first_imgAlthough BJP is in the saddle of power at the Centre with a massive majority, three worrying issues are currently being discussed incessantly across the country – the economy, conduct of the media, and EVMs. The tactical silence of BJP on all these issues so far, is, however, bothering even their staunch supporters. The country is waiting to see if Modi would come out with new magic tricks again as is his wont. Modi and BJP used a magic wand of promises in 2014 to mesmerise the entire country and come to power. It was used again in the form of nationalism when their actions in demonetisation etc., caused immense harm to the country. Their hypnotic powers were extensively used to subdue RBI and every other institution. Of late, they have also succeeded in making the Election Commission act like a robot, obeying their commands. So much is their power of magic that people have defied logic. While a bad state of economy implies the end of an incumbent President in the US and elsewhere, the same hasn’t happened in India. Much disillusioned, more people have joined others to vote Modi to power again. Also Read – A staunch allyHowever, now it is time for Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman to take stock of the reality of our country’s economy and use all their magical skills to change things, since it is all authentic. GDP growth has slowed the most in the last five years. Considering the favourable conditions of lower oil prices since they came to power in 2014, 5.8 per cent growth in the last quarter of 2018-19 is far lower in real terms compared to the actual 7.3 per cent in the same period of UPA-II, in 2014. In fact, it has been the slowest in the last 20 quarters. Fearing a negative impact, the unemployment figures were kept hidden for long. Now, the public has come to know that it is around 6 per cent, a distressing high of 45 years. Demonetisation and drying of credit to medium and small enterprises as well as the unorganised sector have immensely contributed to the shrinking of jobs, along with a dip in the self-employment economy. FDI has come down. USA has ejected India from GSP, causing an annual loss of $5.6 billion dollars of exports, adding further to the woes of unemployment. Now, RBI has also come out with the long list of defaulters cheating the country to the tune of over Rs 70,000 crore in the recent past. Further, the average agricultural growth rate of 2.51 per cent from 2014 to 2017 represents a significant dip compared to the average 3.17 per cent growth in the previous decade from 2004 to 2014. In spite of having a good rainfall average in the last five years, farmers’ distress continues, indicating that the fault lies more in the form of market processes. The price support mechanisms for farmers’ produce are thus an area of concern. Do they really have any tricks to change things? Even if they do not, who is bothered? The media only sings of their positives, in unison. Also Read – Cuban pathosLike the judiciary, the independent media is also a pillar of democracy. But, with her/his professional pride being hurt, every conscientious journalist must be sulking at her/his present fate; since it is the publisher who calls the shots. It is rightly said, the freedom of the press is restricted to the pleasure of the publisher. And his pleasure is, in turn, shaped by the government in power. With his hypnotic spell, Modi has made their task much easier. They don’t have to work; don’t have to penetrate and get information; don’t have to expose and analyse. Overwhelmed by powerful scents, their power to scent information is put at rest. They are served information on a platter. Now, it is a blatant ‘His Master’s Voice’. Independent news from them has become a rarity. As a result, their TRPs are going down each day. And, people are browsing social media more often, increasing their TRP, even when the credibility of such news is questionable. In the past, court-poets of kings sang praises of the ruler even if he was a demon; not a word was ever spoken against him. Subsequent generations believed their eulogies to be true, even though untruths were written out of fear or to derive financial benefits. The present media appears to be no different. News, unpalatable to the government, is not reported or is underplayed, as it happened when Pragya eulogised Godse; when the municipal election results of Karnataka and Telangana were not favouring BJP and when ballot papers were used in place of EVMs. Such a result, following a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections, was not a surprise to this media for making news. They are so prejudiced in favour of the ruling party that SP and JD(S) have boycotted them. Congress has stopped interacting with them for a month’s period; may even make it permanent. With all this, eyebrows of people are being raised, and questions are cropping up in social media about the results of Lok Sabha elections as to whether EVMs have played their role in BJP’s victory. There have been constant questions on the functioning of EVMs – for their hacking, tampering, pre-fixing through programming. Videos are in circulation showing truckloads of EVMs at certain places which were not properly accounted for. The High Court Bench of Gwalior is seized with the matter of 20 lakh missing EVMs from the source, the details of which were obtained under RTI subsequent to the orders of Bombay High Court. Based on the details obtained from the EC website, Quint magazine has brought out revealing information that in over 370 constituencies that went to polls in the first four phases of the elections, the total votes shown were more than the votes polled; there is a discrepancy of a whopping 58 lakh votes. When they tried to ascertain more details, the information was suddenly removed from the website. Social media is also agog with allegations of pre-fixing of EVMs with a considerable number of votes in favour of BJP. The information being spread is that these EVMs function normally otherwise; but when the final tally is counted, the pre-fixed number would add to it. Such is the software programme that was used. People are reporting that when an entire mohalla had voted against BJP, it was found that all their votes went in favour of BJP in the final counting. Against this backdrop, EC not agreeing with opposition parties to implement the 5 per cent formula of SC for VVPAT use, in letter and spirit, in the counting process, raises further doubts. The demand of opposition parties was to go for the VVPAT counting first before