Stalking case hits Haryana BJP

first_imgRahul, Yechury demand action on Chandigarh stalking case  Opposition protestOpposition parties held protests across the State, seeking the resignation of Mr. Barala.Ashok Tanwar, president of the Congress State unit, who led a protest in Faridabad on Sunday, said an impartial and fair investigation was not possible with Mr. Barala leading the ruling BJP in the State.Mr. Tanwar demanded that he resign on “moral grounds”.He said the BJP had coined the slogan Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, but the entire State machinery was involved in protecting the son of the ruling party leader.Lighter sectionsMr. Tanwar alleged that lighter sections of the Indian Penal Code were invoked in the first information report, and the accused was let off on bail, showing political interference in the investigation.Leader of the Opposition in the Haryana Assembly Abhay Chautala tweeted that the BJP should immediately remove its State president if the party had any self-respect left.Complainant’s standThe complainant told The Hindu over the phone that the Chandigarh police was helpful from the time she made a call to the police control room till she lodged a formal complaint.“The police literally saved my life. The police reached exactly when one of the boys tried to open the door of my car. I do not know what might have happened had the police not reached in time,” she said.She said that she told the police exactly what had happened and could not comment on the sections invoked by the police.“It is their internal matter,” the woman, a disc jockey, said. She did not know the boys prior to the incident.On social mediaHer father said in a Facebook post: “As a father of two daughters, I feel compelled to take this matter to its logical conclusion. The goons must be punished and the law must take its course … I feel if people with some privileges like us cannot stand up to such criminals, nobody in India can. More important, I will be failing in my duty as a father to my daughter if I did not stand with her completely in this matter.”Deputy Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar, who is the Sub-Divisional Police Officer of East Chandigarh, said the police were seeking legal opinion to ascertain if more relevant sections could be invoked in the case. A day after Vikas, son of Subhash Barala, president of the BJP’s Haryana State unit, was arrested, along with his friend Ashish, on the charge of stalking a woman, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday defended his party colleague.“This matter does not concern Subhash Barala, but pertains to an individual. So the action should be initiated against the individual concerned,” Mr. Khattar told presspersons in Hisar.He said he had full faith in the police and the judiciary, and hoped that the Chandigarh Police would carry out a proper investigation.In a press statement, Rajiv Jain, who heads the media department of the BJP in the State, said allegations of political pressure in the case were “baseless” and “without facts”.Also Readlast_img read more

Airborne Iron May Have Helped Cause Past Ice Ages

first_imgIt seems straightforward: Iron-rich dust floating on the wind falls into the sea, where it nourishes organisms that suck carbon dioxide from the air. Over time, so much of this greenhouse gas disappears from the atmosphere that the planet begins to cool. Scientists have proposed that such a process contributed to past ice ages, but they haven’t had strong evidence—until now.“This is a really good paper, a big step forward in the field,” says Edward Boyle, a marine geochemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. The research doesn’t directly measure the amount of dissolved iron in the waters due to dust in previous eras, Boyle says, but “they provide a much better case for what [nitrogen levels] have done in the past”—information that can reveal the ebb and flow of ancient life.The notion that iron-rich dust could boost the growth of microorganisms that pull carbon dioxide from the air took hold in the late 1980s. During ice ages, when sea levels are low and broad areas of now-submerged coastal shallows are exposed, sediments rich in iron and other nutrients would dry out, the thinking went. Then, strong winds would loft that fine-grained, dehydrated dust and carry it far offshore, where it would nourish carbon dioxide–sucking phytoplankton at the base of the ocean’s food chain. Previous analyses of sediments that accumulated on sea floors during past millennia suggest that increases in iron-rich dust falling into surface waters boost biological productivity there, but those studies provide only a correlation in timing, says Alfredo Martínez-García, a paleoclimatologist at ETH Zurich in Switzerland.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Now, Martínez-García and his colleagues have developed a new way to probe past seafloor sediments. In core samples of bottom mud, they looked at the organic material bound to the carbonate skeletons of one particular species of the free-floating microorganisms called foraminifera. (That particular species is relatively large and easy to identify, so its remains are simple to separate from those of other “forams.”) The researchers were particularly interested in nitrogen, which the microorganisms would have consumed as nitrate dissolved in seawater. The heavier the overall ratio of nitrogen isotopes in a sample, the more the surface waters above that site would have been thriving with life, the new technique suggests. Carbon dating provided an age for each sediment sample.Applying the new method, the researchers looked at a more-than-5-meter-long sediment core, representing about 160,000 years of accumulation, drilled from the deep sea floor off the southwestern coast of South Africa. Prevailing winds would have carried dust there from the eastern coast of South America when sea levels were low during ice ages, and from Patagonian deserts during interglacial periods, Martínez-García says. So, he notes, sediment accumulation at this site should provide a good test of the iron fertilization hypothesis.Results show strong links among the amount of dust deposited in the region, biological productivity at the sea surface, and the amount of dissolved nitrate consumed by the forams, the researchers report online today in Science. Those relationships were true during the peaks of the last two ice ages, as well as during centuries-long spates of colder-than-normal climate at other times in the past 160,000 years, Martínez-García says.The biochemical fingerprint that the team has identified explains only about half of the carbon dioxide variation that occurred between past glacial and interglacial periods, says Andrew Watson, a climate scientist at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. So, although iron fertilization may be a major factor influencing Earth’s climate, it doesn’t fully explain the coming and going of ice ages. Nevertheless, he notes, “this is the nicest data that I’ve seen yet.”And although past field studies have shown that artificially seeding the seas with iron has boosted biological productivity in the ocean, debate still rages about whether the carbon pulled from the atmosphere ends up locked away in seafloor sediments for the long term—a goal for efforts intended to geoengineer the climate by removing atmospheric CO2. Indeed, some research suggests that creatures higher in the ocean’s food web, taking advantage of the increased food supply, respond with a population boom of their own and quickly return the carbon dioxide to the ecosystem in the normal course of breathing.last_img read more

