Penticton BC approves ban on sitting lying on some downtown sidewalks

Penticton BC approves ban on sitting lying on some downtown sidewalks

17 October 0

first_imgPENTICTON, B.C. — Councillors in Penticton have ignored protests from inside and outside the British Columbia city and have passed a bylaw amendment that makes it an offence to sit or lie on some downtown sidewalks.In a crackdown on loitering, Penticton council voted 5-2 to approve an amendment to the Good Neighbourhood Bylaw, giving police and bylaw officers the power to hand out $100 fines.“My platform during the election, my No. 1 priority was crime and safety, and that’s what this is all about: safety,” said Mayor John Vassilaki.Coun. Jake Kimberley insisted the change looks after the community at large.“I’m sorry to say that this has to be done in order to protect those people who want to use those sidewalks: those disabled persons; those sight- or vision-impaired persons; those persons with family, with children. They don’t want to walk down sidewalks and trip over people with their legs out in the middle of the sidewalk,” he said.Coun. Judy Sentes said messages she received from the public ran 10-to-one in favour of the change, while Coun. Katie Robinson and Coun. Frank Regehr argued the amendment responds to concerns of downtown business owners.Speaking in opposition, Coun. Julius Bloomfield suggested the city is opening itself up to civil rights challenges because there is not enough help and housing available for street people who are the target of the change.“I could be tempted to vote in favour of this bylaw in the future if the help was there … but we need to give the help a chance before we start using the hammer,” said Bloomfield.Coun. Campbell Watt was the other dissenter.Penticton lawyer Paul Varga spoke for Penticton residents angered by council’s decision.“It’s not the way we treat people,” he said.“The people who are lying on the streets that (city officials) are targeting, that they’re concerned with most, they’re the symptom of the problem,” said Varga, who has represented a client previously accused of violating city rules against panhandling.Chelsea Terry, who organized protests in the run up to the Tuesday vote, described council’s decision as an “utter disappointment.”“It’s the exact same thing over and over again and they expect different results. That’s what insane people do,” she said.Anthony Haddad, the city’s director of development services, in a presentation before the vote said the amendment is designed to ensure free movement on downtown sidewalks, address safety concerns and protect recent investments in the area.He also said a $100 fine will be bylaw officers’ last resort, following education, a request for compliance, a verbal warning, a demand letter and compliance agreement.The bylaw amendment makes it an offence to sit or lie on sidewalks on the 100 through 300 blocks of Ellis Street, 200 through 400 blocks of Martin Street, and the 100 through 700 blocks of Main Street, comprising about 17 per cent of Penticton’s total downtown sidewalks.The rule will only be in effect May 1 through Sept. 30. (Penticton Herald)Joe Fries, Penticton Herald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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CPPIB buying 30 per cent interest in BGL Group for 11 billion

CPPIB buying 30 per cent interest in BGL Group for 11 billion

13 October 0

first_imgTORONTO – The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has signed a $1.1-billion deal to acquire a 30 per cent stake in BGL Group, a digital distributor of insurance and financial services.BGL Group’s brands include Comparethemarket.com, LesFurets.com and online life insurer BeagleStreet.com.Under the deal, CPPIB will nominate a non-executive director to represent it on the BGL board.BHL, the current owner of BGL Group, will retain a majority interest in the business.The deal is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals.It is expected to close by the end of April.last_img read more

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Group to probe individual accountability for deadly attack on UN in Algiers

Group to probe individual accountability for deadly attack on UN in Algiers

12 October 0

Mr. Ban told UN staff in a letter that he was establishing the follow-up group in response to a recommendation issued by the Independent Panel on Safety and Security of UN Personnel and Premises Worldwide, itself created in the wake of the Algiers bombings, which killed 17 staff members and targeted UN offices in the Algerian capital.Ralph Zacklin, a former Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, will head the group, and he will be assisted by Jean Jacques Graisse, Sinha Basanayake, Zelda Holtzman and Marisela Padron. The team will work out of UN Headquarters in New York and is slated to report back to Mr. Ban within six weeks.In his letter to staff the Secretary-General stressed that he has not forgotten the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the Algerian capital, or the suffering of the many other victims or their families.“I would like to reiterate my firm commitment to ensuring full accountability on the part of my senior managers, as well as all those at other levels of responsible decision-making,” he said.“But, combating security threats from terrorists and other detractors of the United Nations and ensuring the safety and well-being of staff and dependents, national or international, makes it incumbent that host governments and Member States also realize their responsibilities more strongly so that fuller and more concrete cooperation of security matters can be elicited from them. This factor cannot remain under-emphasized.”The Independent Panel, led by Lakhdar Brahimi and comprised of international experts in the field, presented its report to Mr. Ban earlier this month, and the report was released today with some redactions to avoid revealing details that may pose further threats to the personnel and premises of the Organization.Although the report did not identify individual accountabilities, it found “ample evidence that several staff members up and down the hierarchy may have failed to respond adequately to the Algiers attack, both before and after the tragedy.”In a press statement released by the UN spokesperson’s office, the panel said that new security arrangements established after the deadly UN bombing in Baghdad in August 2003 were put to a severe test by the Algiers attacks. Both the system as a whole and individuals in Algiers and in New York were “found wanting.”The seven-member panel recommended an independent accountability procedure to consider the responsibilities of key UN staff and offices, saying such a move would help restore staff confidence and morale.The report also calls for a review of the size of the UN staff presence and the manner in which the UN system does business given overall security considerations and the opportunities presented by modern information and communication technology.In addition, it recognizes that different risk mitigation strategies are needed if the UN is to achieve the dual goals of staff safety and effective programme delivery, given that the UN faces distinctly different types of threats and operating environments around the world.Mr. Ban noted the panel also underlined the importance of reflection on the larger issue of the UN’s public image and what implications this has on staff security, especially in the field.“If the Organization is targeted on the basis of a perception that is undeserved or unfair, and such a perception is not consciously changed, it is the ordinary individuals working in the field and their families that lay exposed and vulnerable and likely to bear the brunt of the aggressive attention of terrorists and enemies of the United Nations.”Also today, Mr. Ban announced that Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security Sir David Veness has resigned, saying he will shoulder full responsibility for any security lapse that may have occurred concerning the Algiers attacks.Sir David informed the Secretary-General in a meeting yesterday that as the head of the Department of Safety and Security, he was offering to resign in light of his responsibility. Mr. Ban paid tribute to Sir David’s “high sense of devotion to duty and strong professional motivation” and said he had asked him to stay on until a stable succession can be assured. 24 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he is setting up a group to examine whether any United Nations staff should be held individually accountable over last December’s deadly terrorist attack on the world body’s premises in Algiers. read more

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Iraq Annan would welcome measures to ease impact of sanctions on civilians

