Organic Farmer Sues GM Farming Neighbor

first_imgSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—In a landmark case, an organic farmer in Western Australia state is suing his neighbor for allegedly contaminating his crop with a genetically modified organism (GMO), GM canola. This is the first claim anywhere in the world by a “non-GMO farmer against a GMO farmer,” says Joe Lederman of the specialist law firm FoodLegal in Melbourne.Australia lifted a nationwide moratorium on GM crops in 2009. Only the state of South Australia prohibits planting of GM crops, a ban expected to hold until at least 2019. Because it is legal to sow GM crops in Western Australia, the case now being heard in the Western Australia Supreme Court in Perth turns on whether the GM farmer was negligent in the sense of not taking strict enough measures to contain GM material on his property, says University of Western Australia legal expert Michael Blakeney, an adviser to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.In court documents, Steve Marsh states that his organic farm, southeast of Perth, was contaminated in 2010 by GM canola, which he claims came from Michael Baxter’s farm. As a result, that year Marsh lost his National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) organic certification for approximately 70% of his property, on which he grows oats and rye and keeps sheep. 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They argue that Marsh should sue NASAA for imposing unrealistic standards. The association has zero tolerance for GM material of any sort. In contrast, the United States allows products with up to 5% GM material to be labeled “organic.” Even the European Union, where public perception of GM crops is generally negative, allows up to 0.9% GM material. “Zero tolerance is not realistic for crops growing in the vicinity of GM crops,” says plant scientist Graham King of Southern Cross University in Lismore.The case does not question the science or safety of GM crops that have Australian regulatory approval. The outcome, however, might impact labeling and product information of both GM and non-GM foods, says bioethicist Rachel Ankeny with the University of Adelaide. She claims that such information is “currently inadequate in Australia.”The case not only pits neighbor against neighbor; it’s also shaping up as what some see as a David versus Goliath battle. According to the Australian Associated Press, Marsh’s legal costs are being partly funded from a crowdsourced Internet appeal, while the biotechnology giant Monsanto is backing Baxter. The case is expected to run at least another week.last_img read more

Two Awaiting Sentencing for 2015 Murder of Indian American Store Clerk in Connecticut

first_imgTwo men are awaiting sentencing for the April 6, 2015 murder of Indian American store clerk Sanjay Patel, who was repeatedly shot by gunmen as he stood behind the counter of the Pay Rite Food/Citgo gas station in New Haven, Connecticut.A jury deliberated for less than four hours Feb. 7 before finding Dwayne Sayles guilty of felony murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. Sayles’ trial ended Feb. 5, and the jury began deliberations, but had to stop when one juror claimed she saw the defendant while visiting her husband in the same jail where Sayles was being held on $2 million bail. The juror said Sayles recognized her and waved to her, which caused her to fear for her safety, reported the New Haven Register.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

Virat Kohli wants India to press hard in Test arena

first_imgAs India gear up for their busiest Test season ever with as many as 17 matches packed across the next few months, skipper Virat Kohli feels it will be a great time to see where his team stands in the longest format of the game. (Virat Kohli and Co. fail ‘one hour test’ at preparatory camp)India travel to West Indies tomorrow for the first four of those 17 Tests before returning home to take on New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. (Anil Kumble chairs meet with Kohli and Dhoni to discuss roadmap)”This is the perfect situation and opportunity to challenge and assess ourselves as a Test team. These months will define how we play as a Test team in coming years,” Kohli said at the pre-departure media conference ahead of Indian team’s tour of the West Indies.KOHLI HAILS KUMBLE’S APPOINTMENTHailing Anil Kumble’s appointment as the team’s head coach, the Indian skipper said that now they have a man, who can also tell them how to win Test matches abroad. (Virat Kohli greets MS Dhoni with a hug at Bengaluru meet)”It is a huge boost for us that Anil bhai is our coach. Bowlers will feel more support due to his presence. Especially as he is someone who has won so many matches for the country and knows what it requires to win matches both India and abroad,” Kohli said praising Kumble. (Also Read: MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble lead India into Drum Circle session)The skipper also pointed out how Kumble has brought a refreshing change to the team bonding sessions.advertisement”Yesterday, he arranged a team activity (cricketers had a Drum Circle session with Vasundhara Das’ group) and it was fun. It was a surprise for us. Often due to the rigours of international cricket, we forget about team bonding session.”These sessions helps in build camaraderie which shows on field. Even Dhoni bhai, who came for the meeting (Roadmap) joined us and enjoyed the session,” Kohli said mentioning that the limited overs captain also gave his inputs on the tour ahead.SAHA REMAINS FIRST CHOICE KEEPERGlovesman Wriddhiman Saha’s batting has been under scanner and KL Rahul is in the squad as the reserve keeper but Kohli made it clear that it would be the Bengal lad, who firmly remains the first-choice behind the stumps.”Whenever KL Rahul has played, he has filled in opener’s slot but when it comes to keeping Wriddhiman is our first-choice keeper. His batting has also improved a lot and we are backing him. In Test matches, when it comes to half-chances, you need a specialist keeper who can execute catches properly. A part-time keeper will find this situation harder.”We will think about Rahul if Saha is injured as then we will also have to make our middle-order strong,” Kohli explained.A 4-0 clean sweep against the West Indies can put India atop ICC Test Rankings and Kohli was asked if that was something he and his team was aiming for.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Honda CR-V scores five stars at Euro NCAP crash tests

