Scotland’s gray seals harbor common human pathogen

first_imgMany infectious diseases—such as Ebola—can be transmitted between humans and animals. Researchers have long assumed that the spread of these so-called zoonotic diseases usually stops where land and water meet, however. Now, in one of the first studies to establish the land-to-sea transmission of a human pathogen, scientists have detected high levels of a human bacterial strain in gray seals. The study also suggests these bacteria may make some seals sick.Terrestrial pathogens have made their way into marine waters before. Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite found in cat feces, for example, can infect sea otters when kitty litter gets washed out to sea. Few studies have found a similar route of transmission for human diseases to marine animals, however. Now, by employing genome sequencing and statistical models used to track the source of pathogens, researchers have found the strongest evidence to date that bacteria detected in a population of gray seals originated from a human source.In the new study, a team led by Johanna Baily, a veterinary pathologist with the Moredun Research Institute in Penicuik, U.K., set out to collect baseline health data on gray seals breeding on Scotland’s Isle of May—an uninhabited island and nature reserve that sits just 8 kilometers off the mainland. During the fall of 2011, the team collected microbiological samples from nearly 100 live and 50 dead seal pups on the island. The researchers screened the samples for several pathogens including Campylobacter—a bacterium commonly found in wildlife and domestic livestock that triggers foodborne illness in humans. 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The pathogen was detected in nearly 50% of the seals tested. Dead seals harboring Campylobacter had signs of intestinal inflammation, suggesting that the pathogen could affect the animals’ health.“We suspected it was there, but we expected to find a very low prevalence,” Baily says. “Campylobacter has been previously detected in seals at very, very low levels. The prevalence we found in gray seal pups was absolutely shocking.”To determine the source of the infection, the team sequenced the genomes of the Campylobacter strains isolated from seals. Next, they compared bacterial sequences from seals to those from potential source populations including poultry, livestock, wild birds, and humans using statistical models. The pathogens infecting seals were most similar to those found in sick humans, the team reports this month in Molecular Ecology. But, it’s not clear yet whether humans are actually responsible for spreading the bacteria to seals, says Erin Lipp, a microbial ecologist at the University of Georgia, Athens, who was not involved in the study.The genomic sequences of the bacteria isolated from seals were also highly similar to those found in poultry. Because humans typically contract Campylobacter infections through the consumption of infected poultry, both humans and seals could be acquiring the bacteria through contact with the domestic birds. Agricultural runoff from poultry farms could serve as one potential pathway for the birds to spread the bacteria to seals, without direct contact between the two.   For now, it is unknown how seals are contracting the pathogen. “Are the seals swimming in areas impacted by sewage or wastewater? Or is it that a carrier, such as a wild bird, is bringing the infection back to the island?” adds Dale Griffin, a public health microbiologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in St. Petersburg, Florida. The most likely source of the bacteria is urban or agricultural runoff, but the researchers need to start screening environmental samples before they can say for sure, Baily says. “We’ve got a lot of gaps to fill in.”The findings are ringing alarm bells; we shouldn’t be finding human pathogens in these seals, Baily says. The study raises important questions about how pervasive human pathogens are in the marine environment and what their impacts are on wildlife.last_img read more

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Brides from PoK hold protest in Srinagar

first_imgSeveral brides from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Friday held a protest along with children in Srinagar to put pressure on the Centre and the State government to issue them travel documents to cross the Line of Control (LoC) and visit their families. Wearing veils and carrying children in their arms, these PoK women, who married Kashmiri men when they went for arms training across the LoC in the 1990s, appealed to the governments of Pakistan and India to devise a mechanism “to allow free movement to them across the LoC”. ‘Address grievances’ “Many women from (PoK) are suffering from depression. We are neither given citizenship nor being deported back. Our grievances should be addressed by the government,” said a bride from the PoK during a press conference in Srinagar. She claimed that around 350 women and children used the Nepal route to return to Kashmir along with their husbands after availing of the rehabilitation policy of the Omar Abdullah government in 2010.“However, since we came to this place, we are denied rights. We should be allowed to meet our families in Pakistan,” said another bride. An official said over 150 brides from PoK have settled in Kashmir along with their ex-militant husbands. A J&K High Court judgment, issued in 1971 in the Mohsin Shah case, had observed that no deportation exercise could take place for such couples because “one person had merely travelled from one part of India to another”.last_img read more

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A lot going on for Murray as Wimbledon defense begins

