Carbon Capture Would Become Reality Under New U.S. Power Plant Rules

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed limits on carbon pollution from new fossil fuel power plants. The move, if successful, would be the first major step by the U.S. government to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. For the first time, plants would be required to capture some of the carbon dioxide gas produced by burning fossil fuels in addition to finding ways to produce less of the gas in the first place.The regulations, which are a key element of President Barack Obama’s second term climate plan, include separate limits for power plants fueled by coal and natural gas. Coal plants would have to limit their carbon dioxide pollution to about  500 kilograms per megawatt hour of producing power; that’s a 30% to 50% greater reduction than required by existing rules, EPA says. Power plants powered by natural gas, which produce less carbon pollution per unit of energy produced, would be limited to a little more than 450 kilograms per megawatt hour.“By taking commonsense steps to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, we can slow the effects of climate change and fulfill our obligation to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement released today.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Opposition to the new regulations is expected to be fierce, with the energy industry and its allies on Capitol Hill reacting strongly today. “The proposed standards would require the use of expensive new technologies that are not commercially viable,” said Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a statement. “We are the Saudi Arabia of coal, but this impractical rule restricts access to one of our most abundant, affordable, and dependable energy sources.”The EPA received a whopping 2.5 million comments on the first version of the rules, released last year, before pulling them to work out some procedural issues.Some experts think that the new rules could help efficiently transition the U.S. economy to a lower carbon future. “The agency’s proposed rule is very flexible,” says John Thompson, an analyst with Clean Air Task Force, a Boston nonprofit. He cites the fact that power plants will be allowed to phase in emission reductions over 7 years, if they agree to slightly more stringent standards.Another flexibility that EPA included is that new plants would be required to capture some, but not all, of their carbon pollution. Advocates for reducing emissions from the power sector have argued that such “carbon capture and storage” (CCS) technologies will be essential to combating climate change, but CCS research and development is still in its very early days. Even more importantly, the power industry is turning to natural gas for generating electricity, suggesting that the market for building coal-fired power plants with carbon capture equipment could be decades off. “This rule is really not about ending coal, it’s about starting carbon capture,” Thompson says.The Obama administration is also working on new emissions regulations that would apply the existing fleet of power plants in the United States, but a draft isn’t expected until next year.last_img read more

GMX in talks with colleges to set up centre of excellence

first_imgCoimbatore, Oct 5 (PTI) Bengaluru-based startup Gyanmatrix (GMX) is in talks with universities and colleges, particularly in Coimbatore region, to set up centre of excellence, a top company official said today.The startup is negotiating with the city based Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College and Karpagam College, to train students as it aims to make real software engineers when they complete the one-year course being offered to them, Gyanmatrix MD Rajan Parasuraman said.The company is into creating Enterprise mobile Apps, technological incubation, enterprise web solutions, analytical services and infra operations, Rajan said.Being a technology incubator, Gyanmatrix do not want to be just another servicing company in the crowd, but want to take full responsibility of incubating the clients, rather partners, and translate dream ideas into real world products, he said.The company, which started with five members in 2015, is now having strength of 120 plus and it expects growing to 200 plus by the end of 2016, he said.GyanMatrix has also partnered with News UK, publisher of some of the most read news brands including Britains newspaper The Sun and The Times, to build a new technology centre of excellence for its word-class news products.The GyanMatrix office at the Electronic City will open tomorrow and work collaboratively with News UK to deliver the best products and platforms developed by highly skilled teams.Teams in Bangalore and London will work together on News UKs apps and live news products with content spanning entertainment, sport, current affairs and world news, he said.”This is a proud moment for us to work with News UK,” Rajan said, adding that GMX is one of the fastest growing startups with a proven record in delivering quality products for some of India and the UK?s biggest media companies.advertisementOn the companys new app Loany, Rajan said about 3,500 people have downloaded it and Rs 200 crore worth transactions have taken place. PTI NVM APR BALlast_img read more

Beating England not as easy as it looked: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia’s unassailable 3-0 lead over England has not been achieved as comfortably as it might appear against quality opposition, captain Virat Kohli said on Monday.India thrashed England by an innings and 36 runs just over half an hour into the final day at the Wankhede Stadium to clinch the series with a match to spare.England were the last team to win a Test series in India, 2-1 four years ago, and they made a strong start in the drawn Test in Rajkot this time round. (Also read: Mumbai Test: Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”I don’t think it’s been easy. We have been put under pressure many times. I think I would give my team a lot of credit for bouncing back from those tough situations,” Kohli told reporters.”We haven’t got anything on the platter. We have had to work hard for it and it’s been a result of constant pressure that we have forced the opposition to make mistakes.”Trailing 2-0 in the series, England posted 400 in their first innings in Mumbai and had the hosts, ranked number one in the world, in trouble by reducing them to 307/6. (Also read: I don’t believe in playing sarcastic mind games, says Virat Kohli)But man of the match Kohli hit 235 to rescue his team and led them to a massive first-innings total of 631.”With the bat as well we have shown really good character to come back into the game, showing enough patience, more than the opposition,” the 28-year-old said, adding it was the best out of his five series wins as captain.advertisement”No series win is easy, especially not this one, we know England is a quality Test side and we knew that they will try to bounce back. (Also read: Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remark)”Even in this game after being 2-0 down, they put 400 runs in the first innings. This is not a team that will throw in the towel. We were tested but we came out on top.”It was the fifth consecutive series win for India following triumphs in Sri Lanka and West India and home victories over South Africa and New Zealand.Kohli was pleased with the unselfishness of his team mates.”A lot of the times, you have an hour in the Test match where you can take the game away and you are still not willing to go for it because you are close to your milestone or things like that,” he said.”These are the things that we have gotten out of our system completely.”last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Australia beat Pakistan in tense clash to move to No.2

