first_imgManipur Agriculture Minister V. Hangkhalian and others have expressed fear that there may be a famine-like situation in the State since the quantum of paddy production will be slashed in the coming days. Officials said that due to incessant rain last year, verdant paddy plants were destroyed due to flash floods. Due to this, the price of 1 kg of Manipur rice and ‘black rice’, which is unique to the State, has been hiked to a point where the average citizen cannot afford it, said officials on Friday. Manipur rice usually sells at ₹30 per kg, but is currently being sold at ₹50 per kg. ‘Black rice’ is available at ₹75 per kg.“In the wake of dry season, the government tried to buy all water pumps available in the market. Vast areas were irrigated though many other fields were left out as there is no source of water,” said Mr. Hangkhalian. No canals for irrigationSocial activists said that though there are some small village dams across the ankle-deep rivers, the parched fields cannot be irrigated as there are no canals.In view of the problems faced by farmers, the State Cabinet resolved last week to approach the Centre to have Manipur declared as a drought-hit State, said officials. However, till date there has been no response from the Centre.State Consumer Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam said that currently Manipur has ‘comfortable’ rice stock.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The sellout crowd went crazy when Durant was called for a foul with 1:35 remaining in the third and replays show that Westbrook had clearly slipped and no contact was made. Warriors owner Joe Lacob tossed his jacket in disgust.“We were way worse than the officials were,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We got completely outplayed.”By the 6:32 mark of the fourth quarter and the blowout still in force, fans began leaving the building.Durant said it’s up to the Warriors “to hold ourselves accountable out there.”Westbrook shot 13 for 26 and George went 11 of 23 with six 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Carmelo Anthony sprained his right ankle early in the game, but Oklahoma City never slowed down in ending a seven-game skid at Oracle Arena with its first win on the Warriors’ home floor since a 116-97 victory on April 11, 2013.Westbrook scored 21 points in the first quarter, making nine of his first 10 shots as the Thunder led 42-30. They never trailed.“That was the game right there, the first quarter and they have 42 points,” Durant said. “You’ve got to give them credit, they came out with a lot of energy and we didn’t match it.”Golden State had been 11-0 following a loss this season. The Warriors also lost for the first time in seven games when taking on an opponent that had previously beaten them this season, with the Thunder having won 108-91 at OKC on Nov. 22.This could be a win that turns momentum for Billy Donovan’s Thunder, who had dropped four of five since losing defensive star Andre Roberson to a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee.Durant scored eight straight against his old team during one first-quarter stretch.Oklahoma City, which allowed 13 3-pointers in losing at home to the Lakers on Sunday, limited the Warriors to 8 for 28 from deep.“It didn’t feel like us, that’s for sure,” Kerr said. “We’re out of whack right now. We’re just not playing the way we normally do in terms of the ball movement, the pace and the spacing. And our defense has not been good either. It’s been a struggle.”Green was hit with the Warriors’ third technical of the night at the end of the first half and had to be held back from officials. Meanwhile, Westbrook went down beneath the Thunder basket after crashing into the stanchion.TIP-INSThunder: OKC went 12 of 31 from 3-point range after shooting 8 for 25 on 3s in the first meeting. … Josh Huestis earned his second start of the season after rookie Terrance Ferguson started the previous five. … The Thunder came in forcing 16.3 turnovers per game while averaging 9.31 steals. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George celebrates after making a 3-point basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif.— Paul George and Russell Westbrook ran Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors right off the floor from the opening tip.Westbrook had 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to get the better of old buddy and teammate Durant, George scored 38 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder embarrassed the defending champions 125-105 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT “They’re one of the best teams in movement, in player movement, in ball movement,” George said. “So we had to match the physicality as well as their pace. I thought that was the key tonight. Our motor was ready for that intensity.”Durant scored 33 points but didn’t get as much help from the cold-shooting Splash Brothers of Curry and Klay Thompson, who added 21 and 12 points, respectively. They combined to go 11 of 27 from the floor and 4 for 15 on 3-pointers as the Warriors lost for the third time in four games. They lost their tempers, too — as in five technicals total.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDraymond Green was ejected with 8:13 remaining after a second technical when he argued with the officials.“It was a rough night,” Curry said of the officiating, while insisting that wasn’t what lost the game. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Warriors: Golden State had 12 first-half turnovers for 19 Thunder points, 25 turnovers in all. … Thompson became the 28th player in NBA history to make 1,500 career 3s. … Backup C David West returned after missing a game for personal reasons. He also rested Friday at Sacramento so hadn’t played in two straight. He received a technical midway through the second quarter. … Since 2014-15, Golden State is 25-3 playing a team that had won the previous matchup. … Andre Iguodala’s phrase and motto “Black History is Golden” was used for a T-shirt giveaway Tuesday as the Warriors kick off their celebrations of Black History Month.NO LEAD AT HOMEIt had been since April 18, 2012, against the Lakers that the Warriors never led in a home game.KERR’S MARKKerr coached his 300th regular-season game and remained at 248 victories.