Parliament gives its approval to carve out Telangana

first_imgParliament on Thursday gave its approval to carve out Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh, with the Rajya Sabha passing the Telangana Bill by voice vote amid bedlam.Here are the latest updates:08:10 pm: Telangana Bill passed in Rajya Sabha amid uproar.07:40 pm: Clause-by-clause voting underway in Rajya Sabha.07:37 pm: Amendments moved to the clauses in the Telangana Bill amid uproar.07:35 pm: Voting begins in Rajya Sabha over Telangana Bill.PM Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha.07:32 pm: Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on the bill to create a separate Telangana state, the prime minister said that the bill already stipulates that the central government shall take appropriate fiscal measures, including offer of tax incentives to the successor states in order to promote industrialization and economic growth in both the states.07:31 pm: For purposes of central assistance, Special Category Status will be extended to the successor state of Andhra Pradesh comprising 13 districts, including the four districts of Rayalaseema and the three districts of north coastal Andhra for a period of five years. This will put the state’s finances on a firmer footing: PM Manmohan Singh. PM announces special package for Seemandhra07:30 pm: PM announces a six-point development package for Seemandhra.Celebrated quizmaster Derek O’Brien tearing the copies of Telangana Bill. He is from West Bengal but he has expressed his solidarity with Seemandhra MPs.07:27 pm: Rajya Sabha members tear the copies of Telangana Bill in front of PM Manmohan Singh.07:25 pm: Seemandhra MPs disrupt PM’s speech, tear Telangana Bill copies.07:16 pm: BJP has always supported the demand for Telangana: Arun Jaitley.  advertisement07:13 pm: The Telangana Bill has to be legally sustainable: Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha.07:05 pm: While we are trying to work on Telangana, MPs of the country are protesting in the well: Arun Jaitely.06:47 pm: Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien shouts ‘Congress, BJP bhai, bhai’ in Rajya Sabha.BJP leader Arun Jaitley06:40 pm: Congress responsible for turmoil and should be blamed, says CPI leader D. Raja.06:20 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to speak in the Rajya Sabha shortly on special package for Seemandhra.06:12 pm: Congress failed to deliver one state smoothly in 10 years. We delivered three states. It shows bankruptcy of Congress: Prakash Javadekar.06:04 pm: Congress has given an example of how a state should not be divided: BJP leader Prakash Javadekar.06:01 pm: DMK stages a walkout during Telangana Bill discussion in Rajya Sabha.CPM leader Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha.05:55 pm: People united by same language are being divided. Congress is responsible for this: Sitaram Yechury.05:52 pm: My party is completely opposed to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh: Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha.05:50 pm: CPM leader Sitaram Yechury attacks the Congress and BJP over Telangana in Rajya Sabha.05:43 pm: Mayawati demands division of other bigger states during debate on Telangana Bill in Rajya Sabha, says smaller states help in better administration.05:40 pm: Hyderabad as common capital not a solution to Telangana issue, says Mayawati.05:37 pm: Government shouldn’t play politics over the bifurcation, says Mayawati.05:35 pm: Both Seemandhra and Telangana should get special financial package: Mayawati.05:30 pm: Hyderabad is a source of livelihood for millions, it should have a union territory status: Chiranjeevi.05:28 pm: I am speaking against Telangana on behalf of people, says Chiranjeevi.05:26 pm: Chiranjeevi must resign if he is against his party’s line on Telangana Bill: Jaitley.05:25 pm: Is a minister allowed to oppose a bill moved by the government, asks Jaitley.05:23 pm: Arun Jaitley questions Chiranjeevi’s stand, asks him to resign as Union minister.Congress MP Chiranjeevi05:18 pm: BJP is trying to stall Telangana Bill, says Chiranjeevi.05:14 pm: The state can’t be divided like this causing people so much pain and negativity: Chiranjeevi.05:12 pm: Being a Congressman, speaking against my own party’s decision is painful: Chiranjeevi.05:08 pm: We also want separate railway zone for Seemandhra: Venkaiah.05:06 pm: Seemandhra has 60 per cent of Andhra Pradesh population and just 40 per cent of its revenue: Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha.05:03 pm: Proper atmosphere has to be created before Telangana is created, but government is not bothered: Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha.BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu05:01 pm: Centre should announce a Rs 10,000 crore package for Seemandhra, says BJP MP Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha.05:00 pm: Seemandhra should get special status: Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha.04:57 pm: Venkaiah Naidu demands various facilities, institutions for Seemandhra region in Rajya Sabha.04:54 pm: Venkaiah Naidu demands financial package for Seemandhra.04:51 pm: Uproar continues in Rajya Sabha over Telangana Bill.04:35 pm: Rajya Sabha again adjourned for 15 minutes after uproar over Telangana Bill.04:32 pm: Arun Jaitley questions constitutional validity of the Telangana Bill.advertisement04:30 pm: Venakaiah Naidu asks protesting MPs to stop mocking democracy.04:14 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for 15 minutes after uproar over Telangana Bill.04:12 pm: Rajya Sabha Deputy Speaker PJ Kurien threatens to suspend TDP member YS Chowdary, says he is killing the democracy.04:10 pm: Parties decide to discuss govt’s draft on Telangana Bill. 04:09 pm: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman appeals against disruptions.03:45 pm: BJP claims Telangana Bill not constitutionally correct.03:30 pm: Congress MP Pramod Tiwari and Trinamool MPs come to blows over tabling of the Telangana Bill in Rajya Sabha03:26 pm: House adjourned for 15 mins.03:24 pm: Marshals called in to control TMC members opposing the bill.02:57 pm:  Suspended LS MP Venugopal wants to sit in MP gallery in RS during Telangana bill. He is being prevented from doing so.02:17 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned again over tabling of Telangana Bill.12:24 pm: Telangana Bill to come up in Rajya Sabha at 2 pm.12:21 pm: Shinde, Kamal Nath and Jairam meet Advani and other senior BJP leaders over Telangana issue12:19 pm: Telangana impasse continues.12:09 pm: PM likely to make statement in Rajya Sabha over Telangana Bill.last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be given the option of deciding on Zimbabwe tour

