AAP Agreed to all seat sharing formulas but Cong backtracked

first_imgNEW DELHI: Amid the continuing “flip-flop” over the tie-up for the Lok Sabha polls, the AAP on Sunday said the prospects of its alliance with the Congress are almost finished.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has “refused” to form an alliance with the Congress in Delhi alone. While the AAP is also keen on a pre-poll alliance in Haryana, which will vote on May 12, the Congress is only willing to discuss a tie-up in Delhi. With both the parties sticking to their demands, the alliance issue in Delhi is in a limbo. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Unit Convenor Gopal Rai said they agreed to all seat sharing arrangements that the Congress proposed, but even after that Congress backtracked. Rai accused the Congress of “wasting” AAP’s time over the tie-up in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh. Rai said the Congress was giving an impression that the AAP refused to form an alliance. “But the fact is whichever seat sharing formula the Congress proposed we agreed to it in Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh and even then they backtracked,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRai also announced that Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal would participate in two mega roadshows in Haryana. “After discussions with our alliance partner in Haryana, the JJP, we agreed to it, but the Congress refused and said they can’t give more than two seats to the JJP and proposed 7:2:1 formula,” said Sanjay Singh, who was negotiating with the Congress. Delhi’s seven parliamentary constituencies, which go to the polls on May 12 in the sixth phase, voted for the BJP in 2014, leaving the AAP in the second spot. However, the vote share of AAP and Congress in that election, together, was more than that of the BJP in six of the seven seats –despite the Modi wave.last_img read more

Facebook removes 783 fake pages accounts tied to Iran

NEW YORK — Facebook says it has removed 783 Iran-linked pages, accounts and groups from its service for what it calls “co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour.” That’s the social network’s term for fake accounts run with the intent of disrupting politics and elections.Facebook has disclosing such purges more regularly in recent months, including ones linked to groups in Myanmar , Bangladesh and Russia .The accounts on Facebook and Instagram typically misrepresented themselves as locals in more than two dozen countries ranging from Afghanistan, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.Facebook says the accounts spent about $30,000 on advertisements, paid for in U.S. dollars, British pounds, Canadian dollars and euros.The company says Twitter helped its investigation by sharing information about suspicious activity it found on its own service.The Associated Press read more

Culture of impunity puts Nepalese peace process at risk warns senior UN

4 February 2008Although Nepal has made important progress since ending its decade-long conflict with the Maoists more than a year ago, a senior United Nations official has warned that an ongoing culture of impunity for human rights violations is endangering the peace process. “Impunity remains unchecked in Nepal and not one perpetrator of past or ongoing human rights violations has been convicted as a result of a criminal investigation,” Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang said yesterday at a press briefing in the capital, Kathmandu.Wrapping up a five-day visit to the South Asian nation, Ms. Kang added that “the consolidation of the peace process will continue to be at risk without political will on the part of the authorities to end this culture of impunity.” An estimated 13,000 people were killed during the civil conflict that formally ended when the Government and Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. The agreements between the parties include the setting up of a commission on disappearances and a truth and reconciliation commission. These are important measures “to bring out the truth, address the past, and also the underlying causes of the conflict with a view to ensuring that the violations of the past are not repeated,” Ms. Kang stressed. “These commissions must be set up in accordance with international standards if they are to guarantee the rights of victims and their relatives to truth, justice and reparations.”She added that ongoing impunity as well as a “security vacuum due to weak law enforcement and criminal justice” has also led to an increase in violence, including killings and abductions by armed groups. “These acts of violence only serve the interests of those seeking to disrupt the peace process and will make more difficult the holding of free and fair elections,” Ms. Kang said, referring to the Constituent Assembly polls slated for 10 April. The elections for the Assembly, which is supposed to draft a new constitution for Nepal, were originally scheduled to be held in June last year but had to be postponed because of continuing mistrust between the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).In addition, the Deputy High Commissioner noted that discrimination based on caste, gender or ethnicity remains “entrenched” in Nepali society and stresses the need to address the problem “or it will continue to place the peace process at risk.”At the same time, she drew attention to progress on several fronts, including in addressing the situation of marginalized groups and the appointment of senior officials to the National Human Rights Commission. But it is evident that further efforts are needed, she added, pledging the continued support and assistance of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for the peace process and for strengthening human rights protection in Nepal. read more

Trio sought after man in medical distress found inside portapotty

Brantford police are hoping the public can help identify three people after a man was found in medical distress inside a port-a-potty.Police say the man was found around 11:50 p.m. on Nov. 19 inside the portable toilet in Harmony Square.He was rushed to hospital where he remains in critical care.Investigators say the man was earlier seen with a woman who be associated to another male and female who were in Harmony Square around the same time.Anyone who may be able to identify the people in the images is asked to contact Brantford police at 519-756-7050.

