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Plea challenges extension of 77th, 103rd amendments to J&K

first_imgA petition was on Monday filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court challenging the extension of 77th and 103rd amendments of the Indian Constitution to the State through a presidential order earlier this month. Advocates Mohammad Ashraf Bhat and Adil Asimi filed the petition on the grounds that the Constitution of India cannot be applied to Jammu and Kashmir in the absence of a Council of Ministers. They pleaded that as the State was under the President’s Rule since December last year, there could be no consultation and concurrence of the State government which has to act on the advice of the Council of Ministers. “There was hardly any need to apply 77th and 103rd constitutional amendment to the State. Similarly, there was no emergent situation to issue J&K Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. The timing of these amendments especially when the State was in war-like situation, makes the entire exercise suspect,” the petition reads. ‘Damage to the State’“It appears that the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019 and Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, have been issued to pave way for a greater constitutional damage to the State,” it added. The petitioners said there are already a number of petitions pending before the Supreme Court, which seek the striking down of Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution which has been inserted in the said Constitution by virtue of Constitutional (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Order, 1954. They said it is possible that by using the mechanism, which has been adopted for issuing Constitutional (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order and J&K Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, the respondents will do away with Article 35-A. They said it is also possible that the respondents will amend any State law, including J&K Transfer of Property Act, for doing away with the requirement of being a permanent resident for acquiring any property in the State or applying for a job.last_img read more

Terror angle not ruled out in Punjab’s Tarn Taran blast

first_imgThe Punjab police on Thursday sought the help of the National Investigation Agency and the National Security Guard to ascertain the nature of the explosion in Tarn Taran district that left two people dead and one injured, saying terror links could not be ruled out at this stage. The explosion took place in an agricultural field near Kaler village in Tarn Taran on Wednesday evening. Police approached the NIA and the NSG to examine the explosion site and ascertain the nature and the cause of the blast, officers said. “At this stage, we are not ruling out anything, including terror angle,” Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said on Thursday evening. It has to be ascertained if it was “sophisticated explosive material, low grade or high grade material” that caused the blast, he said. In the initial investigations, it was indicated that there was no use of any Improvised Explosive Device in this incident. A team of the NIA reached the blast site earlier in the day and carried out an investigation.Pits found Police has found two pits in the field where the explosion took place. Two persons were killed and one was seriously injured in the incident and all of them were in their twenties. Police are also looking into the background of the victims, the DGP said. “We will question the injured once his condition improves,” he added. A post-blast investigation team of the NSG was yet to reach the site, Mr. Gupta said. He had called up the D-G of the NSG, seeking assistance. Counter-terror unitsExpert teams of counter-terror and forensic units of the Punjab Police were also dispatched, the police said. It is suspected that the trio was digging in the field when the explosion took place. Sniffer dog squads have been deployed in the area, they said. Notably, in November 2018, a grenade attack took place at the Nirankari Bhawan in Adliwal village of Amritsar that left three people dead and several injured.last_img read more

Hope for Sunita Rani as Indian officials press world athletics bodies to clear her name

