The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) hit back at the Congress on Thursday, saying it would prepare a “report card” to highlight the promises the party had not fulfilled, ahead of the municipal corporation elections in Punjab. The reaction comes a day after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that 10 years of Akali misrule had led the State into “despair on all fronts”.“We will prepare a report card of the Congress government with regard to the deteriorating law and order and non-fulfilment of promises; it would be our key poll issue in the upcoming municipal corporations elections,” said senior party leader Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema during a meeting of councillors from Jalandhar at the SAD’s head office here.Criticising the ruling government, Dr. Cheema accused the Congress of taking anti-people decisions and stopping development work in the State. “New projects in the pipeline have been stopped. Work on ongoing projects has been stalled due to paucity of funds,” he said. On Wednesday, Capt. Amarinder had lashed out at the SAD and BJP for their criticism of his government’s two-month rule. He had said that the SAD-BJP combine was resorting to blatant falsehoods in a bid to fool the people.‘Criticism impertinent’“Their criticism is impertinent in view of the fact that it was their misrule of 10 years that plunged the State to such abysmal depths of despair on all fronts, with a mega debt burden compounding the problems of the Congress government,” the Chief Minister has said.
Not happy. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is resisting his request for health data underlying some air pollution regulations. The acrimony between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a senior Republican lawmaker has gotten worse. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chairman of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, today said that the agency has failed to comply with a controversial subpoena to give the panel health data related to air pollution regulations. He said he expects EPA to give him all the material by 30 September.“You did not provide the Committee with anything new,” Smith wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Instead, Smith wrote, the agency responded to his 1 August subpoena by providing “a file of already public information along with a letter outlining excuses for why EPA did not comply.”The data dispute stretches back 2 years and involves data that is, in some cases, decades old. Smith has said he wants raw data from several major studies of air pollution and disease that underpin some of EPA’s air pollution regulations so that independent researchers can review them. The agency and researchers involved in the studies, however, say that the studies have already undergone extensive scrutiny and that releasing the data could violate confidentiality agreements made with thousands of subjects. 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It wasn’t enough, in Smith’s view. “[N]either your steps thus far nor the excuses offered … fulfill your obligations under the subpoena,” Smith wrote. His 5-page letter then lays out a number of complaints about how EPA has responded to his request and rebuts some of the agency’s explanations for not providing information.Smith wants McCarthy to reply by 16 September with a letter “detailing the specific steps” the agency will take to comply.“I remain hopeful that the subpoena will be complied with in the spirit of cooperation appropriate to relations between Congress and the Executive [Branch],” Smith said in a statement. “If EPA continues to default on its subpoena obligations, I will not hesitate to pursue all other means available to compel production of the relevant data.” U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology
A day after Leader of the Opposition Vijay Vadettiwar leveled allegations of irregularities in the purchase of furniture worth ₹325 crore, the Tribal Development Department on Thursday clarified that the entire process was conducted in a transparent manner, and that the Bombay High Court has approved proceeding with the supplies by dismissing objections to the buying procedure.“We have followed the State’s policy on purchase announced in December 2016. Legit tenders were issued and only the lowest bidder who would supply required furniture with the necessary specifications was given the tender. The entire process was run by issuing four different tenders on the Central government’s GeM (Government e-Marketplace) portal, without human interference,” said Dr. Kiran Kulkarni, Commissioner, Tribal Development Department.The clarification said the government was in receipt of directions from the National Human Rights Commission as well as the courts regarding lack of basic infrastructure such as desks, benches and tables in tribal ashram schools in the State.The department formed 125 squads comprising 400 officials and surveyed the requirements. A pre-tender meeting of suppliers was called in Pune in December 2018, following which four tenders for four tribal divisions were issued. “The suppliers will be sending furniture to 502 government tribal ashram schools and 491 government hostels. Many of these are in remote areas. The tender conditions included supply as well as maintenance for the next few years, because of which prices varied, and every decision was taken with consultation and approval from the Law and Judiciary Ddepartment,” said Dr. Kulkarni. The process is likely to be completed in the next three to four days, he said.