UN marks International Day of Tolerance

In societies characterized by diversity one of the most important challenges has been how to get rid of intolerance, the Secretary-General says in remarks released in advance of the International Day, which is observed each year on 16 November.Tolerance “is an active and positive attitude, inspired by a recognition of and respect for the rights and freedoms of others,” Mr. Annan says. “It means that concern for others must prevail over callousness and contempt and that an effort to know the ‘other’ takes the place of ignorance, blind prejudice and discrimination.”No modern society could be built or could flourish by cultivating intolerance, he adds.In his remarks, the Director-General of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, suggests some questions people might ask themselves on “this international day of collective reflection.””How can we accept, without being overcome by a profound sense of scepticism, that all values and truths are relative and that the appeal of universality is only an illusion?” he says. “Must we, then, in the name of the tolerance advocated by democratic societies, give up our search for the truth and agree to tolerate everything, even the intolerable?”Through dialogue the world needed to create a shared perception of things and events in order to resolve its tensions in the new century, Mr. Matsuura says.”It is on the basis of such a ‘reasonable consensus,’ favouring open societies and their basic values of democracy and respect for human rights, that we can no doubt find a way out of a highly destructive relativism,” he says.”May this international day inspire each of us to open the channels of this dialogue, in which nothing less than the future of our humanity is at stake,” he adds. read more

Loonie advances ahead of employment data traders look to dismal eurozone growth

Loonie advances ahead of employment data, traders look to dismal eurozone growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday as markets awaited the arrival of revised jobs data for July.The loonie was up 0.12 of a cent to 91.72 cents US, a day before Statistics Canada releases the data. The agency said earlier this week that there was an error in the jobs data originally released last Friday.Economists expect the new data will show about 20,000 jobs were created last month. Last Friday, Statistics Canada reported that only 200 jobs were created in July.The agency will also release the June reading on manufacturing shipments on Friday.Meanwhile, there was grim news from the eurozone as Germany’s economy, the region’s biggest, shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.2 per cent, held back by weaker investment by business and by fears over the crisis in Ukraine.France, the region’s second-largest economy, showed zero growth for the second straight quarter. Third-ranked Italy shrank.Ukraine fears have only grown since the end of the quarter on June 30, particularly after a Malaysian airliner was shot down in mid-July by a missile from territory held by pro-Russian separatists, according to the U.S. and Ukraine.Meanwhile, a large Russian aid convoy resumed its journey toward Ukraine on Thursday, taking a road leading directly toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels.Moscow has insisted it co-ordinated the dispatch of the goods with the International Red Cross, but the Red Cross was unable to confirm where the convoy was headed.On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of possibly planning a “direct invasion of Ukrainian territory under the guise of delivering humanitarian aid.”On the commodity markets, September crude in New York tumbled $2.01 to US$95.58 a barrel, reflecting Wednesday’s data showing a surprise hike in U.S. inventories last week and the weak European growth data.September copper was two cents lower at US$3.09 a pound, while December gold was $1.20 higher at US$1,315.70 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 14, 2014 6:46 am MDT read more

Divergent sequel Insurgent seizes top spot Sean Penns The Gunman misfires

‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’ seizes top spot; Sean Penn’s ‘The Gunman’ misfires This photo provided by Lionsgate shows, Kate Winslet, left, as Jeanine, and Ansel Elgort, as Caleb, in a scene from the film, “The Divergent Series: Insurgent.” The movie opens in U.S. theaters Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Andrew Cooper) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Mar 22, 2015 11:15 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sean Penn’s “The Gunman” was no match for the rebel kids of “Insurgent.”The second installment in the “Divergent” series easily topped the box office with $54 million from 3,875 theatres, according Rentrak estimates Sunday. Penn’s geopolitical thriller stumbled with only $5 million.While the second films in both the “Hunger Games” and the “Twilight” series boasted opening weekend gains over the first, “Insurgent’s” opening nearly matches that of its predecessor, “Divergent,” which debuted to $54.6 million just last year.Many predicted a bit of growth for this second film, which sees the return of stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet to author Veronica Roth’s dystopian world. But, both distributor Lionsgate and box office analysts see the consistency as a good thing.“We’re extremely pleased with the outcome,” said Lionsgate’s President of Domestic Distribution Richie Fay.“I think this is exactly where we thought we’d be,” he added. “We attracted a few more males this time around, and I think we’re headed in the right direction. The uptick from Friday to Saturday was considerably higher than it was for ‘Divergent.’ That, the A- CinemaScore and what’s coming into the marketplace will allow us to grow very nicely.”According to Lionsgate, 60 per cent of audiences were female.Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian credits Lionsgate’s consistent release date strategy and impressive marketing campaign for the strong repeat performance.“It’s really about driving a very fickle audience, that teen, YA — whatever you want to call them — they’re really tough to get a handle on. Their tastes change like the wind,” he said. “The key is keeping the young adult audience engaged, excited and enthusiastic.”“Insurgent” also performed well overseas, taking in $47 million from 76 markets, bringing its worldwide total to $101 million.Disney’s live-action “Cinderella,” meanwhile, fell 49 per cent in Week 2 to take second place with $34.5 million. The PG-rated film has earned an impressive $122 million domestically to date.Also in its second weekend in theatres, the R-rated Liam Neeson-led action film “Run All Night,” managed a slight edge over Open Road’s “The Gunman.” Neeson’s film, a Warner Bros. release, dropped 54 per cent with its $5.1 million weekend, while Penn’s film debuted in fourth place with only $5 million.“You have a lot of R-rated competition out there right now,” noted Dergarabedian, who also added that Penn’s foray into the action genre has not garnered the best reviews.“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” one of the better performing R-rated releases in recent weeks, rounded out the top five with $4.6 million in its sixth weekend in theatres. The 20th Century Fox film has now earned over $114.6 million domestically.“Over the past couple of weeks, films driven by the female audience have done much better than films driven by the male audience. But that’s all going to change because ‘Furious 7’ is on the way,” Dergarabedian said.“Put on your seatbelt and get ready, because it’s going to be an incredible ride in the coming weeks,” he said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Insurgent,” $54 million ($47 million international).2. “Cinderella,” $34.5 million ($41.1 million international).3. “Run All Night,” $5.1 million ($5 million international).4. “The Gunman,” $5 million ($900,000 international).5. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” $4.6 million ($8.5 million international).6. “Do You Believe?” $4 million.7. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” $3.5 million ($3.2 million international).8. “Focus,” $3.3 million ($7.9 million international).9. “Chappie,” $2.7 million ($5.1 million international).10. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” $2.4 million ($3.2 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:1. “Insurgent,” $47 million.2. “Cinderella,” $41.1 million.3. “Home,” $19.2 million.4. “Taken 3,” $18.6 million.5. “Lost and Love,” $16.2 million.6. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” $8.5 million.1. “Focus,” $7.9 million.2. “Big Hero 6,” $6.6 million.3. “Chappie,” $5.1 million.4. “Run All Night,” $5 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr read more

