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SL and Pak boards begin probe after expose

first_imgSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday began investigations into the television sting operation which alleged that the umpires were willing to fix T20 matches. The channel showed video clips purportedly taken by their undercover reporters, in which the umpires were shown to be allegedly willing to give certain decisions in exchange for money. A SLC official said that they are studying the tapes of the sting operation. SLC chief executive Ajith Jayasekara said there has been no official communication from the International Cricket Council on allegations that Sri Lankans were among six international umpires willing to fix matches. He said the local anticorruption unit will work with the ICC in the investigations. The six umpires, who are purportedly shown in the TV sting willing to fix matches , were Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka. PCB also said it has launched investigations into the matter. “We are in contact with ICC and carrying out a detailed investigation into the matter. We have sought the details involved in the matter. For us it is just a TV report and it is too early to say anything,” a PCB spokesman was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “The PCB maintains that we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of corruption in cricket at any level.” The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on its part, said since no Indian umpire was involved, it would wait for the ICC to complete its investigations. “The ICC has to take a call on it. They (ICC) will be taking appropriate action. As far as we are concerned we will take action as we deem fit,” senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla said. “Our job is to keep the game clean. The BCCI takes strong and immediate action whenever such cases come up.” Ghauri said in Lahore that he was innocent. “I was approached by some TV channel from India who asked me to do an interview through Skype. They did ask me about the fixing stuff but I had nothing to say on the topic,” Ghauri told reporters. “They asked me to come to India and be part of their TV shows but I said I would come only if they sponsored my visit, but we didn’t reach any agreement.” Dissanayake, meanwhile, outrightly rejected the accusation.”I reject all allegations. This is an attack on the entire Sri Lankan umpiring fraternity by an external force,” he told reporters in Colombo. He said that he had already written to local cricket authorities and is open to thorough investigation in order to prove his innocence. Soon after the sting operation was beamed on Monday night, the ICC said it would investigate the matter and asked the channel to give any information which can assist in the probe. “The ICC and its relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India TV this evening and calls on the station to turn over any information which can assist the ICC’s urgent investigations into this matter,” the world body had said.advertisementlast_img read more

Wake up Floyd. It’s all over: Conor McGregor fires another salvo at Floyd Mayweather

first_imgConor McGregor is keeping no stone unturned in order to get into Floyd Mayweather’s nerves ahead of their headline-grabbing bout on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.In his latest post on Facebook, he took a dig at the ’49-0′ boxer asking him to wake up, saying that it’s all over.Touted as the “The Money Fight”, the two are all set to battle it out in an eight-ounce gloves contest.ADVANTAGE McGREGOR?Reuters PhotoEarlier, The Notorious One said he was happy about the switch to lighter gloves for his fight against Mayweather and added that his opponent will now struggle to make it past the second round. (Conor McGregor fight won’t go the distance, says Floyd Mayweather)The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday, just 10 days before the hotly anticipated Las Vegas fight, approved requests from Mayweather and McGregor to wear eight-ounce gloves rather than 10-ounce ones.”That was a good thing for me. I’m very happy with it,” McGregor told reporters on a conference call.Mayweather had nearly all of his 49 professional wins using eight-ounce gloves, which may accentuate one of his advantages – his hand speed.McGregor preferred the lighter gloves since he is used to the fingerless, four-ounce gloves typically worn in MMA.”That’s it in a nutshell, you’ve got pros and cons on both sides,” he said. “Favours us both in certain ways. (Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor: Who has the upper hand in historic fight?)”I believe now that the gloves are eight ounces, I don’t believe he makes it out of the second round,” McGregor added.advertisement”Part of me…kind of wants to show some skills and dismantle him that way. (But) I do not foresee him absorbing the blows in the first two rounds.”FANS GALOREReuters PhotoFight fans attending the much-hyped boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor will have a chance to rub shoulders with the stars in Las Vegas — but it won’t come cheap.The cheapest ticket listed on reseller StubHub is going for an eye-watering $1675 with two weeks to go until the August 26 fight which pits undefeated boxer Maywearther against the UFC’s lightweight champion in a 12-round super welterweight match-up.”Usually for these large events it’s comparable to a Super Bowl. There’s going to be a lot of stars at these events, especially in the high-priced ticket range, the ringside seats,” StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp said.”This is a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list event, so the die-hard Mayweather and McGregor fans are usually going to find their way to the event.”The fight has not yet sold out, with high face values and a lack of access seeming to have slowed down demand.Yet Leonard Ellebre, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, dismissed concerns about the fight’s popularity earlier in the week.”This isn’t a damn Rolling Stones concert. They’re the only thing that sells out in seconds, he told reporters at Mayweather’s media workout in Las Vegas on Thursday.”Right now we have over 60 million (dollars) in ticket sales – what part of that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow?”We’re talking about tickets that go from $500 to $10,000. That’s an expensive ticket.”  (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Tiger Zinda Hai Angad Bedi opens up about working with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif

first_imgSix years ago, Remo D’Souza’s directorial debut F.A.L.T.U gave us the ruggedly handsome Angad Bedi. Even though the song Chaar Baj Gaye became a massive hit and made Angad a recognisable face, he candidly admits that the film “did not do anything” for him as an actor.His next film, Ungli, came three years later. “It was a conscious decision. It’s not like I didn’t get offers, but they were all the same kind of roles. I did not want to limit myself or get typecast as an actor,” Angad says.It was a risk that he took, for out of sight can often mean out of mind, but it was one that paid off in the long run, when his next release, Pink, struck gold. He proudly says, “Till date, no one has been able to slot me as an actor.”It was Pink that proved that Angad had the acting chops to match his good looks. Did you know, if director Shoojit Sircar had not spotted him in Filmfare magazine, he might not have landed the film that catapulted him to fame? “Shoojit da is one of the people I’ll always be indebted to,” he says, adding that it was his performance in Pink that helped him bag his next big project, the much-awaited Tiger Zinda Hai.Angad is all praise for his co-stars, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. “Salman bhai is an amazing person. I have known him from before Tiger Zinda Hai, for many years now. Of course, he has a massive fan following, but he is extremely down-to-earth, even childlike. And there’s always something to learn from him. He has been in this industry for almost 30 years and has a lot of experience, so there’s a lot that he brings to the table,” he says.advertisementGushing about how caring Salman Khan was, he says, “What I really loved is that he really takes a genuine interest in you and what’s going on with you. He would ask about my fitness regimen, he asked me what I was doing after Tiger Zinda Hai, I told him about Soorma. He actually sat me down and asked me to tell him about the script.”About Katrina Kaif, he says, “Katrina is an extremely hard-working girl, and she is really going places…she is doing a film with Aamir bhai, and she is doing a film with Shah Rukh bhai. We didn’t have a lot of scenes together, but whatever interaction we had was great. I’m hoping that in the next part, I get more scenes with her.”Talking about his character, RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) agent Namit Khanna, Angad says that he is second-in-command to Tiger (Salman’s character) and is crucial in making Tiger’s missions a success.Tiger Zinda Hai promotes the message of peace, especially between India and Pakistan. However, the film will not see the light of day in the neighbouring country. “It’s really sad, Tiger Zinda Hai is a great film, with a lot of emotions and great action. Sometimes, people don’t agree with your vision. But I’m sure Salman bhai and this film will get a lot of love from all over the world,” he says.Right after Tiger Zinda Hai, Angad is launching into Soorma, the biopic of Arjuna Award-winning hockey player Sandeep Singh. The actor will play Bikramjeet, the elder brother of Sandeep. “He’s just two years older. He was a drag-flicker himself, one of the best in the world, but unfortunately could not continue, so he devotes everything to helping his brother achieve his dream. He was the one who trained Sandeep and was a pillar of strength to him after the injury. It was Bikramjeet who helped Sandeep get back on his feet. It’s an emotional story of brotherhood and family,” he reveals about his character.It is no secret that Angad has his roots in cricket; he is the son of legendary cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi. With the number of sports biopics in the works, is there anyone he would like to portray? “There are many. I’m very keen on playing Mohinder Amarnath. There’s also Abhinav Bindra, although the cast of that film has already been locked. I’m going to chase Kabir Khan and see if I can find a spot in 83 (the film based on India’s historic victory at 1983 World Cup at Lord’s Stadium, England, which will have Ranveer Singh playing Kapil Dev),” he signs off.ALSO WATCH: Katrina Kaif talks about working with Salman Khan in Tiger Zinda Hai advertisementlast_img read more

