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Pentagons stratagem

first_imgStrangely, days after the meeting between the American President Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pentagon informed the US Congress of its decision to approve military sales worth 125 million to Pakistan. The US government claims that it is being given under the Foreign Military Sales programme to be disbursed to 60 US contactors as salaries and is only for around the clock monitoring of the use of F-16 aircraft in Pakistan as spelt out in the end-user agreement between US and Pakistan. But what exactly is strange? Firstly, why is it that the Pentagon cannot pay its inspectors directly for the work being done on their behalf? And secondly, what about the US admission that it is in response to Pakistan’s request for continuation of technical and logistical support services? Also Read – A special kind of bondApparently, a game is being played. I suspect that these US contractors will be engineers of the Lockheed Martin, manufactures of the F-16 aircraft, and they would upgrade the necessary infrastructure of the F-16 aircraft to be able to carry advanced versions of Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missiles as compared to the current variant, which was not adequately successful in Balakot and post-Balakot aerial combat. Modern air-wars are seen as BVR missile-wars where targets as far as 150 kms could be easily engaged using aircraft’s own radar. Obviously, Pakistan has taken serious note of the development of Astra BVR missile by India’s DRDO being fit on SU 30 Mki and Mig 29 combat planes apart from longer reach being inducted from Russia, the existing equally potent missiles on Mirage 2000 and most dangerous of all, the Meteor on the Rafale being inducted. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn fact, after the shooting down of the F-16 aircraft by the much older Indian Mig-Bison, there was not only inevitable consternation in the Pakistani Camp but also in the Lockheed Martin group who were extremely fearful of the adverse publicity. At that time the US magazine Foreign Policy had risen in their support and brought out a story by Lara Seligman in which she had quoted two senior US defence officials with direct knowledge of the situation that US personnel recently counted Islamabad’s F-16s and found none missing. She, apparently, was saying this at the bidding of Pentagon. This correspondent for many years covered Military Aviation and was very close to the Pentagon and thus to Lockheed Martin, who have deep inroads into Pentagon. In fact, the Pentagon, away from public gaze, supports US arms manufacturers. The stoppage of US arms aid to Pakistan itself is full of paradoxes. The US government just invented a ruse to deliver weapon systems. They provided F-16 aircraft to Pakistan seemingly for fighting terrorists. This logic itself is full of holes. How can a fighter plane be effectively used against a few terrorists on the move or hiding in the mountain-side? This falsehood truly surfaced when post-Balakot the Indian Government raised the point about Pakistan using F-16s and produced a crashed AMRAAM missile used on F-16 as evidence. At the same, they brought to the notice of the US Government the clear violation of the end-user agreement with them. The US government chose to respond several months later, only to say, that since the agreement between the US and Pakistan is strictly confidential they would neither comment on nor divulge the nature of agreements. It is sad to admit that we were living in a fools’ paradise. We must acknowledge that since the very beginning of the emergence of Pakistan, the US considered Pakistan a frontline state. We would recall CENTO. The Central Treaty Organisation was one of the Cold War’s weirdest alliances. This was largely the result of the improbable quintet of nations making up the Organisation: Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The United States was integral in setting-up the alliance in 1955, yet never became a member itself. Then came the Reagan Doctrine. This doctrine was a centrepiece of United States foreign policy from the early 1980s until the end of the Cold War in 1991. Under this Doctrine, the United States provided overt and covert aid to anti-communist guerrillas and resistance movements in an effort to “roll back” Soviet-backed pro-communist governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The doctrine was designed to diminish Soviet influence in these regions as part of the administration’s overall strategy to win the Cold War. And in Afghanistan, Pakistan was its principal ally which spearheaded in raising a force of Mujahideen fighters trained by CIA in collusion with Pakistan’s ISI. It broke the Soviet back. Let me reiterate. Pakistan will continue to be useful to the US despite its present alleged anathema on terrorist linkages. Although, the US-India relationship is globally being described as a strategic centrepiece but is it mere business or more? Defence acquisition from the US has crossed over $13 billion (2017) and they included 13 C 130 J Hercules aircraft, 10 C -17 Globemaster, 12 P-8 Poseidon aircraft from Boeing, 22 AH 64 Apache helicopters, 15 CH 47 Chinook helicopters and 145 M777 Howitzers. (The author is a retired Air Commodore and strategic-affairs commentator. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Drew Barrymore Joins St Jude Childrens Research Hospital For Childhood Cancer Awareness

