National Energy Board to hold oral summary argument regarding jurisdiction over the

first_imgThe oral summary argument is open to the public to attend. Anyone entering the hearing room will be required to sign-in at the door. Upon doing so, each attendee will be provided with a lanyard that must be worn at all times.The NEB has been taking steps through a process determined in December 2018.The issue presented to the board is the jurisdiction of the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline.After the board received applications filed by B.C. resident Michael Sawyer, who worked two decades in Alberta as an environmental consultant in the oil and gas sector argued that Coastal GasLink should have faced a federal environmental review instead of a provincial one.The Coastal GasLink pipeline will bring natural gas from Northeast B.C. to Kitimat, where it will be processed and shipped to Asian markets through Shell’s LNG Canada project.$6.2 billion will be invested in the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. CALGARY, AB – The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold oral summary for the final oral argument and reply of Coastal Gas Link and intervenors on May 2nd and 3rd.Starting at 9 a.m. on May 2 and 3, 2019 in the Board’s hearing room, which is located at:2nd Floor517 Tenth Avenue SWCalgary, Albertalast_img read more

Morocco and Bahrain Discuss Tourism Cooperation

Rabat – Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) CEO Sheikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa received last week Morocco’s Ambassador to Bahrain Ahmed Rashid Khatabi in Sanabis, Bahrain, near Manama.The two sides discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations and areas of cooperation, especially in the tourism sector.Sheikh Khaled “reviewed the BTEA’s tourism strategy and directives, its continual efforts to strengthen the tourism sector and promote its growth and development, and discussed the adoption of mutually beneficial tourism initiatives for both countries,” Arab news outlet Albawaba reported. Read Also: Bahrain Wants to Boost Tourism Cooperation with MoroccoKhatabi emphasized that his embassy’s continuous support of initiatives in the tourism sector between Morocco and Bahrain to promote growth and achieve progress in the sector.In late February last year, Bahraini foreign minister Khaled Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa met with Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani in Rabat.Both officials discussed bilateral relations and areas of common interest. The talks resulted in the signing of a number of cooperation agreements in various fields including air transport, communications, sport, and social security. read more

UN tribunal denies Bosnian Serb suspects motion to dismiss war crimes charges

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today rejected a defence motion seeking the release of an alleged Bosnian Serb prison camp commander and a dismissal of the indictment against him.Dragan Nikolic, charged with eight counts of crimes against humanity, claimed he was illegally arrested and abducted from the territory of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) on 20 April 2000 by unknown individuals who then transferred him to the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he was arrested and detained by NATO troops (SFOR) and handed over to the Tribunal.In delivering its decision, the trial chamber hearing Mr. Nikolic’s case observed that it could not be concluded that SFOR and the Prosecution were involved in the alleged illegal arrest and abduction, and that the conduct by the unknown individuals in the FRY could not be attributed to SFOR or to the Prosecution.The court concluded that the way in which Mr. Nikolic was brought to the Tribunal did not amount to a violation of the territorial sovereignty of the FRY, his human rights or due process of law.The Tribunal also said Mr. Nikolic was not subjected to treatment that was of “such very serious nature” that it could amount to a legal obstacle to the exercise of jurisdiction by the Tribunal and that there had been no violation of the fundamental principle of due process. read more

Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney to attend premiers meeting in Halifax

Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney to attend premiers meeting in Halifax AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2012 1:48 pm MDT HALIFAX – The governor of the Bank of Canada will attend a meeting with the premiers in Halifax later this month to discuss the economy.Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says Mark Carney will present the bank’s outlook for the global and Canadian economies and inflation in Canada.The two-day meeting is scheduled to begin Nov. 22.Dexter invited Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but he declined.

Ohio States Marcus Baugh suspended

Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh makes a catch during fall practice Aug. 6 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Baugh has been suspended twice in his Buckeye career by coach Urban Meyer.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorOhio State redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been suspended, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.Baugh, who has yet to appear in a game for OSU, was suspended two games for what Meyer called “stuff” during a Monday press conference.Baugh did not make the trip to Baltimore for OSU’s game against Navy Saturday and will not suit up for the Buckeyes’ game against Virginia Tech, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.This marks the second time Baugh has been suspended by Meyer. He was arrested in July 2013 for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and displaying improper identification. He missed the 2013 season opener against Buffalo before eventually redshirting.Baugh was cited again in January for underage consumption, but participated in spring practice. read more

FLSmidth to deliver the worlds largest pipe conveyor to Indian customer for

first_imgFLSmidth has been awarded its second coal handling order from NTPC this year. The contract from M/s. NTPC – Tamil Nadu Energy Co Ltd (a joint venture company between National Thermal Power Corp Ltd and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board) has a value of some $20.4 million and covers engineering, supply and installation of an external coal handling system at the Vallur Thermal power plant. The plant is located at Ennore, approximately 20 km from the city of Chennai in southern India. Major equipment included in the coal handling system is a 4.4 km long pipe conveyor with a capacity of 4,000 t/h – making it the world’s largest pipe conveyor, the company says. The coal handling system will convey coal from the adjoining port to the internal coal handling stockpile.This external coal handling package is part of an expansion of the 1,500 MW mega power project. In view of the Indian Government’s ‘Power for All’ policy, NTPC has formed joint ventures with state owned electricity boards to produce power to meet the local demand.The coal handling system is based on a well-proven system as FLSmidth has previously delivered the world’s longest pipe conveyor, which is 8.2 km long and operating in Peru as well as the highest capacity coal pipe conveyor with a capacity of 2,000 t/h, operating in Colombia.The pipe conveyor is a spillage free conveying system, installed with a dust control system at end transfer stations, ensuring an environmentally friendly material handling system.“This order for the world’s largest pipe conveyor will further qualify FLSmidth for future material handling projects and supply of long distance conveyors, especially for coal. The development of our material handling activities is supported by our various acquisitions, increasing our ability to serve as a single-source supplier to both the cement and minerals industries,” Group CEO Rasmussen comments.last_img read more

