Supreme Court to rule on QuebecNL feud over Churchill Falls hydro riches

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Canada will deliver a decision Friday in one of Canada’s bitterest interprovincial feuds — the notorious 1969 Churchill Falls hydro deal between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.Profits from the hydroelectric dam and power station in Labrador have been in dispute for decades, and a ruling in Newfoundland and Labrador’s favour could mean billions of dollars to ease the cash-strapped province’s considerable financial burdens.The decision will determine whether Hydro-Quebec has a “good faith” obligation to re-negotiate the deal, based on unforeseeable changes in electricity markets over time.Terms of the contract between the two provinces have delivered more than $27.5 billion to Hydro-Quebec and around $2 billion to Newfoundland and Labrador.At the time of signing, Hydro-Quebec agreed to buy Churchill Falls power at a fixed rate that was set to decrease over time, allowing the province sell the dam’s power for massive profits.But the division of profits has sparked a bitter feud between the two provinces.The deal is set to expire in 2041, and it’s been a thorn in Newfoundland and Labrador’s side for decades. Quebec has maintained that the costs and risks were clear when the deal was signed.Doug Mitchell, lawyer for the easternmost province, argued before the Supreme Court last year that negotiators almost 50 years ago couldn’t have predicted such drastic changes in the markets, or such significant profits.It’s the latest legal attempt by the Atlantic province to reopen what it sees as an unfair deal, in a decades-long series of court challenges that have, so far, been unsuccessful.Crown corporation Nalcor Energy lost its case before the Quebec Superior Court in 2010, when it argued that Hydro-Quebec had a duty to renegotiate terms because the massive profits were unforeseeable in 1969.The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld the trial decision, finding Quebec was under no obligation to renegotiate, and ruling that the “good faith” principles did not apply because the deal was “profitable” for Newfoundland and Labrador.While courts have typically sided with Quebec, a win would mean billions for Newfoundland and Labrador as the province faces mounting debt and paying the costs of the wildly over-budget Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.last_img read more

Highway 43 open after police shooting near Whitecourt

first_imgThe Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been notified will now lead the investigation.ASIRT has been directed to investigate an incident involving @RCMPAlberta near Whitecourt. No further details at this time.— ASIRT (@ASIRT_AB) July 3, 2018Highway 43 was closed for several hours on Tuesday while the RCMP investigated the incident.A photo shared on social media showed the long back up of traffic while the Highway was closed – Facebook WHITECOURT, A.B. – Highway 43 is open following a police shooting near Whitecourt.A police operation Tuesday saw westbound lanes of Highway 43 closed for several hours.  The RCMP say they attempted to stop a vehicle on the highway.  As members approached the vehicle, a confrontation occurred with lead to the discharge of an RCMP members’ firearm.Update: Hwy43 near Chickadee Creek, west of Whitecourt – Highway reopened. Expect delays due to volume. (5:15pm) #ABRoads https://t.co/l4I4nAlHn4— 511 Alberta (@511Alberta) July 3, 2018The RCMP say that an adult male suspect was involved and was later found deceased.last_img read more

The Latest: US judge scolds PG&E in hearing over wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on a court hearing on a U.S. judge’s proposals to try to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing more wildfires (all times local):10:55 a.m.A U.S. judge is berating Pacific Gas & Electric Co. at a hearing to determine whether he should order the company to take major steps to try to prevent more wildfires.Judge William Alsup in San Francisco told attorneys for the company Wednesday that safety was not PG&E’s No. 1 priority and the company could have spent more money to trim trees to prevent wildfires.Alsup is overseeing a criminal conviction against PG&E on pipeline safety charges stemming from a deadly gas line explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010.He previously proposed as part of PG&E’s probation that it remove or trim all trees that could fall onto its power lines in high-wind conditions and shut off power at times when fire is a risk.An attorney for PG&E, Reid Shar, said the company was not offering platitudes when it said safety was its No. 1 goal.Wildfire damage has become a multibillion-dollar liability for the utility. The company filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in the face of hundreds of lawsuits from victims of wildfires.___8:30 p.m.Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will be back in a U.S. courtroom a day after filing for bankruptcy.The nation’s largest utility will try to convince a judge at a hearing Wednesday not to order dramatic steps aimed at preventing its equipment from causing more wildfires.U.S. Judge William Alsup is overseeing a criminal conviction against PG&E on pipeline safety charges stemming from a deadly gas line explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010.He proposed earlier this month as part of its probation that PG&E remove or trim all trees that could fall onto its power lines in high-wind conditions and shut off power at certain times. PG&E shot back in a court filing that the judge’s proposals would endanger lives and could cost as much as $150 billion.The Associated Press read more

