first_imgThe Uttarakhand Law Commission has recommended changes in the State’s Protection of Cow Progeny Act to declare the animal mother of the nation.“The cow should be declared Rashtra Mata in the interest of the nation and justice,” the state’s Law Commission said in its fifth report to the state government, now available to the media. Changes in the 2007 Act are also necessary for setting up veterinary centres and shelters for stray cows, and penalising cattle owners in case of cruelty to the animals, the report said. It also suggested setting up call centres and toll-free phone numbers help people report cruelty against stray cows. The Uttarakhand Assembly had also passed a unanimous resolution in September last year, seeking the `Rashtra Mata’ status for the cow. Among other suggestions, the commission recommended revival of the provision for anticipatory bail which was suspended during the Emergency, its chairman Justice Rajesh Tandon said on Wednesday. It has also suggested the repeal of several laws that have become obsolete. The laws that the panel wants scrapped mostly go back to the time when Uttarakhand was part of Uttar Pradesh. However, the Uttarakhand High Court has already ruled against the provision that blocked anticipatory bail in the state for those fearing arrest. In an order issued last year, the high court said Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) that relates to anticipatory bail shall be applicable in Uttarakhand as well. The suspension of anticipatory bail goes back to an Uttar Pradesh-specific amendment to the CrPC provision for anticipatory bail.“The provision for anticipatory bail under section 438 of the CrPC was suspended during the Emergency in 1975. But in the present circumstances there is no need to keep it suspended,’ Justice Tandon, a former judge of the Uttarakhand High Court, said.“Hence revival of the provision for anticipatory bail before regular bail under Article 21 of the Constitution of India through an amendment is imperative,” he said at a press conference. The Article relates to right to life and personal liberty. The recommendation is part of the commission’s reports submitted to the state government since the panel’s creation in January last year, he said. The commission has submitted nine reports so far, he said. The recommendations, awaiting the State cabinet’s approval, have already been presented before Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and the state Law Minister Prakash Pant, he said. The commission has recommended the passage of a Chardham Yatra Act on the lines of the Vaishno Devi Shrine Act, he said. The commission has suggested repeal of laws which have become obsolete and amendments to others to make them more relevant, he said. These include the Uttar Pradesh Advertisement Act, 1981, the Uttarakhand Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas Act, 2008, Basic Education Act, 1972, the United Provinces Acquisition of Property (Flood Relief) Act, 1972, The United Provinces Aerial Ropeways Act, 1972.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) Spin legend Shane Warne will talk about his extraordinary cricketing career and his life off the pitch besides unveiling several unknown facts in his autobiography which will be published this October.Ebury Press today announced that Warne’s memoir “No Spin” will have a global release on October 4.”No Spin” is the true story behind the headlines, in Warne’s own voice, and challenges some of the enduring myths and untruths that surround him.Uncompromising and compelling, it is destined to rank alongside some of the greatest sports autobiographies ever, the publisher said.Andrew Goodfellow, deputy publisher at Ebury, said, “Despite all the pain he’s inflicted on us over the years Shane Warne is still one of the most admired and celebrated cricketers to a British audience.”You simply can’t imagine the game without his unique contributions. I think his insight, no-nonsense honesty and strength of voice will make this the most read cricketing autobiography in years. At Ebury we are all very excited and honoured to be publishing such a legend.”The memoir is written with cricketer and TV presenter Mark Nicholas.Warne’s mesmerising bowling prowess coupled with his personal life (which has long been fodder for the tabloid press) has made him one of the world’s most illustrious sportsmen.Born on September 13, 1969, Warne is widely regarded as one of the finest bowlers in the history of the game. He played his first Test match in 1992, and took over 1,000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals).A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs. He played domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He also captained the Rajasthan Royals to victory in the IPL in 2008. He officially retired from all formats in 2013 and currently commentates for Foxtel. PTI ZMN RDSRDSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgUSATSI_8084546_154512258_lowresThis is incredible.I wrote about Charlie Strong and Texas earlier this week but this is bad even for how bad things have gone so far.The Horns are playing UCLA in Dallas on Saturday night and…well…I’ll let this guy take it from here.So UCLA wins the toss and elects to defer. And then Texas chooses to kickoff. So UCLA will get it twice.— Bruin Report Online (@BruinReport) September 14, 2014 The ref even turned the microphone off to explain to the Texas captain what he was doing. And they still chose to kick.— Bruin Report Online (@BruinReport) September 14, 2014Here’s video of Strong thereafter.That’s unbelievable.