PCI knocks SC door on issues relating to communication blockade in JK

first_imgNew Delhi: The Press Council of India (PCI) has moved the Supreme Court supporting the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to impose restrictions on communication in the state following the abrogation of Article 370.The application filed by the PCI seeks intervention in the petition filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, in which she had sought the removal of restrictions on communication which she said were coming in the way of journalists’ right to exercise their profession. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe application on behalf of the PCI was filed by advocate Anshuman Ashok on Friday. In the application, the PCI has justified the communication blockade saying that due to the security concerns there can be reasonable restrictions on the media. The PCI said since Bhasin’s petition concerns the right of the journalists/media for free and fair reporting on the one hand and national interest of integrity and sovereignty on the other, the council is of the opinion that it should present its view before the Apex Court and assist in deciding her petition justly in the interest of freedom of the press as well as in the national interest. The PCI further stated that in Bhasin’s petition, there is no mention about abrogation of the most contentious provision of the Constitution by Parliament which has caused the restrictions on communication facilities and other facilities in the interest of the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.last_img read more

Govt hikes ethanol price to cut oil import bill by USD 1

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Tuesday raised the price of sugarcane-extracted ethanol used for blending in petrol by up to Rs 1.84 per litre as it looked to cut oil import bill by USD 1 billion annually through its greater use in auto fuels. State-owned oil marketing companies will buy ethanol from sugar mills, for mixing in petrol, at enhanced rates for ethanol year beginning December 1, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said here. He was briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The price of ethanol from ‘C-heavy molasses’ has been raised by 29 paise per litre to Rs 43.75 while the same from ‘B-heavy molasses’, also called as intermediary molasses, by Rs 1.84 to Rs 54.27 a litre. Ethanol is a by-product of molasses generated on crushing of sugarcane and the higher price is to encourage sugar mills to divert from sugar production. Cane-based ethanol can be produced three different ways directly from cane juice, from B-grade and C-grade molasses. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Pradhan said the higher price is expected to increase the procurement of ethanol to 260 crore litres between December 2019 and November 2020, up from 200 crore litres bought in the previous ethanol year. “Increased ethanol blending in petrol is expected to replace 2 million tonnes of oil annually, helping save USD 1 billion in import bill,” he said. The percentage of ethanol being doped in petrol will rise from about 6 per cent now to 7 per cent next year and to 10 per cent by 2021-22, he said. Price of ethanol was last revised in September last year when the CCEA had approved a 25 per cent hike in the price of ethanol produced directly from sugarcane juice to Rs 59.13. Now it has been hiked to Rs 59.48. At that time, the price of ethanol produced from B-heavy molasses was hiked from Rs 47.13 to Rs 52.43 but that from C-heavy molasses marginally reduced to Rs 43.46 from Rs 43.7. Commenting on the decision, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) director general Abinash Verma said: “Government’s decision to increase ethanol price once again, with special emphasis and a higher increase for ethanol made from B-heavy molasses, confirms the government’s commitment towards encouraging more diversion of the surplus sugarcane/sugar into ethanol.” “The second very important decision of allowing a single premium price for the ethanol made from partial or 100% sugarcane juice is another big and positive step in this direction,” he said. “These decisions will help in further increasing the ethanol blend levels from the current 6% average levels across the country.” The sugar industry, he said, is responding very positively by hugely investing in new or expansion of ethanol production capacities, which will help achieve the government’s 10 per cent ethanol blend targets by 2022. The world’s third largest oil consumer is dependent on imports to meet 83 per cent of its needs and substituting some of the fuel with biofuels will help cut import dependence. India started blending ethanol, produced as a by-product during the process of making sugar from sugarcane, in petrol during the first NDA regime in 2002. But the programme slowed almost to a grinding halt in the 10-year rule of Congress-led UPA. It was revived again when the BJP first came to power in 2014. Ethanol blending in petrol increased from 38 crore litres in the ethanol supply year 2013-14 to an estimated 141 crore litres in the ethanol supply year 2017-18 and 200 crore litres in the following year. India spent USD 112 billion on import of 226 million tonnes of crude oil in 2018-19. Currently, petrol contains 6 per cent of ethanol. Pradhan said the price of ethanol from sugarcane juice/sugar/sugar syrup route has been fixed at Rs 59.48 per litre. “Additionally, GST and transportation charges will also be payable. OMCs have been advised to fix realistic transportation charges so that long distance transportation of ethanol is not disincentivised,” he said adding the use of alternative and environment friendly fuels will reduce import dependence and give boost to agriculture sector. This comes at a time when a surplus of sugar production is depressing sugar price. Consequently, sugarcane farmer’s dues have increased due to the lower capability of the sugar industry to pay the farmers.last_img read more

