Mass EVM tampering difficult to do US expert

first_imgWashington: Mass rigging of India’s EVMs is “very difficult” to do as these machines are offline that makes them standalone units, an eminent American expert has said as concerned raised by the Opposition over the possibility of their tampering. Ahead of the counting of votes in India, allegations were levelled by some parties that EVMs were being changed in the strong rooms in Bihar ad Uttar Pradesh. The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected reports of alleged EVM tampering and asserted that all machines used in the elections are absolutely safe in the strong rooms. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ “My impression looking at the serious studies is that it (Indian EVMs) is a pretty reliable technology. While no technology is perfect, but in the case of India, because these machines are offline, the only way of tampering with them is actually to physically tamper with the machine,” Gelb told PTI in an interview. Gelb, who has mainly done studies on EVMs in neighbouring Pakistan and some African countries, said that his understanding is that mass tampering with machines of the type used in India would be very difficult. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China “It would be very difficult to tamper them (Indian EVMs) on a mass basis, without being on a coordinated basis, without being observed. And they almost certainly by their design will cut out other abuses which are very prevalent in manual systems like ballot stuffing,” he said in response to a question. And the addition of voter-verified paper audit trail or VVPAT adds another layer of check to the reliability and authenticity of EVMs, he said. “It’s advisable to have a technology which allows for a human affected process to audit it if necessary. That is usually some form of paper record. I believe that in the US now, almost all of the electronic voting technology is either based on a paper form or create some form of paper record to enable it to be audited, he said. Noting that question is not whether it does work, but the question of whether people feel they have the capacity to oversee it, he said in India some of the controversies about the electronic voting are different from the controversies that have gone on in other countries because India’s not doing internet voting. “It’s simply a standalone electronic device, which is different from some of the voting systems that other countries have where you actually vote over the Internet,” he said. As the row over the EVMs persisted and opposition workers at several places kept a tight vigil at strongrooms storing them, the EC decided to follow the established procedure of counting VVPAT slips for the mandatory five polling stations per assembly segment of each parliamentary constituency at the end of the entire counting process.last_img read more

KMC to conduct health audit of all swimming pools

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation that began health audit of the College Square swimming pool on Friday will take up the same exercise for all swimming pools in the city.The move by the civic body assumed significance as a Class-IX student Mohammad Shahbaaz of a swimming club drowned at the College Square pool on Sunday. “We had published a booklet with a series of guidelines to be followed by the swimming clubs for the safety and security of the swimmers in 2017. The health audit will be conducted to see whether the pools in the city are adhering to the directives. Action will be taken in case of any negligency,” said Debasish Kumar, Member Mayor in Council (Parks & Gardens ). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSwimming pools located at Hedua, Tala Park, Puddapukur in Bhowanipore and all those that are under the jurisdiction of KMC will go through the audit. The exercise will be conducted by Kolkata District Swimming Committee in association with India Life Saving Society. It may be mentioned that the guidelines for the clubs was issued by the KMC after an ace swimmer Kajal Dutta, drowned at the College Square pool in August 2017. The directives included employing at least two trainers at each pool, no swimmers to be allowed in the pool without a life jacket, divers to be deployed in the pool for the swimmers. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe guidelines also stated that in case of children, guardians should not leave their wards and go elsewhere while they are being trained in swimming. KMC has already barred the Calcutta University Institute College Square (Vidyasagar Udyan) club one of the five odd located in College from imparting swimming lessons for novices until further orders. Shabaaz , a novice belonged to this club, encroached into the pool meant for the seniors by crossing the demarcation line. It may be mentioned that Shabaaz’s brother has lodged a complaint with Amherst Street police station alleging negligence on the part of Calcutta University Institute College Square for the former’s death. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to come up with separate swimming pools for learners across the city. “We have already come up with such pools where there will be no scope to venture into deep water in a similar manner as the victim did,” a senior KMC official said. The KMC has plans to implement this decision by the next swimming season that will begin from March 2020.last_img read more

JMB India head brought to Kolkata sent to 14 days custody

first_imgKolkata: A day after his arrest from Bihar’s Gaya district, top Indian functionary of Bangladesh-based terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) Ejaz Ahmad was brought to Kolkata by the city police on Tuesday. The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police on Monday arrested Ahmad from Pathantoli village in Gaya’s Buniyadpur. He is also known to be the terror outfit’s main recruiter in the country. “Ahmad was brought to Kolkata on a transit remand from a Gaya court,” an STF officer said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja On Tuesday, he was produced before a Kolkata court, which sent him to 14 days police custody till September 10. Ahmad, a native of West Bengal’s Birbhum district, reportedly joined JMB back in 2008 and had been in constant contact with Salauddin Salahein, another JMB operative, and Kausar, one of the key accused in the 2014 Khagragarh blast in Bengal’s Burdwan district. Kausar, alias Boma Mizan, was arrested earlier this month from Bengaluru by the National Investigating Agency (NIA). According to the STF, Ahmad has been booked under IPC Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 130 (any person who knowingly aids or assists a state prisoner or prisoner of war to escape from lawful custody or harbours such a prisoner) and various sections of the Explosive Substances Act.last_img read more