More than the duel with Parks, Ravena glad to help NLEX win

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Kiefer Ravena was swift at driving a point after his first PBA face-off with Ray Parks Jr. on Sunday night.The pair of celebrated young talents locked horns in a Governors’ Cup match at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna with NLEX pulling out the victory for a 3-0 start in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue But Ravena said there is one more similarity he and Parks share.“More than anything else, you can throw all the stats away,” Ravena said. “I’m sure (Ray) will agree. The most important thing is carrying [the team] to victory.”Ravena had three points less than Parks but made himself felt more in the tussle.Playing only in his third PBA game since his return from a FIBA suspension that spanned for more than a year, Ravena plucked down seven rebounds and dished out seven assists against Parks’ four boards and six dimes.“He beat us when I wasn’t playing. Now we’re even after we beat (Blackwater),” he added.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect “As long as both of us are good competitors, great competitors, we wouldn’t care less about our stats,” Ravena said. “As long as we win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Nostalgia hits in Gilas Pilipinas’ first practice for SEA Games Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “I guess it’s a long time coming,” said Ravena, who was the second-best scorer for the Road Warriors with a near all-around game.Parks had with 28 for the Elite, 18 coming in a blistering third quarter effort that kept his team in the thick of things.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Ravena and Parks are–in a way–cut from the same cloth. Both athletes are second-generation stars. The two were highly-touted amateurs in the UAAP. They both went for the NBA dream—albeit through different approaches. They also served the national cause—playing in SEABA, multiple editions of the SEA Games, and FIBA World Cup qualifying windows.Sunday’s match was the first time they met since playing against each other in the collegiate circuit. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

The new Xavi? Arthur a ray of light for Barca

first_imgAs disappointed as Barcelona were to go for a fourth La Liga game without winning, their 1-1 draw against Valencia at Mestalla on Sunday was no disaster.On paper taking just three points from 12 is a shoddy run for the defending champions, but in a hostile atmosphere Barcelona weathered an early storm to claim a point and control the game.The result takes the Catalans above third place Atletico and fourth place Real Madrid, which will keep Barca fans calm even though they trail new league leaders Sevilla by a point. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lionel Messi’s powerful low drive dug Barcelona out of another hole after poor defending allowed Ezequiel Garay to open the scoring after just two minutes, but this game will be remembered as another stepping stone in the development of young centre midfielder Arthur Melo.Thrown into the thick of it at Wembley against Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday, Arthur impressed as Barcelona earned a 4-2 win and Ernesto Valverde doubled down on his bet for this game.The coach picked the same starting line-up, bar Thomas Vermaelen coming in for Clement Lenglet in defence, which meant Arthur was trusted to link the play in the middle again.At age 22 he has slotted into the side with little fuss after his summer switch from Brazilian side Gremio, adapting to European football at a speed rarely seen for South American players.Calm and controlled in possession, it is too soon to classify Arthur as a player who will become a Barcelona great but there are some hugely encouraging signs in his general play.Arthur Barcelona Valencia Ligue 1 07102018The midfielder’s willingness to circulate the ball quickly without complicating the play has drawn comparisons to Xavi Hernandez, while the way he moves with the ball stuck to his foot is reminiscent of Andres Iniesta’s dribbling technique.Those are two players whom Barcelona have lost in the past few seasons who may never be replaced, so Arthur’s arrival and similarities to their game is welcome at a club where the fear of losing their playing style is increasingly prominent.The midfielder’s presence helps Barcelona dominate possession as they did at Mestalla after a rocky opening period where Valencia scored and threatened Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal regularly.Once the ship steadied, Arthur took the reins and consistently made himself available for his team-mates to pass to, giving them options instead of leaving them surrounded with no outs.Arthur attempted 142 passes, more than any player at an away ground since Xavi’s 148 at Levante in November 2012, and 135 of them were on target – a record for anybody this season in the division.142 – Arthur Melo attempted 142 passes against Valencia, the most by a player in a La Liga away game since Xavi Hernandez vs Levante in November 2012 (148). Reference. pic.twitter.com/jYspVgc28f— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 7, 2018On a couple of occasions he lost the ball and it led to dangerous Valencia counter-attacks, but rough edges were always likely and should not take long to smooth.Arthur showed a good connection with Messi, always important for hopeful new Barcelona players, with the Argentine happy to connect with a player willing and able to send him the ball and take it back.It may take years for Arthur to reach his potential but his instant impact on the team’s play is a ray of light for Barcelona even during a complicated start to their title defence.last_img read more