Group of female inmates at Welikada launch protest on roof

Several female inmates at the Welikada prison staged a protest on the roof last week but suspended the protest a day later. A group of female inmates at the Welikada prison launched a protest on the prison roof this afternoon.The protest follows a similar protest being staged by female inmates last week. The protest last week was suspended following discussions held between the female inmates and the authorities.An official was appointed last week to look into the issues faced by female inmates of the Welikada prison. (Colombo Gazette) The inmates had demanded that their concerns be looked into, including delays to hear their cases.

Exhibition at UN Headquarters highlights Kazakhstan nuke tests economy

Following a call from the General Assembly for Secretary-General Kofi Annan to continue his efforts to increase world public awareness of the problems of the region, Kazakhstan, along with Struan Stevenson, Member of the European Parliament, opened the photo exhibit in the main lobby in New York on Friday.The General Assembly, in its resolution, maintains that the recent economic prosperity experienced by Kazakhstan as a whole is insufficient to resolve the deeply rooted and highly technical problems of radioactive contamination in the Semipalatinsk region.It adds that new Government programmes, if combined with international partnership assistance, could produce better results than those that have been achieved thus far.

Nissan to increase manufacturing staff

In anticipation of this temporary increase in demand continuing, the plant will recruit 150 manufacturing staff on fixed-term contracts from June. Due to existing scrappage initiatives operating on the continent, as well as the forthcoming UK scheme, Nissan Sunderland Plant is expecting additional, short-term customer demand for Micra, Note and Qashqai. Last month, Nissan experienced a year-on-year increase in sales in major European markets currently operating a scrappage scheme. This includes Germany +9%, France +31% and Italy +21%. In Budget 2009, government introduced a scrappage incentive scheme to kick-start demand in the car and van market.  The scheme, due to start 18 May, will see government offer a £1,000 incentive to be matched by participating vehicle manufacturers when scrapping a taxed, insured and MOT’d car or van more than ten years old which they have owned for at least one year. Trevor Mann, Nissan senior vice-president for manufacturing, Europe, commented, “The impact of the financial crisis is continuing and our 2009 full-year forecasts still reflect a depressed market overall. However, this short-term spike in demand, fuelled by a number of scrappage schemes introduced across Europe, is clearly a very welcome boost to business during what is a highly challenging period for all car makers.”  The temporary manufacturing staff, who will receive four-month contracts, will operate over both of the plant’s two production lines to support a planned volume increase of around 14,000 units in total. More information on the UK scrappage scheme available at www.motorindustryfacts.com. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Renato Vugrinec joins RK Metalurg

One of the best right backs in Europe in the last decade, Renato Vugrinec (37) left Slovenian Maribor and joined Macedonian champion, RK Metalurg Skoplje in the last moment before the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League. Vugrinec has played for Celje PL, SC Magdeburg, Portland San Antonio, HSV Handball and some other teams, before he went back to his country last summer and signed contract with RK Maribor Branik, the fifth team of domestic championship.After only six matches in the new team, Vugrinec has decided to accept very good offer from Lino Cervar’s team. Metalurg has stayed without left-handed player on right back position after contract termination with Milan Vucicevic. ← Previous Story Tickets EHF EURO 2012 (W): 15,000 sold, most in Nis Next Story → THW Kiel wins derby over SC Magdeburg! Renato VugrinecRK MariborRK Metalurg read more

