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The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed with the Uttar Pradesh government’s proposal to facilitate the transfer of a woman law student from Shahjahanpur, who had levelled harassment allegations against former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, and her brother to law colleges affiliated to the Bareilly University.Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Bannerjee told a Bench led by Justice R. Banumathi that the siblings would be provided hostel facilities. “Their future is important,” the court said.The Bench requested the Bar Council of India (BCI) to increase the seats in the colleges where the woman and her brother would be shifted for LLM and LLB courses respectively.The top court also disposed of the suo motu petition. It said the petition, filed by women lawyers last week, was entertained because the woman was missing at the time. She was subsequently traced to Rajasthan. The court had on Monday directed the U.P. government to set up a Special Investigation team to investigate the charges levelled by the woman.
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ “The person that comes to mind immediately is Tiger Woods,” said McEnroe in reference to the golf superstar whose life and career imploded after a series of extra-marital affairs were revealed.But Djokovic, the winner of 12 Grand Slam titles, shrugged off McEnroe’s comments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He’s very well known for his kind of bold comments and not really caring too much about being politically correct but saying whatever is on his mind,” said 30-year-old Djokovic.“That’s all I can say. I really don’t take anything personal. I always got along very well with John. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “You know, I guess whether that’s his opinion or criticism or something else, I’m not really sure. But in the end of the day, I respect everything he says.”McEnroe is no stranger to recent controversies having stated that Serena Williams would only rank 700 in the world if she played on the men’s tour.While describing 23-time major winner Williams as the “best female player ever — no question”, he put her around 700 compared to men.“If she had to just play the men’s circuit that would be an entirely different story”.Long-time world number one Williams, who won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant, is taking the rest of the year off to have her first child.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ross knows what new import McKines is made of: ‘He wants to win’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES She hit back at McEnroe.“Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based,” she wrote on Twitter.“I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, left, embraces Slovakia’s Martin Klizan after winning their Men’s Singles Match on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Novak Djokovic says he still respects John McEnroe despite the American comparing the Serb’s slump to Tiger Woods’s similar decline and hinting at troubles in the three-time Wimbledon champion’s private life.McEnroe caused a stir by claiming that Djokovic’s recent difficulties on the court, which have seen him lose possession of all four Grand Slam titles, could have been caused by “off-court issues with the family”.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The New York Yankees wasted a golden chance to gain ground in the AL East.Nick Franklin hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL wild-card leading Yankees 6-3 on Sept. 15.Hobbled Alex Rodriguez and Greg Bird homered for the Yankees, who remain three games behind division leading Toronto, which lost 3-2 at Atlanta.“It’s tough that we’re not able to hold them down,” New York Manager Joe Girardi said after Tampa Bay won for the third time in nine games.The Yankees have lost six of eight.Franklin, who entered when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left after four innings with a left knee strain, put the Rays up 4-3 on his homer off Nick Rumbelow (1-1).“He came up with the big hit right there and got us the win,” Rays starter Jake Odorizzi said.J.P. Arencibia made it 6-3 with a two-run single in the eighth.Rodriguez hit his 32nd homer this season and 686th of his career off Odorizzi (8-8) in the first hours after the team learned he is playing with a bruised left knee. Rodriguez moved past Craig Biggio into sole possession of 21st place all-time with his 3,061st hit.Rodriguez had an MRI earlier and was also examined by team orthopedist Daniel Murphy. It is thought that Rodriguez was hurt sliding in the Sept. 13 game against Toronto.“He’s fine,” Girardi said.Odorizzi allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. Brandon Gomes pitched the ninth for his first save, getting a fly ball from Brett Gardner with runners on second and third and two outs.Bird gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead on a two-run homer in the fourth that came on the 10th pitch of the at-bat.Logan Forsythe had an RBI single in the first and Tampa Bay went ahead 2-1 when Mikie Mahtook doubled, stole third and scored on catcher Brian McCann’s throwing error in the second.Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier took away a potential game-tying extra-base hit from Gardner with a running catch on the warning track to end the seventh.“He’s an amazing center fielder,” Girardi said. “He’s as good as I’ve seen.”Rodriguez nearly had his second opposite-field homer of the game in the eighth, but his leadoff drive was caught on the warning track.Adam Warren gave up two runs and six hits over four innings in a spot start for the Yankees.(MARK DIDTLER) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Keeping children away from mobile games that they enjoy is not a piece of cake. If not done correctly, it could breed resentment in the mind of the child for the parent(s) and make the situation even worse. A PUBG ban might not be a good solution as in this technology-ruled world, even young children are digitally savvy and can figure out how to access the banned game, undo child locks, and find other similar games.Parents can try to solve the issue only after understanding the root cause of the unhealthy attachment to the game.Read: Why we cannot stop playing PUBG: Gaming addiction health problems and why no one talked about a Candy Crush banEven though Nepal recently lifted its PUBG ban due to uncertainty about the legality of it, the issue still remains hot in India with parents, police and politicians talking about the dangers of a violent, addictive game that anyone can play for free. In Gujarat, a few players were even arrested for playing PUBG.To understand how parents can guide their children on the issue of PUBG or other addictive video games, we spoke to a child psychologist, a parenting expert, the founder of a futuristic group of schools, and the CEO of a leading ed-tech company that is transforming education with gamification and other modern approaches. (Photo: PTI)Here are a few important tips for parents to monitor children without