Gunaratnam Blacklisted in Sri Lanka

The Sydney Police have already launched an investigation into the passport issue of Gunaratnam who was deported to Australia from Colombo recently after being allegedly abducted.Gunaratnam and FSP member Dimuthu Attygalle were abducted on the 6th of April. Police said that Gunaratnam, who is an Australian national, had walked into the police anti-crime unit at Dematagoda on the 10th of April and was later deported to Australia. The Department of Immigration and Emigration has said that Gunarathnam will not be permitted to re-enter Sri Lanka even as a Sri Lankan citizen. Gunaratnam said that he was tortured by his captors immediately after he was kidnapped but later changed their tactics. The orders to blacklist Gunarathnam had been received from the Defence Ministry, sources at the Department of Immigration and Emigration told The Sunday Leader. Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) leader Premakumar Gunarathnam alias Kumar Mahathya has been blacklisted by the Sri Lankan government, reports said on Sunday.According to the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Gunarathnam is being blacklisted from entering the country on the basis that he came to Sri Lanka recently using an Australian  passport with a different name. read more

Several files at Foreign Ministry on overseas tours missing

The Minister said that, for example, in 2006 a 142 member delegation had accompanied former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on an overseas tour but details of only half of those who went with the President was available at the Foreign Ministry. The Minister said that an investigation has been launched over the missing files. (Colombo Gazette) Several files at the Foreign Ministry related to overseas tours by Parliamentarians and officials in the past have gone missing.This was revealed to Parliament by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera today when he was responding to a question raised on foreign tours by Government members and officials. read more

UN meeting to review mobilization of aid for worlds poorest States

On Tuesday at UN Headquarters in New York, the Council will review progress made in helping the so-called least-developed countries (LDCs) since an action plan was drawn up at an international conference on the issue held in Brussels in 2001.José Antonio Ocampo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, will open Tuesday’s meeting, which will be chaired by Council President Marjatta Rasi of Finland.The Brussels action plan includes a set of seven specific commitments made by the LDCs and their development partners. These relate to governance, trade and sustainable development, as well as the mobilization of financial resources. Tuesday’s meeting aims to pave the way for a meaningful dialogue on the issue during a ministerial segment of the Council’s regular annual session scheduled for later this year.The majority of LDCs – home to 600 million people – are in Africa, while others include war-ravaged Afghanistan, a number of Pacific island nations such as Tuvalu, and Timor-Leste, which only gained independence in 2002. read more

Côte dIvoire UN mission welcomes release of 14 former Gbagbo government aides

“This development will bring about peace between all Ivorian political actors,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNOCI, Aïchatou Mindaoudou.“It contributes to the pursuit for equal justice and is a good sign for a national dialogue that is truly republican, as part of the search for lasting reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire.”UNOCI was established in 2004 by the Security Council to facilitate the peace process between the rebel-held north and Government-controlled south following the 2002 civil war.The West African nation’s 2010 presidential election, meant to be the culminating point in the peace process, resulted in months of violence when Mr. Gbagbo refused to step down after losing to Alassane Ouattara. Mr. Gbagbo finally surrendered the following April.In the aftermath of the post-election violence that followed the 2010 presidential polls, UNOCI assisted with a number of key tasks, including the restoration of law and order, national reconciliation, the holding of legislative elections and economic recovery.Ms. Mindaoudou encouraged all Ivorian political actors to seize the occasion to commit to an inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation, which are prerequisites to establishing lasting peace and economic development in the country.Among the officials released are the president of the Front Populaire Ivoirien, Pascal Affi N’Guessan; the son of the former president, Michel Gbagbo; and the former Minister of Defence, Lida Kouassi. read more

