Goa police SIT questions ex-CM Digambar Kamat’s son

first_imgPanaji: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Goa police probing illegal mining cases interrogated Yogiraj Kamat, son of former Goa chief minister, Digambar Kamat, for nearly two hours on Wednesday.Sources in the SIT said they suspect that Mr. Yogiraj Kamat has parked the ill-gotten wealth of his father through the mining scams in shell companies.The SIT has now summoned Satisdh Lawande, brother–in-law of Mr. Digambar Kamat for interrogation on Thursday.The former CM has got an interim relief on his anticipatory bail application in the probe into the illegal mining. Others questioned in the case include Delhi’s Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) and former Goa Principal Secretary, Mines, Rajiv Yaduvanshi. After several days of questioning, Mr. Yaduvanshi turned approver last week and will now be a witness in the case.last_img read more

Only one person can ensure country’s security: Amit Shah

first_img“I am fortunate that BJP has made me the candidate from Gandhinagar seat that was represented by Lal Krishna Advani, Atalji and Purushottam Ganesh Mavalankar,” said Mr. Shah. “It is this region from where I was elected MLA for five times and I began my electoral journey,” he added.Mr. Shah made clear that the parliamentary elections would be fought on the issue of national security and the fight against terrorism.“This election will be fought on only one issue, and that is, who will lead this country,” Mr. Shah asserted. “When I ask who will lead the country, from Himachal to Kanyakumari and from Kamrup to Gandhinagar, only one word is heard, that is: Modi, Modi, Modi,” he said, addressing party workers in Naranpura, his erstwhile Assembly constituency.He stressed that only Mr. Modi, the BJP and the NDA government could secure the country’s interests.“The question before the country is who can assure security to the country? Only one person, only one party can assure this. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP and NDA government can assure security to the country,” he contended.Mr. Thackeray said that “both BJP and Shiv Sena were guided by the common ideology of Hindutva.” BJP President Amit Shah speaking to people during a road show in Ahmedabad on Saturday, March 30, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji Flanked by senior party colleagues and NDA allies, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar, replacing the party’s veteran parliamentarian L.K. Advani.Before filing the papers at the Gandhinagar Collector’s office, Mr. Shah along with the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray, LJP’s Ram Vilas Paswan and top BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari addressed a rally and held a massive roadshow in a show of strength in Ahmedabad.The Union Home Minister termed Mr. Shah the “successor of L.K. Advani, who represented Gandhinagar” for two decades.The presence of the allies and top union ministers at the rally is seen as public acknowledgment that Mr. Shah is the most powerful leader after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not only in the BJP but also in the NDA.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Do Youngest Children ‘Shrink’ When Born?

first_imgThe adage that says mothers tend to baby their youngest children isn’t all fiction. A new study finds that while moms accurately estimate the height of their elder children, they consistently underestimate the height of their youngest. Seventy percent of mothers, researchers found, recall a sudden shift in the size of their youngest child after a new baby was born; the no-longer-youngest child suddenly seemed much bigger. To test whether that was because older children were perceived as larger than reality or younger children were perceived as smaller, and to put numbers to this phenomenon, the scientists asked 77 mothers to mark the estimated height of their 2- to 6-year-old children on a blank wall. While the height estimates of their older children were accurate, mothers guessed that their youngest children were, on average, 7.5 centimeters shorter than their actual height. When a new baby is born, that height guess for the first child jumps and is suddenly more accurate—the “baby illusion” no longer distorts the mother’s estimate. The findings, published online today in Current Biology, could help researchers understand the subconscious factors that influence how parents view their children’s maturity levels or needs.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Asian Games hockey: India score fourth straight win to storm into semi-finals

