‘Compensate us, don’t treat us as criminals’

first_imgOn a hazy Monday morning, Jitender, 42, is doing the rounds of his five-acre field at Sonipat’s Barona village off the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, bordering the national capital. He hopes his crop, the ‘Pusa 1121’ variety of basmati rice, would be ready for harvest in the next couple of days.Farmers in and around his village mostly grew basmati rice and harvested the crop manually, he said. “The grain of basmati is damaged during mechanised harvesting and fetches a lower price. We therefore harvest using labour, though it costs a little extra,” said Mr. Jitender. Farmers, he said, make up for it by selling parali (the upper part of paddy cut during harvest). He claimed that incidents of paddy stubble burning in and around his village have virtually stopped over the past two years because of the growing demand for parali as fodder. The parali usually fetches a farmer ₹2,000-₹3,000 per acre. “The stubble is mixed in the field while preparing the land for the next crop,” said Mr. Jitender.The region comprising Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat, and Jind districts, mostly growing basmati varieties, account for only 20-30% of stubble burning incidents; the majority of fires are reported from Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal and Yamuna Nagar districts — better known as the “rice bowl” of Haryana. The farmers in this region prefer high-yielding ‘PR’ variety because of easy availability of water and the harvesting is done through combine harvesters. The removal of stalk and straw left in the field is a labour-intensive process. Watch | Stubble burning: M.S. Swaminathan’s solution Stubble burning: M.S. Swaminathan’s solutionVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3701:37  center_img Combine harvestingMalkeet Singh of Landi village in Kurukshetra said small farmers could not afford to incur three-four times the usual cost to prepare the field for the next crop after combine harvesting and preferred to set the stalk and the straw on fire. “Instead of treating the farmers as criminals and registering a case for burning crop residue, the government should compensate us. The inputs cost of farming has increased several fold over the years, but the price for paddy has reduced to half. The farmer is well aware of the consequences, but it is cost-effective for him to burn [the stubble],” said Mr. Malkeet.Rajinder Singh, president, Haryana Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Karnal, who is working with farmers of around a dozen villages in his area to combat stubble burning, said the government must link cutting of paddy stalk and clearing of fields after combine harvesting with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to deal with the problem effectively.“It will be a win-win situation for all. The labourers would get work under the MGNREGS and the stubble burning would stop,” he said.Hans Raj of Firozpur Bangar village in Sonipat said the farmers were an easy target to blame for air pollution, but industries and vehicles were responsible for the prevailing situation in Delhi-NCR and the National Capital Region.“Farmers burning the crop residue is mostly in Punjab and Lahore in Pakistan. There are very few instances in Haryana,” he said, adding that parali was, in fact, in short supply in his village.Local parali trader Gopi said the paddy residue is in huge demand in dairies and cowsheds and is also used for packaging purposes. He said he bought the parali from around a dozen villages in Kharkhoda area of Sonipat and not a single instance of crop burning was reported there this year. “Why would the farmer burn when he can make good money out of it,” he asked.“With the farmers failing to fetch adequate price for their produce, ₹3,000 per acre for parali is a welcome money for them,” said Shamsher Singh, from the neighbouring Saidpur village.last_img read more

New Man Utd side ‘massive’ for women’s football – Stoney

first_imgIt has been a long wait, but Manchester United finally make their debut in women’s football on Sunday and head coach Casey Stoney believes that the club’s arrival is a “massive” boost for the sport.While the Women’s Super League has seen increased attention in recent years and the exploits of Great Britain’s Olympic side in 2012 drew record crowds, United had remained estranged from the sport until the decision earlier this year to apply for entry in the Women’s Championship.On Sunday they play their first competitive fixture when they travel to Tranmere’s Prenton Park to face Liverpool in the Continental Tyres League Cup. And Stoney, who brought together a brand-new squad of 21 players for the first time less than six weeks ago, insists that United’s participation is an incredible fillip for the women’s game on a global scale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It’s massive,” Stoney told Goal. “People have been waiting for it for quite a while and I understand now, having been in the club, why they didn’t do it earlier because they didn’t feel in a position to be able to do it properly.“This club doesn’t do anything unless it’s done properly, and in five-and-a-half weeks the level of support, the level of care, the level of detail that goes into supporting me and the players is something I’ve never ever experienced being in the women’s game.”The 36-year-old, who numbers Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool among her former clubs as a player and represented England in 130 internationals, says that United won’t be starting on the back foot despite their whirlwind formation over the summer.“Do you know what, if I was at a different club, probably. But because I’m here, and the support around me and the level of support I’ve got from everybody in the club, I feel like we’re prepared,” she added. “Yes, I was more than aware we’re bringing 21 players, complete strangers, and all my staff [together], but we’ve done an awful lot of work in pre-season away from the pitch.“Team activities have been extremely challenging, we’ve invested in the person as well so we’ve done a lot of sharing our journeys, sharing our stories and getting to know people because I’m a big believer that your experiences shape you as a person.”Manchester United WomenUnited enter the English league at the second tier, with their first FA Women’s Championship fixture coming on September 9 when they travel to Aston Villa. But Stoney is looking forward to her squad being tested by top-tier opposition in the League Cup first, with Sunday’s trip to Liverpool being quickly followed by their inaugural home fixture against Reading on August 25 at the Leigh Sports Village.“I’m really pleased, because we’re actually playing teams in the division above and my players want to challenge themselves, and we want to challenge ourselves as staff to be able to compete with those sorts of teams. So I think it’s great that we’ve got two fantastic games against some of the best players in the country to see where we’re at as a team after five-and-a-half weeks.”And as for facing Liverpool, of all clubs, in their first-ever fixture?“It couldn’t be more dramatic could it? In terms of the rivalry, the fact that seven of my players used to play there, I used to play there… The only more perfect thing would be if it was a home game for us.“We’re massively looking forward to it, we’re really excited. We know they’re in the tier above us so the pressure will be on them to win, but I know Man Utd fans won’t accept it if we don’t win.”Women’s Team Season Tickets are on sale at £39 (just £20 for U16s/65+). This price includes home cup games (except semi-finals / finals if applicable).Match tickets are also on sale to see Manchester United Women’s first home game against Reading FC Women. Tickets are priced at £5 (just £2.50 for U16s/65+). Visit www.manutd.com to purchase tickets. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Murali Vijay signs for English county side Essex