first_img No data available! Next advertisement Rajarshi Gupta TauntonJune 12, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 00:32 IST Australia came up with a clinical performance vs Pakistan on Wednesday to clinch their 3rd win of ICC World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia defeated Pakistan by 41 runs in Taunton on WednesdayAustralia moved to No.2 in the points table with 6 points from 4 matchesAustralia moved to No.2 in the points table with 6 points from 4 matchesAustralia defeated Pakistan by 41 runs on Wednesday in Taunton to register their third win of World Cup 2019. This was a remarkable comeback by Australia who had crashed to a 36-run defeat against India at The Oval on Sunday.There were several heroic performances from several players. David Warner smashed his 15th ODI hundred and his 2nd in World Cups. Mohammad Amir showed why he is one of the best pacers in world cricket with a haul of 5 for 30 while the Pakistani lower-order gave Australia a real scare with some fireworks. Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz were special with the bat on a day Pakistan’s top-order disappointed.But a the end, Australia held their nerves in a tense finish.That’s the game.Glenn Maxwell with an astonishing run-out to end proceedings. Wahab threatened to do something special for a brief period but the bowlers have done their job it’s a 41-run win for the reigning champions. #CmonAussie #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/xjGInDB7mICricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019Australia, the defending world champions had set Pakistan a 308-run target and immediately jolted them with an early blow when Pat Cummins removed Fakhar Zaman for a duck in the 3rd over. Babar Azam looked good in his 28-ball 30 and added a breezy 54 for the 2nd wicket but he fell to Nathan Coulter-Nile as Pakistan slipped into further trouble.But Imam-ul-Haq was looking set to anchor the innings as Mohammad Hafeez came out and played some scintillating shots. The pair brought Pakistan right back into the game with an entertaining 80-run stand. However, Imam-ul-Haq played a horror shot after reaching his fifty.advertisementHad Imam only left that Pat Cummins delivery down the leg side alone, it would have been called a wide. But Imam tried to pull and only managed to get a glove as Alex Carey held on to an easy catch. It was a major blow for Pakistan in the 26th over. In the 27th, Aaron Finch bowled a full toss and Mohammad Hafeez hit it straight down the throat of Mitchell Starc at deep square leg.In the 28th over, Shoaib Malik fell to a combination of outstanding bowling from Cummins and a stunning catch by Cummins. And when Kane Richardson removed Asif Ali in the 30th over, it was endgame for Pakistan.Australia overcome Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali scare Wahab Riaz smashed a 39-ball 45 for Pakistan vs Australia (AP Photo)Hasan Ali came out and smashed the ball around to briefly give Pakistan hope as Sarfaraz Ahmed watched from the other end. Hasan hit 3 fours and 3 sixes in a 15-ball 32 before Kane Richardson struck again to bring Australia back in.At 200 for 7, Pakistan needed 108 from 16.1 overs. And if you thought, they had given up hope, you would be mistaken.Wahab Riaz played one of the greatest lower-order innings for Pakistan in all World Cups. He hit 3 sixes and 2 fours to scare Australia. With Sarfaraz Ahmed, Wahab brought Pakistan really close – the two added 64 in less than 10 overs. Pakistan had genuinely started to believe at that stage till Mitchell Starc got rid of Wahab Riaz in the 45th over who was undoubtedly disappointed.Starc struck again in the same over to remove Mohammad Amir in the same over and it was only a matter of time before Australia wrapped up victory.Earlier, it was a tale of two halves for Australia who had been asked to bat by Pakistan after Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss.David Warner and Aaron Finch had struggled against India but both men timed the ball beautifully against Pakistan’s quicks.Warner surprised Sachin Tendulkar with his go-slow approach in Australia’s chase of 353 at The Oval but on Wednesday, he was determined to stamp his authority on the game. At the other end, Finch was more watchful but switched gears as the two men settled in for a long haul.Mohammad Amir gave Pakistan the breakthrough they were looking for in the 23rd over when he removed Aaron Finch. Even as Warner reached his 3rd successive hundred against Pakistan in ODIs, Australia started to lose their way.Steve Smith fell in the 29th over. Glenn Maxwell got off to a rapid start but fell to Shaheeh Shah Afridi in the 34th over. Afridi struck again 4 overs later to remove Warner.But it was Amir who was the wrecker-in-chief. He became the 7th Pakistani bowler to take a five-wicket haul in World Cup history and was the reason why Australia managed only 142 for 9 off 24 overs after scoring 165 for 1 off the first 25 overs.advertisementAustralia will next take on Sri Lanka on June 15 while Pakistan take on India on June 16.Also Read | India look to equal World Cup record vs New Zealand in Shikhar Dhawan’s absenceAlso Read | Mohammad Amir 1st Pakistan bowler to pick up 5-wicket haul vs Australia in World Cup historyAlso Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 18: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Mohammad AmirFollow TauntonFollow Australia vs PakistanFollow Hassan AliFollow David WarnerFollow Aaron FinchFollow Pat Cummins World Cup 2019: Australia beat Pakistan in tense clash to move to No.2World Cup 2019: Australia defeated Pakistan by 41 runs at Taunton on Wednesday to move to No.2 in the points table. Australia, the defending champions now have 6 points from 4 matches. view more view less scorecard graphs commentarylast_img read more