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has been given the option to decide whether or not he will tour Zimbabwe for the upcoming, short tour from June 11-20. The selection committee, headed by Sandeep Patil, is set to leave it to the limited overs captain Dhoni to make a decision.JUNIOR TEAM TO ZIMBABWEIt has been learnt that the five selectors have spoken to most of the senior India regulars intimating them that they are keen to send a new look junior team to the African nation in order to test the bench strength.NO INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENT TILL MARCH 2017According to a reliable BCCI source, the selection committee is likely to only make an exception for Dhoni keeping in mind that he will not have any international assignment till March next year during which India will play 17 Test matches.”Yes, it is true that selectors have spoken to some of the senior Indian players intimating them that they would be looking at juniors during this tour. While Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan were set to be rested, there were some seniors, who had made themselves available for the tour. But selectors told them that only exception may be made for Dhoni, who no longer plays Test cricket,” a top BCCI source told PTI.AJINKYA RAHANE IN FRAY “The selection committee has left it completely on Dhoni to decide whether he wants to go or not. He is free to opt out as he has also played a lot of cricket but if he does not go, he will not have a single limited overs assignment till March next year. In case Dhoni is reluctant, then Ajinkya Rahane is the likely choice to lead the side,” the source added.advertisement”Also Zimbabwe is a nine-day trip with all matches being held at the same venue (Harare Sports Club ground). It will not be hectic in terms of traveling also,” the source further added.last_img read more

Virat Kohli hurt after ‘reckless batting’ condemns RCB to lowest ever IPL score

first_imgVirat Kohli slammed his batsmen and said he was hurt after Royal Challengers Bangalore were bundled out for the lowest ever IPL score in history, chasing 132 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. (More IPL News)RCB were jolted early in their chase when Kohli fell to a golden duck. He left the field fuming and pointed at a man who had moved behind the sight screen just when the bowler was about to deliver.However, Kohli did not use that as an excuse for a horror batting performance and said he was lost for words after the debacle.Our worst batting performance, it really hurts. After the kind of half that we had, we thought we could capitalise and chase it down. Reckless batting. I can’t say anything at the moment. It was that bad. This is just not acceptable,” Kohli said after the match.RCB have the most feared batting line-up in the IPL with the likes of Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kedar Jadhav. But none of the superstars rose to the occasion as KKR’s vaunted pace attack blew the visitors away in less than 10 overs.RCB are now at the bottom of the points table,  having lost five of their seven matches and they will need a miracle to bounce back and stay in contention for the qualifiers.Kohli, who had smashed 973 runs and hit four hundreds in the last season, urged his batsmen to forget what was a nightmarish night and hoped they would move on.advertisement”There is nothing to review anything about the second half, it was that bad. We need to forget it and move forward. We are a much better team. We got 200 plus in the last game. I am sure everyone realises what they have done wrong. You have to come out, show intent and back yourselves. I am sure we won’t bat like that again in the tournament,” Kohli said.RCB cannot afford to bat like that again if they are harbouring any hopes of making it through to the last four. But Gayle and de Villiers have only played one innings of note each while the others have struggled to assert any kind of domination.Kohli has already scored two half centuries but it was clear that he has to again score for them in every game. A golden duck from the skipper left the team tattered and bruised against the might of Kolkata’s pacers.last_img read more

15 days agoWenger: Hazard can’t replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Wenger: Hazard can’t replace Ronaldo at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe Eden Hazard can replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.The Belgian is beginning to demonstrate his qualities with Los Blancos after a tough period following his move from Chelsea.”He will be the answer but not in replacing Ronaldo that is for sure,” Wenger told beIN Sports about Hazard.”He will not score 50 goals a year because that’s now how they play football.”They need another goal scorer in Real Madrid because Benzema is now 32 and if they had someone younger around him to score the goals, maybe they could do very well.”Eden Hazard is an exceptional player to create chances to sometimes finish when he needs to do in big games.”He’s not scared of anybody – I don’t think Real have yet to see the real Hazard, he’s not as sharp physically as he can be.”That’s why I believe they will discover the real Hazard.” last_img read more

IMA calls for doctors strike on Thursday

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Medical Association has called for the withdrawal of services of modern medicine doctors of the country for 24 hours from 6 am on Thursday (August 8). The decision was taken at an emergency extended Action Committee meeting of the association convened at the headquarters on Monday. In a statement, the IMA said, “The core concern of the Medical Profession has been left unaddressed in the approved NMC Bill, 2019.”IMA National President Santanu Sen said that the NMC Bill 2019 is “unacceptable to the medical fraternity in the current format”. He said, “Licensing community health providers who are connected to modern medicine will only invite a healthcare catastrophe where vulnerable marginalised rural patients will be affected. The Community Health Providers envisaged on NMC Bill 2019 is a direct threat to thousands and thousands of poor vulnerable marginalized rural patients. The Health of the nation is at stake. We demand that the Government of India engage the modern medical fraternity on meaningful dialogue and address the issue urgently.” The IMA said that this would lead to the community practitioner to be available as cheap labour to corporate hospitals as duty doctors, and will work in ICUs, Critical Care Units, Casualties, Emergency Units, Operation Theatres, Wards and OPDs.last_img read more