first_imgPenalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh struck twice to power India to a 3-2 win over Pakistan and into the semifinals of the Asian Games men’s hockey tournament in Guangzhou on Saturday.It was India’s fourth straight victory over Pakistan this year.Sandeep Singh scored India’s first and third goal in the third and 48th minute while Dharamvir Singh netted a fine field goal in between to ensure India’s third successive victory in Group B.Rehan Butt (fourth) and Shakeel Abbasi (43rd minute) scored for Pakistan.With nine points in their kitty, India are sitting on top of the table with one match to go against Japan on Sunday.Both Pakistan, who play Bangladesh in their last league match, and Japan have six points from three matches.In total contrast to their previous three victories over Pakistan this year — 4-1 in the World Cup, 4-2 in the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament and 7-4 Commonwealth Games — on Saturday India had to work quite hard and deal with a lot of pressure, especially in the second half.It was India’s third victory over Pakistan in 12 Asian Games clashes and 48th overall in 146 clashes.Both the teams found it difficult to control the ball on the bouncy pitch, which has come in for severe criticism in Guangzhou.India negated the Sohail Abbas factor by conceding only a late penalty corner to the famed striker in the 57th minute as Chetri stopped the drag-flick with the stick and sent it over the bar for a corner.advertisementFor India, the players who caught the eye were Sardar Singh who was rock solid in deep defense.Vikram Pillai was the hardworking midfielder while Tushar Khandekar was his ebullient self up-front and Arjun Halappa did his bit while Sandeep was poor in defending but excellent with his drag-flicks.Both the goals conceded by Rajpal Singh-led India were off defensive errors.On the first occasion there was none to intercept a pass from the right sent in by Pakistan’s Shafqat Rasool to their key man Rehan, who had enough time to send the ball past Indian custodian Bharat Chetri with a shot taken through his legs.The second Pakistan goal was also the result of a bungling defense with Sandeep being the main culprit in not clearing the ball inside the 25 yard line and allowing Abbasi to take it past a clueless Mahadik and find the mark. The penalty corner through which Sandeep scored India’s opening goal was a result of a move from the right flank. He drag-flicked it to the right of rival custodian and captain Zeeshan Ashraf.Pakistan equalised immediately on the counter attack which caught the Indians napping.But India struck a superb goal midway through the first half to again put its nose ahead. Dharamvir connected the ball superbly, while on the run, sent in the D by Shivendra Singh.Crossing over, Pakistan were aggressive initially and came close to scoring on two occasions within the first five minutes. But India escaped as Abbasi hit over the bar and Chetri was alert enough to foil a concerted move from right.The Indian goal was breached finally when both Sandeep and Mahadik were found wanting to prevent Abbasi from taking control of a thorough pass into the D sent from the 25 yard line. The former delayed in clearing and the latter just could not prevent the player from taking a shot though he was nearby.But India struck back within five minutes to score the all-important goal of the match by earning their second penalty corner of the match with a move from the right.Sandeep made no mistake to score his eighth goal of the tournament.Pakistan then earned their first and only penalty corner but Sohail failed to convert it and then Sardar Singh blocked Rehan Butt’s effort right in front of the goal line with his stick in time to deflect the shot above the bar.India then pressed hard for another goal to seal off Pakistan’s escape route, and also earned a last-minute penalty corner which was taken after the long hooter, but for the first time Sandeep Singh failed to convert.India coach Jose Brasa slammed the pitch conditions.”It was very difficult to control the ball on this pitch.We had a problem in the build up of moves. We had to play a controlled and tactical game. But now we need only one more point to top our group,” he said.”But if we had to play on these type of pitches, it’s better For FIH to go back to playing hockey on grass. Our boys will now be more comfortable and confident,” he added.advertisement With PTI inputslast_img read more

One of the Best Tournaments of My Career: B Sai Praneeth on BWF World Championship Bronze

first_img — BWF (@bwfmedia) August 24, 2019It was a rare achievement for Praneeth, who became the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to win a medal in the prestigious tournament.Prakash Padukone was the first to win a men’s singles World Championships medal — a bronze — in the 1983 edition.Praneeth, who had finished runners-up at Swiss Open early this year, admitted he just couldn’t find the wherewithal to put pressure on Momota during the semifinal contest.”Momota was varying the strokes. I was pushing the pace but I wasn’t getting the result. I was getting tired. I didn’t know what to do. I was blank. I was attacking but a few strokes went out,” he said.”I couldn’t think anything except hitting the strokes and he was taking all the shots and I was hitting the net too often.”The world no. 19 Indian lavished praise on the world no.1 Japanese, terming him a “complete player”.”He has got an all-round game and he can vary his game according to the opponent and that is a big plus point,” said Praneeth, the 2017 Singapore Open champion.”If you see, Momota is a completely different player. You can’t go blindly and play him. You have to be fit and keep him in play and change the strategy all the time. The main thing is you have to be mentally fit.”He has a lot of patience and variation. He can read his opponent. He has something different from others which is making everything tough to beat him. But we will figure it out and yeah, someday I will definitely beat him.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Highlights | Show of strength by the defending champion @momota_kento 🇯🇵🏸Follow LIVE: https://t.co/WsMODjx70b#TOTALBWFWC2019 #Basel2019 pic.twitter.com/5sDj0LBfE8 Basel: His dream run ending with a World Championship bronze, India’s ace men’s singles shuttler B Sai Praneeth on Saturday described the feat as one of the best of his international career.The 27-year-old from Hyderabad, who was conferred with the Arjuna Award this year, lost 13-21 8-21 to defending champion and world no. 1 Kento Momota of Japan in a lop-sided semifinal to settle for bronze. “This was one of my best tournaments that I ever had in my career. There are lots of learning and positives to take. I think the recent performances have been good,” Praneeth told reporters. b sai praneethB Sai Praneeth vs Kento MomotaBadminton World Championshipsbwf world championships First Published: August 24, 2019, 8:47 PM ISTlast_img read more