Iraq Annan would welcome measures to ease impact of sanctions on civilians

06 October 0

Mr. Annan made his comments during a press conference in Geneva, where he was asked about a reported British draft resolution on the issue. “The Council as a whole will have to consider it and take some decisions,” he replied, noting that he had postponed a second round of meetings with a high-level Baghdad delegation until the Council has completed its review of the issue.”I do not know how long it will take the Council to act,” Mr. Annan observed, adding, “There are some suggestions that they should conclude their deliberations in time for the extension of the oil-for-food scheme on 6 June, as we enter the tenth phase.” Asked about specific provisions of the British proposal, the Secretary-General noted widespread concern about “the impact of sanctions on the average Iraqi, on the Iraqi economy, and particularly on children.” He endorsed “any attempts that would ease the impact of sanctions on the population and allow the people to have a normal life.”The oil-for-food programme was set up by Security Council resolution 986 in April 1995 as a “temporary measure to provide for the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people.” The first oil under the programme was exported in December 1996 and the first shipments of food arrived the following March. read more

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50 million children still exposed to iodine deficiency disorders UN health agency

50 million children still exposed to iodine deficiency disorders UN health agency

06 October 0

According to an article in the latest issue of WHO’s monthly Bulletin, the disorders occur during foetal development because mothers lack adequate iodine. In the extreme, this results in cretinism, but subtle degrees of mental impairment – leading to poor school performance, reduced mental ability and restricted capacity to work – are far more common. The article stresses the importance of supplementation in combating the problem. “These disorders can be prevented by ensuring adequate iodine intake, which is the primary objective of the current worldwide drive to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders,” write WHO nutritionists Bruno de Benoist and Graeme Clugston.That drive began in 1983, when a seminal paper by Basil Hetzel in the Lancet coined the term “iodine deficiency disorders.” The realization that adequate iodine intake was essential for normal brain development – and lacking in so many children on such a global scale – galvanized international action. “The results have been very impressive, and even though the goal of elimination of IDD as a public health problem by 2000 has not been achieved in all countries, hundreds of millions of people who were at risk a decade ago no longer are,” Charles Todd, Health Adviser to the European Commission to Zimbabwe, writes in the current Bulletin.In 1990 the World Summit for Children set the goal of eliminating iodine deficiency disorders by the year 2000. Since then, the number of countries with salt iodization programmes has risen from 46 to 93, iodized salt is now available in over two-thirds of the households in countries where the disorders are endemic, and 20 countries have achieved “universal salt iodization,” defined as more than 90 per cent of households having access to iodized salt. The informal global partnership now taking the initiative forward includes WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, bilateral funding agencies, the International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, the salt industry, and various non-governmental and philanthropic organizations. read more

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Israeli military actions criticized at first UN Human Rights Council special session

Israeli military actions criticized at first UN Human Rights Council special session

06 October 0

Dozens of speakers today denounced Israel’s military operations in the occupied Palestinian territory, calling them violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, at the first-ever special session of the new United Nations Human Rights Council, while the country’s representative countered that the meeting was politically motivated.Addressing the Council at the invitation of the Arab Group, John Dugard, Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in Palestine, said recent actions in the Middle East, where an Israeli army post was attacked and one of its soldiers kidnapped, did not “warrant the disproportionate retaliation they have prompted” and called attention to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Palestinian areas. In Gaza, people were without water, food was scarce and medicines were running out, he said, adding that Operation “Summer Rains,” as Israel had “cynically labelled” its siege of Gaza, offended the prohibition on collective punishment. It likewise violated the prohibition on “measures of intimidation and terrorism” contained in Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, while the arrest of Hamas Cabinet ministers and legislators seemed to constitute the “taking of hostages” prohibited in Article 34.The majority of the other 45 speakers, including the representative of Palestine, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and many others, also denounced the arrest of members of the Hamas-led Government and other Palestinians and the raids on public infrastructure and utilities. Many speakers, including those representing the United States and Finland, which spoke on behalf of the European Union, called for the unconditional release of the Israeli soldier and consideration of the part his capture and other violence from the Palestinian side played in the seriously deteriorating situation.The overwhelming majority of speakers appeared to favour the call on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to send a special mission to investigate the situation on the ground and report back to the Council.Mr. Dugard also accused the Middle East diplomatic Quartet, consisting of the UN, the United States, the Russian Federation and the European Union, of failing to address what he called Israeli’s violations of international human rights law. Israel’s representative, Izhak Levanon, said the special session had been convened as part of an Arab plan to politicize the Council and to put Israel in the dock. “The Palestinians themselves had provoked the current situation by abducting an Israeli soldier,” he said, adding: “The release of the soldier would end the conflict.”The decision was taken to hold the special session after a request by 21 Member States of the Council at the end of is first session, which concluded on Friday. The session will reconvene tomorrow to begin considering a draft resolution on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories, with a view to a vote. The Human Rights Council came into being this year as part of a host of UN reforms proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and backed by the 2005 World Summit, replacing the Human Rights Commission, which was widely viewed as ineffectual and politicized. read more

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Terratec supplies raise borer to Mexican contractor

Terratec supplies raise borer to Mexican contractor

24 September 0

first_imgOn 4 February 2013, Terratec successfully completed factory acceptance testing of its first raise boring machine sold for the Mexican market. The ceremony was held in Tasmania, Australia, in the presence of the customer, Mexican contractor CAUSA, six months after receipt of the order. CAUSA was founded in 1978 as a service company for development of mining and civil works. The company has been exploring all types of mineralisation in the majority of Mexico and it is the largest raise boring contractor in the country. The TR3000 Raise Boring Machine is robustly designed for easy use and high reliability. This machine is capable of boring a 3 m diameter hole up to 600 m deep in hard rock. The design and production was fully done by Terratec in Australia. The nominal hole diameter for this size of machine is 3 m with a standard pilot hole diameter of 311 mm. The machine has a pilot drilling torque of up to 78,000 Nm, reaming to 237,000 Nm, makeup to 261,000 Nm and breakout to 266,000 Nm. The down thrust is calculated at 1,600 kN with Up Thrust being 4,500 kN. The total installed power on the machine is 352 kW. The dimensions of the machine were a critical element with the derrick extended height of 4,500 mm and retracted at 3,815 mm. The machine will fit within the drift requirements as specified during negotiations.last_img read more

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Bruton Expect 48000 new jobs in 2014

Bruton Expect 48000 new jobs in 2014

22 September 0

first_imgJOBS MINISTER RICHARD Bruton has said more than 48,000 new jobs will be supported through his department in the course of next year.Speaking following the announcement of Budget 2014, the Minister said that IDA and Enterprise Ireland were targeting the creation of 24,000 direct positions.While, according to a statement, another 20,000 additional jobs can be expected through supply companies and support services as a result of “a conservative calculation of standard multiplier effects”.City and county enterprise boards will support the creation of a further 4,500 jobs, according to the Department.This afternoon’s Budget announcement included a range of planned measures aimed at supporting start-ups and growing new enterprises, including an income tax exemption for long-term unemployed people who start a business.Read: As it happens: Budget 2014 Liveblog >last_img read more