first_imgSunita RaniAce Athlete Sunita Rani is creating news in ways she is most uncomfortable with. Her positive dope tests after the 1500 m and 5000 m races at the Asian Games in October brought a wave of unwanted publicity. Now the fight to clear her name will bring in a,Sunita RaniAce Athlete Sunita Rani is creating news in ways she is most uncomfortable with. Her positive dope tests after the 1500 m and 5000 m races at the Asian Games in October brought a wave of unwanted publicity. Now the fight to clear her name will bring in a second round of fame and notoriety. This is certainly not how Rani dreamt it would all turn out. What Indians officials have set out to prove is that Rani got a raw deal from Korean sampling and testing procedures – and evidence seems to corroborate this. The documents of the tests carried out at the Doping Control Centre, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (DCC-KIST), Seoul – available with INDIA TODAY – indicate that all is not right with the laboratory with the highest possible rating (ISO 17025). Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Suresh Kalmadi and Lalit Bhanot, secretary, the Amateur Athletics Federation of India (AAFI), used these documents when presenting Rani’s case in Monte Carlo last week before the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), where they met IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai, Chairman of the Anti-Doping Commission of the IAAF Arne Ljungqvist, and Anti-Doping Officer Gabriel Dolle.Following meetings in Monte Carlo, Kalmadi said that the IOA was not going to suspend Rani. “The fact that the IAAF accepted the Indians’ version and did not want Rani suspended appeared a positive sign,” he says. Bhanot adds, “The AAFI is going to back her all the way given the discrepancies in the documents.”THE DOPE ON NANDROLONE Increases testosterone and nortosterone levels in body, improves stamina, muscle mass, strength, virility. Lowers body fat, repairs muscles.The human body can naturally produce nandrolone, particularly after consumption of large quantities of meat or after vigorous exercise.Nandrolone may have been generated in Rani’s body since she had been taking ginseng-based vitamin tablets.Adults have up to 0.6 ng/ml of the substance in their urine. The IOC cutoff limit for nandrolone in the body is 5 ng/ml. Anything above this is positive.But are the loopholes big enough for Rani and the Indians making the plea on her behalf to slip through?What is working most in Rani’s favour is the fact that she was not notified of the date and the time of her B-sample test in writing. During a dope test, an athlete’s sample is divided into two parts, with the first – the A-sample – being sent for a test. Should that prove positive and the athlete appeal against the result, only then is the B-sample tested. According to international regulations, the athlete has to be given the opportunity to be present at the B-sample test.Other documents detail major procedural lapses. The dates on the sample sheets are wrong; computers in an International Olympic Committee – accredited lab like Seoul’s – which nabbed world champion Ben Johnson for steroid use in 1988 – are not expected to print incorrect or even half-legible dates.advertisementIn some places, numerals are overwritten by hand, a practice that has raised immediate doubts. According to Indian claims, the variations in the nandrolone contents in Rani’s samples are too high to be scientifically accurate.In another lapse, one analyst has signed for another colleague on the DCC-KIST document. In a test report dated October 14, the analysis was carried out by Myungsoo Kim, the director of the DCC-KIST, and his colleagues Seung Woon Myung and Yunje Kim. Strangely, Myung has signed at two places – for himself as well as for Yunje Kim. The Indians have used this and other examples to raise questions about the testing procedures Other procedural irregularities brought to the notice of the IAAF are: Both urine samples (A and B) were analysed at the same laboratory by the same staff. Under regulations, should a team protest, as the Indians did, the tests should have been carried out at another lab and analysed by a different team.There was no Olympic Council of Asia representative when the B samples were being tested. This is an infringement of Rule 5.6 of the Medical Book of the Busan Asian Games Organising Committee. It also violates the guidelines set by the OCA’s medical commission.After her first sample tested positive, Rani was not informed in writing about the presence of nandrolone in the sample, as is mandatory.Prior to being asked to testify before officials following her first positive test, she was not given sufficient notice. According to Kalmadi, established procedures at all international events require an athlete to be given enough time to file a written response.The sample collection area was not isolated with no security posted to restrict entry. The