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NIT Goa to tie up with Madras, Bombay IITs

first_imgPANAJI: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Goa, is working on a proposal to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), to transfer 10 of its students to IIT-M for orientation every year before they proceed for the PhD programme.The institute is also working on a project to introduce virtual classrooms and blended massive open online courses through mutually interactive sessions with the participation of reputed faculties from IIT Bombay. NIT Goa director Gopal Mugeraya told reporters on Friday that the institute will introduce mechanical and civil engineering courses from 2018-19. Mr. Mugeraya said the construction for the new campus in Cuncolim, South Goa, being built for an estimated ₹1,200 crore, is expected to begin by November. An administrative block and three centres with multiple classrooms will be constructed during the first phase, which is expected to be ready by 2020 with an investment of ₹500 crore.last_img read more

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Hubble finds vast reservoir of gas near the Milky Way

first_imgThe Milky Way may have found a solution to its gas shortage. Astronomers had calculated that our home galaxy possesses only enough fuel to forge new stars for just a few billion more years. But scientists have now discovered that a long stream of gas falling into the Milky Way is four times as massive as previously thought and could power our galaxy’s starmaking career for a long time to come.”It’s a very beautiful study with surprising results,” says Leo Blitz of the University of California, Berkeley, an astronomer who was not part of the project.Astronomer Andrew Fox of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and his colleagues made the discovery while studying a stream of gas shed by two nearby galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, which orbit the Milky Way. The lost Magellanic gas stretches over more than half a million light-years of space, and much of it will fall into our galaxy’s disk, supplying fuel for new stars. Astronomers discovered this gas long ago because it contains hydrogen, the most abundant element in space.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But this gas isn’t always easy to detect. It comes in different varieties. One is a neutral, or nonionized, form, in which each proton has an electron; this type of gas emits 21-centimeter-long radio waves that radio telescopes readily spot. But the gas also comes in an ionized form, in which electrons are free of protons; this type of gas doesn’t emit these radio waves and so can be much harder to detect.To see whether this second type of gas was falling into the Milky Way from the Magellanic Clouds, Fox’s team used data from the Hubble Space Telescope. The astronomers examined 69 distant quasars and active galaxies that lie behind the gas, to measure how much of their ultraviolet light ionized gas from the Magellanic Clouds absorbs.To their surprise, Fox and his colleagues detected so much absorption of the background ultraviolet light that they concluded the Magellanic Stream must contain far more ionized gas than neutral gas. In The Astrophysical Journal, the team quadruples the estimated amount of gas the Magellanic Clouds have lost. Whereas previous work indicated that the hydrogen gas was half a billion times as massive as the sun, Fox’s team puts the number at 2 billion solar masses. Because the gas also contains other elements—especially helium, the second most abundant element in the universe—the grand total approaches 3 billion, and it’s greater still if much of the stream lies farther than the Magellanic Clouds, as astronomers suspect.”It’s the best job ever” of measuring the Magellanic Stream’s mass, says astronomer Bruce Elmegreen of the IBM Research Division in Yorktown Heights, New York. “There’s more than enough to keep the [Milky Way’s] star formation rate going at its current value.” Thus, our galaxy can keep creating new suns far into the future.All of this is great for the Milky Way, but what about other spiral galaxies facing gas shortages? “We’re very atypical,” Fox says. Most other giant spirals lack large, close-in, gas-rich satellite galaxies like the Magellanic Clouds. But Fox suspects that other giant spirals also get replenished when gas-rich satellites fall toward them; we just happen to live in one of the few galaxies where this process is occurring today, giving astronomers a ringside seat on the refueling of a giant galaxy.last_img read more

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Apple’s New India Chief Pursues Aggressive Strategy to Revive Cold IPhone Sales

first_imgCoulomb was the one responsible for kicking out three sales executives in June, Bloomberg said on Monday, citing multiple sources. He then spent three days with senior workers from across the country at the company’s sales and marketing headquarters in Gurugram, where he unveiled a strategy to fix iPhone sales.This includes signing better third-party retail deals with higher sales targets, overhauling relationships with independents, launching long-planned first-party stores, and offering apps and services that better address Indians.Read it at Apple Insider Related Itemslast_img read more

