NGT row: activists irked by State’s justification

first_imgPANAJI: Activists from the State on Saturday expressed strong displeasure at the State government’s justification for shifting the jurisdiction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Goa-related cases from the western zone bench in Pune to Delhi.Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that the State government had sought the transfer of cases to Delhi, saying that the Capital was better connected to Goa.The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) changed the jurisdiction for Goa-related cases in a notification on August 10. Activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues said the decision had been taken with “ulterior motives”, and was a clear attempt to deny justice to the common man. Rubbishing Mr. Parrikar’s claim that the government does not have a legal set-up in Pune, Mr. Rodrigues said proceedings at the Pune bench had been running smoothly all these years.The Goa For Dabolim Only, a movement opposing a second airport in Goa led by Fr. Ermito Rebello, said the government has acted against the people who have been working to save the fragile ecology of the State.Claude Alvares, director of environmental NGO Goa Foundation, told The Hindu, “The NGT has not been set up for the government of Goa, but for the people who are concerned about the damage to the environment. Petitioners do not have the money to travel to Delhi for the hearing, and then to spend more on lawyers and logistics.” He said the Goa Foundation has also written to the NGT chairman to set up a bench in Goa. Activist Kashinath Shetye, who is one of the petitioners in several environmental cases before the NGT, has challenged the MoEF notification, claiming that the Ministry has joined hands with the Goa government to deny Goans access to the tribunal. He said doing so without hearing or notice to affected parties was arbitrary, unjust and illegal. Environmental activist Savio J.F. Correia from Vasco, who heads the Citizens Group, Goa, and Edwin Mascarenhas from Mormugao have also opposed the government’s decision. The matter is slated to come up before the Bombay High Court at Goa under a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) on September 5. The High Court has clubbed the petitions filed by several activists, including the Federation of Rainbow Warriors, Mr. Shetye and the Goa Foundation, with the suo motu PIL.last_img read more

