Foreign tourists can now visit Mizoram, Nagaland, and Manipur without a special permit, officials said on April 23. People from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, however, will not be allowed to visit these locations.From April 1, 2018 foreign tourists will be able to visit the three Northeastern states– Mizoram, Nagaland, and Manipur in India without the Protected Area Permit (PAP). It has been halted for five years, reported PTI.Earlier, areas falling between the Inner line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas where foreign tourists were not allowed. Citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China are, however, still not permitted to enter any of the current and previously restricted areas.Until April 1, 2018 foreign tourists were not allowed to enter whole of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, besides parts of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Some parts of Sikkim fall under the protected area regime while others under the restricted area, as per the report.Even Indian citizens have to apply for an inner line permit to visit the protected states. It is a temporary travel document to enter Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. “A review is underway to lift the PAP from other areas too,” another official was quoted as saying in the report.The government had earlier allowed foreign tourists for a period of one year from Dec. 20, 2010 into Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, subject to some conditions.In other northeastern states such as Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, the home ministry either removed Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) or diluted it recently. In Meghalaya, the union home ministry removed the AFSPA and in Arunachal Pradesh reduced it to eight police stations.“AFSPA was totally withdrawn from all areas of Meghalaya from April 1. In Arunachal, it is down from 16 police stations to eight,” the official said, according to IANS.The Act was extended by another six months earlier in April in three eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh–Tirap, Longding and Changlang–which border Myanmar and specific areas under eight police stations of seven other districts bordering Assam. AFSPA is present in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (excluding seven assembly constituencies of Imphal) but Assam and Manipur governments have the right to revoke it now.The government was earlier mulling relaxing the Restricted Area Permit provisions for some areas for foreign tourists to promote tourism in these places. “Discussions are on with the state governments to relax the Restricted Area Permit provisions for some areas for foreign tourists,” Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said earlier. Related Itemsforeign tourists in IndiaTourism
Controversial self-styled godman, Swamy Nithyananda, has found himself in another controversy with allegations of “illegally confining” two daughters of a Bengaluru-based couple.A petition has been filed in the Gujarat High Court by the couple seeking the court’s help to get back two daughters allegedly “illegally confined” from an ashram set up by Nithyananda, who faces rape charges. The petition is set to be heard by the court on Wednesday.The petitioners, Janardana Sharma and his wife, in their habeas corpus petition said they had admitted their four daughters in an educational institution run by the godman in Bengaluru in 2013 when they were in the age group of 7-15. However, their daughters were allegedly shifted to another institution in his ashram in Ahmedabad without their consent. When they learnt about this, that their daughters were this year shifted to another branch of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetham, named Yogini Sarvagyapeetham, situated on the premises of Delhi Public School in Ahmedabad, they rushed to Ahmedabad and tried to meet them, but the officials in the place did not allow them inside.When officials of the institute refused to let them meet their daughters, the petitioners first sought the local police help. The couple could bring back their two minor daughters with the help of police and Protection of Child Rights Commission. But their elder daughters, Lopamudra Janardhana Sharma (21) and Nandhita (18), refused to come with them.Based on the Sharma family’s complaint, the Ahmedabad Rural police lodged an FIR against Nithyananda and other officials of the Ashram.“Our team is probing the matter,” Ahmedabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police R.V. Asari said.In their petition, the couple alleged that their two younger daughters were kidnapped and kept in illegal confinement for more than two weeks and were deprived of sleep.The Sharmas have urged the court to direct the police as well the institute’s authorities to produce their daughters, who, they alleged, are being kept under “illegal confinement,” before the court and hand them over to them.Cong. slams govt.Meanwhile, the Gujarat Congress slammed the BJP government in the State for not initiating action against Nithyananda Ashram. “It is a well-known fact that Nithyananda enjoys protection from the State government despite the fact that many children are being confined in the ashram against the wishes of their parents,” Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said on Tuesday.
Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “Five more men implicated in the abusive actions were detained this morning,” the ministry said. “Police continues work to track down five more to detain them.”On Wednesday, six others were arrested. One of the six, who is 18 years old, has been indicted for “grave hooliganism” and could face up to five years in prison if found guilty. The five others were handed fines and banned from football matches.A total of 78 fans have been detained during football matches in Sofia since the beginning of the year, police said. The majority of them have received one- or two-year bans from attending sports events in Bulgaria and abroad, fines and community work.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It did not indicate if Balakov’s decision was linked to the fallout from the racist abuse during Monday’s European Championship qualifying match, which included Nazi salutes and monkey noises. The game was twice halted in an effort to stop the abuse.Balakov said after the 6-0 loss that he had not heard the chanting, and he blamed England fans for taking part in “unacceptable behavior” by whistling during the Bulgarian anthem before the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBorislav Mikhailov resigned as head of the federation but two vice presidents declined to take over. Former vice president Mikhail Kasabov has taken charge on a temporarily basis until a new governing body can be elected.Also Friday, five more Bulgarian fans were detained and the interior ministry said police had so far identified 16 people believed to have taken part in the abuse. This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Bulgarian fans gesture as they stand in the stadium to watch the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between Bulgaria and England, at the Vasil Levski national stadium, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)SOFIA, Bulgaria— Bulgaria national football team coach Krasimir Balakov resigned on Friday, four days after his side’s match against England was marred by racist abuse directed at visiting players.The Bulgarian football federation, whose president also resigned Friday, said in a statement that Balakov was stepping down because “the performance of Bulgaria’s men’s national team was unsatisfactory in recent months.”ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics James Harden caps preseason with a scoring flourish Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES
A birthday party with ‘millions’ of guests!Even Princess Diana’s birthday party would not be as GRAND as Rubi Ibarra Garcia’s, and add to it the fact that this to-be-15-year-old Mexican girl did not even want this.Rubi Ibarra Garcia’s father made a sweet video and posted it on Facebook. The video was made to invite his daughter’s close friends and a few family members to a birthday bash. It was just a simple invite that said “Rubi’s ‘quinceanera'”.It also said, “Hello, how are you? We invite you this 26 of December to the 15th birthday party of our daughter, Rubi Ibarra Garcia.(sic)”.He was generous to end it by saying “hereby everyone is cordially invited. (sic)”What happened next is unbelievable!Ibarra left the Facebook invite open to the public (Dad problems) and it went viral. To his astonishment, 1.2 million signed up for attending his daughter’s birthday party.The small village of La Joya in Mexico might have to host a birthday-mob and we hope it turns out an exciting affair. Help from police has been requested to ‘handle’ the guests and other appropriate measures are being taken to prepare for it.On the other hand, social media users are having a blast. It is flooded with memes, where more than 1.2 million people are joking that they will attend the almost-royal bash in a field.Some cannot stop laughing, others are being kind to the girl.Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal even did a comical skit impersonating the girl’s father. It seems a 30 per cent discount is being offered by an airline to the nearest airport to La Joya with the tagline “Are you going to Rubi’s party?”advertisementDespite the initial shock, Ruby’s dad has sportingly made fun arrangements for the party.The young Mexican girl’s plans were surely not to throw this Great Gatsby-like bash. But it has been reported that those who do turn up will get to enjoy music by three bands and the winner of a horse race will win 10,000 pesos (Rs. 39,000). We are too, looking forward to this event, which has become an internet sensation.
Raheem Sterling is completely deserving of a massive new contract from Manchester City, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.Sterling is close to a new deal from the reigning Premier League champions which will see him earn £300,000-a-week in wages.While City think highly of the attacker, Sterling has frequently come under criticism from media and fans. 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! However, the 23-year-old Sterling enjoyed an excellent season in 2017-18 as part of City’s record-breaking Premier League title-winning side, scoring 18 goals and adding 11 assists in the league.He has shown no signs of slowing down this season, scoring six goals and adding five assists in nine top flight games thus far.And those numbers are precisely why Carragher thinks Sterling is worthy of his new deal, despite criticism the former defender feels is overblown.”We are hearing reports that Sterling is on the verge of signing a big contract and maybe there are eyebrows raised because of the figures involved, but when you look at the stats, he is in the company of players who are earning those figures and people are saying are the best players in the league,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.”Go back to England in the summer and this lad gets far too much criticism. When you look at what this lad is achieving, the move to Manchester City, the pressure and the price-tag. Plus Pep Guardiola, who everyone wants to play for, came in and can get players from Spain and anywhere in the world.”This young English lad is thriving under maybe the best manager in the world and in the best team in the league. He deserves everything he gets.”The one thing Carragher does think Sterling needs to work on is his England output.The attacker finally broke a three-year goal drought for the Three Lions in a 3-2 win against Spain, and Carragher hopes Sterling can translate some of his club form over to international play.Carragher added: “On the back of the Spain game against England, hopefully we will see a bit more of that because he does need to up his stats in terms of goals and assists for the national team.”What he is doing for Manchester City now… we always talk about Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, but he is now in that company.”