EOW registers cheating case against pvt firm

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic and Offences Wing of Delhi Police had registered a case of cheating against a private company.The complainant in the case claimed that the suspects in the case have been involved in duping three Arab rupees and land grabbing. “Some bank officials also involved in the case who gave loans to the company,” the complainant told the police. According to investigating agency, it is submitted that the complaint against the private infrastructure company was subjected to enquiry. “Enquiry conducted has substantiated the allegations of the complainant that the alleged company executed allotment deed in favour of allottees and handed over the possession of concerned space or unit despite the fact that project was already mortgaged with banks,” police said. Police further added that from the contents of the complaint, enquiry so far prima facie cognizable offences under section 420,406,409,34,120-B of IPC.last_img read more

Postmedia reports fourthquarter profit as sale of Infomart boosts results

TORONTO — Postmedia Network Inc. reported a $40.3-million profit in its latest quarter, boosted by the sale of its Infomart business.The media company said Thursday the profit amounted to 43 cents per share for the quarter ended Aug. 31 compared with a loss of $99.4 million or 35 cents per share a year ago.Revenue for the company’s fourth quarter totalled $176.8 million, down from $194.6 million in the same quarter last year.Postmedia sold its Infomart business to Meltwater News Canada Inc. for $38.3 million.“This quarter we have continued to divest of non-core assets — including the sales of the Infomart business and the Islington, Ont., print facility — with the net proceeds applied to debt repayment,” Postmedia chief executive Paul Godfrey said in a statement.“On the revenue front, while traditional print revenues continue to be under significant pressure, this was our third quarter of continued digital advertising revenue growth — a positive sign that new customers are embracing our innovative solutions.”Print advertising revenue fell 15 per cent compared with a year ago, while print circulation revenue dropped 7.3 per cent. Digital revenue increased 15 per cent compared with the same quarter last year.For its financial year ended Aug. 31, Postmedia said it earned $44.8 million or 40 cents per share compared with a loss of $352.5 million or $1.25 per share in the previous financial year. Revenue totalled $754.3 million, down from $860.4 million.The results came as Postmedia announced that chief operating officer Andrew MacLeod has added the role of president to his job as part of the company’s succession plan.MacLeod takes over the title from Paul Godfrey who will remain the company’s chief executive, a position he has held since the company’s inception in 2010.Postmedia said the move formalizes a clear succession plan and acknowledges the collaborative executive structure already in place.MacLeod joined Postmedia in 2014 as chief commercial officer and was named chief operating officer in 2016.Postmedia (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B) owns the National Post as well as several other major Canadian newspapers as well as digital platforms. read more

New resources available at the Library

The Sixties, a new library database, offers memorabilia and more from this important decade. This public domain image of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1961) is courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.The Library is introducing some new resources available to the Brock community.The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives (1960 – 1974)Featuring diaries, letters, memoirs, government documents, and memorabilia, this database offers scholars access to a wealth of resources from this important period in American history, culture, and politics.Sage Research Methods OnlineDesigned to help researchers, faculty, and students build research projects across a variety of disciplines, this database offers basic definitions and applications of research methods, as well as more advanced features such as the Methods Map, which visually represents the field of research methods and how they relate to one another.Conference Board of Canada e-library/e-dataThe e-library provides full-text access to the Conference Board of Canada’s reports, conference proceedings, and webinars on economics, public policy, and organizational performance. The in-depth reports typically receive a great deal of press coverage.The e-data service offers information on Canadian economic trends at the national, provincial, municipal, and industrial levels as well as selected US economic indicators. It also includes the Index of Consumer Confidence, the Index of Business Confidence, the Help Wanted Index, and Leading Indicators of Industry Profitability.The following new journal subscriptions have also been added:NeurologyAdvanced Synthesis & CatalysisAlzheimers disease and associated disordersNeuroreportClinical journal of sport medicineCurrent opinion in psychiatryInternational journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolismJournal  of clinical psychiatryObesityVisit brocku.ca/library for more information. read more

Annan welcomes Bolivias attempts to resolve political differences constitutionally

Mr. Annan had been following developments in Bolivia, where Congress agreed yesterday that President Carlos Mesa, who had submitted his resignation, should remain in office and where agreement was reached on political, social and economic issues facing the country, a UN spokesperson told the daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.”The Secretary-General is pleased to see this result achieved through dialogue and respect for the constitution. He is encouraged that all forces and groups in Bolivia are seeking to overcome political differences peacefully,” Marie Okabe said.The UN was prepared to help the Government and people of Bolivia in addressing the challenges they face, she added.Bolivia, formerly rich in tin, was later found to be rich in natural gas, but it remains the poorest country in South America. read more

