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Shelter home case: CBI appoints 2 SPPs

first_imgThe CBI informed a Delhi court on Wednesday that it has appointed two Special Public Prosecutors in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case, after which both sides were directed to “positively commence” arguments on framing of charges from March 2. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha told the CBI that if the agency wanted to file a supplementary charge sheet in the matter, it has to be done within 15 days. The court was informed that advocates Amit Jindal and R.N. Sinha have been appointed as SPPs by the agency.Mr. Jindal told the court that he received the notification for his appointment from the CBI on Tuesday night and sought time to prepare arguments. The court then said, “Both the parties are directed to positively commence arguments on March 2.” The CBI would advance the arguments first on Saturday, the next date of hearing. On Monday, the court had rapped the CBI for the delay in notifying the SPP in the case and warned it that any laxity to comply with the order will amount to contempt and action would be taken against the agency. “Do not expect the court to wait for one week for the notification to come. You are as much bound by the Supreme Court order as I am. Do not take me to that stage that I should write to the SC that the CBI is in contempt of the order initiated by the court. Already once you have suffered contempt,” the judge had said. The apex court had on February 7 ordered that the case be transferred to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences court at Saket district court complex here, which would conclude the trial within six months by preferably holding a “day-to-day” trial. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.last_img read more

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Imperious Bolt completes 100m treble,Imperious Bolt completes 100m treble

first_img COMMENT 2016 Rio Olympics – Athletics – Final – Men’s 100m Final – Olympic Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 14/08/2016. Usain Bolt (JAM) of Jamaica crosses the finish line first to win the gold. REUTERS/Carlos Barria SHARE × 2016 Rio Olympics – Athletics – Final – Men’s 100m Final – Olympic Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 14/08/2016. Usain Bolt (JAM) of Jamaica crosses the finish line first to win the gold. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger Usain Bolt (file pic) SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published oncenter_img Usain Bolt (file pic) For 9.81 glorious seconds on Sunday all the ills that have dogged athletics were forgotten as Usain Bolt stormed to victory in the 100 metres final to become the first man to win three successive Olympic titles on the track.The Jamaican trailed arch-rival Justin Gatlin, roundly booed by the Rio crowd for his doping past, until the 70-metre mark but then swept past the tightening American, finding time to pat his chest as he crossed the line a metre clear.Gatlin, the 2004 champion who came into the race with the season’s fastest time of 9.80, took second in 9.89. Canada’s Andre de Grasse claimed bronze in 9.91 seconds – the same finishing order as in last year’s world championships.Victory took Bolt a step closer to his goal of winning a historic “triple-triple” combination of gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay in three consecutive Olympics.“Stay tuned, two more to go,” Bolt said. “Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.“It wasn’t perfect today but I got it done and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve achieved – nobody else has done it or even attempted it.”Other than the 2011 world championships, when he was disqualified for a false start, Bolt has won every global championship individual sprint race since 2008.That equates to five Olympic golds and seven in the world championships. Throw in two more Olympic and four world championship 4x100m relay golds and the world record in all three events and that is total and utter dominationAlready assured of his legendary status on the track, Bolt also added to his reputation as sport’s number-one crowd pleaser as he took a leisurely circuit of the stadium, posing for pictures and shaking a thousand hands before taking time to satisfy the demands of the world’s media.OFFICIAL RELIEFIf the fans were pleased, it is hard to imagine the relief felt by officials of the IAAF and IOC, who must have been dreading a Gatlin victory.The American has served two drugs bans, though he denies any deliberate wrongdoing for either, and at 34 was bidding to become the oldest 100m champion.The Rio fans showed what they thought of him as he was loudly booed as he entered the arena and Gatlin returned the compliment by being the only finalist not to acknowledge them.Bolt, in contrast, brought the spectators to the usual fever pitch of excitement as he strolled in, smiling and waving.“I was surprised,” Bolt said. “It is the first time I have come into a stadium and they booed someone. It was shocking.”It was no surprise to see Gatlin, the fastest man in the semi-finals, get his usual explosive start but Bolt took longer than usual to reel him in.“He always gets a great start and mine wasn’t so good but I just thought ‘don’t panic, work my way back’,” Bolt said.“On the replay it looked worse than it felt in the race and after feeling so good in the semis I was very confident. I just had to keep my composure and execute. And that’s what I did.”The big Jamaican eventually unravelled his long legs to reach maximum velocity and though he did not hit the front until later than he might have liked, when he did he shot past a grimacing Gatlin like a track cyclist coming out of a slipstream in the velodrome.The time was a long way off his 2009 world record of 9.58 and his victory was probably the least dominant of all but last year’s world championships final, but that was never the issue at stake.“I expected to go faster,” he said. “But I’m just happy that I won and that’s the key thing.”Gatlin had nothing but praise for a man he has watched come past him so often.“He’s a cool guy, there’s no rivalry between us, no bad blood,” he said.“When it comes down to it I guess I’ve given him his closest races in all his career. To be able to say that at the age I’m at right now, is an honour.”Yohan Blake called his compatriot and training partner “an icon and a true warrior of the sport”.“To come back and win three times he’s a one of a kind,” said the 2011 world champion, who finished fourth in 9.93.“I just want to say congrats. He’s a legend. He’s incredible.” 2/2 1/2 August 15, 2016 athletics COMMENTSlast_img read more