first_imgHonda CR-V scores five stars at Euro NCAP crash testsLaunched in India in October 2018, the new Honda CR-V makes use of the company’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. Below are all the safety features available on the India-spec CR-V.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 14:15 IST Image Courtesy : Euro NCAPHIGHLIGHTSNCAP rating is determined from a series of vehicle tests.The AEB system can detect pedestrians and cyclists as well as other vehicles.In India, Honda CR-V is available in two powertrains.The new Honda CR-V has scored a perfect five-star in the Euro NCAP crash tests. In doing so, the SUV has joined the company’s other vehicles like of Jazz, HR-V and Civic, which have also garnered the highest possible ratings at the tests.Euro NCAP has created the five-star safety rating system to help consumers compare vehicles and identify the safest choice for their needs. The rating is determined from a series of vehicle tests. These tests represent important real life accident scenarios in a simplified way.Launched in India in October 2018, the new Honda CR-V makes use of the company’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. Below are all the safety features available on the India-spec CR-V.– Dual i-SRS airbags for driver and front passenger– Front side airbags– Curtain airbags– Vehicle stability assist– Agile handling assist– Hill start assist– ABS with EBD– Brake Assist– Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold– Driver attention monitor– Lanewatch camera– Multi-view reverse camera with dynamic guidelines– Rear parking sensors– Emergency stop signal– Walk away auto lock– Front three-point load limiters with pretensionser ELR seatbelts– Driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder– ISO-FIX child seat anchorage– Child safety lock– Security alarm and immobilizerWith regard to “Adult Occupant” category, the Euro NCAP report for the Honda CR-V said that the passenger compartment of the CR-V remained stable in the frontal offset test and the standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system performed well in tests at the low speeds.advertisement”In the frontal offset test, dummy readings of tensile forces indicated marginal protection of the neck for the 10-year dummy. Otherwise, protection of both dummies was good or adequate. In the side barrier test, protection of both child dummies was good and maximum points were scored. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in this seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the restraint types for which the CR-V is designed could be properly installed and accommodated, including in the optional third row seats,” the report said for the “Child Occupant” division.In the “Vulnerable Road Users” group, the report said that the protection provided by the bonnet to the head of a struck pedestrian was good or adequate over most of its surface, with areas of good and poor performance. Protection of pedestrian’s legs was good in all test areas and the CR-V scored maximum points. The AEB system can detect pedestrians and cyclists as well as other vehicles.In India, Honda CR-V is available in two powertrains — a 2.0-litre, four cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC engine and a 1.6-litre, four cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC mill. The petrol motor is good for 154 PS of power and 189 Nm of torque and is mated to a CVT, while the diesel engine produces 120 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque and gets a nine-speed automatic transmission. The petrol variant comes in with only a 2WD option and the diesel variant has an option for 2WD as well as AWD.ALSO READ | Ferrari F8 Tributo revealed, new sports car to be more powerful than Ferrari 488 GTBALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo expected to be launched in MarchALSO READ | Tata Motors drives in 2019 Hexa, updated SUV gets new infotainment system and alloy wheelsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Car testsFollow New car testsFollow Car test resultsFollow Car launchFollow New car launch Nextlast_img read more

Ganguly on winning side at Eden only positive: Shah Rukh Khan after KKR’s loss to DC