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Opinion Is austerity really a necessity – or do we have a

Opinion Is austerity really a necessity – or do we have a

22 September 0

first_imgIN THE WAKE of the recent European elections, and the disturbance it caused within mainstream, status-quo politics, two prominent Irish commentators mobilised in support of sticking with austerity: the policy of choice for Governments across Europe that sees budgets cut and social programmes ravaged. Both John Bruton and Chris Johns have publicly proclaimed that we have no choice but to stick with our austerity plan, and further, that this is only the beginning: we may have austerity at least another 10 to 15 years.They both subscribe to a couple of fundamental points to support their view. The first is pragmatic: austerity is the only policy that will result in a recovery of the economy. Therefore, we must, by necessity, take this path or else we are doomed to further crises.The second is a moral and philosophical point: we are morally obliged to continue with austerity since we signed up for the European Fiscal Compact in the referendum in 2012. We simply must start “living within our means”, as Bruton put it. It is “immoral” to do otherwise.Both these points imply that austerity is necessary, unavoidable and inevitable. As Johns put it, it is a matter of a relentless “economic logic” and if “some voters don’t like this…that is simply tough: this is about arithmetic and nothing can get in the way of making sure the numbers add up”.Austerity is a choiceThis is untrue. Austerity is not unavoidable and inevitable and it is not a matter of unbiased, objective logic and mathematics. It is a choice; more accurately, a political choice. And, like all political choices, it is based one’s priorities and values.Therefore, we should approach arguments for the inevitability of austerity with caution and scepticism. The complex and technical nature of financial politics can seem intimidating at times. This can result in certain policies being accepted or certain referendums being passed because we are told that they are the only option we have. Yet, more often than not, choice exists.There are countless alternatives to austerity, and support for such measures can be found across all sectors of our society. Most of them argue, more or less, that austerity is actually bad for the economy in the long run. It will lower the money taken in through tax, and increase the demands for unemployment benefits and social programmes, and thus stifle and slow down recovery and growth. Not to mention the significant social damage it will inflict (and is inflicting) upon millions of people.Austerity is not inevitableIt is not only social justice movements and those who champion the less well-off that argue for such policies: credible, Nobel Prize-winning economists such as Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz have lent their expertise to the anti-austerity side, along with countless other journalists and commentators.But my point here is not to argue for or against austerity. I merely want to make it clear that the decision to enforce austerity is not inevitable. Debate over the merits of austerity is ongoing and has a long history, going back to Keynes. See here for an overview.Thus, the claim of Bruton and Johns – that austerity is necessary and our only option – is untrue. Austerity is a choice about what you think is the best option for recovery, and who should bear the brunt.When trying to engage in discussion of economic policy, it is often worthwhile to cast at least a cursory glance at the backgrounds and interests of those who take strong and resolute positions. For in a discipline with notoriously poor predictive powers, certainty should be treated with a degree of scepticism.Notably, John Bruton is the Chairman of IFSC Ireland, a private sector body set up to lobby for the financial services in Ireland. Chris Johns, meanwhile, was most recently the Chief Investment Officer for global fundamental equities with State Street Global Advisers, after working as the CEO of Bank of Ireland Asset Management until it was sold to State Street Global Advisers. These ties to the financial industry will naturally inform both Bruton and Johns’ opinions when it comes to the necessity of austerity.A moral question?The idea that we are somehow morally obligated to stick with austerity because we agreed to the Fiscal Compact in 2012 is questionable.We may have agreed to the treaty, but we didn’t agree to the bank bailout, on which much of the treaty is premised. The main justification given for austerity is to balance our budgets and reduce our debt. Yet, a large part (at least 30%) of our debt is due to the massive amounts of money we put into the banks. Therefore, a large part of the debt is illegitimate and should be cancelled or least reduced. The narrative that we must live within our means assumes we are the sole causes of the debt. We are not.Even so, by agreeing to the Fiscal Compact, are we thus consigned to stand by while the social fabric of the country gets torn apart? Homelessness, poverty, unemployment, health and education cuts, and emigration are real problems here and now.At what point does the damage done to real people outweigh the results of a controversial referendum?Choice exists, and we should be wary of opinions to the contrary.Robert Grant has a PhD in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, where he is currently a tutor in Logic and the History of Philosophy. He blogs at robert-grant.squarespace.Read: Young Fine Gael wants to reduce the minimum wage by €2 per hourRead: The IMF is getting behind Joan Burton as the next Labour leaderlast_img read more

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Jack Grealish I thought I was going to join Spurs

18 September 0

first_imgAston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was “95%” certain that he would be signing up for Tottenham Hotspur in the last transfer windowAfter a breakthrough campaign in the English Championship last season, Grealish had been strongly linked with a move to Spurs due to Villa’s financial struggles.But a move didn’t materialise with Grealish later agreeing on a new long-term contract at Villa Park instead.“At Hull, I was 95% sure it was going to be my last game. I waved to the fans when I got taken off as I thought I was going,” Grealish told The Telegraph.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Even on the Thursday morning of the transfer window, I thought I was leaving At that time it could have got done, but for whatever reason, it didn’t.“They (Spurs) weren’t willing to pay what Villa wanted at the time, but the new owners came in and they changed everything.”Grealish has started in all nine of Villa’s Championship games this season with Steve Bruce’s side currently in 13th-place in the standings.last_img read more

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South American Soybean Meal Imports Frustrate US Farmers