Normet to acquire MEYCO dry concrete spraying business from Atlas Copco

first_imgNormet, the technology company offering continuous improvement to underground construction and mining processes, has agreed to acquire the assets of the MEYCO dry spraying business consisting of the models Piccola and GM from Atlas Copco. Normet also has the right to use the MEYCO brand name for models Piccola and GM for two years from the transfer date.The dry spraying business has been the foundation of MEYCO for over 50 years. Atlas Copco acquired the MEYCO Equipment business from BASF Construction Chemicals Europe AG in 2013.“This acquisition is a good strategic fit for Normet as it broadens the offering for our existing customers in mining and tunnelling,” said Tom Melbye President of Normet Group and Managing Director of Normet International. “It also complements our offering of new technologies in Construction Chemicals, especially with respect to the application of the Tamseal 800 waterproofing sprayable membrane.”The acquired business will form Normet’s MEYCO Dry Spraying product line which will be headed by Tom Kurth, former Managing Director of MEYCO Equipment and Business Development Manager in Atlas Copco MEYCO. The manufacturing of the dry spraying products will continue in Switzerland to maintain their high quality. Sales and service of MEYCO dry spraying products will be handled through long term established distributors as well enhanced through Normet’s own worldwide network. The distribution and logistics of spare parts will be managed through Normet’s Global Logistics Center in The Netherlands.last_img read more

60 years after Hillary Everest gets HTML5 site and BASE jump video

first_imgMount Everest was just sitting around, growing extremely slowly, when it started to get a lot of press this week. First off, Microsoft released a mini-site, promoting Internet Explorer’s technology while discussing glacier loss in the area. In case it’s not marked on your calendar, it’s been exactly 60 years since Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit, so MS is also celebrating that event with HD video and panoramas. If you are more action-oriented, then Red Bull has something completely different for you: the first ever BASE jump off of Everest. No matter what kind of person you are, one of these Mount Everest stories will appeal to you.Since you probably can’t wait any longer, here is that BASE jump…Yes, a human got somewhere near the top of Everest (it’s not clear how far up he was) and willingly jumped off, using a wingsuit and parachute to get to the ground safely. The daredevil didn’t drop the full 29,020 feet of course, this was just a casual glide that couldn’t have been more than a few thousand vertical feet.Not quite HTML5 but still cool.Microsoft’s “Rivers of Ice” micro-site was designed to raise awareness about two important things: the loss of the Earth’s glaciers and browser technology. The videos are wonderfully done and the embedded gigapixel panoramas are even better. Microsoft and did a bang up job on the site, using top-notch HTML5 technology to get their content across.To be fair, Glacierwork’s pushing of Internet Explorer is limited to a logo in the top right corner and a notice on the entry page if you happen to use a browser or OS that Microsoft considers to be sub-par. If you want the “full Everest experience” the site suggests you use a “modern browser” on a “desktop or laptop computer”. I did some testing with Chrome and Firefox on OS X and both work, but load the site in Chrome OS and you’ll be restricted to the opening video.Microsoft’s partner, GlacierWorks, is a non-profit organization that has tasked itself with demonstrating the change that has happened to the Himalayan glaciers over time. Their literate seems hesitant to assign any blame to climate change, man’s encroachment in the area, or any other force, they just want to “incite curiosity.”If you want to see some excellent HTML5 work as well as some incredible imagery, stop by If you are happy with a video of a stuntman jumping off one of the world’s highest points (but not necessarily resulting in one of the world’s longest wingsuit dives), the video above will get the job done.last_img read more

Why Water Bears Are Practically Immortal

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Tardigrades are well-known as one of the hardiest creatures on earth. Also known as the water bear (or, more rarely, the moss piglet), tardigrades can take enormous amounts of radiation, survive in the vacuum of space and endure just about anything else we can throw at themThat’s bizarre because they don’t really… Need all of that. Evolution tends to only select for traits that a creature can use, because most advantages or adaptations take energy to grow and maintain. If it isn’t useful, it gets cut because it’s a waste. Since these cute little animals just sort of nibble on moss and algae, it’s a bit unusual for them to be tougher than the Hulk on a rough day.To better understand how tardigrades survive all these extreme environments, a group of researchers gathered DNA from two different species and compared. Previously, it seemed, that water bears were one of the few multicellular organisms to transfer genetic material horizontally. That’s a bit like trading eye color with just about anyone you meet. Instead of being bound by the genes you’re born with, you could actually change your DNA partway through life.This ability really only works with very simple organisms like bacteria. The more complex anything gets, the easier it is to muck up. It wouldn’t be a very good idea to randomly swap out genes in humans based on what we wanted. There’s no telling what kinds of systems or organs or traits it could spill over to, which could mean a very rough time for us.New findings, however, contradict this early assumption. These extremophiles have indeed swapped DNA with other basic organisms, but that’s been rather limited. Researchers found that less than 2% of their genes originated from bacteria, for example. But those that did were responsible for some of the creatures’ most important survival tactics.For example, water bears, as their name implies, live in water. Even those that wander about on land do so in a thin film of liquid to keep themselves hydrated. If conditions change, however, and it starts getting a bit too dry, they can form a rigid internal, cellular skeleton made out of specialized proteins. These molecules don’t evaporate like water, and they help the creature maintain its shape, putting it into a specialized type of hibernation until it can get to water again.The species studied also had two different methods for protecting themselves. One was able to prepare almost immediately, with very little forewarning. The other would die unless it had time to produce the special proteins.Studying these little animals is an important first step in understanding one of Earth’s most mysterious creatures. In an interview with Wired, one of the study’s authors, Mark Baxter, mentioned that we might one day be able to manufacture these special proteins ourselves so that we could preserve things like vaccines for far longer than we would otherwise be able to. This would, Baxter argues, dramatically increase our ability to get medical supplies that need to be refrigerated out to people in remote areas.It’s even conceivable (though many, many decades off) that we could eventually apply our understanding of water bear physiology to ourselves and dramatically increase our own lifespans. For now, though, more study is needed. But with genetic sequencing getting cheaper and more accessible all the time, it’s likely we’ll be getting a flurry of new insights into the complex inner world of these awesomely cute microbes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Albiol happy with Ancelottis squad rotation