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WANATEE MURDER TRIAL CONTINUED

first_imgThe murder trial of a Sioux City man charged in a stabbing death last February has been continued.47-year-old Elias Wanatee is charged with first degree murder in the February 17th stabbing death of 50 year old Vernon Mace.Police say Wanatee and Mace were in an argument at Mace’s daughter’s house and Wanatee stabbed Mace six times.Mace later died at a hospital.Wanatee’s attorney, filed for a continuance Monday and a judge granted the request.The trial had been set to begin on Tuesday.Elias Wanatee remains held in the Woodbury County Jail on $800-thousand dollars bond.last_img read more

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Through Three Games, This Is Mike Gundy’s Most Dominant Team

first_img20092-1+7.00 YearRecordAvg Scoring Margin It wasn’t that 2011 team — which this current group is leading in efficiency through three weeks as well. It was Mike Gundy’s second team, all the way back in 2006, that dominated non-conference opponents at the same rate of Mason Rudolph and Co.The season that would end in the first of OSU’s current streak of 12-straight bowl appearances. That Bobby Reid-led team destroyed Missouri State 52-10 and traveled to Arkansas State and bested the Red Wolves 35-7 before dispatching Florida Atlantic 48-8.So we’ve got an FCS team and two Sun Belt members. This 2017 team beat one Sun Belt team on the road and trounced an American Athletic team in Tulsa at home — which I might add has averaged 58.5 points per game since leaving Stillwater with just 24. It then went to an NFL/ACC stadium and DeQuinton Osborne carved the brand into the Steelers’ end zone with Roc the Panther.The Cowboys have had their way with the teams they’ve met so far. Does this non-con dominance mean 2017’s team will end up better than any of those others? No. But, through three games, they have been better. And that’s what is so exciting.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 20122-1+34.67 20113-0+25.33 Oklahoma State opens Big 12 play on Saturday with a formidable opponent in 16th-ranked TCU. So to put a bow on the non-conference let’s stop and appreciate just how dominant the Cowboys have been so far in 2017.A blowout of Central Arkansas, Southeastern Louisiana, South Alabama is not surprising and really doesn’t tell us much. But which of us expected the Cowboys to dominate in all three games, including a Pitt team (on its field) that OSU barely beat a year ago? From the opening drive? I didn’t.I wanted to believe in growth, progress, maturity. I wanted the Cowboys to fire out of the gate with the killer instinct we’ve pined for these last two seasons. But I would not have put money on the result we got in a Thursday night season opener against Tulsa or the drumming of Pitt. Not in the first quarter. Not from the opening kick. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong.Mike Gundy’s squad walked into every game with the supreme confidence that a team has when its coach goes on SportsCenter to talk about his mullet. The type of confidence it takes to let your punter drive his own faux Heisman campaign at the risk of distracting from your quarterback’s — who most would have assumed was a long shot. They would have been wrong.It’s the kind of confidence a team has when it’s that damn good.How’s this for a fast start? In three games, Oklahoma State has outscored opponents 59-0 in the first quarter and has only punted once — the opening possession against South Alabama. In Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Cowboy offense took the field eight times in the first half and the only reason it scored seven touchdowns instead of eight was that it simply ran out of clock.So it should be no surprise that this team exits the non-conference portion of its schedule in better shape than any in Mike Gundy’s tenure. I’ll explain.First off, the Cowboys went undefeated. That’s happened eight times in Gundy’s 13 years. Check. Next, it tied for the highest scoring margin in the non-conference of any of Gundy’s previous 12 squads. Oklahoma State outscored its first three opponents by 110 points. The only other team to do that is not the one you might be thinking of.Take a look.Non-Conference Games 20103-0+29.33 20071-2+3.00 20173-0+36.67center_img 20153-0+30.00 20083-0+29.67 20162-1+19.33 20133-0+31.67 20063-0+36.67 20053-0+11.67 20142-1+13.67last_img read more

