software: Both the phones run on Android Nougat-based MIUI 9.Battery: Both the phones are backed by a 3,080mAh battery.Special features:– The Y1 Lite and the Y1, according to Xiaomi, belong to a whole new series of phones that will be chiefly targeted towards the youth looking for a big screen and good selfie experience. Because the phones in the new series will be sold under the Redmi banner, phones like the Y1 Lite and the Y1, will cost under Rs 10,000. In India, they also seemingly replace the Redmi X series — the Redmi 4A is an example —  that the company were earlier selling in this price-segment. — In hindsight, the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite, are rebranded versions of the Redmi Note 5A Prime and the Redmi Note 5A that were recently launched in China. Both the phones boast of more or less the same build and design language, as well as more or less the same hardware specifications. Yet, the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite are geared towards different audiences. While the Y1 is a selfie-centric phone, the Y1 Lite aspires to offer a Redmi 4A-like experience on a bigger screen.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Y1 with MIUI 9 launched in India, price starts at Rs 6,999– Both the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite come with all plastic-bodies (with a metallic finish) and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front. Both the phones support dual-SIM and expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. Both the phones support 4G LTE connectivity, but that is a given right.– Although both the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite, have the same design and build materials, it is only the former that gets a fingerprint scanner. The Redmi Y1 Lite, much like the Redmi 4A, does not ship with a fingerprint scanner.– Based on paper specs, it would seem like the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite, are a mish-mash of the Redmi 4A and the Redmi 4. And they are. While the Redmi Y1 Lite should attract buyers looking for a bigger Redmi 4A, the Redmi Y1 Lite will give them a 16-megapixel selfie camera — something that is reserved in Oppo and Vivo phones that cost at an upwards of Rs 15,000 — and Redmi 4-like hardware. Although how well this camera works is something we are going to detail in the coming days in our review.advertisement– The Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite will be among the first batch of Xiaomi phones in India to ship with MIUI 9. Rolled out in beta globally on August 11, with a stable version launching this Friday (November 3) for the Redmi Note 4, Mi Mix 2 and Mi Max 2, the MIUI 9 update is said to offer explosively fast app launch times on the back of “optimised haptic feedback, intelligent CPU acceleration and optimised thread scheduling.” MIUI 9 stable version for the rest of the eligible Xiaomi phones will be rolled out by the end of this month. We will have more details on teh MIUI 9 rollout when we get them.Price and availability:While the Y1 Lite has been launched in India at Rs 6,999 the Y1 — which is simply a souped up Y1 Lite — will be available at Rs 8,999 (for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version). The Y1 will also be available in a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version that will sell for Rs 10,999. It is rather little surprising that the Y1 series has been priced similar to how Xiaomi has priced the Redmi X series earlier. Given the fact that the Xiaomi Redmi series phones are popular, it is interesting to note that the company is launching the Y1 series now. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite and the Y1 will be available for buying online via Amazon India and (from November 8), and offline via the company’s exclusive retail partners and Mi Home stores at a later unannounced date.Also Read: Xiaomi announces MIUI 9 Global ROM for India, claims it’s as fast as stock Androidlast_img read more

2nd Test: West Indies clinch series despite Zimbabwe holding out for draw

first_imgZimbabwe and West Indies drew the second and final test on Thursday after stubborn resistance from Zimbabwe’s lower order. West Indies still took the series 1-0.Pushing for victory, West Indies had a chance when Zimbabwe was 172-6 in its second innings and tottering with a lead of just 50. Had the last four wickets gone down quickly, West Indies was favorite to chase down the target for victory.Windies take series 1-0. #ZIMvWI CricketWestIndies (@westindies) November 2, 2017But Sikandar Raza, underlining a brilliant individual performance in the test, made 89 to hold Zimbabwe’s second innings together on the final day. Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva made 71 not out. Captain Graeme Cremer, coming in at No. 9, faced 150 balls for his 28 not out to further frustrate the West Indian attack.Devendra Bishoo was named #ZIMvWI Player of the Series after taking 13 wickets across the two matches. ICC (@ICC) November 2, 2017The eighth-wicket partnership between Chakabva and Cremer was worth 91, but they saw off nearly 50 overs in that stand to secure the draw.Zimbabwe was 301-7 when the sides shook hands for a draw and West Indies didn’t get the chance to bat for a second time.West Indies still clinched a first test series victory under captain Jason Holder after its 117-run win in the first match, also in Bulawayo.In the second test, Hamilton Masakadza made 147 in Zimbabwe’s first innings total of 326. Holder and Shane Dowrich made centuries in West Indies reply of 448.A fantastic performance in both innings with bat and a five wicket haul gets @SRazaB24 the 2nd Test Player of the Match award! #ZIMvWI ICC (@ICC) November 2, 2017But Raza had the most telling contribution. He hit 80 in the first innings, took 5-99 with the ball in West Indies’ first innings, and then ensured Zimbabwe held out for a draw with another half-century on Day 5.last_img read more

