Rampur: Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s luxury resort ‘Humsafar’ in Rampur was now facing trouble following allegations of land grabbing. The district administration of Rampur, according to sources, was preparing to demolish the boundary wall of the resort “in a day or two”. The Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department had served a notice to Khan, alleging that the luxury resort was built on land owned by the state government. Allegations of irregularities have also been raised by the district administration regarding the encroachment of government land in the resort. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ On July 29, Khan was declared land mafia following a series of cases registered against him in connection with the grabbing of government and agricultural land owned by poor farmers. The Enforcement Department (ED) is also inquiring into alleged money laundering charges related to donations from abroad in the account of Khan’s private university — the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. The ED has sought a list of cases registered against the MP from Rampur police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Rampur Superintendent of Police (SP) Ajay Pal Sharma has said that the police have sought the revenue records, payment receipts and land agreements with different parties from whom the land, worth several hundred crores, was purchased. “We need to investigate the sale deeds and verify authentic documents to ascertain the actual seller. We also want to assess the accounts through which the payments were made. The parties which received the payments have to be authenticated,” he said.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) raised more than $2 million at the annual Fall Gala this past Saturday in Greenwich, Conn.Bonnie Hunt, Karen Andrews, Kathy Giusti, Prof. Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel, Elisha Wiesel, Lynn Bartner-Wiesel & Walter CaponeCredit/Copyright: Steve LadnerOver 800 supporters and philanthropists, multiple myeloma patients, and celebrity guests came together to celebrate the MMRF’s commitment to cancer patients at one the country’s largest cancer research benefits and the highlight of the social calendar.Oscar- and Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter John Legend performed a special set of songs, including well-known favorites “Ordinary People” and “All of Me”, for guests at the Hyatt Regency. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was Bonnie Hunt, Actress, Director, Producer and Writer and MMRF Honorary Board of Directors.Two remarkable patients were recognized for their willingness to share their personal cancer journeys in order to raise awareness and help others living with cancer. Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and the Wiesel family were honored with the MMRF Courage and Commitment Award. Mr. Wiesel is a holocaust survivor, renowned author and the President of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He was joined in receiving these honors by his wife, Marion Wiesel and his son, Elisha Wiesel.MMRF Founder and Executive Chairman, Kathy Giusti thanked the Wiesel family for stepping forward to share Professor Wiesel’s battle with multiple myeloma, a rare and currently incurable blood cancer. Reflecting on the family’s enormous kindness and genuine caring for others, Giusti said, “Working with Elie Wiesel and his family has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. To have a window into the personal lives of such greatness has been humbling. I’m thrilled to share that Elie has made amazing progress as a result of the many treatment options available to him and his health is strong.”Karen E. Andrews, MMRF Co-Founder and a current member of the MMRF Board of Directors, was also honored with the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award. Ms. Andrews co-founded the MMRF in 1998 with Giusti, her twin sister and a myeloma patient. Ms. Andrews has been a steadfast champion of accelerating cancer research and has helped the MMRF to become one of the leading research foundations in the nation, if not the world. A Greenwich, Conn. resident, Ms. Andrews also serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the March of Dimes.Giusti was proud to recognize her sister as, “an accomplished attorney and co-founder of the MMRF, a tireless board member and a courageous survivor who shared her own journey with breast cancer in an effort to assist others.”Presenting sponsors include: Takeda Oncology and Janssen Oncology. Funds raised through this premier event will benefit the groundbreaking cancer research models of the MMRF, which are aimed at accelerating the development of new treatments to extend the lives of myeloma patients and find a cure for multiple myeloma, the second most prevalent blood cancer.“We are extremely grateful for the support and partnership of so many courageous patients, their families and industry leaders. Their support and continuous collaboration will enable us to continue to build game-changing models in tissue banking, genomics, clinical trials and open access data sharing, driving leading-edge research and ground-breaking new treatments until we overcome this disease,” said Walter Capone, President and CEO of the MMRF.Additionally, the MMRF partnered with Charity Buzz Auctions to garner additional awareness and funds for cancer research. Exclusive and premier auction packages include VIP tickets to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, a private audition with Monte Lipman, the founder and CEO of Republic Records, several luxury vacations in the Caribbean and Napa Valley, and two footballs autographed by complete AFC and NFC teams. Bidding will remain open until 3 p.m. EDT on November 5. For a full list and descriptions of auction items, please visit: www.charitybuzz.com/mmrf.The MMRF is proud to work with some of the world’s most respected research and medical industry partners. Together they have fueled studies, initiated trials, developed treatments and introduced new medicines that are having a lasting impact and saving lives across many cancers.For more information about the MMRF Annual Fall Gala, click here or call 888-584-5463.
