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Coal mine mishap: rights panel sends notice to Meghalaya govt.

first_imgThe Meghalaya Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the State government seeking a probe into the December 13 coal mine mishap trapping 13 miners who are now feared dead.The panel headed by its Chairperson Aftab Hussain Saikia and Member P.J.P. Hanaman also asked the State’s Chief Secretary to submit a detailed report on the probe within 30 days of receiving the notice.The labourers, feared dead, had struck an aquifer while digging in the ‘rat-hole’ mine 370 ft below the surface on December 13. A team of more than 100 rescue workers had not been able to retrieve the bodies till Tuesday evening. Of the 13 miners, five were from Assam.Noting that illegal mining had been continuing in Meghalaya despite a ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal, the MHRC sought interim relief to the next of kin of the missing miners. “An interim order for compensation shall be considered soon,” MHRC Secretary Aldous Mawlong said.last_img read more

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Lyceum sets season best in points, rebounds in JRU drubbing

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum just had its best game in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Numbers-wise, at least.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brownlee fires 32 as Ginebra draws first blood in PBA Finals View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The 17-0 Pirates scored their most points this season when it tallied a 100-63 win over Jose Rizal University and it was all because of “playing the right kind of basketball.”“You always want to be at your best,” said coach Topex Robinson Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We discussed coming into the game that we will be true to ourselves and we will give our best. Whether we’re up by 20 or down by 20, we will play the same.”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 shutoutLyceum’s offense wasn’t the only impressive feat as the Pirates gobbled up season-high 67 rebounds, 22 of which were from the offensive glass.The Pirates also ran to 29 fastbreak points, another top mark for them this season. Robinson added that being the best team in the league starts from a humility that he instilled upon himself.“It always starts with me,” said Robinson who took over Lyceum in Season 91. “I ground myself, I humble myself because if I teach them something that I myself don’t what does that make of me?” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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Thomas has solid debut but Lakers fall to Mavericks

first_imgWarriors rout Spurs to give Kerr 250th win NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “I like the pace of this team,” he said. “I like the energy the guys bring. Coach did the best job he could to put me in position to play to my strengths with only knowing a couple plays.”Doug McDermott had eight points in his Dallas debut following a deadline deal that brought him from New York and was part of a youthful closing lineup that outscored the Lakers 13-5 in the final 3:09.Nowitzki, Barnes and starting guard Wesley Matthews all sat in the last three minutes, and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. put Dallas ahead for good at 119-118 on a layup. Smith finished with 14 points, and the Mavericks had a season high in points.Thomas was out there late for the Lakers, who had a season-best, four-game winning streak stopped for the third time in a month.“I love winning, you know that,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who used a young lineup that struggled late in a loss at the LA Clippers with a chance to win five nights earlier. “The Clipper game was not good. Tonight was obviously much better.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Julius Randle had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, and Brandon Ingram scored 22 points. Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 15 rebounds.Dallas’ Dwight Powell scored 19 , two shy of his career high. J.J. Barea had 10 points and nine assists.Thomas entered the game midway through the first quarter to a noticeable ovation from the usually solid number of Lakers fans in the Dallas crowd. He hit a 3 from the left wing on his first LA possession and was 4 of 7 from long range before halftime.TIP-INSLakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 13th straight game with a sore left knee. … Thomas got a flagrant foul in the second half when he pulled Kyle Collinsworth down by the shoulders when the Dallas guard was going up for a dunk. … Brook Lopez had 16 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 14. … The Lakers matched a season high with 16 3-pointers.Mavericks: F Josh McRoberts was waived. He played in two games after spending the first 37 games on the inactive list with a left foot injury. He was acquired with a second-round pick and cash for center A.J. Hammons last summer. … McDermott, who came from the Knicks in a three-team trade, scored his first Dallas points on a breakaway dunk soon after entering the game in the first quarter.THOMAS’ ROLEThe persistent question for Walton will be whether and when Thomas becomes a starter.“They’ve been playing well. I don’t want to mess anything up, and I told him that,” Thomas said after the morning shootaround. “Yes, I would love to be a starter. I’ve feel like I’ve earned that and deserve that. At the same time, it’s a new chapter for me. I’m here to help this team.”Said Walton, “For tonight, we’re going to look for him to kind of bring us a lot of scoring off the bench and help that lead that group. And then we’re going to see how tomorrow looks and the next day. It doesn’t matter down the road right now.”DALLAS WIt was the first Dallas-LA meeting since the Lakers ended the Mavericks’ 14-game winning streak against the storied franchise. The previous longest streak for Dallas was three games. It was just the fifth win of 2018 for the Mavs, who ended 2017 on a season-best four-game winning streak.UP NEXTLakers: At New Orleans on Wednesday. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 22 points, Harrison Barnes added 21 and the last-place Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Lakers 130-123 on Saturday night.Thomas finished with 22 points and already looks like a better fit in coach Luke Walton’s offense following the deadline deal that brought him from the Cavaliers, who acquired him last summer in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Obviously we couldn’t run a ton of stuff because he has been with us for one day, but he was good,” Walton said. “You can see his competitive spirit come out a little bit. He was scrapping and knocking down shots.”Thomas’ first half with the Lakers was his highest-scoring half of the season, a team-high 16 points. Thomas, who was part of a four-player deal at the trading deadline that also brought Channing Frye, missed the first 36 games recovering from a hip injury. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mavericks: At Houston on Sunday. Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) loses the ball as he drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) during an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)DALLAS — Isaiah Thomas used his crossover dribble to create an open 3-pointer that helped his new team build a double-digit lead in the first half.The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t stay in front in the diminutive guard’s debut following his ill-fated stint in Cleveland. 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Ceres salvages draw with Stallion

