ONGC fined in Assam for drilling site pollution

first_imgThe Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) has asked the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited to pay ₹2.04 crore in fine for operating six oil wells in Assam without installing any effluent treatment plants.The PCBA slapped the fine after officials of the regional laboratory in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar district found that the Navaratna public sector undertaking (PSU) did not comply with pollution control norms in six of its wells in the district’s Geleky and Lakwa areas.“During inspection, it has been observed that there is seepage/leakage in the waste pits of the six wells. Waste pits were full of effluent and without having any treatment facility,” said the PCBA’s letter to the Executive Director of ONGC’s Assam Assets at Nazira in Sivasagar district.One month time The exploration major has been given a month’s time since September 5 to pay the fine, besides taking necessary steps for effluent treatment at the ongoing drill sites and arranging for reclamation of drill sites no longer in operation. The PCBA had served ONGC a show-cause notice in June and found that the PSU’s reply was not “based on facts and findings”. The PCBA’s analysis of samples collected from August 6-8 at different well sites found that parameters such as “oil and grease” and “total suspended solids” were beyond permissible limits in all cases. The PCBA has also served notices to some 1,200 more industries operating in Assam without primary effluent treatment plants. About 850 of them have been given closure notices, officials said.last_img read more

NBA: Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third draft picks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston received the 76ers’ third overall pick in the draft plus a future first-round pick from Philadelphia in exchange for making the move.Terms of the deal were agreed upon Saturday night after Fultz conducted a workout for the 76ers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are very pleased with the outcome of this trade, which puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years,” 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.“History suggests that number one has the greatest odds of producing franchise-level talent and we are confident that this year’s draft class has that very potential. Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program.” View comments Boston will receive the 2018 first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers if that selection falls between the second to fifth picks. Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice between the better 2019 first-round pick between Sacramento or Philadelphia.In all, the Celtics could possibly own draft rights to seven first-round choices over the next three seasons. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin bout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies handles the ball during the second half of the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on January 29, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 77-66. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPThe Philadelphia 76ers obtained the top pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft from the Boston Celtics on Monday, both teams officially completing a deal agreed upon and revealed over the weekend.The 76ers are expected to make point guard Markelle Fultz the fourth number one pick in club history and the second in a row after taking Australian Ben Simmons last year. The Aussie missed all of last season with a foot injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for the University of Washington Huskies, who went 9-22.Together with Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, the 76ers will have a young core of talent that could provide a formidable base upon which to rebuild the team.The 76ers have won only one playoff series since 2003 and managed only one winning campaign since 2005. They went 28-54 last season.The Celtics already boast leading scorer Isaiah Thomas at point guard and they are set to obtain a top player plus gain another likely high pick in 2018 or 2019.“We’re thrilled to be able to select what we expect be an impact player with the third pick in this year’s very talented draft class, while also adding a highly valuable future asset,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Coolpad Note 5 Lite C with Android 7.1 Nougat, 5-incCoolpad Note 5 Lite C launched: Price, specs and everything else you need to knowh display launched at Rs 7,777

first_imgCoolpad launched the budget smartphone Note 5 Lite C in India, on Friday. The Coolpad Note 5 Lite C is priced at Rs 7,777 and will be available on Amazon from August 20 in open sale.Also, the Coolpad Note 5 Lite C is the first offline exclusive product from the company with sales to start from August 5 at 3000 multi-brand stores across 8 states- Delhi NCR, Haryana, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.The company has plans to launch four more offline exclusive smartphones by the end of 2018 as it aims to expand its offline presence across 18 states by then.Speaking at the launch of the Coolpad Note 5 Lite C, Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India, said, There is a lot more that will come from Coolpad for our India fans, as we plan to launch one major online flagship on 20th August and four more offline exclusive products by the end of 2018. Coolpad has become a major brand in India with full coverage from online to offline channels.”The Coolpad Note 5 Lite C is also the first phone from the company to come with Android 7.1 Nougat in India. It sports a 5.0-inch Full HD display with 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution and is powered by Snapdragon 210, 1.1 GHz Quad – core processor. The smartphone comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory that’s expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.Also Read: Coolpad Note 5 Lite review: Looks can be deceivingOn the camera front, the Coolpad Note 5 Lite C comes with 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Further, the  smartphone is backed by a 2500mAh battery which company claims can power the phone for 240 hours during standby.advertisementThere is a finger print scanner mounted on the back side of the phone, plcaed below the rear camera. The sensors include light sensors and proximity sensors. Coming to the connectivity options, Note 5 Lite C is compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G VOLTE, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.The Coolpad Note 5 Lite C succeeds the Note 5 Lite which was launched by the company in March this year. The phone costs Rs 8,199 and sports a metal design. Further the phone comes with 3GB of RAM, and  16GB of internal storage. It is powered by the quad-core MediaTek MT6745 processor paired with  Mali-T720 GPU and backed by 2,500mAh battery.last_img read more