Syndergaard, Mets Beat Brewers, 5-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Even before Noah Syndergaard could talk about stamping his place in the majors, the prized Mets pitching prospect wanted to start with a statement: “I hope Gomez is OK.”Syndergaard earned his first big league win, the success tempered when he beaned Milwaukee star Carlos Gomez with a 96 mph fastball, and New York beat the Brewers 5-1 on May 17.As Syndergaard spoke postgame, the report from the Brewers’ clubhouse was encouraging. Struck in the earflap of his helmet, Gomez had already passed the concussion protocol and hoped to play May 18 in Detroit.“Lucky, man,” said Gomez, a big, C-shaped red welt wrapping around his left cheek.Syndergaard (1-1) shut down the Brewers for the first five innings in his Citi Field debut, giving up just one single. In the sixth, he gave everyone a scare.After a leadoff single, Syndergaard squarely hit Gomez. The two-time All-Star outfielder went face down in the dirt for a few seconds, and Syndergaard clapped into his glove when Gomez was helped into a sitting position by two Milwaukee trainers.“It’s never really happened,” Syndergaard said. “It kind of rattled me a little bit.”Gomez walked off the field with the trainers at his side and was replaced by a pinch runner. While Gomez got assistance, Mets Manager Terry Collins went to the mound to speak with the 22-year-old rookie.“You could tell he was shook up,” Collins said.Ryan Braun had an RBI single later in the inning. Syndergaard left after the sixth in his second game for the NL East leaders, having allowed three hits, striking out five and walking one.Collins was impressed with how Syndergaard settled down after the accident, and with his preparation for this outing.“He doesn’t just go out there and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got great stuff, I’m just going to pitch,’” Collins said.Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff home run, Lucas Duda doubled twice and Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs to help the Mets win their second straight after a five-game skid.Wily Peralta (1-5) had won all three of his previous three starts against the Mets. He quickly fell behind when Granderson connected on the second pitch for his 30th career lead-off homer.A night earlier, Granderson singled during a 10-run burst in the fourth inning, and later homered to close out a 14-1 romp. Last-place Milwaukee has lost four of five.Syndergaard actually pitched once before on the Citi Field mound, starting the 2013 All-Star Futures Game. Beaten by the Cubs at Wrigley Field five days earlier, he showed the home fans why the Mets are so high on him.The 6-foot-6 Syndergaard came out zinging fastballs that topped out at 98 mph, and the pops from catcher Johnny Monell’s mitt echoed all around the ballpark.At times, he brought back memories of another rookie righty from Texas who also wore No. 34 when he debuted for the Mets a long time ago — Nolan Ryan.Syndergaard is currently taking the fifth spot in the rotation earlier held by Dillon Gee, who’s on the disabled list. Collins has said the Mets will see how things shake out when Gee is ready to return.“I know those decisions are coming down the line,” Collins said.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Generating Business Through Renewable Energy

first_imgA wood pellet manufacturer is expanding its production capabilities in Upper Musquodoboit to meet international demands. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting Enligna Canada with a $2.42-million term loan. This financing will help the company improve and upgrade its pellet mill facilities. “We’re pleased to see a strong international player like Enligna investing in this Nova Scotia community,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “The company’s commitment to renewable energy will have a positive and lasting impact on the people in Upper Musquodoboit and the province.” With headquarters in Germany, Enligna’s Canadian operations are the fourth-largest producer of wood pellets in Canada. The company uses sawmill and chipping waste, along with other wood byproducts that are unsuitable for sawmill or pulp operation. This material is used to produce wood pellets that are used for to generate power and heat. “As a veteran exporter to European markets, we are seeing more and more demand for renewable energy sources such as wood pellets,” said Fraser Gray, president of Enligna Canada. “This financing has helped us purchase new machinery to meet growing international demand for our products.” Enligna has expanded its operations on the former MacTara site and currently employs 58 people. The company also works with about 20 independent harvesters to supply raw materials. “Enligna has embarked on a significant expansion and our loan program is helping the company achieve its next level of growth,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Our loans help Nova Scotia companies that are at a critical stage of development and are looking for financial assistance to help secure new business opportunities.” Enligna Canada is devoted to the intelligent use of wood, a renewable raw material, to secure the regenerative energy supply of tomorrow and beyond. It offers customers a comprehensive range of services related to renewable energy from woody biomass. Its international core business is supplying wood pellets to industrial and commercial customers as well as to power plants. Domestically, in Canada, it is focused on servicing small to medium-size private and industrial users. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment-attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