Ajinkya Rahane brought up his ninth hundred as India continued to dominate Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo on Thursday.This was also Rahane’s sixth hundred outside India.Rahane had a middling home Test season in 2016-17, scoring 718 runs in 11 Tests including a highest of 188 against New Zealand. He was under pressure after sitting out of the Mumbai and Chennai Tests against England as Karun Nair sought to cement his position with a triple hundred.However, Virat Kohli allayed Rahane’s fears and brought him back at Nair’s expense for the one-off Test against Bangladesh. The big scores continued to allude him even against Australia but his presence in the middle-order was crucial. (Cheteshwar Pujara 7th Indian to celebrate 50th Test with a hundred)Such was the team management’s faith in him that Rahane was the automatic choice to take over as captain when an injured Kohli had to sit out of the Dharamsala Test against Australia.Rahane endured an ordinary campaign in the IPL this year but bounced back in the West Indies where he was named man-of-the-series for his stellar performances in the five ODIs.In Sri Lanka for a three-Test series, India dropped Nair after a few failures against the Aussies. Replacing a triple centurion must have added to Rahane’s pressure, who was nowhere as prolific as his other batting colleagues.But Rahane stepped up with a classy half-century in Galle and then followed that up with a gutsy hundred when India were in a spot of bother after losing Lokesh Rahul and Kohli after lunch. With Pujara, Rahane first led a brilliant counter-attack before settling down to reach his hundred as his wife watched on.advertisementFinally! She said, after @ajinkyarahane88 gets to a well-made 9th Test century #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/l1HlAM95x2- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2017
Juventus ‘A new path will begin’ – Buffon says goodbye to Juventus Jamie Smith 06:06 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Serie A Juventus v Hellas Verona Ahead of the legendary goalkeeper’s final appearance for the Old Lady, the legendary goalkeeper has said goodbye to the Serie A champions Gianluigi Buffon says it is time for a new journey to begin as the veteran goalkeeper prepares to play for Juventus for the final time.The 40-year-old, regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers ever, announced he is leaving Juve at a news conference on Thursday.Buffon, who also retired from international duty once more, suggested he could seek to play on away from Serie A, with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain reportedly ready to make an offer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Buffon posted an emotional farewell tribute to Juve ahead of Saturday’s home game against Verona, his last match for the club.”Thank you,” Buffon wrote in a lengthy post on Instagram. “Thanks to everyone of you. Because each of you has helped to make every moment of my life special in black and white. A life that has become a second skin. “A skin that I have worn, loved and respected. And that I have guarded and protected with all of myself. With all my limitations, but also with all the passion that has always accompanied me. “With tomorrow, a path ends. End a book we wrote together. The emotion is so great. Too much. “A new path will inevitably begin. A new book. It must begin. For Juventus that will remain beyond any player, always! And they will continue to write other important pages of this book that I think and imagine infinite. Because theirs is a unique and unparalleled DNA. Unrepeatable and magnificent. “Juve is a family. My family.”Buffon ends his Serie A career with nine league titles and five Coppa Italias, as well as a World Cup winners’ medal from the 2006 tournament, and the veteran suggested the opportunity to prove himself once more could entice him to play on.”A new path will inevitably begin,” Buffon continued. “A new book. It must begin. For me, I will learn to look at the future with different eyes.”I will begin to gather the new challenges that life will propose to me with the curiosity of those who do not want to stop feeling ‘at stake’.@OfficialAllegri @gianluigibuffon #UN1CO #Buffon pic.twitter.com/xs0784GRcJ— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 18, 2018″And I will feel the healthy fear of those who have experienced many challenges, sometimes won, many others lost, but who is aware that each of them is different from the previous one. And therefore more difficult.”
Story Highlights Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the rate of inflation is projected to remain within the range of four to six per cent over the next 12 months. Noting that the Jamaican economy’s recovery has been “sluggish”, Mr. Wynter said the BOJ anticipates that growth will “remain below the economy’s capacity in the near term”. “The trajectory reflects the rise and then the fall in agricultural food prices as the impact of flood rains in the year started to dissipate and agricultural supplies improved. Over the course of the year, the Bank expects inflation to continue to track around the lower half of the four to six per cent target before rising to around five per cent,” the Governor said. Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the rate of inflation is projected to remain within the range of four to six per cent over the next 12 months.This comes in the wake of data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), which show the out-turn falling from 5.2 per cent in December 2017 to 4.8 per cent in January.“The trajectory reflects the rise and then the fall in agricultural food prices as the impact of flood rains in the year started to dissipate and agricultural supplies improved. Over the course of the year, the Bank expects inflation to continue to track around the lower half of the four to six per cent target before rising to around five per cent,” the Governor said.Mr. Wynter said the projection took into consideration factors such as adverse weather “that is beyond anybody’s control”.He was speaking at the BOJ’s quarterly media briefing at the Bank’s auditorium in downtown Kingston on Wednesday (February 21).Noting that the Jamaican economy’s recovery has been “sluggish”, Mr. Wynter said the BOJ anticipates that growth will “remain below the economy’s capacity in the near term”.As such, he said the BOJ is of the view that this, along with continued fiscal consolidation and low-inflation expectations anchored around the Bank’s target, “calls for a more accommodative monetary policy stance”.Against this background, Mr. Wynter highlighted the BOJ’s first monetary policy decision under the new schedule, lowering of the policy rate by 25 basis points to 2.75 per cent, which was announced on Tuesday (February 20). The policy rate is the interest rate paid by the Bank on overnight deposits.The Governor explained that this adjustment reflects the BOJ’s assessment that inflation for the next eight quarters will remain within the target of four to six per cent, with the risks “slightly skewed to the downside”.Tuesday’s announcement is the first of eight monetary policy decisions that Mr. Wynter said the BOJ has scheduled for 2018 and is committed to making public.“This commitment is an important part of the Bank’s plan to improve the transparency of the monetary policy framework,” he added.