being hated in return:1. Do not use mobile phones and games to keep your children occupied”Sometimes parents use online games as a parenting tool. They feel that children are sitting at one place and not disturbing them, so they can continue with their household chores or other tasks and that’s what stems up this addiction,” explains Meenal Arora, Founder Director, Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools. This approach can be harmful to the young ones.advertisementSince using mobile phones or watching screens can hamper the cognitive development of very young children and cause permanent damage, they should be kept away from phones and be engaged in other activities or encouraged to pursue a hobby of their interest, Arora says.”We cannot take screens out of our lives completely, but we can restrict their usage to a fair quota, depending upon the child’s age,” says Parul Ohri, Chief Editor at Momspresso.Read: PUBG Mobile: What is it, is it affecting students and why have Gujarat, VIT and other institutions banned it (Photo: Pexels)2. Bond with your child and be vigilant”We have spoken with several experts about screen addiction and the unanimous advice is – communicate with your child and be vigilant about their emotional well being,” says Ohri.”Often, children turn to gaming because parents are not able to give time to them. Therefore, parents should bond better with them so that they do not become reclusive,” says Beas Dev Ralhan, CEO and Co-founder of Next Education India.Mobile phones with their innumerable games and apps have already made people very reclusive and addictive games like PUBG aggravate the issue.”When children or even adults start playing a game, they just can’t get enough. They keep coming back for more. They enjoy the thrill, the adrenaline and also the instant gratification,” says Arora.”Playing any game involves sitting in front of a screen and concentrating on it leaving no time to go out and meet others which is harmful for children and adults alike. Going out, getting involved in outdoor activities, interacting with others — are all good for our physical and mental well-being,” she adds. 3. Engage your children in positive gaming and other activities”Parents must understand that even if they are engaging their children using technology, they need to ensure that the games and activities are age-appropriate,” says Arora.For this, parents themselves need to be digitally savvy so they can make sure their kids are consuming only positive content.”Encourage offline interests particularly sports and keep track of any change in behaviour so that any alarming trend can be nipped in the bud,” says Parul Ohri. Parents should encourage kids to pursue a hobby of their interest. If left unengaged, they could go back to their gaming addiction, she says.Read: Video gaming as addictive as cocaine and gambling, says WHO on adding ‘gaming disorder’ to their listIf parents consider playing with their children, they can keep track of their child’s interests and help steer them towards less harmful, educational games as well, says Beas Dev Ralhan.advertisementGame-based learning, which is now being taken up by many ed-tech companies can also bring kids into an educational atmosphere along with the fun of gaming and divert them from harmful gaming practices.”Parents should keep an eye on the types of games their kids are playing and discourage them from mortally harmful games such as the Blue Whale Challenge,” he adds.”Children are provided limited opportunities to play outdoors and are being confined to home to complete school work etc. The break from study-time is utilized on engagement with gadgets. Instead, it is important to expend energy and keep the mind active by engaging in a physical sport,” says Divya Palaniappan, Child Psychologist.Physical activity rejuvenates the mind and helps children focus better on academics, contrary to the belief that playtime is of no use. “Gaming indoors would not turn into an addiction when children are provided ample opportunities to engage in a variety of extra-curricular activities,” she adds. 4. Do not blame or shout at kids for their excessive gamingParents should not blame their children on finding them engrossed in their mobile phone as it could make them reclusive and more adamant about finding a way to play. If pressurised, the situation could become dangerous as was seen in the teen suicide case in Telangana in early April.”Many a time, questions by parents are often interpreted as criticism by children. Parents should reassure children that they are not being condemned. All the issues regarding their gaming behaviour should be addressed affectionately and in a calm and composed manner,” advices Meenal Arora.She says that parents should tell their children what changes they have noticed in their behaviour like declining grades, social withdrawal, giving up hobbies etc. and why increased screen time is becoming a concern. 5. Encourage kids to be self-responsible”Set specific screen time and encourage children to be self-responsible. If they honour the rules then you can use the free time to engage them in varied interesting activities,” says Arora.”Brute force does not work with children. It is better to adapt an authoritative parenting style where as a parent, you define the norms and guide your child to make decisions,” explains Divya Palaniappan.”It is really important to let your child know the consequences of decisions and enable them to choose wisely. Asking them to stop without providing them with reasons tends to incapacitate them, which would have adverse effects on their well-being,” she adds. 6. Plan a ‘Digital Detox Day'”Plan a day every week as Digital Detox Day — this applies to both parents and children. Remove access to any type of digital device — no smartphones, no computers. Parents can plan a variety of other entertaining activities such as cycling, playing cricket etc.,” says Arora”Setting an outdoor play schedule and encouraging participation in sports is most effective when children are young. For younger children a great idea is for one parent to be directly involved with screen time and use it to do fun stuff together with the child, whether playing a game, watching entertainment or a DIY,” says Parul Ohri.advertisement7. Kids emulate their parents, so set the right standardMoreover, children tend to follow what their parents do rather than doing what their parents tell them to do. So, parents need to be good role models for their kids.If children watch their parents absorbed in their smartphones, they will also try to mimic the same behaviour. Sit with your kids and read to them or take them camping so that they can be introduced to other ways to have fun.Read: Game-based learning benefits: The new education process that can change everythingRead: Gaming as a career option: Lucrative career options in the gaming industryRead: Be a game artist and turn your gaming love into a career: Know about skills, salary and job prospects
Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Read more Australia sport Twitter features Fifth and lastAdd Scotland to the list of teams who have fielded fewer than 17 players this season. An injury epidemic left the Bravehearts with just 16 when they lost Lewis Tierney in the warm-up in Ireland, the Catalans star taking the number of unavailable Scots well into the twenties.Ireland’s dozen full-timers were too strong for Scotland’s four, winning 36-10. While Newcastle (Tyne and Wear) recruit Liam Finn was majestic for the Wolfhounds, Newcastle (New South Wales)-based second-rower Nick Glohe was considered Scotland’s best on his try-scoring debut.In the other European Championship opener, Tony Gigot was superb as France swatted away understrength Wales, 54-18. Toulouse forward Rhys Curran – surely the first former Eltham College pupil to play international rugby league – scored on his France debut.Whoever loses between Scotland and Wales in Galashiels on Friday faces another round of qualifiers next year, while the winners of Ireland v France in Santry on Saturday will secure a place at the 2021 World Cup.Follow No Helmets Required on Twitter and Facebook Martin Taupau can vouch for the NRL quality of Luke Thompson’s explosive runs. The Kiwi hardman’s braids were jolted back when hit by the ginger-bearded Saints express engine. England boss Wayne Bennett was lost for words about the rookie Thompson’s dynamite impact off the bench. “We were missing some top guys and Sean [O’Loughlin] goes off, but when someone comes on like he did and plays a lot of minutes… phew!”Bennett was also blown away by the adventurous kick returns, darting bursts and clever off-loads of winger Tommy Makinson. “He was outstanding; I couldn’t believe what he did.” Like Thompson and Makinson, try-scoring international newcomers Jake Connor and Oliver Gildart looked capable of matching the best in the business on their day. No doubt they are all on NRL clubs’ shopping lists.Bennett said “we don’t see enough of” the sort of thrilling try with which Gildart crowned his debut. Viewed from the frigid press seats at the back of the top tier, the Wigan centre’s outstanding immediate footwork upon receiving the ball to avoid Ken Maumalo suggested he could play tag in a cream Kingston Communications phonebox.Bennett’s England set-up has dismantled the NRL superiority factor. The next step will be to demolish Australia’s unbeatable aura, something New Zealand have managed. With little competition for places at their Super League clubs, England’s players have previously found it hard to step up to match the NRL’s best on a weekly basis. Spells in the NRL seem to have banished that issue. Nuggety all-action hero John Bateman will become the 11th member of England’s player pool to test themselves in the NRL when he joins Whitehead and Hodgson in Canberra next season.The consistency required to retain a place in an NRL XIII is key. Commit daft errors – as England did twice in as many minutes against New Zealand, leading to Watene-Zelezniak putting the Kiwis ahead – and there is always someone ready to take your place.There appear to be four nations now nudging elbows as they dine at rugby league’s top table. England beat New Zealand by two points on Saturday a fortnight after New Zealand had beaten Australia by the same margin. And that’s the Australia team who won the World Cup last year by beating England – who reached the final with a two-point victory over Tonga, who made it to the semi-finals by beating New Zealand.Foreign quota Joseph Manu in action against Australia earlier this month. Photograph: Fiona Goodall/AFP/Getty Images Super League Share via Email Oliver Gildart takes on New Zealand in Hull. 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England temper crowd estimate for Sunday’s New Zealand Test at Anfield Share on WhatsApp Twitter Since you’re here… Pinterest Pinterest No Helmets Required I asked England boss Wayne Bennett about Gildart not even being in his original squad, only to be called up from the Knights when Sam Burgess pulled out. “After seeing the way he played in the last month, I said ‘Let’s grab him now’,” explained Bennett. “He’s only 21 years old so he has a long future with us.”Never mind the Knights; Gildart could have been playing for Italy instead of England. The Azzurri, who unsuccessfully tried to recruit Gildart last year for the World Cup, beat Niue 36-32 on Saturday in Sydney, Townsville forward Brenden Santi scoring the winner in the last minute.James Tedesco’s big brother Matthew made his Italy debut, while Niue were led by a former London Broncos and Barrow duo: captain Zab Lucky Luisi and coach Pat Weisner.Clubcall: Sydney Roosters New Zealand rugby league Four years ago Joseph Manu was one of the standout players at the inaugural Commonwealth Championships in Cumbernauld, ripping it up and earning the nickname “Sonny Bill” from the victorious Papua New Guinea team. However, he did it wearing the green and gold of Australia. As NSW Under-18 champions, his club side Sydney Roosters were representing Australia. Hamilton-born Manu told me then his dream was to play for the Kiwis. He has now achieved that after a sensational NRL-winning season. Let’s hope we see Manu and his Roosters Kiwi mates – the firebrand Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Isaac Liu – back here for the World Club Challenge against Wigan in February.Goal-line-drop-outThe 17,649 attendance in Hull led to serious wailing. One RFL employee admitted they had not put enough into marketing the first Test – as was the case with the pathetic turnout for Australia v Scotland across the River Hull two years ago.There were more Americans in Denver in June and more than twice as many at London’s Olympic Stadium in 2015 to watch the same fixture. Yes, the hideous lunchtime weather was reminiscent of the 2000 World Cup, eliminating any potential walk-ups but this was the smallest crowd at an England v New Zealand game for 11 years.On the other hand, the Hull attendance was about par for an England v New Zealand Test. In fact, there was no crowd as big as last Saturday’s for any Kiwi game on these shores between 1961 and 1985. RFL boss Ralph Rimmer expects Anfield to be only half-full on Sunday but perhaps that is no surprise. Other than cup finals, since 1951 only four of England’s home matches against New Zealand have drawn more than 25,000 fans. NRL Having won their last two games against New Zealand, England should have no inferiority complex before their meeting an Anfield on Sunday. But they still go into the Test wary of the Kiwis. Shaun Johnson, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jordan Rapana, Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor all have big reputations, and English fans might assume their boys from Dewsbury and Bradford, Wigan and Widnes will not be able to match these NRL superstars.That is nonsense according to England and Canberra Raiders second-rower Elliott Whitehead. Having been voted man of the match in England’s 18-16 victory over New Zealand at Hull on Saturday, Whitehead insisted his teammates from the Super League have nothing to fear.Indeed, he believes they could all follow him, his Canberra teammate Josh Hodgson and the Burgess brothers to the toughest league in the world. “The Kiwis play NRL week-in, week-out but the players in the England squad who play in Super League are more than capable of playing over there,” he said. “They could all cope in the NRL, I’m 100% sure. Anyone could go over there and play.” Topics Share on LinkedIn Facebook Reuse this content Share on Messenger Facebook
