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Mother of missing Ganga activist Gopal Das begins fast in Rishikesh

first_imgMore than a week after the disappearance of Gopal Das, a Haryana-based hermit, who was on fast protesting against hydropower projects impeding the flow of the Ganga, his mother has embarked on a fast in Rishikesh, demanding that the Uttarakhand government disclose his whereabouts.Das, 40, who was on a fast since June 24, was admitted to the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) in Dehradun on December 4. He was last seen on CCTV cameras leaving the premises of the medical college on December 6. He has been missing since then.“We suspect that he’s been killed because there’s no other motive for his disappearance,” said Swami Shivanand, head of Matri Sadan, a hermitage in Haridwar. Das was picked up from Matri Sadan by the Uttarakhand police and taken to the GDMC. Matri Sadan has been the site of serial fasts by several hermits, most notably G.D. Agrawal, an environmentalist-turned-hermit, who began a fast on June 22 and eventually died on the October 11. Following Agrawal’s fast and just days before his death, the government promulgated an ‘e-flow notification,’ on October 9 which requires hydropower projects upstream of the river to release sufficient water to ensure that a minimum flow is maintained through the year.Haridwar District Magistrate, Deepak Rawat, didn’t return multiple calls by The Hindu, for a comment on Das’ disappearance.“My son had undertaken these fasts for the welfare of the Ganga. I will continue it and we want the government to find out where he’s gone and bring into law the Ganga Act,” said Shakuntala Devi, 60, Das’ mother.The ‘Ganga Act,’ refers to the National River Ganga Bill that is now being mooted by the government to ensure that the river wasn’t polluted.The common thread linking all those fasting at Matri Sadan protests against the hydropower projects on the Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Mandakini and Pindar rivers. All these rivers feed into the Ganga and several environmentalists have said the dams, necessitated by these projects, impede the natural flow of the river. Das has also previously undertaken fasts in Haryana for cow-protection.last_img read more

US Blacklists Singapore’s Senat Shipping

first_imgThe U.S. Department of the Treasury has blacklisted Singapore-based Senat Shipping Company (Senat) for its involvement in arms import activities of North Korean shipping company Ocean Maritime Management Company (OMMC).The Treasury said it has designated Senat for providing extensive material support to OMMC, including arranging the purchase, repair, certification, and crewing of OMMC vessels.The blacklisting also extends to Senat’s President, Leonard Lai, for “providing material support to and acting for or on behalf of Senat.”  “As a result of today’s (July 23rd) actions, any property or interests in property of the designated persons that are or come within U.S. jurisdiction must be frozen.  Also, transactions by U.S. persons or within the United States involving the property of designated persons, including the identified vessel, are generally prohibited,” the Treasury Department said.In addition to these designations, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) also included known aliases for OMMC and two Tanchon Commercial Bank officials into the designation.  Tanchon Commercial Bank is known as the primary financial facilitator of North Korea’s ballistic missile program.The aliases in question, believed to be created by  OMMC’s headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea to evade sanctions, are Haeyang Crew Management Company and Korea Mirae Shipping Company Ltd, which have been added to OMMC’s SDN List entry as alternative names for OMMC.“Arms shipments transported by OMMC serve as a key resource for North Korea’s ongoing proliferation activities.  Sales from these shipments contribute to North Korea’s other illicit programs,” said Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam J. Szubin.“We are working to make it as challenging as possible for North Korea to continue its unlawful behavior by actively targeting anyone or any business that supports these illicit arms transfers.”In July 2014, the United States and the United Nations (UN) imposed sanctions on OMMC over its attempt to import a concealed shipment of arms and related materiel into the DPRK.last_img read more

Worlds Largest LNG Bunker Supply Vessel Starts Operations

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hyundai Mipo Dockyard The world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos started operations in Northwest Europe on December 11, 2018.Chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture of the Hamburg-based LNG supplier Nauticor with a 90% share and the Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider KN with a 10% share, the ship was handed over by the owner Babcock Schulte Energy in the port of Klaipeda.“With the handover of Kairos we are securing the supply of LNG as a marine fuel in the Baltic Sea on a large-scale basis,” Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor, said, adding that marine customers would be able to benefit from a fast and safe LNG ship-to-ship supply.“From now on, also large vessels can bunker LNG in the Baltic Sea.”The construction of the vessel started in 2016 when the joint venture signed a time-charter agreement with ship owner Babcock Schulte Energy. In February 2018, steel cutting took place at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) in Ulsan, South Korea, and in October 2018 the vessel was delivered by the shipyard.With a tank capacity of 7,500 m³, Kairos is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel. The ice class vessel features the ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapour return gas from customer vessels.last_img read more