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Plastic Policy Ban Email Established At NEPA

first_imgThe National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has established an email address, policyonplasticban@nepa.gov.jm to receive comments and queries on the recently announced ban on single-use plastic bags, Styrofoam and plastic straws, which will take effect on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The public may use this channel to submit suggestions, comments and queries. Manufacturers and other impacted stakeholders are also encouraged to use the dedicated channel to present their queries regarding the exemption application process. For more information, please contact:Public Education and Corporate Communication Branch (PECCB)National Environment and Planning AgencyTel: 876-754-7540, ext. 2437; 876 564 9397; Fax: 876-754-7596 Email: ollyvia.anderson@nepa.gov.jm  Website: www.nepa.gov.jmlast_img read more

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Man charged with seconddegree murder in deaths of Calgary woman toddler

first_imgCALGARY — A man suspected of killing a Calgary woman and her toddler daughter has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder.Robert Andrew Leeming, 34, appeared via video before a justice of the peace.Calgary police announced Monday that they had found remains believed to be those of Jasmine Lovett and 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson.The bodies were discovered before dawn in a heavily wooded wilderness area in the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary.Police have said Lovett and Leeming were in a relationship that deteriorated, and that the motive was domestic in nature.Leeming, who is from the United Kingdom, has his next court appearance May 14.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sri Lanka saddened by devastating tsunami in Indonesia

The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia rose to over 830 today. Indonesian Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho estimates that 2.4 million people were impacted by Friday’s earthquake.Nugroho said 71 foreigners were in the city of Palu at the time of the quake and most were safely evacuated to Jakarta, CNN reported. Sri Lanka today said it was saddened by the devastating tsunami in Indonesia.President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted saying Sri Lanka stands in solidarity with the people of Indonesia in this hour of grief. “Saddened to hear about the devastating tsunami in Indonesia. My deepest condolences to the families of those affected. Sri Lanka stands in solidarity with the people of Indonesia in this hour of grief,” he tweeted. At least five foreigners, including three French nationals as well as a Malaysian and a South Korean national, are unaccounted for, he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Beside The Points For Monday Oct 30 2017

Things That Caught My EyeWhat on earth did I just watchLast night Houston beat Los Angeles 13-12 at home in 10 innings in one of the most ridiculous baseball related experiences America has collectively endured. The FanGraphs win probability chart looks like an advanced Lunar Lander level on Atari. There were seven home runs in the game’s 5-hour, 17-minute runtime. The Astros outscored or tied five NFL teams this week. Based on average change in win probability alone, it was the second-best ever World Series game ever. [FiveThirtyEight]Alabama is No. 3…of all time. Alabama is at the top of the Associated Press college football poll this week for the 99th time. This puts them above Notre Dame and behind only Ohio State and Oklahoma in all-time appearances at #1. [ESPN]Ohio State gets a massive winNo. 6 ranked Ohio State had a come-from-behind victory over No. 2 ranked Penn State to win 39-38. They entered the fourth quarter down 35-20 with an abysmal chance at winning. Later, down by 5 and with just under two minutes left the Buckeyes scored a touchdown, a single play that raised their win probability by 34.2 percentage points, one of the biggest swings of the week. Following the win, we give Ohio State a 64 percent chance of winning the Big Ten conference and a 57 percent chance of making the playoff, while Penn State has a mere 3 percent chance of winning the conference and only a 13 percent chance of making the playoff. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Maybe comparing your employees to prisoners isn’t super coolTexans owner Bob McNair made a comment that “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” during an NFL owners meeting in reference to recent player demonstrations against white supremacy. This ticked off his team mightily. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back D’Onta Foreman missed a practice Friday in response, and Sunday all but about 10 Texans players took a knee during the national anthem. [ESPN]Something’s up with the ballsPlayers have begun to flag that something is off with the balls this World Series. Gosh, I wonder what’s up. The regular season wrapped with the most home runs ever. The rate during that season — that insane, record-breaking season — of one homer every 27.1 at-bats. In this World Series through the first four games, there were 15 homers or one every 17.5 at-bats. That’s a crazy 35 percent improvement in the rate, which is huge. Then you think about last night: There were 7 home runs in 85 at bats, or 1 every 12.1 at-bats. Something’s up. [Sports Illustrated]Olympics could be a distractionYear three of the National Women’s Hockey League started up Saturday, and the league will balance new signings and partnerships with the challenge of running operations while the top talent in the league is off the ice elsewhere preparing for the 2018 Olympic games. [ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number19 touchdownsIt would appear that Houston has found its future in Deshaun Watson, who Sunday passed Kurt Warner with 19 touchdowns in his first seven games. His statline in Sunday’s loss to Seattle was outstanding, and on the season he’s got three games with four passing touchdowns. Houston is far from a favorite but also far from out of the hunt when it comes to the playoffs this year — 18 percent chance of making the playoffs according to FiveThirtyEight — but finding a player like Watson could turn things around in years to come. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: Every Single Message Sent on Sundayrob:Well well well NFL See more MLB predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe waltjust looked at our predictions by the way and there’s a 19 percent chance the Browns go Defeated this seasonalways worth keeping an eye on that lovely numbergiven that we’re halfway thereNiners have a 9 percent chanceso actually a decent chance one of them goes defeated tbhPredictions MLB Oh, and don’t forgetWest Virginia had to put in the backup mascot on Saturday All newsletters See more NFL predictions read more

