Senior Chinese Science Official Snared in Corruption Probe

first_imgThe Communist Party’s effort to root out corruption in officialdom is now targeting its biggest fish to date in the Chinese science establishment. On 12 April, the state news agency Xinhua reported that Shen Weichen, Communist Party secretary at the China Association for Science and Technology, or CAST, “is now under investigation for suspected serious violation of discipline and laws.”On its website, CAST describes itself as “the bridge linking Chinese science and technology community with the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government.” The nongovernmental organization, headquartered in Beijing, may be best known in China for its efforts to popularize science for the general public and its occasional reports on the state of the nation’s scientific workforce. Its U.S. equivalent is AAAS, publisher of ScienceInsider.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(*)The agency spearheading the anticorruption drive, the Communist Party of China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, announced the investigation without revealing further details about the allegations. Shen could not immediately be reached for comment.Party secretaries in China wield enormous influence. They have an often delicate power-sharing relationship with an organization’s titular head; major decisions at a university, for instance, normally require sign-off from both the president and the party secretary.Shen, a career politician, was appointed CAST’s party secretary in April 2013. Prior to that, he served for 2 1/2 years as deputy propaganda minister of the Communist Party of China. Ironically, Shen was appointed to the discipline inspection commission in November 2012; ScienceInsider could not confirm whether he has been relieved of those duties.last_img read more

Hyderabad: Sathya Sai Baba’s personal chamber opened

first_imgThe “Yajur Mandir”, personal chamber of the late Sathya Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh was opened on Thursday, more than a month-and-a-half after his demise.Members of Sathya Sai Central Trust opened the mandir in the presence of a couple of senior revenue officials. Sai Baba’s personal caretaker Satyajit, who alone had the access to the chamber which is equipped with a biometric lock system, also accompanied the trust members and officials.However, what the trust members found inside the chamber still remains a mystery as both the media and the police had been kept away. ” We have no information from the trust members.Since it is a private issue, we have not made any attempt to go inside Yajur Mandir,” Anantapur SP Shahnawaz Khan said.Several devotees who gathered at Prashanti Nilayam demanded that the locks be opened in their presence. Relatives of Sai Baba found fault with the trust members for not being taken into confidence before opening the mandir . They wondered why there was so much secrecy about the process.The trust members, who entered the chamber at around 10.30 am, did not come out till 8 pm. Inquiries revealed that they were making an inventory of the material in the chamber, which would later be registered with the revenue authorities.In the evening, a senior official of the State Bank of India entered the premises, leading to speculations that the trust is planning to shift all of Sai Baba’s belongings, including valuables and documents, if any, in the bank lockers.advertisementFormer Chief Justice of India P. N. Bhagwati, one of the trustees, meanwhile, announced that he was quitting the trust as he had taken over as the vice- chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University.It has also been learnt that there were arguments among the members on the role of Satyajit. While some suggested that he be taken into the trust, Baba’s nephew and trust member R. J. Ratnakar opposed the suggestion.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Pakistan celebrate Lord’s victory with press-ups

first_imgPakistan celebrated their 75-run win over England at Lord’s in an unique way by doing series of press-ups. (Also read: 1st Test: Yasir Shah, Misbah-ul-Haq help Pakistan decimate England at Lord’s)Prior to the start of the England series, Pakistan team went to an army boot camp in order to improve their fitness. Veteran batsman Younis Khan led the team in performing the press-ups followed by a salute in front of Lord’s famous pavilion. (Also read: Misbah-ul-Haq says Mohammad Amir can start a ‘new life’)The touring team’s captain, Misbah had also celebrated his century at Lord’s on day one in similar fashion.last_img

