BJP flush with cash: Anand Sharma

first_imgSenior Congress leader and former Union Minister Anand Sharma on Saturday said the so-called master stroke of demonetisation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a cover for one of the biggest scams in history. At a press conference here, he said the Bhartiya Janata Party, which was deploying massive resources in the ongoing Assembly elections in five States, showed that there was sufficient money already with the party cadres during the demonetisation move, and the people close to the BJP did not suffer any heat of the Prime Minister’s abrupt decision. It was the common man and the country’s economy that had suffered the most, he added. Mr. Sharma said the government was not coming out with the exact figures of the money recovered and deposited in the banks. He said it could have been more than 98% of the currency in circulation. All un-banked money could not be named black money. The process of remonetisation was too slow and had not helped anybody, he said while claiming that the entire economy was a shambles. The process might take more than two years to normalise, he warned.He said investments, credit off-takes and capital formation had nosedived.last_img read more

Puja: Biman Bose chides Mamata

first_imgLeft Front chairperson and senior leader of the CPI(M) Biman Bose on Sunday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for inaugurating Durga pujas in the city and suburbs, much before the start of the festival season.“The inauguration of Durga pujas started almost three days before Mahalaya or the onset of Devi Pakya. This is unprecedented in West Bengal,” he said. He questioned the grand carnival to be organised by the government on October 23. While Ms. Banerjee was inaugurating pujas, an “innocent” student from Silliguri was arrested, he said, referring to Sukriti Ansh, who was allegedly arrested for participating in a protest against the government. Ms. Ansh was arrested at Howrah on October 10. CPI(M) MLA Sujan Chakratborty criticised the CM for inaugurating pujas. He said many small industries and jute mills closed ahead of the puja, putting the future of thousands of workers in jeopardy.last_img read more

U.K. Research Groups Pledge Openness About Animal Research

first_imgIn an effort to put behind them decades of opposition from animal rights campaigners, dozens of organizations involved in animal research released a concordat on openness today aimed at helping the public better understand the conditions of animals in laboratories and their importance for medical and biological science. The concordat commits organizations to a number of measures to increase the visibility of their operations and requires them to report annually on their progress. It encourages but does not require animal research labs to allow visits by journalists, politicians, schools, and patient and community groups.Laboratory animals remain a vital tool in improving our understanding of how biological systems work, the U.K. government’s chief science adviser, Mark Walport, emphasized in the document’s introduction. But, he added, “[t]he public deserves to know why and how animals are used on its behalf in scientific, medical and veterinary research in the UK.”The United Kingdom has a painful history of animal rights extremism that has included break-ins at laboratories, fire bombs, and the violent intimidation of researchers, animal breeders, building contractors working on laboratories, and companies that transport animals. This culminated in a notorious case in 2004 in which extremists exhumed and stole the remains of a woman whose son-in-law ran a guinea pig breeding business. 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But public support for the use of animals in medical research continued to drop. In 2012, more than 40 biomedical organizations signed a Declaration on Openness on Animal Research; the new concordat, which grew out of that declaration, was informed by consultations with the public and journalists and has been signed by 72 universities, government labs, research charities, drug companies, learned societies, trade associations, and research councils.The signatories have undertaken to pursue four commitments: Be clear about when, how, and why they use animals in research; Enhance communications with the media and the public about their research using animals; Be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals; Report on progress annually and share their experiences.Each commitment has a series of suggested actions for organizations, including nominating a spokesperson to answer questions about animal research, supporting researchers who want to talk about their work, and including information on the role animals played in announcements about scientific advances.“For many years, the only ‘information’ or images that the public could access about animal research were provided by organizations opposed to the use of animals in scientific progress. This is why many people still think that animal research means testing cosmetics and tobacco, despite the fact that these have been banned in the UK for more than 15 years,” said Wendy Jarrett, head of the campaign group Understanding Animal Research and chair of the concordat working group, in a statement. “The Concordat is an excellent opportunity to dispel these myths and give the public a chance to see the ground-breaking research that is being done on its behalf.”But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA UK) said the concordat is a “rather obvious smokescreen” because it allows researchers to decide what to reveal and what to hide from the public. The government has recently stated its intention to amend or repeal Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, which allows animal experiments to be carried out in secret. “It is only through the repeal of Section 24 and freedom of access to information held by the Home Office that experiments and experimenters’ conduct can be examined so as to ensure the best possible outcome for animals and science,” PETA said. “As the saying goes, ‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant,’ and it’s high time that the toxic animal experimentation industry is forced to clean up its act.”last_img read more