zoom Scotland-based KNOT Offshore Partners has, through its subsidiary, entered into a binding term sheet for a new senior secured credit facility in order to refinance the existing bank loan associated with the crude oil tanker Hilda Knutsen.The existing bank loan has an outstanding principal amount of USD 75.6 million with a balloon amount of USD 69.5 million due at maturity in August 2018, according to the company.The new senior secured credit facility will consist of a USD 100 million term loan facility with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance (Hong Kong) Limited and will have a fixed tenor of seven years.KNOT Offshore Partners expects to close the facility in May 2017, subject to the execution of definitive documentation and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.“The refinancing of the Hilda Knutsen facility will make a significant liquidity contribution to the Partnership. We are securing long-term financing on attractive terms, addressing our refinancing risks and at the same time further diversifying our funding universe,” John Costain, CEO/CFO KNOT Offshore Partners, said.The company added that it anticipates that it will have the option to purchase the shuttle tanker Vigdis Knutsen when it commences the long-term charter with a subsidiary of Shell, expected in early April 2017.A ninth dropdown would result in the Partnership’s growing its fleet to comprise thirteen advanced modern shuttle tankers, a 225% fleet growth since the Partnership was listed on NYSE in April 2013.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license A shipowner and a master are facing trial after being accused of discharging around 90 tonnes of oil from a bulk carrier into Queensland waters in July 2015.Namely, Globex Shipping and the master, Kuk Hyun Jang, were charged with two offences under the Protection of the Sea Act in 2017.The parties each face fines of up to AUD 17 million under Commonwealth law, according to local media reports.Data provided by Supreme Court of Queensland indicated that the oil was allegedly spilled into the exclusive economic zone and outer territorial sea off the coast of Queensland from the bulker Regina, which has since been renamed and sold. The incident reportedly occurred while the ship was sailing from Singapore to New Zealand in mid-July 2015.Subsequently, the oil floated into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park before washing up on north Queensland shores later that month.Pre-trial proceedings were scheduled to begin in the Townsville Magistrates Court, however, Globex Shipping’s lawyers argued they had not been effectively served with summons to appear.The company did not appear in Court and believed the Magistrate had no power to examine witnesses. Not agreeing with this, Townsville Magistrate, Ross Mack, ordered Globex Shipping to come to court.In the Supreme Court in 2018, the company successfully appealed the decision, that was overturned in the Court of Appeal on August 27, 2019.World Maritime News Staff
OTTAWA — Consumer advocates say a rare consensus is forming among the major political parties ahead of the federal election that Canadians need to be protected from gouging by the country’s big telecom companies.Even before the official campaigning begins for the Oct. 21 vote, all the major parties are pledging to find ways of curbing increases to telecom rates.The New Democrats laid out their plan for reducing wireless and internet-service rates in June, vowing to impose a price cap on monthly bills that they estimated will save households about $10 a month for each service.Recent media reports have indicated the Trudeau Liberals are preparing a campaign pledge to reduce cellphone and internet costs either through a cap on monthly bills or by requiring major service providers to offer mobile virtual-network operators wholesale access to their infrastructure.The Conservatives under Andrew Scheer have criticized the Liberals for being ineffective on the subject, but have not laid out their own plan to deal with a rising household cost.Industry players warn that attempts at rate-fixing could result in reduced investment in critical infrastructure, particularly as Canada heads toward development of 5G networks across the country.John Lawford with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre says if rates for internet, cellphone and other telecom services are a political football, that’s because the service providers have done nothing to take themselves off the radar of the political parties.Consumer watchdog organization OpenMedia says big telecom has been gouging people in Canada for far too long and change is long overdue. The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsThe birth of a white buffalo in many cultures is said to be a sign that people from different cultures will unite.But in the U.S., however, Native American groups are up in arms because a Texas ranch offers hunters a chance to bag the sacred animal for sport.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.
TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has agreed to pay $1.1 billion for the air distribution division of Tomkins, a diversified U.K.-based industrial company.The division makes products used in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for commercial and residential buildings.The pension fund manager is already a part owner of Tomkins, which was acquired in 2010 by CPP and Toronto-based Onex Corp.Since then, Tomkins has been selling off non-core businesses.With the deal announced Friday, CPP Investment Board will have a “significant majority interest” in the Tomkins air distribution division including the portions it owns directly and indirectly through its stake in the parent company.The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter but other financial details of the transaction weren’t disclosed.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2013 5:26 am MDT Russia uncovers network of shell companies behind $23.5 billion in illegal foreign transfers MOSCOW – Russia’s central bank has uncovered a network of shell companies that illegally funneled staggering sums of money abroad.Outgoing central bank chief Sergei Ignatiev told lawmakers Wednesday that 173 “one-day firms” smuggled at least 760 billion rubles ($23.5 billion). So-called one-day firms are shell companies that have been a favoured money-laundering technique in Russia.He said most of the transactions took place between 2010 and 2012, although some dated back to 2008. Ignatiev said he filed a request to police in May in connection with an unspecified ongoing criminal investigation.Ignatiev, who is to be replaced by presidential economic aide Elvira Nabiullina next month, told the Vedomosti business daily that $49 billion a year is laundered from Russia every year, half from a single criminal group he declined to name.
