Insurance firms holding up claims, say Gujarat farmers

first_imgFarmers across Gujarat have launched State-wide protests demanding immediate disbursal of crop insurance claims for damage to their standing crops due to unseasonal rains in October and November. The protests have been launched against crop insurance companies, which are apparently not passing claims filed by farmers in more than 20 districts, which were lashed by the unseasonal rains that left damaged crops like groundnut, cotton, pulses and paddy. After the protests, Nitin Patel, Deputy Chief Minister, warned of action against insurance companies if they did not process claims and compensate farmers who paid premiums to insure their crops. “We have received several representations and even complaints against insurance companies. The government will be forced to take actions against insurance companies if they don’t act and compensate the farmers,” Mr. Patel told media persons in Gandhinagar. Some insurance companies are indulging in malpractices by curtailing claim amounts to just 20-30 % of what farmers have claimed, he added. Before Mr. Patel, senior BJP leader and former agriculture minister Dilip Sanghani also slammed insurance companies for not settling farmers claims. “I have come across several instances where crops have completely been destroyed but insurance companies have approved only 20 % of the total claim amount. This is not acceptable and government should hold them accountable,” Mr. Sanghani said. This year, Gujarat witnessed a prolonged monsoon with total rainfall touching 146 %, leading to extensive damage to crops in Saurashtra, North Gujarat and Central Gujarat districts. “Gujarat farmers have suffered extensive damage but are not getting compensation from insurance companies,” said Gujarat Congress farmers’ wing Pala Ambalia. Gujarat Congress has supported protests that are being organised at taluka level in affected districts. Meanwhile, the State government has announced a financial package of ₹3,795 crore for the farmers whose crops were damaged between the October 15 and November 20 during which several parts of the State received unseasonal rains. “The package will cover almost all the 56.36 lakh farmers whose crops suffered damage due to rains after the (south-west) monsoon (retreated),” Mr. Patel told media persons.Farmers in areas where rains were recorded in excess of 100 mm will get compensation at ₹6,800 per hectare up to two hectares, as per the package.last_img read more

Teaira McCowan’s layup at buzzer lifts Fever over Liberty in WNBA opener

first_img“This is definitely one of the top five I’ve been part of,” said McCowan, with a smile.Tiffany Mitchell led Indiana with 22 points. Her free throw with 2:16 left in the game gave Indiana a 79-78 lead. Neither team could score until the final seven seconds.Charles, who finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds, hit two free throws after she was fouled on a rebound with seven seconds remaining that gave New York a one-point lead.The loss was the 14th in a row for the Liberty dating back to last season. Charles didn’t see this as a continuation of the streak from last year.“Last year is in the past, you can only focus on this year,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT “I always tell her to keep her hands up,” Dupree said. “I yelled at her as I drove, ‘T’ your hands.”McCowan was part of one of the greatest game-winning shots at Mississippi State when teammate Morgan William hit a 15-footer in overtime at the 2017 Final Four to end UConn’s record 111-game winning streak. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FRENCH OPEN 2019: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic still rule tennis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I haven’t ever hit a game-winner before,” said the third pick in the draft, who finished with 11 points. “Not in AAU, high school or college.”Trailing by one after Tina Charles made two free throws with seven seconds left, Candice Dupree drove the lane and dished it off to McCowan, who laid it in just before the buzzer sounded. The officials did a quick video review and confirmed the basket counted.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, logistics LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Teaira McCowan’s WNBA debut was a memorable one, hitting the game-winning layup at the buzzer.The rookie’s shot lifted Indiana to an 81-80 victory over the New York Liberty on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.ADVERTISEMENT View comments This was the Liberty’s first regular-season game under new owner Joe Tsai. An investment group led by the Brooklyn Nets minority owner bought the Liberty in late January. Tsai, co-founder of the e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, bought a 49% interest in the Nets last year. Tsai was in attendance along with new WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and acting WNBA President Mark Tatum. Engelbert starts officially on July 17 after finishing her current job as CEO of Deloitte USA next month. The trio met at the half.Indiana got off to a rough start, missing its first eight shots before Shenise Johnson’s layup nearly 5 minutes into the game. Johnson sat out last year while recovering from an ACL tear suffered in 2017 and then a hamstring injury. Indiana built a 39-33 lead at the half despite 16 points by Charles. The lead grew to 54-42 with 3:19 left in the third before Reshanda Gray and Bria Hartley rallied New York, which scored 18 of the final 20 points to end the period. Gray’s putback with three seconds left capped the run and made it 60-56 for the Liberty. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue 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 LIBERTY DEBUTS: Asia Durr and Han Xu got their first minutes in the league playing for New York. Durr, who was drafted second by the Liberty, finished with eight points. Han played 65 seconds.“It was fun, exciting. First time playing in a game that counts,” Durr said. “Got my feet wet. I was super impressed with how we played. We could have done better.”UP NEXT:Fever: At Connecticut on Tuesday.Liberty: At Indiana on June 1. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Caroline Wozniacki ruled out of Istanbul Cup

first_imgFormer world number one Caroline Wozniacki will miss this month’s Istanbul Cup tournament after suffering an ankle injury.”Rolled my ankle during practice today, very sad to miss Fed Cup and Istanbul, but I’ll be back soon,” the 25-year-old Dane said on Twitter on Friday.Wozniacki, now down at 24th in the rankings after a disappointing showing at Indian Wells and Miami, was scheduled to play for her country in the Fed Cup Group II seven-team round-robin tournament next weekend in Cairo.She won the Istanbul title in 2014.last_img read more

