10 months agoRoma great Pruzzo calls for Mourinho move

first_imgRoma great Pruzzo calls for Mourinho moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma great Roberto Pruzzo would like to see them move for former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.Eusebio di Francesco is under pressure at Roma and Pruzzo believes Mourinho should be considered.Pruzzo told Corriere dello Sport: “One wonders why some players have been sold and why others have been bought because there is no playing model in Rome. “This team, more than anything, does not excite. It lacks great champions. “If Di Francesco were to be fired, Roma would need someone like Mourinho, even though it may be a dream.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signing

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has included Lucas Paqueta in his squad for their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.The former Flamengo attacker is now in line to make his debut today.“He’s smart, wide away, a player with very clear characteristics,” said Gattuso. “He seems more European than Brazilian, as he combines quality with physical strength, sprays passes around and always wants the ball. “We’ve made a huge signing.” last_img read more

Jurassic World 2 takes No 1 again

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” dinosaurs ruled the box office for a second weekend in a row, but also left a little room for more modest newcomers like “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and the basketball comedy “Uncle Drew” to over-perform in the crowded marketplace.Studios on Sunday estimate that the blockbuster sequel to “Jurassic World” earned an additional $60 million in its second weekend in North American theatres, bringing its domestic total to $264.8 million. While its second weekend drop is about 10 per cent steeper than that of the first film, worldwide, the film has grossed $932.4 million to date and is barrelling toward the $1 billion mark.The dinosaurs didn’t gobble up all the attention this weekend, however. “Incredibles 2,” now in its third weekend in theatres, took second place with $45.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $439.7 million.North American audiences came out in larger than expected numbers for both the action thriller “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and “Uncle Drew.”The “Sicario” sequel starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro earned $19 million to take third place. The film, distributed by Sony Pictures, cost a reported $35 to $40 million to produce.Landing in fourth place was the basketball comedy “Uncle Drew,” which features NBA All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Shaquille O’Neal. With a production price tag under $20 million, the film exceeded expectations grossing $15.5 million and got audience stamp of approval with an A CinemaScore.The ad and marketing campaign included spots during the NBA playoffs and finals, a Wheaties box featuring Irving as Uncle Drew, and an Uncle Drew capsule collection from Nike.Lionsgate, which distributed the movie, knew the film had built-in marketability because of the celebrity of the stars, but was also pleased to discover that the film in early screenings appealed to non-basketball fans too.“That was the surprise, that wow, we have a picture that really plays to a general audience,” said David Spitz, Lionsgate’s president of domestic distribution. “It has a really sweet message.”The A CinemaScore, which suggests that the film will have good word-of-mouth buzz, could bode well for the film over the Fourth of July holiday and into the rest of the summer.“We’re hoping it’s the old adage, ‘It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon,’” Spitz said.Lower down on the charts the Indian film “Sanju,” a biopic about Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, earned an impressive $2.6 million from only 356 screens in its opening weekend. And the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” now playing on 654 screens, continues to do well in its expansion. It added $2.3 million to its earnings this weekend.After two weekends of $100 million plus movies, this past weekend provided a little blockbuster break before “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opens this week. But even without a record-breaker or a $100 million movie, the box office is still up 15.3 per cent from last summer’s abysmal performance and 9.3 per cent for the year overall.“We can’t have every weekend like the last two weekends,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.“The theatrical box office is on a major roll right now,” Dergarabedian added. “This puts to bed any notion that the summer movie season has run its course. Audiences want to go out to the movie theatre during the summer season.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $60 million ($56.1 million international).2. “Incredibles 2,” $45.5 million ($44.3 million international).3. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” $19 million ($8.4 million international).4. “Uncle Drew,” $15.5 million.5. “Ocean’s 8,” $8 million ($13.8 million international).6. “Tag,” $5.6 million ($3.7 million international).7. “Deadpool 2,” $3.5 million ($2.8 million international).8. “Sanju,” $2.6 million ($22.2 million international).9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $2.3 million ($6.1 million international).10. “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” $2.3 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $56.1 million.2. “Incredibles 2,” $44.3 million.3. “Animal World,” $31.6 million.4. “Sanju,” $22.2 million.5. “Ocean’s 8,” $13.8 million.6. “Escape Plan 2,” $11.6 million.7. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” $8.4 million.8. “Witch,” $7.3 million.9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $6.1 million.10. “Tag” and “The Accidental Detective 2,” $3.7 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

