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Amid buzz of early polls, amit Shah to visit Gujarat

first_imgAmidst the buzz of early elections in Gujarat, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, during his two-day visit to the State next week, will address booth workers of the party and hold a series of crucial meetings with the top leaders, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.On March 29, Mr. Shah will address a convention of the party’s booth workers at Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad. Mr. Shah is also likely to attend the Assembly proceedings on March 30 as a BJP MLA.Dr. Harshad Patel, Gujarat BJP media cell convener, said, “Around one lakh booth workers from across the State are expected to be present in the convention.”This will be Mr. Shah’s first visit to his home State after the BJP’s landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand Assembly elections.According to sources in the government, Mr. Shah is expected to have a long meeting with Mr. Rupani and other Ministers, and, subsequently, a large scale bureaucratic reshuffle is likely to be effected in order to gear up the State administration for the Assembly polls.A senior government official said, “There will likely be transfers of district collectors, district development officers (DDOs) and district superintendent of police (SP) in the beginning of April, besides a few changes in the senior bureaucracy as there are many vacancies to be filled in.”Meanwhile, the main Opposition party, the Congress, has launched State-wide preparations assuming that the election will be held in May or June.The party has appointed observers to prepare a panel for each of the 182 Assembly segments in the State.On March 20, the Congress had organised a meeting of ticket aspirants, in which more than 1,500 party leaders showed their inclination to contest the polls.last_img read more

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Life’s a struggle for acquitted Maruti workers

first_imgBrijesh Kumar earned over ₹20,000 per month four years ago at Maruti’s Manesar plant. These days, the 30-year-old works as a cashier. Earning just a few thousand rupees per month, he struggles to make ends meet. His life was never the same after he was arrested along with 147 workers in July 2012 in the Maruti violence case. Acquitted by a trial court along with 116 other accused earlier this month, Brijesh, who belongs to Dausa in Rajasthan, doesn’t know who to blame for his misery. “I was working at the plant about 500 m from the spot where violence broke out, but I was still arrested on charges of murder. I was forced to spend 28 months behind bars. Now that the court has acquitted me, who should I blame for my hardships? I sweated blood for the company for seven years and even got four to five certificates from the management appreciating my dedication. But I lost all in one stroke,” he said. He tried to get a job in Jaipur after being granted bail, but his past always managed to catch up. Brijesh is not alone. Most of those acquitted by the court have similar stories to tell — of stigma and financial hardships.Having failed to find a job, Anil now rears buffaloes for a living. Acquitted by the court, he developed asthma during his stay in jail. However, the court refused bail on medical grounds. Meagre earningAnil now ends up spending a huge chunk of his meagre earnings on medicines. “While my former colleagues are earning handsome wages, I’m struggling to arrange two square meals for my family. Sometimes I end up borrowing money to pay my children’s school fee,” said Anil, who belongs to Sonipat in Haryana.Sumit Nain opened a cloth shop at Garhi Harsaru in Gurugram after he failed to find a job following his release on bail after a four-year jail stint.last_img read more

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Kyrie Irving says trade request was about optimizing his potential

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Irving averaged a career-high 25.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and 5.8 assists last season. He has three years and $60 million remaining on his contract. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Celtics introduced Irving on Friday after the blockbuster trade sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick and the Miami Heat’s 2020 second-round pick in exchange for Irving.READ: Irving will wear no. 11 with CelticsIrving was asked about his decision to leave Cleveland and the status of his relationship with James.“I haven’t spoken to (James) and my intent (in asking for a trade), like I said, was for my best intentions,” Irving said.“To look back at the amount of ground we covered in the last three-year span. To really realize how special that was and how much stuff happened in that amount of time, I’d be sitting up here and telling you guys a lie if I didn’t tell you I learned so much from that guy.”ADVERTISEMENT Delight as Serena Williams welcomes baby girl Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics during the press conference at TD Garden on September 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. AFP/GETTY IMAGESBOSTON—Kyrie Irving, who requested a trade out of Cleveland in July, said Friday that he hasn’t spoken to LeBron James since he joined the Boston Celtics.But the four time NBA all-star Irving said there are no bad feelings and that the reason he wanted to end his partnership with the James-led Cavaliers was so he could optimize his game.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I can’t wait to get on the floor and maximize my potential,” Irving at an introductory news conference at the Boston Garden arena on Friday.“I just want to be around those incredible coaches and those incredible minds and those incredible individuals. I feel like in doing that, Boston came right at the exact time and it was meant to be that way. I trust in that, and I’m glad to be here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 25-year-old point guard praised his former superstar teammate James, describing his three seasons with James as “awesome” and told reporters that “I learned so much from that guy.”READ: LeBron James has ‘nothing but respect’ for Kyrie Irving LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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CWG lanes to be fully operational from Monday