the actual counting takes place so that in case of discrepancies, appropriate remedial action would be taken immediately. Incidents are too many to ignore. People are puzzled; even vocal supporters of BJP are flabbergasted. Initial hush-hush has changed to consternation to anger and to protests. Their voice is rising every day, and the protests are spreading to different places. Justice Kolbe Patil, an ex-judge of High Court, has also begun an agitation. So are some more ex-judges and professors. It looks like, it is turning out to be a nation-wide agitation. National media has the responsibility to unearth the facts to clear people’s doubts. They should have conducted their own journalistic investigations into this pressing issue. But, their silence is very intriguing. In the absence of any such efforts from them, and any authentic rebuttals from the concerned quarters, people tend to believe the stories being circulated on social media. One only wishes that it is all not true, since, if they are true, it is a great fraud on the electorate. It amounts to the criminal offences of cheating, fraud and theft, in addition to the offences under the Representation of People’s Act. The charges being serious, a convincing rebuttal would have served well. But, till now there are no firm denials either by the Election Commission or by BJP and the government. On the contrary, the open protest of one of the members of EC, Ashok Lavasa, for not recording his dissent, compounds doubts further. The government is already grappling with the exposed reality of our economy. But, more importantly, they should convincingly quell doubts in public minds about their alleged magical tricks with EVMs. Otherwise, the protests could snowball into a national movement. If at all it happens, the magic spell of Modi and Shah on domestic media may work for suppressing the news only within the country; but it cannot choke the voice of international media that would sully our image beyond repair. (Dr N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The maximum personal income tax rate in the country should move towards 25 per cent to increase disposable income, thereby boosting demand in the economy, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) said Wednesday.The industry body, in a statement, said liquidity infusion, job creation and low cost export finance would be crucial at this juncture to revitalise the economy and accelerate it to a higher growth trajectory. The maximum personal income tax rate presently stands at 30 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe government must expedite liquidity infusion through gradual reduction in CRR from the current level of 4 per cent to 2 per cent and in SLR from 19 per cent to 15 per cent, PHDCCI President Talwar said. Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) is the portion of the deposits which banks are required to park with the RBI, whereas SLR or Statutory Liquidity Ratio is the portion of funds which banks are required to park in treasury bills and other instruments. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefWe appreciate the recent cut in repo rate by 25 bps and expect that the repo rate would be reduced by 125 bps gradually from the current level of 5.75 per cent to 4.5 per cent in the coming quarters, Talwar said. The transmission of policy rate cut by the banking sector in terms of reduced lending rates would be crucial to boost liquidity and induce demand in the country, he added. Besides, he said, creation of jobs in the economy would require structural reforms in the labour laws. The low hanging fruit at this juncture is to promote labour intensive manufacturing by enacting law for fixed term employment in all sectors and making the labour laws simpler by converting 44 labour laws into 4 labour codes, Talwar said. In a separate statement, Assocham Deputy Secretary General Col Saurabh Sanyal said labour and land reforms would go a long way in attracting new investment not only from within the country but also overseas. “Given a huge political capital at his command, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be able to bring in these reforms with a wide political support as also goodwill from other key stakeholders. “Such reforms would send a very positive message across the world about India unleashing an investor-friendly regime, making the country the best bet among the emerging markets,” Sanyal said.last_img read more

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6 July 2007Hundreds of business leaders attending a United Nations meeting in Geneva today pledged to comply with labour, human rights, environmental and anti-corruption standards in a wide-ranging declaration on making globalization more beneficial to the world’s people. Hundreds of business leaders attending a United Nations meeting in Geneva today pledged to comply with labour, human rights, environmental and anti-corruption standards in a wide-ranging declaration on making globalization more beneficial to the world’s people.At the second UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, top executives of corporations such as Coca-Cola, Petrobras, Fuji Xerox, China Ocean Shipping Group, Tata Steel, L M Ericsson and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria adopted the 21-point Geneva Declaration, which spells out concrete actions for business, governments and UN Global Compact participants.Some 4,000 organizations from 116 countries – among them trade unions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and some 3,100 businesses – have so far subscribed to the Global Compact, pledging to observe ten universal principles related to human rights, labour rights, the environment and the struggle against corruption. The Geneva Declaration calls for urgent action. “Poverty, income inequality, protectionism and the absence of decent work opportunities pose serious threats to world peace and markets,” it says. “Business, as a key agent of globalization, can be an enormous force for good,” participants declared, adding that companies, by committing themselves to corporate citizenship, can create and deliver value in the widest possible terms. Globalization can thus act as an accelerator for spreading universal principles, creating a values-oriented competition for a “race to the top.” Summing up the outcome of the meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants that their reports showed how market leadership and sustainability leadership go hand-in-hand. “This will help us build the supportive