NFL’s Graybeards Still Going Strong

first_imgNEW YORK -” There’s something stunning happening on Michael Vick’s head.You can’t see them from far away, but up close, tiny gray hairs are starting to emerge — color-sapped reminders that the New York Jets quarterback is no longer the speedy youngster fresh out of Virginia Tech.He turned 34 in June, making him “old” in today’s NFL. During minicamp in June, Vick even had a young fullback address him as “Sir” in the huddle. “That baffled me a little bit,” Vick said at the time with a chuckle. “I’m not that old and I have to reiterate that over and over again.”But in the time-warped world of professional sports, anything past 30 opens conversations about players being past their prime. If you get to 35, well, then the geriatric jokes start flying. Rocking chairs and walking canes. “Grandpa” and “Graybeard.”“I think so much of it’s a mindset,” said 35-year-old Saints quarterback Drew Brees. “If I tell myself I am 25, I’m 25 and that’s honest to God. That’s my mindset. I can play for another 10 years. That would be my goal, but I’m taking it one year at a time. There’s no reason why I couldn’t do that.”He would be a rarity in the NFL, where the average age ranges between 25 and 27. The lifespan of most careers in the league lasts somewhere between 3 1/2 and almost seven years, meaning retirement comes at an age when people in most other professional fields are just getting started.For several players, though, age is an opponent to defy.The Colts’ 41-year-old Adam Vinatieri is the NFL’s oldest active player. While he might not have the leg he did while leading the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles and another with Indianapolis as “Automatic Adam,” he’s still one of the league’s most reliable kickers.“As long as my body’s feeling healthy, I can’t see why I can’t continue to play,” Vinatieri said when he re-signed with the Colts for two years in March.It’s likely no one will ever get close to George Blanda, who was still kicking at 48 for the Raiders in 1975. But there are plenty of other kickers and punters who are nearly right there with Vinatieri.San Francisco’s Phil Dawson (39), Atlanta’s Matt Bryant (39), Arizona’s Jay Feely (38), Buffalo’s Brian Moorman (38), Houston’s Shane Lechler (37) and Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski (36) are among those booting away Father Time.There are plenty of other big-time stars at the so-called “skill” positions who are also still thriving. Just look at Denver’s Peyton Manning (38) and New England’s Tom Brady (37), who are still setting passing records, along with Brees, nearly every season.“Peyton Manning was what, 37 years old last year and arguably (had) his best year in his career,” Brees said. “Brett Favre arguably had his best year of his career when he was 40. There have been perfect examples of the near history that prove that you can continue to play at a very, very high level. I think there are lots of things that go into that.”Preparation, training, strict diets and consistent sleep habits are among them. “I look forward to driving over here every day,” Manning said. “I think as soon as you go, ‘Golly, I do not want to go over there today,’ that’s when you’ve got to get out.”Even at positions that require top-notch speed, some veterans are competing with the youngsters. Washington’s Santana Moss is 35 and still a valuable part of the Redskins’ offense.“I still can play,” said Moss, entering his 14th NFL season. “I told myself I’m not going to count myself out. I’m going to go as long as I can go. I didn’t have this dream as a kid to say, ‘OK, one day I’m going to put it up.’ I’m going to go until I can’t go no more.”Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith knows the feeling. He’s also 35 and feels rejuvenated after spending his first 13 seasons in Carolina.Some defensive backs, such as Charles Woodson (37), Champ Bailey (36), Terrence Newman (35), Adrian Wilson (34), Ike Taylor (34) and Ryan Clark (34) could all be going up against some players 12-15 years younger than them this season.When you last as long as a guy such as Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who’s 33 and in his 12th season, coaches come and go, and so do teammates. It’s a strange experience, especially when you’re the only one still there.“There’s new guys coming in filling up those numbers and those lockers,” Briggs said. “That’s life. That’s the way it is. It’s business.”Experience, though, is important to helping a winning franchise. Woodson says it only takes looking at the NBA’s champion San Antonio Spurs to know that veteran leadership is key, along with strong play.“I look at the NFL, every team wants to get younger,” said Woodson, entering his 17th season. “They push a lot of the older guys out, guys who can still play the game. I don’t think there’s any question that it’s undervalued. … Our best days are not behind us just because other people say our best days are behind us.“We’re going out there to play good football and win games, and that’s what we intend to do.”___By Dennis Waszak Jr., AP Sports Writer. AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton and AP Sports Writers Josh Dubow, Michael Marot, Brett Martel, Janie McCauley, Andrew Seligman and Joseph White contributed to this story.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ronaldo maintains scoring form amid rape allegation as Juventus crush Udinese

first_imgUnstoppable Juventus maintained their perfect start to the season after 10 matches when first-half goals from Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristiano Ronaldo gave them a 2-0 win at Udinese in Serie A on Saturday.Juventus, chasing an eighth successive league title, have 24 points from their eight matches in Serie A and have won their first two games in the Champions League.Uruguay midfielder Bentancur’s goal was his first since joining Juventus at the start of last season while Ronaldo took his tally to four since his move from Real Madrid.Juve dominated the opening half hour and broke through in the 33rd minute with a counter-attack as Bentancur set Joao Cancelo away on the right and headed in the Portugal full back’s pinpoint cross.Four minutes later, Mario Mandzukic won a loose ball in the penalty area and teed the ball up for Ronaldo to fire a venomous drive past Simone Scuffet.Antonin Barak hit the post for Udinese and Kevin Lasagna had a shot cleared off the line either side of halftime but, otherwise, Juventus continued to dominate.Federico Bernardeschi and Ronaldo were denied further goals by Scuffet who also tipped a Cancelo shot on to the crossbar.Cagliari (nine points) picked up their first home win of the season when headed goals from Joao Pedro and Leonardo Pavoletti, both from Lucas Castro crosses, gave them a 2-0 win over Bologna (7) in the afternoon match.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more