Advertisement – Bell Media lands exclusive rights in Canada –– Each episode of the new STAR TREK to be available in Canada day and date with the U.S. –– Bell Media also licenses all 727 episodes of the STAR TREK television library –July 18, 2016 Advertisement Advertisement The rollout for the new STAR TREK series in Canada will mirror the launch in the U.S. The first episode will premiere on Canada’s most watched broadcast network, CTV, on the same night as CBS. All remaining episodes will initially be televised on Bell Media’s cable networks, Space (in English) and Z (in French), and then later exclusively on CraveTV™, Bell Media’s streaming video-on-demand service.The STAR TREK television library will return to Space (in English) and debut on Cinépop (in French), and will also be found among CraveTV’s leading lineup of premium television series.The all-new STAR TREK will begin production in Toronto this September for its January 2017 premiere. The iconic and influential global franchise will return to television for the first time since 2005 with a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation.“We are extremely pleased to significantly expand our partnership with Bell,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Studios International. “Canadian fans will now be able to ‘beam up’ CBS’s highly anticipated new series, as well as all past episodes of the show’s vast library. Bell Media’s premium linear and digital platforms will be a great home for our new series, as STAR TREK celebrates its 50th anniversary.”“Our acquisition of the new STAR TREK series delivers a unique and exclusive opportunity for Canadian advertisers to engage with this blockbuster new drama in a meaningful way,” said Mary Ann Turcke, President, Bell Media. “We are delighted to welcome STAR TREK back to Bell Media and amplify this iconic franchise through our multiple leading brands. With a high-profile premiere on CTV, a permanent base on Space – the long-time home of the series in Canada – and premium positioning on CraveTV – it’s ‘mission accomplished’ for Canadian STAR TREK fans.”In the U.S., the new STAR TREK will launch with a special premiere episode on the CBS Television Network in January 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent episodes will then be available in the United States exclusively on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.As previously announced, the new STAR TREK marks the first original series developed for U.S. distribution on CBS All Access, which provides American viewers thousands of episodes of CBS’s current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month.Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller are co-creators and executive producers for the new STAR TREK, based on Gene Roddenberry’s original series. Fuller launched his career writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Kurtzman is co-writer and producer of the blockbuster films Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers.About CBS Studios InternationalCBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms. The Studio participates in international channel ventures, currently comprised of 18 channels in 24 languages across more than 100 territories, reaching more than 70 million households worldwide. CBS Studios International also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production around the world. 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Annette Francis APTN National NewsAward winning actor Kevin Loring was introduced as the first director of Indigenous Theatre Thursday in Ottawa.Loring is from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia and is considered a brilliant actor, playright, and teacher.He said he’s nervous about taking over as director of Indigenous Threatre.But he added that he completely understands what his mandate is.“I’ll be travelling the country and we’ll have a real storng belief that we’re gonna do some plays here but we”ll also do stories coast to coast to coast,” Loring said. “We’ll go out to the communities, its a big part of what I believe my mandate will be.”The NAC is a federally funded arts and cultural centre tasked with representing the Canadian landscape.Last year it announced that it was starting an Indigenous threatre to go with its English and French theatre email@example.com
by Kevin Begos, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2013 1:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gas companies, environmentalists agree on tough voluntary standards for Northeast fracking PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Some of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies have made peace with environmentalists, agreeing to a voluntary set of tough new standards for fracking in the Northeast that could lead to a major expansion of drilling.The program announced Wednesday will work a lot like Underwriters Laboratories, which puts its UL seal of approval on electrical appliances that meet its standards.In this case, drilling and pipeline companies will be encouraged to submit to an independent review of their operations. If they are found to be abiding by a list of stringent measures to protect the air and water from pollution, they will receive the blessing of the new Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development, created jointly by environmentalists and the energy industry.Many of the new standards appear to be stricter than state and federal regulations.If the project wins wide acceptance, it could ease or avert some of the ferocious battles over fracking that have been waged in statehouses and city halls. And it could hasten the expansion of fracking by making drilling more acceptable to states and communities that feared the environmental consequences.Shell Oil Vice-President Paul Goodfellow said this is the first time the company and environmental groups have reached agreement to create an entire system for reducing the effects of shale drilling.“This is a bit of a unique coming-together of a variety of different interests,” said Bruce Niemeyer, president of Chevron Appalachia.In agreeing to the self-policing system, members of the industry said they realized they needed to do more to reassure the public about the safety of fracking. On the other side, environmentalists said they came to the conclusion that the hundreds of billions of dollars in oil and gas underground is going to be extracted one way or another and that working with the industry is the quickest path to making the process safer.“We do recognize that this resource is going to be developed,” said Robert Vagt, president of the Heinz Endowments, a charitable foundation that has bankrolled anti-fracking efforts. “We think that it can be done in a way that does not do violence to the environment.”In addition to Shell and Chevron, the participants include the Environmental Defence Fund, the Clean Air Task Force, EQT Corp., Consol Energy and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and the organizers hope to recruit others.The new standards include limits on emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and the flaring, or burning off, of unwanted gas; reductions in engine emissions; groundwater monitoring and protection; improved well designs; stricter wastewater disposal; the use of less toxic fracking fluids; and seismic monitoring before drilling begins.The project will cover Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio — where a frenzy of drilling is under way in the huge, gas-rich Marcellus and Utica Shale formations — as well as New York and other states in the East that have put a hold on new drilling.The co-operation between the two longtime adversaries may be part of a trend.Earlier this month a coalition of industry and environmental groups in Illinois announced that they worked together on drilling legislation now pending there. But the Pittsburgh project, which has been in the works for nearly two years, would be voluntary.“We believe it does send a signal to the federal government and other states,” said Armand Cohen, director of the Boston-based Clean Air Task Force. “There’s no reason why anyone should be operating at standards less than these.”Shell said it hopes to be one of the first companies to volunteer to have its operations in Appalachia go through the independent review. Chevron said it expects to apply for certification, too, when the process is ready to start later this year.Mark Brownstein, an associate vice-president with the Environmental Defence Fund, said many oil and gas companies claim to be leaders in protecting the environment, and “this can be one opportunity for them to demonstrate that leadership” by submitting to an audit.The project will be overseen by a 12-member board consisting of four seats for environmentalists, four for industry and four for independent figures, including former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and Christine Todd Whitman, the former New Jersey governor and Environmental Protection Agency chief.The centre’s proposed 2013 budget is $800,000, with the two sides expected to contribute equal amounts, said Andrew Place, the project’s interim leader and director of energy and environmental policy at EQT, an Appalachian energy company.Mark Frankel, an expert on ethics and law at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, said the idea sounds promising, but it remains to be seen if the new standards are a significant improvement over existing laws. He said there are also ethical and policy questions.“What does it mean to have an independent board? Who’s on it? How do they get on it?” he asked.George Jugovic, president of the environmental group PennFuture, one of the participants, said the industry’s involvement makes this different from past debates over fracking.“Buy-in from them is huge. That provides leadership from within,” Jugovic said. “It’s very different from someone from the outside saying, ‘You can do better.’”But some critics of fracking weren’t swayed by the new plan.“Fracking is an inherently dangerous industrial process that takes us away from sustainable energy solutions. Its costs to humans and our environment just aren’t worth it,” said Kathy Nolan of Catskill Mountainkeeper, which is fighting fracking in New York state.