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Markus Hannikainen (37) and Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (86) battle for the puck during the 1st period of their NHL game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 30, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAnother winning week for the Columbus Blue Jackets, however a team identity hasn’t surfaced five weeks into the NHL season. Yet, the team sits tied for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the New Jersey Devils.The Jackets (9-4-1) took Tampa Bay, the league’s top team, into a shootout on the road Saturday night, before losing 5-4. Tampa Bay Lightning superstar center Steven Stamkos went top shelf on Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the third round of the shootout to win an up-and-down 5-4 affair. It was the Jackets’ first shootout loss in five such games this year.Last Monday, Columbus led 3-0 against Boston at Nationwide Arena, but allowed three unanswered goals to send the game to overtime. Left wing Artemi Panarin and right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand delivered the decisive shootout goals in a 4-3 victory, and Bobrovsky stopped the two shots he faced.Thursday against the Florida Panthers, the Jackets’ offense let loose for seven goals on 40 shots. Both Bjorkstrand and right wing Josh Anderson scored twice.StaHere are some headlines from the fifth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Boone Jenner impactBoone Jenner’s back injury doesn’t seem to be bothering him anymore. The Jackets’ second-line left winger is picking up the slack from the team’s other top scorers. In three games last week, Jenner tallied five points, on two goals and three assists.Jenner scored in the first period against Boston and in the third period on a power play against Florida, deflecting a shot in front of the net from Panarin past the netminder. Jenner added two assists against Florida and another against Tampa Bay on the game-tying goal in the third period.Jenner’s contributions are even greater than what the box score shows given the relative lack of production from his linemate, center Brandon Dubinsky. With just one goal and three assists in 14 games, Dubinsky’s dirth in scoring has been mitigated by Jenner’s impact since returning from injury.Consistency on defense neededThe top defensive line of Zach Werenski and Seth Jones has played as expected with its combined 20 points and a plus-17 rating, but behind the duo, there has not been much help.Jack Johnson and David Savard, the second defensive pair, has tallied just nine points and a minus-three rating. In the two games that went to a shootout last week, Johnson and Savard were each a minus-three in two games combined. For comparison, Werenski and Jones were on ice for all four goals against the Lightning.The third line of Markus Nutivaara and Ryan Murray were plus-two against Boston and minus-one against Tampa Bay, but clearing the puck from the zone continues to be an issue early in the season.They’re still winning, somehowThe Blue Jackets are ahead of the Washington Capitals and the reigning back-to-back Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins. The power play ranks last in the league and the team allowed nearly four goals in all three games last week. Yet, the Jackets earned two victories and a shootout loss on the road to the best team in the NHL. That has to be a positive sign for the fanbase that the team continues to win without clicking just yet.Panarin’s expected impact has been discussed at length in this weekly update, and again, it has yet to truly emerge. His mere presence on the front line and the first power-play unit is an influence, without a doubt. But at some point, one has to think he’ll break through. Panarin has collected just one point in the last five games and hasn’t scored since Oct. 13.Injury reportThird-line left wing Matt Calvert was placed on injured reserve Monday. Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reported Calvert is expected to miss three to four weeks with an upper body injury.Fourth-line center Lukas Sedlak is on injured reserve with ankle injury retroactive to Oct. 23.First-line right wing Cam Atkinson moved to injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 25.Looking aheadThe power play remains the Blue Jackets’ biggest struggle 14 games into the season, but they will face two of the most penalized teams in the league this week. Nashville averages more than 16 penalty minutes per game and has been shorthanded a league-high 69 times through 14 games. Detroit has been shorthanded 59 times, which ranks fifth highest in the league.Both teams, however, have formidable penalty-kill lines, ranking 10th and ninth in the league, respectively in penalty-kill percentage.The Jackets also hope to have one of their top power-play threats back on the ice soon in right wing Cam Atkinson. He was placed on injured reserve Sunday in order to activate defenseman Gabriel Carlsson from the injured reserve list. Atkinson’s hip injury is retroactive to Oct. 25, so he has already surpassed the seven-day IR requirement, making him eligible to return to the ice whenever healthy.Top performersBoone Jenner – two goals (2), three assists (3), five points (5), +2Markus Nutivaara – four assists (5), four points (5), +2Markus Hannikainen – two goals (2), one assist (1), three points (3), +3Josh Anderson – two goals (5), one assist (3) three points (8), +3Seth Jones – one goal (3), two assists (8), three points (11), +5Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 2-0-1 (8-2-1), 3.16 goals allowed average (2.23), 90 saves, .900 save percentage (.927)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 31-24, 56.4, 27-24, 1-0, 3-0 Nick Foligno – 25-30, 45.5, 23-20, 1-6, 1-4Alexander Wennberg – 19-19, 50.0, 13-17, 5-2, 1-0Boone Jenner – 5-9, 35.7, 5-4, 0-2, 0-3Overall: 399-478 (44.8 percent), ranked 30thSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-5 vs. Boston; 2-for-4 at Florida; 0-for-4 at Tampa BayOverall: 5-for-43 (11.6 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 2-for-4 vs. Boston; 2-for-3 at Florida; 1-for-1 at Tampa BayOverall: 30-for-36 (83.3 percent), ranked eighthUp next:11/6 – at New York Rangers (6-7-2)11/7 – vs. Nashville (7-5-2)11/10 – vs. Carolina (4-5-3)11/11 – at Detroit (7-7-1)
