Rajasthan Human Rights Commission poses questions on drug rehabilitation centres

first_imgThe Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission has posed some serious questions to the State government about the authority and permission to run drug rehabilitation centres after the death of a young man during treatment for de-addiction at a centre in Jodhpur. The Commission has specifically asked about qualifications of persons running such centres.The Commission’s enquiry came on a complaint filed at its camp hearing in Jodhpur earlier this week. Complainant Imran Khan stated that his brother Sajid had died during treatment at a rehabilitation centre in the city and the police had launched investigation after registering a case under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of Indian Penal Code.Mr. Khan sought the directions for probe into his brother’s death as a murder case, while alleging that the rehabilitation centres, which charged thousands of rupees for treatment, did not even have the basic facilities. No qualified persons were available there for consultation and treatment and the Centre’s guidelines were being “violated with impunity”, he said.“When a person addicted to alcohol or drugs dies at such centres, his family members often try to hide it for protecting his honour. This tendency also enables the centres to conceal the real cause of the victim’s death, which is nothing short of murder,” the complaint said.The Commission’s Chairperson, Justice Prakash Tatia, observed in his order that it was necessary to know whether de-addiction had evolved as an independent subject of medicine and whether specialised treatments were available for different types of addiction.The Commission directed the State’s Principal Medical & Health Secretary to provide information about the official authority which gives permission for establishing the rehabilitation centres as well as the provision for their monitoring. “What is the qualification required for running such a centre and is the treatment for de-addiction a branch of medicine as per the medicinal science?” it asked.The Commission has asked the Principal Secretary to file the reply by October 30, when the case will come up for further hearing. The Commission will also examine the provisions of the Central sector scheme of assistance for prevention of alcoholism and drug abuse adopted on April 1 this year.last_img read more

Virushka wedding: Virat Kohli seeks tips from Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgVirat Kohli is on a personal leave at the moment but that does not mean he has take a break from his commitments and responsibilities off the field.Just a couple of days after getting married to Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma in an intimate ceremony in Italy, Kohli is back on social media tirelessly responding to the hundreds and thousands of wishes he got on December 11.The most high-profile wedding of the year was kept a secret and off limits from the media up until Kohli and Anushka were seen leaving for Italy on the same date right after the India skipper captured the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka on December 6.After days of speculation, the couple finally tied the knot this Monday and confirmed the news on their respective Twitter handles, seeking blessings from fans, following which wishes started to pour in from the cricketing fraternity, the film industry and millions of fans from across the world.Kohli’s was certainly the most talked-about Indian wedding on social media. His wife is an accomplished Bollywood actor and producer with an identity of her own.Kohli, of course, has carved his niche in cricketing history. He is already one of India’s most successful Test captains, has as many Test double hundreds as Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, has more ODI hundreds than anyone else barring Tendulkar and has smashed double hundreds in four successive Test series – something even Don Bradman could not achieve.In short, this is a power couple and not surprisingly, the Indian media were in a tizzy when news first broke of a fancy destination wedding in Italy.advertisementThe wedding rituals were shrouded in secrecy but Kohli’s adoration for Anushka has never been a secret. India’s captain, outspoken, bold and gutsy, recently said Anushka made him more sensible and taught him the virtues of patience. Therefore, it was a happy moment for fans of both superstars when the holy matrimony was finally made official.Kohli is now making sure to reply to most of the congratulatory tweets that he received after his wedding.The 29-year-old also seeked advice from his Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. The duo share a good rapport on and off the field after having played for such a long time together.They have been part of some memorable partnerships in the longest format so it comes as no surprise that Kohli wants Rahane’s advice when they meet ahead of the South Africa tour.Haha thank you for the Lovely wishes Shah Rukh Bhai. ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thanks Shahid Bhai. ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thanks Jinx, looking forward to some tips from you. ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you so much Paaji ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Congratulations you two! @imVkohli , Ill share the husband handbook with you. @AnushkaSharma , keep the surname ???- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 12, 2017Thank you so much Bhajju Pa ??????- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you Shami, jaldi milte hain ??- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you Jatt ji ??- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Haha thanks Kidambi! ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you so much Amit Sir. ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thanks Rohan! ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you Sanu Sahab. :)- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you Sanu Sahab. :)- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank Ash, see you soon! ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thanks for the wishes Karan.- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Cheers Sid! ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you :)- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you :)- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Yup, that’s correct! Thanks Paaji ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017last_img read more