South American Soybean Meal Imports Frustrate US Farmers

16 September 0

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) expressed extreme disappointment with the decision of Wilmington Bulk LLC, a consortium of large hog and poultry producing companies, and Louis Dreyfus Corporation, the trading company involved in the transaction, to import Brazilian soybean meal rather than utilizing U.S. product. The shipment is expected to arrive tomorrow at a port facility in Wilmington, North Carolina.”This situation is very frustrating for U.S. farmers and ranchers,” stated ASA President Dwain Ford, a producer from Kinmundy, Illinois. “Although, as businessmen, we understand that seasonal price spreads between U.S. and Brazilian soybean meal, highly competitive ocean freight rates, and uncompetitive internal U.S. rail and shipping rates may have supported the economics to buy South American soymeal, we cannot support that decision, and we need to determine what can be done to make U.S. products more competitive.””Unfortunately, this importation isn’t likely to be an isolated incident,” said Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “These companies didn’t build a new port for just one shipment. There will be other shipments of not only soybean meal, but probably wheat and corn in the future. This affects a much broader segment of agriculture than soybeans alone. All producers need to be involved, and we need to work together to address domestic transportation problems.”ASA, AFBF, NAWG, and NCGA have identified three key reasons why imported Brazilian soybean meal may be able to move into the region at the expense of U.S. soybean meal. “Our organizations are pursuing a comprehensive study to look at each of these factors to determine the best strategies to improve the competitiveness of U.S. farmers,” said Stallman.Insufficient Competitive Transportation Infrastructure: Because the Southeastern U.S. is served by only two major railroads that have almost as much non-agricultural freight as they can handle, there is not a lot of competition to carry soybeans and soybean meal to the Southeast. This results in high freight rates to transport soybeans and soybean meal to the region. Furthermore, Brazilian investments to expand their inland waterway system raise the importance for the United States to modernize our river systems to ensure commodities can be transported cost competitively.The Jones Act: Another way to transport soybeans and soymeal to the Southeast from the Midwest via the Great Lakes or the Gulf of Mexico would be on ships. However, the Jones Act requires that all water transportation of goods between U.S. ports be conducted on U.S. flag vessels, made in the U.S. and manned by U.S. seamen. This makes their cost far higher than foreign flag vessels.Exchange Rates: American farmers are the most efficient in the world. However, the comparative advantages that our producers generally enjoy – abundant, fertile natural resources, access to high quality inputs and technology, for example – are mitigated by the appreciation of the dollar and the sharp depreciation of currencies among our major competitors, particularly Brazil, Argentina, and Canada. These relationships in currency exchange rates over the past few years have, in many instances, shut our exports out of foreign markets and increased import competition in the U.S. market.”The first two issues could be addressed through reforms of our domestic transportation system for shipping bulk agricultural products,” explained Ford. “Lowering the costs of transporting agricultural goods from the Midwest to the Southeast through a Jones Act exemption for bulk agricultural commodities could also result in more competitive rail rates.” There are only seven dry bulk self-propelled U.S. flagged vessels available for bulk agricultural shipments, and these vessels are fully engaged in U.S. food aid shipments that require 75 percent of the commodities to be delivered on U.S. bottoms.The National Association of Wheat Growers also took notice of the soybean shipment. “Wheat growers are strongly supportive of free trade and open access, whether it is foreign or domestic markets,” said NAWG President Gary Broyles from Montana. “That’s why it is important to address problems such as lack of competitive rail service and the Jones Act, which in this case are pricing U.S. product out of our own domestic markets. Rumors are circulating that the same company is purchasing European feed wheat to replace U.S. feed grain. During the same week this rumor circulated, U.S. futures markets dropped significantly. In the case of the wheat market, there was a substantial drop, when prior to this, the market showed signs of recovery.”National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Tim Hume said, “We spend a lot of effort trying to get a fair and level playing field through the World Trade Organization to reduce trade barriers. The United States needs to promote policies domestically and internationally that will ensure our producers are not unfairly priced out of the market. The crumbling infrastructure on the Upper Mississippi River System and the Jones Act are just two areas in which we need to focus our efforts to make the United States more competitive in the international marketplace.”ASA President Ford said ASA has taken action to ensure that U.S. soybean farmers aren’t being placed at a competitive disadvantage in this particular trade due to the fact that U.S. farmers pay royalties for soybean varieties containing Roundup Ready® technology while Brazilian farmers are reported to have widely pirated Roundup Ready seeds.”Ever since this contract was announced in May, ASA and the United Soybean Board have been working closely with Monsanto, which holds the patents on the Roundup Ready technology, to ensure that the imported soymeal is not derived from pirated Roundup Ready soybeans,” said Ford. “Monsanto has assured us that it will enforce it’s intellectual property rights regarding all importations of Brazilian soybean meal or soybeans”.”ASA suspects that Louis Dreyfus may have had a hard time complying with this requirement, which has delayed the shipment and arrival date by several weeks,” said Ford. “In the end, we understand that Dreyfus searched to find some non-Roundup Ready soybeans grown under a ‘hard’ identity preservation system in order to ship soybean meal that would test negative. Dreyfus probably didn’t expect this much trouble and expense when they made the deal, but now they are stuck with trying to fulfill it.”Due to its large swine and poultry industries, the Southeast is a huge consumer of soymeal. In fact, it is estimated that the region consumes about 30 percent of the 29.5 million metric tons of soymeal consumed in the U.S. However, the Southeast is no longer a large producer of soybeans. To meet its high demand for soymeal, soybeans must be brought into the region, either in the form of whole soybeans for local processing or as soymeal.last_img read more

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Monthly ASA Presidents Message

Monthly ASA Presidents Message

16 September 0

first_imgHello Soy Family,February may be the shortest month of the year, but it promises to be one of the busiest, especially for the American Soybean Association (ASA).ASA President John HeisdorfferOn Feb. 12 we announced the hire of our new Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Findlay, who brings a wealth of experience and a vision for the next chapter of ASA as a first-class U.S. commodity organization. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to working together to advance soy policy priorities.With soy policy priorities in mind, February saw the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which includes fixes for both the cotton and dairy programs in the current farm bill, as well as a one-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit, retroactive to 2017.Additionally, President Trump announced his infrastructure initiative this month and, as expected, the Administration is asking for $200 billion in direct federal funding to leverage a total of $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments. The focus of one-quarter of federal funding on rural infrastructure needs will benefit the movement of commodities and the global market competitiveness of U.S. soybeans.As we continue working on policy in Washington, D.C., ASA also has its eyes set on Anaheim and Commodity Classic later this month. Classic is America’s largest farmer-led and farmer-focused convention and trade show, and ASA will be looking for policy priorities from on-the-ground growers. Our booth on the trade show floor will host ag media each day, who will be discussing key priorities with grower leaders. Make sure you stop by and say hello!One of the highlights at Commodity Classic this year is our General Session where USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will address attendees. Additionally, I encourage everyone to attend the Soy Social and Auction and to take advantage of other learning opportunities like ASA’s Open Policy Session and educational sessions.As always, Commodity Classic will wrap up when ASA’s Voting Delegates revise and set policy priorities for the coming year. From the farm bill to trade to transportation infrastructure and more, we have a busy year ahead.  I appreciate the hard work of our board, state affiliates and staff to make sure we pursue policies that benefit on-the-ground soy growers.It’s a great, and busy, time to be part of the soy family. As always, thanks for your hard work and see you in Anaheim.John HeisdorfferPresident, American Soybean Associationlast_img read more

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Launch of nala works sparks protests