first_imgReigning champion Ceres-Negros battled from a goal down twice to salvage a 2-2 draw with Stallion Laguna last Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.But Ceres’ Serbian coach Risto Vidakovic was far from pleased over the Busmen’s showing, calling it their “worst game this year.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25Villar on rant vs DA budget: It’s not against research02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Felipe rules weather-shortened PRURide View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “Maybe we underestimated Stallion,” said Vidakovic. “Maybe it was too difficult to motivate the players with the AFC Cup (two weeks ago) and now playing in the [domestic] league.”But Stallion came prepared against the two-time champions, pouncing on an early mistake as Senegalese striker Abou Sy intercepted a weak pass from Ceres Spanish striker Bienve Maranon before racing away and rifling a shot to the top corner in the fifth minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMartin Steuble pulled Ceres level with a curling effort in the 24th minute, but the Busmen trailed again four minutes later after Carli De Murga’s back pass for goalkeeper Roland Muller went straight to goal.Maranon made amends with a 52nd minute header off a Stephan Schrock pass for the equalizer and while both teams failed to score from there, Vidakovic felt Stallion deserved to win. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “I think Stallion deserved to win because we played our worst game this year,” said Vidakovic. “We gave them two goals at the beginning and it was really hard because the pitch is too slow. Its hard to play fast and to create space.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Mary Kom, Sai Praneeth, Yashaswini Deswal added to TOPS

first_img Next Mary Kom, Sai Praneeth, Yashaswini Deswal added to TOPSSports Authority of India’s Mission Olympic Cell has included 10 boxers as a part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for Olympics 2020.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 20:18 IST Mary Kom was among 10 boxers included in TOPS scheme by SAI. (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOlympic bronze medallist Mary Kom was among 10 boxers who were brought into the TOPS schemeSai Praneeth was also among 12 top sportspersons who were included in the Target Olympic Podium SchemeThe committee also included Deswal who won a gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol eventThe celebrated MC Mary Kom, young shooter Yashaswini Singh Deswal and shuttler Sai Praneeth were among 12 top sportspersons who were included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the government on Wednesday.The six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom was among 10 boxers who were brought into the TOPS scheme for 2020 Olympics by the Sports Authority of India’s Mission Olympic Cell which met here.Amit Panghal (men’s 52 kg), Sonia Chahal (women’s 57 kg), Neeraj (women’s 57 kg), Nikhat Zareen (women’s 51 kg), Kavinder Singh Bisht (men’s 57 kg), Lovlina Borgohain (women’s 69 kg), Vikas Krishan (men’s 75 kg), Shiva Thapa (men’s 63 kg) and Manish Kaushik (men’s 63 kg) were the other nine boxers added to the TOPS list.The committee also included 22-year-old shooter Deswal who won a gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol event in the ISSF World Cup in Rio De Janeiro earlier this month. Her gold earned India an Olympic quota in this event. She had also won a silver in the mixed team event.Badminton star Sai Praneeth had won a bronze in the World Championships last month to become the first Indian men’s singles player in 36 years to win a medal. Praneeth has risen to world number 15 and is currently India’s number two player. A country is eligible to send two shuttlers per singles event in the Olympics.The athletes were chosen on the basis of these parameters: global performance trends from most recent Olympic Games, World Championships, Asian Games and Asian Championships, performance of competing international counterparts in the last three years, high performance age of a typical Olympic medallist specific to each event, performance of Indian athletes in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and their progression chart, feedback from NSF, high performance managers, project officers and coaches.advertisementBesides the selection of athletes, financial proposals worth Rs 1.4 crore were also cleared in 11 sporting disciplines — weightlifting, wrestling, shooting, archery, table tennis, athletics, badminton, tennis, para-badminton, para-archery and para-shooting, a release from the SAI said.The MOC also decided on the salient features of the long-term developmental plan for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.”Scientific testing for 21 athletes selected under the developmental group is going to take place in two batches on 15th September and 30th September. Discussions were held about the high-level committee for the Tokyo Olympics that is already in place and is headed by Union Minister of Youth and Sports, Kiren Rijiju,” the SAI release said.”The committee will look into arrangements for the Olympics, addressing issues such as facilities for support staff, creation of India House, pre-games training venues and other logistical arrangements.Also Read | National Shooting Trials: Mehuli Ghosh wins senior and junior women’s 10m air rifle titleAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Mary KomFollow Sai PraneethFollow Sports Authority of Indialast_img read more