first_imgIndian opener Murali Vijay will play the remainder of English County Championship 2018 for Essex. Vijay will play three matches in the final phase of the division one.The 34-year-old Vijay was dropped from the Indian team after scores of 20 and 6 at Edgbaston in the first Test followed by a pair at the Lord’s in the second Test.With Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul also horribly out of form, the BCCI has arranged county games for the Tamil Nadu veteran so that he can remain in contention for the tour of Australia.Vijay has so far played 59 Tests and scored 3933 runs with an average of 39.33, including 12 hundreds and 15 half centuries.Welcome to Essex, @mvj888https://t.co/6CrQMQOPgY#VijaySigns pic.twitter.com/06ldE25P5bEssex Cricket (@EssexCricket) September 8, 2018Vijay will play three four-day games starting against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on September 10. His second appearance will be at the home ground in Chelmsford against Worcestershire from September 18 and his campaign will end with another away game against Surrey at the Oval from September 24.”I was here with the India side about a month ago and saw first-hand just how good the crowd is. I can’t wait to play for Essex and hopefully win some matches,” Vijay said on the club’s website.READ – KL Rahul’s diving catch helps him set new fielding record in EnglandEssex head coach Anthony McGrath is thrilled to add Vijay to the side.”We are delighted that Vijay has chosen to come here. He is a great batsman, who can score runs at the top of the order.advertisement”Vijay’s run-scoring ability means he can be the difference-maker in a game, and that skill is something we were looking to bring in towards the end of the season and something that we are excited about.”The campaign is coming to an end and we have some really big games over the next month, so getting someone in with the experience and international quality that Vijay possesses could make all the difference for us,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Electoral triumph will be same as winning gold: Krishna Poonia

first_imgBy Asim Kamal Rajgarh (Rajasthan), Nov 26 (PTI) Having experienced many top of the podium finishes as a champion discus thrower, Congress candidate from Sadulpur Krishna Poonia feels that winning the assembly election will be same as a gold medal triumph on the athletics field.Poonia, who became the first Indian woman track-and-field athlete to win an individual gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has put behind the disappointment of loss in the last assembly polls in Rajasthan and says sports has always taught her to be a fighter with a ‘never say die’ attitude.In the last assembly election, she finished third behind the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates on the Sadulpur seat. She is up against tough opponents once again — former BJP Member of Parliament Ram Singh Kaswan and the sitting BSP MLA Manoj Kumar Nyangali.However, the athlete, who hails from Haryana and is married to Virender Poonia belonging to this Rajasthan constituency, says she is confident that her ‘sasural’ (place of in-laws) will not disappoint her.In an interview to PTI, Poonia said she scripted history in sports and this time the people will back her and ensure the “number one spot” for her in the polls as well.Asked if being a sportsperson has helped her in her political career, she said, “There are a lot of negative thoughts in politics, but I always stay positive.””When I lost election last time, then I did not think that I am a celebrity and I should go back to Jaipur… In the last five years, I have put in a lot of hard work as I had done in sports,” he said.advertisementPoonia said she had been reaching out to each and every section of the society after her poll defeat which has made her stronger. Asked if her ‘never say die’ attitude comes from being a sportsperson, she said, “I can definitely say that. I’ll give you an example, you would have seen that when athletes lose, they wake up the next morning and try harder for winning the next time.Sports not only teaches fighting qualities but also is a way of life, said Poonia, who also has two Asian games bronze and a national record in discus throw to her credit.Poonia’s public meetings show that her connect with the people has certainly grown as women in large numbers cheer for her when she states that woman power will triumph.At a rally in Gagarwas on Sunday, several village elders were seen blessing Poonia and the youngsters were heard chanting slogans like “Krishna aandhi hai, doosri Indira Gandhi hai (Krishna is like a storm, a second Indira Gandhi)”.Talking to PTI after the rally, Poonia said she chose to take up politics as underdevelopment in the area irks her.Asked if winning on the athletics field was more satisfying for her or will an election triumph be more important, the 36-year-old said sports has given her an identity and therefore will always be close to her heart.”I have chosen politics to serve. The second part of my life is politics in which I want to move forward and serve. Sports was my past and politics is my ‘karambhoomi’,” she said. On whether winning here is at par with getting a gold medal in athletics, she says: Definitely, because I had chosen a ‘hard’ constituency. When Ashok Gehlot and others sat down (in 2013) they had said that this seat was weak. But I had chosen this assembly seat because I come from here and circumstances here are such that there is a need to work for youngsters.Poonia said that when in 2013 she decided to take the political plunge, Congress was the natural choice for her as her family has traditionally supported the party. “The main reason was that when you look at real issues of farmers, small traders, when I see these categories, it is the Congress that works for them. In the last five years, all those who raised questions over my decision (of joining the Congress) now say that I had taken the right decision, she said. She said sometime her simpleton and straightforward approach of a sportsperson gives her trouble in the political arena, but she still refrains from making any false and unrealistic promises.Asked who was her inspiration in politics, Poonia said she has learnt a lot from the life of “iron lady” Indira Gandhi and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.She praises both state Congress chief Sachin Pilot and senior party leader Ashok Gehlot, saying she credits both of them and the Congress team for the party’s turnaround in the state.advertisementOn what would she do to promote sports infrastructure, Poonia said she will strive for building an international-level athletics stadium in her constituency, among other things.Poonia has taken part in three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2012) and she is one of the few Indian track and field athletes to have qualified in the final round of any event in the Olympics where she finished sixth in 2012 London Games. PTI ASK SOM BJBJlast_img read more