first_imgSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is calling upon people across the country to unite under the shared goal to end childhood cancer.St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Helping to raise awareness for the mission is St. Jude ambassador Drew Barrymore.“St. Jude, it’s just an unparalleled place,” said Barrymore. “They don’t charge families, and they take all the burdens and worry of daily life off the table for them.”Since it opened its doors more than 50 years ago, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent, and it won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.“While there is much to celebrate in terms of the progress St. Jude has made in the fight against childhood cancer, cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in U.S. children today and we must keep up the fight until no child dies from cancer,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We appreciate Drew Barrymore being our St. Jude ambassador and are thankful for our partners and the tens of thousands of supporters who are raising awareness and support our lifesaving mission through the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer nationwide.”The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer will take place on Sept. 16 and 23, in 63 cities across the country. Individuals can register to participate in this family friendly event that raises funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.Individuals can also get involved this September by donating to walk/run participants or volunteering at one of the events. Learn more or find a St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in your area by visiting stjude.org/together.This year, more than 50 national partners are supporting St. Jude through various Childhood Cancer Awareness Month activities throughout the month of September. Partners include Kmart, Carnival Cruise Line, PayPal, Varsity Brands, Lancôme, CBS Sports, Brizo, Party City, Publishers Clearing House, Touchdowns Against Cancer, Coton Colors, BurgerFi, Smartwater, LINE-X, Blo Blow Dry Bar and Smocked Auctions. National Series Sponsors of the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer events include Target, Thrivent Mutual Funds and American Airlines. Chili’s Grill and Bar has committed to be our first Platinum national team, and our Gold national teams are Tri Delta, New York & Company, Brooks Brothers, Domino’s, Cox Automotive, Westfield, DXL Group, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.last_img read more

Otter Nelson River School in Cross Lake one of the best

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations called on students across the country to make a video describing why their school was the best.The winning schools were Otter Nelson River School in Cross Lake, Man., and the  “I Count” program at the Adult Education Centre in Moricetown, B.C.National Chief Shawn Atleo was in Cross Lake Tuesday.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.Srobinson@aptn.calast_img

Iran deal represents significant verification gain – UN atomic energy chief

Yukiya Amano, who leads the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Iran was “subject to the world’s most robust nuclear verification regime” under the terms of the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.The JCPOA – reached by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US and the European Union – sets out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring restrictions placed on Iran’s nuclear programme, while paving the way for the lifting UN sanctions against the country.On Wednesday, President Donald Trump, announced at the White House that the US would be withdrawing from the deal, and unilaterally begin reinstating economic sanctions against Iran at “the highest level”.As of today, the IAEA can confirm that the nuclear-related commitments are being implemented by Iran — IAEA chief Yukiya Amano In a live televised address, he did not claim that Iran was in violation of the terms of the deal, but described its so-called “sunset provisions” – which lift restrictions on the country’s ability to enrich uranium within 10 to 15 years – as “totally unacceptable”.UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement shortly after the US announcement, that he was “deeply concerned” by the decision, and called on the remaining parties to preserve the deal.The IAEA has said repeatedly that according to the Agency’s inspectors on the ground in Iran, no violations of the agreement had taken place, and there has been no evidence of any activity relating to any “nuclear explosive device”, after 2009.The IAEA Director General said the agency would be “closely following developments related to the JCPOA, as requested by the United Nations Security Council and authorized by the IAEA Board of Governors in 2015.”He described the three-year-old agreement as “a significant verification gain” adding that “as of today, the IAEA can confirm that the nuclear-related commitments are being implemented by Iran”. read more

Mine Radio Systems Solarian mine collision prevention solution at AIMEX

first_imgMine Radio Systems (MRS) is to showcase Solarian, a solution that it describes as a new cost-effective and robust technology for collision avoidance, monitoring and reporting, at Stand S162 during the AIMEX mining exhibition in Sydney’s Olympic Park from September 6-9. The MRS Solarian Collision Prevention Solution uses transponders to collect vital tracking information, then alerts personnel and vehicle drivers of approaching dangers with audible and visual alarms. An adjustable detection range and real-time reporting capabilities enhance the system’s appeal. The Solarian system can be integrated with other MRS communication systems or can be deployed as a stand-alone unit. It can be easily installed or relocated. “Mining and tunneling collisions can result in major production losses, costly repairs and equipment purchases, injuries and/or fatalities so collision prevention protocols are vital,” MRS Managing Director, Graeme Corbett, said. “The Solarian overcomes the performance limitations and high costs associated with other technologies to deliver the reliable collision avoidance coverage necessary to establish and maintain critical monitoring of personnel and assets. It means personnel injuries or deaths, vehicle collisions and lost productivity are no longer a concern for mining and tunnelling operators,” he said. MRS, which has been supplying communication technology to the mining and tunnelling industries for 25 years, has undertaken more than 400 installations at mining and tunnelling sites in 50-plus countries and is ISO 9001-registered.last_img read more