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Truth is, given all that is going on at the moment, the No. 1-seeded Murray could be forgiven for having a lot on his mind as he prepares to start his title defense at the All England Club on Monday.There’s a second child on the way for Murray and his wife — happy news, of course, and on Sunday, he assured a reporter who asked about its potential effect on his tennis this fortnight, “It’s certainly not a distraction in the slightest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThere’s his inconsistent season and the chance he could relinquish his spot atop the rankings to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka two weeks from now.There’s the matter of figuring out how to deal with his unorthodox opponent in the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s opening Centre Court match. They’ve never played each other, but Murray is somewhat familiar with Alexander Bublik, who is from Russia but represents Kazakhstan, just turned 20 and says he finds watching tennis boring: They had an off-court encounter for an ATP promotional video this year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong And there’s also the sore left hip that led one British tabloid to ask readers — at psychic Uri Geller’s prompting — to rub that part of Murray’s body in a front-page photo to heal him.“I’ve felt fairly calm the last few days, considering how I’ve been feeling,” Murray said.The hip forced Murray to skip exhibition matches on grass and a few days of training. But he said it’s feeling much better.“Obviously, this is an extremely important tournament, so you worry a little bit,” he said. “It’s a little bit stressful if you can’t practice for a few days. You really want to be preparing, training, as much as you can to get ready and make you feel better, especially when you hadn’t had any matches.”He is 21-9 so far in 2017, and his lone title came with the benefit of facing only one player ranked in the top 25.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Among other topics, Bublik discussed the “famous” Russian rappers he expects in his guest box on Monday; the tattoos on his right forearm (a map showing his hometown of St. Petersburg and a couple of quotations attributed to Eminem); and his disdain for following his own sport.“Even Rafa and Fed, you watch, the guys are putting everything in the court. It’s not interesting,” Bublik said with a mischievous grin. “I mean, it’s interesting to see the highlights … but when they’re rallying for 45 shots, you’re sitting and you’re feeling, ‘OK, can I quit tennis, please?’”Very little of Murray’s sort of hemming and hawing there.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Andy Murray rests between shots during a practice session ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Based on Andy Murray’s body language alone, reporters’ questions can produce an inordinate amount of consternation.He’ll puff his cheeks, then let out a sigh. He’ll rub his forehead, then clutch his chin. When answers do arrive, some are preceded by a hesitant “Ummm.” Others begin with “No” or “I wouldn’t have thought so” — or both. “I don’t know” is a popular refrain.ADVERTISEMENT UFC fighter who pooped herself will be sponsored by butt-wipes company Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Still, here was Roger Federer’s assessment of Murray’s chances at a place where in 2013 he became the first British man in 77 years to grab the trophy: “If he’s anything close to 100 percent physically, I consider him one of the big favorites to win the tournament. It’s that simple.”Murray did manage to reach the semifinals at the French Open, but since then he has played only one match — and lost.“I can take some anti-inflammatories if my hip flares up,” he said. “Hopefully that’s not the case.”Could be a lot of running required Monday, given the 134th-ranked Bublik’s penchant for sliced returns, drop shots, lobs and run-around forehands from midcourt.“My game is unpredictable. I don’t even know what I’m going to do,” Bublik said. “When the ball is coming to me, I decide right before I hit. So I don’t have a plan.”Murray is aware of all of that.“Some more sort of shots that guys may play in exhibitions, he tries when he’s out there,” Murray said. “That’s what I’ve heard.”Bublik acknowledges he’ll win more matches when he can “find a balance between making jokes and (being) a showoff.”He lost in the final round of qualifying last week, but made it into the main draw thanks to another player’s withdrawal.Bublik is known on tour for possessing, as Murray put it, “a big personality,” and that came through vividly during a session with a group of reporters at the All England Club. View commentslast_img read more

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Millie pips Gurbani to claim maiden title

first_imgMillie Saroha nailed a birdie on the first play-off hole to pip Gurbani Singh and clinched her maiden title at the Usha Northern India Ladies Golf Championships here on Thursday.Aditi Ashok, the leader on the first day and also of the order of merit, shot a final round 75 and finished third at 222. Amandeep Drall (79) was fourth at 229, while Vrishali Sinha (76) was fifth at 232. Nanaki Chadha, who fared poorly on the first two days with the scores of 79 and 81, recovered and shot a 74 in the last round to finish her campaign in sixth position.At the Delhi Golf Club, Millie shot one-over 73 in the final round which took her 54-hole total to two-over 218 in the three-day tournament. Gurbani caught up with Milie on the leaderboard when she came up with a final round even-par 72.With both the golfers sharing the lead after the regulation play, the contest moved to the play-off hole (18th).In the battle of nerves, Millie sank an eight-footer birdie putt to get the better of Gurbani.Mille and Gurbani took the honours in Category A, while Aditi topped Category B and Gurjot Badwal (79) was second at 239. Amrita Anand (80) was third at 240.Arushi Pandey and Riya Ahuja were first and second in the C category, while Tanishka Kumar and Tiya Choudhary topped D category.Aditi has bagged two titles in this season, while Gurbani and Millie have bagged one title each.last_img read more

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Inter vs Barcelona: Dembele starts in place of injured Messi

first_imgThe two leading sides in Champions League Group B face off on Tuesday, with Barcelona aware that a victory over Inter will carry them through to the last 16, regardless of the outcome of the match between Tottenham and PSV.Barca have a perfect three wins from three to their name, while Inter’s six points put them in a commanding position to qualify ahead of the fourth round of fixtures.After a competitive match at Camp Nou a fortnight ago, in which goals from Rafinha and Jordi Alba guided the Spanish side to victory, Inter will be hopeful of at least sharing the spoils at home to keep their rivals at an arm’s length. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Inter vs Barcelona Date Tuesday, November 6 Time 8pm BST / 3pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision Deportes fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport ESPN and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport ESPN BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Inter squad Goalkeepers Handanovic, Padelli, Berni Defenders Vrsaljko, De Vrij, Ranocchia, Miranda, Skriniar, D’Ambrosio Midfielders Asamoah, Vecino, B. Valero, Perisic, Brozovic, Candreva, Nainggolan Forwards Icardi, L. Martinez, Balde, Politano Inter starting X (4-2-3-1)I: Handanovic; Vrsaljko, Skriniar, De Vrij, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Pique, Semedo, Lenglet, Alba, Chumi Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur, Rafinha, Roberto, Vidal Forwards L. Suarez, Dembele, Malcom, Munir, Messi Barcelona starting XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Lenglet, Pique, Jordi Alba; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Dembele, Suarez, CoutinhoBetting & Match Odds Barcelona are priced at odds of winning 23/20 according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 5/2. Inter are priced at 27/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Mauro Icardi Gerard Piquè Barcelona Inter Uefa Champions LeagueMuch of the build-up around this encounter has circled around Lionel Messi. After fracturing his arm in a recent Liga clash against Sevilla, he could have made his return to feature at San Siro.“He could be available, but we have to wait, let’s see how he feels about his safety,” head coach Valverde said on the eve of the game. “I can’t anticipate anything but what is clear is that we aren’t going to take any chances with Messi.”And neither he should. Barcelona stand well placed to progress in Europe, after a perfect start to the season that has already seen them defeat group rivals Tottenham, PSV and Inter.On the domestic front, too, things look rosy, although they came within a whisker of suffering a stunning defeat against struggling Real Vallecano at the weekend. Goals in the final three minutes from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez transformed a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory, though it came as a timely warning that they can take little for granted.Inter, too, have shown themselves a side worthy of respect. While Barcelona struggled on Saturday, Spalletti’s side were cruising to a 5-0 win over Genoa, having previously chalked up impressive victories against Lazio and AC Milan to help lift them to second in Serie A.The coach may have hailed Messi as the world’s best, but Inter are more concerned with a diminutive Argentine of their own, Mauro Icardi, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.“Icardi is our captain and our reference point,” Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti told Marca, rejecting the possibility of a transfer.“He’s also very happy at Inter. We’re not aware of any interest from Real Madrid. We’re aware that Inter are in good shape and don’t have to sell to continue to respect Financial Fair Play (FFP).”While things are going well for the Nerazzurri on the field, they are also coming together off it, too, with those FFP restrictions set to be lifted in the coming weeks. A positive result against Barca would cap a stunning spell for the Italians.last_img read more