UN eyes election preparations in Côte dIvoire

The United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) is closely watching that country’s preparations for the upcoming national elections, which are considered vital for the success of the UN-led peace efforts, officials with the world body have said.The Mission has deployed its staff at seven different places chosen for “pilot” public hearings, Hamadoun Toure, the Mission’s spokesman told a news conference Thursday in Abidjan, the commercial centre. He said the UN staff would continue to support as well as observe these public hearings.Meanwhile, the International Working Group, which has been mandated to monitor progress in the Ivorian peace process, met in Sebroko to discuss the election preparations and other issues related to the UN-led peace building efforts. Among others, the meeting was also attended by Pierre Schori, the Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Cote d’Ivoire. read more

Alimentation CoucheTard keen on selling cannabis in convenience stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard keen on selling cannabis in convenience stores by Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2017 10:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – If Quebec’s biggest chain of convenience stores has its way, customers will eventually be able to buy cannabis along with their chips, beer and cigarettes.Alimentation Couche-Tard has hired a lobbyist to work on ensuring it is involved in the cannabis-distribution system Quebec will eventually set up.The province’s official registry of lobbyists shows Marie-Eve Bedard has been authorized to work on behalf of Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) and can continue doing so until next May.Bedard, a former chief of staff to ex-Quebec health minister Yves Bolduc, has disclosed she will earn less than $10,000 for her work.Couche-Tard operates more than 2,000 stores in Canada but it is not clear whether it wants to sell cannabis outside of Quebec.A spokeswoman for the chain did not want to be interviewed Tuesday but said in an email the company would be an “ideal partner in implementing a responsible sales model for citizens.”“Alimentation Couche-Tard has a long history of selling tobacco and alcohol, products that minors are prohibited from buying and that raise public-health issues,” said Marie-Noelle Cano.In April, the federal government introduced legislation proposing that Canadians 18 and older be allowed to buy and cultivate small amounts of marijuana for personal use as of next summer.The bill has not yet become law.The government says it will help keep the drug out of the hands of young people while denying profits to criminal organizations.The Quebec government has announced the province will begin a series of consultations this month as it prepares to introduce its own cannabis-related legislation this fall.Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said earlier this month everything will be on the table, adding the province is not starting with any preconceived ideas.But Charlebois indicated she shares Finance Minister Carlos Leitao’s view marijuana should not be distributed at Quebec Liquor Corp. outlets. A man passes by a Couche Tard convenience store in Montreal, on October 5, 2012. Alimentation Couche-Tard is expressing interest in selling cannabis in its Quebec convenience stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes. read more

New UN study identifies small fish with big role to play feeding

The UN agency is highlighting that water is an ephemeral resource in Africa’s dryland regions, with water bodies forming and disappearing in a relatively short period of time. Despite this, fish – some of which weigh as little as a few grams at maturity – can survive and thrive in these environments, meaning the continent’s dryland fisheries are in fact highly productive and resilient, the report says.Output from dryland fisheries fluctuates due to climate trends – mainly low and above all uncertain rainfall -but productive potential is reportedly very high in smaller water bodies, some of which appear only once a decade but can produce up to 150 kilograms of fish per hectare per year. Together, these small water bodies cover a much larger area than the sub-Saharan region’s lakes and reservoirs.Properly managed, these bodies in southern Africa alone could produce 1.25 million tonnes of fish – half the total recorded inland fisheries yield of the entire continent, the report found.FAO’s study further showed that while the small-scale fisheries sector is often neglected by policy makers, and even dismissed for its inability to generate wealth, it can be very efficient as a buffer resource. Mixing with crop and livestock activities allows for resilient and diversified livelihoods in an unpredictable environment, said the authors of Fisheries in the Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa.The report also found higher fish consumption in dryland areas than reported in official figures, indicating an unexpectedly important role in local food security, leading the researchers to explore management improvements for an inherently boom-and-bust resource.Fish offer a nutritional punch, delivering the cheapest form of animal protein as well as amino acids, fats and micronutrients that are otherwise hard to obtain in the sub-Saharan drylands, where reported per capita fish consumption is much lower than the Africa-wide average of 10 kilograms per year.How can you get fish in a dryland?“Fish are incredibly productive when conditions are right,” according to lead author Jeppe Kolding, a professor of biology at the University of Bergen in Norway. Their egg-laying capacities made them “more like insects than other vertebrates,” he said.Half of sub-Saharan Africa consists of dryland areas, where surface water fluctuates widely and ecosystems are adapted to unpredictable precipitation.Indeed, Lake Ngami in Botswana and Lake Liambezi in Namibia were both dry for more than two decades while today they are characterized by outstanding fish yields. And dryland fisheries – by definition highly variable – can produce up to four times the amount of fish as a large tropical lake or reservoir, according to the report.Just how fish survive such daunting habitat changes – Sudan’s Khasm el-Girba reservoir is flushed dry every year but fish always rush back – is not fully understood. Clarias gariepinus – African catfish – can survive by burying themselves in mud, while other species evidently find refuge in small nearby streams, both strategies that, thanks to the roller-coaster demography allowed by fish fecundity, fit the common local claim that “fish come with the rains.”A practical path to increase the benefits of dryland fisheries FAO underlined that while fisheries cannot be a “magic bullet” for the 390 million people who live in Africa’s dryland areas, they have a key role delivering Blue Growth, because they can be leveraged to provide multiple benefits.The massive productive potential of dryland fisheries represents a critical asset – dietary protein and economic option – in a region where food and nutritional needs are unlikely to be satisfied by agricultural development alone, the report says, noting that exploiting it will require recognition of fisheries in dryland water management, food and nutrition policies.Meanwhile, further benefits could be had if adequate processing and storage facilities were introduced, as sun-dried fish caught in a boom year can last for years and could be tapped as a local supply for emergency food rations around the region. read more