“When you have a lot of talent at the beginning of your coaching career, you can implement things that will work and then you can get credibility with winning and grow as a coach while you are winning and it’s a much easier process that way,” he said. “I was very fortunate to have this job as my first one.”Irate at the officials, Kerr received a technical at the 9:38 mark of the second quarter.UP NEXTThunder: Visit Lakers on Thursday.Warriors: Host Dallas on Thursday trying for a 10th straight victory in the series and 11th consecutive at home.center_img Ateneo back on track, UST remains unbeaten in UAAP men’s volleyball Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgKolkata, Dec 10 (PTI) Following are the top storiesKolkata, Dec 10 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 2100 hours.CAL3 AS-ELEPHANTTezpur (Assam): Five elephants, including a pregnant one, were killed in the early hours today after a train hit a herd of seven tuskers at a tea garden in Sonitpur district.CAL4 TR-MLAS-BJPAgartala: The BJP, which failed to open its account in Tripura in the 2013 Assembly polls, now has six MLAs, with Speaker R C Debnath recognising the lawmakers, who deserted the TMC, as members of the saffron party.CES7 BH-SCRIBE-ARRESTNawada: Police today made a second arrest in the journalist attack case in Bihars Nawada district.CES9 BH-LALU- GUJARATPatna: Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad today asserted that the Congress will form the government in Gujarat as people have voted heavily in its favour in the first phase of polls.CES10 OD-MAOIST-INFORMERMalkangiri (Odisha): Maoists today killed a tribal man, suspecting him to be a police informer, in Odishas Malkangiri district.CES12 WB-VICTORY DAY-BANGLADESHKolkata: Serving officers of the Indian armed forces will join the Victory Day celebrations of Bangladesh for the first time on December 16 in its capital Dhaka.CES13 WB-ZAKIR HUSSAINKolkata: Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain has denied he has been instrumental in popularising tabla in its present form and said he only harvested on a land readied by other masters.CES14 OD-CPI-MAHANADIBhubaneswar: The CPI today slammed the Centre for failing to form a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi water row between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.advertisementCES16 AS-RAPE-MINORJorhat (Assam): A 6-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a middle aged man who was entrusted by her parents to look after her for sometime in Jorhat district.CES19 OD-RATHOREBhubaneswar: Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said the government will launch a Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs 1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. PTI SBNlast_img read more

first_imgzoom State-backed shipping giant China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) said it was going to scrap eight more of its elderly ships. CMES will send two Aframax oil tankers and six dry bulk carriers to scrapyard, all operated by its subsidiary Youhua Shipping.Names and age of the ships to be dismantled have not been disclosed.CMES has been very active over the recent period with respect to its fleet modernization plan, which included scrapping of outdated ships and ordering of new units.In January, the company ordered construction of a 319,000 DWT Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC), where it has already nine VLCCs on order.Six more are being built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao.World Maritime News Staff; Image: NGO Shipbreaking platformlast_img

first_imgParis: Flamboyant French businessman Bernard Tapie was on Tuesday acquitted on charges of defrauding the state of more than 400 million euros with a massive 2008 arbitration award that has also ensnared IMF chief Christine Lagarde. In its ruling, the Paris criminal court found “nothing in the case that confirmed” the allegation that the arbitration payout was tainted by “fraud”. The 76-year-old former Socialist minister, who rose from humble beginnings to build up a sporting and media empire, was not in court on health grounds following a resurgence of cancer. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingTapie was put on trial in March in the latest chapter of a two-decade legal saga that has embroiled a slew of senior officials, including former president Nicolas Sarkozy and Lagarde. “Today the court has delivered a verdict with rare independence that is exceptionally clear and it is … of immense satisfaction for us and a huge relief,” a lawyer for Tapie, Herve Temime, told reporters. The case centres on a payment of 404 million euros (USD 454 million) that was awarded to him in 2008 by a government arbitration panel. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe panel found he had been the victim of fraud when he sold his stake in the Adidas in 1993 to state-run French bank Credit Lyonnais, which was found to have undervalued the sportswear brand. The amount sent shockwaves through France, but was soon tainted by allegations that the ruling panel had been biased in Tapie’s favour amid questions as to why the dispute was settled in arbitration, rather than in court. Lagarde, who was economy minister at the time, decided not to appeal the ruling — a decision for which she was later found guilty of negligence by a court that rules on cases of ministerial misconduct. Lagarde’s handling of the case sparked suspicion that her former boss Sarkozy, whom Tapie had backed for president in 2007, was favourably disposed towards the businessman — allegations Sarkozy has vehemently denied. In December 2015, a court ordered Tapie to pay back the money after finding the settlement to be fraudulent, with the case going to trial in March this year. In its ruling on Tuesday, the Paris court also acquitted four others of complicity for having referred the case to arbitration, one of whom was Stephane Richard, former chief-of-staff at the economy ministry under Lagarde and now head of French telecoms giant Orange. Tapie made a fortune in the early part of his career by taking over failing companies, and flaunted his wealth by buying a vast Paris townhouse and a 72-metre (236-foot) yacht. He also splashed out on a cycling team, and on the Olympique de Marseille football team which he guided to five successive league triumphs and the 1993 Champions League title. But things began to unravel in the 1990s when he served six months behind bars in 1997 for match-fixing. His business empire later collapsed. He was able to repay his debts after the arbitrators ruled he had been the victim of fraud when he sold Adidas in 1993, and soon bought another yacht, which he named “Reborn”. But the cancellation of the payment in 2015 left him high and dry again.