Minister Shaw to Tackle Food Imports in Tourism Sector

first_img Mr. Shaw said it should not be the case that most of the food served by hotels “literally comes into the island on the same planes that fly in the tourists”. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Ministry intends to tackle the issue of food imports in the tourism industry head-on.The majority of the island’s total food imports, about 60 per cent, are directed to the hotel, restaurant and institutional (HRI) sector.Mr. Shaw said it should not be the case that most of the food served by hotels “literally comes into the island on the same planes that fly in the tourists”.“It’s not just fresh foods, but processed foods as well,” he noted, while addressing the launch of Things Jamaican’s ‘True Stories – From Farm to Shelf’ at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 15.He said that the matter must be addressed “frontally” in order to create more opportunities for local farmers and producers, while enabling visitors to enjoy the Jamaican experience.“We have to find a way to penetrate that very critical market, a market that is now over four million tourists,” he added.He noted that the Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC) Complex, located on Spanish Town Road, Kingston, will become a modern, supportive agro-industrial complex for “processing, packaging of fresh foods for the domestic (and) export markets, and the tourism sector is part of the export market”.True Stories – From Farm to Shelf tells the stories of 29 local entrepreneurs in the food industry.The launch was also used to celebrate the linkages between agriculture and manufacturing. “It’s not just fresh foods, but processed foods as well,” he noted, while addressing the launch of Things Jamaican’s ‘True Stories – From Farm to Shelf’ at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 15. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Ministry intends to tackle the issue of food imports in the tourism industry head-on. Story Highlightslast_img read more

CNRL pulls application to resume steaming near site of Primrose bitumen leak

CALGARY — Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has pulled an application to resume steaming at its Primrose oil sands site in eastern Alberta, as questions into a months-long bitumen spill there remain unresolved.The Alberta Energy Regulator told CNRL on Friday that its application would be denied, after which the company withdrew it.“We felt it was inappropriate to allow steaming to resume before we’ve completed the investigation into the leak at the site,” said AER spokesman Bob Curran.Canadian Natural had wanted to steam within a “restricted zone” at its Primrose oilsands project, imposed last spring after an emulsion of bitumen and water was found to be oozing to the surface at four locations.The AER is still reviewing a separate CNRL application to steam outside of the restricted area, Curran said.On Thursday, the company said it had finished cleaning up three of four spill sites, with the last set to be completed before the ground thaws.It said it would aim to resume steaming at Primrose this month or next. Company president Steve Laut said the steam would be pumped at pressures so low that it would be “impossible” for there to be problems.At Primrose, Canadian Natural pumps steam underground and allows it to soak into the reservoir before drawing the crude to the surface, a process known as high-pressure cyclic steam stimulation, or HPCSS.Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema says he’s glad the application had been withdrawn, but wants to see more done.“The AER now needs to turn down CNRL’s other application to re-steam the area just adjacent to the on-going spills. CNRL shouldn’t be able to add to and profit from the damage they’ve done to this region while investigations into the causes are still outstanding,” Hudema said.“The restrictions must remain in place until the AER’s investigation into the incident is completed, solutions identified, and the public are able to review the findings,” he added.Meanwhile, Hudema said a much broader safety review of in-situ technology is also needed.“What these on-going, uncontrollable, nine-month-plus long spills tell us is that there are major safety gaps in information about our understanding of underground tar sands extraction technology that need to be addressed before the government approves any more tar sands in-situ projects.”On Thursday, Laut reiterated the company’s view that the Primrose issues are “solvable” and that faulty wellbores are to blame. So far, the regulator has not come to the same conclusion. Following a similar event in 2009, it flagged geologic weaknesses as a potential cause. read more

Annan issues report on strengthening global regional response in tsunamis wake

In a new report on strengthening emergency relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery after the massive 26 December earthquake and tsunami, which left an arc of destruction from Thailand to the Horn of Africa, Mr. Annan called for the development and coordination of plans and services that can speed up overall response time in “sudden onset” emergencies.”The United Nations, governments and relevant civil society groups should commit to building and re-establishing regional, national and local disaster response capacities so that the humanitarian system has immediate access to deployable resources, particularly in disaster-prone areas,” he says, adding that the UN should develop a more unified field-level management structure to ensure response efforts are well coordinated and effective.Among his other observations, Mr. Annan notes that it is now widely recognized that if there had been a regional early warning system in place in South Asia, thousands of the nearly quarter of a million people killed in the disaster could have been saved. But he adds that such a system will work only if it reaches all communities at risk and is supported by appropriate legal and institutional frameworks, as well as corresponding local warning systems.He suggests that the UN should foster such regional frameworks in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, adopted by the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, held in Kobe, Japan just one month after the Indian Ocean tragedy. Hyogo calls for among other things, a global commitment to speeding up disaster response time, as well as to setting guidelines for disaster prevention and to developing people-centred early warning systems that provide timely information that is easily understandable by at-risk populations.Mr. Annan also recommends, among other things, that the international community encourage the development of a common mechanism within the UN to track and monitor humanitarian funds and funding. He also urges the disaster response community to consolidate and disseminate the body of knowledge and lessons learned from the Indian Ocean tsunami and other recent disasters that promotes institutional learning at all levels and guides future disaster management.When Mr. Clinton address the Council tomorrow afternoon, he will give an assessment of the tsunami recovery effort and highlight specific policy questions which need to be resolved. Following that, he will engage in a question and answer session with delegates from the Member States. read more

