Hughton We deserved more

first_imgBrighton manager Chris Hughton believes his side at least a point in their 2-0 loss at Bournemouth on Saturday.David Brooks’ brace was the difference on Saturday as 10-men Brighton succumbed to their third Premier League defeat in a row.Despite feeling hard done by, Hughton admitted his side failed to utilize their chances in the game.“I thought we were good value to get something from the game. The difference between the two sides was they put their opportunities away and we didn’t,” Hughton told the club’s website.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We were good in the first half and they scored against the run of play. It was very difficult towards the end when we were down to ten men, but certainly, before that, I thought we were always in the game.“It was a wonderful strike by Brooks for the first goal, but I thought we created really good chances of our own.“If you don’t put your chances away, then you know that a very good Bournemouth side that plays with a lot of pace, with two players up front that run in behind, is going to cause you problems.“The chances are the pinnacle moments of any game, but on the balance of play, I thought we deserved more.”last_img read more

Thousands gather for London terror attack vigil

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDays after London, UK experienced its third terror attack in as many months, thousands gathered at London Bridge to hold a vigil for the most recent victims.On Saturday, seven people were left dead and 48 injured when a group of three men drove a van into a crowd on London Bridge and attacked both police and pedestrians near Borough Market with 12-inch knives. Two of the three attackers were unprecedentedly killed by a round of fire from police. The attackers who were killed by police have been identified as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane. The vigil was led by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who described the attack as “barbaric” and said that, “London stands in defiance against this cowardly attack on our city, our people, our values and our way of life.” Thousands of flowers were left in tribute near the Thames and a moment of silence was observed. The Bahamas High Commission has confirmed that all Commission staff as well as those of the Bahamas Tourist and Maritime Offices are safe.#MaganeticMediaNews#LondonBridgeTerrorAttacklast_img read more

Pochettino Spurs needs to be more consistent for title bid

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes consistency is key if they are to mount a challenge for the Premier League titleFollowing Sunday’s 6-2 thrashing of Everton, Spurs are now just two points shy of second-placed Manchester City with leaders Liverpool a further four points ahead.Pochettino’s side have won seven of their last eight league games and will be keen to extend that run in today’s showdown against Bournemouth.But Pochettino admits they must keep up this form for the second half of the season in order to challenge for top spot.“Two seasons ago when we were fighting with Leicester we went to the end but the gap was so big” said Pochettino, according to Belfast Telegraph.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game.“We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.“Being involved in four competitions will be tough but are going to try.”The Spurs-Bournemouth game will begin at 16:00 (CET) at Wembley.last_img read more

Todd Gloria on Governor Browns State of the State address

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 27, 2018 Posted: January 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown delivered his 2018 State of the State address.Following the address, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:“Governor Brown has stayed true to his word: ‘California is not going back not now, not ever.’ We are moving forward, protecting Californians, and leading while Washington is stagnant.“A number of challenges still lie ahead for us – most notably our housing crisis which remains the most pressing issue facing California. While we took significant steps last year, I look forward to introducing more innovative solutions this year as a member of the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee.“Additionally, we must be vigilant and ready to protect California’s Dreamers should Washington choose to neglect its promise.“California is stronger more than ever before. That’s due in no small part to Governor Brown and his leadership. The quality-of-life and strength of the Golden State has vastly improved under his administration. We have work to do, but Governor Brown will undoubtedly leave California better than he found it.” center_img Todd Gloria on Governor Brown’s State of the State address , last_img read more

Triple Crown winner Justify gallops his way to Del Mar

first_img Posted: July 16, 2018 KUSI Sports, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe stars will be out and about at Del Mar on Wednesday as the 79th Opening Day promises to bring some of the best horses in the country to the track.But as Rick Willis shows us, none will be bigger than 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. Categories: All Sports Report, Local San Diego News, Sports Tags: DMTC 2018 FacebookTwitter July 16, 2018center_img Triple Crown winner Justify gallops his way to Del Mar KUSI Sports Updated: 7:11 PMlast_img read more