Fredriksen Others in for Up to 9 Newcastlemaxes at Bohai

first_imgzoom Chinese shipbuilder Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industries has received an order for up to nine Newcastlemaxes, according to broker reports.John Fredriksen Group has been tied to an order for up to four 208,000 dwt bulkers at the yard, comprising two firm and two optional ships, Compass Maritime said in a weekly report.The ships are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019, Asiasis said referring to the order.Berge Bulk has also been linked to an order for up to four Newcastlemaxes, also two firm plus two optional vessels.The ships are said to be slated for delivery in the first half of 2020.The company is yet to provide World Maritime News with a comment on the matter.Finally, Singapore’s RGL Shipping has reportedly placed an order for one Newcastlemax, to be delivered to the company in the first half of 2020.The bulkers will be built in accordance with the NOx IMO Tier II emission standards and are priced at around USD 45 million respectively, as disclosed by Compass Maritime.RGL Shipping and Berge Bulk have already had ships built by Bohai.Based on the data provided by VesselsValue, Bohai delivered one Capesize bulker to Berge Bulk in 2017, the Berge Grossglockner, and is going to deliver another Capesize to the company this year, the Berge Olympus.RGL Shipping is also set to take delivery of a Capesize newbuilding from the yard this year, the 210,000 dwt PSU Third.Both ships are expected to be delivered to their respective owners in January.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Kristin KreukStarrer Burden of Truth Loses Showrunners

first_imgAdvertisement Noelle Carbone and Adriana Maggs have stepped down from the Entertainment One, ICF Films and Eagle Vision legal drama.The Kristin Kreuk-starrer Burden of Truth has lost its showrunners.Noelle Carbone and Adriana Maggs have stepped down as showrunners on the legal drama that stars Kreuk as a big city lawyer passed over for partnership who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only to find herself in a fight for justice for a group of sick girls. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

Photographers lens shatters stereotypes around Muslim women

first_img Facebook Twitter Photographer Alia Youssef is challenging the way many Canadians picture Muslim women.Even as a young girl, Youssef — now 23 — says she struggled with the way she was perceived as a Muslim growing up in Canada.Youssef’s family immigrated from Egypt when she was eight years old, settling down in suburban Vancouver where she says she quickly learned to hide the fact that she was Muslim. She grew up feeling ashamed of her identity, background and her religion, she says, all because of the connotations that came with being a Muslim woman.Youssef went, “from being so proud and excited to talk about my religion and my faith as I did when I was in Egypt, to closing down and being more reserved about what I was sharing with people — because some of the comments I got right away after moving made me feel like my background was not OK to share, because I was automatically being judged. So that left me growing up feeling like that was something that I needed to hide about myself.”READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Aalya, a Canadian Muslim woman photographed by Alia Youssef for The Sisters Project. (Alia Youssef) Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

CANADIAN ACTOR SETH ROGEN LAUNCHING HOUSEPLANT HIS OWN CANNABIS BRAND

first_imgSeth Rogen (Screen capture taken from Houseplant promotional video) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: “We could not be more passionate about this company and are dedicated to doing everything the right way. It is extremely important to us to treat cannabis with the reverence it deserves. What a time!”Houseplant said Canopy acquired 25 per cent of the business, and invested working capital, but would not disclose any further financial information.Rogen and Goldberg are the business leads of the company, while Canopy in its role as venture partner is providing the facilities, expertise and infrastructure to grow cannabis.“We have been getting to know the Houseplant team for quite a while now and continue to be impressed by their understanding of the cannabis consumer, attention to detail, and drive towards their vision,” Canopy president and co-chief executive Mark Zekulin said in a statement.Rogen, who has also portrayed pothead characters in films such as Knocked Up and the 40-Year-Old-Virgin, is not the first celebrity associated with cannabis to dabble in the pot industry.Tommy Chong, one half of the Cheech & Chong comedy duo, has a line of medicinal cannabis products called Chong’s Choice, available in certain states where legal. In late 2017, director and actor Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes — better known as their stoner movie characters Jay and Silent Bob — entered into a brand licensing agreement with Hamilton, Ont.-based cannabis company Beleave Inc. to develop strains. And in 2016, rapper Snoop Dogg struck a deal with Canopy to grant the licensed producer the exclusive right to use certain content and brands such as Leafs By Snoop.However, since Canada legalized recreational cannabis last October, these companies are subject to strict rules governing promotion of the products. The Cannabis Act prohibits the promotion of cannabis, cannabis accessories or any service related to cannabis by means of a testimonial or endorsement or by means of the depiction of a person, character or animal, whether real or fictional. It is also prohibited to present cannabis or any of its brand elements in a manner that “evokes a positive or negative emotion” about a “way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”Any promotion that could be seen as appealing to young people is also forbidden.Houseplant noted that Rogen and Goldberg are not paid spokespeople, but founders and business owners who have been involved in its strategic development and decision making since the beginning.“Since inception the Houseplant team has maintained a strong focus on abiding by the regulations which is why, not due to a lack of opportunity both pre and post legalization, Seth and Evan have not participated in any cannabis related event or promotion in Canada,” the company said in an emailed statement.“They are founders and owners, not spokespeople for the brand and have been very careful not to confuse that.”Houseplant’s team in Toronto consists of a chief commercial officer and marketing manager while its strains will be grown at Canopy’s facilities in Smiths Falls, Ont., the company added.The first strain Houseplant Sativa will be on sale at legal retailers in B.C. starting next month, with hybrid and indica strains to follow. The company said pre-rolled joints and softgel products will also follow later in the year as the brand rolls out across Canada.Houseplant said it does not have any current plans to launch in the U.S. — where cannabis is legal for medical and recreational purposes in several states but is illegal federally — but both its partner and the company have “global aspirations.”The company said there are no current plans for any products branded with Pineapple Express.Rogen and Goldberg’s partners in Houseplant also include the California-based United Talent Agency through its business ventures group.The pair have spent five years preparing for the launch, said Goldberg.“We are so proud to be launching in Canada, our home… We’re excited to be able to share our passion for cannabis with Canadians in this way,” he said in a statement.By Armina Ligaya ~ The Canadian Press Pineapple Express star Seth Rogen and screenwriter Evan Goldberg have teamed up with Canopy Growth Corp. to launch a Toronto-based Canadian cannabis brand called Houseplant.The Vancouver-born actor and the Canadian screenwriter with whom Rogen collaborated on the stoner film co-founded the Toronto-based company along with “other great friends and colleagues.”“We have been working on this quietly for years and seeing everything come together is a dream come true,” Rogen said in an emailed statement.last_img read more