UK weather Hottest September day in 50 years could come this week

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The hottest September day in more than 50 years could come this week, with Britain’s Indian summer forecast to continue.Temperatures on Tuesday are predicted to peak between 86F (30C) and 90F (32C) in the South East, while Scots can expect an above-average 68F (20C) to 70F (21C), the Met Office said.It means Britain could be as warm as Bangkok in Thailand, and hotter than predictions for Madrid and Los Angeles.However, gale force winds are forecast to hit the west coast of Scotland and Northern Ireland by the end of Sunday ahead of the warmer air arriving.The last time temperatures soared above 86F (30C) in September was in 2006 in Kew Gardens, where the mercury hit 87F (30.5C) on September 11 that year.If the temperature rises above 88.9F (31.6C), which was reached at Gatwick on September 2, 1961, then it will be the hottest day for 55 years. Simon Partridge, a Met Office forecaster,said: “Basically we’ve got air coming up from the south. The origins of this air is generally southern France and northern Spain, where things are fairly warm at this time of the year. So we’ll start to see things warming up.”The highest September temperature recorded was in 1906 – 96F (35.6C) in Bawtry, South Yorkshire.Most of England will bask in temperatures in the high 20s, but it is likely to rain in western Scotland and Northern Ireland, which could also spread to south-west England and western Wales.Britons can expect to bake in above-average temperatures across the UK for the rest of the week, the Met Office said.UK weather forecast Sunday, September 11 Heatwave conditions will return to SW Europe over the next few days. Some of the heat will spread north to the UK— Met Office (@metoffice) September 10, 2016 Conditions will become more unsettled on Thursday and Friday when a band of rain will sweep east, bringing scattered showers.The week after next will split the UK, with the North West experiencing bands of rain interspersed with dry spells, while higher pressure over Europe will hold on close to the South East, bringing drier, warmer and more settled conditions.last_img read more

Unprecedented volumes on Africas biggest heap leach pad project

first_imgConstruction activities have reached peak intensity on the 34-month Maxi Heap Leach Pad project for French nuclear company AREVA at its Trekkopje uranium mine in Namibia, which will feature in IM’s July issue. The Trekkopje JV, comprising Concor Roads & Earthworks as lead partner, together with Grinaker-LTA and Basil Read, reports that it has been consistently achieving its present productivity targets on what is a complicated project that requires precision planning and programme scheduling. Upon completion the leach pad will be 4 km long and 1 km wide – the biggest of its kind in southern Africa and the second largest in the world. The sheer volume of material required is unprecedented for a project of this nature, according to Concor Project Manager Clive Meyer.“For instance, 2,5 km of piping is being laid every day, while 3.8 Mt of material will be crushed for the overliner over a period of 17 months, with 2.5 million m2 of 2 mm HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) plastic liner being imported from the USA,” he explains. “A total of 3.7 million m3 of earth will be moved, involving the blasting of 600,000 m3 of rock. Uranium will be leached from the pad into almost 900 km of piping, with diameters varying between 100 and 700 mm.”At the current contract peak there are more than 800 people on site, comprising the JV’s own staff and locally sourced personnel.The cut and fill of the individual cells involves 1.8 million m3 of cut and fill. Total gypcrete usage will be 320,000 m3, with 180,000 m3 of dispersive material sourced from a borrow pit.“The stone crushing process is slower than we envisaged at the time of tender,” Meyer comments. “We have increased the number of crushers on site to eight. The crushing rate has also been slower than we anticipated, owing to the massive volume of overliner. We need to crush at a rate of 11,000 t/d to maintain the program schedule.”A centre corridor running down the centre of the two rows of heap leach pads has a southern turning circle which required 334,000 m3 of fill and a northern turning circle which required 265,000 m3 of fill.Ancillary works involved a total volume of 140,000 m3 of earthworks and the construction of 14 platforms to provide a solid base on which to build the necessary foundations for the crushing and screening plants.This is a plant-intensive project, with more than 260 items of large plant on site, including dozers, excavators, loaders, rigid frame and articulated dump trucks. The project is scheduled for completion by December 2012.last_img read more