Canadas largest real estate board sues listings website Mongohouse for 21M

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Real Estate Board is suing property listings website Mongohouse for $2 million, alleging that the anonymously-run page is illegally accessing, copying and distributing proprietary data.The board, which is the largest in Canada and represents more than 50,000 realtors across the Greater Toronto Area, filed the lawsuit last month in Federal Court asking for an immediate and permanent injunction for the popular website to be taken down.In the statement of claim, TREB alleges that Mongohouse participates in an “orchestrated strategy to avoid and elude” the board’s multiple attempts over the past two years to shut it down.It claims the website is infringing on the board’s copyrights by “employing various techniques to illegally data scrape” information that it provides to its fee-paying members through its internal multiple-listings service (MLS). This includes data such as new property listings, descriptions, sold prices and photography.It goes on to allege that Mongohouse is profiting from advertisers by its daily “unauthorized access” of this information, which it then displays on its website for free.The board said Thursday it could not comment further on the legal action because the issue was now before the courts.Meanwhile, efforts to contact Mongohouse were unsuccessful. A statement of claim has not yet been filed with the Federal Court.In the filing dated Sept. 12, TREB says it doesn’t know how its information is being accessed, but it believes it is the source because it placed “unique information” in its system and saw it appear on the Mongohouse website within 24 to 48 hours.“All of the information on the Mongohouse website for this purpose is only available from the TREB MLS system,” said the claim. “There is no other means available for Mongohouse to obtain the information that is available and made publicly accessible through the Mongohouse website.”The board argues that it has spent “tens of millions” of dollars to create and maintain its MLS system and that it suffers “injury and irreparable harm” when Mongohouse “continues to pass itself off as offering the same services…”In addition to naming Mongohouse.com and Mongohouse.ca in its lawsuit, the claim also names the website’s unknown operators (John and Jane Doe); web server Digital Ocean Canada Inc. and its U.S. based subsidiaries, as well as Sheng Lan Mai who is also known as Maxim Mai, of Richmond Hill, Ont.The board claims that Mai is a software engineer at IBM and “appears to be the original author and creator of Mongohouse.” It is unclear whether he is currently the operator of the website.The lawsuit is asking that the court order all information related to the operations of Mongohouse be turned over, including financial dealings and communications.TREB is claiming $2 million in damages and an additional $100,000 for copyright infringement, as well as legal costs.The court documents detail the elaborate efforts by TREB to take down Mongohouse since it became aware of its existence in September 2016.The Mongohouse website, which has a reported 50,000 registered users, uses a map function to display new listings and sold prices across the Greater Toronto Area. It also provides property photos and descriptions of listings. Users had to log into with passwords to access the information.The website has been offline since Oct. 1.“MongoHouse.com is unavailable until further notice. At the moment, Mongohouse is unable to comment and/or share more information until further instructions given,” said the message.In August, the Supreme Court of Canada announced it would not hear a case where TREB was fighting to prevent home sales data from being posted on realtors’ password-protected websites.TREB had argued for seven years at three judicial bodies that allowing the data to be released would create privacy and copyright concerns, but the Competition Bureau insisted keeping the numbers under wraps was anti-competitive and stifled innovation.Since then, a handful of realty brokerages have made sales price data available on their websites.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Enbridge targets mid November to complete BC gas pipeline repair after blast