Frigid Super Bowl raises questions about northern venues

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC While warmer climates tend to be more popular host cities, a flashy new stadium and amenities often play a bigger role than the weather in determining who will host the big game.“The owners will do as they like. So that’s one of those decisions that’s just not up to the fan base,” said Mark Cobb, who has been to several Super Bowls in his work for the NFL Players Association. “Wherever has the newest, prettiest stadium, that’s who gets the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCobb, of Washington, said everyone in Minnesota was nice, and he’d return to Minneapolis for a Super Bowl. But he said the weather felt “like I was being punished. Minnesota is where they send you when you’re bad. But if you embrace it like the people who live here, instead of fighting it, it’s not so bad.”The NFL has used the Super Bowl as a reward for municipalities that pump public money into new venues. Minnesota was awarded the game in 2014, two years after state lawmakers approved a financing package that had taxpayers paying nearly half the cost of the $1.1 billion stadium. Nadal expects to be fit to play in Acapulco this month Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In this picture made with a specialty lens the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)MINNEAPOLIS — After years of planning and many millions in spending, there was one thing organizers of Super Bowl 52 couldn’t control — a Minnesota winter.The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots played inside. But as fans were heading to U.S. Bank Stadium at noon Sunday, the temperature in Minneapolis was minus-2 degrees, with a wind chill of negative 23 — by far the coldest Super Bowl on record — raising questions about whether the NFL’s marquee event would ever return to Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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And she said she felt some pride when she saw celebrities donning winter hats and embracing the cold weather.Paul Vaaler, a professor of management and law at the University of Minnesota law school and the Carlson School of Management, said while warmer tourist destinations are more likely to get Super Bowls, there is some strategy to spreading the game to different franchises: The promise of a Super Bowl can lead cities to build new stadiums and keep teams from leaving certain markets.Because of that, he said, other northern cities are likely to host the Super Bowl before Minnesota gets another chance.“That incentive to build a stadium and attract the Super Bowl is gone (for Minnesota), but it’s not gone in a place like Cincinnati, or a place like Denver” or other northern NFL cities that have stadiums that are more than 20 years old. “For other northern climates, there will be pressure.”Some fans said the weather was tolerable and there were plenty of experiences in Minneapolis to keep them entertained. Others said that even though Minnesotans were hospitable, they’d prefer a warmer location.“The cold was just brutal,” said Philadelphia Eagles fan Terry Laufer of Carrollton, Virginia. His wife, Rhonda, said: “I would never be able to bring children here. It would be too risky.” The pair said they’d return with their grandkids in September, when it’s warmer.“You could have had the Arctic Circle and it would have been a great experience,” said Jody Haggerty of Milford, Pennsylvania. “Minneapolis made it work. … It’s not about the location. It’s about the experience, the atmosphere and the game.” Other northern cities have reaped similar benefits. New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium got a Super Bowl in its fourth season, the only outdoor Super Bowl at a northern site to date (2014). Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis hosted in 2012 and Ford Field in Detroit hosted in 2006, both at the end of their fourth seasons. The only other Super Bowls held in the north were in suburban Detroit at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 and in Minneapolis at the Metrodome in 1992.While warmer climates have held more Super Bowls, there is no rotation of pre-selected cities that get picked, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He said it’s up to club owners to take the initial step of expressing an interest in hosting. The sites of the next four Super Bowls are already chosen: Atlanta in 2019, followed by South Florida, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.Atlanta has a stadium that opened in 2017. Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa have been renovated in the past three years, and Los Angeles will have a new stadium by the time it hosts the game.McCarthy said the weather in Minneapolis wasn’t a negative. Instead, he said it provided new experiences for fans, some of whom took advantage of the Minneapolis skyway system, a collection of enclosed — and heated — pedestrian bridges.“We knew weather was going to be a factor and we embraced it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgIt has been endorsed by 85 per cent of the 601 members of It has been endorsed by 85 per cent of the 601 members of the CA and has the provision of a bicameral legislation. The Lower House or the House of Representatives will have 375 members and the Upper House has 60 members. The Constitution has 37 divisions, 304 articles and 7 annexes. The seven provinces will be finalised by a high- level commission within a year. Todays historic moment came amid protests by Madhesi groups over the issue of federating the country. Violence surrounding the federal structure that will divide the country into seven provinces has triggered violence in the Himalayan nation, claiming at least 40 lives including one reported today. Reports of protests and vandalism poured in from some southern Nepal districts as President Yadav announced the new Constitution. There were both pro-constitution and anti-constitution rallies and sporadic clashes in Biratnagar, Birgunj, Dharan and Sarlahi in southern and eastern Nepal. In Siraha, the Madhesi Front cadres set on fire the house of a Nepali Congress lawmaker. In Birgunj, one person was killed in police firing while the protestors vandalised the house belonging to a CPN-UML lawmaker. Security was beefed up in the wake of the agitation, including a large number of security personnel deployed at the CA hall. Madhesis and the Tharu ethnic communities in southern Nepal and some western districts are opposed to the new Constitution as they believe it has failed to address concerns raised by the Madhesis and the Tharu ethnic communities. India, that sent Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar as Prime Minister Narendra Modis special envoy to urge top Nepalese leadership to address concerns of all sides, had expressed concern over the ongoing violence. Promulgation of the statute should be an occasion of joy and not violence, Jaishankar said yesterday, a day before the unveiling of the new statute following protests that has spilled over to districts bordering India. Earlier, a bomb threat was sounded in two places of Lalitpur district, adjoining Kathmandu, but the suspicious objects were found to be hoax, police said. Yesterday, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala appealed to the agitating Madhesi and Tharu groups to withdraw their agitation and come forward for dialogue, saying the outlet to all problems can be found through agreement and co-work. PTI SBP NSA SAI AKJ SAIadvertisementlast_img read more

Need to launch road safety campaigns in schools, colleges: Vice President

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said there is a need to launch road safety campaigns in high schools and colleges across the country to spread awareness about efforts to reduce accidents and casualty levels. Speaking on the occasion of the flagging off of the 6th edition of annual ‘JK Tyre – Constitution Club of India (CCI) Car Rally for Parliamentarians’, Naidu said that every year road accidents were claiming more than one lakh lives in the country with most of the victims being youngsters. “Road safety campaigns should be launched in all high schools and colleges across the country. Media, particularly electronic media, should be used to highlight the importance of safe driving,” he said. The Vice President further said services of well-known public personalities and icons in the fields of art, culture, sports and public life should also be sought to promote these campaigns. He added that even the fuel filling stations should be utilised to spread awareness about road safety. “Stipulations like wearing a helmet and seat belts should be implemented strictly and effectively. This is very important…unfortunately though there is a regulation, it is not being strictly implemented,” Naidu said at the event. In the rally, over 60 cars participated taking a 34-kilometer route, from Rafi Marg to Thyagraj Road before converging onto Teen Murti Marg to end their ride at the CCI. “In this annual initiative by JK Tyre, we hold the people, who have lost their lives in road accidents, close to our hearts. Decorated Parliamentarians take the road, in compliance with the traffic rules set for any ordinary citizens, to set an example for road safety,” CCI Secretary (Admin) Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. PTI MSSMKJadvertisementlast_img read more