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Parlour Arsenal should have chosen Ramsey over Ozil

first_imgArsenal legend Ray Parlour believes keeping Aaron Ramsey would have been a better option than sticking with Mesut OzilFollowing Alexis Sanchez’s departure to Manchester United in January and Ozil’s contract expiring in the summer, Arsenal broke their salary policy in order to keep the German playmaker.Ozil now earns a weekly wage of £350,000, while Ramsey is set to end his decade-long association with Arsenal at the end of the season.The Welsh midfielder’s contract will expire in June and talks over a renewal appear to be over after Arsenal withdrew a contract offer.“My personal decision would be that I’d rather keep Ramsey than Ozil,” Parlour told talkSPORT.“I think Aaron brings a little bit to the team.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Mesut Ozil is a great player, I’m not doubting that, but you can leave him out. We didn’t miss him [against Tottenham], whereas I thought Ramsey made an impact in the second half.“Aaron has been there a long time, he’s been there for 10 years, so you’ve got to look that as well.“Some players would sulk and say, ‘I’m leaving at the end of the season, so it doesn’t really matter’, but his attitude has been spot on.“He knows he’s leaving at the end of the season, but he was brilliant in midweek in the Europa League.“I would rather have Aaron Ramsey.”Ramsey made two assists in Arsenal’s 4-2 derby win over Tottenham on Sunday after coming on as a substitute during the break.last_img read more

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Troller rolls sinks in high winds outside of Sitka Harbor

first_imgThe 40-foot troller Safari rolls and sinks just off Sandy Beach in Sitka. Troopers in the patrol vessel Courage rescued 62-year old Calvin “Mark” Bigelow before the Safari went down. (Jason Jones photo)A 40-foot troller rolled and sank in high winds just outside of the Sitka harbor Saturday afternoon (10-27-18). The skipper was rescued unharmed.According to Alaska Wildlife Troopers, 62-year old Calvin “Mark” Bigelow issued a distress call Saturday afternoon when his boat, the fishing vessel Safari, encountered high wind gusts near Kasiana Island. The Safari reportedly became unstable in the gusts, causing it to list and to take on water.Troopers responded in their patrol boat Courage, and took Bigelow on board. The Safari at this time was capsized and rapidly sinking.The incident unfolded in full view of residents of Sitka’s Halibut Point Road. Many drivers stopped along the highway to watch the rescue.The US Coast Guard and salvage crews have responded to the scene for investigation, potential spill response, and recovery operations.Troopers delivered Bigelow to Sitka Harbor unharmed. They report no impairment was involved in the accident.last_img read more