a month agoREVEALED: Sporting CP made attempt for Everton boss Marco Silva

first_imgREVEALED: Sporting CP made attempt for Everton boss Marco Silvaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP have made an attempt for Everton boss Marco Silva.O Jogo says he’s been approached about a move to Sporting, just like Portugal U21 manager Rui Jorge. But their past links with the Lions didn’t count in the club’s favour, since both of them rejected the chance.The same happened regarding Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim.Despite Silva’s unstable situation at Everton, the attempt by Sporting was always seen as a long shot.Back in January, it had already been reported that he’d rejected a chance to take charge of Benfica. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Adam Schefter Is Getting Crushed For Interviewing Greg Hardy, What He’s Said About It

first_imgAdam Schefter talks about his interview with Greg hardy.SchefterAdam Schefter recently had a sit-down interview with Greg Hardy. The interview (in parts and in full) has been shown across ESPN’s platforms today.You can view some of the interview here. In the interview, Hardy, who is currently unsigned after playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, says he has never hit a woman. Hardy was referencing the 2014 incident with his former girlfriend in which he allegedly hit her multiple times, causing what appeared to be significant injuries. The former Carolina Panther was charged and convicted, but the case was thrown out in 2015 after Hardy appealed. “I’ve never put my hand on any woman,” Hardy says.Schefter appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this morning to discuss the interview. A transcript of some of what Schefter said: Schefter: What he meant by that was he feels like he should not have put himself in that situation around that woman at that time of night around alcohol, and that was his mistake he should never have done that. But in his mind he swears he never put a finger on this woman. And people can believe what they want.Patrick: Do you believe it?Schefter: Doesn’t matter what I believe Dan, right?—–Schefter: I went in with the idea that this guy is a monster. I came out of there with a very different feeling. I came out of there feeling this is a guy who has managed to say the wrong things at the wrong time.Schefter is now getting crushed for what he’s said about Hardy and for interviewing him. One of his colleagues, Michelle Beadle, even criticized him on-air on ESPN for giving the NFL defensive lineman a platform. For the love of f&$@. Dude doesn’t admit to wrongdoing. Dude has changed? I give the hell up.— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) April 5, 2016Beadle isn’t alone, either.Posting illegally obtained medical records didnt activate the integrity gene of Schefter. So a softball Q&A with a womanizer wouldn’t either— Marshall (@M_W_19) April 5, 2016Greg Hardy interview…WTF?— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) April 5, 2016Hardy’s comments were bad. But the fact that ESPN and Schefter gave him a platform for redemption is even worse:— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) April 5, 2016If ESPN decided on its own to send Schefter to interview Hardy instead of Rachel Nichols or Jeremy Schapp or Bob Ley, well, that’s a problem— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 5, 2016Of course Adam Schefter bought into Greg Hardy’s bullshit:— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 5, 2016Schefter discussed the interview in-depth on The Dan Patrick Show today, but he’s likely going to have to further defend his position in the coming days.last_img read more

Youth Policy To Focus On Preparing Young People For World Of Work

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says the revised National Youth Policy, when completed, will sharpen its focus on entrepreneurship, skills training and preparing young people for the world of work in the global village.“We have put in place all the work for revision…the Concept Paper has been written to (produce) the new policy, which will not only see things to take into consideration – how the globe has changed, how Jamaica has changed, and how our young people have changed – but will have with it certain instruments to make sure that it’s implemented,” the Minister said.Ms. Hanna was addressing a youth seminar, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on November 20.The Minister explained that the concept will now form a Green Paper, which will go back for consultations and out of that will emerge a White Paper, which will be tabled in Parliament.She pointed out that the policy will take into account emerging issues that affect young people, and will present commitment and response of the Government to address these issues over time.The Ministry of Youth and Culture has been tasked with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive data base of the country’s youth population, a review of the 2004 National Youth Policy and the promotion of a symbiotic youth-development partnership with the private sector.These activities will lay the foundation for greater participation of young people in the formulation of appropriate policies, and ensure that limited resources are targeted to the preparation of young people for the increasingly competitive world of work.Miss Hanna underscored that the future of the country resides in the creativity and imagination of young people, “so in order to pull that out of you, we have to get rid of the mindset of ‘a jus so di ting set’.”“If we have a revolution of the mindset of young people resetting their agendas, resetting their approaches, resetting their conversations as to how this country should work, and what their expectations are, then we will go in a particular direction,” she said.Meanwhile, Project Manager, Inter-American Development Bank/Government of Jamaica Youth Development Programme, Margery Newland, said one of the most significant outcomes of the revised policy will be its Monitoring and Evaluation System, which will allow for the tracking of achievements and the status of activities included in the policy.“We have to assess, on a continuing basis, the quality of the relationships that we have established and the progress in the implementation of the policy; and to evaluate the activities and actions that we have taken in the implementation of the policy, so that we are in a position to assess the impact that it has had on our target population,” she said.Scores of young people from across the island turned out to participate in robust discussion sessions regarding topics such as: education, health, anti-crime/restorative justice, entrepreneurship/employment, capacity building of youth sector and youth participation, and equity/special circumstances.Revision of the policy is being informed by the findings of the 2010 Jamaica National Youth Survey, which was commissioned by the Government under the Youth Development Programme loan agreement signed with the IDB.Conducted by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), the survey provides a holistic profile of young people age 15 to 24 years, and seeks to aid in the strengthening of existing programmes designed for youth development throughout the island.It focuses on, among other things, unattached youth; young people living and working on the street as well as those in State care; young people with disabilities; entrepreneurial and employment opportunities; and spirituality and values.The seminar was held under the theme: ‘Reset di Ting! The Courage to do Things Differently’, and forms part of the activities to celebrate Youth Month 2013. The Minister explained that the concept will now form a Green Paper. The revised National Youth Policy, when completed, will sharpen its focus on entrepreneurship, skills training and preparing young people for the world of work. The Ministry of Youth and Culture has been tasked with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive data base of the country’s youth population.last_img read more