IT WAS CLOSE BUT Palmarsson scores for Veszprems Cup trophy

Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Iváncsik, Schuch, Ilic 1 (1), Palmarsson 5 (3), Nilsson 1, Nagy 1, Ugalde, Marguc 7 (1), Ancsin 1, Terzic, Sulic 2, Lékai 5 MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra, Sego – Obranovic, Kallman 2, Bodó 2, Gorbok, Goncalves, Zubai, Balogh 8 (5), Skube 4, Blazevic, Gaber 1, Sostaric 2, Rodriguez, Bánhidi 2, Buntic 1 It was close once again, but Telekom Veszprem stayed at the TOP of Hungarian handball in battle for the first trophy. The reigning Hungarian champions beat Pick Szeged 23:22 in the final of Hungarian Cup in Debrecen by winning goal of Aron Palmarsson, who used the chance from 7-meter throw after Matej Gaber was sent-off two seconds before the buzzer.Szeged netted for 22:22 a few seconds before the end, but without goalkeeper between the posts, Veszprem tried to score which is stopped by rough foul of Slovenian line-player. Decision was clear, red card and 7-meter throw for Veszprem.Telekom Veszprém – MOL-Pick Szeged 23:22 (13:9) ← Previous Story Women’s EHF Champions League: Final 4 déjà vu! Next Story → LIKE TWO DECADES AGO: TBV Lemgo beat THW Kiel read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland Ireland is providing €500,000 in humanitarian aid to Gaza.  The third day of searching for the missing Irish man who was surfing in Australia has concluded.  A mum-of-four from Tyrone was killed after she was struck by a car while on holidays in Bulgaria.  Post mortems are underway this evening on the bodies of two brothers who were found dead in their Sligo home. Brandon Skeffington (9) was found with stab wounds while his older brother, Shane, (21) was found dead in a shed outside.  A motorcyclist has been killed after a road crash in Wicklow.  A woman in her sixties has died after falling into the water on Lough Derg yesterday morning. The reclusive founder of Aldi, Karl Albrecht, has died today aged 94.Three books of condolence opened in Dublin today for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster.  Frank Flannery says he is holding his options open as regards pursuing legal action over the PAC’s inquiry into Rehab. The former Fine Gael strategist also described the party’s local election campaign as “one of the worst I ever saw“.  INTERNATIONAL  Source: Associated Press#GAZA: Israel shelled a hospital this afternoon, killing five people and wounding at least 70. Nine members of the same family were killed in an earlier air-strike.#MALAYSIA AIRLINES: A bereaved father has written a letter to the people responsible for the shooting down of flight MH17, in which his daughter was killed.#TAIWAN: The parents of the Taiwan attack suspect have said “although he is our child…he should be sentenced to death“.INNOVATION It has been 45 years since television audiences witnessed man’s first steps on the moon. Here’s how it was reported. []Netflix is testing ways to hide your embarrassing viewing history so you can indulge in guilty pleasures without the fear of getting caught. []PARTING SHOT Here’s pictures of what the sunken Costa Concordia looks like after two years underwater. [Business Insider]Originally posted 9:00pm.last_img read more

Naples les déchets saccumulent de nouveau

first_imgNaples : les déchets s’accumulent de nouveau Les rues de Naples sont toujours recouvertes de déchets. On en compte aujourd’hui plus de 3.000 tonnes. La fermeture d’une décharge voisine a eu des retombées immédiates.   “Il y a 3.000 tonnes de déchets dans les rues de Naples et par rapport à mardi nous avons réussi à contenir l’augmentation à seulement 100 tonnes”, a déclaré Paolo Giacomelli, responsable de l’hygiène de la municipalité de Naples.À lire aussiLa première barrière flottante anti-déchets sera bientôt testée à San FranciscoDeux semaines plus tôt, la quantité de déchets accumulés était de 1.700 tonnes mais suite aux protestations virulentes des villes qui accueillent les décharges à ciel ouvert, un décret est paru interdisant de déverser des ordures à Terzigno, dans la banlieue de Naples. Cette fermeture a fait empirer la situation mais elle était indispensable en raison d’une contamination de la nappe phréatique. Si on comptabilise l’ensemble des déchets qui s’accumulent aussi bien à Naples que dans ses environs, on arrive à un total de 9.000 tonnes.”Sans une intervention des autorités compétentes, nous risquons une catastrophe environnementale d’ici à 30 jours”, indique Gaetano Pecorella, le président de la commission d’enquête parlementaire sur les déchets.Le 18 novembre 2010 à 14:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pink Announces Beautiful Trauma Tour Apple Music Doc

first_imgOn Oct. 5 Pink announced she would be headed out on tour in support of Beautiful Trauma. With dates starting March 1, 2018, she’ll trek around North America, making 40 stops in all in cities near you such as Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, Cleveland, Colorado, Pittsburgh, and more. GRAMMY winner announces a 40-date trek around North America, in addition to a documentary accompanying her album release Renée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 5, 2017 – 12:42 pm Ahead of the Oct. 13 release of her Beautiful Trauma album, Pink is pulling out all the stops. Catch Pink On Her Beautiful Trauma Tour pink-announces-beautiful-trauma-tour-apple-music-doc NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 14, 2015 – 5:57 pm “Lady Marmalade” Wins Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals Email On Oct. 4 the GRAMMY winner announced a documentary on Apple Music, slated to be released the same day as her album. The short film will follow the behind-the-scenes process of making Beautiful Trauma.”Making an album, it’s so many moving pieces. It’s a lot of parts,” Pink says in the one-minute trailer. “The studio sessions, and you write the songs, and then you have to finish the songs. Someone’s in New York and someone’s in Philadelphia, and maybe there’s a choir in Philadelphia. Then, it’s photo shoots. Video shoots. You’re in dance rehearsals and maybe you’re on a festival tour at the same time over here, and you’re getting ready for your regular tour so it’s rehearsals and it’s putting on shows. Then, your six-year-old has surf camp, and your eight-year-old has a vaccination. And then, your album is out.” Facebook Pink Announces Beautiful Trauma Tour, Apple Music Doc Tickets go on sale to the general public via Pink’s website beginning Oct. 13.Lorde Announces Run The Jewels As 2018 U.S. Tour OpenerRead more Twitter News last_img read more

