Unlocking entrepreneurial energy for growth RBI Guv

first_imgSingapore: The RBI will continue to unlock entrepreneurial energies and set the country firmly on track to become USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years, Governor Shaktikanta Das said here on Friday. The RBI chief said the slight slowdown in the last quarter was a temporary one and the economy is likely to end the fiscal with higher growth rate of close to 7 per cent. “The policy focus will continue to be on unlocking…entrepreneurial energies and set India firmly on the trajectory towards its aspirations of becoming a USD 5 trillion economy within the next five years,” he said at a dialogue with Indian business community. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs the financial sector repairs and emerge out of the balance sheet stress, a speedy revival of demand in the economy assumes vital importance in order to reinvigorate, he told over 200 business executives from leading corporations. “Stimulating demand is currently the overriding priority of both the Government and RBI (Reserve Bank of India). “Some structural reforms are also required, and I am happy to note that some structural reforms are on the anvil,” Das said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe noted that with the budget for the remaining part of the fiscal announced, government spending would see a boost, which will have salutary impact on the economy. Das was on a two-day visit to Singapore during which he met Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, and his counterpart Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon. He also met top leaders of financial sector and global financial companies. In India, the household savings are the principle livable resources in the economy, said Das, pointing out that of the total household savings of 17.2 per cent of GDP in 2017-18, only 6.6 per cent were in the form of net financial savings. “Greater financializing of the savings can increase the pool of domestic resources and it can substantially ease financial pressure on the balance of payment of the country,” he said. The financial system, comprising institutions and markets, has a key role in bringing these resources towards the productive sector, he pointed out. Elaborating on the RBI’s 35 bps repo rate cut on August 7, he said the banks have reduced lending rates for new loans by about 29 bps as a follow up since then. Normally, it takes about three quarters for the policy rate transmission to happen. “But now it is happening faster and our interaction with the banks shows that we can expect faster and higher level of monetary policy transmission passing the benefits of the rate cuts to new loans”. During his more than one-hour interaction with business leaders, Das shared efforts being made to rebuild the financial sector and recoup the stressed non-banking financing companies (NBFCs). He highlighted several measures announced in the Union Budget in July to strengthen the sector. The RBI chief also mentioned that while some NBFCs had not done well, there were others that had good balance sheets and were performing well. The RBI, he said, was monitoring NBFCs and Housing Finance Companies that account for bulk of the credit from NBFCs and were systematically important.last_img read more

New administrator named for UNmanaged treaty on biological diversity

The former assistant director of the United Nations environmental agency has been appointed new administrator of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), effective 1 January 2006, it was announced today. As the new Executive Secretary of the treaty, which is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and has its headquarters in Montreal, Canada, Ahmed Djoghlaf of Algeria will help manage efforts to stem the destruction of endangered species and their habitats around the world, as well as the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.Mr. Djoghlaf, who takes over from Hamdallah Zedan of Egypt, has extensive experience in the field of the environment, biodiversity and multilateral organizations, according to UNEP. Since 1996, he has been Director of UNEP’s Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination, based in Nairobi, Kenya, directing the agency’s activities related to the multibillion dollar global facility fund.“It will be a great loss for UNEP to see Ahmed Djoghlaf go,” Klaus Toepfer, UNEP’s Executive Director, said today. “He has truly transformed our role within the Global Environment Facility and he will be sorely missed. But our loss is the CBD’s gain. Mr Djoghlaf has the skills, the intellect and experience to take this important convention forward into the 21st century.”The Convention on Biological Diversity was established at the so-called “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. read more

