first_imgThe Goa church authorities on Tuesday tried to downplay the comments of the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his annual pastoral letter that the Indian Constitution is in danger owing to the current political environment in the country. The Archbishop’s Secretary, Fr Joaquim Loila Pereira, said “one or two statements” made by the Archbishop were taken out of context. “One or two statements of the Bishop have been taken out and I will say taken out of the context and made an issue of. We will not make any further comments or give explanations of the letter. If you want, you read the pastoral letter online and try to understand the context of why it is being said, what is said,” he told presspersons.The pastoral letter released on Sunday, among other things, said that Indian Constitution was in danger and added that a “new trend” of mono-culturalism, which demanded uniformity in what and how one ate, dressed, lived and even worshipped, was putting human rights at risk.It said, “Today, our Constitution is in danger, a reason why most of the people live in insecurity. Particularly, as the general elections are fast approaching, we must strive to know our Constitution better and work harder to protect it.”The pastoral letter is an annual note written in June by Archbishops to church parishes across the State.last_img read more

first_imgAn earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale on Monday rocked Assam, according to the Regional Seismological Centre.There was no immediate report of any damage or casualty, officials said here.According to the report of the Regional Seismological Centre at Shillong, the epicentre of the medium intensity earthquake, was at a place 22 kilometres from Dhing in Nagaon district.The epicentre was at latitude 26. 2 degree North and Longitude 92.5 degree East.last_img

first_imgA senior government official was shot dead allegedly by unidentified persons inside his official residence here on Tuesday morning, the police said. The assailants reached the house of Rajeev Kumar (50), an Under Secretary in the State Department of Planning, at 4 a.m., had an altercation with him and then shot him, DSP (Sachivalay) Rajesh Singh Prabhakar said.last_img

first_imgIndia ranks as the fourth strongest emerging global retail market, according to A T Kearney, a global management consulting company.The company “2011 Global Retail Development Index” of 30 emerging markets ranked Brazil at the top, followed by Uruguay and Chile. China, which ranked in first place in 2010, fell five spots to rank sixth. India slipped from third place to fourth.Country2011 Rank2010 RankChange in RankBrazil154Uruguay286Chile363India43-1Kuwait52-3China61-5Saudi Arabia74-3Peru891U.A.E.97-2Turkey10188 Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “When we lost against Arellano, we felt the season was already over,” he said, referring to their 84-79 loss to the Chiefs last September 22.EAC lost Hamadou Laminou five games into the season due to a torn ACL on his right knee, while Jervin Guzman also suffered the same fate midway through the second round. Starting forward Juju Bautista also missed considerable amount of time after suffering a shoulder injury, but was eventually able to make it back to EAC in the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOnwubere couldn’t help but feel that stars just weren’t aligned for the Generals’ after setting lofty goals of making it to the Final Four before the season started.“It feels like this season wasn’t really for us. We had lots of struggle in this year’s campaign. It’s my last year and it’s really sad that we won’t be able to achieve our Final Four goals,” he said. But though the season is already lost, the Fil-Nigerian forward said that EAC can still finish the season on a high as it faces St. Benilde on Thursday and Perpetual to cap off its eliminations schedule next week.“I just told my teammates to enjoy our remaining games. Maybe that’s our goal right now, to finish the season strong,” he said.As Onwubere’s collegiate career winds down, he’s also hoping to impart some valuable lessons to his teammates in their final two games.“I want to show them that we can achieve a lot if we work hard. That’s something I want them to learn: the work ethic,” he said. “Even though we’re missing some of our teammates due to injury, we still have to work and show that we’re competing. In these last two games, I want them to do their best, work hard, and enjoy our game.”But if there’s one thing Onwubere won’t settle for, it’s ending his collegiate career on the losing end.ADVERTISEMENT “All I want is for us to win,” he said. “I don’t want to graduate on a losing note, that my last game in EAC will be a loss. Of course, I want to win.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Warriors think Westbrook’s style is ‘easy to defend’—report LATEST STORIES With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go PLAY LIST 01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThough there’s still a remote possibility of Emilio Aguinaldo College squeaking into the NCAA Season 93 Final Four picture with a 6-10 card, Sidney Onwubere has already accepted his team’s fate.The Generals were often inconsistent as they struggled fight through injuries to their key cogs through the course of the season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