Borutski found guilty of firstdegree seconddegree murder in 2015 killings

first_imgOTTAWA – Much as he’d done throughout his two-month trial, Basil Borutski betrayed little emotion on Friday as a jury found him guilty in the deaths of three former partners who were brutally killed two years ago during an hour-long, revenge-fuelled rampage across the Ottawa Valley.Borutski, 60, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the point-blank shotgun killings of 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam, and guilty of a second-degree murder charge in the strangling death of Carol Culleton, 66.All three murders took place on Sept. 22, 2015, in the space of less than an hour. They left advocates denouncing the justice system and urging politicians to go beyond rhetoric on violence against women, given Borutski’s well-known reputation among locals in the community for threats and a propensity towards violence.Clad in a grey shirt and slacks, black Croc sandals and leg chains, Borutski remained expressionless and stared straight ahead throughout the verdict, which it took the jury some 14 hours to reach. When it was over, police ushered him out of the prisoner’s box by police.A murder conviction carries an automatic life prison sentence. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 5 in Pembroke, Ont., to determine the specifics around when he might become eligible for parole.Federal legislation was passed in 2011 that allows judges to impose consecutive 25-year periods of parole ineligibility in cases that involve multiple murder convictions. Judges can consider factors such as the offender’s character, the circumstances of the offence and any recommendations from the jury.Prior to the murders, Borutski — who chose to forgo having a lawyer during the trial, but barely said a word during the proceedings — had twice spent time in jail after two of the women accused him of assault and uttering threats.Ontario Provincial Police Det. Insp. Mark Zulinski, who served as case manager for the incidents, said outside the courthouse that police respect the jury’s findings and appreciate the work of the courts.He also expressed sympathy for the victims’ families, their close friends and the members of their community.“I hope … by the conclusion of these proceedings that these people could move forward in their healing processes and move on with their lives,” Zulinski said.Leighann Burns, executive director of Ottawa-based women’s shelter Harmony House, said Borutski’s reputation as a violent and dangerous person was well-known in and around the Ontario community of Wilno, not far from where the three women lived.She called the verdict a “condemnation” of the response to violence against women in Ontario and throughout Canada.“If we couldn’t stop someone who was so visible and so dangerous, really, what does this say about this system?” Burns said outside the doors of the Ottawa courthouse.“These women were clearly living in fear and it was known he that posed a real risk to them.”It’s high time the talk of ending violence against women translated into action, she added.“What are we going to do to make things different for all the other women that come forward and disclose the violence in their lives?” Burns said. “How will we keep them safe? How will we keep them alive?”Because Wilno, a victims’ rights group formed in the aftermath of the killings, also issued a statement on Friday urging lawmakers to do more to combat domestic violence.“For too long, Canadians have looked away from violence in our homes that predominantly harms women and children in every neighbourhood, district, municipal ward and constituency of this country,” said the statement, which accused the justice system of failing Borutski’s victims.In a videotaped interview played at trial, Borutski expressed a degree of remorse for his actions, which he said were fuelled by rage at what he considered to be the lies and betrayals of his victims.In the video, he described how he was acting like a “zombie” on the day in question, saying he’d originally planned to take his own life, but decided against it because he believed it was wrong to take an innocent life.“I killed them because they were not innocent,” Borutski says in the video. “They were guilty. I was innocent. I’ve done nothing wrong.”In his opening statement, Crown attorney Jeffery Richardson told the jury the trial was not a case of “whodunit.”“The evidence is overwhelming that Basil Borutski murdered Carol, Anastasia and Nathalie,” Richardson said.Borutski even told police the murders were “his kind of justice,” he added.“He thought about it before he did it, and then he executed his plan perfectly.”Richardson did not comment following Friday’s verdict.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