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UP government to lease land to BCCI for Agra cricket stadium

first_img‘The Uttar Pradesh government is now planning to lease out several acres of land to the BCCI to build an international-level cricket stadium in Agra’In a city where the existing sports stadium is struggling for survival because of the lack of budget and trained coaches, the Uttar Pradesh government is now planning to lease out several acres of land to the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to build an international-level cricket stadium at the cost of Rs 250 crore in Agra.Talking to India Today at his residence, Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh, the single minister from Agra in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet, said he had referred the long-standing demand of Agra for an international-level sports stadium to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who has agreed to provide land for the stadium at a discounted rate, as long as the construction of the superstructure and maintenance are done by the BCCI, in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association.”With an international stadium in Agra, other infrastructure facilities like an international airport, world-class roads and amenities will also arrive in the city very soon,” Singh said.The minister claimed that he had already written a letter to the BCCI, inviting their officials to visit Agra and choose the land for building the stadium, so that the project may begin soon.He said that the stadium project is expected to cost around Rs 250 crore and the cost for it will be borne by the agencies that will construct the stadium at a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.advertisementHowever, some feel this move won’t help the overall sport infrastructure of the city.Commenting on the minister’s statement, social activist Deep Sharma said the state government seems to think that only cricket is a sport and the rest are just ways to pass time.”There are several Olympians living in Agra, including Jagbir Singh who was a member of the world-champion hockey team of India, but this city doesn’t even have an astroturf for its hockey players. A world-class squash court that was built a few years back because of the efforts of the then Commissioner of Agra, is lying unused as there is no coach in the stadium to train the squash players,” Sharma said.”The basketball court of the stadium is so badly damaged that the players get hurt while playing on it. The stadium is facing numerous court cases due to the cantonment authorities objecting to the recent constructions there. Taxes worth lakhs are pending on it. In such conditions, the state government should first think of improving the state of the existing sports stadium of the city, instead of going for a new stadium which will take several years to build,” Sharma said.last_img read more

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Novak Djokovic eyes French Open final against Rafael Nadal as clay begins

first_imgView comments Toppling Nadal at Roland Garros, where the Spaniard is the defending champion and a record 11-time winner, is what Djokovic really wants.It’s something Djokovic considers “one of the ultimate challenges of the sport” — much like facing Roger Federer during his grass-court prime at Wimbledon. They are the three most successful players in Grand Slam history: Federer has won a record 20 majors, Nadal 17 and Djokovic is catching them up with 15.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, logisticsThe top-ranked Djokovic has won the past three majors in straight sets, including a stunning rout of Nadal in the Australian Open final this year. He also has a 28-25 winning record against Nadal — a considerable achievement in itself.Yet despite all the positive points stacked up, he considers Nadal a different and much more dangerous opponent at this stage of the season. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid After winning the Australian Open, Djokovic had a blip few saw coming when he failed to reach the quarterfinals at both Indian Wells and the Miami Open.He has already shrugged off those losses, or at least slotted them into perspective.“I was disappointed, because I thought I could go far. But at the same time I’ll try to look on the positive side,” the 31-year-old Djokovic said. “I’ve had great form the past 12 months. That can serve only as an incentive.”In opening first-round play Sunday, there were wins for three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, ninth-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Argentine Guido Pella.Wawrinka, the 2014 champion, advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win against Lucas Pouille — who has lost all his matches since being crushed by Djokovic in the Australian Open semis.Coric beat Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in damp and overcast conditions on the French Riviera, with heavy rain interrupting play early in the afternoon.Dimitrov won 7-5, 6-4 against Matteo Berrettini, while Pella beat Laslo Djere 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-4 and next plays seventh-seeded Marin Cilic. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Nadal faces either countryman Roberto Bautista Agut or John Millman of Australia, having not lost to them. Djokovic’s opponent is Taro Daniel of Japan or Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, who has lost eight of 10 matches against Djokovic but beat him at Indian Wells. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hugs Spain’s Rafael Nadal, left, after winning the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament in three sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. APMONACO — As Novak Djokovic begins his preparations for a fourth straight Grand Slam title, he likes to imagine beating Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.“That would be the match of the season, yes,” Djokovic said Sunday at the Monte Carlo Masters. Djokovic and his longtime rival Nadal are starting their clay-court seasons this week at Monte Carlo, their first tuneup on clay ahead of the May 26-June 9 French Open in Paris, and which could see them meet for a 54th time if they reach the final.ADVERTISEMENT “I think Rafa is always a very clear favorite on any clay court in the world, and it doesn’t change,” Djokovic said. “He’s still there. I mean (it) obviously depends how he’s feeling physically. I have seen him (training) here, he’s been here a few days. Seems like he’s fine.”Djokovic referred to Nadal’s troublesome right knee, which flared up again last month and forced the second-ranked Nadal to pull out of his eagerly-awaited semifinal against Federer at Indian Wells.That was on hard courts, however, and clay is kinder to the 32-year-old Nadal’s battered knees.Nadal has won Monte Carlo 11 times, also a record. His 46-match winning streak in Monte Carlo — broken by Djokovic in the 2013 final — is the most consecutive wins at a tournament by any man or woman.Both players have byes to the second round here, and are due to play Tuesday or Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles A magical day for both Tiger Woods and golf at the Masterslast_img read more