Enjoy the Southeast Asia experience onboard the Azamara Quest, stopping by at Angkor Wat and Halong Bay, with a round of shopping in Bangkok at the end of your trip.

first_imgA cruise is a cruise is a cruise, did we hear you say? Not aboard the Azamara Quest. This one takes you to locations such as Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong, and lets you explore ancient temples, vibrant modern cities, and lots of on-shore entertainment.From Singapore, one can sail to the aquamarine waters and white sand beaches of Ko Samui for a jungle safari or elephant trekking. You’ll dock at Bangkok’s doorstep, with two and a half days for an optional visit to Angkor Wat, floating markets, royal temples, gemstone and silk shops, and nightlife. Sail the Saigon River to Ho Chi Minh City, where you can walk to the famous Rex Hotel, then tour the fascinating Cu Chi tunnels or Mekong Delta villages the next day.Check out the 15-decker Mariner of the Seas, Asia’s largest cruise ship, here. In Da Nang, visit the ancient Hue on the Perfume River or the 16th century trading village of Hoi An. Take a junk ride among the hauntingly beautiful karsts and caves of Halong Bay, with a second day for Hanoi’s temples, French colonial boulevards, and lively old quarter shops. Your voyage ends in Hong Kong, perfect for some shopping!Azamara Quest sets sail on November 18 (till December 2). Ports of call include Singapore, Ko Samui and Klong Toey in Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City and Halong Bay in Vietnam, and Hong Kong. Starting at USD 4,349 per person (based on double occupancy), the package highlights include bespoke cultural entertainment, all meals, selected red and white wines, soft  drinks, and some city tours. Cruise fare does not include shore excursions, casino gaming, photographs, telephone calls or Internet, on-board shopping, etc. For more details, visit: Tirun.comadvertisementlast_img read more

How you can condemn anyone on political speculation: Cong on

first_imgHoodaNew Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Congress today faced searching questions on the role of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the wake of the defeat of a candidate backed by the party in controversial circumstances in the Rajya Sabha elections.”How you can condemn anyone on the basis of unsubstantiated political speculation?” was the refrain of partys senior spokesperson Anand Sharma at the AICC briefing.He faced a volley of questions on the role of Hooda in the polls including whether the former Chief Minister has “betrayed” the party with he and his supporters allegedly defying party directive in the polls.”I speak on facts…”, Sharma said seeking to shift the blame on the BJP and the candidate backed by it, media baron Subhash Chandra.Sharma was also asked whether the party is giving a clean chit to Hooda who was not happy over the partys decision to back well-known lawyer R K Anand.INLD, which had originally backed Anand, had alleged that Hooda and BJP were “responsible” for the 14 votes of party MLAs being declared invalid in Saturdays Rajya Sabha election, leading to the victory of Chandra.Insisting that it was the duty and the responsibility of the Election Commission to ensure free and fair polls, Sharma wanted FIR to be registered against BJP, Chandra and officials concerned. “What has happened is a criminal act and the CBI should investigate,” he said.He claimed all Congress MLAs had marked their vote in presence of authorised representative of the party and AICC General Secretary B K Hariprasad.advertisementHe alleged that it is a criminal conspiracy as the ruling party at the Centre and in the state is “stealing” election whether it is Haryana or Jharkhand.”Congress has its own mechanism to deal with such issues,” he said suggesting that a report from the PCC has been sought.Earlier in the day, Congress approached the Election Commission to demand cancellation of the election to both Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana, alleging a conspiracy by BJP- RSS led to the defeat of a candidate backed by the party under controversial circumstances.A delegation comprising Congress general secretary Hariprasad, partys Haryana unit chief Ashok Tanwar and its legal cell secretary K C Mittal accused the Manohar Lal Khattar dispensation of “misusing” the government machinery to defeat Anand.The Congress leaders and Anand, a well known lawyer, claimed there was “no internal sabotage” that caused the defeat.The votes of 14 Congress MLAs were declared invalid leading to the loss of Anand who was otherwise expected to win. PTI SPG ZMNlast_img read more