Paving Contract Awarded for Trunk 12

first_imgDrivers who use Trunk Highway 12, a popular connecting routebetween the Annapolis Valley and the South Shore will have a muchsmoother trip after the completion of an $893,700 road-pavingcontract announced recently. The contract was awarded to Lafarge Canada Inc. and should becompleted during the 2005 construction season. It involves therepaving of two sections of Trunk 12. One section runs fromForties Road at New Ross, north for 5.3 kilometres, to AdamsRoad. The second section runs from the Lunenburg-Kings countyline, north for 3.1 kilometres, to Legge Road. “Trunk 12 is a popular connecting route between the Valley andthe South Shore,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportationand Public Works. “This project will make the road safer for allusers.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater,Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

NL minister steps aside after allegedly harassing fellow cabinet member

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet minister has stepped aside amid harassment allegations, in what political observers say is a fresh sign of the shift in how society discusses harassment.Premier Dwight Ball said Municipal Affairs Minister Eddie Joyce will step aside from his duties during an external review of harassment allegations involving fellow Liberal cabinet member Sherry Gambin-Walsh.After a meeting with Joyce, Ball later added the minister had “volunteered now to remove himself from caucus.”“I received a complaint from an MHA in my caucus about alleged undue behaviour exhibited by a member of my caucus,” he said in a statement earlier Thursday.“I proactively addressed the public to make them aware of the situation and stress that the complaints were being taken very seriously. I also indicated that I would be working with the complainant to initiate processes in accordance with their comfort and wishes in a prompt manner. I commend the complainant for coming forward.”Ball added the allegation against Joyce is not sexual in nature.The scandal follows the suspension earlier this month of Chris Collins, Speaker of the New Brunswick Legislature, from the Liberal caucus after allegations of bullying and harassment were made against him. As well, federal NDP MP Erin Weir of Saskatchewan was suspended from caucus in February for unspecified harassment allegations.Kelly Blidook, a political science professor at Memorial University, says this bizarre chronology of events is the result of a moment of “upheaval” where people want to speak up, but don’t feel they have anywhere to go.“Mechanisms aren’t in place where people feel empowered to take action. That’s why we saw, I’d say, a very sloppy process of this information coming out here,” Blidook said.The allegations first came to light when Progressive Conservative Leader Paul Davis raised questions in the house of assembly about whether the premier had received complaints of bullying or harassing behaviour in the Liberal ranks. Davis said he had information from Liberal members that people feel bullied.Ball said he wasn’t aware of harassment taking place within the party. Gambin-Walsh, the Service NL minister, said Thursday she told the premier at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday about the allegations.Melanee Thomas, who researches gender and politics at the University of Calgary, says the growing public discussion around harassment and safe workplaces, stemming from phenomena like the #MeTOO movement, have made people more interested in interrogating how people, particularly women, are treated in different workplace contexts.One of the reasons governments are behind at implementing structural harassment policies and procedures is because they are often not perceived as workplaces, Thomas says. She also suggested that governments have been slow to implement clear protocols around harassment because politics is male-dominated.“The people who are on the receiving end of harassment are often women,” said Thomas. “Politics is a place where we don’t have a whole lot of women, so there are any number of policies and procedures that aren’t in place precisely because women would need to access them more than men would.”In the case of Newfoundland and Labrador, these anti-harassment policies are currently in development.Blidook pointed to former finance minister Cathy Bennett’s public discussion of cyber-bullying and body-shaming as kickstarting a conversation about how to treat people in elected positions.In February, the government announced a new harassment-free government workplace policy that will take effect on June 1. The policy will include sensitivity training, a 90-day-timeline for investigations, and a consistent access point for complainants.Blidook sees this as a promising first step, but he anticipates more mismanaged incidents before the streamlined complaint process becomes effective.“I do think we’re going to see more of this before we actually get very good at it,” Blidook says. “I think it’s going to be sort of a long process. But that’s probably because it’s so much more prevalent than we realize.”Ball said Justice Minister Andrew Parsons will take over Joyce’s duties during the review.Gambin-Walsh told reporters Thursday she has had “a difficult week as an MHA, and a difficult week as a woman.”She added: “I encourage anybody out there who has experienced harassment to come forward.”Joyce, meantime, denied being a bully.“I have no idea where anybody ever said that I was a bully,” he told reporters.last_img read more