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Patanjali atta noodles not approved says food safety regulator FSSAI

first_imgThe Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said that Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust) has not taken approval from the regulator to manufacture instant noodles that was launched under the brand name ‘Patanjali Atta Noodles’ by yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday.”Patanjali Atta Noodles has not got product approvals from us. The matter has been brought to our notice. We are pursuing it,” FSSAI chairperson and CEO Ashish Bahuguna told The Indian Express.When questioned about the licence number 10014012000266 printed on the noodle packets, he expressed both surprise and ignorance. “How can licence be given for a product that has not been approved? Licences are issued by the state government to manufacture certain items. But approvals for (non-standardised) products are given by us. That approval was not taken. I do not know how the licence was procured,” Bahuguna said. According to The Indian Express sources, Ramdev’s FMCG company Patanjali Ayurved Ltd hasn’t applied for approval to manufacture instant noodles.The daily quoted FSSAI sources as saying that since noodles falls is not a standard product, it needs to be approved by the food safety regulator before sold commercially.The FSSAI licence issued to the company only allows manufacturing of products, including fruit juices/ready to serve fruit beverages, ghee, mustard/coconut oil, salt, asafoetida, biscuit, sattu, oats, cornflakes, poha, soan papdi, jaggery powder, namkeen and papad, gur, whole wheat atta, pulses, sweets and pasta products (macaroni, spaghetti, vermicelli). Patanjal Trust, however, claims it has not violated any FSSAI rule saying FSSAI rules do not legally bind a manufacturer to get a separate licence for launching noodles.”In context with misleading news published today in newspapers regarding Patanjali Atta Noodles, we categorically state that we have followed all FSSAI rules and guidelines and committed no violation,” the Trust said in a press release released on Wednesday. The FSSAI will have to wait for Patanjali Yogpeeth to launch its atta noodles in the retail market to take any action. The trust is likely to launch the product in the market by next month. Baba Ramdev has apparently pitched  ‘Patanjali Atta Noodles’ as a competitor to Nestle India’s Maggi instant noodles, to take advantage of the regulatory challenges it has faced over safety concerns, in the past few months.last_img read more

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Hike Messenger raises 175 million in funding led by Tencent Holdings Foxconn

first_imgHike Messenger has raised $175 million in the latest round of funding that values the Indian messaging platform at about $1.4 billion. The Series D funding was led by Tencent Holdings Limited and Foxconn Technology Group.The firm’s existing investors, Tiger, Bharti and the SoftBank Group also participated in what Hike called the “biggest to date.” The latest round takes the total investment in the messaging platform to $250 million, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.Hike was founded in 2012 by Kavin Bharti Mittal, son of Sunil Mittal. The service said in January this year that it had a user base of 100 million, of which 95 percent were based in India.”The new fund raise is going to allow us to push Hike to greater heights and invest in areas that will be key to our long term vision and success,” Kavin Mittal said.Tencent Holdings said that the latest round of funding would enable Hike to take advantage of its (Tencent’s) domain strength.”Hike deeply understands India; a highly diverse market with many nuances. It is on a mission synergistic to ours, which is to enhance the quality of human life through internet services. With our investment, Hike will be able to leverage our deep domain expertise in the messaging platform space to provide more value to its users in India,” Martin Lau, President, Tencent Holdings, said.Foxconn said that the investment would benefit both the companies, given the fast-growing Internet penetration in India and people accessing it for the first time on mobile phones.”Hike with its hyperlocal strategy is clearly the company of choice for us to co-invest with our partners, SoftBank and Tencent,” Calvin Chih, CEO, FIH Mobile, said.SoftBank Group said its investment in Hike ranks high in terms of performance. “Hike is one of SoftBank’s best performing portfolio companies in India,” Masayoshi Son, Founder, Chairman and CEO, SoftBank Group, said in the statement.last_img read more

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SpaceX is laying off 10 of its workforce Heres why

first_img[Representational Image]Facebook/ Richard GagnonSpaceX is laying off 10 per cent of its 6,000-person workforce as it tackles two hugely expensive projects, the company said.”To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company,” the Elon Musk-owned company said in the statement on Friday.”Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organisations. This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team.”We are grateful for everything they have accomplished and their commitment to SpaceX’s mission. This action is taken only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead and would not otherwise be necessary.”SpaceX has a booming business conducting uncrewed resupply trips to the International Space Station (ISS) through contracts with NASA.The company also delivers satellites to orbit through contracts with the US military and commercial firms.SpaceX, along with competitor Boeing, are supposed to start flying astronauts to the ISS for NASA sometime this year.SpaceX was recently valued at $30.5 billion after initiating a $500 million equity sale in December. The company also took on about $250 million in debt last year in its first loan sale, according to the Wall Street Journal.But SpaceX’s new products are expected to cost billions to develop.In September, Musk estimated SpaceX would spend between $2 billion and $10 billion developing an ultra-powerful spaceship and rocket system, recently renamed Starship and Super Heavy.SpaceX also plans to use the technology to fly tourists to space and, potentially, one day send humans to Mars, CNN said.SpaceX is developing a constellation of satellites that could one day beam high-speed internet down to the Earth.last_img read more

