HC quashes trial against RIL its executives under Official Secrets Act

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday quashed the trial against Reliance Industries Ltd and three of its then senior executives under the Official Secrets Act, saying that the allegedly secret documents recovered from them in 1998 were already in public domain.Allowing the appeals of RIL and its officials against the lower court’s March 2012 decision to put them on trial for criminal conspiracy and possession of secret government documents, Justice Sunil Gaur said that continuing the proceedings against them would be a “travesty of justice” as the ingredients of the offence they were accused of were “apparently lacking”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Since the impugned order suffers from utter non application of mind, therefore, it cannot be sustained. There is no hesitation whatsoever in concluding that continuance of proceedings before the trial court is travesty of justice, as the ingredients of the offence alleged are apparently lacking,” the high court said. “Thus, to secure the ends of justice, the instant proceedings are hereby halted forthwith. Consequently, impugned order as well as the proceedings emanating therefrom, are hereby quashed,” it said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe decision came on the appeals of RIL and its then Group President V Balasubramanian, Vice President A N Sethuraman and General Manager (corporate affairs) Shankar Adawal, who was represented by senior advocate N Hariharan. In its 13-page verdict, the court referred to several Supreme Court judgements on what is a secret document and said that “a person cannot be put on trial merely because a document has been marked as ‘secret’, as it is necessary to see the nature of information contained in it, to find out if any offence under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1923 is made out or not”. The high court said the documents in question were already published in newspaper reports and therefore, they were in the public domain.last_img read more

Guyana Goldfields investors founder call for board management shakeup

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GUY)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Guyana Goldfields Inc. says it will review an official request for a special shareholder meeting made by investors concerned about the company’s share performance. The investors say they want the meeting called to replace the board of directors in the latest of several recent shareholder actions in the mining industry.The group of investors, including former executive chairman and founder Patrick Sheridan, Northfield Capital Corp., Robert Cudney, Donald Ross, and Gretchen Ross, together own about 5.4 per cent of the outstanding shares.They want to replace the board with six independent directors as well as establish an ethics committee and launch a strategic review of the company.The investors say the current board has governed over a steep decline in the share price, which has dropped from around $5 in June to $1.69 on Thursday. It briefly peaked at $10.11 in mid-2016.Guyana Goldfields, which operates the Aurora gold mine in Guyana, says its board remains committed to constructive dialogue and will respond to the investor request in due course.last_img read more

How will bankrupt utility deal with wildfires from now on

LOS ANGELES — When California’s Pacific Gas & Electric comes out of bankruptcy, it will face the same danger that put the company in financial peril in the first place: wildfires.The question is: How will it respond to that threat as it reorganizes under Chapter 11 protection?The company is the nation’s first utility forced into bankruptcy by potentially massive legal bills from wildfires. Its equipment is blamed for sparking deadly blazes in Northern California over the past two years.PG&E will have to develop a business plan that shows it is not likely to end up in bankruptcy court again. How it does that is not clear at this point, but it could involve more aggressive tree-trimming and other maintenance practices.Brian Melley, The Associated Press read more

UN disappointed by threeyear extension of Somalias transitional parliament

4 February 2011The top United Nations official for Somalia voiced disappointment today at the transitional parliament’s extension of its mandate by three years beyond the August deadline by which it was to enact a new constitution and hold general elections in the war-torn country. Somalia has not had a functioning central government for 20 years and has been riven by factional fighting, currently between the internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government (TFG), supported by a UN-backed African Union (AU) peacekeeping force, based in Mogadishu, the capital, and Al Shabaab and other Islamist groups, which control much of the country, especially in the south.“This is a disappointing decision taken in haste without the required level of discussion and consultation on how to end the transition and on the next political dispensation after 20 August 2011,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, said in a statement.“The Somali people deserve and expect to see change. It is the responsibility of the TFIs [transitional authorities] to implement this change in consultation with major entities representing the Somali people and key partners of the international community,” he added.Mr. Mahiga said the UN and its partners, the AU and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, a regional development organization in eastern Africa, would meet jointly with Somalia’s transitional leadership as soon as possible to discuss the way forward while ensuring stability and change.Last week, Mr. Mahiga noted that there was “unanimous agreement both inside and outside Somalia” that the transitional period had to end in August as envisaged under the Djibouti Agreement, a UN-facilitated peace process that began in 2008 and was embraced by some Islamist militias but not by several others who continue a war that wreaks daily havoc on civilians, especially in Mogadishu.He acknowledged then that several tasks remain to be completed by August such as continuing initiatives on reconciliation, building civilian and security institutions and the completion of the constitution-making process.Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that at least 7,600 people reported weapons-related injuries in 2010 in Mogadishu, an average of more than 20 a day, making it the worst year in a decade for civilian casualties. One in five injured was a child. The Somali capital is without doubt one of the most deadly cities anywhere, a UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, told a news briefing in Geneva. Just last Monday, at least 15 people were killed and some 50 injured in clashes involving the transitional government’s forces, close to Banadir Hospital in south-west Mogadishu. UNHCR is appalled by the loss of civilian lives and the complete disregard shown for their safety, Mr. Edwards said. Last year hundreds of Somalis were killed in the capital.Some 4,200 Somalis have been forced to flee their homes in Mogadishu since the start of January and UNHCR estimates that 1.5 million people are displaced within the country, many in areas inaccessible to humanitarian workers. More than 650,000 are living as refugees in neighbouring countries.Somalia remains one of the worst and most alarming humanitarian crises that UNHCR faces, generating the largest number of refugees and displaced in the world after Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. Edwards said. He added that UNHCR – as part of the UN humanitarian community in Somalia, again and in the strongest of terms – urges all armed groups and forces in the capital to make the protection of civilians a top priority. read more