RBI bans NBFCs from charging loan foreclosure penalties

first_imgMumbai: The Reserve Bank on Friday barred non-banking finance companies from charging pre-payment penalties or foreclosure charges from individual borrowers. “NBFCs shall not charge foreclosure charges/pre- payment penalties on any floating rate term loans sanctioned for purposes other than business to individual borrowers, with or without co-obligants,” the central bank said in a notification, without specifying from when the new ruels will be effective. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe central bank said the relevant rules governing the same have been updated to reflect the change. Foreclosure charges are part of the fee income for any lender and adds to its bottomline. These direction covers both deposit-taking and non- deposit-taking NBFCs which are considered systemically important ones. It can be noted that in May 2014, the RBI had barred commercial banks from charging such fees or penalties from individual borrowers with mortgage loans. But banks are free to charge same on non-secured loans like personal loans. The notification, which will take away an income line for these players, comes at a time when NBFCs are struggling with a host of issues, starting with liquidity crisis. The regulator has blamed asset liability mismatch for the troubles.last_img read more

Smith hands Royals much needed win over Mumbai

first_imgJaipur: Steve Smith (59 not out) played a captain’s knock as Rajasthan Royals (RR) kept their play-off hopes alive after defeating Mumbai Indians (MI) by 5 wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Saturday. Despite wickets falling at regular intervals for Rajasthan, Smith kept one end intact and ensured that his team crossed the line with five balls to spare. Smith’s innings was laced with five boundaries and a six. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSanju Samson and Riyan Parag too supported their skipper with useful knocks of 35 and 43, respectively. Chasing a modest target of 162, the hosts started on a positive note, scoring 31 runs in the first three overs before Rahul Chahar drew the first blood for Mumbai as the leg-spinner cut short opener Ajinkya Rahane’s (12) stay in the fourth over. Samason and Smith were then involved in a 37-run second wicket partnership before Chahar struck again in the eighth over to pack back the former, leaving Rajasthan at 76/2. Four balls later, Chahar added more misery to the Mumbai camp by dismissing Ben Stokes (0). Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSmith was then joined by Parag and the duo denied Mumbai from making any further inroads as they both propelled Rajasthan past the 100-run mark in 11.1 overs. The hosts were comfortably placed at 137/3 in 16 overs and it seemed the two will steer their side to victory. However, Parag fell short of the crease while converting a single and had to depart in the 18th over. Jasprit Bumrah then trapped Ashton Turner (0) in front of the wicket with Rajasthan still needing 9 runs off the last 11 balls. But Smith ensured that there were no further hiccups as he steered Rajasthan to a much-needed victory. For Mumbai, Chahar was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/29 while Bumrah bagged one wicket. Earlier, opener Quinton de Kock’s scintillating 65-run knock helped Mumbai put up 161/5. Apart from de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav chipped in with a valuable 34 while Shreyas Gopal once again starred with the ball for Rajasthan, conceding just 21 runs from his four overs besides picking up two wickets. Put into bat, the visitors received an early jolt as Gopal dismissed Rohit Sharma (5) in the third over. de Kock was then joined by Yadav and the two helped Mumbai past the 50-run mark in 6.4 overs. The duo were involved in a crucial 97-run partnership with de Kock helping himself to a stroke-filled half-century before Stuart Binny came up with the much-needed breakthrough for the home side. A top-edge from Yadav went straight to deep backward square-leg where Dhawal Kulkarni took a fine catch to break the partnership. Gopal claimed his second wicket soon as de Kock miscued a googly, holing out to Stokes at long-on in the process. Jaydev Unadkat then sent back Kieron Pollard, who fell cheaply after managing to contribute just seven runs with Mumbai’s scorecard reading 124/4.last_img read more