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is expected to set the stage Wednesday for the Liberals’ much-anticipated defence policy by casting a glaring light on what senior defence sources say is a massive “hole” in military spending.The hole has been caused by years of under-investment in the Canadian Armed Forces, the sources argue, and resulted in little-to-no money for the replacement of essential but aging equipment.That includes new logistical vehicles and construction equipment such as bulldozers for the army, surveillance aircraft for the air force, and satellites for communications in the Arctic.The sources spoke on condition of anonymity.The shortfall, which adds up to tens of billions of dollars, also includes upgrades to the military’s current fleet of search-and-rescue helicopters and training for aircrews.The result is that work that should have already been underway to acquire a long list of equipment and services that the military needs to do its job has been stalled, the sources said, if it has started at all.Training and even support and benefits for military personnel have also failed to keep up.The full extent of the problem hasn’t been well understood outside National Defence even by experts, the sources said, and caught the Liberals by surprise when they took office in November 2015.It has since posed a real challenge as the government has drawn up its new defence policy, which is expected to be unveiled before NATO leaders gather in Belgium later this month.The hole will be Sajjan’s main focus when the minister addresses defence industry representatives and experts at a Conference of Defence Associations Institute luncheon on Wednesday.Sajjan is not expected to reveal how the Liberals plan to address the problem, including whether the government plans to put more money into the military or scrap some planned purchases.Those details will have to wait for the actual defence policy, which the government says will be fully costed.The Liberals ran in the last election on a promise to create a “leaner, more agile” military, but the sources noted the government wants more than the 65 new fighter jets previously promised by the Conservatives.Canada is also facing pressure from the U.S. and NATO to increase its defence spending, which currently sits at around one per cent of GDP — half NATO’s two-per-cent target.The presence of a gap between what the military needs and the money available won’t come as a surprise to some defence analysts who have been warning about such a problem for years.David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute has previously estimated a gap of about $2 billion per year between current funding levels and promised new equipment in the next few years.The Parliamentary Budget Office released its own assessment in March 2015 that said the country’s military structure would become unsustainable over the next decade under existing defence spending levels.A variety of factors have been blamed for the problem, including poor cost estimates during project planning and government’s refusal to add more money when delays result in cost increases from inflation.Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, told The Canadian Press in an interview in March that he was eager to see the new defence policy, which has promised to put the military on a strong footing.“The here and now is fine, we’re delivering,” Vance said. “But going forward, that’s when the government committed to sustainable, progressive armed forces.”Sajjan has been under intense pressure over the past few days after having to apologize and retract comments he made about his role in Operation Medusa in Afghanistan.last_img read more

first_img“It is not smart for all of us to lament the end of the CWHL, while not changing the behaviours that led to its end,” she said.“Today’s top female players obtain a modest stipend ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per year compared to the lowest annual salary in the NHL of roughly $1 million.“Successors to the CWHL must find a way for the best women to earn a full salary.“We therefore urge all hockey associations and levels of government to allocate dollars directly to the women’s game and to ensure that women are at the table when these decisions are made.”Walzak said the board received two offers of less than $20 to buy the league’s assets with no assumption of liabilities, which the CWHL declined.The league has raised $93,000 from an auction of memorabilia that went towards paying debt. Seven of the 10 CWHL trophies that were up for auction are headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The merger of those teams the following season reduced that revenue stream, however. A source has also told The Canadian Press that China wanted to renegotiate the licensing fees.“The League announced it was winding down one week after the Clarkson Cup because the League had payments due April first and was forecasting a significant deficit and believed based on response from the corporate marketplace that revenue would not increase materially in the upcoming 2019-2020 season,” Walzak wrote.Walzak wrote that $5 million to $6 million was required to keep the CWHL running, and closer to $10 million was needed for a fully functional pro league.The U.S.-based NWHL that sprung up in 2015 “fragmented the potential sponsorship dollars,” she added.The five-team NWHL continues to operate, but roughly 200 players including the female game’s stars refuse to play in it.Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Marie-Philip Poulin, Brianne Jenner and goaltenders Noora Raty and Shannon Szabados are among those who believe the NWHL isn’t financially sustainable either.Widespread calls for one women’s league while two operated kept potential investors on the sidelines waiting to see what would happen.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said the men’s league is unwilling to step in as an owner while women’s leagues were already operating.The non-profit CWHL merging with a for-profit entity like the NWHL was not an option and if the CWHL went private, it would lose insurance coverage from Hockey Canada, Walzak added.While the CWHL board of directors supports the players in the collective action for one league, Walzak wrote there needs to be considerable change around attitudes towards women’s hockey.WATCH: NWHL announces interest in Canadian teams TORONTO – The NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames are among contributors helping the defunct Canadian Women’s Hockey League settle its debts.The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, Hockey Canada and other private donations also helped the CWHL clear its books.