Columbia woman faces federal child porn charge

first_imgA Columbia woman is now facing federal child pornography charges.Brittany Bailey, 29, was arrested on Wednesday.Court documents claim Bailey was a moderator of a group called Taboo Parents on the social media site KIK. Members discussed sexual abuse of children and shared graphic nude pictures.Bailey has a hearing on Tuesday, May 6.last_img

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Forgotten Fighters

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Trams Likely to Make a Comeback in Chandni Chowk

first_imgMore than half a century after they were phased out to make way for automobiles, trams are likely to make a comeback on the busy streets of the Walled City. Related Itemslast_img

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U.S. Companies Say Increasing H-1B Denials Hurting Businesses

first_imgU.S. companies have raised concern about the increase in denial of working visas to immigrant workers saying that this is hurting their businesses.The influential New York Times daily has said in its report that the government is denying more work visas, asking for the additional information from applicants, and delaying approvals more often than just a year earlier. It added that Trump administration is throwing up new hurdles to limit legal arrivals, which is resulting in the constriction of the flow of foreign workers into the United States.With the delays in hiring skilled foreign workers due to government roadblocks, hospitals, hotels, technology companies, and other businesses are finding it difficult to hire people they need and are being forced to hire people locally, who, at times, are misfit for the role, the report added.The report also cited a recent analysis of government data by the National Foundation for American Policy, which said that the denial rate for H-1B visa petitions for skilled foreign workers had increased 41 percent in the last three months of the 2017 fiscal year, compared with the third quarter.American firms are concerned that due to this stringent immigration policy, talented technology workers may choose to go to the other countries, like Canada.The experts have said that reduced immigration is going to hurt both the companies and the economy in the long run.According to experts, a sustained reduction in immigration can reduce the growth over time in long run as it may leave huge gaps in the job market, which demands both high skilled as well as low skilled workers.Francine D. Blau, an economist at Cornell, was quoted by the publication as saying, “A lot of our labor-force growth comes from immigrants and their children. Without them, we’d suffer the problems associated with countries with an aging population, like Japan.”In April 2017, President Trump signed a “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. He ordered the government officials to “rigorously enforce” immigration laws.CEOs of The Business Roundtable, a group of corporate leaders including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Pepsico Chief Indira Nooyi, recently claimed that the these changes have put the livelihoods of thousands of skilled foreign workers, and economic growth and US competitiveness in danger.The New York Times cites Ethan Lewis, a Dartmouth economist, as saying, “There’s absolutely no research that supports the idea that cutting legal immigration is good for the economy.”Trump’s policy not only made it hard for new immigrant arrivals but also tightened the visa renewal process. He ordered the officials to “apply the same level of scrutiny” for H1B visa extension requests as the other sought-after visas.Acknowledging long waiting period the foreign trained but U.S. based doctors are facing in getting Green Card, American Medical Association’s CEO had written a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) director to clear the backlog for conversion of physicians’ H-1B visas to permanent resident status in the country. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Dacoit Charm

first_imgRetired dacoits are seeking to trade fear for charm through a Bollywood movie, written by no less than a former police chief charged with pursuing them. Pakad features three dreaded dacoits Malkhan Singh, Maan Singh and Mohar Singh, who once terrorized villagers in north and central India. They surrendered several years ago and have since dabbled in politics. The film plot, centered around bandits and kidnapping, for which they are notorious, is written by M. C. Dwivedi, former chief of police of Uttar Pradesh, where the bandits once operated.“The majority of films made on dacoits are imaginary. These are made in typical Bollywood style, full of song and dance sequences. Paka will be different. It is based on a real story and will also show political and social aspects of dacoits,” director Krishna Mishra was quoted in the media.It’ not the only thing different about the movie. Before he can start filming in October, the director has to first secure release on bail of the leading actors, Shyam Jatav and female bandit Neelam, who are both currently serving time. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Iconic India Club in London Saved From Demolition