AJAs Announces 2017 Finalists

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment HALIFAX – A celebration of excellence in Atlantic Canadian journalism was held Friday night  during the 37th Atlantic Journalism Awards, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The gold and silver awards were as follows:Best Page Presentation: NewspaperThe gold winner was: Victoria Bond – Telegraph-Journal – Saint John, NB – The nature of nature. Advertisement Wayne Thibodeau/Jocelyne Lloyd/Carolyn Drake/Paul Pettipas – The Guardian – Charlottetown, PEI – The price of poverty.Photojournalism NewsThe gold winner was: Diane Doiron – For The Canadian Press – Pointe Sapin, NB – The fire within.The silver finalists in this category were:Keith Gosse – The Telegram – St. John’s, NL – Collision victim comforts friend.Keith Gosse – The Telegram – St. John’s, NL – Devastating fire.Photojournalism Portrait/FeatureThe gold winner was: Chris Donovan – Freelance Photographer CBC NB – Hampton, NB – Patricia’s dolls.The silver finalists in this category were:Andrew Vaughan – The Canadian Press – Halifax, NS – Proposal accepted.Scott Munn – The Deep – Halifax, NS – They call it Syria town.Tim Krochak – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – Sliver of light.Atlantic Magazine ArticleThe gold winner was: Tom Cheney/Nick Hawkins – Atlantic Salmon Journal – Chamcook, NB – Sons of the river.The silver finalists in this category were:Deborah Carr – Saltscapes – Bedford, NS – Lighthouse Keeper’s daughters.Sarah Sawler – Halifax Magazine – Halifax, NS – Choose your own Halifax disaster.Stephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John’s, NL – Growth op.Atlantic Magazine: Best CoverThe gold winner was: At Home on the North Shore – Pictou, NS – Spring 2017: Strait Up.The silver finalists in this category were:Atlantic Books Today – Halifax, NS – Spring 2017: 150? Canada’s sticky, messy history.Atlantic Salmon Journal – Chamcook, NB – Winter 2017: River life – Falls Brook Falls.Saltscapes – Bedford, NS – Spring 2017: Travel issue cover.Atlantic Magazine: Best Profile ArticleThe gold winner was: Janet Wallace – Saltscapes – Bedford, NS – Free Range.The silver finalists in this category were:Jennifer Hatt – At Home on the North Shore – Pictou, NS – At home with…Thomas Steinhart.Stephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John’s, NL – Confessions of a real life ad man.Breaking/Spot News Reporting: Print and OnlineThe gold winner was: Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon/Rachel Cave – CBC NB – Saint John, NB – Murder in Alberta.The silver finalists in this category were:Michael MacDonald/Michael Tutton/Kieran Leavitt – The Canadian Press – Halifax, NS – Four dead in “very, very shocking” house fire in New Brunswick.Mike Landry – Telegraph-Journal – Saint John, NB – Outage creates havoc across region.Breaking News RadioThe gold winner was: CBC Radio Labrador Morning Team – CBC NL – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL – Mud Lake evacuation.The silver finalist in this category was:Gerri Lynn Mackey – VOCM – St. John’s, NL – Search resumes for Cortney Lake.Breaking News/Spot News: TelevisionThe gold winner was: Bart Fraize – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Froude Avenue fire.The silver finalists in this category were:Bart Fraize – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Avondale standoff.Jodi Cooke – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Still searching.Enterprise Reporting: PrintThe gold winner was: Karissa Donkin/Shane Fowler – CBC NB – Fredericton, NB – The lost children.The silver finalists in this category were:Aaron Beswick – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – Annapolis tidal turbine.Andrea Gunn – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – Former child refugee fights deportation to Somalia.Brett Bundale – The Canadian Press – Halifax, NS – Abortion access in Nova Scotia among worst in Canada: advocates.Enterprise Reporting: RadioThe gold winner was: Robert Jones – CBC NB – Saint John, NB – Property tax scandal.The silver finalists in this category were:Katie Breen – CBC NL – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL – Ambulance response times.Phlis McGregor/Angela MacIvor/Christina Harnett/Jack Julian/Susan Allen – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – Street checks.Enterprise Reporting: TelevisionThe gold winner was: Rob Antle/Ariana Kelland/Jen White/Fred Hutton/Paul Pickett – CBC NL – St. John’s, NL – Public figure, private turmoil.The silver finalists in this category were:Pierre-Alexandre Bolduc – Radio-Canada Acadie – Moncton, NB – L’Église catholique au bord du gouffre au Nouveau-Brunswick.Michael Gorman – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – IWK expense scandal.Feature Writing: PrintThe gold winner was: Chelsea Murray – The Deep – Halifax, NS – How not to die.The silver finalists in this category were:Brett Bundale – The Canadian Press – Halifax, NS – The silence after the blast: how the Halifax explosion was nearly forgotten.Michelle Bartleman – Times&Transcript – Moncton, NB – A day in the life of a monk.Feature Writing: RadioThe gold winner was: Elizabeth McMillan – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – Atlantic Voice: Returning to their roots.The silver finalists in this category were:Angela Gilbert/Lauren Bird/Karissa Donkin – CBC NB – Fredericton, NB – Deep trouble: Joe Howlett’s story.Rachel Cave – CBC NB – Saint John, NB – Remembering Cindy.Feature Writing: TelevisionThe gold winner was: Sabrina Fabian/Jean-Francois Bisson – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – Climate change taking toll on mental health of Inuit.The silver finalists in this category were:Héloïse Bargain – Radio-Canada Acadie – Moncton, NB – Les généreux collègues de Zoe Suarez.Trina Roache – APTN – Halifax, NS – Bart Jack – Innu resistance.Business Reporting: Any MediumThe gold winner was: Karen Pinchin – The Deep – Halifax, NS – Catch and release.The silver finalists in this category were:Connell Smith/Paul Hantiuk – CBC NB – Saint John, NB – At loggerheads.Frances Willick – LocalXpress.ca – Halifax, NS – Rockweed.Sports Reporting: Any MediumThe gold winner was: Maria Jose Burgos – CBC NB – Fredericton, NB –  Transgender athletes thwarted in pursuit of university sports.The silver finalists in this category were:Mark Dwyer – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Little champion, big hero.Sean Hatchard/Sarah Seeley – Times&Transcript – Moncton, NB – Rough year for high school football.Arts & Entertainment Reporting: Any MediumThe gold winner was: Zach Goudie/Mark Cumby – CBC NL – St. John’s, NL – Still some more to go.The silver finalists in this category were:Chad Pelley – The Overcast – St. John’s, NL – Mary MacDonald’s message: art = work. Important work.Heather Gillis – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Come From Away opens on Broadway.Commentary: Any MediumThe gold winner was: Maggie Rahr – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – #MeToo The man who raped me moved into my neighbourhood.The silver finalists in this category were:Adam Bowie – The Daily Gleaner – Fredericton, NB – Why Gord Downie mattered – to me and the rest of the countryStephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John’s, NL – Pushing for a human economy.Video Journalist: TelevisionThe gold winner was: Brett Ruskin – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – Show of work.The silver finalists in this category were:Danielle Barron – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Show of work.Philippe Grenier – Radio-Canada Acadie – St. John’s NL – Show of work.Best Community Newspaper News StoryThe gold winner was: Kyle Greenham – Northern Pen – St. Anthony, NL – Williams Harbour resettlement.The silver finalists in this category were:Aidan Cox/Andrew Ryan/Jennifer Bishop/Mark Rickard – The Northern Light – Bathurst, NB – Beluga whale rescue.Tammy Scott-Wallace – Kings County Record – Sussex, NB – Father hopes his “princess” can walk for the prom.Editorial CartooningThe gold winner was: Bruce MacKinnon – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – Show of work.The silver finalists in this category were:Michael de Adder – The Chronicle Herald/Brunswick News – Show of work.Wayne Wright – Journal Pioneer – Summerside, PEI – Show of work.Best Information News Radio Program (Selected Program)The gold winner was: Verglas 2017: Émission spéciale du 29 janvier – Radio-Canada Acadie – Moncton, NB.The silver finalists in this category were:Maritime Noon October 11, 2017: Sexual harassment in the workplace  – CBC NS – Halifax, NS.The Sheldon MacLeod Show June 13, 2017: Sober second thoughts – NEWS95.7 Rogers Radio – Halifax, NS.Best Radio Newscast (Selected Newscast)The gold winner was: VOCM 1 PM News May 17, 2017 – VOCM – St. John’s, NL.The silver finalists in this category were:CBC PEI 4:30 PM News July 26, 2017 – CBC PEI – Charlottetown, PEI.NEWS95.7 Morning News September 7, 2017 – NEWS95.7 Rogers Radio – Halifax, NS.Best Television News BroadcastThe gold winner was: Here & Now October 30, 2017 – CBC NL – St. John’s, NL.The silver finalists in this category were:Le téléjournal Acadie, épisode du 25 janvier 2017 – Radio-Canada Acadie – Moncton, NB.CBC Nova Scotia News January 20, 2017 – CBC NS – Halifax, NS..The Jim MacNeill New Journalist AwardThe gold winner was: Maria Jose Burgos – CBC NB – Fredericton, NB – Show of work.The silver finalists in this category were:Michael Robinson – Telegraph-Journal – Saint John, NB – Show of work.Michelle Bartleman – Times&Transcript – Moncton, NB – Show of work.Best Student JournalismThe gold winner was: University of King’s College Students – The Signal – Halifax, NS – 9:04:35.The silver finalists in this category were:Hadeel Ibrahim – The Aquinian, St. Thomas University – Fredericton, NB – English department loses its muise.Kyle Greenham – College of the North Atlantic Journalism – St. John’s NL – Missing: a town on edge.Our thanks to Cision for sponsoring this announcement. Advertisement The silver finalists in this category were:Diane Crocker/Troy Turner – The Western Star – Corner Brook, NL – #MeToo.center_img Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Thunder Bay police under fire over handling of death and missing First