first_img scorecard Ganguly on winning side at Eden only positive: Shah Rukh Khan after KKR’s loss to DCSourav Ganguly was at the Delhi Capitals dugout as its advisor when they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens in an Indian Premier League 2019 match on Friday No data available! graphs view more view lesscenter_img commentary advertisement India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 13:11 IST Delhi Capitals advisor Sourav Ganguly said he is satisfied DC have completed a double over KKR in IPL 2019 ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShah Rukh Khan said KKR lacked heart during their defeat to DC on FridaySourav Ganguly had a memorable homecoming as DC beat KKR at the Eden GardensSourav Ganguly was appointed the advisor of Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2019Sourav Ganguly was plotting against his former Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday as he was at the Eden Gardens in the Delhi Capitals dugout as the advisor of the visiting team.Ganguly, dearly known as the Prince of Kolkata, is an extremely popular figure in Kolkata regardless of the team he represents. Not many can forget how the now-defunct IPL team, Pune Warriors garnered a lot of support at the Eden Gardens when they took on Kolkata Knight Riders under Ganguly’s leadership.Ganguly began his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders but his relationship with the team’s management wasn’t as smooth as one would have expected it to be. The former India captain moved from KKR to Pune Warriors in 2011 before calling it quits from the Twenty20 league in 2012.On Friday, Ganguly had a memorable homecoming as Delhi Capitals crushed Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets. The visiting team, led by Shreyas Iyer, came up with an all-round effort as they restricted KKR to 178 before gunning down the target with seven balls to spare.Shubman Gill and Andre Russell shone for the hosts with the bat but it wasn’t enough as Shikhar Dhawan regained top form to smash a match-winning 63-ball 97 not out.Reacting to Kolkata Knight Riders’ first defeat of IPL 2019 at the Eden Gardens, co-owner Shah Rukh Khan wrote: “Wonderful play by @RealShubmanGill & @Russell12A yet again. Losing is ok but today we kind of lacked heart, especially bowling, that’s sad. Only positive out of this game was that our Dada @SGanguly99 was at Eden on the winning side. Congrats @DelhiCapitals (sic).”advertisementWonderful play by @RealShubmanGill & @Russell12A yet again. Losing is ok but today we kind of lacked heart, especially bowling, that’s sad. Only positive out of this game was that our Dada @SGanguly99 was at Eden on the winning side. Congrats @DelhiCapitalsShah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 12, 2019Sourav Ganguly cut a delighted figure when he interacted with the media following Delhi Capitals’ win in Eden Gardens.The DC advisor heaped praise on Shikhar Dhawan for his match-winning knock and said he is hoping the left-handed opener to step up and deliver for the team in the business end of IPL 2019.”All I expect of him is determination. When he’s determined, no bowler in the world can stop him. It’s great to have him. More importantly, this is the business end of the tournament. He’s been in teams which have won IPL in the past. So hopefully, he can turn it around for the Delhi Capitals,” Ganguly told Friday’s win, Delhi Capitals entered the top four of IPL 2019 points table. The Ricky Ponting-coached side will next face former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 14.Also Read | When Shikhar Dhawan is determined, no bowler in the world can stop him: GangulyAlso Read | Pant gives cake facial to Dhawan, Zoravar as DC celebrate big win over KKRAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow Shah Rukh KhanFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Eden Gardenslast_img read more

Finally it rains in Delhi still 615 less in July

first_imgNEW DELHI: The city’s long wait for monsoon showers ended on Monday as it gauged 28.8 mm precipitation, the maximum in July this year, and more rains are expected over the next two to three days. The moderate rainfall ended a six-day dry spell in the national capital.The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded 28.8 mm rainfall till 5:30 pm Monday. The weather stations at Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge, Ayanagar, Najafgarh, and Sports Complex recorded 25.8, 23.2, 13.2, 19.9, 4 and 7 mm precipitation, respectively. More than 65 mm precipitation at any place is considered heavy rain, officials said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe monsoon trough has shifted slightly southwards from the foothills of the Himalayas. Now, it runs from Punjab, Haryana, west Uttar Pradesh…all the way up to Nagaland,” Kuldeep Srivastava, senior scientist at India Meteorological Department, said. Heavy rain was reported in Central Delhi, East Delhi and some parts of neighbouring Noida. The rain over Delhi was accompanied by a sharp drop in visibility as dark clouds gathered over Delhi-NCR. The rainfall, however, was brief and stopped after around 15-20 minutes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFrom July 1 to July 15, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded 55.6 mm rainfall, 61.5 percent less than the 30-year average of 88.3 mm during the period, according to officials. Since the onset of monsoon on July 5, the national capital has recorded 54.2 mm rainfall only 1.4 mm precipitation occurred in the first five days of the month. One of the primary reasons behind scant rainfall is the delayed onset of monsoon in the region, officials said. The IMD on July 5 declared the onset of monsoon over the national capital. Normally, the wind system reaches the city by June 29. So far, the city has recorded rainfall on six days in the first 15 days of July. On average, it records rainfall on 15 days during the month. On Monday, the city recorded a high of 34.7 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, and a low of 26.6 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 64 and 96 percent. “Winds over Delhi and NCR have changed to easterly. We expect the weather to change and rains to intensify gradually,” Mahesh Palawat, Vice president Meteorology and Climate Change at private weather forecaster Skymet Weather said. An IMD official also said that the rains are expected to last till Thursday.last_img read more