International Mining’s October issue, currently in final production, includes a focus on the mining industry of Kazakhstan. Paus reports that since 2007 it has delivered a total of 34 personnel transporters to one major metallic ore mining company. In these underground mines, the Minca 18 carries miners quickly, safely and comfortably through the mine to their workplaces. For more than 40 years, German company Paus has been successful with solutions for underground mining. For example Universa vehicles, trucks, dump trucks and LHDs are all part of the substantial product range of this family-owned company in northern Germany. One of the most successful products in the mining range is the Paus Minca (Mining Car) – a 4WD transportation vehicle, available in two models: Minca 5 with a total length of 4.6 m and Minca 18 (5.7 m). The basic vehicle is designed to carry different attachments: personnel cabin, loading platform with crane, fire fighting cassette as well as an ambulance are only some superstructures which make the Minca very suitable for underground operation.Paus says that “in many mines around the world customers are impressed by the high qualitiy of the Minca.” The Minca 18 embraces very sturdy design and high reliability. High quality components, made in Germany, help the machines to offer “outstanding economy and availability,” Paus reports.Powered by a water-cooled 2012 series 93 KW DEUTZ engine, the Minca features a monitoring device that shuts down the engine automatically in case of any failures such as engine or converter oil temperature or pressure. The first units have now already undergone more than 6,000 operating hours within two years without any major failures.The conditions in the mines are pretty tough: The environment is very wet, besides humidity the water is very acidic and therefore corrosive. Additionally, the roads are subject to frequent changes of horizontal transversal gradients, potholes and slippery surfaces. In some areas the water is knee-high, but has to be driven through. “The Minca was built for these conditions: with its four-wheel drive, integrated differential and powerful engine slopes up to 40 % can be managed,” Paus says.Another feature that was particularly used for this application is the hydrostatic drive, that gives constant traction without any gear shifting on the numerous inclines. Engine power is used optimally, which reduces fuel consumption. Also braking is much easier since the drive is a closed circuit. This reduces wear and maintenance and increases safety. The maximum speed is 35 km/h. Powershift transmission is also available.Both front and rear axle are suspended by spiral springs and shock absorbers, the front axle is oscillating. Special attention was paid to a high ground clearance to deal with tough conditions.When the Minca was designed, Paus also paid great attention to the passengers. The drivers’ and the passengers cabins are comfortable; roof and sidewalls are covered with insulation material. “In addition, the dashboard and instruments as well as the adjustable steering wheel make it a preferred unit to use,” Paus says. A closed cabin with heating and air conditioning is available as option. For use in extremely cold environments, the installation of a winter-start-package is possible.The German-Kazakh service company OOO “Eurotechservice” (ETS) is responsible for service and maintenance on the mine sites. ETS has a central workshop on the client’s premises, which is quickly accessible from the mines. Well trained service engineers and technicians maintain the units. With up-to-date tools and equipment, failures can be addressed directly without delays; oil samples are regularly taken and analysed in the laboratory.All maintenance and service jobs can easily be performed since at the Minca design stage a large number of flaps and openings were included to enable quick access especially for frequent maintenance spots like filters and filling points.Paus concludes: “The successful operation of the Minca 18 units in the Kazakh mines shows that these machines can run successfully even under tough underground conditions: this is what they were designed for.”
Rumors that the forthcoming version of the iPhone will sport Near Field Communication (NFC) technology are back, after being shot down by a number of sites, earlier in the week. Of course, we’re still a ways from a formal announcement for the handset (that will most likely come in the early summer months), so fittingly, the current batch of rumors are third-hand. Forbes is citing an “entrepreneur who is working on a top-secret NFC product” who is in turn citing “a friend who works at Apple.”AdChoices广告It wouldn’t be a shock, of course, were Apple to offer such a technology on the new iPhone–and Steve Jobs would, no doubt, present such a feature as though his company invented it. Google, as present, is pushing the mobile payment technology, having backed in the latest version of Android. The technology gives users a simple way to make payments via their handsets without actually touching the phone to a retail terminal.
‘We can’t conserve what we don’t have’: Skerries residents fuming as water restrictions continue Irish Water said it would be asking residents to conserve water for the “foreseeable future”. Restrictions were placed on the supply on Thursday June 7, and will continue over the weekend subject to ongoing review of water levels in the reservoir. The restrictions are being lifted for a period each morning from 6am to 10am to allow tanks in homes and businesses to fill. Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie Jun 10th 2018, 6:01 PM Short URL By Sean Murray During the water restriction periods the majority of homes and businesses will still have a flow of water to their properties however low water pressure may be experienced. A small number of properties, those located on the extremities of the network or on higher ground may lose water supply during the restrictions.A number of alternative water supplies are being provided at Newtown Parks near the Dublin Road and Selskar Court junctions, at Skerries point shopping centre near the Eurospar and at Millers Lane.The issue has ignited the fury of local residents with many taking to community Facebook groups to share stories of their own affected supply.“This is beyond a joke,” one wrote. “We brushed our teeth, flushed the toilet twice and our tank is completely empty this morning,” another said.And another wrote: “Loads of people in the estate have small kiddies – not sure how we are expected to manage with very little warning for such a long period without water.”A group of locals have even started a petition calling on Irish Water to provide reliable access to water in their area.Karen Power, a resident of Barnageeragh, told TheJournal.ie that water outages are a regular problem on their estate.“We’re not able to do our washing,” she said. “And we’ve had to go buy disposable plates. It’s just so frustrating. When we turn on the tap – even in the morning when we’re supposed to have it – nothing happens.”Power said she’d been told that issues with water pressure meant that there were problems getting water to their estate which is on a hill.“We can’t conserve what we don’t have,” she said.Another local resident of Barnageeragh told TheJournal.ie: “Once is enough, and twice is a joke. To be told this is going on for the foreseeable future is crazy.”She said that locals are already having water problems and that building works on more property is continuing in the area. She added:It feels like Skerries is being isolated here. I appreciate there’s hot weather at the minute, but if they fixed all the water leaks and practised what they preached, they’d be able to conserve water so that we could then use it. File photo. Irish Water said time must be given to allow water levels to recover https://jrnl.ie/4063622 65 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IRISH WATER HAS told people in the north Dublin town of Skerries to “continue conserving water for the foreseeable future” after restrictions placed on their supply on Thursday are set to continue.Locals, however, have expressed their displeasure at the restrictions, and said that a large number had been left without water due to the restrictions in place.In a statement this evening, Irish Water said that the water restrictions are required to allow water levels in the Thomastown Reservoir to recover.The areas affected include Barnageeragh, Hamilton