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Notices to Indian clients continue

first_imgNew Delhi/Berne: Amid a continuing crackdown on Swiss bank account holders with suspected illicit money, Switzerland has stepped up its process to share details of such individuals with Potluri Rajamohan Rao being the latest Indian national to get a notice in this regard. At least 14 Indians, with accounts in Switzerland-based banks, were issued notices by the Swiss authorities last month, in which they have been given one last chance to appeal against sharing of their details with India. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAccording to officials, many more such notices are in the offing in the coming weeks as India has sought details about a large number of Indian clients of Swiss banks who are suspected to have indulged in illicit financial activities. The latest such notice was issued to one Potluri Rajamohan Rao on May 28, asking him to file an appeal, if any, within ten days in connection with the ‘administrative assistance’ sought by the Indian authorities. In the preceding week, at least 11 such notices were issued on a single day, May 21, to various Indian clients of the Swiss banks, as per the Swiss government gazette notifications. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsSwitzerland has been striving hard to re-establish its global financial centre position after clamping down on secrecy walls of its banks and there has been a significant surge in the number of cases where it has initiated process to share information on Indians with Swiss bank accounts. Except for his date of birth (July 15, 1951) and his Indian residency, the notification issued by the Federal Tax Administration, Switzerland, did not disclose any further details of Rao. However, officials said Rao has been associated with various businesses in southern states of India, including in the telecom business. An analysis of the notifications issued by the FTA, the nodal department for sharing of information on foreign clients of Swiss banks, shows that the Swiss government has stepped up its efforts in sharing such details with a number of countries in the recent months, but the surge in India-related cases is noticeable in the past few weeks. However, the gazette notifications of the Swiss government has redacted full names for several of them while making public only their initials besides the nationality and the dates of birth. The Indians whose names have been mentioned in full also included Krishna Bhagwan Ramchand, Kalpesh Harshad Kinariwala, Ratan Singh Chowdhury, Kuldip Singh Dhingra and Anil Bhardwaj. However, no further details have been disclosed about them as well. In these notices, the individuals or their authorised representatives have been asked to file their appeals, if any, within 30 days (10 days in some cases) with necessary documentary proof to support their case against providing ‘administrative assistance’ to India, which broadly means sharing of `their banking and other financial details. Several of these names are said to have figured in the leaked HSBC lists and Panama papers which allegedly contained names of Indians with Swiss bank accounts and are being probed by Indian authorities in alleged black money cases. While some notices were issued in April also, Switzerland had issued such notices in March to Mumbai-based Geodesic Ltd and its three directors (Prashant Sharad Mulekar, Pankajkumar Onkar Srivastava and Kiran Kulkarni), as also to Chennai-based Aadhi Enterprises Pvt Ltd, who are being probed by the Indian authorities for alleged money laundering and other financial irregularities. Switzerland was widely known as an alleged safe haven for black money before it bowed down before the global pressure and agreed to bring down the famed secrecy walls that had historically surrounded the Swiss banks, provided the requesting country gave proof for financial irregularities done by the concerned person or the company. Along with several other countries, India has also been making use of this change in the stance of Switzerland by seeking details of suspected black money hoarders in Swiss banks and it has already got back information in a large number of cases in the last few years. While the Swiss government documents did not disclose specific details related to the information and assistance sought by the Indian authorities regarding these Indian companies and individuals, such an ‘administrative assistance’ follows submission of proof about financial and tax-related wrongdoings and typically involves sharing of information relating to bank account details and other financial data. While Switzerland has always denied being a safe haven for black money, it has begun sharing details for last few years with several countries including India after submission of evidence about financial and tax-related wrongdoings of the clients of Swiss banks.last_img
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Huawei Mate 30 Pro may feature 90Hz display

first_imgBeijing: Chinese smartphone giant Huawei’s next flagship — the Mate 30 Pro — is likely to come with display with a refresh rate of 90Hz, like that of OnePlus 7 Pro, according to early renders of the smartphone. The next iteration in the Mate series is also expected to sport dual punch hole selfie cameras. Meanwhile, alleged renders of the Mate 30 Pro have surfaced, revealing a phone with a curved edges of its display and with a punch hole in the upper-left corner to accommodate two cameras, the GSMArena reported on Saturday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app At the rear, the smartphone is expected to have a quad camera setup placed in the center with an LED flash in “V” formation. This camera system is said to offer 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro was launched in India in November 2018. It supported 3D Face Unlock and in-display fingerprint sensor. The Mate 20 Pro was powered by Kirin 980 — Huawei’s highest performing system on chip (SoC).last_img read more

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Soldier killed in explosion

A soldier was killed and another sustained injuries following an explosion at a military training camp in Mullaitivu.The army said that the explosion took place when the soldier was demonstrating how to handle an explosive device last evening. The soldier sustained serious injuries in the accidental explosion while another soldier was also injured.Both soldiers were admitted to hospital but one of them succumbed to his injuries in hospital this morning. (Colombo Gazette)

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Toyota recalls more than 6 million vehicles globally for a variety of

TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday.But two fires have been reported related to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running.Some vehicles were recalled for more than one problem.The recall cases total 6.76 million vehicles for 27 Toyota models, the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia, produced from April 2004 through August 2013.For the recall, Toyota also reported problems with seat rails, the bracket holding the steering column in place, the windshield-wiper motor and a cable attached to the air-bag module. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toyota recalls more than 6 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 12:22 am MDT read more

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The automation ready new Epiroc Pit Viper PV231 available from Spring 2019

first_imgEpiroc automation and digital solutions can be used to connect work sites in many surface and underground applications, and the company will continue to add to its suite. For example, the automation-ready Epiroc Pit Viper PV-231 surface blasthole drills will become available in Spring 2019.The Pit Viper series of surface blasthole drills offers Rig Control Systems (RCS) with automation capabilities as standard. The RCS is entering its fifth generation, building on the proven RCS4 platform with operational enhancements. Customers have the ability to operate their Pit Vipers manually with automated assistance or to utilise the platform for fully autonomous operation experienced today at mines around the world.Since its debut at MINExpo 2016, the PV-231 has undergone 18 months of successful field testing at a gold mine in Nevada. “The drills deliver application flexibility, fuel-efficient performance and enhanced safety with outstanding operator comfort and ease of maintenance.”“The PV-231 builds on the innovation and success of the Pit Viper PV-235, which is operating at more than 20 major mine sites, while maintaining the highest levels of productivity and reliability. One customer base looking to get as much value out of a single-pass surface drill is the gold market. Epiroc has worked with many gold mining companies to make the drilling process more productive and efficient with the PV-231.”last_img read more