Moroccans Are Happy When They Have Peace of Mind, Survey

Taroudant – A recent study sponsored by Atlanta Assurances on Moroccans’ perception of happiness revealed that Moroccans are happy when they have “peace of mind.”Ipsos, a global market research company, surveyed about 2,100 individuals aged 25 to 64 to find out what makes Moroccans happy — what are their joyful moments? According to the survey, Moroccans are happy when they have “peace of mind.”“Many would have thought that money would be the secret to Moroccans’ happiness,” said Nabil Abouzaid, CEO of Ipsos Morocco, at a press conference held on Tuesday in order to unveil the results of the survey on happiness. However, “the survey revealed that happiness for Moroccans lies in their peace of mind,” he said. “This confirms that happiness among Moroccans, like all universal definitions, remains strongly linked to soul-searching,” the survey found.The survey results reported that peace of mind (36%), health (26%), stability (15%), and then money (14%) are the top criteria for happiness among Moroccans.Health (96%), worship (80%) and family (70%) are the main sources of happiness among Moroccans.The survey found that the more advanced in age Moroccans were, the more they focused on religion, and that the family is much more important to those in lower socio-economic classes.The study also revealed that children’s success in school is a source of delight for parents, while the blessing of parents is most cherished and sought after among the younger.El Boukili Ahmed, a university professor and researcher in Islamic studies, said that the study highlights the close connection between Moroccan culture and religion.“In the imagination of Moroccans, the Hajj remains the most profound expression of spirituality,” he said.While many economists suggest that a person’s welfare is based only upon material wealth, and thus only the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) can measure a nation’s happiness, this survey shows that true happiness depends upon more complicated social, religious, and psychological factors. read more

Spain’s Leftist Government Wins Elections Amid Far-Right Success

Rabat – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s socialist party scored a big victory in Sunday’s snap elections in Spain. But an equally big result for right-wing parties meant the experience was more of a setback for the country’s ruling socialist party.The challenge of coalitionWith slight differences here and there in scores obtained by different contenders, poll predictions that Sanchez’s Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) would win turned out to be right. But the polls were also correct in predicting that PSOE would fall short of the majority needed to rule alone.PSOE won about 29% of the vote, translating into 123 seats in the 350-seat Spanish Parliament. The number is a big win for the socialist party, whose Parliament membership stood at 84 seats prior to Sunday’s elections. But that score is still far below the 176 needed to secure the majority. In retrospect, the snap elections have not exactly provided the answers the ruling coalition had expected. Instead, the results suggest that the country’s political fracture is far deeper than the political establishment thought. Even with a meaningful victory, there was very little to celebrate for Spain’s ruling leftist coalition.Podemos and other left-leaning formations, on whom Sanchez could count to form a more coherent government coalition, did not score enough to bar the prospect of seeking help from right-wing parties.“Efforts at coalition wrangling in the country could take longer because of the incoming local, regional and European elections on May 26, with parties unwilling to declare their hand until the end of the electoral season,” Politico observed.But the Guardian’s assessment was grimmer, stressing the growing momentum of the once-isolated far right in Spanish politics. “Sunday’s results are unequivocal proof of the advent of Vox in the era of five-party politics in Spain,” the British paper lamented.The conservative People’s Party secured 66 seats, the center-right Citizens Party won 57 seats, Podemos and allies landed 42, while Vox—perhaps the biggest winner—secured a comforting score of 24 seats. The result makes Vox the first ever far-right party to make it to Parliament in 40 years of post-Franco democratic experience.Two visions of SpainSanchez’s PSOE landed a surprising victory in June 2018 after challenging the then-ruling People’s Party with a no-confidence vote over corruption allegations.But Sanchez was later compelled to call for Sunday’s snap elections in February after a coalition of nationalist and far-right parties opposed his 2019 budget and other legislative measures.In calling for Spaniards to go to polls for the fourth time in three years, Sanchez hoped for a conclusive victory. Speaking on Sunday moments after casting his ballot, he spoke of “calmness, serenity, and resolution” to mend a politically fragmented Spain.Evoking the in-fashion Trump and Brexit analogy, the Spanish prime minister urged voters to “look to the future” rather than backwards. A victory for his party, he predicted, would be “the difference between a Spain that looks towards the future and a Spain that slides back 40 years.”By the time results starting to sink in late Sunday, Sanchez, momentarily unconcerned by the success of right-wing parties and what the setback that could mean for his otherwise milestone victory, decided to focus on the bright side. He appeared to take pleasure and pride in his party’s leap from 84 to 123 seats.“We made it happen. We have sent out the message that we don’t regress or reverse. We want a country that looks forward and advances.”In response, Vox’s message was defiant and dismissive, calling Sanchez’s victory “ephemeral.” Vox leader Santiago Abascal called his party’s performance “a re-conquest of Spain,” a historical reference to the 15th-century defeat of the Moors and the expulsion of Spanish Jews.Founded in 2013 by frustrated members of the conservative People’s Party, Vox remained on the fringes of national politics until now. The party was ignored and deemed irrelevant in national debates until it secured a shock political breakthrough in Andalucia during the December 2018 regional elections.The party styles itself as avowedly Christian, conservative, and nationalist, scathingly criticizing Sanchez’s socialist party’s stance on Catalan separatism and migration. Banning pro-Catalan independence political parties is among the party’s priorities.Vox also denounces mutlticulturalism, feminism, and “unrestricted migration.”Like President Trump, Vox’s Abascal has maintained that his goal is to “make Spain great gain.” read more