measures needed to create more sustainable markets. And it will ultimately help improve the lives of many people around the world,” he said. Mr. Ban called on business leaders to convene board meetings to share developments at the Summit, and ensure that the Global Compact is fully carried out within their companies and through their suppliers and partners. Civil society and labour leaders should “remain vigilant and engaged and continue to hold businesses accountable for their commitments,” said the Secretary-General. He called on governments to support the Global Compact as a unique public-private partnership initiative. And he called on the UN to integrate the Global Compact principles throughout the Organization. “Together, through the Geneva Declaration, we have deepened our collective commitment to embedding universal values in economies and markets,” Mr. Ban said. “Let us each do our share to give practical meaning to the Declaration.” Anglo American Chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart saw progress at the meeting. “At the first summit three years ago, many companies subscribed to the Global Compact principles because it sounded like the right thing to do, but did not really know how to put them into practice,” he said. “We are now moving forward towards implementation.”Today, a Ministerial Roundtable chaired by General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed al Khalifa discussed the role of governments in promoting responsible corporate citizenship. Six parallel sessions focused on human rights, labour, climate change and the environment, UN-business partnerships, corruption and responsible investment. Global as well as local initiatives were launched at the Summit. Through the “Caring for Climate” platform, Chief executive officers (CEOs) of 150 companies from around the world, including 30 from the Fortune Global 500, pledged to speed up action on climate change and called on governments to agree as soon as possible on Kyoto follow-up measures to secure workable and inclusive climate market mechanisms. The CEOs of six corporations – The Coca-Cola Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Läckeby Water Group, Nestlé S.A., SABMiller and Suez – urged their business peers everywhere to take immediate action to address the global water crisis. They launched the “CEO Water Mandate,” a project designed to help companies to better manage water use in their operations and throughout their supply chains. Also launched at the Summit, the “Principles for Responsible Investment” seek to disseminate the tenets of corporate citizenship among capital markets. The “Principles for Responsible Management Education” aim to take the case for universal values and business into business schools around the world. Over 1,000 people registered for the Summit – most from companies, but also from government entities, international organizations, international business organizations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, foundations and international labour organizations.The first Global Compact Leaders Summit took place in New York in 2004, and the next is planned for 2010. read more

A United Nations human rights expert on the question of torture today announced plans to visit Uzbekistan later this month at the Government’s invitation.Special Rapporteur Theo van Boven has requested to meet with numerous top officials during his stay in the country from 24 November to 6 December. They include the President, Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, the heads of the Police and Prison Services, and the Director of the National Human Rights Centre of Uzbekistan. In addition, he will meet with representatives of various non-governmental organizations as well as private individuals.The Special Rapporteur is scheduled to visit Tashkent, the Ferghana Valley, Urgench and the Karshi and Navoi regions, where he will meet local public officials and representatives of civil society, as well as visit various places of detention.The trip marks the first fact-finding visit by Mr. van Boven since his appointment as Special Rapporteur last year. A Professor of Law at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, he is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. read more

With a security crackdown to avenge the murder of Gen Idris Alkali looking likely, authorities may have concluded that it was not the best time to have Prince Charles in the city.The violence in central Nigeria was largely triggered by disputes over land and grazing after herdsmen drove their cattle out of the unstable and desiccated north and into the fertile farms of the centre.But as the crisis has deepened, it has taken on an increasingly religious tone as well.A local website recently lamented: “What can be done to end the cycle of killing in Jos?”Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – our weekly newsletter with everything you need to know about the Royal family. The body of a prominent Muslim general was found in a well over the weekend nearly two months after his disappearance, further heightening tensions as suspicion falls on the Berom. A member of the security forces walks past a burned down house in the Ganaropp village where 35 people were killed by Fulani herdsman in the Barikin Ladi area near Jos on June 27, 2018 A spokesman for the Foreign Office said:  “Due to operational constraints beyond our control, we have decided at this time not to include Jos during Their Royal Highnesses visit to Nigeria.“We are delighted to have an exciting programme of activity in Abuja and Lagos which will showcase those issues close to The Prince’s and The Duchess’s hearts. “The decision was taken upon advice from the Nigerian Government and others involved in security and operational aspects of the visit. “We’ve arranged an interesting and engaging programme on Thursday in Abuja, which will include showcasing alternative livelihoods focussing on poultry and Acha supergrain, water aid and a peacebuilding discussion with youth peace ambassadors.”Jos, a prosperous commercial city of nearly one million people, has increasingly been sucked into the inter-communal bloodletting that has spread across much of central Nigeria this year.As many as 169 people were killed in Plateau State, of which Jos is the capital, in June after Muslim Fulani herdsmen were accused of attacking members of the Berom tribe, who are mostly Christian.The violence has since spread into Jos itself, where mosques and churches have been burnt down in tit-for-tat attacks. At least 14 people were killed in a gunfight on the outskirts of the city last month. A member of the security forces walks past a burned down house in the Ganaropp village where 35 people were killed by Fulani herdsman in the Barikin Ladi area near Jos on June 27, 2018Credit:Stefan Heunis/AFP The Prince of Wales has been pulled out of a planned visit to Jos, Nigeria, amid security fears after violent clashes in the region, on the advice of the Foreign Office.  