Coaches need to be respected, rewarded: Gopichand

first_imgMumbai, Dec 6 (PTI) Backing the view of shuttle ace Prakash Padukone, Indias national badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand, today said sports coaches need to be respected and rewarded for new players to emerge.”I completely agree with Prakash sir. Its very important that coaches need to be looked at, its high time we looked at it because we should have looked at it in the past 10 years and we haven?t. And it?s not only badminton but across all sports; this is for me the most important thing which is there,” Gopichand said here today.”Coaches need to be respected, coaches need to be rewarded, coaches need to be awarded and people should be motivated to take up coaching,” said Gopichand on the sidelines of the function to announce a grass-roots talent hunt plan by his academy with IDBI Federal Life Insurance.A few days ago Prakash said that it was high time the badminton-governing body in the country, BAI, Sports Authority of India and the sports ministry looked at coaching the coaches by inviting top foreign coaches to do the job.”We treat Indian coaches differently, foreign coaches differently. I?ll have to say this openly, but there?s not a single rupee of remuneration which any of the coaches in the past have got from either the federation or the SAI. It?s time they start looking at coaches differently, start looking at coaching differently. And unless we do that we can?t sustain the ecosystem of sports,” he explained.advertisement”I think this is an aspect which, for the last few years, has been a challenge of the entire ecosystem which brings the best players back into the sport. And creating good coaches doesn?t end with giving them good training. It is the entire ecosystem which is important. A coach needs to be respected.”I?m sure everyone has these challenges in the teaching profession as well. The best mind doesn?t get into teaching. Likewise, we also face the same challenges with coaching. Coaches need to be trained, need to be motivated, need to be recognised, need to be rewarded. All these are important.”In the entire ecosystem of the sport, how many coaches do we know from various fields? Even sportspersons, reporters, and myself, we would not know so many of them. Also, how much of pay we give them is also important,” he remarked.”The best models in the world are where they?re coached at and athlete-centric and system-driven and unfortunately we?re far away from that model,” he added.Gopichand also expressed concerns over the cramped international calendar of the Badminton World Federation.”I think they?ve cramped the calendar too much. It?s unfortunate the kind of thinking that the BWF has. And I don?t agree to what they have in terms of getting players to play so many tournaments. And there are players who?re already getting injured, performances have not been consistent at all and it doesn?t help the players cause when they have to continue to push themselves to play so many tournaments.”There?re so many ways of ensuring that the sport is promoted and cramping up the calendar and forcing the players to play is not a very good idea,” he added.On the new service rule announced by the BWF, he said “I approve of it.”As per the new rule, the shuttle should be below 1.15 metres from the surface of the court at the instant of being hit by the servers racquet. PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final: What happens if play is called off after 20 overs

first_imgThe 1st semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand has resumed after a long rain delay that forced the match to spill into the reserve day at Old Trafford, Manchester.New Zealand resumed their innings and added 28 runs to their overnight score of 211 for 5 and finished with 239 for 8 in 50 overs. India’s chase was jolted early as they lost both their top 3 in Rohit Sharma (1), Virat Kohli (1) and KL Rahul (1) inside the first 4 overs. Matt Henry struck twice and Trent Boult got the big fish of Kohli as the Indian chase was jolted early.India vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final: Live Cricket ScoreRain had played spoilsport in Manchester on Tuesday as most of the day was washed out due to a steady drizzle. With rain predicted for Wednedsay as well, the Duckworth Lewis and Stern (DLS) system will come into play.India need to play a minimum of 20 overs for a result in the semi-final. If rain stops play before 20 overs of the India chase and play doesn’t resume before Wednesday’s cut-off date, then the match will be abandoned. That’s good news for Virat Kohli’s men as they will progress to the final on the basis of having finished the group stages above New Zealand (on top of the points table).So how much do India need to score in 20 overs if they want to win the semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford? India are chasing 240 in 50 overs and so far there has been no reduction in overs.advertisementHowever, if rain does stop play after 20 overs and if no more play is possible;At 20 overs, India need to be 90 for 3, 110 for 4, 134 for 5, 161 for 6, 187 for 7, 210 for 8, 228 for 9At 25 overs102 for 3, 118 for 4, 138 for 5, 162 for 6, 188 for 7, 210 for 8, 228 for 9At 30 overs117 for 3, 129 for 4, 145 for 5, 165 for 6, 188 for 7, 211 for 8, 228 for 9At 35 overs136 for 3, 145 for 4, 156 for 5, 171 for 6, 190 for 7, 211 for 8, 228 for 9At 40 overs162 for 3, 166 for 4, 173 for 5, 182 for 6, 195 for 7, 211 for 8, 228 for 9At 45 overs195 for 3, 197 for 4, 199 for 5, 202 for 6, 207 for 7, 215 for 8, 228 for 9At 49 overs229 for 3, 229 for 4, 229 for 5, 230 for 6, 230 for 7, 231 for 8, 232 for 9Also Read | https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019/story/world-cup-india-new-zealand-ms-dhoni-advise-yuzvendra-chahal-1566035-2019-07-10Also Read | There were too many gentlemen in my team: Sourav Ganguly on his players not sledgingAlso See:last_img read more

TOUCH-E-TALK APRIL EDITION

first_imgTFA have released the latest edition of their online newsletter, Touch-e-Talk and it is available here for everyone to read. It contains stories, info for coaches and referees, games, photos from the 2006 NTL and more.Click here: TOUCH-E-TALK, APRIL 2006 EDITIONlast_img