Philippines UN agencies boost relief effort for storm survivors as death toll

20 December 2011United Nations agencies stepped up relief efforts in the Philippines today to help survivors of tropical storm Washi, which the country’s authorities say has killed nearly 1,000 people and left hundreds of thousands of residents of the island of Mindanao in need of humanitarian assistance. The World Food Programme (WFP) said it is providing urgently needed food aid and other supplies, as well as logistical support to boost the Government’s emergency response to help people rendered destitute by the devastating floods caused by the weekend storm, also known locally as Sendong.The storm swept across the Mindanao region between Friday and Sunday bringing gusty winds and heavy rains that spawned massive flash floods and landslides.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called the Philippine Foreign Minister Albert F. del Rosario to deliver his sympathies to the people and country’s Government and to express UN readiness to provide any assistance required.The Government has accepted the offer of assistance from the international humanitarian community conveyed by the UN in the aftermath of the storm, Vanessa Huguenin, public information officer with UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva. OCHA is revising its humanitarian action plan for Mindanao to include needs resulting from the latest storm, she said.The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, expressed his condolences to the people and Government of the Philippines for the loss of lives and urged UN Member States and the international community as a whole to increase assistance to those affected. He also stressed the need to improve disaster preparedness across the world.Stephen Anderson, WFP’s Country Director in the Philippines, said the agency is rapidly moving food from its warehouses in Mindanao for delivery to those made homeless by the floods.“We are working with the Government to provide vital emergency food rations to help those who have lost their homes and belongings in areas where there has been the most extensive devastation from the flooding,” he said.WFP’s initial assistance includes the rapid delivery of high-energy biscuits, enough to feed more than 7,800 people in evacuation centres in the stricken cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Additional high-energy biscuits for 65,000 people are currently being mobilized, according to an update issued by the agency.Supplies of the nutritious ready-to-use supplementary food are also being distributed to some 15,000 children under the age of five, according to WFP.Logistical support provided to the Government by WFP include the deployment of a mobile storage tent and delivery of water tanks, blankets, tarpaulins and tents for people who have been displaced by storm waters.The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that of the 285,000 persons displaced by floods, some 43,000 are sheltered in 62 evacuation centres.WFP voiced concern over those who remain in inaccessible areas, saying it will work closely with the Government’s Department of Social Welfare and Development and other agencies to reach them.The official death toll rose to 957, with dozens of people still listed as missing. OCHA reported that an estimated 338,000 people had been affected by the floods.A joint rapid assessment by UN agencies and national authorities has identified the immediate needs of those affected as food, non-food items, water sanitation and hygiene facilities and shelter.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it has launched an appeal for $4.2 million to assist families affected by the storm for the next three to six months, according to Marixie Mercado, the agency’s spokesperson in Geneva. Those affected by Washi include an estimated 200,000 children, she added.The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that preliminary reports showed that 12 health centres in Cagayan de Oro, and 10 community health facilities in Iligan were put out of service after the storm.Major hospitals in the two cities are still functioning and there were no major public health concern, except the risk of communicable diseases due to a lack of clean water and sanitation facilities, Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesperson in Geneva, said.Malaria and dengue fever are endemic in the flood-affected areas and WHO will send mosquito nets to evacuation centres, he added.WHO is also working to roll out a disease surveillance system for communicable and non-communicable diseases and the training of local health workers, which had already been planned before the storm, Mr. Jasarevic said, adding that the health cluster is seeking $1.6 million to ensure that flood-affected communities continue to have access to essential public health services. read more