New Delhi: Soon after joining Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday, actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada surprisingly managed a ticket from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur constituency to take on her bitter rival and SP nominee Azam Khan. The former Samajwadi Party MP is a close associate of Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh, who was expelled from the regional party and has since come close to Hindutva fountainhead Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).She started her political journey with the Telugu Desam Party and was its Rajya Sabha MP before joining the SP. Later, the Samajwadi Party leader helped Jaya Prada win the 2004 election in Rampur, pulling off quite a feat in a Congress stronghold. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBJP’s Nepal Singh had won from there in 2014. Due to health reasons, he was not in contention for the ticket this time. Muslims constitutes over 50 per cent of the total voters and the highest concentration of Muslims is in this seat. Meanwhile, Shameena Begum, the whistleblower of triple talaq met Union Minister Rajnath Singh last week in the national capital and asked for a ticket from Rampur. However, resentful Shameena expressed her disgrace and claimed to be ‘betrayed’ by the saffron party. The BJP on Tuesday announced its 10th candidate list of 39 candidates, where the mother-son duo of Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi will swap seats. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who holds Pilibhit, will shift to her original constituency of Sultanpur. Sultanpur’s lawmaker Varun Gandhi, 38, will contest from Pilibhit.
WASHINGTON — The United States has officially indicated its desire to renegotiate the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, triggering a 90-day consultation window before formal talks begin.The clock was set ticking today in a letter from U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he is putting Congress and trading partners on notice that “free and fair” trade is the new standard in the U.S.“With this letter, we intend to notify not just Congress, but all our trading partners, that free and fair trade is the new standard for U.S. trade deals,” the statement read.Why Trump’s KXL approval shows more love for Canada than suggested in tough NAFTA posturingU.S. protectionism concerns Canadian business leaders, but they are less worried about economy than a year agoJim Carr says U.S.-Canadian officials on ‘same page’ on energy, as Trump plans ‘massive’ NAFTA shakeupRoss says the U.S. manufacturing industry has been decimated by NAFTA, a deal the White House considers deeply unfair.“Since the signing of NAFTA, we have seen our manufacturing industry decimated, factories shuttered, and countless workers left jobless. President Trump is going to change that,” he says.“I look forward working with the president, Ambassador Lighthizer, and our counterparts from Mexico and Canada to find a solution that is both fair and beneficial for all parties.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland welcomed what was a widely anticipated development, promising to consult with Canadians on the best way forward.She reiterated the government’s key message on NAFTA — that it is in fact a good deal for all parties, including the U.S., where nine million American jobs are dependent on it.“NAFTA’s track record is one of economic growth and middle-class job creation, both here in Canada and throughout North America,” Freeland said in a statement. “We will continue to consult closely with the provinces and territories, industry, unions, civil society, think tanks, academics, indigenous peoples, women, youth and the general public.”During the presidential campaign, Trump called NAFTA “a disaster.” Last month, White House aides indicated he was ready to pull out of the agreement, but within hours, the president reversed course, saying he’d seek a better deal first.Lighthizer says the U.S. is going to give renegotiation “a good strong shot,” saying the 23-year-old agreement needs to better protect American factory workers and to reflect new technologies.
“Of course, there was, as you know, a period of what I call self-imposed isolation by the Rajapaksa administration, not only from the U.S. but with many other countries who were very close to us earlier. We again opened up to the world after January 15, 2015, and I must say that within the last 20 months, Sri Lanka and the U.S. have been able to take their relationship to new levels of excellence,” he said. “In fact, within this period itself, we had the Secretary of State John Kerry coming to Sri Lanka — the first to do so in nearly 40 odd years. We had Samantha Power, the UN Permanent Representative, who is a very, very strong friend of Sri Lanka in the international forum, we have had Nisha Biswal, Tom Malinowski and other senior officials of the State Department who have been in and out many times.”“Now I suppose it doesn’t matter, I must reveal something which many people don’t know so far. Last May , even President Obama was ready to come to Sri Lanka which would have been the first ever official visit by an American President. But unfortunately, the dates suggested happened to be Vesak Day [Buddha Purnima day, when Sri Lanka observes grand celebrations for a week] and Vesak week. Such an important visit could not take place during that week, so we missed that amazing opportunity.” He said that Sri Lanka has had very good, cordial relations with the US ever since Sri Lanka got Independence in 1948. US President Barack Obama was ready to visit Sri Lanka in May but the visit was put off as it was Vesak, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told The Hindu newspaper.Samaraweera also said that Obama developed a very close relationship with President Maithripala Sirisena. Samaraweera said he hopes Sri Lanka can build the relationship with the US even further under the Trump administration. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Economist says B.C. budget numbers OK, but natural gas projections too high by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 18, 2013 9:16 pm MDT VICTORIA – Finance Minister Mike de Jong says hiring a former Bank of Montreal chief economist to fact check British Columbia’s budget forced him to revise his bottom line downwards, but Tuesday’s budget still achieves its balanced target.Government-hired economist Tim O’Neill recommended dropping the budget’s natural gas estimates by $70 million.De Jong would not confirm how much he ended up cutting from the budget following O’Neill’s report, but he was not disputing the $70 million after rejigging natural gas projections.