Aubameyang, Ozil fire Arsenal to 3-1 come-from-behind win over Leicester City

first_imgArsenal substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in three minutes and captain Mesut Ozil played a starring role as they extended their winning run with a 3-1 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday.Substitute Aubameyang was in the right place to tap into an empty net in the 63rd minute to give Arsenal the lead and was on hand to finish a team move in the 66th that was orchestrated by Ozil, who had scored their first goal to put them level.Arsenal stretched their winning streak in all competitions to 10 games and rose to fourth with 21 points from nine games, two points behind Manchester City and Liverpool and level with third-placed Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in fifth.After falling behind to a Hector Bellerin own goal just past the half-hour mark, Arsenal grew into the game and midfielder Ozil stroked in an equaliser off the post just before halftime.Ozil, who was skipper for the night, hit a left-footed first-time shot past goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel after surging from the halfway line and exchanging passes with Bellerin.The German was at the heart of Arsenal’s third goal too, sparking the move with a flicked backheel, then dummying a pass before continuing his run to receive a first-time ball from Alexandre Lacazette before dinking it over the onrushing Schmeichel to leave Aubameyang with the simplest of finishes.”SEXY” FOOTBALLOzil tweeted that Arsenal had played “sexy” football and that he was proud to be captain. Manager Unai Emery agreed with the assessment of the performance but said the midfielder could lead the team by example even when he does not wear the armband.advertisement”From Mesut Ozil today, it’s a very good performance,” Emery said. “I think he can play very much with this commitment, behaviour, also with his quality, (as) captain or not captain.”Leicester had started stronger at The Emirates and wing-back Ben Chilwell forced the opening goal when his cross deflected off Bellerin into the Arsenal net in the 31st minute.They could also have had a penalty after Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding handled the ball seconds after being booked.”For me it was a penalty and a sending off,” said Leicester manager Claude Puel. “At this moment, with our domination in the game, we could have continued our performance, this great performance, 11 against 10.”Arsenal’s next game is at Crystal Palace on Sunday, after they play Sporting in the Europa League in Lisbon on Thursday, while Leicester City will host West Ham United on Saturday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Iowa vs. Nebraska Football Weather Update For Friday

first_imgIowa fans cheer during game against Iowa State.IOWA CITY, IA – SEPTEMBER 10: Fans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Friday’s Iowa vs. Nebraska football game is a big rivalry spot for both programs.Iowa broke a bad skid last week, blasting Illinois 63-0. Nebraska started the season slow, but has rebounded to win four of its last five games, with the lone loss a very close one against Ohio State.The Huskers may not have a bowl to play for, but motivation hasn’t been lacking for them as of late. The Hawkeyes can still get to 8-4 in the regular season, and improve their bowl outlook.It looks like Friday’s Iowa vs. Nebraska football game is going to be a rainy affair at Kinnick Stadium.Persistent rain is in the forecast for Iowa City on Friday afternoon.Looking like a soaker is on the way for the Nebraska/Iowa game. Looking at all the forecast models, we’ve got a likely chance of rain through most of the game. I’ll be curious to see how this affects the play of both teams. pic.twitter.com/aE0anVlPwo— Travi⚡️ Klaneck☔️ (@Travis_Klanecky) November 20, 2018Iowa, which leans on a rushing attack and tight ends in the passing game, is plenty well-equipped to play in a wet slog of a game.Nebraska is pretty well-rounded though, and actually out-gains Iowa on both the ground and through the air on a weekly basis.Of course, the weather can change without much of a warning, so we’ll have to wait until Friday to see how things turn out.Iowa is a 10-point home favorite over the 4-7 Huskers. The game is scheduled for a noon kick and will be broadcast on FOX.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: India players to wear orange jerseys against England on June 30