Silvon gives you clean sheets every night

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Did you know that your sheets and pillowcases are full of organisms and other things that could be bad for your health? “After just one night of use, traditional pillowcases and bed sheets can accumulate a horrifying array of bacteria, allergens and fungus,” said Alex Szpakowski. “Studies suggest that some men change their sheets just four times a year and women, every two and a half weeks.”So Szapkowski gathered some partners and decided to develop a pillowcase and bed sheets under the name Silvon made with the same technology used by NASA to permanently prevent bacteria from growing on your pillowcase. “We don’t wear the same tee shirt for weeks on end; Why do we lay onto a pillowcase that hasn’t been washed in days?” explained Szapkowski. “This simple question became the beginning of an incredible journey to make a revolutionary fabric that would, hopefully, create a whole new category of bedding.”Silvon saves the time and energy it takes you to wash your sheets and pillows on a daily basis with pure, natural silver to prevent all those yucky things that usually grown on your pillow from doing so. With Silvon you can rest assured that your bedding is as clean as it should always be.Szapkowski believes that everyone can benefit from Silvon pillowcases and bedsheets. “From day one we were very clear that our products were a part of a holistic approach to wellbeing. There’s nothing more important than sleep. And it all starts with creating the right environment. We want to bring textile innovations to the bedroom – and believe that Silvon is a product that everyone can benefit from. The modern adult doesn’t have time to wash their bedding daily,  and Silvon allows us to rest assured that we have fresh sheets, each and every night.” For more information, visit kickstarter.com. The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

Large LNGFueled Crude Oil Tanker to Cross NSR for 1st Time

first_imgRelated:World’s 1st LNG-Powered Aframax Completes Maiden VoyageShell’s Cardissa Carries Out Its 1st LNG Ship-to-Ship BunkeringSovcomflot Reports Significant CO2 Cuts from New LNG-Powered Tankers,Related:World’s 1st LNG-Powered Aframax Completes Maiden VoyageShell’s Cardissa Carries Out Its 1st LNG Ship-to-Ship BunkeringSovcomflot Reports Significant CO2 Cuts from New LNG-Powered Tankers zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Sovcomflot/Navigate PR Korolev Prospect, Sovcomflot’s LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tanker, began a transit of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) on August 26, 2019.The 123,492 cbm vessel will become the first such large-capacity crude oil tanker to travel the entire length of the NSR using only clean-burning LNG fuel, Sovcomflot said.The 113,200 dwt tanker is carrying a cargo of crude oil from the Russian port of Murmansk to China.The journey along the NSR, from Cape Zhelaniya to Cape Dezhnev, will take about eight days, with vessel moving at the expected average speed of 12 knots, according to the Russian shipping company.While transiting from the Laptev Sea to the East Siberian Sea, the vessel will follow the ‘Tikhonov’ deep-water route that lies north of the New Siberian Islands, which was first opened for commercial shipping in 2011 by SCF’s tanker Vladimir Tikhonov.Compared with standard marine fuels, vessels using LNG fuel achieve a significant reduction in vessel emissions whilst also improving the ship’s energy efficiency.Today, Sovcomflot has six LNG-fueled crude oil tankers in operation, including Korolev Prospect, and five more under construction.Delivered by Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in February 2019, Korolev Prospect features a length of 250 meters, a breadth of 44 meters, and an ice class of 1A hull.Sovcomflot’s fleet currently includes 146 vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.8 million tons. More than 80 vessels have an ice class.last_img read more

Toronto shooting survivor says details helped her as RCMP mum on BC

first_imgVANCOUVER — As the RCMP remains tight-lipped about why two young men may have killed three people in northern British Columbia, one of the survivors in Toronto’s Danforth shooting says she’s been following the story closely.Danielle Kane said the Toronto police department’s decision to release a detailed report on its investigation provided her with clarity about what happened the night she was paralyzed from the waist down and insight into the man who shot her.“It helped me process the whole thing and it also allowed the public to kind of figure out, well, what are the things that kind of lead up to this sort of thing happening? What are the factors?” she said in an interview.“I think that’s important for the public to know, instead of just wild speculation, because that’s what’s happening now.”Kane was one of 13 people injured when Faisal Hussain opened fire in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood then killed himself. Julianna Kozis, 10, and Reese Fallon, 18, were killed in the shooting on July 22, 2018.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said in June that police took the “unprecedented step” of releasing their findings in the year-long probe out of compassion for the families and in recognition of the widespread impact the attack had on the community.The 23-page report did not identify a specific motive, but it said Hussain had a fascination with death and violence. He also had a long history of mental health issues and repeatedly harmed himself, the report said.On Wednesday, the RCMP announced they are confident that two bodies found in the dense brush outside of Gillam, Man., are those of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, suspected of killing a young tourist couple and a botanist in northern British Columbia last month.The finding marks the end of a manhunt for the Vancouver Island men, but questions remain unanswered about what exactly happened, including their motivation.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett told a news conference Wednesday that determining a motive will be “extremely difficult” if the identities are confirmed through autopsies because investigators can’t interview Schmegelsky or McLeod.He did not commit to provide details of the ongoing investigation, saying: “There may be an opportunity for that in the future but I’m not in a position to speak about that today.”Legal experts argue that the Mounties should share more about what they know, while balancing the privacy rights of those who died and their families.“They may need to be cautious and careful about how they put things, but I would hope to hear more from police about motivation because ultimately we want to prevent future incidents of this kind,” said Neil Boyd, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.Boyd also defended the Mounties handling of the case, arguing that releasing too many details while the fugitives were still at large could have compromised the investigation.Some details may also be shared with the affected families alone, if they are needlessly gruesome or involve personal information, he said.Toby Mendel, executive director at the Centre for Law and Democracy based in Halifax, said questions about why the RCMP didn’t name McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects earlier adds weight to the argument that they should release information about how the investigation was conducted.The Mounties announced McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons on July 19 and as suspects on July 23. In the meantime, the pair interacted with a man in Cold Lake, Alta., on July 21, and band constables with the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba on July 22. They were unaware of who the men were.“Whenever there’s an allegation about wrongdoing or inappropriate behaviour on the part of any official, the public interest in accessing information increases significantly,” Mendel said. “That means they correspondingly need a weightier argument not to release the information.”Investigators need to have the freedom to make decisions in the heat of the moment, including what information to release. But that doesn’t give them automatic protection from a review of the decision later, he said.The story’s notoriety means it affected many people across the country, some of whom have become fearful or felt their safety was threatened.“A British judge once famously said the public interest is not what the public is interested in. So the mere curiosity or sensational curiosity wouldn’t drive that. But I think in a case like this you have to look at what’s behind the curiosity,” he said.Hackett defended how the RCMP released information on McLeod and Schmegelsky as their status changed from missing persons to suspects.“This was a dynamic and constantly evolving investigation,” he said. “And with the help of the media we were able to get information very quickly into the hands of the public to enhance public safety. I don’t know if we could have gone much quicker than we did.”In deciding which details to release publicly, lawyer Lorne Randa said the RCMP will consider the fact that an individual’s privacy rights don’t disappear at death, and their family members also have a right to privacy.The Privacy Act does include a provision for police to disclose personal information where it would be in the public interest to do so. However, the definition of what’s in the public interest is discretionary, said Randa, who is based in Edmonton and chairs the Canadian Bar Association’s committee on privacy and access.“There’s nothing that would obligate the RCMP to disclose information of that nature,” Randa said.Peter German, a former assistant commissioner who retired from the RCMP in 2012, said he believes the Mounties will provide as much information as possible without violating privacy rights.“The option is to hold an inquest and I don’t think that’s necessarily in the cards in this case,” he said. “There will be a thorough investigation and the RCMP should be able to inform the families of all the details and hopefully the public to a certain degree, so it does bring closure.”— With files from Liam Casey in Toronto.Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