Timeline: Key dates in the history of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2015 3:15 pm MDT U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the privately funded Canadian Keystone XL oil pipeline. The $8 billion project from Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) would connect Canada’s oilsands to Gulf Coast refineries. Republicans in the U.S. indicated Tuesday they would continue to fight for the project, which was first proposed in 2008, and the Canadian government expressed confidence that approval would come eventually. Here are some key dates in the history of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal:July 2008: TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) and ConocoPhillips, joint owners of the Keystone Pipeline, propose a major extension to the network, dubbed Keystone XL. The new addition is proposed to transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of oilsands bitumen from Alberta to Port Arthur, Tex. TransCanada files an official application for permission to build the project months later and environmental groups start voicing objections.2009: As the U.S. State Department wades through comments based on an environmental assessment of the project, TransCanada starts visiting landowners potentially affected by the pipeline project. Opposition to the project emerges in Nebraska.June 2009: TransCanada announces it will buy the stake that ConocoPhillips has in Keystone.March 2010: The National Energy Board approves TransCanada’s application for Keystone XL, though the green light comes with 22 conditions regarding safety, environmental protection and landowner rights.April 2010: The U.S. State Department releases a draft environmental impact statement saying Keystone XL would have a limited effect on the environment.June-July 2010: Opposition to Keystone XL begins mounting in the United States. Legislators write a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for greater environmental oversight; scientists begin speaking out against the project; and the Environmental Protection Agency questions the need for the pipeline extension.July 2010: The State Department extends its review of Keystone, saying federal agencies need more time to weigh in before a final environmental impact assessment can be released.March 2011: The State Department announces a further delay in its environmental assessment.Aug. 26, 2011: The State Department releases its final environmental assessment, which reiterates its findings from 2010.August-September 2011: Protesters stage a two-week campaign of civil disobedience at the White House to speak out against Keystone XL. Police arrest approximately a thousand people, including actors Margot Kidder and Daryl Hannah as well as Canadian activist Naomi Klein.Sept. 26, 2011: At a demonstration on Parliament Hill, police arrest 117 of the 400 protesters on hand.Nov. 10, 2011: The State Department says TransCanada must reroute Keystone XL to avoid an ecologically sensitive region of Nebraska. Environmental protesters had decried the pipeline for traversing the state’s Ogallala aquifer, a source of drinking water to millions on the Great Plains.Nov. 14, 2011: TransCanada says it will comply with State Department demands and reroute the pipelineDecember 2011: U.S. legislators pass a bill that contains a provision related to Keystone XL. The provision states that President Barack Obama must make a decision on the pipeline’s future in the next 60 days.Jan. 18, 2012: Obama rejects Keystone XL, saying the timeline imposed by the December bill did not leave enough time to review the new route. Obama said TransCanada was free to submit another applicationFeb. 27, 2012: TransCanada says it will build the southern leg of KeystoneXL, which runs from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast, as a separate project with a price tag of $2.3 billion. The southern portion of the pipeline was not subject to presidential permission, since it did not cross an international border.April 18, 2012: TransCanada submits a new route to officials in Nebraska for approval.May 4, 2012: TransCanada files a new application with the State Department for the northern part of Keystone XL.Jan. 22, 2013: Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman approves TransCanada’s proposed new route for Keystone XL, sending the project back to the State Department for review.January 2013: Pipeline opponents file a lawsuit against the Nebraska government claiming the state law used to review the new route is unconstitutional because it doesn’t allow for judicial review or spell out what criteria should be considered when evaluating a pipeline project. The Nebraska government contested the suit.Feb. 19, 2014: A Nebraska judge ruled that the law that allowed the state governor to approve Keystone XL over the objections of landowners was unconstitutional. Nebraska said it would appeal the ruling.April 18, 2014: The State Department suspends the regulatory process indefinitely, citing uncertainty about the court case in Nebraska.November-December 2014: Midterm elections turn control of the U.S. Congress over to Republicans, who say they’ll make acceptance of Keystone XL a top priority. But Obama adopts an increasingly negative tone on the issue.Jan. 9, 2015: At Nebraska Supreme Court, by the narrowest of margins, a panel of seven judges strikes down a lower-court decision that a state law approving the pipeline route was adopted by unconstitutional methods.Jan. 29, 2015: The U.S. Senate approves a bill to build Keystone XL, but the victory is expected to be shortlived as the White House has signalled that Obama plans to veto the bill when it lands on his desk.Feb. 24, 2015: Obama vetoes bill that would have approved construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline.