first_imgThe proposal to redevelop the iconic India Club building in London has been rejected by the Westminster City Council, which said that the venue is “culturally important.” The Council’s planning committee turned down the application from the property company to revamp the hotel building on the Strand to give it a more modern appeal. In a meeting held on July 31, the four-member committee unanimously voted to reject the proposal from Marston Properties Ltd. to carry out partial demolition of the six-storey building in order to add more rooms and shut down the restaurant. “The application is considered unacceptable due to the loss of Class A1 retail and the loss of the India Club, an important cultural and night time entertainment use and is accordingly recommended for refusal,” the committee said.“Westminster council refused permission for the redevelopment of 143-145 Strand due the potential loss of an important cultural venue located on its site, the India Club. The India Club has a special place in the history of our Indian community and it is right that we protect it from demolition,” Councillor Tony Devenish, chairman of Westminster’s planning applications sub-committee, said, the Guardian reported. The India Club, which was a hub for Indian nationals in London during the Independence movement in the 1930s and ’40s, is recalled for its connection with the India League, which was founded by Annie Besant in 1921 and revived by Krishna Menon in 1929. The India Club was founded by Menon, India’s first High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, in 1946 and moved to the Strand in 1964. Its co-founders included Lady Edwina Mountbatten, wife of the last viceroy, and Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister.The campaign to preserve the place was launched by Yadgar Marker, the director of Golds and Hotels Limited trading as The Strand Continental Hotel, which houses the India Club. Marker, a Parsee-origin man, has been running the establishment with his wife, Freny, since they rescued it from destruction in 1997. “We are delighted that Westminster council has refused an application that would have seen a unique and iconic piece of London’s history disappear,” Phiroza Marker, who attended the meeting with her father, Yadgar, was quoted as saying by the publication. “We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received with over 26,000 people signing our petition in support of the India Club,” she added. Marker said that they would continue to campaign for the building’s preservation, and would apply to Westminster for it to become an Asset of Community Value, the Hindu reported. The Markers had earlier campaigned for getting the India Club the status of a listed building from Historic England, a public body that looks after the historic environment and places in the region. The application was, however, turned down in May this year. Related ItemsHistoryLondonUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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Dubai-based NRI, Wife Die in Forest Fire During Trekking Trip in Tamil Nadu

first_imgA newly married Non-Resident Indian (NRI) man and his wife died in the Tamil Nadu forest fire that killed 11 people over the weekend. A group of trekkers was among those who died in the incident.Vivek Natarajan and wife Divya died a day apart from each other due to burns after celebrating 100 days of their marriage.Natarajan died on March 12 after suffering burns in the forest fire that started on March 10 in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district. The couple was part of the group of 36 trekkers who had gone mountain trekking in the Kurangani hills in Bodi foothills. This was his first visit home after the wedding in November last year.Divya and another trekker died on March 14, raising the death toll to 11. The couple hailed from Erode district. They had gone on the trek with another friend, who also died in the fire, and two other groups. The tour was organized by the Chennai Trekking Club without permission from the Forest Department, the Hindu reported citing department sources. The tour leader of the group was arrested on March 12 while a forest department employee, posted at the Munthal section of the Bodi range, was suspended the next day by the forest department, the report added. The employee is said to have allowed the entry of the group into the unauthorized route without the knowledge of senior officials, the report said, adding that trekking is only permitted on the Kurangani-Top Station route, under the supervision of the Eco-tourism Management Committee, forest department and local residents.Natarajan was an electronics engineer and was working in the Gulf Commercial Group, Dubai. Divya was as an assistant lecturer in India and the duo had to wait several years to get their parents’ approval for the marriage.The couple made the plans to go for the trek even before reaching India, a colleague of Natarajan told Gulf News.“He was very happy and excited about bringing his wife here. He had got his driving license and bought a car after marriage. He also arranged a flat in Al Ghusais before going home. They were supposed to come back on April 1 and begin a new life here,” one of his friends was quoted as saying.In Tamil Nadu, at least 14 of the survivors were admitted to hospitals in Madurai and Erode after suffering serious burns. The defense ministry also jumped into action by deploying 16 commandos of the Garud Commando Force and four choppers from the Indian Air Force to hasten the rescue operation of those stuck in Kurangani forest fire.Meanwhile, the Kerala government has banned trekking to the hills until all fire lines get cleared, Kerala principal chief conservator PK Kesavan said, according to the Business Standard. Related ItemsDubaitamil nadulast_img read more