Nova Scotia capital commemorates catastrophic Halifax Explosion 100 years ago

first_imgHALIFAX – Rose Poirier stood on a hill overlooking Halifax harbour at 9:04 a.m. Wednesday, quietly marking the moment precisely 100 years before when the city’s bustling north end was obliterated by the worst human-caused disaster in Canadian history.Before the poets and the politicians spoke at a ceremony marking the grim centennial, Poirier recalled a harrowing story from a 106-year-old relative who miraculously survived the Halifax Explosion and still lives in the city’s west end.Poirier said her husband’s great aunt, Halifax resident Hazel Forrest, was staying with her sister in a home on Bilby Street on Dec. 6, 1917, when two wartime ships collided in the harbour, sparking a massive explosion that killed almost 2,000 people, wounded 9,000 and left 25,000 homeless.It was the world’s largest human-made blast until an atomic bomb was detonated in 1945.As a white-hot shock wave rolled up from the harbour, razing much of the city’s north end, six-year-old Hazel was hurled through a crumbling wall.“She remembers being thrown down from an upper floor into her uncle’s arms because the wall and the stairs had been blown off,” Poirier said Wednesday as a steady downpour pelted the hundreds of onlookers who gathered for a commemorative service at Fort Needham Memorial Park — not far from what was ground zero in 1917.“Her sister Evelyn had been bathing their baby brother, and she was thrown down the cellar stairs. The baby was scalded because they were near the stove. They found that baby across the street.”Forrest, one of the oldest survivors of the explosion, now lives in a nursing home and was unable to attend the ceremony because of blustery weather.Halifax Mayor Mike Savage told the crowd it’s the heart-rending stories of individual Haligonians that help Canadians understand an otherwise incomprehensible tragedy.To make his point, Savage singled out the Jackson family, represented by several relatives in the crowd, which lost more than 40 members to the explosion and ensuing conflagration.“To whomever you seek comfort from, to whomever you pray to in the evening … when you close your eyes tonight, ask for a blessing for those who lived 100 years ago — for those who were killed, for those who survived and to those who rebuilt,” the mayor said as gusts of wind blew the rain sideways.“We say to them what we say to our great military heroes on Remembrance Day: ‘We will remember them.’”In a heated tent near the park’s Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower, 82-year-old Gerald Edward Jackson recalled how his father was trapped in the rubble of a house for three days before a searcher with a dog found him.“He was blown down into the basement of the house and the house caved in on top of him, and it was burning,” he said as family members leaned in to hear the story. “It was a chaotic thing … My dad never spoke about the explosion at all.”As the ceremony began at 9:04 a.m. — the exact time of the blast — a cannon was fired at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, and ships in the harbour sounded their horns, the mournful wail echoing across the city as the crowd observed a moment of silence.Halifax’s poet laureate, Rebecca Thomas, said most historical accounts of the explosion fail to recognize the shabby way the city’s black and Indigenous populations were treated after the disaster.“Nostalgia can sometimes be toxic and … many voices often disappear into the past without ever being heard,” she told the crowd.African Nova Scotians living in the Africville neighbourhood, which was severely damaged by the explosion, were given only a fraction of the rebuilding funds offered to white Haligonians, she said. As for Turtle Grove, a Mi’kmaq village on the Dartmouth side of the harbour, it was wiped out by a tsunami created by the blast.“Those who survived were segregated and kept out of the hospitals,” Thomas said.George Elliott Clarke, the Nova Scotia-born parliamentary poet laureate, recited a poem recalling the poignant moments leading up to the deadly detonation, including the imagined last goodbyes of children as they went off to school in the city’s Richmond neighbourhood.“Punctual salutations resonate in Richmond homes as spouses trudge to factory or menial jobs. Children troop to school and many of those cheery, kissed-cheek goodbyes will prove unknowingly final,” he said, reading from a soaked page.Clarke also remembered Vincent Coleman, the telegraph dispatcher who, “alert and alarmed, tapped out urgent, percussive Morse (code)” to warn an incoming train to stop before he died in the explosion.Coleman’s grandson, Calgary lawyer Jim Coleman, also spoke at the ceremony, recalling how earlier generations refused to talk about what happened.After 100 years, that is changing, he said, adding that his grandfather’s legacy as a hero should never be forgotten.“He had a choice. He had a choice to stay or a choice to leave and try to save his life. We believe he made the right choice. He stayed and for that many people lived,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version wrongly stated the Halifax Explosion was the largest artificial blast prior to the bombing of Hiroshima.last_img read more

Former Indian residential school staffer fights sex assault charges

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe trial of a former residential school staff member and sex offender continued in central Saskatchewan.Paul Leroux recently took the stand to defend himself against more sexual assault allegations.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has more on this case.last_img

Blockchain may make ecommerce cheaper fairer

first_imgSan Francisco: A Blockchain-based system that allows buyers and sellers to interact directly can make e-commerce platform for digital goods “cheat proof” and the products cheaper, says a study by India-origin researchers. Blockchains allow multiple stakeholders to transact money or data virtually over linked peer-to-peer computer networks. Besides Blockchain, their proposed solution involves “smart contracts” and game theory. “Our scheme offers potentially a big improvement over the state-of-the-art in electronic commerce because it allows buyers and sellers to interact directly with each other without the need for third-party mediators of any kind,” said Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Professor at Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, the US. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “It uses a dual-deposit method, escrowing a safety deposit from both buyer and seller that is returned to them only when they behave honestly. And the verification of who is at fault and who is honest is done automatically by the smart contract,” added Krishnamachari. This “smart contract” stores a good’s digital hash code or “digital fingerprint”. Krishnamachari created an algorithm that runs on a programmable Blockchain as a “smart contract” with Aditya Asgaonkar, a recent undergraduate computer science alum at BITS Pilani Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Here’s how the system might work: An author wants to sell her digital book, but she hopes to avoid going through Amazon or some other company that takes a commission. Instead, she uses Asgaonkar’s and Krishnamachari’s blockchain-based solution and lists the book’s price at $20. An interested buyer contacts her. To ensure an honest deal, both the buyer and seller agree to pony up a $10 deposit through a programmable Blockchain platform. The author then sends the digital book to the buyer, who could only access it by making a verifiable payment for the correct amount. If the transaction satisfies everybody, then both parties receive their deposits back. But what if someone tries to cheat? What happens, for instance, if the seller intentionally sends the wrong e-book? What recourse does the aggrieved party have? This is where the so-called smart contract kicks in. The contract stores a good’s digital. The buyer has access to that digital hash code before making a purchase. If they receive an item with a different hash code, however, they can dispute the transaction. In this instance, the seller would forfeit their deposit after the algorithm determined that they had attempted to cheat the buyer. At present, the system works only with digital goods because physical products can’t have a cryptographic hash associated with them. However, physical goods stored in a safe-box that can be opened with a digital password could be potentially transacted using their system. Asgaonkar presented the researchers’ joint paper at the IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in Seoul, South Korea.last_img read more