Myanmar Ban welcomes commission probing violence in Rakhine state

“This Commission is comprised of a representative cross-section of national figures in the country,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “It could make important contributions to restoring peace and harmony in the state and in creating a conducive environment for a more inclusive way forward to tackle the underlying causes of the violence, including the condition of the Muslim communities in Rakhine.”Recent tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, as well as at least 64,000 people displaced.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added that the Commission will “be integral to any reconciliation process” and the United Nations is ready to provide assistance in a “constructive spirit to Myanmar’s reform and reconciliation efforts, and to help that country overcome its imminent challenges.” read more

Football Ohio State defeats Michigan 3027 in walkoff fashion in double overtime

OSU junior offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) lifts OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) following Samuel’s game winning touchdown in the second overtime against Michigan. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt took the first ever overtime finish between the Buckeyes and Wolverines, and some late-game heroics from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and junior H-back Curtis Samuel, but OSU ultimately prevailed 30-27 in double overtime. In a game billed as one of the greatest ever in the rivalry, the Buckeyes ran their way to victory.Comparisons to the 2006 “Game of the Century” made throughout the weeklong buildup were far from an accurate representation of how the game played out. Instead, The Game lived up to the hype with one of the most exciting finishes in college football history. For the Buckeye seniors, the send-off for their last game in Ohio Stadium could not have been more perfect.Co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he was overjoyed for the players who have been with the program for four to five years, and could not rank this game in terms of his all-time greats at OSU just yet.“It’s so hard to say because you’re in the moment, obviously,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s one that’s been this up and down and this stressful and this gratifying to be honest with you. Obviously you can say last year coming off a loss, and all that stuff but the reality is, to send your guys out, to send your seniors out the way we did in the last game here in their last game in the ‘Show, I’m so happy for the Pat Elflein’s and the Craig Fada’s and the Joe Burger’s, and it definitely ranks up there. I’m going to have a hard time topping it.”OSU failed to move the ball throughout the first three quarters of the game. The Wolverines’ defense smothered the OSU offense in the first half, limiting the Buckeyes to just 81 yards and no offensive scores. The Scarlet and Gray had the chance to take an early lead 3-0 after the Buckeyes’ offense drove down the field on its first possession, but senior kicker Tyler Durbin failed to convert on his first kick of the season to that point.In true bend-but-don’t-break fashion, the Buckeyes defense allowed a Michigan drive into the redzone, but held firm to force a field goal by redshirt senior kicker Kenneth Allen. From there until halftime, OSU’s offense failed to move the ball down the field, electing to punt on four separate occasions. OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was largely ineffective for the opening half, minus a 19-yard run in the first quarter. On three different occasions, he missed wide-open receivers, including two passes to junior H-back Curtis Samuel.“First half we had good things called,” Barrett said. “We just weren’t executing it, whether it (be) myself, O-line, receivers. It was everybody (playing) their part in that.The only scoring for the Buckeyes came by way of their defense, as redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker picked off an errant pass from Michigan redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight. OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan brought pressure from the middle on the play, and forced Speight to toss the ball well before he was ready. Overall, Speight was a thorn in the side of the Buckeyes for the first half, injured shoulder and all. After missing last week’s game against Indiana with a shoulder injury that was rumored to be a broken collarbone, the junior quarterback lit up OSU’s defense for 141 first half yards. Even with the injury, both Fickell and redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said the team had been preparing for Speight to go all week.Samuel, the offensive dynamo for the Buckeyes, was sparsely used in the opening frame with just one catch for a yard and four carries for 12 yards. He ended the game with 11 total touches for 86 yards and the eventual game-winning score.In the second half, OSU received the initial kickoff, and promptly handed the ball right back to Michigan. A tipped pass from Samuel’s hands allowed junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers to snag his first career interception. A stroke of luck on a botched snap by Speight allowed OSU to regain the ball deep in its own territory.After more failed attempts to move the ball, the Buckeyes attempted a fake punt with senior punter Cameron Johnston. The Australian punter darted to the left through a hole, but was brought down a yard shy of the first-down marker.OSU coach Urban Meyer said it was his call to go with a fake in that scenario, and diverted the rest of the questions regarding the thought process with a rundown of the final play from scrimmage that won the game, although he did delve into why he called that play in that situation.For him, it was all about rallying the troops for morale, even if it didn’t work.