TSB blames optical illusion unsecured cargo for fatal plane crash

first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. – The fatal crash of a small float plane in central British Columbia was partly the result of an optical illusion associated with low-altitude flights, as well as overweight and improperly secured cargo, the Transportation Safety Board says.A pilot died and two of four passengers were seriously injured when the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver float plane went down during a hunting expedition in October 2016 near Laidman Lake, about 150 kilometres southwest of Prince George.The board’s report describes how the aircraft was more than 300 kilograms over its maximum allowable weight, and because the cargo was unsecured, it hit the rear passenger seats when the plane crashed.The report also says the pilot likely misjudged how close the plane was to the ground because of an optical illusion associated with flying under an overcast sky and over snow-covered vegetation, causing the aircraft to stall when the pilot tried to avoid hitting the hillside.“The lack of features to provide scale in the snow-covered terrain, together with the minimal contrast among the dense trees given the diffuse light conditions, likely disguised the upsloping terrain and the actual horizon,” the report says.“As the slope steepened, the perceived horizon would have moved upward in the windscreen, and the pilot may have pitched the aircraft up to maintain a constant angle between the pilot’s reference point on the aircraft and the rising terrain.”The two other passengers on board suffered minor injuries during the crash.The Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all DHC-2 aircraft that operate commercially in Canada be equipped with a system that would issue a warning as an aircraft is about to stall.“It is reasonable to conclude that the absence of a stall-warning system deprived the pilot of the last line of defence against an aerodynamic stall and the subsequent loss of control of the aircraft.”The agency says this recommendation would not have helped in this incident because the aircraft was privately operated, but it underscores the benefits of a stall-warning system.The Transportation Safety Board investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation incidents and its purpose is to improve transportation safety, not attribute blame or find fault.last_img read more


first_imgThe Royal Ontario Museum has hurried together a summertime display devoted to the #MeToo movement to coincide with a photography exhibition by an artist accused of sexual assault.The ROM will announce on Friday that Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs will open July 21 and will be accompanied by a free exhibit titled #MeToo and the Arts. A tricky balancing act between showing a controversial artist and acknowledging his accuser, the approach is a marked contrast to institutions that have simply cancelled programming in the face of #MeToo allegations.The Toronto museum had yet to publicly announce the Singh show, which was the subject of an art performance and protest by the Brooklyn-based artist Jaishri Abichandani when it made its debut at the Metropolitan Museum’s Met Breuer satellite location in New York last year. Singh, a prominent émigré photographer, was well-known through art books filled with colour images of Indian life. He is acclaimed for successfully introducing colour to street photography at a time when Western photographers felt it cheapened the documentary value of the work. He died in 1999 at 56. Advertisement Man Diving, one of the photos in the exhibit Modernism on the Ganges. Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