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The company that owns the natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned earlier this month in central British Columbia says repairs should be complete by the middle of November.Enbridge says in a statement that work to fix the 91-centimetre pipeline is underway, and subject to regulatory approval, it should be back in service in November under reduced pressure.The pipeline ruptured on Oct. 9 at a rural location about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, causing an explosion and huge fireball. There were no injuries and the RCMP said it did not suspect criminal activity, but the cause of the blast has yet to be determined.Enbridge says a second pipeline near the blast site was not damaged and it has been used to transport natural gas to southern B.C., on a reduced basis.FortisBC, the utility supplying natural gas to about one million B.C. customers, says residential, industrial and institutional gas users should continue with conservation efforts.Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board and the National Energy Board continue to investigate the incident.last_img read more

First time in Baghdad Irans Prez to visit Iraq

first_imgTehran: Iran’s president is making his first official visit to Iraq this week as he faces mounting pressure from hard-liners at home in the wake of the Trump administration’s unraveling of the nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani’s trip billed as “historic and noble” by his foreign minister is meant to solidify ties between Shiite power Iran and Iraq’s Shiite led-government, a strong Tehran ally. It is also Iran’s response to President Donald Trump’s snap December trip to Iraq and the American president’s comments that US forces should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighbouring Iran, with which Iraq shares a 1,400-kilometer-long (870 miles) border. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingAt the time, Trump slipped into Iraq at night, without stopping in Baghdad, to greet U.S. service members at a base far from the Iraqi capital where he extolled the American troops’ fight against the Islamic State group. Rouhani later mocked Trump’s visit, asserting that flying into Iraq under the cover of darkness meant “defeat” for the US in Iraq and asking the US president why he didn’t make an “open and official visit.” “You have to walk in the streets of Baghdad … to find out how people will welcome you,” Rouhani said at the time. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangRouhani’s visit to Iraq will provide an opportunity for reaching “serious understandings” between the two neighbors, Iran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif told the official IRNA news agency from Baghdad, where he was preparing for Rouhani’s three-day visit that starts on Monday. Rouhani, who had visited Iraq privately before becoming president, had planned an official visit in 2016 but that one was cancelled over unspecified “executive” problems. This time, Rouhani, who is on a second four-year-term, is particularly vulnerable because of the economic crisis assailing the Iranian rial, which has hurt ordinary Iranians and emboldened critics to openly call for the president’s ouster. Tehran sees the US military presence at its doorstep in Iraq as a threat one that could also undermine Iran’s influence over Baghdad. Zarif alluded to that on Sunday, saying that any country which tries to interfere with the good Iran-Iraq relations would “be deprived of opportunities for itself.” Iran also sees Iraq as a possible route to bypass US sanctions that Trump re-imposed last year after pulling the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.last_img read more

USled West using Christianity to subvert Chinese state politics

first_imgBeijing: A Chinese official accused “anti-China forces” in the West of using Christianity to subvert the country’s political power and said worshippers must follow a Chinese form of religion. China’s officially atheist government, which oversees religious groups through state-sponsored institutions, has tightened its grip on all faiths in recent years. “Anti-China forces in the West are attempting to continue to influence the social stability of our country through Christianity, and even subvert the political power of our country,” Xu Xiaohong, chairman of the state-backed National Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee, which oversees the Protestant churches, said on Monday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingSpeaking at the annual gathering of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a largely ceremonial advisory body, Xu described the introduction of Christianity in China as “accompanying the intense colonial aggression by the West”. Only by incorporating Chinese culture into Christianity would the religion become something Chinese people could identify with, said Xu. For those who “subvert national security in the name of Christianity, we support the country in bringing them to justice,” he added. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHis remarks come days after the US envoy for religious freedom, Sam Brownback, said the Chinese government was “at war with faith”, persecuting Muslim Uighurs, Tibetan Buddhists, Christians and Falungong practitioners. In China, Protestants are split between unofficial and state-sanctioned churches, where Communist Party songs also feature in the order of service. Over the past year, unofficial “house” or “underground” churches have faced increasing pressure, with some church members detained under subversion charges. In December, the pastor of the Early Rain Covenant Church, a prominent unofficial Protestant congregation in southwest Sichuan province, was detained in a police raid under charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” according to the church. In September, Beijing officials also shut down Zion Church, one of China’s largest unofficial Protestant churches, for operating without a licence in the capital – before ordering it to pay back 1.2 million yuan (USD 170,000) in rent and removal costs. Catholics – who are similarly split between official and underground churches – Muslims and Buddhists have also faced increasing pressure to toe the party line.last_img read more