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Top comments of the week

first_imgLaura Hanna-White had another view:But is the trouble really that they’re not hiring women/other ethnicities or that these other demographics just aren’t training themselves in the skills needed?I’m female, studying computer science with artificial intelligence. In a year of ~200, I am one of 15 girls. Out of those 15, only about 3 or 4 of us are on the “technical stream” (ie. programming), the rest are studying business computing.If there were more women and other minorities in IT with tech skills, then we could blast Twitter and Google for lack of diversity, but the fact of the matter is… there’s not.So maybe instead of pointing blame at these companies, we could point blame at the education systems and ask what’s going wrong that we aren’t teaching more people these skills, and why more aren’t interested. Source: /Photocall Ireland1. Alan Biddulph‘s opinion of Sky News following Colin Brazier’s mistake at the MH17 site earned him 2,273 thumbs up.  Classy as ever Sky News.2. Meanwhile, Petr Tarasov was not impressed with Waterville’s anti-American carry on. And 2,207 of you agreed. Waterville is a lovely town but this simply isn’t on. Apart from anything else: don’t bite the hand that feeds you.3. Ray D’Arcy came in for a lot of criticism from our readers following his interview with MMA fighter Cathal Pendred. Adrian Bane got 2,196 thumbs up for this: Didn’t have a problem interviewing Katie Taylor after she threw slaps and won a Olympic gold medal. Doesn’t have a problem interviewing steve Collins who’s former opponent put a guy in a coma once… He has started to of my head in lately. Doesn’t seem to be impartial anymore!4. Maggie may‘s sympathy for the Skeffington family following the tragic death of their two sons received 1,737 green thumbs. How terribly sad for their parents. To lose two sons in such circumstances. Unbearable.5. And, sneaking into the top 5, is another comment criticising D’Arcy. This one from Matt Dobson got 1,562 green thumbs. What I found hard to believe was Darcys laziness , the arrogance to invite someone on to his show 48 hours after the biggest win of his life and have to ask : Who he beat, what weight he is ,did he win by KO or points? If was on one of his bandwagons ie a rugby player he’d have his homework done.I suppose it’s easy become lazy when ur basically paid to read out texts for a living. The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Poll: Would you support the expelling of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland? (544 comments)2. Councillor removes Israeli flag from Dun Laoghaire Harbour (418 comments)3. Israeli shell hits UN school in Gaza killing 15 people, including UN staff (351 comments)4. Rebels are ‘blocking investigators’ from MH17 crash site (344 comments)5. Mick Wallace and Clare Daly released after being arrested at Shannon Airport (308 comments)The big issue this week Palestinians run from tear gas during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the Israeli military action in Gaza yesterday. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe conflict in Gaza is a hugely divisive issue but colm fahy tries to boil it down here.When you have to protest to stop people killing children, there’s something wrong with humanity. EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about the Gaza conflict, jobs for the boys and Ray D’Arcy.So here are the standout comments from the week that was.The 5 most popular comments this week Pun of the weekA Chinese man fed his dog a marmot and Dermot Lane made a pun.Marmot is one of those things you either love it or hate it…Some of our favourite comments Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeAfter this happened, Eric Lensherr nailed it:Evidently a motion was passed in Leinster House last night.There was good debate on a piece about Twitter’s hiring policy during the week, kicked off the by the question: But if these White and Asian males are the best people for the job why not hire them?David Burke replied:Because they aren’t the best for the job and only an idiot would think so.People hire people like themselves and have always done so. Only when they are forced to be more inclusive will they hire a more diverse workforce.Could anyone honestly believe that women aren’t capable of being part of the technology sector? You genuinely hear it often but that’s because the technology sector is one of the most insular and bigoted parts of the economy.Women couldn’t be doctors until we discovered women are often better doctors. The women can’t code bulls**t is just a reflection of the nasty elitism in tech.Go back to business insider. Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at sinead@thejournal.ie.last_img read more

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Merkel says much work ahead for Greece