From one booking before PMs visit to 78 now Rudra meditation cave

first_imgNew Delhi: From a dismal solitary booking to 78 bookings — the Rudra meditation cave in Kedarnath visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pre-booked for the first time, according to official figures. For the first time since it was open to the public in 2018, tourists have booked it in advance — 19 in September and 10 in October. It was in May this year that Modi spent a day meditating at the Rudra Caves, barely a kilometre from the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand, in the final days of the general elections. The cave is maintained by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a brand ambassador for tourism in India. His presence is incredible and wherever he goes, he attracts attention. He is our biggest brand ambassador. “The Rudra Caves which he visited earlier this year is attracting a deluge of tourists. This is great for tourism in the country. I am told that the Rudra Caves have received pre-bookings for the first time,” Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel told PTI in an interview.Immediately after Modi’s visit, the caves received four bookings in the month of May, followed by 28 bookings in June, 10 in July, 8 in August, 19 in September and 10 in October. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We are sure to get many more bookings for September and October till Diwali even when its is extremely cold. After that we will take bookings for May 2020,” a senior official of GMVN said.The caves can be booked for Rs 1500 for night stay and Rs 999 for stay between 6 am to 6 pm. The official said that since the cave is located at a remote location and is meant to encourage meditation, only one person is allowed in the meditation cave at a time. Even though the cave offers complete isolation, a phone has been installed in the cave which can be used by the visitor in case of an emergency.It has electricity and drinking water for guests, and also has attached toilet and heater. Guests will also get morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea, and dinner. The timing of these meals can be changed according to their preference. The cave also has a bell that can be used to call an attendant, as 24X7 staff has been deputed here for guests.last_img read more

Rabat Slams HRWs Underestimation of Moroccan Human Rights Efforts

Rabat  – Moroccan authorities criticized, Friday, the Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s “deliberate underestimation, in its latest report, of Morocco’s human rights achievements and related reform process.In a statement released by the Inter-Ministerial Delegation for Human Rights (DIDH), Moroccan authorities noted, after reading the NGO document presented at a conference in Rabat, the existence of a “paradox” between the body’s statement which says that HRW is satisfied with how its actions are taking place in Morocco in a climate of freedom, and its “underestimation” of Morocco’s human rights efforts.Moroccan authorities criticized the content of a HRW statement on human rights in Morocco with a title that “deliberately underestimates” the country’s accomplishments, voicing the Kingdom’s refusal of any evaluation or criticism based on allegations. According to Rabat, though Morocco is open to any observations and criticism on human rights or any other field, it refuses any evaluation or criticism based on allegations by a unique source, mainly cases/parties quoted by the HRW report, it added.Rabat has already expressed its opinion about the content of its report on human rights in the camps of Tindouf, particularly, but some conclusions and recommendations were not taken into account.Among these recommendations is the call on the said body to schedule a high-level meeting in New York to shed light on interaction methods with the NGO and ensure more transparency in all cooperation initiatives, but there was no response to this call.The Moroccan government affirmed that the major reform process taking place in Morocco is a process that is “durable, gradual, participatory and open to all concerned stakeholders including national and international NGOs.”“This process did not witness any deterioration, and its dynamic was stepped up after enforcing the 2011 constitution,” it concluded.MWN with MAP read more

UN expert decries global shame of rising numbers of hungry people

Jean Ziegler, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, says 842 million people were permanently or gravely undernourished last year, an increase of 2 million on the previous figures. Hunger levels have now risen every year since the World Food Summit in 1996 called for global action to stem the trend.In a report to the General Assembly, Mr. Ziegler says it is indefensible that so many small children are still dying because they do not have enough food to eat.”How can we continue to live with this shame?” he asks, declaring that the time has come “to enforce the right to food.”Mr. Ziegler says hunger is neither inevitable nor acceptable. “We live in a world that is richer than ever before and that is entirely capable of eradicating hunger,” he writes. “There is no secret as to how to eradicate hunger. There is no need for new technologies. There is simply the need for political commitment to challenge existing policies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”The expert expresses doubt that the world can meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) that calls for the halving of the number of hungry people by 2015. While some countries have made gains in the last decade, many others have regressed, including India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan.The Rapporteur states he is particularly concerned by the situation in Sudan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the occupied Palestinian territories and Cuba.Mr. Ziegler calls for urgent action by Khartoum and Pyongyang to protect the citizens of their countries, and says the Israeli Government must respect its obligations as the occupying Power so that Palestinians enjoy the right to food. He also urges the United States “to refrain from unilateral measures that affect the right to food” of Cubans. read more