“It wasn’t merely an exercise in rubber-stamp validation,” he said. “When I became aware of the concern he enunciated, we had to move quickly because it has a material impact on the budget and some of the decisions we were making.”O’Neill’s 22-page report, released a day before de Jong tables the Liberal government’s pre-election budget, called for additional prudence for natural-gas revenue projections for this year’s budget and for the following two years.“My suggestion was that they reduce the revenue price forecast for natural gas, and as a consequence that would end up lowering the projected revenues from that area,” O’Neill said at a press conference.The report said B.C.’s natural gas revenue projections have been overstated in five of the last eight years, and O’Neill suggested extra caution is needed when factoring those revenues, especially since natural gas prices are at record lows.“Given the persistent over estimation of natural gas revenues in recent years and the material negative impact on total revenue expectations, it would be wise for the budget to incorporate price forecasts closer to the lower bound of the private sector forecast range than is contemplated in the projections that were reviewed,” said the report.O’Neill’s report recommended the budget base its natural-gas revenue projections on a price that ranges between $1.80 and $1.90 a gigajoule.O’Neill’s report said if the government based its natural-gas revenue projections on a price at $1.85, that would lower the Finance Ministry’s budget estimate numbers between $60 million and $70 million.A government source said last week the Finance Ministry had revised its budget numbers after receiving O’Neill’s report. The source would not say how deeply it cut into its original revenue projections.Last September, de Jong said declining natural gas revenues had blown a hole in the government’s budget plans.He said the three-year revenue forecast for natural gas revenue was $1.9 billion, but price drops cut that estimate by $1.1 billion. De Jong said the price for natural gas was $6.33 a gigajoule in 2008, but dropped to $2.15 this year.Materials provided by the Finance Ministry during de Jong’s quarterly update last September stated that every 50-cent change in the price of natural gas equals revenue changes of plus or minus $72 million to $110 million.O’Neill’s report said overestimating natural gas revenues can have impacts on the budget bottom lines in the hundreds of millions of dollars, which caused him to call on the Finance Ministry to dial down its estimates for the projected returns of the volatile commodity.“Natural gas revenues have been over projected in five of the last eight years and the average size of these negative variances is substantial,” said the report. “That is a key reason for my suggesting that the forecast for natural gas revenues be shaded down further in the upcoming budget.”The report came just a week after the Liberal government’s throne speech predicted B.C. could reap at least $100 billion in revenues generated by exports of liquefied natural gas over the next 30 years.As for the general budget projections, O’Neill’s report found everything pretty much in order.“I have concluded that there are no glaring problems or inadequacies that need to be addressed,” the report states.But Opposition New Democrat finance critic Bruce Ralston said the report did not examine government expenditures and does not answer the key question on whether or not the budget is balanced.The B.C. election is set for May 14.
Laurentian Bank reports first-quarter revenue and profit up from year ago by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2013 9:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Laurentian Bank of Canada (TSX:LB) said Wednesday it earned $34.1 million in its latest quarter as acquisitions helped boost revenue from a year ago.The bank said the profit amounted to $1.12 diluted per share in its first quarter, compared with $31.0 million or $1.16 diluted per share a year ago when the company had fewer shares outstanding.Revenue totalled $213.9 million, up from $193.7 million.“Last year’s acquisitions of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust have helped maintain strong revenue growth over the last twelve months, while the excellent credit quality of the bank’s loan portfolio and recovering financial markets also contributed to our good performance,” Laurentian chief executive Rejean Robitaille said.“With the integration of the MRS Companies nearly completed, our efforts now focus on the integration of the AGF Trust business in order to optimize the benefits for our clients as well as to fully realize the expected synergies of these two transactions.”Laurentian said provisions for loan losses for the quarter totalled $8 million, down from $10 million a year ago, despite an 18 per cent increase in the loan portfolio.The quarter included a $3.2-million provision related to the AGF Trust loan portfolios and a net credit of $2.6 million in loan losses in the commercial loan portfolio.Laurentian Bank shares were up 32 cents at $45.25 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
A meeting between the United Nations refugee agency, Morocco, Frente Polisario, Algeria, and Mauritania ended today in Geneva with agreement to expand a programme of family visits between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara. “This is a welcome step as we work together towards a solution of the Western Saharan refugee situation, so that one day, refugees may be able to go home in dignity and honour,” said Athar Sultan-Khan, Chief of Staff at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR). “These families have been separated for too long, and the family visit programme allows them to meet each other, often for the first time in over 37 years. One cannot overstate the value of the deep joy and hope, which these family reunions bring,” he said. Sahrawi refugees started arriving in Algeria in 1976 after Spain withdrew from Western Sahara and fighting broke out over its control, according to UNHCR. The visits are a key element in a UNHCR programme of confidence-building measures that has been underway since 2004, which also includes a series of seminars to build an environment of confidence and trust to complement the efforts of the UN in finding a political solution. Discussions took place over two days in Geneva, reaching agreement on a new flight schedule for visits in 2014, and additional seminars – with the next to take place in October this year in Portugal. Nearly 20,000 people have taken part in family visits since the programme began. The UN has been trying to help resolve the dispute over the status of Western Sahara through the efforts of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross. Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy while the position of the Frente Polisario is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option. Participants at the Geneva meeting noted that the option of voluntary return of refugees to their places of origin will be key in any future political solution reached with the parties under UN auspices.