Petroleum Commission Bill vests too much power on the Minister Opposition

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNorwegian SWF most successful model to guarantee economic security- JagdeoAugust 29, 2017In “latest news”Petroleum Commissioner should be chosen by a Board instead of a Minister- fmr T&T Energy MinisterOctober 26, 2017In “Business”Sovereign Wealth Fund for oil and gas sector should be set up already- JagdeoJuly 24, 2017In “latest news” The Parliamentary Opposition has made known its general disapproval of the Petroleum Commission Bill which was laid in the National Assembly by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. This bill seeks to pave the way for the setting up of an agency that would manage the impending oil and gas sector in Guyana.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo told a recent political meeting that the Bill in its current form is both “oily” and “slick”, and rather than being a Guyana Petroleum Commission, it appears to be more like a “Trotman Petroleum Commission”.According to Jagdeo, the bill gives the minister too much power.“This bill is very oily and slick, like Trotman. They (present Government) used to criticize us that Ministers had too many powers. They want to manage the oil money after promising a Sovereign Wealth Fund years now, and not coming up with (only) a draft or a model that will ensure the proper use of the money,” he remarked.Once this Bill is passed and assented to by President David Granger, Trotman would be given the authority to terminate the board of the Guyana Petroleum Commission at any time. Jagdeo said the minister would also be granted the power to discharge the functions of the board if the board is not appointed.“So, he now has the power of the entire board. The Minister can become chairman of the board if he doesn’t appoint a chairman. The Minister appoints the chairman, deputy chairman and secretary to the board. This is like a ‘Trotman Petroleum Commission’,” he asserted.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanJagdeo, an economist, also highlighted the fact that by establishing a reserve fund, a direct charge would be made on the Consolidated Fund.“So, if they make a loss, then the money has to come from the Consolidated Fund to support this entity,” he explained. “These are the same people who were saying that we were creating slush funds outside, and they had to do an audit…where they said we had private accounts. They found $40 billion sitting there for bad days. The audit all came back clean,” he further explained.The former Head of State also cautioned citizens to be careful and not fall prey to the many promises that the coalition Administration has made. In fact, Jagdeo described as absurd a suggestion made by Trotman when he promised people on the Essequibo Coast free gas in 2020.“The people didn’t find a gas field, they found an oil field. The little gas it (would) have would be uneconomical to bring… to shore, and will cost millions (to so do). There is no demand, but they are promising free cooking gas already,” he pointed out.Jagdeo also pointed to statements made by Trotman about establishing on Crab Island an oil facility that would create 10,000 jobs and cost US$500 million. However, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary claimed he is still not clear how the Government plans to acquire this finance.“They can’t find $9 billion to keep sugar and 10,000 jobs intact here, but they can spend US$500 million. But I want to wager you — because it is all hype — that nothing will happen at Crab Island… It is not feasible, and so the people in Rose Hall and New Amsterdam…will (not) get jobs, those people will be fooled. These people (Govt) have no credibility; you can’t believe anything they say,” Jagdeo declared.Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan AliWhile recognising that the bill is timely, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP) Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali said that when he scrutinised the bill closely, his party found that the independence of the Petroleum Commission is vigorously challenged in numerous sections.“And this will certainly affect its ability to operate in a fair, open, objective, and non-discriminatory manner, as envisioned in section 6 subsection 1,” Ali told the National Assembly on Thursday.In providing one example, Ali told the House that when one examines section 8 of the bill, which deals with the “Power of the Minister to give directions to the Commission,” it is clear that the Commission would hardly be able to work without the direction and control of the Minister.According to section 8 of the bill, the Minister is allowed not only to provide policy guidance, but to also give direction to the Commission regarding a number of other issues. This includes the size of the establishment; the employment of staff, and the terms and conditions of employment; the provision of equipment, and use of funds; reorganization, or such works of development as to involve a substantial outlay on capital account; training, education and research; the disposal of capital assets; and the application of the proceeds of such disposals.“Thus the Minister is literally empowered to dictate, inter alia, how many persons an independent Commission should employ; what should be the terms and conditions of employment for the staff of the Commission; how an independent Commission should use its funds etc.”The former minister said that based on a review of similar legislation in other countries, his party was unable to locate one that gave comparable powers to the Minister. “Indeed, based on our review, we found that the only power the Minister is granted in other countries is the power to provide policy guidance,” the former minister disclosed.Ali argued that the bill will not create an independent agency that would be able to carry out its mandate in a fair, transparent, non-discriminatory manner as similar agencies in oil producing countries do. Instead, the Bill would create an agency that is a sidekick or subservient creature of the Minister.The bill provides for the establishment and functions of the Petroleum Commission of Guyana and for related matters. The bill has 51 sections which cover areas such as establishment and incorporation of the Petroleum Commission; functions and duties of the Commission; and financing, among others.The Petroleum Commission Bill makes provision for the establishment of a Petroleum Commission to serve as a regulatory agency for Guyana’s oil and gas industry.The establishment of a new regulatory agency will see the responsibility taken from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Minister Trotman read the Bill for a second time on Thursday, June 15. The bill will now be presented before a Special Select Committee for review. read more

Martin Engineering finalises plans for new larger facility in China

first_imgA global leader in conveyor technology and bulk materials handling has announced final plans for a new 10,000 m2 facility in Kunshan, in the Jiangsu Province of China. Scheduled to open in late 2011, the new Martin Engineering building will house 8,000 m2 of manufacturing and warehouse operations and the rest will be office space, making it eight times larger than the company’s existing space. When construction is completed on the recently-purchased 1.6 ha property, the site will produce a variety of systems used to improve efficiency and reduce fugitive material in bulk material handling, including belt cleaners, impact cradles, skirtboard seal systems,  air cannons, and industrial vibration.“The new facility will allow us to greatly expand operations, improving our supply and service to the Asian region,” said Martin Engineering China Managing Director Eric Zheng.  “And the enhanced manufacturing capabilities will allow us to do an even better job engineering customised solutions for bulk material handlers.”  The large production area will incorporate a full range of manufacturing operations, including laser cutting, metal fabrication, painting, assembly and testing. The building itself has been designed to meet the silver level of LEEDS certification, and will be built in two phases, with approximately 50% of the manufacturing and warehouse to be completed in each stage.Martin Engineering’s existing China facility began operation in Kunshan in 2005, and quickly outgrew the 1,200 m2 leased space.  Zheng said the new facility will give Martin Engineering China greater capabilities for developing products specifically for the regional market, and could eventually give the company the ability to serve Asian customers outside China. “This will be an attractive and extremely functional building,” he added, “which will help strengthen our organization and facilitate future business development.”last_img read more