Selectors have few worries ahead of 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgIndia round off their long tours to Australia and New Zealand on Sunday with a great deal of satisfaction.Across all three formats, results have been good, leading many to tip India as favourites for the ICC World Cup to be held in England this summer.With Virat Kohli opting out of the T20 series and on a well-deserved holiday, it has given coach Ravi Shastri and stand-in captain Rohit Sharma time to experiment.It’s clear, India have used the T20 series against New Zealand as a build-up for the World Cup. There has been tinkering with the squad, a few changes and results on expected lines. Undoubtedly, Rohit has been a huge hit with the bat and his consistency marks him out as a man in form.As the leading run-getter with authority in T20 internationals, Rohit has that aura of being a batsman who is playing with great touch and enjoying whatever he is doing. At a time when almost everyone has started speculating on what will be the possible 16-member squad for the World Cup, there really are not too many worries for the selectors.With Shastri hinting Kohli could come in at No. 4 in the World Cup in England so that the team can bat deep, the jigsaw kind of fits quite easily. The big debate or so one thought was who would come in at the No.3 position.Perhaps, Rishabh Pant has provided enough answers to that as well, with his ebullient knock of 40 runs in Auckland on Friday catching the eye. Reports trickling in from New Zealand say Pant has been watched closely by none other MS Dhoni. Dhoni himself goes into the World Cup as a player with good scores in recent matches in ODIs and tons of experience.advertisementFrankly speaking, the battle for places in the World Cup revolves more around the reserve slots, with almost the first 12 so easy to pick. Starting with Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan, you have Pant at No.3.If Kohli comes in at No.4 and Dhoni at No.5, there is more batting down the line if Ambati Rayudu comes in at No.6. After that, you have to fit in the bowlers where Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and possibly Kuldeep Yadav take up the No.7 to 11 places.One could well ask what the hurry is to speculate on the World Cup team. These days, when there is a great deal of professionalism associated with the Indian team and the build-up for the big event in England proceeding on the right track, it is a good sign.Once the team returns home, they will then fine-tune for the last stretch by playing five ODIs against Australia. Possibly, in these matches, one could get to see how the five other places get filled up from 12 to 16.Given Yuzvendra Chahal’s ability to fox the batsmen with his spin, he can be named as the No.12 player while for variety in the form of left-arm pace, Khaleel Ahmed can be a great pick as the No. 13 player. Khaleel has impressed in New Zealand and in England, where there will be more movement for the fast bowlers, a left-arm speed merchant can be a great variety.Possibly for the No.14 place, it could be a toss-up between Kedar Jadhav, who did well in Australia and Dinesh Karthik. No.15 can be a contest between Ravindra Jadeja, spinner cum good fielder, and Krunal Pandya. If one talks of getting in a reserve opener, Shubhman Gill and experienced KL Rahul may be the selectors’ dilemma for the last place in the flight to England.Shastri has hinted the selectors could well be taking a look at how players perform in the Indian Premier League. With the premium club cricket tournament in India advanced this time and its schedule still not very clear, IPL does become important.Today’s cricketers are at par with professionals in other sport. They are expected to be super-fit, play almost non-stop and maintain high levels of motivation. Given the format of the IPL, it is very demanding on every player who is part of various franchisees.The modern-day cricketer works hard on fitness and at the same time has to ensure he does not become stale. And in that sense, it has been good Kohli managed to get a good break. There are some who will suggest Indian cricketers are preserved for the World Cup but that’s simply not possible.It’s similar to the professional football players who get paid so well by clubs, they do not get released for the FIFA World Cup in advance. Many have carried injuries into the World Cup.advertisementHowever, in Indian cricket, that is just not possible as fitness tests rarely leave any room for compromise.Also Watch:last_img read more

Watch: Miketavius Jones Blocks Punt, Scores TD on Broken Play

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State has got off to a HOT start early in homecoming, propelled first by two J.W. Walsh touchdown scampers.The special teams is getting involved in the action early as well. Kansas botched the snap and the punter tried to keep the play alive, and by doing so, effectively punted directly into Miketavius Jones’ chest.OMG.— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 24, 2015Apparently, as Allison Gappa points out, the kick bounced off his chest so hard you could hear it!What a play from Miketavius Jones! You heard the blocked punt hit him – takes it 13 yds for a TD.— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) October 24, 2015last_img read more