06 September 0

first_imgQuthbullapur: The hasty inauguration of core nala works in the 132-division sparked protests here on Monday. TRS leader KM Prathap, along with members of local colony welfare association, questioned officials on this at the GHMC office. The state government sanctioned Rs 3 crore for the development of naturally formed nala in 2016. However, the works had come to a halt as the irrigation department could not initiate the works. But, Lal Sing, DE of GHMC Circle-25, started works, allegedly throwing all precautions to the wind. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Colony associations alleged that the works were started neither from the beginning of the nala or from the end. The works are also causing severe inconvenience to local residents, they said. They took the issue to notice of the Commissioner Mangathayaru and EE Chaitanya Krishna. KM Prathap submitted a memorandum to them, detailing the issue.last_img read more

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MPPs swearing in ceremony held

06 September 0

first_imgMedak: MPP Navaneetha Ravi, Vice MPP Vittal Reddy and MPTCs took swearing in ceremony in the presence of special officer Vasantha Suguna in Manoharabad on Thursday. Former coordinator Surender Reddy, K Chandu Goud, Sudhakar Reddy, Shekar Goud, Rajasekhar Reddy were present. MPP G Swapna, vice president U Sravya Reddy, MPTCs Venkatamma, Santosh Reddy and Hari Krishna took swearing in ceremony in Toopran.last_img

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Akayed throws everyone in danger

03 September 0

first_imgIt is not yet known why Akayed carried out this attack. He went to the US with a family visa in 2011. He used to be a cab driver till 2015. Recently he had joined in an electric company with his brother. He lived in an apartment with his father, brother, and sister at Brooklyn. He was known for his pious, soft-spoken, and humble nature. He did not have any police record in the US.         On the other hand, an Israeli newspaper Hareetz said Akayed had committed the attack to condemn Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The claim was not confirmed by the police though. Akayed has said he had carried out this attack on his own. The police suspect that Akayed might have been motivated by IS.Despite mentioning the IS, the police are yet to prove the allegations. They are trying to project a plot of ‘plan and action’ through Akayed’s confession in the hospital. Most of the Bangladeshi immigrants of that area, who were Akayed’s neighbours, were too scared to open up to the media.Experts on international terrorism said the attack was very amateur. Akayed had made a crude pipe bomb. Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said, “Anyone now can make a bomb, learning from the Internet. But many others like Akayed are out there, who commit such attacks to seek attention.”CNN’s national security analyst Peter Bargen said, there had been 12 attacks since the 2001 Twin Tower terrorist attack. Each of them had been carried out by inexperienced attackers like Akayed. .It wasn’t difficult to locate Akayed Ullah’s father-in-law’s house at Maneshwar Road of Jigatala in Dhaka last Monday. It has already become known in the locality as the ‘jongi’ (militant)’s father-in-law’s house. Akayed’s father-in-law, Zulfikar Haider, has been residing in the area with his family with for over 20 years. Overnight his identity has been switched from a harmless neighbour into the father-in-law of a militant. Akayed’s wife, who has a six-month-old infant, is being interrogated by the police. Akayed’s sisters and brothers living in the US are also being question and under the stress of social pressure.Akayed has endangered the entire Bangladeshi community in the US as well as his family. US politicians there are making negative statements about Bangladeshis there.Akayed Ullah, 27, was caught red-handed on Monday while attempting to blast a bomb at Times Square near the Port Authority underground bus terminal in New York. New York police have charged Akayed with criminal possession of a weapon supporting terrorist acts and creating terrorist threat.Quoting New York police, the media said Akayed’s attack might be inspired by the international terrorist organisation IS (Islamic State). The bomb was made by Akayed himself. As it did not explode properly, only four persons received minor injuries. The attacker was injured the most.A local shopkeeper in Jigatala who knows Akayed’s in-laws for over a decade, said Akayed’s father-in-law Zulfikar would go from shop to shop, working hard to earn a living for his family. When they received a marriage proposal from a US immigrant for their daughter, a college student, they were thrilled.The shopkeeper said Akayed’s baby boy was born this year. The family was waiting for Akayed to take his wife and child to the US. But now everything has changed. The shopkeeper said it was hardly believable that a father of an infant could do a thing like that. The child will bear the stigma of being a militant’s son.On Monday afternoon, journalists and others swarmed around Zulfikar Haider’s house. The landlord spoke to the journalists, covering his face and repeatedly requesting them not to take his picture. He said, ‘The boy [Akayed] has thrown everyone into danger.’Akayed married his sister’s friend and his sister lives in the US now.According to the landlord, Zulfikar was living there since 1997. He and his son worked at two shops in Bashundhara City shopping mall. Though the family was not solvent, they had goodwill.The security guard of the house, Mofazzel Hossain said, “Akayed came here last Qurbani Eid and sacrificed an animal on the occasion. He prayed five times a day regularly, he added.Akayed’s brother-in-law, who just passed the higher secondary exam, said he knew Akayed was religious, but had no idea of his extremist bent of mind.On Tuesday, around 3:00pm a team of plainclothes police picked up Akayed’s wife and parents-in-law in a microbus. Zulfikar returned home on a police motorbike around 5:00pm to take his cell phone and left again. Zulfikar did not talk to media then.  Additional Deputy Commissioner of the counterterrorism unit of police, Saiful Islam, said Akayed’s wife and parents-in-law were being interrogated on how he was motivated to militancy. Officials of the counter terrorism unit said Akayed immigrated to the US on 21 February 2011. He got a green card and came to Bangladesh last year to marry. He stayed in the country from 18 September till 22 October. He had no criminal record in the country or in the US. The officials FBI and the New York police had communicated with the Bangladesh police and information was exchanged.Special Correspondent from the US said specialists were trying to figure out how this Bengali youth was motivated by militant ideology and whether any personal crisis lead him to adopt such extreme ways.The anti-immigrant white community in the US immediately reacted to the incident. Spokesperson of President Donald Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the attack underscored the need for the Congress to work with the president on immigration reforms to protect the American people. She condemned the family visa system saying such incidents could be avoided if immigrants were denied family visas.As soon as the attempted blast incident was revealed, several white nationalist groups demanded more restrictions on immigration. This incident generated anxiety and fear among the the immigrant Bangladeshis in the US. The Bangladeshi community in New York’s Jackson Heights on Monday, along with the Bangladeshi-American police association, condemned the incident.A statement issued by the press minister of the Bangladesh embassy in Washington condemned the incident and said Bangladesh was against all kinds of terrorist activities.Syed Mohammadullah, an immigrant journalist in the US, told Prothom Alo, though there were hardly any such terrorists in the community, the whole immigrant community had to bear the brunt of their actions.Akayed’s relatives interrogated in SandwipAkayed’s is from Talukdar Bari of Pandit Haat in Muchhapur union, Sandwip of Chittagong. His father, Sana Ullah, was a liberation war veteran. Sana Ullah married and had five children. He came to Dhaka in the 70s. Akayed’s elder brother went to the US first with the help of his immigrant maternal uncle and later in 2010-11 he took the whole family there. Sana Ullah died there in 2015.Sandwip police station interrogated Akayed’s family members on Tuesday.Chittagong district police super Nur-e-Alam Mina told Prothom Alo that they had interrogated and found no trace of militant involvement in the family.last_img read more