Immigration advice available at Brock International Services

Good news for students looking for immigration advice at Brock University.Brock International Services is licensed to provide international student immigration advice and manager Arthur Chen recently passed the exam to become a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA).Chen can provide immigration advice in the area of study permits, work permits, temporary resident visas, and how these permits relate to other currently available Canadian immigration programs.This is a great on-campus support for Brock students, staff or faculty looking for immigration advice and support that could impact their participation at the University.For more information please contact Brock International Services: Arthur Chen arthur.chen@brocku.ca or Sheila Young sheila.young@brocku.ca.RISIA is regulated by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the national regulatory body authorized by the government of Canada to safeguard consumers by regulating two professions – immigration consultants and international student advisors. read more

Horses are being sold cheaper than kittens RSPCA warns amid rise in

Adie is now back to full healthCredit:RSPCA A horse being rescued by the RSPCA Ms Garvey states that the charity have taken care of horses that have been “literally dumped down dirt tracks along with the rubbish”. “[The owners had] taken their rubbish out to fly-tip and at the same time taken a sick and injured horse along with it,” she explained.”And we’ve gone out to calls and not been able to see the horse until we’ve literally rifled through the rubbish.” The charity is currently looking after 850 rescued horses in their privately run stables, nursing them and helping them recover. One horse being treated is Adie, who was found collapsed and covered in mud on a footpath on New Year’s Eve. His owner had left him there after he became ill.Ms Garvey said: “It took five people to try and get him up.“It was very touch and go – often when a horse goes down it’s the end, so you have to put a lot of hard work and time and effort to get them back on their feet.” The RSPCA state the problem is that the horses are expensive to maintain especially if they needed veterinary care. They stated that owners who find their animals too expensive to take care of should seek professional advice, from either local instructors or charities. Adie being rescued by the RSPCACredit:RSCPA Adie is now back to full health Horses are being left to die by irresponsible owners who are regularly fly-tipping the animal says the RSPCA. Chief inspector at the charity, Sam Garvey has said she has seen horses being sold online for as cheap as £25 and some were even being sold for free, saying it was ‘buy the mare, get the foal for free’. She stated there were cases that horses were being sold for “less than kittens”. Nearly 1,000 horses were rescued in England and Wales by the RSPCA last year. This was the highest number for four years and the charity are calling it a “horse crisis” as some owners are opting to fly-tip their horses rather than pay for veterinary care or to put the animal to sleep. Prosecution cases involving horses have also risen by 25% since 2015.  read more

Volvo to buy Terex small mining trucks business including NHL stake

first_imgVolvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that it has agreed with Terex to acquire the mining truck and ADT manufacturer Terex Equipment Ltd, including related assets and intellectual property. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, includes the main production facility in Motherwell, Scotland and two product ranges that offer both rigid and articulated haulers. It also includes the distribution of haulers in the US as well as a 25.2% holding in Inner Mongolia North Hauler Joint Stock Co (NHL), which manufactures and sells rigid mining trucks under the Terex brand in China. NHL is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.Commenting on the rationale of the deal Volvo CE’s president, Pat Olney said: “This is a strategic acquisition that offers Volvo CE considerable scope for growth. The addition of a well-respected range of rigid haulers extends the earthmoving options for customers involved in light mining applications.” In 2012, the businesses in the acquisition (excluding NHL) had net sales of approximately $370 million and an operating income of approximately $33 million. In the first nine months of 2013 net sales amounted to approximately $172 million and operating income was approximately $5.5 million.The acquisition includes five models of rigid haulers up to the TR100, with proven designs and payloads ranging from 32 to 91 t. Volvo said that the introduction of rigid haulers “will extend Volvo CE’s position in light mining; an industry area that is complementary to general construction, oil & gas, aggregates & quarrying and road building – segments that Volvo CE is already active in.” The deal also sees a further three models of ADT added to the Volvo portfolio, with payloads ranging from 25 to 38 t. These machines will support Volvo CE’s already established position in the articulated hauler segment and “offer an extensive field population and opportunities for considerable growth in emerging economies.”If approved, the acquisition adds some 500 employees to Volvo CE’s existing workforce. It also allows for the continued use of the Terex brand name on the relevant machines for a transitional period. The transaction is expected to be finalised during the second quarter of 2014. For implementation, approval is required from relevant authorities.last_img read more