Sameer forced to withdraw from Canada Open due to visa issue

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) Fit-again Indian shuttler Sameer Verma was left disappointed after he was forced to withdraw from next weeks Canada Open Grand Prix badminton tournament after failing to get visa on time. “I have withdrawn from the Canada Open GP as I couldnt procure my visa in time, really disappointed as I was really looking forward to play at Calgary,” Sameer wrote on his facebook page. “As international athletes, I think we shouldnt be facing visa issues but again it is not something which I could do about it, will be playing US Open GPG next week, looking forward to another week of training before I leave.” Canada Open is scheduled to be held from July 11 to 16, while the US Open Grand Prix Gold will be held from July 19- 23. A former National champion Sameer, who had reached the finals of 2016 Hong Kong Super Series and clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this year, had suffered a shoulder injury and couldnt participate at Indonesia and Australia Super Series last month. “It has been a couple of tough months for me, had to withdraw from the Indonesia and Australia Open due to a shoulder injury. After about 6 weeks of rehabilitation, I am back on court,” he wrote. Interestingly, Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy and N Sikki Reddy had to request the Ministry of External Affairs and Sports Ministry to receive their passports on time to travel to Canada. Earlier, ahead of the Indonesia Super Series, shuttlers faced similar problems and it was only after their social media outcry that the Badminton Association of India (BAI) stepped in and the players received their passports just a day before they were scheduled to leave for Jakarta. PTI ATK KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Katrina Kaif wants to be in the Game of Thrones

first_imgMumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) Bollywood star Katrina Kaif is a huge fan of fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” and if given a chance the actor would love to work in the HBO series.Katrina posted on Instagram a picture from a recent photoshoot, in which she sports tribal inspired swimwear with heavy silver anklets, and expressed her desire to join the cast of the popular TV series.”Can I be in #gameofthrones pleeeeeasseee… #ilovejonsnow #pleasetakemeintheshow moodyandbroodingismything,” she captioned the photo.Katrina, 34, made her Instagram debut in April this year and currently has 117 posts and 4.6 million followers.The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” has reached its finale with only one episode left. PTI SHD SHDlast_img

India vs New Zealand: Not rain, not bad light. Sun stops play in Napier!

first_imgNew Zealand vs India, 1st ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores: New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19).It was bright and sunny but play was stopped immediately after the dinner break during the first ODI between India and New Zealand in Napier on Wednesday. In a bizarre turn of events, players walked off the field immediately after the dinner break because the sunlight was too sharp.India had bowled New Zealand out for 157 thanks to Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami earlier in the day. India began their reply immediately before the dinner break was taken with India on 41 for no loss.After the break, Doug Bracewell struck in his first over to remove Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli walked out and faced four balls before the players walked off the field.Usually, grounds have the playing surface facing North-South, but McLean Park has it facing East-West. Hence, this issue of shadows created by the setting sun.The crowd was obviously not happy. Rain has often stopped play. Bad light has stopped play in the past. Fog has played spoilsport but sharp sunlight? That was a first even for umpires Shaun Haig and Shaun George who were officiating the first ODI in Napier.”The setting sun is directly in the eyes of the batsmen. So we got to consider the safety of the players, umpires. So we have decided to suspend play until conditions improve,” umpire Haug said.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST ODI LIVE SCORE”This is the first time in my 14 years I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game.”advertisementWe are working towards sorting the issue: Mayor of NapierMeanwhile, Mayor of Napier, Bill Balton said they were aware of such a problem arising during the match and that they are working towards solving the issue.”We were very conscious that this would happen and had made a plan for it. We are working through with a plan to sort this issue. We are absolutely committed to make this the biggest multi-use sports ground in New Zealand.”A quick break since the setting sun is hampering vision. Live action to resume shortly #NZvINDBCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019Play suspended due to too much light. LOL #INDvNZGabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 23, 2019#IndvsNZ Sun stops play! Yes you read it right!Bagawati Prasad (@Baggs0404) January 23, 2019?? stops play in Napier! Yes, you’ve read that right! ??India still need another 114 runs with @SDhawan25 and @imVkohli at the crease. #NZvIND #HallaBolRajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 23, 2019Also Read | He will close his eyes and defend: How Dhoni masterminded Boult dismissalAlso Read | Caught on stump mic: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed racially abuses South Africa cricketerAlso See:last_img read more