UN advocate for the poor calls on less poor countries for help

UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Anwarul K. Chowdhury was addressing the 14th session of the High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation at UN Headquarters in New York.Better-off developing countries should “remove all existing tariff and non-tariff barriers to their markets for the products of Least Developed Countries and support them to overcome their supply-side constraints,” he said.They should also “double the present technical assistance, training, research and educational facilities and scholarships provided” to LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, he said.Developing countries should improve transit transport capability for LLDCs, increase foreign direct investment (FDI) in the needy countries, especially to build infrastructure and increase export capacity, and aid them with social sector development, especially in coping with HIV/AIDS, population issues and women’s empowerment, Mr. Chowdhury said. read more

Les seiches capables de changer de forme pour se camoufler

first_imgLes seiches, capables de changer de forme pour se camouflerDes biologistes américains ont étudié le camouflage chez la seiche ainsi que chez ses cousins les calmars et pieuvres. Ils se sont rendus compte que ces céphalopodes étaient capables d’observer leur environnement et d’imiter les formes et couleurs d’objets ou organismes proches pour échapper aux prédateurs.Lever ses tentacules pour imiter la forme d’une algue artificielle ou encore les branches des coraux alentours. Cette technique de camouflage chez les céphalopodes lorsqu’ils se sentent en danger, et en particulier les seiches, est connue. Mais quelles informations utilisent-ils pour savoir quand et comment changer d’apparence pour tromper ceux qui les menacent ? Pour la première fois, des expériences en laboratoire viennent confirmer que ce sont les informations visuelles qui déterminent ces gestes. Celles-ci ont été menées par le biologiste Roger Hanlon du Laboratoire de biologie marine du Massachusetts. Pour aller plus loin, lui et son équipe ont utilisé des modèles en deux dimensions au fond d’un aquarium, qui ont permis  de mesurer précisément de quelle façon la position des tentacules des seiches correspondait à la toile de fond. Les observations excluent aujourd’hui la possibilité que ces céphalopodes se basent sur le toucher. Par ailleurs, les expériences se déroulant dans des aquariums contrôlés par l’équipe, les chercheurs sont certains qu’aucun signal chimique n’est donné.Echapper aux prédateursChanger de position ne prend que quelques secondes aux seiches, pieuvres et calmars, quand ils sentent que le danger est proche dans un nouvel environnement. Des formes qu’ils peuvent adopter pendant près de 40 minutes s’ils ressentent la présence d’un prédateur. Et la seiche ne s’arrête pas là si elle s’estime menacée. Elle est capable également de changer la couleur de sa peau ainsi que sa texture pour ne pas finir engloutie.À lire aussiQuand une pieuvre se fait surpasser dans l’art du camouflage (Vidéo)”Il y a une immense variété de prédateurs, dont certains ont des capacités visuelles exceptionnelles. C’est pourquoi le camouflage de la seiche doit être si réussi”, explique Roger Hanlon, cité par le National Geographic. Pour lui, lorsque l’on regarde de près, la créature attire l’attention, mais “dans une vue d’ensemble le céphalopode est vraiment très difficile à repérer”.Voir ces céphalopodes photographiés en plein camouflage en cliquant ci-dessous : Le 7 juin 2011 à 13:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google caters to coders with dev addresses