“All indications point to an extremely grave situation,” said Abdou Dieng, the UN agency’s Regional Director for West Africa, in a news release.“As the rains set in and the lean season deepens, and more areas are opened up to access humanitarian aid, the full scale of hunger and devastation is likely to come to light,” he added.In the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the number of people “struggling with severe food insecurity,” or in an “emergency phase” requiring food assistance to survive, has risen fourfold since March to exceed one million, the analysis found. The Boko Haram-related insurgency in these states has caused population displacement, disruption in livelihoods, and acute food insecurity.Moreover, it is estimated that at least 65,000 people in newly liberated but still inaccessible areas in Borno and Yobe are facing “famine-like” conditions.The situation remains fluid, with more people uprooted in areas where fighting goes on. Some formerly displaced people are meanwhile returning to find their rural homes uninhabitable: forced to stay in urban areas, they are entirely reliant on external assistance. In northeastern Nigeria, people who fled Boko Haram violence, gather at a mobile phone-based cash distribution site set up by WFP and the Government in Maiduguri. Photo: WFP/Simon Pierre Diouf Further burdened with spiraling inflation, families have to beg, run up debts or skip meals to survive. Many are reduced to consuming low-nutrient foods – and then, only once a day.A worsening economy could push up the number of people in need of food assistance in the country’s northeast by another million as early as next month. A separate food assessment by WFP has warned of soaring prices in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.WFP is scaling up its response, aiming to reach over 700,000 people with food and cash assistance in the coming months. This will include specialized nutritious food for 150,000 children under age five.WFP requires $52 million to continue providing life-saving assistance until the end of the year in north-eastern Nigeria.Mr. Dieng noted that tens of people have been killed or injured in Nigeria and in neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger in the past days alone, an indication that Boko Haram violence is set to keep pushing more people into hunger and suffering.
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com The numbers in Jackson’s last year with his teams are especially noteworthy. Among all teams since 1970 — that’s out of 1,445 team seasons in the period — they rank 57th (2013 Philadelphia), 32nd (2016 Washington) and 23rd (2018 Tampa Bay) in yards per pass play.2Using net yards per attempt, which counts sacks as pass plays and subtracts those yards from the total passing yards. This means each one finished in the 95th percentile or better.Each of Jackson’s teams immediately gained in passing efficiency once he arrived. And both Philadelphia and Washington significantly declined once he left, by nearly 1 yard net per pass play. To put that into context, ranking last year’s teams by that measure, just 0.9 net yards per attempt separated the ninth-ranked Colts (6.7) and the 25th-ranked Lions (5.8). Those teams were 10-6 and 6-10, respectively, which is not surprising given that teams that win the yards-per-pass-play stat by any margin have won about 74 percent of games since the merger, according to my reporting for The Wall Street Journal.Of course, it’s possible that these teams became more prolific at passing coincidentally upon Jackson’s arrival, via coaching, play-calling, quarterback performance or the skills of the team’s other receivers. Jackson has struggled with durability during his career, missing nine games in his first stint with the Eagles, eight with Washington and six with the Buccaneers. So if there is a significant Jackson effect, it should be apparent when looking at his team’s performance when he plays versus when he’s inactive. And it is: Philadelphia2008-1318.104.22.168 StatWithoutWith Pass yards5,53540,772 Jackson’s active-and-inactive effect is even more pronounced than the difference before and after he joined his teams, at 1.03 yards per pass play.Not surprisingly, given the impact of yards per pass play on wins and losses, Jackson’s teams with him inactive are 8-15 (.348 win percentage) compared with 75-76-2 (.497) when he plays.It’s also possible that the effect Jackson seems to be creating for his team is really just a result of his own efficiency. After all, he’s averaged 9.7 yards on the 1,057 passes he’s been thrown in his career, counting incompletions.But last year, Jackson’s ability to threaten defenses deep did seem to significantly benefit his team’s primary receiver. Mike Evans averaged a career-best 11.0 yards every time a pass was thrown his way, a startling 2.4 yards greater than his prior season high (in 2014). And Evans was thrown the ball 138 times, nearly twice as frequently as Jackson (74 targets). For Washington, Jackson’s tight end teammate Vernon Davis (2016) boosted his yards per target by over 3.0 yards from the prior year. And another Washington tight end, Jordan Reed, averaged 7.8 yards per target with Jackson from 2014 to 2016 and since has dropped to just 6.5. During Jackson’s last stint in Philly, Riley Cooper averaged 9.9 yards per target, 10th-best in the league that year. But the next year, without Jackson, that collapsed to 6.1. Cooper has been out of the NFL since 2015.The question now is whetherJackson can be expected to maintain his