“We are sickened by blatant manifestations of hatred and intolerance, including by public figures in response to terrorist attacks by violent extremists, particularly the deliberate and dangerous spread of misinformation and the manipulation of people’s fears and concerns for political gain,” said the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, in a joint statement.The Special Advisers also “strongly and unreservedly” condemned all criminal attacks by violent extremists, wherever they may take place and underlined that the damaging effects of linking such attacks to a specific population, based on its identity has resulted in discrimination and targeting of Muslim populations.Additionally, they recalled that any “advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence” is prohibited under international human rights law and by the national laws or constitutions of many countries.The Special Advisers noted that in recent weeks, there have been numerous acts of intimidation and violence against Muslims and Muslim sites, including vandalism of mosques as well as discriminatory, xenophobic and racist statements.Some of these statements, they said, have referred to all Muslims – and all refugees and asylum-seekers originating from Syria and Iraq – as “terrorists.”The Special Advisers also referred to calls by politicians for Muslims to be prevented from entering the United States, to be registered in a national database, or to be forced to carry identification that would highlight their religion, and other calls for governments to refrain from accepting refugees from Syria and Iraq.“This is unacceptable. Refugees from Syria and Iraq are fleeing precisely the kind of violence that we in the West also fear. To turn them away when they are seeking refuge is an affront to our common humanity,” said the statement.“At this time when the world is facing complex challenges, including confronting extremist violent groups and individuals, Governments and other leading actors in society should publicly counter lies, prejudice and fear” the Special Advisers stated.
AMES, Iowa — David Montgomery ran for three touchdowns, including the winner with 4:34 to go, and 25th-ranked Iowa State rallied from 17 down in the fourth quarter to stun Kansas State 42-38 on Saturday night and snap a 10-game skid against the Wildcats.Montgomery had 149 yards rushing for the Cyclones (7-4, 6-3 Big 12), who clinched their best-ever finish in the Big 12.Down 38-21, Iowa State scored twice in just 1:44 early in the fourth — on a short Brock Purdy TD pass and a 21-yard fumble return by Mike Rose — to pull within 38-35. The beleaguered Cyclones’ defence then made a stop, and Montgomery’s 18-yard touchdown run gave Iowa State an improbable lead.Kansas State’s (5-7, 3-6) fate was sealed when a long pass to Dalton Schoen deep in Iowa State territory glanced off his fingertips with 1:20 left.The Wildcats went 92 yards on eight plays after picking off Purdy and opened up a 31-21 lead on Skylar Thompson’s 9-yard TD pass to Chabastin Taylor late in the third. K-State’s Kevion McGee then intercepted Purdy again, and Isaiah Zuber’s second TD grab of the game made it 38-21 early in the fourth.Purdy redeemed himself down the stretch though, finishing with 337 yards passing and two touchdowns for Iowa State.Thompson threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Alex Barnes rushed for 184 yards and a TD for the Wildcats.THE TAKEAWAYIowa State: The Cyclones revival since the start of last season had been sparked by their defence. But the cracks that began to show in a win over Baylor and a loss at Texas developed into sink holes against the Wildcats. Iowa State’s offence, bailed out so often by their teammates on the other side of the ball, finally returned the favour — and the defence showed up when it mattered.K-State: If this proves to be Bill Snyder’s final game, what a brutal way to go out. All the Wildcats had to do was protect a 17-point lead with 12 minutes to go bowling, but they couldn’t do it.UP NEXTIowa State hosts Drake of the FCS in a makeup for its cancelled opener.Kansas State’s season is complete.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Luke Meredith, The Associated Press
Britain’s national security is threatened by dozens of cyber attacks every month, a security chief has said, as he warned that hackers are attempting to steal secrets from the heart of government.The remarks from Ciaran Martin, a GCHQ boss, came as Chancellor Philip Hammond said hacks could bring down national infrastructure and that even kettles, fridges and driverless cars were also at risk.Mr Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said Britain had been hit by 188 high-level attacks, “many of which threatened national security” in the last three months. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He told The Sunday Times: “In the case of government departments, (it is) getting into the system to extract information on UK government policy on anything from energy to diplomacy to information on a particular sector.”Attempts by Russian and Chinese state-sponsored hackers on defence and foreign policy secrets are among the attacks being investigated by the NCSC, the newspaper said.Mr Martin added: “Over the last two years there has been a step change in Russian aggression in cyber space.”Part of that step change has been a series of attacks on political institutions, political parties, parliamentary organisations and that’s all very well evidenced by our international partners and widely accepted.”Among these, according to US intelligence services, is an attempt by the Kremlin to interfere with the presidential election during a breach of Democratic National Committee computers. There has been a step change in Russian aggression in cyber spaceCiaran Martin, GCHQ Show more Mr Hammond, a former defence and foreign secretary, said the NCSC had blocked 34,550 “potential attacks” on government departments and members of the public in the last six months – a rate of around 200 hacks a day.Writing in The Telegraph, he warned that the “internet revolution” brought the threat of being held to ransom by hackers, the theft of intellectual property and the “shutting down of critical national infrastructure”.”Beyond hacked kettles and fridges, ‘internet of things’ devices, such as driverless cars, can present alarmingly real security threats that could be incredibly dangerous if the right security isn’t in place,” he added.Their comments come ahead of the Queen’s official opening of the NCSC in London on Tuesday.