UPDATE Vigil Remembers New York City Truck Attack Victims

first_img– / 4THE LATEST on the investigation into the deadly bike path attack in Manhattan (all times local):7 p.m.The eight people killed when a rental truck rampaged down a Manhattan bike path are being remembered at a vigil and memorial march.Five of those killed were a group of classmates from Argentina celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation. One was a mother of two young children visiting from Belgium, and two were Americans.Thursday night’s candlelight event started at Pier 40 on Manhattan’s west side, where the man charged in the attack is accused of initiating the assault.The deadly drive continued south for almost a mile.About 100 mourners began walking along the promenade next to the route. It ends at Pier 25, just north of where the truck crashed into a bus and the suspect, 29-year-old Sayfully Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sy-EE’-pawf), was taken into custody.___4 p.m.Two New Jersey mosques in the city where the suspect in the New York City bike path terror attack lived are receiving threats.The Islamic Center of Passaic County says it has gotten eight telephone threats to burn the center down and kill its occupants, prompting extra police patrols in the quotes Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale as saying the Omar Mosque, where suspect Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sy-EE’-pawf) is reported to have prayed, also received threats. Officials there did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.Saipov, who lived next door to the Omar mosque, is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.His attorney has said it’s important to let the judicial process play out.___3 p.m.President Donald Trump’s tweets calling for the death penalty in the Halloween bike path attack that killed eight people could legally be cited as a symptom of widespread government bias. But experts say it’s unlikely they’ll become a speed bump in the prosecution.Trump wrote on Twitter late Wednesday that Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sy-EE’-pawf) “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”On Thursday, he tweeted that prosecutors “Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”A Fordham Law School professor says judges can weed out bias and will reject any defense claims about it.Saipov is at a federal lockup.His lawyer, David Patton, says he hopes “everyone lets the judicial process play out.”___2:10 p.m.The man the FBI said it was seeking as a person of interest in the New York truck attack has rebuked the plot and says it was “not from our religion.”On Wednesday, the FBI released a poster saying it was looking for Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, only to announce less than 90 minutes later that it had found him. He has not been detained or arrested.On Thursday, Kadirov released a statement to The Associated Press through a person in touch with his family. It calls the attack “sad and unbelievable.” He says “no human being who has a heart can do this.”A law enforcement official says Kadirov was a friend of suspect Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sah-YEE’-pawf) and may not have any role in the case. Saipov didn’t have many friends, said the official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.—Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed from New York.___12:15 p.m.New York City officials are praising the staff and students at a high school next to the bike path where a deadly truck attack occurred.Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina (fah-REEN’-yah) spoke Thursday outside Stuyvesant (STY’-veh-sehnt) High School.They said they were deeply moved by the accounts of those who hunkered down in the school Tuesday as the carnage unfolded outside.People from all backgrounds took care of each other.Members of the school community — including a teacher hurt on the bike path — wanted to return the next day to show terrorism hadn’t won.Farina previously talked to a student from another school who was hurt on the bus struck by the attacker’s truck.He insisted on keeping up his perfect attendance record.___10:55 a.m.The family of the suspect in New York City’s deadly bike path attack are secular Uzbeks who live an apparently comfortable life in a suburb of the capital.That’s according to a Radio Free Europe report on Thursday that cited neighbors of the family of Sayfullo Saipov, who spoke on condition of anonymity.According to the report, the neighbors said Saipov’s parents run a small clothing stall in a local market, and own a car and their own house.They live in Uchtepa, on the outskirts of Tashkent, and formerly resided in an apartment in a middle-class district of the capital.The report cited the neighbors as saying the parents were very secular and “ordinary.”Authorities in New York say Saipov was following instructions of the Islamic State group when he drove a truck down a bike path on Tuesday, killing eight people.In the past few years, the Islamic State has exhorted followers online to use vehicles, knives or other close-at-hand means of killing people in their home countries. England, France and Germany have all seen deadly vehicle attacks since mid-2016.___9 a.m.President Donald Trump says he’d love to send the suspect in New York City’s deadly truck attack to Guantanamo Bay. But Trump tweets that the judicial process at the Cuban detention center takes longer than the federal court system.Trump tweeted again Thursday, hours after saying Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sah-YEE’-pawf) should get the death penalty.The president doubled down on his earlier tweet, typing, “Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”The president had said Wednesday he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay. But that avenue appeared closed after prosecutors brought terrorism charges against the Uzbek immigrant in federal court in New York on Wednesday.Trump tweeted Thursday that there is “also something appropriate” about keeping Saipov “in the home of the horrible crime he committed.”…There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017 Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017 Sharecenter_img NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017___8:10 a.m.A New York Police Department official says authorities are not seeing anything that leads them to believe anyone else was involved in the bike path rampage.Deputy Commissioner John Miller said Thursday on “CBS This Morning” that Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sy-EE’-pawf) is the only suspect, but that could change. The 29-year-old was charged Wednesday with terrorism and other crimes.Miller says he Saipov was “following ISIS instructions” to “yell it out” and spread the terrorist agenda.Miller says the group suggests leaving leaflets at the scene of terrorist acts.Eight people were killed in Tuesday’s attack near the World Trade Center.Saipov’s lawyer, David Patton, says he hopes “everyone lets the judicial process play out.”