EHF Champions League Ultimate Selection – the 8 best players of the

andrei xepkinDidier DinartEHFeuropean handball federationFilip JichaJackson RichardsonMirza DzombaOlafur StefanssonStefan KretzschmarTomas Svensson ← Previous Story Polish Federation with twitter page for Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2013 Next Story → “Metalurg icons” Mojsovski and Mirkulovski until end of careers in Skopje! The European Handball Federation has announced the all-star team from the past 20 years – the ‘EHF Champions League Ultimate Selection’. Eight great handball icons have been selected in each of the playing positions plus the best defender from the past 20 seasons of Europe’s premier club handball competition.Left wing – Stefan Kretzschmar (GER)Winner of the EHF Champions League (2002) all with SC Magdeburg. Silver medal at Olympic Games (2004), World Championships (2003) and bronze (1998) and silver medals (2002) European Championships with Germany. Left back – Filip Jicha (CZE)EHF Champions League winner in 2010 and 2012 with THW Kiel. World Handball Player of the year 2010. Line player – Andrei Xepkin (ESP)EHF Champions League winner in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005 with FC Barcelona, 2007 with THW Kiel, Olympic bronze medal in 2000, EHF EURO sliver in 1998, EHF EURO bronze in 2000 – all with Spain – World Championship silver in 1990 with the Soviet Union.Centre back – Jackson Richardson (FRA)EHF Champions League winner in 2001 with Portland San Antonio, Bronze at the Olympic Games in 1992. Two gold (1995/2001), one silver (1993) and three bronze medals (1997, 2003, 2005) at World Championships with France. World Handball Player of the Year 1995. Right back – Olafur Stefansson (ISL)EHF Champions League winner in 2002 with SC Magdeburg; 2006, 2008, 2009 with Ciudad Real, one silver medal at Olympic Games (2008), one bronze medal at EHF European Championship (2010) with Iceland. Right wing – Mirza Dzomba (CRO)EHF Champions League winner in 2006 with Ciudad Real, gold at Olympic Games (2004), one gold (2003) and one silver (2005) at World Championships. Goalkeeper – Tomas Svensson (SWE)EHF Champions League winner in 1995 with Bidasoa Irun; 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 with FC Barcelona, Three silver at Olympic Games (1992/1996/2000), two gold (1990/1999), silver (2001) and two bronze (1993/1995) at World Championships, three gold medals (1994/2000/2002) at EHF European Championships with Sweden. Best defender – Didier Dinart (FRA)EHF Champions League winner in 2003 with Montpellier; in 2006, 2008, 2009 with Ciudad Real. Two gold medals at Olympic Games (2008/2012). Three gold (2001/2009/2011), two bronze (2003/2005) at World Championships, two gold 2006/2010), one bronze (2008) at EHF European Championships with France.TEXT: EHF read more