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Boxing: Former Vijender Singh mandatory becomes WBA World Champion

first_imgAdvertisementIn a fight that could have easily been scored as a draw through the first four rounds, it ended in an unexpected fifth round stoppage. Both fighters really took turns in feeling each other out in the first two rounds. Fielding was trying to time Zeuge as he would move inside.The champion would try to bully the taller fighter and keep him on his back foot. He was successful in doing this which granted him the winner of those two rounds.In round three, the tide started to turn a bit and it was evident that Fielding had found the proper range and timing. As Zeuge would step in with wild shots, the challenger would step back and pepper him with combinations.Round four was the start of the end for the champion. Consequently, while sitting too long in the pocket, he was caught with a well placed right hook to the temple. This setup a flurry from Fielding that caused the champion to cover-up and retreat.It appeared the effects of round four could not be shaken off. From the start of round five, Zeuge was on his bicycle. Fielding then targeted his attack more to the body. He would start up top and finish with left and right hooks to the body.Ultimately, an uppercut on the inside followed by a left hook to the liver put the champion down. As Zeuge struggled to get to his feet, his corner had seen enough and threw in the towel.Fielding has been eager to continue his career in a big way after suffering a crushing first round knockout loss to Callum Smith in 2015. He has done just that, and is now a champion at super middleweight.Advertisementlast_img read more

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2nd T20I: South Africa crush Bangladesh after David Miller’s fastest century

first_imgDavid Miller’s world-record breaking innings of 101 off 36 balls gave South Africa clean sweeps over Bangladesh in all three formats with an 83-run win in the final Twenty20 on Sunday.Miller hammered the fastest century in T20 internationals — he reached 100 off 35 balls to smash the record by 10 balls — to propel South Africa to 224-4 batting first.Bangladesh was 141 all out in 18.3 overs, another heavy defeat on a difficult five-week tour for the visiting team.South Africa win the series 2-0! Bangladesh are dismissed for 141 after David Miller’s record-breaking century sets up an 83 run win #SAvBAN pic.twitter.com/4nJo5KdLta- ICC (@ICC) October 29, 2017It was the first time that South Africa had won every game in three series against a touring team, Cricket South Africa said.While South Africa gained valuable preparation under new coach Ottis Gibson ahead of tours by India and Australia, Bangladesh failed to live up to the promise it showed recently in home series.South Africa took the test series 2-0, winning those matches by 333 runs and then an innings and 254 runs. It swept the ODIs 3-0, with winning margins of 10 wickets, 104 runs and 200 runs.Bangladesh came closest to something to celebrate when it went down by 20 runs in the first T20.In the final game of the tour, Miller hit five sixes in a row in the 19th over, and nine sixes and seven fours in all in his record-breaking innings. He beat the record of fellow South African Richard Levi, who scored a century off 45 balls against New Zealand in 2012.advertisementOne of the most exciting innings we’ve seen! Dropped on 0, near run out & the fastest TON! Take a bow @DavidMillerSA12! #ProteaFire #SAvBAN pic.twitter.com/XcCP96iEhN- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 29, 2017″Obviously a really special feeling.” Miller said. “Don’t quite know what went on there but I was just trying to watch the ball and back myself.”Miller’s five sixes off the first five balls of the 19th over from Mohammad Saifuddin helped him move from 57 to 88 in the space of an over. He just missed out on becoming only the third batsman to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket when he could only drive the final ball from Saifuddin through the covers for one.He didn’t expect a 35 ball century – did anyone? What an innings from @DavidMillerSA12 today! #SAvBAN pic.twitter.com/SuAfIN5uMP- ICC (@ICC) October 29, 2017The only players to hit six sixes in an over in an international are South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs and India’s Yuvraj Singh.Bangladesh was left to seriously rue that it dropped Miller when he was yet to score, although it was a tough chance that wicket-keeper Mustafizur Rahim put down after a full-length dive. South Africa’s total was the joint 13th highest in T20 internationals with Miller’s century and opener Hashim Amla hitting 85 off 51 balls.Before Miller arrived South Africa was only 78/3.”Last 10 overs I thought we were going to restrict them,” Bangladesh’s Al Hasan said, “but Miller came in and credit to him … he had all the answers.”Needing more than 11 an over from the start, Bangladesh didn’t have the firepower to threaten the Proteas, a story that played out through most of the tour.Soumya Sarkar made 44 but South Africa was always in control, with stand-in captain JP Duminy and fellow spinner Aaron Phangiso taking two wickets each.last_img read more