Official warns more civil servants could see low pay or no pay

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal government managers were warned this week of a possible surge in emergency pay requests from civil servants over the holidays after new issues were discovered with the troubled Phoenix pay system.Managers were to receive lists of “low pay or no pay employees” by Friday, and were being encouraged to reach out to those who might need help.“We would encourage you to reach out to employees on this list to determine if an emergency salary advance (ESA) or priority payment may be required on December 27th, and if any special measures to provide the payment may be needed given the holiday season and related absences and travel,” said a memo from Les Linklater, an associate deputy minister at Public Works and Government Services Canada, made public Friday.The memo was issued Wednesday after problems were discovered in processing of pay requests for the final payday of the year, Dec. 27.Officials said some transactions entered into the pay system in early November weren’t processed, creating a new backlog of problem files.“The Phoenix pay system encountered technical and administrative issues with a module that affected performance of the system, in particular with a program in Phoenix that processes employee-submitted transactions,” Public Services and Procurement Canada said in a statement.“Some transactions entered in Phoenix as of November 1, such as overtime and timesheets, were not processed, which created an accumulation of transactions. This led to processing challenges for the December 27 pay run.”Public Services said the problem, which it blamed on both technical and human errors, had been resolved by Dec. 17, but some civil servants reported receiving pay stubs after that date that were short of what they were owed.The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents some 180,000 civil servants, said it sought and received assurances from the government that any employee facing year-end pay issues could request emergency funds.PSAC and other unions said they were also continuing to offer emergency pay services to their members.The auditor general last month reported more than 150,000 government workers — or about half the federal civil service — had been affected by the Phoenix fiasco that began nearly two years ago, either by being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.The government has warned it could cost upwards of $1 billion to stabilize the pay system and fix it.Public Service Minister Carla Qualtrough predicted earlier this month that it could take until the end of 2018 or beyond to eliminate a backlog of problem pay files that had reached 335,000 as of Nov. 29.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

Thailand Promises Not to Send Saudi Girl Escaping Family Back Home

Rabat – Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, who fled her Saudi family and was arrested on Sunday at the Bangkok airport, will not be sent back to Saudi Arabia “against her will,” the Thai immigration police chief said on Monday.“If she does not want to leave, she will not be sent back against her will,” Surachate Hakparn told a press briefing. He added that Thailand would allow her to meet with representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.The Thai government had scheduled to send Rahaf back to Kuwait, from which she had fled, on Monday on a plane from Bangkok. However, the flight left without her after she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room, Phil Robertson, a Human Rights Watch Asia representative told AFP.Read Also: Morocco Shuns Joint Naval Exercise in Saudi Arabia as Tension IncreasesRahaf accused her family of locking her in a room for six months as punishment for cutting her hair short. She was considering seeking asylum in Australia, which she said she has a visa for.After disembarking in Bangkok to catch her connecting flight to Australia, a Saudi diplomat met and stopped her at the gate, according to the BBC.In April 2017, another Saudi citizen, Dina Ali Lasloum, 24, was arrested while in transit in the Philippines trying to escape a forced marriage. The Philippines sent Lasloum back to Saudi Arabia, and she has not been heard from since, the BBC reported. read more