first_imgThe exclusive lanes for Commonwealth Games vehicles are likely to be fully operational from Monday as the athletes and delegates are expected to check-in by then, a senior officer said on Friday.”As most of the athletes and officials are expected to check in by September 26, from Monday the Games Lane is likely to be fully operational excluding other traffic on these lanes,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said.He advised people to take alternative to the roads having Games lanes from Monday.On Saturday, the lane restrictions between international airport and Games Village will be between 9:30 am to 10:30 am.There will be restrictions on traffic to facilitate movement of athletes to practice venues. Other than these, there will not be any restriction on other stretches earmarked as Games Lane till Monday, Garg said.last_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi 2019: UP Yoddha Qualify for Playoffs With 50-33 Win Over Dabang Delhi

first_img dabang delhipklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: October 5, 2019, 11:04 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Greater Noida: UP Yoddha defeated table toppers Dabang Delhi KC 50-33 in the first match of their home leg in Greater Noida to storm into the playoffs of Pro Kabaddi League season 7. UP had found their home, Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida, a difficult venue the last season but this year, they took no time to settle down as they booked the last playoffs spot to give themselves a relaxing space in the upcoming matches.The UP Yoddha raiders shone the brightest as Monu Goyat notched up his first Super 10 after returning from injury, scoring 11 raid points in the match. He was well-supported by the inform Shrikant Jadhav who scored nine raid points by the end of the match. Dabang Delhi were testing their bench strength after guaranteeing themselves a spot in the semi-finals straightaway and made wholesale changes against UP with Meraj Sheykh, their captain, being the only regular. Apart from him, Aman Kadian and Sombir were the only other proven names while the rest of the youngsters were getting a rare chance to perform. Even though Delhi lost the match, Neeraj Narwal shone with a Super 10 while Sombir also won six tackle points in seven attempts.UP will next take on Puneri Paltan on Sunday and if they still stand a chance to take the third spot in the points table.The first half began and returning star Monu Goyat got his team off to a flying start with 6 raid points off the first 15 points of the team. It was captain Nitesh Kumar who inflicted the first all-out on Dabang Delhi with a tackle on Aman Kadian as UP took a 10-5 lead within the first six minutes of the half.With this tackle Nitesh also achieved the milestone of 200 points in PKL. While Delhi’s inexperience showed on the mat, UP made the best of the situation and kept the pressure on to enter the half-time with a 22-12 lead. In the first half, Monu Goyat alone scored eight raid points.The second half started in a similar fashion as Monu Goyat opened the half with a single point raid. What followed was a treat for the home crowd as UP inflicted the second all-out on Delhi. It was again Nitesh whose tackle did the trick for his team. With 18 minutes remaining in the match, UP led by a 14-point margin at 29-15.However, Neeraj Narwal stepped up for Delhi with a Super Raid to reduce the gap to 31-21 with 14 minutes left in the half but UP did not let their concentration or level dip. Leading 34-21, UP’s Shrikant Yadav got a couple of touch points on Sumit and Mohit to increase their lead to 36-21.Soon, UP inflicted a third all-out on Delhi to further their lead to 43-26 with a little over four minutes left in the second half. Delhi could not find a way through with most of their star players rested as UP Yoddha stormed off to a solid win. last_img read more