FPIs press exit button pull out Rs 3207 crore in May so

first_imgNew Delhi: Reversing their three-month buying streak, foreign investors pulled out a net Rs 3,207 crore from the Indian capital markets in the first seven trading sessions of May amid the US-China trade tensions and uncertainty over the election results. Prior to this, foreign portfolio investors (FPI) poured in a net Rs 16,093 crore in April, Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February in the domestic capital markets (both equity and debt). Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraDuring the period between May 2-10, FPIs invested a net sum of Rs 1,344.72 crore in equities but pulled out a net Rs 4,552.20 crore from the debt market, taking the total net outflow to Rs 3,207.48 crore, latest depositories data showed. Markets were closed on May 1 on account of Maharashtra Day. “While the long-term growth prospect remains for India, we have seen short-term headwinds in May,” said Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head – Investment Analytics at Bajaj Capital. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysForeign investors have been net buyers in the Indian markets for the past three months after central banks of various developed countries changed their stance on monetary policy, leading to improved global liquidity conditions. However, “the recent reversal of trend in the Indian capital markets can be attributed to the emerging discussions over US-China trade war and uncertainty over election outcome, among other factors,” said Harsh Jain, COO at Groww.in. Agarwala attributed the outflow from debt market to higher supply of bonds (G-secs) in the current financial year and rising crude oil prices that will affect the current account deficit, rupee and push up inflation to some extent. Further, he said “the key risk for the FPI inflow in the Indian market could be an escalation in US-China trade war and the formation of a coalition government post-election if any single party cannot get a clear majority.”last_img read more

Mamata thanks oppn leaders for backing her

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday thanked the leaders of opposition parties, who came out in her support as she protested against the Election Commission’s decision to cut short the poll campaign duration in the state. “Thanks and gratitude to @Mayawati, @yadavakhilesh, @INCIndia, @ncbn and others for expressing solidarity and support to us and the people of #Bengal. EC’s biased actions under the directions of the #BJP are a direct attack on democracy. People will give a befitting reply,” she tweeted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The poll panel on Wednesday cut short campaigning for the last round of voting in West Bengal, in the wake of violence between the BJP and the TMC workers in Kolkata. The campaign closing time has been advanced to Thursday 10pm in the nine Lok Sabha seats – Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Calcutta South and Calcutta North. Accusing the Election Commission of acting on the instructions of the BJP, Banerjee said the move was “unethical and unconstitutional”.last_img read more

Man shot and killed in El Cajon police investigating

first_img EL CAJON (KUSI) — A man was shot to death Saturday in El Cajon.At 5:44 p.m. El Cajon Police Department received calls on shots fired on Emerald Avenue.Authorities found a Hispanic male with gunshot wounds at the scene, and were unable to resuscitate him.Emerald Ave will be closed between Chambers and Washington while ECPD finishes its investigation.No further information was available. Man shot and killed in El Cajon, police investigating Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter September 29, 2018 Posted: September 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Mayor Steve Vaus Affordable housing in Poway

first_img KUSI Newsroom Mayor Steve Vaus: Affordable housing in Poway 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Affordable housing is always a hot topic in San Diego and one city is taking action to address the issue for some of its community’s most vulnerable people.Joining KUSI to talk about these efforts is Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Updated: 7:54 AM April 5, 2019 Posted: April 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Did Blender Blur AdEdit Line