EngenderHealth’s Perspective on New UN Maternal Mortality Estimates

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 17, 2010June 20, 2017By: Pam Barnes, President, EngenderHealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.Trends in Maternal Mortality, 1990 to 2008, just released by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNFPA, and The World Bank, reports that the number of women dying globally due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has decreased by 34%, from 546,000 in 1990 to 358,000 in 2008. This is one more piece of evidence that investments to improve maternal health are indeed paying off. It also corroborates research published in Lancet earlier this year that showed a similar, modest decline in the number of women dying from pregnancy complications.While we know that fewer women are dying, there is clearly much more work to be done. In this latest United Nations report, only 10 out of 87 countries with maternal mortality ratios equal to or over 100 in 1990 are on track to achieving Millennium Development Goal No. 5 (MDG 5) by 2015. Also, 30 countries made insufficient or no progress since 1990. (See the full report and press release for more information.)Furthermore, for every life lost due to pregnancy or childbirth complications, about 20 women suffer from maternal morbidity, including obstetric fistula. And if we are going to continue this positive downward trend, we must improve the health of mothers in places with high levels of HIV, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa, and refocus attention to address women’s holistic needs, providing high-quality family planning, obstetric, and HIV services under one roof.As we were reminded at the recent Global Maternal Health Conference 2010, which brought together nearly 700 maternal health experts, solutions exist, and we know what they are. To reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, women must have better access to:Family planning, with other related sexual and reproductive health servicesSkilled care during pregnancyEmergency obstetric careImmediate postpartum careNext week, the world’s leaders will descend on New York City for high-level events, including the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The good news is momentum behind MDG 5 has never been higher. This is welcome news for all of us who care deeply about improving sexual and reproductive health in the world’s poorest communities. The key now is to harness this energy to ensure that our governments deliver on their commitments to ensure universal access to reproductive health and to reduce maternal mortality by 75%.Read EngenderHealth’s blog here to get the latest updates.Share this:last_img read more

This Is Georgia’s Most Expensive Home Game In 2019

first_imgA general view of Georgia's football stadium.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)If you’re planning on seeing the Georgia-Notre Dame game next season it looks like you’re going to have to shell out a lot of cash to go. The ticket prices are exorbitant for a regular season game.The latest prices on VividSeats show that a single-entry ticket to the game at Sanford Stadium next year will run for $500. And that’s before any potential taxes and shipping costs.It should come as little surprise though. When the two sides faced off in 2017, the average ticket price was upwards of $600 per ticket.Also not surprisingly: this is Georgia’s most expensive home game for 2019. $638: Current average price paid on StubHub for a ticket to this weekend’s Notre Dame-Georgia game.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 7, 2017The two teams have played each other only twice before: In the 2017 regular season, and in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day in 1981. Georgia won both games.It’s going to be a huge game for both sides that could ultimately be a College Football Playoff elimination game.Notre Dame would have a very difficult path to the CFP without an undefeated record, while Georgia could find themselves in a dog-race for the SEC East title.Combine all of that with the fact that Georgia and Notre Dame are simply two of the best programs in the history of college football, and the game becomes one of the most compelling in the country outside of an annual rivalry game.last_img read more