Stocks recover equilibrium after string of losses on Fed stimulus concerns

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2013 8:27 am MDT Stocks recover equilibrium after string of losses on Fed stimulus concerns TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Friday after worries about the future of U.S. economic stimulus drove the TSX lower over the previous two sessions.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 61.65 points to 12,701.63 with all sectors positive, except for tech stocks, while the TSX Venture Exchange advanced 10.71 points to 1,144.68.The Canadian dollar was down 0.2 of a cent at 97.96 cents US. It had earlier hit an eight-month low of 97.51 cents US amid data showing lower than expected retail sales and tame inflation figures.Retail sales fell 2.1 per cent in December, led by a decrease in vehicle sales. That was much more than the 0.3 per cent decline that economists had expected. The drop followed five consecutive monthly gains in retail sales.Excluding sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers, retail sales decreased by 0.9 per cent.Meanwhile, Canada’s already low inflation subsided further in January. Statistics Canada says the consumer price index rose 0.5 per cent in January compared with a year earlier, a smaller increase than the 0.8 per cent gain in December and the smallest increase since October 2009.A strong earnings report from tech giant Hewlett Packard helped push New York indexes well into positive territory after two days of declines, sparked by the release of minutes from the Fed’s latest policy meeting. They showed that some policy-makers were worried that the bank’s US$85 billion in monthly bond purchases could eventually unsettle financial markets or cause the central bank to take losses.The Fed’s bond purchases, commonly known as quantitative easing, are designed to boost the U.S. economy by increasing liquidity in financial markets.“It’s definitely been a positive in reflating asset prices including the stock market,” said Patrick Blais, managing director and portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“But the Fed is cognizant that it needs a sustainable economic backdrop to retrench completely so we expect that the risk (of winding up QE) has arisen but it’s not a given, it’s not confirmed and will depend on the progression of economic fundamentals.”The Dow Jones industrials gained 119.95 points to 14,000.57, the Nasdaq was ahead 30.33 points to 3,161.82 and the S&P 500 index advanced 13.18 points to 1,515.6.Personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday reported earnings of $1.2 billion, or 63 cents per share, down 16 per cent from a year ago. Ex-items, HP would have earned 82 cents per share, well above the average estimate of 71 cents per share among analysts surveyed by FactSet. Revenue fell six per cent to $28.4 billion, about $470 million above analysts’ projections.In a show of confidence, HP had provided an earnings forecast for the February-April quarter that was higher than analysts’ projections and its stock ran ahead 12.28 per cent to US$19.20.Investor sentiment also got some lift from data showing that a key survey of German business optimism rose sharply in February. The Ifo index rose to 107.4 from 104.3 in January. It was the fourth monthly increase in a row, well above the 104.9 points expected by financial market analysts and supported the feeling that Europe’s biggest economy can avoid slipping into recession.Friday’s figure followed an in increase in the ZEW index based on surveys of investment analysts released Tuesday.Commodity prices were mixed following a string of steep losses.Commodities have been punished by a U.S. dollar which strengthened after the release of the Fed minutes on Wednesday. Also, oil prices had been undercut by data showing U.S. oil inventories rose last week by a much more than expected 4.14 million barrels.The April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ticked 29 cents higher to US$92.71 a barrel after tumbling about US$4 over the previous two sessions. The energy sector gained 1.2 per cent and Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) improved by 41 cents to C$32.78 and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gained 38 cents to $30.37.The base metals sector was up 1.16 per cent while March copper was down two cents at US$3.53 a pound after losing almost 10 cents over the previous two sessions. Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) climbed 26 cents to C$4.86 while Sherritt International (TSX:S) gained 17 cents to $5.59.Lift was also provided by the financial sector, up 0.49 per cent as traders look ahead to earnings from most of the big Canadian banks next week. Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) climbed 40 cents to $63.11 while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) was up 42 cents to $60.34.Telecoms also advanced with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) ahead 68 cents to $48.85.The gold sector was up about 0.2 per cent late in the morning as the April bullion contract declined for a third day, down $5.80 to US$1,572.80 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) fell 36 cents to C$7.49 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 31 cents to C$33.22.The latest declines in bullion prices were sparked by the Fed minutes because the central bank’s quantitative easing has supported gold. That is because the bond buying program has encouraged worries about rising inflation and gold is seen as a hedge against rising prices.The information technology sector was off 0.38 per cent with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 65 cents to $13.48 after the stock was downgraded Friday to a sell rating from a neutral one by MKM Partners. It cited a lower likelihood of success for the new BlackBerry 10 operating system and lowered their price target from $12 to US$10 over the next 12 months.In other corporate news, after the markets closed Thursday, fertilizer giant Agrium Inc., (TSX:AGU) reported quarterly net earnings of $354 million, or $2.34 per share, beating expectations of $2.02 a share. Sales were $3.26 billion, in line with expectations and its shares fell $5.61 or 5.16 per cent to C$103.14. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN chief welcomes Talibans temporary truce announcement encourages all parties to embrace

This follows the recent announcement by the Afghan Government that it would begin a seven-day ceasefire on 12 June, the 27th day of Ramadan, and run to Eid-ul-Fitr.“The Secretary-General strongly believes that there is no military solution to this conflict and that only a political settlement can bring an end to the suffering in Afghanistan,” his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said in a statement issued Saturday.On behalf of Mr. Guterres, he reiterated the UN’s commitment to “supporting the people and Government of Afghanistan in this important endeavor.”Security Council Press StatementThe Members of the UN Security Council issued a Press Statement on Monday, June 11, welcoming the Afghan Government’s announcement too, urging the Taliban to “reciprocate the Government’s temporary ceasefire in full.””The members of the Security Council reiterated their call upon the Taliban to accept the offer made by the Afghan Government in February this year to engage in direct peace talks without any preconditions and without the threat of violence,” said the statement, adding that talks should head towards “an ultimate political settlement that leads to sustainable peace for the people of Afghanistan.” read more