first_imgSince its inception in 1999, Blender magazine has tried to distinguish itself as an alternative to the Rolling Stone establishment of rock journalism.Now it appears to be following Rolling Stone in blurring the advertising-editorial line.In its January-February issue, Blender published the “2008 Rock & Roll User’s Guide,” a 16-page new music preview sponsored by Sync, Microsoft’s in-car voice-activated technology. In it, a small logo that reads “Presented by Sync/Powered by Microsoft” appears on five of the section’s 10 editorial pages, with the other six pages devoted to Sync-related ads. Four of those logos ask readers to log onto fordvehicles.com/sync for free MP3 downloads. “I would say that this is a clear violation of our guidelines,” American Society of Magazine Editors executive director Marlene Kahan told FOLIO: on Monday. According to the American Society of Magazine Editors, “sponsorship language (ie, “sponsored by,” “presented by,” etc.) should not appear in connection with regularly occurring editorial features” unless the editorial content “is labeled ‘Advertisement’ or ‘Promotion’ in a type size as prominent as the magazine’s normal body type.” [SEE: ASME Guidelines.]A spokesperson for Blender said the section was purely editorial and that the preview was written prior to selling the sponsorship. A spokesperson for the Alpha Media Group, the owner of Blender and Maxim, declined to comment on the details of the sponsorship, and said that the company is commited to adhering to the guidelines set forth by ASME.The Blender feature comes on the heels of a class action lawsuit filed by 185 indie rock bands in December against Rolling Stone over a sponsored nine-page pull-out spread that the bands said used their names without permission.Five of those bands represented in the class action suit appear in the Blender preview. Representatives for My Morning Jacket, one of the bands appearing in both, declined to comment.The Rolling Stone suit followed a separate lawsuit filed by attorney generals in eight states against R.J. Reynolds—the section’s sponsor—claiming the company illegally used cartoons in an advertorial to sell cigarettes. Rolling Stone said the cartoons were part of its editorial treatment—and not R.J. Reynolds’ idea.RELATED DISCUSSION: Does Anyone Care About ASME Guidelines?last_img read more

WHS CATS To Hold Fundraiser At Panera Bread On September 28

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?The WHS Choral and Theatre Support Group (WHS CATS) is holding a Fundraiser at Wilmington’s Panera Bread (228 Main Street, Wilmington Plaza) this Friday, September 28, from 11am to 8pm.Print and bring the flyer below and 10%-20% of your bill will benefit the WHS CATS mission to provide scholarships to graduating seniors as well as supplementary funding, as needed, to the WHS Lamplighters Drama Guild, WHS SoundScape a cappella, WHS Chorus, and WHS One Minute Too Many Improv Troupe.Panera Gift Cards are excluded from the event.Have a question? Email Wilmington.C.A.T.S.Parents@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Class of 2022 To Hold Fundraiser At Panera Bread On May 21In “Community”WHS CATS To Hold Fundraiser At Panera Bread On May 10In “Community”WHS CATS To Hold Fundraiser At Panera Bread On January 18In “Community”last_img read more