first_imgGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed as a “starting point” reform pledges made by Greece in return for a four-month extension to its bailout program.“This is good news considering what was being said only weeks ago,” Merkel said, adding however that “much work lies ahead” in talks between Athens and its international creditors.Greece’s new left-wing government secured the four-month extension – pending approval by the Greek and German parliaments – after promising to implement reforms and honour its financial commitments.The breathing space beyond a Saturday deadline prevents the immediate worst-case scenario of national bankruptcy, a run on banks or even a chaotic exit from the eurozone.“This is about Greece as well as the euro as a whole,” Merkel said at a joint press conference in Berlin with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven.“That’s why I welcome that we have found a starting point for discussions with the new government. “I welcome that, through the Greek proposals received yesterday, we were able to reassert the principle of performance and reward. And that is indeed the starting point.”Recent days had shown that “we are capable of compromise,” which she called a European virtue.“Much work lies ahead, but the fact that we are now at a point, that we can call a starting point, to again extend the existing program, and that this is what Greece requested, I see that as a result of the ability to compromise shown in recent weeks … and that’s the path we must pursue now.”She added: “I’m under no illusion that the way ahead will remain challenging.”Merkel, a champion of painful economic reforms and austerity in crisis-hit EU member states, has urged her conservative party to back the bailout extension in a parliament vote Friday.Most Germans oppose more European aid for Athens, fearing they will ultimately pay the bill.Only 21 per cent are in favour of a green light from the German parliament Friday, according to a survey by the Insa Institute for Bild daily published Wednesday.German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble stressed that Greece will not receive “a single euro” until it meets the pledges of its existing bailout program.Greece has already received 240 billion euros in loans via two bail-out program, the first concluded in 2010 and the second in 2012, which is the program that is set to be extended by four months.The German press has reported on discussions within the ruling coalition in Berlin about a third aid package, worth about 20 billion euros — but the finance ministry said Wednesday it was “too early” to discuss such a package.“We are extending the second plan until the end of June,” said ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger.“It is currently too early to talk about a third plan. What they are doing now is to conclude the second plan successfully. All other considerations are secondary,” Jaeger said.Source: AFP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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There Could Be A Dragon Ball Super Movie On The Way But

first_img Dragon Ball Super has been an insane change for fans who grew up on Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. It’s introduced some pretty shocking new changes and twists from the norm, and we’re all totally here for it. But as far as how long this new series is going to last, or when it might end? That’s all up in the air. Toei Animation has been pretty tight-lipped about how long this golden age of new Dragon Ball entertainment may last.But that’s hardly news for the moment, as the rumor train is pulling into the station with a new development that’s got fans searching all over the internet for any random news or tidbits to think about. There’s a possible teaser out there in the internet world for a new Dragon Ball film, which could very well be happening at this moment. It appears that in Tokyo, certain domain names like dragonball2018, dragonball2019, and dragonball2020 were registered on October 14 this year. The registrar information, as the internet has sussed out like the always-creepy machine it can be, all ends up in Shibuya, which makes sense — but that’s not the most important part.Consider the fact that Toei Animation registered the domains dragonball2013 and dragonball2015 when both Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods were released. Fans were over the moon upon this discovery, and it appears something very similar could be happening in the near future if these domains have been registered by the proper parties.Toe Animation has said nothing on the matter, but it looks like this is just as good of a lead as any when it comes to sussing out how long Dragon Ball Super may be and what kind of feature film there may be in the future. Right now, you might be left with watching the anime series and reading the newly-translated manga. But there’s so much going on in the show the way it is, you’ll have to keep up with all that without worrying about a movie to add on top of all that, too.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Here’s When You Can Finally See Dragon Ball Super: Broly in TheatersOkay, Bulma’s Vacation Digs in Dragon Ball Super: Broly Are Pretty Sweet Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Penton Embarking on a Transformational Phase

first_imgAs FOLIO: first reported today, b-to-b publishing giant Penton Media named Sharon Rowlands, currently head of Thomson Financial, as its CEO, replacing John French. Her appointment is effective November 1.Rowlands [pictured right] joins the company during a tumultuous time for magazine publishing, and for Penton in particular. In June, the company laid off 42 employees company-wide due to “poor economic conditions.” Two months earlier, French initiated a salary and hiring freeze, and launched a company-wide revenue reforecast for the remainder of the year.Rowlands spoke with FOLIO: about her decision to join Penton and what her immediate priorities will be as CEO. FOLIO:: As you take the top executive post, what would you say are your top priorities for the company? ROWLANDS:  Day One priorities will be to connect with the key constituencies of Penton—mainly the employees and customers to understand more about their needs and how we can take the business to the next level. Our strategic focus will be to assess the opportunity landscape and identify key focus areas to drive growth.FOLIO:: Why, in your words, are you qualified to step in as the chief executive at Penton Media? Why did you decide to take the job? ROWLANDS: I have proven experience in leading organizations through change—business model change, technology change and cultural change. As we evolve Penton into an integrated and customer segment focused company that serves its markets with a range of solutions my leadership experience from Thomson Financial will be key.I spent a lot of time evaluating this opportunity and found it fits all the criteria that I had laid out for my next leadership role. A business with tremendous potential prepared to embark on a transformational phase. It has fabulous assets and people.  It was also key that I felt aligned with the owners and believe that MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein and Co. will be great partners.FOLIO:: Where do you see the greatest opportunities for growth at Penton? How will you grow those areas?ROWLANDS: It’s too early for me to specifically commit but we are going to assess our markets for scale and growth opportunities and then grow by focusing on making ourselves the center of our customers universe with proprietary content, insight and connectivity that builds great communities that can serve our customers.FOLIO:: Some say the merger between Prism and Penton (November 2006) was handled poorly in terms of back-end integration—specifically with the accounting and financial. What can you say about that? How will you manage the continuing effort?ROWLANDS: These integrations can be very challenging but from my early look it seems to me that the Penton team really had their hands around this project. I will be focused on ensuring we have operational discipline in getting these issues behind us.FOLIO:: What do you plan to do right away with organizational structure and workforce? Will you be investing in certain areas and reducing in others? Where are you going with headcount?ROWLANDS: It’s premature to discuss organizational structure or resource allocation until I have had a chance to develop a strategic roadmap with the Penton team.FOLIO:: In your opinion, do multi-market, horizontal b-to-b publishing companies work in this environment? The central power is not close enough to the markets served, and the publishers and editors at the market level don’t have enough power to do what’s best. ROWLANDS: The balance between corporate center and business level segment is a delicate one. Ideally you want to get the best of both worlds—customer driven growth initiatives from the front end of the business and leverage of scale at the back end and I believe with the right people and operating mechanisms it can work. At Thomson Financial I gained significant experience managing this type of structure. At this moment though I am keeping an open mind about the right approach for Penton.FOLIO:: What do you see as your biggest challenge as Penton CEO? ROWLANDS: The challenge will be one of time—it’s a large company with many business units and widespread offices. I will want to get up to speed fast and want to make sure that everyone has time to be involved in the discussion around strategy and priorities before I make key decisions. I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day for the next month.last_img read more