House behind police tape on the citys east side

first_img The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton A fourth police vehicle arrived a short time later, and an officer was seen exiting the vehicle wearing forensic coveralls.Officers at the scene declined to comment about the nature of their investigation, but when asked, the on-duty watch commander with the Fort St. John RCMP this afternoon said that police were working on issuing a release.The watch commander was also not able to speak to the incident, saying that the investigation is ongoing.Comments on a post in a local Facebook group allege that three men entered the home brandishing a firearm, shooting and injuring a woman and fatally wounding a dog. Those allegations have not been confirmed.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mounties are investigating an incident that took place at a home on the city’s east side earlier today.At around 1:30 on Saturday afternoon, three RCMP vehicles were seen parked outside of a mobile home in the 8600-block of 76th Street, while the home itself was behind police tape.The home appeared to be quite dilapidated, with two windows in the home’s front room seen to be wide open with the windows’ blinds knocked askew, while the front porch and entrance stairs appeared to have collapsed. It is not known if the damaged occurred during the incident.last_img read more

Overflowing oil production continues to dampen oilpatch outlook prices

first_img“You can think of it as a bathtub that’s full. And as long as the bathtub is full, the pressure on the (price) differentials is going to be bad,” said Birn, the vice-president of North American crude oil markets for IHS Markit.“So you’ve got to drain it. And building rail, it will help. You’re seeing announcements around production curtailments and that’s an attempt to accelerate the meeting between supply and demand to drain the basin.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced this week the province would buy as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers to move the province’s excess oil to markets, with the first shipments expected in late 2019.But Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s opposition United Conservative Party, says it would provide faster relief if all companies in Alberta were forced to temporarily halt 10 per cent of their production.Canada had total production of about 4.6 million barrels per day of oil in September, with 4.3 million bpd produced in the West, according to the National Energy Board.That month, the country exported 3.47 million bpd of oil, with almost all of it going to the United States. Crude-by-rail exports rose to a record of almost 270,000 bpd. CALGARY, A.B. – Oil market analyst Kevin Birn likens Western Canada’s crude supply to a bathtub with a drain that’s too small to keep up with the increasing volume pouring out of the tap.As barrels of surplus oil lap the edge of the tub, desperate producers are forced to sell at rock-bottom prices to avoid a big mess.Meanwhile, no one seems to agree on how to either turn down the tap or install a bigger drain. After hitting highs of more than US$52 per barrel in October, the discount on Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate settled at about US$29 per barrel on Friday, according to Net Energy, about double the discount it typically fetches due to lower quality and transportation costs.Upgraded synthetic crude from oilsands mines was selling at an US$18.50 discount to WTI (it typically trades near par) and Edmonton light oil was receiving about a US$23 discount, although it is of similar quality to WTI.In an update report on Nov. 21, Scotiabank analysts said the wider-than-usual discounts will cost the Western Canadian oil industry $15 billion to $39 billion of earnings in 2019 compared with a scenario where pipeline capacity is adequate to take away export production.It added the Alberta government could miss out on $1.5 billion to $4.1 billion (roughly $350 to $950 per Albertan) in royalty revenue in 2019.center_img The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers officially estimates the cumulative economic impact of discounts nationally was at least $13 billion from the start of 2016 to the end of October this year.The oil industry’s problems are mainly due to the failure to build export pipelines to match increases in oil production, said Birn.The 525,000-bpd Northern Gateway pipeline was approved in 2014 by the federal Conservative government and then rejected by the Liberal government in 2016. The 1.1-million bpd Energy East pipeline was cancelled by TransCanada Corp. due to “changed circumstances” in 2017.That leaves the Line 3 replacement pipeline as the most likely to come into service next, adding more than 370,000 bpd of export capacity when it starts up in late 2019, after both the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project and the Keystone XL pipeline were recently ordered halted by courts in Canada and the U.S.A hint of the trouble ahead came late last year when the Keystone pipeline was shut down for 10 days due to a leak in South Dakota and the heavy oil discount doubled to as much as US$29 per barrel, Birn said.The discount fell during the summer when oilsands production declined due to planned and unplanned project shutdowns in northern Alberta but rose again in the fall as refineries in the United States that use western Canadian heavy oil had their own maintenance shutdowns.Meanwhile, production continued to increase, driven by projects like Suncor Energy Inc.’s 194,000-bpd Fort Hills oilsands mine which began ramping up in late 2017.Birn said it’s tough to say where prices will go from here. Winter is the most active season for drilling in Canada and production normally rises but early indications are that the industry won’t spend as much as usual this year.Voluntarily production cuts, increases in crude-by-rail exports and a plan by the 80,000-bpd Sturgeon Refinery to begin processing bitumen will likely help moderate discounts in the months ahead, he said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Video Late King Mohammed V Honored in New York For Protecting