De Gea refuses to rule out Real Madrid move

first_imgTransfers De Gea refuses to rule out Real Madrid move as Man Utd goalkeeper focuses on Spain’s World Cup bid Alberto Piñero Real Madrid Correspondent 11:00 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) David de Gea Spain 2018 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid David de Gea Spain Manchester United World Cup Premier League Primera División The Spanish shot-stopper insists that leaving Manchester United is not on his mind as La Roja aim to claim another World Cup trophy in Russia David De Gea is not thinking about leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer, insisting his focus sits solely with the Spanish national team ahead of the Russia World Cup.The 27-year-old has long been linked with a move to the Spanish capital and was close to completing a transfer to Old Trafford in 2015. Time ran out for the move transpire and De Gea signed a four-year deal with United soon after, ending Real’s short-term interest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move De Gea was born in the Spanish capital and progressed through the youth system at Atletico before playing two full seasons in the first team.And reports of a return to his city of birth have resurfaced as Real look for a long-term replacement for Keylor Navas, with the Costa Rica international regularly linked with a move away from the club.De Gea, though, says he is focused only on his national team commitments with Spain as Julen Lopetegui looks to guide La Roja to a second World Cup trophy.”My future? The important thing is the World Cup and not to think of anything else that can divert you or upset you,” De Gea told reporters at Spain’s Media Day ahead the World Cup. “You have to be focused on having a good World Cup – we are all good. Hopefully we can go far and win.”Asked whether or not De Gea had told his representatives to keep transfer matters away from him during the build up to the World Cup, he said: “Football is football and a thousand things can happen. But I’m always calm. Come what may, I’ll be the same. It is important to be focused and be 100%.”De Gea travelled to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but failed to make an appearance as Spain were eliminated in the group stage of the competition. Two years later, at the European Championships in France, De Gea was established as first-choice goalkeeper in the Spanish team and played all four games before being knocked out in the round of 16 against Italy. During the build up to the tournament, however, De Gea found himself involved in an allegation which not only changed him as a person but also soured his relationship with the national media.”I was more or less hidden ahead the media because there was a time that I have not been treated as I should,” De Gea continued. “Many people have been very unfair to me. Many who have criticised me, but then later knew that they were wrong, and have not given the face and rectified.De Gea Spain“There are many people who do not deserve to do interviews for them. Nothing else.”Asked whether or not the allegations marred the experience of the European Championship, De Gea said: “I’m a very calm kid, so it didn’t affect me a lot. But obviously, I have family and people that are close to you who are more affected than me.”It’s the past and in the end it turned out that everything was a lie. And there is no more. I knew I had not done anything, that’s why I was calm.”The press conference I gave already said that it was all a lie, but everyone followed talking about if I should not be in the national team, what if … In the end, things are shown, it turned out that everything was a lie. I was already calm, but then you remain calmer still.”Spain completed their 2018 World Cup warm-up schedule with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday, following on from a 1-1 draw with Switzerland at El Madrigal a week prior.And while De Gea himself made an error which cost his side a victory against the Swiss, he remains hopeful that Spain will make a much stronger case for themselves in Russia this summer.”It’s a World Cup, you always go with the same desire,” De Gea said. “It’s the same feeling of doing things well and helping the team, of becoming strong.”We are very excited, there is a good team, a good group. We are going with hope.”Will I be first-choice? I’m always calm, really. But when you have the confidence of the coach and colleagues, you always go to the field with more confidence and try to help the team as much as possible.”Spain open their World Cup campaign against neighbours Portugal in a repeat of the meeting at the 2010 World Cup in which a David Villa goal was enough to send his side through to the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Top 2017 QB Jake Allen Gets “Dream Offer” From Florida

first_imgFlorida's Jake Allen gets an offer from Florida.Florida’s Jake AllenJake Allen, a 2017 quarterback recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, told 247Sports back in April that Florida was his top school, even though he hadn’t yet received an offer to play for the Gators. That changed Wednesday. Allen, who plays for St. Thomas Aquinas, tweeted the news, adding that he’d received his “dream offer.” He’s currently ranked as a three-star signal-caller by Rivals, but other outlets are calling him a four-star player.Blessed to have received my dream offer from The University of Florida! #Gators #ChompChomp— Jake Allen™ (@Jakeallen_14) June 10, 2015I couldn’t have done it without my personal QB coach @EricKresser . Been with him since the 6th grade! Love ya coach.— Jake Allen™ (@Jakeallen_14) June 10, 2015Allen currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Miami (FL), NC State and Pitt, among others. While he hasn’t officially committed to Florida, it isn’t a stretch to say that things are looking good.last_img read more

John Calipari Has An Interesting Theory As To Why Kentucky Is A 4-Seed

first_imgJohn Calipari takes a selfie with Jamal Murray.Twitter/@UKCoachCalipariThe NCAA Tournament bracket, which was revealed last night, had a number of questionable inclusions and seedings. While many are focusing on Syracuse being a 10-seed, Tulsa being in the field at all, and the exclusions of popular mid-majors like Monmouth and St. Mary’s, the top of the bracket had some interesting team placements as well. One notable quirk: despite Kentucky beating Texas A&M in the SEC Championship on Sunday, the Aggies received a three seed while UK was bumped to the four line.John Calipari joined ESPN’s Bracketology show on Sunday night and delivered an epic rant about his team’s seed. Today, on his own radio show, he had a new theory.Calipari on selection committee: “They did not want us in Louisville … noooooo.”— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) March 14, 2016Calipari: They did not want us in Louisville. That’s why they stuck us with a 4 seed.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) March 14, 2016Kentucky Sports Radio transcribed the conspiratorial portion of Coach Cal’s show:“I had an idea who would be in our path. Like I said, I thought they’d try to ship us to Anchorage but there’s no regional up there, so they shipped us to Des Moines. (We’re) Playing on Thursday at midnight.” He later added: “They could explain the numbers however they want, they did not want us in Louisville.”We’re not sure we buy it, but Kentucky would have undoubtedly had a crazy home-court advantage in Louisville, so maybe there’s something to it. We’re sure #BBN will have a slight crowd advantage on Thursday night as is, unless there’s a big Stony Brook alumni base in Iowa that we don’t know about.More: Vote In Our “64 Most Annoying People In Sports” Bracket >>>last_img read more

Beckett Simonon Makes a Fair Priced Shoe

first_imgWe often sit around the office wondering what ‘middle men’ will be doing in ten years. With more and more companies like Warby Parker, Harry’s, and Poppin in the mix and cutting the middle man  these  men better start strategizing. New to the shoe category is Beckett Simonon and we are all about these brogues and boots.Based in Bogota, Columbia long time friends Nicholas Hurtado and Andres Niño have always had a fine appreciation for shoes so they started looking into developing their own brand.  When they presented them at trade shows in New York, buyers were interested in the styles and designs but when the boys realized the markup they needed they felt like they would be overcharging their customers. Hence they scooted Mr. Middle Man to the side.They launched Beckett Simonon (named after their style icons Samuel Beckett and Clash guitarist Paul Simonon) in 2012 and have been selling well and even featured in The New York Times for their business ethic and model: Operating an American model start-up outside of the U.S. (they are based in Columbia).These stylish yet affordable shoes are beautifully made in Colombia with high quality leather with leather insoles and lining. We are fans of the simplicity of the brand and of course the price- $79-$89 a pop (told you!). No bells and whistles here, just handsome suede and leather boots, derbies and brogues.  They also include free delivery and returns! For fall (launching mid August) the boys will be showcasing a Goodyear Welted collection.Fall is walking toward us  so get to shopping and send us a picture of your purchase on our Instagram @TheManualStyle How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Province to Conserve Lands Acquired from Bowater

first_imgNova Scotia will conserve thousands of hectares of land of historic, ecological and recreational significance that it is acquiring from Bowater Mersey Paper Company. Premier Rodney MacDonald said today, March 19, that ownership of 29 parcels of land in six counties should be fully transferred to the province by March 31. “One hundred per cent of this land is slated for conservation,” the premier said. “Each parcel of land will receive the individual attention needed, making sure the most appropriate protections are used in the most appropriate fashion.” Premier MacDonald said a significant majority of the 10,050 hectares (24,700 acres) will be designated in a way that brings Nova Scotia closer to the province’s 12 per cent commitment for protected spaces. He said each property will be carefully assessed to determine which legislation will provide the most appropriate means of conservation. Natural Resources Minister David Morse said the 29 parcels — which are being purchased for a total of $27 million — include properties with coastal or inland water frontage, old growth forests, and some rare and endangered species. There are also areas of rich cultural and historical significance, including areas along the Mersey River where thousands of Mi’kmaw artifacts have been identified and recovered. “The people at Bowater Mersey recognized that all these special properties deserved the province’s attention,” said Mr. Morse. “Together, the province and Bowater came up with a plan that allowed us to conserve these special properties while providing some economic support to a good corporate and environmental citizen.” The province announced in May 2006 that it would complete the purchase of the lands of ecological and recreational significance over two years. “We are very proud that after nearly 80 years of sustainably managing our forest land in Western Nova Scotia to provide wood for our business, Bowater Mersey can provide these exceptional areas to be included in the province’s land base,” said Bruce Nunn, vice-president and resident manager, Bowater Mersey. “The funds from this sale will be used to help secure our operations for the future.” Bowater Mersey Paper Company employs about 600 people in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