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SNF Grantee Figure Skating in Harlem Featured in NYTimes Style Section

first_imgNEW YORK – Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) grantee Figure Skating in Harlem was recently featured in The New York Times Style section.Photos for the feature were taken by photographer Flo Ngala, an alumna of Figure Skating in Harlem.Figure Skating in Harlem links the skilled practice of artistic figure skating to other skills including educational success, leadership ability, communication competency, and financial literacy. The program takes a holistic approach to the development of the girls it serves, and by the time they graduate from high school, 100% pursue higher education. Founded in Harlem in 1997, the program has since expanded to Detroit. On January 27th, a group from Figure Skating Detroit will be performing as part of the Skating Spectacular at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.SNF has provided support for the organization’s ICE (I Can Excel) and Summer Dreams camps, and was acknowledged at Figure Skating in Harlem’s 21st Annual Student Ice Show in March 2018.More information is available online: figureskatinginharlem.org.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Spurs signing Foyth dribbles like Messi!

first_imgTransfers Meet Juan Foyth, the new Tottenham star who dribbles like Lionel Messi! Daniel Edwards Last updated 2 years ago 23:30 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Foyth Estudiantes de La Plata Boca Juniors Getty Images Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Estudiantes Opinion The La Plata native was convinced by Spurs’ youth-first policy and their manager’s reputation, and in turn they are getting a fantastic prospect COMMENT In a country that has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Juan Roman Riquelme, Diego Maradona and countless other brilliant attacking talents, it is not easy to grab attention for your abilities at the other end of the pitch. Defenders are the odd men out in Argentina, and rarely given credit for their work either in the media or when big European clubs come knocking. Tottenham’s latest signing Juan Foyth, however, might just prove the exception to the rule. The 19-year-old signed a five-year deal with the club on Wednesday, following a frantic summer of speculation and even an abortive attempt by Paris Saint-Germain to hijack the deal as negotiations dragged on.Spurs 12/1 to lift PL title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Foyth takes after his illustrious attacking compatriots in one sense. When it comes to taking on unsuspecting opponents the centre-back has all the confidence and (almost) the dribbling skill of Messi himself!The La Plata native has become the hero of infinite Youtube clips in his short playing career so far — after making his debut for the Pincha in March 2017, he went on to start seven games as the club sealed a Copa Libertadores spot — for his daring forays out of the back. But Spurs fans should not fret that his compatriot Mauricio Pochettino is buying a younger version of the occasionally heart-stopping David Luiz.#Sub20 Para cerrar el partido, Ignacio Méndez apareció nuevamente tras una gran jugada de Juan Foyth. pic.twitter.com/cReJe6NUKw— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) 10 de mayo de 2017Foyth’s dribbles are merely a sign of a ball control and distribution that are already leagues ahead of most players in his position, marking him out as a real talent for the future. He is also no slouch on the defensive side. In what may prove to be his last game as an Estudiantes player, Foyth put in a masterly 90 minutes on Thursday to keep Copa Sudamericana rivals Nacional de Potosi at bay as his team took a valuable 1-0 victory away from the first leg.While the Bolivian club may not be household names in South America, they had the advantage of playing at near 4,000m altitude in their lofty home, a challenge for even the fittest players and notoriously taxing on youngsters unfamiliar with the conditions. What’s more, Estudiantes lined up for the first time under new coach Gustavo Matosas after the fiery Nelson Vivas walked out at the end of an impressive 2016-17 season. Ironically for Spurs it was the former Arsenal man who placed his faith in Foyth, and he was more than repaid with a series of assured performances in the unforgiving climes of the Primera Division. In the Argentina set-up, too, he has been singled out as one to watch. Foyth played in both the South American Championship and World Cup for Argentina’s Under-20s in 2017, and was one of the few players to come out of a disastrous campaign in South Korea with any credit. Former U-20 coach Claudio Ubeda singled him out before that tournament began as unique in his maturity. Juan Carlos FoythDario Benedetto Juan Foyth Estudiantes Boca Juniors Primera Division 06052017“Foyth’s progress, to mention just one name, has been one of incredible growth,” he told La Nacion. “Not just personally, but for the amount of games he has played in a team fighting for continental trophies with a much greater demand.” But if the youngster is unflappable when he steps onto the pitch, the same could be said of his conduct away from it. Grilled over Tottenham’s interest at the start of last week, the defender was cool and non-committal, while there was never any doubt that he would make the sacrifice and step out for Estudiantes in Potosi when many kids in the same position would have refused to travel, keeping themselves safe for the big move across the Atlantic.That calm served him well over the long months of rumours and counter-rumours that accompanied talks, which at one point looked close to collapse when club president Juan Sebastian Veron travelled to London and failed to strike a deal. Even when PSG were circling, he kept his cool and made a smart assessment — that with his compatriot Mauricio Pochettino on the bench and Spurs’ youth-first philosophy, it was in England that his development would be best served.”It’s a club that bets on the young and I think I’m going to have a chance to play,” Foyth said of Spurs to El Dia as the move neared.”I also spoke with Mauricio Pochettino and I liked what he said. It was what helped me decide that Tottenham was the right place to continue my career.”Now he begins a new stage in his career, and while he will have to be patient again down the Spurs pecking order, Foyth’s talent — not least when he is rounding markers with ease — makes him a fantastic future gamble for Pochettino and Spurs.last_img read more