Leaders hit campaign trail continue political fights over abortion climate change

first_imgMONTREAL – Federal party leaders are back on the campaign trail today, targeting each other over many of the same arguments they went toe-to-toe over in last night’s French-language debate.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is hanging around Montreal, fighting back after the Conservatives attacked him for using two planes during this campaign.Trudeau said he did the same thing in 2015 and that his campaign buys carbon offsets. He dismissed the issue as Conservative mud slinging.“It’s a well-established, far-right tactic to try and discredit environmentalists,” Trudeau said. “To distract from the fact that they have zero approach on climate change.”Trudeau was asked about having two campaign planes. Says same as 2015, and they are buying carbon offsets. Just like they did last time. Accuses Conservatives of trying to distract from other important discussions in this campaign #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019He attacked Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for his lack of clarity on his personal position on abortion — something Scheer addressed in New Brunswick.“My personal position has always been open and consistent. I am personally pro-life, but I’ve also made the commitment that as leader of this party, it is my responsibility to ensure that we do not reopen this debate,” Scheer said. “That we focus on issues that unite our party, and unite Canadians, and that’s exactly what I’ll do. That’s why I will vote against measures that attempt to reopen this debate.”Scheer has said the country has dealt with this matter and he will not reopen the abortion debate. During the French debate last night Trudeau tried to pin Scheer about his personal beliefs but Scheer did not say. #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019The Tory leader refused, several times, to reveal his personal views on abortion during the Wednesday night debate, and came under heavy scrutiny for his pushback from his opponents.Meanwhile, Scheer promised on Thursday that a Conservative government would expand a program giving volunteer search and rescue workers and firefighters tax credits for their supplies.He said that, if elected, he would lower the number of service hours required to qualify for the program, introduced by a previous Conservative government.“Right now, search and rescue volunteers and volunteer firefighters have to do 200 hours of service before they qualify for the current tax credits,” he announced. “We will lower that criteria from 200 to 150 hours to ensure that more Canadians are eligible for these benefits.”Scheer noted volunteers often pay out-of-pocket for equipment, uniforms, transportation, training, and insurance — costs that run into the thousands of dollars.Scheer asked why his party doesn’t buy carbon offsets to reduce carbon footprint of their campaign. Scheer says his plane uses less fuel than the Liberals and he gets by with one plane. Scheer attacks Liberals for using two planes. Trudeau says they buy carbon offsets #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh is in Toronto today where he’ll be holding a media availability downtown ahead of a townhall with undecided voters.Green Party Elizabeth May is spending some time on Vancouver Island, campaigning in Victoria today.last_img read more

International Criminal Court suspends release of Congolese rebel leader

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has suspended the release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a Congolese rebel militia leader accused of recruiting child soldiers.Last week, the ICC’s Trial Chamber ordered Mr. Lubanga’s release after ruling that he could not receive a fair trial, with no judgment made regarding his guilt or innocence. Proceedings against him were suspended on 16 June, after the Trial Chamber found that prosecutors had failed to disclose more than 200 documents to the defence that have the potential to prove his innocence.According to the judges, the release was the “logical consequence” of the stay on the proceedings, “as it is at present impossible to secure a fair trial for the accused.”Mr. Lubanga will remain under custody until the Court rules on the Prosecution’s appeal.The founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), he has been charged with a series of war crimes, including conscripting and enlisting child soldiers into the military wing of his group and then using them to participate in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003.Mr. Lubanga’s trial was due to have been the first to be held by the ICC. 8 July 2008The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has suspended the release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a Congolese rebel militia leader accused of recruiting child soldiers. read more

Fugitive Rwandan exmayor goes on trial at UN war crimes court for

28 September 2009A former Rwandan mayor, who had been on the run for eight years, went on trial today at a United Nations war crimes tribunal on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in the 1994 massacres in the small Central African nation. Grégoire Ndahimana, former mayor of Kivumu and one of the last 13 indicted fugitives until his arrest in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month, pleaded not guilty to all the charges arising from the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were killed by Hutu militants, mainly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days.Mr. Ndahimana, 57, a high-level figure in the rebel Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in eastern DRC, was handed over last week to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, a transfer facilitated by the UN Mission in DRC, known as MONUC.He was indicted in 2001 and had been on the run since then. He is charged with four counts of genocide, or alternatively complicity in genocide; conspiracy to commit genocide; and crimes against humanity for extermination.He is alleged to have been responsible for killing or causing serious bodily or mental harm to Tutsis in Kivumu, and to have planned the massacres of mostly ethnic Tutsis who sought refuge at Nyange Parish, in conjunctions with Father Athanase Seromba, already sentenced to 15 years in the first instance and to life imprisonment after dismissal of his appeal, and Fulgence Kayishema, who is still at large.Mr. Ndahimana was arrested on 10 August at Kachuga Camp in North Kivu during a combined operation by the ICTR, MONUC and DRC law enforcement agencies. Also today, an ICTR Appeals Chamber heard oral arguments in the appeal lodged by Protais Zigiranyirazo and the prosecution against two 20-year and one 15-year concurrent jail sentences for genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity. Mr. Zigiranyirazo, 71, a brother-in-law of late Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, alleges that the Trial Chamber committed numerous errors of law and fact, and asked the Appeals Chamber to overturn his convictions or alternatively reduce his sentence, while the prosecution is seeking a life sentence, or alternatively a total effective sentence greater than 20 years of imprisonment.In all, 81 people have been indicted by the ICTR for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the Rwandan genocide. read more