Families may lose money by not vaccinating their kids

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Government will withhold up to $2100 in tax benefits for families who do not have their children vaccinated, in a bid to boost children’s immunisation by the Gillard Government. By July 1, 2013, the government is asking that all children must be vaccinated against chicken pox, meningococcal C and pneumococcal. By 2013, a new combination vaccine will be added to the program to protect children against measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox and administered to children of 18-months-old instead of four-years-old, which is the age they receive their MMR jab. Health Minister Nicola Roxon said: “We know that immunisation is fundamental to a child’s lifelong health and that’s why we want to make sure that children are immunised at the right time.”last_img read more

Un zest de supernova retrouvé dans des fossiles de bactéries

first_imgUn zest de supernova retrouvé dans des fossiles de bactériesUn isotope de fer naturellement disparu sur terre a été retrouvé dans des fossiles de bactéries, préservé dans les cristaux de magnétite qu’elles produisent. Ce fer 60 proviendrait d’une supernova qui a eu lieu dans notre voisinage sidéral. Il a été détecté dans des sédiments vieux de 2,2 millions d’années. Une poussière de supernova dans une bactérie ? C’est l’incroyable découverte faite par une équipe allemande du Technische Universitaet Muenchen. La présence d’un isotope de fer qui n’est quasiment produit que dans les supernovæ, le fer 60, a ainsi été détectée dans des fossiles de bactéries. C’est la première fois qu’un tel isotope est retrouvé dans un organisme “vivant”, selon un article publié dans le numéro d’avril du Bulletin of the American Physical Society.Ces bactéries, dites magnétotactiques, vivent dans les sédiments océaniques. Il se forme à l’intérieur d’elles des cristaux de magnétites grâce à l’apport en fer de certaines poussières atmosphériques qui tombent dans l’océan. Lors de la fossilisation des bactéries, ces cristaux sont préservés.Un isotope disparuC’est en analysant ces fossiles que les chercheurs sont tombés sur le fer 60. La plupart des éléments chimiques sont formés dans les supernovae et sont éjectés à travers l’univers. Mais, à cause de leurs différences de stabilité, certains isotopes sont extrêmement rares, voire absents, sur Terre. Avec sa demi-vie de 2,62 millions d’années, le fer 60 s’est fait de plus en plus rare dans le fer terrestre depuis la formation de notre planète puis a finalement disparu. En retrouver signifie qu’il y a eu un apport récent.Comme les chercheurs disposaient d’échantillons de sédiments s’étalant de 1,7 à 3,3 millions d’années, ils les ont découpés par tranches de 100 000 ans. Ils ont ensuite dissout les fossiles de bactéries afin d’isoler leurs composition. C’est ensuite à Munich, à l’aide d’un puissant spectromètre de masse, qu’ils ont situé la source de fer 60 dans des segments vieux de 2,2 millions d’années. Reste à imaginer l’incroyable voyage de ces atomes à travers l’espace jusqu’au fond de nos océans. Le 9 mai 2013 à 15:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Urges EU Commission to Find Practical Solution for the Low Level