Canadian consumer debt expected to rise 4 to record 28853 next year

TORONTO, Ontario — Canadians will ramp up their record levels of debt in 2014, says one of the country’s leading rating agencies.Credit-monitoring agency TransUnion predicts in its first such annual forecast that the average consumer’s total non-mortgage debt will hit an all-time high of $28,853 by the end of 2014.That would be about $1,100 more than the $27,743 of debt consumers are expected to have at the end of this year.TransUnion says car loans are expected to drive the increase in such debt, which also includes credit card debt, lines of credit, student loans and the like.On the plus side, the credit-monitoring agency says it expects loan delinquency rates to continue to decline in the coming year, falling to 1.66 per cent at the end of 2014 compared with 1.76 per cent forecast for the fourth quarter of this yearBoth figures are down from 1.93 per cent in 2012 and 2.87 per cent in 2009.“The average Canadian consumer’s total debt is expected to rise by four per cent in 2014, which would be more than $4,500 higher than what we had observed five years earlier in 2009,” Thomas Higgins, TransUnion’s vice-president of analytics and decision services, said in the report.Higgins noted that while the 2014 increase is much greater than the expected one per cent rise in 2013, it is in line with consumer debt growth of recent years.“In recent years, the increase in auto sales has helped propel the total debt number and we believe auto captive loans will once again be a driver of this increase in 2014,” he said.“Instalment loans also have played a major role and we don’t expect there to be a material change in this trend,” he added.While TransUnion expects delinquency levels to drop next year and remain significantly lower than just a few years ago, “there is a slight concern that delinquencies could rise once interest rates increase,” Higgins said.However, he added that at this time “we do not believe interest rates will rise enough to materially impact delinquency levels.” read more

UNs Iraq envoy meets with senior leaders in Falluja

During meetings with Mayor Dhari Al-Zawbaai, City Council members and local dignitaries, Mr. Qazi listened to the local population’s concerns, particularly the issue of compensation for losses stemming from fighting and human rights issues, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said today in a statement released in Baghdad.Mr. Qazi, who serves as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq, was accompanied by UNAMI officials dealing with these issues as well as a representative of the UN humanitarian agencies in Iraq.Mr. Qazi reiterated the UN’s commitment to help all Iraqi people and promised to work with the Mayor to explore ways to support people living in Falluja.Yesterday, Mr. Qazi met with officials in Al-Ramadi in Al-Anbar province to discuss a wide range of concerns from agriculture to human rights. read more

Traffic is flat but lower fuel spending boosts Delta Air Lines to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Traffic is flat, but lower fuel spending boosts Delta Air Lines to 2Q profit by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 7:50 am MDT ATLANTA – Delta is spending less on fuel these days, and that’s helping the airline make money even though passengers aren’t doing much more flying.Delta officials said Wednesday that summer bookings were strong, with passengers paying 2 per cent more per mile so far in July, a performance they expect to repeat in August.Business travel is healthy, with particular demand from people in the banking and finance sector, they said.“We expect 2013 will be one of Delta’s most profitable years ever,” CEO Richard Anderson said on a conference call with analysts.Shares of Delta rose 57 cents, or 2.8 per cent, to $21.02 in afternoon trading.Delta Air Lines Inc. reported that net income in the second quarter was $685 million, or 80 cents per share. That compares with a $168 million loss a year earlier, when the world’s second-biggest airline was weighed down by accounting losses tied to bets on fuel prices.The Atlanta-based company said that excluding special items, it would have earned 98 cents per share, which beat analysts’ forecast of 95 cents per share.Delta is beefing up its presence in New York, including buying 49 per cent of Virgin Atlantic airlines to bolster its position on the New York-London route. Last week, Delta said that it planned to hire 300 more pilots starting in November.The airline recently announced that it would begin paying a quarterly dividend in September, and it authorized a $500 million program to buy back stock to make remaining shares more valuable.Second-quarter revenue was about flat at $9.71 billion — $300 million less than analysts expected, according to a survey by FactSet — as traffic rose only 0.5 per cent.Delta increased passenger-carrying capacity less than 1 per cent, and 84.8 per cent of seats were filled on the average flight. While that was slightly below the year-ago figure of 85.1 per cent, it was still very high by historical standards.Delta’s fuel bill was $2.6 billion, or $710 million less than a year ago, when it took a $561 million fuel-hedging loss. Excluding the 2012 hedging loss, Delta still spent $288 million less on fuel. Costs other than fuel rose 2.5 per cent, less than Delta originally forecast. Overall, operating costs declined 8 per cent.The company ended the quarter on June 30 with 908 aircraft, including 181 smaller planes used by regional affiliates, and nearly 80,000 employees. read more