New York  – Princess Lalla Hasna received on behalf of King Mohammed VI, on Sunday in New York, the “Martin Luther King Jr. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel” Freedom Award given posthumously to late King Mohammed V.The award ceremony, which took place at a glittering event held in B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in the heart of New York, was marked by the reading of a message of HM King Mohammed VI by the King’s Advisor André Azoulay.The ceremony was attended notably by Moroccan Ambassador-at-Large Serge Berdugo, Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States Rachad Bouhlal and Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale. Presenting the award to Princess Lalla Hasnaa, on behalf of the students, staff and executives of the prestigious Kivunim Institute, co-chair of the conference of the graduates of this institute, Eliana Lauter, recalled that Late HM King Mohammed V objected the racist laws of the Vichy government, expressing his “firm opposition” to any segregation between his subjects regardless of their religions.“When the villainous laws of Nazi Germany against the Jews were imposed by the Vichy government, Late HM King Mohammed V loudly proclaimed his benevolent protection of his Jewish subjects, setting an example to follow,” she said.The students, staff, faculty and board of the Kivunim institute decided, on this occasion, to highlight and pay tribute to the honorable action of Late King Mohammed V, which will remain forever etched in the annals of human history, and to highlight “the image of justice” that he represents, she underlined.The evening was wonderfully wrapped up by a Jewish-Arab music concert with the participation of Mira Awa and David Broza. read more

Another suspect arrested over Seyas rape murder

Two others arrested earlier, including a 17 year old boy, were released after DNA tests found they were not directly involved in the rape and murder of the child. The 17 year old boy has later complained that he was tortured while he was in police custody. (Colombo Gazette) The police have arrested a fourth suspect over the rape and murder of 4 1/2 year old Seya Sadewmini in Kotadeniyawa.According to the police, a court order has been obtained to detain the suspect for 72 hours to be questioned. A third suspect arrested recently over the murder of the child had confessed to the killing. The suspect, identified as 33 year old Dinesh Priyashantha, was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Gampaha.