US adds solid 224000 jobs Fed rate cut may be less certain

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion.The strength of the jobs report the government issued Friday could complicate a decision for the Federal Reserve late this month on whether to cut interest rates to help support the economy. Most investors have anticipated a rate cut in July and perhaps one or two additional Fed cuts later in the year. That scenario may be less likely now.Stocks sold off Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down roughly 150 points in late-morning trading, reflecting a view that the Fed might engage in fewer rate hikes. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note climbed to 2.06% from just under 2%.June’s solid job growth followed a tepid gain of 72,000 jobs in May, a result that had fueled concerns about the economy’s health. But with June’s pace of hiring, employers have now added, on average, a solid 171,000 jobs for the past three months. Last month’s burst of hiring suggests that many employers have shrugged off concerns about weaker growth, President Donald Trump’s trade wars and the waning benefits from U.S. tax cuts.“Although there are drags on the economy in 2019, the expansion should continue through this year,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services. “The doom and gloom was overblown.”The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.7% in June from 3.6% for the previous two months, reflecting an influx of people seeking jobs who were initially counted as unemployed. Average hourly wages rose 3.1% from a year ago.Trump responded to Friday’s jobs report by tweeting, “JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” But the strong hiring gains have lessened the case, at least for now, for the Fed to slash rates as Trump has repeatedly and aggressively pressed the central bank to do.“If we had a Fed that would lower interest rates, we’d be like a rocket ship,” the president asserted to reporters in an appearance Friday. “But we’re paying a lot of interest, and it’s unnecessary. But we don’t have a Fed that knows what they’re doing.”Last year, Fed officials raised rates four times, in part to stave off the risk of high inflation and in part to try to ensure that they would have room to cut rates if the economy stumbled.On Friday, the Fed reiterated that it would act as necessary sustain the economic expansion, while noting that most Fed officials have lowered their expectations for the course of rates. The Fed’s statement came in its semiannual report on monetary policy.In Friday’s jobs report for June, the hiring gains were broad. Construction companies added 21,000 workers after having increased their payrolls by only 5,000 in May. Manufacturers hired 17,000, up from just 3,000 in May. Health care and social assistance added 50,500 jobs. Hiring by transportation and warehousing companies increased 23,900.The government sector was a major source of hiring, adding 33,000 jobs in June. Nearly all those gains were at the local level.For Todd Leff, CEO of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the resilience of the U.S. job market has provided both an opportunity and a challenge. With more Americans earning steady paychecks, demand for massages and facials has increased, and the company plans to add 60 locations this year and roughly 1,800 jobs. But the low unemployment rate has also made it hard to find and retain workers.“We could hire 1,000 more employees today — if they were available,” said Leff, whose company has about 430 locations and is based in Trevose, Pennsylvania.Investors have been turning their attention to the Fed, which has expressed concern about threats to the economy, especially the uncertainties from Trump’s trade wars, and about inflation remaining persistently below its 2% target level. A Fed rate cut, whenever it happens, would be its first in more than a decade.Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist for the consultancy MFR, said the likelihood of a Fed rate cut late this month is now slightly lower, though he still estimates that the federal funds rate — what banks charge each other — will be sharply lower by the end of next year.Ryan Wang, U.S. economist at HSBC Bank, suggested that the solid jobs report might create a communications challenge for Fed Chairman Jerome Powell when he testifies Wednesday and Thursday to congressional committees.The financial markets still foresee a rate cut of 25 points this month, Wang said, adding, “It will be important to see if Chair Powell lays out on a strong case for near-term monetary easing in his testimony next week.”The sluggish pace of hiring in May had signaled that employers might have grown more cautious because of global economic weakness and, perhaps, some difficulty in finding enough qualified workers at the wages that companies are willing to pay.The pace of the overall economy is widely thought to be slowing from annual growth that neared a healthy 3% last year. Consumer spending has solidified. Home sales are rebounding. But America’s manufacturing sector is weakening along with construction spending. Growth in the services sector, which includes such varied industries as restaurants, finance and recreation, slowed in June.Overall, though, employers have been adding jobs faster than new workers are flowing into the economy. That suggests that the unemployment rate will remain near its five-decade low and that the economy will keep growing, even if only modestly. AP, Updated: 10:31 AM Posted: July 5, 2019 AP center_img July 5, 2019 US adds solid 224,000 jobs; Fed rate cut may be less certain Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

RMLD SPOTLIGHT RMLD Offers NoCost Home Energy Assessments To Wilmington Residents

first_imgREADING, MA — The Reading Municipal Light Department offers no-cost home energy assessments to residential customers who are interested in implementing energy efficiency and conservation measures. The assessment consists of an evaluation of the home to identify efficiency measures that will help to conserve energy and lower your electric bill. Information about the various residential rebate programs is also provided.To request a Home Energy Assessment, please contact RMLD’s provider, Energy New England, at 888-772-4242.If you are a served by a gas utility that is a Mass Save member (such as National Grid), RMLD recommends that you obtain a home energy assessment through Mass Save because it will evaluate items in your home that are specific to your heating type. Visit Mass Save’s website to schedule an appointment with them.(NOTE: The above announcement is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”last_img read more

Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants

first_imgThe Justice Department is seeking feedback on the investigation from the public. Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images The US Department of Justice has announced an antitrust review of how online platforms achieved market power, and whether they are reducing competition, stifling innovation and harming consumers. While the Justice Department hasn’t named specific companies, it’s targeting tech giants including Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal.Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the antitrust division said the companies’ power could lead them to “act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands.””The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online,” the DOJ added. It’s seeking feedback on the investigation from the public.The move is the latest effort by the US government to step up enforcement of tech’s biggest companies. For decades, the government largely avoided regulating or scrutinizing the tech world. That approach allowed companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook to grow to become some of the most highly valued in the world. But, critics argue, that growth came at the expense of user privacy and competitive choices in the marketplace.Following revelations Russian propagandists used Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter to interfere in the 2016 US election, lawmakers have expressed interest in taking tech to task. Since then, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have agreed to split up antitrust enforcement of tech companies between the two agencies, according to various media reports. The DOJ would focus on Apple and Google, which is owned by parent company Alphabet, while the FTC would take on Facebook and Amazon, according to a report in the Journal.The Justice Department’s new probe, announced Tuesday, goes a step beyond those plans, the Journal said. The FTC in February said it formed a task force to monitor competition in the tech sector.”This is the antitrust question of the day,” Fiona Scott Morton, an economics professor at the Yale School of Management, said in an interview.Morton, who testified as an antitrust expert before congress during a hearing with tech companies last week, emphasized the scope of the investigation is still unclear, but she’d be interested in learning more about the general competition behavior of the big tech platforms.Twitter declined to comment. Amazon, Apple and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Google meanwhile referred back to its testimony before Congress last week, during which its director of economic policy, Adam Cohen, said the company has “created new competition in many sectors.” He added, “New competitive pressures often lead to concerns from rivals. We have consistently shown how our business is designed and operated to benefit our customers.”The companies are likely to respond soon, since Facebook, Google parent Alphabet and Amazon are due to report their quarterly earnings to investors this week. Apple is set to report its results next week. TechlashThe backlash against the tech industry has been more bark than bite so far. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have hauled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai before various committees to discuss concerns over user privacy, election integrity and censorship.Though the hearings were designed to be big public showdowns between lawmakers and the tech industry, they instead exposed ignorance among government officials about how technology works in the first place. Last year, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the 85-year-old Republican from Utah, asked Zuckerberg, “If [a version of Facebook will always be free], how do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” Zuckerberg paused a moment before saying, “Senator, we run ads.” He, and his staff sitting behind him, then grinned before Hatch moved on to his next question.  Mobile Tech Industry 3 Legal Facebook Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments reading • Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants Tags Zuckerberg explains the internet to Congress 2:42 Share your voice The high-profile blunder made clear lawmakers were unlikely to act soon (and, in the past year, haven’t passed any meaningful laws to rein in tech). But that hasn’t stopped the DOJ or FTC from pursuing their own investigations, the first fruits of which may be announced this week. The FTC is expected to announce a $5 billion fine against Facebook for failing to adequately protect user data after learning Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy tied to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, had improperly purchased tens of millions of people’s profile information. Though the FTC considered including language that could potentially hold Zuckerberg personally responsible for future privacy screw-ups, that plan was ultimately abandoned, according to a report by The Washington Post.More comingTech companies know that while they’ve largely avoided scrutiny until now, something is coming. So far, they’ve opted to generally support regulation. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have expressed support for stronger privacy rules. Zuckerberg and Dorsey have meanwhile supported the Honest Ads Act, which would require tech companies to disclose who pays for political ads on the internet, much the same way that television and radio stations do now. The tech companies have also stepped up lobbying in Washington, in an effort to help shape whatever may be coming. Facebook topped $4 million in spending in the three months ended June 30, discussing election integrity, privacy, security, advertising and competition, according to a recent government filing. Facebook’s spending was higher than Amazon ($4 million), Google ($2.9 million) and Apple ($1.8 million).The companies have also stepped up their public efforts to push back on any overambitious regulation. That includes a website Apple published in May, after the Supreme Court ruled iPhone owners can sue Apple, accusing its App Store of running a monopoly. Zuckerberg meanwhile has been publishing videos and podcasts of conversations he’s held with academics and other CEOs, discussing censorship and ethics.Whether any of that will help tech with increasing scrutiny it’s now facing is unclear. “We ultimately believe this is more noise vs. the start of broader structural changes across the tech food chain,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors shortly after the DOJ’s announcement. “While the further analysis of business models from these tech stalwarts will cause some near-term uncertainty, ultimately we view it as a positive as this potentially could be a catalyst for more technology innovation and diversification down the road for these titans.”CNET’s Shara Tibken and Corinne Reichert contributed to this report.Originally published July 23, 2:08 p.m. PT.Update, 4:12 p.m. PT: Adds details throughout. See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple • Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Sensex slumps 250 points ahead of Bihar election results