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Jim Mora was seen on the big screen mouthing “We get the ball twice?”— Bruin Report Online (@BruinReport) September 14, 2014last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley midfielder Jack Cork ready for ‘lively’ Norwichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jack Cork knows they face a “lively” Norwich City this weekend.The Canaries shook current champions Manchester City with a confidence-boosting 3-2 last time out at Carrow Road.Cork said: “All the teams that came up this season have looked quite sharp and lively and Norwich don’t look out of place at all in the Premier League.“They have started really well, scoring goals and playing good football, so It’ll be a really tough game.”The East Anglian outfit’s star man so far has been Finnish striker Teemu Pukki.Cork also told the club’s website: “He’s obviously a great finisher. We’ve got to look to limit his chances and in the Premier League, you can’t allow anyone time and space.” last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia and New Brunswick power companies are exploring the opportunity for a new 500 megawatt line that would more than double the electrical transmission capacity between the two provinces. Premier Darrell Dexter, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, Nova Scotia Power CEO Rob Bennett, and NB Power CEO Gaetan Thomas announced the project in Fredericton, today, July 20. “Historically, Nova Scotia was an energy island and now because of this project, the province will have a stronger grid that will allow more power to be imported and exported,” said Premier Dexter. “That means that more jobs will be created that will strengthen and grow the economy, and businesses and Nova Scotians from one end of the province to the other will have stable energy prices which will result in more affordable power in the foreseeable future.” The proposed new regional transmission line would be between Colchester County and Southern New Brunswick. “New Brunswick has been actively working with our neighbours to build regional transmission capacity and leverage our position as an energy hub to create jobs to keep our young people at home,” said Premier Graham. “This new transmission capacity is a crucial piece of infrastructure that will open the door for new renewable energy projects in New Brunswick and power exports to Nova Scotia.” Talks between Emera and NB Power will also focus on enhancing the existing agreement between NB Power and Emera’s Bayside Power natural gas fuelled generation facility in Saint John, and examining the potential for expansion. NB Power and Emera will work together on a project-development plan to address such details as costs, ownership of the lines and assignment of operational responsibilities. The project would require a provincial environmental assessment and need to be approved by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. “Emera and Nova Scotia Power are committed to cleaner, cost-effective, more diversified and better connected electricity and energy infrastructure within Atlantic Canada,” said Rob Bennett, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Power. “We are also committed to development of infrastructure that improves our region’s connection with the rest of North America.” “Ensuring that we are doing the right things for our customers is paramount,” said Gaetan Thomas, NB Power president and CEO. “By maximizing regional collaboration, we are ensuring that we are reducing our risk, taking full advantage of our generation resources and continually looking for new and innovative solutions.” Premier Dexter noted this announcement builds nicely on last week’s meetings in Lenox, Massachusetts with premiers from the Atlantic provinces committing to further cooperation on regional energy initiatives that will improve the economy and environment in all regions. “Today’s announcement offers tremendous economic and environmental benefits for Nova Scotia and indeed all of Atlantic Canada. “It can bring good jobs, economic growth, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and in the foreseeable future, a more stable, affordable power bill for ratepayers on both sides of the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border,” said Premier Dexter.last_img read more

first_imgThe Music Circle is organizing a charity jumble sale in association with Oxfam on January 26, with celebrity donations from Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah, Dermot O’Leary, Fearne Cotton, Marilyn Manson, Charlotte Church and many more.The sale is in aid of abused women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in tandem with Oxfam’s Get Together for International Women’s Day on 8 March 2013, and will be held at east London’s Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.There’ll be a pop-up retro hair salon from Lipstick & Curls to give you instant Victory rolls, a stylists’ corner and photobooth featuring some surprises familiar faces, hyper ping-pong action from the mighty Pongathon crew, food from Gizzi Erskine, tea and cakes from Joe’s Tea Co and Drink, Shop & Do and DJs including Gizzi, Jen Long (Radio 1), My Ex Boyfriend’s Records and more all day long.Stalls are coming from the likes of presenter Gemma Cairney, designer Fred Butler, actress Vicki McClure, T4’s Georgie Okell, Smashbox with 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, presenter and journalist Kim Taylor Bennett, Run Riot’s Katie Antoniou (with stationery for New Year’s Resolutions), Krissi