Advanced Metrics Still Like Oklahoma State Football In 2016

first_imgThis is a guest post by friend of the blog Justin Packard. It’s a good reminder that not all was lost last weekend in Stillwater. Oklahoma State entered this season ranked eighth in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) preseason rankings, its highest preseason rank since ESPN expanded the FPI to the preseason.  Wondering if the FPI really just likes the Cowboys, or if we should be expecting another big season, I decided to look into how accurate the FPI preseason rankings have been over the past few seasons.A little bit of background on the FPI rankings. The FPI is a predictor measurement comparing the relative strength of a given team to an “average” team.  In this year’s preseason rankings, OSU has an FPI score of 19.3 meaning that the Cowboys would win by 19.3 points when playing an “average” team. The FPI is calculated using four metrics: previous performance (with the most recent season counting the most), returning starters, recruiting and coaching tenure.Let’s get to it.Oklahoma State started the 2014 season at 27th in the FPI rankings.  FPI predicted the Cowboys would go 7.1-4.9.  The Cowboys finished that year at 6-6 (FPI does not predict bowl games, so all records in this post include only regular season and conference championship games).  An interesting note from 2014: in the preseason, FPI had TCU and Texas Tech being equally good, both at a 12.6.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-56-26-pmThe 2014 preseason FPI expected OSU, TCU and TTU to all have similar seasons. (Photo courtesy: ESPN)This shows one of the major pitfalls of the preseason FPI. Because the major contributor in the calculation is previous performance, preseason rankings cannot take injuries into account or, in the case of TCU, Heisman finalist performances.  TCU ended 2014 ranked third in the FPI and first among Big 12 teams.Oklahoma State dropped to 48th by the end of the 2014 season, with an FPI of 6.5.  Although a drop of 21 spots seems extreme, the FPI overestimated the Big 12 in the preseason.  Six Big 12 teams dropped in the FPI rankings, five of which dropped by at least 15 spots.  Among Power 5 teams, the Big 12 had the highest average ranking change, losing an average of 5.8 spots.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-57-07-pmThis shows the average rank change for the Power 5 conferences from the preseason rankings to the end of the season. The Big 12 dropped nearly six spots on average in 2014, but gained more than seven in 2015, the biggest change of any Power 5 conference.Contrast that with the 2015 season, where Big 12 teams gained an average of 7.2 spots. With the Big 12 underperforming in 2014 according to FPI, it made it easier for the teams to get looked over in the FPI in 2015. Only two teams from the Big 12 fell in the rankings that season, OU and WVU. It all goes back to the first of the four metrics. The previous seasons performance affects FPI the most in the preseason rankings.Oklahoma State started 2015 ranked 24th and that is right where it ended up at seasons end.  FPI predicted the Cowboys to go 7.5-4.5.  It wasn’t until week 9 that FPI finally projected the Cowboys to get to 10 wins. OSU finished the regular season at 10-2.With that kind of performance, it means the Cowboys were bound to end up ranked higher to start this season compared with the last two. With a large number of returning starters, the Cowboys got boost and a consistent coaching staff helped gain a top ten FPI ranking to start the 2016 campaign.  So, can we expect the Cowboys to end the season ranked in the top ten at the end of the season? The FPI preseason projections get the W-L record to within 1.5 games around 60 percent of the time.  That would put the Cowboys anywhere from 7.8 to 10.8 wins.  screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-58-54-pmThe top 10 of the preseason FPI rankings. (Photo courtesy: ESPN)The game against Central Michigan gave us a good indicator of the Cowboys in the FPI because the Chippewas started the season close to average, scoring a 0.4. The loss dropped the Cowboys to an FPI of 16.0 and out of the top 10, coming in at 15th. The projected W-L moved to 7.9-4.1.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-59-31-pmFPI projects the Cowboys to get eight wins after the performance against Central Michigan and has OSU ranked as the number two team in the Big 12.But remember the FPI only takes what it knows. As long as the Cowboys don’t have any major injuries, FPI will continue to favor them. After all, OSU dropped only six spots after last weekend’s debacle, keeping them in the top 15 whereas the AP and Coaches Poll both have the Cowboys unranked.  The next three weeks will be crucial for the Cowboys.  Pittsburgh is currently ranked 33rd with an FPI of 10.3. For comparison, Central Michigan is ranked 46th after beating the Cowboys, with an FPI of 6.1. Baylor is ranked 26th and Texas is 21st.  Strong performances to end the non-conference part of the schedule and open up Big 12 play will go a long way in helping OSU get back into the FPI top ten.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Adams focused on making his own mark