NBC bets on comedy next year This Is Us for years to

NEW YORK — NBC didn’t invoke its “must-see TV” 20th-century marketing slogan in announcing a renewed emphasis on sitcoms next season, but it could have.Calling comedy the “heart” of its brand, the network announced it is adding four new sitcoms to its lineup for 2019-20, with stars including Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and sitcom veterans Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”) and Steven Weber (“Mom,” ”Wings”).On Thursday night, where NBC sitcoms including “Cheers” and “Friends” ruled back in the 1980s and ’90s, the network will introduce newcomers “Perfect Harmony” and “Sunnyside” to join returning comedies “Superstore” and “The Good Place” this fall.“Thursdays will continue to be the home of the smartest, buzziest and most enduring comedies on television,” George Cheeks, who is co-chair with Paul Telegdy of NBC Entertainment, said with bravado.“Perfect Harmony” stars Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) as a former college music professor whose next chapter unexpectedly involves a small-town church’s choir.In “Sunnyside,” Kal Penn calls on his comedic credits (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”) and political ones (he served in the Obama administration) to play a fallen New York City councilman who’s seeking redemption for himself and help for immigrants dreaming of American citizenship.Thompson will do double-duty at NBC next season, sticking with “SNL” and starring in “The Kenan Show,” with Chris Rock among the executive producers. In the midseason series, Thompson plays a dedicated dad balancing family, work and a meddling father-in-law played by Andy Garcia.Drescher and Weber star in “Indebted,” also for midseason. They play what NBC called “boomerang parents” who, broke and unannounced, move back in with their son and daughter-in-law.The long network afterlife of “Friends” and other sitcoms makes them valuable now and in the future for its makers, which for “Sunnyside” and “The Kenan Show” include NBC corporate sibling Universal Television.NBC kicked off the broadcast networks’ presentation of their new schedules to advertisers in New York this week. The network said it’s working from a position of ratings strength but, acknowledging the rising competition from streaming platforms such as Netflix, said shows that begin on the network will have a critical digital afterlife.___MORE ‘THIS IS US,’ MORE DRAMAThe popular drama’s return wasn’t in doubt, but NBC cemented its value to the network by renewing it for what it called an “unprecedented” three more years.Whether it will continue beyond season six is “open for right now,” said Paul Telegdy, who is co-chair with George Cheeks of NBC Entertainment. Series creator Dan Fogelman “has a plan for the show,” but Telegdy wouldn’t tip his hand as to whether that plan will mean even more years with the Pearson family.“This Is Us” will return in the fall, but fans of some NBC shows, including “Manifest,” ”Will & Grace” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” will have to wait until midseason in early 2020.NBC executives said they’re not worried by the challenge of drawing audience attention to late-arriving entries.“There is no negative to a show being launched in midseason” given the promotional platform that “NBC Sunday Night Football” provides from fall through winter, Telegdy said.Four new dramas are slated for the coming season, with one set for fall. “Bluff City Law” stars NBC alum Jimmy Smits (“The West Wing,” ”L.A. Law”) as head of a celebrated Memphis, Tennessee, law firm who is joined by his estranged daughter.The midseason newcomers include “Council of Dads,” about a family man who makes sure his brood will always have the fatherly help they need; “Lincoln,” inspired by the novel “The Bone Collector,” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” about a brilliant computer coder who’s able to eavesdrop on the hopes of those around her through her songs.‘LITTLE BIG SHOTS’ MAKEOVERSteve Harvey is out and Melissa McCarthy is in as host of what NBC is describing as a revamp of the talent showcase for kids.“It’s a real refresh for a brand that has done very well for us, Telegdy said. McCarthy is “an incredible comedian” who will bring a fresh perspective to the series, he said.McCarthy, who made a splash on “Saturday Night Live” playing then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and starred in the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly,” juggles her TV work with a busy big-screen career that included an Oscar nomination for the film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”Daytime talk-show host Harvey received an Emmy nod in 2016 for “Little Big Shots.”STILL ON THE BUBBLEWhile “I Feel Bad” is living up to its title and won’t be back on NBC, there’s still hope for the series “Abby’s,” ”A.P. Bio,” ”The Village” and “The Enemy Within.”They’re yet to be renewed, and NBC is taking a wait-and-see attitude as they finish out this season.“The next season’s schedule is fluid,” Cheeks said. “We want to give those shows a chance to fulfil their run, and then we’ll take another look at them again. We program 52 weeks a year, so there are a lot of TBD (to be determined) slots.”___Lynn Elber can be reached at and on Twitter at Elber, The Associated Press read more

Regulatory hurdles delay merger of Canadian fertilizer giants PotashCorp Agrium

CALGARY — The friendly merger of PotashCorp. and Agrium Inc. is expected to close several months later than the previous target date due to concerns raised by regulatory bodies in four countries.The two Canadian fertilizer producers say they have made progress on the approval process in all jurisdictions but the deal won’t close until the end of this year’s fourth quarter, rather than by the end of the third quarter as previously anticipated.Among other things, authorities in China and India have independently informed the companies that they intend to require the divestment of certain minority interests owned by PotashCorp.The Canadian Competition Bureau and the U.S.Federal Trade Commission also want to resolve issues surrounding superphosphoric acid and nitric acid.PotashCorp and Agrium say the proposed remedies aren’t expected to affect the improved operational efficiencies anticipated from their combination to create a larger global supplier of crop inputs and agricultural services, to be called Nutrien.They’ve said that the merged companies can achieve $500-million of annual operating synergies. read more

Concerned that the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is still not in force

“Although there is an international norm against nuclear testing and continuing moratoria on testing, I am concerned that the treaty has yet to enter into force. Indeed, no one can guarantee that nuclear testing might one day resume, particularly when the modernization of weapons continues,” he said in a message to a ministerial meeting on the Treaty.“Resumption of nuclear testing by one State could well lead to a single cascade of States seeking to acquire nuclear weapons… also a variety of cascades, with other States conducting their own nuclear tests, additional States acquiring nuclear devices, and existing nuclear-weapon States racing to expand or improve their nuclear capabilities. Avoidance of such a series of events is a mission we must pursue with the utmost urgency.”Mr. Annan’s message, which was delivered by Nobuaki Tanaka, Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, highlighted that the Treaty has now been signed by 176 States, while 135 States have ratified it.“Of the 44 States identified in the Treaty’s Annex II, whose ratifications are required for the Treaty to enter into force, 34 have done so. I urge all such States that have not yet ratified the treaty to do so, and I call upon all other States to work on behalf of this goal.”He said that each additional signature will “bring the world closer to achieving its long-standing goal of outlawing all nuclear tests, thereby advancing both nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament,” adding that verification provisions under the Treaty would contribute to ensuring full compliance with the test ban.At today’s 10th anniversary of the Treaty’s opening for signature, the ministers also launched a joint statement supporting the agreement, a move that Mr. Annan welcomed. read more