No Smith, Jets Hunt Backup QB

first_imgNEW YORK – Geno Smith might be able to avoid the short-term injured reserve list.The New York Jets quarterback had his jaw broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Aug. 11, and had surgery two days later to have metal plates and screws inserted. Smith is expected to miss six to 10 weeks, leaving his availability uncertain for the regular season.Short-term IR is one option for the Jets, but Smith wouldn’t be able to play until he was on the list for at least eight weeks.“Based on the timeline for his recovery, it’s a possibility,” General Manager Mike Maccagnan said during practice, “but I would say it would not be likely.”Maccagnan said Smith is likely to miss the first four games of the regular season, putting a potential return around Week 6 — after the Jets’ bye week.With Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter and rookies Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps behind him, the Jets are exploring veteran options.“I don’t want to necessarily put a timeframe on it, but it is something we’re looking to do,” Maccagnan said. “We have the ability to do that, potentially, for the rest of training camp.”They brought Matt Flynn in for a physical last week, but didn’t work him out. He was released by New England last week after dealing with a hamstring issue, and New York was still very much interested in signing him. The 30-year-old Flynn has also been with Green Bay (twice), Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo.It would appear to make sense for the Jets to bring in a veteran as insurance for Fitzpatrick, who was acquired in March from Houston. He’s healthy after having his season end last December because of a broken leg.Still, the Jets would be in a precarious position if Fitzpatrick were to get hurt early in the season because of the lack of experience behind him at the quarterback spot.Maccagnan acknowledged the Jets have “talked to other teams” about trades, but the GM also will track the waiver wire and free-agent market.“There’s nothing pressing on that front right now,” Maccagnan said of a trade. “I think most teams are kind of evaluating their own quarterback situations. That would probably, I would imagine, become more of a possibility as we get later on in training camp.”Smith was at the team meeting, and coach Todd Bowles said he briefly chatted with the injured quarterback both Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.“We didn’t have a two-hour conversation or anything,” Bowles said, “but he was able to open his mouth and everything.”With Fitzpatrick taking over as the starter, Bowles said last week there is no guarantee Smith will automatically get the job back when he’s healthy — particularly if Fitzpatrick and the team are playing well. Despite that, Fitzpatrick insisted there’s no tension or weird feelings among the two quarterbacks.“It’s fine,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’re both professionals.”Both Bowles and Maccagnan expect Smith to be able to participate in all meetings at the facility “very soon,” although physical activity will still be up to the doctors.“No time soon,” Bowles said. “He’s got a good, another week and a half, two weeks, maybe.”Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick has gotten four full practices under his belt with the starting offense, developing a better rapport with the receivers and feeling even more comfortable in Chan Gailey’s offense.The fact he played under Gailey for three seasons in Buffalo was a major reason the Jets went after Fitzpatrick in the off-season. That has guys such as Brandon Marshall feeling pretty good about Fitzpatrick — whether he’s a short- or long-term solution this season.“It’s his offense,” Marshall said of Fitzpatrick. “He knows this offense probably just as well as Chan. That’s exciting and it makes everyone feel comfortable.”Fitzpatrick and the starters played just one series in the preseason opener last week at Detroit, but they are expected to get a few more series against Atlanta on Aug. 21.“There’s a big-time balance between staying healthy and getting work,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think health certainly outweighs that. Being healthy for the season is certainly more important than going out there and lighting the world on fire in preseason.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Socionext and Varjo collaborate on human-eye resolution VR/XR headset

first_img Continue Reading Previous b-plus: HiL-reinjection of sensor raw dataNext Rohde & Schwarz to present signaling test solution for Bluetooth LE Socionext and Varjo announced the company’s ongoing co-operation around Varjo’s next-generation VR/XR solutions. Varjo’s upcoming next-gen VR/XR headset is based on a combination of the company’s patented human-eye resolution technology with Socionext’s Milbeaut image signal processing solutions.Varjo has developed a VR/XR headset display that can visualize images at 70MP with a 100° field-of-view, which is far beyond what is supported by current first-generation VR headsets. Varjo takes advantage of the fact that the human eye doesn’t actually see the world in high resolution across its entire field of view. Rather, the eye only sees full-resolution images at 2° in the center field of vision. Varjo uses this same approach for its Mixed Reality and video-see-through (VST) headset, which enables users to see the real world with augmented content in human-eye resolution through the device.The camera processing required for both XR and VST is incredibly complex, so Varjo selected Socionext’s Milbeaut high-performance image signal processor technology. Milbeaut is able to provide the necessary high imaging resolution and quality due to its high-definition image pipelines, fast processing speeds and low power consumption. Socionext has been providing optimized solutions for a wide range of acclaimed imaging applications in the area of DSLR cameras, smartphones and video equipment for nearly 2 decades.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Luis Enrique promises evolution and surprises as Spain coach