Hill, Newtown Parks, Skerries Rock, Millview and Hillside Gardens.It said it is “asking customers in Skerries and surrounding areas to conserve water for the foreseeable future due to increased demand and reducing water levels”.Irish Water added: “The current dry spell and increased seasonal demand are contributing to the reduced available supply of treated drinking water. In order to avoid widespread water outages it is necessary to carry out water restrictions on the water supply in the coming days. Share88 Tweet Email File photo. Irish Water said time must be given to allow water levels to recover Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie 17,457 Views Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 6:01 PM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new study into the teaching and learning of Modern Greek across Australia has revealed that the current approach and methods used are no longer adequate for maintaining the future use of the Greek language down under. Professors Anastasios Tamis and Michael Tsianikas are the academics responsible for the study, which looks at all facets of Modern Greek education in Australia from 1997 to 2014, including the attitudes of parents and students.The study revealed a number of compelling findings, one of which was the insufficiency and inadequacy of the teaching time allocated to language learning.“We are devoting very limited time for Modern Greek teaching and learning, which has now been reduced almost to 95 minutes per week on average in both government and independent schools,” Professor Tamis told Neos Kosmos.“It is humanly impossible, even if you are dealing with the most genius students, to teach any language in that time, let alone Greek, which necessitates 2,600 hours to learn,” he says.Further findings showed that teachers are not well-accustomed with electronic teaching methods, which doesn’t allow for a contemporary interactive learning experience.Other contributing factors included the attitudes of parents, their willingness to use Greek in the family home and the time they are willing to devote to their child’s education.However, one of the biggest changes that must be made is the perception of Greek as a community language. “The fallacy is that Greek is not a community language. Greek is not just a language spoken by the Greeks. As I say to my students, if you want to speak good English you have to learn Greek. This is how we should portray the language to the outside world,” he says.The 91 pages of the study give an insightful view into the state of Modern Greek in Australia’s diaspora, with the contributing knowledge of Greek educators across the country. Professor Tamis revealed he was not surprised by the findings.“It’s a consequence of the actual historical, social and economic grievances of our community, and of course it is also the consequence of the lack perhaps of systemic thinking and policies about the future,” he explained.“If you were to travel to Collins Street you will find out there are many heritage buildings there from the 18th and 19th centuries and the government is investing millions of dollars to preserve them, to make them look nice. The same thing has to happen with the Greek language.”Prior to 2009 academics estimated that the Greek language would still have a strong base of usage within Australia until the year 2025. However, due to the economic crisis that has plagued Greece, and the estimated 80,000 Greeks that have migrated to Australia, another 10 to 15 years has been added to its expected lifespan.Despite the findings, there is still hope for Modern Greek. Professor Tamis proposes that “a real round table discussion must take place” with educators, institutions and community leaders to decide on future movements for the language, where modern technology should be encouraged and the amount of time students spend on language and the frequency of classes be increased.Greek Australian parents are also urged to play their part and should to be made aware that Greek must return home as a family language.“Unless we use those four elements I don’t see how the language is going to survive beyond 2040.”* Remember to pick up your copy of Monday’s Neos Kosmos Greek edition and Saturday’s English edition to get your free supplement on the teaching of Modern Greek.
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New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 6th, 2017 – Providenciales –“My Fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, Residents and Visitors to our shores.In the coming hours, we face a storm that is by all of man’s account, is poised to have a devastating impact on countries that it comes into contact with. Turks and Caicos Islands remain in its path and we are readying all systems to be able to endure the storm. Nonetheless, it is my Government’s position that a country is as ready as its people and so yesterday, the Hon Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Health and I made contact with Salt Cay, one of the Islands that is the subject of an Evacuation Order. We were able to travel to Salt Cay and explain the effects of the Order. We are pleased that a very large percentage of the population has left Salt Cay. However a few have elected to remain. Likewise the Minister of Home Affairs and I were able to join Town Hall Meetings in Middle Caicos who for the first time has been the subject of an Evacuation Order and regrettably, the majority has elected to stay. An Evacuation Order is never taken to be taken lightly and we are still hoping and praying that these individuals will comply and will not risk life. Experience has taught us that the remote Islands of Salt Cay and Middle Caicos can easily be cut off from access to assistance and with the magnitude of this Storm, there is a great possibility of loss of and damage to property as well as a great possibility of injury and loss of life. It is always better to be safe than sorry. We call on family and friends to assist in reaching out to relatives and friends and encourage them to comply with the Order. We see similar Evacuation Orders issued for Inagua and parts of Florida. The Government continues to encourage all residents to continue to rush in your preparations: secure your property, stock up on basic supplies but above all ensure you and your family’s personal safety. Shelters will be activated today and encourage those of you near the sea, in flood prone areas or in homes that you know are unable to withstand strong winds to seek refuge with family and friends in the first instance and then seek shelters if necessary.Today we had hoped to travel to all of the other Islands today but because of the current circumstances, we are unable to.The Hon Williams and I also used the opportunity last evening to address the creole and Spanish communities in a joint appearance on four radio Stations urging these communities to also rush in preparation. It remains my Government’s stance that of paramount importance at this time is the protection and preservation of life and though criticized, we have ceased all immigration operations to detain undocumented nationals. It is the right thing to do and we stand by it. I am therefore appealing to all documented and undocumented nationals in this country to seek refuge in safe premises.I am personally disappointed that there are instances of price gouging and that too many merchants have seen it fit