Child sex abuse inquiry threatens to drag up false allegations against Leon

The Government’s beleaguered child sex abuse inquiry is threatening to drag up false allegations against Lord Brittan in a move that has caused deep distress to his widow.The £100 million inquiry has written to Lady Brittan warning her that she is likely to be ‘upset’ by the re-examination of previously discounted allegations against her husband, the former home secretary.Lady Brittan has already received £100,000 in damages from the Metropolitan Police over a botched investigation into unfounded claims that a paedophile ring existed in Westminster.But now the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is threatening to dredge up a series of historic claims made against Lord Brittan – despite the fact police have exhaustively investigated and dismissed them.The inquiry, which has lurched from one scandal to another since its launch, is expected to rake up a series of claims as part of its investigation beginning in March into allegations that senior politicians in Westminster were paedophiles whose abuse was covered up by authorities.IICSA will also examine a series of claims against Sir Edward Heath, the former prime minister who died almost 15 years ago and cannot defend himself.A £2 million inquiry into Heath found no corroborating evidence to suggest he had sexually abused children.The letter sent to Lady Brittan last month – at about the time of the anniversary of his death – has caused her huge anxiety and concern, according to her friends, who have branded it a renewed ‘witch hunt’.As Leon Brittan, he was one of the towering figures in Margaret Thatcher’s government. He died of cancer in 2015 and is unable to defend himself, friends pointed out. Lady Brittan leaves her home in central London Daniel Janner QC, son of the late Labour peer, Lord Janner, criticised the Westminster strand of the inquiryCredit:PA Sir Leon Brittan with his wife Lady Brittan and their daughters at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Ian Jones  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Daniel Janner QC, son of the late Labour peer, Lord Janner, criticised the Westminster strand of the inquiry Lady Brittan leaves her home in central LondonCredit:Warren Allott for the Telegraph  One friend of Lady Brittan said: “She is really upset over this. Why are they wasting their time and money on these false claims? She has had this very patronising letter saying: ‘we are sorry for your distress’.“Lady Brittan just doesn’t understand what they are doing and why they are doing it? All it is is yet another witch hunt. But why? People like Leon have no voice.”The IICSA letter is understood to have warned Lady Brittan: “We are giving you advance notice that we are investigating the Westminster strand and in the course of all this your husband’s name will come up. We are sorry if this might cause you distress’.”The source said: “But she is really upset. Leon is dead and they don’t care. They are going to impugn a dead person who doesn’t have a right of reply – and that is a shocking thing to do. It feels politically motivated. Lady Brittan is just incredibly distressed. She had to go through all this before Leon’s death and now IICSA is dredging it up again.”Lady Brittan declined to comment last night.The allegations against Lord Brittan stem from a  Malicious briefing campaign against the Conservative home secretary, dating back to the 1980s.  It was suggested at the time he had been the victim of anti-Semitic smears by disgruntled members of the security services.MI5 has submitted documents to IICSA that includes a list of politicians whose names appear in its files over child sex abuse allegations. Lord Brittan may be on the list.Allegations against Lord Brittan began to resurface in 2012 after Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, stood up in parliament and claimed there was a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10”. Daniel Janner QC, son of the late Labour peer, Lord Janner, also criticised the Westminster strand of the inquiry, which he said would allow people to make unsubstantiated allegations against those who were unable to defend themselves.He said: “IICSA was launched on the bandwagon of hysteria following Tom Watson’s claims that there was a child abuse network reaching into Downing Street. That hysteria saw the wrongful naming of former politicians such as Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan, my late father, Lord Janner and others linked to Operation Midland.”The inquiry has already racked up costs of £60 million and there is no end in sight. It now looks like IICSA will allow a stream of allegations against the dead who are unable to answer back and defend themselves. It is wrong to allow the presumption of guilt to be aired in the court of public opinion.”Sir Edward Heath’s godson Lincoln Seligman said: “It is quite appalling that the still grieving relatives of wholly innocent people, like Lady Brittan, should be put through further pain because of a pointless wild goose chase.”IICSA has continued with its Westminster strand despite the fact that there is no evidence that any VIP paedophile ring existed among senior politicians.Police inquiries including investigations in to Heath, Lord Brittan, Harvey Proctor and others have all concluded that unfounded claims have been just that.IICSA has struggled since it was set up by Theresa May, the then home secretary, in 2014 in the wake of Mr Watson’s claims and the furore over the failure to prosecute the disc jockey and presenter Jimmy Savile in his lifetime.Three chairwomen have resigned along with Ben Emmerson, the then counsel to the inquiry, who was suspended from duty and later forced to resign after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a lift within IICSA’s premises.Mr Emmerson denied the claim and was later cleared after an inquiry by a judge at his chambers.The current chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay, a social worker, took over in August 2016 after her predecessor Dame Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand judge quit suddenly, complaining that IICSA’s “legacy of failure… has been very hard to shake off”.A spokesperson for IICSA said: “The Inquiry does not comment on private correspondence in ongoing investigations.” The claims were thoroughly investigated by police and no evidence found of any such network. Unfounded allegations linking Lord Brittan – among others including celebrities – to Elm Guest House, in Barnes in south west London, where it was alleged boys had been sexually abused also began to circulate.But a list of VIP abusers was traced back to Chris Fay, a one-time Labour councillor subsequently convicted of fraud.His claims were investigated by the Metropolitan Police over the course of almost two years and found no corroborating evidence.When Lord Brittan died in January 2015, Mr Watson described Brittan as “as close to evil as any human being could get”. Mr Watson later apologised for the distress he had caused.IICSA is also likely to hear claims made against the former Tory MP, Harvey Proctor, who has been given core participant status for the Westminster strand of the inquiry.But last night he said he had still not been informed what claims had been made against him.Mr Proctor said: “I am frustrated that with just over a week to go before the Westminster strand starts, I have not been furnished yet with the full allegations that have been made against me.” Sir Leon Brittan with his wife Lady Brittan and their daughters at Buckingham Palace read more

VIDEO Threetrailer Thursday

first_imgWHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?Decide for yourself with trailers of these three films, opening in cinemas tomorrow.What Richard Did(Drama; directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Jack Reynor, Lars Mikkelsen, Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley; 1hr 27mins; 15A)Average critic rating on RottenTomatoes.com: No rating yet(EPDistribution/Youtube)The Perks of Being A Wallflower(Drama/comedy; directed by Stephen Chbosky; starring Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson; 1hr 42 mins; 15A)Average critic rating on RottenTomatoes.com: 86 per cent(E1EntertainmentUK/Youtube)Sinister(Horror; directed by Scott Derrickson; starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, James Ransone, Clare Foley, Juliet Rylance; 1hr 50mins; 16)Average critic rating on RottenTomatoes.com: 96 per cent(VisoTrailers/Youtube)Watch previous Three-trailer Thursdays>last_img read more

Mozilla launches Firefox 5 adds Do Not Track to all versions

first_imgThe Mozilla Foundation promised that they would speed up Firefox releases after Firefox 4 shipped, and they weren’t kidding. Today they released Firefox 5, which includes the addition of the Do Not Track feature to all versions (including Firefox for Android,) support for CSS animations, and a number of security and stability fixes.Aside from this however, there aren’t very many notable features in the new version. Over at the Mozilla blog, the developers point out that this is just an indication that they’re shifting to a faster release cycle, and that not every full-digit release will have a host of groundbreaking features. In the same post however, they tout over 1,000 improvements and performance boosts in Firefox 5.The Do Not Track feature already exists in Firefox 4, but the new version makes it standard across all versions of Firefox, including Firefox for Android. It also moves the Do Not Track feature to a more prominent location so users can find it and toggle it quickly.The release notes, on the other hand, note the support for CSS animations and several performance enhancements for idle HTTP connections and the browser’s built-in JavaScript engine. The new version also enhances Firefox’s support for HTML5 and a number of other web standards, and addresses a security issue with WebGL.Read more at Firefox Release Notes via the Mozilla Bloglast_img read more