first_imgNov 5, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsAdvertisementBoston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is set to visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where his late mother was once part of the tribe.The Rapid City Journal reports that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will hold a ceremony for Irving on Thursday in honor of his first visit to the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.Nov 5, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsThe celebration will include a naming ceremony, performances, and community feed at the Prairie Knights Pavilion, a casino in Fort Yates, North Dakota.Katz adds that the All-Star guard’s late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, was part of the tribe but was adopted out of it when she was a child. Irving’s grandmother and great-grandparents were citizens of Standing Rock as well.Irving himself, meanwhile, has a Standing Rock tattoo on the back of his neck, and his recently-released signature shoe with Nike has a Standing Rock seal on the back. He also expressed support for the Native American community’s mass protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Everton manager Ronald Koeman says the club’s failure to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, combined with their tough fixture list to start the season, led to him being fired.Koeman was sacked on Monday after Everton’s 5-2 loss to Arsenal dropped them into the Premier League relegation zone.The side have struggled to score this year, netting just seven goals in nine league games, and Koeman said allowing top scorer Lukaku to leave for Manchester United without signing a replacement proved costly.”I had Olivier Giroud in the building,” Koeman told Dutch magazine VI. “He would have fitted perfectly but, at the very last moment, he decided that he’d rather live in London and stay at Arsenal.”That was really hard to swallow. Lukaku was so important for us, not just because of his goals. If things were not going well in a game, if we could not play the way we were used to, there was always the option to use the long ball towards him.”Everton faced Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in their opening nine league games and Koeman, who spent heavily in the summer to overhaul the squad, said he knew it would be tough going when the fixture list came out.”I looked at it and saw that five of our first nine games would be against clubs from last season’s top six,” Koeman added.”I said to myself, ‘Phew! That is not going to be an easy run, in particular with a Europa League run at the same time’. And, most of all, because I had lost my striker Lukaku.”advertisementGiroud was not the only striking target Everton missed out on, midfielder Nikola Vlasic told Dutch outlet 24sata. The club had hoped to sign former Chelsea striker Diego Costa and had reserved a shirt number for the Spaniard.”Number 27 was free, I wanted 8 but Ross Barkley wears it, while the club was keeping 19 for Diego Costa,” Vlasic said.Assistant coach David Unsworth was named Everton’s interim manager and his first league match in charge will be a trip to Leicester City on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgMexican authorities arrested on Tuesday a man married to a cousin of football star Alan Pulido, accusing the suspect of ordering the player’s high-profile kidnapping over the weekend.Osvaldo Velazquez Garcia, 29, was wounded and detained in a house in the northeastern city of Ciudad Victoria after a shootout with federal police, said Tamaulipas state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla.Velazquez started shooting after he was surrounded, Quintanilla said. He was hit in the right shoulder and lightly wounded in the neck, but he is out of danger.He was identified as the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping by a 38-year-old accomplice who was arrested late Sunday after Pulido managed to punch one captor and call the police.“He’s the husband of a cousin” of Pulido’s, Quintanilla said, adding a new twist to a case that has drawn praise for Pulido’s heroics but also raised doubts about the official version of events.The prosecutor said Velazquez was a member of a criminal organization linked to drug trafficking, kidnappings and extortion.He did not identify the group, but the Zetas drug cartel is a force in one of the most dangerous regions in Mexico, plagued with homicides, kidnappings and thousands of disappearances.Velazquez was present at a party that Pulido, a striker with Greek club Olympiakos, attended before he was kidnapped on Saturday, Quintanilla told a news conference.The suspect communicated with the other kidnappers to tell them that the player had left the event and the type of car he was driving, the prosecutor said.Pulido, who was part of Mexico’s 2014 World Cup team, had left the party with his girlfriend when they were intercepted by four gunmen, who let the woman go.Authorities say Pulido was freed after he was left alone with one kidnapper in a two-story home and seized on the opportunity to beat up the suspect, take his phone away and call an emergency number.Police found Pulido within minutes, barely 24 hours after he was kidnapped.Pulido’s brother, Armando, who plays for Greek second division team Kissamikos, told Radio Imagen that there were about 40 people at the party.The brothers sat at a table with a dozen friends and siblings of friends. Alan Pulido left with his girlfriend before his brother, and he was kidnapped minutes later.He said the brothers do not hire security when they visit their hometown “because the people of Ciudad Victoria have always been very affectionate with us.”