Jack Shepherd could face further prosecution over claims he used a false

In addition to his manslaughter sentence, Shepherd faces further jail time for absconding and an outstanding charge of GBH after allegedly knocking a barman unconscious with a vodka bottle in a pub in his hometown of Moretonhampstead, Devon, days before he left the country. 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. Charlotte Brown, who died in the speedboat crashCredit:Metropolitan Police He used the same name in online profiles and also on arrival in Georgia in a bid to live incognito as his Old Bailey manslaughter trial proceeded in his absence. Charlotte Brown, who died in the speedboat crash Jack Shepherd in Georgia On the face of it Jack Grant appeared to be something of a web genius, with vast experience at companies such as Apple not to mention the directorship of his own digital business.Yet, as has transpired with many aspects of this sorry tale, nothing was quite as it seemed.Grant, it is understood, was actually Jack Shepherd, the speedboat killer who compounded his crime by spending ten months on the run in Georgia, accusing his victim’s father of threatening him and vowing to avoid extradition.This latest twist means the 31-year-old could face fresh prosecution and further jail time over claims he used a false identity in a company set up before he fled the country.Documents filed with Companies House suggest that Shepherd was operating under the pseudonym for several months in the UK as he sought work after being charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of Charlotte Brown, 24, and his real identity was widely publicised, the Telegraph understands.It is an offence to file false information on the register and anyone found to have knowingly done so could be jailed for up to two years. Shepherd is thought to have been listed as a director of the a web design business, under the name of Grant, early last year before resigning three months later, just a day or so after he absconded.The company was set up by his wife in March 2016, a month after they married and three months after Miss Brown, his date, died when she was flung into the Thames from his boat in the middle of the night.There is no suggestion that his wife, the mother of his two-year-old son, was aware of any alleged wrongdoing. Indeed, she is understood to have been the first to tip off police that he had fled to Georgia.In November 2017, two months after Shepherd was charged with manslaughter, his wife stepped down and two months later, in January 2018, Jack Grant was appointed co-director.He resigned on March 24, just as Shepherd arrived in Tbilisi.Grant’s date of birth was registered with Companies House as August 1986. No record can be found of a Jack Grant born in England and Wales in August 1986. Shepherd was born in August 1987. A LinkedIn profile in the name of Jack Grant mirrors Shepherd’s old CV.The page describes him as a “user experience and search optimisation specialist” who had worked with Apple Inc, Ferrari and Time Inc.Shepherd’s CV, which has since been removed from the internet, includes the same companies in his employment history.His legal team has confirmed that he had been working in Georgia as a web designer.And the landlord of the cramped one-bedroom flat he was renting in Tbilisi said he introduced himself as Jack Grant and had set up a Facebook account in the same name.Shepherd remains in custody in Tbilisi, having handed himself in to police after ten months in hiding when it became apparent that the net was closing in.He has vowed to fight extradition, claiming that his life would be in danger if he was forced to serve the six year jail sentence handed down in his absence in a UK jail.A Companies House spokesman said: “Companies House can’t comment on individual companies.“In cases where a breach of the Companies Act is suspected, we will take the necessary action.”It is understood that Companies House could pass the information onto police or a third party to aid investigations. The London address of 1st Formations, an online company formation agent, was listed as the company’s address. The same address was listed as the location for Jack Grant’s eponymous website, which has since been removed from the internet. Jack Shepherd in GeorgiaCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun read more

International Mining Technology Hall of Fame moves on new nominations now being

first_imgA large gathering of industry executives from around the world sat down to dinner in the Grand Salon of the Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City to witness the celebration of the first inductees into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame (www.im-halloffame.com). Following a drinks reception sponsored by Boart Longyear, Preston Chiaro, Rio Tinto Group Executive Technology and Innovation, shown in the picture, opened the official proceedings.IM Editor Paul Moore and Rio Tinto  Head of Innovation John McGagh read out the citations and presented the awards to 12 inductees or their representatives. It was particularly pleasing to have two family groups at the event. Terry Mudder, inducted for Environmental Management and Stewardship, was supported by five memebers of his family, and four daughters of the late Dr James J Scott the man behind the Split Set rock stabliser) collected his Underground Support award. They are Deborah Castle, Wendy Carter, Polly Scott-Showalter and Amy Sansotta.Redpath Mining presented the Safety award to Matt Eichinger of Mine Safety Appliances representing John T. Ryan Sr and George H Deike Sr, the founders of his company. Sandvik Mining presented the Outstanding Innovator award to David George, Chief Advisor, Processing, Technology and Innovation at Rio Tinto.Guests had flown in from places as far afield as Australia, Canada, Finland, the UK and more.The complete proceedings and details of the inductees (now available on www.im-halloffame.com)  will be published in a special supplement in the May issue of International Mining.All shortlisted 2013 nominees will roll over to the 2014 inductions, which will be presented at a gala event early in 2015 – dates and location to be advised very soon. New nominations are now being accepted.last_img read more