Indians say the “chain of custody” required of a legitimate dope test was broken, so the chance of sampletampering could not be ruled out.The Indians accuse a sampling officer of misbehaving with Rani, starting a row, claiming the athlete had not filled the urine beakers properly. The resulting altercation may have led her to “cause mischief ” according to the Indians. INDIA TODAY had the printouts of the dope test results analysed by sports medicine specialist and medical adviser to the Indian Hockey Federation R.K. Tuli (an ex-air force doctor, he’s also a consultant at Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in holistic medicine). In his opinion, the test results are “clearly unacceptable, and very casual”. According to Tuli, given the wide variations in nandrolone content, the potency of chemicals used for the tests can also be questioned.In her deposition to the one-man Sushil Dutt Salwan Commission of Inquiry into the incident, Rani categorically maintained that she had not taken any banned substance. She had tested negative on September 30 at Delhi’s Dope Control Centre on the eve of the Indian team’s departure for Busan.Besides Rani, Salwan had questioned her coach Renu Kohli, the team’s chief coach Bahadur Singh Chauhan, chairman of the Medical Commission of AAFI Dr Jawaharlal Jain, Russian coaches Vladimir Polahan and Oleksandr Krasieshchikov, recovery expert Vladimir Portebenkov and a host of SAI officials, including Director (sports medicine) P.S.M. Chandran, before stating that Rani could not be held guilty based on the evidence before him.Clearly, there are several indicators that all was not right at the Seoul laboratory. But there are reasons to be cautious. The dope control laboratory in Delhi, set up in 1988 and functional from 1990, is not IOC-accredited. Its results have no validity in an international forum, but it is still used as a clearing house to test Indian athletes before departure for any major competition.No matter where samples are procured, all dope tests conducted in India have to be conducted at the laboratory housed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. However, there are areas in Indian dope-testing procedures that are far from foolproof. Firstly samples, held in sealed bottles, are transported from the area of collection to the dope control laboratory without precautions like a temperature-controlled environment that preserves them in the exact state they were in at the time of collection.The laboratory itself operates with a small staff-a biochemist and a pharmacologist, two scientific assistants and three laboratory assistants- which conducted tests on 52 samples of Indian athletes in a two-and-a-half-day period before the team’s departure for the Asian Games. According to the deposition made to the Salwan Committee by Dr Sheila Jain, one of two scientists working in the laboratory, the capacity of laboratory tests per day was no more than 15. When asked about the load of conducting 52 tests in a 60 hours, she replied that the staff had worked around the clock but challenged the suggestion that there could have been an error during this process. Not just the possibility of lapses in the laboratory, the Rani case also served as a clear indicator of the medical negligence and callousness that Indian athletes, no matter how qualified, have to suffer. In case of a problem an Indian athlete can consult any one of three doctors: either one based in Patiala, the official Indian athletics team doctor, or any of the Russians hired by SAI. The treatment or medication given by one of them need not be communicated to the other two. Neither Jawaharlal Jain, who was present in Busan, nor Dr Bimla Bhatia, scientific officer at NIS Patiala, had a detailed medical profile of Rani with them. When she was called in before a medical panel in Busan after her first positive dope test, Rani had asked Jawaharlal Jain to inform the panel that she had been under medication for 18 months due to a stress fracture. Jain didn’t do so, telling the Salwan inquiry that he thought it was “irrelevant.”The lack of awareness of banned substances is rife not just in athletes but also among their coaches. The first time the coaches received the “Blue Book” which listed and explained banned drugs was in 2001. Indian athletics chief coach Bahadur Singh and Kohli told Salwan that they had not read the book.Based on a scrutiny of the Seoul documents, an IAAF hearing panel will now decide whether to accept or reject the Indian case. Should it reject the appeal, it will return to the IAAF’s antidoping commission which will then refer it to a three-member arbitration panel, known as the International Court of Arbitration made up of IAAF members and based in Monte Carlo. Sunita Rani’s ordeal is not yet over, nor it appears, is her race completely run.-with Sharda Ugraadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Greek Defender Papastathopoulos Leaves Dortmund for Arsenal