Irelands Stephanie Meadow tied for third on pro debut at US Open

first_imgNORTHERN IRELAND’S STEPHANIE MEADOW is tied for third place at the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst after a third round 69 left her just four shots off the lead shared by Michelle Wie and Amy Yang.The 22-year old is making her professional debut this week but has put together three solid rounds to sit on two-over heading into Sunday’s final round.The Royal Portrush golfer is currently the only European in the top 20.Five birdies in her first ten holes – including a chip in two at the Par 3 sixth hole – put Meadow in a strong position to challenge for the €430,000 winner’s cheque but bogeys on 11, 15 and 16 saw her slip back over par for the tournament.However, the former University of Alabama golfer will still partner seven-time Major winner, American Juli Inkster, in Sunday’s penultimate group, well within catching distance of the leading pair.McDowell finds form at the death but Ilonen clings to Irish Open lead‘I will get stronger and stronger as the weekend goes on’ declares McDowelllast_img read more

Samsungs new Galaxy Tab 3 8inch and 10inch tablets are very midrange

first_imgSamsung’s first two Galaxy Tab 3 models have been officially announced. Both an 8-inch and a 10.1-inch tablet will be launching globally next month, and you won’t find a quad-core chip or 1080p display in either one.No, the new Galaxy Tab models have shifted towards the mid-range as their Note cousins take over the top end of Samsung’s line-up. Both tablets will feature a relatively modest 1280 x 800 display, which translates to 189ppi on the 8-incher and 149ppi on the 10.1.As for that rumored Atom processor, it’s apparently going to power the larger model. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will run a dual-core Intel chip clocked at 1.6GHz, and the fact that Samsung has opted for 1GB of RAM confirms that this tablet isn’t meant to blow away power users with its raw power. Speaking of power, the 6800mAh battery should provide plenty of run-time.The smaller Tab dials back to 1.5GHz, and it’s a dual core chip. Whether it’s ARM or x86 remains a mystery for now. It has also got 1GB of RAM, and Samsung  has fitted it with a 4450mAh battery — roughly ten per cent better than its 7-inch predecessor.Samsung will offer the usual variants — both Wi-Fi and 3/4G enabled — with 16 or 32GB of internal storage. Both support microSD expansion, of course. They’ll also ship with Android 4.2 out of the box and the requisite Samsung bloat value-added software like ChatOn, S Voice, and S Travel.It’s pretty clear from these new releases that the Galaxy Tab is no longer offered as a direct competitor to the iPad. The Galaxy brand is successful enough that Samsung can justify creating two tiers for prospective shoppers to choose from: the mid-range Tab and the high-end Note.Ultimately, the Galaxy Tab 3 will probably be hot sellers — assuming Samsung prices them smartly.last_img read more

Une application smartphone permet de disposer de son code génétique

first_imgUne application smartphone permet de disposer de son code génétiqueLe Français Patrick Merel a développé une application permettant aux utilisateurs de smartphones de disposer de leur code génétique directement sur leur téléphone. En France, le projet a été refusé.Patrick Merel est un biologiste français qui est parvenu avec son équipe à développer une nouvelle application permettant d’analyser le code génétique d’un homme. Cette application, baptisée “Portable Genomics” et disponible sur smartphone, demande à ce que l’utilisateur fasse séquencer son génome, explique L’Express, avant de communiquer les données à son smartphone. L’application se charge ensuite d’analyser ce séquençage. Le biologiste compte ainsi sur cette application pour faire connaitre peut-être à certaines personnes les prédispositions dont elles sont victimes.Cette application a été refusée sur le territoire français par la législation qui interdit le séquençage d’un génome sans prescription médicale. Ainsi, Patrick Merel explique au Monde : “Dans la rédaction du projet j’ai fait très attention. Sur le marché européen, les données génomiques seraient montrées uniquement au médecin traitant. Dans le reste du monde, les utilisateurs auraient directement accès à leurs données”. A noter que le biologiste a d’ores et déjà rencontré Steve Jobs, le patron d’Apple, concernant son application.Le 1 janvier 2011 à 20:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Endeavour partira le 16 mai vers lespace