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WWE: Wrestling legend Vader passes away at 63

first_imgAdvertisementWrestling legend Big Van Vader or simply known as just Vader, passed away aged 63 after a battle for life against pneumonia.Vader’s son broke the news on social media, saying, “Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress. Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time.”Vader had went through open-heart surgery in March this year and he was reported to be making progress with his health conditions.Vader, real name Leon White, had an illustrious professional wrestling career, being a three time WCW Heavyweight Champion as well as having some memorable feuds with legends such as The Undertaker and Kane during his tenure in the WWE.He was also a WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, two time AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, and the winner of the 1993 Battlebowl Battle Royal.Advertisementlast_img read more

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China in focus as Obama hosts ASEAN leaders

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Feb 16 (PTI) The US and ASEAN nations can advance a shared vision of a regional order where disputes are resolved through peaceful means, President Barack Obama has said as he welcomed leaders from the region for talks expected to discuss Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.Hosting 19 leaders of the ASEAN countries for the summit, Obama said, “Few regions present more opportunity to the 21st century than the Asia Pacific.””Together, we can also continue to increase our security cooperation to meet shared challenges,” he said as he welcomed leaders of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia at Rancho Mirage in California.In recent years, the US has increased its maritime security assistance to its allies and partners in the region, improving mutual capabilities to protect lawful commerce and to respond to humanitarian crisis, he said.”Here at this summit, we can advance our shared vision of a regional order where international rules and norms, including freedom of navigation, are upheld and where disputes are resolved through peaceful, legal means,” Obama said.This is for the first time that the US President has hosted ASEAN leaders for a summit meeting.Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, where China and several Southeast Asian states have conflicting and overlapping claims, is expected to figure in the joint declaration of two-day summit.”Im very confident that, among other topics that we will discuss during the next day and a half, this (the South China Sea) will be an important one — by no means the only one,” National Security Advisor Susan Rice told reportersadvertisement”Im confident that our shared commitment to upholding these norms will be reinforced,” she said in response to a question.”We will be continuing to work with our ASEAN partners on a potential statement that we might issue together. This statement will cover a wide range of topics. It wont be focused primarily on the South China Sea,” she said in response to a question. (more) PTI LKJ NSAlast_img read more

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Asian football player of the year banned for 5 months

first_imgView comments FIFA says Hassan will be able to play at the Club World Cup in Qatar in December, which will include Al Sadd. He can also play in domestic games.Hassan reacted aggressively after being shown a yellow card for a foul in the first half of Al Sadd’s 4-1 first-leg loss to Saudi club Al Hilal in Doha on Oct. 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe AFC says the defender “was expelled by the referee for an act of violent conduct against a match official.”The five-month ban removes Hassan from this year’s Asian Champions League and three group games in the 2020 edition. Al Sadd already qualified as Qatar league champion, which also earned a Club World Cup place as the host nation’s domestic title winner. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH PLAY LIST 01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics ‘The girl you were warned about’: Paris 2024 logo mocked online Hassan won the AFC’s 2018 award as the best player based in Asia. He helped Qatar win the 2019 Asian Cup in February and played in the 2019 Copa America in Brazil.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Sadd SC’s Qatari defender Abdelkarim Hassan waves the Qatari national flag after his team’s 3-1 AFC Champions League quarter-final football match victory against Saudi’s Al-Nassr at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on September 16, 2019. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Asia’s reigning player of the year has been banned for five months for confronting a referee in the Asian Champions League semifinals.The Asian Football Confederation banned Abdelkarim Hassan, the left back of Qatari champion Al Sadd, from all its club competitions until March 20.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

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Gather Around The Commons’ Farmhouse Ales