first_img(The parents of Josiah Begg make another plea for his return Wednesday at a media conference in Thunder Bay. “Please come home,” said his mom Sunshine Winters. Photo: Willow Fiddler.)APTN National NewsThe conduct of Thunder Bay police and its handling of its investigations into a missing youth and the death of another came under fire Wednesday as chiefs said they have no confidence in police to conduct thorough investigations.Police ruled there was no foul play in the death of Tammy Keeash, 17, May 7.And police haven’t been able to locate Josiah Begg, 14, who has been missing since May 6.“All available resources should have been deployed on a 24/7 basis since the day Josiah disappeared and the city should be turned upside down until he is found,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “Police have done no better investigating Tammy’s death, accepting drowning as the cause but failing to determine how she ended up in the water.”Pearl Slipperjack says not enough counselling for kids like her daughter #TammyKeeash + shld be more resources “Tammy was a troubled kid”. pic.twitter.com/l3tDJqmTnT— Willow Fiddler (@WillowBlasizzo) May 17, 2017According to the chief of North Caribou Lake First Nation, where Keeash was from but living in a Thunder Bay group home, Keeash was trained to survive in difficult environments.“Tammy lived in community surrounded by water. As a member of the Junior Canadian Rangers she was trained to survive in harsh conditions. We are skeptical about how she died and where her body was found,” said Chief Dinah Kanate. “We have many questions and look to the police and appropriate agencies for answers.”Begg, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, was in Thunder Bay with his father for a medical appointment when he was last seen around 10 p.m. near the Vale Community Centre.“It is a stressful time for the family and our community as we await word of our missing youth, Josiah Begg,” said Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief James Cutfeet.Police said May 12 that a post-mortem examination indicated Keeash’s death was consistent with drowning.NAN has pushed police to treat Keeash’s death as a suspicious death after her body was found in the Neebing McIntyre floodway.#TammyKeeash was a trained Canadian Ranger, she knew water safety says #NAN @gcfiddler abt Coroner’s drowning conclusion #tbay pic.twitter.com/NP1HrJovt5— Willow Fiddler (@WillowBlasizzo) May 17, 2017“Our communities do not have confidence in the police to conduct thorough investigations. Our leaders are now forced to pool their resources to coordinate their own searches and – potentially – fund their own private investigations. If the police won’t act, we will,” said Fiddler.NAN said the missing persons investigations have been questioned before, which led to the inquest into the deaths of seven NAN youth since 2000 while living in Thunder Bay.In November 2016, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director announced a systemic review of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s practices for policing Indigenous peoples.The review is looking at policies, practices and attitudes regarding missing persons and death investigations said NAN.NAN has established a command centre at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School to lead the search for Begg.“We are heartbroken over Tammy’s tragic loss and our hearts and prayers are with her family and the Weagamow community, who laid her body to rest (Tuesday),” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “We appreciate the efforts of everyone searching for Josiah and we will not give up hope for his safe return. His family and community desperately want him back, and we will do everything possible to find him.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

