FD Early Intervention Webinar: 1-2-3 Play with Me! Recognizing and Valuing the Power of Play

first_imgDate:  March 9, 2017Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ESTLocation: 1-2-3 Play with Me! Recognizing and Valuing the Power of PlayImage obtained from Pixabay and is licensed Creative Commons Public Domain CC0.In this session, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak will discuss the way play serves a pivotal role in our development and learning. And while for the most part development unfolds in a predictable and logical set of stages and sequences, there is much we can do through play, to ensure happier and healthier children. This webinar will provide a context for seeing the power of play and how it is necessary for success in school and in life. Recommended practices and research on how to support children’s play will be provided.Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions at her website.The MFLN FD Early Intervention team offers continuing education credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

Maruti looking to tap SUV segment by launching 2 new products in 2016

first_imgMaruti S-CrossIndia’s largest car maker Maruti has never really tasted phenomenal success with its Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Neither the Grand Vitara nor the Gypsy have been able to set the sales chart on fire. In order to capitalise on the SUV segment, Maruti plans to launch two new products by 2016, which includes the highly anticipated XA Alpha.Seen at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, the XA Alpha Concept is a futuristic compact SUV, expected to be launched sometime this year. The Maruti SX4 S-Cross is a crossover SUV, which should be launched before the XA Alpha. Testing of the S-Cross has already started in the country and at present, it is on offer in global markets. In its segment, this vehicle will compete against the likes of Volkswagen Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross and the Fiat Avventura. XA Alpha, in turn, will primarily rival the hugely successful Ford EcoSport.           At the recent Tata Zest launch, it was revealed that Tata Motors also plans to bring in a new compact SUV called Nexon. In addition, Maruti will also be closely monitoring Renault Duster AWD to understand the demand for a 4?4 SUV.last_img read more

Nokia 5 users can now get Android 8.0 Oreo beta, Nokia 6 beta update coming soon

first_imgKeeping true to its promise late last month, HMD Global has now added  Android 8.0 Oreo beta build for the Nokia 5 on its beta labs programme.This means that Nokia 5 owners will be able to get the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update by signing up to Nokia mobile beta labs. HMD Global’s Chief Product Offer Juho Sarvikas announced this via Twitter and added that the Android Oreo beta build for Nokia 6 will be coming soon.Sarvikas had promised last month that Android 8.0 Oreo beta support for Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 would join the company’s beta labs programme following the availability for Nokia 8 in October and official rollout for the handset last month. While the company is yet to announce a specific date for the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 users will be able to beta test the Android 8.0 Oreo by signing up to Nokia mobile beta labs by heading to https://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones/betalabs.On opening the site, users will need to sign up with their Google account and register with their IMEI number and other details. After this Nokia 5 users will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update within 12 hours of registration. As a word of caution, it is advised to backup your data before you download the beta build.Also Read: Nokia 6 (2018) could come with 18:9 display, dual-rear camerasAndroid 8.0 Oreo comes with a host of new features including faster load times, Picture-in-Picture, autofill passwords, notification dots, new emojis and battery life improvements, among other things. The Nokia 5 was launched running stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is priced at Rs 13,499 for the 3GB RAM variant and available via e-commerce giant Flipkart.advertisementThe Nokia 5 sports a 5.2-inch 720p HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. It is powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, Adreno 505 GPU and a 3,000mAh battery. It is offered with 16GB of storage on-board, which can be expanded via a microSD card (of up to 128GB). Optics for the Nokia 5 includes a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus, a dual-LED flash and an aperture of f/2.0. The front sees an 8MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0.last_img read more