first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season There’s a world-class brewery tucked away in a quiet industrial building in Southeast Portland. You have to know it’s there, just a few blocks away from Cartopia (A popular cluster of food carts), marked only by a simple sign hung inside the window. There are a few barrels set upright as tables, but it’s more likely you’ll spend your time standing at the bar swapping beer stories with the bartender, Travis, or one of the other pilgrims who have found their way to this Mecca of ales. The Commons is different from the breweries producing loud, hoppy beers across the West Coast. All of  its beers are rooted in European brewing traditions that have been refined over hundreds of years. the beer of Belgium is among their inspiration, renowned for expertly crafted farmhouse ales, brewed out of necessity, to drink and refuel at the end of a hard day’s work. From humble beginnings brewing out of a garage in SE Portland, founder Michael Wright has been committed to their motto, “gather around beer.” The challenge is creating a beer that packs a lot of flavor into a light, refreshing body — and they don’t disappoint. When Wright’s system could no longer fill the demand for his farmhouse ales, he moved the process into the new space, beginning full production in December 2011. In May 2012, the brewery’s urban farmhouse ale earned a bronze medal in the World Beer Cup. Since then, its beers have won numerous awards at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Brewfest. It’s two flagship beers, Urban Farmhouse and Flemish Kiss, embody a modern perspective on an age-old process. Urban Farmhouse takes the guesswork out of the beers brewed with whatever was excess on the grounds. Focusing on a few distinct flavors, this farmhouse ale is floral with just a dash of hops. The finish is bright, crisp, and exceedingly refreshing. Flemish Kiss is a live beer, bottled with yeast and sugar, so it continues to ferment and change even years after bottling. What starts as an American Pale Ale turns dark, dry, and fruity with the addition of Brett, a unique type of yeast that creates spicy notes. The Commons’ beer is available in the brewery’s tasting room, as well as at specialty bottle shops, grocery stores, and bars in the Portland area. Outside of Oregon, their beers can be found at bars and bottle shops in Seattle, Boise, Vancouver BC, New York, California, and Japan. The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Lighten up: Vitesse | AuDessus wants to rebuild your entire car from carbon fiber

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The distinct glossy weave of carbon fiber is ever-prominent these days. The material can be found on the rear spoilers, interior trim pieces, wheels, and even the engine internals of countless sports cars, but a new company called Vitesse | AuDessus wants to take the obsession even further.The boutique carbon fiber supplier has just made its official launch, and it hopes to supply the automotive community with components that meet and even exceed OEM standards. That means anything from an accent piece inside the cabin to an entirely new body shell, or even a brand new monocoque chassis.Vitesse | AuDessus — which means “Superior Speed” in French — is currently offering full carbon fiber bodies for vehicles like the Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918, Lamborghini Aventador, and more.“Our clients have already selected the very best in their lives,” said Vitesse | AuDessus CEO Stefany Sanchez. “Everything they own is a reflection of their unique taste: from their home, yacht, or jet all the way down to their cufflinks. So why should they accept a supercar or exotic vehicle that is no different than the one in their neighbor’s private garage? Thus, the challenge we were presented with was, how do we make something that is already incredibly rare, sexy, and exciting even rarer, even sexier, and even more exciting? The answer? We adorn every inch of it in handcrafted carbon fiber.”Vitesse | AuDessus wants the customer to be involved in the experience as well, so the company supplies photorealistic 3D renderings to the client before construction begins. From there, Vitesse | AuDessus finalizes the shape, selects the weave, color, and finish, and finally fabricates each piece by hand.If you’re hearing dollar signs, you’re on the right track. Full exteriors typically range from $100,000 to $200,000, but costs can vary for more unique and rare applications. Editors’ Recommendations 1. Vitesse | AuDessus 2. Vitesse | AuDessus 3. Vitesse | AuDessus 4. Vitesse | AuDessus 5. Vitesse | AuDessus 6. Vitesse | AuDessus 7. Vitesse | AuDessus 8. Vitesse | AuDessus 9. Vitesse | AuDessus 10. Vitesse | AuDessus 11. Vitesse | AuDessus 12. Vitesse | AuDessus What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable center_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Carbon Fiber Explained: Why It’s the Perfect Outdoor Gear Materiallast_img read more

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Odfjell Gas Inks Pool Deal with Lauritzen Kosan

first_imgzoom Bow GallantOdfjell Gas AS, an LPG/ethylene joint venture between Odfjell SE and affiliates of Breakwater Capital and Oak Hill Advisors, has entered into an agreement with Lauritzen Kosan AS, placing its existing two LPG/Ethylene carriers, Bow Guardian and Bow Gallant, on commercial management with similar size tonnage operated by Lauritzen Kosan.Odfjell said that as of completion of the present programme, Lauritzen Kosan will assume the commercial and operational responsibility for Bow Guardian and Bow Gallant.The two carriers will enter the Lauritzen Kosan 8-9000 cbm pool, presently counting eleven ships, out of which three vessels are sister ships to Bow Guardian and Bow Gallant. Press Release, September 19, 2014last_img