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Meet IBMs bleeding edge of quantum computing

first_img IBM quantum computers will unleash weird science on business What a quantum computer is, and why it needs to be more Quantum computer components: Learn the basics Creating a fully functional system makes quantum computers more reliable and easier to upgrade. Beyond those practical uses, these computers have the potential to create more effective antibiotics, help scientists better understand chemistry and nature and improve power grids. The machines could do that by providing businesses and scientists the ability to crunch extremely complex calculations that can’t be digested by classical computers.But beyond that hype, there’s years more work to do to prove quantum computers are up to the task. Also, it’s possible a different type of computer will lead to the next breakthroughs, instead of quantum designs.”That’s a big step, but it’s one step in a journey that’s 1,000 miles long.” Brian Hopkins, a Forrester analyst focused on quantum computers, said of the new Q System One.Super cold computingIn a classical computer, data is crunched by processing bits, designated as either 0 or 1. In quantum computing, qubits are used instead. These qubits have more complex properties that allow them to become combinations of 0 and 1 at the same time and also to interact with each other.008-ibm-q-system-one-quantum-computerBob Sutor standing by the quantum computer model. Sarah Tew/CNET With each additional qubit that’s added, the amount of information a quantum computer can hold doubles. That capability may help a quantum computer become a far more powerful way to process certain kinds of problems that classical computers can’t handle. Using these qubits could help scientists unlock ways of developing new medicines at the molecular level or creating stronger security codes or processing the mountains of data being created at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.The Q System One currently uses 20 qubits. “By the time you get up to around 280 [qubits], that number — two to the 280th power — is approximately the number of atoms in the observable universe,” Sutor said, offering a hint at just how powerful these computers may someday become. Seeing the potential of these computers, startups such as Rigetti and D-Wave, and the research arms of Microsoft, Intel and Google are developing quantum computing, too. IBM has also partnered with ExxonMobil, Daimler, Samsung, Barclays and major corporations to kick the tires on what’s possible with its quantum computers.But using quantum computers is an excruciatingly delicate task. The Q System One’s thick glass housing is used to cut down on vibrations and radiation, and helps keep the computer at near absolute zero. Inside the real computer in New York, quick blasts of super-cold air are used to keep the qubits inside at 10 millikelvins, colder than outer space.”So inside a quantum computer is one of the coldest places on Earth,” said Sutor, 60, whose 6-foot-4 frame, graying beard, deep voice and cheery disposition give him the air of an IBM Santa Claus.That extreme cold and thick glass are needed to protect the qubits inside the machine, which are so fragile that a single photon of light or a rap of someone’s knuckles could destroy their computation, Sutor said. Because these machines are so delicate, any future quantum computing will likely be done over the internet to allow IBM to carefully maintain the machines at its own facilities.A long way to goTo be sure, the promise of quantum computers remains just that — promise, and not yet reality.”Quantum computers are not a magical solution for all problems that classical computers can’t solve,” Forrester’s Hopkins said. “They are a potential solution for some of the problems that classical computers can’t solve.”He added that the tech industry today is in the middle of discovering what quantum computers can do. Answering those questions will take a few more years, and achieving the ultimate promise of quantum computers could take a decade or two, Hopkins said. The Q System One model at the CES 2019 tech show. Sarah Tew/CNET The IBM Q System One model doesn’t look like a computer. It looks like a conceptual art series of plates being held together with fishing lines suspended from a ceiling. The whole contraption is encased in half-inch-thick glass created by Milan-based Goppion, which made the protective displays for the Mona Lisa and the Crown Jewels.Bob Sutor, an IBM veteran who leads the Q System One team, directed me to look at the bottom of this quantum computer — an experimental machine with potentially massive computing power — where there was a tiny silver rectangle in the middle of a tangle of golden wires. That’s the home of the machine’s quantum bits, or qubits, which are tiny, fragile particles that make the whole system work.I asked him how much such a computer costs. He declined to say, adding: “It’s not lunch.” Computers Sci-Tech Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Quantum computing IBM 3:40 But thanks to the new Q System One, researchers and the general public now have a notable milestone by which to judge the advance of quantum computing. That system will help cut down on upgrade times for these machines to hours or days, instead of days or weeks. It should also make it easier for IBM to build more of these machines to support a future quantum computing business.”We set out to build something which was highly functional, but beautiful,” Sutor said, “and would give us a way to look at what we were doing in the future.”Sutor wasn’t under any misconceptions that his work is nearly finished. When I asked him what the next steps are for his project, he said: “What do we have to do? Everything.”CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.center_img 11 We were standing in the middle of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES tech show earlier this month. A jostling crowd around us angled to snag pictures of the model. IBM was at the show to publicly present this replica of the Q System One, its first quantum computer that fits into one neat package. Past designs were more like “backroom experiments,” Sutor said, with jumbles of components strewn about a room.The real Q System One was completed in November and is in IBM’s Yorktown Heights, New York, offices. The machine represents a big step toward quantum computing becoming a commercial reality, after IBM has toiled for decades with the computing concept. Inside a quantum computer is one of the coldest places on Earth. Bob Sutor, IBM More stories on quantum computing Tags CES 2019 How quantum computing will help us build human-level… Commentslast_img read more