Bode Miller Loses Downhill Medal Bid

first_imgKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Matthias Mayer grew up in Austria admiring plenty of Alpine skiers, from his medal-winning dad, to all-time great Hermann Maier, to a couple of guys he races against these days, Bode Miller and Aksel Lund Svindal.Unexpectedly, Mayer now can call himself something none of those others can: Olympic downhill champion.Four years after ski-loving Austria departed the Winter Games with zero men’s Alpine medals for the first time, Mayer made his nation 1-for-1 in 2014, upstaging pre-race favorites Miller and Svindal by charging down the course in 2 minutes, 6.23 seconds on Feb. 9 to win gold in the sport’s premier event.And to think: In 65 previous World Cup or world championship races, the 23-year-old Mayer never had finished first. He’d never fared better than fifth in a downhill.“He’s not an experienced guy,” Austrian men’s coach Mathias Berthold said, “so you never know what he’s going to do.”But from the moment Mayer saw the Rosa Khutor slope in an opening training run, he sensed his Olympic debut would go spectacularly well.“I was very self-confident this week,” said Mayer, whose father, Helmut, won the super-G silver at the 1988 Calgary Games. “The turns are just right for me. And the hill is just right for me.”But just barely. He edged silver medalist Christof Innerhofer of Italy by only 0.06 seconds, and bronze medalist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway by 0.10.Asked if he was bothered by missing out on the gold by such a slim margin, Innerhofer replied: “I’m not even thinking about that. I’m just happy to have a medal.”What about Svindal, the World Cup downhill standings leader? Or Miller, fastest in two of the three training sessions? Both won three medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games, both won two overall World Cup titles, both looked terrific in the leadup to the race – and neither was even the fastest man from his own country when it counted.Norway’s Svindal was fourth, 0.19 slower than Jansrud. Miller came in eighth, three spots behind U.S. teammate Travis Ganong.“I’m disappointed to not have a better result next to my name. It’s one of those days where it’s hard to say where the time went, because I skied pretty well. I was really aggressive, took a lot of risk,” said the 36-year-old Miller, whose five career Olympic Alpine medals are a U.S. record. “I made a couple of small mistakes, but not really mistakes that cost you a lot of time.”He was more than a half-second slower than Mayer, who started 11th of 50 racers and smiled broadly when he saw No. 15 Miller’s result. Someone from the Austrian team reached over and mussed Mayer’s spiky hair.In the finish area, Miller bowed his head, then leaned over and rested his helmet on his gloves. He sat in the snow for a few moments, the very picture of resignation.“It’s tough when you have to judge yourself, because the clock doesn’t really seem to judge you fairly,” Miller said. “Just like I’ve said a million times, I’m not always so attached to the result.”He put some blame for his performance on lower visibility Sunday, when the sky was filled with thick clouds, unlike the perfectly clear training days that Miller dominated.Mayer, Miller said, “doesn’t really change if the visibility goes bad, and that was a huge advantage today. I had to change a lot from the training runs to today, just not being able to see the snow up there.”U.S. men’s coach Sasha Rearick, though, hit on another point. “It was a combination of things,” Rearick said. “A little bit the weather — and wanting it too much.”If Mayer is unfamiliar to most outside the skiing world, he was certainly a known quantity to folks such as Miller and Svindal. Known better for his skill at super-G, in which he has two second-place World Cup finishes, Mayer was third in training on Feb. 6 and fastest on Feb. 7, before easing up to save some energy.When Svindal was asked during the week to point to opponents that worried him, he mentioned Mayer. So after Mayer’s victory, Svindal was asked why.“Because I looked at the times in training, and he was super-consistent,” said Svindal, who started 18th, when the snow was softer than during Mayer’s run. “Bode was fast. I was fast. But he was the most consistent of us all.”Mayer did nothing all that spectacular or different from other racers Sunday, but he was good enough throughout. Of the course’s four sections, he was fastest only on the second part; he was only ninth fastest down the final stretch.Still, Mayer did enough to join the list of previously unheralded Olympic downhill champions, alongside names such as Tommy Moe of the United States in 1994, Leonhard Stock of Austria in 1980, and Jean-Luc Cretier of France in 1998.It was at those Nagano Olympics that Mayer, all of seven at the time, set an alarm to wake up in the middle of the night in Austria to watch with his grandfather on TV as Maier raced in Japan.Maier took a terrifying tumble during the downhill, but returned to competition a few days later to win the super-G. “That was impressive to me,” Mayer said. “That made me want to be a downhiller more.”There he was, getting congratulatory handshakes and pats on the back from racer after racer who was not as fast as Mayer on this day.“I have a lot of idols. Maier, (four-time Olympic medalist) Stephan Eberharter,” Mayer said. “Aksel Lund Svindal and Bode Miller, they’re idols for me, too.”Somewhere back home in Austria, some kid watched Mayer win and now will idolize him.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hazard: I admire Madrid, but I’m happy at Chelsea

first_imgReal Madrid Hazard: I admire Madrid, but I’m happy at Chelsea Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 10:46 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EdenHazard - Cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Eden Hazard Chelsea Premier League Primera División Often linked with a move away from the Premier League, the Belgian said he was happy with life at Stamford Bridge Chelsea star Eden Hazard insists he is happy at the Premier League club, but again admitted that he admires Real Madrid.Hazard, 26, is often linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, where he arrived from Lille in 2012.Hazard 2/1 to score v Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Belgium international has previously spoken about his admiration for Madrid and their coach Zinedine Zidane.Hazard, who has recaptured some of his best form with six goals and five assists in 15 games in all competitions this season, said he was still happy at Chelsea.”I am always very fine at this club. I still have two years of contract [left]. When I feel the desire to leave, I’ll leave. But, for now, I’m a Blue,” he told Canal+.”We know the admiration that I have for Real, but I’m at Chelsea. Every year, things were said about me but I stayed.”In Lille, I was announced in Paris, but I stayed. And in Chelsea, people always said that I’m leaving, but I’m still here.”Chelsea took a 4-0 win over Qarabağ in the Champions League this week, while the club face a tough Premier League clash against Liverpool at the weekend. Madrid, meanwhile, took a 6-0 win over APOEL to seal their spot in the Champions League knockout rounds.last_img read more