“We never thought that something of this magnitude could happen,” he said.The first contact with the kidnappers took place on Sunday around 2:00 pm when they called a relative, he said.Armando Pulido handled the negotiations with the kidnappers, who demanded six million pesos in ransom.When he told them that he could not get so much cash on a Sunday and that they give him until Monday, the man on the phone responded: “You’ll find him dead in the morning.”Security experts and pundits have raised questions about the case, wondering how Pulido was able to overpower professional kidnappers in a state where criminal groups specialize in abductions and 5,500 people remain missing.“If it’s true, then we are talking about a monumental degree of incompetence by the kidnappers,” Alejandro Hope, editor of and a former Mexican intelligence agency official, told AFP.The timing also raised eyebrows because the kidnapping occurred days before state elections on Sunday.“It fuels suspicions even more,” wrote El Universal columnist Luis Cardenas.But Quintanilla rejected speculation that the kidnapping was staged to influence the elections, saying it would take a “very large group of actors” to pull it off.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Malaysian offshore marine player Nam Cheong Limited has disclosed the sale of another four vessels worth approximately $92 million.Nam Cheong’s 3,000 dwt PSVThree platform supply vessels (PSV) with 3,000 dwt each, equipped with Dynamic Positioning System 2 (DP2), have been sold to an oilfield services company based in Asia.The sale of a 200-men accommodation work boat, also equipped with DP2, was made to a subsidiary of a new customer, Maridive And Oil Services S.A.E based in North Africa, an offshore marine and oil support services company in the Middle East and North Africa region.Mr. Leong Seng Keat, Nam Cheong’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “These four orders, on the back of the contract for two accommodation work barges last week, speak volumes of the growing confidence in Nam Cheong’s reputation and expertise within the region and beyond as well as the strength of the upbeat sentiments from the continued momentum of rising E&P activities around the world.We are excited about the increasing interest from customers in the oil-rich Africa and Asia regions.”The four vessels are all of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class and are being constructed as part of Nam Cheong’s built-to-stock series in the company’s subcontracted yards in China.They are scheduled for delivery between 2014 and 2015.Press Release; July 1, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom New York-listed cruise liner giant Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has reported stronger than expected first quarter results and updated its outlook for the full year.According to Royal Caribbean, commercially the year is turning out as expected, with strong booking trends and yield growth for all major products.However, the strengthening of the US Dollar and the rise in fuel prices are negatively affecting earnings, but cost efficiencies are mitigating a large portion of the impact.The company posted an adjusted net income of USD 45.2 million in the first quarter of 2015,  or USD 0.20 per share, versus a forecast of USD 0.10 to 0.15 per share.The US GAAP net income was USD 45.2 million or USD 0.20 per share, versus USD 26.5 million or USD 0.12 per share in 2014.Results were approximately USD 0.08 better than the mid-point of guidanceThe cruise liner said that strong close-in pricing on Caribbean sailings drove the better than anticipated performance.Constant-currency net yields are expected to increase approximately 3.5% in the second quarter of 2015, the company said.In terms of full year expectations, Royal Caribbean said that it expects adjusted EPS to be in the range of USD 4.45 to USD 4.65 per share – USD 0.20 lower than the company’s previous guidance. The strengthening of the US Dollar and the increase in fuel prices have negatively impacted the full year by USD 0.36.Net Yields are expected to increase 2.5% to 4.0% on a Constant-Currency basis (down 0.5% to 2.0% As-Reported). The slight narrowing of the range is driven by somewhat weaker onboard revenue trends from non-US guests due to the strengthening of the US Dollar.“It is gratifying to post another strong quarter with both revenues and expenses exceeding expectations,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Despite ongoing volatility in the currency and fuel markets, our Double-Double program remains solidly on track.”Jason T. Liberty, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, added that further efficiencies have been identified driving a significant shift in the company’s cost guidance for the full year.Overall booking volumes during the first quarter were higher than prior year levels even after adjusting for the company’s increase in capacity.Overall, European itineraries are booked at a higher load factor and APD than last year, the company’s results for the first quarter of 2015 show.“Western Mediterranean itineraries have been booking well, while trends have been a little weaker for Eastern Mediterranean itineraries, particularly those that turn in Turkey. Demand for China remains strong and bookings have been outpacing expectations despite the significant capacity growth in the region,” Royal Caribbean went on to say.last_img read more