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Marenave Secures More Breathing Space

first_imgzoom Hamburg-based shipping trust Marenave Schiffahrts has received another renewed extension of statements of financing banks not to seriously demand payment in light of pending restructuring negotiations.Until today, Marenave Schiffahrts has received written declarations of the relevant financing banks, according to which they extend their statements (partially) until March 31, 2017.These statements are subject to immediate revocation notably in case that certain milestones are not reached in due time or to the banks’ satisfaction.The negotiations on agreements on the restructuring and release of liability between the company and the financing banks are being continued.In February 2017, Marenave reached an investment agreement with Offen Group and DEVK Allgemeine Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft, which will provide an initial financing in the minimum amount of EUR 2 million (USD 2.1 million) to be effected by way of capital measures.The parties will engage in further talks on financing and investment, depending on the further course of the project, in the order of EUR 14 million.last_img read more

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RCMP seeks publics help after unusual Iqaluit assault

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut RCMP is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who assaulted a woman at Iqaluit’s Kicking Caribou pub on January 27.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll finds that even with Nunavut’s elevated crime levels, the assault was unusual for the territory.last_img

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Annan says UN must adhere to Charter principles while preparing for change

Calling attention to the UN’s capacity to adjust to changing international conditions, the Secretary-General says, “We must preserve this tradition of innovation while maintaining the principles of the Charter, which have guided the Organization for 56 years.” At the same time, he says preparations must be made “for the possibilities of the future and [to] meet the new demands made on the United Nations.”The report provides a detailed overview of the UN’s efforts to find solutions to the fundamental problems facing the world. Commenting on the scope of this work, Mr. Annan says “it underlines the enduring significance of the United Nations as an instrument of global cooperation for the common good.”The report highlights recent advances worldwide, while cautioning that they may prove too fragile to endure. “During the past year, we have witnessed striking contrasts on the international scene, both encouraging developments and dangerous threats,” writes the Secretary-General. “These mixed global trends are a reminder that the pursuit of international peace and progress requires the sustained commitment and engagement of the community of nations.”Addressing issues related to peace and security, Mr. Annan underscores the need to move from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention. According to the report, a draft plan of action on peace-building is now being finalized to serve as a practical guide for the UN system on the formulation and implementation of strategies in that area. The report also reviews the status of proposals to improve UN peacekeeping, such as enhancing logistical support and developing within the UN ” a more effective capacity for analysis that can draw upon the wealth of information available from open sources and within the Organization.” The Secretary-General stresses that the adoption of such measures “will improve our capacity to respond to the demands that will be made on us.”In its section on humanitarian aid, the report decries the lack of adequate contributions to meet the world’s needs. “Underfunding is an ongoing and critical limitation for humanitarian action in a number of countries,” states Mr. Annan. “In the absence of immediate and realistic funding, emergency planning, preparedness and stockpiling can do little to accelerate the humanitarian response to a crisis,” he warns.The report also provides a detailed overview of the work of the United Nations in cooperating for development, promoting the international legal order and human rights, enhancing management within the Organization, and fostering partnerships with other actors.”On 29 June 2001, Member States did me great honour in appointing me to a second term as Secretary-General,” writes Mr. Annan. “We have achieved a great deal over the past five years. I firmly believe, however, that we can and must do better.” He expresses conviction that with the active support of the governments and peoples of the world, “the United Nations will fulfil its promise as an indispensable institution for international cooperation.” read more

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Annan praises Disney daughter Roots of Peace founder for landmine activism

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed gratitude to two women whose advocacy of landmine clearing operations has helped reduce accidental post-war killings and restored mined land to productive use, in a speech to be delivered today in Los Angeles. In an address given in the new Walt Disney Hall, Mr. Annan said: “Today I am especially grateful to one member of Walt Disney’s family, his daughter and our gracious co-host Diane Disney Miller, who is so generously and consistently committed to supporting de-mining efforts in Afghanistan. “I am equally thankful to Heidi Kuhn, who founded the Roots of Peace in 1997.” He said Ms. Kuhn’s astonishing energy and enthusiasm and the success of her California-based organization in helping to eliminate landmines and to create lands of peace and prosperity – usually vineyards and grain fields – provided inspiration to all. Other landmine-related activities today included the sixth anniversary of the opening for signature of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, known as the Ottawa Convention, Mr. Annan said. It was also the International Day of Disabled Persons, many of whom had been disabled by mines, he said. On this day, the United Nations was also launching its “Portfolio of Mine Action Projects for 2004” – a catalogue of projects for de-mining, awareness-raising and mine survivors’ physical and economic rehabilitation in 36 countries, he said. “A world without mines is still far away, but it is not an impossible dream,” Mr. Annan said. “More and more Governments agree that mines have no place in the civilized kind of society in which Walt Disney spoke of raising his family.” read more