‘No change’ in Lampard’s position amid Chelsea rumours

first_imgDerby owner Mel Morris insists there is “no change” to Frank Lampard’s position at Pride Park, despite rumours he could succeed Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.There is yet another managerial vacancy at Stamford Bridge after the Italian’s departure to Juventus was confirmed on Sunday afternoon.Sarri only spent one full season in charge at Chelsea, guiding the team to a third-place Premier League finish while also earning his first major trophy as a head coach in the form of the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 60-year-old cited family ties as the driving force behind his desire for a swift return to Italy and he has signed a three-year deal with the Serie A champions.Lampard has been touted to succeed Sarri at the Bridge, having impressed in his debut campaign as Rams manager.The Chelsea legend took Derby to the Championship play-off final, narrowly missing out on promotion after a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley.Club owner Morris has revealed that, contrary to reports, no senior officials from Chelsea have been in contact to discuss a possible deal for Lampard as of yet.“We have made it very clear to everyone – but most importantly to Frank himself – that we want to retain him at the club for the long term,” Morris said in a statement on Monday.”If Chelsea want to hire Frank, then it is in their gift to make an offer in pursuit of that. In the meantime, we will continue to put our best foot forward to continue with our plans for the coming season.”We will work closely with Frank in that regard so that he knows how much he is wanted by everyone associated with the club.”Lampard enjoyed an illustrious playing career at the Bridge, racking up 640 appearances in total while contributing a staggering 211 goals from midfield.He also managed to win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one Champions League, one Europa League and two League Cups during his time in west London, earning himself a place in the club’s hall of fame.The 40-year-old left Chelsea to join Manchester City in 2014 and completed a move to MLS outfit New York City the following year, before hanging up his boots in 2017.A number of ex-Blues have weighed in on Lampard’s potential appointment in recent weeks and he has received a glowing endorsement for the role from his uncle Harry Redknapp.last_img read more

Layer Up this Fall with American Giant and Your New Favorite Fall Jacket

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Next 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall center_img The brand that makes your favorite hoodie is now making your new favorite fall jacket — easily. The American Giant Mechanic’s Jacket delivers the goods, checks all the boxes, and looks great doing it. As the brand says, it’s a “jacket with a real work ethic” crafted in the U.S. from canvas that’s finished with a water-repellent treatment for taking on fall adventures or any time you need a classic piece of outerwear that’s subtly stylish.Best known for the “greatest hoodie ever made” — a durable, logo-free, premium upgrade that’s been a hot seller — American Giant takes hard-wearing basics and upgrades them in a way that befits the man who loves classic, U.S.-made style. The Mechanic’s Jacket is the brand’s first foray into structured outerwear, and it’s fitting that it draws on old-school heritage in terms of its silhouette and design.Based on both work wear and the 1930s-era mechanic’s jacket, it’s a piece that’s at once casual and versatile. The great thing about the more refined fit of this iteration is that it looks less like a thrift shop find and more like a jacket you can break in and make all your own. That is to say, the more you wear it, the better it’s going to get.To us, that means you can — and should — throw on either the Raven Black or Cargo Green color over a striped henley with tan chinos or your favorite pair of jeans and clean leather chukka boots. Conversely, you can also wear it with a chambray shirt for a dash of West Coast cool — which is fitting, seeing as it’s made out west in Oakland (talk about even more American heritage and style). But wait, there’s more: The Mechanic’s Jacket can team just as nicely over one of the brand’s understated, stylish hoodies.For all those times when you need a jacket that doesn’t draw attention to itself, you need the American Giant Mechanic’s Jacket. That goes for situations ranging from a tailgate to an upstate trip to a farmer’s market stroll, even a day at the office (wear it with a blue Oxford and a slim knit tie).And, with a lifetime warranty, we’re convinced that you’ll get tons of repeated wear out of the Mechanic’s Jacket, just the way the brand would want it. 1 of 5 How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Previous last_img read more