Stena Bulk Joins the Scrubber Ordering Wave

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk Swedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has signed a turnkey exhaust gas scrubber solution agreement with Chinese Bluesoul to equip its Suezmax and IMOIIMAX fleets. In total, Stena Bulk will equip 15 vessels with scrubbers and have an additional 6 options for installation prior to 2020, the enforcement date of the global sulphur cap.As disclosed, Shanghai Bluesoul Environment Technology has had a collaboration agreement with the Stena group for more than a year. It is the first Chinese enterprise to be awarded Lloyd’s Register Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Machinery General Design Appraisal as well as DNV GL and ABS AiP.“By installing scrubbers, we will be well equipped to meet the 2020 regulation and are protected from price volatility as well as fuel shortage. In relation to market developments, today’s market predictions  are attractive in theory and currently seems to be so in practice too, despite there being a couple of parameters that remain uncertain. However, there are opportunities already available today to lock in some of the uncertainty, which might be appealing when looking for a more secure investment,” Erik Hånell, President & CEO Stena Bulk, said.The scrubber to be installed is an open loop hybrid ready with water cleaning, which removes the sulfur and particles from the exhaust.The second wave of scrubber ordering has seen over 1,000 scrubber projects confirmed over the past six months, mainly driven by the upcoming enforcement of the 2020 sulphur cap, according to the data from DNV GL.last_img read more

New APSEA Superintendent Appointed

first_imgThe board of directors of the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) has hired leading educator Bertram Tulk to be the school’s new superintendent. The appointment will take effect on Monday, Nov. 14. “We are pleased to have Dr. Tulk taking over the reins of APSEA. With more than 26 years’ experience as an educator, Dr. Tulk will be an exceptional leader for the organization,” said Dennis Cochrane, deputy minister of Education in Nova Scotia and chairman of APSEA’s board of directors. Dr. Tulk served on the APSEA board of directors between 2001 and 2004. “I am very much looking forward to this new challenge in my career and I am very proud to be associated with APSEA,” said Dr. Tulk. A resident of St. John’s, N.L., Dr. Tulk was the assistant director of education (programs) for the Avalon East School Board between 1999 and 2004. He held the same position at the Labrador School Board between 1997 and 1999. Dr. Tulk completed a doctor of education at the University of Toronto earlier this year. He earned a master of education degree from Memorial University in 1984 and a bachelor of education degree in 1979. During his career, Dr. Tulk has served on a variety of boards, professional and community organizations, and has presented at many professional conferences. He has also contributed to several academic books and journals. The APSEA Centre is based in Halifax, and offers assessment, resource services, audiology, Braille transcription and a short-term residential program for Atlantic Canadians up to 21 years of age who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. APSEA was established in 1975 by the ministers of education of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Its operational costs are shared among the four Atlantic provinces.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Takes Centre Stage in Ottawa

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald is taking Nova Scotia’s story to an international audience, today, Feb. 6. The Premier will address 91 ambassadors and high commissioners from around the globe as well as more than 20 representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce in Ottawa. Organized by the province and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the session is part of a series of events that will allow Nova Scotia to reach a global audience. “We want the world to know that we are creating a new Nova Scotia where our products and services are in demand around the globe, and our workforce is prized for its innovation, reliability and expertise,” said Premier MacDonald. The premier is also hosting more than 200 expatriates at a luncheon to celebrate Nova Scotia. Representatives of several Nova Scotia universities will learn about our emerging economy and leading edge technologies, particularly in the environmental sector. “We have a great story to tell,” said Premier MacDonald. “We want Nova Scotians living away from home to be aware of our many successes and the potential we have to achieve so much more. And, we’re inviting them to be a part of that success.” The 91 dignitaries will then join Nova Scotia’s business and community leaders, and elected officials for a performance of DRUM! at the National Arts Centre. DRUM! celebrates the musical heartbeat of Nova Scotia. An overview of Nova Scotia’s international activities are highlighted in A Global Nova Scotia. The document is available at www.globalnovascotia.ca .last_img read more

Shrine survives while surrounded by raging fires

first_imgAPTN National NewsFires continue to rage across the Northwest Territories.Nearly 200 forest fires are actively burning throughout the region.The fires have touched nearly one million square hectares.As APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, there are some in the territory who believe one area in particular was saved by an act of divine intervention.last_img

Video Watch Michael Benyahia Ride the Formula E Car On the

Rabat – 17-year-old Formula 4 driver Michael Benyahia taking the Formula E car on a ride on the streets of Marrakech. Benyahia was born in the US, Miami on July 2000. In 2017, he became Europe’s Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Champion. He was also selected by the prestigious Monegasque Formula E – Venturi team. In 2016, he won 6 podiums by becoming 3rd in the French Formula 4 Championship. He also has 46 Karting wins between 2010 and 2014.