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 16:18 IST Image for representationHIGHLIGHTSIndia players will wear new jersey for their match vs England on June 30For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits: ICCAfghanistan are likely to wear alternate jersey for their match vs India on SaturdayTeam India will wear an orange jersey for their World Cup 2019 match against England on June 30. India, who are sporting a blue kit for the World Cup, will turn out in a different attire for the game against England.England, the hosts of World Cup 2019, are also sporting a blue jersey and they have the right to retain their kits. Speculation were rife ever about the home-away jersey format at the quadrennial event ever since the ICC came up with a statement, saying it allowed teams to provide two different coloured kits.India Today can confirm that Virat Kohli’s men will be wearing the orange coloured jerseys against England. The splattering of blue is expected to be the colour of the collar of the said new jersey.”For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match,” the ICC had said in a release.Notably, South Africa changed the colour of their shirts from green to yellow for their second World Cup 2019 match against Bangladesh who also wear green kits on June 2. Bangladesh had also unveiled an away kit with a dominant red colour. South Africa wore a yellow-dominate jersey vs Bangladesh on June 2 (Reuters Photo)India have so far won 3 games against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan while the match against New Zealand was washed out due to rain.advertisementBefore taking on England, India will play Afghanistan (June 22) and West Indies (June 27).Afghanistan likely to wear alternate jersey on Saturday Afghanistan might have to change their kits on Saturday as both India and Afghanistan don blue jerseys. According to ICC schedule of World Cup 2019, the upcoming match in Southampton will be treated as a home game for India.Afghanistan had already announced their away kit which has red dominating the splattering of blue on their shirts.Team Afghanistan’s playing kits for the @ICC @cricketworldcup 2019. #AfghanAtalan #CWC2019 pic.twitter.com/XtmmOg19wFAfghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) May 8, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya get new haircuts after Pakistan winAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs EnglandFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India cricket team World Cup 2019: India players to wear orange jerseys against England on June 30ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: All participating teams in the World Cup, except for the hosts country, are required to provide two different coloured kits. India are currently sporting a blue kit. However, they will wear orange jerseys for their game against England on June 30.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Councillors stay away from office

first_imgDarjeeling: After trying to stage a political coup in the Darjeeling Municipality, the group of councillors led by Noman Rai have stopped attending office. They have gone into hiding.On May 29, a group of councillors along with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal faction) had marched to the Municipality and submitted a memorandum to Prativa Rai Tamang, chairperson. They had asked her to call a special meeting and prove her majority in the floor of the house. The memorandum was signed by 18 councillors out of the 30. Sagar Tamang, the vice chairman, alleged that many of the signatures were forged while others were made to sign under duress. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAn FIR was lodged by Lakpa Lama Sherpa, councillor, Ward 28 claiming that councillors Noman Rai, Ambika Sharma, Anup Hang Subba and Mahima Rana had visited his house and had made him sign on a blank paper which was then used to script the memorandum. The Prativa Rai Tamang also lodged an FIR stating that she has been manhandled and is in hospital. Some arrests made based on the FIRs. Following this, the 17 councillors have gone into hiding. On Friday, residents of Ward 6 Nimkidanra arrived at the Darjeeling Sadar police station and lodged an FIR stating that two vehicle full of masked miscreants had arrived at Nimkidanra looking for Noman Rai. “At 1:30 pm they arrived. They were all armed. They started enquiring about Noman Rai’s house. They threatened us with arms and even chased some of local youths,” alleged Leela Gurung local resident. The police confirmed that an FIR to this effect has been received. Meanwhile, a video clip of Noman Rai surfaced on the social media in which he claimed that he is safe and is in Darjeeling.last_img read more

Small Nova Scotia town comes together in wake of Christmas parade tragedy

first_imgYARMOUTH, N.S. — A small Nova Scotia town has come together in grief after a little girl was killed during the annual Santa Claus parade in Yarmouth last night.What was supposed to be a fun holiday celebration turned to tragedy when the girl, aged four, fell underneath a moving parade float while running alongside it during the procession, police have said.Condolences are pouring in on social media, with some encouraging Yarmouth residents to help support the girl’s grieving parents.The incident hit home for Chellesey Lusk, a Yarmouth woman who lost her infant son to SIDS in January, who says she wants to pay it forward after the community helped her through her own grief.Lusk and a friend have been asking residents to make donations to help the girl’s parents with her funeral costs as soon as arrangements are made with a local funeral home, likely next week.Nova Scotia RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson says the investigation is ongoing, and notes that officers are taking particular care due to the sensitive nature of the tragedy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Political talks in Central African Republic could herald reconciliation – Ban

8 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the long-awaited multi-party talks launched in the Central African Republic (CAR) set the stage to begin a national reconciliation process that is crucial to bringing stability to the land-locked country. “In attending this dialogue, you have put the interest of the nation and the people of the Central African Republic above all other interests,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the two-week gathering in the capital, Bangui. “This is encouraging, and proves your determination to reconcile your differences through dialogue, not violence,” he added. The country has been beset by widespread fighting and armed banditry in recent years, with some 200,000 Central Africans have been either internally displaced by the fighting or forced to live as refugees in neighbouring Chad and Cameroon. In June, the Government struck an agreement with the rebel groups known as the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR) and the Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD) after talks in Libreville, Gabon, facilitated by that country”s President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba. “Stability can unleash the rich potential of the country’s people, and put its abundant natural resources to use for its citizens’ well-being and prosperity,” the Secretary-General said, noting that efforts must be undertaken to fight poverty, build strong national institutions and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. He acknowledged that conflict in the sub-region will continue to jeopardize stability in the CAR, but noted “with satisfaction” the support of regional States for the talks, and pledged that the UN will do its utmost to help put the recommendations of the dialogue into practice. Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude to Mr. Ondimba for his efforts to facilitate peace in the CAR, as well as to former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya for chairing the dialogue. read more