India Pak teams to meet on July 14 to discuss Kartarpur Corridor

first_imgNew Delhi: Delegates from India and Pakistan will meet at the Attari-Wagah border on Sunday to discuss various issues related to the Kartarpur Corridor, including connectivity at the Zero Point and the number of pilgrims to be allowed, government sources said Friday.India will also raise its concerns over the security aspect, they added. New Delhi had earlier conveyed its strong concerns to Pakistan over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist in a committee appointed by Islamabad on the project. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The meeting will discuss modalities of the Kartarpur Corridor and related technical issues,” one of the sources said. The project will allow easy access to Sikh pilgrims from India to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak. The sources said the work on a four-lane highway on the Indian side is in full swing. The four-lane highway connecting the Zero Point of the Kartarpur Corridor up to National Highway-354 is being constructed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe sources said India is constructing a bridge at the Zero Point and has urged Pakistan to build a similar bridge on its side that will provide safe and secure movement of the pilgrims and address concerns regarding flooding. The bridge is over a creek, of which the majority part falls in Pakistan. Pakistan said it would build a mud-filled embankment, a move which would not only lead to flooding in areas on the Indian side but also pose a threat to the structure of the bridge, the sources added. The creek floods during the monsoon when the Ravi river swells. Another proposal put forth by Pakistan was to build a causeway, the sources said, adding that it was unacceptable to India as it would not provide an all-weather road. They said the construction work at the site of passenger terminal complex at Dera Baba Nanak in India is on full swing. The work has been planned to be completed by October 31 before the commemoration of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November 2019. More than 250 labourers and 30 engineers are working at the site in three shifts, they said. The terminal is being built on around 15 acres of land with comprehensive facilities to cater to approximately 5,000 pilgrims daily, the sources said. “On special days, we are expecting 10,000 pilgrims a day,” one of the sources said. The passenger terminal building is being constructed by the Land Ports Authority of India. The work for it was awarded to the Shapoorji Pallonji Group on May 29. The land acquisition process has been completed with the support of the Punjab government and the project is scheduled to be completed by October 31. The total cost of the project is Rs 177.5 crore. In November 2018, Pakistan agreed to set up the border-crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi river, about four km from Dera Baba Nanak. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district.last_img read more

Kathy Griffin To Host TrevorLIVE

first_imgLong time LGBTQ ally and activist, multi-Grammy Award-nominated, two-time Emmy Award-winning comedian and #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin will host TrevorLIVE in Los Angeles on December 8th at the Hollywood Palladium, presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo.Additionally, The Trevor Project will honor Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch with the Trevor Hero Award for her support and advocacy for LGBT equality.Multi-hyphenated filmmaker Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages, Hairspray) will produce the show with special guests to be announced.“We are deeply honored to announce Jane Lynch as our Trevor Hero Award honoree. Through her career and personal endeavors, Jane has emerged to be an unabashed proponent of equality for LGBTQ people, using her influence to pave the way for the futures of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “Additionally, Kathy has been an ardent ally of The Trevor Project, and we are elated that she is bringing her comedic talents to TrevorLIVE Los Angeles as this year’s host.”The high-profile evening of music, comedy and entertainment celebrates 15 years of The Trevor Project’s life-saving, life-affirming work to prevent suicide among LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth. As previously announced the event will include the presentation of the Trevor Youth Innovator Award to Adam White, a senior at Brigham Young University, and the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award to Toyota. The Chair for the event is Ken Campbell. Tickets to TrevorLIVE LA may be purchased here.“I am so excited to be hosting TrevorLIVE Los Angeles and proud to be a part of this invaluable cause,” said Griffin. “The Trevor Project brings hopefulness to those in need and year after year, there are still more lives that need saving. The work that the Trevor Project does for our youth is powerful!”Said Trevor Hero honoree Jane Lynch, “I’m proud to stand up for a cause I believe in and am deeply honored to receive the Trevor Hero Award. With the major strides, like the impending passage of ENDA, and the outpouring of LGBTQ characters in the media, it can be easy to forget that despite all this progress, challenges remain. The Trevor Project continues to provide essential support to those who need it most.”Lynch can currently be seen in the Ryan Murphy television series Glee on FOX as Sue Sylvester. Some of her other recent television credits include the STARZ series Party Down, Lovespring, a Lifetime original series, Desperate Housewives and Weeds as well as the last season of The L Word opposite Cybill Shepherd. She has recurring roles on Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine. She most recently starred in the Broadway production of Annie as Miss Hannigan in a limited run and can also be seen hosting NBC’s recent game show hit, Hollywood Game Night, produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. Her recent film credits include A.C.O.D, Three Stooges, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, Shrek Forever After, The Post Grad Survival Guide, Paul and Brownie Masters. Past film work includes Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, as well as Role Models, The Rocker, Spring Breakdown, the animated film Space Chimps, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year old Virgin, Margaret Cho’s Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming’s Suffering Man’s Charity, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleepover, and Surviving Eden.Griffin most recently set a new Guinness World Records title for the “Most Stand-Up Specials by a Comedian” and received Harvard Undergraduates Honoring Veteran’ Distinguished Service Partner Award for her work with military veterans. Griffin moved from her native Chicago and joined the famed Los Angeles Groundlings Theatre where she was a student and later a teacher. She built up her resume with guest spots on ER, X-files and Seinfeld. Griffin went on to co-star alongside Brooke Shields in Suddenly Susan on NBC. In 2005, she starred in her ground-breaking show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, for which she won 2 and was nominated for 8 Emmys. Her stand up specials Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell”; Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch; Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker; were nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Her memoir “Official Book Club Selection” was # 1 on the New York Times best seller list. Griffin’s comedy albums “For Your Consideration”(2008); “Kathy Griffin’s Sucking it for the Holiday’s” (2009); “Kathy Griffin does the Bible Belt” (2010); “Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant”(2011); and “Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class” (2012) have all been nominated for Grammy’s. She received rave reviews on Broadway for her show “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony”. She is the recipient of The Trevor Project’s Trevor Life Award, the GLAAD Vanguard Award, and the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at read more