HC Tatran Presov statement about unfair and corrupted defeat in Povazska Bistrica

The Slovakian champions HC Tatran Presov suffered unexpected defeat in domestic Extraleague in Povazska Bistrica 27:28, despite difference in quality level of two sides – clearly visible in their previous matches.Ambitious team from Presov sent video material to Handball-Planet.com and explanation of losing invincibility in domestic Slovakian Extraleague in highly unfair and corrupted way.“On 4 February 2017 we lost away to an average team of Povazska Bystrica 27:28. Both teams meet four times within two weeks at the turn of January and February 2017. TATRAN played two final legs of the Slovakian Cup against Povazska Bystrica, in which TATRAN won clearly by ten goal difference – 40:30 at TATRAN Handball Arena in Presov (25 January 2017), 35:25 in Povazska Bystrica (2 February 2017) and deservedly defended the victory in the Slovakian Cup. The Eastern Slovakian side also won the third encounter in the Slovakian Extraleague in Presov by the same margin – 33:23 (20 January 2017)”, announced Tatran Presov and added:“No one expected what could happen on 4 February in Povazska Bystrica. Every handball expert awaited another clear victory of TATRAN Presov over Povazska Bystrica. The ambitions of our team were unexpectedly “killed” by referees of the game who influenced the match in highly unfair way after intentional series of nonsense verdicts against TATRAN Presov, which can be seen and proved in the following video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxoXd-JU-04We would like to point out only several examples of unfair interference of referees into the game in the very end of the match, which finally thwarted an expected victory of TATRAN:Visible break-through of the home player who broke the rules. Despite that he was awarded 7m penalty against TATRAN.Oliver Rabek was roughly stopped by the couple of home team players. Consequently the red card was surprisingly awarded to Marek Pales of TATRAN who did not do anything to anyone. But foul on Rabek was not punished at all.The series of rough fouls on the players of TATRAN (Lukas Urban, Dominik Krok and Tomas Cip) was not punished by the referees at all (at least two 7m throws should have been awarded for TATRAN by the referees).Non-existing technical mistake by Oliver Rabek before his 9m throw after the regular time of the match expired (60:00) and strange end of the game.Those were only several painful and unfair decisions against TATRAN Presov at defeat 27:28 in Povazska Bystrica. No one of spectators could have any doubts about intentional damage of TATRAN in the match, which can be clearly proved by the replay of the game in the archive of www.huste.sk:https://huste.joj.sk/hadzana/slovensko-1/198086-msk-povazska-bystrica-tatran-presovAs a result, TATRAN Presov lost only game in the regular season 2016/2017. In case it had no influence on keeping their 1st place in the table of the Slovakian Extraleague, but players of TATRAN Presov lost their opportunity to be given promised financial reward of 30,000 EUR for their unbeatable run in the regular season of the Slovakian Extraleague. That is the reason why the team players of TATRAN want to fight against injustice that was caused by the referees of the game. The Slovakian champions consider taking action against the referees into the court of justice.  It was not the first time in the Slovakian handball when the fair play and justice was intentionally killed by human factor. It is a huge pity and shame that all this injustice TATRAN had to face in Povazska Bystrica was caused by the couple of the Slovakian international referees who also whistle European competitions”, wrote in statement of the best Slovakian team. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: German and French derby time at the end of March! Next Story → EHF CL TOP 10 SCORERS: Csaszar leader, but Ilic-Gensheimer-Lazarov to decide read more