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WATCH Houston Metro Wont Get Tropical Storm Conditions But Storm Surge Causing

02 September 0

first_imgVideo Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/21181115/Bolivar-Evacuation.mp400:0000:0000:56Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The latest forecast on Cindy shows most of the Houston metro region will not get tropical storm conditions, but there will be some heavy downpours.But that’s not the case on Bolivar Peninsula, where storm surge is already causing flooding in low-lying areas.Voluntary evacuations are underway. Dee Faltesek says she’s leaving because she doesn’t want to be inconvenienced.There are long waits right now for the ferry that takes people from the peninsula back across to Galveston Island. But the ferry service says it has no plans to shut down operations for the storm.– / 6 2:15PM Update:Voluntary evacuations are underway on Bolivar Peninsula.Jannin O’Connor lives on Crystal Beach, but works on Galveston Island at the San Luis Hotel. She says she’s evacuating because Bolivar often floods.O’connor says she also didn’t want to get stranded on the peninsula if the ferry closes because of the storm.She says they’ve stocked up on water and supplies and plan to stay on the island until Friday. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /02:25 X Listencenter_img 1PM Update: In the audio above, listen to a segment from Houston Matters with Jeff Evans, the meteorologist in charge at the Houston/Galveston office of the National Weather Service, who has the very latest on the progress of Tropical Storm Cindy.Graphic from the National Weather ServiceAs Tropical Storm Cindy moves closer to the shore, Harris County has the potential of seeing rain as soon as 1pm today. Mark Sloan, coordinator for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, has stated that, “The biggest threat is the potential for heavy downpours. When we get heavy and hard rains, for a short period of time, that it takes time for the storm systems to catch up and let that drain into the creeks and bayous.”Despite the threat of heavy rain Sloan makes it clear that Houstonians need not panic, but still remain cautious.“We just gotta pay attention to our surroundings. Especially as we get into the evening hours overnight into tomorrow morning. We’re not expecting power outages. This is not a hurricane Ike type of event.”The heavy rains and thunderstorms are likely to begin later tonight.NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Cindy (all times local):4:30 p.m.Severe weather whipped up Tropical Storm Cindy has damaged homes and vehicles in the Florida Panhandle.Fort Walton Beach spokeswoman Jo Soria said Wednesday that falling trees have hit houses and cars in what she called “pockets of wind damage” in two or three residential neighborhoods. The locally popular Ferry Park had a number of trees down and a concrete-block baseball dugout was destroyed.Okaloosa County Emergency Management spokesman Rob Brown said the National Weather Service told the county the storm was a supercell. He says it was likely a tornado, but forecasters won’t declare it as one until they have a ground survey team assess the area.___3:55 p.m.Forecasters say heavy rains are now lashing parts of the northern Gulf coast as Tropical Storm Cindy gets closer to expected landfall in coming hours.The National Hurricane Center says it expects little change in strength before Cindy reaches the coast late Wednesday, somewhere along the Texas-Louisiana line.By Wednesday afternoon, the center of the storm was about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Galveston, Texas, and roughly the same distance south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Top wind speeds have remained at about 50 mph (85 kph) in recent hours as the storm churns toward land at about 9 mph (kph).Forecasters say heavy rains from Cindy could cause life-threatening flash floods. The forecast generally calls for 6-9 inches (150-230 millimeters) of rain with up to 15 inches (380 millimeters) in some isolated spots. The Miami-based center also warns a few tornadoes are possible overnight from the Florida Panhandle into south Louisiana.1:10 p.m.A sheriff’s captain says a 10-year-old from Missouri boy has died on the Alabama coast after being fatally struck by a log washed in by storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy.Baldwin County Sheriff’s Capt. Stephen Arthur says the boy was hit by the debris Friday morning in the Fort Morgan area along the coast. Stephen said witnesses reported the boy was standing outside his family’s condominium when he was struck by the log washed in by a large wave.Arthur said the child was vacationing with his family. He says relatives and emergency workers were unable to resuscitate him.The child wasn’t immediately identified.___1 p.m.The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Cindy is heading toward the northern Gulf coast, where it is expected to make landfall in the coming hours.The center said in an update at 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday that the storm was centered about 170 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana — or roughly the same distance southeast of Galveston, Texas. Its sustained winds continue to top out at 50 mph (85 kph) and it’s moving closer to the coast at a rate of 9 mph (14 kph).Forecasters say the storm is nearing the coast along a stretch between southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. They add that little change in strength is expected before landfall but that it will weaken once it moves inland on Thursday.Heavy rains associated with the storm are raising the possibility of life-threatening flash floods over a wide area of the coast.___12:40 p.m.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging his state’s residents to take Tropical Storm Cindy seriously.As of midday Wednesday, there were no reports of serious home or business flooding in Louisiana. But, at a news conference, Edwards noted that two unnamed storms slammed Louisiana last year with heavy flood devastation.Strong rain bands from Cindy continued to sweep across the Gulf Coast. And authorities said dangers from flash floods, severe storms and possible tornadoes remained a danger. Edwards declared a state of emergency early Wednesday. And Plaquemines Parish on the southeast Louisiana coast declared an emergency at midday.Cindy was expected to make landfall near the Louisiana-Texas state line Thursday.___NoonTropical Storm Cindy is pumping seawater into an area of the Mississippi-Louisiana coast that’s vulnerable to storm tide flooding.Tides on Wednesday morning were 4 feet (1.2 meters) above normal in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and 5 feet (1.5 meters) above normal farther southwest, at Shell Beach, on Louisiana’s coast.Bay St. Louis is in Hancock County, where Emergency Management Director Brian Adam says officials counted 355 roads with standing water early Wednesday. The low-lying southern half of the county is interlaced with inlets, bayous, rivers and canals. The county faces frequent tidal flooding. Adam says it happens five to 10 times a year.Adam says he’s received no reports of flooded homes. Many homes in the county are elevated on stilts.___11:40 a.m.Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Cindy are causing flooding in low-lying areas along the Alabama coast.Some roads are covered with water in the seafood village of Bayou La Batre, and police say streets are flooded on the barrier island of Dauphin Island. Officials there have closed the beaches because of dangerously rough surf.Double red flags are flying in Gulf Shores to warn people to stay out of the waves. But live video feeds Wednesday showed a few people still on the beach despite rain showers and high winds.Becca Caldemeyer says business is slow at her bait shop in Bayou La Batre because it’s too windy to fish. She says sea water is washing into marshes, but she can still get to and from work since the roads aren’t completely covered with water.___10:30 a.m.Rain has slackened along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast after an overnight drenching, but not before a waterspout came ashore in Biloxi, causing minor damage.Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy says the waterspout made landfall around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, causing damage to fences, trees and power lines. No one was hurt. One large live oak branch was downed on the grounds of Beauvoir, the historic home that once belonged to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport has reported more than 7 inches (180 mms) of rain since Tuesday morning.Mississippi officials reported standing water on hundreds of roads after heavy rains, but Lacy says some flash flooding is receding for now, and no buildings have yet been reported as flooding. Coastal rivers are expected to leap their banks, though, as water runs off.___10 a.m.Forecasters say a slightly weakened Tropical Storm Cindy is threatening heavy rains and life-threatening flash flooding over a wide area of the northern Gulf Coast.The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Cindy was located at 10 a.m. CDT Wednesday about 170 miles (270 kilometers) south-southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana — or about 180 miles (285 kilometers) southeast of Galveston, Texas. The storm has top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) and is moving toward the northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).Forecasters say a tropical storm warning has been discontinued for the greater New Orleans area and other areas north and east of the mouth of the Mississippi River. But the tropical storm warning remains in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi to San Luis Pass, Texas. Forecasters say the storm is expected to reach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas later Wednesday before moving inland.Heavy rains are expected in southeast Texas, Louisiana, and southern areas of Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle through Thursday.___9:35 a.m.John Rickmon, a real estate broker in Pensacola, Florida, said he has been touring properties in the Panhandle area to see if they’ve been affected by rains from the tropical storm in the Gulf. He says some streets had water bubbling up from manhole covers.“There’s nowhere for the water to go, so we’re seeing lots of ponding and lots of retention ponds that are right on the tipping point,” d Rickmon said. “We were saturated before this even started … I’m a bit concerned about what the next 24 hours will bring.”Rickmon said he keeps a rain gauge at his house and it had already registered 8.5 inches (22 centimeters) before the most intense rains began.Nearby, the National Park Service reported the bridge between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach was closed because of flooding.Elsewhere in the Florida Panhandle, an emergency official reported downed trees and other damage — but no injuries — from severe weather caused by a passing storm cell. Okaloosa County Emergency Management spokesman Rob Brown said the damage was reported at several points in and around Fort Walton Beach in the county — but none of it was major structural damage.___8:45 a.m.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy’s landfall.The governor’s spokesman Richard Carbo said Edwards signed the statewide declaration Wednesday morning.The storm is moving closer to the Gulf Coast, where it threatens to bring a storm surge of up to 3 feet (0.91 meters).Wednesday morning, the storm was centered about 165 miles (265 kilometers) south-southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana, and is moving northwest near 8 mph (13 kph).The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas late Wednesday or Wednesday night and move inland Thursday.___7:25 a.m.Much of Florida’s Panhandle remains under a tornado watch as Tropical Storm Cindy looms in the Gulf of Mexico.Officials in Santa Rosa County, which is just east of Pensacola, tweeted that some roads were under water early Wednesday. They urged motorists to use caution if they are driving in the southern end of the county.News outlets also reported several roads in neighboring Escambia County have been closed due to flooding.The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for much of the region until 10 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasters say the area can expect heavy rain through Thursday as the tropical storm moves through Louisiana and Texas.___7:15 a.m.Tropical Storm Cindy is creating the threat of tornadoes along the northern Gulf Coast.The National Weather Service says flash flooding from torrential rain is the main problem associated with the storm, but twisters are also possible.Forecasters issued tornado warnings for the areas around Fort Walton Beach and Indian Pass in Florida after radar indicated possible tornadoes Wednesday morning.A tornado watch covered the entire coast from southwestern Louisiana to near the Big Bend region of Florida.Alabama’s main beaches are mostly empty as Cindy blows offshore, and Baldwin and Mobile counties canceled summer classes because of the storm.___7:10 a.m.Tropical Storm Cindy is moving closer to the Gulf Coast, where it threatens to bring a storm surge of up to 3 feet (0.91 meters).As of 7 a.m. CDT Wednesday, the storm was centered about 165 miles (265 kilometers) south-southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana, and is moving northwest near 8 mph (13 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas late Wednesday or Wednesday night and move inland Thursday.The storm’s maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (96 kph).The National Weather Service said early Wednesday that flash flood watches covered parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.___7 a.m.Forecasters in Louisiana say Tropical Storm Cindy will bring the potential for a storm surge of up to 3 feet (0.91 meters) along the Gulf Coast.The National Weather Service said early Wednesday that flash flood watches covered parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia as the storm trudged closer to the U.S. mainland.The weather service has warned that the storm brings the threat of “life-threatening flash flooding.”Rain bands began pushing ashore Tuesday even before the system reached tropical storm strength. It was stationary much of the day Tuesday but was on a lumbering track that would take its center toward southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas by Wednesday morning.But the heavy rains were on its east side, meaning the major rain threat stretched from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.___4:20 a.m.Residents and officials along a stretch of the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle to eastern Texas are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Cindy.The storm formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s expected to move slowly toward the Louisiana-Texas line. But the heaviest rain bands were to the east. And the National Weather Service says it poses a threat of dangerous flash flooding.Forecasters say some areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida could see a foot of rain.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency Tuesday because of the threat of torrential dangerous high tides and rip currents. 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One Punch Man Season 2 Details Are Just As Awesome As Its