Another warrant issued for Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero

The Police had said that Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero is to be arrested for obstructing Police duty and over several other complaints.A court order had been obtained preventing the controversial monk from leaving the country. (Colombo Gazette) The BBS says Gnanasara Thero is in hiding as there is an alleged threat to his life. Another arrest warrant has been issued for the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero.The latest warrant was issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate over his failure to appear in court. A previous warrant was issued for Gnanasara Thero who had been accused of making public statements calling for attacks on Muslims.

Stressing use of technology for development Annan calls for a network of

Mr. Annan made his remarks in a speech to the recently formed Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), which was launched in Malaysia in June as a means of utilizing new technologies to fight poverty and promote development.“We must translate the vision of a truly global information society into reality… The Alliance’s Strategy Council has identified four priority areas: health, education, poverty reduction through enterprise creation, and citizens’ participation in governance,” he told the group’s high-level Steering Committee at today’s meeting in New York.“The Alliance will… have the flexibility to encourage additional organizations and individuals to participate. The idea is to develop a decentralized ‘network of networks’ on a global scale, so that the Alliance can draw in the relevant stakeholders, particularly as new issues emerge.”He said the group’s success will hinge on several factors, including its ability to formulate clear and attainable objectives, to operate with transparency and accountability and to work with a broad group of participants, and he commended its initial efforts, particularly recognition of the special challenges facing women, youth and marginalized groups.The Alliance’s Steering Committee brings together senior figures from government, as well as people from the fields of business, media and civil society. It includes Jamaludin Jarjis, Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, while the chairman is Craig Barrett, who also holds the same position for semiconductor giant Intel.“The challenge for the Alliance is relatively straightforward but certainly not simple – it’s really to bring the information and communication technologies and resultant development associated with the introduction of those technologies to the emerging worlds, the emerging marketplaces,” Dr. Barrett told reporters before the meeting. read more

Annan calls for extension of UN mission in the Central African Republic

“Despite the efforts made so far, the general situation in the Central African Republic is still volatile, as a result of both endogenous and exogenous factors… the persistent lack of security, in particular on the borders with Chad and the Sudan, represents a direct threat to stability in the Central African Republic and its neighbours,” Mr. Annan writes in an interim report covering the past three months.“The Central African Government has requested the renewal of the mandate of BONUCA (the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in the CAR) for another year,” he says, adding there are “priority areas” for which UN commitment “remains essential to the consolidation of peace in this country.” The mandate of BONUCA, which was set up in 2000, currently runs until 31 December 2006.Mr. Annan says he is encouraged by discussions between international financial institutions and the State aimed at cooperation and also highlights a Government request to donors for more international support to the army so it can restore security throughout the territory.He also calls for Central Africans to give “priority to consensus building and dialogue” to smooth out their differences, while warning that the constitutional order re-established in 2005 has been threatened for some time by the “deterioration of the political, socio-economic and financial, humanitarian and security situation.”“The human rights situation, which is closely linked to the political and security context, has been marked by a strong resurgence of acts of violence by roadblockers, unidentified armed gangs and regular soldiers, particularly in the northern parts of the country.” read more