DuPont wins proxy fight against billionaire investor Peltzs Trian Fund Management

DuPont wins proxy fight against billionaire investor Peltz’s Trian Fund Management WILMINGTON, Del. – Dupont shareholders on Wednesday flatly rejected a contentious campaign by one of the most powerful investor firms in the U.S. for seats on the board of the 212-year-old chemical company.Nelson Peltz and his Trian Fund Management L.P., a major shareholder, had sought more influence at DuPont, saying that the company was falling short of its potential. CEO Ellen Kullman has resisted Peltz’s campaign vigorously, saying that he had mischaracterizing DuPont’s performance.DuPont shares slumped 6 per cent in morning trading.Kullman said the proxy fight showed that DuPont needs to do a better job explaining its ongoing transformation from a traditional chemicals company to a growth company focused on developing advanced materials, bio-based industrial products, and new seed, food and agricultural products to improve the global food supply.“I think we as a company don’t tell our story well enough,” she said. “We’ve undergone a lot of change, and as we’ve engaged with shareholders, even retail, it was clear that they remembered a company of maybe 20 years ago, not the company that we’re creating going forward.”As an example, Kullman pointed to the upcoming spinoff of DuPont’s performance chemicals unit into a separate commodity chemicals company called Chemours. She said Peltz’ fight for board seats forced the company to move up its public relations campaign about the spinoff.“We were going to go out and do that in June. We ended up doing that in April and May,” she said.Peltz’s Trian Fund Management owns about 24.6 million DuPont shares, making it the company’s fifth-largest shareholder. Since first buying huge stakes in the company almost two years ago, he has criticized DuPont for missing its earnings targets and failing to meet its goals, laid out in 2011, of a 12 per cent compound growth rate in operating earnings per share, and a 7 per cent compound annual growth rate in sales.Trian had nominated four directors for DuPont’s board but came up empty.“I think we lost because they probably did a better job with the press… I think they clearly did a better job with the retail shareholder who really doesn’t understand the issues of the company,” said Peltz, who claimed “overwhelming support” from institutional investors and mutual funds.“I think there was a lot of scare tactics employed,” he said, rejecting DuPont’s assertions that he wanted to over-leverage the company and slash funding for research and development.Peltz also took credit for several actions taken by DuPont since Trian took a stake in the company, including a $5 billion share buyback program, new cost cuts, the placement of two new directors on the board, and the spinoff of Chemours.“All of that stuff didn’t happen by accident,” he said, adding that Trian will continue to monitor DuPont.“I think they will feel the pressure. I think we’ve got a situation today where the emperor has no clothes…. We’ve shown the full picture. It’s up to this board and this management team to carry forward.”___AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman contributed to this report from New York. FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont, speaks about global competitiveness and the importance of innovation at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. DuPont shareholders elected the company’s entire slate of directors on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, rejecting a bid by activist investor Nelson Peltz for seats on the company’s board. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by Randall Chase, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2015 7:12 am MDT Last Updated May 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Real estate agent charged with threatening Ministers life