First Quantum Minerals connects global mining locations using Level 3 network

first_imgLevel 3 Communication’s solutions enable sharing of critical data, streamline back-office systems and provide reliable communications to remote sites across Africa. Level 3 Communications is now providing First Quantum Minerals Ltd (FQML) with a global network that is enabling cost-effective and reliable communications for its key mining sites across the world.FQML operates in remote locations around the world, where reliable communications are either limited or non-existent. In 2011, the company contracted with Level 3 to consolidate a number of its legacy communication providers globally, using Level 3’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network, linking offices and data centres in Europe, North America and Canada to operations in remotes parts of Finland and Perth (Australia).Today, through a combination of the latest fixed-line and satellite technology, and an extensive partner network in region, Level 3 is connecting its global MPLS to FQML’s mines in remote areas of Africa and South America. This robust network supports the use of data-intensive applications and provides on-site staff with critical business applications, as well as high-bandwidth Internet connectivity.Ben Rodgers, Global Network Manager, FQML said: “The Level 3 network supports our continued investment in communications technology, enabling our employees, regardless of their location, to communicate and collaborate effectively. By using Level 3 to deliver communication services to our often remote sites across the world, we have been able to achieve efficiency gains and significant cost savings.”Tim Passingham, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business, EMEA at Level 3, said: “By selecting the Level 3 network, FQML can share critical data within a secure, reliable and scalable infrastructure, providing the company with the flexibility to cost-effectively grow its global operations. The services Level 3 is providing to FQML highlight the continued expansion of our network in the region.”Level 3 Communications provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fibre and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data centre and cloud-based solutions.last_img read more

Amanda Knox exboyfriend says he wasnt trying to flee Italy

first_imgTHE EX-BOYFRIEND OF Amanda Knox says he wasn’t fleeing Italy when he drove to Austria while an appeals court deliberated his fate in the death of a British student.In an interview with US broadcaster NBC News broadcast on Friday, Raffaele Sollecito said he had been planning to take a trip outside Italy if acquitted, and turned back from Austria as soon as he learned he had been convicted a second time for the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher.He said he checked into the first hotel once back in Italy because he was tired. Police found him there Friday morning, and confiscated his passport and ID papers, as called for by the court.Sollecito told NBC: “I didn’t want to flee, or to get away because I actually went back.”Raffaele Sollecito and his father Francesco. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)A court in Italy reinstated the guilty verdict against Sollecito and Amanda Knox for the 2007 killing on Thursday.Knox, who has remained in her home in Seattle in the US during the appeal, has said she had not expected the verdict. In an interview yesterday, she said she would “never go willingly” to Italy to face the country’s judicial system.Knox and Sollecito were found guilty of the killing in 2009 but the verdict was overturned in 2011.Read: “I will never go willingly to Italy” – Amanda Knox > Read: Raffaele Sollecito ‘stopped at Italian border’ following retrial verdict >last_img read more

260 people died in the Mediterranean in the past two weeks

first_imgTHE MEDITERRANEAN SEA is turning into a death trap for people who are trying to escape conflict in their home countries.In the past fortnight alone, 260 people have died or been reported missing as they attempted to cross the sea towards Europe.Overall this year, 800 people have died in the Mediterranean.According to the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, the death toll is much higher than in recent years. In 2013, 600 people died, while that number was 500 in 2012.Survivors report disturbing incidents of mass drownings, suffocations and a suspected multiple stabbing.Rescued refugees and migrants have also told of handing over their life savings to smugglers, in order to travel in unseaworthy and overcrowded dinghies, packed into a few metres of space without food, water or life jackets.The journey can take between one to four days, depending on the weather, sea and boat conditions. In several incidents, people were stranded for more than two weeks before being rescued.The tragedies mark an intensifying crisis on Europe’s shores, as many fleeing Eritrea, Syria and other countries torn by violence seek safety in Europe by risking their lives at sea in the hand of smugglers.The rapid rise in incidents over recent weeks has prompted calls for urgent measures by European countries to develop a comprehensive plan to prevent such deaths.The UN has asked for Europe to intensify its efforts to strengthen rescue operations, provide swift access to asylum procedures for those in need of protection and legal alternatives to dangerous sea crossings.Last weekend, Italian and Maltese authorities rescued 8,000 people.On 14 July, Italian authorities rescued 12 people 40 miles off the coast of Libya. Survivors said their rubber dinghy had been carrying 121 people. Passengers panicked when it started to deflate on one side, and it capsized. A total of 109 people are missing; with one man saying he lost his pregnant wife during the incident.On 15 July, 29 people were found dead from apparent asphyxiation in the hold of a fishing boat, and details are emerging of a horrifying incident in which as many as 60 people were stabbed and thrown overboard as they sought to escape from the hold. A total of 131 people are missing and presumed dead from the incident, including a newborn baby. Italian police are reported to have arrested five men on Tuesday in connection with the incident.This man crowned himself king of an unclaimed part of Africa – and he’s pretty serious about itlast_img read more