Ecuador Travel Guide: What to Know Before You Go

first_img Spare Your Palate with the Best Things to Drink While Bowling Editors’ Recommendations Previous Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Next Yes, Guinea pig is considered a delicacy in Ecuador. Cuy may sound very exotic and much different than Americans are used to, but it is described as having a slightly gamier, fattier taste similar to the dark meat on chicken. Genevieve Poblano/The Manual 1 of 11 Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Ecuador produces some of the best-tasting chocolate because of the quality of the country’s cocoa beans. On a recent trip to Ecuador, I had the pleasure of seeing how and where cocoa plants grow, as well as tasting the cocoa bean fruit, roasting the fermented beans, peeling them, and making delicious dark chocolate. Cuy (Guinea Pig) Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Next 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Previous Genevieve Poblano/The Manual 1 of 2 When visiting any foreign country, you should always do a bit of research about what to expect or look out for. There are certain things you may come across in your travels that make you think, “Gee, I wish I had known that beforehand.” If you’re planning to visit Ecuador, this guide will help prepare you for the trip and avoid a few embarrassing moments.Genevieve Poblano/The ManualNavigation and CurrencyIf you are traveling from the United States, there is no need to exchange currency. The national currency of Ecuador has been the United States dollar (USD) since 2000. You will still see the Sucre, Ecuador’s former currency, floating around, but USD — especially small bills — is widely used.Bring bills smaller than 20 dollar bills as most places, particular taxis, will not have change for you.Most taxis do not have GPS and rely on their (or your) knowledge of the city, so make sure you have an idea of how to get to your destination, as well as the address. Some drivers may “get lost” and you will end up with a larger fee than you expected. If you don’t want to deal with taxis, you can use Uber as the service is available in Ecuador and costs about the same.Download a Google Map of Ecuador because internet connection and Wi-Fi can be spotty or non-existent in certain areas. Also, be prepared to be completely off the grid in rural areas.Ecuador is not a very touristy country so it would be best to speak some Spanish or book a tour guide.Health and SafetyWhile Ecuador is not extremely dangerous, tourists and locals are prone to theft. Do not always have your phone out and keep an eye on your belongings.Wear sunscreen. In Ecuador, you will be as close to the sun as you will ever be (unless you are an astronaut).Some bathrooms do not carry toilet paper so make sure to have emergency paper or tissues on hand.Public bathrooms, when they do carry toilet paper, often put it outside of the restrooms, so check before heading to the stall.FoodAjíAjí is usually served in a small saucer in the center of the table. Genevieve Poblano/The ManualJust like you would find a ketchup bottle on must tables in the United States, you will find a saucer of ají in Ecuador. This salsa is made from the tree tomato, aka tomate de árbol, as well as peppers, onion, cilantro, and lime juice. It is not meant to be spicy; it is something to spice up your dish a bit.CornGenevieve Poblano/The ManualYou will find most dishes include some variety of corn, whether you are served fried corn as an appetizer or a side of mote, steamed white corn. Even Ecuadorian ceviche comes with fried corn or popcorn for you to throw on top.Chocolate Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Genevieve Poblano/The Manual last_img read more

Steel Cut for Fourth Oasis Ship

first_imgzoom The steel cutting ceremony for Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis ship was held on Tuesday at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, where the third Oasis-class ship is also being built.The fourth member of the Oasis family is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.The Oasis class was introduced in 2009 with the Oasis of the Seas, featuring a revolutionary design with a split superstructure and the cruise line’s neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas.At 225,282 GRT and spanning 16 decks with 2,700 staterooms, the Oasis-class ships introduced many “firsts” at sea such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide bar, the AquaTheater high-diving performance venue, and the Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants.Royal Caribbean said that details of the two Oasis-class ships currently under construction will be revealed in the coming months.Images: Royal Caribbeanlast_img read more

Orkim Harmony Still Missing, Search Underway

first_imgzoom The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the Indonesian Navy have deployed patrol boats to search for Orkim Harmony, a Malaysia-flagged product tanker that went missing on June 11.Orkim Harmony is carrying 6,000 metric tonnes of ULG 95 (petrol) and has crew comprising Indonesians, Malaysians and Myanmar nationals on board.Piracy watchdog ReCAAP ISC received information that the tanker’s owner, Malaysian firm Magna Meridian, lost communication with the vessel some 17 nm southwest of Pulau Aur, Malaysia.“The company had been receiving the vessel’s hourly position update until 11 Jun 15 at about 2054 hrs. Subsequently, attempts to contact the vessel on all available communications were not successful,” said ReCAAP ISC.This is the second pirate attack targeting Orkim vessels.Orkim VictoryOn June 4th, a group of eight perpetrators boarded the Malaysia-registered oil product tanker, Orkim Victory from a speed boat while the vessel was en route to Kuantan port, Malaysia.The pirates were armed with hand guns and threatened the crew, comprising eight Malaysians, seven Indonesians and three Myanmar nationals, though no injuries were reported.The perpetrators subsequently brought Orkim Victory to another location, where a motor tanker came alongside and siphoned off 770 metric tones of Automotive Diesel Oil (ADO).The perpetrators left Orkim Victory after damaging all communication equipment, and robbing the crew’s personal belongings.last_img read more