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2015 Lincoln Navigator Review

first_imgPicking up the Lincoln Navigator from the airport parking lot was a bit like going to the animal shelter and coming home with a Stegosaurus. Lincoln may be wowing the world, and rightly so, with its new Continental Concept. Its current flagship, however, with its elderly truck platform, boxcar dimensions, and drought-like thirst for petrochemicals is lodged solidly in the Jurassic … or at least the last Bush administration.Exaggerations aside, Lincoln has made some updates to the Navigator for 2015, in response to the complete redesign of its chief rival, the Cadillac Escalade. These changes don’t bring it up to date, but they may be enough to deserve consideration from buyers who pine for the salad days of the full-size SUVs.Heart transplantBy far the biggest update to the 2015 Navigator is to the powertrain. The outgoing model was powered by Ford’s 5.4-liter V8 that put out 310 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. Granted, these figures were respectable before the great recession. Now, though, they look decidedly weedy in a 6,150-pound truck. Thankfully, for 2015, the Navigator now gets a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, that courtesy — of twin turbos — puts out an impressive 380 hp and 460 angry torques.This translates to a two-second improvement in its 0 to 60 time and a theoretically improved fuel economy of 17 mpg. In practice, I would be shocked to see the Navigator ever exceed an average of 15 mpg. During my week with the truck, I struggled to get more than 14 mpg. Reaffirming that, when it comes to EcoBoost, one can have Eco or Boost … but rarely both.Thankfully, the power feels even more impressive than the specs would indicate. Despite having 40 fewer ponies than the Cadillac Escalade I drove recently, the Navigator actually seems to step out much quicker. The turbos require a quick gear change to get into the power band. Once there, the go is truly impressive in a vehicle that tips the scales at over 6,000 pounds.Unfortunately, the Lincoln can’t stand up to the completely refreshed Cadillac when it comes to dynamics. The best that can be said of the Navigator’s ride and handling is that it is old-fashioned but competent.In the corners, there is a startling amount of body roll, no doubt, aided by the simply massive 22-inch wheels. If you are foolish enough to take your eyes of the road, you can even monitor the precise amount of roll through the on-board “off-roading” sensors.The ride is a bit better, especially on the highway, where the big Lincoln simply crushes pavement imperfections. When the road gets rough, things get worse. The Lincoln’s old-school truck chassis gets discomposed on ruts and bumps.To the Navigator’s credit it is, at least, very easy to navigate. Despite its massive bulk, the Lincoln boasts both a tight turning circle and shockingly good outward visibility, thanks to large windows and a very high driving position.Even with its flaws, and old-school truck-based character, the Navigator is good fun to drive. Its sheer bulk and old-school feel give the Lincoln charisma, as well as a somewhat unique place in the market.Expedition plusThe ride and handling aren’t the only things about the Lincoln that are a bit old-fashioned. The interior may get gloss wood trim and leather, but it is also littered with trim components that clearly make more sense on the Ford Expedition.First the good stuff: nearly all of the trim and components that are specific to Lincoln are good. The seats don’t look all that special but they are comfortable and offer a wide array of adjustability, allowing everyone no matter their height and weight to find a good driving position.The technology is also solid. The instrument cluster consists of a physical speedometer flanked by two TFT screens that can display a wide array of information. This system not only looks good, it is very useful. Lincoln’s re-skinned version of MyFord Touch is also worthy of praise. It is far easier to use and looks better than the beleaguered Cadillac CUE system.Then there is the size; the Lincoln Navigator is large enough that you could probably play about nine holes of golf in the back of it. Seriously, I think the bus I took to school as a kid was smaller.Unfortunately, all that size means there is plenty of space for cheap plastic trim and outdated fittings. The front row might get mostly nice Lincoln trim, but the back rows have to make do with acres of hard beige plastic and cheap fittings. Then there are issues like the exposed cables barely concealed behind the rearview mirror and poking out from underneath the seats.These issues bring me to a broader set of concerns about build quality. The interior of my press demonstrator was littered with uneven panel gaps, poorly installed trim, and a few pieces of plastic that still had rough edges from the casting mold. Then there were the welds … a number of the visible welds — especially those around the rear hatch — were crumpled and appeared poorly sealed.All of these issues are fairly minor, but the problem is that the Lincoln Navigator is a luxury car that starts at around $63,000. My press demonstrator was as near as makes no difference $74,000. At that price, a vehicle shouldn’t have those sorts of issues. It is possible, of course, that my demonstrator is an outlier. Still, though, these problems are … how to put this … the opposite of encouraging.ConclusionIn some ways, it’s hard to make the argument for the Lincoln Navigator: its old, expensive, and may not be very well put together. So why buy it, when there are alternatives like the Cadillac Escalade, and the Mercedes GL? The answer for many people may simply be: no reason. But, depending on customer needs and desires, there are some good arguments.The Navigator has more interior room than just about anyone in the business. And, because of its old-school truck roots, it can tow just about anything short of a house – 9,000 pounds on rear-wheel drive models and 8,600 on 4×4 versions. It also manages to be bling, with its big wheels and massive grill — without being as aggressively vulgar as the Escalade.For those who do want those things, the Navigator will reward them with its excellent powertrain and good tech package. Just don’t look to closely at the trim.HighsSmooth and powerful EcoBoost powertrainExcellent towing capacityGood visibilityMassive interior spaceLowsUnrefined rideTerrible fuel economyCheap interior trimQuestionable build quality These Treehouses Will Restore Your Sense of Childlike Wonder Editors’ Recommendations The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Racescenter_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 1. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 2. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 3. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 4. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 5. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 6. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 7. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 8. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 9. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 10. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 11. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 12. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 13. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 14. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 15. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 16. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 17. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 18. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 19. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 20. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 21. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 22. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 23. 2015 Lincoln Navigator 24. 2015 Lincoln Navigator What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? 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Long Way Ahead for Manilla despite Truck Ban Lifting