Murison (The Sunday Times), Emmy the Great and Elizabeth Sankey (Summer Camp) and many more.Rumble in the Jumble #2 is the follow-up to Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and TV presenter Dawn Porter’s hugely successful event last year for Get Together, which raised an enormous £7k for Oxfam.The Music Circle has been busy blagging choice jumble from the music world and there’ll be plenty of clothes, accessories and bric-a-brac to snap up on the day, including donations from Schuh, ASOS, Pretty Polly and Marshall Amps. There’s room for the boys too, with donations from Tinie Tempah, The Vaccines, Wretch 32, Toddla T, Foals, Miles Kane, Russell Tovey, Benga and even Marilyn Manson, including a record stall assembled from DJs and bands’ personal collections.Bands, labels, DJs and magazines who have contributed to the record stall so far include Andrew Weatherall, Erol Alkan, Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Mary Anne Hobbs, 23 Skidoo, James Ford, Benji B, Fake Blood, Pure Groove, Friendly Fires, Gaz Mayall, Warp, Ninja Tune, Fabric, Ben Westbeech, 23 Skidoo, Time Out, FACT, Dazed & Confused, NME, Guardian, Q, Tayo, Daniel Avery, Greco-Roman, Slutty Fringe, Soul Jazz, Earnest Endeavours and more.All you need to do is turn up on the day with a bag of decent jumble to donate, pay £3 to get in, and get stuck into the rest!The Music Circle is a subsidiary of Annie Lennox’s The Circle. Set up in 2008 by Annie Lennox and Oxfam, The Circle is a partnership of influential women who work with Oxfam, bringing ideas, skills and resources to the table to help Oxfam fight poverty and inequality. To date, The Circle has raised almost a million pounds for Oxfam to date.To find out more, visit the event’s Facebook page.Source:Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon is looking at ways it can answer the call from the Truth and Reconciliation commission for all governments to release Indian residential school records.As Shirley McLean tells us, the territory has one of the toughest privacy laws in the country.last_img

first_imgXu says she got inspired and involved in Math competitions thanks to fellow former student Alyssa Yu.” I have always been searching for the high standard Maths contests such as the Euclid to challenge myself. Fortunately, I met a fellow student Alyssa Yu who graduated one year ago and was also interested in competing. She had been taking the Maths contests initiated by the University of Waterloo since Junior high and she inspired me to have a try in the Euclid contest.”According to Xu, in her first Euclid Contest in Grade 11, she ended up with a score of 79 out of 100, ranking 509th place nationwide.Then this year, in Grade 12, Xu entered in the Euclid Contest again but the result was two points less than what she had achieved in Grade 11.Despite this, Xu managed to rank in the top 25 percent in the Country.Xu says she always finds the results of the Contest cheerful and meaningful, adding that the Contest doesn’t require an abundant knowledge of advanced Mathematics. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School Grade 12 Student, Arya Xu, placed in the top 25 percent across the Country in the Euclid Math Contest.Since Grade 10, Xu has been one of the top Math students in the school and finds the subject not dull but a source of satisfaction as a way to improve her logical thinking.“Since Grade 10 I have been one of the top Math students in the school. By the end of Grade 11 I have finished all Maths courses including Calculus 12. For me, Maths isn’t a dull school subject but a source of satisfaction where I get to debate against myself and improve my logical thinking by solving the delicately structured problems.” “The results of the Euclid contests are always cheerful and meaningful. The Euclid contest doesn’t require an abundant knowledge of advanced Mathematics such as Linear Algebra or Calculus. Instead, it examines one’s ability to think logically and to adapt the unfamiliar concept for practical uses. Compared to the Maths tests in the normal school system, the Euclid contest, as well as other contests organized by the University of Waterloo, is a form of reading comprehension where the contestants need to go through quite an amount of reasoning.”The Euclid Contest is designed to encourage our students to think outside the box and to discover the fun in Mathematics.last_img read more

HELSINKI — Police say a cruise ship with engine problems has sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast and is making plans to evacuate its 1,300 passengers.Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky cruise ship ran into propulsion problems as strong winds and heavy seas hit Norway’s coastal regions Saturday.Police in the western county of Moere og Romsdal said Saturday the ship has managed to moor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim.Rescue teams with helicopters and boats have been sent to help and evacuate the vessel, a process expected to take several hours.The Viking Sky was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.The Associated Press