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Model student 15 collapses and dies while rowing on Thames

first_imgShe will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Our thoughts and wishes are with her family at this difficult timeGrey Court School A teenage model has collapsed and died while rowing on the Thames.Rosie Mitchell, 15, died after falling unconscious on the river with a Kingston rowing team.Despite efforts by paramedics to revive her, she was rushed to hospital but died later that day.On Wednesday night friends and family laid scores of flowers, candles, notes and photographs outside the club in Kingston, Surrey, to pay their respects.The club said: “There was a tragic occurrence at Kingston Rowing Club on Saturday morning, September 17, when Rosie Mitchell collapsed and lost consciousness while rowing.”Rosie was 15-years-old. Our hearts go out to Rosie’s parents, Rachel and Andrew, family and friends.” 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.center_img Grey Court School in Richmond, west London, said Rosie was a “model student” when they heard about her death.A spokesman said: “Unfortunately we were informed on Saturday of the tragic death of one of our Year 11 students.”Rosie Mitchell died suddenly whilst rowing for Kingston Rowing club. Rosie was a wonderful girl and a model student in every way.”She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Our thoughts and wishes are with her family at this difficult time.”A police spokesperson said: “We were called on Saturday September 17 shortly before 09.10am to a teenager taken ill at Lower Ham Road.”Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.”A 15-year-old girl was found unresponsive at the location and taken to a west London hospital where she died a short time later.”The incident is not being treated as suspicious.”last_img read more

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Gardaí seize stolen artefacts in international operation targeting criminal gang

first_imgGARDAÍ  HAVE SEIZED cash, artefacts and a large quantity of documents after a number of searches of residences in the Rathkeale and Raheen areas of Limerick and Cork.The search operation is part of an ongoing investigation into the assets and financial affairs of an international criminal group. The gang is suspected of involvement in activities including labour exploitation, counterfeiting fraud, tarmac scams, tobacco smuggling and the theft of rhino horns and Chinese cultural artefacts.The Criminal Assets Bureau has been involved in a Europol initiative which was set up in 2010, specifically to target the criminal activities of this one international group.Since then there have been in excess of sixty documented thefts of rhino horns and rare Chinese cultural artefacts from museums and private collections throughout Europe with the value of the property stolen estimated to be in excess of €40 million. Just this year, a number of rhino heads and horns were taken from the National Museum Archive in Dublin. Today a large quantity of documentation was seized, as well as a small amount of cash and a number of artifacts which will all form part of the ongoing investigation.Local police forces also carried out over 30 searches throughout Britain and Northern Ireland today with 19 people arrested in connection with Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horns that were stolen in five incidents.Gardaí said the Criminal Assets Bureau will now continue to liaise with  international police colleagues via Europol.All images provided by the Garda Press Office. Read: Rhino heads and horns stolen from Dublin museum archive>Read: Stolen rhino horns were removed from exhibition ‘due to risk of theft’>Read: Search for Ireland’s stolen paintings in Limerick as man arrested>last_img read more

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Trinkets Treasures National Fair Online Auction Extended

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 07 Feb 2016 – The board of directors of the Historic Bahamas Foundation today announced the extension of the online auction, in connection with the Trinkets & Treasures National Fair held over the weekend, with part proceeds to benefit repairs to The Hermitage on Cat Island. “We had such a great response to the online auction we thought it necessary to extend the time to allow persons to bid on a few remaining prizes not scooped up during the fair on Saturday,” said Owen Bethel, Foundation Chairman.Thousands of dollars-worth of items including weekend trips for two at chic resorts, romantic dinners, luxury timepieces, electronics, access to a number of attractions and excursions, two Harl Taylor bags, paintings, jewelry and other items will be on display in a virtual arena for bid. Participating organizations donating items towards the auction were comprised of the Bahamas Red Cross, Sickle Cell Association, Historic Charles Towne, Blairwood Academy, PMH Foundation, Price of Peace Lodge, the Bahamas National Feeding Network, The Links Inc., Anthony Howorth as well as other corporate partners. “There are some great deals and we’re encouraging persons to take advantage of this second opportunity to outbid and be the lucky winner,” said Bethel. The fair held on Saturday on the grounds of Collins House, Shirley Street & Collins Avenue was compared to a national patio sale with booths displaying fine art, books, antiques, furniture and collectibles.The auction can be accessed at auction.bahamaslocal.com until Friday, February 12. Hundreds Expected to Fill Collins House Grounds for Trinkets & Treasures Fair and Auction to benefit 10 charities Related Items:historic bahamas foundation, Trinkets & Treasures National Fair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Pokemon Go Fest is now a 4day monstercatching affair