University principal defends gender pay gap by claiming that women have a

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A university principal has defended the gender pay gap by arguing that “women have a natural tendency not to have a go”.Professor Paul Layzell, the head of Royal Holloway University London (RHUL), insisted that there is a “transparent and fair pay system” at the institution. He claimed that women and minority ethnic groups are less likely to “put themselves in for promotion” at the university, which has a 10 per cent gender pay gap for full-time professors.At an open staff meeting in November, Prof Layzell said: “There are certain protected groups where there is a natural tendency to not have a go and put themselves in for promotion – sometimes that’s gender, sometimes it’s the BAME [Black and Minority Ethnic] group”.He added that some academics are now using a teaching route into a professorship, which is normally research-led, which would “play to things they’re good at”.Prof Layzell is now facing a backlash over the comments, which were published by the student magazine Orbital after it obtained a recording of the meeting.Hundreds of alumni have signed an open letter attacking Prof Layzell for his comments, saying he showed a “lack of understanding and sensitivity”.“It has been hugely disappointing to discover that Royal Holloway has one of the worst professorial gender pay gaps in the country,” the letter said. “This disappointment has been compounded by your response in which you blamed women rather than institutional sexism for this gap. You then went on to make comments which implied that you felt women were more suited to teaching than research.” The letter says that Prof Layzell’s analysis is “not only crass, but shows a lack of understanding and sensitivity.” Alumni accused RHUL of having “drifted from a progressive legacy of promoting women’s rights”.Joe Rayment, who graduated from RHUL in 2013 and is now a Labour councillor, was one of the authors of the open letter.He said: “I am extremely disturbed by what has happened there in recent months. I hope that our voices are heard and that Professor Layzell will respond to us and explain exactly how he will make us once again proud to be Royal Holloway alumni.”A RHUL spokesman said that the principal’s comments at the meeting were taken out of context, adding: “The Principal has, on a number of occasions, stressed his determination to tackle the gender pay gap. “In the meeting, the Principal explained Royal Holloway’s commitment to supporting colleagues to reach their promotion potential by pioneering a number of initiatives.“Our approach to pay and promotion is both fair and transparent however, we recognise that there is more that we, and the sector, can do to tackle the causes of inequality. “In response, for some years now, Royal Holloway has been making changes to processes and procedures to minimize barriers to promotion.”last_img read more

Mariam Moustafa death Six teenagers admit affray as father describes sentence as

Mohamed Moustafa and Nessrin Abu-Elenein, Mariam's parents, at their home in Nottingham Mohamed Moustafa and Nessrin Abu-Elenein, Mariam’s parents, at their home in NottinghamCredit: Stefan Rousseau/PA The case can be reported today after restrictions were lifted.Mr Moustafa, 51. who lives in Nottingham, insisted there was “strong evidence” the defendants should have been tried on more serious charges.”It is not what we expected,” he said. “It’s unfair and unjust to charge those whom killed or, at least by their actions, led to (Mariam’s) death with such minor offences.”It is very weak. It is not fair at all.”He described the failure to inform him of last week’s hearing as “another failure in the case of our daughter”.“This very simple right was taken from us,” he said.A CPS spokesman said: “We have worked closely with the police to make sure Mr Moustafa has been kept updated throughout this process and are deeply sorry this didn’t happen on this particular occasion. We have contacted him to offer a full explanation.”We have also met with Mr Moustafa to explain the charge of affray, the CPS can only charge if the evidential stage of our tests for prosecution are met.”The teenagers will be sentenced at a later date. The father of a student whose death caused a diplomatic row with Egypt has voiced disbelief that the six teenagers arrested over her attack have only been convicted of affray.Mohamed Moustafa also expressed fury that he was not informed about a court hearing in which three of his daughter’s attackers admitted their part in the violent assault.Mariam Moustafa, 18, an engineering student, was punched several times and dragged 20 metres by a group of girls as she waited for a bus in Nottingham city centre last February.The girls followed her on board and continued the attack until she lost consciousness, her family said.Mariam was initially treated and discharged from The Queen’s Medical Centre, but was rushed to Nottingham City Hospital the next day, where she died after 12 days in a coma.The incident sparked outrage in Egypt, where the prosecutor-general was said to have requested information about the British investigation into her death. Six teenagers were charged with affray and three admitted the charge at Nottingham Youth Court last year.But three denied it and were due to stand trial last week.However, Mariah Fraser, 19, Britania Hunter, 18, and a 16-year-old girl, admitted their part in the attack before Judge Gregory Dickinson QC on April 16. 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