Guyanese born author, poet and essayist, Sir Wilson Harris, who resided in England passed away today in at the age of 96.He was the father of Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Nigel Harris.Sir Wilson HarrisIn a statement on his death, his family outlined that over a period of 50 years, beginning in 1960, the celebrated author has written 26 novels, numerous works of poetry, essays and speeches.In 1987, his novel Da Silva da Silva was adapted for a film produced by Tariq Ali ofBandung Productions for Channel 4 in the UK.“Perhaps his most cited works are his first four novels, Palace of the Peacock (1960), The Far Journey of Oudin (1961), The Whole Armour ( 1962) and the Secret Ladder (1963), all published by Faber and Faber, which has published all 26 of his novels” the statement issued by Professor Nigel Harris said.Sir Wilson attended Queens College in Guyana from 1932 –1937. During the years1945 to 1959 he worked as a land surveyor, primarily in the vast hinterland ofGuyana where he interacted often with the indigenous people who lived there.According to his family “it is this experience that influenced the imagery of his writing imbued with the magic and mythology of its people. While in Guyana, he was close to otherGuyanese literary figures such as Martin Carter, A.J. Seymour, Ivan Van Sertimaand Sidney King (Eusi Kwayana). He emigrated to England in 1959 and has livedthere since.”Sir Wilson Harris has been the recipient of several awards including the Guyana Prize forLiterature (1987 and 2002), The Premio Mondello dei Cinque Continenti award(1992), The Ainsfeld-Wolf Book Award(2014) and honorary degrees from theUniversity of the West Indies(1984) and University of Liege in Belgium(2001).In 2010, he was awarded the Honour of Knighthood for services to Literature byQueen Elizabeth.He has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature on more than one occasion.Some of his original manuscripts are stored in the Harry Ramsen Collection at the University of Texas in Austin. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedProf Nigel Harris appointed UG ChancellorSeptember 4, 2015In “Politics”President Granger meets UG ChancellorFebruary 10, 2016In “Local News”Dr Nigel Harris installed as new UG ChancellorMay 12, 2016In “latest news”
On June 27, Yamana Gold and Northern Orion Resources announced that they have entered into a business combination agreement and a concurrent proposal has been made to Meridian Gold with respect to the combination of the three companies. The strategic combination would result in the creation of a pre-eminent mid-tier gold producer with the following attributes: A leader in production growth – estimated annual gold production increasing to more than 1.4 Moz by 2009 from a combined base in 2006 of some 660,000 oz Ultra-low cash cost producer – sustainable negative cash operating costs with a projected 2007-2010 average of less than negative $100/oz, net of by-product copper credits Average operating cash flow of more than $600 million per year – projected cash balance growing to approximately $2.4 billion by late 2010 (fully diluted basis) Strong balance sheet – initial net cash balance of approximately $575 million (fully diluted basis) Unparalleled Latin American operating base – six principal mining and development projects in Brazil, Chile and Argentina estimated to account for over 73% of the combined company’s pro-forma net asset value Reserves plus Measured and Indicated resources totalling 27.7 Moz of gold – additional inferred resources of over 13 Moz of gold and estimated average mine life currently in excess of 12 years.Commenting on the transaction, Peter Marrone, Chairman and CEO of Yamana said, “The strong merits of the proposed transaction compelled us to agree to terms with Northern Orion and approach Meridian. The combination of Yamana, Northern Orion and Meridian makes sense from a strategic and geographic perspective and we believe that the proposed structure is a creative way to unlock value for all shareholders involved. The three-way transaction would be accretive to Yamana’s net asset value and long-term earnings and cash flow, while delivering a meaningful premium to Meridian and Northern Orion shareholders. Following the transaction, the combined company could look forward to improved market multiples reflective of the new company’s scale of operations. It is Yamana’s desire that this proposal to Meridian be considered in the friendly manner in which it is being presented – a win-win-win for three successful companies and their respective shareholders.We would encourage constructive discussions in this regard.”David Cohen, President and CEO of Northern Orion added, “The operating base of the combined entity would be unparalleled in Latin America. We believe that bringing our collective expertise together in the areas in which we operate should result in further opportunities to deliver value for shareholders. We will have a solid platform for further growth in our core areas of Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Central America. From this platform, and with the significant cash flow that will be generated, the combined company will be well positioned to create further shareholder value through additional growth throughout the Americas.”The combined company offers a solid foundation of nine operating mines, and a pipeline of six development projects and a leading presence in Latin America. Yamana estimates that six core assets of the combined company will account for more than 73% of the combined company’s pro-forma net asset value. A brief summary of these core assets is as follows:Chapada (Brazil): open-pit copper and gold mine with conventional milling facilities that produce a copper/gold concentrate. Commercial production for the mine was achieved in February 2007, and production is projected at approximately 180,000 to 205,000 oz of gold and 130 to 145 Mlb of copper this year. Operating costs of production on a co-product basis in Q1 2007 were $187/oz of gold and $0.66/lb of copper, and on a by-product basis was negative $1,077/oz of gold. Chapada’s mine life is projected at approximately 19 years.El Penon (Chile): high grade underground mine with average grades of approximately 8 g/t of gold and 231 g/t of silver. El Penon has been a flagship operation since 1999 and 2006 production was 230,100 oz at a cash operating cost of negative $68/oz net of silver by-product credits. El Penon currently has measured and indicated resources totaling 2,902,000 oz of gold and 106 Moz of silver.Alumbrera/Agua Rica (Argentina): 12.5% equity interest in the Alumbrera copper/gold /molybdenum mine, plus 100% interest in the feasibility-stage Agua Rica project. Alumbrera is operated by Xstrata is projected to produce about 190,000 t of copper, 500,000 oz of gold and 2,200 t of molybdenum annually (100% basis). Reserves currently support a mine life through to 2016. Agua Rica has the potential to be developed either as a stand-alone project with annual production projected at approximately 