NKorea denies cyberattack on Sony over movie but calls it a righteous

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Foster Klug, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2014 11:16 pm MDT FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. North Korea released a statement Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang’s supreme leader. While denying responsibility for an attack last week that disrupted Sony’s computer system and spewed confidential information onto the Internet, an unidentified spokesman for the North’s powerful National Defense Commission acknowledged that it “might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers” of the North’s call for the world to turn out in a “just struggle” against U.S. imperialism. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang’s supreme leader.While denying responsibility for an attack last week that disrupted Sony’s computer system and spewed confidential information onto the Internet, an unidentified spokesman for the North’s powerful National Defence Commission acknowledged that it “might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers” of the North’s call for the world to turn out in a “just struggle” against U.S. imperialism.“We do not know where in America the Sony Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack, nor (do) we feel the need to know about it,” the statement carried in state media said. “But what we clearly know is that the Sony Pictures is the very one which was going to produce a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of” North Korea.North Korea has built a cult of personality around the Kim family, which has ruled for three generations, and sees any outside criticism or mockery of its leader as an attack on its sovereignty. It recently opened fire on anti-Pyongyang propaganda balloons that North Korean defectors in the South were floating across the border into the North.The Sony movie in question, “The Interview,” is a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, and its plot concerns an attempt on the life of leader Kim Jong Un.Pyongyang is not amused.The statement said the North’s enemies, the United States and South Korea, had “groundlessly linked the hacking attack with” Pyongyang, but the denial also included a threat.The United States should know that “there are a great number of supporters and sympathizers with (North Korea) all over the world as well as the ‘champions of peace’ who attacked the Sony Pictures,” the statement said. “The righteous reaction will get stronger to smash the evil doings.”Some cybersecurity experts say they’ve found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea that targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.Experts are divided, however, over the likelihood that North Korea or independent hackers were involved. NKorea denies cyberattack on Sony over movie but calls it a ‘righteous deed’ read more

Prince Harry breaks down boundaries as he hits St Lucian PM for

first_imgThe Prince was allowed to go back on strike for the final ball of the game, hitting a pull shot to long leg for another four runs and his unbeaten score of nine.On Thursday night he had told Dr Ian Kelly, chief executive of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, “I think my best cricketing days are over” when he attended  a reception at Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy’s official residence, Government House. Harry on the front foot as he warms upCredit:Rex Features By the third bowl of the over the Prince was on strike, and after Mr Chastanet bowled what can generously be described as a dolly, the Prince thwacked it to square leg for four runs.He hit another fine shot to square leg off the next bowl for one run, leaving his batting partner on strike, who despatched the next ball for a six. The Prince and the Prime Minister each captained a team of local players at the Daren Sammy stadium in St Lucia, named after the island’s first player to make the West Indies team.They were met by a screaming crowd of local children, and the Prince, who had changed into a yellow team shirt, briefly addressed them in the local creole. Prince Harry waiting to bat Harry going out to bat Harry winds up Prince Harry sends in a ripperCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Wire Prince Harry chats as he plays cricket with the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Allen ChastanetCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images Harry padding up Prince Harry chats as he plays cricket with the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet Harry padding upCredit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Nice high elbow from the royal Solid defence from Harry in practiseCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Wirecenter_img Nice high elbow from the royalCredit:Rex Features He said: “Sa ka fet st lee si… st lee si sa ka fet,” meaning “how are you St Lucia, St Lucia how are you?”After the PM won the toss and put the Prince’s team in to bat first, the Prince played some warm-up shots on the boundary then retreated to a white gazebo to shelter from the 29C heat as he watched the start of the six overs-per-side match. Show more When it came to the last over, the Prince, wearing pads and gloves but going without a helmet, was put in to face Mr Chastanet. Harry on the front foot as he warms up Harry winds upCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Wire 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. Prince Harry waiting to bat Solid defence from Harry in practise He had modestly said his best cricketing days were over, but Prince Harry showed he has not forgotten how to wield a bat as he scored an impressive nine not out off just three balls today.Granted, the man bowling to him – the 55-year-old Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet – was no Malcolm Marshall, but the Prince nevertheless proved he has an eye for a boundary shot during the exhibition match. Harry going out to batCredit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Prince Harry sends in a ripperlast_img read more