Milestone delivery for Cat articulated trucks

first_imgCaterpillar has delivered its 50,000th articulated truck from the Peterlee manufacturing facility in the UK.Trader Construction Company of North Carolina, US, received the unit during a ceremony recently held at the facility. Carl Huddle, president of Trader, and Gregory Poole Cat dealer representatives were on hand to receive keys to Trader’s newest Cat 745, 41-tonne articulated truck.Brent Losey, product manager for articulated trucks, said: “The articulated truck has been a key member of Caterpillar’s core product line since it was developed in Peterlee, which has always been its proud home.“Cat articulated trucks are helping our customers meet their objectives on construction and mine sites around the world. We are proud to see the 50,000th truck drive off the assembly line and look forward to the next 50,000!”Trader and Cat dealer Gregory Poole have enjoyed a longstanding relationship dating back to the 1960s, and Trader has owned or leased a total of 500 36-t class articulated trucks over the years, according to Anthony Pollock, articulated trucks marketing manager for Caterpillar.Featuring the recently re-engineered cab, the Cat 745 offers improved ease of operation, uninterrupted rear-quarter visibility and in-cab operating sound levels 7 dB lower than previous designs.Its gear range selector delivers efficient single-lever control over truck speed and body hoisting functions to improve cycle times.Featuring economy mode operation for an average 5% fuel consumption improvement, the truck’s power train is driven by the Cat C18 ACERT™ engine, rated at 504 net horsepower (375 kW), with a range of emissions control platforms to meet global environmental standards.The Cat 745 articulated truck features a host of standard integrated technologies, including Product Link™, Cat Production Management and Cat Detect with Stability Assist, to monitor, manage and enhance job site operations.Cat’s family of articulated trucks features six, three-axle models with rated payloads ranging from 24-41 t and heaped capacities from 15-25 m³.last_img read more

New Face of Handball in Plock

← Previous Story EHF prevents regional league! Red light from Vienna for the new project! Next Story → IHF: Germany gets Wild Card for Qatar 2015! handballpilka recznaPlock Nineteen teams, beach handball and the city center of well known in handball world city. Last weekend Płock hosted Beach Handball Tournament of Mayor of Płock’s Cup. – It had been great pleasure and the best tournament in Poland so far – say everybody who had chance to participate. The scenery of tournament was special – the main city centre, next to the town hall, surrounded by historical buildings. Although Płock is located on the riverside organisers decided to place event in the Old Town – We wanted to show people something different and also gain these ones who firstly were not interested in our event – says Artur Niesłuchowski, president of BHT Auto Forum Petra Płock, team who organised tournament. – That is why we located it in the city centre. Of course this decision brought us to higher costs but thanks to our main sponsors, who were city of Płock and PKN Orlen we were able to make it. As we found out that was bull’s eye. Almost every game was played with many people on the audience. Especially matches of host, BHT Auto Forum Petra Płock attracted a lot of spectators, including Manolo Cadenas or players of polish national team Adam Wiśniewski or Piotr Masłowski. – That was a wonderful feeling to see so many people who were cheering for us. To be honest we were expecting that and we are not disappointed – say Marcin Miedziński, player of Petra and Polish Beach Handball National Team. The tournament won the host, who in the final won against Damy Radę Inowrocław. The game provided a lot of emotions to both players and the fans. Petra won 2:0, but it was not an easy victory – both sets ended with the gold goals. – It was the first victory in our history during playing in Polish Championship and it gave us first place in the table, we could not be happier. We and our fans deserved it to celebrate in the home city – say Miedziński. The only problem during competition happen during women’s final, which had to be interrupted due to rainfall. Eventually after half hour break match was resumed and the gold medal went to BHT Byczki Kowalewo Pomorskie, who won against Reflex AZS AWF Volkswagen Poznań.Tournament was a great sports and organisational success. – We have heard many positive opinions during and after our event – says Artur Niesłuchowski – We are really glad that everybody enjoyed it – starting with us, through fans and spectators to players and referees. Some of them even said that this may change perception of beach handball and tournaments organizing in Poland, which is a great pleasure to hear.People in Płock can’t wait to see tournament back in the city. – I hope we will see each other here next year – said during ending ceremony Andrzej Nowakowski, president of the city. As the organisers promise, Beach Handball Płock after a great success will become annual event.TEXT: Michalina ChabowskaPHOTO: Grzegorz Trzpil read more

Tesco chief outlines changes after horsemeat scandal

first_imgTHE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of supermarket chain Tesco has commented on the current horsemeat scandal, saying that the company will bring in new tests that won’t cost the customer more.In a statement, Philip Clarke said that nothing is more important to Tesco than the trust its customers place in it. He said that since they became aware of the horsemeat issue, they have been “working flat out to get to the bottom of the issue”.Clarke said the company have set a new benchmark for testing of products, to give customers the confidence that “it if isn’t on the label, it isn’t in the product”.He said he has asked his team to review Tesco’s approach to the supply chain, to ensure visibility and traceability, and create a plan “to build a world class traceability and DNA testing system”.The company will also build a new website to enable its customers to see the progress being made with its testing programme and which products have been tested.More informationTesco also pledges to open up its supply chain to give customers “more information than any retailer has before” to help people make informed choices about the food they buy.Clarke said:And I am determined that no customer will lose out as a result of the testing process we are going through, so from Saturday 16 February if a product is tested and then withdrawn from sale, we will provide you with a better alternative for the same cost. You can find more details at your local store.According to Clarke, it is Tesco’s responsibility to lead on this issue, and their priority is to complete the testing programme as quickly and thoroughly as possible.The company is also looking “at every aspect of how our products are sold in Tesco and at how our relationships with our suppliers become more transparent and collaborative”.Read: Horsemeat: Focus on Naas company over imported Polish meat>last_img read more