Hyderabad, Aug 22 (PTI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today handed over cheques of Rs five crore and Rs one crore to Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and her coach P Gopichand respectively.Rao also announced here that the state would frame a new sports policy and allot necessary funds by the next budget.The chief minister congratulated and felicitated Sindhu and Gopichand, who met him at his camp office here this evening.Rao also congratulated Sindhus parents – P V Ramana and P Vijaya, a release from CMO said.The chief minister announced that the government will come out with a new sports policy and said a meeting will soon be organised in this regard by inviting prominent sports personalities, officials, coaches and representatives of sports associations.”By the next budget, the new sports policy will be framed and necessary funds will be allotted,” he said adding new stadiums will also be constructed in districts.”There are several talented sportspersons in the districts and rural areas and there is a need to identify them,” Rao said.The chief minister also announced a cash reward of Rs 25 lakh each to Sindhus physiotherapist C Kiran and shuttler K Srikanth.Rao, while extending financial assistance to Gopichand Academy located at Gachibowli here, said more such academies needed to be set up in other districts of the state. PTI VVK NP KUN
New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking direction to police to curb excess force used by it and maintain cordial police-public relation in the wake of recent alleged police assault on an auto rickshaw driver and his son in Mukherjee Nagar area of the national capital. The PIL is listed for hearing on Monday before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Hari Shankar. The petitioner sought direction to implement the suggestions made by him through a representation to curb the use of excessive force by the police and on overall monitoring of the functioning of the police. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items The petition filed by advocate and social activist Amit Sahni suggested for providing body cameras to police officers to monitor and ensure proper conduct, behaviour of officials as well as public and also to ensure foolproof and transparent prosecution in case of any violation. On June 16, several video clips of a brawl between Sarabjeet Singh, an auto driver, and policemen went viral on social media. The video showed Delhi Police officials allegedly thrashing the auto driver and his minor son in front of Mukhejee Nagar Police Station in north Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Several police officers were allegedly seen beating Singh and his son with baton, kick-blow and pulling him by hair. The minor, who was trying to rescue his father was also allegedly brutally beaten up. Three policemen — two Assistant Sub-Inspectors and a Constable — were suspended after the incident. The petition said that the courts while dealing with brutality of police in various judgments have observed that the object of the police is to control the situation and not to punish the person at the spot. It sought to sensitise police officers not indulge into fight with suspects and the focus must be on controlling the situation and not to punish the person on the spot. Another petition has also been filed in the high court seeking an independent CBI probe into the incident.
A top examinations officer has been interdicted over allegations raised against him, the Education Ministry said.According to the Education Ministry, the head of the Confidential and Institutional Examination Division was interdicted over allegations of neglect of work and misconduct. The Education Ministry said that the officer was interdicted on a directive issued by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.
At www.unvolunteers.org, the newly designed UNV site maintains its focus on news and information about volunteer programmes while highlighting the organization’s role as focal point for the International Year of Volunteers, IVY 2001. The new site helps would-be volunteers find information about opportunities in their home countries or abroad, either with UN Volunteers or with other organizations. It also features online volunteering, a facility managed by UNV on the Netaid.org web site.With stories of personal experiences and volunteer networking carried out during IYV 2001, the website encourages interaction between volunteers from all continents and all walks of life. As the volunteer arm of the UN system, UNV extends hands-on assistance for peace and development in nearly 150 countries by dispatching volunteers – two-thirds of them from developing countries – and promoting the ideals of volunteerism around the world. It was created by the UN General Assembly in 1970. Joining the global Internet network, the Mine Action Service – the UN’s response to the global landmine and unexploded ordnance problem – has launched a website at www.mineaction.org. The mine action work of the United Nations, which has been involved in humanitarian mine action activities since 1989, centres on five core components: mine clearance, mine awareness and risk reduction education, victim assistance, advocacy in support of a total ban on anti-personnel landmines, and stockpile destruction.