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Overall Tonnage Dips at Port of Prince Rupert

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Image: Domus Logistics zoom Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert marked a 10% decline in overall port tonnage as coal and log exports constricted in response to market forces, according to year-end statistics released by the Prince Rupert Port Authority.However, volumes reached record heights in 2014 at more than half of its cargo terminals despite a decline in overall port tonnage. Container, grain and biofuel shipments surged over a twelve-month period.”The record-breaking performance of specific terminals demonstrates the value of building a diversified port complex,” said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. ”A strong year in some sectors offsets challenges faced by others. This underlines the port’s overall resilience, and its ability to sustain benefits to our community despite market fluctuations.”Fairview Container Terminal moved 618,167 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) of containerized cargo, more than a 15% increase over 2013. The terminal has experienced consistent year-over-year growth in volumes since it opened in 2007.Prince Rupert Grain saw a 25% increase in exports of Canadian agriculture products, with both canola and wheat volumes rising significantly over the previous year. The terminal’s total tonnage — nearly 6.5 million tonnes — is the highest ever since the terminal opened in 1984.Westview Wood Pellet Terminal completed its first full year of operation having moved over half-a-million tonnes of biofuel to markets in Asia and Europe. Print  Closelast_img read more

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Woman who gave water to pigs headed to slaughter found not guilty

first_imgMILTON, Ont. – A Toronto woman who gave water to pigs on a truck headed to an abattoir didn’t break the law since she didn’t harm the animals or prevent them from being slaughtered, an Ontario judge ruled Thursday as he found the activist not guilty of a mischief charge.Anita Krajnc also did not intend to hurt the pigs or mean to cause the slaughterhouse to reject them, Justice David Harris told a Milton, Ont., courtroom packed with animal activists.Court heard that on June 22, 2015, Krajnc was dumping liquid from a water bottle into a truck carrying pigs in Burlington, Ont., as the vehicle approached a slaughterhouse.Despite the Crown’s argument that Krajnc gave the pigs an “unknown substance,” potentially contaminating the food supply, there was no evidence she gave them anything but water or that the slaughterhouse was concerned about such a risk, Harris said.But the judge rejected a defence argument that Krajnc should be cleared because she was acting in the greater good, and suggested she may have been motivated in part by the prospect of drawing attention to her cause.“This may be the most ironic aspect of this case,” Harris said. “The fact that Ms. Krajnc gave water to a pig received little attention initially.”“Conversely, the act of prosecuting Ms. Krajnc has probably led to enough bad publicity for the pork industry that it might be said that the prosecution actually accomplished what they accused Ms. Krajnc of trying to do.”Cheers erupted in the courtroom as Krajnc, an activist with the group Toronto Pig Save, was acquitted on the charge of mischief laid in connection with the incident. She had pleaded not guilty, although she admitted to giving the pigs water.Outside court, Krajnc acknowledged that the case has bolstered her cause and said she hoped it would encourage others to stand up for animal rights.“This is how social movements get their word out, we go outside our comfort zone and we do what’s right,” she said.James Silver, one of Krajnc’s lawyers, said the court ruling “acknowledges that compassion is not a crime,” which he deemed an important victory.Her other lawyer, Gary Grill, nonetheless expressed some disappointment that the judge “missed the greater arguments…about Anita acting in the public good.”“Should the matter arise again, we’ll be ready to make that argument all over,” he said.A spokesman for a group representing farmers said he recognized Krajnc was trying to do the right thing but said the ruling was a letdown.Pat Jilesen, director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, said that for farmers, it was a matter of protecting food safety.Krajnc’s behaviour, no matter how well-intentioned, “puts not only the animals at risk, it puts people at risk,” he said.The Crown had argued that the pigs were the property of a farmer, and Krajnc was interfering with his property.In his decision, Harris said the activist had not interfered with anyone’s property.But he took issue with the defence equating Krajnc giving water to pigs with people giving water to Jews transported on cattle trains during the Holocaust, calling the comparison “offensive.”He also rejected comparisons to historic rights activists such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Susan B. Anthony.Harris said that while it is legal for activists such as Krajnc to tout a meat-free lifestyle and put pressure on governments to change the law, “they must however do this within the confines of the law that currently exists.”Krajnc had testified that she was treating the pigs as she would want to be treated.The pigs’ owner, farmer Eric Van Boekel, testified that he complained to police because he was worried there were contaminants in the water, and that could lead the slaughterhouse to turn his hogs away.last_img read more