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a minor loss on the last day of third quarter trading Tuesday as resource stocks suffered amid weakness in the Canadian and Chinese economies.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,960.51– 16.41-0.11%S&P 500 —  1,972.29-5.51 -0.28%Dow — 17,042.90 -28.32 -0.17%Nasdaq — 4,493.39 -12.46 -0.28%The S&P/TSX composite index gave back 16.41 points to 14,960.51. A string of reverses this month centred on economic worries and the timing of future rate hikes resulted in the main Toronto index chalking up a 4.26% loss, its first monthly decline in four months.The Canadian dollar was down 0.37 of a cent to a fresh, six-month low of 89.29 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product was flat during July following a 0.3% rise in June, below an expected gain of 0.2%.U.S. indexes were lower amid other data showing deteriorating consumer confidence. The New York-based Conference Board’s index fell to 86 during September from 93.4 in August.The Dow Jones industrials were down 28.32 points to 17,042.9, ending the month with a small loss. The Nasdaq declined 12.46 points to 4,493.39 while the S&P 500 index shed 5.51 points to 1,972.29.HSBC Corp.’s monthly purchasing managers’ index showed that China’s manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month’s low level, indicating the world’s second-largest economy faces risks to growth. The index came in at 50.2. Anything below 50 indicates contraction.Other Chinese data this month reported declining industrial production, lower property prices, weaker imports and pressure on factory prices, all of which added to concerns that outside of the U.S., global growth is faltering badly.“Without a doubt, we have slowing global economies and part of that is a deterioration in the rate of growth in China,” said Tim Caulfield, co-lead manager of the Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Fund. “And we have seen that weigh heavily on energy and materials equities in September.”Traders have also been concerned that an improving American economy could persuade the U.S. Federal Reserve to move on raising interest rates sooner than expected next year.Positive U.S. economic data and Fed speculation have also helped strengthen the U.S. currency, which in turn have depressed commodity prices during September.A stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals, which are U.S.-dollar-denominated.The TSX is still up about 10% for the year as Caulfield observed that the TSX has registered gains in 11 of the past 12 months.“So when we do see a pullback, it’s not entirely surprising given the extent of the advance that we have seen in the current bull market.”The energy sector fell 0.8% while November crude in New York tumbled $3.41 to US$91.16. Lower demand and a glut of supply sent oil tumbling 5% this month to its lowest closing price since November 2012.The base metals sector on the TSX was down 0.6% while December copper gave back five cents to US$3.01 a pound as lower demand pushed the metal, viewed as an economic barometer, down 5% this month.The gold sector moved down 1.35% as December gold faded $7.20 to US$1,211.60, losing almost 6% this month amid low inflation readings in most parts of the globe.TOP STORIESRising debt threatens to plunge world back into financial crisis, top economists warnLoonie sinks after data shows Canadian economy ‘seriously stubbed its toe in July’Windows 10 revealed: Microsoft unveils successor to much-maligned Windows 8 softwareGlobal stocks are headed for worst quarter since peak of the euro crisisCarl Icahn made $180-million this morning when eBay announced it was splitting from PayPalWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:15 a.m. ADP National Employment Report  (Sept): Economists expect gain of 205,000 jobs9:45 a.m. Markit Manufacturing PMI (Sept): Economists expect reading of 57.9, unchanged10 a.m. ISM index  (Sept): Economists expect reading of 58.5, down from last month Construction spending: Economists expect gain of 0.5% read more

A group of Parliamentarians including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today.According to reports the meeting took place at the Parliament complex. (Colombo Gazette)

“I must admit, I knew it was going to be a difficult session,” Mr. Annan said of the five-day meeting of trade ministers of the 146-nation World Trade Organization (WTO), which ended yesterday in Cancún, Mexico, deadlocked over issues ranging from agricultural subsidies by rich countries to investment policies in poor countries.”I had expected it to achieve much more than they achieved. I had hoped all along that we would try to retain some of the spirit of Doha and really try and come up with an agreement that would be beneficial to developing countries as they try to improve their own situation,” he told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, referring to the agenda adopted in 2001 in the Qatari capital in an effort to achieve freer trade.”Well, the talks have ended. Not much was achieved, but I hope that is not the end of the road and that the parties will go back and reflect and then come back in a determined fashion to try and fashion an agreement within the next year or so,” he added.An official statement issued later by his spokesman said the Secretary-General “regrets that the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization in Cancún was suspended without agreement, but hopes this is not the end of the road, and that the Doha Round will still deliver on its promise of greater exchange and prosperity for all, especially the developing countries.”He also notes that for the first time the developing countries have found their collective voice in international trade negotiations and acted in concert to defend their interests, notably on the issue of agricultural protection and subsidies. He believes this is a positive development which holds great hope for the future,” the statement added.Video of Kofi Annan’s press encounter read more