Amaya Gaming Group stock tumbles after it confirms securities watchdog probing share

MONTREAL — Shares in Amaya Inc. sank 18 per cent Friday after the company confirmed that Quebec’s securities regulator has launched an investigation into trading activity surrounding the acquisition of PokerStars, which transformed Amaya into the world’s largest online poker company.The shares dropped nearly 29 per cent to $25 in early morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, but recovered somewhat by early afternoon, down $6.31 at $28.75.Previously Amaya’s shares had been on a tear, more than quadrupling in value to an all-time high of $39.25 in the wake of the US$4.9-billion PokerStars deal announced in June.The transaction was announced June 12, but industry observers said the Montreal-based company had given signals earlier that it was preparing for a large transaction.Industrial Alliance analyst Neil Linsdell wrote three weeks before the announcement that the company showed its cards when it moved to sell its existing poker platform.“PokerStars was a little bit bigger than I was probably thinking at the time so it was a little bit more of a shock than anything else, but it was clear…they were looking to make acquisitions,” he said in an interview.Amaya Gaming’s stock looking more like a jackpot for lucky investorsAmaya Gaming hits all-time high as regulators approve Rational dealU.S. gaming blogger also took notice, writing four days later about the impending merger, citing sources who confirmed that an agreement was in place that could clear the way for the poker brand to return to regulated U.S. markets.Meanwhile, Amaya said it was co-operating with the Quebec agency.“To the corporation’s knowledge, this does not involve any allegations of wrongdoing by the corporation,” it stated in a news release, adding the investigation won’t have any impact on its business operations, employees or companies.The brief statement followed a report in that said Amaya’s headquarters in the Montreal community of Pointe-Claire, along with the offices of investment banker Canaccord Genuity and Manulife Financial had been raided Wednesday by the RCMP and Autorite des marches financiers, the Quebec securities regulator.The RCMP said it simply provided security for the AMF, rejecting the characterization of its involvement as a raid.AMF spokesman Sylvain Theberge said the authority does not comment on any investigations it is conducting.Canaccord Genuity, which along with Deutsche Bank Securities, were lead financial advisers on the acquisition of the Oldford Group, parent company of the Rational Group, the previous owner of PokerStars.“We’re co-operating fully with the routine request for information,” said Scott Davidson, a spokesman for the Vancouver-based securities dealer that has offices in several major cities.Manulife, also mentioned in the article, declined to clarify its role with Amaya. “We are aware of the actions taken by the AMF and RCMP. We are fully co-operating with this investigation,” it added in an e-mailed statement.The Intertain Group, an online gaming company whose shares plummeted 29 per cent Friday, said it is not aware of any connections with the investigation and has not been contacted by any security regulator or law enforcement authority.Earlier this year, Amaya acquired an ownership stake in Intertain and five per cent of its unsecured debt.Industry analysts said the investigation shouldn’t impact Amaya or stall its global growth plans if neither the company nor any of its executives are targets of the probe.“(But) Whenever a securities regulator shows up there is always cause for concern,” said one analyst, who asked that his name not be used.Amaya needs approval from government authorities to operate online gaming. It was seen as a “clean solution” to enter the U.S. online gaming market because of legal problems involving Isai Scheinberg, father of Mark Scheinberg, CEO of Rational Group.The elder Scheinberg, a Canadian citizen living on the Isle of Man, is under indictment in the U.S. after being accused along with 10 other online gambling executives in 2011 of bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling. They were accused of breaking a 2006 Internet gambling law that prohibits companies from accepting payments for online bets where they are not legal.PokerStars agreed in 2012 to pay US$731 million to settle Justice Department charges, without admitting wrongdoing.The poker brands acquired from Rational have more than 85 million registered players on desktop and mobile devices and which has dealt more than 100 billion poker hands since launching 14 years ago. read more

SecretaryGeneral lauds innovative sources of financing for development

“They show that the international community not only has the resources and knowledge to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but also is beginning to develop the necessary political will,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman, referring to the set of eight targets that aim to slash a host of socio-economic ills, such as extreme poverty, hunger and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.Mr. Annan’s statement came on the margins of the three-day World Summit at UN Headquarters in New York after a number of countries pledged resources to an International Finance Facility for Immunization, which would enable it to raise even more resources through the issuing of bonds. Some countries are also exploring the introduction of a levy on tickets for air travel to fund development efforts. “The Secretary-General strongly encourages other countries to join these initiatives,” the statement added.It noted that even with recent increases in official development assistance (ODA) and the commitments of 15 members of the European Union to devote 0.7 per of their income to ODA and even if the MDGs are reached, “there will still be a vast backlog of human deprivation that deserves our unrelenting attention.“That is why innovative sources of finances are so important,” it added. read more