Arkansas struggling to get more lethal injection drugs

first_img Apr 29th 2017, 11:47 AM By Associated Press Arkansas struggling to get more lethal injection drugs The state’s remaining supply of one of the drugs runs out tomorrow. Short URL Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 11:47 AM https://jrnl.ie/3365721 49 Comments Share Tweet Email Inmates Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams were executed recently Source: Arkansas Department of Correction via APARKANSAS IS SET to have a difficult time obtaining additional lethal injection drugs after a series of controversial executions.An unprecedented court challenge by a drug distributor and possible complications during at least one of the four executions carried out this month could cause problems for the state, experts have said.The state launched an ambitious plan to execute eight death row inmates over 11 days to beat the expiration date on one of the three drugs needed under the state’s lethal injection protocol, but four of the executions were halted by courts.Arkansas’ remaining supply of midazolam expires tomorrow and it’s not known where the state will be able to get more of the sedative or its dwindling supply of the other two drugs.All the major manufacturers of injectable midazolam have said they do not want their drugs used in executions and most of them have created control systems, including contracts with third-party drug distributors prohibiting the sale of their drugs for use in lethal injections.Some of those companies have even asked wholesalers who sell drug components to compounding pharmacies to sign contracts that they will not sell the manufacturers’ ingredients to compounders that plan to make lethal injection drugs.“This is a new chapter in this story, and every time we have a new chapter it makes it more and more difficult to obtain drugs and the state’s’ options get more and more constrained,” Deborah Denno, a professor at Fordham University School of Law and an expert on the death penalty, said.Denno said the drug companies have been “incredibly disruptive” in the past. She cited a Missouri lawsuit in 2013 in which intervention by the drugmaker Fresenius Kabi USA was able to stop the state from using propofol, a drug that’s never been used in an execution.American drugmakers that refused to make sodium thiopental sparked drug shortages at execution chambers nationwide in 2011, forcing many states to look for alternatives. Texas has found a steady stream of pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy.Supplier’s lawsuit Arkansas is facing a lawsuit from drug distributor McKesson Corp, which wants the state to return its remaining supply of vecuronium bromide. It’s the second drug in Arkansas’ execution protocol.McKesson argued that a representative of the state misled the company when purchasing the drug last July by using a physician’s licence number that implied the drug would be used only for medically-approved purposes. Company representatives have said they have contracts with manufacturers saying they cannot sell the drugs for executions.The Arkansas Supreme Court lifted an order that had blocked the state from using McKesson’s drugs but the underlying court case remains.A McKesson spokeswoman declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.With its midazolam set to expire tomorrow, Arkansas has no more executions scheduled. The state requires two full doses of each of the three drugs including a backup dose of each in case there is an issue during an execution. It’s not clear how many doses of the other two drugs Arkansas uses to execute prisoners remain in the state’s stash.Arkansas’ execution protocol requires prison officials to dispose of any drugs that were prepared for an execution, but not used.An Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman confirmed the state destroyed the unused backup doses prepared for the recent executions, but it was not clear if the prison readied drugs for any of the four inmates whose scheduled executions were blocked by courts.Denno said the perceived issues in Thursday’s execution of Kenneth Williams, who lurched and convulsed 20 times during the lethal injection, will also signal to drug companies there might be issues in the state’s protocol.Using the secrecy law The drugmakers and suppliers that don’t want Arkansas to use their drugs said the Department of Correction has hidden behind the state’s execution secrecy law. The law passed in 2015 required the state to keep any information that might identify the makers and sellers of execution drugs a secret.However, the companies said the state has used the law to keep the purchases a secret from the makers themselves. The makers allege Arkansas won’t confirm it has their drugs and promised a third-party distributor in June 2015 that the manufacturers would never know it had violated contracts that prevent the sale of their drugs for use in executions.McKesson alleges Arkansas used deceitful tactics to buy a replacement batch when one of the drugs expired.And Correction Department Director Wendy Kelley has testified that she drove to an undisclosed location to obtain the state’s newest batch of potassium chloride from a person who chose to donate the drug rather than create a record of a sale.State officials have testified that all three drug suppliers previously used will not sell or give any more lethal drugs to Arkansas.“The companies don’t want to be publicly shamed, not for such a small market. You could see even for a small compounding pharmacy, they don’t want to be known as the pharmacy that makes the drugs that kill people,” said Dr Peter Rice, a professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy.But two of the companies involved in the sale or possible making of the drugs— McKesson and Fresenius— identified themselves in court filings, signalling they care more that the state doesn’t use their drugs than remaining anonymous.Read: Arkansas execution spree ends after another man is put to deathRead: US state of Arkansas executes two prisoners in one night Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,439 Views last_img read more