fleet feet entering his age-33 season. The Eagles sure seem to think so, awarding him a three-year, $27.9 million contract this offseason with more than half the money guaranteed.Jackson’s 18.9 yards per catch in his age-32 season was third-most since the merger (minimum 40 catches). The average age-33 season of the other seven receivers with more than 17.0 yards at age 32 was 53 catches for 769 yards. Two of them, Irving Fryar and Frank Lewis, subsequently made the Pro Bowl. Another, Steve Smith, had two 1,000-yard seasons. But unlike Jackson, none of these other seven receivers led the NFL in yards per reception even once, never mind a record-setting four times.While there’s no way to know for certain the player the Eagles have, there’s little question about what Jackson has been so far in his career. Pass attempts8615,478 Yards per pass by when Jackson joined the team DeSean Jackson makes the offense betterNet yards gained per team passing attempt for DeSean Jackson’s teams, by when he was on the team The splits on Jackson’s teams when he’s on and off the field Washington2014-22.214.171.124.5 Tampa Bay2017-126.96.36.199? TeamYearsYear beforeFirst yearLast yearYear after Net yards per pass attempt counts sacks as pass plays and subtracts those yards from the total passing yards.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com DeSean Jackson may seem like a pedestrian NFL wide receiver — very talented but far from spectacular in an era when wideouts regularly post 100-catch campaigns. Since he came into the NFL in 2008, Jackson is 17th overall in receptions and 15th in touchdown catches.But Jackson, now with Philadelphia, has led the NFL four times in yards per receptions, including last year for the Buccaneers at age 32. That’s more than any other player in NFL history.1Since 1932, when the NFL began keeping individual statistics. And his electrifying speed seems to dramatically enhance his team’s overall passing game. Having Jackson in uniform has boosted the yards per pass play of his teams. And when he’s gone, his former teams have quickly lost these games. That bad news for Tampa Bay, Jackson’s team last year, which had the 23rd best season in the statistic since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.Jackson’s newest quarterback noticed quickly that Jackson’s ability to take the top off the defense by getting behind the secondary makes the rest of the field easier to attack. Defenses have no choice but to play deeper.“(This) takes pressure off all the other guys,” Carson Wentz said. “He’ll open up a lot of things underneath, we truly believe. … He just threatens defenders in a different way.”Still, teams seem to have a hard time reconciling Jackson’s team value with his often underwhelming personal statistics. Since he broke into the league, he’s been on four squads, if you count his two stints with Philadelphia.Jackson’s nomadic career makes it easier to quantify his impact. This effect can be seen at the team level when looking at how they perform during Jackson’s stay there compared with before as well as immediately after he leaves. Net yards/pass play5.636.56
“Yet I wasn’t even in my car, or anywhere near it, when I was stopped by police.”Nicholas Lee, prosecuting, said the saga unfolded after security man Paul Sharp spotted Roberts at 2.08am in Bath.Mr Sharp thought Roberts looked a “little unsteady” and tracked him on CCTV.The court was shown footage of how Roberts walked to his Volvo, leaned on the boot and then drove off.As he reversed he nudged another car and headed for the exit.Such was Mr Sharp’s concern that he locked the automatic barrier, preventing Roberts from exiting the car park, and he called police.Police sergeant Andrew Mundy told the court he arrested Roberts on foot in Manvers Street.The officer said: “I invited him to the police vehicle for a sample of breath.”He was slurring his words, speaking in a repetitive manner and you could smell alcohol.” Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts attempted to avoid a drink driving conviction by claiming his asthma stopped him from giving a breath sample. The 56-year-old, who has failed to get his conviction overturned, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol last year, after failing to provide a breath test.But Roberts insists this is because of his chronic asthma, and said that he tried several times to provide a sample of breath.He denied failing to provide a specimen of breath but in March Bath Magistrates convicted him, fining him £3,461 and banning him from driving for 23 months.Police accused him of sucking rather than blowing and, after only one successful test which showed him to be almost twice over the limit, they charged him with failing to provide a specimen of breath.Roberts maintains the reading could have been contaminated by his asthma inhaler.He appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Friday, where he failed to have the conviction and sentence overturned.The recorder Mr Noel Casey, who heard the appeal with two magistrates, dismissed the appeal against conviction, retained the sentence and imposed £520 costs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Casey told Roberts: “We accept the appellant suffers from asthma but not to an extent much greater than many other sufferers.” Martin Roberts attempted to avoid a drink driving conviction by claiming his asthma stopped him from giving a breath sample Speaking outside the courtroom, Roberts said: “This is a bad day for me. But it is also a terrible day for asthma sufferers.”How can it