first_imgzoom Manila International Container TerminalThe port of Manilla, the Philippines will not restore to normal operation by mid-2015 despite efforts to clear out the port congestion, including the most recent turn of events that resulted in lifting of the truck ban that caused the congestion in the first place.The truck ban implemented in the City of Manila was officially lifted on September 13 with the aim of enabling the government to decongest the port.Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said the ban could be restored at any time should the traffic get worse in Manila, adding that the situation is being closely monitored.According to Christian Gonzalez, Chief of Operations for International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) in Asia-Pacific, it will take much time to restore the normal operation in the port despite the lifting of the ban.Up till now decongestion efforts have had very little success even with the ‘last mile’ scheme due to the unsynchronized restrictions being implemented by the different local government units to truckers, the Philippine Ports Authority said.The Philippine Ports Authority and the Manila port operators said last week that they were sending overstaying customs-cleared ready-to-go boxes to Laguna.The first batch was due for transfer last Sunday morning and the action is planned to be repeated for four Sundays by both ICTSI and Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI).Both ICTSI and ATI, meanwhile, said they were considering to jointly charter a bigger capacity vessel to haul more containers out of the port.According to PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana, they are forced to relocate more containers to other areas to the detriment of the consuming public to provide spaces for incoming import cargoes inside the Manila ports.Importers, brokers and cargo owners that have been affected by the transfer will still have to clear their cargo with the Manila operators and once all the cargo-handling fees including the transfer cost and other charges have been settled, importers can pick up their cargoes in an ‘as is where is’ basis.“We will continue with this initiative until we have met the desired number of containers inside the two Manila ports, which is equivalent to an 80% yard utilization,” Sta. Ana stressed. World Maritime News Staff, September 17, 2014; Image: ICTSIlast_img read more

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Board to soon consider merger with OBC United Bank PNB

first_imgNew Delhi: Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Saturday said a board meeting will be held soon to consider amalgamation of Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India with itself. The bank has received a communication from the Ministry of Finance that the Alternative Mechanism (AM), after consultation with Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has decided that Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) and United Bank of India may consider amalgamation, it said in a regulatory filing. “Accordingly, a meeting of board of directors to consider the amalgamation will be convened by the bank shortly,” PNB said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMeanwhile, Corporation Bank, which is going to be merged with Union Bank of India along with Andhra Bank, too said a board meeting will be held to consider the merger. In a stock exchange filing, it said “a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Bank to consider the amalgamation will be convened by the Bank in due course”. The government on Friday unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks into four as part of plans to create fewer and stronger global-sized lenders as it looks to boost economic growth from an over six-year low. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who had last week announced tax sops and measures for sectors such as auto, announced four new sets of mergers — Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India will combine to form the nation’s second-largest lender; Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank will merge; Union Bank of India will amalgamate with Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank; and Indian Bank will merge with Allahabad Bank.last_img read more

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Kolkata CP among 4 Bengal cops replaced ahead of polls

first_imgKOLKATA: In a surprising move just days before the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission has removed the Commissioners of Police (CPs) of both Kolkata and Bidhannagar. The four officers cannot be involved by the state government in any election-related duties, the poll panel stated.Dr Rajesh Kumar, ADG, Pollution Control Board has been made the new Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, replacing Anuj Sharma. It may be recalled that Sharma had been made the Commissioner of the city barely two months ago. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe new Kolkata police chief was once private secretary to Mukul Roy when he was Railway Minister. Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IGP, Operations has been posted as Commissioner of Police, Bidhannagar. The Commission has also removed Birbhum SP Shyam Singh and Diamond Harbour SP S Selvamurugan. In a letter to Chief Secretary Malay De on Friday, the Commission informed that the decision was taken after reviewing the poll-preparedness of the state. Avannu Ravindranath, DC (Airport Division), Bidhannagar, has been posted as SP Birbhum, while Srihari Pandey, DC, KAP 3rd Battalion, has been posted as SP, Diamond Harbour.last_img read more

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SC stays inquiry commission proceedings into Jayalalithaa’s death at Apollo Hospitals

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday stayed the proceedings of an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in 2016. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the appeal of Apollo Hospitals against the April 4 order of the Madras High Court rejecting its objection against the ongoing inquiry into the death of the AIADMK leader at the hospital. “Notice. Stay of further proceedings of the inquiry commission,” the bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The AIADMK-led state government had set up the inquiry commission to look into circumstances leading to the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016 at Apollo Hospitals. The Madras High Court had on April 4 rejected Apollo Hospital’s objections to an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of Jayalalithaa looking into aspects of treatment given to her. As mandated by its terms of reference, the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry was empowered and entitled to go into the appropriateness, efficacy, adequacy or inadequacy of the treatment given to Jayalalithaa during her 75-day hospitalisation in 2016, it said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The high court had refused to stall proceedings of the commission and disposed of the petition filed by the hospital seeking to quash the government orders which laid down terms and reference of the probe panel. It had also rejected the prayer of the hospital for setting up a medical board to assist the panel during the inquiry. The high court had said if a harmonious interpretation was made to terms of reference, the government was careful enough to include the word “subsequent treatment provided till her unfortunate demise on December 5, 2016”. This meant the nature and extent of treatment given by Apollo Hospitals, which includes appropriateness, adequacy or inadequacy of the treatment, the court had said. “We are of the view that if the commission is restrained from going into the correctness, efficacy, adequacy or inadequacy of the medical treatment provided by the petitioner hospital, it would only defeat the very object with which the government had appointed the commission of inquiry,” it had said. Therefore, the panel can go into the correctness, efficacy, adequacy or inadequacy of the medical treatment provided by Apollo Hospitals by screening the records produced before it and arrive at a conclusion, the bench had said. It had disagreed with the hospital’s contention that a retired judge of the high court (Arumughaswamy) cannot be the competent person to deal with the complex and intricate medical treatment and hence experts and professionals should be included in the panel. It had said that even in the absence of inclusion of experts or professionals, as per Section 5B of Commission of Inquiry Act, the commission can independently take the aid of any person who, in its opinion, shall be of assistance for conducting the inquiry. Referring to the hospital’s charge that its doctors were repeatedly questioned and harassed, the high court had said it was not inclined to accept the submissions that witnesses (doctors) were wantonly, willfully and deliberately harassed by the commission. The government had set up the inquiry commission to look into circumstances leading to the death of the AIADMK supremo, citing doubts expressed by various people.last_img read more