SPOILERS WWE Smackdown taping results to air 112615

first_img WWEs Becky Lynch Invited To RAW WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Videos Articles Twitter Facebook WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WhatsApp WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Ronda Rousey Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Google+ Seth Rollins Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles The following was taped on Tuesday night in Indianapolis, Indiana.WWE Smackdown tapings for November 26, 2015:* The Dudley Boyz def. Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman via DQ.* Paige def. Becky Lynch.* Jack Swagger def. WWE United States Champion Alberot Del Rio via DQ in a non-title match.* The Lucha Dragons def. WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day in a non-title match.* Dean Ambrose def. Dolph Ziggler & Tyler Breeze in a triple threat match to become the new No. 1 Contender for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img

AT THE TRRC ExPresidential Guard Under Jawara Gives Testimony

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowTijan Touray, an ex-guard to former President Dawda Jawara, yesterday January 23rd, gave testimony before Commissioners of the TRRC, on his recollection of the 1994 coup.Touray said he was a close body guard to former president Jawara and a secret agent attached to the State House by the National Security Services (NSS).Testifying before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), Touray said he joined the Gendarme in 1986 and was conferred the rank of Corporal; that he trained with Retired General Lang Tombong Tamba and their batch had forty recruits. Touray said at this time, the Commander of the Gambia Gendarmerie was General Pateh Seck of Senegal and the instructors were Senegalese.He added  that one Ebrima Chongan, a Gambian, was made Commander after undergoing his Gendarmerie training overseas.Touray told Commissioners that former president Jammeh was moved from the State House owing to his bad behavior; that he does not respect his superiors. He said the manner in which he acts or speaks was not good at all and swears often.“He was like a bandit. He does not take orders from his seniors and he hated them. He was like a radical,” the witness said.About The Coup:Touray said weeks before the coup, he travelled with former president Jawara to the AU Summit in Tunisia; adding that they came back on the 21st of July 1994.Like many other witnesses, Touray disclosed to Commissioners that three days before their departure for the AU Summit, there was rumour of coup but investigations revealed that it was foiled, that on their return from the Summit, Lang Tombong Tamba, who was the senior guard commander at the State House at the time, instructed him to join a minibus. The witness said it was not normal for a person who escorts the president abroad, to be put in a minibus and be separated far from the President. He noted that at the Banjul International Airport, he saw Yaya Jammeh, who was at this time, a military police officer.On the day of the coup, Touray said he left for work as usual to the State House. He pointed out that at the entrance, he saw former president Jawara, Saihou Sabally and the then American Ambassador, leaving the State House with a small entourage; noting that he followed them to the Seaport in Banjul where he saw the president and others enter a naval ship. He pointed out that Lamin Kaba Bajo ordered him to return to the State House to monitor what was happening there.Touray explained that after reaching State House, Yahya Jammeh and his soldiers (who were referred to as rebels), were standing outside the State House discussing in English, with Lang Tombong Tamba who was the Guards Commander; pointing out that they later changed their discussion to Jola language. He noted that the number of rebel soldiers who came, was large.“Lang Tombong said in order to avoid bloodshed, the soldiers should be allowed in, to take over the State House,” he asserted.Touray said at this point, he left the State House for the seaport but saw the American Naval Ship that former president Jawara boarded, leaving the port; that the coup makers were not only the soldiers because “you cannot identify who the soldiers are, because they were all in camouflage.”He said the people he was able to identify as being part of the coup, include Alagie Martin, Edward Singhateh, Sanna Sabally and others.After Staging A Successful Coup:The witness said this was not a coup but a mutiny. He said he is still with the conviction that if the coup was resisted by soldiers at State House, they would have overcome Jammeh and his men. He said there was day when Lang Tombong Tamba, Lieutenant Kebba Sonko, and Kemeta Sambou, came to his residence near State House; that during their discussion, they said they wanted to conspire to assassinate Jammeh and his Council members but were told by Lang Tombong Tamba that he was part of the coup makers.“Lang Tombong told us that Yahya Jammeh gave him the responsibility of Fajara Barracks,” the witness stated.He said he left the Gambia for Senegal on the following day, by boat and met former president Jawara in Dakar. He noted that he was charged with Treason in absentia whereas Kebba Sonko was arrested and detained by the junta, as a result of a report made to the junta by Lang Tombong Tamba.Sittings Continues today at 10 am.last_img read more

SANDAG and Waze Carpool partner up to make military commutes free

first_imgSANDAG and Waze Carpool partner up to make military commutes free Posted: August 7, 2018 Updated: 10:38 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Military service members in San Diego can now get free rides to and from military bases through SANDAG and Waze Carpool’s joint Military Carpool Incentive program.The San Diego Association of Governments announced Monday that it is partnering up with Waze Carpool to help ease traffic congestion and give back to San Diego’s military community.“The San Diego region is home to one of the largest military populations in the nation. We are excited to partner with Waze Carpool to ease traffic congestion, help the environment, and give our servicemembers free rides to and from work,” said SANDAG Chair and Del Mar City Councilmember Terry Sinnott.Now through November, Waze Carpool will offer free commutes to and from these military bases for one month each:• August: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Naval Base San Diego• September: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton• October: Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado• November: Naval Base Point Loma and U.S. Coast GuardNo promotional codes are required.Waze Carpool is also reimbursing drivers for military commutes, making it free for everyone involved. Drivers will receive up to $0.54 per mile for picking up others commuting to or from a base.Carpoolers can also take advantage of regional carpool benefits like HOV and Express Lanes, Park & Ride lots, and the Guaranteed Ride Home program.For more information about the promotion, or to download the Waze Carpool app, visit iCommuteSD.com/military. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, Military FacebookTwitter , August 7, 2018last_img read more