New Mein Schiff 2 Delivered to TUI Cruises

first_imgGerman cruise line TUI Cruises took delivery of New Mein Schiff 2, a next-generation cruise ship, in Kiel on January 22, 2019.Built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, the ship was transferred to Kiel at the beginning of January for the final equipment due to icy weather in the Turku archipelago.The 111,500-ton newbuild is a sister ship to New Mein Schiff 1, delivered to the cruise company in April last year. Featuring a length of 315 meters and a width of 36 meters, New Mein Schiff 2 can accommodate 2,894 passengers and 1,092 crew onboard.“The commissioning of our new Mein Schiff 2 marks the successful end of our first expansion phase. Our sixth newbuild by Meyer Turku not only impresses with its design, its inner values are equally convincing: With the use of modern technologies we are setting standards for environmental protection,” Wybcke Meier, TUI Cruises CEO commented.With New Mein Schiff 2, Meyer Turku and TUI Cruises have further improved and refreshed the design of the ship.“For us it has been a thrill working with TUI Cruises on the design and construction of this ship. We have redesigned many of the areas of the ship, e.g. the Schau Bar and the restaurant area in front of the aft diamond structure,” Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, said.The New Mein Schiff 2, which flies the flag of Malta, will be christened in Lisbon on February 9, 2019. The ship will be baptized during its maiden voyage between Bremerhaven and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with calls in La Coruña, Leixões, Lisbon, Cadiz and Arrecife.Take a closer look at the New Mein Schiff 2 in the video below:Due to the commissioning of the new ship, the previous Mein Schiff 2 was renamed Mein Schiff Herz this January. From February to March, the 77,302-ton vessel will undergo a dry dock overhaul in Marseille, France, TUI Cruises said.The 1997-built cruise ship will continue to be part of the TUI Cruises’ fleet until April 2022 when it will be handed over to the TUI’s UK’s subsidiary Marella Cruises.Image Courtesy: Meyer Turku; Video Courtesy: Unimedienlast_img read more

Another extradition setback for India as UK refuses to deport Indianorigin murder

first_imgLondon: Even as embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya was granted permission to appeal against his extradition order in the UK High Court, India suffered another setback as its extradition request in a murder case was turned down by a court here.The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss welcomed a second chance to disprove the case of fraud and money laundering amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crore against him, as the High Court granted him leave to appeal on the grounds of the prima facie case presented by the Indian authorities. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Meanwhile on the same day, July 2, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot of Westminster Magistrates’ Court handed down her judgment in a case involving an Indian-origin British citizen Arti Dhir and her husband Kaval Raijada, wanted in India for the murder of their adopted 11-year-old boy Gopal and his brother-in-law. Judge Arbuthnot, incidentally the same judge who had found a prima facie case against Mallya in her ruling in favour of extradition in December 2018, “discharged” Dhir and Raijada on human rights grounds under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. “In the light of my finding that Ms Dhir and Mr Raijada if extradited will be subject to an irreducible sentence, I find there are substantial grounds for believing that they would face a real risk of being subjected to treatment, a lack of review of a life sentence, which would be inhuman and degrading. This would be a breach of Article 3,” notes Arbuthnot in her ruling. The judge did find that “there is a circumstantial prima facie case that Ms Dhir and Mr Raijada acting together and with others committed the offences”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe Indian government had provided an assurance that the death penalty would not apply in their case and also some additional assurances, which came in later than the timeframe stipulated by the court. Judge Arbuthnot warns in her ruling: “Ms Dhir and Mr Raijada should be aware of the following, that it is possible that one of two things may happen. The first is that the State of Gujarat may change the law to ensure that a review of a life sentence for multiple murder which would be in accordance with Article 3 principles may take place. If that were the case the life sentence would no longer be irreducible. The matter would come back to this court and the remainder of the issues raised by the defendants would be considered. “The second is that… There is strong evidence of money being sent from the defendants’ London bank account to the man who organised the killing. Relevant emails were exchanged between the United Kingdom and India. This evidence means it is not impossible for a prosecution to be initiated here”. The case dates back to June 2017, when Dhir and Raijada were arrested on a provisional warrant in the UK and released on conditional bail following “substantial securities”. According to details that emerged in court, the murder allegations against the duo are related to their adopted son Gopal Sejani and his brother-in-law Harsukhbhai Kardani in February 2017 in India. Both Londoners are alleged to have adopted Gopal, an orphan farm boy from Gujarat, insured his life and then arranged for his murder. He was attacked, kidnapped, stabbed and he died from his injuries on February 11, 2017, near Rajkot. Kardani tried to prevent the kidnapping and was stabbed in the process and also died a few days later. Dhir and Raijada are said to have arranged for the child to be killed with a number of others, including Raijada’s father and one Nitish Mund. An investigation by Gujarat police has claimed that the accused hatched a plot to adopt Gopal and then insure him for around Rs 1.3 crores before staging his kidnapping and murder in India to split the life insurance payout three ways. Dhir, who worked at Heathrow Airport, allegedly met Mund and Raijada while they were students in London and had plotted the murder for many years. Interpol issued a “red notice” for Dhir in April 2017 before she was arrested by Scotland Yard a few months later. The full extradition hearing in the case took place in January with a further hearing last month before its conclusion this week. PTIlast_img read more