Couple found dead in Mahawa

When the police visited the house last night they found the doors and windows shut. The bodies of a couple were found in a house in Mahawa last night, the police media unit said today.An investigation was launched following information received by the police that the stench of dead bodies were emanating from a house in Udugama, Mahawa. Investigations revealed that the married couple had taken the house on rent and were residents of Morogollla, Mahawa.A Magisterial inquiry is to be conducted today. The police forced their way into the house and found the bodies of an 18 year old woman and a 21 year old man. read more

US agency threatens fines legal action against air bag maker for balking

DETROIT – A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday when the government threatened fines and legal action unless the company admits that driver’s air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall.In a letter to Takata’s Washington office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Japanese company until Tuesday to file paperwork declaring a defect and expanding the recall from high-humidity states to the full nation.The company’s air bags have been blamed for at least five deaths and multiple injuries worldwide. They can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a mental canister and spewing shrapnel.The letter is the first step in a legal process to compel a nationwide recall. To do so, the agency must determine that there’s a safety defect and hold a public hearing. Then it can go to court. It can also fine the company up to $7,000 per vehicle with defective inflators, and NHTSA says there are millions on the road today.“Be assured that we will use all of our authority and resources,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.Takata has maintained that the air bag problems are caused by prolonged exposure to airborne moisture, and that there’s no need for a national recall. Moisture can make the chemical propellant in the air bags burn too fast. Boundaries of the recall zone vary by manufacturer, but generally it covers Gulf Coast states, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and some U.S. territories.A company spokesman was working on a response Wednesday.In the letter, NHTSA says Takata hasn’t safety defect papers as demanded by the agency Nov. 18. The company, the letter said, has not explained why two driver’s side air bag inflators ruptured outside the high-humidity areas.“Despite the severe consequences of air bag ruptures and mounting data demonstrating a safety defect, Takata responded that it did not agree with NHTSA’s basis for a nationwide recall,” the letter stated.The agency cites inflator ruptures that injured drivers in California and North Carolina as justification for the national recall.About 8 million vehicles from 10 manufacturers have been recalled in the U.S., and 14 million worldwide. The vehicles have Takata driver or passenger air bags, or both. So far the government is not seeking a national recall of passenger air bags, saying that data doesn’t support it outside of high-humidity areas.NHTSA also is moving to get automakers to agree to minimum boundaries for the passenger air bag recalls in high-humidity areas with average dew points of 60 degrees or higher.Its first target was Chrysler. In a letter Tuesday, NHTSA told the company to expand its recall and accused it of moving too slowly to notify car owners. The company says it’s working on a response.Chrysler is recalling more than 371,000 older vehicles in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But NHTSA says the passenger air bags can malfunction in a wider area that adds southern Georgia; areas along the Gulf Coast in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas; and Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.Other automakers with smaller recall zones will be asked to take similar action.NHTSA demanded that Chrysler start notifying owners of the recall starting no later than Monday. In response, Chrysler said it would move notification from Dec. 19 to Dec. 8. The company also said a committee will consider expanding the recall on Monday.Recently NHTSA has gotten tough with Takata on the air bag issue, but lawmakers have criticized the agency for a slow and haphazard response. US agency threatens fines, legal action against air bag maker for balking at national recall AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2014 9:39 am MDT read more

