The Army has asked a federal court to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed last August by residents of Frederick, Md., seeking $750 million in compensation for the deaths and illnesses caused by contaminated soil and groundwater at Fort Detrick.Decades ago, the Army dumped sludge from its former decontamination plants, ashes from its incinerators, potentially radioactive sludge from a sewage disposal plant, drums of the industrial solvent trichloroethylene and other hazardous substances into unlined pits at the post’s Area B, reported the Frederick News-Post. About 200 people are involved in the suit, which claims the contaminants are responsible for cancer and other terminal illnesses they or their relatives experienced.The state, however, has been unable to verify the existence of a cancer cluster in the residential neighborhoods outside Fort Detrick.U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein argued that the government has sovereign immunity from the suit and the Army can use its own judgment to decide whether to conduct a cleanup. Residents’ claims of suffering were vague and “allege unspecified acts of negligence by Fort Detrick that caused unspecified injuries and occurred at unspecified times,” Rosenstein stated in court documents.Past lawsuits alleging damages caused by contamination at Fort Detrick have been denied.In January 2015, a federal judge dismissed a housing developer’s $37 million lawsuit against the federal government alleging the Army’s negligent practices contaminated the groundwater underneath land outside of Fort Detrick where it planned to build 732 homes. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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India is poised to pip China as the world’s top consumer of gold in 2015 due to reduced demand for gold in the country due to a rally in stocks and India’s projected high economic growth.”We expect both India and China’s gold demand to be in the range of 900-1,000 tonne (in 2015), with India slightly higher than China. This is mainly due to the higher economic growth momentum projected in India and China’s lack of momentum,” said Somasundaram PR, World Gold Council (WGC) Managing Director, India, according to Bloomberg TV.Gold consumption in India is expected to increase by 23 percent to 1,000 tonne this year if the country registers a gross domestic product (GDP growth) of 7.5-8 percent, according to a report by the World Gold Council.Demand for gold in China fell by 10 percent in the first quarter this year, as stocks made gold investments less appealing.Despite a sharp decline in recent sessions, the Chinese stocks still trade at multi-year highs, with a gain of nearly 34% so far this year. The benchmark Shanghai Composite index has increased by around 120 percent over the past one year.Chinese jewellery buying is currently weighed down by investors’ rush to bullish stock markets. Even potential buyers of gold in China are eyeing stock markets and opening stock accounts.”There’s so much money in market now and nowhere to flow to but stocks,” Chester Liaw, economist at Forecast Pte in Singapore, told TheStreet.The Chinese markets are expected to go up further as expectations rise over additional easing measures by the authorities to boost the sluggish economy, which could further reduce demand for gold in the country.”Investors’ core motivations haven’t changed. We hope markets go up steadily, not with sharp fluctuations,” said Zhao Xijun, deputy finance school dean at Renmin University in Beijing.Besides, impressive post-listing performance of Chinese initial public offerings (IPOs) has also created frenzy among investors. In the past one year, all the IPOs have generated more than 40% returns on listing.
Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun’s bad blood has had a few casualties with all the other celebrities who have had to comment and take sides. One of them is obviously, Justin Bieber, who did support Braun which only resulted in Taylor allegedly revealing a crucial detail about when Bieber dated Selena Gomez. She supported a comment that hinted at Justin Bieber cheating on Selena Gomez when they were dating.Basically, here’s how the drama unfolded. Over the weekend, Swift took to Tumblr to speak about Braun’s company Ithaca Holdings LLC and how they have acquired her former record label Big Machine Label Group. Stating how she was “sad and grossed out” over the sale of her music catalogue. She further called Braun’s act as “incessant, manipulative bullying.” In support of Scooter, Beiber stated, “Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.” He also added, “What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? Seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, one thing I know is both scooter and I love you,” and concluded, “love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or…any feelings that need to be addressed.” Justin Bieber’s Instagram postInstagramOf course, Swift did not appreciate his words but she had a different way of retorting to Bieber. As JB’s words took social media by a storm, one particular post said, “‘We haven’t gotten to communicate our differences.’ You cheated on her best friend and then publicly sided with the man who made revenge porn against her was she supposed to invite you over for tea??? F–k outta here.” Of course, as Taylor Swift liked the post, fans took screenshots of it and let everyone know that yes, Justin Bieber did cheat on Selena Gomez when they were going together. Others clearly interpreted that perhaps Swift confirmed how JB cheated on Selena when they were together.Noting the same, in the past Bieber did shed some light on his perspective of the stories about him allegedly cheating on Selena. He told i-D, “We were working out how to be in a relationship, how to be ourselves, who we were, in the middle of having people judge our relationship through the media. I think that really messed my head up too. Because then, it’s like trust and all this other stuff that starts messing with your mind. You’re on the road. And there are beautiful women on the road. And you’re just getting yourself into trouble.” Taylor Swift’s postInstagramThings did not go down well between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez after they split up over cheating allegations as they continued to blame each other. Other celebrities such as Halsey, Cara Delevingne, Demi Lovato and Todrick Hall also shared their opinions on the same. Currently, Bieber is happily married to Hailey Baldwin Bieber while Selena Gomez is focussing on her career.
A two-member election expert mission representing the European Union (EU) will arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday to monitor the situations before and after the national election scheduled to be held on 30 December.”Yes, they’re arriving. They’ll stay until 15 January,” a senior official at the foreign ministry told UNB on Monday.The election expert mission comprising David Noel Ward and Eirini- Maria Gounari might stay for longer period, if necessary, depending on the evolving situation.”I can’t tell you their day-to-day programmes. But I can tell you they’ll have wider discussions with political leaders on election issues. They’ll also visit places outside Dhaka,” said another official.The two election experts of the EU will meet key interlocutors, including chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, media, candidates and voters.Such an expert team usually submits a report to the EU headquarters in Brussels on its observation.Meanwhile, a visiting European parliamentary delegation on Sunday hoped that the next national election in Bangladesh will be held in a free and fair manner.”I’m confident that the coming election will be free and fair,” said Rupert Matthews, conservative member of the European Parliament sharing his thoughts based on the impression he got after talking to political leaders of Bangladesh.The delegation of the European Parliament also met prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday.While interacting with media at a city hotel, he said the European Parliament believes that Bangladesh is well-prepared to handle the election on its own.Matthews said the European Union parliament believes that Bangladesh is capable to follow its own rules to conduct a free and fair election.Therefore, he added, they do not need to send observers.He said the delegation had talks with a wide range of people of Bangladesh, including government officials and politicians and common people.Though it will not send any observer team because of a lengthy preparatory process, the European Union (EU) will closely monitor the next national election in Bangladesh, said a diplomatic source.The EU will be keeping eyes on the developments in the coming weeks, the source said, adding that not sending an observer team does not mean that they are not going to follow the elections.The EU thinks sending a credible observer mission is a very big operation as it involves a good number of observers and needs a long preparation.It, however, expects free, fair, credible and transparent elections in Bangladesh.”We’re looking forward to free, fair, credible and transparent elections in this country,” said managing director for Asia and the Pacific at European External Action Service Gunnar Wiegand during his Bangladesh visit in July last.