Trumps personal assistant steps down over info breach Reports

first_imgWashington: Donald Trump’s personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout resigned on Thursday after she shared information about the president’s family with journalists, US media reported. Westerhout’s unexpected departure came after Trump learned that she had talked about his family and White House matters with reporters at an off-the-record session during the president’s recent working vacation in New Jersey, The New York Times reported citing unnamed sources. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLater, other outlets — including CNN and Politico — also reported her departure citing unnamed sources. CNN said Westerhout had failed to make clear during the interaction with journalists that her comments were off the record, and one reporter disclosed the conversation to the White House. Westerhout’s office was in front of the Oval Office and she had been described as Trump’s “gatekeeper” in US media. She had been his personal assistant from the beginning of his presidency. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe Trump administration has been particularly sensitive about staff leaking information to the media, with the president railing against both officials and journalists over reports about the state of affairs in the White House. The New York Times said Westerhout was now a “separated employee” and would not be allowed into the White House. A former administration official described Trump and Westerhout’s relationship as “close”, CNN said, but added that talking about his family was “a red line”. Westerhout was not a high-profile staffer, but her exit adds to a long list of administration officials who have quit since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.last_img read more

Building collapses due to tunnel boring in Bowbazar

first_imgKolkata: Three buildings were severely damaged and around a dozen-odd suffered cracks in Bowbazar area, allegedly due to the ongoing work of tunnel boring undertaken by the authorities of East-West Metro.Mayor Firhad Hakim, who is also the state Urban Development minister, visited the spot and working in tandem with the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) officials, ensured that the affected residents got relocated in hotels situated in and around the area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA portion of a building located at Durga Pithuri Lane collapsed in the wee hours of Sunday, while some others located at the same lane, Madan Dutta Lane and Sankhari Para Lane developed cracks. “Safety of the people residing in these buildings is our top priority. We will not allow anybody to stay in the buildings that have suffered damages. I have spoken with KMRC and they have already made arrangements for the fooding and lodging of the affected residents in nearby hotels,” Hakim said, after holding a meeting with officials of KMRC, Kolkata Police and Fire department in the afternoon. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe affected residents claimed that no prior notice about tunnel boring work and evacuation had been issued to them. They said that KMRC, which is executing the project, started boring work under Durga Pithuri Lane at around 7.00 pm. Within a few minutes, most of the buildings in the locality started shaking and it seemed like an earthquake. “A loud sound was heard and cracks started developing in the building walls. After a few minutes, the lights went off,” a resident alleged. “On Saturday, I reached my home (10 A, Durga Pithuri Lane) at 10 pm and saw that most of the buildings had been evacuated by the KMRC officials and police. We were keeping our fingers crossed hearing the sound of cracks and ultimately were shifted to a hotel at 5 am,” said Dr Pradip Laha, a local resident. Most of the buildings that have suffered damages are more than 150-years-old and engineers expressed their apprehension that with the extent of damage, a few of them may be beyond repair. “Initially we will charge cement in the cracks and try to mend them as much as possible. Then we will consult structural experts who will examine the building and will certify what needs to be done and accordingly, the repair work will be taken up,” Hakim said. MP Sudip Bondhopadhyay, who went to the spot earlier in the day, said: “People always wanted Metro here. They are not against Metro. They did not expect this will happen. It’s a human error.” Manas Sarkar, managing director of KMRC, who visited the spot, said that considering the safety of the residents, arrangements for lodging of 254 people have already been made. He assured that the KMRC will do necessary repair work and build the buildings afresh, if needed. It may be mentioned that KMRC is executing the 16.6 km long EW Metro corridor, which will connect Salt Lake Sector V with Howrah Maidan. The tunneling work from Sealdah to Esplanade area is going on at present.last_img read more