The Prince was supposed to be travelling to Jos on the final day of his royal tour of West Africa, to undertake engagements including a discussion about peace building and conflict resolution in the conflict-ridden region.On Monday, it was announced that he would no longer be making the trip, on the advice of the British government.A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the decision was made “upon advice from the Nigerian government and others involved in security and operational aspects of the visit”.A source added there were no known specific threats to the Prince’s safety, with “additional security precautions relating to recent clashes”.The Prince is understood to be disappointed he is unable to make the trip, which had been planned for some time.Events arranged in Jos will now be moved to Abuja, Nigeria, to allow him to speak to local people about their rural livelihoods and attend a service of commemoration.He will also take part in an hour-long discussion about “peace-building and conflict resolution”. read more

first_imgOZ Minerals’ scoping study on an expansion at the Carrapateena copper-gold project, in South Australia, has shown that converting the lower portion of the sublevel cave to a block cave from 2026 could yield up to 60,000 t/y more copper output at the same time as reducing operating costs.The Carrapateena sublevel cave is still in the development phase and is expected to hit first production in the December quarter of this year. This project is expected to produce an average of 65,000 t/y of copper and 67,000 oz/y of gold over a 20-year mine life.The study outlined a more than doubling of mine throughput from 4.25 Mt/y to 10-12 Mt/y from 2026 through the development of the block cave and expanded surface infrastructure. This was expected to cost A$1-$1.3 billion ($704-$916 million) in upfront capital and lead to all-in sustaining costs going from $1.05/Ib ($2,315/t) in the sublevel cave operation to $0.90-$0.95/Ib during block cave operation.The plan would see OZ Minerals access the higher-grade bornite mineralisation first, via the top-down sublevel cave, followed by a bottom-up block cave, OZ said.Mine expansion and transition to a block cave would require adjustment to the location of future underground infrastructure below crusher station two, including a change in orientation of the decline, conveyor and ventilation, OZ said. In the current operation plan, this is not due for installation until after 2021.The materials handling system and crushing infrastructure would require additional drive motors and a faster conveyor system to hit the new 10-12 Mt/y capacity, while there would need to be upgrades to the primary and secondary ventilation systems; electricity and communications infrastructure; and water supply, dewatering and underground facilities.In terms of the process plant, there would need to be either a new parallel processing plant installed or an upgrade of the current sublevel cave processing plant.OZ Minerals CEO, Andrew Cole, said: “The Carrapateena Block Cave Expansion work showed the conversion to a block cave to be the most value accretive next step for the Carrapateena resource and conceptually for the entire province, as it potentially enables a series of future add-on block caves, which themselves will now be the subject of a Carrapateena Life of Province Plan scoping study.”He said the sublevel cave construction project remained on schedule for first production later this year, with ramp up to full production of 4.25 Mt/y taking place over the following 18 months.The company will now move onto a prefeasibility study for the block cave expansion plan, which is expected to be completed by mid-2020.Factoring in the scoping study results increases life of mine tonnes from 84 Mt at 1.8% Cu and 0.7 g/t Au, to around 145 Mt at 1.2% Cu and 0.5 g/t Au over a 20-year period.last_img read more

2Pick Szeged7601198:18212160 2HC Vardar Pro Skopje7412209:201980 1KS Vive Targi Kielce7700221:18614350 RNL – Veszprem  SAT, 21RK Celje PL – HC Montpellier SAT 20.30Chekhovskie Medvedi – RK Vardar SAT, 19 5RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko7205202:2094-70 ehf champions league handball 6HC Metalurg-Skopje7106170:2102-400 1FC Barcelona7610245:19413510 1MKB Veszprem KC7700212:18414280 ← Previous Story Latvia hosts this weekend’s Challenge League Next Story → Asian CL semis: Qatar against Kuwait 5Besiktas Istanbul7106170:2092-391 4Wisla Plock SSA7313200:198720 1THW Kiel8701254:22114330 3Rhein-Neckar Lowen7403210:1968140 3Naturhouse La Rioja8314240:2417-10 6K. Schaffhausen8125207:2394-320 4Croatia Osiguranje7304163:1746-110 Kadetten Schaffhausen : Aalborg 25:25 (14:9)Dunkerque – Motor Zaporožje SAT, 16 hrsPick Szeged  – Kielce SAT, 16.30 hrs 5HC Meshkov Brest7214193:1975-40 2KIF Kolding7421197:17610210 4Montpellier Handball7223217:2266-90 Alingsas – SG Flensburg 22:27Wisla Plock – FC Barcelona SAT, 18.30KIF Kolding – Besiktas SUN, 16.50 5Dunkerque HB7205165:1734-80 The Velux EHF Champions League Round 8 will be played from Saturday to Tuesday, when PPD Zagreb and PSG Handball will meet in Zagreb Arena.Schedule:La Rioja – THW Kiel 30:34RK Metalurg – Brest Meshkov  SAT, 19PPD ZAGREB – PSG HANDBALL TUE, 18.30 3AaB Handball8224203:2106-70 2Paris Handball7502204:18110230 3SG Flensburg-Handewitt8503228:2191090 6Chehovski Medvedi7016215:2491-340 6Alingsaas HK8107197:2412-44-1 4Motor-Zntu-Zas7205191:1954-40 read more