“The CWHL is in the process of paying everyone and will be able to close in an orderly fashion,” CWHL board chair Laurel Walzak said Tuesday in a letter that called the donations “large and critical.”The letter wrote on behalf of the CWHL board detailed the demise of the league and what a women’s hockey league requires to survive.On behalf of the Board of Directors of the CWHL attached is the final public communication – OPEN LETTER TO FANS, SPONSORS, DONORS, PARTNERS AND HOCKEY INDUSTRY IN CANADA, THE USA, AND CHINA, PLUS THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT— CWHL (@TheCWHL) July 3, 2019The six-team CWHL ran for 12 seasons and gave the stars of women’s hockey a league of their own.The Clarkson Cup — donated by former governor general Adrienne Clarkson — was awarded annually to the winning team.But the league was in “severe financial distress” on April 1, Walzak said.Licensing fees from the addition of two Chinese teams allowed the CWHL to begin paying players between $2,000 and $10,000 in 2017-18.WATCH: Players react as CWHL foldslast_img read more

Rabat – The controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is stirring outrage with a new cartoon mocking the people who lost their lives in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Italy. Charlie Hebdo published another provocative cartoon in its latest issue where it made fun of the victims of last week’s earthquake in central Italy. Furious official and public reactions have expressed disgust at the cartoon both in Italy and beyond.Three figures are drawn in the cartoon, representing three Italian recipes. The first is a drawing of a bleeding man labeled “Penne with tomato sauce”. The second, a woman with acute bruises, is named “penne au gratin”, and finally dead bodies squeezed under a collapsed building are labeled “lasagna.” The mayor of Amatrice, the town with the highest death toll at 180 victims, bypassed diplomatic euphemism in a statement that expressed his distaste at the cartoon.  “How the f*** do you draw a cartoon about the dead?” the mayor asked.Sergio Pirozzi also stated, “Irony is always welcome, but you can’t satirize disasters and the dead.” He added that he does not believe that the French magazine represents the French people.Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando also denounced the tasteless cartoon, but refused to comment because he considers it a move from the French magazine to draw the attention of the media.The wave of denunciation among social media users has gone beyond Italy. Soon after the publication of its issue, the hashtag “Charlie Hebdo” was trending on Twitter, showing the disapproval of people from different nationalities.A post that was retweeted over 50 times stated “Satire is often cruel, but it should poke fun at the strong, at institutions, never the victim, the vulnerable or weak.”A second tweet says: “Charlie Hebdo offends Islam and the world says ‘learn to take a joke’ but they offend the Italian quake victims and its suddenly offensive?”The French satirical magazine responded on Facebook with an equally inhumane cartoon showing a bruised old woman on the floor half-covered with wreckage saying, “it is not Charlie Hebdo that builds your houses, it is the mafia!” read more

Many of the refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, do not have enough resources to heat their homes, prepare food, buy warm clothes and access medical care, according to a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “Their most urgent needs are medicines, warm clothes for children and an increase in their monthly cash assistance as prices have risen dramatically,” William Spindler told a press briefing in Geneva.As part of UN efforts to support the Government through the crisis, the agency is distributing 130 stoves, 1,500 blankets, 750 jerry cans, 150 tea pots, candles and other basic supplies to the refugees. This is the second round of distribution since last November, when UNHCR provided blankets, stoves and medical care to the most vulnerable refugees living outside Dushanbe, the capital. 1 February 2008With temperatures in Tajikistan dipping to their lowest levels in a quarter of a century, the United Nations is rushing emergency supplies to over 1,000 desperate refugees there. read more

TORONTO — Real estate agent Shawn Zigelstein remembers a time, just a few years ago, when a printer, scanner and fax machine were the most important tools of his trade.Now, those gadgets are nearly obsolete.“I don’t even know the last time I sent a fax, to be honest with you,” laughs Zigelstein, a sales rep with a Royal LePage brokerage in Richmond Hill, Ont.“Oh the dilemmas we used to have were unbelievable. Now our clients can open their phone up, push a few buttons and the (offer) papers are signed.”Zigelstein says the adoption of technology in real estate has grown exponentially over the past few years and it’s a trend he thinks will only grow as more options become available and realtors scramble to lure in the millennial market.“The agents that are not adapting to this change are going to see their business drop considerably because they can’t adapt fast enough,” he said.From smartphone apps like Loom, which allows realtors to remotely share screens and presentation slides with clients, to digital signatures that can be sent verified with phones and tablets, technology is shaping a new way for realtors do business.Historically, the real estate industry has been a “laggard” when it comes to embracing technology, says Frank Magliocco, a partner at PwC Canada who specializes in the housing market.“But I think what you’re going to see now is a fairly significant ramp up in embracing that technology once it becomes more mainstream,” he said.“It’ll be increasingly important to remain and be competitive in the marketplace. Once you see these technologies prove out, you’ll see more and more adoption.”According to PwC, proptech, broadly defined as technology used in the real estate market, was a US$4.6 billion industry in Canada and the U.S. in 2016. Last year, that figure climbed to US$7.3 billion, an indication that interest and opportunity in the space has also grown.Magliocco says proptech, which he called the cousin to the banking industry’s fintech, can refer to anything from online listings websites to smart buildings that use big data to automate heating and lighting to 3D printing homes.