first_img Tags Google Post a comment Internet Internet Services Share your voice 0 Google’s new domain is .dev. Google If you have anything to do with building software, Google wants you to sign up to use its new .dev domain.The internet address for developers is now available to all comers, the tech colossus said Thursday. For the past week, Google let people and companies sign up for .dev addresses at premium rates. But now the prices will drop, for example to $14 per year from one partner, GoDaddy.Google requires all .dev websites to use encryption to secure their communications with web browsers. “Our primary goal for .dev is adoption and use by developers and more secure websites being launched,” Google Chief Information Officer Ben Fried said.The new virtual real estate is part of a massive expansion of internet addresses called generic top-level domains, or GTLDs. The growth opens up new options for shorter addresses for websites and email and lets companies use their brand names even if they’re taken on more familiar top-level domains like .com and .net.But it also means new hassles for companies trying to defend their trademarks. Indeed, one incentive GoDaddy promotes is “register .dev before someone else does.”So what’s Google’s plan for the site? “We envision .dev as a home for developers. From tools to programming languages to blogs, .dev is the best place for all the amazing things that you build,” Adam Seligman, Google’s vice president of developer relations, said in a blog post. “We’ll be moving more of our existing projects and launching some exciting things on .dev in the months to come.”Google itself has begun using its .google domain, starting with brand-related sites like and and more recently the higher profile Moving to a new domain is tricky since a tangle of links must be updated, and muffing that can demote pages in search results. “I’m really happy to say that the team lost no search equity in the process,” Fried said.New GTLDs are no longer so weird, Fried added. “People are much more aware and trusting of different domains than even just a few years ago,” Fried said, pointing to research from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which runs the internet’s domain system.Google and a number of partners are already using .dev addresses: Women Who Code, for the programming tools of the same name, and to help website programmers, for example. Newer ones are arriving, too, as Google fires up for its tool to build mobile apps, for its TensorFlow AI software, for its performance monitoring tool and, which is the JavaScript engine it uses inside the Chrome browser.Originally published Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m. PTUpdate, 9:44 a.m.: Updates and expands quote from Adam Seligman.last_img read more

Netflixs Hyperdrive trailer promises a wild customcar competition

first_img Tags Share your voice Right now, there are a few different ways to get your automotive fix on television. You’ve got wild adventure series like The Grand Tour, motorsports of course, as well as about a billion different mediocre reality shows on MotorTrend’s cable channel. Netflix is slowly ramping up its automotive offerings, too, and its latest show looks absolutely wild.Netflix on Thursday published its first trailer for the upcoming Hyperdrive series. Think of it as capturing the spectacle of American Ninja Warrior, but with a boatload of wildly customized cars. It takes place at an industrial complex that’s been revamped to contain 10 different types of courses. There’s a giant see-saw, drift courses and other wild spectacles.It’s not just a bunch of dyed-in-the-wool race car drivers running these courses, either. Instead, it’s regular Joes and Janes — the trailer points out a few of them with jobs like truck driver, lumberjack, law student and “millionaire,” which I’m pretty sure isn’t a real job, but hey, good for that guy. By the looks of it, each of the 28 racers in the competition will furnish their own car, too, so expect a great deal of variety.There are some big names behind this project, too. Charlize Theron is the executive producer, and the hosts come from various walks of life, including former Top Gear USA presenter Rutledge Wood, former MMA fighter Michael Bisping and Fox Sports broadcaster Mike Hill. The entire first season hits Netflix on Aug. 21, with episodes lasting around 45 to 50 minutes each. Grab some popcorn — and maybe a helmet.Enlarge ImageIt’s like Wacky Races, but without the sentient animals. Okay, maybe it’s not like Wacky Races at all. Daniel McFadden/Netflix 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Car Culture TV and Movies Netflix Post a comment 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more