__1 a.m.Authorities say the suspect in a deadly truck rampage was inspired by the Islamic State group’s online videos and plotted his New York City attack for two months.They say Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sy-EE’-pawf) chose to attack on Halloween because he believed streets would be extra crowded, and he rented a truck ahead of time to practice turning it.Authorities also say that after killing eight people in Tuesday’s attack, Saipov told investigators that he felt good about what he’d done.Those details emerged in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday against the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant. He’s facing federal terrorism charges that could carry the death penalty.Saipov’s appointed lawyer, David Patton, says he hopes “everyone lets the judicial process play out.”Meanwhile, the FBI is questioning a second Uzbek man.__The suspect in the deadly New York City truck rampage was inspired by the Islamic State group’s online videos and plotted his attack for two months, renting a truck ahead of time to practice turning it, federal authorities said in bringing terrorism charges against the Uzbek immigrant.President Donald Trump said on Twitter that Sayfullo Saipov “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”Saipov chose Halloween for the attack because he figured there would be more people on the streets, according to the criminal complaint. And after his trail of terror was halted by a police bullet, he asked to display the Islamic State flag in his hospital room, saying “he felt good about what he had done,” authorities said.Brought to court in a wheelchair, Saipov was held without bail on charges that could bring the death penalty. Separately, the FBI was questioning people who might have information about his actions before the attack, including a second Uzbek man.The charges against Saipov, 29, came just a day after the attack near the World Trade Center killed eight people. Investigators in multiple states raced to retrace Saipov’s steps and understand his motivations, which they said were illuminated by a note he left by the truck: “Islamic Supplication. It will endure.” The phrase “it will endure” commonly refers to the Islamic State group, and Saipov had a cellphone loaded with the group’s propaganda, an FBI agent said in the criminal complaint.Handcuffed and with his legs shackled, Saipov nodded his head as he was read his rights in a brief court proceeding that he followed through a Russian interpreter. Outside court, his appointed lawyer, David Patton, said he hoped “everyone lets the judicial process play out.”Photo via KyXy 96.5 FM @KyXyInvestigators worked through the night to determine what led a truck driver to plow down people Tuesday on the riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, authorities said.“I promise you that how we treat Mr. Saipov in this judicial process will say a lot more about us than it will say about him,” Patton said.The FBI released a poster saying it was looking for one of Saipov’s associates, Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, only to announce less than 90 minutes later that it had found him. A law enforcement official said Kadirov was a friend of Saipov’s and may not have any role in the case. Saipov didn’t have many friends, the official said. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.A married father of three and former commercial truck and ride-hailing driver, Saipov began planning an attack a year ago and settled on a truck assault a couple of months ago, according to the criminal complaint.During the last few weeks, Saipov searched the internet for information on Halloween in New York City and rented a truck to practice turns. He chose a route along a lower Manhattan highway and initially hoped to continue to hit more pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge, the complaint said.Ultimately, Saipov sped down a bike path on a riverfront esplanade in a rented truck for nearly a mile Tuesday, running down cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into a school bus, authorities said. He was shot after he jumped out of the vehicle brandishing two air guns and yelling “God is great!” in Arabic, they said. Knives were found in a bag he was carrying. A stun gun was found inside the truck.In the past few years, the Islamic State group has exhorted followers online to use vehicles, knives or other close-at-hand means of killing people in their home countries. England, France and Germany have all seen deadly vehicle attacks since mid-2016.The fact that a note was left at the scene was significant, because it showed he was following their instructions to the letter, NYPD Intelligence and Counterterrorism head John Miller said Thursday on “CBS This Morning.”“He was following the ISIS instructions which says if you’re going to do this you need to claim credit for ISIS or we won’t know you’re one of us and to yell it out, post it online or their magazine even suggested leaving leaflets and this seems to touch on that last piece,” he said.Saipov’s court appearance came just hours after President Donald Trump said he would consider sending Saipov to the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba — an idea the White House reinforced by saying it considered Saipov to be an “enemy combatant.” Detainees at Guantanamo accused of supporting militants have faced military tribunals, rather than trials in the U.S. legal system.By afternoon, though, Saipov was in federal court facing charges that include providing material support to a terrorist group. Trump’s administration could, at least in theory, still send the suspect to the U.S. base in Cuba later, though such a step would be unprecedented.The president took to Twitter on Wednesday, saying Saipov should get the death penalty. He repeated the call Thursday, saying he’d love to send the “NYC terrorist” to Guantanamo, but that process would take longer than going through the federal system. Trump said there was something “appropriate” about keeping Saipov where he committed the crime, and tweeted, “Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”Trump also has called for eliminating the 1990s visa lottery program that Saipov used to come to the U.S. in 2010.Miller said Saipov had never been the subject of a criminal investigation by the FBI or New York police, but appears to have links to people who have been investigated. He wouldn’t elaborate. Miller said Thursday he appeared to be the only suspect, but he cautioned the investigation was relatively fresh.The attack killed five people from Argentina, one from Belgium and two Americans, authorities said. Twelve people were injured.City leaders vowed New York would not be intimidated and said Sunday’s New York City Marathon would go on as scheduled, with increased security.last_img read more