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first_img Pinterest Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte While she didn’t appear on the actual broadcast, Ronda Rousey did make an appearance at last night’s RAW taping in Dallas in a segment with Dana Brooke.Rousey was interrupted by Brooke as she started to cut a promo.You can check out the segment below.center_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Facebook Google+last_img read more

Pick up a new Apple Watch Series 3 GPS with Cellular for

first_imgAngela Lang/CNET We’re confident that the Apple Watch 5 is coming — and it could be announced as soon as Sept. 10. In the meantime, we continue to see major discounts on the previous generations. At the moment, most of the best deals are on the previous generation at Amazon. That’s where you’ll find the 38mm GPS with Cellular version for $229 (roughly £190 or AU$340), which matches the lowest price we’ve seen to date. (Note that Amazon says it’s out of stock until Oct. 3, but you can still buy it now for the sale price.) That noted, Walmart has the best price on the 42mm GPS Series 3, and Best Buy is offering $100 off the Series 3 42mm GPS plus Cellular version. (The original Apple Watch and its Series 2 followup have been discontinued and are hard to find new, but refurbished versions are plentiful and relatively cheap.)We’ve got links to all of the deals, plus the best price for each model still in stores, below.  Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm) $309 Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (42mm) Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (38mm) $234 $229 Best price (all-time) Apple Watch discounts, compared $499 $429 Comment See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The Apple Watch Series 4 delivers on its fitness promises Wearable Tech $229 $430 $229 $409 Tags List price Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $370 $459 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $260 $379 $340 Apple Watch Series 4: Both sizes, compared $199center_img Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular (44mm) $429 Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (44mm) Now playing: Watch this: $529 • $349 Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (38mm) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $279 Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (42mm) $370 Originally published earlier this month. Updated to reflect new sale prices. $425 Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Apple Watch Series 3 discountsApple Watch Series 3 GPS (38mm): $260 at WalmartApple Watch Series 3 GPS (42mm): $229 at Walmart (white model only)Apple Watch Series 3 GPS plus Cellular (38mm): $229 at Amazon (silver with white sport band)Apple Watch Series 3 GPS plus Cellular (42mm): $309 at Best Buy (Nike Plus version)Apple Watch Series 4 discountsApple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm): $349 at Amazon (select colors only)Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (44mm): $370 at Amazon (select colors only)Apple Watch Series 4 GPS plus Cellular (40mm): $429 at Amazon (select colors only)Apple Watch Series 4 GPS plus Cellular (44mm): $459 at Amazon Apple Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand $229 39 Photos Model reading • Pick up a new Apple Watch Series 3 GPS with Cellular for $229 Best price (current) 6:29 Share your voice 1 $309 Apple $399 Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular (40mm)last_img read more

KTR presents threewheeler to disabled youth

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K T Rama Rao presented a three-wheel bike to one disabled youth K Sagar, who had lost his leg in an accident while he was working in Gulf countries. Sagar is a native of Sircilla who was working in Dubai and lost his right leg in a truck accident. After coming back to Timmapur, his native village, Sagar started a kirana store. Sagar tweeted about his condition to the TRS working president. Noticing this, senior TRS leader Gaddampally Ravinder Reddy came forward to give vehicle to Sagar. Ravinder Reddy said he was happy to be part of ‘GiftASmile’ challenge. KTR assured to help Sagar for his livelihood.last_img

Akhilesh Yadav dissolves Samajwadi Party Delhi unit

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major overhaul after the rout in the general elections, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday dissolved the party unit in the national capital after a similar move in Uttar Pradesh three days ago. Party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav made the announcement in a statement, saying the Delhi unit had been dissolved “with immediate effect”. On August 23, Akhilesh Yadav had dissolved the state unit of the party in Uttar Pradesh.last_img