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Twelve Indian fishermen arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Twelve Indian fishermen were arrested today while poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy media unit said.The Navy said that two trawlers used by the Indians were also seized. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The arrest was made by Fast Attack Craft of the Sri Lanka Navy attached to the Northern Naval Command, in the seas off Delft Island.The Indian fishermen along with their trawlers were brought to SLNS Elara at Karainagar and after a medical test they were handed over to the Fisheries Inspectorate in Jaffna through the Department of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, for onward legal action. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Savour the flavour of Niagara

The Niagara region is known for many things – magnificent Falls, history, golf courses and of course the vineyards and their grapes that produce award-winning wines. However, all things considered, a spectacular glass of wine can (and should) be paired with some of the amazing food Niagara has to offer too!Agriculture is a booming industry in Niagara, and with it has blossomed a burgeoning movement towards farm-to-table – in food and wine.According to Tiffany Mayer, food blogger at eatingniagara.com, not supporting the farm-to-table movement is denying Niagara’s identity; “farm-to-table is about being inspired by what’s available locally.” Restaurants across the region have increasingly adopted this mentality as a way to tell a story through food for their patrons.  The food becomes more meaningful to consumers when they feel a connection to it, and most of the time, it tastes better because it has been created at the height of its freshness.Restaurants and food trucks in the area, like The Yellow Pear (farm-to-truck cuisine) boast that their menus give local businesses and farmers a place to showcase their products and celebrate good, hard, honest work.  Who wouldn’t be excited about eating something they have a personal connection to?  Mayer is proud to note that with the exception of salt, she can eat an entire meal that is full of Niagara produce.When asked why the farm-to-table movement and Niagara wines are a natural fit, Mayer commented that things that grow together, go together. Brian Hamilton, winemaker at Southbrook Vineyard in Niagara on the Lake has noted how important the farm-to-table mentality is to wineries as well. At Southbrook in particular, all of their wines are organic and biodynamically certified and their grapes are estate grown or from other organic and local vineyards.During this year’s Brock Homecoming, we will be highlighting amazing cuisine that Niagara has to offer when we partner Niagara wine with Niagara food; wineries with restaurants and caterers which practice the farm-to-table mentality at our Fine Food, Fine Wine event on Saturday Sept. 21.If you would like to savour the flavour that Niagara has to offer, make sure you get your tickets to Fine Food, Fine Wine on Saturday, Sept. 21.  You’ll join fellow ‘localvores’ (people who prefer to consume locally grown and produced foods) for a unique taste experience that will indulge our taste buds and help us celebrate Niagara’s fine food and award winning wines.To register for Fine Food, Fine Wine, visit the homecoming website at brocku.ca/homecomingFine Food, Fine Wine PairingsSyndicate Brewery & Restuarant &  Pillitteri Estate WineryTreadwell & Flat Rock CellarsThe Yellow Pear foodtruck & Southbrook VineyardWellington Court & Creekside Estate WinerySodexo Catering Services & Ravine Vineyard read more

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About those interest rates hikes Carney warned about Never mind

About those interest rates hikes Carney warned about. Never mind. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2012 10:00 am MDT OTTAWA – Is the next move for Mark Carney to cut interest rates?The question would have seemed unthinkable a few weeks ago given that the Bank of Canada governor’s last pronouncement on the subject was to issue a wink and a nudge about coming hikes.The signal-sending language — “some modest withdrawal of the present considerable monetary policy surplus may be appropriate” — contained in the April interest-setting statement sent markets into speculation hyper-drive that rates could be heading north as early as the summer.Tuesday’s upcoming announcement was never in play and isn’t in play now. Economists are as unanimous as can be that Carney will keep the policy rate moored at one per cent a little while longer.But now the speculation has turned full circle about the nature of the next move, whenever it comes.“The state of the world is increasingly making clear that a rate hike at this point would be premature,” said Avery Shenfeld, chief economist with CIBC World Markets.“In fact, the OIS futures market today (Friday) started pricing in a rate cut for later this year.”Of course, the speculation on when Carney was going to start tightening policy began cooling long before Friday.The revived crisis in Greece, which increasingly looks unsolvable short of insolvency, the growing banking crisis in Spain, unresolved debt problems in Italy and Portugal, had already lengthened the odds on Carney moving this fall, and likely made him regret his April assessment that Europe’s crisis had moved from “the acute to the chronic.”But if there was any doubt remaining, Friday’s onslaught of weak and very weak data from Canada, the United States, China and Brazil, following a bad output number out of India Thursday, removed it.Friday’s report on Canadian gross domestic product did not show the economy tanking in the first quarter, but at 1.9 per cent growth it was well below the central bank’s April call for a 2.5 per cent advance. It now looks unlikely the bank’s equally optimistic 2.5 per cent for the second quarter will come to fruition either.And given the Canadian export sector’s reliance on flush U.S. consumers, the miserly gain of 69,000 jobs reported south of the border for May was even a worse signal that the next few months will yield at best craw-speed momentum. China and Brazil also reported soft economic data.The two disappointing North American reports all but wipe out the good memories of Canada’s record-breaking 140,000 job gains in March and April. Analysts expect May will pour cold water on the employment front when the number is released next Friday.TD Bank economist Diana Petramala isn’t giving up altogether on a rate hike, however, although she is hedging her bet.In a note to clients, she noted that if growth maintains a two-per-cent pace throughout 2012, “the argument for some withdrawal of monetary stimulus by the fall still holds. However, a continued deterioration in global financial markets could keep the central bank on the sidelines.”Even with the caveat, that is a minority view.Capital Economics’ David Madani thinks 2014 is more likely and Derek Holt, vice president of economics with Scotiabank, is coming around to the view.Carney’s previous signal on interests rates was predicated on the assumption that Canada’s growth rate would smoothly expand at about 2.5 per cent throughout 2012, enabling the economy to return to full capacity in the first half of 2013.At sub-two per cent, however, the output gap is actually widening slightly rather than closing, so the argument for tightening rates evaporates, especially since inflation remains tame.As well, hiking rates raises the cost of borrowing for consumers and businesses, dampening economic activity, while pushing up the Canadian dollar, which depresses exports, analysts note.The only positive would be to help slow down the housing market, which all indicators suggest is already cooling with the rare exception of Toronto condo sector.“I buy that in a perfect world, the bank would love to raise interest rates,” said Holt.“But the growth profile continues to underperform the speed limit of the economy so you still get building economic slack that the Bank of Canada did not anticipate,” explained Holt. “So more slack, more geo-political concerns, that gives the bank full course to leave rates alone for a long, long time yet.”Holt said the bank’s Carney will likely need to do a bit of a climb-down Tuesday. But at the next setting in July, “the April monetary policy review will have to be completely rewritten ” to reflect to gloomier outlook.Carney did get some sympathy from Jens Larsen, the Royal Bank’s chief European economist, during his visit to Ottawa last week.Larsen’s job is to track developments in Europe’s sovereign debt saga and said he too mistakenly judged the temperate easing on the crisis atmosphere. But then stuff happened, he said, and now he too is rueing his previous optimism. read more