“That’s why you run a fake punt,” he said. “That’s why we were trying to get the ball downfield and we just weren’t hitting them. And yeah, we were trying — we needed sparks.” After the Wolverines took over, senior fullback Khalid Hill found the endzone for a second time, spreading the Wolverines lead to 10 with six and a half minutes remaining in the third. OSU’s offense, once again, sputtered. The inability of Barrett to hit Samuel in space, and lack of over-the-top passing limited OSU to just 124 passing yards on the day.However, luck remained on the Buckeyes’ side. Speight went back to pass, and never saw OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker camping in the middle of the field. An easy interception by the sophomore linebacker eventually led to a Weber touchdown run from a yard out. OSU set a team record on Saturday with the most defensive touchdowns in a season on Hooker’s pick-six. Baker had a chance to get a touchdown as well, but was stopped before reaching the goal line. After the game, Fickell said his teammates were letting him know about it.“We are actually harassing Jerome Baker that he didn’t get his into the endzone,” he said. “That’s an expectation. We told Jerome we thought you were the All-State, Mr. Ohio tailback and you couldn’t get it into the endzone, so that’s one of those things were we can try to keep it light on the sideline.”A few drives later, with the ball firmly in Michigan’s hand, back-to-back stellar defensive plays from redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and freshman defensive end Nick Bosa forced another Michigan punt. Lewis forced an incomplete pass, while Bosa and junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes drove Speight to the turf.On the Buckeyes’ ensuing drive, Barrett and company moved the ball down the field, and converted a key fourth down conversion with Weber to keep the drive alive. Facing another fourth down, OSU turned to Durbin for a 20-yard field goal, but the kick sailed wide left. It was Durbin’s second missed field goal of the game. Rather than yell at his kicker, Meyer let him figure out what went wrong by himself.“I just hit him on the rear end,” Meyer said. “I didn’t really say much to him.”After pushing the ball all the way down to Michigan’s 5-yard line, the game was placed in the senior kickers hands once again. This time, the kick was good from 22 yards out, and the teams headed to overtime.It took two plays for the Buckeyes to score, thanks to both Samuel and Barrett. A 7-yard scamper into the endzone gave OSU a 24-17 lead, and the task of slowing a Michigan offense that had ripped apart its defense all game long. Speight once again bailed out the Wolverines, and found redshirt senior wide receiver Amara Darboh in the back of the endzone for a score. After reaching overtime for the first time in history, The Game went to double overtime.“I feel like we just faced so much adversity, and our mindset never changed,” said redshirt sophomore defenisve end Sam Hubbard. “We just kept swinging, kept fighting, kept swinging and came out on top. We never gave up. We really never changed our mentality. That’s why I think we were so strong at the end.”The Silver Bullets held Michigan to a field goal, and OSU took over. In possibly the play of the game, Samuel darted back and forth across the field for eight yards. On that specific play, Elflein said his job, as well as the rest of the offensive line, was simple.“Just block somebody,” he said.The run across the entire state of Ohio set up a fourth down conversion attempt for the Buckeyes. Barrett was initially given the line to gain on a quarterback dive, and Samuel took a sweep into the endzone from 15-yards out for a touchdown.The game lived up to the billing as the next Game of the Century, and gives OSU a convincing case for a playoff spot. Elflein still believes this team is destined to make the four team playoff, even if the team doesn’t make the Big Ten title game.“I would like to play that game next week,” he said. “To win a Big Ten championship is part of our motto. But if not, how can you keep us out?”The Buckeyes will await to see the decision of the College Football Playoff committee Tuesday at 7 p.m. OSU is currently ranked second in the nation. read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Joerg Beuge Apr 8th 2017, 8:48 AM 8,364 Views http://jrnl.ie/3330357 The 9 at 9: Saturday It’s the freakin’ weekend, here’s what you need to know. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Joerg Beuge Share Tweet Email No Comments Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 8:48 AM By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #KINAHAN: Crime boss Christy Kinahan has been tracked to Switzerland, TheJournal.ie can reveal.2. #MONKSTOWN: A great-grandmother shot in the leg yesterday was not the intended target of the attack.3. #SYRIA: The US has warned that it is willing to bomb Syrian forces again.4. #WATER: The ninth Right2Water national protest will take place today.5. #APPEAL: The family of missing man Trevor Deely say they have not given up hope of finding out what happened to him.6. #STOCKHOLM: Swedish police say a man arrested on “suspicion of a terrorist crime” may have been the driver of a truck that killed four people in Stockholm yesterday.7. #BUS TALKS: Talks aimed at breaking the deadlock at Bus Éireann continue today.8. #CARPHONE WAREHOUSE: Losses at the Irish arm of Carphone Warehouse jumped from about €2.5 million to almost €12 million last year, new figures show.9. #RESCUE 116: A massive fleet of boats is to take part in the search for two missing Coast Guard crew members today. Both were members of the Rescue 116 craft.last_img read more