UN agency sets out priority steps to realize Green Economy for 21st

31 December 2009The United Nations environmental agency has identified three priority areas in the race to mitigate climate change based on harnessing the benefits of ecosystems, from coral reefs to forests, coupled with non-fossil fuel technology that exploits solar, geo-thermal and wind energy. “It is now widely recognized that healthy ecosystems from coral reefs and wetlands to mangroves and fertile soils are a key to successfully adapting to climate change,” the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a news release on what it called a rapidly evolving strategy “in response to the needs of Member States and the growing number of requests on how best to realize a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy for the 21st century.”Calling the management and maintenance of such systems “a buffer and an insurance policy against extreme weather events and a rapidly changing climate,” UNEP stressed that ecosystems and the services they provide represent serious, multi-trillion dollar economic assets.It cites a recent UNEP report compiled with scientists that estimates that carbon emissions equal to half the annual emissions of the global transport sector are being captured and stored by marine ecosystems such as mangroves, salt marshes and sea grasses alone.Based on this, UNEP is helping Member States in demonstration projects such as assisting Iraq in rehabilitating the marshlands of Mesopotamia, supporting Kenya in restoring the Mau forest complex and aiding Mali in reviving Lake Faguibine. Plans are also under way for ecosystem rehabilitation in Haiti. “UNEP is ready to support Member States in gearing up their economies to overcome policy and financial barriers and to incorporate ecosystem adaptation measures into national climate, development and sectoral strategies,” the agency said. The second priority area concerns the so-called REDD and REDD+ programme – Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. Emissions linked with deforestation and forest degradation may account for close to 20 per cent of current global greenhouse gas emissions and UNEP is part of the international effort to prepare developing economies for a REDD regime.Through the UN-REDD Programme – a partnership between UNEP, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – nine countries are being made ready for REDD with methodologies, monitoring and verification systems and safeguards to ensure value not only in climate and national economic terms but in terms of livelihoods for local communities.Methodologies, monitoring and verification techniques are being tested in western Kenya, China, Niger and Nigeria. It should soon allow farmers and landowners to benefit from carbon sequestration of different farming and land management regimes including agro-forestry. By some estimates a country such as Indonesia could generate revenues of around $1 billion a year initially if deforestation rates are halved. The third priority area is clean technology readiness. “Investing in low-carbon energy alternatives and reducing emissions from inefficient energy consumption also make economic and environmental sense,” UNEP noted. “However, although many low-carbon technologies are already commercially viable, transferring them to new markets and mainstreaming their use globally remains a challenge.”To bridge this gap, UNEP and its partners are already delivering via smart market mechanisms. In India, a joint project with the UN Foundation, the Shell Foundation and Indian banks has brought down the cost of solar technology loans. Within a matter of a few years, 100,000 people have accessed solar electricity in rural areas and the initiative is now self-financing. Another project, with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), targets more efficient geothermal exploration in East Africa. The penetration of solar water heater systems in North Africa has also been pioneered by UNEP and partners with the critical linking of loans to electricity utility bills – the key to unlocking the market.Meanwhile, UNEP has undertaken renewable energy mapping assessments, helping 15 developing countries determine their solar and wind potential and devise policies to tap them. It has also launched an effort to help more than 35 countries determine the specific low greenhouse gas technologies best able to meet their development needs and prepare national plans to acquire and use those technologies. read more