Stephen Constantine names probable squad for Puerto Rico match

first_imgIndia football head coach Stephen Constantine on Thursday announced a 28-member probable squad for the forthcoming international friendly against Puerto Rico.The match will be played at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai on September 3.This will be the first ever official international match in Mumbai in 61 years since India last played USSR in 1955, according to an All India Football Federation (AIFF) release.This is also the first time ever that a team from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) region will be officially playing in India.Puerto Rico are placed 114 in the rankings. India are 152nd.”It’s a hugely important match for the people in Maharashtra that international football is back in Mumbai after a long gap. Mumbai, as vibrant as ever, has been known for its football culture and I hope the Indian fans will be turning up to support and cheer from the stands. It’s important that we have a good crowd,” Constantine said in the release.”The buzz in Mumbai is something that the team is looking forward to. Personally for me, all the cosmopolitan cities of the country should be ready to host the national team,” he added.Constantine informed that all the players would be reporting to the camp on August 28 with practice sessions beginning next day.Commenting on Puerto Rico, the coach maintained that it would be an “extremely tough” match.”Puerto Rico were the best movers in the rankings in July 2016. I have been watching some of their matches and they boast about a lot of players who play in quality Leagues all over the World including Europe and the USA,” he stated.advertisementThe 28-member India squad:Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh.Defenders: Rino Anto, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Keegan Pereira, Chinglensana Singh, Pritam Kotal, Narayan Das, Fulganco Cardozo.Midfielders: Vinit Rai, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Pronay Halder, Jackichand Singh, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Bikash Jairu, Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Rowlin Borges, Alwyn George, Germanpreet Singh, Md. Rafique, Arjun Tudu.Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi.last_img read more

RPS vs SRH: It’s Steve Smith vs David Warner as rejuvenated Pune host confident Hyderabad

first_imgA confident Sunrisers Hyderabad, on a two-match winning run, will face a rejuvenated Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.WATCH: Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey dominate frenetic week 3 of IPL 2017Earlier this week, Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils at home and now they play their third away match. They had lost their earlier two away matches.And come Saturday, they will be keen to win the Pune clash so that they can take the confidence to their coming away games at Bengaluru and Mohali.Australian Steven Smith-led Pune, who defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match to end a three-match losing streak on Sunday, will be fresh and raring to go after a five-day break. Pune team, which has won two matches from five games, must have utilised the five-day break as a period to recharge their batteries and retrospect themselves with the middle campaign of the IPL about to reach.To overcome a strong team like Hyderabad, Pune will have to put up a strong show with both the bat and the ball. Pune will be expecting Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes to fire in order to post a good total.Pune’s bowling, always the weak link, must be confident after restricting a powerful RCB batting line-up to 134/9 in pursuit of 162. A lot will depend on how veteran South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir performs.Medium pacers Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Stokes and Daniel Christian will again need to raise the bar as they will be up against the likes of a top-heavy Hyderabad batting line-up, which features David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson. Australian left-handed opener Warner has been leading the way for them, having notched 239 run in six innings so far.advertisementWilliamson in the last match plundered 89 off 51 against Delhi Daredevils in his opening match of this edition. He was included because of the off-colour performances of Yuvraj Singh (96 runs) and Deepak Hooda (59 runs).In Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hyderabad have two of India’s best shortest format medium pacers. Bhuvneshwar is currently the highest wicket-taker with 15 scalps. Meanwhile, Hyderabad’s newly acquired Afghan spin pair of Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi has been impressive. But due to Williamson, Warner may leave Nabi out of the team.last_img read more

Manchester United F.C.’s Jose Mourinho deserves ‘The Special One’ name: Paul Pogba