Garda whistleblowers use of PULSE system criticised by Data Commissioner

first_imgTHE DATA PROTECTION Commissioner has criticised the two garda whistleblowers for inappropriately accessing the force’s PULSE data system.Billy Hawkes said that while sergeant Maurice McCabe and retired garda John Wilson had performed a public duty by reporting misuse of the penalty points system, he couldn’t stand over the manner in which they accessed the information, according to RTÉ News.His comments followed the release of an audit of Garda data protection measures between 2011 — October 2013 carried out by Hawkes’ office.According to a statement from the Data Protection Commissioner:In his 2012 Annual Report, the Data Protection Commissioner outlined that the initial phase of the audit had uncovered inappropriate access to PULSE by members of An Garda Síochána.Assurances have been received from An Garda Síochána in relation to measures it has already taken to monitor access to PULSE. The Garda Commissioner has come in from renewed criticism in recent days for his stance in relation to the issue. Three Cabinet ministers have been publicly critical of his comments regarding the garda whistleblowers made before the Public Accounts Committee in January.Callinan had said that the manner of the release of information by the two was “disgusting”. He has since clarified that he was referring to the release of personal information, not the two gardaí.The full report from the Data Protection Commissioner can be viewed online here. The section dealing with access to the PULSE system begins on page 30.Read: The Tánaiste thinks the Garda Commissioner should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarkRead: ‘We’ve been over this ground’: Kenny won’t say if Callinan should apologise to whistleblowersRead: Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’t The statement continues that “overall, the majority of areas examined demonstrated a professional police force operating in compliance with data protection legislation”.In his response to the report’s publication, the Garda Commissioner has said he welcomes the overall findings.According to Martin Callinan’s statement:The ODPC is right to be concerned about any improper access to PULSE by any member of An Garda Síochána and the related risk of the disclosure of highly sensitive personal data outside of the organisation.As An Garda Síochána’s Data Controller, I share these concerns and I have expressed my disquiet about this publically on several occasions.In that context, a number of Garda members have been subject to discipline for inappropriate access to Pulse within the period of the audit process.last_img read more

Bob Dylan FINALLY accepts Nobel Prize for Literature

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3319747 Apr 2nd 2017, 11:20 AM Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 11:20 AM By AFP 12,133 Views Short URL Bob Dylan FINALLY accepts Nobel Prize for Literature The decision to give the musician the award sparked controversy in recent months. AFTER MONTHS OF uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony last night.The Swedish Academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October.They were handed to Dylan at a “private ceremony in Stockholm” attended by 12 academy members, Sara Danius, the academy’s permanent secretary, said in a blog post.“Spirits were high. Champagne was had,” Danius said.“Quite a bit of time was spent looking closely at the gold medal, in particular the beautifully crafted back, an image of a young man sitting under a laurel tree who listens to the Muse,” she added.“Taken from Virgil’s Aeneid, the inscription reads: ‘Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes,’ loosely translated as ‘And they who bettered life on earth by their newly found mastery’.”The first songwriter to receive the prestigious award, Dylan joins a celebrated group of laureates including Thomas Mann, Samuel Beckett, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Doris Lessing.The meeting took place at a secret location ahead of Dylan’s first concert in Stockholm, the first stop on a long-planned European tour for his latest album of cover songs, Triplicate. His second concert is on due to take place tonight.Dylan had not been expected to deliver his traditional Nobel lecture at the meeting — the only requirement to receive the eight million kronor (about €837,000) that comes with the prize.He has until 10 June to provide his lecture, which could be anything from a short speech to a performance, a video broadcast or even a song. Failing that, he risks losing the prize money.“The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point,” Danius said during the week.No thank you Several Academy members, including Danius, were present at the concert as Dylan, wearing a white hat, western-style black blazer and cowboy boots, performed Love Sick and Full Moon And Empty Arms, part of a playlist of standards and self-penned hits.The American rock enigma’s performance was met with a cheering crowd, which gave repeated standing ovations, especially when he played a harmonica.Dylan was tightlipped between songs and made no mention whatsoever about the Nobel prize.Lars Sjoblom, a 65-year-old sound and light technician, said he had grown up with Dylan’s music but was “greatly surprised” that he had not said anything.I came here to listen to what he had to say about the Nobel Foundation and to the Swedish people. I think he could have shown Sweden the respect to say ‘thank you’.But Dag Hanners, a 65-year-old logistician, said Dylan never speaks with the crowd during performances.“You just have to live with that,” he said.‘The same odds as standing on the moon’Dylan was honoured “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Nobel committee said when the award was announced last October.His long list of hits, ranging over decades, began in the early 1960s. He penned hundreds of songs in just a few years — an astonishing flurry that included Blowin’ In The Wind, Hurricane and Mr Tambourine Man.“Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, ‘Are my songs literature?’” Dylan said in a thank-you speech read out by the US ambassador to Sweden during the December Nobel ceremony in Stockholm. He skipped the event due to “pre-existing commitments”.Dylan kept silent for weeks after he was announced as the winner and when he was asked at the time why he did not respond to the Academy’s calls, he told Britain’s Daily Telegraph: “Well, I’m right here.”His mysterious reaction even provoked Academy member Per Wastberg to call him “impolite” and “arrogant”.Dylan later apologised for not being able to attend the ceremony and expressed surprise over being chosen for an honour given to literature heavyweights like Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus.“If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel Prize, I would have to think that I’d have about the same odds as standing on the moon,” he added.- © AFP 2017Read: Bob Dylan to play Dublin gig next yearRead: Obama holds ceremony for Nobel Prize winners (Bob Dylan doesn’t show up)center_img Image: Gareth Fuller PA Wire/PA Images Share114 Tweet Email1 23 Comments Bob Dylan Image: Gareth Fuller PA Wire/PA Images Bob Dylan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Race to sell large debtors