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) this week urged the European Commission to find a workable and commercially viable solution to the EU’s zero tolerance for the low level presence of EU-unapproved biotech events. European livestock and feed industries, along with U.S. growers, all have been advocating for a workable solution due to the EU’s slow and politically-influenced biotech approval process that results in European biotech reviews and approvals taking over twice as long as science-based reviews and approvals in the rest of the world, including the United States.The ASA and European feed and livestock industries believe a partial practical solution to this problem is for the EU to permit the low level presence of a biotech trait that has undergone regulatory review and received safety clearances in the country of export. The other part of the solution is for the EU to greatly improve the timeliness of its approval system and ensure that its approval process is wholly science-based. The EU is the fourth largest export market for U.S. soybeans, representing sales of more than $1 billion in 2007. To avoid disruption of trade and resulting negative impacts on EU livestock production, ASA is advocating practical and sensible tolerance level solutions be found to ensure that there are no unwarranted barriers to trade.Since 1994, ASA has carried out numerous missions to the EU on biotechnology issues. In the course of the past six months, ASA has held many meetings in the EU on the asynchronous approvals and zero tolerance issues. In almost all of these meetings, ASA has been asked about zero tolerances (and in particular very low-level tolerances such as 0.1 percent) by concerned EU industries from the feed and farming sectors.In a letter to Paola Testori Coggi, Deputy Director General, DG SANCO, European Commission, ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa, said, “We have made it very clear that ASA views low level tolerances of 0.1 percent as wholly impractical for commodity soybean crop production and imports. Given the complex nature of commodity production and exportation involving millions of metric tons of soybeans grown by hundreds of thousands of growers on millions of acres/hectares, a tolerance of 5 percent should be a minimum starting point.”Hoffman also pointed out that the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development) standards for certified planting seed are set a 99 percent purity level. These rigorous OECD standards have been developed with the strong participation of EU Member State governments and industry to apply to planting seeds, not general commodity production. As such, the required purity standards for commodity imports should be lower (i.e., less than 99 percent purity) than that which the OECD, European governments, and industry have determined should apply to planting seeds.”U.S. soybean growers have exported soybeans to Europe for more than 50 years and want to continue to do so,” Hoffman said. However, both we and our European customers in the feed and farm sectors recognize the urgent need for a sensible solution to the wholly impractical zero tolerance law. This is especially crucial given the increasing number of biotech soybean events that have either gained authorization from functioning regulatory systems in many other countries or are very close to commercialization.”last_img read more

Maj Hasan Evidence will show I am the shooter

first_imgFORT HOOD, Texas — The Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood targeted fellow soldiers in a meticulously planned attack that included stockpiling bullets and researching Taliban leaders calling for jihad, a military prosecutor said Tuesday during the opening day of the long-awaited trial.Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan spent time at a shooting range and purchased a pistol and extender kit to hold more ammunition before carrying out his plan to “kill as many soldiers as he could” while avoiding civilians, Col. Steve Henricks told jurors. The shooting, which killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others on the sprawling Texas military base, remains the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.Henricks alleged that Hasan didn’t want to deploy after getting his orders about three weeks before the shootings, and that “he came to believe he had a jihad duty to murder to his fellow soldiers.” The American-born Muslim later told a doctor at the base that, “`They’ve got another thing coming if they think they are going to deploy me,”‘ Henricks said.But when it came time for him to speak, the 42-year-old Hasan — who is acting as his own attorney — countered prosecutors’ detailed portrait of the attack with a simple statement: “The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter.”In writings and in previous court statements, Hasan indicated he wanted to argue that he carried out the shooting to defend the Taliban from American attacks — but the judge denied that strategy. During his 2-minute opening statement Tuesday, he touched on his religion, saying: “We are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion. … I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor.”last_img