Trump Considers Rewriting Immigration Executive Order After Judicial Defeat

first_imgJeff Chiu | APBeth Kohn holds a sign outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Florida for the weekend, said he expected his administration to win the legal battle over his original directive.But he said the White House was also weighing other alternatives, including making changes to the order, which suspended the nation’s refugee program and barred all entries from seven Muslim-majority countries.The president said a new executive order would likely change “very little” from the first.Trump’s comments came a day after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a restraining order on the original travel ban.Trump’s executive order was hastily unveiled at the end of his first week in office. It caused chaos at airports in the U.S. and sparked protests across the country.The president has cast the order as crucial for national security. Earlier Friday, he promised to take action “very rapidly” to protect the U.S. and its citizens in the wake of the appeals court decision, but he did not specify what steps he planned to take.“We’ll be doing things to continue to make our country safe,” Trump pledged at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “It will happen rapidly. We will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm to our people.”The president’s comments were far more restrained than his angry reaction to last week’s initial court ruling blocking the travel ban. Trump took aim at both the “so-called judge” in that case and the ruling, which he called “ridiculous.”Trump continued to conjure images of unspecified danger Friday, saying he had “learned tremendous things that you could only learn, frankly, if you were in a certain position, namely president. And there are tremendous threats to our country. We will not allow that to happen, I can tell you that. We will not allow that to happen.”The 9th Circuit ruling represented a significant setback for Trump in just his third week in office. The appellate decision brushed aside arguments by the Justice Department that the president has the constitutional power to restrict entry to the United States and that the courts cannot second-guess his determination that such a step was needed to prevent terrorism.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that Trump “ought to see the writing on the wall” and abandon the proposal. The New York Democrat called on the president to “roll up his sleeves” and come up with “a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe.”House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California promised, “Democrats will continue to press for President Trump’s dangerous and unconstitutional ban to be withdrawn.” And Trump’s former presidential rival Hillary Clinton offered a terse response on Twitter, noting the unanimous vote: “3-0.”Congress’ Republican leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, declined to comment.U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued the temporary restraining order halting the ban after Washington state and Minnesota sued, leading to the federal government’s appeal.The Trump administration has said the seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — have raised terrorism concerns. The states have argued that the executive order unconstitutionally blocked entry based on religion and the travel ban harmed individuals, businesses and universities.Trump and his aides frequently refer to a ruling by a federal judge in Boston who declined last week to extend a temporary injunction against Trump’s travel ban. In a separate federal ruling in Seattle, a different federal judge put the ban on hold nationwide; it is that judge’s decision that the White House has challenged.“It’s a decision that we’ll win, in my opinion, very easily and, by the way, we won that decision in Boston,” Trump said.___Colvin reported from Air Force One. Florida. AP writers Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