first_imgTyler Adams Tyler Adams focused on making his own mark, and not on filling other players’ shoes Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tyler Adams MLS NY Red Bulls 10252017 Mike DiNovo MLS New York RB The U.S. national team midfielder is still just 19, but after his breakout 2017, is ready to be a figurehead for the revamped Red Bulls A year ago, Tyler Adams was seen as the young prospect with the unenviable task of trying to replace a fan favorite and MLS All-Star in former New York Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty. A year later, Adams has emerged as someone capable of much more. His evolution as a player is now much less about the guys who have come before him, and now is about one of Major League Soccer’s brightest prospects casting his own shadow.Adams enters 2018 with much different expectations having set the bar high for himself after a breakout 2017. And as much as Sacha Kljestan’s departure from the Red Bulls might lead some to think Adams will spend another season helping fill a void left by a star player’s departure, he doesn’t quite see things that way.AdChoices广告”You see people talking about ‘Are you going to fill his shoes’ and I think that for myself, there’s no shoes to fill in my mind,” Adams told Goal. “In my mind I’m going to be the player that I’m going to be, and I’m completely different than all those players. Obviously they’re both great players, but I want to be my own player and I’m going to try and fill any void or gap that we have now and do it off of my own game.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player No, the Red Bulls aren’t counting on Adams to replace Kljestan — Alejandro Romero Gamarra has been signed to do that — but Adams enters the new season expected to be one of the team’s leaders despite having just turned 19 earlier in February. That seems like a lofty set of responsibilities for someone his age, but last year saw him skyrocket from promising Red Bulls prospect to one of the most exciting young talents in the American soccer pipeline.Adams enjoyed a dream 2017, one which included his emergence as an MLS starter, his impressive showing at the Under-20 World Cup, and eventually his first U.S. national team appearance. Along the way he has quickly developed a reputation in MLS circles as a young player with the fearlessness and attitude to become a dominant player.”Over the last six months, (Adams) has been put in situations that could be overwhelming for a player his age and with his lack of experience. Yet, no matter what the situation is, you don’t ever get the sense that he’s overwhelmed by the challenge,” Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles told Goal. “If anything, he embraces it, and because he embraces it in that way, it brings confidence to the group. We’re not thinking we’re just putting a young player in there that could get caught up or swept up by what’s happening. We’re putting in someone that’s capable. It doesn’t matter how young or inexperienced he is. He’s capable.”That sort of characteristic lends to thinking that this person has greatness in his future. I’m one of those people and I think absolutely, that he’s not just great for the Red Bull organization, but U.S. Soccer in general.”GFX Quote PS Luis Robles on Tyler AdamsAdams’ poise has helped him make a smooth transition to the pro game, but so has a temperament that some coaches around MLS admiringly call “mean.” It is a fearlessness and on-field relentlessness that belies his baby face.”This would go back to when he was 15 when I first met him. You could tell he was different,” Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch told Goal. “It wasn’t just that he was athletic and was a good player. It was that he believed he was going to be a good player. That maturity and that self-belief that he has lends itself towards him continuing to grow in a big way.”When asked if he could think of a young player who Adams reminded him of in terms of mentality, Marsch brought up long-time U.S. national team standout and Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley, who Marsch saw develop from his earliest days. “Michael Bradley was always very locked in to his process,” Marsch said. “At a young age, he was very mature, but they have a different kind of intensity. Michael’s intensity is very, I think, inner-focused and over the years he’s had to teach himself to expand outside of himself. Tyler has a real ease to his inner focus, his ability to integrate within a group, his appreciation for people around him. He’s social. He’s a balanced young man. I think that will help him integrate and adapt to whatever situation he’s in.”That much was clear after the recent U.S. national team camp in January. Adams was one of the standouts of that camp, following up his November national team debut with a second straight start and solid showing as the team’s youngest player.”Getting called into January camp was obviously a huge opportunity for myself, and obviously you can never take those opportunities for granted,” Adams said. “I thought I had a strong camp, and was rewarded with a start against Bosnia. In the game against Bosnia obviously a lot of things we could have done better, and a lot of things you’d like to see improve, but I think as a whole it’s good to get a lot of young guys on the field. Going from that point on it will be fun to figure out individually how I fit in that team going forward, and then collectively trying to help that team any way I can.”Tyler Adams USMNT 01282018Adams adaptability was clear to see last year, when he was shifted into a right wing-back role by Marsch and thrived there, finishing the season as arguably the best right-sided fullback/wing back in MLS. Though central midfield remains his preferred position, the time spent on the right wing helped him round out his game.”i think playing that wing-back position you’re more an attacker than defender, which I wasn’t really known for,” Adams said. “I’m not really a 1-v-1 player so when I find myself out on the wing it’s kind of abnormal to the game that I usually do play, but I think that adding that 1-v-1 ability, especially in certain situations because of my pace and athleticism, I got to find myself in unique situations and definitely got better at those situations.”Though he did well as a right wing back, his future lies in a central midfield role, where his quickness, tenacity and improving passing can make him a force. While Marsch agrees with the idea that Adams is very much a midfielder, he does plan on continuing to take advantage of Adams’ versatility, and his growth as a player.”Our goal is to play him more in the middle of the midfield this year, but I still think there will be times when we do use him out wide,” Marsch told Goal. “We’ll just have to look at each week and realize where we’re at and figure out how to get the best out of our team in that particular week. Tyler is the type of person and player that grows each day and each week. I expect that, a year from now, we’ll be talking about a very different player than we are right now.”last_img read more

Vivo V15 Pro shown off in hands-on image, Amazon India confirms 48MP camera

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 17:26 IST Picture Courtesy: WeiboHIGHLIGHTSThe V15 Pro is set to launch in India on February 20The triple camera system on the back will reportedly see a 48MP primary sensorThe Vivo V15 Pro is rumoured to cost around Rs 30,000 in IndiaThe Vivo V15 Pro is coming with a bunch of new upgrades in design and hardware compared to the V11 Pro. We already know that the phone will the world’s first to bring a 32MP selfie camera that will pop out from the top much like the Vivo Nex. The V15 Pro now has a dedicated landing page on Amazon India that confirms a few more details including a triple camera system on the back with a primary 48MP sensor and an in-display fingerprint sensor. And if renders and promo videos weren’t enough, we now have a live image of the V15 Pro as well.A live hands-on image of the Vivo V15 Pro was spotted on Weibo this week, showing off the back of the device in a shiny gradient blue colour. The rear panel is likely going to be glass or glass-like and the blue colour pictured looks deeper and darker compared to the blue we have seen in renders and the promo video. We can also clearly see the AI triple camera setup in a strip on the top left side, and the pop-up selfie camera. The triple camera system on the back will see a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP secondary camera and a ToF (Time-of-Flight) camera for 3D depth mapping. It seems the primary camera will use pixel binning to offer a large 1.6-micron pixel and an effective output of 12MP. Apart from the camera module and the Vivo logo, the rear panel looks clean and glossy. As mentioned, the phone will not get a physical fingerprint sensor but an in-display sensor, which is Vivo go-to choice now.advertisementRecently, a full spec sheet was spotted online, revealing pretty much everything else about the Vivo V15 Pro. It seems the phone may sport a 6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and will be powered by a Snapdragon 675 chipset. Vivo may offer the device with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone is also said to house a 3,700mAh battery.The Vivo V15 Pro is rumoured to cost around Rs 30,000 in India, which would be a few notches higher than the V11 Pro, which was launched in the country at Rs 25,990. The V15 Pro is set to launch on February 20 where the company is expected to announce the pricing and availability details.ALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro India price to be under Rs 30,000, flaunts pop-up selfie camera in official teaserALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro revealed in full glory in official TV commercial ahead of Feb 20 India launchGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow vivoFollow Vivo V15 ProFollow Mobiles Vivo V15 Pro shown off in hands-on image, Amazon India confirms 48MP cameraThe V15 Pro now has a dedicated landing page on Amazon India that confirms a triple camera system with a 48MP primary camera. A new hands-on image shows off the device in blue.advertisementlast_img read more