Captain Marvel first reactions are in and its pure 90s fun for

first_img #CaptainMarvel has a great ‘90s sci-fi vibe w/ a tone unlike any other Marvel movie, really. It’s retro & trippy, mysterious & dorky. It’s funny in surprising places & badass in all the right places. It remains entertaining because it’s always changing. It’s got the right stuff pic.twitter.com/o7AvqYY63x— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) February 20, 2019 Captain Marvel is a blast! Has some cool surprises that I definitely didn’t see coming, and the mystery/origin it weaves is engaging and fun. Brie Larson is awesome, and makes a fantastic first step into the MCU #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/oqrRtgDQrp— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) February 20, 2019 Share your voice #CaptainMarvel⁠ ⁠ is very fun. And I am thrilled to announce Brie Larson wears my EXACT SAME NINE INCH NAILS tee for more than half the film. Seriously. I’ve never seen anyone else with this shirt.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) February 20, 2019 Tags The future of the MCU gets even brighter adding #CaptainMarvel to the mix. Really fell for @brielarson’s sass, strength & energy in the role. Same with @LashanaLynch too! Ben Mendelsohn is A+ casting as Talos. And yes, Goose is a scene stealer. 2nd viewing can’t come soon enough.— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) February 20, 2019 Lots of fun Easter eggs in #CaptainMarvel that link it to the history and other films in the MCU. Watch closely.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) February 20, 2019 Captain Marvel is everything that I hoped it would be. It feels completely unlike any other Marvel film. A unique and fresh take on an origin story that feels new. Brie Larson is fantastic as Carol Danvers. This is one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time. #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/0ou7HU93MY— Scott Menzel (@TheOtherScottM) February 20, 2019 More on Captain Marvel 77 Photos First published Feb. 19, 9:39 p.m. PT. Update, Feb. 20 at 10:10 a.m. PT: Adds more reactions.  There were also a few unexpected standouts, beyond the usual action and explosions we’ve come to expect from Marvel.  Fans of #CaptainMarvel comics are going to love the movie. Plain and simple.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) February 20, 2019 Captain Marvel: Release, plot, rumors and more Who is Captain Marvel? Your explainer on Brie Larson’s new MCU hero Captain Marvel Super Bowl trailer shows the boys how it’s donecenter_img Comments #CaptainMarvel opens with a very touching Stan Lee tribute that Marvel fans will love. pic.twitter.com/yXDScRwiwW— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) February 20, 2019 Really loved #CaptainMarvel. It’s a little wobbly at times but only because it’s so ambitious. It’s beautifully constructed, hilarious and offers tons of surprises. @brielarson obviously rules but Ben Mendelsohn is the surprise MVP. pic.twitter.com/yQLQGl2Yt0— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) February 20, 2019 And the best part for loyal fans of the MCU? Captain Marvel opens with a tribute to the late, great Stan Lee.  4 Beyond the awesome turn by Brie Larson as the lead character, fans were loving the ’90s vibe of the film, something Captain Marvel leaned into with its early marketing.  #CaptainMarvel is (takes deep 90s breath) TOTALLY AWESOME. Never related to a Marvel character quite like Carol. She’s the stubborn witty 90s kid I like to think I am. pic.twitter.com/H6Q9s90KHA— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) February 20, 2019 Captain Marvel is bringing it.  Marvel Studios It feels like we’ve been waiting an age for Captain Marvel to hit our screens. The newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has promised a lot — a butt-kicking Brie Larson as airforce pilot Carol Danvers (also known as Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson as a pre-eyepatch Nick Fury and a weird alien race known as the Skrulls. But after all that patient waiting (remember, this is Marvel we’re talking about), Captain Marvel has finally landed. Marvel held screenings for a select group of reviewers on Tuesday night and they were ready to share their thoughts as soon as the social media embargo lifted. The film won’t hit theatres until March 8 in the US and UK and March 7 in Australia. You can read up on everything you need to know about the film here in the mean time) But based on the early response, the verdict is in: Captain Marvel has well and truly earned her place in the MCU. “Captain Marvel is everything that I hoped it would be,” one viewer tweeted. “It feels completely unlike any other Marvel film.”    2019 movies to geek out over #CaptainMarvel is pure joy. I cannot wait for the generation of little girls who will grow up with Carol Danvers as a hero.— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) February 20, 2019 TV and Movies Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more

248 families shifted to shelter centres fearing landslides

first_imgA total of 248 families residing in low-lying and landslide-prone areas of Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari have been moved to 12 shelter centres following incessant rain and bad weather in the district. Photo: UNBA total of 248 families residing in low-lying and landslide-prone areas of Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari have been moved to 12 shelter centres following incessant rain and bad weather in the district.Many families who were evacuated with them from muddy hill areas across 4 of the unions in Dighinala took shelter at their relatives’ houses in different areas.Dighinala Project Implementation officer Md Kawsar Alam Sarkar said 122 families were moved to seven shelters in Merong union, 10 families were taken to one shelter at Boalkhali union, 96 families were taken to three shelters in Kolakhali union and 20 families went to one shelter at Babuchhora union.Merong Union Parishad chairman Rahman Kabir Ratan said at least 17 villages of his union have been flooded with torrential rain. They were providing necessary reliefs including food and medicine to the shelter centers, he said.last_img read more