Security Council hails efforts to resolve IraqKuwait issues

Members of the Security Council today voiced their backing for the work of the United Nations envoy seeking to resolve outstanding matters relating to Iraq’s 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait, and hailed the Baghdad Government for its role in the process.Following a briefing today from the envoy, Ambassador Yuli Vorontsov, Council members issued a press statement voicing their “full support” his continued efforts and welcoming the “continuing construction engagement” of the Government of Iraq.The current President of the 15-member body, Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya, also voiced confidence that the parties could work towards a satisfactory solution to all of the outstanding humanitarian aspects related to the loss of Kuwaiti and third country persons and property resulting from the invasion.In addition, Council members repeated their previous condemnation of the execution of Kuwaiti and third country nationals by the previous Iraqi regime, in violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, and reiterated their conviction that those responsible should be brought to justice. read more

Mars recalls candy bars in 55 countries after plastic find

Mars recalls candy bars in 55 countries after plastic find BERLIN – U.S. chocolate maker Mars said Tuesday it’s recalling candy bars and other items in 55 countries in Europe and elsewhere after plastic was found in one of its products.Roel Govers, spokesman for Mars in the Netherlands, told The Associated Press that the recall affects 55 countries but would not provide further details, saying the company would email a news release later.Mars in Germany confirmed that it was one of the countries affected, and said in a statement that the recall affected products with “best before” dates from June 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017.“We have intentionally chosen a long production time frame in order to ensure that all possibly affected products are recalled,” the company said in a German-language statement, adding that it was in “close contact” with food safety authorities.It also did not specify which other countries were affected, and Mars in Germany did not respond to calls or emails. The German news agency dpa cited a Mars Germany spokesman saying the voluntary recall affects products made early this year in the Netherlands.The Dutch food safety authority posted what it said was a Mars press release on its website, saying a piece of plastic had been found in a product that could lead to choking. It listed affected products as: Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Celebrations, and Mini Mix.Mars, Inc. is privately held and based in McLean, Virginia. It also owns the world’s largest chewing gum maker, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.The Mars family owns the secretive company, making it one of the wealthiest families in the U.S., according to business research company Hoover’s.___David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, contributed to this report. FILE- In this Feb. 11, 2008 file photo, chocolate bars from Mars are pictured in a store in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. U.S chocolate maker Mars said Tuesday it’s recalling candy bars and other items in 55 countries in Europe and elsewhere after plastic was found in one of its products. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File) by David Rising, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2016 9:40 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State dominates Robert Morris 9564 to begin Holtmannera with

Junior guard C.J. Jackson signals to his team during Ohio State’s 95-64 win over Robert Morris. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann received texts from coaches and friends before Friday’s game against Robert Morris telling him to enjoy the moment of his first game as head coach of Ohio State. He ignored those texts.Rather than feeling excited for the moment, he said he felt anxious, hoping to provide the 11,128 fans in attendance with a winning game in his debut. He did not disappoint as the Holtmann-era of Ohio State men’s basketball began with a resounding win as the Buckeyes (1-0) ran away to an easy 95-64 victory against Robert Morris (0-1).Ohio State finished the game going 40-for-67 from the field compared to just 23-of-65 for the Colonials. Though the Buckeyes turned over the ball 19 times, they made up for it by dominating in the paint, finishing the game with 51 rebounds to Robert Morris’ 23. The Buckeyes dominated the game nearly across the board, but it was the turnovers that stood out the most to the head coach.“The 19 turnovers is my overriding thought right now,” Holtmann said after the game. “They forced us into some things and then we had some foolish plays as well.” Playing in his first game since Jan. 1, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop provided the spark Holtmann’s Buckeyes needed throughout the game, finishing with a team-leading 19 points and 11 rebounds. A primary question mark heading into the season was Ohio State’s depth at point guard. Junior C.J. Jackson was a bench player last season, but was expected to step up and be the starter at the one being that he was the lone natural point guard. He quickly impacted the game, making Ohio State’s first block of the season at 1:07 into the game and the first basket of the season for the Buckeyes. Jackson finished the game with seven points, three rebounds and six assists. All night Jackson was on point with his passing. At 14:18, he found freshman forward Kaleb Wesson under the net on a pick-and-roll play, leading Wesson to the bucket for an easy lay-up. Then with 5:12 left in the first half, Jackson floated an alley-oop pass to freshman guard Musa Jallow, who finished for the dunk to put the Buckeyes ahead 34-19.Ohio State stumbled briefly out of the gate and fell behind 6-2 to Robert Morris. But with 16:59 remaining, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams made a 3-pointer to give the Buckeyes a 7-6 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.It was all Ohio State from there. The Buckeyes went on an 18-5 run to plant themselves firmly out in front of the Colonials 25-11. Bates-Diop said the slow start for the team simply came down to nerves in the team’s first regular season game.“Just first game jitters,” Bates-Diop said. “And then we obviously cleaned it up quick as we could.”Shortly after the Buckeyes had put themselves ahead, Jallow stole the ball away from junior forward Malik Petteway and raced towards the basket before driving home a dunk with 11:23 remaining for the first two points of his collegiate career. He finished the game with 11 points and three rebounds. As Jallow ran away with the basketball, a simple thought lingered in his mind as nothing but the basket stood in front of him.“Don’t trip over my foot,” Jallow laughed. “That’s probably the first thing and then the second thing is just dunk it as hard as you can, just try to get the crowd into it. But it’s really exciting.”Jallow was not alone in stealing the show with his flashy plays. Young drove home a loud dunk with 0:51 remaining in the game. Eleven seconds later, he finished another as the fans stood up and remainded on their feet until the end of the game.The freshmen — Jallow, Wesson and forward Kyle Young — all proved to be crowd-pleasers throughout the game, and all played meaningful minutes for the team. Jallow, Young and Wesson each finished with impressive stat lines, registering 11, four and 13 points, respectively, in the contest. Jallow finished with three rebounds, Young with three and Wesson with seven rebounds.Holtmann said he did not enter the game with a number in mind for minutes on the freshmen, but as he has said all offseason, he knew the three would see the court. And with each one delivering some thrilling moments throughout the game, Holtmann said the move to use them will pay off down the road. “I think I knew that we were try to go a rotation is about nine or 10 deep right now, and we’ll try to, I would like to play guys now to get a feel for in how we can be moving into the later parts of the season,” Holtmann said. “But I think we had some good moments from everybody on the bench and we also had some moments that we can take film from and say, ‘Hey, listen, we’ve got to do this better.’”Unlike the first half, the Buckeyes came out firing on all cylinders to open up the second. On their first possession just 17 seconds into the half, sophomore center Micah Potter soared over the defense in the post to electrify the Buckeye crowd with a dunk. The next possession, Jackson missed a 3-pointer, but Bates-Diop recovered the rebound and scored five seconds later on a layup. With 16 minutes left in the game, Bates-Diop attempted a layup and missed, but fought through traffic to collect his own rebound and knock it in on a second layup attempt with 15:55 remaining. Another steal by the Buckeyes 14 seconds later, this time from Jallow, led to the freshman’s third dunk of the night to put the Buckeyes out in front 73-43. Robert Morris was forced to call a timeout. The Buckeyes are back in action when they host Radford at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Schottenstein Center. read more