first_imgNapoli defender Raul Albiol praised Carlo Ancelotti’s squad rotation after earning a vital win against fellow top four contenders Lazio.Napoli were missing key players in Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne, Allan and Marek Hamsik but still won 2-1.And Albiol who acknowledged a different approach from former boss Sarri credited Carletto’s tactical nous.“We knew it would be difficult with our first Serie A game after a long winter break, but we got the win,” Albiol told Football Italia.carlo ancelotti, napoliAncelotti is fuming at the state of Napoli’s changing rooms George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Carlo Ancelotti is fuming about the clubs failure to complete renovations at the clubs home stadium including the changing rooms.Most managers complain about a…“It’s an important victory because since the start of the season, the Coach has put his faith in all the players and it showed tonight. Many who hadn’t played as much were still ready when called upon and that is crucial.”Napoli break further away from Inter in second place and await Juve’s result against bottom of the table Chievo on Monday.“We have to stay on our path, keep working and stay close to Juventus. We know they are on a remarkable march, but all we can do is win our games, wait and see.”last_img read more

Buyers guide to bikesforwork schemes

first_imgThe facts:What are bikes-for-work schemes?Bikes-for-work schemes are tax-exempt arrangements that encourage employees to cycle to work to reduce environmental pollution and promote healthier lifestyles. The scheme enables employers to fund bikes and safety equipment, and loan these to employees.Where can employers find more information?Additional information can be found on the Cycle to Work Alliance’s website: are the main providers?These include: Connected Benefits, Co-operative Flexible Benefits, Cycle Solutions, Cycle Surgery, Edenred, Evans Cycles, Grass Roots, Halfords, Hargroves Cycles, and P&MM Employee Benefits.Bikes-for-work schemes generate at least £72 million for the UK economy and employers through improved physical fitness and associated health benefits. According to the Impact of the cycle-to-work scheme: evidence report, published in June 2016, by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) on behalf of the Cycle to Work Alliance, bikes-for-work schemes generate around 9,200 new cyclists every year. The report also indicated that users of the scheme cycled an average of 18 more miles per week after taking up the benefit.A bikes-for-work scheme is a tax-efficient benefit, which is usually offered via a salary-sacrifice arrangement. It was introduced in the 1999 Finance Act to encourage employers to loan bicycles and cycling safety equipment to employees as a tax-exempt benefit to encourage more people to cycle to work. Through the scheme, employers buy cycling equipment from suppliers approved by their scheme administrator, and hire it to their employees. At the end of the loan period, the employer may choose to give the employee the option to purchase the equipment.The bicycles are lent to staff through a consumer credit agreement, and interest-free repayments to cover the costs are made over 12 or 18 months on a weekly or monthly basis. Employees can also opt to buy related safety equipment such as lights, reflective clothing, helmets and locks.The consumer credit agreement allows organisations to lease bikes and safety equipment up to the value of £1,000, including value-added tax (VAT).Under the scheme’s rules, at least half of the bike’s usage must be for an employee’s commute to work.The appeal of bikes-to-work schemes may, in part, lie in the potential national insurance (NI) and tax savings. Employees can decrease their tax and NI liabilities when purchasing a bicycle for their commute using a salary sacrifice arrangement, which typically offers standard-rate taxpayers savings of 32% and higher-rate taxpayers 42%. On average, employers can save 13.8% of the salary employees sacrifice owing to the consequent reduction in their NI contributions.Employers make initial investments into necessary equipment on the behalf of employees, and a sum is then deducted from employees’ gross pay.Bikes belong to the employer throughout the process. If the employee leaves their employment, the remaining amount is deducted from their net pay and the bike becomes liable for tax.At the end of the fixed lease period, the employer can give staff the option to buy their equipment through a transfer of ownership, which uses a fair market value payment set by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).Following changes implemented in 2012 employers can no longer pass VAT savings onto employees, and it must be accounted for on the monthly amounts paid by staff, because the scheme is regarded as supply of a service.The health and environmental benefits of bikes-for-work schemes were recognised by the government in the 2016 Autumn Statement. In November 2016, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that cuts in employee tax breaks through salary sacrifice would not include any changes to the bikes-for-work scheme.London Mayor Sadiq Khan also announced he would spend an annual £154 million on cycling in London over the next five years. In December 2016, Khan said that the cash injection into cycling is to help Londoners get about quickly without having to use a car, bringing both health benefits and continuing his policies for improving air quality. Now reaching a total of £770 million, the amount nearly doubles the £79 million per year spent over the last mayoral term, which places London roughly level with the Netherlands in terms of money spent on cycling.Statistics:Bikes-for-work schemes generate at least £72 million for the UK economy and employers through improved physical fitness and associated health benefits.Bikes-for-work schemes generate around 9,200 new cyclists every year.(Source: Institute for Employment Studies on behalf of the Cycle to Work Alliance, June 2016)last_img read more