One Punch Man Season 2 Details Are Just As Awesome As Its

01 September 0

first_imgStay on target ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies One Punch Man may finally be settling in for another season, and it appears it could be closer than ever. We should all be thankful for more One Punch Man, especially if, as rumor has it, it could be touching down this November. Get it? Thankful? Look, it’s late, and I’m tired, and I’m just ready to stop waiting and watch more of Saitama’s adventures.According to Mobipicker, a source has announced that production on the anime’s second season has already begun, as of March 2017. A promotional panel in the manga ran during publication that showed off Saitama with a special caption clued eagle-eyed readers off to this fact, and now fans are speculating that the show could be airing in November, with 12 or 13 possible episodes that could run for as long as an hour. Could you imagine double-length episodes?Additional sources are quoted as saying the show could begin in spring or summer 2018 with the pre-production having begun in March, but either would be great considering it’s already been too long since we last had our fill of Saitama. Luckily, we’ve still got the manga to tide us over, and if you’ve been reading it and keeping up with the storyline, you may have picked up on a special Dragon Ball nod the manga creators were keen on placing.The panel on the right from One Punch Man is a clear nod to a scene in Dragon Ball Z, seen on the left. But this shouldn’t be surprising. The author of One Punch Man has stated time and time again how big of a fan he is of Dragon Ball Z creator Akira Toriyama. So it just makes sense that we’d see characters getting into scenes that wouldn’t seem out of place in Dragon Ball Z, let alone entire nods to the show like these. That’s the mark of a great series, after all, when others are keen to pay homage to them.Better get all caught up before the new season of One Punch Man does begin, so you can spot nods like those and know everything there is to know when the new episodes air. That way you can gloat about it to your friends while they’re just getting started, and that’s always fun to do with a new season and series.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Physicists investigate erasing information at zero energy cost