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho deserves his title of “The Special One” as he can make challenging decisions to get wins and has won three trophies in his debut campaign at the Premier League club, midfielder Paul Pogba said.Mourinho won the Community Shield, Europa League and League Cup titles but drew criticism after an abject league performance, where United finished sixth in his first year in charge.Pogba has defended the Portuguese manager, citing his decisive formation switch against Chelsea that helped United beat the North London side for the first time in five years, as an indicator of Mourinho’s abilities.”He is the Special One because he wins,” Pogba told Sky Sports on Thursday. “Sometimes he does some extreme things. Against Chelsea, he changed our tactical formation just before the game.”We had never trained it before but it worked out well. That was special. He won three trophies in his first year, that’s special as well. He deserves his name.”Pogba joined United before last season for a world record transfer fee of 89.3 million pounds ($113.54 million), and the price tag has led to him being scrutinized. but Mourinho has stood up for the French international on multiple occasions.”He’s a manager who is really close with the players. Personally, he welcomed me, we had a talk and I had a good feeling from the first moment on. He trusted and defended me. That’s all a player needs,” Pogba added.Pogba will be in action for France’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Friday and the following friendly against England on Tuesday.advertisement($1 = 0.7865 pounds)last_img read more

Some Crown Forest Roads Ready for Vehicles

first_imgGates on forest roads on Crown land in the St. Margaret’s Bay and East River areas will be open today, May 2, by 4:30 p.m. The gates were closed because of soft roads, but are reopening now that the surfaces have hardened enough to safely accept motorized vehicles. This will allow access to the Annapolis Trail Road at St. Margaret’s Bay, the Dauphinees Mill Lake Road at Exit 6 on Highway 103, and East River Road in Simms Settlement. A connector road has been built to link the old Annapolis Trail Road, also known as the Basecamp Road, to Tote Road and the Ingramport River Road. The connector road is shown on a map at http://novascotia.ca/natr . Some road sections may still be wet, so caution is advised. All other gates will remain closed until road conditions in those areas improve this spring. The road gates on all western Crown lands formerly owned by Bowater were closed to motorized vehicles last month as part of the province’s management of the lands, to protect roadbeds during the spring softening period, and for the safety of vehicle drivers. Travel on soft roads can cause severe damage that is expensive to repair. Vehicles can get stuck in remote wooded areas where cellphone coverage is weak.last_img read more

Police investigate after trailer full of beer worth 155000 stolen in Delta

first_imgDELTA, B.C. – Police in Delta, B.C., are investigating the theft of a trailer full of nearly 2,600 cases of Coors Light beer.The Delta Police Department says in a release that surveillance footage shows a red semi-truck entering a lot before someone hooks up the trailer just before noon on Jan. 20.Police spokeswoman Cris Leykauf says based on the company’s GPS tracking system, the trailer arrived at an address in Richmond about half an hour later.She says the trailer was discovered empty the next day and the theft was then reported to police.Leykauf says it’s definitely an unusual theft and anyone who may be aware of some odd circumstances around the sale of beer should contact police.The alcohol is valued at about $155,000.last_img

Toronto Sets Midnight Madness Docs Lineup With James Francos The Disaster Artist

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook READ MORE Twitter The Toronto International Film Festival continues to round out its slate for the 42nd event which runs September 7-17, setting today the Midnight Madness, TIFF Docs and Short Cuts sections. Notably, Peter Kuplowsky has unveiled his inaugural Midnight Madness roster as the strand’s new programmer.Opening the section is the world premiere of Bodied from Joseph Kahn, a comedy starring Anthony Michael Hall. James Franco will bring The Disaster Artist to Toronto, based on the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film The Room and starring Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron and Bryan Cranston. It had a work-in-progress screening back at SXSW.The TIFF Docs slate includes Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, a new battle with the food industry in its world premiere. Also premiering is the Matt Tyrnauer-directed Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood about Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after WWII and became confidante, aide de camp and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male – and female – stars. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Petronas said to possibly be looking to buy Chevrons stake in Kitimat