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Ukraine agrees to enforce sentences imposed by UN war crimes tribunal

Anyone convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and given a jail term can now serve that sentence in a Ukrainian prison after an agreement was signed in The Hague, where the Tribunal is based. Aside from Ukraine, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, France, Spain, Denmark and Germany have already entered into similar agreements with the ICTY. In a press statement issued in The Hague, the ICTY thanked Ukraine and the other UN Member States that have struck these enforcement of sentences agreements. 7 August 2007Ukraine today became the 12th European country to agree to enforce a sentence imposed by the United Nations war crimes tribunal that was set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan wars in the 1990s. read more

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Ban extends condolences to people Government of China in wake of devastating

“The Secretary-General fervently hopes more survivors will be found during the ongoing rescue efforts,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.According to press reports, dozens of people remain missing after a landslide buried 33 buildings in an industrial park in Shenzhen City, south China’s Guangdong Province on Sunday.

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Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 12 July 2013

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Womens gymnastics Ohio State hoping to regain momentum on road meet against

Redshirt Freshman Amanda Huang preforms on beam against Iowa in St. John Arena on Jan. 21. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterNow sitting at No. 22 in the country after falling to the Iowa Hawkeyes in a close meet last Saturday, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team plans to make several lineup changes for their meet on the road at Minnesota.The Buckeyes added an extra practice this week to focus on floor, an event that has seen lower average scores in the last two consecutive meets. Coach Carey Fagan is using the extra practices from this week to determine potential lineup changes in the coming meet in Minneapolis this Saturday.“We need to get better on floor,” Fagan said. “That’s really the event we’ve struggled on. We’re going to get three days of floor in before we leave for Minnesota.”Among the athletes being considered to compete for the Buckeyes on floor on Saturday is junior Taylor Harrison, who has been absent from the lineup due to a hip injury.“I think if she has a solid week of practice, we may put her in the floor lineup in Minnesota,” Fagan said. “She had a good practice this last week, and I’d like to give her a couple more days, but if she’s ready, that will be exciting. She’s historically a 9.85 every time she goes on an event, so that’s going to be a big boost.”The lineup for bars might also be altered against Minnesota. Freshman Amanda Huang has performed in the exhibition slot for the bar event in the last two meets and might be stepping up to the performance lineup.Even vault, an event where the Buckeyes have excelled in the last two meets, might be changed to improve the already strong lineup. Senior Tenille Funches might make an appearance after also performing in the exhibition slot in the last meet. Although no lineup is set in stone, Fagan said a meet on the road is the best time to implement them.“Each week we have a six-person lineup, and depending on who is prepared that week, they go in and compete for the team,” junior Alexis Mattern said.With 12 available athletes competing for limited spots, the Buckeye have more athletes to choose from for each different event.“I think that probably for the next four or five weeks, you’ll see some things mixing up,” Fagan said. “As we get towards senior meet, it will be pretty solid, and barring any injuries or illnesses, it will probably be set from that point on.” read more

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NHS alert as fire chiefs warn 38 hospitals are as dangerous as