Building a Business Intelligence Group

first_img“Market intelligence merges the research team together with market experts and market strategists,” says Josh Heitsenrether, senior vice president of strategic services. “We’ve merged the two together to field larger studies of the database, larger studies of the market and combine all of that with ‘feet on the street’ kind of insights rolled into one package that serve longer term relationships that are independent of an advertising campaign with us.”  The second piece is a wide grouping of marketing services. “We have the ability to offer content services and analysis and we have analysts who can offer lead modeling and scoring, and roadmaps for how to take leads down the sales path,” says Heitsenrether. Integrated programs offer direct execution services for clients. “As resources become more challenging on the customer side, we’ve been able to step up with planning and execution of very complicated integrated marketing campaigns,” says Heitsenrether.All three parts build off services that ZDE offered before (in some cases, even before its spin-off from Ziff Davis). “For some time before I got here, the enterprise was involved in variety of demand generation programs,” says Weitzner. “The outcome of that was you’re dealing more deeply with the client and they start asking for other things, which could range from people saying ‘my budget has been cut severely can you take over this function’ to becoming an actual marketing department for a client.” In once case, ZDE was engaged by a vendor to conduct a sales training and market analysis program which involved doing primary market research and then creating sales training materials, conducting the training and assessing the client’s sellers. “There was no public face to it, this was all done within the client,” says Heitsenrether.Pricing ranges greatly. Enhanced services around lead generation might mean simply a higher cost per lead, while virtual marketing might include a monthly retainer and specific fees on deliverables. “Our base of unbundled services is a relatively small part of total revenue but growing rapidly,“ says Heitsenrether.Building these services included hiring people with backgrounds outside of media. “We have to rethink the model right down to the two basic pillars of the publishing business: employees and content,” says Weitzner. “Although everyone has gotten past circulation as the model to audience development, you have to take another step to audience marketing. One of the basic ingredients in engaging the audience beyond simply looking at a Web site or reading an article in a magazine is a 360 degree view of how we touch these people. We need people who are experts not just in content or in a specific content domain but how the audience consumes content and what it requires to attract them and keep them there.”ALM Extends Research Arm Six years ago, ALM started its research business by taking stock of the content it had. “We realized there’s tremendous value in looking at year-over-year comparisons in the data but this was too much information for an article in print or online,” says Kevin Iredell, head of ALM’s Legal Business Solutions Division. “The decision was made that we’re sitting on all this data, let’s do something with it.”ALM began by simply putting the data in one place and making it searchable. Data today is available in two ways: by subscription (typically to law firm librarians) and by selling individual datapoints on a transactional basis. “This may include tech vendors selling to law firms—every couple years they will purchase the ALM 100 list to help set up sales territories,” says Iredell.  More than 90 percent of the top 100 law firms are subscribers, while individual transactions number in the thousands each year, according to Iredell.Content AuditALM originally looked at all content the same way but recently split it between “business of law” and “substantive law” which includes cases, codes and treatises. While ALM initially just licensed the content to outside resources such as Lexis Nexis, it needed a better sense of what it had to start selling directly to clients.  “The first step was having our licensing experts look at the content and decide what was valuable to individual users,” says Iredell. “We basically did a content audit. We didn’t have in-house expertise for the database portion and we worked with an outside firm to build the infrastructure around that.” Today there are two separate groups within ALM Legal Business Solutions—one that handles licensing while the other offers business intelligence, which could include fielding a compensation report of 15 different legal positions. “A lot of the requests we get are, ‘How does that compare over time?” says Iredell. “One of our content managers will build a compensation benchmarking tool that goes back five or 10 years.”The licensing group has about six staffers compared to about a dozen in the legal intelligence group. “We have content managers and database managers, a dedicated sales staff that sells it separate from the circulation department (who used to do it), and telemarketers sell the transactional business,” says Iredell. Three-Tiered PricingSubscriptions are offered at three levels: a base level providing access to all of the current year’s content  for $5,000 per year for the first user, with additional users paying 10 percent of that. The premium subscription offers current content plus archives for $12,000 for the first user. ALM has also introduced Premium Plus, which includes Benchmarking information and additional surveys such as the Survey of Welfare Economics, and Law Department Metric Survey, at $15,000 for the first user. Transactional fees range from $199 up to $1,200. “We’re doing more custom surveys and we’re ramping up to answer more questions around custom research,” says Iredell. “There’s a lot of need for, ‘yeah, I get benchmarking data, what about MY firm.’ We don’t want to be consultants but we do want to be partners.”While Iredell wouldn’t share specific revenue figures, he said the Legal Business Solutions group was up slightly over 2008. “We sit astride the wall—part of what we do is edit, part of it is business-side,” says Iredell. “The challenge has been getting both the editors and the business side to trust in the process.” If “platform agnostic” was the dominant publishing catch phrase of the last five years, “business intelligence” could dominate the next few as publishers move beyond core publishing duties (such as generating content and selling advertising) to offer more agency-like services, including on-demand research, marketing services and market analysis.But simply throwing those responsibilities at existing staff could do more harm than good. “Where things can go sideways is if you just keeping adding more services and pricing it in with the products that they support,” says Ziff Davis Enterprise CEO Steve Weitzner. “That’s a pitfall for most publishers moving into this business.”Building Off Existing ServicesIn December, ZDE launched an enhanced bundle of audience engagement programs which are offered in three main pieces: market intelligence, integrated programs and marketing services. last_img read more