“Think about the banking industry years ago, before fintech… banking had to done in person, it came in and changed the entire business model. Now you deposit a cheque and transfer money and you can do everything on your phone,” he said.“Real estate used to be every transaction had to be heavy on the paper with lots of lawyers involved and surveyors going out to check the space and measure the space. That’s not needed anymore.”Stephen Jagger, the co-founder of IMRE, a company that runs an artificial intelligence personal assistant for realtors, says technology is so embedded in daily life that clients expect to be able to use it in their real estate transactions.IMRE’s chatbot can respond to basic questions from prospective clients on behalf of a realtor 24 hours a day through text and social networks. It uses machine learning to answer questions about a listing, such as price, the number of bedrooms and what school district the home is located in. However, the bot can’t answer subjective queries meant for a realtor, such as comparisons of different neighbourhoods.Jagger says this type of technology doesn’t replace a real estate agent, but like all good technology, it enhances their jobs.“(Realtors know) you have to be responsive in five minutes or you lose the lead,” said Jagger, whose company is based in Vancouver. “It lets realtors focus on the high-level tasks, like showing a house, instead of answering random questions all the time.”However, Toronto realtor Cam Woolfrey says technology isn’t going to make the real estate industry obsolete.“(A realtor) with experience can make the experience,” he said.“Clients actually see a dollar value in that. If you have the knowledge and experience, then clients will see that as invaluable.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the “one-and-done” rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months.The league has sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on lowering the minimum age for entering the NBA draft from 19 to 18, and the union discussed the contents at a meeting in the Bahamas earlier this week, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither side released the proposal publicly.FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)USA Today Sports first reported the proposal being sent.The proposal changed hands before All-Star weekend and long before Duke star Zion Williamson, quite possibly the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, got hurt Wednesday night. Williamson was diagnosed Thursday with a Grade 1, or minor, sprain of his right knee. Williamson, a freshman, is widely expected to be in the NBA next season and forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility.Neither the league nor the players’ union has hidden the fact that both sides want the current system changed. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last July that it was time to revert back to the policy that will allow players to go into the league right out of high school, something that will have to be collectively bargained with the players.The NBPA has had previous talks with the NBA on the idea, which is likely to be in place by the 2022 draft.“I think it’s a good idea,” Boston’s Jayson Tatum, who went to the NBA after one season at Duke, said at All-Star weekend. “If you’re good enough to come out of high school, I feel like you should be able to. But I don’t make those decisions.”Golden State’s DeMarcus Cousins, who played at Kentucky, told reporters Thursday that knowing what he knows now makes him question why players need to play college basketball — especially if they’re NBA-ready.“I don’t understand the point of it,” Cousins said about the ‘one-and-done’ rule. “What’s the difference between 18 and 19 and 17 and 18? You’re immature, you’re young, you’re ignorant to life in general. So what’s really the difference? You’ve still got a lot of growing to do as a man.”The one-and-done rule has been in place since the 2006 draft. Silver, who was once a proponent of raising the draft minimum age to 20 before changing his mind, said last year that he believes the league and the players “can create a better system.” The G League also introduced a plan last year to begin offering “select contracts” worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Change…October 30, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Going backwards…June 13, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Class rule has always predominated in Guyana – Ralph RamkarranDecember 7, 2014In “Opinion” …and labourWas a time when the world was a very simple place to live in: that time when “Jagan and Burnham” were together for a brief moment in the fifties. In politics, it was us against the “imperialists” and in the economy it was labour, represented by trade unions, against those dastardly (running dog) “capitalists”.In politics, however, the apple of power to run an independent Guyana was introduced into our little Eden and our “land of six races” was torn asunder as we were cast into the hell of perpetual conflict that still consumes us. Our strength of diversity had been turned into our great weakness.In the economy, we lost also our innocence, but the process was much more drawn out and insidious – since the rupture was not confined to our little mudland – but was a world-system phenomenon.The Marxist critique that had divided the world into “proletariats against capitalists” was much starker in the colonies, where politics and economics were pretty much coincident. ‘Capitalists riding roughshod over workers’ was farmed out to the State that deployed the Police to mow down workers who dared question the “roughshodding”.In fact, yesterday was the 80th anniversary of the Guyana Police killing four sugar workers at Leonora because they dared to ask that their workday be reduced from 12 hours!! Such impertinence!! Our trade unions fought long and hard for workers’ “betterment” and in fact, with the help of the politicians who’d emerged from their struggle, were able to enact laws that defined workers’ rights.Those same politicians, Jagan and Burnham, in fact decided to go the whole hog by the 1970s and nationalised all businesses – now supposedly “owned” by the workers. Over in the Mother country, Britain (and the US), unions had also seized much power over the economy, in which businesses were heavily regulated.That didn’t last long and by the end of the decade, Guyana’s economy was on the rocks – as was Britain’s!! Thatcher came into power and Reagan in the US and together they swore to break the power of unions and roll back regulations over businesses. They succeeded so well, that by the time Desmond Hoyte decided to reverse gear on the economy in 1989, there was a blueprint he was forced to follow. That blueprint gave short shrift to trade unions since wages, like all prices, were to be set by the market.And we arrive at the decision by Rusal to shut down its operations when workers balked at their unilateral one per cent wage increase offer and struck. The workers are demanding “governmental intervention”.Do they expect the Government to go against “the free market”?? Another “Declaration of Sophia”?