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Nick Kyrgios still hasn’t apologised, says Stan Wawrinka

first_imgSwiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka said Australian Nick Kyrgios has notapologised to him for his on-court “banged your girlfriend” sledge.Kyrgios was fined $12,500 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) andfurther punishment may still be forthcoming after he jibed at hisopponent, World No.5 Stan Wawrinka during a match in Montreal last weeksaying, “(Thanasi) Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell youthat, mate”.The comment did not go down well in the international tennis circuit.Also read: Paes-Wawrinka enter Cincinnati quarters Wawrinka defeated Borna Coric 6-3, 6-7, 3-6 in Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.She is believed to be dating Croatian tennis player Donna Vekic, whomKyrgios claims fellow Aussie tennis player Kokkinakis bedded.”No, he (Kyrgios) didn’t apologise, no. But I prefer not to talk about him.Thank you,” Wawrinka was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Wednesday.”I’m there, I’m trying to do my job, Today, I’m happy with the way I fight, even if I was playing bad tennis,” he said.When asked if he was ready to draw a line under it, he said, “I’m trying toput it away. But what’s happened, people don’t see exactly theconsequence for everybody. So I’m trying to put it away”.Also read: Murray ends drought against Djokovic with Montreal win Vekic,19, spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday since Kyrgios’ infamoussledge, saying she hoped the controversial Australian would learn alesson from the outrage.Swiss legend Roger Federer, among several other leading players, criticised Kyrgios for his outburst.advertisementlast_img read more

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Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera to get a MCG-like makeover

first_imgAfter the reconstruction and make-over, the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad would be the biggest cricket stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity, Gujarat Cricket Association said on Friday.”In line with the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and GCA President Amit Shah, Sardar Patel cricket stadium will be converted into Melbourne-like cricket stadium, which will be the biggest cricket stadium in the world,” said a joint statement by GCA vice-president Parimal Nathwani and joint secretary Jay Shah.The new stadium will have a seating capacity of 1,00,000. The demolition of the current stadium, located in Motera area, started on Thursday and will be completed in four months. The construction of the new stadium will take nearly two years, GCA said.The design, construction plans and estimates of the new stadium were unanimously approved by GCA’s executive committee, the release said.Presently the stadium with its six pavilions has a capacity of 54,000, which was not enough in view of the rush of cricket fans during the matches, GCA said.The stadium has witnessed many exciting moments in the cricket’s history. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar became the first batsman to reach 10,000-run mark in this stadium.Similarly, Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd Test wicket on this ground to become the highest wicket taker in the world, breaking Sir Richard Hadlee’s record. Sachin Tendulkar scored his first double century in Test cricket on this ground.last_img read more

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India’s World Cup 2019 Squad: Is it good enough to get the job done?