LeBrons Cavs Are The Best Team Ever To Fire Its Coach Midseason

Frank Layden1988-89Jazz158411-6Resigned COACHSEASONTEAMELOCOACH RECORDNOTES The Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach David Blatt on Friday, even though he guided the team to the NBA Finals last season and a 30-11 record so far this year.The NBA is a tough league. But as far as we can tell, no coach has been fired under similar circumstances before.Below, you’ll find a table of NBA coaches since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77 who were fired or resigned in the middle of the regular season when their teams had an Elo rating of 1550 or higher.1The table excludes interim head coaches who were dismissed after a permanent replacement was found. The league-average Elo rating is about 1500, so a rating of 1550 reflects a pretty good team; about as good as the Atlanta Hawks right now. Coaches don’t usually get fired when their teams are playing well. But Blatt’s Cavs haven’t just been good; they’ve been on the verge of great. The team’s current Elo rating is 1669, far higher than that of any other team when it fired a coach mid-season.When a coach does get fired despite a solid record, it’s usually because his team is underperforming lofty expectations. But that can’t really be said of the Cavs. Their preseason team win total at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook was 56.5 wins; they’re actually a little ahead of that pace, currently projecting to finish the season 61-21 instead.Yes, the Cavs were embarrassed on Monday by the Warriors, 132-98. But one bad regular-season loss isn’t usually enough to doom a coach. It’s reasonable to ask whether the overt tension between Blatt and superstar LeBron James played a role because there’s not really a good precedent for something like this happening. (James was reportedly not consulted about Blatt’s firing.)Larry Brown resigned under pressure as head coach of the New Jersey Nets late in the 1982-83 season despite a 47-26 record, but that was because he’d agreed to take a job the next season at the University of Kansas. Del Harris was canned as Lakers’ head coach early in the 1998-99 season when the team had a strong 1611 Elo rating, but its record was just 6-6 at that point, below the perennially high expectations in Lakerland. Don Nelson2004-05Mavericks159742-22Resigned Larry Brown1982-83Nets159947-26Resigned under pressure Paul Westhead1981-82Lakers15727-4Fired Larry Brown1991-92Spurs158621-17Fired David Blatt2015-16Cavaliers166930-11Fired Gene Shue1977-7876ers15592-4Fired Source: Basketball-reference.com Del Harris1998-99Lakers16116-6Fired Stan Van Gundy2005-06Heat158011-10Resigned under pressure Jack McKinney1979-80Lakers155210-4Injured Danny Ainge1999-2000Suns156313-7Resigned The most abrupt NBA coaching departures read more

Kennel Club secretary quits amid racism row over claims she used the

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Kennel Club’s long-standing secretary has resigned after being accused of racism – sparking claims by whistle-blowers that there is a “climate of tyrannical fear” at Britain’s oldest charity for dogs.The organisation’s official spokeswoman Caroline Kisko, 63, quit after a staff member reportedly complained she said  “n**gas in the woodpile”.She was said to have apologised immediately after using the expression during a meeting with two colleagues last month.But staff were left shocked when the KC publicly announced her sudden departure on August 30, according to the Mail on Sunday.Earlier that day all board members but chairman Tony Allcock had been informed by email that she was leaving immediately “to pursue other interests”.The crisis at the 146-year-old organisation, which runs Crufts pedigree dog show and whose patron is the Queen, then escalated after whistleblowers wrote a letter to each member of the board claiming that there was a climate of fear for staff at work.It came as its chief financial officer Kevin McGuirk faces racism claims from a current employee at an employment tribunal due to be held in November.The letter stated: “Kevin [Mr McGuirk] has created an atmosphere of tyrannical fear among staff and anyone who opposed orquestioned his bullying and abusive manner has been either disciplined or dismissed.”The resultant atmosphere of total fear has stopped anyone coming forward to complain. Caroline was the heart and soul of the KC and we were all proud every time we saw her on TV defending the KC or heard her on the radio speaking out for all of us.””There are a good deal of rumours which frankly we believe may be true. If this is the case, then it is probable that Caroline was pushed out of the KC against her will.”The KC refused to comment.  read more