After takeover Aecon could still bid on infrastructure projects docs suggest

first_imgOTTAWA – The Aecon construction firm will likely be allowed to bid on government-funded infrastructure projects even if Ottawa approves a Chinese state-owned company’s controversial proposal to take it over, an internal federal document says.Last October, the CCCC International Holding Ltd., of China made a $1.5-billion bid to acquire Aecon Group Inc., which has a long history of participation in Canadian construction and engineering projects such as the CN Tower, Vancouver’s SkyTrain, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Halifax shipyard.The Trudeau government has been warned by experts to proceed cautiously when weighing any investment bids by Chinese state firms and to be as transparent as possible in reviewing the proposed deal. The Liberals have also come under intense domestic pressure to reject the takeover bid.The federal government announced a full national security review of the Aecon deal in February. At the time, a spokesman for Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said that, based on advice from security agencies, the government believed there is “a potential of injury to national security.”If the deal moves forward, however, the government is unlikely to restrict Aecon’s eligibility to bid on projects funded under Ottawa’s infrastructure plan, according to an internal government document obtained recently by The Canadian Press.The federal government has budgeted $180 billion in total infrastructure spending over 10 years.“It is not anticipated that the change of ownership of Aecon will affect its ability to bid on Canadian infrastructure projects,” reads the document, which was prepared last fall by Infrastructure Canada.“At this time, there is not enough information available on the transaction or the current and potential role of Aecon in federally funded infrastructure projects under the plan to accurately assess the impact of this transaction on the delivery of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan.”The memo was obtained under the Access to Information Act.Lu Shaye, China’s ambassador to Canada, said Tuesday that there should be no concerns about the proposed acquisition of Aecon because the Chinese side is only focused on business and market interests.“My first impression, to tell you the truth, (is) that I think the Canadian media or the Canadian public is too sensitive about the Aecon case because Aecon is just a construction company,” Lu said in response to a question about the takeover bid during a news conference at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa.“From your side, you have your rules and regulations on the foreign companies overtaking Canadian companies. I think for the national security issue it is your internal affairs. The Chinese side does not want to interfere (with) it.”Lu, who spoke through an interpreter, added that China just wants to ensure Canada has the same standards for Chinese companies as it does for foreign companies from other countries proposing to take over Canadian firms.The Infrastructure Canada briefing document said all foreign investment transactions undergo a process to determine their net economic benefit for Canada. They are also subject to a national security review led by the country’s security agencies, the note said.The CCCC International Holding Ltd. (CCCI) is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC) and, the briefing adds, is one of the world’s largest engineering and construction firms.It continues: CCCC generated revenue of US$62 billion in 2016 and its core business activities include the construction of ports, roads, terminals, bridges, rail and tunnels; Aecon, meanwhile, generated revenue of $3.2 billion in 2016.The government document noted some possible economic positives for Aecon if CCCI is permitted to take it over.“At this time, there is not enough information available to determine whether the acquisition will benefit the infrastructure sector in Canada,” the document said.“However, the firms in Australia and Texas which were bought in 2015 and 2010 by CCCI have grown since their purchase and expanded operations internationally.”If the takeover is accepted, Aecon would maintain its headquarters in Canada and keep its Canadian management team.Late last month, Aecon’s self-imposed deadline to complete its sale to CCCI was extended to July 13 from March 30, given the federal government’s ongoing national security review.That review was expected to wrap up by the end of March, but Bains has said the government plans to take the time it needs to do its due diligence.last_img read more

Southwest cofounder Kelleher praised for lowcost flights

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher has been remembered as a visionary who thought everyone should have access to low-cost flights.Kelleher, who died Jan. 3 at age 87, was honoured Tuesday during a celebration of life service at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Numerous employees of Dallas-based Southwest, some wearing their ID badges and uniforms, were on hand.Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly described Kelleher as a boss, counsellor, teacher, cheerleader and a friend. Kelly said Kelleher believed in the “crazy idea” of making air travel affordable for all, not just the rich, and made it happen.Kelleher was a San Antonio lawyer when a client suggested the idea for a low-fare airline serving San Antonio, Dallas and Houston. Southwest began flying in 1971.The Associated Press read more

Bahrain General Assembly chief welcomes report on alleged rights abuses

1 December 2011The President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has received the report of the independent commission that probed alleged human rights violations in Bahrain and voiced hope that implementation of its recommendations will help to fulfil the aspirations of the country’s people. The report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry was handed to Mr. Al-Nasser by Ambassador Jamal Fares Alrowaiei of Bahrain yesterday, Mr. Al-Nasser’s spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Al-Nasser welcomed the decision made by King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifah to form a National Commission to implement the recommendations of the report. He also commended the commitment made by the Government of Bahrain to implement reforms and progressive policies that will help to achieve reconciliation for all Bahrainis.The inquiry, headed by Professor Cherif Bassiouni, found that Government forces had used excessive force during the crackdown in February and March and had tortured some detainees, according to press reports.Secretary-Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the report after it was released last week and urged the Bahraini Government to implement the recommendations as a way of spurring dialogue and reconciliation and meeting the “legitimate aspirations” of the people. read more