50000 year old forest found on the bottom of the ocean

first_imgThe world is being mapped in ever greater detail by companies such as Google, but our oceans are still mostly unknown and hold untold secrets. One of those secrets has recently been discovered off the coast of Mobile, Alabama, in the form of an ancient Cypress tree forest that’s anywhere from 50 to 80,000 years old.The forest today consists of hundreds of Bald Cypress tree stumps that are overrun with life, creating an artificial reef of sorts. The wood is very well preserved as it was buried in sand up until just a few years ago. The stumps were uncovered when Hurricane Katrina hit and a fisherman discovered the area. The location has been a closely guarded secret ever since.There’s actually two periods of time when the location of the forest is thought to have been above sea level and allowed to develop. The first is 10 to 15,000 years ago, the second 50 to 80,000 years ago. Samples taken from the tree stumps are older than 15,000 years, which means the trees must have grown at least 50,000 years ago. And these were huge trees, with some stumps 8 feet in diameter.With the forest being uncovered and exposed to both oxygen and sea water, it won’t take long for the wood to breakdown and start to crumble. It is believed there’s maybe a couple of years left until that happens. Before then, researchers intend to read as many of the tree rings as they can, as it will help them understand what the environment was like when the trees were above ground in a forest that is thought to have thrived for up to 2,000 years.last_img read more

Greeces blueprint to plug funding gap

first_imgWhile Greek bond interest rates have dropped below 8 percent, the tug of war between Athens and its creditors is raging over the country’s return to the markets and the use of the excess funds set aside for the bank recapitalization, as the government is trying to avoid a third bailout agreement.The absence of an agreement on the unused bank recap funds has resulted in the postponement of the announcement of the bank stress test results. That was originally scheduled for end-December, but has now been put off by a month until a deal is reached.The government expects to cover some of the funding gap for 2014-15 with the money that banks will not need for their recap. This is why it it seeking the best possible terms for the stress tests, including a lowering of the capital adequacy threshold (Core Tier I index) from 9 percent to 8 percent in line with requirements for bank in the rest of the eurozone. That will reduce bank recap needs by 2.5 billion euros, while the inclusion of the whole of the deferred tax in banks’ capital, instead of just 20 percent, would save another 3 billion euros.Athens is hoping to cover the 2014-15 funding gap of 14-15 billion euros using 3 billion euros from an interest rate reduction for its official sector loans and 4 billion from recycling the bonds given to banks in 2008, and by tapping the unused bank recap funds and the money markets through a limited bond issue. By doing so, the government believes it can avoid signing another memorandum with its creditors.However, sources close to the negotiations say that creditors, led by the European Central Bank, disagree with the use of the excess recap funds for any other purpose, and are rejecting Greece’s requests concerning the Core Tier I index and the deferred tax. In addition, the ECB is against recycling the 2008 bonds. The country’s creditors are also yet to approve the bill for banks’ new share capital increases.Government officials interpret the creditors’ attitude not only as their desire to for Greece to retain a safety cushion in the form of the unused recap funds, but also as a reason to prolong the strict monitoring of the country’s streamlining process, as illustrated by recent statements by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and SDP officials on a new bailout for Athens. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece alone on loan agreement

first_imgGreece alone on ”loan agreement”?103 viewsGreece alone on ”loan agreement”?103 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Greece alone on ”loan agreement”?103 viewsBusinessGreek prime minister Alexis Tsipras meets with the country’s president Karolos Papoulias. It comes ahead of a Greek vote for a new president. But Tsipras had more pressing issues on his mind.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras meets with the country’s president Karolos Papoulias. It comes ahead of a Greek vote for a new president. But Tsipras had more pressing issues on his mind.last_img