Council meeting [3hrs 42mins]- Press remarks by Council President [3mins] Condemning Israel’s assassination on Monday of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in Gaza, numerous speakers addressing an open meeting of the Security Council this evening called on the 15-member body to take decisive action in response.Speaking at the outset of the session, which was convened at the request of Palestine and the Arab Group of States, the Permanent Observer of Palestine, Nasser al-Kidwa, described the killing of Sheikh Yassin as a “war crime,” and held the occupying power and the Israeli leadership legally and politically responsible for committing that crime, as well as for the consequences that it entailed.On the other hand, Mr. al-Kidwa said he valued the wide international condemnation of the crime and the decisive calls made to Israel to refrain from perpetuating other extra-judicial killings and abide by international humanitarian law. He also valued the readiness and desire of the majority of Council members to take a clear position on what had happened, but regretfully it was not possible for the 15-member body to take an urgent position in the form of a presidential statement.”We hope that the Council will be able, after taking more time to consider this,” to adopt a draft resolution submitted by the Arab Group of States, he added. “There is no doubt that this is a matter of the utmost importance.”Israel, Mr. al-Kidwa said, was an outlaw State, regularly violating the provisions of the UN Charter, international law and international humanitarian law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, and Security Council resolutions. Israel had completely destroyed the life of the Palestinian people and deprived them of their rights, and its policies were not an attempt to counter terrorism but a major reason for the terrorism in the Middle East and beyond.Ambassador Dan Gillerman of Israel told the Council that the Palestinian leadership had proved “beyond any doubt” that it had no intention of taking a single measure to fight terrorism, as it was legally and morally obliged to do. It was the basic obligation of the Government of Israel – like any government – to protect the lives of its citizens from the threat of terrorism.Ambassador Gillerman said the Israeli Government made every effort, under excruciatingly difficult conditions, to minimize harm to civilians. It recognized its responsibilities, but Israel “would not negotiate by day and bury our dead by night.” By removing Sheikh Yassin from the international stage, “we send a very strong message to the terrorists: ‘When you kill our civilians, you are not immune,'” the Israeli delegate said.He said the Palestinian leadership had a choice: It could continue to “get into bed with terrorists and tyrants,” or it could prove to the world that it was ready to assume responsibilities, not just assume privileges. It could show that it was ready to establish a democratic society that would respect the rights of its people, and the rights of its neighbours, and not another terrorist dictatorship in the heart of the Middle East.The Security Council also had a choice, Ambassador Gillerman said. It did not have to continue to send a message that put the response to terrorism on trial, instead of terrorism itself. It did not have to pander to initiatives that defended the terrorist rather than his victims. “Which message will you send today, to our region and to the rest of the world?” he asked.The ensuing discussion saw the participation of some 40 representatives, including the Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Paul Badji, who said that the Israeli assassination had exacerbated an already volatile situation. The Committee condemned extrajudicial executions, deadly attacks against innocent Palestinians, and all actions that poisoned the political climate while hampering peace efforts, he added, calling on Israel to immediately put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people and return their land.The Observer for the League of Arab States, Yahya Mahmassani, joined others in strongly condemning the assassination of Sheikh Yassin. He said there was no justification for the daily crimes committed by the occupation forces against the Palestinian people and questioned how the Council could remain silent in the face of such crimes. He called on the Council to adopt a decisive position obliging Israel to end the occupation and resume negotiations leading to a just and lasting peace.Earlier Tuesday the Council’s President, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, was asked by reporters why there was no Council statement on the killing. He said consensus was required and despite “difficult” discussions among experts that began yesterday, “it was not possible to reach a consensus.”Video: – read more