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Trump open to compromise immigration bill

first_imgVice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) listen as US President Donald J. Trump (C) delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. AFPUS president Donald Trump, signaling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday that he’s open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the US illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the US illegally as children.The president, in a lunch with news anchors ahead of his address to Congress on Tuesday night, said, “The time is right for immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides.” A person with knowledge of the discussion confirmed his comments to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.Trump campaigned as an immigration hardliner, vowing to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and pledging to step up deportations. Since taking office, some of his policy moves have hewed closely to those promises, including new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that would subject any immigrant in the country illegally to deportation if they are charged or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime.But the president also has suggested he is open to finding a solution for the so-called Dreamers — those who were brought to the US illegally as children. Although he railed again President Barack Obama’s executive actions to protect those immigrants from deportation during the campaign, Trump has not rolled back those safeguards and has suggested he has other priorities.During a White House news conference earlier this month, Trump said he would deal with the Dreamers with “great heart” but didn’t say what his administration’s policy would be. He called their status “one of the most difficult subjects I have, because you have these incredible kids.”Immigration activist Astrid Silva, who came to the US as a child, was slated to deliver a Spanish version of the Democratic response to Trump’s Tuesday night address.Trump has flirted with a more lenient immigration policy before, saying during the campaign that he was open to “softening” his position. But he ultimately landed where he started, declaring during a speech in September that under his presidency, there would be “no legal status or becoming a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country.”Congress last took up immigration legislation in 2013, after Hispanic voters overwhelmingly backed Obama in his re-election campaign. A measure including a pathway to citizenship passed the Senate, but stalled in the House.The popularity of Trump’s tough immigration message among Republican voters appeared to kill any prospect of taking up legislation during his tenure.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that if Trump has an idea on immigration, “we’d be happy to take a look at it.”But immigration hard-liner Rep. Steve King of Iowa cautioned Trump against attempting to pursue comprehensive immigration legislation, calling it a “trap.””Comprehensive is the code word for amnesty and everyone knows that by now,” King said, arguing Trump needed to make good on his campaign promises including ending protections for the younger immigrants brought here illegally as kids. “If it’s not going to be a promise kept on immigration the base will be gone.”On the other side, Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, argued that his conservative district and most of the country is ready for a solution on immigration that deals with the 11 million in the country illegally.”I applaud the president for bringing this up,” Flores said. “It’s one of those areas where if you bring it up somebody’s out there screaming the word amnesty at the top of their lungs and it’s not amnesty, and so I think he’s showed real leadership by bringing it up. I was thrilled to hear it.”As for the immigration hard-liners who’ve defeated past immigration efforts in the past, Flores said they didn’t have Trump to contend with before.”You’ve got a different president who can unleash Twitter jihad,” Flores said.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the president has “got a lot to undo” if he wants to pursue a bipartisan plan.”I mean, the immigrant community is rightfully scared of what President Trump has done. His executive order goes far beyond anything that anyone proposed,” he told reporters. “People are cowering.”last_img read more

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PM urges Alem Ulema to stay away from social media propaganda