first_imgGreece’s privatizations authority (TAIPED) reported to have reached agreement for the liquidation of two of the country’s most indebted state-owned enterprises, the ODIE horse-racing organization and mining and metals group Larco.Their combined debts exceed 500 million euros and assets will be sold after the liquidation. The assets of ODIE, a legacy of the 2004 Olympics, are the license to conduct horse-racing betting and its real estate in Markopoulo, outside Athens.TAIPED has handed the government a long list of pending matters that have to be legislated upon for the privatizations to proceed. It is considered important for Larco, once one of Europe’s leading nickel producers, to remain in operation until it is sold. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Comment le manchot empereur chronomètre ses plongées

first_imgComment le manchot empereur ‘chronomètre’ ses plongées Publiant ses travaux dans le Journal of Experimental Biology, une équipe japonaise, étudiant les plongées de plusieurs manchots empereurs, suggère que c’est l’effort musculaire dû à la nage qui limite le temps de chaque plongée chez ces oiseaux. Il les incite à revenir respirer en surface pour ré-oxygéner leur corps.L’équipe du Dr Shiomi Kozue, de l’Université de Tokyo, a étudié la nage en apnée de 10 manchots empereurs en eau libre, et de 3 autres individus plongeant depuis un trou dans la banquise. Au total, plus de 15.000 plongées ont ainsi été analysées et décortiquées. À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merLes manchots nageant en eau libre amorcent leur retour vers la surface au bout de 5,7 minutes environ, un peu plus pour les spécimens chronométrés près d’un trou dans la glace. Le suivi des oiseaux a révélé qu’ils battaient des ailes, en moyenne, 237 fois au cours de chaque plongée, se propulsant ainsi pour se nourrir sur les bancs de poissons.Le Dr Shiomi et son équipe pensent que, chez les manchots, la décision de mettre fin à leur plongée d’alimentation et de revenir à la surface est liée à la quantité limitée d’énergie que leurs muscles peuvent produire après chaque bouffée d’air : “nous suggérons que la décision [de remonter] est dictée non pas par le temps écoulé, mais par le nombre de battements d’ailes et, par conséquent, par une ‘accumulation’ de travail musculaire”, résume le Dr Shiomi Kozue. Le 11 décembre 2011 à 15:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mitsubishi Ponders Putting Projectors and Displays On Cars To Boost Safety