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex fell sharply by 248 points on Thursday, declining to the levels not seen in more than a month, as investors remained nervous ahead of counting for the Bihar assembly elections on 8 November.The Sensex closed at 26,304 points, down 0.94%, while the 50-share Nifty fell 85 points, or 1.05%, to end at 7,955.”Failure to sustain above 8,100 has reinforced weakness across the board. Selling pressure was felt across sectors with deterioration of market breadth, which is a cause of concern. Traders are advised to be cautious and selective in their stock selection even though valuations may seem relatively attractive,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.The five-phase Bihar election, which ended on 5 November, is being seen as a referendum for the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While some exit poll surveys are predicting a win for the NDA, others are saying that the mahagathbandan led by JD (U) could win by a slender margin due to the effective campaign by incumbent chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar. The fairly reliable of all the exit polls – Today’s Chanakya – has given the BJP-led NDA a clear majority of 155 seats and 85 to the Mahagathbandan (Grand Alliance).”Market is falling in anxiety to the Bihar exit poll prediction today. Bihar has 16 Rajya Sabha seats of which only 5 seats will retire in 2016 and this will not having any material impact on ruling government’s majority. This is unlikely to revamp the central governments capex of reforms going forward but only a sentimental impact in the near-term,” Vinod Nair, Head-Fundamental Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, told Business Standard.The sell-off was also led by growing hints over interest rate hike by the US central bank, which is a major negative for emerging markets like India.In her Congressional testimony, the US Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen on Wednesday hinted at monetary tightening next month.”Following the relatively hawkish October FOMC statement and yesterday’s signals from Fed Chair Yellen and her two top lieutenants Fischer and Dudley reinforcing expectations of a December rate hike, the threshold for Fed lift-off seems rather low,” said Nordea Markets in a note.Renewed concerns over the US Fed rate hike in December have impacted global markets, with China’s Shanghai Composite index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng falling by 0.25% and 0.7%, respectively.All the BSE sectoral indices ended lower, with Realty, Healtcare, Bankex and IT as the top losers.Reliance Capital (up 1.3%), NTPC (up 0.7%), Hero Motocorp (up 0.7%), ITC (up 0.4%) and Hindustan Unilever (up 0.2%) were the top gainers among the Sensex stocks, while DLF (down 5.1%), Tata Steel (down 4.2%), BHEL (down 3.3%), Bharti Airtel (down 2.8%) and SBI (down 2.1%) ended as biggest losers.On the commodities front, gold prices fell to Rs 180 to Rs 26,250 per 10 gram on the back of firmer US dollar. Silver prices also dropped by Rs 320 to Rs 35,750 per kg.Today’s Chanakyalast_img read more

Reliance Industries trading with gains ahead of Q4 results Sensex up 260

first_imgA general view of Reliance Jio headquarters is seen on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, June 1, 2016.Reuters fileUpdate at around 2.50 pm: The BSE Sensex was up 262 points at 29,627, led by GAIL (India), Axis Bank, Larsen & Toubro and HDFC Bank.Original story:Shares of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) were trading with minor gains on Monday ahead of Q4 results. At around 1.10 pm, the RIL stock was up 1.19 percent at Rs 1,416 even as the BSE Sensex was trading 0.75 percent higher at 29,586.A Sensex heavyweight, the Mukhesh Ambani-controlled company’s gross refining margin (GRM) and management commentary on Reliance Jio will be in focus.”We expect profitability of the company for the current quarter on a consolidated basis to be flat both on sequential as well as on a yearly basis but the commentary on Jio and energy project execution will be the key,” the Moneycontrol.com quoted Rohit Singre, Senior Research Analyst (Equity – Technical) at Bonanza Portfolio Ltd., as saying.The information on Reliance Jio would also share prices of rivals Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, the two listed telecom service providers.RIL was in the news last month when capital markets regulator Sebi barred it from accessing equity derivatives market for a year and directed the company to pay nearly Rs 1,000 crore for alleged fraudulent trading in a 10-year-old case.The ban, in effect from Friday, relates to alleged fraudulent trading in the Futures and Options (F&O), or derivatives, space in the securities of RIL’s former listed subsidiary Reliance Petroleum (RPL) — now merged with the listed parent firm, as reported by news agency IANS.Shares of Bharti Airtel were down 0.54 percent to Rs 341 apiece. Top Sensex gainers at around 1.25 pm on Monday were Axis Bank, Larsen & Toubro, GAIL (India) and HDFC Bank. People throng a Reliance store to to grab Jio Prime Membership in Lucknow on March 30, 2017.IANSlast_img read more