136,000 t of copper, 130,000 oz of gold and molybdenum, or on an integrated basis with the Alumbrera complex which could potentially extend Alumbrera’s mine life through to 2032.Jacobina (Brazil): underground gold operation producing over 62,000 oz in 2006, and projected to reach over 200,000 oz by 2008 through developing and bringing on stream several underground mines, and expanding the processing plant. Jacobina’s mine life is currently projected to be approximately 10-12 years. The Jacobina property encompasses upwards of 155 km of exploration concessions along historical gold occurrances in the Bahia Gold Belt.Gualcamayo (Argentina): advanced stage development project with a first phase open pit heap leach feasibility study expected by mid 2007. Production is estimated at 200,000 oz/y sustainable by third quarter 2008. Drilling results to date show potential to expand the global resource base at Gualcamayo at higher grades and to expand the limits of the deposit.Sao Francisco (Brazil): open-pit, gravity heap-leach gold project. Commercial production was achieved in August 2006, and over 80,000 oz of gold were produced to the end of 2006. As the operation ramps up, annual production is estimated to be in the range of 125,000 to 135,000 oz of gold starting in 2007. Sao Francisco’s mine life is projected to be in excess of 10 years.Northern Orion Resources is a mid-tier copper and gold producer focused on the development of its Agua Rica project and engaged in the exploration for copper and associated by-product metals in Argentina. Northern Orion principal mineral properties and assets are a 12.5% indirect ownership interest in Minera Alumbrera, which owns and operates the Bajo de la Alumbrera mine, a copper/gold mine in Catamarca Province, Argentina, and a 100% interest in the Agua Rica project also in Catamarca Province, Argentina. Northern Orion recently completed an update to the feasibility study for the development of the Agua Rica project.Yamana is a Canadian gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions in Brazil, Argentina and Central America. Yamana is producing gold at intermediate company production levels in addition to significant copper production. Yamana’s management plans to continue to build on this base through the advancement of its exploration properties and by targeting other gold consolidation opportunities in Brazil, Argentina and elsewhere in the Americas.
One thing is certain about today’s youth: they should be building more robots. Watching movies and TV shows with robots in them is fine, controlling robots with a smartphone is even better, but there’s no substitute for the experience of actually connecting the parts for an automaton of your very own. The educators behind the Multiplo Kickstarter project would probably agree, but were frustrated by the lack of a good, flexible teaching material for robotics. So they set out to create single kit with everything a student needs to design and build a working robot.The Multiplo system is designed to be easy to be easy to assemble, difficult to break, and entirely moddable. The components all fit together naturally because of the mathematical relationship between their dimensions, so there’s no need for tools or soldering.The individual parts are designed to be reproducible in a fabrication shop, which should make it easy for users to invent their own parts and incorporate them into Multiplo. The kit’s DuinoBot controller is expandable and compatible with most Arduino sensors, so it’s possible to add Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity into a Multiplo robot as well.To make sure users can get started right out of the box, the kit comes with an IR sensor and remote. But once students are ready to go beyond simple commands, they can create more complex tasks in a free, open source graphical software system called Minibloq. If they outgrow that software, they can start programming in the Arduino IDE since the controller is 100% Arduino compatible. Multiplo project backers can get a Starter Kit for $139, a more robust Building Kit for $239 (teachers have access to an Educator version that includes a curriculum consultation), and an even bigger Monster Kit for $400.Read more at the Multiplo Kickstarter page
The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office was awarded a $142,753 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to promote fire safety.The funds from the Fire Prevention and Safety grant will go toward the agency’s Project HomeSafe campaign, which aims at reducing the frequency and severity of residential fires through education and outreach.The program, launched in 2015, involves deputy fire marshals and volunteers to go door-to-door to show residents simple ways to reduce the risk of home fires.“When people are hurt or killed in a fire it is usually at home,” Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said in a press release. “Project HomeSafe is a strategic community outreach effort to reduce the top three avoidable causes of residential fires in Vancouver: cooking, smoking and candles.”Last year’s program reached 420 households, Scarpelli said.The primary goal of the FEMA’s Fire Prevention and Safety grant is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.
By Nelson MannehPart of ‘Nyambai’ Forest was on Thursday, 7th March 2019, consumed by fire.Eye witnesses say the fire began around 3 pm. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.Speaking to Foroyaa, one Yorro Sowe who works at an abattoir just beside the forest, said they saw the forest on fire and went out to see how they can put it off.“Beside the Forest, there are some poles that are placed there by one private company. We saw the fire coming towards those poles then we fetch some water to help in putting the fire off,” he said.Mr. Sowe added that he cannot explain how the fire started but he assumes it might have been caused by the people who passed through the forest. He said the Forest has lots of dry leaves and grasses and even a ‘cigarette’ when thrown could cause fire.Sowe narrated that the ‘Nyambai’ Forest was among the thickest forests in Brikama in those days but as the town continues to grow, the inhabitants continue to encroach into the forest for settlement. He added that people now allow their cattle to graze in the Forest.One Naranding Sanneh told Foroyaa that she resides in Jambur but fetches wood at the Forest.“The gmelina trees were cut down and there were many dried leaves on the ground, I am sure even when a ‘cigarette’ that has fire is thrown there, it could cause fire because of the dry leaves,” she noted.Nyambai Forest in ashes, Pic: Abdoulie FattyMrs. Sanneh indicated that the Forest continues to lose its greenish appearance because of fire and cutting down of trees. She held that the Forest should be reserved for the future generation.The flames that devastated the forest, Pic: Abdoulie FattyAt the time of going to press, Foroyaa tried to contact the Public Relation Office (PRO) of the Fire and Rescue Services, but he was out of reach.