be fair that someone that has a lifelong history of asthma, that declares that asthma to police, is only offered a breathalyser test that involves exhaling effectively – and is not offered any alternative way of providing a sample – such as giving blood or urine?”Mr Roberts stressed his doctor said it was very likely he would not have been able to provide the required breath test.He said: “My failure to provide a sample was for genuine medical reasons. I would have happily provided a blood or urine sample but was never offered the opportunity to do so.”I believe the law needs to be changed to protect other asthma sufferers like myself from being prejudiced against in this grossly unfair way, by making it mandatory that they are offered an alternative way of providing a sample.”This matter has caused me and my family unbelievable stress and worry and I am now being faced with a 23 month driving ban and a big fine – equivalent to being ten times over the limit and crashing into a street full of parked vehicles.
Nintendo confirms that a new Wii successor is in the works. The code name for it is “Project Café,” which has been released along with a couple of rumors of what the new console will be like. However, nothing has been set in stone yet for the console. Prototypes have been shown and will be shown at the upcoming E3. Beyond that little info, nothing else has been released by Nintendo regarding the upcoming console. It was reported that it could be out as early as next year, but no confirmation by Nintendo on that target date yet. Nintendo did confirm that new hardware for consoles is always in development. AdChoices广告Nintendo has just released the 3DS, but thus far the console has been selling less than Nintendo would hope. It has also been five years since the original Wii came out, which Nintendo has seen falling in sales.Via Xbit Labs
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For the past three years, Greek Australian marketing expert Demetri Hughes has been celebrating back-to-back wins.In 2016 he won the peer-nominated award Certified Practising Marketer of the Year for the state of Queensland, followed by a 2017 Lifetime Member recognition from the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) National Board, while most recently he scooped once again the 2018 AMI Certified Practising Marketer of the Year.In this year’s AMI awards, which saw more than 200 participating organisations around Australia, Mr Hughes was among those whose achievements and contribution to the broader industry were recognised by the country’s preeminent professional association for marketers.Accepting the award at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday 10 October, Mr Hughes praised the AMI membership for bringing together professionals “willing to be held to account and consistently deliver best practice”.After completing his studies in business management at the University of Queensland, with postgraduate qualifications in communications and public relations, the young entrepreneur kick-started his career in the commercial and industrial property development sector.Realising early on the importance of brand consistency led him to running his own business today providing brand counselling services to organisations and businesses, while he also works as a lecturer at the University of Queensland mentoring emerging practitioners.“For a business to thrive, marketing and communications can’t be an afterthought, they have to be seen at the boardroom table as fundamental to long-term and immediate short-term growth,” Mr Hughes said during his speech and referred to the skillset of a successful marketer, as well as the solid educational underpinnings that can help young professionals to tackle challenges in the era of digitisation.But before sharing industry insights, in the fist part of his speech Mr Hughes paid tribute to his Greek heritage as well as to a loved one whose teachings have proven instrumental in the marketing expert’s personal and professional trajectory, his late grandfather Demetrios (Jim) Halkeas.Older members of the Greek community in Sydney might remember Demetrios’ brother, Stan, a prominent business figure with experience in the printing industry.“My Greek ancestral roots are a deep source of pride for me and my family – just like it is for many Greeks, irrespective of whether they were born here or over in Greece,” Mr Hughes said while adding with a laugh:“You could say being half Greek and born into a Greek household had its subtle differences from a traditional Aussie household and had its elements of My Big Fat Greek Wedding! For instance, I was told by school friends that I was different after being dressed as a Greek Kandyla any time there was a primary school super hero day or Greek national celebration to be had, and my grandfather had built a house in Queensland which was modelled on the Greek Parthenon with nearly as many columns!”As Mr Hughes explains, it was his pappou who taught him what it means to be a businessman who is ambitious, yet “motivated for success for the right reasons.”“He came to Australia with absolutely nothing and as patriarch of our family showed what it is to be hard working and a business owner – his down to earth nature resulted in him commanding respect from all those around.“Pappou Demetri taught me through his example, to succeed in anything you must throw yourself fully into it … I continue to aspire to live up to his legacy of work ethic and determination.”Pappous Demetrios Halkeas with Demetri Hughes as a young boy.