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe much-awaited squad of the Indian cricket team for the ICC World Cup is finally here and there are a couple of surprise exclusions, the team looks to be a lot more balanced than the one in 2015.MSK Prasad who is the chairman of the selectors sat the 5 member committee at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on the 15th of April. There surely is a lot of debate going around all the corners due to the exclusion of Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and Top-order batsman Ambati Raydu. Let us look at the final 15 that are all set to take the flight to England and evaluate them from strength to strength in order to conclude if the team as a unit has it in them to go full throttle and win the biggest cricket tournament of the world.The Batting:The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been very successful for team India ever since the 2013 Champions Trophy. Considering the consistency and prowess that both of them displayed the last time they played an ICC tournament in England, it is likely that the two will ensure that India has a flying start in their matches.With Rohit Sharma’s knack of scoring big hundreds combined with Dhawan’s determination and flair, the opening slot does not seem to be much of a concern for the team. With the skipper coming in at Number three, it gives him the freedom to express himself and capitalize on a good start and also can stabilize the inning in case of an early wicket.Vijay Shankar is inexperienced but has shown a lot of promise and intent in the limited opportunities that he has got. And with the Dhoni and Jhadhav to follow, the depth of the batting seems to be an issue after the top three. Dhoni is in good touch in the IPL, Jhadhav is inconsistent however effective if he gets going.  Pandya coming in at number 7 is an added bonus with the form that he is in and can hit some mighty blows down the order.The Bowling:With the services of two wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal and with Jadeja also added into the scheme of things, team India has a solid spin attack. And with the quality pace bowlers such as Jasprit Bumrah and B Kumar India surely has a very formidable bowling attack. And with the rhythm, Mohammed Shami has shown off late, that only makes things better.The Fielding:Without a doubt, India is the best fielding unit going into the world cup and we all know how can a quick run out or a spectacular catch can tilt the match in one’s favour. MS Dhoni behind the stumps is a big plus for India. Dhoni’s presence benefits the spinners significantly and also Virat Kohli’s job on the filed will be much easier. And of course, the Dhoni Review System.To sum it up, Indian Cricket Team’s squad looks to fairly balanced and the only point of concern would be the consistency of the batsmen. But with the top three firing regularly, that should not be a concern. With all boxes ticked, it will not be unfair to say that India will enter the World Cup as favourites, and have a very high chance to emerge as the world champions again.last_img read more

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How to give your client the ‘pink slip’

first_imgFreelancers work with a wide range of clients – from the wonderful to the ah, not-so-wonderful.It’s normal for those relationships to evolve or end. But sometimes freelancers are faced with an unpleasant task: “firing” a fractious, difficult, or irritating client.So how do you fire an annoying client – without hurting your business?1. Be civil – and nice, if you can beIt may feel really good to write a long screed about what impossible, inept, frustrating morons they are. By all means, write that screed – in a notebook, not an email. Don’t send it unless you’re… being quite reckless, indeed.You may truly think that your client is a pain, and swear to the heavens that you will never ever work with her again. But you’d be shocked how often people reappear in life. You never know where that pain-in-the-butt is going to be in a decade. You DON’T have to keep working with them, but you also want to avoid completely fire-bombing the relationship, if you can.At the very least, be civil. And be nice, if you can. Thank them for the good times, and wish them the best. Nasty screeds can come back to haunt you – save the articulate vitriol for letters to real villains: evil, globe-polluting corporations or especially terrible politicians. Take the high road.Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a member2. Be conciseBe wise about how you get rid of a problematic soon-to-be-former client; you don’t have to focus on all the slip-ups and wrong turns.Instead, be concise and diplomatic. You don’t have to go into specifics about what went wrong. A good “unfortunately, my commitments no longer allow me to continue working with your business” goes a long way.Opt for polite, succinct professionalism rather than apologetic over-explanation.3. Focus on the positivesI know this sounds… insincere, at best. But unless you’ve had an absolutely horrifying, burn-all-bridges, sow-the-fields-with-salt experience with a client, you can probably find a few positives to drop into your polite goodbye.Did you do any projects that went well? Did you have any mutual successes? Thank them for your time together, if that feels right.If you really can’t think of any positives, focus on the future. Detail how you’ll finish up with them, and when they’ll receive your final invoice. Again, wish them the best – it’s good karma, if nothing else.Relationships occasionally don’t work out. That’s okay! But if YOU were getting fired, you would want a civil send-off.Give your difficult client the same respect you would hope for. End it in on a polite, professional note – they may soon be another freelancer’s problem!Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli, after 871 runs from 11 matches, misses SA tour finale with stiff back