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #MANDELA Crowds of people are gathering to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela this morning, with more than 80,000 people expected to attend a memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.2. #CHURCH The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church is to publish its audits of eight church entities today. It will also look at the response by Christian Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse in day schools.3. #TOP-UPS Deputy Shane Ross is to seek to compel outgoing chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic, Brian Conlon, to appear at an Oireachtas hearing. Its new acting chief has said the board will not be resigning, the Irish Independent reports. Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner says that inquiries into top-ups will take place at four more State-funded agencies.4. #INQUIRY Ten staff at Stewarts Care, a facility for people with intellectual disabilities, have been suspended, pending an investigation into the standard of care provided. The Irish Times reports that concerns were raised by Trinity College Dublin students who had been on placement there.5. #CREDIT UNION The cost of the bailout of Newbridge Credit Union is to top €57m, the Irish Independent says. Naas Credit Union has also been given €750,000 by the Central Bank to cover its costs for considering a rejected merger with Newbridge.6. #MAYOR A portrait of jailed former Lord Mayor of Cork, John Murray, has been removed from Cork’s City Hall after a plea from a woman whom he sexually assaulted. It was agreed by party whips to remove the portrait.7. #THAILAND The Prime Minister of Thailand has rejected protesters’ demands that she step down from her post. Yingluck Shinawatra has urged them to abandon their ‘people’s revolution’ and encouraged them to vote in the upcoming election.8. #COURT Paul McMenamy (28), of Donomore Green, Tallaght, has been sentenced to six years in prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Nicola Murray, leaving her hospitalised for serious brain injuries.  Murray’s family have described the sentence as “a disgrace”, the Herald reports.9. #BETHANY HOMES The Dáil is to debate the issue of redress for Bethany Home survivors today, with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald calling on the government to provide resources for ‘the small number of elderly men and women’ affected.last_img read more

first_imgTusla knew McCabe sex claims were false but kept them on file for two years, HSE claims The HSE said it was one of its staff members not Túsla which made the error relating to the McCabe allegation. Feb 11th 2017, 1:21 PM 187 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 33,215 Views Share57 Tweet Email4 Short URL Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 1:21 PM Maurice McCabe Source: Niall CarsonTHE HSE HAS this afternoon issued an apology to Sergeant Maurice McCabe for the”distress caused” over the mishandling of a sexual abuse allegation wrongly made against him.In what has become an increasingly complex case, the HSE said that it undertook an immediate review of internal procedures once they realised an administrative error had been made.The HSE said in July 2013, there was an allegation of retrospective abuse made against McCabe and that, in line with process, the HSE’s National Counselling Service referred this allegation to Tusla.A spokesperson said: “The HSE wishes to confirm that there was an administrative error made by a staff member of the HSE’s National Counselling Service (NCS) in the referral made at that time.  This administrative error was brought to the attention of the National Counselling Service in May 2014.”Despite the HSE today claiming they contacted Tusla and gardaí in 2014, the inaccurate sexual abuse claim remained on Tusla’s file until at least January 2016 when a member of its staff contacted McCabe with a view to interviewing him to ascertain ‘whether or not he was a threat to children’.The HSE said the National Counselling Service responded immediately in May 2014 by bringing this error and a corrected report to the attention of Tusla and an Garda Síochána. It stressed that the National Counselling Service would have had no further involvement in this matter “once the corrected report was provided to Túsla and gardaí”.Additional supervisory procedures were put in place in relation to the staff member who made the “administrative error”.The spokesperson added: “The HSE apologises unreservedly to Mr McCabe and his family for the distress caused on foot of this error. The HSE is making arrangements to offer this apology formally to Mr McCabe as soon as possible.”Labour leader Brendan Howlin, who used Dáil privilege to highlight the McCabe case earlier this week, said a criminal investigation is now needed to address the scandal.However, Health Minister Simon Harris said on the Saturday with Claire Byrne show on RTE Radio One that a commission of investigation has already been set up and that it should be allowed to do its job.With reporting by Cianan BrennanRead: As it happened: Political turmoil over the Maurice McCabe whistleblowing smears >last_img read more

first_imgLes abeilles capables d’identifier et éviter les fleurs toxiquesTrès sensibles à certaines toxines végétales, les abeilles sont capables d’identifier le nectar qui les rend malades grâce à leur odeur, et ainsi l’éviter. C’est ce que révèle une étude récemment publiée dans la revue Current Biology Journal.Des scientifiques britanniques ont démontré pour la première fois comment la sérotonine, une substance neurochimique, guide les abeilles en leur permettant de détecter les fleurs riches en toxines. Leur étude révèle en effet que les abeilles ayant été malades après avoir consommé un nectar, sont ensuite capables de reconnaître et éviter les fleurs toxiques grâce à leur odeur.À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)Cette découverte est loin d’être anodine. Directrice du Honeybee Lab, le Dr Geraldine Wright souligne que si les chercheurs parviennent à comprendre la façon dont les abeilles détectent ces toxines, ils pourraient identifier les fleurs qui n’en contiennent pas, et ainsi protéger les abeilles dont la surmortalité est particulièrement inquiétante depuis plusieurs années.Mais pour l’instant, Geraldine Wright se dit inquiète à l’idée que la capacité des abeilles à reconnaître le nectar qui les a rendu malades ne leur soit plus réellement utile. “Le problème est que les abeilles pourraient être obligées de se nourrir de nectar toxique car elles n’ont pas d’autre choix, par exemple lorsqu’on les introduit dans un grand verger pour sa pollinisation”, explique-t-elle. Et d’ajouter : “A une époque où les populations d’abeilles sont vulnérables et sous pression, ces recherches sont indispensables à leur survie. Il n’est pas logique que les plantes empoisonnent les pollinisateurs dont elles ont besoin pour survivre. Les toxines sont peut-être présentes pour protéger les plantes des fourmis, nous n’en savons rien. Mais ce que nous savons, c’est qu’un certain nombre d’espèces végétales au Royaume-Uni produisent des toxines et que par manque de choix, les abeilles sont forcées de s’en nourrir”.Le 2 janvier 2011 à 19:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say they’ve identified a person struck by an Amtrak train in northwest Portland as a 73-year-old homeless man.The Portland Police Bureau says witnesses told officers Sotelo Mediano was sleeping or lying next to the train tracks when he was struck. He is in critical condition at a Portland hospital.Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Paul Corah tells The Oregonian that the train was traveling about 10 mph as it pulled into Union Station when the conductor saw some clothes near the tracks. Then he saw a man’s body next to the tracks. The train stopped and the conductor called 911.Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham says the train was traveling to Eugene from Seattle and carried 214 passengers. No one on the train was injured.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., appears close to resuming its normal operating status in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, after the commander of the 4th Fighter Wing issued an “all clear” for the base Friday. Since the storm reached the installation, Sept. 14, causing flooding in multiple locations including parts of the runway, airmen responded to power outages and removed fallen trees from buildings, reported 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. The base’s 50 F-15E Strike Eagles and 6 KC-135R Stratotankers returned from Barksdale AFB, La., last Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, the Neuse River, located just outside the base perimeter, crested at more than nine feet above flood level. … On Saturday, three Marine Corps bases in coastal North Carolina — Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and MCAS Cherry Point — issued an “all clear,” directing all personnel to return to their duty station by Sunday. The announcement warned personnel about widespread road closures throughout the region, and recommended specific routes for returning to each of the installations. Damage assessments of facility exteriors have been completed at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, with tarps placed over the most significant damage, according to a Facebook post.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolleylast_img read more

first_imgThe singer/songwriter dropped all kinds of hints about her new album, including the title, track names and moreRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 2, 2018 – 10:54 am Ariana Grande stopped by “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” on May 1, and boy did we learn a lot.Starting with her upcoming album, the singer/songwriter revealed the title is Sweetener because “it’s kind of about bringing light to a situation or to someone’s life or somebody else brings life to your life. Sweetening the situation.”Grande also tipped that the album will be coming this summer, and on the 20th of every month she will do something special ahead of its release. On April 20 we got the first single, “No Tears Left To Cry.” On May 20 Grande will perform at the Billboard Music Awards. She also dropped the hint that there’s only a few more 20th dates left, which would put the release date at July or August.The GRAMMY nominee also shared a few track names, including “R.E.M.,” “The Light Is Coming,” “God Is A Woman,” and the lowdown on a short intro track, “Raindrops,” which borrows from a ’50s Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons song called “An Angel Cried.”Grande also hinted that they hid the entire album track list in “the video” — we assume “No Tears Left To Cry” — but the list isn’t in order. She also tweeted a few lyrics to “R.E.M.” earlier in the week. Ariana Grande Reveals ‘Sweetener’ Album Title With Jimmy Fallon Twitter During her appearance on the popular late-night TV show, Grande also played a round of “Musical Genre Challenge,” which saw the superstar imitate Evanescence’s Amy Lee for a rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” and channel a ’90s diva for a version of Drake’s “God’s Plan.”Sweetener will be Grande’s fourth studio album and her latest since her 2016 GRAMMY-nominated LP, Dangerous Woman.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News center_img Email Facebook Ariana Grande’s New Album: ‘Sweetener’ ariana-grande-reveals-sweetener-album-title-jimmy-fallonlast_img read more

first_img Budweiser Recreated a Beer George Washington BrewedBudweiser’s Buddy Cup contains a chip linking it to Facebook Nothing says “historic achievement” like an ice cold beer.To celebrate 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Budweiser has brewed a limited-edition brewski that’s out of this world.Discover Reserve American Red Lager, made with medium-roast Voyager barley malt, is actually inspired by an old recipe from the time of the Apollo missions.“This Bud’s for those who challenged the odds and made the impossible possible,” Ricardo Marques, vice president of marketing core and value brands at Anheuser-Busch.An out-of-this-world brew (via Anheuser-Busch)“Budweiser Discovery Reserve is our tribute to this epic moment in history,” he continued, “one that will certainly continue to inspire generations of present and future explorers.”As well as Budweiser designers: The label’s 11 stars represent the Apollo 11 mission, while alternating bottle caps symbolize Neil Armstrong’s footprints on the Moon and our next frontier—Mars.The Anheuser-Busch logo has also been updated to reflect the Red Planet, with Earth in the background.Boasting a “light hoppy aroma, a toasted barley malt taste with a hint of toffee, and a sharp finish,” the beer is also a nod to the U.S. Air Force, which worked closely with NASA’s 1960s space program.Brewed by former Air Force Captain Karissa Norrington, each case of Discovery Reserve sold earns $1 for the Folds of Honor Foundation*, which provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members.Since 2011, the brand and its partners have raised nearly $16 million for the charity and contributed to 3,000-plus grants for military families across the country.Look for the lager on shelves through September (or while supplies last). This marks the latest addition to Budweiser’s Reserve Collection, launched in the fall of 2017.Each variant—including Reserve Copper Lager, Freedom Reserve, and Repeal Reserve—was created to develop and debut new recipes and packaging tied to relevant moments in time.