Centerra Gold shares rise on approval for reopening of Mongolian mine

TORONTO — Shares of Centerra Gold Inc. gained more than 15% Wednesday after the company said its Boroo mine in Mongolia has received the needed regulatory approvals to resume heap leach operations.The company said it expects to resume operations following re-commissioning and estimated it will add production of approximately 2,000 ounces of gold per month starting in December.Centerra also said that the Mineral Reserve Authority of Mongolia has issued a mining license at its Altan Tsagaan Ovoo project in the eastern region of the country.The company has faced challenges this year as lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have debated whether to strip the company of its licence for its Kumtor open-pit mine and accused the company of damaging the environment.Centerra has said the Kumtor project, which has been operating since 1997, is in full compliance with Kyrgyz laws and meets or exceeds Kyrgyz and international environmental, safety and health standards.Shares in the company closed up $1.71 or 17% at $11.95 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Subaru recalling thousands of Legacy Outback vehicles to fix rusty brake lines

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 10:43 am MDT Subaru recalling thousands of Legacy, Outback vehicles to fix rusty brake lines DETROIT – Subaru is recalling about 200,000 Legacy and Outback all-wheel-drive vehicles in the United States and Canada because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid.The recall affects cars from the 2005 through 2009 model years sold in Canada as well as 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.“This is purely precautionary,” Subaru Canada spokesman Joe Felstein said of the 25,732 vehicles subject to the recall in Canada. “We’ve not had one complaint or incident at all.”Subaru says in documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that salty water can cause the brake lines to rust and leak. If fluid leaks, it could take longer for drivers to stop the cars, increasing the risk of a crash.The problem was discovered in internal testing and no related crashes or injuries have been reported, Subaru spokesman Michael McHale said in an email.Subaru is recalling the cars as a precaution. Owners of the cars should take them to a Subaru dealer for inspection, he said.The cars were made between December of 2003 and April of 2009. In addition to Canada, they were sold or are registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, according to the documents.Subaru says it is still totalling the number of vehicles affected by checking state vehicle registrations. The company sold more than 400,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles during the affected years, according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank. But McHale said Subaru estimates that 200,000 are covered by the recall.Subaru dealers will check the cars for leaks. If leaks are found, the brake lines will be replaced. If there are none, mechanics will apply an anti-corrosion wax. All the work will be done at no cost to owners.McHale said there are front and rear brake lines, and both would have to have severe corrosion for there to be a problem. “What you’d notice is a decrease in pressure and an increase in stopping distances,” he said.— With files from The Canadian Press read more

Toronto stock market higher on materials stocks Canadian dollar slips

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2015 6:09 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market higher on materials stocks, Canadian dollar slips TORONTO – The Toronto Stock Exchange closed higher on Friday as strength in the materials and financials sectors overcame another decline in oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 85.66 points to close at 14,468.44, ahead of the Civic Holiday on Monday.Driving the market higher was a jump in most TSX materials sector stocks, pushing the sector up 2.8 per cent, as traders reacted positively to efforts from many Canadian gold companies to rein in spending.The financials sector lifted 0.4 per cent with nearly all of the major banks higher.“I firmly believe that bank stocks are cheap, and if you look at what’s taking the market higher … it’s the financials which are powering markets,” said Allan Small, senior investment adviser at Holliswealth.“I’m a believer that bank stocks will continue to do well even in a slowing Canadian economy because a lot of their income is outside of the country … and in wealth management.”Canada’s economy showed its fifth consecutive month of retraction in May, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Canada. Real gross domestic product fell 0.2 per cent in May on the back of weaker sectors like manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas extraction.The data added extra pressure to the loonie, which lost 0.41 of a cent to 76.45 cents U.S.In commodities, crude ended its worst month since 2008. The September contract for crude oil fell $1.40 to settle at US$47.12, as the TSX energy sector dropped 0.6 per cent.The December gold contract gained US$6.40 to $1,095.10 an ounce.On Wall Street, energy stocks were hit hard as oil giants Exxon Mobil and Chevron saw weaker financial results.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 56.12 points to 17,689.86, while the Nasdaq edged back 0.50 points to 5,128.28 and the S&P 500 fell 4.79 points to 2,103.84.Shares of Exxon Mobil and Chevron, the two largest publicly traded energy companies, fell roughly five per cent each during the session, with both companies reporting significantly weaker profits — affected by the decline of oil prices.Canadian underwear maker Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL) faced weaker second-quarter results as it cut prices on some of its clothing sold to screenprinters.The company posted earnings of US$99.4 million or 41 cents per diluted share, compared with a profit of $116 million or 47 cents per diluted share a year ago.Gildan also said it projects full-year adjusted earnings will come in near the bottom of its guidance range of US$1.50 to $1.55, as it continues to be affected by the same pricing issues.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. read more