first_imgSpain’s new coach Luis Enrqiue has promised that his rein will be more of an evolution than a revolution and there will be plenty of surprises in his first squad.Spain is famous for their posession-based passing game or tiki-taka as they like to call it but that hasn’t worked for the 2010 World Cup winners lately. But, Enrqiue emphasied on the fact that their playing style won’t change but changes will be made.After a controversial start to the 2018 World Cup, Spain were knocked out by hosts Russia in the round-of-16 stages and that was followed by Fernando Hierro, their interim coach, leaving the post. Spain just won one match in Russia under Hierro and struggled to break down a stout Russian defence in the last 16 stage before being knocked out in penalties.But Enrqiue feels that there is no need of a drastic change in style.Luis Enrique named Spain coach after World Cup 2018 debacle”There won’t be a revolution, rather an evolution. You can evolve a style of play without altering it, as I showed at Barcelona,” Enrique told a news conference.”Football is a continuous evolution and we’ll look to do just that to the current idea we have. We can play good football, be aggressive, control the ball and hurt our opponents. There’s things we need to improve, too.”Luis Enrique: “Me gusta lo que veo y lo que transmite la @SeFutbol”https://t.co/HSyI9DzI6s#BienvenidoLuisEnrique pic.twitter.com/EtymxmKu6BSelección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) July 19, 2018Enrique, who coached Barcelona between 2014 and 2017 winning two La Liga titles as well as the 2015 Champions League, also intimated he would pick players on form and style of play, rather than on reputation.advertisement”I can’t wait to announce my first squad; there’ll be plenty of surprises, that’s for sure. The first list I composed had about 70 players on it.”It’s good for them to not know whether or not they’ll definitely be included or not and I’ve not spoken to any players yet.”Fernando Hierro snaps tie with Spanish football after World Cup horrorOne of his first tasks will be to resolve the international future of Barca defender Gerard Pique.The 31-year-old had previously stated he was intending to retire from international football after the World Cup but has not publicly confirmed his position since.”His is a special case as two years ago he said he was going to retire. I’d like to be able to count on all players and Pique is of course one of them. He’s shown what a player he is. You need to respect the players’ wishes, though.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

SOUTH DAKOTA LAWMAKERS MAY UNDERGO DRUG TESTING

first_imgA South Dakota Republican lawmaker wants to require all state legislators to be drug-tested.Rep. Tim Goodwin’s bill would mandate members of the Legislature be tested within two weeks of getting sworn into office and two weeks of legislative session’s end.Goodwin said Tuesday he wants to make sure all lawmakers are “clean.”The move comes after the attorney general proposed legislation to impose harsher penalties for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing.Goodwin says if lawmakers are going to send people to prison for a “long period of time, we should all be clean ourself.”The bill says a positive test or a refusal to take one must be reported to the presiding officer of the lawmaker’s chamber for discipline.APlast_img

Asensio snubbed Netherlands advances

first_imgAsensio Asensio admits to snubbing Van Nistelrooy’s Netherlands advances Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 18:16 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) asensio-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Spain Netherlands Primera División WC Qualification Europe The ex-Real Madrid striker could have pulled off a major coup for the Dutch, but a promising forward rejected his calls in order to play for Spain Marco Asensio has revealed that former Real Madrid star Ruud van Nistelrooy approached him while working as Netherlands assistant coach to ask if the young Spain star would consider representing the Dutch national team.The 21-year-old could have chosen to represent Netherlands through his Dutch mother, but the exciting Los Blancos winger has never represented the country at any level.Instead, Asensio played for Spain through the youth categories before making his senior debut against Switzerland in 3-1 victory in May 2016.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Spain 7/1 to win WCThings could have been very different had he succumbed to Netherlands’ advances when Van Nistelrooy made the call, though Asensio is adamant he never wavered from his Spain dream.”I was called by Van Nistelrooy to play for Netherlands,” Asensio told Cope.”I talked to him for a while, then he passed me to the head coach and he told me that they wanted me at all costs. “[But] I really did not hesitate [in committing to Spain].”last_img read more