Ontario bowed to food industry pressure on menulabelling legislation critics

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2016 8:05 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Critics say the Ontario government bowed to pressure from the fast-food industry when it passed legislation mandating calorie counts on restaurant menus, but not sodium levels.And they say the Ministry of Health hired FleishmanHillard, a known lobbyist for the fast-food industry, to lead its public consultations on menu labelling and to prepare a report on the issue.“They have a clear conflict of interest there because they’re working for companies that are creating a lot of the problem,” said Bill Jeffery, executive director of the non-profit Centre for Health Science and Law.NDP health critic France Gelinas introduced at least six private member’s bills on menu labelling since 2008, and said she can’t believe the government hired FleishmanHillard — a company she branded “the enemy” — to do its consultations.“They were the ones hired by PepsiCo and Doritos and Skittles … to push back against it,” said Gelinas. “The Ministry of Health knew who they were hiring, and it stinks. It’s terrible.”FleishmanHillard refused to comment, other than to say it did not represent Pepsi in Ontario at the time of the consultations. The firm did not respond to questions asking if it represented the soft drink giant at other times or in other regions.The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care issued a statement defending its decision to award FleishmanHillard firm the $80,000 contract.“As a vendor of record with the Ontario government, FleishmanHillard underwent a rigorous selection process and was required to sign a conflict-of-interest statement.”The Centre for Health Science and the Law said it was strange to see FleishmanHillard running the government’s 2013 consultations on menu labelling because many of its corporate clients oppose the idea.“You could really feel the division between the industry people and the public health community people, many of whom didn’t know much about the issue, such as parent-teacher associations,” said Jeffery.Gelinas said there’s only one reason why the government would hire FleishmanHillard to help with the menu-labelling issue.“To buy favours from big corporations and big money people,” she said. “It’s that simple. The Liberals are not complicated.”The government called suggestions that it bowed to industry pressure false, and said the original intent of its legislation was to fight childhood obesity, which is why it started by mandating calorie counts be listed on menus.“Our government has never closed the door on adding sodium and other factors, and in fact our legislation allows us to add other criteria in the future,” said Shae Greenfield, spokesman for Health Minister Eric Hoskins.Starting in January, restaurants with 20 or more locations in Ontario must post calorie counts on menus, but not sodium levels.Public health experts argued that including calories but not sodium could have the “unintended consequence” of encouraging increased use of salt to enhance taste. Gelinas said the government should give consumers more credit.“They can figure out calories and sodium,” said Gelinas. “We’re not that dumb.”FleishmanHillard’s 16-page report, which Jeffery obtained three years after filing a freedom of information request, outlines reasons for not giving consumers more nutritional information:— Calorie labelling could lead some consumers to order higher-calorie food because they think that’s a way of obtaining more value for their money;— Giving consumers calories, sodium and other information about the nutritional value of their food could “dilute the message” about healthier eating habits;— Providing calorie and sodium counts might slow down the decisions by customers at restaurant drive-thrus, creating longer wait times for other drivers in line;— Movie theatre concessions should be viewed differently from other sellers of prepared foods, in part because it’s hard to know how many people will share a box of popcorn;— Providing information for more than one nutrient would make it exponentially more difficult for industry, and more costly.Ontario is the first province to regulate calorie counts on menus — British Columbia has a voluntary system — but Canada lags behind the United States on the issue.The city of Philadelphia requires information on sodium, saturated fat, trans fat and carbohydrates for menus, along with calorie counts.The government also decided against a ban on advertising of unhealthy food and beverages to children after arguments over what constitutes an unhealthy product.“While there was some support for government action, up to and including a ban on children’s advertising, there was also support for the notion that responsibility should rest with parents, rather than with government,” read FleishmanHillard’s report.———Follow @cpnewsboy on Twitter Ontario bowed to food industry pressure on menu-labelling legislation: critics read more