Only material damage reported in Isla Mujeres fire

first_imgThe fire was reported in the area of La Gloria on Tuesday afternoon. According to the police report, officials from Civil Protection, Public Safety and the Red Cross rushed to the site to extinguish flames before they spread to other nearby homes. Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — A palapa fire in a residential area of Isla Mujeres caused a stir among police and firemen Tuesday as they battled the intense flames. Once out, an investigation by Civil Protection determined the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit. The owner of the home, 55-year-old José R. M. arrived to find his home in ruins. Police report no deaths or injuries, only material damage. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgStrong winds have been battering Ladysmith since this morning (June 14).The current windy conditions are caused by a cold front which is currently over the Western Cape.These conditions are likely to affect Ladysmith throughout the day.The South African Weather Service urges people not to burn anything outdoors, as there is a risk of veld fires easily spreading due to the heavy winds.Currently, the wind speed in Ladysmith is 11 knots, which translates to just over 20km/h.Also read: Weather Warning: Cold and rainy conditions predicted for LadysmithAlso read: Weather Update: Cold day in store for Ladysmith after snowfall on the Drakensberg WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite In Ulundi, the current wind speed is 16 knots or almost 30km/h.The cold front will bring cooler weather conditions to Ladysmith on Saturday.(Information taken from South African Weather Service by forecaster Ayanda Mtsele)Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img October 3, 2011 – Up to now, on-the-job hazards for cardiac sonographers were usually limited to overtaxed muscles or incorrect body positioning.  And the profession, with help from equipment manufacturers, has made remarkable progress in identifying and lessening these problems. But now, based on discussions initiated on the American Society of Echocardiography’s (ASE) social media website, (link sends e-mail) and results of an ASE survey, there appear to be growing concerns about radiation exposure. As October is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, the ASE believes it is appropriate to address this emerging concern for cardiovascular sonographers. Are sonographers getting more radiation on the job than is acceptable for their health?Initial results of a member poll, which includes responses from 90 sonographers, confirms that 63 percent feel that radiation safety is of concern in their workplaces, yet only 13 percent of these respondents say that a formal policy was in place to address radiation safety for cardiovascular sonographers.  “I feel that this is an important topic of concern. I have been doing echo in an outpatient setting for 17 years, and when I’ve raised this topic with my managers and physicians, I felt that they have not wanted to address the subject. I have implemented a ‘loose’ policy that somewhat addresses safety by doing the echo before the patient is injected with a radioisotope, but I’m in close quarters with these patients every day. I recently did a literature search on this topic, but found few relevant articles. I absolutely feel this needs closer review,” said one survey respondent.  Additionally, the preliminary survey information indicates that not all institutions treat exposure risks the same way.As echocardiography is a safe, radiation-free diagnostic test, how are sonographers getting exposed? In 2006, Americans were exposed to more than seven times as much ionizing radiation from medical procedures as was the case in the early 1980s, according to a 2009 report on population exposure by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). Medical exposure constituted nearly half of the total radiation exposure of the U.S. population from all sources in 2006, and was primarily a result of the growth in the use of medical imaging procedures, including computed tomography (CT) and nuclear medicine.As more cardiovascular laboratories move toward a multi-modality model where nuclear and ultrasound imaging are done in the same facility, and as more sonographers work in these multi-modality environments or integrated outpatient centers, there may be a need to protect them from an unacceptable level of exposure.  In ASE’s poll, 98 percent of the respondents say that both echocardiograms and nuclear medicine studies are performed in their facilities, and 21 percent of them regularly spend time in the catheterization lab.How much is too much?  The Health Physics Society (HPS), which is dedicated to making sure that health physicists have the information necessary to manage the beneficial use of ionizing radiation while protecting workers and the public from potential hazards, suggests that close contact with radiated patients can quickly lead to an unacceptable level of exposure. Significant radiation exposure can be acquired from being close to patients who have both nuclear stress tests and cardiovascular ultrasound on the same day, and from spending time in catheterization labs and hybrid rooms.The Health Physics Society has advised putting personal radiation monitors (body badges) on sonographers to find out how much dose they actually receive per patient. ASE sonographer Sue Maisey, RDCS, FASE, director of non-invasive cardiology/arrhythmia at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital/Texas Heart Institute in Houston, reports that all sonographers at her institution wear radiation badges, which are sent out for monitoring each month. Their exposure rates are posted and reviewed by the hospital radiation safety officer. In the ASE’s survey, there was a wide variety of procedures for handling patients who receive both nuclear and ultrasound tests on the same day, ranging from facilities that schedule all ultrasounds before patients are radiated and monitor sonographers for radiation exposure, to facilities where changing the schedule to avoid exposure is considered inconvenient to patients or staff and strongly resisted, and those where no radiation monitoring is done.Sonographer Marti McCulloch, RDCS, MBA, FASE, director of Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston, notes that at her institution, the growing volume of patients who receive both echocardiography and nuclear stress tests on the same day has led to the scheduling of echocardiograms prior to nuclear tests when possible.  She stated,“Radioisotopes vary according to test and gamma camera, so it is important for both the patient and the sonographer staff to be aware of what types of tests have been recently performed on the patient.”  She recommends that sonographers talk with their hospital administrators to put in place policies that facilitate having patient tests be routed correctly, e.g., ultrasound tests being performed on patients first, before the nuclear department exams.ASE believes there is a need for a greater awareness of the causes of radiation exposure and adherence to prevention techniques for the working sonographer.  ASE is continuing to collect information on this issue and gathering best practices for addressing concerns; resource information available to date has been posted on ASE’s website. ASE will partner with other sonographer and ultrasound organizations to make any information as widely available as possible.  In the member poll, a number of respondents favored creation of a uniform radiation policy; some suggested that standards set by ASE and/or the Intersocietal Commission on the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) would have more credibility in the workplace than those created by labs independently.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Needless to say, there is a good amount of risk in investing a high draft pick on a talented but troubled player like Mathieu.But Stewart Mandel, who covers college football for Sports Illustrated, knows exactly why the Cardinals took that risk.“During the draft, when he got picked and they showed the highlights, for me, it was like a trip down memory lane,” Mandel told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Friday. “I had forgotten just how exciting a player he was in the 2011 season. LSU went to the national title game and he was one of the central figures of it.”The Cardinals will rely on Mathieu’s former LSU teammates Patrick Peterson and Kevin Minter to mentor him and keep him walking a clean path. If they can, Mandel believes Mathieu will have a productive career in the desert.“I just really hope he’s got the right support around him to keep him out of trouble, and if he does, I think he can be a tremendously impactful player — at the very least on special teams or as a returner and possibly also as a corner or safety,” Mandel said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories LISTEN: Stewart Mandel , Sports Illustrated College Analyst Your browser does not support the audio element. When the Arizona Cardinals selected cornerback Tyrann Mathieu out of LSU with a third-round pick in last week’s NFL Draft, many raised an eyebrow.Mathieu, who finished fifth in the 2011 Heisman Trophy balloting, did not play in 2012 after being kicked off the LSU roster by head coach Les Miles. Mathieu had failed repeated drug tests which led to his dismissal. Following an abbreviated stay in a drug treatment center, Mathieu and three other former LSU players were arrested for possession of marijuana.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ivy League a cappella group cuts Disney song amid criticism by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2018 10:44 am PDTcenter_img PRINCETON, N.J. — An all-male a cappella group at an Ivy League university has pulled a Disney movie song from its act following a student newspaper column that suggested the lyrics helped promote “toxic masculinity.”The Princeton University Tigertones have performed “Kiss the Girl,” a song from “The Little Mermaid,” for years. During the performances, a female audience member would be brought onstage to decide whether or not a man from the crowd could kiss her.Noa Wollstein, who wrote the column, claimed the song’s message is misogynistic and that too many women have been pulled on stage for unwanted encounters.In a response published in the newspaper, the Tigertones’ president apologized to anyone made uncomfortable by the tradition. He said the group won’t perform the song until it can find a way to do so without offending any audience members.The Associated Presslast_img read more