Saints Coach Sean Payton to Become Free Agent

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who is currently serving a yearlong suspension, is set to become a free agent at the end of this season after his multi-year contract extension in September 2011 was voided by the NFL within the past year according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.The extension would have kept Payton in New Orleans through the 2015 season, but a clause in the contact is the specific reason why the NFL decided to void it. The clause states that Payton could walk away from the deal if general manager Mickey Loomis was fired, suspended, or left the organization under any circumstances that were deemed to be unsatisfactory by the league.The NFL felt that the clause would have set a horrible pattern for future coaching contracts and denied the deal months before Loomis was set to serve his eight game suspension for his role in the bounty scandal.Ironically, Saints owner Tom Benson announced the extension last year which did not receive approval from the league.“I am very pleased to announce this contract extension today for Sean that will run through the 2015 season,” Benson said. “Our goal is to continue to build a tradition of winning here in New Orleans and Sean represents that tradition.”In March, Payton visited the NFL offices to appeal his suspension in connection with the bounty scandal, he then asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the status of his contract extension and was informed that the contract was unacceptable, according to Schefter.Both sides attempted to resolve the matter, but were unable to in numerous attempts that date back to the beginning of this year.The NFL released a statement Sunday morning, saying it had “made no determination” on the status of Payton’s contract for next year.“All contracts between clubs and their employees must be approved by the commissioner, and we do not comment on specific terms of individual contracts,” the statement said. “Any comment regarding the matter should come from Coach Payton and the Saints.”There are some in the league office that believe Payton’s contract will be put on hold, meaning he would be the head coach in New Orleans for the 2013 season. But others believe that he will become a free agent.The struggling Dallas Cowboys are one of the teams that have risen to surface in being interested in Payton if he is a free agent. Payton served as assistant head coach from 2003 to 2005 for the Cowboys and purchased a house in the city early last year.Current Cowboys coach Jason Garret is in his second year after finishing 8-8 last year. He has been scrutinized the past couple of weeks with bad play-calling and clock management issues, which has them at 3-4 for the season.Earlier in the season Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed that the window of opportunity was closing on his team. The Cowboys have not made a playoff appearance since 2009, and if they do not make playoffs this season he may possibly replace Garrett with Payton. read more

AuStar Gold about to start operations at Morning Star and Rose of

first_imgASX-listed AuStar Gold has confirmed it will re-start mining activity at the historic Morning Star and Rose of Denmark mines in Victoria, Australia, this month.The company, in December, said it was looking to reach the mining milestone at both projects this quarter. AuStar said it had now gained a “requisite level of confidence in its minerals inventory estimation and mine planning to start production”.AuStar Gold CEO Tom de Vries said the decision to commence production reflected the progress that had been achieved with recent exploration Vries said: “We have repeatedly witnessed diamond drill core with visible gold and accompanying outstanding high-grade assay results, which gives us confidence that mining can be undertaken successfully.“Our process plant is proven, the infrastructure is all well tested, and our exploration work gives us confidence that we have high-grade material available for mining. We have conducted extensive work internally to assess potential production rates and costs and the board and management are confident the decision to commence production will generate positive results for shareholders. While initial throughput rates will be modest, further exploration success will enable increased production over time,” he said.AuStar Gold’s mine development plan will initially focus on exposing the reef at McNally’s and thereafter develop along the structure then targeting the stoping on the highest-grade drill holes.Following an initial pre-development stage, a similar approach will be taken to the selective mining of Stone’s Reef, targeting zones where high-grade gold drill holes proliferated.Development is expected to begin in the first week of February with logistics and procurement activity already underway. Processing at the Morning Star gravity processing plant is expected to start before the end of February.The company said it has identified an initial gold mineral inventory to sustain production over the next six months, with the objective of continuing to replace and add to the current mineral inventory via ongoing exploration. The plant will initially operate at around 85,000 t/d throughput on a week on/week off basis, which is expected to increase in the next six months.AuStar Gold said Morning Star is a proven past producer, with 830,000 oz at 26.5 g/t Au. It also comes with significant shaft access infrastructure in place and multiple high-grade zones identified and untested high grade intercepts.The Rose of Denmark mine, meanwhile, has a long predictable dyke zone, vastly unexplored, with a fully refurbished circa-3 m wide adit suitable for mechanised mining and ore capable of processing through the fully recommissioned processing plant, AuStar said.last_img read more

Garda whose driving caused death of pedestrian 75 has ninemonth sentence deferred

first_img Short URL Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 5:12 PM Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images By Declan Brennan and Aoife Nic Ardghail 84 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share55 Tweet Email Mar 12th 2019, 1:53 PM 32,465 Views Garda whose driving caused death of pedestrian (75) has nine-month sentence deferred Garda Farrell had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving. Updated Mar 12th 2019, 5:12 PM A GARDA WHOSE careless driving caused the death of a 75-year-old pedestrian has had a nine month prison sentence deferred on condition he pay €5,000 to a charity.Warren Farrell (33), a garda serving in Ballyfermot, Co Dublin, was driving a marked patrol car in response to an incident at a Topaz garage when his vehicle struck Elizabeth Core.Farrell had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of Mrs Core at Fonthill Road South, Dublin, on 28 August 2014.After a trial last December a jury convicted Farrell by majority verdict on an alternative charge of careless driving causing death. Judge Cormac Quinn had advised the jurors they could convict on this alternative charge.This morning Judge Quinn said the degree of Farrell’s culpability was in the lower range. He said the aggravating factor was his speed.The trial heard that after seeing Mrs Core crossing from the far side of the road Farrell failed to slow the car. He later told investigators that he believed Mrs Core would see or hear the patrol car and stop crossing and return to her side of the road.He said he was surprised that she continued to cross the road and immediately applied brakes and entered the bus lane to avoid hitting her.Farrell said he attempted to mount the car onto the footpath on his left but was unable to do so and the left tyre burst. The front right of the car hit Mrs Core and she was pushed onto the front windscreen.Forensic investigators put the car’s speed at the point of impact, following heavy braking, at between 50 to 56 km/h. The speed limit on the road was 50 km/h.Judge Quinn said there is a tension between the duty imposed on gardaí to respond to calls as quickly as possible and the duty not to endanger the public.He said there was evidence Farrell experienced a “violation of expectancy” where he had expected Mrs Core to stop crossing.When he saw she continued to cross he reassessed the situation and applied the brakes. Judge Quinn noted that as a result of this up to 2.5 seconds in stopping time were lost.At a hearing last month (FEB) Thomas Core, Mrs Core’s son, described his mother as “a singer and a dancer” and “the life and soul of family gatherings”.Reading from his victim impact statement, he said his mother had been fit and healthy for her age and had many more years of her life left. He said his father’s health deteriorated after his mother’s death and he passed away “almost two years to the day she died”.Judge Quinn extended the court’s sympathy to the Core family. He said that while the consequences of the “bad driving” must be taken into consideration they were not the determinative factor.He ordered that Farrell pay a fine of €2,000 as well as pay €5,000 over to the Irish Road Victims Association in the next four months. He set a proposed prison sentence of nine months which he deferred under section 100 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 where a court can defer sentence under conditions.last_img read more