Anglo American buys Blutip technology for haul truck fuel savings

first_imgAnglo American and Blutip Power Technologies  have executed a contract for the supply of Blutip’s Advanced Universal Controller (AUC) for Anglo American’s haul trucks in use at its coal operations in Australia.  This agreement was reached after achieving significant fuel savings with Blutip’s AUCs on Caterpillar 797, 793, 789 and 785 series haul trucks at Anglo American’s Dawson, Capcoal and Drayton mines during 2014.The Blutip AUCs provide engine remapping that reduces fuel consumption while at the same time maintaining the power output of the engine and other functionality of the original equipment provider’s electronic control unit.  The improvement in Anglo American’s fuel efficiency through use of the AUC is allowing Anglo American to reduce its carbon footprint as well as reduce particulate matter emissions. Blutip’s AUCs also provide data analytic tools that include engine loading time distributions, integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) data and the capability to evaluate other fuel saving initiatives.“Blutip is very proud to work with a leading mining company like Anglo American and support them in achieving their fuel efficiency objectives,” said Chuck Knott, President & CEO of Blutip.  “We are committed to assisting Anglo American maximize their efficiency by allowing them to reduce the fuel consumed per tonne-hour across their fleets and by providing real time fuel management analytic tools.”last_img read more

Hamas rocket barrages hit Israel as region teeters on brink of new

first_imgHAMAS MILITANTS IN Gaza have fired dozens of rockets at Israel, which responded with multiple air strikes in a new escalation which threatened to spiral into another a major confrontation.It was the worst escalation in and around Gaza since November 2012, with tensions threatening to drag the region into a fresh confrontation as Israel sought to contain five days of violent clashes in Arab localities following the grisly murder of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish extremists.The Jerusalem Post reports that the militant has called up 1,500 reservists in what appears to be preparation for a new offensive.The barrage of rocket fire was confirmed by the Israeli military which said more than 40 rockets had been fired at the south within a short period. There were no immediate reports of casualties.“A barrage of over 40 rockets was launched from the Gaza Strip in the past hour. Seven rockets were intercepted over the city of Ashdod and five rockets were intercepted over Netivot,” an army statement said, indicating that 30 rockets had hit inside Israel.Sirens were heard in 10 locations, including in Beit Shemesh some 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the Gaza Strip, a military statement said. An Iron Dome air defense system fires to intercept a rocket from Gaza Strip in the costal city of Ashkelon, Israel. Source: AP Photo/Tsafrir AbayovAround 16 struck the area around the southern city of Beersheva, 40 kilometres from Gaza. Beersheva is home to 200,000 people.The rocket fire was claimed by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, armed wing of the Islamist Hamas movement which has its stronghold in Gaza.“Al-Qassam fired dozens of rockets on Netivot and Ashkelon, Ashdod and Ofakim in response to the Zionist aggression,” a statement said.“Qassam rockets are a natural reaction to the Israeli crimes against our people,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri in a statement.“We are not be afraid of your threats and will not surrender to your conditions, we will respond to your crimes.”‘Green light to hit Hamas’Shortly afterwards, Israeli warplanes hit more than 30 targets near the southern city of Rafah in an area close to the Israeli border which is riddled with tunnels, Palestinian witnesses and security sources told AFP.Israel’s Channel 1 television said the attacks came after the security cabinet gave the military a green light to “toughen the response to Hamas”.The channel also showed footage of dozens of tanks massing near the border with Gaza, preparing for a possible offensive against the enclave.“With this barrage of rockets, Hamas has crossed the red line, and unfortunately it will pay for it,” senior officials told the private Channel 10 television. A masked militant wears a head band with Arabic writing that reads “the martyr, Abdul Qader Al-Husaini brigades” during the funeral of two Fatah militants, Marwan Sleem and Mazin Al-Jarba, who were killed by an Israeli airstrike, in Bureij refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe rocket fire came several hours after Israel staged around 16 air strikes on targets across Gaza, following a night in which warplanes attacked 14 targets, killing at least three militants, one from Hamas and two from the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC).“The Zionist enemy has opened the gates of hell on itself,” the PRC said.Another five Hamas militants died and one was critically injured when a tunnel collapsed near Rafah, with the armed wing blaming it on an Israeli air strike.But the Israeli army denied hitting the area, with a spokesman describing it as a work accident by militants mishandling explosives.‘Condolences to teen’s father’The latest flare-up came a day after Israel arrested six Jewish extremists in connection with the killing of a Palestinian teenager, who was kidnapped and burnt to death in a suspected revenge crime after last month’s abduction and murder of three Israeli youths in the West Bank.During the investigation, three of the suspects admitted to the murder in which the victim was burned alive, an official close to the investigation told AFP.The July 2 killing sparked five days of violent clashes in annexed east Jerusalem and in Arab towns across Israel, with police arresting hundreds of people.“Three out of six suspects in custody have confessed to the murder and burning of Mohammed Abu Khder, and performed a re-enactment of the crime,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Israeli soldiers work on their tanks near the Israel and Gaza Strip border. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe killing has caused shock, outrage, and no small measure of shame in Israel.“To take a young boy, to kill him, to burn him — what for?” asked outgoing President Shimon Peres.On Monday, both Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the teenager’s father to convey their condolences and express outrage over the murder.“I am ashamed on behalf of my nation and grieve with you,” Peres said, while Netanyahu condemned the murder as “abhorrent”.Overnight, the angry protests which have gripped east Jerusalem and Arab Israeli towns continued to spread, with police arresting 110 people.Much of the violence began in the Triangle, a concentration of Arab towns and villages close to the border with the northern West Bank, but has since spread to the Galilee region as well as to the southern Negev desert.- © AFP, 2014Read: It may look like a near-miss, but this pilot did exactly what he was supposed to do>Read: 7/7 memorial vandalised in London on anniversary of the 2005 attacks>last_img read more