French court upholds guilty verdict against Monsanto over poisoning of farmer who

first_img Apr 11th 2019, 10:42 PM By AFP 11 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4588439 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 10:42 PM Short URL French court upholds guilty verdict against Monsanto over poisoning of farmer who used its weedkiller This is the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides.center_img The plaintiff’s assumed technical knowledge does not excuse the lack of information on the product and its harmful effects – a farmer is not a chemist.Speaking after the verdict, a lawyer for Monsanto France, Jean-Daniel Bretzner, said it would probably appeal, since the ruling applied to Lasso’s producer – in this case, Monsanto Europe.Parent company Bayer confirmed it was weighing an appeal.“Supposing that Paul Francois was accidently exposed to Lasso, by definition such exposure is rare,” it said in a statement.Other casesThis is the latest conviction against Monsanto involving its weedkillers and pesticides, which have been widely used around the world for years.Last month, a San Francisco court ordered the $80 million (€71 million) payout to a retiree who blames its popular Roundup weedkiller, which contains glyphosate, for causing his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.The company said it would appeal as it faces thousands of similar lawsuits in the United States.It had already been ordered last year to pay $78.5 million (€69.7 million) to a California groundskeeper who attributed his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to using Roundup as well as Monsanto’s Ranger Pro.Monsanto denies that Roundup causes cancer.It has challenged findings by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), which classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” in 2015.© – AFP 2019 Share137 Tweet Email5 13,983 Views Image: SIPA USA/PA Images A FRENCH COURT has upheld a guilty verdict against chemical giant Monsanto over the poisoning of a farmer who suffered neurological damage after using one of its weedkillers.This is the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides.Cereal farmer Paul Francois has been fighting Monsanto, a former US company which was bought by Germany’s Bayer last year, for the past 12 years.In the first ruling of its kind against Monsanto anywhere in the world, a French court in 2012 found it guilty of poisoning Francois.He said he began experiencing symptoms including blackouts, headaches and loss of balance and memory after inhaling fumes while using the now-banned weedkiller Lasso.Monsanto appealed and lost in 2015. However, it decided to go a third round.“I won, and I’m happy, but at what cost?” Francois told reporters after the verdict.He denounced what he called years of “legal harassment” by Monsanto.The ruling, he said, was “a message to the government”, which he urged to ban other toxic pesticides that contain glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s top-selling Roundup.“History will judge them for not acting,” he said, referring to a campaign pledge by President Emmanuel Macron to phase out glyphosate in France, which he backed down on last year.The company can still appeal today’s ruling by the Cour de Cassation, a top French appeals court.‘Not a chemist’Francois said he fell ill in 2004 after accidentally inhaling fumes from a vat containing Lasso, a monochlorobenzene-based weedkiller that was legal in France until 2007. However, it had already been banned in 1985 in Canada and in 1992 in Belgium and Britain.He argued that Monsanto was aware of Lasso’s dangers long before it was withdrawn from the French market, and sought damages of more than €1 million for chronic neurological damage that required long hospital stays.The court in Lyon, southeastern France, rejected the company’s appeal but did not rule on how much Monsanto might have to pay, which will be determined in a separate ruling.It did order the company to pay €50,000 immediately for Francois’s legal fees.In its ruling, the court found that Monsanto should have clearly indicated on Lasso’s labelling and instructions for use “a notice on the specific dangers of using the product in vats and reservoirs”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Scientists Pull a Doctor Who and Reverse Time With Quantum Computer

first_img Move over, TARDIS: Scientists just reported that they were able to turn back time by using a quantum computer.A team of scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the U.S., and Switzerland, published their findings in Scientific Reports, and said they reversed time by a fraction of a second on an IBM quantum computer, New York Daily News reported. In the report, the scientists also determined the “probability that an electron in empty interstellar space will randomly travel back into its recent past,” Phys.org noted.Physicists reverse time using #quantum computer @phystech_en @SciReports https://t.co/ww85quz2b7— Phys.org (@physorg_com) March 13, 2019According to the report, finding the origin of the “arrow of time” is still a major scientific challenge. The scientists’ experiment challenged the second law of thermodynamics, which dictates the direction of events from the past to the future and involves the transition of energy within a system from usable to unusable, The Daily Mail reported.Most laws of physics do not make a distinction between the past and future, but the scientists claim that their experiment, which involved “reversing time,” showed that these laws can be violated. For their research, scientists were curious if individual particles could impulsively reverse themselves.To put this concept to the test, the scientists formulated two separate hypothesis: Time reversal would require supersystem manipulation to occur and “in most cases,” would not likely take place in nature. Second, if a supersystem were to “emerge for some specific situation,” a time reversal would need time that “exceeds the universal lifetime” to work.Stages of the quantum computer experiment. (Photo Credit: @tsarcyanide/Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)The scientists tried to accomplish time reversal for a scattered electron with the help of an IBM quantum computer. For the experiment, the scientists used an “evolution program” that would impact “qubits,” also known as quantum bits. A quantum bit is the “fundamental unit of information in a quantum computer, capable of existing in two states, 0 and 1, at the same time or at a different time,” according to Dictionary.com.Here’s how it works: Following the launch of the evolution program, the particles would move into a changing pattern of zeros and ones. Following this scattering, a program would alter the computer’s state, enabling it to go backwards to its original state. Next, the evolution pattern would be kickstarted from the second state again and rewind the qubits to their original state and the past.According to the team, in 85 percent of cases, the two-qubit quantum computer returned back into its original state. When three qubits were involved in testing, more errors occurred, and resulted in an approximately 50 percent success rate. The scientists said the error rate is anticipated to drop as more devices are designed. With this experiment, time reversal can help make quantum computers more accurate in the future.More on Geek.com:Astronomers Discover 83 Supermassive Black Holes in the Early Universe Scientists ‘Wake Up’ Ancient Woolly Mammoth Cells in High-Tech ExperimentEvidence of Enormous, 2,600-Year-Old Solar Storm Found in Greenland Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