Absence of appeal court judge crisis cripple land survey tribunals

Absence of appeal court judge crisis cripple land survey tribunals

first_imgAs much as 250,000 cases are awaiting disposal in the country’s 43 land survey tribunals, leading to the cropping up of complexities in solving land-related disputes.Absence of appeal tribunal and shortage of judges have led to the situation, reveals a latest report prepared by the Supreme Court.The report further said judges of the tribunals are dealing with on average 5,767 cases each.The concerned law stipulates that one can file appeal against the verdict of the tribunal, but there is no court to hear the appeal.Besides, the update work of the land survey law has not been finished as yet.The report identified 13 problems based on the opinions given by 43 judges of the land survey tribunals in a closed-door meeting held in the Supreme Court on 24-25 December last year.SC’s High Court division judges M Ashfaqul Islam and M Ruhul Quddus joined the discussion in the meeting.Sufferers said persons fighting the cases are not being able to pay taxes before the final verdict, cannot change ownership and face problems in handing over the ownership of the land. Even they face problem in seeking injunction when it becomes necessary.Contacted, law and justice affairs ministry’s secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque told Prothom Alo that they have sent a proposal to the land ministry to amend the related law to solve the problems.“According to the proposal, the under trial cases can be settled by the courts of senior judges and senior assistant judges of the concerned districts. These disputes used to be disposed of in general courts before the formation of the tribunals.”The secretary further said they would take initiatives to amend the law shortly after getting land ministry’s response.In response to another question, Zahirul Haque said, “They are also considering the complexities in establishing the appeal tribunal having power equivalent to that of a High Court judge in districts. This is a difficult job.”He went on saying, “And the district judges will hear the appeals against the verdicts of assistant or senior assistant secretaries. Then no appeal tribunal will require. This will expedite the case settlement rate by 50 times.”Contacted, additional secretary at the land ministry Fayekuzzaman hinted that they have sent a proposal to the law ministry to increase the number of existing tribunals.In response to a question on tribunal’s failure to dispose of the cases speedily, the additional secretary said the main objective of the formation of the tribunal is being hampered as the settlements are being done like that ‘civil disputes’ not as ‘survey disputes’.He hinted that the survey department officials can settle up to 25 cases at ‘dispute level’ and 15 cases at ‘appeal level’ a day. The margin of error is not more than five per cent.When contacted, Supreme Court registrar general Syed Aminul Islam told Prothom Alo on 11 June, “Chief justice SK Sinha took initiatives in this regard just after assuming office in January 2015. Secretaries to the law and land ministries took part in a meeting [held as part of chief justice’s initiative]. And to my knowledge, there has been no progress since then.”Cases Per Judge is 5,767According to the Supreme Court report, the number of cases per judge is 5,767 whereas the SC thinks that it should be about 1,500. The tribunals in 29 districts don’t have sufficient officials and employees and even the post of head-clerk has not been created as yet. The tribunals have only one process server each.As much as half of the 250,000 pending cases saw no progress after they were filed by the plaintiffs, as the cases cannot be heard without issuing summons on the respective parties.And several dozens of people need to be summoned in a single application.A judge in Mymensingh is grappling with more than 33,000 cases. He couldn’t issue summons in half of the cases he is dealing with.In 2012, the law commission advised the government to appoint 3,000 judges but no progress has been made in this regard so far.No Appeal Tribunal in 13 YearsThe SC report further revealed that most of the country’s 3 million pending criminal cases are land-related, but no appeal tribunal has been formed in the past 13 years. The law, however, says that one can file appeal challenging the tribunal verdict three months inside the delivery of the verdict.The judges say that absence of the scope of filing an appeal has created two certain problems. One is: the tribunal verdict is not being implemented and the other is: the richer of those aggrieved at the verdict file writ petition with the High Court seeking a stay on the tribunal verdict, but the poorer cannot.The existing law does not say anything what will happen if anyone of the parties involved in a survey-related case dies.The tribunal doesn’t have the power to replace the name of the deceased with his or her heirs or drop the names, leading to the piling up of the pending cases.Sufferers’ ReactionThe Kishoreganj tribunal is dealing with a maximum number of 44,390 cases. Districts’ senior civil lawyer Bhupendra Chandra Bhowmik, who is currently handling over 1,000 clients, said two years time was allowed in the district to file cases. No new cases are being accepted. Of his 1,000 clients, maximum 30 have been satisfied with the verdict. But his aggrieved clients are not being able to file an appeal against the verdict.He expressed disagreement with the law ministry’s proposal to amend the law.According to him, 13 assistant and senior assistant judge courts in the district are already struggling with a plethora of cases. If the ministry appoints them to settle land-related cases, it won’t be of much help.He proposed to set up more tribunals across the country and to form 10 single-bench courts under the leadership of 10 High Court division judges to hear the appeal.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more