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Stay on target Today’s cars, trucks, and vans already boast a long list of safety features. There’s always room for improvement, though. One that Mitsubishi is pondering involves the use of projectors and displays.The Japanese automaker just announced a concept they call Safe and Secure Lighting. One part of he system looks a lot like the numerous high-tech bicycle safety Kickstarters that have been pitched in recent years. Projectors mounted on the outside of a vehicle beam indicators onto the road surface.Mitsubishi’s release notes that “60 percent of pedestrian fatalities on roads occur at night,” adding that “illuminated projections that are clearly visible to pedestrians in the dark are expected to help reduce such fatalities.”When you put your vehicle in reverse or start to open a door, Safe and Secure Lighting projects an image onto the pavement to indicate your intentions to nearby drivers and pedestrians. The arrows for reversing are obvious enough, but the door opening symbol may need to be refined. It looks a bit like you’re offering free WiFi in your vehicle.In their render, you can also see how Mitsubishi plans to use displays as part of the Safe and Secure Lighting system. One placed at the back of the vehicle can provide bright, clear warnings to drivers approaching from the rear. It could be as simple as that yellow caution triangle, or, if that full-width black bar is indeed all screen, the car could provide very explicit (not sweary, the other kind… though it’s inevitable someone will definitely try to hack a system like this to display arbitrary text) alerts.Mitsubishi sees Safe and Secure as a good fit for both traditional vehicles and autonomous ones. When there’s no human behind the wheel to do things like give someone the “nah, you go first” wave, systems like this will have to fill in.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Incumbents dominate early candidate filings in Clark County

first_imgThe first round of candidates for various local offices are officially running, as names started pouring in Monday morning to kick off filing week. There weren’t any surprises in the first batch of names that came out Monday, as a total of 68 candidates filed for 59 offices by 5 p.m. There are 94 seats up for grabs in elections this year, and candidates have through Friday to file to run.Jennifer Snider filed to run for a judge seat on Clark County Superior Court, a position she was appointed to by Gov. Jay Inslee in April. She was sworn in earlier this month, taking over for retiring Clark County Superior Court Judge James Rulli.Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Anne Cruser filed to run for a judge seat in the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. She was appointed to the position earlier this year by Inslee. Gary Medvigy filed to run for the Clark County Council. He was appointed to the open seat in January, taking over the seat left vacant when Councilor Eileen Quiring began her term as council chair. Battle Ground Councilor Adrian Cortes filed to run against Medvigy for the county seat.last_img read more

ASA Alerted to Discovery of Soybean Rust North of the Equator

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) has been alerted to a confirmed case of Asian soybean rust about five degrees north of the equator in South America. Earlier this week, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed a report of soybean rust being identified north of Cali, Colombia.”Confirmation of soybean rust above the equator signals the advancement of spores in the direction of the continental United States,” said ASA Chairman Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa.Asian soybean rust has been present throughout Asia and Australia for decades. In 1996, the disease moved from Asia into Uganda, and by 2001, it had spread throughout much of Africa. In 2001, soybean rust was found in South America, and it has spread throughout the soybean growing areas of Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. By 2003, rust had also spread to a northern, non-soybean growing area of Argentina.”Prevailing wind patterns around the equator served as a temporary barrier to a natural transmission of soybean rust spores,” Heck said. “If soybean rust becomes established on host plants in Colombia, South America, it would, at least theoretically, be easier for airborne spores to be carried directly to the U.S. across the Caribbean Sea, or by way of the land bridge formed by Central America.”Based on weather models and past experience with other diseases, the experts predict a natural introduction of soybean rust spores would most likely enter the U.S. through the southern tier of states along the Gulf of Mexico. Soybean rust spores are easily transported in air currents and spread rapidly over wide distances. Limited data are available on how long spores can survive, but studies have shown that under the right circumstances, spores can be viable for more than 50 days. It is also possible that the soybean rust spores discovered in Colombia were the result of commercial trade in soybeans from an infected growing area.”The discovery of soybean rust north of the equator underscores the need for USDA to continue development of a national strategy for controlling and mitigating the potential for an Asian soybean rust infestation in the continental United States,” Heck said. “Rust is a devastating disease with the potential to cause enormous losses in annual U.S. soybean production, resulting in serious consequences for domestic industry, including the livestock sector. We must do everything possible to be prepared to minimize the economic impact of soybean rust on the U.S. crop.”ASA has also been working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to obtain approval of fungicide products to control soybean rust. Fungicide treatments currently represent the only option for containing soybean rust by lessening the spread of spores. Fungicide use in other countries has been effective in keeping soybean rust below the economic threshold of yield loss.Early detection of soybean rust will be critical to minimizing the spread of the disease. To educate producers about soybean rust, ASA will continue its efforts to host seminars, distribute news releases and publish articles. In July, ASA completed a series of Soybean Rust Education Meetings in seven cities across the country.”Because no one knows for sure when soybean rust will be introduced in the United States, we must work with the current knowledge that it could be a few months to perhaps five years or longer,” Heck said. “During that time it will be important to maintain an on-going awareness campaign with ASA members to keep a response action in the forefront of their minds at whatever time they might suspect soybean rust has infected their crop.”last_img read more