first_imgTORONTO, O.N. — Petronas could possibly be looking to get back into the Canadian LNG game after sources said that Chevron is exploring options including selling its minority stake in the proposed Kitimat LNG project.According to Reuters, three unnamed sources said that Petronas is among the parties in talks with Chevron for a possible stake in Kitimat LNG, after it scuppered plans to build the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project last July because of unfavourable market conditions. Speaking anonymously, the sources told Reuters that it was not guaranteed that Chevron would sell its stake. They said that Chevron is considering selling a stake in Kitimat LNG to a financial investor such as a Canadian pension fund or a private equity firm.The sources added that Seven Generations Energy Ltd and Tourmaline Oil Corp are also in discussions to supply natural gas to Chevron’s project, and that Seven Generations may also consider buying a stake in the project by partnering with other gas producers. Kitimat LNG, a 50/50 joint venture with Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd, has a 20-year, 10 million-metric-tonne-per-year export license for LNG and is expected to cost tens of billions of dollars to build. Story courtesy The Globe and Mail/Reuters: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/chevron-in-talks-to-sell-stake-in-canadian-lng-project-sources/article38211025/?utm_source=Shared+Article+Sent+to+User&utm_medium=E-mail:+Newsletters+/+E-Blasts+/+etc.&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Linkslast_img read more

Gitgaat add to list of court challenges to Northern Gateway recommendation

VANCOUVER — The Gitga’at First Nation in British Columbia has filed a court challenge to the federal review panel recommendation in favour of the Northern Gateway pipeline, bringing to 10 the number of applications filed in Vancouver against the project.The small community centred around Hartley Bay on the north coast said its way of life would be severely threatened by the bitumen-laden tankers that would navigate Douglas Channel on their doorstep.In applications filed this week with both the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, the band asks for a judicial review of the joint review panel’s decision.“We’re talking about hundreds of ships passing by basically our front door… and the impact that that’s going to have on our way of life and the cultural identity of the Gitga’at people,” Cam Hill, an elected band councillor, said Wednesday.“We are a sea-going people. Our life is on the sea.”The band wants the court to declare that the panel “breached the honour of the Crown in its dealings with the Gitga’at” and failed to fulfil the Crown’s duty to consult aboriginal peoples.They’re asking the court to quash the report and recommendations or, failing that, to refer the report back to the panel for further consideration.The joint review panel issued a report last month recommending approval of the 1,200-kilometre pipeline from the Edmonton area to a tanker port in Kitimat, B.C. — with 209 conditions.Ivan Giesbrecht, spokesman for Northern Gateway, said the company anticipates the court will deal quickly with the legal issues.“We’re confident the court will agree that the JRP process was thorough, fair, and based on sound science,” he said.“In the meantime, we are focusing on the important task of meeting the conditions set forth by the province of British Columbia.”The Haisla Nation, the Gitxaala and several environmental groups also filed applications to both courts for a judicial review within the 30-day deadline.The reasons for the court challenges vary, including that the panel erred in law by considering the economic benefits of the project to the Alberta oilsands, but ignoring the adverse effects of the development.Opponents also said the panel made its decision despite gaps in the evidence, such as the absence of a federal study of diluted bitumen and how it behaves in water. That study, which found the heavier, molasses-like product sinks when mixed with sediment in salt water, was quietly released by Environment Canada after the panel wrapped up hearings.The panel also didn’t get to consider a federal recovery strategy for humpback whales or a draft strategy for caribou, both published by Environment Canada after the hearings ended and years overdue under the federal Species At Risk Act.All say the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel, which conducted the review for the agency and the National Energy Board, made legal errors in arriving at the opinion that the pipeline should be built.Mr. Hill said the Gitga’at felt their voices really weren’t heard during the panel process.“Court is not an avenue that we really wanted to go down,” he said.The band did not accept any money from Northern Gateway Pipelines to fund its participation at the many months of hearings, but he declined to say where the money came from for panel participation or for a court fight.The federal cabinet has 180 days from the time it received the report, released in December, to make a final decision.The Canadian Press read more

Deported Lankans questioned at airport

Officials of the UK Border Agency accompanied the Sri Lankans back to the country and handed them over to officers at the airport. All those who arrived on the flight were deported from Britain after their asylum requests were rejected by the British government. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) later recorded statement s from the returnees for several hours and then released them, an official at the airport told Xinhua.The British media reported on Friday that around 40 others who were also to be deported had their deportations suspended by a British court. A group of Sri Lankans who were deported from Britain arrived in the country today and were questioned by officials at the airport.The Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration department said that 36 Sri Lankans including 28 minority Tamils arrived in the island on a special chartered flight. International human rights group Human Rights Watch had said this week said that the United Kingdom should immediately suspend deportations of ethnic Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka and review its policies in assessing these claims. read more