Urban Meyer ready for Bradley Robys return

Lantern file photoThen-redshirt-sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby (1) returns an interceptoin during a game against Nebraska Oct. 6, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-38.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was pleased with the effort that his shorthanded defense put forth Saturday in the Buckeyes’ 40-20 win against Buffalo, but he knows the unit still has some growing up to do.The Buckeyes were without redshirt-junior starting cornerback and preseason All-American Bradley Roby, who was suspended because of his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July.Roby is back this week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be inserted into the starting defensive lineup, Meyer said.“He will not be named starter,” Meyer said. “We’ll probably see (sophomore cornerback) Armani (Reeves) or Roby will start, depends on how they practice.”Meyer also noted Roby is someone he has “a lot of respect for” because while he could have left OSU after last season for the NFL,Roby made the decision to come back and finish his Buckeye career with the group of players he came in with. Robywent through “a little bit of a funk of buyer’s remorse,” Meyer said, after hearing people say he could have been drafted high. Meyer called his return this season “very admirable.”Roby was not the only returning defensive starter who did not play against Buffalo, as a lower leg injury made redshirt-senior safety and starter C.J. Barnett a game time decision, ultimately keeping him out. A nagging leg cramp led to junior linebacker Ryan Shazier being carted to the locker room in the second quarter, leaving senior safety Christian Bryant as the lone returning starter on the field.The unit’s lack of experience, coupled with both Shazier’s and Barnett’s absences showed, as Buffalo was able to capitalize on a pair of Buckeye turnovers to get within 10 points twice, in both the second and third quarters.OSU eventually put the Bulls away, with the help of redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall’s 159 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, but the defense’s inconsistency kept the game close until late in the third quarter.New starters Reeves and junior cornerback Doran Grant had ups and downs of their own, as they matched up with star Buffalo receiver Alex Neutz. Neutz was Bulls quarterback Joe Licata’s favorite target Saturday and ended two receiving yards shy of 100, scoring a touchdown when he leaped over Reeves in the third quarter.Meyer said he was pleased with Reeves’ effort, but is looking forward to getting Roby back on the field this weekend against San Diego State. According to Meyer, Roby’s maturity has shown during fall camp and he has done everything that has been asked of him.“I think he learned a really strong lesson and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Meyer said. “I’m anxious to get him back on the field.”Bryant said the presence of Roby and Barnett on the field will certainly help the defensive backfield’s confidence.“I think it will just bring more wisdom to the defense,” Bryant said. “We know the type of job that we have to accomplish each and every week, and with Roby and C.J. (Barnett) back I think it’s going to boost the defense’s confidence a little bit more. I know I will feel a lot better with them back, too.”Special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said even though Roby is eligible to play this weekend, first team defensive reps during practice will be split evenly between him, Grant and Reeves.“We’ll get a lot of work in and rotate those three guys, Doran, Armani (Reeves) and Bradley (Roby) with the first team,” Coombs said. “That’s what we always have done and have been pretty consistent with that throughout training camp.”Even though Roby’s return to the lineup may diminish some of his playing time, Grant said his return, along with Barnett’s, will allow the defense to play more aggressively.“With those two guys coming back, they know what to do when they come back and get out there on the field,” Grant said. “I think it’s going to take our aggression on the defensive side of the ball a little higher.”Grant called Roby a “great leader” both on the field and in the film room, and he has never stopped being a leader even though he was suspended.“Knowing he wasn’t going to play the first game, he was helping out myself, Armani Reeves and also the young guys — basically the whole defense,” Grant said. “He’s always there talking, giving his keys and clues on what we gotta look for coming up to the game.”Roby’s return is not to overshadow the return of another key player, albeit on the other side of the ball, in redshirt-junior running back Rod Smith.Meyer suspended Smith during camp for violating a team rule in “either January or February.” With fellow running back Carlos Hyde suspended for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar this summer, Smith was looked to be the starter until he was suspended.Smith’s return could alter the role Hall plays in the offense. The Jeanette, Pa., native said he is unsure of where how he will be used Saturday.“Your guess is as good as mine,” Hall said.Hall said he has no preference between playing H-back or running back, and wherever he is on the field, he just wants to help his team win. Having running back depth, though, is a good thing, he said.“Coach Meyer knows that he has a bunch of people that can play running back or H-back, so I think it’s just going to be harder for a defense to prepare for that,” Hall said. “I’m just going to go at whatever position they put me at and try to make plays.”Running backs coach Stan Drayton is the man slated with the responsibility of deciding who gets the touches during games, and with Smith returning this week and Hyde returning Sept. 21 against Florida A&M, selecting starters may be difficult. Drayton, though, said no matter who the returning player is, each guy must earn his way back.“What they do is they have to come in and earn their position back,” Drayton said. “Nothing is given to these guys.”Meyer and Drayton said every player has to show their worth on special teams before getting a chance to play elsewhere. Drayton said it is important to hold everyone to that standard.“We have a philosophy that if you want to play your respective position, you have to provide some value to this team on special teams,” Drayton said. “So if Carlos Hyde gets reinstated, and he can add some value to our special teams, then great. Then we’ll sit there and we’ll take a good look at where he stands in that running back group.”It will be interesting to see where and when Smith gets on the field Saturday against SDSU, but he will make an appearance as long as he has a good week of practice, Meyer said.Kickoff against the Aztecs is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Football Ohio State rolls over Oklahoma 4524 in Norman