Community Centre Opens in Orchard, Hanover

first_img The facility was constructed by Hanover Charities at a cost of $ 64 million, in partnership with The Tryall Fund, Mafessanti Builders, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Hopewell, and the Lennox Lewis League of Champions Foundation. “These individuals have brought much fame and glory and have elevated brand Jamaica. It sends a message that sports is a tool to inspire and motivate our young boys and girls, showing them that no matter where they are from, they can achieve great things. This (sports and community) centre could give birth to the next great Jamaican athlete,” Mr. Terrelonge said. Story Highlights The two-storey building houses a community centre, homework centre, computer room and the Lennox Lewis League of Champions boxing gym. There are also a football field and basketball and netball courts at the location. A Community and Sport Centre was officially opened in Orchard, Hopewell, Hanover, on November 9, by Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge.The facility was constructed by Hanover Charities at a cost of $ 64 million, in partnership with The Tryall Fund, Mafessanti Builders, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Hopewell, and the Lennox Lewis League of Champions Foundation.In his address at the opening ceremony, the State Minister said the centre could be the training ground for the next generation of star athletes in Jamaica.“Sports is an important asset to our nation. It is also an important aspect of Jamaica’s development,” he said,  citing the exploits of  sprinters,  Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Asafa Powell.“These individuals have brought much fame and glory and have elevated brand Jamaica. It sends a message that sports is a tool to inspire and motivate our young boys and girls, showing them that no matter where they are from, they can achieve great things. This (sports and community) centre could give birth to the next great Jamaican athlete,” Mr. Terrelonge said.The facility was hailed by the State Minister as a great project, “which will become a robust training facility for the youth of Western Jamaica, as well as a central location at which parenting and other useful seminars can be held.”For her part, Chairperson of Hanover Charities, Katrin Casserly, said she was pleased with the outcome of the project, and implored residents of Orchard to take advantage of opportunities that will be presented at the centre, and to take care of the facility, as “it is for the benefit of the community, and the youth in particular.”The two-storey building houses a community centre, homework centre, computer room and the Lennox Lewis League of Champions boxing gym. There are also a football field and basketball and netball courts at the location.last_img read more

Dynagas LNG Plans Public Offering to Boost Fleet

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed owner and operator of LNG carriers, Dynagas LNG Partners, has priced its public offering of 3 million of its 9.0% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred units, representing limited partner interests, at USD 25 per unit. The company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 450,000 Series A units on the same terms and conditions to cover over-allotments, if any.Dynagas LNG intends to use the net proceeds from the public offering together with a portion of borrowings under a new secured debt facility to finance the acquisition of one of the operating LNG carriers and the respective time charter owned by Dynagas Holding Ltd.If Dynagas LNG is unable to buy the LNG carrier, it will use the net proceeds of this offering for general partnership purposes, including working capital.The purchase of the vessel is subject to, among other things, the identification of the vessel to be acquired; agreement on the purchase price; approval of the acquisition and the purchase price by the conflicts committee of Dynagas; entry into the new secured debt facility; and the negotiation and execution of definitive documentation.Dynagas LNG says that it can provide no assurance that it will be able to complete the buy.last_img read more

Pvt contractor 4 others thrashed rape survivor

first_imgGreater Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police have booked a private construction contractor and his few other accomplices for allegedly thrashing a gang rape survivor forcing her to withdraw the case filed against them. Cops said that the incident took place on Monday night in Beta-2 area of GreaterNoida. As per reports, the 24-years-old victim was allegedly attacked by five men who were travelling in a Santro car, around 10:30 pm on Monday, when she was returning home from a nearby market in Beta-2 area. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarShe was brutally beaten with sticks which injured her badly while both of her hands and her ribs got fractured. The accused persons fled from the spot leaving her behind and she was taken to nearby Kailash hospital and got discharged on Thursday. Following the incident, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar ordered an enquiry into the case while an FIR was registered. “Based on the media reports and directions from senior police officials, an FIR has been registered into the case. The victim had not given any complaint to police but we will record statements and will probe the case,” said Ajay Kumar, Station House Officer of Kasna police station. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceReports said that the victim had lodged a case of gang-rape against the main accused Vinit Rajbhushan who along with his nephew Ankit and a few unknown men had gang raped her in December 2018. Soon after the case being lodged, the accused persons have been forcing her to withdraw the case. The reports further said that the victim was in a relationship with Vinit when he on the pretext of marriage made physical relations and also involved friends who forcefully raped her in December 2018. The victim also got pregnant in the incident.last_img read more