first_imgVirat Kohli’s South Africa tour came to an abrupt end on Saturday as he was ruled out of the third T20I against South Africa at Cape Town due to a stiff back. He was replaced in the team by Dinesh Karthik.Rohit Sharma came out to lead Team India in the absence of Kohli in the final match of the series which is level 1-1 after two matches.WATCH”Virat has a stiff back and he needs some rest,” said Rohit at the toss.India also made two more changes to the team other than leaving out Kohli for the series decider. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was picked to replace Yuzvendra Chahal, while Jasprit Bumrah came in for Jaydev Unadkat.#TeamIndia Playing XI for the decider game. Virat Kohli misses out due to a stiff back. Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah are three changes for #TeamIndia #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/n2X7mSOHLdBCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2018India have decided to go in with four pacers in the Cape Town T20I.”In the last two games we played we had decent runs on the board and we know exactly where we went wrong. Looks like there is a fair bit of grass, dry though, there’ll be a bit of carry and that’s the reason we are playing with four seamers. Good to have the last game as a decider for the spectators. They’ve come out in large numbers and supported us all through.Kohli has been the highest scorer on the tour. In the three-match Test series, which India lost 2-1, the 29-year-old made 286 runs. He amassed 558 runs in the six-match ODI series to become the first batsman ever to score 500 runs in a bilateral 50-over series. He struck three hundreds and a half-century in the course of the series which India won 5-1.advertisementKohli didn’t enjoy the same form with the bat in the first two T20Is as he could only manage 27 runs.With the back injury, Kohli also missed out on an opportunity to become the third batsman in the world to cross 2,000-run mark in T20Is. In 57 T20Is so far, the India skipper has managed 1,983 runs and needs 17 runs more to join the elite list.New Zealand Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum are the only international player to have over 2,000 runs in T20Is. Guptill leads the list with 2,271 runs.Kohli enjoyed a sensational run 2016 across formats. He did even better in 2017 and finished as the highest run-scorer in ODIs, amassing 1460 runs including six hundreds and seven fifties from 26 matches.Kohli is also the only batsman to average over 50 across all three formats in international cricket.Starting XI:India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Axar PatelSouth Africa: Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), Heinrich Klaasen(w), Farhaan Behardien, Christiaan Jonker, Andile Phehlukwayo, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsilast_img read more

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Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1at Re 1 during MFF 2019: Here are the details

first_imgRedmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1at Re 1 during MFF 2019: Here are the detailsDuring the Mi Fan Festival sale Xiaomi will be selling some of its products including the new Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1, Mi LED TV 4A Pro and others for Re 1.  Here are the details.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 15:12 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi is about to turn nine years old in a few days.Xiaomi is hosting Mi Fan Festival (MFF) on Mi.com starting April 4.The sale will continue until April 6.Xiaomi is about to turn nine years old in a few days. On account of the occasion, Xiaomi is hosting Mi Fan Festival (MFF) on Mi.com starting April 4. The sale will continue until April 6. During the MFF sale, Xiaomi is offering heavy discount on smartphones, TVs, and other products available in India. You can be a part of the sale by clicking on this link. During the sale Xiaomi will be selling some of its products including the new Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1, Mi LED TV 4A Pro and others for Re 1.On day 1 of the sale, that is on April 4 at 2PM, the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Mi Soundbar will be available for Re 1. No, this isn’t an April fool joke. The Redmi Note 7 Pro and Mi Soundbar will actually be available for Re 1 on the stated date and time during the Mi Fan Festival 2019. The offer is a part of flash sale, this means that the stock will be very less and interested buyers must hurry before the products go out-of-stock.Similarly, on day 2 of the sale, that is on April 5 at 2PM Home Security Camera Basic 1080p White and POCO F1 6GB+64GB will be available for Re 1. Yet again, this will also be part of flash sale, which means the stock will be over soon. Likewise, on Day 3 – April 6, 2PM — of the sale the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones and Mi LED TV 4A PRO will also be available at Re 1. This will also be part of flash sale.advertisementThe good news is, if you miss the flash sale, you can still get the Redmi Note 7 Pro for Rs 13,499 — which is Rs 500 lower than the MRP of the phone. The Redmi Note 7 Pro was launched for starting price of Rs 13,999 in the country. This is for the base model that comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The top-end 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model of the phone is priced for Rs 16,999 in India right now. During the same sale, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will sell for Rs 10,999, Mi LED Smart TV 4A 43-inch for Rs 22,999, and there will be other exciting offers too.ALSO READ | Apple kills AirPower wireless charging mat after unveiling it in 2017, cites quality issues for cancellation ALSO READ | New Oppo Reno renders give us our best look yet at design ahead of launchALSO READ | Jio GigaFiber is the fastest broadband service according to Netflix, Airtel and Hathway fall behindGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmilast_img read more