DLR, AWI Test Satellite-Based Methods for Improving …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom The German Aerospace Center is working on a satellite-based system for substantially improving ship navigation in ice-affected waters. The Earth observation satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X provide the high-resolution images needed to make this possible.Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) – the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research based in Bremerhaven – are currently on their way to Antarctica on board the research vessel ‘Polarstern’ to test the practicality of this technique.The decline of arctic sea ice during the summer period will open new routes for the shipping sector, permitting the development of fossil fuel resources and also cutting the travel time for navigation by commercial vessels. But the risks presented by these new maritime routes are high; freezing temperatures, storms and icebergs pose a challenge for both crews and ships. In the event of an emergency situation, search and rescue missions would be significantly set back by the lack of marine infrastructure in these regions. In addition, there is insufficient real-time data that ships could use for navigating through polar oceans.New satellite-based systems will ensure greater security in real timeDLR is developing satellite-based systems geared towards enhancing safety along maritime routes. They are based on high-resolution images provided by the radar satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X. The satellites transmit the images directly to the DLR ground station in Neustrelitz, where they are processed in near real time. “We are developing a suitable processing chain,” says Egbert Schwarz from the Real-Time Data Center at the DLR site in Neustrelitz. An algorithm developed at the DLR research centre in Bremen automatically analyses the data for the presence of ships. “The integrated solution includes a fully-automated delivery system that sends the data products directly to the ship after processing. It also classifies icebergs and marks them as potential hazards,” Schwarz adds.Travelling the Weddell SeaDLR and AWI are currently testing the extent to which this method is applicable on board the research vessel ‘Polarstern’ in the Weddell Sea off the coast of Antarctica. The primary purpose of the ‘Polarstern’ expedition is to study the relationship between winter ice cover and changes in the population of Antarctic krill. “The satellite images not only help us find the best routes through the ice, they also identity suitable ice floes on which to conduct scientific experiments over several days,” says Thomas Krumpen, a sea ice physicist at AWI. In addition, he and his team on board ‘Polarstern’ use a helicopter-based device named ‘EM-Bird’ that AWI developed specifically to measure the ice thickness. Until now, satellite-based methods have proved unable to measure ice thickness with the required precision. In future, the DLR Research Centre for Maritime Safety in Bremen and the DLR Microwaves and Radar Institute in Oberpfaffenhofen will use a combination of the ice information acquired by the helicopter measuring device and the satellites to improve the system. The cooperation between DLR and AWI in this field will include additional research expeditions in the Arctic. AWI, October 11, 2013 My locationlast_img read more

Conservatives seek to shut the door on grumbling over leadership process

first_imgOTTAWA – Newly elected Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer sought Wednesday to put an end to grumbling about how he won the race, devoting a segment of his party’s weekly meeting on Parliament Hill to a lengthy briefing on the vote count.The race’s deputy returning officer walked MPs and senators through the process, spending time focusing on the central complaint in recent days — the difference between the number of people the party said cast ballots and the number in the party’s central membership database.That discrepancy — 7,466 names — has been at the heart of concerns that something was amiss with the process that culminated nearly two weeks ago with Scheer just narrowly edging out Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.Only 7,049 popular votes separated the two in the final ballot.Media reports cited anonymous complaints about whether the process — candidates had to capture a majority of points based on the share of the vote they received in each riding — was flawed. Scheer had 50.95 per cent of the points, Bernier 49.05.The party tried to clear up the issue, taking the rare step of allowing senior party staff to be named and quoted in news stories about the process. Their explanation: volunteers used paper lists to strike out the names of those who voted on May 27, rather than the central electronic list, and mistakes were made when the latter list was updated.The grumbling persisted, so Scheer brought those officials to caucus Wednesday to provide more details.“I think anyone who gets walked through the process comes to the same conclusion that the integrity of the votes have never been questioned,” Scheer said after the meeting.“I think caucus is ready to move on.”Erin O’Toole, who placed third, said while the results of the race weren’t as he had hoped, he has accepted the outcome.“Some of the grumbling voices are people that got over-confident and don’t like losing,” he said. “In politics, you have to be prepared to lose.”Shane Osmond, a Bernier supporter who lives in Toronto, called it patronizing to have concerns shrugged off as sour grapes.Given how close the result was, any concerns should be taken seriously, said Osmond, who led supporters on social media in a group called “Gays for Bernier.”“The (party) needs to have a thorough and transparent investigation into the voting process so that we can move beyond this, support our new leader, and focus on defeating Trudeau in 2019 as a united Conservative party,” he said.“It is also our hope that this will bring improvements to the next leadership voting process for the sake of voters and candidates, whenever that may be.”For his part, Bernier said he feels the same way now as he did on election night — in support of Scheer.“I support our new leader Andrew Scheer,” Bernier posted on Twitter late Tuesday. “Unconditionally.”last_img read more

Coroner First Nations urge BC to act on high number of youth

first_imgVICTORIA – Too many Indigenous young people are dying tragic deaths in British Columbia, and a coroners’ death review panel is calling for a series of steps to improve their health and wellness.Paul Sam, a First Nations Health Authority representative for the Coast Salish people, said at a news conference Wednesday when the panel’s report was released that it hurts to see so many young people die.“Our work is just beginning. We all feel the pain of those families. We are developing partnerships as we go, as a health council, as a health authority. We have to move on from here.”Sam said the youth are dying from drug overdoses, suicides and alcohol abuse.The report recommends Indigenous-focused initiatives that incorporate traditional healing practices, develop alcohol harm reduction strategies and offer increased access to housing for Indigenous youth.The joint B.C. Coroners Service and First Nations Health Authority death panel review found Indigenous youth in B.C. died unexpectedly at a rate almost two times higher than non-Indigenous youth over a six-year period ending in 2015.It makes a series of broad recommendations to B.C.’s health, education and children’s ministries and to Indigenous health agencies to adopt and implement programs over the next year to reduce barriers to services for Indigenous youth and build connections to family, community and culture.“In all cases, we have found that involvement in community cultural activities can save lives by restoring pride, self-worth, a sense of purpose and overall health and wellness,” the report says.The review covered the deaths of 95 Indigenous young people between the ages of 15 and 24 during the period between January 2010 and December 2015.“Although the reasons First Nations youth and young adults die are similar to their non-First Nations peers, there are continuing disparities in injury and mortality rates for First Nations young people,” the report says.It found the accidental death rate for Indigenous youth in B.C. during the review period was 1.9 times higher than non-Indigenous youth based on census data from causes identified as accidental, suicide, homicide or undetermined.Accidental deaths in motor vehicle crashes, drownings and overdoses accounted for 60 per cent of Indigenous youth deaths, while suicide was responsible for 32 per cent of the deaths.Almost 25 per cent of the Indigenous youth who died were parents of young children, the report says.Dr. Shannon McDonald, deputy chief medical health officer of the First Nations Health Authority, said during the release of the report at B.C.’s legislature that the review did not include recent statistics from the province’s opioid overdose crisis, which she acknowledged has hit Indigenous communities especially hard.McDonald said the review is a start towards building support systems for Indigenous youth after years of missed opportunities.“Every step forward towards prevention, towards connecting young people to their homes and families and communities, towards a more responsive health-care system is a step forward,” she said.Recommendations to the First Nations Health Authority include encouraging communities to apply for wellness grants to incorporate traditional healing, to review alcohol education and develop Indigenous harm reduction activities specifically for alcohol.For the children’s ministry, the report calls for increased access to housing for Indigenous youth and earlier and easier access to prevention-focused mental health services by March 2018.Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said the joint review helped her agency better understand cultural diversity and work towards preventing future deaths of young people.“It has really been the heroic work of the First Nations Health Authority in telling the story and in sharing experiences that people across the province have had and have suffered,” she said.The B.C. government said in a statement that it will take time to consider the steps it needs to take to address the recommendations in the report in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority.“Each of these deaths is a tragedy, and is a loss deeply felt by family, friends and their community. It is critically important that we work with First Nations, all Indigenous Peoples and partners to identify actions that will have the greatest impact, so First Nations youth can get the culturally safe support and services they need,” the email statement said.last_img read more