OSU senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNORMAN, Okla. — The game that was hyped up for weeks fulfilled the desires of many Ohio State football fans in the first half. After a shaky start for the Buckeyes, OSU recovered by rattling off two unanswered touchdowns and never looked back, eventually topping the Sooners 45-24. Oklahoma received the ball and promptly marched down the field before an injury to starting redshirt freshman left guard Cody Ford slowed the opening drive for the Sooners. The drive stalled, and the Buckeyes forced a field goal attempt, which was missed from 27 yards out.Things never got back on track for the Sooners, as Oklahoma would be playing catchup throughout the first half. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel scampered in for a 36-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes a lead they would never relinquish.It was a night that saw the Buckeyes dominate both the offensive and defensive lines of Oklahoma.“I think we controlled the line of scrimmage,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “When you do that you have a good chance of winning the game.”With Oklahoma looking to gain momentum by going for it on fourth down early, the Buckeyes found themselves up 14-0 after an outstanding defensive play.Filling in for injured junior weakside linebacker Dante Booker, sophomore Jerome Baker intercepted a tipped pass from Sooner redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield and turned on the jets for a 68-yard touchdown.“(Junior defensive end) Jayln Holmes, he tipped it,” Baker said. “I looked up and it fell right into my hands.”Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Joe Mixon answered back with a touchdown of his own, returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Finding a hole in the middle, Mixon broke free and was nearly untouched throughout the return.Although the score was upheld, video review later revealed that Mixon dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. Although all scoring plays are to be reviewed, the touchdown for the Sooners remained.All questions about the health of redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown were answered in the first half, as Buckeye fans witnessed three touchdown receptions, with the last one of the first half dropping the jaws of fans throughout the stadium.Being guarded closely in the left corner of the endzone, Brown pinned the ball against the back of Oklahoma cornerback Michiah Quick, maintaining possession and dragging his foot. The score put the Buckeyes up 35-17 with just six seconds left in the half.Brown finished the night with four touchdowns.The Buckeye defense struggled to limit the amount of yards picked up by the Sooners in the first two quarters but kept Oklahoma from gaining the lead. Although OSU surrendered 258 yards in the opening half, the Silver Bullets defended well enough to keep their team in the lead.The second-half was much of the same for the Buckeyes. Smothering defense and a healthy use of Brown in the redzone kept OSU out in front by a large margin.After receiving the second-half kickoff, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett quickly led OSU down the field, setting Brown up for another touchdown reception, this time from eight yards out. Four of Brown’s five receptions were for touchdowns, while every one of Barrett’s touchdowns were to the redshirt sophomore.The grind-it-out attack used by the Buckeyes quickly wore down Oklahoma in the second half. After Barrett and Brown led OSU for much of the first half, the combination of redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, Barrett and Samuel took over the game.Finishing the game with an average of 6.1 yards per carry combined, the three players racked up 291 rushing yards throughout the contest.Mayfield struggled again in the second half, as OSU’s tight defense in the secondary and pass rush kept the redshirt junior scrambling from the pocket for much of the second half. He finished his night going 17-for-32 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.The defensive lineman for OSU took into account the mobile ability of Mayfield, and made sure to keep him in check as best as they could.“Sometimes if you were going to win your one-on-one matchup, you couldn’t take it. You had to cage the pocket and collapse him” said OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard. “There was one time I beat the tackle so clean that he escaped right away. Stuff like that, you just had to keep him caged and not give him any running lanes because he was out of there really fast.”The Buckeyes even received cheers from the OSU faithful in the Oklahoma crowd. During the third quarter, an “O-H-I-O” erupted in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.Outscoring Oklahoma 14-7 in the second half, OSU walked away triumphant with a 45-24 victory. After a week filled with predictions favoring each side, the Buckeyes proved they can perform on the biggest stages.Although OSU was all smiles following the game, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley sustained an upper-body injury during the first half. Conley did not return, and his status is up in the air for Week 4.Meyer said he was unsure of the status of Conley after the game, but said as far as he knew, the redshirt junior was doing well.Next week, the Buckeyes will be on a bye week. After the break, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Ohio Stadium to open Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Kickoff is set for noon on Oct. 1.This article has been amended with quotes following post game interviews. read more

OLAFUR IS BACK Stefansson plays against PPD Zagreb

← Previous Story Baltic F4 in Kehra – Serviti Polva win regular part of the season Next Story → SSV Bozen win Italian Cup in Siracusa! One of the biggest lefthanders in the history of handball, Icelander Olafur Stefansson is ready for a comeback in the TOP handball. A 42 years old right back past all the tests in KIF Kolding Kobenhavn which showed that he is capable to help his new teammates in the mission EHF CL TOP 16 against PPD Zagreb, despite the fact that he hasn’t been in the court for more than a year.– We are very pleased that it has fallen into place, and that Olafur can drag KIF Kolding Copenhagen shirt over his head when we play against Zagreb. He has an incredible routine in his game, which we probably get very need in Zagreb, on a crazy away match. In addition, there are still doubts about Kim Andersson, so here Ólafur can also make a difference. We are all in all very pleased that it could be managed, says KIF Kolding Copenhagen head coach, Aaron Kristjansson.His former teammate from AG Copenhagen, Kasper Hvidt praised Olafur’s capabilites:-You can clearly see in training that he still understands handball, and it did not take long before he understood the way we want to play on. Besides being a super good handball player, he has a good rest over themselves both on and off the field.PHOTO: KIF Koldingolafur stefansson is back read more