Code of conduct Govt appoints VCs of 3 varsities after EC nod

first_imgNew Delhi: The HRD Ministry on Thursday appointed vice chancellors to three universities after the Election Commission gave its nod as the Model Code of Conduct is in place due to the Lok Sabha elections.The three universities are Jamia Millia Islamia, Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Motihari and Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya in Wardha. “Najma Akhtar has been appointed as the VC of Jamia while names of Sanjiv Sharma and Rajaneesh Kumar Shukla have been approved for the top post at Motihari Central university and Wardha’s Mahatma Gandhi varsity,” a senior HRD ministry official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While no appointments are allowed during this period, the HRD Ministry had approached the Election Commission seeking its nod arguing that the selection process was complete before the model code came into place. The top posts at Jamia and Motihari varsity fell vacant after their VCs came come under HRD’s scanner over allegations of financial and administrative irregularities and forging the academic credentials respectively. Akhar, who is the first woman to be appointed to the Vice Chancellor’s post at Jamia Millia Islamia, succeeds Talat Ahmad who had resigned from the post last year to join as the head of Kashmir University. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhile the President had ordered a visitorial enquiry against Ahmad on HRD Ministry’s advice, it was closed after the probe failed to find substance in the allegations against him. Sharma, who was a former Head of Department at Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, succeeds Arvind Kumar Agarwal, who resigned in October last year from the post of the VC of the Bihar-based central university over allegations of fudging his academic credentials. The HRD Ministry had forwarded his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind, Visitor to the university, who had paved way for his exit. He then joined his parent department in the Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala. The ministry had received complaints that Agarwal lied about his education in a foreign institute to get the job. He did not pursue his Ph.D at a German institute as claimed, and actually got the degree from the University of Rajasthan, the complaint had said. Shukla is a Member Secretary of Indian Council of Philosophical Research.last_img read more

Brock University expert says consume less if were serious about climate change

Lost in the discussion of the recent Paris climate change conference was a big environment-damaging elephant: a global system that encourages us to buy more and more stuff, says a Brock University expert on consumerism’s impact on the environment.“Indeed, economic growth as the heart of our economic system did not seem to be challenged but instead there was a lot of discussion of what alternatives could facilitate business-as-usual economic growth,” says Jennifer Good, Associate Professor of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University.Good says there’s a certain irony about the COP21 climate change conference beginning on the same day as Cyber Monday, a day when consumers spent over $2.2 billion. The production of many consumer goods eat up valuable resources and emit pollution, she says.The Brock professor monitored the transcripts of North American television news networks including ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, CTV, Fox, MSNBC and NBC from November 1 – 27, 2015 and found that ‘COP21’ was mentioned or discussed 74 times and ‘Cyber Monday’ 157 times. However, ‘economic growth’ blew both away with 1,510 mentions or discussions, Good says.Good researches how mass media fuels materialism and consumerism, which in turn harms the natural environment and contributes to climate change. In her 2013 book Television and the Earth: Not a Love Story , Good says society needs new stories and new ways of calculating personal and societal well-being. read more

Football Where does Ohio State go from here

Urban Meyer watches a Buckeye offensive possession from the sideline in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State will not win a national championship this season. It will not even reach the College Football Playoff.The Buckeyes’ second loss of the season, a 55-24 blowout to Iowa Saturday, made sure of that.As far as many Ohio State fans are concerned, the 2017 campaign is effectively over. Quarterback J.T. Barrett’s Buckeye career will end in a meaningless bowl game, and the rest of the team will begin to look to next season.So what’s next for Ohio State?Head coach Urban Meyer said Monday that keeping the Buckeyes motivated with few remaining game in their schedule is something he has not considered too much.“That’s something we work on not today, that’s something we’ve been working on all year,” Meyer said. “And you try to get a close team that cares about each other and plays really hard. It’s not going to be some speech I give to the team. So it’s a process. It’s a journey that we’re on. And there’s still plenty of things, great things ahead.”Though players and coaches will say the Big Ten is still theirs to take — and they’re not wrong — that is not what Ohio State sought to accomplish when it began the year. Players, coaches, media and fans all set the expectation level for the Buckeyes to win a championship. Despite the fact Meyer has won just one Big Ten title in his six-year tenure at Ohio State, winning the Big Ten is tertiary to reaching the playoffs and winning a title. If Ohio State wins the remainder of its three regular season games — against Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan — then it will travel to Indianapolis to presumably square off against the Wisconsin Badgers, who are one win from clinching the Big Ten West title.For Meyer, the matchup against Michigan State is as far as he is looking ahead. Just as it has for a large part of Meyer’s career in Columbus, the road to the Big Ten title game runs through that matchup.“You still look at the standings and Ohio State and Michigan State are [first and second] in the Big Ten East,” Meyer said. “And everybody knows this game for the last, what’s our sixth year of playing them or something, usually it’s just a prizefight. So the tougher team usually wins. And we’ve got to understand what we’re going to play against.”Even if Ohio State runs the table and captures Meyer’s second Big Ten championship, this season is lost for many.And this year defines the end of an era. The core group of players that led Ohio State to a national championship, two playoff appearances, a Big Ten title and another bowl game win will exit Ohio Stadium for the final time against Illinois, leaving the Buckeyes with a plethora of position battles heading into the next season. With so many potentially drastic changes coming to Ohio State’s roster and the struggles this veteran team has faced thus far this season, it is fair to wonder whether Ohio State will be back in the mix next season. How will the team fare with a new quarterback under center and an offensive line replacing its two top linemen protecting him? What about a defensive line that could potentially lose four starters?Those asking the questions might not want to admit it, but next season could prove less fruitful than this campaign. It is going to be a young team replacing key contributors all over the field, and a learning curve will await. Those disappointed by the results in 2017 could be disappointed by 2018. Perhaps the difference in expectation levels will lessen the blow of a down year for the Buckeyes. Knowing that the team is younger could make a title-less season easier to stomach.The Buckeyes entered the 2017 season as the favorite to win the Big Ten and among those listed as most likely to win the national championship. That they will not achieve the latter is a devastating blow and the former would be only a mere consolation prize. Though it is still early, the Buckeyes do not appear to be in a position to be named the early favorite to win the Big Ten or national championship next year.To many outside the program, the season is over. To those inside the program, the season is still alive and well. There will be no talk of the 2018 season until the clock in that meaningless bowl game ticks down to zero.“Where is the program headed?” Meyer asked. “That’s kind of deep. We’re playing Michigan State this week. We gotta really practice well and fix the turnover issue on offense and play a little better on defense. Kicking was much better.” read more