Intel se lance dans les tablettes tactilesLundi, Intel a annoncé le lancement de sa plate-forme Oak Trail dont seront prochainement équipés près de 35 tablettes et PC hybrides.Absente jusqu’ici du marché des tablettes tactiles, la société américaine Intel est en train de se relancer grâce à la plate-forme Oak Trail, qui comprend un processeur Atom Z-series et une puce SM35 Express Chipset. Les premiers appareils équipés de cette technologie devraient être commercialisés dès le mois prochain, explique Zdnet.À lire aussiLe premier programme informatique a été créé en 1842 par une femme !Ce sont alors 35 tablettes tactiles ou ordinateurs hybrides, portables ou netbooks convertibles en tablettes, mis au point par différents constructeurs qui seront concernés. Les appareils seront livrés avec le processeur Atom Z670 cadencé à 1,5 Gigahertz et compatible avec différents systèmes d’exploitation dont Android, Windows et MeeGo. La plate-forme présenterait ainsi selon Intel plusieurs avantages : « Oak-trail permet de proposer des terminaux plus petits, plus fins et consommant moins d’énergie, car elle intègre le coprocesseur graphique et le contrôleur mémoire directement sur la matrice du processeur », a expliqué le fabricant cité par Itpro.fr. Le 13 avril 2011 à 11:49 • Maxime Lambert
Addiction au cannabis : une molécule naturelle pour protéger le cerveau contre les effets nocifs ?Des chercheurs français ont découvert qu’une molécule, produite naturellement par le cerveau, permettait de le protéger des effets nocifs du principe actif du cannabis (le THC). Grâce à cette découverte, il pourrait être possible de mettre au point des traitements contre l’addiction à cette drogue.20 millions, c’est le nombre de personnes qui ont une consommation addictive de cannabis, selon les estimations. En France, le nombre est évalué à 500.000 personnes. Mais deux équipes de chercheurs de l’Inserm pourraient avoir trouvé une piste intéressante dans la lutte contre l’addiction au cannabis. Au cours d’une étude publiée cette semaine dans la revue Science, ces scientifiques se sont intéressés à la prégnénolone, une hormone naturellement produite par le corps à partir du cholestérol. Selon eux, cette substance serait capable de protéger le cerveau des effets néfastes du cannabis (déficits cognitifs, troubles de la mémoire et perte générale de la motivation). Un pouvoir qu’on ignorait jusqu’à alors. Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs ont administré de fortes doses de cannabis à des rats et des souris. En augmentant la concentration cérébrale de l’hormone dans leur cerveau, ils sont alors parvenus à bloquer les effets néfastes du THC, la molécule du cannabis qui agit sur les récepteurs cannabinoides CB1 des neurones du cerveau. Ces résultats sont d’autant plus intéressants que les doses administrées aux rongeurs étaient “de l’ordre de 3 à 10 fois plus” supérieures à celles auxquelles sont exposés les consommateurs réguliers de cannabis, précise Pier Vincenzo Piazza qui a mené l’étude. Mais la découverte des scientifiques ne s’arrête pas là. En effet, ils ont aussi constaté qu’en augmentant les doses de prégnénolone celle-ci protégeait le cerveau d’une suractivation des récepteurs CB1, diminuant ainsi les effets du cannabis sur la mémoire. Des tests à venir chez l’hommeÀ lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Les tests réalisés en laboratoire sur des récepteurs CB1 humains ont permis d’obtenir des résultats identiques. Pour favoriser l’absorption de la prégnénolone et ralentir sa métabolisation, les chercheurs ont mis au point des dérivés “modifiés de manière à pouvoir être absorbés par l’organisme et ne pas évoluer vers les hormones stéroïdiennes” comme c’est normalement le cas, a expliqué M. Piazza à l’AFP.Au vu des résultats prometteurs obtenus, les deux équipes espèrent donc prochainement poursuivre leur étude chez l’homme pour tester les capacités des dérivés de l’hormone. “Nous espérons pouvoir commencer les essais cliniques sur l’homme dans un an à un an et demi au minimum”, confie-t-il. Si les dérivés de la prégnénolone sont aussi efficaces qu’attendu, cela ouvrira la voie à la “première thérapie pharmacologique de la dépendance au cannabis”, conclut le chercheur.Le 3 janvier 2014 à 12:06 • Maxime Lambert
Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio will not compromise his attacking style in favour of a more conservative approach with just a point needed against Sweden to ensure progression to the next round as Group F winnersEl Tricolor have performed above expectations at Russia after defeating reigning world champions Germany and South Korea in their two opening games and could become the first CONCACAF team to win three consecutive World Cup matches by beating Sweden today.Mexico are sitting comfortably at the top of Group F right now and a point is all that it needed to ensure top spot and progression to the Round of 16.But Osorio intends to stand by his principles and insists that Mexico will be going all out to beat Sweden.“I think that won’t change. We’re going to go out there to try and secure the three points,” said the Colombian, according to Reuters.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“That might be a factor but it’s not the most important thing. That will not have an impact on our style of play and our strategy.”Following their stunning start at the World Cup, the likes of forward Javier Hernandez and winger Hirving Lozano have been linked with moves to big European clubs.But Osorio is certain that it will not be a distraction: “I wish all my players were sought after by European clubs.”Mexico will face Sweden today at the Central Stadium at 16:00 (GMT +2).