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReal Estate agent charged for threatening to slit employee’s throatAugust 15, 2013In “Crime”Real Estate Agent accused of fraud, granted $250,000 bailFebruary 28, 2014In “Crime”Duo charged for assaulting Police ConstableFebruary 27, 2016In “latest news” Accused: Nigel ReidA real estate agent was on Tuesday morning brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for reportedly threatening the Junior Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valarie Garrido-Lowe after behaving disorderly at the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs.Nigel Reid, 47, of Prince and Laing Streets, Georgetown was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Tiffany Durant.He denied that on August 7, at the Ministry’s Office located on 251-252 Cummings Street, Georgetown he behaved in a disorderly manner in a public place whereby a breach of peace was occasioned.According to Attorney Durant, her client was seeking justice for a rape victim which is proving difficult. She noted that his outburst was as a result of frustration on the part of the defendant.However, Police Prosecutor, Deniro Jones in disclosing the facts of the case, told the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan that Reid visited the Ministry and requested to speak with the Minister but after not being able to meet with the Minister he became enraged and hurled profanities, while behaving in a disorderly manner, prompting the Minister to have him escorted from the building.At around 13:15h the said day, Reid allegedly placed a call to the said Ministry’s secretary threatening to kill the Minister.As such, he was arrested and later charged with the offence.Reid was however granted bail in the sum of $10,000, was ordered to stay 50 feet away from the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and to make weekly reports at the Alberttown Police Station.He was also placed on a bond to be on good behaviour until the completion of the trial into the matter. read more

MIT cuts Media Lab energy use by 24 percent with clever prototype

first_imgWith every passing year technology becomes more personal and offers us more choice and control over our data and increasingly our surroundings. MIT is working to increase that control even further by developing a simple plastic wristband that will allow you to take charge of your environment as well as helping to conserve resources.Called WristQue, the project seeks to create a useful way for you to communicate with smart sensors that have been installed in a building. The wristband includes just three simple buttons, two to control temperature up and down, and a third offering the ability to interact with multiple electronic devices (computers, projectors, TV, etc.) using gestures. If the temperature of the room you are in is not to your liking, you will be able to simply adjust it using the WristQue. What happens when there are other people in the room with you? If there are three or more individuals present, then the majority will rule. If it’s just you and your spouse, the software will try to find a happy medium between the two desired temperatures. Each WristQue will be made via a 3D printer and contains sensors for detecting humidity and temperature levels as well as a wideband radio and microprocessor. This will help to pinpoint an individual’s location so the software knows which room to allow the user to interact with. While the project is still in development, MIT is taking the opportunity to test it with students in its Media Lab building. By tracking each individuals settings and movements, the system tries to predict when a room is going to be used and by whom so that it can get the climate right. In addition, motion sensors have been installed to signal the software when a room is empty, giving it the all-clear to bring the temperature to a maintenance level, therefore saving energy. As an example of how effective WristQue could be, this simple trial has cut energy use in the MIT Media Lab building by 24% over a 3 week period.Those savings were made just from controlling the climate, with the WristQue still to get lighting and electronic device control turned on. If they work effectively too, it could allow for a significant cut in energy use in both public and private buildings, including our homes. All done without us really having to think about it.Read more at New Scientistlast_img read more

Two Additional Crews Arrive To Assist With Caribou Lake Fire

first_imgAdditional crews will be arriving on the fire to aid in the construction of fire line and help secure the fire’s edge. Firefighters will continue to utilize aviation resources as conditions and visibility allow. Expect long delays on the Sterling Highway from MP 53 to MP 71 due to fire activity and smoke impacts. Drive with headlights on and yield to fire vehicles and first responders. Travel is not advised Sunday. Sarah Saarloos with the Division of Forestry: “The meeting was attended by over 50 people and was well received.”  On Sunday, firefighters will continue with the full containment strategy by completing control line utilizing natural barriers where possible. North to northwest winds could cause an increase in fire activity on the east and southeast portions of the fire.center_img On Sunday, winds will prevail from the south-southwest as a weak low-pressure center passes to the south over the Gulf of Alaska. Cloud cover will increase through the day with some afternoon cumulus development possible across the mountains. Temperatures will be in the low-mid 60s. A slight chance for light and isolated showers is possible, but wetting rains are unlikely. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two additional crews arrived to assist with suppression on the Caribou Lake Fire Saturday. The fire behavior was influenced by wind and terrain features during the day; however, the fire only increased 5 acres in size.The fire is currently 900 acres and 20 percent contained. The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1, Alaska Division of Forestry, and Kachemak Emergency Services held a community meeting  at the McNeil Canyon School in Fritz Creek to provide an update on the Caribou Lake, North Fork, and Swan Lake Fires.last_img read more