BoC links provident funds recoupment to lower wages Etyk says

first_imgBank workers’ union Etyk said Bank of Cyprus has offered to help members of provident funds recoup losses suffered in the 2013 banking crisis but only in exchange for introducing a new salary regime.Cyprus’s largest bank already informed its staff about its intention to introduce a new remuneration scheme which “will pin down” the earnings of the vast majority of its workers and their prospect of getting promoted, saving the bank up to 20 per cent on its payroll, the union said in a statement on its website.“This proves that the ultimate aim of the bank is to drastically reduce labour costs,” Etyk said, adding that staff had already consented to sacrifices to help the bank survive and recover after the crisis.“No matter how some people try to play down the sacrifices of the colleagues, they cannot write off the reality,” the union said. “If there had been no crisis, the salaries and benefits of colleagues today would be twice as high, and the bank continues to benefit from this difference and will continue to do so forever”.Finance Minister Harris Georgiades on Thursday announced a new scheme to recoup members of provident funds for losses suffered in the banking crisis almost five years ago with a further €20m on top of two other schemes announced in 2013 and in July 2017, with a budget of €300m and €168m respectively.Under the scheme announced in July, provident fund members would be compensated with 75 per cent of their losses with a €100,000 cap. The scheme announced last week by Georgiades provides for a more generous compensation of those who have already retired but exempts current Bank of Cyprus workers.Provident funds, mainly those of bank workers, held €1.1bn in deposits before the bail-in in March 2013. Having repeatedly defied supervisory advice to avoid risk concentration, they lost €763m.Bank of Cyprus, which is expected to post a €500m loss this year resulting from increased provisions as roughly half of its loan portfolio is not performing, saw its staff cost fall to €224m, when it posted a €64m profit, from €234m the year before. The bank’s total expenses last year fell to €397m from €408m in 2015.“What is causing a lot of concern and indignation is the government’s interference in the bank’s labour affairs in an attempt to have the bank –apparently– shoulder the cost of the obligations assumed by the government with the commitments it assumed in 2013 to compensate provident funds,” Etyk said. “Our organisation has made clear that it cannot accept a government commitment being turned into a Bank of Cyprus bargaining chip, stressing that it is unacceptable for the government to interfere in the bank’s labour affairs to cover its own mistakes”.Bank of Cyprus did not immediately respond to a request for comment.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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