ExNBA player accused of Pembroke Pines breakins appears in court

first_imgA former NBA player accused of breaking into two homes and fondling two different women while they slept appeared in court, Wednesday.A judge set Orien Green’s bond at $45,000.RELATED: Police: Former NBA player breaks into 2 Pembroke Pines homes to fondle womenThe former NBA player was arrested after he admitted to entering the Pembroke Pines homes of the women.One of those women said the 34-year-old tried fondling and kissing her.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Staff to Be Cut at Newsweek Too

first_imgSuch a drop in guaranteed circulation is not uncommon, particularly in the newsweekly category. Time cut its rate base by 750,000 copies in January 2007. Newsweek followed suit, dropping 500,000 copies from its circulation in November of that year.Meanwhile, the newsweekly category has suffered ad page declines at nearly every title this year, with Newsweek (-16.8 percent), The Week (-4.6 percent), Time (-19.2 percent) and U.S. New & World Report (-28.2 percent) down significantly through September, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.‘Provocative’ ShiftThe editorial shift at Newsweek may already underway.“We are trying to be more provocative,” editor Jon Meacham was quoted in the Journal report. This week’s cover story—“The Religious Case for Gay Marriage”—elicited so many angry e-mails that Newsweek chief executive Tom Ascheim “had to open a new e-mail account to handle the added volume,” the report said. Newsweek is preparing for another round of job cuts.The layoffs are expected to be outlined today in a companywide meeting, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The cuts are in addition to the voluntary buyouts offered by the Washington Post Company earlier this year. (A total of 111 took the buyout this spring; sources told the paper the number would be far less this time around.) The news comes ahead of a possible circulation reduction, first reported by FOLIO:, that would eliminate as many as a million copies or more from its rate base, part of a broader plan to shift the publication away from a newsmagazine to an opinion-centric, “thought-leader” title more akin to the Economist—and a more concentrated, intellectual and affluent readership advertisers covet. [SEE FOLIO:’s REPORT:  Newsweek Mulls Dramatic Drop in Circulation]Tough Times last_img read more

Japanese team visits FSTP

first_imgWarangal: A Japanese delegation led by Kazushi Hashimoto from Japan Sanitation Consortium, and Asian Development Bank official Dr Sitaram visited the faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP) located at Ammavaripet as part of their study tour on Saturday. It may be mentioned here that the FSTP was set up by GWMC in association with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad, as its knowledge partner, through a public-private partnership (PPP) model. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us The delegation which also inspected She toilet constructed at Charbowli as part of Swachh Bharat campaign met the Warangal Urban district Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil. The Collector explained them about the measures being taken to turn Greater Warangal as a clean, green and hygiene city. Earlier, the Japanese delegation was explained about the FSTP by the ASCI Area Director Prof Srinivas Chary. Explaining about the thermal process, Chary said that from the toilet to the final conversion of the biochar, the process is scientific and comprehensive. He also gave an account of the geotube, which use geo bags (non-mechanical technology) to dry the faecal sludge. The delegation also inspected mini STP under construction at Ambedkar Nagar.last_img read more