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AL to stay silent until CJ retires

first_imgChief justice Surendra Kumar SinhaRuling Awami League has decided to stay quiet until chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha goes into his retirement probably after five months on 31 January 2018.The party somehow wants to spend the five-month time without facing any embarrassment, said party insiders.The government wants to have negotiations with the CJ in this regard, they added. Ever since the Supreme Court released its full verdict on the 16th amendment, many AL leaders have been demanding that the CJ expunge some of his observations. And the party’s position was to file a review petition to this effect.Recently, some AL leaders even demanded the CJ’s resignation.Two senior AL leaders – Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahled – met the president on Wednesday.Earlier on Tuesday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi had a meeting with the chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.Before this, several meetings were held between the prime minister and the president, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader and the chief justice, and others.These meetings are parts of a solution of the current crisis, said ruling party policymakers.An AL leader told Prothom Alo that the party wanted the judiciary to expunge some ‘unwarranted’ observations of the 16th amendment annulment verdict spontaneously on its own. But that did not happen. The party did not want to send the CJ on forced leave or for him to resign. The only better option the party has is to buy time until the CJ retires.He also said that after CJ’s retirement, AL will file a review petition to reconsider the 16th amendment verdict.Another top AL leader said the government does not want to take stern steps against the CJ. The ruling party will try to pressurise him politically but try to negotiate behind the curtain.AL advisory council member and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association Yusuf Hossain Humayun told Prothom Alo that the 16th amendment annulment verdict has to be faced legally.But the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is trying to fish in troubled waters, he added.Yusuf Hossain Humayun further said that the AL will not fall into BNP’s trap. And, BNP’s conspiracy will not be successful, he added.The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on 3 July this year scrapped the 16th amendment to the constitution.The amendment empowered parliament to remove Supreme Court judges in cases of incapacity or misconduct.Later, the full text of the verdict was released 1 August, stirring a huge debate over which of the state organs is sovereign – the legislature or the judiciary.Earlier, on 17 September in 2014, the AL-led 10th parliament unanimously passed the Constitution (16th Amendment) Bill.*The article originally came up in Prothom Alo print edition and is rewritten by Imam Hossain.last_img read more

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Secret Obamaera license let Iran tap dollars