first_img See It $155 at Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $299 at Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Rylo Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Pokemon Go Fest is expanding to four days. Ni Pokemon Go Fest is making its return in 2019 as part of the Pokemon Go Summer Tour. The event, which brings together trainers to catch the fictional creatures, is headed to Chicago’s Grant Park and is expanding to four days (June 13-16) from the original two. It’s also coming to Dortmund, Germany, July 4-7, organizers said Thursday.”Last year’s Pokemon GO Summer Tour brought hundreds of thousands of Trainers together at real-world events around the world which left us with some truly unforgettable moments and stories,” said John Hanke, CEO and founder of Pokemon Go maker Niantic.There will also be events in which trainers can participate from afar, as well as worldwide “Community Day” events. Pokemon Go, an app that lets folks try to catch Pokemon characters in augmented reality using their phones, was a big hit in 2016, nabbing 55 million mobile users in its first month. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Comments See it DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sprint Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice Read the AirPods review $999 Now playing: Watch this: Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $6 at Tidal Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 0 $210 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45)center_img $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon 2:13 Tags $59 at eBay Boost Mobile Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $60 at Best Buy The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Post a comment Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple iPhone XS What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It The Cheapskate $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $520 at HP Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazonlast_img read more

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DC Police Residents Hopeful for Resolution in Homicide of Slain Journalist

first_img27-year-old Capital Community News reporter, Charnice Milton. (Courtesy Photo)The family of a local reporter who was killed in Southeast Washington, D.C. a year earlier gathered May 27 to honor the anniversary of the woman’s death, and to urge witnesses to come forward in both her case and in the city’s other unsolved homicides.According to The Washington Post, Charnice Milton, a 27-year-old Capital Community News reporter, was killed on May 27, 2015 by a shot fired from a group on dirt bikes passing a bus stop where Milton was transferring buses. Milton’s stepfather, Kenneth McClenton, told the Post at the time that the intended target of the shooting used her as a human shield.This week’s event succeeded in renewing attention for the case, he said.“I think we were very successful in reaching out to a population that normally is kind of aloof in terms of dealing with this matter and getting involved,” McClenton told the AFRO. “We reached out to a lot of people; we hope that some tips will come in, so that we can solve this case that was not just on Charnice tonight, it was also on other cases.”Along with members of the Metropolitan Police Department, approximately 60 people attended the vigil, including Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Paul Trantham, D.C. GOP Senior Vice Chairman Ralph Chittams, Sr., Anacostia Coordinating Council Philip Pannell, and Sandra Gliss, mother of Tamara Gliss, who was shot and killed two days before Milton in the Shaw area of the city.“I think that the people who came here were showing love, they came to support us and the cause, to show love, and that they care that makes a difference,” Francine Milton, Charnice’s mother, said. “People being present, not afraid, not hiding, showing that they care about what is going on in their community makes a difference. If we go in our houses and close the door, it’s not going to work.”District Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Milton’s homicide remains an open case.“We never give up, we never stop taking information, we never stop trying to close homicide cases; and so I try to reiterate that to much as I can to family members, as painful as it is, we don’t want to give up hope,” Lanier told Washington, D.C. NBC affiliate WRC-TV.As of May 27, there have been 50 homicides in D.C., compared with 49 at this time in 2015. Of this year’s deaths, 36 have occurred east of the Anacostia River.Anyone with information on Milton’s homicide or any other homicide in D.C. is asked to contact detectives at 202-437-0451, 202-497-4754 or the homicide branch number is 202-645-9600.  A $25,000 reward is being offered.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | October 02, 2009 Verathon Helps Identify Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms With New AortaScan Portable Ultrasound 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 20, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Echocardiography Guidance Software Data at ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions Bay Labs announced that new data on the company’s first-of-its-kind deep learning investigational guidance software… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 27, 2019 FDA Issues Final Guidance on Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound Systems and Transducers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance: Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more center_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Related Content 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare October 2, 2009 – Verathon yesterday released the new AortaScan AMI 9700 aortic measurement instrument, which uses ultrasound to help physicians identify the presence of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). Designed with emergency physicians, internists, and family practitioners in mind, the portable AortaScan AMI 9700 uses 3D ultrasound to quickly and noninvasively measure the diameter of the abdominal aorta, without the need for a sonographer. This crucial diameter measurement helps physicians identify the presence of AAA. The AortaScan AMI 9700 makes its official debut on Oct. 5 at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference in Boston (Verathon booth 1235), and Oct. 15 at the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) conference, also in Boston (booth 3244).Abdominal aortic aneurysms, a localized dilation of the abdominal aorta that exceeds normal diameter by more than 50 percent, occur most frequently in men over the age of 60. In the United States, AAA occurs in 2-4 percent of the adult population, with men five to seven times more likely than women to develop AAA. Ruptured AAA is the 13th leading cause of death in the United States, with about 15,000 American deaths annually. In addition to age and gender, other patient risk factors include atherosclerosis, a family history of AAA, a history of smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. An estimated 40,000 surgical procedures are performed every year in the United States to repair AAAs.The new device offers healthcare providers a quick, accurate, and reliable instrument for their emergency department (ED). The instrument, which has an onboard video tutorial and does not require a sonographer, is easy for nurses to learn and use.When the scan button is pressed on the AortaScan AMI 9700, the instrument measures ultrasonic reflections on multiple planes inside the body and produces a 3D image. Based on this image, the device calculates and displays the diameter of the abdominal aorta on the color console, and offers aiming assistance to the user, on both the probe and the console.The AMI 9700 instrument provides a print out or it can save exam data to an electronic medical record (EMR) via HIPAA-compliant ScanPoint online imaging technology. ScanPoint technology provides the ability to view, save and print exams as well as to quickly and easily calibrate AortaScan instruments online.For more information: www.verathon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 30, 2019 New Guideline Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-based Valve Interventions A new document compiled by four cardiac imaging professional societies provides a resource to guide clinicians in best… read morelast_img read more