to exploit consumers at this time by raising prices on critical hurricane preparedness items. It is rather unfortunate. We are as a government cognizant of the fact that preparing for the storm on the heels of readying our children for school return can be challenging and we have agreed and as Minister of Finance, I signed a Warrant to allow for the payment of salary advances to Government workers. I ask only that you be wise and remember your obligations post storm. It is not meant to bring undue hardship which if not managed properly but help during a difficult time.I am again appealing to members of the Private Sector to not be inconsiderate during these times, please allow your staff time to prepare for the Storm. There is a narrowing window and we appreciate that there are services that we continue to wish to access and we appreciate your accommodation but your staff must also be allowed to prepare for the storm. I encourage you to allow essential staff a reasonable and practical shift system that allows them to secure their property and prepare. I pray that many of you will reconsider your positions.Additionally as Acting Minister of Tourism, I am grateful to the Airlines that have arranged rescue flights for tourists that are on Island. Unfortunately airlift could not be arranged for all but we are satisfied that all Hotels and Resorts have Plans that will ensure as best it can, their guests safety. We encourage all guests to remain indoors and to take all precautions to remain safe.I am also pleased that the meeting held with stakeholders that included Telecommunication Communities, Airlines, Ferry Services, Utility Service Providers, Hotel Association demonstrated that they too are ready and have activated their individual plans. Government stakeholders continue to work hard to ensure that we as prepared as one can be to endure this storm.Today marks 9 years since the passage of Hurricane Ike, many of us in the Salt Islands have been sharing our experiences over the years and more so over the past few days. What is obvious is that many are indeed fearful but have used that fear not to paralyze themselves into inaction but to fuel their preparations. As I drove through Grand Turk yesterday and visited key places like the Prison, DDME’s Office and RTC, I was pleased with the level of preparedness. That experience though sad has been the best teacher for many of us and encourage those of you had been fortunate not to experience it to take stock of the level of preparedness of Ike survivors. This storm is the largest storm ever formed in the Atlantic and CNN has dubbed it a different type of animal. I encourage us to not be paralyzed by fear or anxiety but to prepare and pray.PREMIER CALLS A TIME FOR PRAYEROn September 6, 2008 many of us were praying to God for help from closets, under tables, compromised homes and in less than ideal situations. I am calling on us as a people to call on Him for help and mercy. Man can do as much as we can to prepare in anticipation of a storm but this country serves a God that is bigger than any storm and His voice can command stillness in the firmament that He has established by His hands. Our prayer must be for mercy and whilst many including Pastors in this island have said that this storm must come, we hold fast to our faith praying believing that God in His mercy will hear our prayer and the desires of our heart, not that we deserve it but because His mercies are new every morning and grace continues to abounds. To this end, I am calling on all prayer warriors to congregate at 5pm around this country. I want to encourage us all to leave indoor and pray and praise in open areas around the Islands. In Grand Turk, please go to the Parade Grounds, in Providenciales the Down Town Ball Park, in South Caicos, the Salina, in North Caicos in front of the DC’s Office, in Middle Caicos and Salt Cay, step outside of your homes and let us lift up our collective voices. On all Islands, if you are unable to make it to these locations, step outside wherever you are and pray. We are not looking for numbers, nor taking register, we are being obedient and know that at this stage and level of preparedness, we hand it over to Him publicly and declare it in the open heavens.”End Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, #PremierAddress FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
1 2 The increased popularity of anime in the US, combined with a renewed focus on quality voices in video games, may seem like a trivial thing to some, but the voice actors who help create these characters wind up being just as important as the animations. At the recent Otakon convention in Baltimore, we sat down with veteran voice actors Crispin Freeman and Jad Saxton separately to talk about their experiences in the industry and some perspective on the future of voice acting.Jad Saxton is an American voice actress from Texas, whose talents have been heard in shows like Soul Eater, Shangri-La, and most recently Wolf Children. When not voice acting, Saxton is a stage actress among other things.Russell: How do you feel about the characters you voice? Do you grow as attached to them as you would a character you would play on a stage?Saxton: It ebbs and flows. For theater, you work so much prior to performance and in that arena there’s a lot of cast bonding. With voice acting, you’re in a room all alone with that character and often don’t meet the rest of the cast until after everything is over. I’ve done a few shows, Michiko to Hatchin was one of them, where I just did not want it to end and got super attached to those characters. I get really excited with those when they get picked up for a second season because I get to come back and do it again.Russell: What about fans and supporters? With Anime you see people dressing up as the characters you have voiced, and with a show like Soul Eater that dramatically increased in popularity long after the show had ended it seems like there’s an experience there that doesn’t exist on the stage.Saxton: Toonami, man. The easier access to the show, the more people will see it and want to cosplay and stuff. I’ve been voice acting for 7 years now and this is my first time going to conventions like this. Fans come up to me and tell me how much they loved Baccano! and that’s a show that ended over five years ago. It’s really interesting for new stuff too, especially when you find super avid fans who have the early released boxed sets that I haven’t even seen yet. It’s great, because it helps me relive that character and talk about it. You can’t really do that with the stage, outside of getting back together with your cast mates.Russell: Has the easy access of so much content, especially through services like Crunchyroll and Toonami, influenced the voice you create for the next role? When you see shows become popular over time, does that have a bearing on your next voice?Saxton: It’s hard to say, because sometimes you record something and you feel like it was so good but the show doesn’t pick up steam right away. Shangri-la is a great example of that, where it’s not been very popular so far but it certainly could be in a few years. I don’t think you can create a voice based on what you think will be popular, because that ends up being kind of random. It’s got a lot more to do with the bond your form over time with the character.Next page: Talking anime and voice acting with Crispin Freeman…