KPop Titans BLACKPINK Will Visit US During World Tour

first_imgNews The “DDu-Du DDu-Du” singers have yet to perform in the U.S., but they’ve already made a huge impression in the WestJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 9, 2019 – 4:25 pm K-pop phenomenon BLACKPINK could be coming to a city near you in 2019.The group’s company YG Entertainment has announced that they are touring the world, with stops in North America, Europe and Australia. No specific dates for each continent have been released.The “DDu-Du DDu-Du” and “Kiss And Make Up” (featuring Dua Lipa) singers have yet to play in the U.S., but they’ve already made some history here. BLACKPINKs “DDu-Du DDu-Du” is the highest charting song by an all-female K-pop group on the Billboard Hot 100. Their hit song same is also the fastest Korean group music video to accumulate 550 million views.Even more impressive, BLACKPINK is also the first all-female K-pop group to perform at Coachella in 2019.The fandom behind the group, who sing and rap, is massive outside of the U.S. Actor, director and producer (and former BuzzFeed employee) Eugene Lee Yang noted on Twitter how much the performance will mean:”I’ve had countless chats with music insiders about its Western breakthrough, which has been happening the past few years. BLACKPINK playing Coachella is hugely significant. The locals have no idea what’s coming.”Coachella 2019 Lineup Revealed With Extended YouTube Live-Stream PartnershipRead more Facebook Email Twitter K-Pop Titans BLACKPINK Will Visit U.S. During World Tour BLACKPINK Announce World Tour k-pop-titans-blackpink-will-visit-us-during-world-tourlast_img read more

India inks Rs 6000cr deal with US to buy NASAMSII missile system

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump.ReutersIndia has accepted an offer from the United States to buy the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) that will help in securing the national capital with cutting edge technology.According to sources, the NASAMS-II from the US will be used along with Russian and Isreali systems, which will be used to shield the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, from future threats varying from drones to ballistic missiles, reports TOI.Sources from the Defence Ministry confirmed that the US will send the final draft of the ‘letter of acceptance’ under its foreign military sales programme within July to August. The deal is likely to be worth Rs 6,000 crore.On Saturday (June 8), the Donald Trump administration had approved the sale of armed drones to India but had not mentioned when the sales of the armed drones would take place.”The United States approved the sale of the armed drones to India. We have offered integrated air and missile defence technology to India,” a senior White House official told news agency PTI.The report also revealed the US has been pushing India to consider buying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) and Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) defence MISSILE system in a bid to deter India to break the defence deal with Russia, in which the country is purchasing five squadrons of the advanced S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems.Regarding the current status of the Russian deal and whether India will back out in the future, defence sources told The Print that it was “always possible in all contracts” but any such decision would come with “severe consequences”.According to the TOI, the Russian S-400 Triumph missiles will be used as strategic deterrance along India’s borders. The S-400 systems can detect, track and destroy hostile strategic bombers, planes, spy planes, missiles and unmanned aircraft at a distance of 380 km.The NASAMS’ innermost layer consists of Sentinel X band 3D radars, short and medium missile launchers,  fire control centre and command-and-control units to quickly detect, track and shoot down multiple airborne threats. The second layer will be protected by the mobile S-400 systems. The outermost layer will be protected by the DRDO-developed two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) system which is designed to track and destroy nuclear missiles both inside (endo) and outside (exo) the earth’s atmosphere.After that the Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missile systems, jointly developed by the DRDO and Israeli Aerospace Industries will be at work.It is also a part of the air defence system guarding Washington.last_img read more

Allu Aravind shelling out Rs 1500 crore on Ramayana

first_imgAllu Aravind with the team of Ramayana film seriesTwitterProducer Allu Aravind is jointly producing mythological film Ramayana with Madhu Manthena and Namit Malhotra. The trio is said to be shelling out Rs 1,500 crore on this multi-lingual trilogy.The rumours about the Ramayana film series had been doing rounds for quite some time, but the producer put all of them to rest with an official announcement about the film. It will be directed by Nitesh Tiwari of Dangal fame and Ravi Udyawar of Mom fame.This project is going to be a three-part series. Ramayana will be shot in 3D and released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. This movie is currently in the pre-production stage and the makers are planning to release the first part in 2021. “It’s a three-part series and the first one is expected to release in 2021,” Deccan Chronicle quoted the filmmakers as saying.The sources close to the producers reveal that Rs 1,500 crore is the estimated budget of the three parts of Ramayana. Allu Aravind is likely to retire from films after their release. “This is Allu Aravind’s dream project and he wants to make it big. After producing this mega-project, he may retire and hand over his job to his sons,” the source told the DC.The makers are planning to rope in leading actors from Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. “The casting is not yet finalised, but they are planning to take pan-Indian actors from different industries. They also intend to target the global audience with this mythological film series,” the source added.last_img read more