Debates galore govt silent on 16th amendment verdict

first_imgsupreme courtDiscussions abound, but the government has maintained silence since the Supreme Court released on Tuesday, the full text of the verdict declaring the 16th amendment to the Constitution illegal.In observations on the verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been critical of issues such as the absence of democracy, military rule, the role of the election commission (EC), state of governance, corruption and interference in the independence of the judiciary.However, the government gave no formal reaction to the apex court chief’s observations although, highly placed sources there said, it is embarassed.The ministers and ruling Awami League leaders have been asked not to speak publicly about the verdict, a few of them confirmed.Seeking anonymity, some ruling party leaders said they were stunned to see the observations in the verdict, especially in the ones on politics and political personalities.These AL leaders wondered if such issues were relevant for such an important judgement.On 1 August, the Supreme Court released the full text of the verdict scrapping the power of parliament to remove the Supreme Court judges.After the verdict was delivered on 3 July, the members of parliament criticised the judiciary during the session of the Jatiya Sangsad (national legislative assembly).Now, the ruling party wants to discuss the matter once again in parliament so that there is no issue of contempt involved, said some leaders who preferred not to be named.A ruling party MP, who is one of the critics, confirmed to Prothom Alo that these issues will be discussed in the upcoming session of parliament in September.While contacted, the public relations officer of the law ministry said law minister Anisul Huq will not talk on this.The verdict of the Supreme Court was hotly discussed among the people from various classes and professions. Jurists and eminent citizens also declined to remark on it, terming it sensitive.According to Tuesday’s full verdict, the Supreme Judicial Council is set to get back power to remove judges for incapacity or misconduct. The incumbent government introduced the 16th amendment of the Constitution to empower the parliament to carry out the tasks.In his observation of 799-page verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said, we are living in “a crippled society, a society where good men do not dream of good things at all; but the bad men are all the more restless to grab more bounty.”He said there is no monitoring institution to check misuse of power and arrogance. There is no check of balance, he said adding that “In such a situation, the executive becomes arrogant and uncontrolled and the bureaucracy will never opt for efficiency.”“Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country,” the CJ observed.Regarding the army rule, the verdict says, “After independence, those unholy alliances of power-mongers twice reduced this country to a banana republic, where people are seen as commodity which can be bluffed and compromised at any unworthy cost to legalize their illegitimate exercise of power. They did not empower the people, rather they abused their position and introduced different bluffing tools (sometimes ‘gono’ vote, sometimes rigged election and sometimes no election at all!) as means to prolong their power game. Thus as an institution, the notion of ‘politics’ has been completely destroyed. Dirty political practices of those undemocratic regimes even to a great extent infected the civil politics.”On the observation of the chief justice, former vice chancellor of Dhaka University professor Emajuddin Ahmed said, “The observation echoes my statement. So there is nothing new to pass comment on. Almost all observations are correct”.The chief justice said, “Politics is no longer free, it is now highly commercial and money is in the driving seat which controls the course of action and its destination. Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country.”Speaking to Prothom Alo on the observation, National University Vice Chancellor Harun-or-Rashid said, “The issue of politics has been simplified too much. Politics has its own stream.”He further said, “It is true that the influence of money on politics, and participation of businessmen in politics has increased. But, two mainstreams of politicians—Awami League-led pro-liberation forces and another force led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — are doing politics.”Expressing his disappointment in the observation, the chief justice said, “Even after forty-six years of independence, we have not been able to institutionalize any public institutions. There are no checks and balances, there is no watchdog mechanism at work, thus the people in the position are being indulged into abuse of power and showing audacity of freehand exercise of power.“The state power, which is another dimension of political power, is becoming a monopoly of a few now-a-days and this suicidal tendency of concentration of power is increasing. The greed for power is a like plague, once set in motion it will try to devour everything. Needless to say, this WAS NOT at all the aims and vision of our liberation struggle. Our forefathers fought to establish a democratic state, not to produce any power-monster.”Professor Harun said, “It is not logical to think that the today’s politics will be the same as our forefathers did. If we look at the global political practices, we shall also find changes there.”In his observation on the Election Commission (EC), the chief justice said the EC has not been institutionalised. The democracy cannot flourish unless the national election is held in a free and fair manner, he observed.The chief justice also said: “In the absence of credible election, a credible parliament cannot be established.”Former election commissioner Sakhawat Hossain considered the chief justice’s observation appropriate.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Sakhawat Hossain said the EC couldn’t work independently during the tenures of successive governments, including the incumbent one.So EC has not been a sustainable institutionalised organisation, he said, adding that the governments interfered in the activities of EC instead of assisting it.Citing an example, he said a total of 153 candidates were elected uncontested in the election of 2014. “It would’ve happened never if the EC were powerful.”About Article 116The chief justice said the 4th amendment of the Constitution changed the article 116; ‘Supreme Court’ was substituted by the word ‘president’. This amendment empowered the president for appointment, promotion, leave and discipline of persons employed in the judicial service.Though there is a provision for consultation with the Supreme Court in exercising this power, practically this consultation is meaningless if the executive does not cooperate with the Supreme Court.More so, this amendment is in direct conflict with article 109, which provides that the High Court Division shall have superintendence and control over all courts and tribunals subordinate to it.Learned Attorney General fails to comprehend that even before the Fourth Amendment, the 361 superintendence and control of all courts and tribunals were under the High Court Division and this provision ensures the independence of judiciary, but by this substitution of the word ‘president’ for the words ‘Supreme Court’ in article 116, the independence of the lower judiciary has been totally impaired, curtailed and whittled down.This amendment, therefore, violates the basic structure of the constitution and therefore this substitution of the word ‘president’ is ultra vires (beyond one’s legal power or authority) the constitution.Historic verdict: BNPSpeaking to Prothom Alo, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir lauded the verdict saying, “I think full verdict on the 16th amendment of the constitution is an important verdict in the history of Bangladesh. In present context it is a historic and epoch-making verdict.”Fakhrul further said, “The verdict has proved the incumbent government is an autocratic one. It [government] destroyed all constitutional institutions, and made the parliament ineffective.“The government would have stepped down had such a verdict been pronounced by the court of any civilized country,” the BNP leader added.* This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza and Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Minister warns of stern action for anarchy over Khaleda verdict

first_imgAsaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File photoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Friday said stern action will be taken if anyone tries to create anarchy centring the verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.He came up with the warning while talking to reporters after a function organised on the occasion of the metropolitan family day at the Dhakeshwari temple in Old Dhaka.The verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman is scheduled to be delivered on 8 February.”Law is equal to all. If anybody tries to create anarchy centering the verdict, then action will be taken. Members of our law enforcement agencies have been kept alert in this regard,” he said.When asked whether any action would be taken against the people involved in clash between Narayanganj MP Shamim Osman’s supported hawkers and supporters of mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, the minister said, “We have been trying to identify the offenders through scrutinising video footages Then legal action will be taken against them.”On 16 January, at least 50 people, including seven policemen and five journalists, were injured in a clash when hawkers supported by Shamim Osman and his loyalists deterred Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy’s move to free illegally occupied roads and footpaths at Chashara intersection of the river town.last_img read more