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Mr Half Price convicted after failing to provide travel services

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, July 26, 2019 Posted by MISSISSAUGA — After being charged by TICO, Emmanuel Adjei, who operated under the name ‘Mr. Half Price’, has been convicted on three counts of operating as a travel agent without registration.Adjei was ordered to pay $6,561 in restitution and perform 200 hours of community service. He was also placed on probation for two years.Adjei was found to have sold travel services online under such names as ‘mrhalfprice’. It was found that consumers sent him money by e-transfer through an email address to pay for travel services they never received.Travellers who are booking travel services online, including through email and social media, are encouraged to verify if the person or business is registered with TICO. Prior to booking travel, go to TICO’s directory at https://members.tico.ca/TICO/Search/Directory.aspx to confirm registration. Travelweek Group center_img Tags: TICO Share ‘Mr. Half Price’ convicted after failing to provide travel serviceslast_img read more

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Political Rebels fight back

first_imgNo related posts. In an interview with the daily La Nación shortly before his death on Sept. 9, former Broad Front Party lawmaker José Merino Del Río noted what he called an “irritation with a government vacuum,” which has resulted in an “enormous and accumulated discontent that can be seen in the streets.”Merino said Costa Rican politics has reached its most discredited point, and that if you speak about politics, people resent it. “It’s all corruption, scams and unfulfilled promises,” Merino said. “Everyone is taking care of themselves, and the president has no power.” One month after Merino died while receiving treatment in Cuba for kidney cancer, student protests erupted on the streets of San José after President Laura Chinchilla vetoed a bill that would allow for small businesses to make photocopies of educational material (See story). The previous day, unrelated to the student protests, a report published by crhoy.com named 18 government officials currently under investigation by the Chief Prosecutor’s Office, all members of the ruling National Liberation Party, or PLN (TT, Oct. 8). Investigations include allegations of embezzlement, corruption and illicit gain, although no one has been convicted and the investigations are ongoing.“It’s just one thing after another,” said Wilson Arroyo, a member of the youth wing of the opposition Broad Front Party, who said he is looking forward to political change. Wilson is one of a growing minority of young people looking for new political leadership. “The Broad Front gives us opportunities others [political groups] don’t. For example, I am the president of Broad Front Youth in the canton of Alajuela, and I am only 21 years old. These are the opportunities young people need.” An alternativeEnter leftist Broad Front Party lawmaker José María Villalta. Perhaps due to the power of his words, often matched by the volume of his voice, Villalta, 35, has made himself heard among the din of majority lawmakers as the only nationally elected Broad Front official. Villalta has taken the concerns of people like Arroyo seriously. Villalta served under Merino as a legislative assistant from 2006-2010, before Villalta also was elected. He has positioned himself in conspicuous opposition to the PLN, aligning with young voters and students. Prior to his political career, Villalta served in the University of Costa Rica’s Student Rights Association from 1997-1998 and later sat on the board of the Federation of Students from 1998-2000.The rift between the PLN and the socialist Broad Front Party was clearly demonstrated on Sept. 10, when PLN lawmakers exited the legislative plenary during Villalta’s elegy to the late Merino. PLN lawmakers were dismayed at Villalta’s attempt to stir up popular dissent over Chinchilla’s decision to veto a polemic photocopy bill. A reform bill introduced by Merino sought to modify Law 8,039, which left open possible penalties for a common on-campus practice, the photocopying of academic materials for students by photocopying shops and bookstores. The bill Merino presented would eliminate jail time for violation of intellectual property rights (TT, Aug. 17). Surprising many, the bill passed a second legislative debate, prompting the Chamber of Information Technology and Commerce to request a presidential veto. Chinchilla abided, spurring the protests.Villalta, undeterred, replied, “The government chose [to side with] powerful business chambers. The students need to photocopy to study, and we support their demands.” Responding to the protests, Chinchilla on Monday signed a decree that protects photocopying for academic purposes.