These 3Dprinted NFCtagged figures are basically DIY Skylanders

first_imgSkylanders, the runaway hit spawned from the Spyro franchise, became so popular mainly because it is a product that incorporates video games with action figures. Each figure represents a character in the game, and can be summoned into the game through the use of its Portal of Power. The tech behind the game is pretty simple — the Portal is just an NFC reader and each action figure has a tag embedded within.Now NFC company Flomio has launched a service that makes it possible for you to 3D-print what is essentially your own do-it-yourself Skylanders figures. By using a process that can embed an NFC tag into a 3D-printed object, one could — in theory — rip the tag out of a Skylander, and include it into a custom-built, 3D-printed figurine. Granted, the new figurine won’t show up in the game, but at least you can confuse your friends for a minute, or perhaps even make improvements to current Skylanders models.You can send a file of the desired 3D model (.stl is the only currently accepted format) to Flomio, pick a size (largest being 15 x 15 x 15cm), which NFC tag to use, and either blue, green, or white plastic. If you accept Flomio’s price quote — 50 cents per cubic centimeter, plus four bucks shipping — they’ll print the figurine and ship it back to you.You may want to be a bit careful before you shove a Skylanders tag into a Flomio figurine, though, as Activision won’t be too thrilled about it.Now read: Geek.com’s review of Skylanders Giantslast_img read more

Hollande Says Tsipras talks to pave way for Greece deal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram French President Francois Hollande opened the prospect of striking a political deal with Greece to unlock bailout aid, as three-way talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reached deep into the night in Riga.Hollande, speaking as he arrived for a European Union summit in Latvia, said the meeting with Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would help pave the way for an accord to be hammered out by finance ministers at the end of May or early June. Negotiations between the three leaders began in a Riga hotel on the Daugava River after dinner and stretched beyond midnight.“With Tsipras we want to find solutions to restore confidence and release the funds that have been planned,” Hollande told reporters before the summit. “So it will be a friendly talk, but a talk in which we have to be able to draft solutions.”Hollande’s comments build on signs of determination to end the stalemate that has buffeted Greek markets since Tsipras’ election in January at the head of a coalition committed to ending austerity. The French and German leaders called two days ago for the pace of talks to pick up, and Merkel is already considering making a keynote speech to sell any deal to the German public and members of her Christian Democratic-led bloc.Greece’s benchmark ASE Index rose 0.6 per cent on Thursday, as the Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.4 per cent to 407.87 at the close of trading.Momentum buildingThe Greek government believes momentum has been building toward an end-May agreement with creditors that would alleviate the country’s cash crunch, according to an official from Greece attending the EU leaders’ meeting in Riga.Tsipras planned to highlight progress made in the staff-level negotiations between Greece and its creditors when he met with Merkel and Hollande, the official told reporters, asking not to be named because the talks are private.For all the signs of optimism, other policy makers warned of hard negotiations yet to come as officials haggle over pensions, wages and other contentious points of detail needed to free up the remaining 7.2 billion-euro ($8 billion) tranche of aid. Without an agreement, Greece risks a default that would put in question its future in the 19-nation euro region.Merkel didn’t comment on Greece when she arrived for the EU leaders’ meeting, instead focusing on the summit agenda of the bloc’s relations with six eastern nations including Ukraine.She and Hollande helped broker a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine during all-night discussions in February with President Vladimir Putin in Minsk, Belarus, another of the EU’s so-called eastern partnership states.‘Expected Deadline’Hollande said that the discussion with Tsipras would “help prepare for the expected deadline, especially the eurogroup” meeting of euro-area finance ministers “at the end of May or in early June”. That suggests an extraordinary finance ministers’ meeting on Greece, since the next regular gathering isn’t scheduled until June 18.BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, said it judged the chance of Greece leaving the euro area at 20 per cent to 25 per cent. While Greece remains a “major existential risk,” a debt deal is likely to be reached, according to Ian Winship, a London-based money manager at BlackRock.“The Greek people seem keen not to leave,” said Winship. “At the end of the day, Mr Tsipras may have to go with whatever is being offered by Europe. We don’t think Greece is going to leave.”France and Germany are not trying to force the matter for the rest of Europe, according to Hollande.“We are working to facilitate the process and at the same time to pass on certain messages useful to Greece and useful to Europe,” he said.last_img read more

Morning Press UPS fires man for stolen truck snow two found dead

first_imgWhat will will the weather throw at us this week? Find out with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this weekend.Vancouver man fired by UPS says truck lacked protectionsZachery Scalf, who was driving for UPS, stopped at Natural Grocers in Hazel Dell earlier this month to make a delivery.When he turned around, he found the rented truck was gone, stolen. Days later, he was fired.“It sucks, because not only did this thief drive away with the truck, but it’s like they drove away with Zach’s job,” said Alison Gootee, Scalf’s wife.Scalf is searching for a new job now, but to him and his wife the UPS response seemed overly harsh and short-sighted.The couple moved from Atlanta to Vancouver a year ago. Scalf had worked as a flight attendant for a few years. He was still based in Atlanta, and commuting thousands of miles each week proved draining. So he got a new job as a seasonal delivery driver for UPS in Vancouver.Two found dead in Hazel DellClark County Sheriff’s deputies searching for some wanted persons in Hazel Dell instead located two bodies Thursday.last_img read more