RAB cordons off alleged militants den at Mirpur

first_img.Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have cordoned off a residence on Mirpur Mazar Road in Dhaka, suspecting the building to be a militant hideout.Militants have thrown explosives on the RAB men from inside the house, deputy commander of RAB’s legal and media wing Mufti Mahmud Khan told Prothom Alo around 1:30am on Tuesday.A number of TV channels have reported that locals in the area have heard sounds of a number of blasts.Saqlain Russell, a presenter of a TV channel who is a resident of the area, wrote on his Facebook, “We thought it was a transformer burst … but now it looks like it’s a bomb. Our room is full of smoke while the glasses of the building next to us have been broken … RAB and police have cordoned the area off … we have taken shelter between the flats … we think something is happening in the next building … we can hear gunshots every now and then.”last_img read more

Apples Next Press Event Pegged for March 25

first_imgApple will be holding its first press event of the year on March 25, BuzzFeed reported Tuesday afternoon. The event is said to be focused on services, and may include the announcement of a news subscription plan.The iPhone maker didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Apple plans to hold the event in the Steve Jobs Auditorium on its Cupertino, Calif., campus, according to BuzzFeed. Apple’s long-rumored news subscription service could be the main announcement — if the company can work out its differences with publishers in time, that is.Earlier on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that publishers were balking at Apple’s proposal of a 50-50 split for any revenue generated by the new subscription service.Apple acquired a news subscription app called Texture a year ago. Texture currently offers unlimited access to some 200 magazines, including Vanity Fair, GQ and Wired, for $9.99 a month. The app presents articles in a look similar to that of the original magazine, promising to let subscribers read magazines “cover to cover.” Bloomberg reported in December that Apple had plans to change that look to a more digital-native layout. The company was reportedly also looking to add major newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, to the subscription mix.Apple could potentially also use the event to unveil its still-unannounced video service. The company has made no secret out of its desire to venture into premium video, and has struck deals with Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and others to produce exclusive content for the service.Apple CEO Tim Cook has remained cagey about his company’s plans for the video service, telling investors on the company’s most recent earnings call that he was “not ready to extend that conversation” about specifics just yet.At the same time, Apple executives have made no secret out of their desire to grow services revenue. “Our subscriptions are becoming a very large portion of our business,” Apple chief financial officer Luca Maestri said during the same earnings call. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

People Underestimate How Fun It Is to Do the Same Thing Twice

first_imgA common, low-stakes living-room scenario: A couple is trying to decide on a movie to watch. There’s an option one-half of the relationship is thrilled about, but the other has already seen it. On those grounds, it’s ruled out. In one experiment, O’Brien and his research team approached people near an exhibit on genetics at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, asking them to rate how much they enjoyed the exhibit and how much they think they’d enjoy perusing it again. While the subjects tended to predict that the exhibit would be less fun the second time around, the ones who did another walkthrough at the researchers’ request rated it roughly as enjoyable as the first. In other words, the museumgoers, as a group, underestimated how much they would like doing the same thing twice. Read the whole story: The Atlantic But a new study suggests that this notion that having already seen it—or read it, done it, visited it—automatically precludes a second go-around might be mistaken. Repeating something, it turns out, “may turn out to be less dull than people think,” writes Ed O’Brien, the author of the study and a behavioral-science professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.last_img read more

Almonds provide fewer calories than thought Study

first_imgBoth roasted and unroasted almonds provide fewer calories than previously estimated – and the amount of calories is largely dependent on the form of the dry fruit consumed, according to a new study.The study conducted by scientists from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that compared to the number of calories listed on nutrition labels, participants actually absorbed 25 per cent fewer calories from whole unroasted almonds and 19 per cent fewer calories from whole roasted almonds. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDavid Baer and his team from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) conducted a controlled human clinical trial using a new method to measure the calories absorbed from almonds, taking into account calories actually digested and absorbed from almonds.Traditionally, calories are determined using what are known as the Atwater factors, which assign an estimated number of calories per gramme of fat, protein and carbohydrate in a food.“We expanded upon the Atwater method in our study, so we could tease out the caloric value of a single target food,” said Janet Novotny, a physiologist with the research team. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Then using the study participants’ energy intake and energy output, we were able to measure the number of calories actually digested and absorbed from a single food – in this case, almonds,” said Novotny.In 2012, the researchers had conducted a study using whole roasted almonds, which showed that the almonds provided fewer calories than previously estimated.This time, however, the research team broadened their investigation to examine the calorie availability of additional almond forms, and also replicated the measurement of calories absorbed from whole roasted almonds. They found that whole unroasted almonds provided 25 per cent fewer calories than expected, while whole roasted almonds provided 19 per cent fewer calories.Chopped roasted almonds provided 17 per cent fewer calories, though the difference between the calories absorbed from chopped and whole roasted almonds was not statistically different.Measured calories in almond butter did not differ from calories estimated using Atwater factors, researchers said.The Atwater method of calculating calories may overstate the calories from almonds because it simply doesn’t account for the fact that not all calories from almonds are available to the body, they said.The chewing process does not completely break down almond cell walls, and almonds are therefore not completely absorbed during digestion.“These new findings confirm that we actually get fewer calories than we thought from almonds, whether they are whole or chopped, roasted or unroasted, and the amount of calories absorbed is mostly dependent on the form of almonds consumed,” Baer added.last_img read more