Prince William leaves pilot job for UK royal duties

first_imgBritain`s Prince William walks away from his helicopter as he begins his new job as a co-pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Cambridge Airport. ReutersBritain’s Prince William will retire from the air ambulance service on Thursday, after two years in which he witnessed “appalling tragedies”, in order to turn his full attention to royal duties.The Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, will finish his brief career as an air ambulance pilot in the east of England with a night shift.The move comes as his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, take a step back from royal duties and leave the younger generation to take their place.Reflecting on his time flying medical crews from a base at Cambridge Airport, William praised the dedication of those who work for the emergency services.“As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief,” he wrote in an editorial published by The Eastern Daily Press.Residential gardens, school fields and beaches have all been used as makeshift landing pads as the air ambulance crew rushed to the most serious medical emergencies.“As a team, we travel to some very daunting incidents and we have been through some incredibly tough times together, witnessing some appalling tragedies,” William said.William, elder son of British heir Prince Charles, detailed some moments which had stuck with him, such as the “incredibly tough day” when he was called out to a man who had committed suicide.William said the experience had made him all the more determined to draw attention to mental health, a cause he has championed alongside his wife Kate and brother Prince Harry.Before his final shift, William was described as “not only a fantastic pilot, but a much loved and valued member of the crew” by Patrick Peal, chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.last_img

DU pharmacy dept refuses to shoulder research that found detergent in milk

first_imgDhaka University’s Department of Pharmacy has distanced itself from a research that found detergent and antibiotics in pasteurised and unpasteurised milk samples.In a media statement on Friday, the department said that it will not take responsibility for the research findings.”The department was not involved with the report and research,” the statement, signed by chairman professor Sitesh Chandra Bachar, read.The Faculty of Pharmacy and Biomedical Research Centre on 25 June said they found traces of detergent and antibiotics in some samples of pasteurised and unpasteurised milk available in the local market.Professor Bachar told UNB that no-one from his department was involved in this research.”It was the job of DU researchers to publish the findings in journals, not to disclose them at a press conference,” he said, suspecting that there might have been “some other intention”.Biomedical Research Centre director professor ABM Faroque also confirmed that the pharmacy department was not involved with the research.He clarified that it was conducted by some members and students of the pharmacy faculty, not the pharmacy department.Prof Faroque defended the findings and making them public.”The research is alright,” he said. “Our only intention was to inform the people after we found the harmful elements in milk.”last_img read more

Software From Houston Firm Matches Skills With Job Requirements

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed MayberryNews 88.7’s Ed Mayberry interviews Jai Shah with Hula PartnersThere’s new software that allows people to match their skills, knowledge, abilities and experiences to job requirements. The oil and gas industry can use this new application, called Kahuna, to determine whether someone is a good fit. But it can also help individuals translate skills gathered in one industry to apply them to those needed in another.Jai Shah is with Product Innovation and Development with Hula Partners, and he says this kind of software can help with the skills gap in the oil and gas industry. 00:00 /03:30 Share Xlast_img

Federal Financial Help On The Way For Texans Affected By Hurricane Harvey

first_imgEd Mayberry | Houston Public MediaTexas Governor Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, announcing new federal mitigation funds for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.The money announced by Governor Greg Abbott can be used for buyouts, home elevations, critical drainage projects and for other disaster mitigation. And Governor Abbott said mitigation is the key word.“Now we have said from the very beginning that as we rebuild, we wanted to do more than just rebuild like it was before. We wanted to rebuild in a way that would reduce future risk to property and to lives.” Abbott said about $500 million in hazard mitigation funds is expected to be available immediately, and the $5 billion in community block grants could come from Housing and Urban Development as early as next month. Federal, state, county and city governments are encouraged to submit ideas to help mitigate future flooding. Listen With @GovAbbott, many of the #TXlege lawmakers & elected officials we’re announcing flood mitigation funding #HouRecovers #HouNews pic.twitter.com/ssjDRMiAvi— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) February 13, 2018 X 00:00 /00:46 WATCH LIVE: @SylvesterTurner and @GovAbbott announce progress on funding for flood relief. https://t.co/jiQctMlSoh— Houston Public Media (@HoustonPubMedia) February 13, 2018 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Joseph Major Bacote Teacher State Employee 72

first_imgA memorial service for Joseph Major Bacote Jr., was held Sept. 16 at Morgan State University’s Memorial Chapel. He died Aug. 28, just prior to his 73rd birthday.Joseph Major Bacote Jr. (Courtesy Photo)Bacote was on Labor Day, Sept. 6, 1944 in Baltimore to Joseph Major Sr. and Sara Bacote.  He attended Baltimore City College High School for two years, before graduating from Forest Park High School in 1963. He entered the U.S. Army and served from 1963-1969 in the 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper serving in Vietnam.After his military service Bacote utilized the GI Bill to attend Morgan State College (now University) obtaining a BS in Biology and an MA in Mathematics. He also pledged Omega Psi Phi’s graduate chapter.Bacote taught at several area public schools and was vice principal at Lake Clifton High School. He also coached baseball, basketball and football at Southwestern High School, where his football team won the citywide championship in 1981. Bacote also worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier and the MVA where he retired in February 2015.Bacote is survived by: his wife Doroli; three sons, Kenneth, Justin and Joseph Bacote, III; four stepdaughters, 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.last_img read more