Quite significant Tilray wins approval to export cannabis formulation to US for

TORONTO — Canadian licensed marijuana producer Tilray Inc. has received the green light from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agency to export a medical cannabis product south of the border for use in a clinical trial.The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company and a researcher at the University of California San Diego believe it is the first export of a cannabis study drug from a Canadian company to the U.S., where marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.Tilray will be exporting capsules containing a cannabinoid formulation with the active ingredients cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as CBD and THC, for a study examining the drug as a potential treatment for adults with essential tremor.Bruce Linton eyes the long game taking Canopy Rivers public in crowded cannabis fieldYou couldn’t short soaring marijuana company Tilray even if you wanted toValued at $4.8 billion, cannabis firm Tilray posts $10 million in salesGetting the approval was a months-long process and required an OK from the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. DEA, said Dr. Fatta Nahab, a neurologist and associate professor of neurosciences at UC San Diego’s medical school.“This is an oral capsule formulation that has actual plant in it,” he said. “It’s a purified, medical-grade formulation, and to my knowledge, that’s never been imported from Canada before.”While Canada has had a legal framework for medical marijuana for years and the country is preparing to legalize cannabis for recreational use next month, the drug’s legal status south of the border is murky.Several states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, but marijuana remains an illegal schedule 1 drug under U.S. federal law. Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where cannabis is legal. However, a U.S. senate bill was introduced in June that would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exempt marijuana activity that is legal at the state level.Still, the legal landscape for the drug south of the border not only complicates matters for companies looking to operate in the U.S., it is a hurdle for research as well.Historically, the cannabis used in U.S. research was available through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and it was in form such as dried bud that needed to be smoked or vaporized, Nahab said. In those forms, it is difficult to control the dosage, he said, adding that NIDA does not have an oral formulation.This is believed to be the first study drug imported from Canada to the U.S., said Dr. Catherine Jacobson, Tilray’s director of clinical research, who is based in California.“It’s quite significant… this is the first time a Canadian (licensed producer) has demonstrated to the FDA that a study drug produced in Canada from the cannabis plant can meet its standards,” she said.Nahab’s team reached out to four different companies, including in the U.S., and selected Tilray.“We’ve got a set dosing, fixed, highly consistent, and so it’s really going to help us advance the field much more,” he said.The study on essential tremor, a common neurological disorder which causes a part of a person’s body to shake involuntarily, was partially funded by Tilray and the International Essential Tremor Foundation.The clinical trial with 16 adult participants who have been diagnosed with essential tremor is expected to begin in 2019, and will take approximately one year to complete.Tilray will not have any proprietary claim to the results, and it is largely an unfunded study, Nahab said.The next step is to receive an appropriate license from Health Canada. Tilray says an application has been submitted, and they expect to receive it in a couple of weeks. read more

Rates of severe obesity soaring among children new figures show

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said the trends were “totally unacceptable”. Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “These continuing high rates of childhood obesity, combined with widening health inequalities, highlight why government is taking bold steps to tackle this crisis.”This threat to our children’s health has been decades in the making – we’re moving in the right direction but reversing it will not happen overnight.”Dr Max Davie, officer for health promotion for the RCPCH, added: “The Government has already shown it is serious about tackling childhood obesity so providing the actions set out in Chapter Two of the Childhood Obesity Plan are enacted, such as preventing junk food advertising on television before 9pm, I am reassured that these stats will begin moving in the right direction.”However, as the figures have shown today, 20% of children are already obese by the time they leave primary school and this is totally unacceptable. The figures suggest more than 24,000 children in England now fall into this category.The statistics from the national childhood measurement programme show that 20.1 per cent of children leaving primary school are obese – this equates to 116,000 children being obese.The figure is a rise from 18.7 per cent when children began being measured in 2009/10 and a rise from 20 per cent in 2016/17.Meanwhile rates among children starting school are unchanged, at 9.5 per cent. “We cannot expect to see a reversal in trends overnight – but we have been clear that we are willing to do whatever it takes to keep children healthy and well in this country.”We have already removed tonnes of sugar from children’s diets through the sugar tax, which has funded vital school sports and breakfast programmes, and this summer we announced the second chapter of our childhood obesity strategy with a series of bold plans to halve child obesity by 2030.” “Access and funding of high quality weight management services are urgently needed now if we are to ensure no child slips through the net and all children, no matter where they live are given the same opportunity to good health.”Public Health Minister Steve Brine said: “Obesity is a problem that has been decades in the making – one that will take significant effort across government, schools, families and wider society to address. Rates of extreme obesity among children have risen by more than a third in a decade, new figures show.The official NHS data shows obesity is continuing to rise among children – with more than one in five classed obese by the time they leave primary school.And rates of severe obesity have reached a record high – with a rise of more than a third in just over a decade.In total, 4.2 per cent of children leaving primary school are now classed as “severely obese” – compared with 3.2 per cent in 2006/7 – and just 0.4 per cent in 1990.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Children are deemed severely obese if they are above the 99.6th percentile on growth charts from 1990, which were based on typical measurements at the time. 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. read more