first_imgThe National Fire Chiefs Council said: “From a national perspective the primary focus has been on residential tower blocks with similar characteristics to Grenfell Tower. To date, 38 priority NHS sites have been identified with nine sites at greater risk.“This is due to these presenting the greatest risk when considering both cladding risk and the fire risk assessment.”A spokesperson from NHS Improvement said: “Fire safety should be an absolute priority for the NHS. That’s why we are checking with all NHS providers of care in England that they have identified any risks and are taking any action necessary – both in terms of cladding specifically, but also on fire risks more broadly.” Edinburgh Napier University is removing cladding from one of its halls of residence after it was found to be the same type said to have been used on Grenfell Tower.The university said the insulation behind the cladding on Bainfield Halls is fire proof and the building is fitted with sprinklers and alarms, but the cladding on around a quarter of the building is being removed as a precaution. Residents have not been evacuated. thousands of people across England are being urgently tested to check if their outer coverings pose a serious fire risk following the Grenfell Tower disaster, with nearly a dozen already testing positive for combustible material. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Thousands of people across England are being urgently tested to check if their outer coverings pose a serious fire risk following the Grenfell Tower disaster, with nearly a dozen already testing positive for combustible material.Credit:AFP It came as more than 17,000 care homes, private hospitals and hospices were ordered to carry out checks on the safety of their buildings. Up to 38 hospital sites may be as dangerous as Grenfell Tower, with nine identified as at greatest risk, fire chiefs have warned.The alert came as more than 17,000 care homes and private hospitals were ordered to undertake their own safety reviews, in the wake of the disaster.Theresa May has ordered a major national investigation into the use of potentially flammable cladding on high-rise towers across the country.It follows checks on cladding from residential tower blocks, with all 95 samples submitted by councils so far failing fire safety tests.The PM’s official spokesman said the investigation into the use of the substance may constitute a second phase of the public inquiry already announced into the west London blaze, which claimed the lives of at least 79 people earlier this month.NHS regulators last week ordered an audit of every hospital, amid concerns about wider use of the cladding.The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) on Tuesday told The Telegraph that 38 NHS sites have now been found to have similar characteristics to those of Grenfell, with nine found to be at greatest risk. Bournemouth University has confirmed that similar cladding has been found on one of its student accommodation complexes, while Newcastle University has said a new building which is yet to open has been fitted with the same flammable cladding as Grenfell Tower. But the demand was met with chaos, as fire chiefs saying they could not cope with the volume of work on top of other efforts to protect public safety in the wake of Grenfell.Instead, they have now drawn up a list of the buildings which should undergo the most urgent checks, because of the nature of the risks which were found in the audit.Neither the council nor NHS Improvement – the watchdog which carried out the exercise – would name the sites or provide details of the findings. Sir David Behan, head of the Care Quality Commission, instructed the organisations to immediately review the fabric and size of all registered premises, after the Grenfell blaze.Five NHS trusts are currently subject to enforcement notices because they have been found to be failing basic fire standards. Other trusts have been warned that failure to properly “compartmentalise” areas could put patients at “intolerable risk” if fire broke out, Health Service Journal reported.Last year Cambridge University Hospitals foundation trust was warned over a lack of progress addressing the problem, with engineers warning: “The means of escape provisions are inadequate for the occupancy profile of the premises.” Over the weekend, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt instructed every hospital with inpatients to undergo safety checks within 36 hours.last_img read more

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Obama becomes the first US President to fire a marshmallow cannon

first_imgWho says being President of the United States is the most stressful job in the world? Judging by this clip from a White House science fair, the job looks like it’s a hoot. As President Obama was strolling around the floor, one particular exhibit caught his eye. Student inventor Joey Hudy’s project was a marshmallow shooter. That would be enough to draw anyone’s curiosity, and President Obama was no exception. The POTUS stopped in his tracks to see the eighth-grader’s “extreme marshmallow cannon” in action.After Hudy calmly (almost indifferently) explained to the President what his contraption is, Obama asked “can we demonstrate?” After herding journalists and attendees out of the way to clear a safe line of fire, Hudy began pumping away at the cannon.Though it was presented by Hudy as a marshmallow shooter, it’s really a simple air cannon. A series of PVC pipes are connected to a pressure valve, which provides the momentum to launch a projectile into the air. In this case, that happens to be a marshmallow.We won’t spoil it for you, but the cannon was successful enough to impress the President. After finishing with Hudy’d demonstration, he kept the student’s card, “just in case.”Of course politicians are always conscientious of the image they’re projecting, and there were many cameras focused on this event. Obama is eager to promote sciences among youth, and he personally asked journalists to give the winners of the White House Science Fair plenty of press. This made for a convenient clip to help do that.Whether it was partially contrived or not, though, I find it refreshing to see an exhausted-looking Obama cutting loose a bit in the name of promoting science and technology. Really, how stressed can one be when there’s a marshmallow cannon in the room?Those looking to create their own marshmallow cannon can read instructions here.via BoingBoinglast_img read more

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