Turkey marks anniversary of attempted coup

first_imgTurkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ® and his wife Emine Erdogan as they wave after arriving at a ceremony site on “July 15 Martyrs Bridge” (Bosphorus Bridge) in Istanbul. Photo: AFPTurkey on Saturday marked one year since the defeat of the failed coup bid with mass nationwide rallies seeking to showcase national unity and a stern warning by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “chop off the heads” of traitors.The authorities declared July 15 an annual national holiday of “democracy and unity”, billing the foiling of the putsch as a historic victory of Turkish democracy.In an intense programme aiming to hammer home the anniversary’s importance, Erdogan attended a special session of parliament in Ankara, spoke to a mass rally in Istanbul and then flew back to the capital for a rally outside parliament in the early hours of the morning.Speaking to hundreds of thousands by the bridge across the Bosphorus in Istanbul that was a fighting flashpoint, Erdogan warned that Turkey could reintroduce capital punishment.“First of all we will chop off the heads of those traitors,” Erdogan said, reaffirming he would sign any passed by parliament bill on resuming executions.Any move to restore capital punishment—which Turkey abolished in 2004 — would effectively end Ankara’s European Union membership ambitions.Erdogan also said the suspects being tried over the failed coup should wear uniform clothing like the notorious orange jumpsuits used at US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.“When they appear in court, let’s make them appear in uniform suits like in Guantanamo,” Erdogan said to cheers.Supporters chanted “we are soldiers of Tayyip (Erdogan)”, with some even brandishing nooses in a symbol of their support for the death penalty.In the later speech to thousands outside parliament in Ankara which was bombed by warplanes that night, Erdogan declaimed “our nation showed the whole world what a nation we are on July 15.”‘I would stay out again’Two hundred and forty nine people, not including the plotters, were killed when a disgruntled faction of the army sent tanks into the streets and war planes into the sky in a bid to overthrow Erdogan after one-and-a-half decades in power.But they were thwarted within hours as the authorities regrouped and people poured into the streets in support of Erdogan, who blamed followers of his ally-turned-nemesis, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.“Did my citizens have weapons? They had their flags like today but they had a more efficient weapon: their faith,” Erdogan said in Istanbul.Murat, an Erdogan supporter at the Ankara rally, said: “If that happened once more, I would stay out again. That night, it was like a war. We take ownership of this country and this people.”In the wake of the failed coup bid, authorities embarked on the biggest purge in Turkey’s history, arresting 50,000 people and sacking almost three times as many. Erdogan also shored up his position by winning a referendum on enhancing his powers earlier this year.In the latest dismissals, another 7,563 police, soldiers and other state employees were fired late Friday under the state of emergency that has been in place since July 20 last year.Erdogan said a decision would be made on Monday over whether to recommend extending the emergency by another three months.‘Immorality’Turkey’s opposition had put political disputes aside on the night of the putsch but the scale of the purge has intensified political divisions.The celebrations come less than a week after the head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu held the largest opposition rally in Turkey in years, pushing for “justice” in a move that irked Erdogan.“Over the last year, the judicial proceedings… moved outside the framework of the law,” Kilicdaroglu told the special session of parliament.He also called for full clarity over what happened on the night of July 15, with questions still remaining over when the authorities first found out an uprising was afoot.But Erdogan angrily slammed as an “immorality” opposition claims of a “controlled coup” which the authorities had known about in advance and then taken advantage of.Gulen has always denied involvement and in a new statement Friday said the accusations were “baseless, politically motivated slanders” and slammed a “witch hunt” of Erdogan’s critics.‘Epic of July 15’The scale of Saturday’s nationwide commemorations is aimed at etching July 15, 2016 into the minds of Turks as a key date in the history of the modern state.Giant posters designed by the presidency have sprung up across billboards in Istanbul and Ankara showing gaudy paintings that portray the key events of the coup night with the slogan “the epic of July 15”.Illuminated anti-coup slogans were hung between the minarets of some of Istanbul’s greatest Ottoman mosques.Meanwhile mobile phone users in Turkey were surprised to hear a voice message by Erdogan himself when placing a call, congratulating them on the defeat of the coup.last_img read more