first_imgSheikh Hasina and Allama Shah Shafi in a thanksgiving rally for recognising Dawrae Hadith (Takmil) Certificate in Qawmi Madrasa with the status of postgraduate degrees held in capital`s Suharawardy Udyan on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the Alem-Ulemas of the country not to take laws in their own hands provoked by false propaganda on social media, reports UNB.”If anyone says anything against our prophet, his/her trial will be done as per laws of the land, we won’t take laws in our own hands…the law will take its own course,” she said.She also said, “We’ll give them [propagators] appropriate lessons so that they cannot spread such propaganda in the future.”  The prime minister said this while addressing the Sukrana Mahfil (thanksgiving rally) for recognising Dawrae Hadith (Takmil) Certificate in Qawmi Madrasa with the status of postgraduate degrees of Islamic Studies and Arabic at Suhrawardy Udyan organised by Alem and Ulemas of Qawmi Madrasa under Al-Haiyatul Ulia Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia.To prevent false propaganda in social media, she said, the government has enacted the cybercrime law.Hasina said she knows various types of propaganda are being spread on social media and urged all not to believe those. “We’ve enacted the Cybercrime Act, if anyone spreads false propaganda that person’s trial will be booked at once and put on trial under the law of the land,” she said.The prime minister said she and her party always follows the path of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).  The essence of Islam is peace, brotherhood, cordiality and the spirit of non-communalism, she said adding, “We all will walk taking the lessons what our Prophet taught us.”Hasina said the world has been created by the Allah, not a single leaf of a tree moves without the permission of Allah. “Everything good-bad has been created by Allah, our trust and confidence have to be always in Him.”She said all have to think about the welfare, development and good for people shunning the thinking of hatred, enmity and bad for others.Talking about the ongoing enmity and killing among the Muslims across the world, Sheikh Hasina said the arms producers and sellers are gainers from these killings among the Muslims.She mentioned when she had meetings with the OIC secretary general and Saudi king, she told them that Muslim Ummah has to be united and step forward together. “If anyone has conflict that can be resolved through dialogue… Islam is the religion of peace and we want to prove that,” she said.Sheikh Hasina iterated her firm stance against terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption on Bangladesh soil.For a handful of people Islam cannot be stigmatised, she said adding, “The terrorists have no religion, country and society, they’re just terrorists and militants. When a person believes in Islam properly must not become terrorists and militants.”The prime minister said the government does not want the prevailing peaceful situation of the country to fade away. “If peace prevails in the country, it’ll achieve prosperity. If the country develops, everyone will be benefitted,” she said.She sought blessings of the Alem-Ulemas as the next general election is getting closer.Al-Haiyatul Ulia Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia president Allama Shah Shafi presided over the programme. Mufti Nurul Amin read out his speech at the Sukrana Mahfil.In his written speech, Allama Shafi said he has no involvement in politics and his speeches are often misinterpreted politically.He also said there is negative publicity regarding him on social media and requested the people involved in Qawmi education not to believe and misled by the negative propaganda against him on social media and electronic media.Later, Allama Shafi conducted a munajat where he sought blessings for the country and its people.last_img
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Corker Said Trumps Threats Could Put The Nation On The Path To

first_img Share ..my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said “NO THANKS.” He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017 …Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017 Another Sunday, another Trump Twitter war.This time, President Trump, who is spending the day at his golf course in Virginia, took aim at retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.And Corker fired back.“It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center,” Corker wrote. “Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 8, 2017Later Sunday in a New York Times interview, Corker said Trump was treating the presidency like a reality show, and could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”In what has been widely perceived as an effort to save face, Trump claimed that Corker had “begged” the president to endorse him for re-election, but that Trump had turned him down. According to the president, that refusal is what ultimately led to the high-ranking senator’s September announcement that he would not seek another term. Trump ended the trash-talking with this: “Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”center_img “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!” Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has been increasingly critical of the president in recent weeks, publicly airing his frustration with the dysfunction within the White House.On Wednesday, he said, “I think Secretary Tillerson, (Defense) Secretary (Jim) Mattis and Chief of Staff (John) Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos.”And at a marathon Senate Budget Committee hearing this week, Corker expressed a deep disdain for the political theater of the job. “I have difficulty putting that much energy into discussing this budget document because this is some of the most meaningless work that we do here,” Corker said with a sigh. “It has nothing to do with the chairman or the committee. It’s a waste of time.”Shortly after Trump’s Sunday morning tweets, Corker’s chief of staff, Todd Womack, rebutted the president’s claims, The Washington Post reports. Womack says that it was Trump asking for a favor.The article states: “Trump called Corker early last week and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection, according to Womack. He said the president also reaffirmed that he would have endorsed Corker had he decided to run again — which, Womack added, was not the first time that Trump had extended such an offer of support.”Trump’s latest feud with Corker comes at an inopportune time for Republicans trying to pass tax legislation. As NPR’s Susan Davis reported, Corker could be a bigger threat to the Republican tax bill than the party realizes.Just like on health care, Republicans can only lose two votes and still pass a tax bill if no Democrats or independents support it. That is why securing Corker’s vote is critical.But Corker has repeatedly said he views the deficit as the biggest threat to the nation. Senator Bob Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said “NO” and he dropped out (said he could not win without…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017last_img read more