Collyer brothers the hoarders of the 20th century – 100 tons of

first_imgWe all have precious objects that are part of our lives, whether for their commercial or emotional value. Quite often we have more than one such object, and sometimes people have many. There are also those who collect specific items such as postage stamps, keychains, porcelain dolls, ceramic cups, and a million other things. And some people gather everything. Literally everything. They seem to be unable to disconnect from any object that comes into their possession. That’s collecting in its worst form — when it turns into hoarding, which is unhealthy and dictates the way of life of individuals.Through the media, today we can meet a lot of hoarders who have asked for professional help and openly discuss their problem of collecting things. However, in the past, hoarding wasn’t a widespread issue to talk about publicly.So when police discovered the apartment of the Collyer brothers in New York City, in 1947, and removed some 100 tons of junk from it, the brothers became the synonym of hoarding.Compulsive hoarding.Homer and Langley Collyer were born in 1881 and 1885 respectively, both highly intelligent and educated. They attended Columbia University where Homer attained a degree in law and Langley in engineering. Langley was also an accomplished concert pianist.They were both eccentric just like their parents, Dr. Herman and Susie Livingston, who were allegedly first cousins. Herman was known for canoeing down the East River from Harlem to the City Hospital on Blackwell’s Island. Other than that, the family seemed to have had a normal life.In 1919, the parents separated and the brothers, 38 and 34 at the time, chose to live with their mother in the family mansion at 2078 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Neither of them ever lived separately from the family. In the following decade, both their parents died, with Homer and Langley inheriting the mansion as well as the family fortune. In 1929, they isolated themselves from society and remained more and more in their home, away from other people’s eyes.The police discovered the apartment of Collyer brothers in New York City, in 1947, and removed some 100 tons of junk.Nobody knew what was going on in the apartment; the brothers kept to themselves, but the things got seriously bizarre after 1933 when Homer lost his eyesight, and Langley quit his job to take care of his brother.He even created a special diet consisting of peanut butter, black bread, and 100 oranges per week, which was supposed to restore Homer’s eyesight. Langley’s obsession with his brother’s sight took another dimension. He started collecting all the newspapers so that Homer would catch up on the news once he was healed.Homer developed rheumatism that left him entirely paralyzed and yet he rejected any medical help. They didn’t have any source of income, and their utilities were shut down due to unpaid bills. As a skilled engineer, Langley improvised with an old Ford Model T which belonged to the family and made it into a generator for the house.As for water, he filled up from the pumps at local parks. He also used a small kerosene heater to warm the house. And his collecting of useless objects that Homer would one day supposedly use to catch up with escalated into out-of-control hoarding that consumed all the space in their house, making them prisoners in their own home.New York recluse Langley Collyer, caught climbing over a fence, who lived with his brother in their 5th Avenue home amid tons of debris they had collected. The brothers died in the house in 1947. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)Even more ridiculous were the attempts to protect that space filled with junk. To protect their home from intruders and burglars, Langley created tunnels so that he could move around, and a number of booby traps for the unwelcome guests.The story of the Collyer brothers reached the public in March 1947. The police received an anonymous call that there was a dead body in the apartment.Interior shot of a room within the Collyer house. Photo by BettmannWhen the police tried to open the door of the house, they realized that there was so much junk inside that the only possible entrance was through a window.They were forced to remove the junk piece by piece to observe the interior. Once the police were able to enter the apartment, they searched for two hours until they found Homer’s body lying among the trash and boxes.Since they were unable to find the other brother, the police launched a massive hunt believing that Langley had escaped, leaving Homer to starve until death.Collyer Brothers Park, the site of the former Collyer house.After three weeks, Langley was finally found, lying dead only 10 feet from where Homer’s body was found. It turned out that he died of asphyxiation while trapped in one of his own booby traps. Supposedly, Homer died a few days later from starvation.Around 120 tons of junk was removed from the Collyer’s home including 14 pianos, 25,000 books, bowling balls, pickled human organs, the chassis of the old Model T, the folding top of a horse-drawn carriage, hundreds of yards of unused silk and fabric, and bunch of other bizarre items. The brothers were buried with their parents at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn. Their house was torn down, and the site was turned into a small park, named in their honor.last_img read more