first_imgObama administration officials at the time assured concerned lawmakers that a general license wouldn’t be coming. But the report from the Republican members of the Senate panel showed that a draft of the license was indeed prepared, though it was never published.And when questioned by lawmakers about the possibility of granting Iran any kind of access to the US financial system, Obama-era officials never volunteered that the specific license for Bank Muscat in Oman had been issued two months earlier.According to the report, Iran is believed to have found other ways to access its money, possibly by exchanging it in smaller quantities through another currency.The situation resulted from the fact that Iran had stored billions in Omani rials, a currency that’s notoriously hard to convert. The US dollar is the world’s dominant currency, so allowing it to be used as a conversion instrument for Iranian assets was the easiest and most efficient way to speed up Iran’s access to its own funds.For example: If the Iranians want to sell oil to India, they would likely want to be paid in euros instead of rupees, so they could more easily use the proceeds to purchase European goods. That process commonly starts with the rupees being converted into dollars, just for a moment, before being converted once again into euros.US sanctions block Iran from exchanging the money on its own. And Asian and European banks are wary because US regulators have levied billions of dollars in fines in recent years and threatened transgressors with a cutoff from the far more lucrative American market. Secretary of State John Kerry with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna on 16 January 2015, after the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran met all conditions under the nuclear deal. File Photo : APThe Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access – albeit briefly – to the US financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.An investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday sheds light on the delicate balance the Obama administration sought to strike after the deal, as it worked to ensure Iran received its promised benefits without playing into the hands of the deal’s opponents. Amid a tense political climate, Iran hawks in the US, Israel and elsewhere argued that the United States was giving far too much to Tehran and that the windfall would be used to fund extremism and other troubling Iranian activity.The report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed that under president Barack Obama, the Treasury Department issued a license in February 2016, never previously disclosed, that would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion it held at a bank in Oman from Omani rials into euros by exchanging them first into US dollars. If the Omani bank had allowed the exchange without such a license, it would have violated sanctions that bar Iran from transactions that touch the US financial system.The effort was unsuccessful because American banks – themselves afraid of running afoul of US sanctions – declined to participate. The Obama administration approached two US banks to facilitate the conversion, the report said, but both refused, citing the reputational risk of doing business with or for Iran.”The Obama administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the subcommittee’s chairman.Issuing the license was not illegal. Still, it went above and beyond what the Obama administration was required to do under the terms of the nuclear agreement. Under that deal, the US and world powers gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. Last month, President Donald Trump declared the U.S. was pulling out of what he described as a “disastrous deal.”The license issued to Bank Muscat stood in stark contrast to repeated public statements from the Obama White House, the Treasury and the State Department, all of which denied that the administration was contemplating allowing Iran access to the U.S. financial system.Shortly after the nuclear deal was sealed in July 2015, then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified that even with the sanctions relief, Iran “will continue to be denied access to the world’s largest financial and commercial market.” A month later, one of Lew’s top deputies, Adam Szubin, testified that despite the nuclear deal “Iran will be denied access to the world’s most important market and unable to deal in the world’s most important currency.”Yet almost immediately after the sanctions relief took effect in January 2016, Iran began to complain that it wasn’t reaping the benefits it had envisioned. Iran argued that other sanctions – such as those linked to human rights, terrorism and missile development – were scaring off potential investors and banks who feared any business with Iran would lead to punishment. The global financial system is heavily intertwined with U.S. banks, making it nearly impossible to conduct many international transactions without touching New York in one way or another.Former Obama administration officials declined to comment for the record.However, they said the decision to grant the license had been made in line with the spirt of the deal, which included allowing Iran to regain access to foreign reserves that had been off-limits because of the sanctions. They said public comments made by the Obama administration at the time were intended to dispel incorrect reports about nonexistent proposals that would have gone much farther by letting Iran actually buy or sell things in dollars.The former officials spoke on condition of anonymity because many are still involved in national security issues.As the Obama administration pondered how to address Iran’s complaints in 2016, reports in The Associated Press and other media outlets revealed that the U.S. was considering additional sanctions relief, including issuing licenses that would allow Iran limited transactions in dollars. Democratic and Republican lawmakers argued against it throughout the late winter, spring and summer of 2016. They warned that unless Tehran was willing to give up more, the U.S. shouldn’t give Iran anything more than it already had.At the time, the Obama administration downplayed those concerns while speaking in general terms about the need for the U.S. to live up to its part of the deal. Secretary of State John Kerry and other top aides fanned out across Europe, Asia and the Middle East trying to convince banks and businesses they could do business with Iran without violating sanctions and facing steep fines.”Since Iran has kept its end of the deal, it is our responsibility to uphold ours, in both letter and spirit,” Lew said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in March 2016, without offering details.That same week, the AP reported that the Treasury had prepared a draft of a license that would have given Iran much broader permission to convert its assets from foreign currencies into easier-to-spend currencies like euros, yen or rupees, by first exchanging them for dollars at offshore financial institutions.The draft involved a general license, a blanket go-ahead that allows all transactions of a certain type, rather than a specific license like the one given to Oman’s Bank Muscat, which only covers specific transactions and institutions. The proposal would have allowed dollars to be used in currency exchanges provided that no Iranian banks, no Iranian rials and no sanctioned Iranian individuals or businesses were involved, and that the transaction did not begin or end in U.S. dollars.last_img read more

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Texas Lawmakers Say Farm Bill Passed By Congress Provides Certainty And Stability

first_img Share kiran431/FlickrTexas farm land.Texas lawmakers praised Wednesday the 2018 Farm Bill, which Congress has passed this week, and said it will help farmers and ranchers in the Lone Star state through provisions such as crop insurance programs and inspections for cattle tick fever.The House passed the bill Wednesday afternoon. The legislation had already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.The bill reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs, funds trade programs, expands support for struggling dairy farmers and legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp.John Cornyn, the senior Senator from Texas, said the legislation includes priorities for Texas farmers, such as the crop insurance programs. Cornyn also highlighted the maintenance of the seed cotton eligibility for the Farm Bill safety net.He also underlined that the farm bill maintains and funds foreign access programs, which help Texas farmers and ranchers place and sell their products in foreign markets.Republican Senator Ted Cruz also emphasized the importance of the crop insurance and said the legislation provides “certainty and stability” for Texas farmers and ranchers.U.S. Representative Will Hurd, a Republican who represents Texas’ 23rd Congressional District –which covers farms and ranches across the southern and western part of the state–, coincided with Cruz in that the bill brings “certainty and stability for the 3.75 million Texans employed by the agriculture sector.”The farm bill is the result of months of negotiations by lawmakers. It doesn’t make any significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans. Trump and conservatives had pushed to create new work requirements for food stamps, but the Senate rejected the idea.Cruz said in his statement he looks forward to working with the administration on “potential regulations that would strengthen work requirements and prevent states from abusing the waiver process” of the food stamp program. last_img read more

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Costa Ricas Juan Santamaría International Airport to add two new boarding gates

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport to add new stores, supermarket Costa Rica to improve bad weather safety procedures at San José airport Juan Santamaría International Airport named third-best in Latin America Regulatory authority cancels concession for taxi service at the Juan Santamaria International Airport Costa Rica’s largest airport hub, the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) outside San José, in November will begin expansion to facilitate an additional 260,000 passengers per year, an 18 percent increase from its current capacity.Aeris, the company that administrates the airport, expects to complete the work in about a year at a cost of some $18 million.Work includes the construction of two new boarding gates, along with contact bridges, which will receive larger aircraft. Currently, the terminal has nine bridges for passenger access.The project also includes 1,000 meters of new space for duty-free shops and airline hub facilities.The expansion was approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, and the bidding process for the project will begin in August.Aeris said some 3.7 million passengers will travel through the airport this year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more