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit premium DLC canceled for PC gamers

first_imgCriterion and EA have made a lot of PC gamers angry today by announcing that all the premium DLC planned for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit won’t be coming to PC. Console gamers will still be getting it, but PC gamers are being limited to updates that fix bugs.While that may save you spending more money on the game, if you’re actually enjoying playing and want more content you’re going to have to buy the console version. Criterion’s reason for deciding to do this doesn’t help matters. There’s no technical issue, no problem caused by distribution or licensing issues. No, the reason is quite simple (emphasis ours):Hey all, unfortunately we will not be releasing Need for Speed Hot Pursuit PDLC for the PC. While we are certainly committed to providing the best possible game experience and ongoing support for our PC community, (as you have already noted) we have a limited amount of resources that makes it so that we are unable to deliver new content to all platforms. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but on the positive side we do have more updates and content on the way for PC players–look for news very soon. In other words, Criterion believes focusing on console gamers is in its interests, which suggests they buy more premium content.What doesn’t add up is that Criterion is a part of EA, one of the largest developer/publishers in the world. Resources should not be an issue, again suggesting this is a decision based on potential revenue rather than a lack of resources. If that was the case then how did they get the PC game on the market in the first place?PC gamers who invested in the game are understandably not happy about this and have responded as such in the forums, as this post from user Paradise1993 demonstrates:What are these “limited resources”? You have these for PC but don’t have for the consoles? I thought you have saved all these resources to make a great PC game by not bringing out a PC demo! Guys, you are working for Electronic Arts, not for a small game company which nobody knows of! Although no premium DLC content may be coming to PC, Eurogamer rightly points out that we may eventually see an Ultimate collection released on PC much like EA did for Burnout Paradise.Read more at Eurogamer.net and the EA forumslast_img read more

Atheist John Halligans sermon in a Brazilian church I felt it was

first_img Share Tweet Email15 By John Halligan http://jrnl.ie/3304857 John Halligan 305 Views Short URL 37 Comments center_img Friday 24 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM Atheist John Halligan’s sermon in a Brazilian church: ‘I felt it was the respectful thing to do’ This was the first ever occasion of a non-believing Irish government minister delivering the weekly homily to Brazilian parishioners, writes John Halligan. Mar 24th 2017, 7:30 PM During his recent St Patrick’s Day trade, tourism and education mission to Brazil, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan TD spent several hours touring Vila Prudente, São Paulo’s oldest and largest favela. His guide was Holy Ghost missionary Fr Patrick Clarke, who has worked with local street children for over 40 years.Such was the rapport between the two men that Minister Halligan – who is a committed atheist – agreed to return to the St Joseph the Worker Pastoral Area the following Sunday for mass, where there arose (possibly) the first ever occasion of a non-believing Irish government minister delivering the weekly homily to its Brazilian parishioners. This is his sermon.AS A RULE I don’t attend church, except as a mark of respect for funerals. And I don’t pray, not ever.I acknowledge other people’s right to do so, it’s just not for me. But Fr Pat had given me the best part of a day showing me around the neighbourhood and, when he asked me to return for mass, I felt it was the respectful thing to do.As someone who grew up in conservative Catholic Ireland, the mass itself was like nothing I’d experienced before. It was very animated, tactile and all about the family. The children sat on the altar, mothers with babies stood on the altar and there were lots of occasions where people held hands and sang.Being put on the spotDuring my earlier visit to the slums I had noticed a lot of young boys playing, or trying to play, with punctured footballs. So I brought along five footballs to the mass. The kids brought these up as an offering and placed them on the altar. And I thought that was where my contribution would end. Apparently not.After the Gospel, Fr Pat asked the parishioners whether they’d ever seen a Brazilian government minister in their church, to which they all replied “No”. Then he told them that an Irish government minister was present today and asked the congregation to welcome me.But then he really put me on the spot. He strolled down the aisle with the microphone and said he’d like me to deliver the sermon. I had no idea he was going to do it and I nearly died with the fright. But the man had been so welcoming to me, so I certainly wasn’t going to offend him or his parishioners.An atheist pays tribute Minister Halligan with Fr Pat Clarke and Irish ambassador Brian Glynn.He knew I was an atheist (I still am, by the way). His attitude towards people is that even non-believers can be spiritual and it is the spiritual side of people that does good in the world. So up I got, onto the altar and, with the help of an interpreter, I did something I never in my life thought I’d do – I delivered a homily. Well, of sorts.Considering my own lack of faith, a speech on the bible was out of the question. The slums that these people call home are ruled by rival gangs, which made politics a no-go area as well.So instead I paid tribute to the brave and strong men and women working with the community and complimented the sincerity and faith of these priests and nuns because, despite my own humanist views, you could not but be impressed at their unconquerable faith in the face of such disadvantage and poverty.A brutal world controlled by gangsI told them how inspired I was by the transformational impact of the work being done by Fr Pat and his fellow Holy Ghost missionary, Fr Mick Foody from Sligo, in the São Paulo favelas.I described how, earlier in the week, I’d walked through the streets with them, which was quite an intimidating experience. The tension was quite palpable. This is a world controlled by gangs and they make no secret about it when a stranger comes into their midst.Fr Pat had told me that crossing the street into an area controlled by another gang is enough to get you killed. Yet, such is the respect he has earned in this community, he is able to walk freely along the narrow streets and is on first name terms with almost everyone he meets.It was a humbling experience to witness the esteem in which the Irish missionaries are held, at all levels. Fr Pat was declared a Freeman of the City of São Paulo in 2008 for his work with the poor, yet I got the sense that the respect he’s built up amongst his poverty-stricken parishioners means far more to him.It struck me as a stark contrast to the complete diminishing of respect for so many clergy back home.After the mass he showed me his home, a tiny, humble abode just minutes from the heart of the slums that has, he told me, never once been targeted in his 40 years in the country. Minister Halligan playing football with some of Sao Paulo’s local children.Respect locals have for Irish missionariesThese people come from nothing, they have nothing and yet our Irish missionaries have worked with them to build a church, a community and cultural centre, a holiday camp for children and an underground sewage system, all with minimal resources. They’d come to mass that morning from makeshift huts. I’d seen them earlier in the week, flung together with pieces of wood and cardboard, yet the pride they have in their church is immense.The church and centre are decorated by the kids, who are fed there every day. The centre runs a crèche and there are all sorts of classes. Fr Pat’s message to me, as to every person he comes into contact with, is that there is a place for everyone there. And his reason for devoting his life to such a worthy cause? If he doesn’t speak up for these kids, who else will?There are a great many modern-day scandals associated with the Irish Catholic clergy, of whom I have often been a harsh critic. In the face of these, the great work being done by Irish missionaries like Fr Pat Clarke shines like a beacon.John Halligan TD is Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation.Opinion: ‘A political solution to the Syrian war is very unlikely now’>Alan Kelly: ‘Craft beer is booming but licensing regulations are harming business’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