I rang him and asked if he had retired and he said

first_img‘I rang him and asked if he had retired, and he said ‘No I haven’t” Glenn Whelan is back in the Irish squad, along with Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy. YOU MAY BE tempted to call it one of the shortest retirements in Irish football, spanning as it did a single game – against Denmark, naturally enough – but as it turns out, it wasn’t a retirement at all. “I rang him and asked him if he had retired, and he said ‘No I haven’t’” said Mick McCarthy of his decision to include Glenn Whelan in his 38-man provisional squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.“So whether he was retired as opposed to retiring himself, I don’t know.” It was the former.Rather than Whelan making the call himself, it was Martin O’Neill’s, then plotting for a future in which he ultimately played no part. Thus he was given a send-off at the November friendly against Northern Ireland, but it is he, rather than O’Neill, who may be in line for a return to the Aviva at the end of the month. Whelan was persuaded to break an eight-year habit and speak to the media ahead of that putative final game, and said that “I’ve spoken to the manager, he knows if anything ever happens down the line, I will be available.” Now he’s spoken to the new manager and is in line for an 86th international cap. Whelan has been playing at Championship level with Aston Villa, and has started six of his side’s last eight games having been a bit-part player under Steve Bruce at the start of the season.“He’s playing very well,” says McCarthy. “He is playing with Conor Hourihane as well so there’s a partnership there, so at least there is some understanding between them there. “I wonder about our squad of midfield players, about whether there is someone who can do a specific job as a sitter, and he certainly can.Whether he ends up in the final squad remains to be seen, but I’ve been impressed with him.”If Whelan has been recalled, surely McCarthy won’t cut him from the squad when it comes to narrowing it to a 23-man selection?  37,074 Views Image: James Crombie/INPHO 42 Comments https://the42.ie/4528598 Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 3:00 PM I could. I might want him for a specific game at any stage, and knowing that he hasn’t been forgotten about and is still thought about as a player who can do a job in the national team, he’d be pleased with that I would have thought.”There are some more returning faces. Aiden McGeady, who last played for Ireland in the 5-1 battering against Denmark in 2017, is back following a fine run of form with Sunderland in League One, for whom he has 10 goals and five assists in 27 games this season. Aiden McGeady on his last appearance for Ireland, against Denmark in Dublin. Source: James Crombie/INPHOJames McCarthy is back too, having missed all of 2018 with a broken leg. Although he has returned to fitness, the midfielder is yet to make a senior appearance for Everton this season, which is of concern to the Irish manager. “I’ve spoken to him a couple of times. I hoped he would go on loan at Christmas, but they didn’t let him go for whatever reason. He’s not started a game for a long time. By Gavin Cooney “He is one of our best midfielders, but if the best midfielders don’t play, they’re not the best midfielders. They are the ones who play games, and are battle-hardened.”Striker David McGoldrick returns having been frozen out toward the end of O’Neill’s reign, as is goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and defender Stephen Ward. One man who has not returned is Daryl Murphy. The striker retired from Irish duty at the end of 2017, and despite McCarthy’s hopes that he would reverse the decision, he has yet to do so.“He told me he’s retired. He’s at an age at which he likes having that time off when the international breaks come as it will benefit his club career, but I did say that ‘If I need you, and if I call you’, and the final answer was ‘I’ll see’. “So it wasn’t a no.” The full Irish squad is available hereSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Glenn Whelan waves, eh, see you later to the Aviva crowd against Northern Ireland last November. Glenn Whelan waves, eh, see you later to the Aviva crowd against Northern Ireland last November. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Mar 7th 2019, 2:11 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Subscribe Share24 Tweet Email last_img read more

Melbourne lifesaver heads to Lesbos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The image of three year old Aylan Kurdi’s body, washed ashore a Turkish beach is arguably the most striking of 2015, serving as a wake-up call for the international community to the plight of refugees crossing the Aegean, as they seek asylum from war-torn Syria to Europe. For Simon Lewis it was much more; it was a call to arms, urging him to travel half a world away, from Melbourne to Lesbos, putting his skills to use, assisting the activists, volunteers and NGOs that are trying to assist refugees swarming the Greek island. The 32-year-old St Kilda Life Saving Club captain left Australia to join a 24-hour crisis centre set up on Lesbos to rescue those who get into trouble in the water as they try to reach the island by boat. “They don’t really put themselves in a boat to go across the sea for no good reason. They’re fleeing, they’re panicking and they’re fearful,” he said, in an interview with ABC.“Some of them can’t swim, and some of them have never seen the water before, and they’re making that journey for freedom for a better life at all costs”, he continued, justifying his choice to go and assist to those in danger of drowning in the water.The volunteer lifesaver, who was chosen by the International Surf Life Saving Association to go on the eight-day trip, managed to raise over $12,000 via a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for his trip and to buy new equipment for the crisis centre.His role in Lesbos, one of the main entry points for asylum seekers making their way to europe by boat, due to its proximity to Turkey, will require much more than saving people from drowning; volunteers and activists very often have to pull dead bodies out of the water. Over 3,700 asylum seekers are known to have drowned or are missingAccording to the International Organisation for Migration, since January 2015 over a million asylum seekers have arrived in Europe by sea.last_img read more