Silicon Light Bulbs to Compete with Fluorescent Bulbs

first_img Citation: Silicon Light Bulbs to Compete with Fluorescent Bulbs (2008, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-silicon-bulbs-fluorescent.html In order to improve this efficiency, the fluorescent bulb has recently gained popularity as an alternative that uses about 25% of its power for light and lasts up to 10,000 hours, compared with the incandescent bulb’s 1,500-hour lifetime. However, unlike the recyclable incandescent bulb, fluorescent bulbs contain phosphor and mercury – toxic chemicals that could pose disposal problems on a large scale.But a company from Ottawa, Canada, is hoping to create a light bulb that further increases the efficiency of fluorescent bulbs, while using completely non-toxic materials. Since 2003, Group IV Semiconductor has been working on a unique bulb design, one that uses a tiny computer chip in place of a traditional wire filament or gas. The new bulbs, officially called solid state light bulbs, use low-cost silicon technology originally developed for fiber optic networks in the early 2000s. The chips were intended to boost the light signal, increasing its speed and allowing it to travel longer distances. Today, silicon is widely used in cell phones, computers, and other electronics.But as the telecommunications market began to lose its appeal, Group IV’s chief executive Stephen Naor looked into other applications. As he explains, in North America alone, 2.2 billion light bulbs are replaced every year, and lighting is a $12-billion global industry. Several countries, including the UK and Australia, have laws to ban incandescent bulbs by 2011. Other countries, including the US, are considering bans. As it stands, fluorescent bulbs are currently the main replacement bulb.But solid state light bulbs could offer a non-toxic alternative, better lighting quality and higher efficiency than fluorescent bulbs. While some types of solid state lighting exist, they are currently too expensive for mass production. For example, LEDs use expensive semiconductors such as gallium nitride, rather than silicon, and often give off an undesirable bluish hue. But the challenge with using silicon is that the material is poor at emitting light. To solve this, Group IV uses electrical current to energize electrons within silicon quantum dots, which give off energy in the form of photons. Naor hopes to have final prototypes of the technology by 2010, with bulbs on store shelves by 2011 that cost about the same as fluorescent bulbs.The company has attracted several big investors, such as Vinod Khosla, the founding chief executive of Sun Microsystems. Applied Materials Inc., which makes manufacturing equipment, plans to help Group IV ramp up production of the bulbs once the prototypes have been perfected. Then Group IV plans to sell the microchip technology to major electrical companies such as General Electric, which will incorporate the chip in their own bulb production.More information: www.GroupIVSemi.com Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1880, and, since the 1920s, the incandescent light bulb has remained largely unchanged. While that’s a testament to Edison’s ingenuity, it’s also a bulb that uses up to 95% of its power to generate heat rather than light. Engineers report a new low-power lighting technology Explore further Logo: Group IV Semiconductor. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study of finches shows they form homosexual alliances

first_imgCaptive Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata at Bodelwyddan Castle Aviary, Denbighshire, Wales. Image: Arpingstone/Wikipedia. Citation: Study of finches shows they form homosexual alliances (2011, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-finches-homosexual-alliances.html To find out how strong the bonds are between zebra finches, who normally form male/female life-long relationship bonds, the team raised a group of all male birds to adulthood, at which point nearly half of them paired up and bonded, which the team describe as perching next to each other, singing, preening and nuzzling beaks.Once the bonds were formed, the team then introduced females to the group. They found that of the eight male-male pairs that had bonded, five of them disregarded the females entirely, choosing instead to continue with their male partners. Elie, in an interview with the BBC noted that selecting a social partner, regardless of gender, could be a bigger priority. In other words, for zebra finches, it appears that it’s more important that a bird find a mate for cohabitation and socialization, then for reproduction. One interesting side note, though the authors mention the types of activities the bird engage in once they form bonds, no mention is made of whether the male birds attempt to mate with one another, a rather critical factor it would seem, in labeling the birds as homosexual, rather than as just life-long pals. Also not mentioned is if female-female bonds ever occur.Elie adds that her findings demonstrate that pair-bonding, even in animals can, be more complex than just a male and a female who meet to reproduce. She also suggests that for zebra finches at least, finding a suitable partner is more than just fun and games, it is also likely a key to survival as the birds team up to defend food they have obtained or to fight off predators.Elie also noted that there are many examples of same-sex parings in nature, such as with gulls and albatrosses where males pair up but still mate with a female. Also, she mentions the apparently gay chin-strap penguins that lived in New York’s Central Park Zoo last year, who went so far as to hatch an artificially fertilized egg together. © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img A new study by a team of researchers shows that for zebra finches, bonding trumps sex. Post-Doc fellow Julie Elie of the University of California and her team describe in the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, how male finches, in the absence of females, chose to bond with other males and then to maintain such a relationship even when females are introduced afterwards. Explore further Fathers are no role modelslast_img read more