Students raise concerns about mental health resources at UofT after suicide

first_imgTORONTO — A recent suicide at Canada’s largest university has students sounding the alarm about what they perceive as a dearth of campus resources to address mental health concerns.A student death in the computer science building at the University of Toronto over the weekend prompted students to launch a protest and speak out online in a bid to draw attention to what they describe as a crisis.They complain of long waiting lists and limited options for campus mental health services, a situation the university acknowledges needs to be addressed.University President Meric Gertler says campuses across the country are seeing massive spikes in demands for mental health supports, taxing what few resources are available and prompting schools including his to try and bolster their offerings.Gertler says the university is always pursuing ways to improve mental health resources on campus and is still considering the best way to solicit and address feedback from students over recent student deaths.He confirms there have been two suicides on the university’s downtown campus this academic year, and student say the number rises to three when factoring in another death from last June.Shervin Shojaei, a third-year political science student who helped organize recent protests, said the deaths tragically illustrate a reality that community members have been contending with on campus for years.“The point of the protest was to make UofT take the mental health crisis seriously,” Shojaei said. “It is something that many students like myself, we feel that UofT has been negligent on.”Shojaei said he witnessed the school’s mental health system in action when he tried to seek help during his first year. Getting registered with the system took one to two months, he said, followed by another two months of waiting to land an appointment with a therapist.Once he succeeded, he said he was limited to weekly sessions that lasted an average of 45 minutes. The service he received was very helpful, he said, but the difficulty in lining up a therapist tainted his experience.Shojaei said the campus suicides suggests his situation was far from unique.The latest death took place at the university’s Bahen Centre for Information Technology.The school initially did not comment and shied away from calling it a suicide when it issued statements two days later. Gertler said that decision was made “in keeping with the preferences of the family.”Shojaei said the Bahen Centre was the scene of another suicide in June 2018, and Gertler said another student died earlier in the school year at a separate, unspecified location.The first suicide took place shortly after a new mental health policy came into effect at the school.That policy, which sought to prevent students from being hit with academic penalties while experiencing mental health crises, introduced a mandatory leave measure that drew concern from the Ontario Human Rights Commission.   Chief Commissioner Renu Mandane wrote the school a letter raising red flags about a clause that allowed the university to force students to take a leave of absence in the event of serious mental illness.“The policy appears to allow the university to immediately put the student on leave and withdraw essential services … at a time when the student is in crisis and most in need of support,” Mandane wrote. “This approach is not consistent with the policy’s intent of preventing harm.”The university reopened consultations on the policy in response to Mandane’s letter, but the mandatory leave provision remains in place.Gertler said UofT is “deeply, deeply troubled” by recent events and has been ramping up investments in mental health supports. He said this includes internal counselling staff as well as partnerships with outside organizations.  But he also noted the university is grappling with an issue that’s weighing heavily on post-secondary institutions across the country.“The number of students presenting at Canadian universities and colleges with serious mental health challenges has doubled in the last five years,” he said. “Our funding to manage these challenges has not … We are certainly struggling to keep up with what seems to be a growing demand.”At least one PhD student at the school attributes the spike in mental health concerns to an educational culture that she says puts disproportionate emphasis on grades.Meghan Wright, a teaching assistant in the faculty of dentistry, said she has noticed high anxiety levels among her students in recent years.“This is an institutional problem that starts all the way in the first year of undergraduate programs,” Wright said. “I would like to bring their attention to what I perceive as increasing student grade anxiety and draw what I see as an obvious link between this high stress environment and the recent unexpected deaths.”Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Man killed for bullying friends four arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: Frustrated over being bullied almost everybody, a school cab driver along with his accomplices killed a 22-year old man by first stabbing and then strangulating him at an abandoned farm house situated barely 800 metres from the Neb Sarai police station in south Delhi on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday.The accused were six in number and overpowered the victim and murdered him.To evade arrest, the accused had disposed the body by throwing it in a nearby ditch and covered it with some leaves. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe deceased has been identified as Surjit Kashyap, a resident of Jawahar Park in Neb Sarai who used to work as delivery boy in a food making company. Police have arrested four accused while two are still at large. “On April 17, at about 12.12 am, his brother filed a complaint at the Neb Sarai police station that his younger brother Surjit Kashyap is missing and has not returned home,” said Vijay Kumar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South district. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”In his complaint, the victim’s brother said his brother had gone out to meet his friends and suspected foul play behind his disappearance. A case under section 302, 201 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at Neb Sarai police station ,” said the DCP. During investigation, police identified a few people who were last seen with Kashyap. Police identified the accused as Sombir Singhal who worked as a school cab driver in Neb Sarai and Saket area, Vicky Jha, who worked as a helper in Max Saket, an unemployed youth named Satbir and Vicky Bhatt who was a data entry operator. “During interrogation, the accused confessed to their crime and revealed that Sombir and Vicky had an old enmity with Kashyap. He had beaten them a few years ago and since then they were holding a grudge against him. The accused said that Kashyap used to bully and threaten Sombir almost on a daily basis,” said the DCP. “The accused also disclosed that on April 15, Kashyap had again threatened Sombir. In the evening, he got information that Surjit was sitting with one of his friend. Sombir along with his friends went to the abandoned farm house, stabbed and strangulated him. They disposed the body by throwing it in a nearby ditch and covered it with some leaves,” said the DCP. “Four accused have been arrested. Two more of their accomplices identified as Golu and Ravinder Bisht are still absconding and police have launched manhunt to nab them,” the DCP said.last_img read more