Football Dwayne Haskins finds his Road to Glory

Ohio State freshman offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere (77), redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and junior tight end Rashod Berry (13) celebratefollowing the game against Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins knew how he wanted his future to look — like the Road to Glory mode in the now-extinct NCAA Football video game. He said he would play the story mode every season, portraying himself as a 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback donning No. 7 for Ohio State. And with this quarterback, he won the Heisman Trophy every season he played. In his first season as the starting quarterback for Ohio State, the numbers the 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback has put up have been video game-like, breaking the single-season Big Ten total yards record, the Big Ten single-season touchdowns record, the Big Ten passing yards record and the Big Ten passing touchdowns record. And now, he has the chance to live the fantasy of the video game he played as a kid after being invited as one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be announced on Dec. 8. Haskins is joined by Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray as the three up for the award.Head coach Urban Meyer, who has traveled to New York for the Heisman ceremony four times, once with former Utah quarterback Alex Smith in 2004 and three times with former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow from 2007-09, had no doubt Haskins was worthy to be considered for college football’s top award after the performances he’s had. “That’s such an incredible experience for those players, to bring them,” Meyer said. “But he’s going one way or the other. I’ll fly him there myself. With the way he played and the stats against the other quarterbacks, he’s gotta go to New York.” But in the grand scheme of Haskins’ performance for Ohio State this season, it’s more than just the numbers he recorded, the records he’s broken and the games he’s won. He changed the perception of the Buckeyes’ offense. Haskins knew who he was as a quarterback. He was never going to be the dual-threat J.T. Barrett was before him, which he told coaches coming into his college career. “Coming out of high school, I always voiced to coach and whoever the offensive coordinator [was] that I wanted to be in a passing offense,” Haskins said. “Being able to have that change this year and have the blueprint for whoever is playing when I get done playing, just to show that we can throw the ball all over the field.” That did not seem likely at the beginning of the season, coming into an offense with two former 1,000-yard backs, the typical dream of a coach with a balanced offensive mind such as Meyer. That thought has not changed for the head coach, saying on Sunday if a particular team can’t run the ball consistently, they will lose at some point. And, even though he has been placed more in the category of former Florida quarterback Chris Leak and Cardale Jones instead of Barrett and Tebow, Meyer said Haskins has done an excellent job doing anything he could to move the chains. “How do you measure a quarterback? Obviously wins. Can he get and will he get a first down for you?” Meyer said. “Because once he gets one first down, he will get the next one.” There was an element of change in the offense that Meyer acknowledged, giving the credit to offensive coordinator Ryan Day. Haskins said Meyer’s trust in him got to a point where the quarterback could attempt a pass in short-yardage situations, something that, with the quick and veteran receivers he had in his arsenal, became the bread and butter of the Ohio State offense. Haskins said that level of trust took time, crediting both Day and Meyer for putting him in those offensive situations. “I’m glad I have been able to give him the confidence this year,” Haskins said about Meyer. “I know he can rely on me in tough moments whether that was with a running play or a passing play.” But Meyer played another important role for Haskins during the 2018 season. While Day primarily put the quarterback in a position to succeed, the head coach continued to keep him grounded. Despite the success he had over the course of the 2018 season, leading the nation with 4,580 passing yards and Ohio State to the No. 2 passing offense in the country, Haskins said Meyer did not want him to become too “big-headed.” “He does a great job of keeping me humble and doesn’t really give me too much praise,” Haskins said. “He really wants me to be the best quarterback in the country, whether he voices that to anybody or not.” But after Haskins’ 499-yard day against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, Meyer and Ohio State began vouching for their starting quarterback, beginning his Heisman campaign. Haskins said these were the same players and coaches who helped him to be elite this year. And that is what Haskins wanted to prove. He feels like he has given enough to be warranted for discussion for Ohio State’s first Heisman winner since Troy Smith in 2006. “I feel like I did what I needed to do to give my case to win the Heisman,” Haskins said. “It’s not my choice for who gets to win the Heisman, but either way, I just wanted to be considered for it. If I win, I win. If I don’t, it’s getting ready for Washington.” Meyer said he does have thoughts about what Haskins’ future would look like, saying it would be unfair to him and his family to discuss that at this point. Haskins might not know either. The Heisman Trophy and the national championship is where the Road to Glory ends in the NCAA Football video game.But with Haskins as a Heisman finalist, a quarterback who broke Big Ten and Ohio State records and a quarterback who changed the dynamic of the Ohio State offense, who knows? There might be a 6-foot-4, 220-pound My Player wearing No. 7 in a Madden video game Haskins might be preparing to emulate. read more