“It’s very contradictory,” Villalta said. “The decree practically says the same thing the president vetoed a few days ago.”RebelsThe Broad Front Party is a spin-off of the short-lived, center-left Democratic Force. Merino served as a lawmaker for Democratic Force from 1998-2002, before breaking ties with the group and forming the Broad Front Party in 2004. A new website created by Broad Front Youth was launched this month, at www.rebeldia.org (which borrows the Spanish word for rebelliousness). Young party members have been quick to channel the energy of the recent protests, and the site provides a forum for organizing protests and connecting young people interested in the party.Antonio Trejos, who heads communications for the new website and its forum, said the site has seen a spike in activity since the protests, and more than 300 active, young party members participate throughout the country. “He [Merino] insisted the country needed deep changes, and even during the most chaotic circumstances, he stood up for pacifist solutions and always urged young party members to play an active role in the party,” Trejos said.“Merino was an untiring critic of the neoliberal model and of the United States as a foreign influence and decision maker for our national politics,” he added. Trejos said he believes Villalta is the next progression within the Merino model.“Villalta is not only the youngest lawmaker in the Legislative Assembly, but also the most active,” Trejos said. Villalta has sponsored and presented 47 bills, and six have passed. He is a champion of equal rights and has sponsored a same-sex union bill, as well as a bill that would legalize in vitro fertilization, which was banned in 2000.Trejos added that the Broad Front Youth movement is trying to better understand the historical conditions of the “battle” between social classes to “realize that we are a part of a social reality much larger: capitalism.”Villalta has listened to and acted on the growing discontent among the youth population, and with Chinchilla’s ratings the lowest of any Latin America leader, the Broad Front Party is hoping they can ride the waves of dissatisfaction to the polls.While Villalta has not announced his candidacy for president in 2014, he hasn’t ruled it out.“I’m considering all my options,” said Villalta, “of which [a presidential run] is one.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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House Republicans unveil new roads plans

first_img Categories: Crawford News,Runestad News,Tedder News,Webber News 13May House Republicans unveil new roads plans Oakland County Reps weigh in on proposalThe House Republican Caucus today unveiled a simple roads plan that will create a long-term fix for Michigan roads and bridges.The plan focuses on using existing dollars and reprioritizing restricted funds. Unlike the ballot proposal put before the voters, the House Republican plan only contains funding pertinent to roads and bridges.“Michigan residents made it clear they wanted a more straightforward plan when they voted down Proposal 1,” said Rep. Kathy Crawford, R- Novi. “This plan is a simple and common-sense solution to create better roads and bridges.”One of the pillars of the House Republican road funding fix is directing sixty percent of projected General Fund growth directly into Michigan roads, bringing the total state funding to more than a billion dollars per year within the next four years. The plan will not affect funding for K-12 education.“This plan seeks to find a legislative solution to our continuing road problems, not a constitutional one which residents made clear they did not want,” said Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston. “This plan makes better use of the existing funds we have available rather than placing the burden on hard-working Michigan taxpayers.”Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake Township, said he is pleased to see competitive bidding and warranties included in the proposal.“This plan makes a great start at making sure taxpayer funds are used more efficiently and effectively,” Runestad said. “The plan has safeguards to ensure our roads will be of high quality and ensure transparency with taxpayer dollars.”The proposal also includes bills that will reprioritize restricted funds to be directed toward road funding.“We must budget for our priorities. For too long roads have not been a priority in our state and this proposal begins to address that by first using existing tax dollars,” said Rep. Michael Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “The reprioritizing of existing funds is a good start at better balancing our spending to reflect this priority.”###last_img read more

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