Native Runway finds its stride

first_img“We are more than feathers and beads,” Becky Archibald said. “We are also your neighbors. We come from all walks of life: teachers, doctors, lawyers, volunteers, veterans. People would not know our story or even know we are here if we didn’t come out and do this.”Vancouver’s Water Education Resources Center has been hosting a Native American Heritage Month celebration for years, according to water and wetlands educator Cory Samia, but it’s usually been squeezed into the WREC’s Second Saturday schedule of events.But three years ago, Samia and her friend Archibald, a community activist whose heritage is Soshone-Bannock (on her mother’s side) and Southern Sierra Miwok (on her father’s side), finally made good on their ongoing “threats to collaborate,” Samia laughed. Archibald “had this great idea for a ‘Native Runway.’ We’ve been doing that for the last three years now.” The next Native Runway takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, during the Water Center’s Native American Heritage Month celebration.What’s a Native Runway? Just what it sounds like: Native Americans in full regalia, strutting their colorful and jingly stuff as they proceed down a red carpet, one by one. They’ll be striding solemnly, as one does on a runway — but they’ll also dance in traditional fashion. Meanwhile, an emcee describes exactly what it all means: the regalia, the dance, even the dancer’s life and story in this community.“We ask each dancer to write a paragraph about the origins and provenance of their regalia, the significance of the dance they’re doing, and to tell what their role is,” said Samia. “In that way it’s different from a powwow.”last_img read more

Pedestrian Struck Killed By Trolley in Chula Vista

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Trolley in Chula Vista Posted: May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metropolitan Transit System trolley Monday morning in Chula Vista, police said.Dispatchers were notified shortly before 5:25 a.m. that a trolley car had struck a pedestrian near the intersection of L Street and Industrial Boulevard, Chula Vista police Lt. John English said.The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, English said. No details about the victim were immediately available.The Blue Line trolley was delayed by about 20 minutes due to the investigation, but service returned to normal around 7:40 a.m., according to MTS.MTS was investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash. May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar wants MS Dhoni to bat at no 5 in World

first_imgFor Tendulkar, the best position for Dhoni is no. 5Ron Gaunt/IPL/SportzpicsWhile the Indian side going into the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup is largely settled, there is still some doubt regarding the batting order. The top-3 is certain and the strongest part of the line-up but below that, there is some uncertainty about who will bat where. The batting position of Mahendra Singh Dhoni has come in for some debate.Now, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar has weighed in on the issue and has expressed an interesting opinion. He believes that MSD should be batting at no. 5 in the World Cup set to take place in England.Tendulkar’s opinionTalking to ESPNCricinfo, the Master Blaster stated his views. “My personal opinion is Dhoni should be batting five. I still don’t know what the team combination would be, but if you are going Rohit and Shikhar as openers, to Virat (Kohli) at number 3 and whoever at number 4 then Dhoni could be no. 5. Then Hardik Pandya, an explosive player, follows them,” Tendulkar said.The great former ODI opener explained his reasons for styling the batting order in this manner. “That way the experienced batsmen are well spaced out and Dhoni can stretch the game towards the end where he himself can be explosive along with Hardik,” he explained. Dhoni’s has flitted between middle and lower order since 2016Daniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesIt must be remembered that Dhoni was shifted to the middle order after batting at no. 7 for many years during India’s home series against England in early 2017. After some initial success, Mahi went through a difficult phase and questions came to be asked about his future.While Dhoni’s return to form earlier this year put to rest all doubts about his place in the team, the exact spot he will occupy is still under some question. Dhoni can bat anywhere from no. 4 to no. 7 and his eventual position will depend on whether India want him to build an innings or provide a great finish at the end.World Cup predictionsTendulkar also revealed his picks for the teams that are likely to reach the semi-finals. “India, England, Australia should be in the semis. The fourth could be one of New Zealand or Pakistan,” the man with 49 ODI centuries surmised. The World Cup begins on May 30 and India’s first match will be against South Africa on June 5.last_img read more

Rupert Everett wants GayToo movement to end showbiz boys club attitude

first_imgLindsay Lohan says the Me Too movement makes women ‘look weak’Rupert Everett: Hollywood treats gays as ‘second-class citizens’Emotive trailer drops for Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy PrinceRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/heres-why-rupert-everett-gaytoo-movement/ GAYSTARNEWS- Rupert Everett wishes for a #GayToo movement in showbiz, following the viral success of the #MeToo movement. Millions of women, in show business and beyond, have shared stories of misogyny, sexual harassment and assault as part of #MeToo since October 2017.The hashtag was inspired by last year’s downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, accused of rape, sexual harassment or other inappropriate behaviour by over 100 women. (He was charged last month.)‘You have to be a certain type of woman [to be in showbiz], otherwise you’re not so welcome,’ Rupert tells GSN. ‘It’s the same for a gay, really.’‘In the boys’ club, a gay is a second class creature. That’s irritating. The whole movement is about changing the tone of this balance between us. Just dissolving the boys’ club attitude.’Colin Morgan and Rupert Everett as Douglas and Wilde in The Happy Prince (Photo: Maze Pictures)‘As a gay man, it’s made me feel a sort of sympathy towards the#MeToo movement’Speaking to promote his film The Happy Prince, a biopic of Oscar Wilde, Rupert furthermore added: ‘Hopefully there will be a #GayToo part of all this. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘At the moment, obviously, tons of straight actors play gay roles and get Oscars – it’s so brilliant of them to “act gay.” No gay actor gets to play a straight role, because this boys club say “No! He’s too gay!” Without even looking really. Because even if he was “too gay”, he might be a good enough actor to act completely “straight.”[embedded content]‘But that isn’t really part of the discussion. So I think as a gay man it’s made me feel a sort of sympathy towards the#MeToo movement, which only we as gays probably can have, because we’re slightly in the same group.’Rupert directs and stars The Happy Prince, a biopic focusing on the last days of literary icon Wilde.Elsewhere in our interview, Rupert considers whether Wilde would have used Grindr if he was around today, and why it’s important for LGBTI people to respect are common history.Watch below:[embedded content]The Happy Prince is in UK cinemas now. The US release is 5 October.Rupert Everett says Oscar Wilde wouldn’t have used Grindr – here’s why Rupert Everett promotes his new movie The Happy Prince | Photo: GSN Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