Apple WWDC 2011 coverage Lion 30 though App Store updated iOS notifications

first_imgApple’s WWDC starts today, with the keynote at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern), and we’ll be updating this post as news is announced. This is the Apple event of the summer, the one where we’ll learn all about what’s in store for Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5, in other words the future of the Mac and the iDevices. In addition to Apple’s operating systems we know that iCloud will be covered, along with all the things that it makes possible. These could range from updates to iTunes to integration to the OS to a yearly subscription fee, but you can bet Apple has big plans for their shiny new datacenter.No live video stream is available so you can follow along with the liveblogs, such as: PC Mag, Cnet, Thisismynext, Macrumors, and Engadget.AdChoices广告[via pcmag]The event has started and Steve Jobs is on stage, as expected. A few live viewers have noted that he doesn’t sound particularly energetic. And before we know it he’s off the stage, handing things off to Phil Schiller.Schiller is talking numbers–basically Apple’s Mac division is doing quite well right now. In the last year the PC market has experienence -1% growth while the Mac is up 28%. The Mac has outgrown the PC for each of the last five years.Time to talk LionOS X 10.7 (Lion) will have over 250 new features. He’s demoing 10 big ones today including: multi-touch gestures and full screen apps. Switching from app to app can be done using gestures, making Mac OS X seem a lot like a mobile operating system when in this mode.There is also Mission Control (a feature that shows you everything you are working on at the moment). Spaces and Mission Control seem like they will be an important part of task switching in future versions of OS X. Fourth is the Mac App Store–it’s built in Lion and it’s hugely popular. In fact they says it’s ahead of Buy Best as the top PC software reseller. It’ll have a new feature: delta updates.Schiller also talked LaunchPad and then Resume, which will start up applications right were you left them after they get closed. It will work system wide–even highlighted text will be that way when a program is opened back up. And then there AutoSave, which will automatically save your file periodically and then save a version as changes are made. It saves delta files, so only one actual copy of the file exists (this makes it easier to search for) but your versions remain intact.There is also AirDrop, the P2P file sharing tool. It’s a wireless way to give other people bit of data–easier and quicker than emailing or handing them a USB stick. Drag a file onto a username (in Finder) and the file will be sent over, just like that! And it’s fully encrypted.OS X’ Mail also gets smarter searching. There is rules-based searching and a conversation view, for those people who envy Gmail but want an email client in their lives.Schiller wrapped up with an “and much, much more” screen including: Windows Migration, search tokens in finders, FileVault 2, full screen, sandboxing, file coordination, media device support, OpenCL 1.1, core media, Cocoa auto layout, toobar autohiding, and so on.OS X Lion will be $30 and it’s a 4GB download through the Mac App Store! No reboots required. It will be available in July.And now it’s time for…Scott Forstall and iOS 5 As usually, the numbers are up first. They are staggering: there are over 200M iOS devices out there, over 25M iPads sold since it was launched 14 months ago, 15B tracks sold through iTunes, over 130M iBook sales, and so on. And, to date, there are over 90K iPad apps. 14B apps have been downloaded through the App Store.As for what’s new with iOS 5… First up is Notifications! After over 100,000,000,000 notifications pushed, Apple has realized that they are annoying. There will be an Android-like notification bar that can be pulled down from the top of the screen. It’s not disruptive and it will update on the Lock screen for easy access.More iOS 5 notification coverage.Another new feature for ioS 5 is Newsstand. When you buy periodicals, they will go here. Just like on a bookshelf or a newsstand (get it?).Next up from for iOS is Twitter integration. There will be an single-sign-on (saved credentials) and then it will integrate with you Camera, photos, etc. for super easy sharing.Safari gets some updates in iOS 5 as well. There is a new readability button that will remove all the crap from the page you are reading. It’ll give you the text you want without the ads or distractions. You can save articles to your reading list and even email the full article contents if you’d like. (Sounds a bit like Instapaper…) Articles will be saved across devices. And, for a another big one, Safari is getting tabs.Next is Reminders–which are like smart To Do lists. They will tell you to do things based on time, date, and location. They will even sync across your devices.The Camera has been updated for iOS 5 as well. There will be a shortcut from the lock screen, the volume up button will work as a physical trigger (not the first time we’ve seen this), there is pinch-to-zoom, and now you can edit photos right on the device.The Mail app has been updated as well. Some cool features include rich text, indentation, draggable addresses, the ability to search entire messages, and more. Security nuts can S/MIME for their devices.And–wow–there is a new split keyboard. It’s thumb-friendly and lives in the middle of the display.Post-PC iOS 5 cuts the cable. The devices will be able to be setup without a computer. Also all updates will be delta updates and will be done over the air! So downloads are smaller and changes are quicker.Also, calendars can be created and deleted from iOS… no PC required.Game CenterThis is worthy of its own section because it’s the world’s most popular gaming platform, with 90M users. It’ll get new features for friend discovery and turn-based gaming. You can buy apps from it as well.iMessageThis will be messaging to non-SIM devices, like the iPod touch and iPad. It’ll worth between all iOS devices though. You’ll be able to send messages, images, video, etc., and it will work over both 3G and WiFi. It will be built on Apple’s push notification system.That’s about it for iOS 5–the SDK goes out today and it will land some time this fall. Supported devices include the 3rd gen iPod touch, iPad, iPod 3GS, and everything newer.More iMessage coverage here.Steve Jobs is back to talk about…iCloud“The Cloud is the digital hub of your live” and “The PC and Mac are being demoted to being devices”. Wow, Steve is coming out swinging.iCloud will store your data and push it, wirelessly, to your devices. Contacts, for example, can be changed, pushed to the cloud and then synced with all your devices. It won’t just be calendar either–all addresses will be synced and pushed.Mail, calendar, and contacts will be free to use with iCloud. And the $99 MobileMe account? It no longer exists.iOS devices’ App Store apps will sync with the cloud–they will know about apps and iBooks (etc) that you’ve purchased on other devices and be able to download them.What more: the cloud will backup as well. Device settings, photos, videos, purchased books/music, and App data will be backed up to the iCloud (only over WiFi).Documents in the Cloud (that’s the full, real name apparently) will automatically upload and save docs. This includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. This means easy transportation of documents from one iOS device to another.The new Photo Stream app will push photos to the cloud. Then photos will be retrievable on your Mac, iPad, Apple TV, etc. Pics will live here for 30 days. After that they have to live on a device.iTunes in the Cloud is next. Songs you buy for one device will be available as free downloads on your other devices, at the push of a button. (No charge for downloading something you already bought, brilliant!) There will be a Purchased tabs in iTunes that will give you easier access to all this stuff. Anything you buy will be synced with all your devices, automatically. Up to ten devices will work.That’s iCloud… and it’s free. iCloud will go live with iOS 5, this fall.Users will get 5GB of storage, but that won’t count Photo Stream, apps, music, or iBooks. Cloud iTunes will launch with iOS 4.3.One more thing…As for iTunes in the cloud–Apple will scan your ripped tracks and give you iTunes ownership rights to them if you buy iTunes Match for $25/year. It’s the same price regardless of how much music you own.Steve Jobs bragged about Apples’ new datacenter for a bit and with that the keynote was over. His point being that Apple is serious about iCloud and it’s both the future of iOS and, in some part, Apple.No longer updating.last_img read more