Wood has been awarded a new contract by Minera Centinela SA to support the studies of centralisation of monitoring and control for its mining operations. Under this contract, Wood will prepare a pre-feasibility study for a technologically-advanced integrated operations centre, including cloud data storage and information management for its operations, easily accessible from anywhere in the world. The next generation of mining and minerals operations will increasingly rely on digitisation and technology. Wood says it is extremely well placed to execute such projects having extensive expertise in both mining and minerals and automation and control sectors.Bob MacDonald, CEO of Specialist Technical Solutions at Wood said: “This win is a powerful example of a revenue synergy achieved through the combination of Amec Foster Wheeler and Wood Group’s global capabilities in copper mine production, automation and control systems integration. Having worked with Minera Centinela over the past several years, we are excited to demonstrate our enhanced value and ability to deliver efficient integrated customer solutions that optimise performance. The new operations center will improve the management, productivity and efficiency of the mining process, providing Centinela with a modern operation, able to centrally store, access and manage large volumes of data online remotely.” Minera Centinela is part of Antofagasta Minerals, the leading private mining group in Chile. It is currently the seventh largest copper producer in the country and the fifteenth worldwide.
TIM SHERWOORD CLAIMED his first victory as interim Tottenham Hotspur coach as his side came from behind to win 3-2 at Southampton in the Premier League.Tottenham lost at home to West Ham United in the League Cup in mid-week, following the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas, and Sherwood saw his side fall behind against Southampton to an early goal from Adam Lallana.Emmanuel Adebayor equalised for Spurs and a Jos Hooiveld own goal put the visitors in front, only for Rickie Lambert to draw Southampton level, but Adebayor struck again to seal the first win of the post-Villas-Boas era.Beaten 5-0 at home by Liverpool in their last league outing, Spurs move above Manchester United to seventh place in the table, three points below the top four, while Southampton remain ninth after a sixth successive game without victory.As he had done against West Ham, Sherwood made a bold team selection, with Adebayor partnering Roberto Soldado up front and Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Erik Lamela playing in midfield.Initially, Spurs struggled to get a foothold in the game, and the gaps in the visitors’ midfield were much in evidence as Lallana broke the deadlock in the 13th minute.Danny Fox’s pass found the England international in a pocket of space between Spurs’ defence and midfield, and he cleverly shifted the ball away from Vlad Chiriches before drilling home a low shot from outside the box.Sherwood watched the opening exchanges from a directors’ box high in the stands at St Mary’s, but having raced down to the pitch after Southampton went ahead, he saw Spurs level in the 25th minute.Adebayor’s pass to the left sent strike partner Soldado wider than he would have preferred, but he curled in a superb cross that the Togolese striker converted with an agile airborne volley from close range.Spurs went ahead nine minutes into the second half when Hooiveld inadvertently prodded Danny Rose’s low cross past goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, but Southampton equalised just six minutes later.Jack Cork’s incisive through ball found the excellent Lallana and he showed magnificent awareness to square the ball for Lambert, who had the simple task of rolling it into an empty net. Spurs needed only four minutes to restore their lead, however, with Adebayor sweeping home his second goal with his left foot after the hosts failed to clear Kyle Walker’s long throw-in.In Sunday’s other game, Everton manager Roberto Martinez visits former club Swansea City looking for a victory that will take his side into the top four.Liverpool deposed Arsenal as league leaders on Saturday with a 3-1 win at home to Cardiff City, while Manchester City moved up to second place by winning 4-2 at Fulham.Arsenal can return to the top of the table by beating Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, but Jose Mourinho’s visitors will draw level on points with Liverpool if they prevail.Check out the winning goal:YouTube credit: SpidergatePlayRejuvenated Adebayor scores a double, celebrates with woeful dance routineRodgers eyes Man City scalp as Reds climb to top spot