UK opposition launches confidence drive against May

first_imgA video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament`s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain`s prime minister Theresa May (L) listening as opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (not pictured) announces that he will table a motion of no confidence in Theresa May, in the House of Commons in London on 17 December 2018, following her statement on her attendance at an EU Summit last week. Photo: AFPBritish opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on Monday tabled a non-binding no-confidence vote in prime minister Theresa May after she told MPs they will only get a delayed vote on her Brexit deal in the new year.May said a vote on the deal — which was postponed on December 11 to avoid defeat — would be held in the week beginning 14 January.”This house has no confidence in the prime minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote,” Labour leader Corbyn told lawmakers ahead of tabling the motion in parliament.Corbyn said the move was “the only way I can think of ensuring a vote takes place this week”.The government must agree to the non-binding vote and even if successful it would not automatically trigger May’s downfall.House of Commons authorities said the government will decide whether the motion is debated and voted on, but noted it is “parliamentary convention that any such request be granted”.May last week survived a party confidence vote initiated by her own Conservative colleagues opposed to her Brexit strategy, but emerged badly wounded after a third of her parliamentary party voted to oust her.A vote of no-confidence from a majority in the House of Commons could leave her authority further weakened — and potentially prompt another vote in her entire government and a general election.’Run down the clock’Britain is set to leave the European Union on March 29 next year, but the prime minister is struggling to persuade parliament to accept the divorce deal she struck last month with the bloc after 18 months of tortuous talks.If parliament fails to approve the text, Britain could crash out of the EU with no deal — a prospect that experts warn could lead to serious trade disruption and trigger a financial crisis.May insisted Monday that she was continuing to seek “assurances” from the EU over elements of her plan.However European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said “no further meetings with the United Kingdom are foreseen”.The delay has angered members of her own party and Labour opposition politicians, who accused her of trying to “run down the clock” ahead of Britain’s withdrawal to increase pressure on them to back the deal.”The prime minister has cynically run down the clock, trying to manoeuvre parliament into a choice between two unacceptable outcomes” — her deal or no deal, Corbyn said.”It’s… unacceptable that we should be waiting almost a month before we have a meaningful vote on the crucial issue facing the future of this country.”‘Another referendum’May is again facing more calls for a second referendum to resolve the impasse, with dozens of MPs from all sides now supporting another poll and reports that May’s officials are considering the possibility.But the prime minister has argued vehemently that this would betray the 2016 result and undermine public confidence in politics.”Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum,” she told parliament on Monday.”Another vote… would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics,” May said, adding that a second vote “would likely leave us no further forward”.The issue provoked an extraordinary public clash on Sunday between May and former prime minister Tony Blair, a leading supporter of continued EU membership and of holding another poll.May accused Blair of insulting voters and trying to undermine her government by meeting officials in Brussels.Blair, who was premier between 1997 and 2007, in turn accused the Conservative leader of being “irresponsible”.But campaigners for a referendum said May’s comments on Monday showed that the idea was being taken seriously.”A new public vote would be different from the referendum in 2016 because we now know more about what Brexit means,” said Margaret Beckett, an MP from the main opposition Labour Party and “People’s Vote” supporter.”Any effort to force Brexit over the line without checking that it has the continued consent of the British people will only reinforce divisions,” she said.Another proposal being put forward if May’s deal does not pass parliament is for MPs to hold indicative votes on different options to work out what steps to take next.But May downplayed that prospect, telling lawmakers: “I have no plans for indicative votes”.”What is necessary is for the House to reflect on what members want in terms of their responsibility to come to a decision on this matter.”last_img