Doctor who worked in Saddam Husseins torture prisons allowed to stay in

An Iraqi Kurdish woman mourns at the site of a mass grave of victims killed during the reign of ex-dictator Saddam Hussein, exhumed by the Baghdad-based Medico-Legal Directorate, at a mass grave site in the southern province of Mutahanna, on July 30, 2019. An Iraqi Kurdish woman mourns at the site of a mass grave of victims killed during the reign of ex-dictator Saddam Hussein, exhumed by the Baghdad-based Medico-Legal Directorate, at a mass grave site in the southern province of Mutahanna, on July 30, 2019.Credit:HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP An Iraqi accused of crimes against humanity after treating prisoners tortured by Saddam Hussein’s regime has won his claim for UK asylum after a court effectively ruled he had little choice.The 54-year-old faced the choice of either treating prisoners who had suffered torture – with the unintended effect of making them physically able to endure another bout of torture – or leaving them to suffer and potentially die from their wounds.Despite being initially refused asylum because of his role working for the Al-Istikhbarat, Saddam Hussein’s military intelligence agency, an appeal court has ruled there was no evidence he had himself tortured prisoners or contributed to their torture. The medic, identified only as MAB, left Iraq in December 1995 and travelled to Libya, where he worked as a doctor under the regime of Colonel Gaddafi, before coming to the UK in January 2000. He waited until 2007 before he making an asylum claim.But after an investigation by the war crimes unit of the Home Office Border Agency he was denied refugee protection on the grounds that while working as a doctor he had “committed crimes against humanity.”Although he was not accused of directly carrying out acts of torture, his role meant he had treated prisoners who he knew might face further torture. According to court documents seen by the Sunday Telegraph, the doctor “never sought to leave the Al-Istikhbarat throughout his military service, such as by asking to be transferred to military service elsewhere.”In 2015 he successfully argued before an immigration tribunal that although he admitted being complicit in a crime against humanity he had acted under duress. Theresa May, the Home Secretary at the time, challenged that decision and in 2017 an upper tribunal ruled in favour of the Government and overturned MAB’s defence of duress. The tribunal said: “He assisted those who committed torture by providing medical aid to them. He also provided medical aid to victims in the knowledge that in the ordinary course of events some of them would suffer further torture. We find that he intended to treat the prisoners irrespective of what had happened to them and what might happen to them.”However, three Court of Appeal judges have now ruled in the medic’s favour, finding that there was not enough evidence to “support a conclusion of significant contribution to torture”.Overturning a previous ruling by the immigration tribunal, the Court of Appeal said: “If it is sufficient to be complicit in torture that the torture of some patients ‘may’ have ceased if treatment had not been given, then the logical consequence is that no patients should have been treated. “On the FTT’s [First Tier Tribunal] findings [MAB] did not know whether the torture of any particular patient would cease but simply that it ‘may’ do so. On the FTT’s approach, the only way to avoid complicity in such circumstances would be to refuse all treatment.”The appeal court concluded: “That would be a perverse conclusion and in clear contravention of a doctor’s duty of care.”In March 2014 MAB’s fitness to practice certificate, which had been stripped from him, was reinstated by the Medical Practitioner Tribunal (MPT), allowing him to resume work as a doctor in the UK, where he has been supporting his wife and children. The case illustrates the dilemma faced by doctors serving under Hussein’s dictatorship, referred to those who endured it as ‘The Republic of Fear’, with its secret police apparatus inflicting torture, mass murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing, rape and forced disappearances on its own people before it was eventually overthrown during the coalition invasion of Iraq in 2003.The Home Office has declined to comment on the case. 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. read more

Bakoyannis view on Greek crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Achilleas Youth – the new youth wing of AHEPA Australasia – interviewed the Hon. Dora Bakoyannis, current MP for Athens District A, on the topic of the Greek sovereign debt crisis. President of Achilleas Youth, Jiannis Tsaousis, asked Mrs Bakoyannis what lead Greece to its current situation at “the edge of abyss”; why liberalism has traditionally been strongly unpopular in Greece; the path of real reform needed for Greece to realise long-term prosperity; the decay of the modern Greek state and how the diaspora can help its motherland in extreme times of need as those Hellenes traverse today. The former Foreign Minister of Greece (2006-09), Minister for Culture (1992-93), Lord Mayor of Athens (2003-06) and World Mayor 2005 noted the “political price” she has paid for pushing for real reforms in Greece in 2010 by voting for the May 2010 IMF/EU/ECB bailout, as she was sacked by the New Democracy party and only welcomed back in June 2012. Furthermore, the former Foreign Minister and prominent Greek liberal said “we must demolish” the Greek state as it is known, which she believes was built on hollow foundations from the start, after the fall of the junta in 1974 and especially after 1981 when the first PASOK government was elected. In reference to the IMF’s recent change of tact towards Greece, as Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s Managing Director has begun to openly promote a two-year extension to Greece’s bailout terms, Mrs Bakoyannis says that she has been “warning these troika gentlemen” of the consequences of the horizontal cuts asked for, in pushing for real, structural reform in Greece. Importantly, Mrs Bakoyannis said that investors will never lose out from Greece, Mrs Bakoyannis affirmed to Achilleas Youth that she is in Greek politics for the long run to remake the Greek state and society.last_img read more

Pollution une très mauvaise qualité de lair à Toulouse

first_imgPollution : une très mauvaise qualité de l’air à Toulouse Comme l’a indiqué hier l’observatoire régional de l’air en Midi-Pyrénées (Oramip), le taux de concentration de particules fines dans l’air a dépassé le “seuil d’information du public” samedi et dimanche sur l’ensemble de l’agglomération toulousaine. Ce seuil d’information est fixé à 80 microgrammes par mètre cube d’air, et doit être enregistré pendant 24 heures consécutives pour être dépassé. Samedi et dimanche, la concentration en particules PM10, c’est-à-dire inférieures à 10 microns, a atteint 91 microgrammes par mètre cube d’air, avec “des concentrations très homogènes sur l’ensemble de l’agglomération toulousaine”, a précisé l’Oramip.Si la procédure d’alerte de la population n’a toutefois pas été déclenchée, elle ne l’est en effet qu’à partir de 125 microgrammes par mètre cube sur 24 heures, les automobilistes ont été invités à réduire leur vitesse. Les particules PM10, engendrées par la combustion industrielle, les moteurs automobiles, mais aussi le chauffage urbain, peuvent pénétrer à l’intérieur des poumons de manière très profonde. Il était donc fortement recommandé aux personnes présentant une sensibilité à la pollution, telles que les enfants, les personnes âgées, ou celles souffrant de problèmes d’asthme, d’allergies, ou d’insuffisances respiratoires chroniques, d’éviter les activités physiques trop intenses.Le 13 décembre 2010 à 15:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