John Laird Another example of what makes Clark County great

first_imgNine years ago this month, I barely knew Mill Plain from Fourth Plain. But I knew Clark County was where I wanted to live, work and play.Leaving a city where I’d spent a quarter of a century became not so difficult as I was researching Columbian stories back in February 2003. Eight school districts in Clark County had just presented levy requests to voters, and despite the imposing requirement of supermajority approval (later reduced to a simple majority for school levies), all eight of those levies had passed, creating a combined $74.3 million for local schools.Then I thought about what had just happened in my previous hometown. Voters had been asked for $398 million for schools, not for frills but for deferred maintenance, repairs and replacement of dilapidated classrooms. Almost 65 percent of voters said no.The message to me in 2003 was clear: It’s time to move. Negative neighbors in the desert will never miss me. There’s a place in a faraway forest, next to snow-capped volcanoes, where positive people get things done without making excuses.A few years after moving here, I helped coach a Hazel Dell Little League team, and we visited the Gaiser school park for a scrimmage against a Salmon Creek Little League team. I looked around the dumpy ball fields and thought about my old haunts in the desert. I also thought, we’re better than this. And I was right.last_img read more

Man airlifted after shooting in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a man to the hospital after he was shot in broad daylight in a Miami Gardens neighborhood.Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting near Northwest 191st Street and 37th Avenue, at around 4:30 p.m., Sunday.Officials said the victim was walking east on Northwest 191st Street when the subjects drive up in a U-Haul van and opened fire, striking him.Paramedics airlifted the victim to Ryder Trauma Center in critical but stable condition.Police have not provided further details about the shooting, as they continue to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Video shows man threatening to shoot NW MiamiDade supermarket manager

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who was captured on surveillance video threatening to shoot a supermarket employee in Northwest Miami-Dade.The security footage caught the subject arguing with a manager at the checkout counter of the Saveland Supermarket on Northwest 87th Street and 32nd Avenue, Feb. 3.Investigators said the man implied he had a gun and told the employee he was going to shoot him before he took off in a car.Police later arrested the getaway driver, but they are still searching for the man in the video.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Quader asks protesters to listen to PM

first_imgObaidul QuaderPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will talk on the quota system in the parliament Wednesday afternoon, ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, urged everyone to be patient and not to pay heed to any rumor. “Please listen to what the prime minister has to say,” Obaidul Quader said while speaking to journalists after an Awami League meeting at the party president’s office in Dhanmondi. Senior AL leaders were present at the meeting presided over by AL liberation war affairs sub-committee chairman Rashidul Alam.Read more : Quota protests escalate, disrupting city trafficQuader also said that ‘responsible persons’ should not make ‘irresponsible comments’.”Don’t exercise your power. This may hurt people,” he added.Regarding a comment made by agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury, the AL general secretary said, “That’s her personal opinion. But what I sad after the meeting with the agitating students was the view of the government. Please do not get confused.”Read more : Withdraw remarks by this afternoon, students tell Matialast_img read more

Rep Ellison Denies Abuse Allegations from Exgirlfriend

first_imgBy Kyle Potter, The Associated PressMinnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Aug. 12 denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her — an allegation that came just days before a Tuesday primary in which the congressman is among several Democrats running for state attorney general.The allegation first surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son alleged in a Facebook post that he had seen hundreds of angry text messages from Ellison, some threatening his mother. He also wrote he had viewed a video in which Ellison dragged Monahan off the bed by her feet. Monahan, a Minneapolis political organizer, said via Twitter that what her son posted was “true.”In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, in Denver, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Ellison denied the allegation of physical abuse. A spokesman for his campaign also denied the congressman had sent threatening text messages.“Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being,” Ellison said in a statement. “This video does not exist because I have never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false.”Monahan had sent Twitter messages for several months referencing an unidentified, powerful man who had abused her. She had declined to share her story when contacted in recent weeks by The Associated Press, and she did not respond to a message late Saturday requesting copies of the texts and video.Minnesota Public Radio News reported Aug. 12⅞774 that it reviewed more than 100 text and Twitter messages between Ellison and Monahan that showed the two communicating over months after their breakup, including coordinating her getting her things from his house. MPR said the tenor was sometimes friendly, sometimes combative. MPR said in one message, Monahan told Ellison she planned to write about their “journey” and Ellison warned her not to, calling it a “horrible attack on my privacy, unreal.”MPR said there was no evidence in the messages it reviewed of alleged physical abuse.Ellison, who is divorced, is a six-term congressman and a leader within the Democratic Party. He became deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee last year after falling just short of the top job. He announced this summer he would leave Congress after six terms representing the Minneapolis area and run for the state’s open attorney general’s office.With a huge fundraising advantage and star power over his opponents — including a visit from Vermont senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — Ellison was considered the heavy favorite heading into Tuesday’s primary.Ellison’s Democratic opponents pounced on the allegations. State Rep. Debra Hilstrom circulated the initial Facebook post Saturday night, calling the allegations “troubling.” Tom Foley, a former county attorney, called on any video or messages to be turned over to law enforcement for an “immediate investigation.”last_img read more