…and the WPA threatThe WPA “Overseas Associates” (WPAOA) just shot off a very stern letter to APNU that they’re not going to put up any longer with being taken for granted as “appendages of the PNC”!! Seems the straw that broke their (overseas) back was their local members (presumably) being handed the agenda for a hastily summoned meeting with no consultation and then foisted with an “elections committee”. Either they get respect, or they walk!!Your Eyewitness is intrigued about whether the locals in the WPA also agree with this ultimatum, since they didn’t sign the missive. Frankly, he doesn’t think the locals agreed. After all, decisions in politics are now made by the free market. And in the “race” politics of Guyana (see above) it’s all about what numbers can the WPA bring to the party.The PNC line that African Guyanese can’t “allow” that nasty PPP to get back into power has already solidified that constituency.The WPA already cashed the one cheque they had in 2011. The morality of Walter Rodney.…and the fraud businessFrom the revelations now oozing out from the fallout of Sillington’s setting up his private company and the fraud expert James not evidently being so expert, SOCU’s clearly a business.And here your Eyewitness thought it was about “justice”!! read more

first_imgThe Greek government filed a motion last Saturday to overturn a decision by a Greek tribunal to grant asylum to one of eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece after a failed coup in Turkey in July 2016. The motion took place a day after it was issued on Friday, and hours after a heated response by the Turkish foreign ministry and Erdogan-dominated government’s deputy prime minister, Hakan Cavusoglu, who said: “The terrorists you release today are like dynamite ready to explode, and you may not have a country to protect when it does.” Identified by the Turkish media as Suleyman Ozkaynakci, the man in question was the co-pilot of the Turkish army helicopter that landed in northeast Greece, carrying seven more military officers, who Ankara claims are followers of the Gulen movement and active participants in the coup. On their part, the three members of the appellate-level asylum committee – comprised of two serving administrative judges and a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – included a statement in its 58-page decision to grant asylum, that no proof was presented to back up this allegation. The committee ruled that there was no evidence the officer participated in the putsch and cited international treaties and conventions that “absolutely” support the decision to grant asylum and prevent his return to Turkey to face charges of participating in the military coup. Deeming the decision as having “a political motive”, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a harsh statement on its own, accusing Greece of being “a country that protects and embraces plotters”, something “once again revealed through this decision”, which “undoubtedly have effects on our bilateral relations with Greece and our joint regional efforts.” Although the Greek government’s motion was seen as a response to these statements, Greece’s official reaction came from President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who used the opportunity of his annual New Year’s statement to sent a stern message to Ankara.“We are not arrogant, we do not overestimate our power, neither will we underestimate them,” the President told reporters at the presidential mansion.“Our role is historic even where our neighbors are concerned,” he said. “When they forget themselves, we should show them the right way. When necessary we are united and strong and we will show this,” he added.On the same day, eleven former bar association presidents from across Greece issued a joint statement weighing in on the issue and calling on the Tsipras government to respect the committee’s decision. “International legal and case law rules are officially inviolable by every government that respects itself and its citizens, and the same international rules are not subject to short-sighted, capricious, opportunistic and expedient policies,” the statement read.Although the Tsipras government moved to overturn the asylum decision, the prospect of extraditing the eight men to Turkey to face whatever charges is apparently not at stake. Two official extradition requests by Ankara have already been rejected by Greek courts, as high up as the Supreme Court. Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos confirmed this on Sunday, through his official Twitter account: “The issue of extradition has concluded. The eight will not be extradited, regardless of the course of their asylum requests,” he Tweeted. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgSPOKANE — A man arrested in the kidnapping of a Cheney marijuana store employee has given a jailhouse confession to a Spokane television station.Donovan Culps told KHQ-TV Monday that he shot Cameron Smith several times after Smith declined to sell him pot products because he didn’t have identification.The 36-year-old Culps told the station he was having a bad day and that Smith “got the ugly side of it.”Culps is in a Spokane jail on accusations of kidnapping and robbery. He has not been charged for killing Smith.Culps’ niece, 18-year-old Violetta Culps, remains at large.Authorities say the 46-year-old Smith was abducted from the parking lot of Lucid Marijuana on Sept. 10 as he was eating lunch in his car.Culps was arrested in Goldendale on Thursday.last_img