New Vizio 2019 sound bars start at 70 include Bluetooth

first_img Vizio Share your voice The 5.1-channel SB3651n and 2.1-channel SB3621n “pump out up to 100 dB” and also feature a slim subwoofer which can reach a claimed 50Hz. They feature integrated DTS Virtual:X for simulated surround effects. 01-vizio-soundbars-2019The SB2020n is designed for smaller rooms. Sarah Tew/CNET The $70 20-inch SB2020n is now the baby of Vizio’s range. The company suggests using the subwoofer-less speaker in smaller living areas.Update, May 21: Adds pricing, photos and additional information. 3:12 0 Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019center_img Three Vizio soundbars surround a Sony the company used for a comparison. Sarah Tew/CNET Vizio’s 2019 sound bars, which include two new Dolby Atmos models, are available from today with prices ranging between $70 and $700.The new crop follows the company’s first Atmos sound bars from late 2018 and is designed to fill in gaps between existing models which are mostly 46-inch bars.The full range includes five sound bars — four 36-inch models and a 20-incher — with the top two speakers including Dolby Atmos. SB36514 — 36-inch 5.1.4 Atmos sound bar: $700 SB36312 — 36-inch 3.1.2 Atmos (no surrounds): $470 SB3651n — 36-inch 5.1-channel sound bar: $250 (coming later in 2019) SB3621n — 36-inch 2.1-channel sound bar: $150 SB2020n — 20-inch 2.0-channel sound bar: $70 The 36-inch SB36514 fits neatly between the company’s $1k flagship and its excellent $500 SB36512. The new SB36514 features rear height surrounds and comes with a six-inch subwoofer. Meanwhile the new step-down SB36312 model includes a slim subwoofer that can be slid underneath furniture. Both speakers feature up-firing drivers for overhead effects in Dolby Atmos-encoded content. vizio-sb36512The $700 Vizio SB36512 offers Atmos compatibility and a 6-inch subwoofer. Sarah Tew/CNET All of the speakers offer Bluetooth support while the Atmos models SB36514 and SB36312 include “voice-control support for Google Assistant, allowing users to control their sound bars using only their voice.” In addition the models include Chromecast built-in for multiroom streaming support. Tags Post a comment Speakers Vizio debuts TVs with local dimming, quantum dots, AirPlay…last_img read more

Under new management RBI to pay Rs 40000 crore dividend to government

first_imgReserve Bank of IndiaReutersThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to give the government an interim dividend payout of as much as Rs 40,000 crore by March.”We are absolutely sure that an interim dividend of more than Rs 300 billion (Rs 30,000 crore) would be paid before March end,” a sources told Reuters.Another source apparently put the payout some at around Rs 40,000 crore. The report said the final decision on the dividend size would be taken around February 1 when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the government’s budget.The move comes at a time when the government is seeking additional funds to bridge the fiscal gap in the run up to the elections.The agency also reports that the move assumes significance in the backdrop of the recent change of guard at the central bank. Last month, Former top finance ministry official Shaktikanta Das was appointed as the new governor of the RBI.Payouts to the governments was one of the key issues that roiled the relationship between former RBI governor Urjit Patel and the finance ministry.Jalan CommitteeAnother major point of conflict between the RBI and the government was increased restrictions on lending by banks swept into the prompt corrective action (PCA) programme. The government, wary of a credit crunch taking hold over the economy in the wake of the restrictions, was cut up over the RBI move.There were reports that the RBI leadership was wary of transferring a part of the huge central bank reserves to the government. The government later clarified that it was not after RBI reserves. RBI governor Shaktikanta DasIANSHowever, days after Patel quit, the government set up a committee headed by former governor Bimal Jalan to ascertain how much should be the ideal size of the RBI reserve capital, which is meant to deal with unforeseen liquidity crises.The RBI keeps about a fourth of its annual turnover as its capital reserve. As of the end of June 2018, the reserves were Rs 9.59 lakh crore. The finance ministry had sought to halve the reserve size to around 14 percent.The Jalan Committee faces the onerous task of taking a call on this.Both RBI and the finance ministry declined to comment on the development regarding the dividend payment, the agency reported.last_img read more

Lightning kills 2

first_imgA man and a woman were killed in lightning strikes in Pirojpur and Barisal districts on Thursday, reports UNB.In Pirojpur, Md Abbas, 42, son of Moazzem Hawlader, was killed as a thunderbolt struck him at Dabgachia village in Indurkani upazila.Police said that the thunderbolt struck Abbas when he was bringing his cattle from field around 12:30pm, leaving him dead on the spot.In Barisal, Hanufa Begum, 30, wife of Riyad Hossain of Badalpara village in Bakerganj upazila, was killed as a lightning hit her around 1:00pm when she went out of house for bringing her cattle, said Md Maksuduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Bakerganj police station.last_img