Shes Tasked with Emergency Planning at The Port of Corpus Christi A

first_imgEddie Seal for The Texas TribuneDanielle Hale and her son, Conner, 8 help friends rebuild their home damaged by Hurricane Harvey, on August 11, 2018.Danielle Hale had been working 18-hour shifts for a few days already when her son Conner, then 7, called.It was August 2017 and she was stationed in a conference room at the Port of Corpus Christi, where she’s the manager of safety and emergency planning. Days earlier, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25, shaking the coastal communities of Rockport and Port Aransas before traveling further up the Gulf Coast to stay put over Houston.Hale’s son — along with her husband and two other children — evacuated to her in-laws’ home near Lake Corpus Christi. She stayed behind to run the port’s emergency operations center.“Mommy, I don’t want to go home,” Conner told her over the phone. “There are no leaves on the trees.”The Category 4 hurricane had blown through Rockport — where the Hales live — with winds on the verge of 130 miles per hour. Conner had overheard the grown-ups talking about the destruction left in Harvey’s wake.The eye of the storm passed right over Rockport, destroying countless homes and businesses. The Hales’ home was among those lost.A year later, Hale and her family continue to help rebuild Rockport, where residents are still repairing damaged homes and City Hall remains closed. In nearby Corpus Christi, the port continues to fine-tune its emergency preparedness plans. Earlier this year, Hale was named a StormReady Community Hero by the National Weather Service for her work at the port and also for her contributions to the community in the months after Harvey. She is the seventh to receive the award since it was created in 2002, and the first for actions related to a hurricane.“She was very diligent and worked really hard on staying on the designated course,” said Rosie Collin, director of community relations at the port. “She had her family back home and personal challenges, but you wouldn’t have known it had you seen her. She was so poised and dignified at a time that taxes you because you’re so tired. A remarkable, resilient woman.”As the sun came up the morning after the storm made landfall, Hale’s husband, Micah, got word that everything in their coastal neighborhood was destroyed.With the help of family and friends, the Hales have been able to transition from being displaced to living in an RV to finally moving into a new home.At the same time, the Port of Corpus Christi has continued to hone its emergency preparedness plans under Hale’s leadership, training more staff to fill a variety of emergency response roles, and ensuring plans for other types of disasters are thoroughly vetted.“As we plan for the future, we’re highly cognizant of the fact that during hurricane season, we have to be prepared,” Collin said.As manager of the emergency operations center, Hale ensures that the port’s incident management team stays on schedule and follows emergency procedures, while coordinating with different departments at the port. After Harvey, she stayed at the port until Aug. 31 before regrouping with her family.Through it all, coworkers at the port kept asking her, “How are you here? Go home and be with your family.”But Hale chose to stay. It was her job, but it was also an outlet to keep her mind busy.“No, this is the place. This is what I was made for,” she would tell people. “One of these days, there’s going to be other members of that team who are going to go through what I’ve gone through. And they have to know it’s going to be OK.”Always preparedHale “accidentally” found a career in emergency response when she moved back to Rockport after graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001. After watching her mother work as an EMT, and surviving the Aggie bonfire collapse of 1999, she felt instilled with a desire to help. So, she took a job as a 911 dispatcher.From there, she expanded her skills to work as an EMT, volunteer firefighter and paramedic. She started teaching courses at regional fire safety schools. Interested in how to make the emergency response system better, she made the jump from providing one-on-one treatment to emergency management. After about 15 years of working throughout the Coastal Bend, she started at the port in October 2016.The Port of Corpus Christi is a key shipping access point on the Gulf, handling commodities like petroleum and grain. It is the fourth largest port by tonnage in the country.In early August, just as Harvey was forming off the coast of Africa, the port was recognized as “StormReady,” as part of the National Weather Service’s community preparedness program. By then, Hale and her team were already keeping tabs on the storm’s movement. They activated the emergency operations center before Harvey made landfall.Hale had handled hurricane response before, managing emergency operations during Katrina and Ike. But Harvey was her first Category 4 storm.Harvey was also the first major storm for Hale’s team at the port. With no hurricanes hitting Corpus Christi since the 1970s, all they had to rely on was past planning and training.“These folks are being asked to do something that is not part of their day job,” Hale said. “But there was no problem that came into the [emergency operations center] that we couldn’t handle. What they lacked in emergency experience they made up for in positive attitude and professionalism.”For days, Hale coordinated between different port departments and first responders. After six days, the port was able to re-open with no casualties or environmental incidents.As operations at the shipping hub returned to normal, it was time to assess the damage to the community. For Hale, that not only meant figuring things out for her family, but for friends in the area as well.Eddie Seal for The Texas TribuneDanielle Hale (pink shirt) is joined by her family (left to right) Gillian Hale, 14, Wyatt Hale, 17, Micah Hale and Conner Hale, 8, in Rockport’s Historic District on August 11, 2018. Hale was named a StormReady Community Hero by the National Weather Service.“My family is extremely resilient. They know what Mommy does,” Hale said. “My entire family rallied and said, ‘How can we help?’ You have an opportunity to go prop people up that need the help, and later you can go back and take care of yourself.”Hale knew of generations of families in her community who had lost their homes at once. She would ask friends questions like, “What can you do today until dark to be successful? What can you do this week?”“None of that’s amazing or earth-shattering,” she said. “It’s just what people do to help each other.”She and her family organized meals on their property and connected people with clean clothes. She still organized the Aransas County 4-H Club’s annual fundraiser in the months after the storm, even though the club had lost most of its resources.Hale was surprised to see these details mentioned in the nomination for her StormReady Hero award.It shouldn’t be about her, she said. Rather, her award is a chance to remind people to gear up for hurricane season and reflect on the progress her community has made.“I don’t want the people away from this area to lose sight of the fact that there are still a lot of people rebuilding,” Hale said. “There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity here to help us continue in that. Keep us in your thoughts. If you get a weekend, come down and go fishing if nothing else.”Disclosure: Texas A&M University has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