Muslims in Colombo protest against video

U.S. should apologize to Muslims.” They chanted, “Hang the producer and director of the film.” Hundreds of Muslims in Sri Lanka protested against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States, calling for its creators to be hanged.About 300 protesters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, on Wednesday, carrying signs and banners that read, “Ban anti-Islamic film all over the world. Protesters also spit on and walked on U.S. and Israeli flags during the demonstration, which was organized by an Islamic group called Sri Lanka Thaweed Jamath. Abdul Razeek, a spokesman for the group, demanded the U.S. ban the film and said the protests would continue until the film is completely removed from YouTube. He said protesters were “ready to sacrifice our lives for this.” (AP)

Intel offering affordable overclocking insurance

first_imgFor all that it has changed over the years, overclocking still has its risks. You are, by definition, pushing processors past their intended operating point and while that generally won’t do any harm there is always the chance something could go wrong. Some individual chips can go further than other ones that are the same model, but happen to have been produced at another time, in another facility, or with a different stepping, so even if you do your research and cool properly, things can happen. Intel understands this and has enthusiasts covered, that is if they want to pony up the cash and pay for insurance. Intel‘s new pilot program for this is known as the Performance Tuning Protection Plan. Using this Intel-owning overlockers can pay between $20 and $35 to insure their enthusiast-level CPU — from the Core i5 2500K on the low end and the Core i7 3960X on the high end. This covers X and K processors on LGA2011, Sandy Bridge (second generation Core architecture) or newer. The chip’s standard three year warranty will still apply, but this plan will offer protection for times when the chip is running outside of normal circumstances. Basically, Intel’s normally warranty doesn’t cover your 5GHz LN2-cool weekend project rig, but the PTPP does. Despite the availability of the PTPP Intel has not changed their official stance on overclocking. The company will offer no support or advise on pushing chips past their intended performance targets or recommended operating conditions. The PTPP simply augments the buyer’s existing three-year warranty with extra protection. It’s a way for Intel to support enthusiasts while getting in on the lucrative extended warranty business, something every retailer understands quite well at this point (many savvy consumers avoid). Right now it’s just a six month pilot project, after which Intel will reevaluate the program, so we’ll see how it does. If you are doing any major overclocking you might want to considering signing up.More at Intellast_img read more

SDCC Announcement The Stakes Are Raised For Supergirl Season 3

first_img A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Saturday, July 22nd at San Diego Comic-Con featured the first of CW’s DC Superhero shows panels; Supergirl. On hand at the panel were Melissa Benoist, Chris Wood, Jeremy Jordan, Mehcad Brooks and many more! They even introduced Odette Annabelle who’s playing the latest big bad; Reign, the Kryptonian Worldkiller.Needless to say, the stakes are higher this season. While the trailer doesn’t go much into the character of Reign, it does give us a good idea of where Supergirl is now after the events of season 2. Here are some takeaways from the trailer and the panel:A darker Supergirl. One of the most chilling lines in the whole trailer is when Supergirl says, “Kara Danvers was a mistake.” Supergirl is doing a lot of self-reflecting and claims she isn’t human. Expect her character arc in season 3 to delve deeply into what it means to be human.Mon-El returns! Chris Wood confirms on the panel that Mon-El will be making a return this season. It was not confirmed which episode Mon-El would make his reappearance, but we can be sure that things are not going to be the same between him and Supergirl.More Cat Grant! Calista Flockhart hasn’t been a regular since the first season, but she did appear sporadically in season 2 including the last two episodes. It was also confirmed that she will not only appear this season, but she’ll be in the very first episode of the season!National City ain’t big enough for the both of us. Lena Luthor actress Katie McGrath gets bumped up to a regular cast member and getting highlighted in the trailer. However, Floriana Lima who plays Alex Danvers’ love interest Maggie Sawyer, will be taking on a diminished role. Many fans were excited to see Alex and Maggie get engaged at the end of season 2 and the Supergirl team promised us that we will still be getting some more Maggie and they will continue the storyline.More Martians! J’onn J’onzz is not alone! Actor Carl Lumbly will be playing J’onzz’s father, M’yrnn J’onzz, this season. Carl actually played Martian Manhunter in the Justice League cartoon. We don’t know yet if this will be a warm welcome or not, but this will certainly disrupt J’onn J’onzz dynamic as a father figure type.All of this and so much more will be hitting the CW in just a few months! Watch the trailer and keep an eye out for news as it comes in. We can already tell that this season is going to push the envelope for Supergirl far more than we’ve ever seen before.Supergirl returns to the CW October 9th at 8:00 PM.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more