first_img4-H members are getting their projects ready for the 38th annual Nova Scotia 4-H show, Oct. 2 – 4 at the Hants County Exhibition grounds in Windsor. After achieving top honours at a local exhibition, 4-H members between the ages of nine and 21 are eligible to compete at the show. Over 40 projects, 90 classes, and 2,400 entries will be on display throughout the weekend. “The Nova Scotia 4-H program offers leadership, communication, technical and life skills to youth in an interactive way,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Youth learn more than project skills when they join 4-H, they gain confidence. Often the agriculture and business leaders found in our communities have gone through the 4-H program.” The first provincial 4-H show was held in Windsor in 1977. It resulted from a vision the Nova Scotia 4-H Council and the Department of Agriculture had that would bring 4-H members, their livestock and life skills projects together from all corners of the province for a weekend of friendly competition. A different county or region hosts the 4-H show each year and in 2015 the Hants County 4-H Leaders Council is responsible for site arrangements, providing security, fundraising and promotion. This year’s show will be the final event at the Hants County Exhibition grounds as part of their 250th anniversary celebrations. 4-H alumni often comment on the impact that the 4-H program has had on them and identify leadership and youth development as the most important goals of 4-H. Nicole MacEachern, a 20-year-old 4-H member from the County Line 4-H Club in Richmond County was employed as the 4-H summer assistant with the Department of Agriculture in Mabou this past summer. “I can say from personal experience that it is a wonderful program. I’ve been in 4-H for 12 years and plan on being a member until I’m 21. After that I will volunteer as a leader,” said Ms. MacEachern. “I’ve had the opportunity to be a counsellor at Camp Rankin, the provincial 4-H camp, for four summers and spent this summer working in Cape Breton as the 4-H summer assistant. In high school, I completed the 4-H Personal Development Education Credit. “I’m taking a bachelor of science in animal science with a minor in business at Dalhousie University’s agricultural campus with the hopes of being accepted into the Atlantic Veterinary College for the veterinary medicine program.” Highlights of this year’s show include livestock auctions, a fashion show, dog obedience and handling trials, tug of war, a cake decorating competition, grand champion showmanship class, and dairy and beef cattle selections for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. The show is open to the public and admission is free. Competitions begin Friday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. and end on Sunday, Oct. 4 at noon. The show program is available at . To learn more about the Nova Scotia 4-H Council visit www.novascotia4h.calast_img read more

DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New car registrations fell by 11.5% to 128,811 units in January. The decline was on par with SMMT’s forecast and, in part, reflects the loss of the Scrappage Incentive Scheme (SIS).The market share for cars with CO2 emissions under 100g/km continues to increase, rising by over 65% in January.Average new car CO2 emissions were 141.5g/km in January, compared with an average of 144.2g/km in 2010.“New car registrations fell by 11.5% in January. This is in line with SMMT forecasts and marks the beginning of a challenging year for the UK motor industry,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Consumer confidence is low and it is important that government uses the March Budget to help relieve some of the financial pressure on motorists by freezing fuel duty, while providing stability and certainty on motoring taxes. Despite the challenging conditions, the demand for low CO2 emitting and highly fuel efficient cars continues to grow.” read more

first_imgThe rapid industrialisation of the last century has caused the Earth to enter its first new geological epoch in more than 11,500 years, scientists believe.An international team of researchers say the worldwide spread of plastics, new metals and concrete, combined with manmade climate change, has pushed the planet into the Anthropocene epoch.While human activity has left visible traces on the Earth since before the current Holocene epoch, which begun around 9,700 BC, the scientists argue that the recent changes to global systems are sufficiently simultaneous and significant to justify the adoption of a new geological time unit characterised by human domination. Prof Jan Zalasiewicz, a palaeobiologist at the University of Leicester and a member of the working group, said carbon and nitrogen levels in the atmosphere had remained reasonably steady before the “great acceleration” of the 20th Century.“Human action has certainly left traces on the earth for thousands of years, if you know where to look,” he said.“The difference between that and what has happened in the last century or so is that the impact is global and taking place at pretty much the same time across the whole Earth.“It is affecting the functioning of the whole earth system.”The concept of an Anthropocene epoch was first proposed by Nobel-prize winning chemist Paul Crutzen and colleague Eugene Stoermer in 2000.This week’s AWG vote is scientific endorsement that the epoch is geologically real and of a sufficient scale to be considered for formal adoption as part of the International Chronostratigraphic Chart. 