first_imgEndeavour partira le 16 mai vers l’espace La Nasa vient de confirmer que la navette Endeavour prendra bien son envol le 16 mai. Après avoir repoussé plusieurs fois le départ initialement prévu le 29 avril, les responsables de l’Agence spatiale américaine se disent optimistes.    La navette Endeavour devait initialement décoller pour son 25e et ultime vol le 29 avril dernier. Suite a un problème mécanique, le vol avait été suspendu moins de trois heures avant le lancement. Après avoir passé leur week-end à réparer la panne, les ingénieurs n’ont, semble-t-il “pas déterminé la cause exacte du problème électrique mais nous sommes confiants d’avoir fait de qu’il fallait pour éliminer son origine”, a déclaré Mike Moses, le responsable de la préparation du lancement de l’orbiteur.  À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADe son côté, le directeur du lancement, Mike Leinbach, a annoncé lors d’une conférence de presse que la navette “Endeavour paraît en bon état et les équipes sont très optimistes”. Tout est prévu pour que le vaisseau soit lancé le lundi 16 mai à 12h56 GMT, au milieu d’une fenêtre de tir de dix minutes. Si aucun nouveau problème n’est à déplorer, le compte à rebours officiel débutera vendredi à 11h GMT.  Le contretemps de ce dernier vol va retarder le lancement du troisième orbiteur américain Atlantis. Après Discovery et Endeavour, ce dernier vaisseau devait partir le 28 juin. Même si aucune date officielle n’a été fixée, la Nasa pense à la deuxième semaine de juillet, rapporte l’AFP. Une fois Atlantis revenue, les Américains dépendront entièrement des vaisseaux russes Soyouz pour acheminer leurs spationautes vers la Station spatiale internationale. Chaque siège coûtera 51 millions de dollars à l’Agence américaine. Aucun autre vaisseau américain ne devrait prendre la relève avant 2015.Le 10 mai 2011 à 12:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Volunteers sought for waste advisory committee

first_imgClark County is looking for some residents to talk trash. The Clark County Council is accepting applications for two volunteer positions on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission, a citizen panel that advises the county on issues including recycling, garbage collection, landfills, transfer stations and waste reduction programs.According to a county news release, one position will represent Clark County north of 179th Street. The other position will represent small cities. Applicants for the second position must live or work in Battle Ground, La Center, Ridgefield, Camas, Washougal or Yacolt.Commissioners serve three-year terms, and their terms begin when the positions are filled.According to a county news release, the commission meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of February, May, August and November.The next meeting, however, has been rescheduled for Feb. 8.Meetings are at the Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Room 210AB.Applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to Tina Redline, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98666. Application materials also can be emailed to tina.redline@clark.wa.gov or faxed to 360-397-6058.Letters of interest should address each applicant’s representation of north Clark County of its small cities, their personal or professional experience regarding solid waste and their vision for the future of solid waste management in the county.Application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 14.For more information about the Solid Waste Advisory Commission, visit www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/solid-waste-advisory-commission or contact Kim Harless, Public Health, at 360-397-2121 ext. 5957.last_img read more