Alabama Woman Charged in Fetal Death her Shooter Goes Free

first_imgBy BLAKE PATERSON Associated PressMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama district attorney’s office hasn’t decided whether to prosecute a woman indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight.Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December altercation over the fetus’s father, authorities said.Jemison was initially charged with manslaughter, but a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict her after police said an investigation determined Jones started the fight, and Jemison ultimately fired in self-defense. Jones, 28, was indicted by that same grand jury Wednesday.This photo provided by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office shows Marshae Jones. Jones, whose fetus died after she was shot in a fight has been charged with manslaughter, while the woman accused of shooting her has been freed. She was indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday, June 26, 2019. She was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December altercation regarding the fetus’s father. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office via AP)The indictment stated Jones did “intentionally cause the death” of “Unborn Baby Jones by initiating a fight knowing she was five months pregnant.”However, the office of District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington said there has been no decision on whether to pursue the case against Jones.With Washington out of the country, her chief assistant D.A. Valerie Hicks Powe put out a statement expressing “sympathy for all the families involved, including Mrs. Jones, who lost her unborn child.” Both prosecutors are African American women; Washington took office in 2017 as the first Black female district attorney to be elected in Alabama.While the grand jury “had its say,” Powe said the office has “not yet made a determination about whether to prosecute it as a manslaughter case, reduce it to a lesser charge or not to prosecute it.” She promised a thorough review and “an outcome that is most just for all the parties involved.”“Foremost, it should be stated that this is a truly tragic case, resulting in the death of an unborn child,” she said. “The fact that this tragedy was 100 percent avoidable makes this case even more disheartening.”Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid had called the fetus “the only true victim,” brought unnecessarily into a fight and “dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm.”Advocates for women’s rights expressed outrage over Jones’ arrest.Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, said women across the country have been prosecuted for manslaughter or murder for having an abortion or experiencing a miscarriage.She said Alabama currently leads the nation in charging women for crimes related to their pregnancies. She said hundreds have been prosecuted for running afoul of the state’s “chemical endangerment of a child” statute by exposing their embryo or fetus to controlled substances.But this is the first time she’s heard of a pregnant woman being charged after getting shot.“This takes us to a new level of inhumanity and illegality towards pregnant women,” Paltrow said. “I can’t think of any other circumstance where a person who themselves is a victim of a crime is treated as the criminal.”The district attorney’s office said it will decide how to proceed “only after all due diligence has been performed.”Alabama is one of dozens of states that have fetal homicide laws allowing criminal charges when fetuses are killed in violent acts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.Jones’ arrest also drew criticism from the Yellowhammer Fund, which raises money to help women have access to abortions.“The state of Alabama has proven yet again that the moment a person becomes pregnant their sole responsibility is to produce a live, healthy baby and that it considers any action a pregnant person takes that might impede in that live birth to be a criminal act,” said Amanda Reyes, the group’s director.___Associated Press reporters Jeff Martin in Atlanta and Kim Chandler in Montgomery, Alabama, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Costa Rica announces trade agreements with Colombia and European association

first_imgPresident Laura Chinchilla announced that Costa Rica and Colombia will begin negotiations on a free trade agreement expected to be signed later this year.On Tuesday morning, the president said in a press conference that negotiations will start June 15, when Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visits Costa Rica.According to Chinchilla, the agreement is the only requirement Costa Rica lacks to become a full member of the Pacific Alliance, a group that promotes the growth, development and competitiveness of member countries.The president also said Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama and the countries of the European Free Trade Association on Wednesday will begin their second round of negotiations for signing a free trade agreement in Panama City. The first meeting with the association, formed by Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, was in March. The third round of negotiations will be held in Costa Rica at a date to be decided in coming days.Costa Rica seeks to complement the association agreement between Central America and the European Union, whose signature is scheduled for June 29 in Honduras. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Villagers recall fear as troops fired in El Chapo raid