A small fishing village is waking up to news that theres a

first_img By Rónán Duffy John Brady and Mandy Gazely outside the Mace store in Kilmore Quay. Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 11:12 AM Jun 17th 2018, 11:12 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A WEXFORD FISHING village is said to be “gripped with excitement” after last night’s €2 million Lotto jackpot was won in the town.The Mace Burrows store in Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford sold the winning ticket yesterday and store owner John Brady has said that he is in “absolute shock” at the win.“We are a small family owned store in Kilmore Quay and this is our first big lottery win,” Brady told the National Lottery.“The only thing that keeps this store going is our incredibly loyal local customers who keep the business ticking over all year round. Knowing that one of these people who we see on a daily basis is waking up with a Lotto ticket worth €2 million is just fantastic.”Brady also says that many local residents have been coming to the store already to check their tickets. The village has about 300 residents.The €2 million jackpot win last night comes on the heels of a €2.9 million winner on Wednesday, where the winning ticket was sold in Cavan.The National Lottery has said Wednesday’s winner has yet to contact them and is urging them to do so.Last night’s winning numbers were: Source: 20 Comments 27,900 Views center_img John Brady and Mandy Gazely outside the Mace store in Kilmore Quay. Image: National Lottery Share642 Tweet Email3 Short URL Image: National Lottery A small fishing village is waking up to news that there’s a €2m Lotto winner among them Kilmore Quay in Wexford has about 300 residents.last_img read more

Greek hospitality startup making global headlines

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Athens based startup, which is starting to make headlines around the world as it expands its operations and grows its reputation, says it is also considering entering the Australian market.In just five years, Blueground has built a network of apartments, conveniently located, fully furnished, and designed in a modern way, in five major cities around the globe, and is now examining plans to expand further, including properties in Melbourne and Sydney.Having grown from Athens to now include offices in New York, San Francisco, Dubai and Istanbul, and with plans to set up in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston and Chicago, CEO and co-founder of Blueground Alexandros Chatzieleftheriou, thanks his personal experience as a Management Consultant for identifying the niche market of requiring mid to long term stay in affordable, spacious accommodation.“For more than five years, I stayed in various hotels in Europe, Africa and Asia for stretches of one to 12 months at a time. I came to realise that hotels weren’t an optimal choice, not for the company I was working for and not for me. The cost was too high, rooms were small and privacy was rather limited,” Mr Chatzieleftheriou told Neos Kosmos.CEO and co-founder of Blueground, Alexandros Chatzieleftheriou.In a hospitality tech market dominated by Airbnb, how does a new entry like Blueground differentiate itself?The most important difference, as Chatzieleftheriou confirms, is that Airbnb are owners advertising their own property in a marketplace where the majority can be amateur hosts. Blueground on the other hand, carefully select high quality properties and a specialised design team upgrades these properties into best-in-class rentals.“We are responsible for the guest experience. For example, all of our tenants have access to a dedicated support team, through a mobile application. They can communicate with us instantly, request services such as maintenance, cleaning and laundry, and find useful information about the property and neighbourhood,” he says.Rather than focus on tourists looking for a short-term stay, Blueground’s target market is professionals seeking mid-term living accommodations who might otherwise live in corporate housing. And judging by its growth, the company has certainly exploited the demand for such properties.Which is why it is to no surprise that Blueground now employees a staff of over 150 people, 80 of which work in the company’s Athens headquarters. Mr Chatzieleftheriou confirms that the local talent in Athens is the major factor in setting up the base in the Greek capital and therefore all the company’s central departments such as Engineering, Finance, Customer Experience, Online Sales, and Marketing are located there.“Greece is beginning to be recognised as a source of IT talent in Europe. There is an abundance of well-educated professionals that speak one to three languages on top of Greek. We really believe in the Greek talent and we will continue to support them,” he explains.A Blueground propety in Dubai.Although talent in Greece might be easy to find and attract, there are other challenges Blueground faces daily while operating a global company out of Greece, including political uncertainty, the complicated tax system, the inefficiency of the state and the continuous regulatory changes. According to Mr Chatzieleftheriou Blueground has managed to face these problems and achieve steady growth, thanks to the company’s innovative, global business model. According to him, Blueground solves two main problems that exist regardless of the economic environment. First it helps tenants by providing much needed high-quality furnished apartments, that meet the needs of the modern renters. It also assists landlords by helping them find and vett guests who pay on time and take care of the property.Chatzieleftheriou said that this tested formula, which is working so well in Greece, the US, Turkey and the UAE, can also be applied to other countries, including Australia.“Our aim is to be present in over 50 cities and 50,000 locations by 2023. Of course, Australia is among the areas we are examining.” *To find out more got to www.theblueground.comlast_img read more