UN probe finds significant human rights violations in Beit Hanoun attack

13 June 2007The head of a fact-finding mission dispatched by the United Nations Human Rights Council to Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, where an Israeli attack killed 19 Palestinian civilians last November, said today that “significant” human rights violations occurred there and called for an independent probe by national authorities. The head of a fact-finding mission dispatched by the United Nations Human Rights Council to Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, where an Israeli attack killed 19 Palestinian civilians last November, said today that “significant” human rights violations occurred there and called for an independent probe by national authorities. According to the mission’s report, “it is clear that significant human rights violations resulted in Beit Hanoun from the activities of the Israel Defence Force (IDF) on and around 8 November,” and that those events must be investigated by an independent, impartial and transparent process, preferably at the national level. Presenting the report to the Geneva-based Council today, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu said Israeli and Palestinian authorities should end the “culture of impunity and bring to account those responsible” – for the Beit Hanoun attack as well as those who have launched rockets against Israeli towns.The high-level mission was not able to travel to Beit Hanoun due to the non-cooperation of the Israeli Government and it said its conclusions and recommendations are based on available information. The people of Gaza must be afforded protection in compliance with international humanitarian law, the report stressed. It added that Israel should indicate, by no later than the Council’s sixth session in September, the steps it has taken to ensure that such an incident does not occur again.The mission also highlighted the rights of victims to ongoing medical treatment, including access to counselling services, and said special account should be taken of the position of women victims and survivors. In addition, it recommended that a mechanism be established which could provide independent monitoring and assessment of the human rights situation of civilians in conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories, and report publicly on it.The Council established the fact-finding mission in a resolution adopted during a special session on 15 November that described Israeli military attacks as “a collective punishment of the civilians.” The mission’s tasks included assessing the situation of victims, dealing with the needs of survivors, and developing recommendations on how to protect Palestinian civilians against further Israeli attacks.At a press conference, following his report to the Council, Mr. Tutu said “we have a passionate commitment to see a horrendous situation end,” referring to the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. “We believe that it is in the interest also of Israel that the situation is resolved.” Asked about the likelihood of the mission’s recommendations being implemented, given the “hundreds of resolutions that had already been passed to protect the Palestinian people”, he said “one hopes very fervently that decisions will be taken seriously and that people will seek to implement them. You have to work on the basis of a certain faith in other people… We hope quite deeply that this Council and its members want to see it as a credible institution that does make a difference. Otherwise we would be consumed by a cynicism.”For its part, Israel told the Council that it had already examined the events of 8 November 2006, and issued an apology for the tragedy. Special Rapporteur John Dugard – dispatched by the Council last July to undertake a fact-finding mission on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory – told the Council today that he too was unable to carry out the task assigned to him due to the Israeli Government’s lack of cooperation. The Council also discussed the follow-up to the report of its Commission of Inquiry – set up last August to probe the “systematic targeting and killings of civilians by Israel” during its war with Hizbollah in Lebanon last summer.In its report to the Council last December, the Commission said that Israel’s use of weapons such as cluster bombs was a flagrant violation of the right to life and property, excessive, not justified by military necessity and went beyond the arguments of proportionality. The report recommended that the Council promote initiatives and called for the mobilization of the international community to assist Lebanon’s reconstruction.Presenting the report of her office, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour highlighted activities set up to support the reconstruction process in Lebanon, as well as specific initiatives in the areas of health, water and sanitation, protection, mine clearance and the environment. read more

Prominent world figures in UN panel seek to bridge cultural divides to

18 February 2010The United Nations today inaugurated a panel of prominent political, intellectual and religious figures from all regions entrusted with furthering peace founded on justice, respect for human rights, gender equality and solidarity in the context of an increasingly globalized world. “This day marks the beginning of an intellectual journey throughout which we will reflect on ways to trace new perspectives for peace in the 21st century,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said at the launching ceremony in Paris of the High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures.The ceremony also marked the launching of the of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, and the panel will take into account the challenges posed by climate change, management of resources and ethical and economic issues in regard to strengthening peace.“The goal of the International Year is to help dissipate any confusion stemming from ignorance, prejudice and exclusion that create tension, insecurity, violence and conflict,” Ms Bokova said. “Exchange and dialogue between cultures are the best tools for building peace,” she added, stressing that the main strategic lines of action entail strengthening quality education, including the teachings of the world’s great civilizations and cultures. Panel members range from politicians such as former Icelandic president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, to religious personalities such as Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian Nobel Laureate for Literature and France’s Simone Veil, the former president of the European Parliament and honorary president of the Foundation for the memory of the Shoah (Holocaust).“In the context of globalization, which is also that of migrations, the parallel challenges of preserving cultural diversity and cultural identities and promoting intercultural dialogue take on a new importance and urgency, UNESCO said in a news release.“Education is the key to success, especially for girls. However, it is also the key to learning to live together. The concept of peace has greatly evolved since the creation of UNESCO [in 1945] and particularly in the last two decades, including greater involvement for women and youth.”Today’s launch culminated in a conference on intercultural dialogue focused on ‘The Power of Cultural Diversity and Dialogue’ and ‘Building peace – the role of shared values in a globalized world.’ read more

JVP slams the media

“A lot of headlines today said Rajapaks gave concessions on May Day.  Why didnt you’ll write saying Rajapaksa increased the price of electricity? It was written that it was done by the Public Utilities Commission. One newspaper had even had a cartoon today where the public are being given a knock on their heads. We urge the media not to put down the industry,” he said. Earlier the Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) had approved the new electricity tariff.Later the current and former Ministers of Power and Energy blamed each other for the tariff increase. (Colombo Gazette) President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced yesterday that electricity tariffs will not be increased for consumers who use less that 60 units per month.He also said that concessions will be given to consumers who use less that 180 units of electricity a month. However when the President announced concessions the media hailed him, Dissanayake said. The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today slammed the media for hailing the electricity tariff concessions announced by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the May Day rally yesterday.JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was directly behind the electricity price increase and yet the media had not blamed him for it. read more