Significant damage averted as small fire at Giftland Mall contained

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFire at Queen’s College building quickly contained by prompt Fire ServiceSeptember 20, 2017In “latest news”Major catastrophe averted at GRAFebruary 12, 2019In “latest news”Update: UG to undertake fire safety audit of all its facilities- Vice ChancellorMarch 9, 2017In “latest news” A fire of unknown origin which erupted at the Giftland Mall, Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was quickly contained saving the institution from further damage.Clean up works following the fireAccording to reports, the fire started at around 06:10hrs this morning (Saturday) in the Royal Castle outlet located on the upper flat of the Mall.This publication understands that the security team was called upon when smoke was seen emanating from the vents of the Royal Castle outlet.As such, management was alerted and upon breaking into the building, the fire was noticed in the supervisor’s office of the outlet.The fire service was called to the scene and the fire was quickly extinguished.Divisional Officer of Operations of the Fire Service, Gregory Wickham said they “received a call from the fire department that there is a fire at the Giftland Mall and upon arrival, we were able to see that smoke and flames were emanating from the Royal Castle department.”Wickham, who noted that investigations are ongoing, could not say what the cause of the fire was at the time.Health and Safety Officer of Giftland, Dale Denisford revealed that the fire was confined to a small area and as such, the company did not suffer much losses.He revealed that “the fire was contained to the office room of the royal castle, we were able to utilise our procedures to extinguish that fire. The fire did not affect any other place other than a small part”.As such, the Mall was reopened at around 11:00hrs. read more

Hitachi and Hitachi Plant Technologies initiate joint research on seawater desalination facilities

first_imgHitachi Ltd and Hitachi Plant Technologies have signed an agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University (KAU) for joint research on water quality monitoring technology to be used in seawater desalination facilities. The joint research will focus on the demonstration and validation, evaluation, and improvement of water quality monitoring technology developed at Hitachi’s Yokohama Research Laboratory that will be used in Hitachi Plant Technologies’ seawater desalination plant. This work will be conducted over a nearly two-year period in cooperation with KAU’s Center of Excellence in Desalination Technology (CEDT), which is one of the most experienced organisations in this field in Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most important markets for seawater desalination plants.Seawater reverse osmosis plants based on reverse osmosis (RO) membranes are widely used to obtain potable water and industrial water in regions which have a serious shortage of water resources and are becoming increasingly important in mining projects in such regions. An important task in operating the seawater reverse osmosis plants is preventing membrane fouling caused by the foulants included in the seawater. An accurate assessment of seawater properties based on its monitoring is essential for controlling fouling and ensuring stable operation of the plants because the operating parameters must be set in view of these properties.The water quality monitoring technology developed at Hitachi’s Yokohama Research Laboratory measures the very small amount of substances in seawater that cause RO membrane fouling using the quartz crystal microbalance method (QCM method). The QCM method measures the mass of minute quantities of substances adhering to a quartz oscillator by detecting changes in the oscillator’s natural frequency induced by the mass increase. This approach has already been developed for film thickness sensors used in semiconductor production equipment and other applications. Hitachi and Hitachi Plant Technologies have studied the relationship between RO membrane fouling and water quality monitoring data using the QCM method with view to controlling operations for minimise fouling and optimising the cleaning and replacement intervals of RO membranes. Using actual seawater from the Red Sea, the joint research with KAU’s CEDT will demonstrate the performance of this system and accelerate its commercialisation. The Hitachi Group plans to use the results of the joint research to expand business in EPC of seawater desalination plants and their operation and management business.CEDT Executive Manager Dr. Mohammed H. Albeirutty expressed his hopes for the project, saying, “This project is an opportunity to blaze a new trail in seawater desalinisation plants by leveraging the advanced technology of Hitachi and Hitachi Plant Technologies.” Dr. Koichi Tsuzuki, Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi Plant Technologies, echoed Dr. Albeirutty’s sentiment, saying, “It is our hope that Hitachi’s technologies, not limited to the fruits of this joint research project, will contribute to the further development of Saudi Arabia.” Hitachi and Hitachi Plant Technologies will continue to hold discussions with KAU on expanding their areas of cooperation.last_img read more

Nama is selling its first ever retail park portfolio worth a total

first_imgCarrickmines Retail Park. Source: Google MapsNAMA HAS ANNOUNCED its first ever offering of retail parks, consisting of five different properties.It is hoped that the portfolio will sell for in the region of €110 million.At more than 258,000 square feet, the largest of these is the M1 Retail Park in Drogheda, Co Louth.It currently earns €2.8 million per year in rent, and also has 31 acres of zoned land.However, 60% of the value of this Nama portfolio comes from the second largest park.A significant part (203,170 square feet) of Carrickmines Retail Park in south Dublin will be put up for sale at a value of roughly €66 million. Agents for the sale, CBRE and DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald, have stressed the site’s low vacancy rate of 7.6%.The three other parks included are:Lakepoint Retail Park in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, which is 85,000 square feet and has a vacancy rate of 25%.Poppyfield Retail Park in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, generating €1.1 million in rent per yearFour Lakes Retail Park in Carlow, a site with a high vacancy rate… but there is a drive-thru Supermacs at the entrance. The Four Lakes Retail Park, with the drive-thru Supermacs in all its glory. Source: Google MapsNama recouped more than €800 million that debtors had transferred beyond the agency’s reach, it was revealed earlier this week.Two thirds of which was in property were property, while the remaining third was mostly comprised of share portfolios as cash.Read: “It’s tough against faceless power on that level” – cultural groups fight losing battle with Nama >Opinion: Massive state intervention in house building? Welcome back to 2007 >last_img read more