Vedanta prepares legal challenge to India copper plant closure report

first_imgWomen shout slogans during a protest against the government and police forces after at least nine people were killed when police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter in Thootukudi, in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 22, 2018.REUTERS/P.RavikumarVedanta Resources is working on a legal challenge to the Tamil Nadu government’s closure of one of its copper smelters, but it will not proceed until tensions over the deaths of 13 people during protests last week have eased, two sources told Reuters.The Tamil Nadu government ordered the permanent closure of the smelter on Monday after police fired on protesters demanding its closure on environmental grounds.London-listed Vedanta, majority owned by billionaire Anil Agarwal, considers it is now left with no other option than to file a writ petition challenging the Tamil Nadu government’s decision in the Madras High Court or the Supreme Court in New Delhi, the two sources close to the company said.”They have not presented a single (piece of) evidence against the company,” said one of the sources, both of whom declined to be named. “Vedanta is confident that it has a strong case legally. It has not violated any law.”However, the sources said that with local tensions running high over the deaths of the protesters, the resources company was holding off for now from filing the legal challenge.A Vedanta spokesman did not respond to requests seeking comment. The company earlier said it had broken no rules, and hoped soon to reopen the plant and double its capacity to 800,000 tonnes a year at a cost of more than $700 million.The chief of Vedanta’s India copper business, P. Ramnath, told Reuters on Friday the company would legally fight any attempt to close the plant.D. Jayakumar, a senior Tamil Nadu minister, said the smelter was closed mainly in response to the demands of residents of the coastal city of Thoothukudi, and that the state government would defend itself in court.”We’ve closed the plant based on various violations raised by the pollution control board. They will of course say that they have not violated any rule,” Jayakumar, who speaks for the state government, told Reuters.”People are totally against the plant. We’re with the people only. We go by their demand and the law.”He declined to give details of the violations.D. Sekar, a senior official with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, also declined to explain the reasons, saying only that the closure was a “policy decision”.The plant, India’s second-biggest copper smelter known as Sterlite Copper, has been shut since late March for maintenance and pending a renewal of its licence, as residents continued largely peaceful protests demanding it be shut for good.Residents and environmental activists have long demanded a shutdown of the copper smelter, which has annual production of more than 400,000 tonnes, citing air and water pollution. Vedanta denies the accusations of pollution.The opposition escalated last week when thousands of people marched towards a government office on the 100th day of the protest. Ten people were killed in police firing that day, while three more died in subsequent days, piling pressure on the state government as protests spread elsewhere in the state.Minister Jayakumar said his government has been opposed to the smelter since 2013, when a suspected gas leak led to its closure for more than two months. The plant was allowed to reopen after a court-appointed team of experts found no instance of emissions beyond set limits.In recent weeks, however, Tamil Nadu has cancelled a decision to allocate a plot of land to Vedanta for a doubling of the plant’s capacity and cut its electricity connection and water supply, he said.[ Source- reuters]last_img read more

London murder rate overtakes New York

first_imgA guardsman is reflected in a puddle as he sits on his horse while tourists photograph him, in London Photo : ReutersLondon police investigated more murders than their New York counterparts did over the last two months, statistics show, as the British capital’s mayor vowed to fight a “violent scourge” on the streets.There were 15 murders in London in February against 14 in New York, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service and the New York Police Department. For March, 22 murders were investigated in London, with 21 reports in New York.In the latest bloodshed, a 17-year-old girl died on Monday after she was found with gunshot wounds in Tottenham, north London, a day after a man was fatally stabbed in south London.”The Mayor is deeply concerned by violent crime in the capital – every life lost to violent crime is a tragedy,” a spokeswoman for Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement on Tuesday.”Our city remains one of the safest in the world … but Sadiq wants it to be even safer and is working hard to bring an end to this violent scourge.”Including January’s figures, New York had still experienced more murders so far this year than London. The cities have a similar-sized population.Gun violence is much less of a problem in Britain, which has strict gun control laws, than in the United States, and most British police are not equipped with firearms.But British politicians and police are increasingly expressing concern about London’s rising murder rate, which is driven by a surge in knife crime. Of the 47 murders in London so far this year, 31 have been committed with knives.Britain’s interior ministry said it was consulting on new laws to further restrict dangerous weapons, including banning online stores from delivering knives to residential addresses and making it an offence to possess certain weapons in public.”This government is taking action to restrict access to offensive weapons as well as working to break the deadly cycle of violence and protect our children, families and communities,” a Home Office spokesman said.Khan, who has been in office since May 2016, is from the opposition Labour Party. Before him, Conservative Boris Johnson was mayor for eight years. The national government has been run by the Conservatives since 2010, with Prime Minister Theresa May previously serving as interior minister from 2010 to 2016.last_img read more

Senate Panel Sets 130 pm Eastern Time Vote on Kavanaugh

first_imgThe Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote at 1:30 p.m. ET on whether to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate.The chairman, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, announced the vote as the committee began its meeting.Kavanaugh has just picked up a key vote of support from a committee Republican, Arizona’s Jeff Flake.Republicans have slim 11-10 majority on the committee. With Flake’s support, Kavanaugh’s nomination is expected to clear the committee and go to the full Senate.The Senate could begin taking procedural votes over the weekend ahead of a final confirmation vote early next week.Several Democratic Judiciary Committee members walked out of the hearing this morning. Sharelast_img read more