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 25, 2016 – The new heads of the Immigration Boards for Provo and Grand Turk are William Fulford and Wayne Williams; these two and a new team are named to fill in gaps left with the resignations of Sheba Wilson and Arthur Lightbourne; both are contesting in the December 15, 2016 General Elections.
Residents and business owners have struggled for years to revitalize an area of central Vancouver defined by the kaleidoscopic street that bisects it: Fourth Plain Boulevard.The four-lane thoroughfare is surrounded by a mishmash of apartment houses, supermarkets, strip-mall eateries, auto repair shops and longtime businesses offering everything from meats to megabytes. Many of the businesses, community gardens and neighborhoods reflect the fact that the area is a melting pot of new immigrants from Russia, Asia and Latin America.Food, community activists believed, could be the thread that stitched it all together.On Saturday, what could become the first annual Fourth Plain International Food Festival took over a grassy former school site now used for soccer and youth football. Booths represented a dozen or so restaurants in the area, along with a smattering of businesses, musicians, police and firefighter displays and in-action artwork hosted by the Clark County Murals Society.Organizer Mark Maggiora said the festival was a departure for motorists accustomed to zooming by on Fourth Plain on their way to someplace else — a chance for people to appreciate what’s here now and consider possibilities for the future. He cited Portland’s Mississippi Street, Northwest 23rd Avenue and Macadam Avenue as examples of previously run-down areas that have turned around.Saturday’s festival provided a hint that the same kind of revival is possible on Fourth Plain, he said.“The eating thing brings them here and serves as a basis for everything,” he said. “We decided, let’s create a reason for people to stop and see for themselves.”
The La Center City Council will vote next month on expanding its city limits to include more than 470 acres of residential and commercial land that would connect the town to the Interstate 5 junction, officials said.The city received the green light for the vote last week from the Clark County Assessor’s Office, which determined La Center had signatures from owners of 60 percent of the annexed property’s $22.8 million value, Assessor Peter Van Nortwick said.The annexation proposal is important, La Center officials said, because it opens up commercial opportunities along I-5 that could make the city of 2,800 less dependent on tax revenues from card rooms.The council will vote on an ordinance to approve annexing 471.38 acres into the city limits during its Sept. 14 meeting at 214 E. Fourth St. The meeting will also have a public hearing portion where residents can voice their opinions.“We’ve been trying for seven years to get out to the junction, and we finally made it,” La Center Mayor Jim Irish said. “It gives the city of La Center its first industrial lands and access to the freeway.”
BLAINE (AP) — Canadian border guard Lori Bowcock, shot in the neck in her booth at the Peace Arch Crossing, had worked as a civilian dispatcher at police headquarters in London, Ontario, until last spring, police said.Bowcock, who is in stable condition, was wounded Tuesday by a man entering Canada in a van with Washington license plates who then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Bert Paquet.British Columbia’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is treating the case as an attempted murder.The border crossing about 100 miles north of Seattle has been closed since the shooting 2 p.m. Tuesday, and the estimated reopening is 4 p.m. today, according to the website for the British Columbia travel information agency DriveBC. Drivers have been diverted to other crossings.The gunman has not been identified, and the motive for the shooting is unknown.Investigators have been interviewing witnesses and reviewing video.The Peace Arch crossing in Blaine is the third-busiest port of entry on the northern border. Last month, it averaged 9,000 U.S.-bound cars a day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The crossing features a park with a 67-foot-high monument in the form of an arch that connects the U.S. and Canada.Canadian Brian White told reporters at the scene he was waiting to cross northward when he heard a shot. Guards immediately responded and officials questioned everyone waiting to cross, he said.