Pacific Stageworks musical message for Mom

first_imgDoes human emotion go any deeper than the bond between mother and child?Not according to Heather Blackthorn, who lost her own mother a little more than two years ago. Naturally, Mom was very much on Blackthorn’s mind as she developed a cabaret-style lineup of Broadway songs for “Call Your Mother,” Pacific Stageworks’ upcoming Mother’s Day weekend revue.“I felt like it was something she would be very proud of, and would appreciate that the songs range from humorous to heartbreaking,” Blackthorn said. “We really wanted to focus on moms and kids from many different perspectives.”For example, there’s “When You’re Good To Mama,” a winking warning from the boss jailbird to all her underlings, in the musical “Chicago”; there’s the blatant confession of “Don’t Tell Mama,” from “Cabaret,” sung by a nightclub chanteuse whose mother apparently thinks she’s locked away in a convent; there’s the desperation of moms trying to figure out what their young-adult children are up to, in “Voicemail No. 5,” from “Rent”; and there’s the shameless tear-jerking of “Sunrise, Sunset,” sung by parents who are simply watching time pass and children grow up, from “Fiddler on the Roof.”Nineteen songs in all, drawn from musicals as classic as “Annie” and “Gypsy” and as up-to-date as “Waitress” and “Dear Evan Hansen” (winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical), will be performed by a small cast that ranges in age from 14 to older than 50, Blackthorn said.“By having songs from both classic and modern musicals, we can show that all generations of moms and their children experience a lot of the same feelings,” she said. Amplify those feelings with a beer or glass of wine, for sale before the show and during intermission.last_img read more

Iran to lift uranium enrichment above level in 2015 deal

first_imgA handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on 3 July 2019 shows president Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran. Photo: AFPIran on Sunday will announce an increase in uranium enrichment to 5 per cent, a concentration above the limit set by its 2015 nuclear deal, an Iranian official told Reuters, in a move signalling a deepening challenge to escalating US sanctions pressure.The declaration comes at a time of sharply increased US-Iranian confrontation, a year after Washington quit the pact and reimposed sanctions that had been lifted under the accord in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear work.”The main announcement tomorrow will be the increase of the level of enrichment to 5 per cent percent from 3.67 per cent that we agreed under the deal,” the official said on Saturday on condition of anonymity.In a sign of heightening Western concern, French president Emmanuel Macron said he and Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani had agreed to seek conditions for a resumption of dialogue on the Iranian nuclear question by 15 July.Macron’s office added that he would keep on talking with Iranian authorities and other involved parties to “engage in a de-escalation of tensions related to Iranian nuclear issue.”The deal is aimed at extending the time Iran would need to produce a nuclear bomb, if it chose to, to a year from roughly 2-3 months. Iran says its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes, such as power generation, and not to make bombs.Under its deal with six world powers, Iran can enrich uranium to 3.67 per cent fissile material, well below the 20 per cent it was reaching before the deal and the roughly 90 per cent suitable for a nuclear weapon.Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported that senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi would announce more cuts in its commitments to the pact at a news conference at 10:30am (0600 GMT) in Tehran.Sunday’s planned announcement is a setback for Britain, France and Germany, co-signatories of the deal who have pressed for months to persuade Iran to remain committed to the accord.Iran has said that the Europeans have done “too little, too late” to salvage the pact by protecting Iran’s economic interests from US sanctions.”Economic War”Washington tightened those curbs from May, ordering all countries and companies to halt all imports of Iranian oil or be banished from the global financial system. It has also dispatched extra troops to the region to counter what it describes as Iranian threats.In reaction to the toughened US sanctions, Iran said in May that it would scale back its commitments to the deal after a 60-day deadline to European signatories of the pact to protect Iran’s economic interests from US sanctions.However, Iran’s Rouhani said last week that all the measures taken by Iran were “reversible” if other parties to the deal fulfilled their promises.Leaving room for diplomacy, Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with Macron: “Lifting all sanctions can be the beginning of a move between Iran and six major powers.””The US sanctions are a full-scale economic war against Iran that could create more crisis in the region and in the world,” he told Macron, according to state TV.Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Iranian officials were unanimous in raising the level of uranium enrichment beyond the 3.67 per cent set in accord, in remarks posted on Khamenei’s officials website.”For example, we need uranium enriched to 5 per cent for use in the Bushehr (power plant) and this is a completely peaceful purpose,” Velayati said, hinting that this might be the first step Iran might take in raising the enrichment level.Iran’s main demand – in talks with the European parties to the deal and as a precondition to any talks with the United States – is to be allowed to sell its oil at the levels before Washington pulled out of the deal and restored sanctions.Iranian crude exports were around 300,000 barrels per day or less in late June, industry sources said, a fraction of the more than 2.5 million bpd Iran shipped in April 2018, the month before Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal.last_img read more