by News Staff Posted Sep 27, 2012 5:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nike 1st quarter net income falls as higher revenue is offset by higher costs BEAVERTON, Ore. – Nike said Thursday its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 12 per cent as higher sales of its clothing and footwear brands was offset by higher costs and increased ad spending.Results beat expectations but shares fell 2 per cent in aftermarket trading as investors worried about a slowing of futures orders, which indicate future demand.Nike, like other consumer products makers, is facing high costs for materials and labour, as well as an uncertain economy in Europe and a slowdown in China. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company has raised prices and cut costs in response.The world’s largest athletic shoe and clothing company says net income for the three months ended Aug. 31 fell to $567 million, or $1.23 per share. That compares with net income of $645 million, or $1.36 per share, last year. Analysts expected the company to earn $1.12 per shareRevenue rose 10 per cent to $6.67 billion from $6.08 billion last year. Analysts expected $6.43 billion.Revenue jumped 23 per cent in North America, Nike’s largest market, to $2.7 billion. In Europe, revenue fell 5 per cent to $1.17 billion. In China, revenue rose 8 per cent to $572 million.Selling and administrative expenses rose 18 per cent as the company spent heavily on marketing for the Olympics and the European Football Championships.Futures orders, that is orders scheduled for delivery between September 2012 through January 2013, rose 6 per cent, compared with a 16 per cent increase in the same quarter last year. Greater China was a weak spot, with orders down 5 per cent. A year ago, Greater China futures orders surged 27 per cent.After finishing the day up 51 cents at $96, shares fell $2 to $94 in aftermarket trading. read more

by Ed White, The Associated Press Posted Oct 22, 2013 1:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 3 months after bankruptcy filing, trial will determine whether Detroit really is eligible DETROIT – Thousands of Detroit streetlights are dark. Many more residents have fled. Donors are replacing ambulances that limped around for 200,000 miles. Millions in debt payments have been skipped.Is there really any doubt the city is broke?A judge starts exploring that question Wednesday in an unusual trial to determine whether Detroit indeed is eligible to scrub its books in the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history. Unions and pension funds are claiming the city failed to negotiate in good faith before filing for Chapter 9 protection in July.A city isn’t eligible for a makeover unless a judge finds that key steps have been met, especially good-faith talks with creditors earlier this year. It’s a critical decision: If Detroit clears the hurdle, the case would quickly turn to how to solve at least $18 billion in debt and get city government out of intensive care.“It’s a crucial point in the case,” said lawyer Chuck Tatelbaum, a bankruptcy expert in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “There will be others, but this is the go or no-go. … If there was ever a poster child for what Congress decided when they enacted Chapter 9, it’s for a city like this.”Jim Spiotto, another bankruptcy expert in Chicago, said it’s “virtually impossible” to argue that Detroit is solvent.“They’re not paying their debts,” he said. “Look at their blighted areas. Look at their services.”Nonetheless, unions and pension funds are challenging Detroit on the eligibility question. They claim emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who acquired nearly unfettered control over city finances following his appointment by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, was not genuinely interested in negotiating when they met with his team in June and July. Orr insists pension funds are short $3.5 billion and health coverage also needs to be overhauled.Evidence will show that Orr “planned to file bankruptcy long before the purported negotiations had run their course, confirming that the ‘negotiations’ were no more than a check-the-box exercise on the way to the courthouse,” Babette Ceccotti, an attorney for the United Auto Workers, said in a court filing.Earle Erman, attorney for Detroit’s public safety unions, said the city has cut wages and changed health care benefits without across-the-table talks. Another lawyer, Sharon Levine, representing AFSCME, said the city spent months “mapping out its path to Chapter 9,” not looking for compromises that could keep Detroit out of bankruptcy.In response, however, attorneys for the city said a June 14 meeting and subsequent sessions with creditors were well-intended but fruitless. A bankruptcy filing was being prepared, they acknowledged, but “never set in stone.”Spiotto said Judge Steven Rhodes will have much discretion to determine whether the city has met its “good-faith” burden.“I don’t think courts require perfection,” he said. “Good faith is not measured solely by, ‘Did they offer what we want?’ It’s about providing opportunity.”The trial in front of Rhodes is expected to last several days, with testimony from Orr, Police Chief James Craig, financial consultants and, possibly, the governor. It will be an autopsy on what Snyder has called decades of ruinous financial decisions in Detroit combined with an exodus of people — the population has dropped to 700,000 from 1.8 million — and other social and economic factors.“The city’s restructuring must provide a foundation for the city to begin to provide basic, essential services to its residents in a reliable fashion,” Orr said in July when he took Detroit into bankruptcy. “Without this, the city’s death spiral … will continue.”Orr’s team estimates that 65 per cent of Detroit’s annual revenue would be eaten up in debt payments by 2017 without an overhaul in bankruptcy court. Miles away from court, countless streets are bleak: By last spring, at least 16,700 structures were inspected and classified as dangerous.The fire department has just one mechanic for every 39 vehicles. It costs $62 to process each city worker’s paycheque because of an inefficient payroll system, much higher than other local governments. The number of Detroit parks has dropped to about 60 in recent years from more than 300, due to a lack of money.University of Michigan law professor John Pottow said unions and pensions funds are aggressively challenging the city because they lose leverage if the judge finds the Chapter 9 filing was proper. Detroit would take the lead in coming up with a plan to bring the city out of bankruptcy, putting pensions at risk along with billions owed to other creditors.