Live from the MLB AllStar Game in Miami

first_imgLive from the MLB All-Star Game in Miami. Colin sits down with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Burkhardt, Joe Buck and John Smoltz from the midsummer classic in Miami. They discuss this season’s record home run pace, the future of baseball in Miami, and how to continue the recent uptick of youth participation in the sport.New York is America’s capital for poorly run sports organizations.The Knicks managed to make what is widely regarded as the NBA’s worst offseason signing by locking up mediocre guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. for $71 million only weeks after finally ending the disastrous Phil Jackson era. Former Cavs GM David Griffin just passed on the Knicks GM job after he was informed that he wouldn’t have final say in basketball decisions, and would not be allowed to hire his own staff.Colin thinks Griffin was smart to run away from the job, rather than ruin his respected NBA reputation by being sucked into the dysfunction of owner James Dolan. Even front office hall of famer Donnie Walsh, who built the 90’s Pacers’ teams out of nothing, walked away a failure.With the inept Knicks, a Jets team poised to tank for the NFL regular season, and a Mets team that’s been going nowhere for the better part of a decade, New York is America’s capital for poorly run sports organizations.“New York has more bad ownership in sports than any place in the entire country right now.” Guests: Rob Manfred – MLB Commissioner stops by to talk about the All-Star game; continuing the trend of growing baseball youth participation; and his long term strategy to continue to grow the game.Dion Waiters – Miami Heat Guard stops by the set to discuss his new contract; what he learned from playing with KD and LeBron; and if he was close to signing with the Lakers.Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Burkhardt –Fox MLB Pregame hosts stop by the show. Alex talks about growing up in Miami; what the Marlins can do to tap into the Miami market; and the guys discuss the MLB first half and what’s wrong with the Cubs.Joe Buck and John Smoltz – Fox MLB Announcing team stops by the set to talk baseball; if there are past players that compare to Aaron Judge;  why scripting a call is a bad idea; and first baseball memories. Lonzo Ball could do for passing what Steph Curry has done for the three-point shot.Lonzo Ball made his NBA Summer League debut over the weekend, and he played one great game and one awful one. Even though Ball played a bad game, Colin likes what he sees in terms of Ball’s style of play that highlights his passing and getting teammates involved.Much like Steph Curry has inspired young kids in gyms across the world to fall in love with the three, Ball has the potential to do the same for passing. If Ball breaks out in his rookie year as the orchestrator of a new Showtime style, it could influence kids to emulate his passing, and make the idea of score-first point guards in the NBA a thing of the past.“What Steph Curry is doing to the 3-point shot Lonzo Ball has the potential to do for passing.”last_img read more

Check Out This Futuristic and Dangerous Looking Police Hoverbike

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 1 min read Once again, it seems that Dubai’s law enforcement technology is giving us a glimpse into the future.In May, “Robocop,” the latest addition to Dubai’s police force, made its first appearance at the Fourth Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference. And last week, a hoverbike made for the Dubai Police made by Russian transportation Hoversurf was unveiled at the Gulf Information Technology Exposition.Related: The World’s First Robot Police Officer Just Debuted in DubaiThe battery-powered bike is able to travel up to 43 miles per hour and can run for 25 minutes on a charge. The name of the bike model is “Scorpion,” and it also has pretty big blades that look somewhat dangerous if handled incorrectly.The bikes, which can carry up to 660 pounds as cargo, will be used in the event of an emergency in places that are tough to reach for standard police vehicles, such as a busy highway.Related: Watch This Hoverbike Go for a Gloriously Scary RideCheck out the bike in action in the video below. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img October 16, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

2011 Cruise Industry Awards – Nominations Now Open

first_imgSource = International Cruise Council Media Award – For recognition of cruise journalism excellence.The Cruise Agency of the Year, Cruise Consultant of the Year and the Rising Star Awards are not open to submissions as these are decided by the ICCA and member cruise lines.Mr Jardine said he was delighted to announce that television host Shelley Craft would return to host the gala event after proving a big hit at this year’s awards. He said he was also pleased to welcome back Cruise Passenger Magazine as the Gold Sponsor of the event for the fifth consecutive year. “ICCA’s awards night is a highly anticipated event on the cruise industry calendar and tickets to the past few years’ events have sold out very quickly. As we enter one of the biggest cruise seasons Down Under, we know the 2011 awards will be as popular as ever,” Mr Jardine said. The black tie event will be held at the Sydney Hilton on Saturday February 11, 2012.For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets, priced at AUD$180 per person including GST, visit  The International Cruise Council Australasia is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1996, committed to training travel consultants and raising consumer awareness of cruising.Arrangements for Shelley Craft’s appearance at the ICCA awards night were made through Celebrity Speakers –  Nominations are now open for the International Cruise Council Australasia’s 2011 Cruise Industry Awards, which will see the return of popular television personality Shelley Craft as host.Council General Manager Brett Jardine said there were plenty of opportunities to recognise the contribution of travel agents across Australia and New Zealand with seven categories offering a total of 16 awards.Submissions can now be made for:Agency Promotion of the Year – For cruise promotions undertaken by an individual agency only (Australia and New Zealand) Neil Frazer Award – For outstanding contribution to the cruise industry by an individual Network Promotion of the Year – For cruise promotions undertaken by a Network or group of stores (more than one) last_img read more

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