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METRO Houston Injects 3 Million To Make Bus Stops More Accessible For

first_img Listen X – / 4 METRO has about 9,000 bus stops throughout its service area. While many of those stops have shelters and benches, some pose a challenge for disabled riders because of broken or non-existent sidewalks.METRO’s Board of Directors has now approved a $3 million construction contract to help make stops more accessible to all users. That includes things like sidewalk repairs and new curb ramps.Metro CEO Tom Lambert said they’re focusing on stops where riders are having the most difficulties.“We have a very good foundation in place now and we have contract capacity in place now,” said Lambert. “We basically put together a priority strategy based upon particular ridership, the disabilities of our riders, the economic status of our riders, what should be our priorities going forward.”Lambert said they’re working with the City of Houston in the effort and they hope to form similar partnerships with Harris County and other entities. As for additional funding for bus stop improvements, Lambert said they’ve also made a request through the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Call for Projects.Some of the stops that have already been improved include Fuqua and Fondren as well as Beechnut and Synott. Those stops are in the southwest portion of METRO’s service area where there’s a large population that depends on transit.Lambert is also asking riders to get in touch with METRO if they have concerns about a particular bus stop. center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:52last_img read more

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Baltimore Police Commits to Sweeping Changes in Deal with US

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore police department committed to a sweeping overhaul of its practices Thursday under a court-enforceable agreement with the federal government.The Justice Department agreement, which was approved by the city government and will now be submitted to a judge, mandates changes in the most fundamental aspects of police work. The agreement, known as a consent decree, is the culmination of months of negotiations with the federal government and is meant to correct constitutional violations identified in a scathing report released last year.The filing of the agreement, in the waning days of Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s tenure, is meant as a capstone for an administration that has made civil rights enforcement a key priority and that has pursued similar consent decrees with other large American police forces.The agreement is intended to remain in place long after Lynch leaves office, though civil liberties advocates are concerned that Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who’s been nominated to replace her, may not look to enforce consent decrees with the same vigor.The Baltimore city government signed off on the agreement Thursday. A hearing will allow for public comment on the agreement before it’s approved by a federal judge.The Justice Department began investigating the Baltimore force following the April 2015 death of a young black man who was fatally injured while in the custody of officers. Its report last August found that officers were routinely stopping large numbers of people in poor, black neighborhoods for dubious reasons, and unlawfully arresting residents merely for speaking out in ways police deemed disrespectful.The consent decree is meant as a remedy for some of those same problems. It discourages the arrests of citizens for quality of life offenses, requiring a supervisor to sign off on any request to take someone into custody for a minor infraction. It also mandates basic training for making stops and searches and for transporting a suspect.last_img read more

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Four Doctors Battle Cybermen in 50th Anniversary Comics

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Titan Comics celebrates the 50th anniversary of Cybermen with its Doctor Who event, Supremacy of the Cybermen.The book, now available in hardcover for about $15 (and paperback), unites multiple Doctors through time to fight the “unstoppable” cyborgs.“Can the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors—each battling the Cybermen alone, on a different temporal front—undo the damage that has been wrought on the universe, before they are converted themselves?” the Titan Comics description said.Written by George Mann and Cavan Scott, with art by Alessandro Vitti, the 124-page volume comprises five stories published between July and November 2016.Titan ComicsThe series begins with Rassilon—fallen leader of the Time Lords, exiled from Gallifrey. Captured by the last of the Cybermen, his time-traveling power is reappropriated by the walking tin cans.“With it, every defeat is now a victory,” the comiXology summary said. “Every foe is now dead—or cyberized.”What follows is a four-issue race to end the Cybermen before they end the world. Each Doctor fights his own battle across four separate time zones, ending in what comiXology called a “staggering finale.”Each issue is available digitally for $2.99; the Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen Vol. 1 edition sells for $14.99 (digital) or $19.99 (print).The cybernetically augmented humanoids were first introduced in the 1966 episode “The Tenth Planet”—William Hartnell’s final story as the First Doctor. The original Mondasian Cybermen will return this summer to cap off Season 10—Peter Capaldi’s final stories as the Twelfth Doctor.Cybermen were last seen (on TV) among alien refugees hiding in London (“Face the Raven”) and in season nine finale “Hell Bent,” in which a rusted robot it imprisoned in the Cloisters of Gallifrey.Now, after more than 50 years off the air, the original version of the deadly enemies return for a two-part tale featuring the Twelfth Doctor, Bill Potts, Nardole, and Missy—written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay.For more Whovian wonders check out our Doctor Who gift guide.last_img read more