PS4 interface image reveals only 408GB free hard drive space

first_imgThe PS4 will ship with a 500GB hard drive as standard, but we all know that won’t be the size of the storage space available to gamers. You should expect around 465GB from the empty drive, but new shots of the PS4 interface have revealed the actual space available is 408GB.That’s 408GB without any games installed according to Twitter user CJ who posted the images, so what is taking up the space? The best guess is Sony requires 57GB for the operating system, and when you first boot the console that’s what has been allocated for it.You also have to think about some of the standard supported features on the console that will require space is always available, such as the game recording features. It’s likely a few gigabytes of space is set aside for that alone.Still, 408GB is a lot of space to fill. If you consider Killzone: Shadow Fall is one of the larger games on the system, that’s 39GB taken up. So you’re going to fit ten such games on the drive. Of course, there’s always the option to upgrade the hard drive inside the PS4, and multi-terabyte hard drives can be picked up for $60-$90 depending on size. Your decision to upgrade will depend on how you play your games and how many you plan to purchase.With the PS4 officially launching on Friday, social networks are sure to light up with details about the good and bad things early adopters find. Sony isn’t concerned about the hardware being a hit, but they are keeping a close eye on how the servers cope when millions of gamers sign in to grab that 300MB day one update and start using that $10 store credit included with the system.last_img read more

EPA Aims To Roll Back Limits On Methane Emissi

first_imgEPA Aims To Roll Back Limits On Methane Emissions From Oil… by NPR News Merrit Kennedy 8.29.19 5:59pm The Trump Administration is proposing to slash restrictions on the oil and gas industry for methane emissions, a greenhouse gas that is a powerful driver of climate change.Environmental groups are alarmed. “This would be a huge step backward,” said Ben Ratner, a senior director at the Environmental Defense Fund. “It would cause greatly increased pollution and a big missed opportunity to take cost effective immediate action to reduce the rate of warming right now.”The Trump administration argues it would save the oil and gas industry $17 million to $19 million annually in compliance costs. But that’s “such a small fraction of the industry total cash flow that it’s just laughable,” says Harvard University’s Steven Wofsy, a professor of atmospheric and environmental science. The Trump administration also says it does not anticipate an increase in the level of methane emissions if the proposal is implemented — but scientists disagree with that assumption. Methane powerfully traps heat, and can warm the atmosphere at 25 times the rate of carbon dioxide. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the oil and gas industry is the largest source of methane emissions in the U.S. In March 2017, Trump ordered agencies to “review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.” This proposal came out of that review. In a statement describing the proposal, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler reiterated an argument against such regulations often used by the oil and gas industry: “The Trump Administration recognizes that methane is valuable, and the industry has an incentive to minimize leaks and maximize its use.”Critics of that logic say that it doesn’t always make immediate economic sense for companies to upgrade old, leaky equipment for newer models, even if they could use the leaked methane. Industry reaction was mixed. The American Petroleum Institute welcomed the rollback. “The oil and natural gas industry is laser-focused on cutting methane emissions through industry initiatives, smart regulations, new technologies, and best practices,” said Erik Milito, API’s Vice President of Upstream and Industry Operations.But some oil and gas companies, including Shell, BP and Exxon, have actually supported the Obama-era regulations. “Shell remains committed to achieving our target of maintaining methane emissions intensity below 0.2% by 2025 for all operated assets globally,” Shell U.S. President Gretchen Watkins said in a statement. “Despite the Administration’s proposal to no longer regulate methane, Shell’s U.S. assets will continue to contribute to that global target.”The greenhouse gas methane is released at many points in the industry: “Methane is emitted to the atmosphere during the production, processing, storage, transmission, and distribution of natural gas and the production, refinement, transportation, and storage of crude oil,” the EPA has said. The EPA’s main proposal on methane, released Thursday, would “remove sources [from regulation] in the transmission and storage segment of the oil and gas industry.” It would also rescind emissions limits on methane from the production and processing steps. The Trump administration points out that U.S. methane emissions are on a downward trend, and argues that will continue, despite the rollback to regulations. In a phone call with reporters, EPA acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Anne Idsal said that existing limits for ozone-forming volatile organic compounds will remain in place for the industry’s production and processing sectors.”Frankly, the controls to reduce VOC emissions also reduce methane emissions at the same time, so we don’t believe that separate methane limitations for that segment of the industry are necessary – and quite frankly, are redundant,” Idsal said. Stanford University’s Adam Brandt, an energy resources engineering professor who focuses on greenhouse gas emissions, does not agree. “This proposal is likely to result in higher methane emissions and to stall progress the industry has made in detecting and fixing leaks,” he said. Brandt also said existing limits on VOCs will not reduce methane emissions as much as is needed to meet climate goals. Harvard scientist Wofsy agreed that there’s no evidence the rollback won’t increase methane emissions. “I think it will have significant negative impact,” he says. He said this proposal withdraws regulations from parts of the oil and gas industry notorious for emitting methane, such as storage tanks. New York Attorney General Letitia James decried the plan as part of an “unconscionable assault on the environment,” and vowed to “use the full power of my office to fight back against this.”The proposal will go through a 60 day public comment period, and the EPA will hold a hearing about it in Texas. If the change becomes final, it will likely face legal challenges. That means the proposal might not take effect before the 2020 election. NPR’s Jeff Brady contributed to this report.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Charlie Riedellast_img read more