5 questions for Costa Rican artist Adrián Gómez

first_imgArt that helps build a collective imagination depicting the vibrancy and liveliness of Costa Rica’s Caribbean region: that’s what characterizes the work of Adrián Gómez, more than thirty years in the making.“The vocation, interest or inclination for art has always been present in my life ever since I can remember. That’s why I say that I was born an artist,” Gómez, 56, told The Tico Times.When Gómez was just 12 years old, his mother enrolled him in the National Artisans Association (ANDE), where he learned woodcarving. Gómez went on to study at the Juan Ramón Bonilla School, founded by artists from Cartago including Hernán Hidalgo, Fernando Carballo, Luis Fernando Quirós and Jorge Valverde. Carballo would become an important source of support later on when Gómez set out to create art that would celebrate Afro-Costa Rican communities in Limón.After graduating from high school, Gómez studied construction engineering at the Costa Rican Institute of Technology (TEC), but dropped out due to family issues. He began working in advertising agencies, which allowed him to study composition and colors that he transferred unconsciously to his self-taught art.As his passion for art deepened, he found himself remembering childhood trips with his mother to visit his father, who was working in Limón. He began to incorporate his love for the Caribbean province into his art, especially focusing on black childhood; today, his paintings of faceless children joyfully playing or riding swings hung from clouds are instantly recognizable around Costa Rica. His work has been exhibited in the United States, Mexico and Guatemala as well.On a sunny, warm afternoon at Entre Nous Café in Barrio Escalante, east of San José, Gómez sat down and spoke with The Tico Times about his life and work. Excerpts follow. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Adrián GómezHow did you come to depict Afro-descendants in Costa Rica’s Caribbean?My father used to work in heavy mechanics, repairing trolleys, backhoes and all that sort of machinery. He worked for various companies, but a large percentage were in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region. My mother had to visit him to sustain their affection and love, and to get the money for our sustenance. We would go with my mother; there are nine of us. Obviously the nine of us wouldn’t go at the same time.It had a great impact on me, all those images of the black Afro-descendant, but what surprised me the most were the colors they’d use in their heritage, in their traditions, in their way of dressing.Of course, with the passage of time my reading of the Caribbean and its people has been enriched, and it’s very different from what [I thought] about the Caribbean when I began. Courtesy of Adrián Gómez Adrián Gómez posing with one of mosaics. Courtesy of Adrián GómezHow has your artwork developed over the years?With passion. With endeavor and clinging to build an imagination through the viewers’ interest, affection and empathy for the pieces. The artist needs a spectator: not only the viewer, but also the person who acquires [artwork].Besides that, the artist must keep his mind stimulated. An artist is not only one that creates. You have to manage and build. In my short internship of thirty-something years in advertising, I never stopped building… I participated in fairs. I made paintings. I kept enriching my knowledge about techniques. I played with images in different environments, always respecting the thematic concept, which is color, because for me the Caribbean is color. My artwork is humanized, but in the end it’s an excuse I have to be able to apply the color of [the region’s] heritage. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Adrián GómezHow has persistence been important in your work?What one is looking for in each image or painting is for the spectator to approach, to communicate more. Capturing the spectator is what paintings, sculptures or engravings do. I try to capture a person and retain his or her attention for as long as possible. That’s why people buy paintings and keep looking at them, year after year, and don’t get bored. A sculpture by Adrián Gómez. Courtesy of Adrián Gómez A sculpture by Adrián Gómez. Courtesy of Adrián GómezCan you tell us more about how you arrived at your specific focus?I only paint a very small point in the whole universe that we call the Caribbean, because to speak about the Caribbean you have to talk about the people and their experiences in the sea. You’d have to speak about the people cultivating in the land. You’d have to speak about the dances. So, I only do a miniscule point, a minimal sensation.To speak about the Caribbean, we’d have to speak about all the races or the mixture of races, understanding the Costa Rican indigenous as the first inhabitants of the Caribbean before the Spanish came, and when there were no borders. Then there’s the black community that the Spanish brought from the colony as slaves, and then you’d have to add the arrival of the Asian communities.All this marvelous mixture of races in the Caribbean… but in my license as an artist I chose in my youth to differentiate myself and [focus on] the black inhabitants of the Caribbean zone. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Adrián Gómez One of Gómez’s paintings adapted to the tin top of a paint can. Courtesy of Adrián GómezWhy did you choose not to paint facial expressions on the characters in your paintings?There were faces in a lot of my paintings, but the spectators themselves taught me that I was wrong… People would see them and ask why they were sad or serious, or why they had their eyes closed. I understood that they were only concentrating on the emotional state of the face and that they were not seeing the position of the arms. They were not seeing the search for the whole composition. So, I decided over a period of years that I’d leave some things present, and some things absent.When I left the [facial features out], what happened was that the spectator didn’t see someone they had to identify. The spectators built the silhouette of a child they had in their memory or in their affection. In taking away this girl’s or boy’s face, I went from speaking in singular to plural. I was not speaking about one child in the Caribbean. I was speaking about Caribbean childhood. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Adrián Gómez Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Adrián Gómez“Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. 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Thailand Tourism Situation Update on 24 August 2015