After GeorgiaPacific cut up to 300 employees workers trying to find footing

first_imgThe cavernous Georgia-Pacific paper mill, which churned with thousands of papermakers a generation ago, is now a ghost town, said Felicia Tillery; and former workers like her are in limbo.“It is hard,” she said, trying to describe this past month when up to 300 workers have been laid off. Her last day was June 1, though she is luckier than most because her children are grown and she can get by on her husband’s income and benefits.“I might retire. I might do something else. It just depends on what comes up,” she said. “I’m not devastated … (but) there’s a lot of people that work really hard that I think are devastated.”Tillery made her comments from a classroom at WorkSource Vancouver, where she recently joined a handful of ex-mill workers looking for help with life after layoffs.There, at 204 S.E. Stone Mill Drive, representatives from WorkSource try to help laid off former mill workers carve out some options, like applying for new jobs, filing for unemployment benefits or even enrolling in school.last_img read more

David Silva is voted the best Spanish player in Premier League

first_imgDavid Silva has emerged the best Spanish footballer in Premier League era according to polls by the BBC.The former Valencia man saw off opposition from Liverpool’s duo of Xabi Alonso and Torres alongside Fabregas to become the finest Spanish import with 37% of the votes.Silva has played a pivotal role in the most successful period in City’s history, winning seven major trophies with 349 appearances under his belt.Last season’s title success was emotional for Silva following five months in the hospital to stay with his son who was born prematurely in December 2017.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It was really tough,” Silva told the BBC. “It was so difficult, him being in the hospital for so long.“Besides, he was in Spain, meaning I had to travel a lot and could hardly train.“I didn’t sleep much; I wasn’t eating well. But luckily the team were doing really well, and that helped me a lot. I’ve said it before, the only time I could get it out of my mind was when I was playing.“Then I would start thinking about everything once the match was over. But yes, it was a really good escape. Football is what we like and enjoy most.”last_img read more

Early morning wreck on freeway injures two women

first_imgEmergency vehicles respond to a crash on the ramp from Interstate 205 north to state Highway 14 westbound. A Vancouver woman was cited for speeding after crashing into a ditch near state Highway 14 on Monday morning.Rosaura Ramirez, 41, was driving her 2010 Hyundai on the ramp from north Interstate 205 to west Highway 14 around 5:10 a.m. when she lost control of her car on a curve and left the roadway, according to a Washington State Patrol memo.Ramirez and her passenger, Mirna Santos, 31, of Portland were sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Both women were treated and released, hospital spokesman Ken Cole said midday Monday.A Vancouver Fire Department vehicle was clipped by a semi truck while responding to the crash, said Trooper Will Finn, spokesman for WSP. Another crash was reported in the area shortly after, Finn said. No one was hurt in those two crashes, Finn said.The series of crashes caused traffic to backup on west Highway 14. Around 7 a.m., traffic was slowed down to the 164th Avenue exit, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.last_img read more

Police cant find accused though seen with chief whip

first_imgAnichur Rahman (third from right) seen with AL chief whip. Photo: FacebookAn arrest warrant has been issued against Anisur Rahman alias Abdur Rab, Bauphal upazila’s Dhulia UP chairman and the general secretary of the Dhulia union unit of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL). The police say he is absconding.However, the accused has been seen at several rallies and meetings even in presence of the people from the administration. He was seen on Friday with the ruling AL party chief whip ASM Firoz who was accompanied by members of the police.Party insiders confirmed his presence with the chief whip. Even he himself posted a photograph of himself with the chief whip on Facebook.Witnesses and party men said Anisur accompanied chief whip Firoz while he visited the Dhulia launch ghat to see the river erosion there on Friday morning.Bauphal police station’s inspector (investigation) Md Lutfar Rahman was also present on the spot, making people even more skeptical about police’s claim that they cannot find the accused.Anisur is accused in a case in connection with an attack on former UP chairman Abdul Jabbar and three others at Dhulia back in 2016. Later Abdul Jabbar filed a case against him along with 35 others.On 5 October the court issued an arrest warrant against him.  Anisur has denied that there is any arrest warrant against him. “I was with the chip whip, but there is no warrant against me,” he claimed.But Bauphal police station officer in-charge Azam Khan Faruqi said there is a warrant against him. When asked why the police are not arresting him, he hung up the phone without answering.last_img read more