OECD recession to continue

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece will not avoid a seventh year of recession in 2014, according to a report issued this week by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), but will have to wait until 2015 for its economy to begin its rebound. The organisation does not rule out the possibility of a new debt write-down. In its global economy report, the OECD forecasts Greece’s gross domestic product will contract by 0.4 per cent next year (down from a previous estimate for a 1.2 per cent contraction), after a 3.5 per cent GDP decline this year – the government and its creditors forecast a 4 per cent contraction for 2013. The OECD has based its estimate for a GDP contraction in 2014 on the assumption that fiscal adjustment will continue with new austerity measures, while banks’ financial reports will not allow them to inject sufficient liquidity into the economy. The report states that Greece will return to growth during the course of next year as it forecasts that the competitiveness of the economy and external trade will improve, opening new prospects for the country. However, the organisation’s economists believe “the necessary fiscal adjustment and the weak bank financial reports will contain domestic demand”, adding that the high unemployment and deflation will persist: The jobless rate is seen dropping from 27.2 per cent this year to 27.1 in 2014 and to 26.6 per cent in 2015. The report stresses that fiscal adjustment must continue as planned due to the high debt, which could be trimmed further. “The need for a further lightening of the debt in order to achieve fiscal stability should not be ruled out”, the report states. It expects the debt to rise from 176.6 per cent of GDP this year to 181.3 per cent next year and to 183 per cent in 2015. The budget deficit is seen dropping from 4.1 per cent this year to 3.6 per cent in 2014 and to 2.8 per cent in 2015. The organisation also notes that the financial reports of Greek banks will have to be restructured so as to allow for the development of credit lines. At the same time a more just and efficient tax system will be necessary for the fair spreading of the load across Greek society, the OECD concludes. Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

Navigateurs internet lécran multichoix de Microsoft bientôt disponible

first_imgNavigateurs internet : l’écran multi-choix de Microsoft bientôt disponibleÉtats-Unis – Microsoft a annoncé que son écran multi-choix sera disponible en test dans le courant de la semaine. Cette nouvelle option permettra aux utilisateurs de choisir leur navigateur sous Windows.L’écran multi-choix de Microsoft doit sortir au début du mois de mars. L’outil sera cependant disponible en test dès cette semaine. En effet, les utilisateurs de Belgique, de France et d’Angleterre pourront télécharger cette version depuis le site Windows update. Baptisé “ballot screen”, cet écran permettra aux utilisateurs de choisir leur navigateur internet sous Windows XP et Vista. Si l’ordinateur est configuré avec Internet Explorer par défaut, un écran affiche les autres navigateurs principaux (Firefox, Safari, Chrome et Opera) puis un second en propose d’autres, moins populaires (AOL, Maxthon, K-Meleon, Flock, Avant, Sleipnir et Slim). Les internautes préférant garder Internet Explorer se verront proposer de télécharger la version 8 du logiciel. La liste des navigateurs sera actualisée tous les six mois.Le 22 février 2010 à 13:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Education money Battle for billions begins in Legislature

first_imgOLYMPIA — The battle over finding billions of additional dollars to pay for K-12 education in Washington pits Democrats who say new taxes are needed against Republicans saying schools must take priority over other government programs before asking for more revenue.The challenges facing lawmakers were on stark display Thursday, with Democrats sharply criticizing the GOP at a legislative forum for not coming up with a detailed education funding plan and Republicans countering they need more information to bring their caucus members to come up with a viable proposal.Lawmakers, who convene their 2017 session Monday, this year must find billions in new funding for education in order comply with a state Supreme Court ruling. The Legislature has already put more than $2 billion toward the issue since the 2012 ruling, but the biggest piece remaining is figuring out how much the state must provide for teacher salaries.Speaking at the annual Associated Press Legislative Preview, Sen. Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said although the Supreme Court forced lawmakers’ hands the debate over education funding has lasted decades.“We’ve been going at this about 30 years, if it was really simple, we probably would’ve gotten this completed sometime back,” he said.last_img read more