Texas School Standards Age of the Universe Erased

first_img 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. Heavyweight galaxies puzzle astronomers Explore further Originally in the Texas school standards was this phrase: “concept of an expanding universe that originated about 14 billion years ago.” However, board member Barbara Cargill thought this wasn’t good enough. It was too definite. The standards now read, “current theories of the evolution of the universe including estimates for the age of the universe.” You can bet that the age of the earth is not listed in the Texas curriculum as about 4.5 billion years old — in spite of the fact that most of the people my age and older have known (or rather, estimated) this for years.There certainly are many different theories about the formation of the universe. Whether it was a big bang or a big bounce are two of them. Cosmologists and astronomers wonder about the rate of expansion in the early universe, and they debate the effects of gravity (not to mention its nature) as well as consider questions about the composition of the universe and the kinds of particles that exist. However, despite the questions that do exist about the origination of the universe, there is very little debate about its age. Right now, the latest estimate is that the universe is 13.73 billion years old, plus or minus 120 million years. This information is the latest from results from the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP). While the age of the universe is likely to be fine tuned in coming years, it is extremely likely that it will remain in the neighborhood of 14 billion years. And few scientists see the age of the earth being cast in doubt as well. But it appears that cosmology could now be thrown into the fray of science v. religion. Until now, matters of space have been very little addressed in terms of religion. After all, couldn’t God have created the universe well before putting humans on Earth? But it appears that by working from Earth outward, some are becoming concerned. If God created humans on Earth just a few millennia ago, then Earth can’t be 4.5 billion years old. And if Earth isn’t as old as all that, surely the universe isn’t, either. It’s an interesting train of logic. And one that could result in all we know about space science being brought under attack.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Texas school standards next attack: Removing references to the age of the universe. Image source: NASA Hubble Space Telescope. Citation: Texas School Standards: Age of the Universe Erased (2009, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-texas-school-standards-age-universe.html (PhysOrg.com) — The fight over the new education and curriculum standards for the public schools in Texas has been long and publicized. Most of the publicity, though, focuses on the school board’s focus on “intelligent design” as it relates to the biological question of evolution. Because evolution has long been contested in public schools, it is no real surprise that this has gotten the most play from the media. But one thing that hasn’t been mentioned as much is the fact that the Texas school standards also remove mention of the age of the universe. Long-standing ideas of cosmology are being challenged as well.last_img read more