first_imgOn May 17, 2015, John Kavairlook, Jr. was shot and killed in the parking lot in front of Walgreens after an altercation at the Rock N Rodeo Bar. He is one of the cases Fairbanks police are seeking help with using a new website. Photo: City of Fairbanks.The city of Fairbanks has launched a new web page to share and generate information about unsolved murder cases.  Local police are tracking cases ranging from months to decades old.Download AudioThe new section of the city of Fairbanks web site covers 14 cases dating back to 1983, when the city began keeping reliable records. Detective Peyton Meredith updated the city council on the cases, including the murder of John Kavairlook Jr. outside a local bar in May.“This is not a cold case. This is an unsolved case that we’re currently working on. It’s one of those ‘slow but steady wins the race’ cases, but we’re getting there. It’s only been a couple of months,” Meredith says.Detective Meredith also pointed to the a few other cases he says city police have made progress on, including the 2004 killing of Edward Sikvayuguk in a camp off Trainor Gate Road.“Edward Sikvayuguk? I know who killed him,” Meredith says. “To be bluntly honest right now, that case needs to be resubmitted to the district attorney’s office. Period.”Meredith described the 2003 murder of Fela Avery, who was found shot dead off the Old Richardson Highway, as the most solvable of the cold cases.“It’s going to take some time. It takes a little bit of effort. We know where the suspect is; there’s a lot of evidence in that case… it’s just kind of missing that one little piece to put it all together.”Three city police detectives are responsible investigating unsolved cases as well as all other violent crimes in the city, a work load that often leave little time for the older cases.   Meredith described what motivates the detectives.“Finding justice for these families – and not only the victims, but their brothers and sisters we stay in contact with.”Detective Meredith only provided cursory details about the active cases.  City spokeswoman Amber Courtney stressed that police can only share case information with the public that does not endanger detective’s ability to investigate.last_img read more

first_imgJubilee Hills: Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute launched highly advanced breast cancer diagnostic machine that can detect breast cancers as small 1 mm size.It is the most sensitive and specific breast imaging technology with 50 microns image resolution, least radiation and extremely comfortable breast compression device. In 3D Mammography, multiple images of the breast are obtained at 1 mm intervals unlike the conventional mammogram where entire breast is viewed in a single image. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us This enables better detection and characterization of smaller cancers, micro-calcifications and premalignant lesions (DCIS), which may be overlooked in a conventional mammogram. In spite of multiple sections, the time taken for the procedure remains essentially the same (4 seconds). Dr Tulasi Devi Polavarapu, Member, Board of Trustees, BIACH&RI said, “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the world and about 1,55,000 new cases are detected annually in India.” She expressed concern that the recent Breast cancer projection states that the total number of cases would go as high as 18 lakhs by 2020.last_img read more

first_img Ko works at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with Heng Pan, Sang Ryu, Nipun Misra and Costas Grigoropoulos at Berkeley, and Hee Park at AppliFlex in Mountain View, California, Ko believes that a solution may have been found. The team created a LIFT-based process called Nanomaterial Enabled Laser Transfer (NELT) in order to create direct patterning process resulting in a high resolution while transferring the organic light emitting diode (OLED) without damage. Their work is described in Applied Physics Letters: “Nanomaterial enabled laser transfer for organic light emitting material direct writing.”“NELT process can be used for any kinds of heat sensitive organic material direct patterning and transfer,” Ko explains. “NELT process can achieve more versatile laser wavelength selection with one or two order smaller laser energy than conventional LIFT processes by introducing a specially engineered nanoparticle layer as a laser absorbing and dynamic release layer.” Organic material is delicate, and can be easily damaged by intense heat from lasers. This is what makes the LIFT process, which relies on high temperatures for the proper pressure for transfer, of dubious worth in terms of advancing OLED technology.The nanoparticle layer is what mainly absorbs the laser wavelength. Because of its weak interaction with the organic material, there is less potential for damage. “[N]anomaterials exhibit remarkable properties that may be substantially different from those observed in the bulk counterparts,” Ko says. He also points out that the NELT process uses less energy than the LIFT processes currently considered conventional for direct writing.Among the more interesting applications for the NELT process is the possibility of flexible displays. “Flexible displays are built on flexible substrates so that they can be bent or folded just like a paper. They are futuristic displays usually found in the sci-fi movies.” Ko then continues with additional possible applications for this work: “Other applications include very large area organic light emitting diode display, active material transfer such as semiconducting polymer for organic field effect transfer for organic electronics, and biological material direct transfer for bio-sensor application.”Even with this advance, however, more is required, especially in terms of flexible display. Ko says that a transistor is needed in addition to the light-emitting portion of the display. “Currently we have successfully demonstrated a light emitting diode material direct patterning and transfer by NELT process and several direct writing methods for organic field effect transistor arrays on a polymer substrate. Now we plan to develop a novel approach to integrate organic light emitting diode and organic field effect transistor to demonstrate a working flexible display.”Science fiction may be moving a little closer to becoming science fact.Publication: Nanomaterial enabled laser transfer for organic light emitting material direct writing, Seung H. Ko, Heng Pan, Sang G. Ryu, Nipun Misra, Costas P. Grigoropoulos, and Hee K. Park, Applied Physics Letters online publication 15/10/2008. 