The Greenfield University Amendment Bill 2019 passed in state Assembly

first_imgKolkata/Darjeeling: The Greenfield University (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the state Assembly on Wednesday with the objective to change the name of Greenfield University to Darjeeling Hills University inrecognition to the persistent demand of the people of the Hills to change the name of the varsity. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the Hills several times since 2011 and has always shown her commitmenttowards development of the Hills and respect to the demand of the local people. The people in the Hills have urged her to change the name of the varsity and so the amendment to change the name has been proposed,” said state Education minister Partha Chatterjee while placing the Bill in the Assembly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe minister added that 25 acres of land has been earmarked at Mongpu for setting up the university. The state Higher Education department has already sent its proposal of sanctioning Rs 333 crores for construction of the varsity to the state Finance department. “The Public Works Department (PWD) will execute the construction work,” Chatterjee said. It may be mentioned that the state Assembly had passed a Bill on July 31 last year to set up Greenfield University at Jogighat in Mungpoo. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSoon after the bill was tabled, sections of the hill community were of the opinion that the varsity should be named Darjeeling Hill University so that it would strike a chord with the local people. “It was ready to be tabled in the February session in the Assembly but with the ensuing elections it could not be tabled during that time,” Chatterjee said. Left Front leader Sujan Chakraborty demanded that the Bill should be sent to the select committee to elicit opinion of the MLAs while Congress MLA Nepal Mahato also wanted it to be circulated among the MLAs for eliciting opinion. However, the Bill was passed after majority of the MLAs voted in support of the Bill. Darjeeling has welcomed the change in name of the Greenfield University to the Darjeeling Hill University. The demand for a university in the Hills of Darjeeling has been long pending. Though the Union Government during the formation of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration had assured of a Central University for the Hills, it had not translated into action. A Memorandum of Agreement between the Union, State and the GJM that had paved the way for the GTA had also mentioned the creation of a Central University. The state government decided to come up with a new university in the Darjeeling hills. Finally on July 31, 2018, “Greenfield University Bill” was passed in the West Bengal Assembly “I as the MLA, Darjeeling and Binoy Tamang as the Chairman, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration had written to the State Government suggesting amendments. We wanted the name to carry the identity of Darjeeling as Darjeeling is known globally as an education hub. Darjeeling in itself is a brand name,” said Amar Singh Rai, former MLA, Darjeeling. The Hills have welcomed the change in nomenclature to “Darjeeling Hill University.” “We thank the state government for the change in name,” Tamang said. He stated that with the change in nomenclature, the state government and the GTA will start construction at the area already earmarked in Jogighat, Mongpu. Till the construction is complete, the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar’s offices will be operating from the existing Tukdah Engineering College on a temporary basis. There are many government buildings vacant in Mongpu, these buildings will also be used for the University on a temporary basis. “Before the elections the process for selection of Vice-Chancellor for the university had begun. Three names have already been empanelled,” stated Tamang.last_img read more