On International Day UN highlights importance of collective action to protect ozone

“When scientists found that everyday products were destroying the fragile ozone layer, the world responded with the Montreal Protocol,” said Mr. Guterres in his message on the International Day.“It rallies Governments, companies, doctors, scientists and citizens to reverse the damage [and] saves millions of people from skin cancer and cataracts each year.” Also in his message, Mr. Guterres underscored the importance of Montreal Protocol to help combat poverty, address climate change, and protect the food chain. He also noted that new business opportunities have been created by the treaty, highlighting that it will save the global economy over $2 trillion by 2050. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which was agreed on this day in 1987. As part of the celebrations, the Ozone Secretariat (which supports parties to the Protocol in implementing actions to protect the ozone layer) in partnership with Marvel, the company behind some of the world’s most beloved superheroes, is conducting the #OzoneHeroes campaign, highlighting the accomplishments of the Protocol and to increase public recognition of its success and impact. In his own message marking the anniversary, Erik Solheim, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), applauded the global effort in support of the Protocol to protect the health and wellbeing of millions. “This collective power is effective only because of individual actions of Ozone Heroes everywhere,” he underscored, calling on all stakeholders to mark the anniversary to support the ratification of the Kigali Amendment to stop hydrofluorocarbons from harming the planet. “But to make that happen, we all need to be Ozone Heroes.” read more

Dublin court unfreezes €100 million worth of Russian tycoons assets after five

first_img Dec 7th 2016, 4:34 PM Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky sits in a courtroom behind bars in Moscow, Russia in 2004. Source: Sergey Ponomarev/PAFormer justice minister, Michael McDowell, representing the gardaí, said the investigation was continuing and involved recent police trips to Moscow to liaise with fraud investigators there.Granted asylumKhodorkovsky, who has been granted political asylum in Britain, said the ruling vindicated his position that President Vladimir Putin had orchestrated a campaign to vilify him after he founded a pressure group, Open Russia, committed to promoting democracy in Russia.In a statement this evening, Khodorkovsky said he “will use some of the funds to support the work of the Open Russia movement, which was founded in 2014″.He spent over 10 years in jail from 2003 to 2013 on politically motivated charges. In May 2011, he was declared a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International.In Moscow, the lead lawyer investigating unresolved allegations against former Yukos executives accused Ireland of offering encouragement to corporate thieves on the run from Russian justice.“Today’s decision to release the funds will encourage others to do what Khodorkovsky did: Conceal their stolen assets beneath multiple layers of shell companies and offshore trusts for many years,” a Kremlin spokesman said in a statement.With reporting by APRead: ‘I won’t give up hope of finding Trevor’: Father of man missing for 16 years on his fight to find his son >Read: ‘When I came in here I couldn’t walk. Now I’ve just been told I can go home’ > By Garreth MacNamee Image: AP/Press Association Images Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 4:34 PM Share139 Tweet Email1 Image: AP/Press Association Images 26 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3125889 People have been murdered and it has been politically motivated.  So we should be very careful about what we say about people and what we put into any application as an add-on to boost our side.  We are dealing with people’s lives.Ireland froze the funds in 2011, while Khodorkovsky was still imprisoned in Russia, at the start of a probe into whether the money had been illegally laundered from Russia via a Gibraltar-based investment company. Dublin court unfreezes €100 million worth of Russian tycoon’s assets after five year battle Judge Timothy Lucey also warned gardaí to be careful about what they put in their applications as people had been murdered for political reasons. A DUBLIN COURT today unfroze €100 million worth of assets belonging to the former richest man in Russia following a money laundering investigation.Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled Russian oligarch and founder of the Yukos oil company, had the monies frozen in 2011 as he was imprisoned in Russia for fraud, embezzlement and money laundering – charges which he said were politically motivated.Today, Judge Timothy Lucey ordered that he have access to the funds ruling that gardaí had provided no firm evidence of money laundering after five years of investigation.Judge Lucey said extending the order freezing Khodorkovsky’s Irish assets couldn’t be legally justified.Regarding what was contained in garda applications to the courts, Judge Lucey stated the gardaí should be careful, adding: 22,341 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Quel avenir pour les villes Posez toutes vos questions à un sénateur

first_imgQuel avenir pour les villes ? Posez toutes vos questions à un sénateurUne délégation sénatoriale a remis le 16 juin dernier un rapport sur les villes et les défis auxquels elles seront confrontées dans les décennies à venir. Lors d’un chat organisé le 28 juin prochain, le sénateur socialiste Jean-Pierre Sueur, rapporteur du document, proposera aux internautes de lui poser des questions, d’émettre leur idées et de donner leur avis sur les nombreuses pistes avancées par le rapport “Villes du futur, futur des villes : quel avenir pour les villes du monde ?”.Le 16 juin dernier, Jean-Pierre Sueur, sénateur socialiste du Loiret, a publié un rapport sur les villes du futur. Un document qui s’attarde sur les nombreux défis auxquels les nappes urbaines seront confrontées dans les prochaines décennies, et aux moyens de les relever. Croissance démographique, réchauffement climatique, raréfaction des énergies fossiles, fracture sociale : alors que plus de la moitié de la population mondiale est aujourd’hui citadine, le rapport sénatorial émet vingt-cinq pistes pour assurer aux villes un développement à la fois durable, social et économique. Transport, écologie, énergie, mixité sociale, lutte contre l’habitat précaire, mais aussi contre les émissions de gaz à effet de serre : le document dessine une ébauche de ce que devront être les villes du futur.À lire aussiPourquoi les chats ont-ils des pupilles verticales ?Ce rapport peut être consulté sur le site Internet du Sénat. Afin de débattre sur l’avenir des villes du futur, Jean-Pierre Sueur convie tous ceux qui s’intéressent aux défis de l’urbanisme à discuter avec lui lors d’un chat organisé le 28 juin prochain, à partir de 15h, à l’adresse suivante : http://www.facebook.com/senat.fr (lien non disponible). Le sénateur vous invite à lui poser toutes vos questions dès à présent (lien non disponible), mais aussi à émettre vos idées sur la façon dont les villes doivent se développer : il est déjà possible de poster des messages sur la page Facebook dédiée au rapport : https://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=103826223005171&topic=163 (lien non disponible)Le 20 juin 2011 à 15:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more