31 August 0

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists show how to erase information without using energy Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists have only recently investigated these fluctuations in the context of the Landauer principle, where they found that these fluctuations are quickly suppressed by something called the Jarzynski equality. This means that heat energy fluctuations have only a very tiny probability of violating the Landauer principle. In the new study, the scientists have for the first time investigated the corresponding discrete fluctuations that arise when erasing information using spin.Among their results, the researchers found that the discrete fluctuations are suppressed even more quickly than predicted by the corresponding Jarzynski equality for “spinlabor”—a new term the scientists devised that means the spin equivalent of work. This is the first evidence of beating this bound in an information erasure context. The quick suppression means that the fluctuations have an extremely low probability of using less than the minimal cost required to erase information using spin, as given by the Vaccaro-Barnett bound, which is the spin equivalent of the Landauer principle.”Our work generalizes fluctuation relations for erasure using arbitrary conserved quantities and exposes the role of discreteness in the context of erasure,” Bedkihal told Phys.org. “We also obtained a probability of violation bound that is tighter than the corresponding Jarzynski bound. This is a statistically significant result.”The scientists also point out that this process of erasing information with spin has already been experimentally demonstrated, although it appears to have gone unnoticed. In spin-exchange optical pumping, light is used to excite electrons in an atom to a higher energy level. For the electrons to return to their lower energy level during the relaxation process, atoms and nuclei collide with each other and exchange spins. This entropy-decreasing process can be considered analogous to erasing information at a cost of spin exchange.Overall, the new results reveal insight into the thermodynamics of spin and could also guide the development of future applications. These could include new kinds of heat engines and information processing devices based on erasure that use inexpensive, locally available resources such as spin angular momentum. The researchers plan to further pursue these possibilities in the future. “The erasure mechanism can be used to design generalized heat engines operating under the reservoirs of multiple conserved quantities such as a thermal reservoir and a spin reservoir,” Bedkihal said. “For example, one may design heat engines using semiconductor quantum dot systems where lattice vibrations constitute a thermal reservoir and nuclear spins constitute a polarized spin reservoir. Such heat engines go beyond the traditional Carnot heat engine that operates under two thermal reservoirs.” Explore further Citation: Physicists investigate erasing information at zero energy cost (2017, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-physicists-erasing-energy.html More information: Toshio Croucher, Salil Bedkihal, and Joan A. Vaccaro. “Discrete Fluctuations in Memory Erasure without Energy Cost.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.060602, Also at arXiv:1604.05795 [quant-ph] Investigating this idea further, physicists Toshio Croucher, Salil Bedkihal, and Joan A. Vaccaro at the Centre for Quantum Dynamics, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, have now discovered some interesting results about the tiny fluctuations in the spin cost of erasing information. The work could lead to the development of new types of heat engines and information processing devices.As the scientists explain in a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, the possibility that information can be erased at zero energy cost is surprising at first due to the fact that energy and entropy are so closely related in thermodynamics. In the context of information, information erasure corresponds to entropy erasure (or a decrease in entropy) and therefore requires a minimum amount of energy, which is determined by Landauer’s erasure principle.Since Landauer’s erasure principle is equivalent to the second law of thermodynamics, the zero-energy erasure scheme using arbitrary conserved quantities can be thought of as a generalized second law of thermodynamics. This idea dates back to at least 1957, when E. T. Jaynes proposed an alternative to the second law in which heat energy is thought of in a more general way than usual, so that heat incorporates other kinds of conserved quantities. Applying this framework to information erasure, in 2011 Vaccaro and Stephen Barnett showed that the energy cost of information erasure can be substituted with one or more different conserved quantities—specifically, spin angular momentum.One important difference between heat energy and spin angular momentum is that, while heat may or may not be quantized, spin angular momentum is an intrinsically quantum mechanical property, and so it is always quantized. This has implications when it comes to accounting for tiny fluctuations in these quantities that become significant when designing systems at the nanoscale. Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A few years ago, physicists showed that it’s possible to erase information without using any energy, in contrast to the assumption at the time that erasing information must require energy. Instead, the scientists showed that the cost of erasure could be paid in terms of an arbitrary physical quantity such as spin angular momentum—suggesting that heat energy is not the only conserved quantity in thermodynamics.last_img read more

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Lakhvi case subjudice no need to jump the gun

Lakhvi case subjudice no need to jump the gun

31 August 0

first_imgPakistan on Monday said India should “not jump the gun” as the case related to Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is “sub-judice”.India had conveyed its outrage after a court in Islamabad had earlier this month ordered release of Lashkar terrorist Lakhvi, who is responsible for 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, though he was later detained again for 30 days. “The case is sub-judice. So let’s wait. Better not jump the gun,” Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit told reporters here on the sidelines of a function.Lakhvi and six others have been charged with planning and executing the 2008 Mumbai attack that left 166 people dead, including several foreigners. On March 14 in Islamabad, Pakistan had detained Lakhvi for 30 more days under a public security order before he could be released from jail following a court directive to set him free.last_img read more

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Second person pleads guilty in gruesome murder of transgender teen

29 August 0

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Warning: This article contains descriptions of grizzly violence. Authorites found her body burned, presumably in an attempt to conceal the crime. They also found some of her bones in a garbage bag discarded in a nearby chicken coop. They discovered her remains in September in Cabool, Texas.She was one of the known 325 transgender people killed in 2017.Another person involved, Isis Schauer, pled guilty in December. The judge sentenced them to 20 years in prison.The two other accused are still waiting on their trials.Authorities insist the attack was not a hate crime.H/t: NYTGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Denzell Thomas indicted for the death of trans woman Jazz AlfordTransgender woman allegedly killed by US border patrol agent in ‘serial killing spree’Man arrested in connection with the murder of Dallas trans womanRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/second-person-pleads-guilty-murder-transgender-teen/center_img A second person charged in the murder of a Texas transgender teen last year has pleaded guilty.James Thomas Grigsby, 25, pled guilty on Tuesday (3 July) to abandonment of a corpse. A judge sentenced him to four years in prison.Ally Lee Steinfeld, 17, was from Houston, Texas and died last year. Her death marked the 21st transgender killing in the US last year.Grigsby faced accusatios of helping three other people dispose of the body.Steinfeld’s murder was gruesome and violent. Her attackers stabbed her repeatedly, including in the genitals, and gouged her eyes out. Steinfeld loved taking photos with Snapchat filters | Photo: Instagram @allyleesteinfeld Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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