Real estate prices will continue to rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram House prices are expected to rise substantially over coming years as a result of a shortage of new housing for Australia’s growing population according to a report by BIS Shrapnel.The BIS Shrapnel report was prepared on behalf of insurance company QBE LMI. Greek Australian senior project manager for BIS Shrapnel, Angie Zigomanis explained to Neos Kosmos English Edition that house prices will increase Australia wide by 20 percent over the next three years. The report uses the median house price indicator and especially for Melbourne this increase is estimated at 19 percent. The leading city for the house price jump is Adelaide with a 23 percent, followed by Sydney with 21 percent, Brisbane and Hobart with 15 percent, Darwin with 17 percent while Perth and Canberra house values can expect a 12 percent rise.This increase reflects the lack of building enough new dwellings to accommodate population growth, according to Mr Zigomanis. “This means there is a shortfall that is flowing through to low vacancy rates and stronger rental growth,” Mr Zigomanis said. For the the next 12 months he anticipates that price growth will be fairly subdued because of the weak economic conditions but this trend will reverse upwards. The estimate is also factoring in the potential increases in interest rates. “We expect interest rate rises to be fairly limited over the next 12 months but by 2012 we expect the housing variable rates to be 1.25-1.50 percent higher than where they are now,” Mr Zigomanis pointed out. The Reserve Bank only recently decided to increase the interest rate by 0.25 percent bringing the official rate to 3.25 percent. Mr Zigomanis suggested that the current environment with the interest rates still at low levels is encouranging for first home buyers to enter the market. He further stressed that people who have the extra cash should be looking at paying more than what their minimum repayments are for their house loans.  As to the question if first home buyers are stretching the limits of the market, Mr Zigomanis was reassurring: “A lot of people are saying that first home buyers are paying at the limit of what they can afford and they’ll be impacted by rising interest rates, but I suspect that you’ll find a lot of the banks have been fairly conservative in terms of what they have been lending and how much deposit they’ve been requiring from first home buyers.”last_img read more

The Nose Knows Understanding Our Sense of Smell at a Molecular Level

first_img ‘Robo-Nose’ Made From Mouse Cells Could Replace K-9 OfficersCan’t Concentrate? Light a Coffee-Scented Candle Glandular secretions from animals, plants, and artificial substances have long formed the base notes of perfumes and traditional Chinese medicine.But little is known about how musks work at the molecular level when we smell.Until now.A new discovery—detailed by a Yale University-led research group in a study published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences—could reveal how certain odors affect our mood and behavior.Scientists for years have struggled to determine how the nose perceives scents—and, subsequently, how the brain relates them to emotional and cognitive responses.Certain elements are clear: initial detection of odor occurs in a small area at the back of the nose, called the olfactory epithelium; millions of regenerating neurons connect the external world to the brain.Each time you inhale through your nose, those neurons bind to specialized receptor proteins, which create an electrical signal that travels to the brain and flips a switch that begins processing olfactory information. That data is then sent to another area of the brain that controls thought and behavior.Somewhere along the way, though, scientists are getting lost.But Yale chemistry professor Victor Batista, a principal investigator for the study, has a theory.“Our sense of smell is triggered by the perception of small volatile molecules (odorants) in the air that get into our nose and stick to receptors in the olfactory epithelium,” he explained to Geek in an email. “The receptors are proteins with the shape of a barrel, embedded in cell membranes, so the odorants [that] come from the outside of the cell get inside of the barrel, bind to specific sites, and induce conformational changes to the barrel receptor.”The G-protein inside a cell detects that change and initiates a sequence of reactions “that ultimately results in nerve impulse to the brain,” Batista said.Previous research identified in humans two olfactory receptors—OR5AN1 and OR1A1—that respond to musk compounds. Those receptors, Batista & Co. believe, interact with odorant molecules in the nose to initiate a neuronal response that triggers the perception of a smell.“Our findings allow us to understand how olfaction works at the molecular level,” Yale postdoctoral associate Lucky Ahmed, the study’s co-lead author, said in a statement.Research was led by co-lead authors Ahmed and Yuetian Zhang of SJTU; other investigators include Eric Block of the University of Albany-SUNY, David O’Hagan from the University of St. Andrews, and Hanyi Zhuang of SJTU.Additional support came from the University of Campinas, Duke University, and China Agricultural University. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Sunset Cliffs mermaid leaves goodbye message to her fans

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Sunset Cliffs Mermaid is no longer there, but she left a heartfelt goodbye message to her fans.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with a friend of the artist with more on why she disappeared.Related Story: Sunset Mermaid draws large crowds to the beach. Dan Plante Sunset Cliffs mermaid leaves goodbye message to her fans Dan Plante, Updated: 10:25 PM June 15, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: June 15, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more