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. Prof Colin Waters, principal geologist at the British Geological Survey and WGA secretary, said: “Being able to pinpoint an interval of time is saying something about how we have had an incredible impact on the environment of our planet.“The concept of the Anthropocene manages to pull all these ideas of environmental change together.”Changes to the Earth system which characterise the potential Anthropocene Epoch include the presence of plastic and aluminium particles and high levels of nitrogen and phosphates in soils, as well as “large-scale chemical perturbations to the cycles of carbon and nitrogen,” according to the AWG. Being able to pinpoint an interval of time is saying something about how we have had an incredible impact on the environment of our planetProfessor Colin Waters, British Geological Survey Prof Zalasiewicz said that there has traditionally been an element of national competition when putting forward geological “golden spike” candidates for the beginning of an epoch.He added, however, that countries may be more reluctant to put forward locations representative as the beginning of the new Anthropocene epoch because of its negative associations.Once one or more candidate sites have been selected, a formal proposal for the formal recognition of an Anthropocene epoch will be made to a series of commissions, culminating in the Executive Committee of the International Union of Geological Sciences.The process is likely to take at least three years. The Working Group on the Anthropocene (AWG), which is meeting in Cape Town this week, is proposing that the starting date for the new epoch should be set for around 1950.The group’s committee of 35 members voted by a majority of 20 to recognise the new time division as an epoch, rather than the lower ranked age, such as a subdivision of the Holocene, or a higher ranked period like the Jurassic or Cretaceous.The search is now on to find what geologists call a “golden spike”, a physical reference point that can be dated and taken as a representative starting point for the Anthropocene epoch.A river bed in Scotland, for example, is taken to be the representative starting point for the Holocene epoch.last_img read more

first_img“Due to human error, the list of people we provided included the bereaved families.”As soon as this was realised, we immediately contacted each family through their specially trained officers to ensure they had warning before a letter arrived.”We are sorry for any unnecessary hurt this may have caused them.”The BTP added that it was “looking into” who wrote the address on the letters.A spokesman for the RAIB said: “Several families did not receive their copies of our interim report in the post on time.”Where we were made aware that a report had not been received, we dispatched further copies. Unfortunately, not everyone received the report before it was published. We are sorry that this has happened.”We take our responsibility to keep victims’ families informed extremely seriously and are looking at how this can be avoided in the future.”All of the families of the people who lost their lives in the accident were offered a briefing of the content of our interim report with one of our inspectors, before the report was published.”We will continue to stay in contact with the families and those involved in the accident to keep them updated throughout our investigation.” Police accidentally sent letters to the seven dead victims of the Croydon tram crash inviting them to a survivors party.The family of one victim, 52-year-old Philip Logan, are “fuming” after one of the letters from the British Transport Police was posted through his door earlier this month.The heartfelt letter, sent by the BTP, was written by the wife of a survivor asking if other survivors would like to meet and discuss their experience.The letter is the latest of a string of blunders by the force which also released Philip’s name to the press before telling his family.All seven bereaved families have also revealed that they did not receive the second interim report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) until it had been publicly released. Dane-Chinnery-Philip-Logan-Philip-Seary-Donald-Collett 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. Croydon Tram CrashCredit:Paul Grover/Telegraphcenter_img Croydon Tram Crash Danielle Whetter, Philip Logan’s 26-year-old granddaughter said: “Receiving the letter was a bit of a kick in the teeth”.Transport officers had agreed to send the letter out to all survivors on behalf of its author as the force has the addresses and names of those on board the tram when it derailed on November 9.But they also sent it to all the victims, Philip Logan, Phil Seary, Dane Chinnery, Donald Collett, Robert Huxley, Dorota Rynkiewicz and Mark Smith.Ms Whetter said: “I wasn’t there at the time but my nan was quite distressed when she opened it which is totally understandable.”This is a lack of care and attention.”Marilyn and Philip’s family were first told that he had been injured and had been taken to St George’s hospital in Croydon, south London, but when they arrived they were told he wasn’t there.It was two days until the family realised that the much loved grandfather was not coming home.A