HAR Provides Useful Information For Homeowners After Harvey

first_imgCLICK HERE TO SEE FULL DETAILS Share HAR.com is in the process of building a website that will allow REALTORS®, individual property owners, landlords and property managers to post properties they are offering for temporary housing due to the immediate need of so many. These properties may include some available for reduced rent or even free, depending on the owner. Here is an outline of the provided information, click below to see the full details.Call your insurance company and file a claimHow to register with FEMAWhat you need to know before scheduling contractors and remediation companies to get bids on any repairsApply for assistance from the Texas REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund Jason DearenDwight Chandler walks through his devastated home in Highlands, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Chandler, 62, said he worried whether Harvey’s floodwaters had also washed in pollution from the old acid pits that were designated as a U.S. EPA Superfund site just a couple blocks from his home. The Highlands Acid Pit site near Chandler’s home was filled in the 1950s with toxic sludge and sulfuric acid from oil and gas operations.The Houston Association of Realtors, HAR, have compiled information that aims to help ease some of the burden during the recovery after Harvey.last_img read more

Spotify Adds Free Showtime Subscription to 499 Student Tier

first_imgSpotify is adding another perk to its student subscription tier: Eligible college students who subscribe to the company’s $4.99 student tier can now access Showtime’s video streaming service for no additional costs. That’s in addition to Hulu’s limited commercials plan, which Spotify added to its student subscription tier a year ago.The new perk means that students now get access to 3 streaming services for less than $5 total. Bought individually and without any student discounts, the combined bill for these three services would be close to $29 per month.“Spotify Premium has just changed the content game for students. By joining forces with Showtime  and continuing our relationship with Hulu, Spotify Premium is now able to give students a complete world of music and video content, shows and film,” said Spotify’s chief premium officer Alex Norström in a statement. “Never before have students had this level of streaming entertainment options, at this unprecedented value, all in one package.” ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The new offer is available to both existing and new Spotify student subscribers, and Spotify is giving any student who isn’t paying for its premium service yet another incentive to sign up: The music service is charging new subscribers of its student tier just $0.99 for the first 3 months.There is some notable fine print to this new offer: Spotify’s student plan is only available to students who are currently enrolled at a U.S. Title IV accredited college or university, and above the age of 18. Subscribers also have to sign up directly with Spotify, and not via iTunes or Google Play — something the company insists on to avoid having to give Apple or Google a cut.Spotify first announced its partnership with Hulu last September, and began offering a combined $12.99 per month Hulu and Spotify subscription for users who aren’t currently enrolled in college in April. There’s no word yet on whether Showtime plans to extend its partnership with Spotify in a similar fashion in the future.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

PHOTOS Costa Rica comes up emptyhanded in clash with Panama

first_img Facebook Comments After a match devoid of goals but full of tension, near-misses and vivid reactions from the stands, Costa Rica walked away from its World Cup qualifier against Panama with a 0-0 draw Thursday night.La Sele left their hearts on the field in a hard-fought match in the fifth game of the final CONCACAF qualifying round for the World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018. The team played a man down starting in the 54th minute when Giancarlo González received a red card, but continued to knock on the door with shots on goal right up until the final whistle.Costa Rica leaves the game gaining one point for a total of eight, holding onto second place behind Mexico, which defeated Honduras 3-0 tonight.Panama also retains a shot at a World Cup spot, since the qualifying round will provide three guaranteed spots in the tournament, with a fourth available to the winner of an intercontinental playoff.Fans didn’t see much play out of renowned Costa Rican goalie Keylor Navas, fresh off his Champions League win in Wales with Real Madrid on Saturday. However, his every touch of the ball, no matter how routine, sparked a roar of approval from the appreciative crowd. Costa Rica’s Celso Borges (L) vies for the ball with Panama’s Ismael Daiz (R) during their World Cup 2018 CONCACAF qualifier match in San José on June 8, 2017. AFP PHOTO / Ezequiel BECERRA Midfielder Joel Campbell heads the ball. AFP PHOTO / Ezequiel BECERRA La Sele’s Kendall Waston (L) vies for the ball with Panama’s Ismael Daiz (R). AFP PHOTO / Ezequiel BECERRA Costa Rica’s Christian Gamboa (L) and Panama’s Anibal Godoy (R) give it their all. AFP PHOTO / Ezequiel BECERRA Related posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Phew! La Sele ekes out 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago in key World Cup qualifier Ramírez announces a National Team lineup with a few surpriseslast_img read more