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos joined English Premier League club Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund on Monday.Arsenal did not disclose the fee but media reports put it at 17.6 million pounds ($23.2 million).The 30-year-old center back is the third new arrival since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as manager in May, joining full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno.“Sokratis, who will wear the number five shirt, has vast experience on the international stage, making 79 appearances for Greece,” Arsenal said.The defender has also played for Genoa, AC Milan, Werder Bremen and AEK Athens.FILE – Greece’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, right, reacts next to Croatia’s Nikola Kalinic during the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Greece and Croatia at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoEverton winger Vlasic: Big Sam’s football was awful

first_imgEverton winger Vlasic: Big Sam’s football was awfulby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Nikola Vlasic has taken aim at former manager Sam Allardyce.Now on-loan at CSKA Moscow, Vlasic found himself out of favour and struggling for playing time under Allardyce last season.”Everything changed after (Ronald) Koeman left,” Vlasic told Sportske Novosti.”The football played under Big Sam was awful, if it could even be called football.”In such football I do not have a place. The football team was terrified by everything – the fans mostly.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Stars To Perform At Benefit Concert For Bernie Worrell

first_imgThe Black Rock Coalition, Nona Hendryx, and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund present 
”All The WOO In The World” – A Benefit for Bernie Worrell on Monday, Apr 04 2016 at the Webster Hall in New York.Bernie Worrell Benefit ShowBernie Worrell is a keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. Bernie is currently fighting stage-four lung cancer. He’s also been diagnosed with prostate cancer.Get your TICKETS here.Featuring appearances by legendary performers Bernie has collaborated with over the course of a five decades-plus career, including: Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Living Colour, Questlove, Jerry Harrison, Jonathon Demme, Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Maceo Parker, Mudbone, Fred Schneider, Steve Scales, Leo Nocentelli, Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash, Ronnie Drayton, Melvin Gibbs, The WOO Warriors, Screaming Headless Torsos, Mark Ribler, Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band and The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, led by Gene Williams AND MORE.Support Bernie in his fight against cancer 
by donating to the Bernie Worrell Fund.last_img read more

Celebrating Metis week

first_imgAPTN National NewsAlbertans wrapped up celebrating Metis week Friday.Festivities ended with a commemoration of the Metis’ most inspiring leader, Louis Riel.APTN National News reporter Noemi Lopinto has more on the celebrations.last_img

Moroccan Woman Becomes First Muslim Pilot in Europe

Rabat- Moroccan Myriam Adnani is poised to become the first Muslim female pilot in Europe. The Moroccan woman, who was born in the Netherlands, has just completed a course that allows her to become a commercial pilot.The 23-year-old shared the news with her friends on her Facebook page.“After almost two years I have completed the entire course to become a commercial pilot. From theory in Hoofddorp to flying in the U.S. and Belgium and the last course on the Boeing 737. I’m feeling so happy and blessed,” she said. Myriam was born in July 1991 in the Netherlands, where she spent her school years until she joined Amsterdam’s Oxford Aviation Academy. The young woman also enrolled in a theoretical course in Hoofddorp in the Netherlands, as well as a training course in the United States and Belgium.Myriam Adnani becomes the second Moroccan woman to enter history in this field, over sixty years after another Moroccan and Arab woman became a licensed pilot in the 1950s.In 1952 while Morocco was still under the French protectorate, Touria Chaoui became the first Moroccan and Arab woman to become a pilot. read more

DMK calls for release of fishermen detained in Sri Lanka

Complaining that the arrest and assault of state fishermen and seizure of boats by the Sri Lankan N avy are continuing, he appealed to Modi to take up the fishermen’s issue and obtain the release of fishermen and boats. The Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Sri Lanka this month, to secure the release of five Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy and the 134 boats seized, the Deccan Chronicle reported.Citing the recent arrest of five fishermen of Ramanathapuram and assault on four Nagapattinam fishermen allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy personnel, he said the state’s fishermen are carrying out their occupation in fear. read more

Renewing UN EthiopiaEritrea mission for 4 months UN Council cuts troop level

The 15-member Council unanimously adopted a resolution renewing the mandate until 30 September and approving “the deployment within UNMEE of up to 2,300 troops, including up to 230 military observers, with the existing mandate” stipulated in two previous resolutions.UNMEE was previously authorized to field up to 4,200 troops and had reached 3,373, including 221 military observers, by last month.The Council demanded that the two countries fully comply with a November 2005 resolution calling on Ethiopia to accept the border recommended by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in a binding decision and calling on Eritrea, which blames the UN for not forcing Ethiopia to accept the decision, to lift restrictions on UNMEE’s movements.The Security Council called on both parties to cooperate fully with the Boundary Commission so as to resume the demarcation process. It stressed that the two parties have primary responsibility for the implementation of the Algiers Agreements that ended their war and urged the parties to implement completely and without further delay the Commission’s decision and to create the necessary conditions for demarcation to proceed expeditiously.The resolution also called on UN member states to provide continued support for UNMEE, as well as donations to the Trust Fund established in 1998 for the demarcation. read more