SPOILERS 713 NXT TV taping results from Full Sail card set for

first_img 1 COMMENT Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The following was taped on Wednesday from Full Sail University.WWE NXT TV tapings for July 13, 2016:* Dark Match: Oney Lorcan def. Tino Sabbatelli.Episode 1* Shinsuke Nakamura def. Blake. NXT GM William Regal comes out after and announces Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Title as the main event of TakeOver: Brooklyn II.* Billie Kay def. Santana Garrett.* TM-61 won a squash match.* No Way Jose def. Steve Cutler. Jose cut a promo on Austin Aries after.* Kota Ibushi def. Murphy.* NXT Champion Samoa Joe in-ring promo ripping on Regal for making the match with Nakamura and refuses it, saying Nakamura is undeserving. Regal comes out and says if Joe doesn’t agree, he’ll consider it a forfeit and Joe will be stripped of the NXT Title. Joe says he will take out Nakamura before TakeOver. Nakamura comes out on the rampway and stares down Joe to close the first show.Episode 2* Hideo Itami def. Sean Maluta.* Backstage segment with NXT Women’s Champion Asuka and Bayley, with Bayley saying she is ready to face Asuka again.* NXT Women’s Champion Asuka def. Aliyah. Bayley came out to do commentary. Asuka set up a chair at ringside for Bayley to watch the match on her entrance, but then Bayley comes down, throws the chair down and decides to stand and watch. Bayley comes in after when Asuka doesn’t let go of the Asuka Lock and the two have a staredown.* Bobby Roode makes his NXT TV debut, cutting a promo saying he will make NXT glorious.* NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival def. TM-61. Afterwards, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa come out and the two teams go back and forth on the mic before brawling, with Gargano and Ciampa sending the Revival fleeing from the ring.* Mojo Rawley vs. Chris Atkins goes to a No Contest when NXT Champion Samoa Joe attacks both men. Joe cuts a promo ripping on Nakamura and Regal, when Mojo gets back up and brawls with Joe, but then Joe chokes him out with the Coquina Clutch.Episode 3* Contract signing for Asuka vs. Bayley for the NXT Women’s Title at TakeOver: Brooklyn II. Bayley says she is ready now for Asuka and the Asuka mystique is gone. Asuka wants to shake hands, but Bayley refuses and demands Asuka sign the contract. She does, then Bayley leaves, brushing past Asuka, then she comes back and the two have a staredown.* The Authors of Pain won a squash match. TM-61 comes out after, but gets beat down by The Authors of Pain until American Alpha makes the save.* Andrade Cien Almas def. Angelo Dawkins. Afterwards, Bobby Roode comes out and announces that he will face Almas at TakeOver: Brooklyn II.* Billie Kay def. Liv Morgan.* Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa def. Patrick Clark and Tucker Knight.Episode 4* Hideo Itami def. Mustafa Ali.* Carmella, Liv Morgan and Nikki Glencross (Nikki Storm) def. Alexa Bliss, Mandy Rose and Daria Berenato.* NXT Champion Samoa Joe def. Mojo Rawley. Joe continues the attack after until Shinsuke Nakamura comes out. Security gets inbetween the two as Nakamura taunts Joe. Joe lays out the security team to close the tapings.Current card for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II coming out of the tapings:* NXT Title: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura* NXT Women’s Title: Asuka (c) vs. Bayley* NXT Tag Team Titles: The Revival (c’s) vs. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa* Bobby Roode vs. Andrade Cien Almas* American Alpha vs. The Authors of Pain (possible)* Austin Aries vs. No Way Jose (possible)Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list July 14, 2016 at 11:08 am SPOILERS: 8/15 Impact TV tapings in Mexico City to air on Pursuit and Twitch Demond Theepitomeofsarcasm Jso Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Injury Update WhatsApp Videos Articles glad Hideo is back finally and Bayley vs. Asuka again at Takeover was so obvious also look forward to Roode vs. Almas Now Playing Up Next Eddie Hearn Comments are closed. 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Increased Super Bowl Sunday DUI patrols

first_img KUSI Newsroom February 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 1, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Increased Super Bowl Sunday DUI patrols 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – No matter who you’re rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind everyone about the dangers of impaired driving.Deputies say watch for increased DUI patrols across the county beginning on Sunday, February 3rd at 3:00 p.m. and lasting through 5:00 a.m. the following day.Remember: impaired driving doesn’t just refer to alcohol. It can also include marijuana and prescription drugs.“There is simply no excuse for impaired driving,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “One bad decision can end in tragedy.”The Sheriff’s Department has these tips for a safe Super Bowl Sunday:• Plan a safe way home before the game begins• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, ride sharing service, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation• If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1 immediatelyIn 2018, 1,183 people were arrested for impaired driving by Sheriff’s Deputies in San Diego County. That’s down from 1,225 arrests in 2017. last_img read more