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Temporary Closure of Public Archives Building

first_img The Public Archives building on University Avenue in Halifax hasbeen closed temporarily due to health and safety concerns. A small amount of asbestos was released into the air on Friday,April 1, when workers were taking apart an old work table locatedin the basement of the building. Experts are now ensuring thatall areas of the building are inspected and cleaned beforereopening. “It is essential to err on the side of caution when it involvesthe health and safety of employees and the public,” Brian Speirs,provincial archivist, said today, April 5. “Once all requiredcleaning is finished and testing confirms the building is safe,the archives will reopen.” The contaminant was released into the air briefly during work toprepare the basement for installation of an archival film coldstorage unit. The basement room was immediately sealed, thebuilding’s air handling system shut down, and experts were calledin. Staff at the archives were quickly evacuated and are now workingelsewhere until the building is reopened. The public archives building is expected to reopen the week ofApril 11. -30- TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Temporary Closure of PublicArchives Buildinglast_img read more

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Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

first_imgHAZARD, Ky. – A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration’s move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s drive to curb global climate change.“The war on coal is over,” Pruitt declared, adding that no federal agency should ever use its authority to “declare war on any sector of our economy.”It was not immediately clear if Pruitt would seek to issue a new rule without congressional approval, which Republicans had criticized the Obama administration for doing. Pruitt’s rule wouldn’t become final for months, and is then highly likely to face a raft of legal challenges.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was among those who said they will sue.“The Trump Administration’s persistent and indefensible denial of climate change — and their continued assault on actions essential to stemming its increasing devastation — is reprehensible, and I will use every available legal tool to fight their dangerous agenda,” said Schneiderman, a Democrat.For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt was among about two dozen attorney generals who sued to stop Obama’s 2014 push to limit carbon emissions, stymieing the limits from ever taking effect.Closely aligned with the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that man-made emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change.President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines.In his order Tuesday, Pruitt is expected to declare that the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.Pruitt appeared at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at Whayne Supply in Hazard, Kentucky, a company that sells coal mining supplies. The store’s owners have been forced to lay off about 60 per cent of its workers in recent years.While cheering the demise of the Clean Power Plan as a way to stop the bleeding, McConnell conceded most of those lost jobs are never coming back.“A lot of damage has been done,” said McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. “This doesn’t immediately bring everything back, but we think it stops further decline of coal fired plants in the United States and that means there will still be some market here.”Obama’s plan was designed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 32 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. The rule dictated specific emission targets for states based on power-plant emissions and gave officials broad latitude to decide how to achieve reductions.The Supreme Court put the plan on hold last year following legal challenges by industry and coal-friendly states. Even so, the plan helped drive a recent wave of retirements of coal-fired plants, which are also being squeezed by low cost natural gas and renewable power. In the absence of stricter federal regulations curbing greenhouse gas emissions, many states have issued their own mandates promoting energy conservation.The withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan is the latest in a series of moves by Trump and Pruitt to dismantle Obama’s legacy on fighting climate change, including the delay or roll back of rules limiting levels of toxic pollution in smokestack emissions and wastewater discharges from coal-burning power plants.On Thursday, Trump nominated former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as Pruitt’s top deputy at EPA — one of several recent political appointees at the agency with direct ties to the fossil fuel interests.The president announced earlier this year that he will pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. Nearly 200 countries have committed to combat global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.“This president has tremendous courage,” Pruitt said Monday. “He put America first and said to the rest of the world we are going to say no and exit the Paris Accord. That was the right thing to do.”Despite the rhetoric about saving coal, government statistics show that coal mines currently employ only about 52,000 workers nationally — a modest 4-per cent uptick since Trump became president. Those numbers are dwarfed by the jobs created by building such clean power infrastructure as wind turbines and solar arrays.Environmental groups and public health advocates quickly derided Pruitt’s decision as short sighted.“Trump is not just ignoring the deadly cost of pollution, he’s ignoring the clean energy deployment that is rapidly creating jobs across the country,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.___Associated Press writer Michael Biesecker reported from Washington. Follow him at http://twitter.com/mbieseck___This story has been corrected to show the percentage of coal jobs created under Trump was 4 per cent.last_img read more