Big drop in gas costs pushes down US consumer prices in April

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Big drop in gas costs pushes down US consumer prices in April by most in 4 years by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2013 9:13 am MDT WASHINGTON – A plunge in the cost of gas drove down a measure of U.S. consumer prices last month by the most since December 2008. Excluding the drop in fuel costs, prices were largely unchanged.The consumer price index fell 0.4 per cent in April from March, the Labor Department said Thursday. The main reason the index fell was that gas prices plunged 8.1 per cent.For the 12 months that ended in April, overall prices rose 1.1 per cent — the smallest year-over-year increase in 2 1/2 years.Excluding volatile energy and food costs, “core” prices ticked up 0.1 per cent last month. Core prices have risen only 1.7 per cent in the past 12 months. That’s just below the Federal Reserve’s 2 per cent inflation target.Scant inflation is allowing the Fed to continue its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the economy. Worries about lower inflation or even deflation might push the Fed to step up its low interest-rate policies to stimulate more borrowing and spending and push prices higher.Deflation is a destabilizing cycle in which prices and wages fall steadily. It can slow economic growth.Unusually low inflation means consumers can stretch their paychecks and buy more goods and services. But if it were to fall further, it could stoke fears of deflation.“Subdued demand means that core inflation is likely to edge lower, as retailers will be forced to pass previous falls in raw material costs onto customers,” Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients. “The Fed may soon put more emphasis on fading inflation trends.”A little inflation can be good for the economy, because it encourages businesses and consumers to spend before prices rise further.Aside from sharp swings in gas prices, consumer and wholesale inflation has been mild this year. The combination of modest economic growth and high unemployment has kept wages from rising quickly. That’s made it harder for retailers and other firms to raise prices.The average national price for a gallon has fallen since reaching a peak this year of $3.79 on Feb. 28. The average price was $3.60 a gallon on Thursday, according to AAA.The Fed has said it will keep the short-term interest rate it controls near zero at least until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5 per cent, as long as the inflation outlook remains mild.It is also buying about $85 billion a month in Treasury and mortgage bonds to try to keep longer-term rates low. That’s intended to encourage borrowing and spending, which drives economic growth.Many economists expect the Fed to begin to taper those purchases by the end of the year, particularly if hiring stays healthy. But too-low inflation could encourage the Fed to maintain or even step up the pace of its purchases. read more

Biggest factor in redhot housing market is demand minister

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2017 8:55 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Biggest factor in red-hot housing market is demand: minister TORONTO – Ontario’s finance minister said Friday that while he is considering a tax on foreign home buyers for Toronto and beyond, it’s not the biggest factor when looking at ways to cool the housing market.As an influx of people move to the province, in particular the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the growing demand for housing — also fuelled in part by low interest rates — is outstripping the current supply, Charles Sousa said.“I still want to fulfil what I said I would do a year ago: obtain the evidence, obtain the information, get the data necessary to then make an informed decision as to what is happening,” he said after a cabinet meeting.“Some are arguing that the foreign degree of engagement is the last piece, that it’s not the largest amount that’s creating the boom in our homes, in our housing market. A lot of speculators within the domestic market are also playing a role, but the biggest part of course is demand.”The Toronto Real Estate Board is urging Sousa not to implement a foreign-buyers’ tax, arguing it would do little to address the problem of rising house prices.“The fact that most foreign buyers are looking to purchase a home for their family, for personal use, or to provide a tight rental market with much needed supply is something to be encouraged, as these actions are essential to Ontario’s economic success,” president Larry Cerqua said Friday in a statement.“Imposing a tax on foreign buyers will not have the desired effect of cooling the housing market and could create adverse effects on the national, provincial and GTA economies.”Last year, Sousa said Ontario would not be following the lead of British Columbia, which implemented a 15 per cent tax on foreign nationals buying homes in the Vancouver area. Instead, the provincial Liberal government doubled the rebate on its land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers to $4,000 and raised the same tax on homes that sell for more than $2 million.But house prices have continued to soar, with February data from TREB showing that the price of a detached, single-family home rose 29.8 per cent from a year ago. The average price of a detached home in Toronto is now more than $1.5 million.Sousa said he “absolutely” wants to encourage greater housing supply and he is talking with mayors in the Toronto and surrounding regions about how to do that.“We do have a lot of room for supply, but it’s still slower than the demand, which is increasing evermore,” he said. “Interest rates are part of the issue. They’re low and so affordability within those interest rates are providing for some of that demand.”Bidding wars are driving up housing prices far beyond Toronto, in communities such as Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener and Stratford, Sousa said, adding he has to consider what a rise in interest rates would do to those buyers.“We don’t want them to assume exorbitant amounts in debt if there’s a change in interest rates, for example,” he said. “So whatever we do, I’m more concerned about the unintended consequences of those decisions because I’ve got to be mindful of market forces that still will prevail.”— with files from Alexandra Posadzki. read more