* Up to $100,000More on Recreated a Beer George Washington BrewedOutdoor Gear company Patagonia Brews Up a New Sustainable BeerSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inspired a Beer Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Journal information: Nature Communications Explore further More information: Jay Shah et al. “The oldest magnetic record in our solar system identified using nanometric imaging and numerical modeling.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03613-1 © 2018 Magnetic induction map of a magnetically non-uniform kamacite grain (consisting mostly of iron), which is encased within a dusty olivine crystal in a meteorite. The arrows and the color wheel indicate the direction of magnetic induction. Scale bar: 200 nm. Credit: Shah et al. Published in Nature Communications 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.center_img The researchers, Jay Shah and coauthors from the UK, Germany, and Norway, have published a paper on the discovery of the oldest magnetic record in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”Our study shows that magnetic fields that were present during the birth of our solar system are credibly contained within meteorite samples that we have in our collections,” Shah told “With a better understanding of these complex magnetization structures, we can access this magnetic field information, and deduce how our solar system evolved from a disk of dust to the planetary system we see today.”In the field of paleomagnetism, the main objects of study are ancient rocks and other materials which, as they cooled during their formation, acquired a thermoremanent magnetization imparted by the magnetic fields present at the time. By studying these magnetic materials, researchers can find clues as to what kinds of magnetic fields existed in the early solar system.As the researchers explain in their paper, the underpinning hypothesis in paleomagnetism is Néel’s single domain theory, which predicts that uniformly magnetized grains can retain their magnetic states over geological timescales. However, Néel’s theory says nothing about non-uniformly magnetized grains, which are the most abundant form of magnetism present in rocks and meteorites. Although some research has suggested that non-uniform magnetization states do not retain their magnetization very well, the question has remained unanswered until now.The new study shows, for the first time, that iron with non-uniform magnetization states can retain magnetic recordings from more than 4 billion years ago. To show this, the researchers used cutting-edge imaging techniques (nanometric magnetic imaging and off-axis electron holography) to study the magnetic grains in dusty olivine, which are a few hundred nanometers in size. In tests, the researchers heated the grains above 300 °C, the highest temperature that these meteorites would have experienced since forming 4.6 billion years ago, and observed that the grains retain their magnetic states. As the thermal relaxation times at this temperature are longer than the age of the solar system, the results strongly indicate that the thermoremanent magnetization imparted during their formation has remained stable to the present day.The researchers expect that the results will lead to a better understanding of the magnetic field in the early solar system, and even how the solar system originated.”I hope that this study can drive a better understanding of complex magnetization structures that will result in more sophisticated analyses of ancient magnetic fields throughout the solar system, including those on Earth,” Shah said. Citation: Oldest magnetic record in the solar system discovered in a meteorite (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Researchers have found that an iron-containing mineral called dusty olivine, present in meteorites, retains a record of the magnetic field from the early solar system around 4.6 billion years ago. The results are surprising, as the magnetism in dusty olivine is non-uniform, and non-uniform magnetic materials have previously been thought to be poor magnetic recorders. The discovery may lead to new insight into how the solar system formed—with the help of magnetic fields—from a protoplanetary disk. Magnetic fields frozen into meteorite grains tell a shocking tale of solar system birthlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A polling personnel in South Dinajpur was found hanging at his home on Tuesday morning. His family members claimed that he committed suicide because he was tensed due to poll-related violence.According to sources, Babulal Murmu of Buniadpur in South Dinajpur was selected as a polling personnel for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections. He was kept on reserve, which means in case of any polling personnel gets ill or removed, Murmu will be replaced by him. Murmu, a teacher by profession reportedly expressed his fear over the election duty as incidents of violence were being reported from several areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Monday night, he went to the Dispersal-Cum-Reception Centre (DCRC) from where other polling personnel were issued Electronic Voting Machines and other poll related documents. Later, he went back home without informing DCRC officials. On Tuesday morning, his wife found him hanging from ceiling. Immediately police were informed. His wife and other family members claimed that Murmu was nervous seeing the violence during the polls and had expressed his fear. He committed suicide as he was afraid to take part in election duty. During a press conference at the Chief Election Commissioner’s office, Additional Director General, Law and Order, Sidh Nath Gupta narrated the incident and said that Murmu went home without any intimation.last_img read more