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UN agency warns of continuing severe food shortages for millions in DPR

Shortages reached a new unprecedented low at the beginning of February when the World Food Programme (WFP) could only provide enough cereal to feed 85,000 women and children – a tiny fraction of the 6.5 million people considered most at risk. Cereals are the main staple of the food aid ration. Since WFP launched its latest urgent appeal on 9 February, contributions have been received from Germany, New Zealand, Canada and Norway, and in particular a stop-gap loan this month of 25,000 tonnes of cereals from the DPRK’s own limited strategic stocks – normally used for the public distribution system – has allowed deliveries to be resumed to most of the hungry. A further donation of 60,000 tons of food from the United States and important contributions from the European Commission and Australia will also provide crucially needed assistance, but deliveries will only start arriving in April and will not last very long. WFP Executive Director James Morris warned that much more food would be needed this year if the agency is to avoid further cuts in aid to its neediest beneficiaries after a recent round of severe aid shortages greatly aggravated the already severe humanitarian crisis. “Our ability to borrow commodities to cover this month means that we can now resume cereal distributions to most – but not all – of the 6.5 million children, women and elderly identified as particularly needy,” Masood Hyder, WFP Representative for the DPRK, said. “But it’s critical to remember that this is only a partial and temporary solution, as the loans will have to be repaid as soon as possible from future donor contributions to WFP.” Even with the agency’s stop-gap borrowings from the DPRK and other sources, 1.5 million of its 4.2 million “core” beneficiaries will still have to make do without cereal rations for the next six weeks. Scheduled shipments will reduce that number to 600,000 in April-May, but without further commitments soon, the number will rise again to 1 million in June and to almost 3 million in August. “Given the long lead time between food aid donations and deliveries – routinely three to four months – we need pledges now in order to feed the hungriest of the hungry in the latter part of the year as well as to repay loans,” Mr. Hyder said. read more

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Armed Bandits break into Eccles home rob two families