The Virtues Just for Today Mytho Take Top Honors at Series Mania

first_imgBEST ACTRESSCarole Weyers (“Super Jimmy”)BEST ACTORGregory Montel (“Family Shake”)INTERNATIONAL PANORAMABEST SERIES“Exit” (Petter Testmann-Koch, Øystein Karlsen, Norway)SHORT FORMS COMPETITIONBEST SERIES “People Talking,” (Alvaro Carmona, Spain)ALL-NIGHT COMEDY MARATHONBEST COMEDY“M’entends-tu”? (Florence Longpré, Canada) “Marina Hands’ delicate, compassionate performance commands every frame of ‘Mytho.’ Funny, genuine and sly, she makes the show an undeniable delight,” the jury declared.Of other prizes, Arte France scored once more with “Apnea,” produced by Image et Compagnie, sold by Lagardere Studios Distribution, and acquired by Amazon Prime Video for France.A reworking of the mermaid myth, cast in a murder mystery set in a quaint fishing village on a Mediterranean isle, and starring Laetitia Casta and Noée Abita, “Apnea” won best picture in French Competition. France 2’s “Super Jimmy,” a buddy cop comedy, won Carole Weyers (“Manhattan”) best actress; Gregory Montel scooped actor for M6’s “Family Shake,” about the tribulations of a second-marriage couple.Doing thing to damage the idea that some of the best scripted series in Scandinavia are now coming out ofNorway, produced by Fremantle Norway, NRK’s “Exit,” an acid tragicomic depiction of Norway’s financial elite, won best series in a highly competitive international panorama, featuring series such as Yes Studios’ “Asylum City” and Sky Deutschland’s “Eight Days.”Series Mania’s Short Forms competition was won by “People Talking,” from Spain’s Atresmedia, described by its jury, as “a bold and modern concept, perfectly suited to the short format. ‘Black Mirror’ but on the tender side. A series that goes so far in so little time. Funny, sincere and incredibly deep.”2019 SERIES MANIA WINNERS:INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONGRAND PRIX“The Virtues,” (Shane Meadows, Jack Thorne, U.K.)Special Jury Prize“Just for Today” (Nir Bergman, Ram Nehari, Israel)BEST ACTRESSMARINA HANDS (“MYTHO,” FRANCE)BEST ACTORStephen Graham (“The Virtues”)AUDIENCE AWARD“Mytho,” (Anne Berest, Fabrice Gobert, France)FRENCH COMPETITIONBEST SERIES“Apnea,” (Gaia Guasto, Aurélien Molas, Simon Moutaïrou, Marcia Romano) Uma Thurman: ‘It Is Always About Dancing or Fighting for Your Life’ Series Mania: 10 Takeaways – Netflix, Buzz Titles, Deals, Retaining Rights Benefitting hugely from Meadows’ sustained use of 5-10 camera set-ups, which allowed him to “capture that one magical moment in time,” as he told Variety, and also choose what angle to portray it from, “The Virtues” is written with Jack Thorne, produced by Warp Films, airs shortly on the U.K.’s Channel 4 and is part of ITV Studios Global Ent.’s spring drama slate.Co-created and directed by Bergman, the co-creator of “In Therapy,” adapted in the U.S as “In Treatment,” “Just for Today” won Series Mania’s Special Jury Prize.Produced by Endemol Shine Israel for Yes TV, and sold internationally by Yes Studios, “Just for Today” adds a social edge to Bergman’s work, delivering a severe critique of Israel’s parole system, detailing the life, after exhaustive research, at a South Tel Aviv ex-cons’ rehabilitation center.A psychological drama asking how much people can change their lives, Bergman told Variety, it explores this on a parallel romantic level in its story of the hostel’s director who’s been paying emotional penance for years after shopping a ward, a Russian immigrant and the love of her life. Suddenly, once more out of jail, he appears at the hostel.“Suspenseful, touching and full of heart, Just for Today is a beautifully realized portrait of newly released prisoners and the social workers assigned to help them adjust to life on the outside,” Series Mania’s International Competition jury said in a statement. .Commissioned by French-German broadcaster Arte, sold by Federation Entertainment and to be released outside France and Germany by Netflix, the idiosyncratic drama-comedy “Mytho” proved a breakout audience hit at Series Mania. Produced by Unité de Production (“Razzia,” “The Churchmen,”), written by Anne Berest (“Paris Etc.”) and directed by Gobert, creator of “Les Revenants,” “Mytho” won Series Mania’s Audience Award and best actress plaudit for Marina Hands (“Tell No One,” “Lady Chatterly”) who, ignored by hubby and offspring, announces she has cancer. The family’s life will never be the same. “From the first frame, ‘The Virtues’ moves you with its deep humanity. Masterfully directed, written and acted, the show is a prime example of the power of series television to illuminate and create empathy,” the International Competition jury, led by screenwriter-producer Marti Noxon, said in a statement, adding that Graham’s performance “is simply stunning. His powerfully raw portrayal of a man coming to grips with his past and himself is truly heart-breaking.” Related Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Three series from strong creative voices – Shane Meadows’ “The Virtues,” Nir Bergman’s “Just for Today” and the Fabrice Gobert-directed, and Netflix-backed, “Mytho” – shared  major honors at an enlarged, hectic 10th Series Mania, now firmly established in festival, industry and discussion forum terms as one of the major TV events in Europe.A story of redemption, unexpected love and imperfect fatherhood – a growing trend among drama series, Eurodata TV’s Avril Blondelot said at Series Mania – “The Virtues” won the Series Mania Grand Prix and best actor for Stephen Graham, a standout in Meadows’ “This is England,” who puts in profoundly affecting performance, by common consensus, as Joseph, a man who travels to Ireland to confront the demons left by a childhood in its care-system.last_img read more

Tax Administration to close more businesses this week

first_imgNo related posts. Some 36 businesses, including supermarkets, department stores, bars, restaurants and hotels, may be closed by the Tax Administration in coming days due to tax violations.Last week, the office closed 38 businesses for allegedly failing to pay taxes, and on Monday, officials resumed operations that could end in the closure of 74 businesses.Tax Director Carlos Vargas said the businesses are accused of late payments, billing irregularities or failure to report sales tax.“We want to send the message that we will apply the law to everyone who does not fulfill their obligations,” Vargas said.Businesses must remain closed for five days. Facebook Commentslast_img