first_imgConfigure Telemetry settings on Windows 10 devices by Martin Brinkmann on March 12, 2018 in Windows – 24 commentsWindows 10 was not Microsoft’s first operating system that collected Telemetry data but Microsoft changed what is collected and the control users have over the functionality significantly in Windows 10.The move to Windows as a Service played a major role in the decision as Microsoft’s decision to switch from a “one major new version of Windows every three years” to “two not so big but still significant updates per year” release scheme.Telemetry, or how Microsoft likes to call it these days, diagnostic data, is important to Microsoft because the company uses diagnostic data in the decision making process.All editions of Windows 10, with the exception of selected Enterprise editions, collect Telemetry by default. In fact, most versions of Windows 10 come without options to disable the collecting of diagnostic data.While it is possible to limit the collecting of data to what Microsoft calls a basic level, it is not possible to block the collecting using the preferences of the operating system.Windows 10 Telemetry settingsWindows 10 supports four different Telemetry settings. Only two of those, Full and Basic, are visible in the Settings application. The two remaining diagnostic levels are Security and Enhanced, and they can only be set using the Group Policy or Registry.Here is the order based on how much data is collected: Full > Enhanced > Basic > SecurityNote: I’m not 100% sure that Enhanced is used for anything as it is not displayed during setup or in the Settings app as an option. It is likely that Microsoft will remove Enhanced eventually.The Settings appThe Settings application gives you the same control over privacy that you get during initial setup of the operating system.Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings app.Go to Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback.The default Telemetry level is Full. Windows 10 collects a lot of data at this level and transfers the data to Microsoft regularly.You can switch the diagnostic data level to basic using the Settings app to limit data collecting. Basic is the lowest level available for all consumer versions of Windows 10.The only exception to the rule is if the device is linked to the Windows Insider Program. Insider Program devices are set to Full data collecting permanently.Tip: Microsoft revealed what data Windows 10 collects at what level in mid-2017. The first feature update of Windows 10 in 2018 introduces options to view the collected Windows 10 data on the device, and to delete collected data.The Group PolicyThe Group Policy Editor lists all four available Telemetry levels but only three of them are available on consumer devices.Do the following to open the Group Policy Editor. (Note: not available on Windows 10 Home devices).Tap on the Windows-key to open the Start Menu.Type gpedit.msc and hit the Enter-key.Navigate to the following key using the folder structure on the left: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds.Double-click on the Allow Telemetry policy to display it.The policy is not configured by default which means that the value set during setup or in the Settings app is used. Disabled has the same effect, it does not disable Telemetry collecting completely on the device.Consumers and small businesses may set Telemetry to Basic, Enhanced or Full only. While it is possible to select Security, that is not advised because the setting is switched internally to Basic automatically, and because it may interfere with update delivery on the system.The Telemetry levelsThe following values are available:SecurityA value of 0 (Security) will send minimal data to Microsoft to keep Windows secure. Windows security components such as Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) and Windows Defender may send data to Microsoft at this level if they are enabled.BasicA value of 1 (Basic) sends the same data as a value of 0, plus a very limited amount of diagnostic data such as basic device info, quality-related data, and app compatibility info. Note that setting values of 0 or 1 will degrade certain experiences on the device.EnhancedA value of 2 (Enhanced) sends the same data as a value of 1, plus additional data such as how Windows, Windows Server, System Center, and apps are used, how they perform, and advanced reliability data.FullA value of 3 (Full) sends the same data as a value of 2, plus advanced diagnostics data used to diagnose and fix problems with devices, which can include the files and content that may have caused a problem with the device.Setting Telemetry in the Windows RegistryYou may set the diagnostic data level in the Windows Registry. The method has the same effect as setting the Telemetry level using the Group Policy.Tap on the Windows-key to display the Start Menu.Type regedit.exe and hit the Enter-key on the keyboard to start the Registry Editor.Confirm the UAC prompt.To configure Telemetry, go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection and change the value of the Dword AllowTelemetry to one of the supported values:0 — Security (Enterprise only)1 — Basic Telemetry2 — Enhanced Telemetry3 — Full TelemetryNotes:If DataCollection does not exist, right-click on Windows and select New > Key to create it.If the Dword value AllowTelemetry does not exist, right-click on DataCollection and select New > Dword (32-bit Value) to create it.Telemetry FAQHere is a quick list of common questions and answers:What is Telemetry in Windows 10?Telemetry, or diagnostic data, is data that Windows 10 collects automatically to send it to Microsoft servers. Microsoft states that the data is anonymized and helps the company develop Windows 10.How do I turn off Windows 10 data collecting?The short answer: you can’t using built-in functionality. What you can do is change the level of Telemetry from Full to Basic to limit what data is collected and transferred to Microsoft.Is there really no way?There is a way, but it may limit other functionality if you are not careful. You need to block Microsoft servers so that connections to these servers is blocked. Check out a script like Debloat Windows 10 which does that but create a backup of the system first.What’s the difference between Telemetry and other Windows 10 privacy settings?Telemetry refers to the automatic collection of diagnostic data. The remaining Privacy settings control what apps may do for the most part. These settings are not considered Telemetry but they are still privacy related.ResourcesCheck out the following Resources if you want to know more about Telemetry and diagnostic data in Windows 10:Configure Windows diagnostic data in your organizationDiagnostic Data Viewer OverviewWindows 10, version 1709 basic level Windows diagnostic events and fieldsWindows 10, version 1709 enhanced diagnostic data events and fields used by Windows AnalyticsWindows 10, version 1709 diagnostic data for the Full levelSummaryArticle NameConfigure Telemetry settings on Windows 10 devicesDescriptionWindows 10 supports four different Telemetry settings. Only two of those, Full and Basic, are visible in the Settings application. The two remaining diagnostic levels are Security and Enhanced, and they can only be set using the Group Policy or Registry.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more