Shameless touts target One Love Manchester with 10000 false claims for free

first_imgMy daughter was at the concert last wk but had no email. She’s devastated yet again. She’s not left the house since— Julie Maguire (@jmaguire11) June 1, 2017 The remaining tickets, intended for the general public, were snapped up within six minutes.Some were swiftly posted online at an increased price, with major ticketing sites Seatwave, Get Me In, Viagogo and Stubhub all pledging to block them.eBay said it was immediately remove any listings attempting to profit unfairly from the terror attack. Lies. My friend entered her correct details and hasn’t had an email, so unfair.— Alfie (@alfie_sandberg1) June 1, 2017 One woman, responding to a message explaining that unsuccessful applicants may have failed to prove their attendance properly, said: “I can show them my injury from when I was in the foyer and the bomb went off if they want to see it?” Absolutely have not received email, this is a farce!!! And so anxious for people who have been through enough!!!— trace77 🦋 (@TracyPaterson12) June 1, 2017 Ticketmaster later conceded a “number of fans” had not received their email, despite staff working through the night to verify thousands of bookings, and re-opened the system. The chaos led Ticketmaster to extend its deadline for applications until yesterday afternoon, after being inundated with complaints by those who feared they had missed their chance. An all-star concert to honour those affected by the Manchester terror attack has been targeted by ticket touts, who posed as victims to make more than 10,000 false claims for free seats as real survivors feared they had missed out.The One Love Manchester concert, headlined by Ariana Grande on Sunday night, has been swamped with “unscrupulous” requests for the free tickets offered to those who fled for their lives from the original show.Dozens of genuine fans feared they had missed out on their promised tickets, as organisers were unable to verify their details under the weight of applications. “Sadly, over 10,000 unscrupulous applications have been made.“At Ticketmaster we are doing everything we can – including extending today’s deadline – to ensure that tickets go to the actual fans and not the opportunists or touts who have also been applying for free tickets.”The concert will see Grande joined by a Manchester children’s choir, as well as stars Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Robbie Williams, Little Mix, the Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Pharrell Williams and One Direction star Niall Horan at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground. #OneLoveManchester We’re working hard to get tickets direct to fans. We are cancelling tickets of those who are reselling wherever possible— Ticketmaster UK (@TicketmasterUK) June 1, 2017 Fans waited in a queue for tickets Some accused organisers of compounding the distress of their children, who have been recovering from the horror of the terror attack and had been buoyed by the prospect of seeing their musical idols.In a statement, Ticketmaster said: “We have set aside tickets for the 14,200 people who were at the Ariana Grande concert to attend One Love Manchester for free. More than 25,000 people applied for them. Pulled  together in a matter of days, it will see a major security operation from police forces around the country, including armed officers and stringent searches, to keep young concert-goers safe.This morning saw panic among fans, who did not receive email confirmation that their applications for free tickets had been successful and proclaimed themselves “heartbroken”, “devastated” and the system a “farce”.center_img I can show them my injury from when I was in the foyer and the bomb went off if they want to see it? If my tickets aren’t proof enough— ♔ROBYN♔ 142 (@RETR0GRANDE) June 1, 2017 I put the correct details in this is disgusting I am outraged and heart broken @ArianaGrande @scooterbraun @LiveNationUK @katyperry #help— Ryan Dixon (@ryanjohncasting) June 1, 2017 Wow, some people really do sink low. #OneLoveManchester pic.twitter.com/Oc8n8rNxK8— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) June 1, 2017 Suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself up as fans were leaving Grande’s concert on May 22 So thats it? Everyone who hasn’t got an email but witnessed this horror on Monday just gets ignored?! People are panicking and getting upset— malum // malec ➰ (@dominatemalum) June 1, 2017 A spokesman for Ticketmaster condemned “opportunists” who had taken advantage of the offer, and confirmed all genuine applicants would get a seat as long as they provided the correct proof of their attendance. Ariana Grande will return to Manchester Fans waited in a queue for tickets Despite working through the night, a source said, Ticketmaster staff had to battle known touts and members of the public chancing their luck by claiming to have been at the concert when it was hit by a suicide bomb attack which killed 22 and left many others injured.Tickets for the tribute show, which also went on sale to the public for £40, swiftly appeared on resale websites for £200 a piece, leaving eBay, Ticketmaster and others tracking down the culprits and cancelling their seats. All net ticket proceeds of the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross to support grieving families and victims of the attack.The BBC will broadcast the concert live on BBC One, and across BBC radio with TV coverage airing from 6.55pm to 10pm, hosted by Sara Cox and Ore Oduba. 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Edward Watson This is what ballet does to your body