Researchers Train Drones to Spot Violent Behavior

first_img UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. HospitalsWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Big Brother is watching you—and he’s got some new toys.An international team of scientists are using machine learning and camera-equipped drones to identify violent behavior in public places.In a paper titled “Eye in the Sky,” a trio of researchers describe their real-time autonomous drone surveillance system (DSS), which relies on a $200 Parrot AR quadcopter and a mobile Internet connection.AdChoices广告An algorithm, trained using deep learning, can detect humans and estimate their posture, spotting those dubbed “violent”—which, in this case, includes strangling, punching, kicking, shooting, and stabbing.DSS can also monitor illegal border crossings, identify vandals, and recognize kidnappers.This system, scientists hope, will one day be scaled up to prevent crimes in open areas and crowded events.Lead study author Amarjot Singh, a research student at the University of Cambridge, was motivated by last year’s tragic Manchester Arena bombing, he told The Verge.Similar attacks could be prevented in the future, he said, if surveillance cameras can automatically recognize suspicious behavior.As The Verge pointed out, though, Singh et al. are far from ready to deploy their drone system.The team reported 94 percent accuracy with only one violent individual per image. But that number begins to slip as more people enter the frame: It falls to 84 percent when looking at five individuals, and 79 percent for 10.The violent individual detected by the DSS framework is shown in red, while the neutral human is shown in cyan (via Amarjot Singh et al.)Those numbers, however—based on volunteers pretending to attack each other—don’t necessarily represent the real world or the crimes that occur in it. Which is why researchers plan to test their “eyes in the sky” during two upcoming festivals at the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, in India.“We have permission to fly over [Technozion], happening in a month,” he said. “And are seeking permission for [Spring Spree].”It’s unclear how the DSS will perform in the wild, when video footage is blurrier, crowds are bigger, and actions are more subtle; the paper does not provide data on false-positive rates.Imagine the autonomous drones mistaking a high-five among friends for a dangerous right hook. Or accidentally sicking the police on a group of senior citizens practicing tai chi in the park.Read the full paper—co-authored by Singh, Devendra Patil of NIT Warangal, and SN Omkar from the Indian Institute of Science—online.last_img read more

Tribute to MIT Physics Prof Lewin FreeOnLine MIT Courses

first_imgThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering 1800 full courses on-line to the public at no charge. In part the work of Professor Walter H.G. Lewin of MIT is the reason for the popularization of higher learning in science. Citation: Tribute to MIT Physics Prof Lewin: Free-On-Line MIT Courses (2007, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-tribute-mit-physics-prof-lewin.html Explore further Image of dye introduced into water in motion. Credit: Prof. Marshall MIT The machine that made the Moon missions possible The International Herald Tribune reporter, Sara Rimer has written a great story on Physicist Walter H. G. Lewin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge. The gist of the story is the availability of open source on-line physics courses offered by prestigious institutions of higher learning and their effect on the general public. Dr. Lewin has become a quartz star with a following that Mic Jagger would appreciate. The effect is spectacular, and has provided a real second-life to golden years professors by introducing them to the general public. Individuals who for one reason or another were unable to attend a prestigious school, but nonetheless possess an exuberance for higher learning. This article surveys various on-line opportunities for learning more about science. MIT Open Course Ware:The MIT Open Course Ware project is funded by donations and is free to the public. In addition to Dr. Lewin´s courses, there are about 1800 on-line complete courses offered by MIT. Courses are available in the undergraduate and graduate division list of courses. Many are survey courses and introductory type classes easily accessible to any one with a quest for knowledge. Examples:Do you have an interest in wireless communications or a job in communication and would like to add depth to your knowledge base? Check out a complete introduction course on the subject. This is not a teaser version. This is the entire course that MIT allows you to take for no university credits, but at no charge. All that is necessary is to download the course on your computer and point and click your way to achieve a solid foundation in wireless communications. 6.452 Principles of Wireless Communications at ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb .Are you interested in the Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans? This course was offered to students of MIT in the Fall of 2007. It is free of charge to the public and offered by MIT´s Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences with the eminent Professor John Marshall. The course lays out the laws of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. This vehicle allows you to explore how the dynamics of fluids combined with the rotating earth effect atmospheric winds, currents and climate of the earth. See: 12.003 Physics of Atmosphers and Oceans at ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Earth .Have you ever pondered the basis of how we hear and see? If you are a programmer, game developer or amateur inventor, knowing the fundamentals of the neural system is essential. MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences offers a free course called, 9.04 Neural Basis of Vision and Audition. The course will give you the science behind the perception. The course may not have been in the average software engineers core curriculum, but it should have been. See: ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain .In conclusion, the old adage, Knowledge is Power, subsumes the most important aspect. A solid education prevents you from “knowing a whole lot of junk, that simply isn’t true.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more