MS Dhoni was given out rightly here is why

first_imgThis angle clearly shows the bails being broken before Dhoni makes his creaseiplt20.comThe Indian Premier League (IPL) Final turned out as just the type of classic it was expected to be. Mumbai Indians led by Rohit Sharma found a way to defend just nine runs in the last over of the innings and secured their fourth title.But the biggest talking point that emerged from the match was not the individual brilliance of any one player but the decision of the third umpire to give Mahendra Singh Dhoni run out at a crucial stage of the game.There is an intense debate on social media about whether Dhoni’s bat was behind the line when the bails were dislodged or not. The problem with making the decision was the fact that one angle showed the former India captain clearly not having his bat behind the line when the bails get dislodged while the other was blocked by a fielder. After deliberating for a long time, the TV umpire eventually decided that Dhoni was out. This wicket, arguably, turned the match in MI’s favour. Many CSK fans have argued that the bails need to be completely dislodged before the batsman makes the crease for him to be run out, and since the bails were only partially removed from the stumps at the when MSD was short of his ground, the umpire should have adjudged him not out. Mumbai Indians with the trophyTwitter/Mumbai IndiansWas the decision right?So, was Dhoni really out? Or, was he wrongly adjudged dismissed? Let’s look at the rules first. The MCC Law on run out (38.1) says, “Either batsman is out Run out, except as in 38.2, if, at any time while the ball is in play, he/she is out of his/her ground and his/her wicket is fairly put down by the action of a fielder even though No ball has been called, except in the circumstances of, and whether or not a run is being attempted.”So, the key words there are “wicket is fairly put down.” However, this seemed too vague, so the ICC which can frame the rules of the game, decided to make things clearer. The rules state that the bails have to be ‘broken’ before the batsman grounds his bat behind the crease to achieve a run out.So, bails being broken is important. Some people have a misconception that the bails need to be completely removed from the stumps. But if one has been watching cricket over the years, he would realise that umpires mainly look at when the bails are disturbed and not necessarily when they are completely detached.One of the angles of Dhoni’s run out clearly shows that his bat was short of the crease when the bails were lifted. This, by the standards of cricket, is sufficient for them to be considered broken. So, it is clear, Dhoni was out and CSK fans cannot crib about it. Let’s give credit to both teams for putting up a great show and hope that similar excitement awaits us in the World Cup as well.last_img read more

Commentary Extremist Laws Make it Harder to End Pregnancies

first_imgBy Jesse Jackson Sr., Guest Columnist of the Wave NewspaperAlabama — led by utterly clueless male legislators — just passed the most restrictive ban on abortion in the country, with Georgia and Missouri piling on close behind.Other states dominated by right-wing Republican politicians are jockeying to join in. Their aim is to get the courts, newly packed with right-wing judges appointed by President Donald Trump, to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark precedent that established a woman’s right to choose in the early months of pregnancy.The new laws generally deem abortion murder after six or eight weeks, no exceptions. This is often before women are even aware that they are pregnant.Rev. Jesse Jackson (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)Some of the laws would imprison doctors; others lock up mothers. That is what the anti-abortion movement has demanded. It has been spurred on by cynical politicians like Trump, who devoted part of his State of the Union address to a blood-curdling description of infanticide that came completely from his own ugly imagination.Now anti-abortion activists are on the verge of getting what they want — the ability to prosecute doctors and/or pregnant women for murder if they choose to abort a fetus early in their pregnancies.Even if the life of the mother is at risk, doctors would be loath to risk imprisonment by taking the necessary step to save her.Suddenly, right-wing politicians and moral hypocrites are expressing dismay at their victory. Trump, who not many years ago was entirely pro-choice, tweeted that he didn’t support the Alabama laws, that he believed in exceptions for rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother.Apparently murder isn’t always murder for the president — or for televangelist Pat Robertson, or for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who said the law “goes further than I believe,” because he would allow “exceptions” as a matter of “personal belief.”But as E.J. Dionne notes in the Washington Post, if personal beliefs can carve out exceptions to murder, why would Trump’s or McCarthy’s exceptions weigh more than the considered choices of the women struggling with whether to take a fetus to term?Cynical male politicians weighing how to placate the anti-abortion conservatives without alienating the vast majority aren’t making a more moral, more reasoned decision than the woman involved. Lost in this posturing — mostly by male politicians — is the basic reality.Passing laws that outlaw abortions won’t end abortions. They will simply make them less safe, putting more lives at risk.And the posturing totally ignores the deep injustices surrounding reproductive rights, as whatever the law is, rich women will retain the right of choice — even if it requires going to a hospital in another country — while the lives of poor women, already locked out of any federal support for the counseling and choices they need, will be at ever greater risk.Of course, many of these same politicians pushing these laws supposedly to protect life inside the womb do little to save the lives of those outside the womb, voting to roll back Medicaid, cut aid for women and infant children, slash food stamps and eliminate welfare for impoverished mothers with young children.Trump revealed his brazen cynicism, tweeting out his exceptions to the Alabama law while pleading with the anti-abortion movement to “stick together and win for life in 2020.” His concern is re-election not making a moral decision on how best to deal with this agonizing concern.This is an ugly debate. The extremist laws passed in Alabama and elsewhere won’t stand, but the result inevitably will be to make it more difficult and perilous for poor women to make the agonizing decision about a pregnancy.The posturing will lead to the punishment of poor women for childbearing, putting more women and more fetuses at risk, and leave more infants born into a life without the basic support — health care, food, shelter — needed to have a chance for a healthy life. I share the concern for life that animates the most sincere opponents of abortion. I also agree that reproductive justice is essential to women.Family planning isn’t a sin; it is a vital necessity for ensuring that the next generation of infants is brought into the world with the love and the care they need. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled essentially that it is the pregnant woman who is best charged with making the decision about pregnancy until the fetus is viable.I would trust the women agonizing over that choice far more than politicians like Trump or McCarthy, who cynically weigh how to placate their base without alienating the rest of us.The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is president and founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition.This article originally appeared in the Wave Newspapers.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