INDEPENDENT TD STEPHEN Donnelly is to withdraw from the Oireachtas banking inquiry saying that the Taoiseach has “explicitly stated that he will attempt to control the inquiry”.Writing in the Sunday Independent today, the Wicklow and East Carlow. TD today said that Enda Kenny told the Dáil on Tuesday that the reason he was seeking a Government majority on the committee was to ensure that:The Government could set the terms of reference, pass the final report, and ensure they would know what the members of the banking inquiry would do.The Government had lost its majority on the inquiry when two Labour Senators did not attend a crucial vote of the Seanad selection committee and Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry was added to the committee instead.After trying and failing to remove MacSharry, the Government added two more Senators to ensure a 6-5 majority on the inquiry.Donnelly says that this demonstrated that the Government have sought to control an inquiry that was not theirs to influence.“First, the banking inquiry is, under law, an Oireachtas Inquiry, not a Cabinet Inquiry,” he wrote.In the Dáil on Thursday, Donnelly said he was considering withdrawing from the inquiry, he told RTÉ’s Marian Finucane Show this morning that he he took his final decision on Friday.He added that, although it was originally planned for a Government majority on the inquiry, the ”unintended composition of the Committee would have been trusted far more by the public than one with a Government majority.”Speaking on RTÉ alongside Donnelly, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said that “it was always the case the Oireachtas inquiry was intended to reflect the composition of the Oireachtas.“Essentially what happened is that Fianna Fáil had taken advantage of the situation and taken both of the seats. Imagine if that had happened the other way round,” he said.Read: Stephen Donnelly says he might quit the banking inquiry >Poll: Is the banking inquiry now irreparably damaged? >
Japon : deux réacteurs pourraient reprendre leur activité en avrilSelon le journal japonais “Yomiuri”, deux réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire d’Ohi, dans l’ouest du Japon, pourraient redémarrer dès le mois d’avril. Il s’agirait des premiers réacteurs à fonctionner de nouveau depuis la catastrophe nucléaire de la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi.Les deux réacteurs nucléaires, concernés par cette remise en service, ont une capacité de 1.180 mégawatts et ont tous deux une vingtaine d’années. Ils devraient reprendre du service en avril prochain avec les 3 autres seuls réacteurs en fonctionnement sur les 54 réacteurs japonais. Cependant, le gouvernement reste prudent avec la population et l’opinion internationale. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme le souligne le journal “Yomiuri”, le ministre japonais du Commerce et de l’Industrie Yukio Edano a ainsi expliqué à des journalistes qu’aucune date n’avait encore été arrêtée définitivement pour la mise en état de marche des deux réacteurs. Les tests sismiques effectués dans la centrale nucléaire d’Ohi accueillant les deux réacteurs, ont montré qu’elle serait capable de résister à un tremblement de terre de magnitude 9. Mais certains chercheurs nippons ont reproché à l’Agence de sûreté nucléaire industrielle (Nisa), qui a conduit les tests, de prêcher pour le nucléaire.Hiromitsu Ino, professeur à l’Université de Tokyo, et Masashi Goto, ex-concepteur de centrales nucléaires, ont quant à eux mis en avant l’insuffisance de ces tests. D’après ces spécialistes, les tests ne simuleraient qu’une seule catastrophe à la fois et n’étudient pas la question de la possibilité d’une panne ou d’une erreur humaine.Le 7 février 2012 à 13:10 • Maxime Lambert
Daniel Bryan introduced a new WWE Championship during Smackdown Live tonight.Bryan threw the previous championship in the trash, introducing an “eco-friendly” title.Your new #WWE title. #SDLive pic.twitter.com/B4D8dMxqzv— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) January 30, 2019As reported earlier, Triple H interrupted Daniel Bryan’s segment on Smackdown to announce that the WWE Championship will be defended inside the Elimination Chamber.Here is the video below:.@TripleH just made a HUGE announcement for #WWEChamber! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/SMT4imSp67— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2019 Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter WhatsApp Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Google+ Pinterest
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services documents obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive this week provide more details about Devonte Hart’s actions in the days leading up to his disappearance.Over a string of conversations, Devonte told someone who later contacted authorities — believed to be neighbor Dana DeKalb — that his parents were mean and not feeding him meals for days at a time. DeKalb asked if Devonte’s parents were abusing him, and he replied they did “sometimes.”He was apparently concerned about law enforcement getting involved and didn’t want he and his siblings to be split up. DeKalb asked why the children weren’t ever outside, and Devonte said his parents wanted to keep their children hidden. The documents also provide more details about Hannah Hart’s runaway attempt.DeKalb said Hannah jumped from her second-story window at 1:30 a.m. last year, rang her doorbell and ran into her house. Hannah was covered in weeds and blackberries and asked DeKalb to hide her. The girl said her parents were racist and had been abusing her.All eight of the Harts came over the next morning. Jennifer Hart said Hannah had two missing teeth after falling and knocking them out and that Hannah didn’t want new ones.