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Full 1916 throwback uniforms released for Nebraska on Saturday

No. 6 Ohio State will wear 1916 throwback uniforms versus No. 9 Nebraska on Nov. 5. Credit: @darrenrovellThe No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes’ primetime matchup versus No. 9 Nebraska in Ohio Stadium on Saturday is a golden opportunity to prove in front of a national audience that they’re one of college football’s premier teams. Based on their uniform choice, the Buckeyes are already coming into the game with style.The Scarlet and Gray will have a different look this week, wearing 1916 throwback uniforms to honor late, great OSU running back Chic Harley, who played at OSU from 1916-17 and 1919. He spent the 1918 season in the military, which is the reason OSU chose this week — the military appreciation game — to wear replica jerseys from 1916 in respect for Harley’s sacrifices.Ohio Stadium is sometimes referred to as “The House that Harley Built.”Darren Rovell of ESPN tweeted out the full look the Buckeyes will be donning on Saturday in the ‘Shoe.FIRST LOOK: Ohio State Nike uniforms, commemorating 100th anniversary of undefeated 1916 team, to be worn vs Nebraska this week pic.twitter.com/fJacfs2VwX— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 1, 2016 read more

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Presidential lip service to Judicial Independence

(Following is an opinion piece written by PPP  Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Mohabir Anil Nandlall)No one can sensibly dispute that an independent and effective judiciary is not only the sine qua non of any democracy, but it is the very foundation upon which the edifice of civil society rests. “If the judiciary is to perform its functions and duties effectively and remain true to the spirit with which they are sacredly entrusted to it, the dignity and the authority of the courts have to be respected and protected at all costs otherwise, the very cornerstone of our Constitutional scheme will give way, and with it will disappear the rule of law and the civilized life in the society.” (Justice Sawant: Re Vinay Chandra Mishra (1995) 2 SCC page 584). Although the above statement was uttered by a Judge of the Indian Supreme Court, that it rings true of the Guyanese Judiciary and indeed judicial systems everywhere, there can be no doubt.No dispassionate mind can credibly justify the Attorney General’s contumacious outburst in open court before High Court Judge Mr. Franklin Holder, a few weeks ago. As an eye witness to the incident, I say that the judge’s recitation, in a letter to the Acting Chancellor, of what transpired on that fateful day, does not only coincide with my interpretation of the events, but the adjectives used by the learned judge to describe the Attorney General’s conduct, graphically but accurately captures the tone, mood and electricity of the atmosphere, at the time. I could not have proffered a better recollection. In that letter the Judge indicated that he made a finding that the Attorney General committed contempt in the face of the court. The Judge demanded an apology from the Attorney General.  The Judge’s letter was published by the media, verbatim.On the 8th of May 2017, when the case resumed, the Judge not only reiterated his finding of contempt but indicated that the Attorney General’s subsequent public statements aggravated the contempt. The Judge was emphatic that he has not lost the power to cite the Attorney General for contempt. Why he did not do so, nor has yet done so, is a disappointment to most law abiding citizens.It is against this backdrop that the President’s statements made on the 17th of May 2017, at the swearing-in ceremony of two appellate court Judges, must have shocked the conscience of the right thinking Guyanese public. The President is quoted in the Press, as saying, “I cannot see that there was anything which could have warranted his being cited for contempt of court. As I said, his behavior was not being contemptuous so in that regard there cannot be any justifiable call for an apology because his behavior was not in contempt of court”.That these sentiments, emanating from the Head of State, and a highly decorated former army general is abominable on so many dimensions, may yet be an understatement. The law, separation of powers, and respect for the majesty of the court aside, just imagine for one moment, a subordinate army officer behaving as the Attorney General did, to Brigadier David Granger, thirty-five years ago, at Camp Ayangana, what would have been his fate.However, on a more serious note. Under the doctrine of separation of powers, a fundamental pillar of our Constitution, the Judiciary is resided with the sole and exclusive responsibility, of being the final arbiter of legal issues within our system of governance. Whether a person is guilty of contempt of court or not, is a legal question to be determined only by the Judiciary. Justice Holder has already pronounced that the Attorney General has committed contempt in the face of the court. This is a conclusive pronouncement on the matter by the lawful constitutional authority. If it is wrong, the Judiciary, itself, offers a procedure to rectify wrong judicial decisions. The raison d’etre of the separation of power principle is to insulate the legislature and the executive from trespassing upon the functional domain of the judiciary and vice versa. The President’s statements have obviously disregarded this sacrosanct constitutional doctrine.To compound the travesty, the President has publicly endorsed the Attorney General’s absolute and contemptuous disrespect for the Judiciary, which constitutes an even greater slap to the dignity of this institution, whose smooth functioning depends so heavily upon public trust and confidence. This is precisely what Justice Sawant warned against in his observations to which reference is made above. If an ordinary person were to act, when appearing before a judicial officer, or before any high authority, in a manner similar to the Attorney General, the President is now bereft of any standing, or credibility, to criticize such conduct.Unfortunately, it is not the first time that the President is publicly quoted as making final pronouncements on legal issues, thereby lending to a usurpation of judicial functions. On or about the 29th of December 2016, a Public Statement, emanating from the Ministry of the Presidency, quoted the President as pronouncing that the 99 year old lease, issued to the Cheddi Jagan Research Institute Inc, in respect of Red House, was invalid, and ordered that the tenants be evicted therefrom within 48 hours. As invalid as anyone may perceive a lease to be, it is common ground that its validity, or lack thereof, and whether or not tenants in a demised premises should or should not be ejected, are purely complex legal issues to be conclusively and lawfully determined by the Judiciary and no other authority, in accordance with the doctrine of separation of powers. Just imagine the social chaos and disorder, which would erupt in this land, if every landlord arrogates upon himself the power and authority to determine that a tenancy is invalid and takes steps to eject his tenants without any resort to the court.There is still yet another dimension. It is judicial independence. At the very ceremony, the President assured the Nation that there is no political interference in the Judiciary. This assurance must ring hollow in the face of the President’s inordinate delay in acting upon the advice of the Judicial Service Commission, as well as, his manipulation of that advice by not swearing-in the advised persons as Judges. This issue is exacerbated by his stamp of imprimatur to the Attorney General’s grossly insolent and irreverent attack upon a High Court Judge. Is the President not, subliminally, signaling to the Judiciary that his Ministers or the Government, itself, can act most egregiously, but yet, enjoy Presidential support, if not approval?In my view, this strikes at the heart of judicial independence, since Judges may now have to contemplate a Presidential reaction to their rulings against the Attorney General and the Government and apprehend the consequences, which may flow therefrom. In Bradley -v- Fisher 80 US 335, Justice Field of the US Supreme Court enunciated the principles thus:“For it is a general principle of the highest importance to the proper administration of justice that a judicial officer, in exercising the authority vested in him, shall be free to act upon his own convictions, without apprehension of personal consequence to himself. Liability to answer to everyone who might feel himself aggrieved by the action of the judge, would be inconsistent with the possession of this freedom and would destroy that independence without which no judiciary can be either respectable or useful.”It is difficult to decipher whether the President makes these statements knowing of their legal ramifications or he just makes them innocently. Either way, it is the duty of his Attorney General to advise him properly on the law. But then again, it is clear that the current incumbent has a demonstrable incapacity to do so. One can only hope that a compliment of five highly decorated advisors would bring reprieve to this very crucial constitutional tragedy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident reaffirms Government’s support for judiciary as new Court opens in LeonoraJanuary 18, 2014In “Local News”Letter: Separation of Powers Doctrine under assaultJuly 20, 2017In “Letters”THE PIPER: The Guardians of GuyanaJanuary 29, 2017In “The Piper” read more