Explainer The EU is trying to force the UK to get real

first_img Source: Arlene Foster/Twitter By Sinead O’Carroll Explainer: The EU is trying to force the UK to get real, here’s how There was a lot of activity again in Brussels today but the path ahead isn’t exactly clear. Here’s what we do know… Barnier: I’m not trying to provoke. It was the UK which decided unilaterally to leave the UK on the basis of the referendum, it unilaterally initiated these negotiations to leave at the end of March. We’re 13 months – 13 months! – off that date.— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) February 28, 2018 30,769 Views Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 6:04 PM So Option A is that the UK and EU will find a way to avoid a hard border and protect North-South cooperation when they decide on what their future relationship will look like. In short, this would mean a very soft Brexit where the customs union remains in play for the UK.This cannot even be discussed until Britain actually leaves in March next year. It is also looking less likely as hardline Brexiteers in May’s government insist they are leaving both the single market and the customs union, while for its part, the EU says the UK cannot cherry pick what parts of the Union it wants to keep. Hence, unicorns and illusions.Option B then looks to the UK to “propose specific solutions to address the unique circumstances of the island of Ireland”. Barnier today said he looks forward to seeing these proposals. No viable ones (see Boris Johnson’s London borough comparison) have been forthcoming as yet. Hence, unicorns and illusions.So then, Option C.This was the only one included in this document but the Commission insists all three “remain on the table” but with the following caveat:Given that two of the three options can only be made operational in the context of discussions on the future relationship, a Protocol has been included setting out, in legal terms, how the third option may be operationalised. This option means that the United Kingdom maintains full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all-island economy and the protection of the 1998 Agreement.If another solution is found, it would supersede this protocol. Barnier did say today that he would prefer Option A, as did Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.Under these proposals, where would the border be? Probably unsurprisingly, it’s not clear.Asked by journalists today, Barnier said he would not refer to a border in the Irish Sea but conceded there would be checks at ports and airports. Source: Alexander Clarkson/Twitter Source: Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesTHE UNITED KINGDOM will leave the European Union on 30 March 2019.But there is much work to be done before that can happen. Actually, there’s much work to be done after it happens too. The so-called transitional period will not end until 31 December 2020 and any ‘future relationship’ between the UK and the EU has to be worked out after the leave date.Despite numerous keynote speeches from Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and almost as many press conferences led by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, there is still little concrete detail about what a Brexit will look like.There was a lot of activity again in Brussels today but the path ahead isn’t exactly clear.Here’s what we do know…What was published today?The European Commission published what it’s calling the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK. (You can read it in full here if you wish. It comes to 118 pages.)While everything in it was agreed in principle with the UK during talks before Christmas (you’ll remember the discussions around the Irish border back then), it is only a draft text. This document will be discussed with the European Council and the Brexit Steering Group of the European Parliament before negotiations with the UK begin in earnest.Changes are expected as early as next month when the Council will add guidelines around the framework for the future relationship.Again, remember this is a draft text, drawn up by the EU so there is a starting point for negotiations with the UK about its withdrawal. This is its negotiating position, in full. The UK does not have a similar document as of yet.So why bother with all the fuss today then?The EU wants a deal done – written in legal stone – by October 2018 so that it can be ratified by all parties in an efficient manner.Barnier emphasised today that the UK will be leaving the Union in 13 months. Again, that doesn’t leave much time for negotiations on this draft with the British government. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article However, that second vote would only come about after MPs get a free vote on the potential legislation – and then parliament should be allowed to vote on having a second referendum.Are there other things in the document outside of the Northern Ireland stuff?Yes.It deals with:introductory provisionscitizens’ rightsseparation issues such as goods placed on the market before the withdrawal datethe financial settlementtransitional arrangementsinstitutional provisions. Barnier’s press conference today Source: Thierry Monasse/Getty ImagesSo, what does it say then on citizens’ rights?Some of those blanks that are filled in by this draft treaty relate to citizens’ rights.The document outlines that the rules agreed to in December – to give European Union citizens, regardless of country of origin, the right to reside in the UK if they currently live there (or do so any time up to the end of the transition period) – should also be extended to future spouses and civil partners. It also offers more safeguards to those people covered by these rules, ensuring they can cross the border of the host State (the UK) without fear of not being allowed back in.The UK is not happy with the proposal that EU citizens arriving during the transition period are treated the same as those who were there before that process began.Further plans in the document would see a professional person who has their qualifications recognised by the UK currently retain that status after the leave date.The text, published today, if implemented, would also see the establishment of an ‘independent authority’ in the UK which would “monitor the implementation and application of the citizens’ right part of the Withdrawal Agreement”.According to the Commission, this body should have the “power to receive and investigate complaints from EU citizens and their family members, and to conduct inquiries on its own initiative, concerning alleged breaches by administrative authorities of the UK of their obligations under the citizens’ rights part of the Withdrawal Agreement”.And the divorce bill?This follows what was agreed in December and outlines payment deadlines and other practical pieces of information. The Commission said there was no need to make any adjustment to the £39 billion agreed financial settlement.What does the UK government say about all that?In his letter today, Davies said that negotiations have been “progressing well” in recent weeks. He said much of what is included will be “comparatively straightforward”, citing the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens residing in Member States and the EU budget plan to 31 December 2020 (the UK will honour its obligations to that end).However, he also takes issue with the mechanisms mentioned for governing and enforcing any Brexit. He says the UK will not stand for the continuing jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (CJEU).He said he hopes to continue to engage in discussions in good faith and that many of the ‘separation issues’ mentioned in the draft text will not come to fruition because they will be superseded by agreements made when discussing future economic and security partnerships.What next?May is due to give another one of those keynote speeches on Brexit on Friday.She will then talk to her MPs about Brexit policy on Monday. (They asked for more details today and she told them to ‘Just calm down’, according to The Guardian.)And we will all edge ever closer to 30 March 2019.More: EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement includes plan to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: May, however, said that this deal would, if implemented, create “a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea”.Barnier was accused of – but denied – meddling in the constitutional affairs of the UK.Is any of this binding?Absolutely not and May has said today that she – or any other Prime Minister – would not sign up to it as is.Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), she said she will be “crystal clear” to the EU that she opposes the proposal, adding that it threatens the constitutional integrity of the UK. Source: Alex Burstow/Getty ImagesIn the same session, she reaffirmed her commitment to avoiding a hard border.Echoing her sentiments, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davies told his fellow Conservative party MPs in a letter today that the draft, as published today, would undermine the UK’s common market and constitutional integrity. So what does it say about Northern Ireland?It contains details of the ‘backstop’ that we heard much about back in December.That is, failing any deal being reached and a hard Brexit, then Northern Ireland would remain inside the customs union.Chapter III, Article 3, of the document says: Source: Alexander Clarkson/Twittercenter_img Or the EU could have decided it wanted its wishlist out there first. A lot of what is included in the text – particularly on Northern Ireland – is the ‘wooden spoon’ if the UK doesn’t come to the table with a better offer of what Brexiteers can deal with.How is this different to what they were doing before?Depends on who you talk to. According to Barnier, there are no substantial differences, just more detail. He said there were ‘no surprises’ contained within – although the reaction from May and other British politicians tells a different story.It details how the UK could make an orderly exit from the EU in terms of citizens’ rights, the divorce bill, matters related to the transition period and, most importantly to us, the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.The European Commission says this document is simply a translation into legal text of the Joint Report of 8 December 2017 and the EU-UK Joint Technical note with some of the blanks filled e.g. “The section on citizens’ rights is extremely precise so that it can be relied upon directly by EU citizens in British courts,” the Commission said in a memo today. In response to a final question on Customs Union divide through the Irish Sea, Barnier points out again that the UK signed on to a set of principles over the Irish border and then bluntly states that it is up to the British to determine their own constitutional arrangements— Alexander Clarkson (@APHClarkson) February 28, 2018 A common regulatory area comprising the Union and the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland is hereby established. The common regulatory area shall constitute an area without internal borders in which the free movement of goods is ensured and North-South cooperation protected in accordance with this Chapter.It would mean alignment between the north and south for customs, VAT, energy, regulations for the protection of the environment and laws governing agriculture and fisheries. Northern Ireland would also have to adhere to EU rules on State Aid and would be under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in those aforementioned areas.But all of this is the last resort scenario – what has been labelled Option C.Oh yeah, I keep hearing about Options A, B and C; unicorns and illusions. What’s the story with them?The Joint Report, as agreed by the UK and the EU in December, outlined three options for Ireland/Northern Ireland. The details were contained in Paragraph 49 which reads as follows:The United Kingdom remains committed to protecting North-South cooperation and to its guarantee of avoiding a hard border. Any future arrangements must be compatible with these overarching requirements. The United Kingdom’s intention is to achieve these objectives through the overall EU-UK relationship. Should this not be possible, the United Kingdom will propose specific solutions to address the unique circumstances of the island of Ireland. In the absence of agreed solutions, the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all-island economy and the protection of the 1998 Agreement. Source: Tom Newton Dunne/TwitterAs Leo Varadkar predicted last night, there are ‘difficult’ times ahead.We’ve a long way to go before this agreement is turned into legal text before the October 2018 deadline.Why are the DUP angry?No.Not even a little bit.Members were out the gates early after RTÉ’s Tony Connelly leaked aspects of the document last night with their criticisms and leader Arlene Foster today confirmed that the text is “unacceptable” to her party.In a tweet, she said if Brexit played out with Option C it would be “economically catastrophic” for Northern Ireland. 59 Comments Source: Tony Connelly/Twitter Share104 Tweet Email4 Is the Irish government happy?Reasonably.The Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister formally welcomed the text after its publication today, calling it an important step in the Brexit process.“The draft includes a protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is an integral part of the draft agreement, and gives legal effect to the firm commitments made in December,” Simon Coveney said in a written statement.We have always been clear that our preference is to avoid a hard border through a wider future relationship agreement between the EU and the UK [Option A], a view we share with the British government. We are also committed to exploring specific solutions to be proposed by the UK.“At the same time, there is now the necessary legal provision to implement the backstop of maintaining full alignment in Northern Ireland with the rules of the Single Market and Customs Union necessary to protect North South cooperation and avoid a hard border. This is very much a default and would only apply should it prove necessary. This is about delivering on our shared objectives of protecting the Good Friday Agreement and the gains of the peace process, no less, no more.”Later, he questioned May’s ability to deliver on her promises to both leave the single market and customs union while ensuring there will be no hard border.He said this in itself was “hard to see”, telling RTÉ Radio One that nobody was looking to pick a fight or to have a go at the British government.“Our response is, look, this [option C] doesn’t have to be the solution but come up with something better that we can agree and we’d be delighted to agree.”Would the people of Northern Ireland have any say before the customs rules come into effect?It is difficult to answer anything with certainty as we’re talking in hypotheticals but it would be unusual if one part of the UK was asked about arrangements, when others weren’t.And, as previously stated, if Option C happens, it would actually be by default, not arrangement, because of the deal agreed to in December which could be put on a legally binding footing if it makes it into the final legal text in October. That is a big if though.How much closer are we to a hard Brexit now?Hard to say. There are still 13 months to try to figure out a deal. But it does make a Brexit more real. Source: Leon Neal/Getty ImagesFormer prime minister John Major made a significant speech today, accusing May of ‘bad politics’ and ‘grand folly’. He said that he opposed Brexit because he was patriotic and didn’t want to see his country isolated, cut off and a bystander in international politics.He urged May to change course and show a “willingness to compromise”. He also mooted the idea of a second vote, saying: Feb 28th 2018, 6:04 PM Barnier will answer every angry challenge by a UK journalist by politely pointing out that in December the UK signed on to the basic principles of what has been set out in today’s EU document.May now can either claim she was duped or that she did not understand what she signed— Alexander Clarkson (@APHClarkson) February 28, 2018 Many electors know they were misled: many more are beginning to realise it. So, the electorate has every right to reconsider their decision. Short URL EU draft text is constitutionally unacceptable & would be economically catastrophic for Northern Ireland. I welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment that HMG will not allow any new border in the Irish Sea. Northern Ireland must have unfettered access to GB market. AF— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) February 28, 2018last_img read more