3 killed in road crash

first_imgRoad Accident logoThree people were killed while another one injured in a head-on collision between two trucks on Bangabandhu Bridge link road at Saratoil in Kalihati upazila of Tangail on Wednesday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Mosharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Bangabandhu Bridge East police station, said the accident took place in the area around 7:00am when a Dhaka-bound stone-laden truck collided head on with a Dinajpur-bound one, leaving three people killed on the spot and one injured.The injured was taken to Tangail General Hospital for treatment.Police seized both the trucks, but could not arrest anyone, he added.last_img read more

Recap Long delays on M6 after broken down vehicle closes lane

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 18:17All lanes have reopenedAll lanes have reopened17:51Second broken down vehicle adding to delaysOne lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane one (of four) is closed. 17:44Recovery has arrived at the sceneHighways England have confirmed recovery is underway – the lane remains closed17:14Delays continueThe delays continue.16:59Congestion back to junction 12Inrix are now reporting congestion back to Junction 12 (Gailey).16:58Affected stretch of motorwayThe affected stretch of the M6 near Stafford this afternoon (Image: Inrix)16:57Latest from InrixOne lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 (Stafford North). Congestion to J12 (Gailey).Lane one (of three) is closed. Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing womancenter_img Driver named following fatal collision UPDATE: All lanes have reopened A broken down vehicle on the M6 motorway is causing delays in Staffordshire this afternoon. The vehicle has broken down on the northbound carriageway between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 (Stafford North). Inrix, the traffic data company, reports lane one is still shut – with the closure first reported at around 2.45pm today (Monday July 1). Highways England are reporting delays in the area as a result of the lane closure. A spokesman said: “There are 30 minute delays on the approach to this M6 incident (above usual journey times) spanning six miles back to J12. “Average speeds on the approach to J13 are 10 mph.” We’ll bring you further information on this closure and the delays as we get it on the live update feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

Boko Haram offers to swap kidnapped girls for detainees

first_imgIn that infamous abduction, 274 mostly Christian girls preparing to write science exams were seized from the school by Islamic militants in the early hours of April 15, 2014. Dozens escaped on their own in the first few days, but 219 remain missing.Boko Haram has not shown them since a May 2014 video in which its leader, Abubakar Shekau warned: “You won’t see the girls again unless you release our brothers you have captured.”In the video, nearly 100 of the girls, who have been identified by their parents, were shown wearing Islamic hijab and reciting the Quran. One of them said they had converted to Islam.International indignation at Nigeria’s failure to rescue the girls was joined by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama. In a radio address in May 2014, she said she and President Barack Obama are “outraged and heartbroken” over the abduction.Jonathan’s government initially denied there had been any mass abduction and delays of a rescue that might have brought the girls home became a hallmark of his other failures. He steadfastly refused to meet with the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners, charging they were politicizing the issue.On Wednesday, President Buhari welcomed those campaigners at the presidential villa in Abuja and pleaded “We only ask for your patience.” He said “The delay and conflicting reaction by the former government and its agencies is very unfortunate.” LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists are offering to free more than 200 young women and girls kidnapped from a boarding school in the town of Chibok in exchange for the release of militant leaders held by the government, a human rights activist has told The Associated Press.The activist said Boko Haram’s current offer is limited to the girls from the school in northeastern Nigeria whose mass abduction in April 2014 ignited worldwide outrage and a campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls” that stretched to the White House. 0 Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Boko Haram has kidnapped hundreds more — girls, boys, women and young men. Some have become sex slaves, while others are used as fighters, according to former captives.Nigerian opinion on negotiating with the extremists is mixed. Some say the group’s crimes are too heinous to be forgiven: The 6-year-old Islamic uprising has killed more than 13,000 people and forced about 1.5 million from their homes.“A lot of people take a hard-line stance that you must never negotiate with a terrorist,” said Sen. Chris Anyanwu. She called it a “very complex” issue, balancing the lives of more than 200 girls against the dangers of freeing extremists.The militants last year seized a large swath of northeast Nigeria and declared an Islamic caliphate. Nigeria and its neighbors deployed a multinational army that forced them out of towns and villages this year, but the bloodshed has risen at a fierce rate since Buhari’s May 29 inauguration amid pledges to crush the insurgency.___Associated Press writer Bashir Adigun contributed to this report from Abuja, Nigeria.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The new initiative reopens an offer made last year to the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan to release the 219 students in exchange for 16 Boko Haram detainees, the activist said. The man, who was involved in negotiations with Boko Haram last year and is close to current negotiators, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters on this sensitive issue.Fred Eno, an apolitical Nigerian who has been negotiating with Boko Haram for more than a year, told the AP that “another window of opportunity opened” in the last few days, though he could not discuss details.He said the recent slew of Boko Haram bloodletting — some 350 people killed in the past nine days — is consistent with past ratcheting up of violence as the militants seek a stronger negotiating position.Presidential adviser Femi Adesina said on Saturday that Nigeria’s government “will not be averse” to talks with Boko Haram. “Most wars, however furious or vicious, often end around the negotiation table,” he said.Eno said the 5-week-old administration of President Muhammadu Buhari offers “a clean slate” to bring the militants back to negotiations that had become poisoned by the different security agencies and their advice to Jonathan. Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img Two months of talks last year led government representatives and Eno to travel in September to a northeastern town where the prisoner exchange was to take place, only to be stymied by the Department for State Service intelligence agency, the activist said.At the last minute, the agency said it was holding only four of the militants sought by Boko Haram, the activist said.It is not known how many Boko Haram suspects are detained by Nigeria’s intelligence agency, whose chief Buhari fired last week.The activist said the agency continues to hold suspects illegally because it does not have enough evidence for a conviction, and any court would free them. Nigerian law requires charges be brought after 48 hours.Thousands of suspects have died in custody, and some detainees wanted by Boko Haram may be among them. Amnesty International alleges that 8,000 detainees have died in military custody — some have been shot, some have died from untreated injuries due to torture, and some have died from starvation and other harsh treatment.In May, about 300 women, girls and children being held captive by Boko Haram were rescued by Nigeria’s military, but none were from Chibok. It is believed that the militants view the Chibok girls as a last-resort bargaining chip. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Campaign leader Oby Ezekwesili said, “The rescue of our Chibok girls is the strongest statement that this government could make to showg respect for the sanctity and dignity of every Nigerian life.”There have been unconfirmed reports that some of the girls have been taken to neighboring countries, and that some have been radicalized and trained as fighters. At least three were reported to have died — one from dysentery, one from malaria and one from a snake bite.Last year, Shekau said the girls were an “old story,” and that he had married them off to his fighters.Lawan Zanna, whose daughter is among the captives, said this week that 14 Chibok parents have died since the mass kidnapping, many from stress-related illnesses blamed on the ordeal.Some of the Chibok girls who managed to escape have been rejected by their community and now live with family friends, tired of hearing taunts like “Boko Haram wives.”The assumption that all girls and women held by the group have been raped is a difficult stigma to overcome in Nigeria’s highly religious and conservative society.Shekau had threatened in 2013 to kidnap women and girls if Nigeria’s military did not release detained Boko Haram wives and children. The government freed them in May of that year as a goodwill gesture ahead of failed peace talks. Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