EU migrants could be barred from coming to Britain unless they have

first_imgThe Home Secretary confirmed that the Government remains committed to reducing net migration to the UK to the tens of thousands The Home Secretary confirmed that the Government remains committed to reducing net migration to the UK to the tens of thousandsCredit:PRESS ASSOCIATION 82,000 is a large numberAmber Rudd She told the Home Affairs select committee: “I can’t anticipate what the final decision will be in terms of immigration but that might be an area we want to look at. 82,000 is a large number.” She said that the Government will be “guided by what works best for  Britain” when drawing up a post-Brexit immigration system. The Home Secretary confirmed that the Government remains committed to reducing net migration to the UK to the tens of thousands, but said it would be “some time” before this is achieved.  EU migrants could be barred from coming to Britain unless they have a job after Brexit, the Home Secretary has suggested. Amber Rudd highlighted the fact that 82,000 people came from the EU last year who were “looking for work”. center_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. “We are certainly doing a lot of work across government to ensure that  any system reflects the needs of different businesses, different  areas, different regions. ” Ms Rudd went on: “We can have control over what decisions we make in  terms of who we would like to come here and what level of skills we  want them to have. “We will absolutely be guided by what works best for Britain and what  works best for supporting the economy.” She told MPs that “the main point about leaving the European Union, from an immigration point of view, is that those decisions will be made here”. Ms Rudd said: “We will look carefully about how we would support businesses in any new immigration  system going forward to make sure they could have access to the people  they need. last_img read more

Woman pictured being dragged along platform after hand is caught in train

first_imgThe jury was played CCTV footage of the moment Ms Malik got her hand trapped as she ran to catch the train and was then dragged along the platform.She told the court: “You say to yourself you are very lucky to be alive. Just a matter of seconds, if my hand hadn’t come out I would have been off the platform onto the electrical wires or something.”Prosecutor Adam Pearson said: “It was fortunate she was not more seriously injured than she was. If this defendant, the driver of that train, had been performing his job properly he would have seen that lady trapped in the doors and would not have pulled away.”In essence what he failed to do was the proper safety checks to ensure the safety of the passengers of that train about to board.” Murdoch is on trial at Blackfriars Crown Court accused of failing to carry out proper safety checks before driving off.He is charged with endangering the safety of rail passengers, by wilful omission or neglect by failing to check the length of the train was clear before leaving the station. A fellow passenger signals for help after Neelan Malik was dragged along the platform Neelan Malik  The court was told there are no guards on trains and drivers of the trains have CCTV monitors to check the length of the train to make sure the doors are shut properly.Following the incident, the train company checked the door safety light in the driver’s cab, which indicates when doors are all shut properly.It was found if a passenger’s hand or arm was stuck in the door, the light in the driver’s cab would not indicate there was an obstruction, the court heard. A passenger was pulled over and dragged along a platform after a train driver left a station with her hand trapped in a door, a court heard.Stephen Murdoch, 45, left the platform even though Neelan Malik was caught up in a closed door, forcing her to run and keep up, it was alleged.Ms Malik managed to free herself from the doors just before she reached the end of the platform and fell to the ground, suffering severe bruising.The 60-year-old had arrived just as the train was leaving from Hayes and Harlington station in west London at around 1pm on July 25, 2015.As she rushed to get on, she put her hand out as the door closed in the last carriage of the train and was held trapped for at least nine seconds before the train moved off, the court heard. Other passengers looked on as she ran alongside before her hand came free. center_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 fellow passenger signals for help after Neelan Malik was dragged along the platformCredit:Rail Accident Investigations Branch In police interview, Murdoch said he carried out all the proper checks and the safety lights did not indicate there was an obstruction in the door and it was safe for him to power up and move off, it was said.Before moving away, he said he checked the CCTV and safety light one more time and he “was not aware of Ms Malik being stuck in the train door”.Murdoch, of Reading, Berkshire, denies the single charge. The trial continues. Neelan Malik’s hand was caught in a train door at Hayes and Harlington stationCredit:Rail Accident Investigations Branchlast_img read more

Denmark AG Kobenhavn beats BjerringbroSilkeborg

← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 22): Gummersbach with an important win Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 22): HSV sinks more, Kiel invincinble! In the Arena, in front of 5600 spectators, AG Kobenhavn confirmed their perfect form in the past months, by winning against the direct opponent for the title, the team of Bjerringbro-Silkeborg. We saw a pretty rich-scoring first half, with the result at half time being 18:16, while in the 2nd half the pace slowed down, but still AG Kobenhavn kept the distance and in the end with 29:25. read more