Court to consider CBIs final report on Jan 30

first_img“Certain clarifications have been sought qua the supplementary final report. Accordingly, matter be put up for consideration now on January 30,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.The court was hearing the case in which CBI had earlier chargesheeted Congress MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, Director of AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, Manoj Jayaswal, and the firm, as accused for offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of IPC and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIDuring the hearing, the court allowed Vijay Darda’s plea seeking modification of conditions which were imposed on him while he was granted bail last year.Darda’s counsel Vijay Aggarwal told the court that while his client was granted bail, the court had directed him not to leave the country without its prior permission but he has to travel abroad for business purposes and also in connection with his official duties as an MP.Aggarwal said that Vijay Darda would ensure his presence on each and every date of hearing and that the trial was not hampered on account of his foreign trips. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSenior public prosecutor A P Singh expressed apprehension that the trial could get hampered on account of his frequent foreign visits.It is accordingly directed that henceforth before leaving the country accused (Vijay Darda) shall intimate the court not later than a week before the actual date of journey about his travel plan, itinerary and his contact addresses during the said travel,” the judge said.“However, it is made clear that accused shall remain present on each date of hearing unless ordered otherwise, be it the stage of recording evidence or any proceeding before or after,” the court said. The CBI had earlier informed the court about the current status of public servants, who were allegedly involved in the allocation of a coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.The court had earlier granted bail to Vijay Darda, Devendra and Jayaswal after they had appeared before it in pursuance to the summons issued against them.Vijay Darda, Devendra, Jayaswal and the firm were named as accused in the charge sheet filed by CBI on March 27 last year in which it had alleged that they had fraudulently acquired the coal blocks. Darda has denied the allegations against him. Regarding AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, CBI had claimed in its FIR that the firm, in its application form for allocation of coal blocks, had “fraudulently” concealed the fact that its group firms had previously been allocated five coal blocks.CBI examines Kumar Mangalam  CBI examines Kumar Mangalam  New Delhi: CBI has examined Aditya Birla group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of Talabira-II coal block to his company Hindalco in 2005.The CBI’s questioning of Birla, named as an accused in the FIR, came after a special court raised questions over the closure report filed by the agency which has not been accepted. Birla was said to have been examined over his meetings with the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also holding charge of coal portfolio, and the then Coal Secretary P C Parakh, another accused in the case. When contacted, Birla group declined to comment on the development. CBI Joint Director (Policy), who is in-charge of media relations, R S Bhatti did not answer phone calls and sms in this regard.last_img read more

Exfirst lady says shell seek Mexicos presidency in 2018

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 13, 2008, file photo, Mexico’s former president Felipe Calderon, right, accompanied by his wife Margarita Zabala, waves upon their arrival to a military airport in Guatemala City. Zabala announced on Sunday, June 14, 2015, her intention to run for president of Mexico in the 2018 elections. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File) Zavala has been an activist in the conservative National Action Party of her husband, who ended his six-year term on Dec. 1, 2012. PAN is the main opposition party, but it lost seats in June 7 midterm elections and is facing a process of internal restructuring and a leadership overhaul.Zavala said the party needs to find “a national leader of consensus” and narrow the gap between politicians and Mexico’s voters, many of whom complain about corruption in government.“I will tour the country to listen to people, to talk about our potential and what we want,” she said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a story Sunday, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of Mexico’s former first lady, Magarita Zavala. Here is a version of the story with the correct spelling:The wife of Mexico’s former President Felipe Calderon says she intends to run for president in the 2018 election.In a video posted on social media Sunday, Margarita Zavala said she wants to build a national movement of citizens who have lost faith with politicians.last_img read more

Jobless rate remains unchanged at 108 in July Eurostat says

first_imgThe unemployment rate remained unchanged at 10.8 per cent in July compared to the previous month, the fourth highest in the euro area, the European Commission’s statistical office said.Last month, the jobless number in Cyprus remained unchanged for the third consecutive month at 46,000, Eurostat said in a statement on its website on Thursday.The unemployment rate in the euro area remained unchanged at 9.1 per cent last month, compared to June, while that in the EU remained unchanged for a third month at 7.7 per cent, Eurostat said.Greece was the country with the highest unemployment rate, 21.7 per cent in May, followed by Spain with 17.1 per cent, and Italy with 11.3 per cent, Eurostat said.Germany had the lowest jobless rate in the euro area with 3.7 per cent, followed by Malta with 4.1 per cent, and the Netherlands with 4.8 per cent. The Czech Republic’s 2.9 per cent unemployment rate was the lowest in the EU.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Air Peace has issue

Air Peace has issued a statement complaining about the challenges faced at the airport while appealing to passengers to remain calm. “However, but then instructed to try not to feel sad about it.

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