Qantas yields drop despite growth in passenger numbers

first_imgReporting a marked increase in passenger numbers in May 2010 compared to last year, Qantas yields were down according to Qantas’ May traffic statistics report.Passenger numbers across the Qantas group rose by 5.6 per cent over last year’s results, although with a revenue seat factor of 75 per cent, 2.7 per cent down from 2009, yields remain weak.Yields across the Qantas group, ignoring foreign exchange impact, were 11.4 per cent lower in the year to May than the same period of 2009. Qantas and Jetstar’s international operations fell by 12.2 per cent while domestic yields were 3.4 per cent lower.‘‘Increased competition continues in the low-fare aviation market,’’ Qantas said as strong competitors Virgin Blue and Tiger Airways reported their own growth in passenger numbers.The inventors of Business Class travel, Qantas claim in their report, ‘‘the premium market, including the business travel market, continues to improve demonstrating the positive effect of the portfolio strategy.’’With Virgin Blue reportedly taking steps to introduce business class travel to their services, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Qantas may lose their monopoly on domestic premium travel Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

In just a few short months July five lucky trav

first_imgIn just a few short months (July), five lucky travel agents will be off to Peru as part of Unique Latin America’s first luxury famil to that country.… and the winners are …Kym Stracey from North Shore Travel – SydneyKarla Bett from Emma Whiting Travel – MelbourneMelissa Schampers from 303 Travel & Cruise – MelbourneKaren Doyle from TravelManagers – MelbourneJanet Tucker from World Travellers – AucklandUnique Latin America will treat the agents to and in-depth Peruvian experience, with esteemed local operators, Mountain Lodges of Peru and Delfin Amazon Cruises. Both companies are recognised as leaders in authentic and sustainable luxury travel, so the group can expect to engage deeply with the local culture, history and natural environment.Throughout Mountain Lodges of Peru’s Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu, agents will have the flexibility to choose between a range of active and cultural adventures each day.This includes visits to archaeological sites, local weaving communities and farmers’ markets, as well as remote hikes and mountain bike rides on route to Machu Picchu.The group will then explore the Pacaya Samiria national reserve onboard Delfin Amazon Cruises’ newest vessel, the Delfin III.With the help of expert naturalists, agents will encounter pink river dolphins, scarlet macaws, toucans, monkeys and more before returning to luxurious suites and modern Peruvian cuisine on board. Sign up to Agent News HEREIMAGE:Delfin III agentsIncentivePeruUnique Latin Americalast_img read more