Odorat nos gènes influencent notre capacité à sentir les odeurs

first_imgOdorat : nos gènes influencent notre capacité à sentir les odeursDes chercheurs néo-zélandais ont mis le nez dans les différences d’odorat existant entre les personnes. Selon eux, des gènes sont directement associés à notre ressenti des odeurs.L’odorat est un sens qui diffère beaucoup selon les personnes. Une odeur que l’on trouve exquise peut ne pas toucher un autre, un fromage bien fort peut autant faire saliver que retourner l’estomac. Deux nouvelles études parues dans la revue Current Biology lèvent le voile sur les secrets de notre nez. Et conclut que de nombreux gènes y sont associés.Au cours de leurs travaux, les chercheurs ont étudié un groupe de 200 personnes en leur présentant plusieurs molécules odorantes pour observer lesquelles faisaient le plus d’effet. Ensuite, ils ont cherché quelles parties de leur génome différaient entre les personnes qui pouvaient sentir telle odeur et celles qui ne le pouvaient pas. Ce genre de démarche est appelée “étude d’association pangénomique” et utilisée pour découvrir les variations génétiques entre individus, notamment pour les recherches en médecine.Un odorat dicté par les gènesSur les 10 odeurs testées, les chercheurs en ont trouvé quatre associées à une différence génétique. Cela signifie que l’habileté à sentir ces odeurs serait déterminée par des gènes. Il s’agit du malt (isobutyraldehyde), de la pomme (β-damascenone), du fromage bleu (2-heptanone) et du β-ionone, une odeur florale que l’on trouve en grande quantité dans les violettes.Jeremy McRae, du centre de recherche sur les plantes et la nourriture en Nouvelle-Zélande qui a conduit les deux études, déclare : “Nous étions surpris du nombre d’odeurs associées à des gènes. Si cela se confirme pour d’autres senteurs, on pourrait conclure que chaque individu a un odorat unique et particulier, sensible à différentes odeurs. Cela voudrait dire que lorsque l’on mange, nous avons chacun notre propre expérience du repas”.Une autre information a également capté l’attention des chercheurs : il n’existe pas de différences génétiques entre les populations humaines. En clair, que l’on soit européen, asiatique ou africain, nous sommes tout autant capables d’apprécier (ou pas) un roquefort, et de repérer si une pomme se trouve à proximité du fromage.Récepteurs olfactifs Les gènes concernés sont ceux des récepteurs olfactifs du nez. Ces récepteurs sont des “ports” moléculaires auxquels s’arriment les molécules odorantes. Le récepteur se charge ensuite d’envoyer au cerveau un message nerveux indiquant la nature de l’odeur. Il en existe des centaines de types différents. Dans le cas de la β-ionone, l’odeur de violettes, les chercheurs ont réussi à localiser très précisément la mutation du gène associée à la sensibilité à cette odeur. Chez certaines personnes, loin d’être agréable, l’odeur de violette est ainsi perçue comme aigre et piquante.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Face à de tels résultats, Richard Newcomb, l’un des auteurs, se prend à imaginer les possibles applications de ces découvertes : “Savoir ce que les gens sentent peut ouvrir la voie à de nouveaux produits alimentaires. Les entreprises pourraient créer des aliments qui ciblent notre odorant efficacement, même pourquoi pas des produits personnalisés à notre odorat”.En conclusion, vous pouvez désormais pratiquer votre propre test génétique sur vos amis en les testant avec un bouquet de fleur et du fromage…Le 4 août 2013 à 15:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more