South Africa aim to sign off from World Cup with a flourish

first_imgBirmingham: Struggling South Africa need a miracle to make the World Cup semi-finals but coach Ottis Gibson said the team have plenty to play for in their remaining three matches. The Faf du Plessis-led side have flopped badly at the 50-over event in England and Wales, recording just one win, over minnows Afghanistan, in their six matches so far. The Proteas did put up a fight against New Zealand on Wednesday but lost a tense game mainly due to Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson’s brilliance with the bat. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevSouth Africa, ranked fourth in one-day internationals, play Pakistan on Sunday before taking on Sri Lanka and Australia. “We’ve still got three games to play and I’d like to think that we can at least play the way we know we can play,” said Gibson. “The thing about the squad is that there are guys playing their last World Cup and I’d like to think that they will leave the world stage having signed off on a strong note.” “And there are some youngsters here that I’m sure will play in future World Cups. So they too would like to leave a statement. That’s the way we’ve got to look at it,” said the former West Indies allrounder. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsLeg-spinner Imran Tahir and middle-order batsman JP Duminy will both retire from ODIs at the end of the tournament after impressive careers. Tahir, who made his ODI debut at the 2011 World Cup, has played 104 matches and is the most successful spinner in South Africa’s 50-over history, with 170 wickets. Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are part of the younger crop of players who are playing in their first World Cup. Gibson admitted South Africa’s failing had been their batting. They have only reached 300 once in the tournament and that was in a losing cause against Bangladesh. “We’ve not really been able to put enough runs on the board. We don’t have the bowling attack that we wanted to have, therefore we needed more runs to work with,” Gibson said.last_img read more

Fire rips through explosiveslittered German forest

first_imgSchwerin: German fire-fighters were Tuesday battling a huge forest blaze ripping through a former military training area littered with unexploded munitions dating back to the Nazi era. Hundreds of emergency personnel — backed by helicopters, army vehicles and police water canon — have been fighting the flames and evacuated four nearby villages with a total of over 1,000 residents in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state. The acrid smell from the blaze, the largest recorded in the ex-communist northeastern state, has drifted as far as Berlin, 200 kilometres Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’away, as much of Europe swelters in blistering summer temperatures. The German army on Tuesday sent in armoured vehicles to clear pathways of dangerous unexploded ordnance (UXO) so that fire engines can enter the burning region that measured some 600 hectares (1,400 acres). The former military training ground near the town of Luebtheen is littered with bombs, grenades and bullets from the Nazi era’s Wehrmacht, the former Soviet army, and from reunited Germany’s Bundeswehr.last_img read more