Twomonthold girl shot dead in Pennsylvania

first_imgPOLICE IN THE US have identified a baby girl who was shot dead in a house in Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve.Officers in East Lampeter Township named the infant as Kestyn Davies.She died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, reports local, online media.A team of investigators believe the child was shot by a family member just after 2pm on Tuesday. They were the only two people in the house at the time.They said they know – but will not reveal – the identity of the shooter.However, county district attorney Craig Stedman confirmed the weapon used was a handgun, and not a BB gun as was previously speculated.Although coroner Dr. Steven Diamantoni classified the death as a homicide, he explained that doesn’t necessarily indicate criminal actions.“It simply means the death of one human being was the result of the actions of another,” he said, according to Lancaster Online.It is not yet known if charges will be filed in the case.Ireland: Man arrested in connection with fatal stabbing in ShankillMore: Garda taken to hospital after Dublin house fireRoads: Another Christmas tragedy on Irish roads as woman dies in Offaly car crashlast_img read more

Column In Istanbul citizens remain united and committed to peaceful protest

first_imgAfter days of protests and riots across Turkey, Irishwoman Arlene Crilly writes about her experiences of living in Istanbul and her impressions of the recent unrest…A WEEK NEVER passes when I don’t take a trip to Taksim and its square. An area packed with shops, restaurants, theatres and bars, its streets are always choc-a-bloc with people eager to get somewhere different. During the protests around one million marched to Taksim Square and everyone was there for the exact same reason.As I looked around at everybody in masks and goggles chanting and waving their Turkish flags I began to wonder how it had all come to this. How was it that these protests had touched every neighbourhood – so much so that even those who couldn’t leave their houses stood at doors or hung out of windows chanting and banging pots and pans together in support? I began to wonder how a small protest about turning a park into yet another shopping centre could garner such support and outrage and how long this dissatisfaction had being brewing?Never-ending ‘development’I had to bring myself back five months at least, when I first received a flyer expressing concern about what would be built in the historic square. It was the first time that the “renewal” of Taksim came on my radar even though the bulldozers had been hanging around for months.  When I inquired about the redevelopment, my Turkish friends told me that they had no idea what would be built there. The government had remained tight-lipped about the project, arousing people’s suspicions that whatever it was might not benefit them.As an outsider, I was shocked that people didn’t have to be consulted or even told what was going to be built in a public space. Wasn’t I living in a democracy, a country with a prime minister who has tried his utmost to court EU membership?In recent weeks the fears of my friends were confirmed when it was announced that the squares neighbouring park (and prime real estate ) would be cleared to make way for yet another mall (there are already 150 new shopping centres planned for next year).  The prime minister told critics that he would not change his mind. The protests started on Wednesday, although  I didn’t even hear about the protests until Thursday when I saw a video from the night before of protesters offering police burek and other snacks. A few seconds later they hit them with water cannons and tear-gas.A sense of solidarityOn Thursday, I too joined the protest. People were chanting and singing songs and there was what I could describe as a chilled party-like atmosphere. I planned to return to the park on Friday but by about 6pm that day there were reports of protest escalating into police brutality in Taksim and it was clear that the police had made it a no-go area.Living just two metro stops from the area, joining the protest simply meant stepping out on to my front door. The protest was everywhere. Since the metro to Taksim had been halted people simply came and took over the roads leading to it. With some friends, Turkish and foreign alike, I joined thousands of others and we marched as close as we could get to the square.Men, women, old and young came out onto the streets in the surrounding areas of Taksim wearing  their masks and carried bags of lemons (an antidote to teargas). They chanted “Prime Minister resign!” and “Our Istanbul, not yours!” Those who got too close to the tear-gas canisters or injured were helped by strangers and residents hotels and restaurants opened up their doors to everyone without a second thought.Then the Turkish news channels broadcast a speech by the prime minister, saying the protests were purely the work of hooligans and extremists led by the opposition party. Since I live here and have many Turkish friends I know that this is completely untrue. All of my Turkish friends are involved in these protests one way or another. As I write this, my newsfeed on Facebook is full of  the latest updates encouraging everyone to stay in Taksim and keep up their peaceful protest.The creeping de-secularisation of TurkeyThe fight over the park has in fact now been won. People are saying that, thanks to the protests, no business or brand would ever want to be associated with tearing down Taksim’s last green area. But  it is not about a park any more. Everyone has a different if not many different  reasons for protesting. For some it’s about tear-gas and the brutality of police who even I have watched brutally break up tiny harmless protests by blasting water cannons. For others it’s about the fact that their voices are not heard or about the prime minister creeping away from secularism as he tightens drinking laws and spends public funds on ornate mosques.But the Turkish mass media, particularly television stations, are keeping schtum for the moment. People are saying they always knew that the media was being controlled by the government, and on a night when millions of people are taking to the streets and the TV is showing modelling competitions and shows about ‘the world’s strangest cats’ their suspicions were confirmed.Many of the TV channels that did turn up at Taksim square, such as Turk CNN, had their vans vandalised and I noticed somebody had spray-painted ‘media for sale’ across them. But by and large what I witnessed was the most peaceful protest I can imagine on such a large scale.  My friends here in Istanbul tell me that they are hopeful that if people stay peaceful and stay united that change will come.Arlene Crilly is an Irish journalism graduate living in Istanbul. She blogs at istanbullies.wordpress.comlast_img read more