first_imgCOSALA, Mexico — Ayon Mendoza was making tortillas when a burst of bullets hit her home in Mexico. She ran to get her toddler when two helicopters, apparently military, struck her village even harder. Facebook Comments At the time, she did not understand what happened in her northwestern Durango state hamlet on Oct. 6. But she later learned the shooting coincided with operations to capture fugitive drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in the mountain region.The 24-year-old housewife said her home in Comedero Colorado had dozens of bullet holes and her car burned, so she and hundreds of terrified people from other villages fled to Cosala, Sinaloa state.Mendoza and her husband, Gonzalo Elias Peña, walked for four days along cliffs and through brush with their two-year-old daughter on the Sierra Madre mountain range, the bastion of the Sinaloa drug cartel chief.Lacking food and water, they finally arrived in the picturesque town of Cosala, where more than 600 other people from villages from neighboring Durango state have taken refuge, recounting similar stories.“We were walking in the dark because where there was light, they would start shooting. It was firing from all sides,” Mendoza said as she and other displaced families waited for clothes and food handouts from the authorities in Cosala.Her husband, Gonzalo, said: “The newspaper reported they were looking for him (Guzmán), but he wasn’t there and they almost killed us.”Federal officials say marine special forces closed in on Guzmán in the Durango-Sinaloa mountain region last week but that he slipped away, injuring himself in the leg and face because he fell while fleeing.A federal government official denied that the marines fired on civilian homes.But, the official told AFP, “obviously when they face people who fire at them, they will repel the aggression.”U.S. law enforcement officials, who are helping Mexican authorities hunt for Guzmán, believe the 58-year-old fugitive fled to his Sierra Madre mountain stronghold after escaping prison in central Mexico on July 11, just 17 months after his capture.Guzmán’s jailbreak — his second since 2001 — caused deep embarrassment to President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose government detained a dozen prison officials and vowed to recapture him.‘Rain of bullets’People who live near the Durango state municipality of Tamazula, like Mendoza and her family, say the manhunt led marines to their communities, where they came under fire.Marta Marbella, who lives in El Verano village, showed pictures she took with her cellphone of the bullet marks that were left on her house on Oct. 6.The images show a dozen holes on the roof and more on the walls, door and outdoor bathroom, where Marbella had hidden with her baby. Her husband was working in the fields.“I could see the helicopter stop and shoot directly at the house. I was scared, screamed and cried, although I knew it was useless,” the 32-year-old housewife said.Francisca Quintero Sánchez, 40, rushed to hide with her three children under the bed when the “rain of bullets” came down for around one hour.“It was a time of terror, fear that they would kill us,” the farmer said. “Their uniforms said ‘Marina’ (Navy). Some think we’re stupid because we are ranchers, but we know how to read and write.”Missing people?The next day, Marbella, Quintero and other residents of El Verano decided to speak with marines, who told them they were looking for “a person accompanied by many people,” she said.The marines told them that they fired because they were under attack, but the women deny it.No casualties have been reported so far, but local legislator Lucero Sánchez López said at least eight people are missing.Oscar Loza, representative of the Sinaloa Human Rights Defense Commission, said he had no reports of missing people, but he voiced concerns over allegations that the authorities tried to hide evidence.The government, meanwhile, says the hunt for Mexico’s most wanted man continues.center_img Related posts:‘El Chapo’ is Mexico’s hit Halloween costume Undermining Mexico: How ‘El Chapo’ built a criminal empire, and escaped prison, by digging deep ‘Guzmán?’ Video casts new light on Mexico kingpin escape Mexico mayor’s killing a threat to others: governorlast_img read more

Joy in Croatia as UN overturns 2 key convictions

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Gotovina’s and Markac’s convictions were one of the few at the tribunal to punish perpetrators of atrocities against Serb civilians. The majority of criminals convicted have been Serbs. The Bosnian Serb wartime leader and military chief, Radovan Karadzic, and Gen. Ratko Mladic are currently on trial for allegedly masterminding Serb atrocities.Gotovina, 55, is especially popular among Croatian nationalists. The charismatic former soldier fought in the French Foreign Legion in the 1980s and spent four years on the run from justice before being captured in the Canary Islands in December 2005.The earlier verdicts against the two generals had triggered anti-Western sentiment among nationalist Croatians even as the country itself looked forward to joining the European Union in 2013.European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said the EU hoped that “Croatia will continue to look to the future in the spirit of tolerance and reconciliation which brought this country where it stands today, on the threshold of EU membership.”The original convictions were based on a finding that Croat forces deliberately used illegal artillery attacks on four towns to drive Serb civilians from their homes. But appeals judges overturned that key finding and said therefore no criminal conspiracy could be proven. The fighting in Croatia was part of the wars that erupted across the Balkans with the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The most deadly was in Bosnia, where Serbs battled Muslims and Croats in a four-year struggle that claimed some 100,000 lives.Serbia claims that over 1,000 Serbs were killed and more than 200,000 driven from their homes during the Croatian operation. Tribunal prosecutors put the death toll lower, at 324, but told the court the victims included elderly and disabled villagers _ many of whom had been shot in the head.But the appeals judges said prosecutors failed to prove the existence of such a conspiracy, effectively clearing Croatia’s entire wartime leadership of war crimes in the operation. It occurred at the end of Croatia’s battle to secede from the crumbling Yugoslavia and involved grabbing back land along its border with Bosnia that had earlier been occupied by rebel Serbs.Serbs who fled “Operation Storm” were furious.“As far as I understand this ruling, it is perfectly normal and legal to kill Serbs since nobody is being held responsible for it,” said Stana Pajic, who fled the offensive in 1995. “I’m terribly shaken by this unjust verdict.” Associated PressZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – Chanting “Victory! Victory!,” waving red-and-white checkered flags and dancing in the streets, tens of thousands of jubilant supporters gave two Croatian generals a hero’s welcome Friday after a U.N. war crimes tribunal overturned their convictions for murdering and expelling Serb civilians during a 1995 military blitz.Croatians viewed the decision to release Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac as vindication that they were the victims in the Balkan wars in the 1990s, but neighboring Serbia denounced the ruling as a scandalous injustice toward tens of thousands of its compatriots who were expelled from Croatia after an offensive led by the two. Serbia’s nationalist President Tomislav Nikolic declared that the “scandalous” decision by the Hague court was clearly “political and not legal” and “will not contribute to stabilization of the situation in the region but will reopen all wounds.”Tens of thousands of people, including Croatian war veterans, celebrated in Zagreb’s main square. Some sobbed with joy while others ignited flares, sipping beer and drinking wine from bottles.“Finally, we can say to our children that we are not war criminals,” said veteran Djuro Vec. “We fought for justice, and that our fight was righteous and just.”In The Hague, neither Gotovina nor Markac showed any emotion as Presiding Judge Theodor Meron told them they were free, but their supporters in the court’s public gallery cheered and clapped.Gotovina and Markac had been sentenced to 24 and 18 years respectively in 2011 for crimes, including the murder and the deportation of Serbs, during the 1995 Croatian offensive dubbed “Operation Storm.” Judges ruled that both men were part of a criminal conspiracy led by former Croat President Franjo Tudjman to expel Serbs. The majority said there was insufficient evidence to prove a campaign of illegal shelling, rejecting the trial judges’ view that any shell which hit further than 200 meters (yards) from a legitimate military target was evidence of indiscriminate shelling. Judge Carmel Agius, in a written dissenting opinion Friday, called the appeals court’s reasoning “confusing and extremely problematic.”There are no other Croat suspects on trial at the tribunal whose cases could be affected by the ruling.Gotovina’s American lawyer, Greg Kehoe, said the appeals judgment didn’t undermine the tribunal’s credibility, it proved its impartiality.“Is it a vindication for the rule of law and justice? Yes it is,” he said.____Corder reported from The Hague. Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, Raf Casert in Brussels and Aida Cerkaz in Sarajevo, Bosnia, also contributed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The deep division over the generals could set back efforts to reconcile the two wartime enemies _ the most bitter rivals in the Balkans.A red carpet was laid out as a Croatian government plane carrying Gotovina and Markac from the Hague, Netherlands, touched down in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, and the two were welcomed by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and other top officials.“This is our joint victory,” Gotovina told a cheering crowd singing patriotic songs at Zagreb’s main Bana Jelacica square. “We have won, the war is over and let’s turn to the future.”The generals later attended a packed Mass held in Zagreb’s large gothic cathedral “to thank God” for their release.The 3-2 majority decision in the U.N. court’s five-judge appeals chamber is one of the most significant reversals in the court’s 18-year history. It overturns a verdict that dealt a blow to Croatia’s self-image as a victim of atrocities, rather than a perpetrator, during the war.Yet the ruling produced fury in Serbia, where it was seen as further evidence of anti-Serb bias at the U.N. tribunal. Even liberal Serbs warned the ruling created a sense of injustice and could stir nationalist sentiments. She used to live in the western Croatian town of Knin but had to flee the 1995 offensive in a truck carrying her family’s few belongings.Croatia’s liberal president, Ivo Josipovic, said Friday’s ruling was “proof that the Croatian army did not take part in a criminal enterprise” and “a symbolic satisfaction for all victims of the war.”Vesna Skare Ozbolt, former legal adviser for the late President Tudjman, said the verdict “corrects all wrongs about our just war,” and “proves that there was no ethnic cleansing in Croatia and that it was all lies.”Tudjman died in 1999 while under investigation by the tribunal.Across the border, the acquittals enraged hardline opponents of the U.N. court.Vladimir Vukcevic, Serbia’s war crimes prosecutor, branded the ruling “scandalous,” saying it endangered the general principle that war crimes must be punished.“This was one of the biggest war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, murder, expulsion and endangering of several hundred thousand people, and no one was held responsible,” Vukcevic told The Associated Press.Serbian government officials said later Friday they would be scaling down cooperation with the tribunal to “only technical levels” because of the ruling. They did not elaborate. The tribunal announced late Friday that a conference scheduled for next Thursday in Belgrade to discuss the tribunal’s legacy when it finally closes its doors had been postponed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Mock draft makers arent alone in liking Davis and