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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. Researchers image molecules as they change charge states for first time ( — One of the more interesting methods of pattern transfer available for a number of applications right now is Laser Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT). However, when working with organic material, there are some drawbacks to LIFT, as well as other drawbacks to making use of a high threshold UV or IR laser to effect the transfer. “Besides thermal degradation,” Seung Hwan Ko tells, “high laser threshold laser can also induce mechanical cracks on transfer material and problems in edge sharpness.”center_img Citation: Flexible OLED display one-step closer with organic light emitting material direct writing (2008, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_img Remotely operated vehicle finds heterotrophs abundant in deepest part of the ocean 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. Credit: Oliver Plümper, Utrecht University Explore further Citation: Possible signs of life found ten kilometers below seafloor (2017, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of any of the world’s oceans. Its lowest point is 10,994 meters below sea level. It is located southwest of Japan, and has been an area of scrutiny ever since the development of underwater pilotless craft called Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Prior research has shown that the trench formed due to the Pacific tectonic plate sliding beneath the Philippines plate, making it a subduction zone. In this new effort, the researchers used an ROV to extract 46 samples of serpentine from the ocean floor near the South Chamorro mud volcano, which they brought back to their lab for study.Serpentine is a mineral that forms when olivine in the upper mantle meets water pushed up from a subduction zone. Such reactions produce methane gas and hydrogen, which the researchers note could be used as a food source by microbes. Serpentine is pushed to the surface of the sea floor by hydrothermal vents, where the researchers found it.Upon examination of their serpentine samples, the researchers found trace amounts of organic material that was very similar to that produced by microbes living in more accessible places. That suggests, the team notes, it is possible that the serpentine samples are evidence of life living far below the surface. The team used data from prior studies to calculate how far below the sea floor the serpentine was formed, which allowed them estimate just how far down the possible microbes might live—approximately ten kilometers below the sea floor.The team acknowledges that their findings are not proof of life below the sea floor; other processes have been known to produce both serpentine and the organic matter, but, they note, it does suggest it is possible.center_img More information: Oliver Plümper et al. Subduction zone forearc serpentinites as incubators for deep microbial life, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1612147114AbstractSerpentinization-fueled systems in the cool, hydrated forearc mantle of subduction zones may provide an environment that supports deep chemolithoautotrophic life. Here, we examine serpentinite clasts expelled from mud volcanoes above the Izu–Bonin–Mariana subduction zone forearc (Pacific Ocean) that contain complex organic matter and nanosized Ni–Fe alloys. Using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy, we determined that the organic matter consists of a mixture of aliphatic and aromatic compounds and functional groups such as amides. Although an abiotic or subduction slab-derived fluid origin cannot be excluded, the similarities between the molecular signatures identified in the clasts and those of bacteria-derived biopolymers from other serpentinizing systems hint at the possibility of deep microbial life within the forearc. To test this hypothesis, we coupled the currently known temperature limit for life, 122 °C, with a heat conduction model that predicts a potential depth limit for life within the forearc at ∼10,000 m below the seafloor. This is deeper than the 122 °C isotherm in known oceanic serpentinizing regions and an order of magnitude deeper than the downhole temperature at the serpentinized Atlantis Massif oceanic core complex, Mid-Atlantic Ridge. We suggest that the organic-rich serpentinites may be indicators for microbial life deep within or below the mud volcano. Thus, the hydrated forearc mantle may represent one of Earth’s largest hidden microbial ecosystems. These types of protected ecosystems may have allowed the deep biosphere to thrive, despite violent phases during Earth’s history such as the late heavy bombardment and global mass extinctions. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (—An international team of researchers has found possible evidence of life ten kilometers below the sea floor in the Mariana Trench. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes samples of serpentine they collected from hydrothermal vents and the material they found in it that offers evidence of life living farther below the surface than was thought. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_imgStepless Telescopic Ramps are available in different lengths to accommodate different needs. The Global Telescopic Ramps Market research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data and statistically-supported and industry-validated market data and projections with a suitable set of assumptions and methodology. It provides analysis and information by categories such as market segments, regions, applications and product types and factors influencing market dynamics.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Global Telescopic Ramps Market industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentation such as type, application, and region.By Top Market Players: Company ABy Applications: MedicalBy Product Type: GeneralThe report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region.For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end.Reasons for Buying This Report:•It Provides A Forward-Looking Perspective on Different Factors Driving or Restraining Market Growth.•It Provides A five Years Forecast Assessed on the Basis of How the Market Is Predicted to Grow•It Helps in Understanding the Key Product Segments and Their Future.•It Provides Pin Point Analysis of Changing Competition Dynamics and Keeps You Ahead of Competitors.•It Helps in Making Informed Business Decisions by Having Complete Insights of Market and By Making an In-Depth Analysis of Market Segments.Get a discount on this research report @ Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: Telescopic Rampslast_img read more