Calgary remains interested in 2026 bid but awaits word from feds province

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary city council approved a slate of moves towards a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics on Tuesday but they’re contingent upon the federal and provincial governments contributing money towards it.Council voted 8-6 to approve in principle motions that included forming a bid corporation and spending another $3.5 million on exploring a bid.But those moves won’t be put into action until the Canadian and Alberta governments also commit to the bid.“What council decided tonight is to move forward, so we made it through another gate, on the Olympic process,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said. “This gate is contingent on confirmation of the federal and provincial funding.”Nenshi has repeatedly said a bid can’t go ahead without federal and provincial financial support.The city posted documents on its website Friday stating both levels of government were on board to contribute money but walked that back a day later saying no confirmation was received and those reports were posted in error.The cost of a 2026 bid is estimated to be $30 million. The retracted reports stated the feds would chip in $10.5 million and the province $10 million before those document were removed from the city’s website.“I would say I am extraordinarily confident that the . . . funding is extremely close to forthcoming,” Nenshi said Tuesday. “We’ve had lots of conversations with the feds and the province on this.“I think that with council’s decision to move forward today with that kind of commitment, I think that probably will get rid of any remaining barriers with the other governments, but of course it’s their decision.”The International Olympic Committee will invite cities to bid for 2026 in October with the deadline to do so by January. The winning city will be announced in September, 2019.Calgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Games.The city allocated $5 million in 2016 to the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee. CBEC concluded last year that the cost of hosting the 2026 Games would be $4.6 billion and Games revenue would cover half that cost.But the director of the city’s bid project team that took over from CBEC said Tuesday that estimate will likely be too low when inflation, contingency and endowment funds are calculated.“We are anticipating that number to be higher,” Kyle Ripley said.Council voted in November to spend up to $2 million more on continued exploration of a bid. But only $1 million was released pending an answer from the federal and provincial governments.The city was looking for a three-way split between the three levels of government on the cost of the bid.The $3.5 million approved in principle Tuesday would bring Calgary’s spending on a bid to $9.5 million and thus fulfil its one-third financial commitment, Nenshi said.Also approved in principle Tuesday was administration returning to council April 10 to discuss a public engagement plan.Had council voted against the motions Tuesday, Calgary would not bid for 2026.“A no vote today means this project is dead,” Nenshi said.Council is expected to debate Wednesday whether Calgarians’ desire to host the 2026 Winter Games should be polled via a plebiscite.Nenshi said he wasn’t opposed to a plebiscite, but “somebody’s got to pay for it. It’s two million bucks and it’s not going to come out of the existing budget, so you’ve got to find the money.“We need robust public engagement. We really need talk to people and get an idea of what they’re thinking. I think there are other ways to get engagement.”last_img read more

Spooking speeders Prairie city latest to use police cutouts on busy roads

first_imgLLOYDMINSTER, Alta. — Some new scarecrows are popping up on the Prairies, but these aren’t meant for bluffing birds.Life-size metal cut-outs of uniformed Mounties are being placed next to busy roads and intersections in Lloydminster, a city straddling the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.The city says the fake officers are part of a pilot “scarecrow initiative” aimed at discouraging speeders.It’s modelled on a similar project that started last year in Coquitlam, B.C.RCMP in that community said that within six months of introducing their police scarecrows, the number of drivers caught speeding by more than 10 km/h decreased by half.Glenn Alford with the City of Lloydminster says each cut-out costs about $325 — a fraction of what it would cost to have a real officer monitor the locations.“The new recruits aren’t much for conversation, but they have proven highly effective in their duties with other municipalities,” he said.“We expect this program will have positive results here in Lloydminster.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A LIST OF ALL THE FREE MOVIES AT YONGE DUNDAS THIS SUMMER

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Photo by Freight-Train Advertisement Here are the movies playing at Yonge-Dundas Square this summer as part of City Cinema.Strange Brew – June 27Bon Cop, Bad Cop – July 4Whip It – July 11The Naked Gun – July 18The Blues Brothers – July 25The Truman Show – August 1The Great Outdoors – August 8Take this Waltz – August 15Men with Brooms – August 22Audience choice – August 29BY Phil Villeneuve Free movies this summer at Yonge-Dundas Square will have you laughing and remembering how many great comedians call Toronto home.City Cinema runs all summer long on Tuesday nights, from June 27 to August 29, and admission is free. You might want to get there early to reserve a seat. If you don’t get one, there are plenty of other screenings happening all over the city.Movies start after sundown (around 9 p.m.) and each feature will be preceded by a short film by the National Film Board of Canada. The final film of the season will be decided by a public vote.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