Police are now investigating an alleged robbery under arms committed on a 56-year-old businessman and a 48-year-old assistant manager during the wee hours of Wednesday morning in Eccles, East Bank Demerara.According to information received, the two victims resided at the same Eccles address, but live in different rooms of the two storey concrete structure, with their respective spouses.On Tuesday evening, at about 22:00hrs, the businessman recalled that he secured the home and retired to bed.However, at 02:15hrs the following day, the man said he woke to use the washroom and as he stepped out of his bedroom, he was confronted by five men- three of whom were armed with guns.The suspects reportedly grabbed on to the victim and his wife, who was still sleeping at the time.Two of the men then moved over to the room shared by the Assistant Manager and her spouse, woke them from their sleep, and carried both persons into the businessman’s room.The assailants then used paper tape and cloth to tie their victims’ hands and feet, before demanding that they turn over their cash and valuables.INews understands that after collecting the items of value, the men proceeded to ransack the entire house.After some time had passed, the bandits then fled the scene, leaving their victims bounded.The businessman, however, managed to free himself and the others.A report was immediately made to police and inspection of the building revealed that the perpetrators may have gained entry into the home through a window which is located on the lower flat and leads to the washroom.The said window was reportedly removed.Moreover, according to police, while the premises has CCTV footage, the bandits fled the scene with the DVR in their possession.The businessman was reportedly robbed of $500,000 in cash, one Iphone 7, one Samsung Galaxy J3, and a bunch of house keys, while the assistant manager was robbed of gold bands valued at $200,000, one hand bag, one Blu mobile phone, one credit card, GYD$7,000 and US$300. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSecond Eccles home invaded by bandits in the space of 24hrsJune 1, 2018In “Crime”Businessman shot, robbed $2.5M by motorcycle banditsMarch 13, 2015In “Crime”Wife shot, husband beaten during Eccles home invasionMarch 26, 2017In “Crime” read more

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THE LAST TRAIN FOR PSG Derby clash in Montpellier for EHF CL

← Previous Story STERBIK GOES TO VARDAR? Barca want Niklas Landin! Next Story → ZUPO leads Qatari U20 National Team! Championship race in France could be decided tonight after the clash between old rivals – Montpellier and PSG Handball. Predictions at the start of the season couldn’t tip on Dunkerque as the team who will hold the trophy in front of two strong line-ups as PSG Handbal and Montpellier, but it seems that first place will take last year runners-up…If Montpellier beat PSG Handball tonight, Dunkerque will remember the night of May 8. If PSG beat Montpellier, what will be extremely tought on their court, Narcisse and Co. will have still some chances to win the Championship, but in that case, Dunkerque have to lose last two match of the season…This will be also battle for the second place and EHF Champions League next season.STANDING:1. Dunkerque 24 – 412. PSG Handball 23 – 363. Montpellier 23 – 344. Nantes 24 – 33 5. Toulouse 24 – 296. Cesson-Sevigne 24 – 257. St. Raphael 24 – 25 8. Chambery Savoie 24 – 239. Nimes 24 – 1910. Aix 24 – 1711. Tremblay 24 – 15 12. Selestat 24 – 1513. Ivry 24 – 1114. Dijon 24 – 9 DunkerquefrancehandballLNHPSG Handball read more

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POLICE IN PERSUIT OF FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYERS Three junior players from DR

← Previous Story Martin Schwalb stable after heart-attack! Next Story → Women’s Junior WCh 2014 eight finals schedule Croatian Handball Federation has made a statement concerning disappearance of three DR Kongo’s women national team that are taking part in World junior championship:Yesterday morning during breakfast in Hotel Picok in Đurđevac, where DR Kongo’s national team is settled, three of their players didn’t show up. Representative of the delegation has informed Croatian Handball Fedaration, which later informed Croatian’s Ministry of Internal affairs.Silvio Njirić, the executive director of World Junior Championship have told us the following, „The girls have left the hotel without their personal belongings, but also without passports – which are in possession of DR Kongo’s representative“MAID BEGIC DR Congo handball read more

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Body of missing woman Ann Reilly found in Dublin

first_imgUpdated 17:49THE BODY OF missing woman Ann Reilly has been found in Dublin.The mother of three had been missing from her home in Finglas since yesterday morning and today her family appealed for help in finding her.Reilly’s sister Alexandra McMahon told TheJournal.ie earlier today that she did not leave her house very often and suffered from mental health issues.Gardaí confirmed that the body of a woman was found in Dublin earlier today and it is being treated as a personal tragedy. The search for the missing woman has been stood down.First published 13:50Read: Public appeal for missing 61-year-old Padraic Sharkey>last_img

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