first_imgMock draft makers aren’t alone in liking Davis and seeing how he fills a need for the Cardinals.Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that he has his eye on the Western Michigan prospect.“I really enjoy watching him. What I liked about him, he’s a four-year guy, played in the same system, he understands playing in a pro-style offense,” Fitzgerald said. “It scares me a lot when you see these young receivers, they play in these half-field schemes with looking at the sideline. “Well, he’s played four years, he’s got size, he’s got the ability to go up and make plays, he can make plays after the catch. I don’t know if he’ll be around at that (No. 13) spot, but I really like him.”Davis stands 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds and finished the 2016 season with 97 catches for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns. His 5,285 receiving yards over his career is an FBS college football record.It makes sense Fitzgerald would welcome another down-field receiving threat to take pressure off himself.ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. can see it as well. He has the Cardinals picking Davis in his three-round mock released on Wednesday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals wide receiver Kiper’s mock draft might give the Cardinals hope that Davis fall into their laps.Should the Cardinals reach for a quarterback here? I’m not so sure. They have needs elsewhere, namely at inside linebacker (if Reuben Foster drops, he’d be a good fit) and cornerback. Arizona’s once-formidable receiving corps doesn’t look as good with former first-round pick Michael Floyd gone and Larry Fitzgerald turning 34 before the season begins. Don’t knock Davis’ competition level — he has No. 1 wideout potential. Kiper also has Arizona drafting Iowa cornerback Desmond King with its second-round pick at 45th overall and then taking Ohio State inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan in the third round, 77th overall.King, the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner, is undersized at 5-foot-10, 201 pounds and could end up at safety, but he’s a playmaker (14 career interceptions). Arizona brought back 35-year-old Karlos Dansby to play next to Deone Bucannon, but McMillan is a tackling machine who might be an immediate upgrade. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis (84) cuts away from Ball State cornerback David Moore (13) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Muncie, Ind., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)center_img Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As a section of the football-loving world expects the Cardinals to draft Carson Palmer’s quarterback replacement with their first-round pick, it’s entirely possible that doesn’t happen.So what does Arizona do if drafting a quarterback 13th overall is a no-go?Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis may not be known by even regular college football fans, but he’s currently the most often mocked non-quarterback heading to Arizona. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more