The Royal Ballet’s top dancer has spoken of the brutality of the art form as a collection of portraits reveal the impact of a lifetime of performing on his body. The 42-year-old has had more roles created for him than any other dancer during his 30-year career with The Royal Ballet School and then The Royal Ballet Company. Edward Watson MBE has been principal dancer at the world famous classical ballet company based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, West London, for a record 13 years. A stark portfolio of 250 prints, captured by renowned international photographer Rick Guest, showcase both the beauty and brutality of ballet. One photo shows a bare-chested Watson crouched with his knees… read more

FLSmidth wins third big project in India in just a few months

first_imgFLSmidth has been awarded a contract worth approximately €35 million from Coastal Gujarat Power – a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power – for the supply and construction of a coal handling system for the company’s Ultra Mega Power Plant project in the state of Gujarat, India. Tata Power is India’s largest private power utility. The scope of the supply includes a complete coal handling system to convey coal from a jetty to a stockpile and from there to the power plant. The system has a 6,800 t/h stockpiling capacity and 4,500 t/h reclaiming capacity. Apart from one of the world’s largest bucket wheel stacker-reclaimers for coal, the system also includes a series of conveyors of high speed and high capacity.FLSmidth has previously received two material handling orders from Tata Power. The first came in 2006 and was followed by another in 2008.last_img read more

NASA spies gigantic solar eruption

first_imgOn Friday, November 16, you were probably preparing to relax over the weekend. Meanwhile, about 93 million miles away, the sun was having a little outburst. At about 6am GMT, a giant loop of plasma exploded from the surface of the sun, and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was there to see it.This event is called a solar prominence. Such structures are formed when the ebb and flow of plasma near the surface of the sun is disturbed, probably by an opposing flow. Hydrogen and helium ions are launched into the photosphere and glow for all the solar system to see. The prominence can extend many thousands of kilometers into space. The largest recorded prominence was equal to the radius of the sun in length.A solar prominence is, by definition, anchored to the sun on both ends of the loop. However, it is not unusual for the prominence to break free, and become a coronal mass ejection (CME). If a large CME is aimed at Earth, it can cause massive disruptions in electronic systems and satellites when the ion storm reaches us.In the NASA video, you can see the gigantic loop of plasma leaping from the surface of the sun. This prominence did not break free from the sun’s photosphere and become a CME, but it was not aimed at Earth anyway. The initial event was followed by a second in the same region a few hours later. It’s a good thing these were not aimed at Earth — the plasma arc was so large that it extended beyond the field of view of the cameras.via Spacelast_img read more

bestchance Annual Forum to tackle family violence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With hundreds of children across Victoria affected by family violence each year, this year’s bestchance Annual Forum will focus on addressing family violence head on.No cultural group is immune to the extreme negative impact on children from witnessing or experiencing violence amongst loved ones, often seeing them left just as affected as if they were the victims themselves.Taking place on Wednesday 26 October, speakers will take a look at the role played by early childhood services. The afternoon will commence with keynote speaker, CEO of inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence Maya Avdibegovic, followed by Senior Policy Advisor at Domestic Violence Victoria Prue Cameron, who will provide an update on the current reforms in the family violence sector. The forum will also be an opportunity to raise any questions and to network with professionals working in the field. bestchance is an independent not-for-profit organisation and has been providing support to children and families since 1895 in the eastern metropolitan region of Victoria. The bestchance Annual Forum will take place at the Clayton Theatrette, 15 Cooke St, Clayton, VIC from 3pm to 5.30pm. Seats are limited, so be sure to RSVP online: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bestchance-annual-forum-addressing-famil…last_img read more