UN mission says opposition forces in DR Congo have disarmed awaiting handover

5 April 2007After clashing violently with Government troops in the capital Kinshasa last month, opposition forces and their dependents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) currently under United Nations protection have disarmed, the world body’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) said today. The UN mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, estimates that hundreds were killed and many more wounded in the violence which broke out on 22 March between Government forces and guards of former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was defeated last year by current President Joseph Kabila in the run-off round of landmark presidential elections.As of 30 March, 149 opposition fighters, called DPP, have taken refuge with MONUC. In addition to those DPP members, some 93 women and 109 children who claim to be family of DPP members have also taken refuge with MONUC.“The Mission is in discussions with the Government regarding [the opposition forces’] handover to Government authorities for disarmament or reintegration into the armed forces,” Michele Montas, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson, told reporters in New York today.Mr. Bemba’s guards have yet to be handed over, as a detailed agreement is currently being negotiated by which the Government would guarantee to respect the opposition forces’ human rights and their proper treatment before the law should they be tried, as well as giving MONUC’s human rights officials access to them.Yesterday, MONUC called on Government officials to ensure that the country’s security forces act in accordance to the law and not create an atmosphere of persecution against people associated with the opposition or those originating from Equateur province, an opposition stronghold.“It is crucial that the fundamental rights of individual security and liberty, as well as the liberty of opinion and expression, which are guaranteed by the DRC constitution, should be respected by all the security forces in relation to Congolese citizens, which includes members of the opposition and the press,” MONUC spokesperson Kemal Saiki said.On Tuesday, the Security Council called on the DRC’s authorities and political parties to pursue national reconciliation and resolve their differences through dialogue.Deploring the March violence, the 15-member Council underscored the legitimacy of the DRC’s democratically elected institutions. The body also pointed out that these institutions must operate with respect for the rule of law, human rights and international humanitarian law, and must also avoid any unnecessary or disproportionate force.The country is rebuilding following the end of a six-year civil war, widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II, which cost 4 million lives in fighting, hunger and disease. read more

Two Canadians held in Egyptian prison happy to be home

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 The two Canadians who were held in an Egyptian prison for seven weeks have been home for almost 24 hours.John Greyson and Tarek Loubani say that they developed a family like bond with each other, and their over 30 men who occupied their 3m by 10m cell. They spoke english with a few other prisoners, one cell mate took the time to learn Greyson’s entire family tree.Greyson said that the entire cell even sang happy birthday when it was revealed that he had missed his two daughters’ birthdays.The two kept a pretty low profile today, as they were not doing TV interviews.They arrived last night just after 7 o’clock. It had been 55 days since they’d seen home and the sense of relief was obvious on both of their faces. It all began on August 16th while in Cairo’s Ramses Square. That was the scene of ongoing demonstrations by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.Loubani is a doctor and was helping the wounded while Greyson, a film maker, shot footage.They assumed their professions and nationality would give them a pass. Instead they were arrested, beaten, and spent seven weeks inside the notorious Tora prison , in Cairo.After sustained diplomatic and public pressure, the men were finally released.The two said that they were excited to spend time with their families and we will learn more about their ordeal in the coming days. Loubani says that he will be back working in the ER at a London area hospital tomorrow. read more

New antihomosexuality law in Uganda violates basic human rights stress UN officials

The law criminalizes and imposes life imprisonment for homosexuality, same-sex marriage and “aggravated homosexuality,” according to a news release issued by the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR). “Disapproval of homosexuality by some can never justify violating the fundamental human rights of others,” Ms. Pillay said. “This law will institutionalize discrimination and is likely to encourage harassment and violence against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. “It is formulated so broadly that it may lead to abuse of power and accusations against anyone, not just LGBT people,” she warned.Ms. Pillay stressed that Uganda is obliged, both by its own Constitution and by international law, to respect the rights of all individuals and to protect them from discrimination and violence.“This law violates a host of fundamental human rights, including the right to freedom from discrimination, to privacy, freedom of association, peaceful assembly, opinion and expression and equality before the law – all of which are enshrined in Uganda’s own Constitution and in the international treaties it has ratified.”The High Commissioner expressed deep concern that the law could also threaten the critically important work of human rights defenders in the country, urging the Government to take immediate steps to ensure that they are not prosecuted for their advocacy.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General is “seriously concerned” about the negative impact of the new law and shares the High Commissioner’s view that it violates human rights. “It will institutionalize discrimination, restrict the vital work of human rights activists, and could trigger violence. It will also hamper potentially life-saving efforts to stop the spread of HIV,” Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.Mr. Ban has appealed for the complete and universal decriminalization of homosexuality, still a criminal offence in some 76 countries, stressing that human rights must always trump cultural attitudes and societal strictures.Mr. Nesirky added that the Secretary-General intends to raise the anti-homosexuality law in his meeting today with the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the UN, Richard Nduhuura. read more