Décollage réussi pour la fusée Soyouz et les satellites de Galileo

first_imgDécollage réussi pour la fusée Soyouz et les satellites de GalileoVendredi matin, la fusée Soyouz a finalement réussi à décoller du Centre spatial guyanais (CSG) emportant avec elle les deux premiers satellites de la constellation Galileo. Le tir était initialement prévu hier mais avait dû être reporté en raison d’une anomalie technique. L’aventure de la constellation Galileo a officiellement débuté. Ce matin, à 7H30 heure locale, 12H30 heure de Paris, la fusée Soyouz a finalement réussi à décoller de Sinnamary en Guyane. Au départ, le lancement était prévu pour jeudi à la même heure mais une anomalie observée au cours de la fin du remplissage du troisième étage du lanceur avait obligé à interrompre l’opération, la reportant de 24 heures. Néanmoins, ce matin tout s’est passé comme prévu. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Les moteurs du mythique lanceur russe se sont allumés comme prévu à 7H30 heure locale et, environ deux minutes plus tard, la fusée s’est séparée des quatre propulseurs qui constituent son premier étage, poursuivant sa course vers l’espace”, a constaté un journaliste de l’AFP. Dix minutes plus tard, le troisième étage du lanceur devait se séparer de l’étage supérieur Fregat qui renferme les deux précieux satellites. Car en effet, la mission de l’engin russe était de lancer les deux tout premiers satellites de la constellation Galileo, le projet européen censé concurrencer le système GPS américain.La dernière étape de la mission doit ainsi voir Fregat allumer ses propres moteurs pour placer en orbite à 23.000 kilomètres d’altitude les deux satellites à précisément 11H20 heure locale, soit 16H20 heure française. Au total, la mission est prévue pour durer 3 heures et 50 minutes. Financé à 100% par la Commission européenne et mis en oeuvre par l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA), Galileo assure pouvoir fournir une meilleure couverture et une meilleure précision que ses concurrents, notamment grâce à sa structure. Alors que le GPS dispose de 24 satellites (dont trois de secours) à 20.200 kilomètres d’altitude, Galileo prévoit d’en aligner 30 (dont trois de secours également) à 23.222 kilomètres, rapporte l’AFP. Le 21 octobre 2011 à 14:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Governors Buzz over pot just smoke

first_imgWASHINGTON — All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting over legalizing pot, some say, is just smoke.Nearly three months after Colorado began selling recreational marijuana, the nation’s governors are taking a cautious approach to loosening their drug laws despite growing support for legalization.Republican and Democratic state chief executives meeting in Washington this weekend expressed broad concern for children and public safety should recreational marijuana use spread. At the same time, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is warning other governors against rushing to follow his lead.He said he’s spoken to “half a dozen” governors with questions about his state’s experience, including some who “felt this was a wave” headed to their states.“When governors have asked me, and several have, I say that we don’t have the facts. We don’t know what the unintended consequences are going to be,” Hickenlooper said. “I urge caution.”The Democrat continued: “I say, if it was me, I’d wait a couple of years.”States are watching closely as Colorado and Washington establish themselves as national pioneers after becoming the first states to approve recreational marijuana use in 2012.last_img read more