One morning in the life of some Indians

first_imgKalu Miyan heard the good news from Rameshwar when he was sitting under a tree near the canal. For early morning rituals the villagers use this part of the grazing ground. Men come little after sunrise. By then the women return. Neither Kalu Miyan nor Ramu Chacha is aware that their village is among those in the country that has stopped open defecation. They had heard that the few broken bricks stacked in the corner of the village will eventually become the village toilet. They heard that some Babus (government functionaries) from the town had come to their village one day before these bricks were laid. That was before the rains came, and Ramu helped Kalu Miyan to till his land. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceBoth Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha sat on a light bedstead with Pavan, their village elder and heard on the radio the Pradhan Mantri from Delhi mentioning something about Swachh Bharat. Pavan, who knows some Babus in the town, told them that their village will have toilets. Villagers know that any construction takes time. The bridge on the canal has been under construction for some time. Ramu remembers that it had started when his youngest son Chhotu was born. Now Chhotu is living in Begusarai, some 50 km away from the village. He goes to school, where there are no classes. The boy, now ten years old, works at a shop and earns a livelihood. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeRamu Chacha has a radio on his phone. He bought it recently from the money he received in his bank account after the Babus came and opened bank accounts about a year back. In the past, only well off persons, such as Kalu Miyan and Pavan had ever visited a bank. Ramu and his family were elated when for the first time they entered a bank. One year before the bank Babus came for account-opening, they had gone to the local Panchayat in a village just a few kilometers north, to get themselves photographed and get their fingerprints registered. Their eyes were also tested. The Babus told them that all these details would be printed on a card that would come from the post office. Pavan told all of them to keep that card (called Aadhar) safely. But that was used only once when the bank Babus came. Ramu Chacha heard on the radio that the Bara Adalat (Supreme Court) in Delhi has now addressed their concern. It is unknown to Ramu and his fellow villagers that the Aadhar card is wrong. It is wrong because all their information is stored on that card. But Ramu could not follow what was wrong in it. The details of the money that helped him buy the radio was also stored on that card.Gagan, son of his elder brother, knows many things. He even goes to towns to walk with political Babus. Gagan explained to Ramu Chacha what privacy is and how the Aadhar system was breaching his privacy. Not only Ramu, but all villagers must thank the Bara Adalat for securing their right to privacy. This is what Rameshwar explained to Kalu Miyan while relieving himself in the fields. Maybe Kalu Miyan was suffering from constipation and did not seem thankful to the Bara Adalat.When Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha were busy in a remote village in the morning, it was time for the senior Sarkari Sahib (government official) to get ready for work. He had just returned from his morning walk and barely had any time left to glance through the newspaper. He must reach office now before nine – a trouble that started when Narendra Modi came to New Delhi from Gandhinagar. Not only must he reach office on time, but there are also new slogans nowadays – “Make in India” and Ease of Doing Business. What hurts the senior Babu more is that his boss, Mr. Burden Remove Boast travels the world, gets photographed with Modi, tweets his achievements, and sends all papers to him, the Hump Ahmed. When well-paid officers from foreign companies visit him, the poor man has little option and maintains a smiling face. Like the man who laughs poor Hump can never express his problems to anybody.On his table is a proposal for a big MNC, which is keen to venture out in the Indian market. As such there is no issue now that the confusing language kept in the notification has been done away with few months back. The Sahib knows of the brand and uses the same given to him by the Indian franchise of the company. The issue is one of level playing field. If the MNC opens its store, the poor Indian franchise will lose his revenue. Shouldn’t the Government act as a guardian for the Indian business person? Instead, the Prime Minister is busy going abroad and talking to these MNCs.But Hump Sahib knows how not to bend easily. He has to ensure fairness for all. Leaders come and go, but Sahibs are constant. What can the leaders do without the Sahibs? And what is the incentive Hump Sahib may receive from the MNC? A mere thank you, one supposes. Now Hump Sahib is not interested in easing it anymore; let the Prime Minister keep shouting his Mann Ki Baat.By the time Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha were ready to tend to their respective fields, and Hump Sahib had finished his second cup of coffee brought by his servant, it was time for anchor Rubbish Desai to call his stringer in Bihar. Rubbish wanted a big breaking story on how Modi’s Swatch Bharat data on toilets were rigged and how Kalu Miyan, Ramu Chacha, et al. were still using the village green. He has also lined up the well-known guest who will explain how this Government manipulates all information with active support from the highest office. Meanwhile, Rubbish receives a call from his reporter from the capital. The young lady has access to a senior Sahib, who tells her how the Government is slowly killing the Indian entrepreneurs to promote MNCs. With two news night top stories frozen, Rubbish went for his lunch at Machan where there is a Tunisian food festival to celebrate this year’s Nobel Prize. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more