“It makes denial and rationalization harder for people who want this to go away,” Pottow said.___Follow Ed White at http://twitter.com/edwhiteap . read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedZero tolerance for unprofessional behaviour in Police Force – warns acting Top CopAugust 26, 2016In “latest news”Top Cop lashes out at Judiciary for its ‘careless, insensitive’ granting of bailOctober 24, 2016In “latest news”GPF has improved security around Stabroek MarketMarch 8, 2017In “Crime” … 27 charged so far for criminal offences in 2017Just hours after two high-ranking Police Officers were charged for the murder of a businessman, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine blasted the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for the increasing number of charges laid against ranks implicated in criminal offences.He lashed out at the rogue behaviour at the closing ceremony of four training programmes at the Police Officers Training College on Thursday.Acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine,On the heels of the news of once Best Cop Derwin Eastman and Officer Jamison Williams being charged for the murder of businessman Godfrey Scipio, also called “Saga”, Ramnarine slammed the Force saying, “It seems as though when we make some strides forward, by our own design we seem to go backwards. And it ought not to be in an organisation that can deliver so much.”The acting Commissioner pointed out the significance of being an officer attached to the GPF, thereby underlining the high expectations that come with the job.“Our role in the security environment is perhaps the most important role to play in public security in this country, and some of us are playing with it and toying with it and think that we can get off with it,” Ramnarine outlined.Even as he acknowledged that Police Officers, like civilians, are prone to making mistakes and could make wrong decisions from time to time, he reminded the ranks of their oath to protect and serve.Officers Derwin Eastman (front) and Jamison Williams (behind) As such, he emphasised, “We must not forget that the average member of the public did not take an oath. We who wear uniform took an oath and that is why we must be held to that standard.”With that, the acting Commissioner of Police reiterated that great levels of professionalism are expected from officers at all times.“You cannot be a professional in the line of work we do for the eight or 10 hours you are on duty and you’re not a professional when you’re off duty. It does not work. Learned people would never buy that idea,” he contended.During his tirade, Ramnarine took the opportunity to point out some of the recent incidents which have seen ranks of the GPF being implicated in crimes. In doing so, he noted, 27 of the Force’s Officers have been charged for criminal offences for the year thus far.Meanwhile, the acting Top Cop further presented statistics on the number of complaints filed against Police Officers in recent years. For 2015, that total amounted to 619 complaints.Complaints saw a decrease in the following year with 609 cases recorded. However, in 2017, the instances of misdemeanour and malpractice reports filed against the GPF ranks has spiked at 623, with the year not yet completed.Adding to that, he posited that this number was expected to increase even further given that at least two or three more ranks would be arraigned in coming weeks for the prison unrest and escape of inmates from the Lusignan penitentiary.It was then that Ramnarine indicated that similar to their relentless efforts to prosecute civilians for their acts of crime, Officers of the Force will be placed under strict scrutiny and dismissed with, if tied to unlawful activities. read more

← Previous Story Veszprem to face Vardar on the road to Cologne! Next Story → SENSATION IN MANNHEIM: PPD Zagreb at EHF CL TOP 8! SG Flensburg will chase Vive Tauron Kielce at the EHF Champions League quarter-final! The German team, EHF CL winner 2014, kept the minimal advantage from the first match in Montpellier, and again, beat the French team with one goal – 31:30 (20:14) at “FLENS Arena”.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Montpellier  HB  31:30 (20:14)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (5 saves), Møller (6 saves,21.-47.) – Karlsson, Eggert (12/8), Glandorf (6), Mogensen (1), Svan (3), Jakobsson (2), Toft Hansen (1), Gottfridsson (2), Lauge (4), Mahé, RadivojevicMontpellier HB: Gerard (4 saves), Siffert (10 saves), Bellahcene () – Dolenec (4), Guigou, Borges (3), Gaber (2), Kavticnik (6), Bonnefond (3), Fabregas, Gajic (12/4), Esteki Montpellier handballSG FlensbugSG Flensburg read more