Ramos Only physicality and intensity prevail in football

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos refuses to take Al Ain lightly ahead of this evening’s Club World Cup finalFollowing Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Japanese side Kashima Antlers, Real will now take on local team Al Ain.The European champions are gunning for a third World Cup in a row and are considered the strong favourites.But Ramos knows all too well that in football anything can happen and, therefore, intends to stay on guard as Real attempt to make more history today.“We’ve got another chance to retain the Club World Cup,” said Ramos on the club website.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“No club has won it three years in a row and we’re really looking forward to the final and are hoping to take the trophy home before going on holiday”“We’re really looking forward to the game and we have the utmost respect for the opponent, River were favourites, but we saw that the badge alone doesn’t win you anything.“Physicality and intensity prevail in football. We know that they have the swede up top, the Brazilian on the left or the Egyptian in the midfield.“Football is much more even these days and we’ll go out knowing that it will be a very difficult match”.The World Cup final between Real and Al Ain will take place at the Zayed Sports City Stadium with kick-off set for 17:30 (CET).last_img read more

Longshore union fined 250000

first_imgTACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge fined a Longshore union $250,000 on Friday for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute, and he warned that individual protesters could face their own penalties for future violations of his orders.U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton has already held the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in contempt for blocking a train and storming a grain terminal earlier this month. Authorities have said the protesters overpowered security guards, damaged railroad cars and dumped grain.“What’s going on out there is awful,” Leighton said. “We have to do something about it, and I’m going to do something.”The National Labor Relations Board had asked the court to fine the union more than $290,000 to cover the damages and expenses, such as overtime for law enforcement agencies. Leighton said he rounded down to be cautious and ordered additional penalties for future violations, including $25,000 for the union, $5,000 for union officers and $2,500 for other individuals.The union plans to appeal the decision, attorney Robert Remar said after the hearing. He had argued that the union has the right to assess whether the proposed damages and expenses were proper, saying that he believes some of them were excessive and inflated.last_img read more

Richard Rosenblatt

first_imgDemand Media is an online startup that traditional publishers should be paying attention to. Founded in 2006 by Richard Rosenblatt, former CEO of Intermix Media (the company behind MySpace) and private equity veteran Shawn Colo, Demand Media offers a network of more than 60 general and special interest sites such as eHow.com and Cracked.com which draw more than 60 million unique visitors per month by leveraging user-generated content including articles and video.Demand Media generates more than $150 million per year, has raised $355 million in backing, is profitable and there was talk of prepping for an IPO in 2009 (the company was also rumored to be an acquisition target for Yahoo last summer).While the company has successfully leveraged a user-generated content model, it’s not necessarily a cheap one. Demand has a network of 10,000 freelance content creators who produce about 1,000 pieces of content (the majority text, with about 70 percent video). The company has paid out more than $12 million to its producers. For text content, Demand Media pays on performance, rather than revenue share. For video the company pays upfront on a per unit basis (including more than $20,000 to one video producer for ExpertViIlage.com). Demand is also the largest supplier of videos to YouTube, with more than 150,000 videos that have generated more than 44 million views. That’s paying off with increasing ad revenue driven from Google AdSense, overlays and companion ads.Demand is also looking to syndication beyond YouTube. Last March the company bought social media software company Pluck—which created the community platforms for big brands such as USAToday, NPR and McGraw-Hill. The company also claims it has developed an algorhythm for predicting high value content (although they’re not sharing). VITAL STATS: Demand Media is the largest supplier of video to YouTube, with more than 150,000 videos.last_img read more