Targeted drug therapy with carrier links to tertiary and heteroaryl amines

first_imgQuaternary-ammonium-salt linkers can be proteolytically or reductively cleaved on cell entry and tracelessly release tertiary and heteroaryl amines. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2016) doi:10.1038/nchem.2635 (—Beyond designing a drug that will attack cancer cells or bacterial cells, drug design also involves figuring out how the drug can safely enter the body and find its target before doing its work. However, many drugs never make it to their desired target either because of solubility issues or inability to access certain parts of the cell. That is where carriers come in. Carriers are like molecular taxis that latch onto a small-molecule drug and transport it to its target location. Journal information: Nature Chemistry Citation: Targeted drug therapy with carrier links to tertiary and heteroaryl amines (2016, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from These molecular taxis need to connect to the drug in such a way that they safely take it to the location, but the connection must also be reversible so the carrier can eventually release the drug. There are very few types of chemical bonds that can do this and the ones that can are limited in scope.A group of scientists from Genentech, Inc. have devised a synthetic scheme that is generalizable, protecting-group free, and allows for a carrier linker to attach to tertiary or heteroaryl amines via a quaternary ammonium salt. Additionally, because it is a charged species, it is more water soluble than typical carrier molecules and, therefore, may alleviate the problems associated with aggregation. These linkers can be set up to be cleaved either by proteases in the lysosome or reducing agents in the cytosol. This work appears in Nature Chemistry.”Enabling the reversible connection of tertiary and heteroaryl amines allows us to consider many new drugs, previously unamenable for targeted therapy,” Dr. Thomas Pillow told ability to attach a linker to a tertiary amine or a heteroaryl amine is of interest because there are several known anticancer and antibacterial drugs that that have these functional groups. These groups often cannot be converted to a secondary or primary amine because of synthetic complexities or diminished drug potency. These drugs require a carrier molecule in order to be most effective in the body, but most carrier molecules previously could only be connected to primary or secondary amines.Additionally, many anticancer and antibacterial drugs are hydrophobic. But, the body is a predominantly aqueous environment. This means that, upon entering the body, the hydrophobic molecules tend to aggregate, which can cause problems with bodily systems or protein uptake. Notably, when the Genentech scientists attached a tertiary amine to a linker via a quaternary ammonium salt, it became more hydrophilic suggesting that this might be a good option for countering the aggregation problem. The first step was to determine if a tertiary amine could be reversibly attached to a chemical linker. To test their proposed linker connection, a p-aminobenzyl quarternary ammonium salt, they chose a known dipeptide-cleavable trigger: valine-citrulline (ValCit) which cleaves in the presence of cathepsin B. Incubation of their linker in buffer demonstrated that the quaternary ammonium salts were stable, and exposure to cathepsin B resulted in cleavage at the aniline amide and generation of the tertiary amine as expected. Carbon-carbon bond formation at selective aliphatic carbon sites More information: Leanna R. Staben et al. Targeted drug delivery through the traceless release of tertiary and heteroaryl amines from antibody–drug conjugates, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2635AbstractThe reversible attachment of a small-molecule drug to a carrier for targeted delivery can improve pharmacokinetics and the therapeutic index. Previous studies have reported the delivery of molecules that contain primary and secondary amines via an amide or carbamate bond; however, the ability to employ tertiary-amine-containing bioactive molecules has been elusive. Here we describe a bioreversible linkage based on a quaternary ammonium that can be used to connect a broad array of tertiary and heteroaryl amines to a carrier protein. Using a concise, protecting-group-free synthesis we demonstrate the chemoselective modification of 12 complex molecules that contain a range of reactive functional groups. We also show the utility of this connection with both protease-cleavable and reductively cleavable antibody–drug conjugates that were effective and stable in vitro and in vivo. Studies with a tertiary-amine-containing antibiotic show that the resulting antibody–antibiotic conjugate provided appropriate stability and release characteristics and led to an unexpected improvement in activity over the conjugates previously connected via a carbamate. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The next step was to optimize their synthesis to make it simple and generalizable so it can be used for drug screening. In particular, the synthesis could not involve the use of protecting groups and the carrier molecule needed to preferentially react with the tertiary amine on the small molecule drug. After developing the experimental conditions for their reaction, Staben et al. then tested the stability and release of their protease-cleavable linker with a variety of molecules containing tertiary and heteroaryl amines. Good stability and drug release was demonstrated with several of these conjugates.Thus far, Staben et al. have been looking at the cleavage of peptide bonds. Disulfide bonds are another bond that can be set up as a bioactive trigger that is reduced by intracellular GSH. They tested their system by cleaving the disulfide bond and were able to generate the free tubulysin drug. In the field of targeted therapies, antibody-drug conjugates have gained ground as a way to target cancer cells or invading bacteria. Prior research by this team demonstrated that an antibody-antibiotic conjugate was able to successfully clear methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections. For the current research, they linked the tertiary amine of a rifamycin analog to their quaternary ammonium salt linker and found that in vitro tests showed a large reduction in the number of intracellular MRSA bacteria, a typically difficult-to-treat bacterial infection. According to Dr. Pillow, “This novel linker connection expands the universe of drugs for targeted therapy, opening up new possibilities for the treatment of cancer and infectious disease.” © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more