Coho tanglenet fishing coming to lower Columbia

first_imgThe next step in the reform of lower Columbia River salmon fishing begins Wednesday when a commercial tangle-net season to catch hatchery-origin coho begins between Woodland and the coast.The Columbia River Compact on Thursday approved eight days of fishing downstream of Warrior Rock on Sauvie Island with 3.75-inch-mesh nets and recovery boxes. The nets can not be in the water longer than 30 minutes at a time.“It’s an opportunity to look at bringing back commercial opportunity in October for us on late hatchery coho,” said Guy Norman, regional director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “That opportunity in recent years with Endangered Species Act listings has been reduced significantly.”Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said about 20,000 hatchery coho have been allocated for this pilot fishery. Fewer than 50 vessels are expected to fish.“Estimating actual catch is difficult since there is no historical data to draw on.” Ehlke said. There was limited test fishing from 2009 to 2011.Norman said ESA limitations to protect wild coho would be reached with a commercial catch of only a few thousand if the fishing isn’t limited to hatchery coho.last_img read more

Police Armed White Man Confronts Black GOP Volunteer

first_imgBy The Associated PressCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say an armed white man confronted a black Republican volunteer at a polling place and has been arrested.Volunteer Derek Partee tells The News & Observer that three white people angrily approached him Wednesday at a poll in Charlotte. He posted pictures of the people on Facebook, saying they were calling him racial slurs and threatening him. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say in a release that the armed man was carrying a BB gun. His identity hasn’t been released yet.(Courtesy Photo/Derek L Partee, Facebook)Partee says the people approached him asking about his party, but “they didn’t care whether I was a Democrat or a Republican, they just cared that I was black.” Police say the other people won’t be charged because they were found to have not violated any laws.___Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.comlast_img read more

No place for Talibani Hinduism says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP in connection to the Alwar lynching incident in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that steps should be taken to put an end to Talibani Hinduism.While leaving Nabanna on Monday evening, Banerjee said that instead of merely condemning the incident they (BJP) must rein in their leaders to check such incidents.”I heard Rajnathji had condemned it on the floor of Parliament during the no-confidence motion. But why they are only condemning it and not controlling their leaders at all levels. Such incidents are taking place just because of their hate campaign, and it is resulting in the loss of many lives. They must also control their MPs and MLAs in this connection,” Banerjee said.She further said: “Such incidents are taking place in the name of Hindu Taliban. Hate campaign by extremist religious groups should be stopped, and they are also taking the law into their own hands.”The Chief Minister reiterated that strict steps would be taken if anything similar happened in Bengal. “We don’t support such acts. Police have to take strong action when such violence occurs,” Banerjee said adding that measures should be taken as rumour mongers use social networking sites to spread fake news.Recalling incidents where people from Bengal were killed in other states when they went there for work, Banerjee maintained: “Our religion teaches tolerance and not to use the sword. They are defaming religion.”Stating that she respects all religions, the Chief Minister raised several questions that “If we can respect everyone why they (BJP) cannot? Why they are dividing (the country)?””We respect the cow. But we cannot condone violence over the issue,” she said after taking a dig at the BJP over the pandal collapse incident during the Prime Minister’s rally in West Midnapore.She said: “If they cannot build a pandal properly then how can they build a country?”last_img read more

Nigerian senatorelect to fight US extradition drug charges

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement He said all parties should desist from any action until a court ruling scheduled Wednesday on a previous suit by Kashamu to prevent his extradition.Kashamu’s spokesman had told the AP that the drug agents did not have an arrest warrant. But the agency insists it does have one, according to an email from spokesman Ofoyeju Mitchell.“The extradition move by the NDLEA for Kashamu to answer drug trafficking charges is legal,” he said in a statement. “The Agency has not violated his rights and will continue to work within the confines of the law.”Drug agents surrounded Kashamu’s home on Saturday, days before senators are to be sworn into the new legislature on Friday. The drug agency said he was under house arrest.Kashamu’s spokesman, Austin Oniyokor, said Kashamu is the victim of a political conspiracy.After years of inaction, the United States has requested his extradition, according to Nigeria’s drug agency. Asked for comment, a U.S. State Department official told The Associated Press that the department does not comment on law enforcement matters.The moves come as Kashamu is seen to have lost the perceived protection of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost March elections. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s federal high court Monday ordered drug agents to release a newly elected senator and suspend its extradition proceedings on 20-year-old drug charges related to the TV hit “Orange is the New Black.”It also ordered the withdrawal of armed agents who have besieged the home of Senator-elect Buruji Kashamu since Saturday.Judge I.N. Buba ordered the federal attorney general and the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to appear in court before noon Tuesday to show why he should not charge them with contempt of court. Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories A Chicago grand jury in 1998 indicted Kashamu for conspiracy to import and distribute heroin in the U.S. Prosecutors charge he was the kingpin of a heroin trafficking ring there in the 1990s.Kashamu has said the prosecutors really wanted his dead brother, whom he closely resembled.A previous request to extradite him from Britain failed in 2003. Kashamu spent five years in a British jail before he was freed over uncertainty about his identity. He was carrying $230,000 when he was arrested there.A dozen people long ago pleaded guilty in the case, including Piper Kerman whose memoir was adapted for the Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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