liaison officer then visited Marilyn personally to apologise because the news of his formal identification had been released to the media first.On the days following the crash all seven families received a “bog-standard” letter from Transport for London and failed to tell them that TfL would pay for the funerals.And the second RAIB interim report was published the Logan family never received a copy, despite the Branch insisting they had posted it.Ms Whetter said: “We received the news he had been formally identified through Sky News.”So again the police didn’t get to us in time.”Surely that would have been their priority so we could release our statement and release information and have a bit of time to ourselves to take it in.”Last Wednesday a BTP officer visited the family to apologise personally about the letter, which is understood to not have been sent to the tram driver Alfred Dorris.Ms Whetter added: “How many times are they and other authorities going to apologise for the mess ups that are happening?”A spokeswoman for the BTP said: “We are working hard to ensure that everyone involved in the Croydon tram derailment is receiving the support they need and sent out letters to invite people to a forum being organised by one of the survivors. Croydon tram crash victims Dane Chinnery, Philip Logan, Philip Seary and Donald Collettlast_img read more

first_img By Daniel Geary EVER SINCE THE alarming election of Donald Trump, I have been thinking back to that day last December when I became a proud citizen of Ireland. At my naturalisation ceremony, the minister offered a memorable message of inclusion. He told us that we were entitled to share in Irish traditions and that Ireland would benefit if we shared the cultures of our home countries. This perspective was rooted in the long history of Irish emigration that made the Irish today empathetic to immigrants.The minister’s comments validated what I and my family felt in our daily lives ever since moving to Ireland in 2008: that we were welcome here. I sat next to a black woman in a hijab and hoped she felt the same way.That day I was also a proud citizen of the United States. More than any other nation in the world, the United States has promoted a vision of citizenship not tied to biology but rather to shared democratic norms and the mixing together of people from all over the globe. I recognised an American vision when the minister articulated Irish citizenship as rooted in diverse old cultures fusing together to create a new one.That ideal of multicultural democracy is in serious danger. Today millions of my fellow Americans no longer feel welcome in their own country, including many who were born citizens and whose families have been there for centuries. Trump’s election has brought to the surface vicious racist forces that I always knew existed but naively thought would never gain such political power again. The Ku Klux Klansmen who endorsed Trump are rallying in the streets while hateful messages and swastikas are appearing in schools and public parks. A convention of white nationalists in Washington, DC welcomed Trump’s election with “Heil, Hitler” salutes. Yes, Trump has now denounced these neo-Nazis, conveniently after their support helped win him the presidency. But he still bears responsibility for giving them new life.‘No ordinary conservative Republican’ Do not deceive yourselves: Trump is no ordinary conservative Republican. He is the closest thing to Hitler Americans have ever seen. Trump rose to power as head of the birther movement that promoted the racist conspiracy that President Obama was not a native-born citizen. He has appointed as chief strategist Steve Bannon, a notorious white nationalist, anti-Semite, and conspiracy theorist. He has nominated Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, an old-school Alabama segregationist deemed too racist to hold a federal judgeship by a Republican Congress in 1986. If appointed, Sessions would almost certainly ignore his responsibility to protect the voting rights of African Americans.As republicans, it is our duty as Irish citizens to oppose Trump’s racism and xenophobia. We owe this to our ancestors who emigrated to the U.S. at a time when Irish Catholics were the main target of nativist xenophobia, ancestors including my own great-grandfather Thomas Geary who was born in County Cork and settled in Chicago.Ireland has a particularly important role to play in American immigration policy, where its practical interests best conjoin with its moral obligations. It is vital that Ireland object to Trump’s plans for mass deportations and draconian restrictions on immigration.It would not surprise me if Trump offers to exempt Irish immigrants from the harsh regime he imposes on Mexicans and Muslims because we are white. We must reject any special deal for Ireland and insist that fair immigration policies apply equally to all regardless of race or religion.Racist and dangerousEnda Kenny was absolutely correct when he called Trump “racist and dangerous” several months ago. But he has gone silent since Trump’s election. Richard Boyd Barrett led a protest against Trump at the U.S. embassy. But the best-known example of an Irish politician speaking out against Trump was Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, whose speech openly denouncing Trump went viral. Source: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin/YouTubeIt was only the third or fourth time friends posted about the Senator’s speech on Facebook that I recognised him. Ó Ríordáin was the minister who spoke at my Irish citizenship ceremony. We need more Irish politicians and citizens to follow his example and call a “fascist” a “fascist”.We can start by demanding that Trump rescind his appointments of Bannon and Sessions. Trump must hear that his associations with avowed racists are unacceptable. And the majority of my fellow Americans who rejected Trump at the ballot box must know that world opinion is on their side.Daniel Geary is Mark Pigott Associate Professor of US History at Trinity College Dublin.  ‘Do not deceive yourselves: Trump is the closest thing to Hitler Americans have ever seen’ It is vital that Ireland object to Trump’s plans for mass deportations and draconian restrictions on immigration, writes TCD’s Daniel Geary. 854 Views Dec 4th 2016, 9:10 AM Share Tweet Email9 center_img 193 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 9:10 AM Daniel Geary last_img read more

first_imgApple abandonne les poursuites en justice contre le Samsung Galaxy S3 MiniMaintenant qu’Apple a reçu la confirmation que Samsung ne sortirait pas son Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini aux États-Unis, la firme a décidé d’abandonner son action en justice contre le constructeur sud-coréen. Le Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini ne sortira finalement pas sur le marché américain. Il a en effet été principalement conçu pour le marché européen, ce qui lui épargnera les poursuites en justice du géant Apple. Même si Apple est prêt à tout pour remporter la guerre des brevets contre le sud-coréen Samsung, la firme sait aussi faire preuve de bonne volonté et se montrer conciliante avec son concurrent le plus important. Selon un document déposé par Apple au tribunal fédéral de San José, la firme californienne a en effet accepté d’abandonner son action en justice contre le Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini après que l’entreprise sud-coréenne s’est engagée à ne pas “fabriquer, utiliser, offrir, vendre ou importer ce produit aux États-Unis”.Cette annulation de la plainte déposée par Apple à l’encontre de son concurrent sud-coréen ne devrait malheureusement pas avoir d’impact sur les autres conflits qui opposent les deux sociétés. La guerre des deux géants devrait donc se poursuivre sans relâche sur le marché des smartphones et des tablettes tactiles. Seul le Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini sera épargné. Ce modèle d’entrée de gamme, doté d’un écran 4 pouces, d’un processeur double cœur cadencé à 1 GHz, d’un appareil photo de 5 mégapixels, fonctionnant sous Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, sera certes beaucoup moins performant que le Samsung Galaxy S3, mais une chose est sûre, il ravira les petits budgets ! Le 29 décembre 2012 à 12:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Research shows slight decline in big game antler, horn size Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Trophy hunters target animals with particular body traits, such as a large body or a distinctive color. If this trait is heritable, hunting can remove animals with these traits from the gene pool, resulting in negative selection. For example, if animals inherit body size, and hunters seek out larger animals, then smaller animals will tend to live longer and be more likely to reproduce than larger animals, causing the percentage of large animals in the population to decrease.Earlier studies have shown that the average horn size of bighorn rams in trophy-hunted populations in Alberta and British Columbia has decreased over the past several decades. Trophy hunters prefer rams with the largest horns, particularly 4/5 degree curled horns. Some scientists have suggested that by hunting larger-horned rams but leaving smaller-horned rams alone, trophy hunters have encouraged evolutionary selection for small horns. Traill and his team wanted to see if trophy hunting really was creating an evolutionary response. To do this, they designed a mathematical model to show whether inheritance has a strong effect on body mass in Alberta’s Ram Mountain bighorn population. They studied body mass instead of horn size because there’s a strong correlation between the two, and they didn’t have enough field data on horn size to create a useful model.The researchers examined what would happen to body mass within the population if they increased the mortality rates of adult and senescent males weighing more than 100 kilograms. They found that decreasing the number of large adult males who lived long enough to reproduce had only a weak effect on inheritance.However, the model showed that there was a stronger effect on average body mass among older males and a shift in the sex ratio toward females. This suggests that while trophy hunting does not have a significant evolutionary effect, by removing larger males from the population, it causes average body mass – and therefore, average horn size – to decrease.The team suggests that regulators take such models into account when developing rules to promote conservation. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This Bighorn was seen just below the summit of Mt. Wheeler in New Mexico. Credit: Jwanamaker/Wikipediacenter_img Citation: Is trophy hunting affecting bighorn sheep evolution? Research says no (2014, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Demography, not inheritance, drives phenotypic change in hunted bighorn sheep, Lochran W. Traill, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1407508111AbstractSelective harvest, such as trophy hunting, can shift the distribution of a quantitative character such as body size. If the targeted character is heritable, then there will be an evolutionary response to selection, and where the trait is not, then any response will be plastic or demographic. Identifying the relative contributions of these different mechanisms is a major challenge in wildlife conservation. New mathematical approaches can provide insight not previously available. Here we develop a size- and age-based two-sex integral projection model based on individual-based data from a long-term study of hunted bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) at Ram Mountain, Canada. We simulate the effect of trophy hunting on body size and find that the inheritance of body mass is weak and that any perceived decline in body mass of the bighorn population is largely attributable to demographic change and environmental factors. To our knowledge, this work provides the first use of two-sex integral projection models to investigate the potential eco-evolutionary consequences of selective harvest. © 2014 ( —Trophy hunters prize the Alberta bighorn sheep. They aim to adorn their walls with the largest rams’ horns they can obtain. In the past thirty years, average horn size has decreased, causing some scientists to believe trophy hunting is creating evolutionary pressure favoring rams with smaller horns. However, Lochran Traill and colleagues have created a model that simulates selective hunting and found it does not create a strong evolutionary response. The research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A preparatory meeting for the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) 2019 was held on Monday.In 2019, BGBS is scheduled to be held on February 7 and 8. There were discussions on various aspects of the business summit at the meeting held at Nabanna Sabhaghar, in which senior officials of the Industry department were present.Sources said that the preparation for the summit starts a few months before it is scheduled to take place. It was in 2015 when the summit was organised for the first time and the venue of the mega event was Milan Mela ground till 2017. In 2018, the business summit was organised for the first time at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. In 2019 also, BGBS will be organised at the same venue. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRepresentatives of many countries attend the summit. More than 4,000 delegates from different parts of India and 32 countries were present in the summit. Japan, Germany, Italy, Poland, Republic of Korea, France, Czech Republic, UK and UAE were the Partner Countries. There were delegations from Europe, America and Asia as well.Every year, there used to be a road show at different places for promotion of the business summit. Sources said that there were discussions to identify the places where road shows will be organised for BGBS 2019 and to determine if they will take place abroad as well.It may be mentioned that there are several aspects that need to be looked after, to ensure successful completion of the summit and many departments of the state government work together to organise the same. It has been learnt that there was also discussions about better coordination between all the concerned departments. There will be many more meetings to finalise all the issues related to BGBS 2019, said an official.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Pradip Majumdar, Advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Agriculture & Allied Sectors, said on Tuesday that the Central procurement system should procure more from the state through Food Corporation of India (FCI), for farmers to get optimum benefit.”Policy-wise Bengal remains adept in maximising welfare for farmers, through crop diversification, Bangla Shashya Bima Yojana (fully borne by the state government) and Bangla Sech Yojana for micro irrigation practices. However, the Central procurement system should procure more from the state through FCI for farmers to get the optimum benefit,” Majumdar said at the Bengal Rice Conclave, organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to Majumdar, land usage is very high in Bengal and the state contributes to around 5 percent of global rice production, higher than the U.S, Latin America and Africa taken together. “In a surplus situation like this, it is important to look at commercially gainful disposal methods of rice, so as to maximise the benefits for paddy growers,” he added. He further said that the state encourages crop diversification, which is the cultivation of crops other than paddy such as oilseeds, pulses, maize etc. in those lands which are less conducive to rice production, to ultimately cater to the greater good of the farmers. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe focused deliberations in the conference primarily centered around the rice production of the state, procurement process of paddy across the state, mandi and market linkage in paddy sector in Bengal at district and village levels, marketing, branding, storage and supply of the rice to processors, rice millers, traders, retailers and exporters across the value chain. Experts opined that water efficient varieties of rice should be cultivated with use of technology for better cultivation amid water shortage.last_img read more