African Championship 2018 in Gabon with 10 teams

African Handball Championship ← Previous Story EX-Croatian playmaker Stefan Vujic to play for Serbia! Next Story → Telekom Veszprem routine job against Aalborg African Championship will be held in Gabon in January. Draw for the qualifing event for the Men’s IHF World Championship 2019 in Denmark and Germany, was made on Friday. Ten teams will fight for the trophy.Here are the groups:Group A: Tunisia – Algeria – Cameroon – Congo – GabonGroup B: Egypt – Angola – Morocco – Democratic Republic of Congo – Nigeria read more

Troika talks to start amid rising political tensions

first_imgThe fifth, and probably final, review of Greece’s economic reform progress by the troika is set to begin with Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis to meet foreign envoys this week while Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partner Evangelos Venizelos will meet later to discuss strategy in an increasingly tense political climate.According to a high-ranking source at the Finance Ministry, “all issues will be broached” in the meeting between Hardouvelis and the troika mission chiefs. Troika sources indicated that the agenda of this review would be “heavier” than previous ones, with reports of at least 700 pending actions.Troika envoys are also due to meet with several other key cabinet members including Health Minister Makis Voridis and Environment and Energy Minister Yiannis Maniatis. Talks with Development Minister Nikos Dendias are scheduled for Wednesday, with Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis to meet the auditors on Thursday.The first issue on the agenda of Hardouvelis’s talks with the troika is the draft budget, with the two sides expected to disagree about the size of Greece’s primary surplus, and discussions about possible measures to plug the gap likely to take place. A consensus will be needed before October 6, when the draft budget is to go to Parliament.Mitsotakis’s meeting will focus on the 6,500 civil servants who must be dismissed by the end of this year, while Dendias is expected to present the foreign auditors with a proposal for corporate debt arrangement.Ahead of his talks with the troika, Vroutsis is due to visit the headquarters of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. Vroutsis has asked the ILO to assess the effectiveness of potential changes to current laws governing layoffs in the private sector. He is also to seek a compromise with labour unions and employers’ associations for proposed changes to Greek laws governing trade unions, and he is expected to come under pressure by the troika for a second reform of the pension system.As troika envoys hold talks with the various ministers today, Samaras and Venizelos are to meet in the afternoon in a bid to finalise the government’s strategy and their so-called “red lines” in negotiations.The talks come as political tensions peak amid mounting speculation about early elections as the ruling coalition appears unable to garner the necessary 180 votes in the 300-seat Parliament to back its candidate for president in February when the term of incumbent Karolos Papoulias ends.Yesterday government spokesperson Sofia Voultepsi once again rebuffed rumors about snap polls in November while Voridis noted that failure to resolve the issue with the 180 seats would simply perpetuate a pre-election climate.Another prominent conservative, Central Macedonia Governor Apostolos Tzitzicostas, caused waves meanwhile by proposing the creation of an emergency unity government, without Samaras at its helm, in a bid to solve the 180 MP conundrum.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Navettes spatiales à la retraite les musées se les arrachent

first_imgNavettes spatiales à la retraite : les musées se les arrachentÉtats-Unis – A peine revenue sur Terre, Atlantis est déjà convoitée par de nombreux musées qui se bousculent pour l’exposer dans leur enceinte. La navette, tout comme Discovery et Endeavour, fait en effet saliver plusieurs grands sites culturels américains. Ces trois navettes seront en principe officiellement déclarées à la retraite à la fin de l’année. La Nasa les léguera à l’Histoire (sauf si une mission supplémentaire est prévue). Vingt-et-un musées se portent candidats afin d’exposer les navettes Atlantis, Discovery et Endeavour.Il a déjà été annoncé que le musée national de l’air et de l’espace situé à Washington hériterait de Discovery. Quant à Atlantis et Endeavour, une vingtaine de candidatures sont retenues. Parmi elles, le musée de l’armée de l’air dans l’Ohio, soutenu par une lettre d’un groupe de dix-huit astronautes à la Nasa, se porte candidat pour abriter Atlantis. Malgré cela, le favori pour récupérer cette navette est le Kennedy Space Center, situé en Floride. On peut également citer le musée de l’air de New York, ainsi que le Johnson Space Center (Texas).Il ne s’agit que de musées aux moyens importants : en effet, le coût de la mise en place d’une navette dans leur enceinte est très élevé. Il faut compter 20 millions de dollars pour nettoyer les combustibles toxiques présents sur la navette, ainsi que 8 à 9 millions de dollars pour livrer le vaisseau. Le 27 mai 2010 à 12:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more