Thousands of Google employees walked out of offices worldwide last year to protest issues related to sexual assault, diversity and rights of contractors. James Martin/CNET Google released its latest diversity figures this week, and there’s good news and bad news.The good news is the search giant made progress. In 2018, women constituted 32.2% of new hires, up a bit from 31.3% the year before. The company also hired more black and Latino workers, though the gains were less dramatic. Black hires were up to 4.8% from 4.1%, and Latino hires were up to 6.8% from 6.3%.The bad news: That marginal improvement passes as progress in Silicon Valley, where the workforce is overwhelmingly white or Asian, and male. At Google, almost half of new hires are white, and 43.9% are Asian. “Even incremental progress in hiring, progression and retention is hard-won,” Danielle Brown, vice president of employee engagement, and Melonie Parker, global director of diversity, equity and inclusion, said in the report. “Only a holistic approach to these issues will produce meaningful, sustainable change.” A Google spokeswoman said in a statement that black and Latino representation had the “greatest gains we have seen since we began reporting,” and results in hiring women were “meaningful.”Still, here’s what may be most discouraging: Some Google employees have told me they believe the workforce is more in tune with social issues, such as inequality, than the company’s management is. On Monday, more than 2,000 Googlers signed a petition to remove a member of the company’s newly formed council on artificial intelligence ethics for alleged anti-trans and anti-immigrant views. A day later, 900 Google workers reportedly signed a different letter demanding better treatment of Google’s extended workforce, commonly known at the company as TVCs — temps, vendors and contractors. In response, Google said it would require temp companies to provide its workers with full benefits, including health care, a $15 dollar minimum wage and paid parental leave. Even incremental progress in hiring, progression, and retention is hard-won.” Danielle Brown and Melonie Parker, Google Tags Google’s workforce, not its management, has made it a hotbed for social protest in the tech industry. That steady churn of protest builds on work that employee organizers did last year. They protested the company’s military contracts and work in China. And organizers really captured the world’s attention with a global walkout to protest Google’s handling of sexual assault allegations directed at key executives. Roughly 20,000 Googlers walked away from their desks, tweeting as they did and appearing on television news reports in multiple time zones. The walkout was effective, but the organizers said it also highlighted a key failing in the company’s diversity effort. One of the demands of the protest was to elevate Brown, Google’s diversity chief. The protestors wanted her to report directly to CEO Sundar Pichai, rather than Eileen Naughton, head of people operations, to demonstrate Google’s commitment to diversity. Google didn’t capitulate to that demand, though it did give in on some other requests the protestors made.In the report, Brown and Parker say the company takes diversity seriously.”We’ve used this report to show progress towards a more representative workforce, and share both what we’ve learned along the way and our commitments moving forward,” they wrote. “We’ve also heard from our employees — loud and clear — that this work is more important than ever.”Maybe that message will resound in the C-suite as well. Tech Industry Share your voice Comments 2 Google Alphabet Inc.
Eluru: Deputy Chief Minister Alla Nani has said the government will implement a comprehensive development plan for the dry land areas in West Godavari. He received a memorandum on backwardness of dry land areas because of neglect by previous regime from YSRCP leader T Veeraswamy Naidu here on Saturday. Naidu said there is an urgent need to take up development of the dry land because the villages lacked basic infrastructure facilities like roads and drains. Measures should be taken on a war-footing to provide facilities in hospitals and drinking water supply. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Responding to the plea, the Dy CM said that because of corruption and squabbles among TDP leaders were the reasons for the backwardness of the dry land area. Nani promised that a comprehensive plan would be evolved for overall development of the district after Assembly session. He reminded that former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy was instrumental in taking up Chintalapudi project to bring Godavari water to dry land area. He also gave emphasis to improve groundwater level, Nani recalled. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Nani alleged that during the last five years of TDP rule, Chintalapudi scheme was neglected and groundwater level depleted resulting in troubles for farming community. He assured that the state government would take steps to offer remunerative price to farmers of dry lands and take steps for setting up of industries to suit the crops in the area and thereby giving employment opportunities to the local unemployed.All government hospitals in dry land area would be equipped with modern facilities for the benefit of people of the area, he promised.