← Previous Story PPD Zagreb “steal” Urh Kastelic from Celje! Next Story → Antonio Carlos Ortega overtakes TSV Hannover Burgdorf The Czech Handball Federation organised the All Stars for Legends event from June 19 to 21 to celebrate a number of important national anniversaries – including the nation’s first world title won by the women’s side in 1957 and the men’s only World Championship gold medal, in 1967, both as Czechoslovakia.All Stars for Legends includes three days of handball-related activities and events, featuring a ‘handball marathon’ starting on June 19 before the main event on June 21. The handball marathon began at seven o’clock on the morning of June 19, with the game running round the clock through to the final whistle at one o’clock in the morning on June 21. Various teams participated in the match, playing for one hour before being replaced by different sides for a game totalling 42.195 hours.The main programme on Wednesday 21 June began with a wheelchair handball match, before ‘Handball Hope 2017’ featuring young players, ‘Walking Handball’ for elder handball players with fitness restrictions, and a match starring famous non-handball athletes and performers. The day culminated with the premier games, featuring all-star Czech and Slovakian men’s and women’s teams against a selection of handball’s most celebrated players from other nations.The men’s match see the teams coached by former France coach and multiple title winner Claude Onesta, and THW Kiel coach Alfred Gislason. Players participating include French stars Thierry Omeyer, Daniel Narcisse and Jackson Richardson, Germany’s Daniel Stephan and Henning Fritz, Polish Slawomir Szmal, Spanish Valero Rivera Folch, and Serbian Momir Ilic.IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa took part in the celebrations on June 21, which will include presentations to the 1957 and 1967 World Championship winning squads, as well as the 1972 Olympic and the 1997 EHF EURO silver medal-winning men’s sides. Source: IHF read more

first_imgFukushima : les Japonais ne font plus confiance à TepcoLe premier ministre japonais reconnaît avoir livré de fausses informations concernant l’accident de la centrale de Fukushima en se basant sur les déclarations de l’opérateur Tepco.Le dernier bilan concernant la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi est bien plus pessimiste que prévu. L’opérateur Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power), le plus grand fournisseur asiatique d’électricité, vient de s’apercevoir que le combustible nucléaire des trois premiers réacteurs de la centrale avait fondu car il n’avait pas été immergé après la catastrophe du 11 mars. Le combustible du premier réacteur serait tombé au fond de la cuve sous pression. En admettant ces erreurs très tardivement, Tepco n’est plus du tout crédible aux yeux des Japonais.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDe plus, la société a induit toute la population en erreur en faisant des déclarations relayées par le gouvernement qui assuraient que la fusion était peu probable, les réacteurs stables et les fuites radioactives dangereuses faibles. Vendredi, le premier ministre Naoto Kan a dû reconnaître devant le Parlement japonais que ce qu’il avait “déclaré à la population était totalement erroné” car le gouvernement n’a “pas su détecter les fausses affirmations de Tepco. J’en suis profondément désolé” a-t-il déclaré. En outre, le terme de “fusion” a volontairement été écarté par l’opérateur afin que “la population sous-estime ce qui se passait réellement”, estime le journal Asahi Shimbun.L’AFP indique qu’à présent Tepco cherche à se justifier en indiquant n’avoir une vision exacte de la situation que depuis que des employés ont pu se rendre sur place. Le journal économique Nikkei publiait récemment un article estimant que “la façon dont Tepco diffuse les informations montre clairement qu’il n’a aucun sens de gestion de la crise”. Ce qui laisse suspicieux les Japonais c’est que la société “ne donne pas de mauvaise nouvelle avant qu’elle soit complètement confirmée”, explique le Nikkei.Ce n’était pas la première fois que Tepco était repris pour ses manquements aux règles de sécurité. Il est à présent également critiqué pour son manque de préparation en cas de catastrophe. Ce manque de rigueur a toutefois été encouragé par la règlementation de la région, très souple en matière d’énergie nucléaire. Les responsables de la centrale s’étaient voulus rassurants en indiquant que les réacteurs étaient intacts après les explosions d’hydrogène qui avaient endommagé le bâtiment de deux réacteurs alors qu’en réalité, des fuites radioactives considérables avaient déjà eu lieu. La Société de l’énergie atomique japonaise estime que les autorités ne se sont pas montrées à la hauteur et “ont perdu leur crédibilité”.Le 24 mai 2011 à 15:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgThe Roma forward says he will watch the Manchester Derby this Sunday and will be rooting for his former teammatesBosnian attacker Edin Dzeko played for Manchester City from 2011 to 2015 in the English Premier League.He was loaned to Italian Lega Serie A club Roma in 2015 and was sold to the Italians in 2016.And even after being years apart from the Citizens, he remembers them fondly.“For the fans, beating QPR to win the title is probably the best game ever, but beating United 6-1 is probably the best we ever played and wouldn’t be far behind,” recalled Dzeko according to the team’s official website.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It’s one of the best performances in City’s history and I’m just glad I was part of it all.”“To get two in the space of a few minutes was special – the first was with my knee, but the second was thanks to a pass from another world from the Magician, David Silva,” he added.“Sometimes I watch the game again to relive it and it always brings a huge smile to my face.”“City will start as favorites, but derby games are strange and don’t always go to form,” he commented.“I’m not there anymore, but City is still my club.”last_img read more