first_imgThailand Tourism Situation Update on 24 August 2015The Royal Thai Government issued a Message of Confidence, informing Thai citizens and the international community that “With regards to the incident that occurred in the Ratchaprasong area on 17 August 2015, the details of which have been regularly announced by the Royal Thai Government pertaining to assistance provided to the injured, as well as investigations and relevant actions taken to bring the perpetrators to justice;“The Royal Thai Government wishes to reassure the public that the situation is under complete control of security officials. Additional security personnel, both in uniform and plainclothes, have been deployed to patrol every area so as to accord maximum security to the general public. In addition, the Royal Thai Government would like to convey to all foreigners who are planning on traveling to Thailand, be they for tourism, trade, educational or business purposes, or MICE, that the Government shall be doing its utmost to provide a safe and secure environment for the duration of your stay in Thailand, complemented with Thai friendliness and hospitality as always,” the Message concluded.TAT, as the government body tasked with the mission to promote Thailand to potential visitors worldwide while also supporting the development of the country’s tourism industry, has been working closely with the Thai tourism industry members as well as all our travel partners across the world to provide regular updates on the current situation in the country. Immediate assistance has been extended to the affected people while we have been working to assure all our friends from around the world that Thailand remains amazing and welcoming.As normality returned to the areas of the city most popular with tourists thanks to an increased security and police presence, TAT would like to once again assure all friends of Thailand that tourist events and activities are continuing as normal in Bangkok and throughout the country.Looking ahead, TAT is still on track with the 2015 global marketing activities with several travel trade events and road shows in the pipeline between now and December to maintain tourist confidence and strengthen the image of Thailand as a top tourist destination. For more information: please click here.The Tourism Monitoring and Communication Centre of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with 27 overseas offices and 35 domestic offices, is closely monitoring as well as assessing the situation, and will be providing regular updates.Useful contact for tourists:The Ministry of Tourism and Sports +66 (0) 2134 4077TAT Call Centre 1672Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hotline +66 (0) 2644 7245 / 2643 5522 / 85 065 9927Tourist Police Hotline 1155 View a TAT video on the current situation hereSource = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Qatar Airways reveals football fuelled video

first_img Qatar Airwaysbook your flights here Qatar Airways reveals football fuelled videoQatar Airways has unveiled a fun and football-fueled safety video to engage and entertain passengers as they travel with the airline. A break from industry norms, this fresh and unique take on the traditional safety video aims to engage customers whilst communicating essential information. The unique 4 minute video stars 6 of FC Barcelona’s La Liga players – Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Pique, Rakitic and Mascherano – alongside fans and Qatar Airways crew as they demonstrate important safety information to passengers.Scenes from the new video show the players bringing important safety messages to life in a uniquely FC Barcelona way, including Suarez taking to the pitch in a life vest, Pique causing a stir as he arrives and also demonstrates the ‘brace position’. Filmed mainly at Camp Nou Stadium, the home of FC Barcelona, the video features many familiar sights for fans such as the pitch, the stands, the changing rooms and even the team bus.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is renowned for being an award-winning and ambitious airline consistently delivering a superior experience for our passengers. But we are also a young company and as such we understand the need to stay fresh, relevant, and to have fun. With people travelling more frequently we saw a need to reinvigorate the safety video moment and by inviting our partners at FC Barcelona to join us we have something truly unique and attention-grabbing. I believe that having FC Barcelona global superstars as our safety ambassadors reinforces our commitment to operational excellence.”Salam Al Shawa, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications added, “This new safety video gives us an opportunity to show another side to our brand personality, a fun and humorous side. We took into account our passengers’ experience with standard safety videos, how important it is to be informed, and so we designed the video to be engaging as well as informative. By leveraging our strategic partnership with FC Barcelona and taking our passengers to the Camp Nou Stadium, we’ve brought to life our brand promise of ‘Going Places Together’ while enhancing our passengers’ on-board experience.”The addition of global sports personalities, the unexpected environment of the football pitch and the entertaining style of the video have all been carefully considered to create a moment that captures the attention of passengers and conveys the important content within.Today’s announcement adds another facet to the official sponsor relationship between FC Barcelona and the airline but it is not the first time the FCB players have taken to the big screen for Qatar Airways. Previously they could be seen in the FCB and Qatar Airways videos from 2015 and 2014. The new safety video is expected to further strengthen brand awareness by not only engaging with the passengers that travel with Qatar Airways but also, within the FCB global fan base that exceeds 80 million people on Facebook alone.The new video will be shown on Qatar Airways state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system, airing on aircraft from December 2015. The timely launch date ensures that passengers going places during the busy holiday season will get to enjoy the FCB Team as they take-off. Source = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more