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New conveyor idler aligner delivers improved safety precise adjustment

first_imgProper alignment is an extremely important factor in a conveyor system, as a misaligned belt can cause uneven wear, belt/structure damage and material spillage.  A new conveyor idler aligner featuring a safe and effective method to manually fine tune OEM-style self-adjusting idlers has been introduced by Martin Engineering. The MARTIN® Idler Aligner ensures precise adjustment, using a handle and comb for course modification, with slots for finer tuning.   The aligner bracket mounts to most manufacturers’ self-aligning idlers, allowing for broad application.  To improve safety, the design eliminates the need to tie off idlers to the surrounding structure, and the locking bar features a hole for padlock placement to restrict access and handle movement.The slotted comb on the new idler provides a range of incremental adjustment settings (±7.5°) to ensure consistent performance.  The handle can also be allowed to float freely on top of the locking bar to provide course adjustments of ±2.5°.  The Idler Aligner installs quickly and easily – a one-person job requiring no measuring, cutting or heavy lifting – allowing workers to safely and conveniently make manual adjustments to fine tune the idler from outside of the stringer.  The new design is also available in stainless steel construction.last_img read more

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Déjà vu 11 more Britishbased people who have just discovered hurling on

first_img How will we cope with an hour without live popular sport? Live hurling on sky sports 3 it is…— Andy Mitchelmore (@MitchelmoreAndy) June 14, 2014 How have I never watched hurling before this is great— Rachel (@rach_tennis) June 14, 2014 Source: Andy Mitchelmore/Twitter 9. Michael Cook Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Michael Cook/Twitter 3. Joe O’Shea 2. Alex Case Source: Alex Case/Twitter 6. Ben Nall Source: Jon Horn/Twitter Source: Joe O’Shea/Twitter Watching the hurling on sky. What do all those numbers mean?? @daraobriain— Tom Pengelly (@flyincattlebird) June 14, 2014 Hurling is absolute carnage. About five sports in one— Jon Horn (@Jondavidhorn) June 14, 2014 11. Tom Pengelly Currently watching Hurling on Sky #WTF— Alex Case (@alexcase92) June 14, 2014 5. Lillypad 10. Andy Mitchelmore Source: Ben Nall/Twitter First time watching Hurling on Sky sports 3. From what I can gather it is a sport that involves lots of guys having a pub fight on grass— Ben Nall (@BenNall79) June 14, 2014 English guy in pub who’s watched the hurling on Sky Sports; “mad sport, it’s a bit Game of Thrones, Innit?” #GAA— Joe O’Shea (@josefoshea) June 14, 2014 Source: Rachel Franczeska/Twitter 7. Hannah Sherlock Source: Aaron Skelton/Twitter 8. Aaron Skelton Watching the hurling on Sky sports 3…My paddy cousins are feckin mad… What a mental game…Dublin win I reckon…— Aaron Skelton (@Skelts10) June 14, 2014 It’s like a mixture of cricket, rugby and a egg and spoon race #hurling #skysports— Lillypad (@jacklilly14) June 14, 2014 #GAA I’m watching Hurling. Wexford have scored 4 over the bar and 1 in the net and the score is 7. Can anyone explain?— The Viking Experience Forever!!!!! 😂😂😂😂😂🤷‍♂️ (@TheMCook) June 14, 2014 Source: Tom Pengelly/Twitter Source: Lillypad/Twitter LAST WEEK, WE brought you the amusing reactions of British people who had just discovered hurling, after the sport made its debut on Sky Sports.And unsurprisingly, during Sky’s second live game yesterday, there were more people ostensibly tuning in for the first time and tweeting their hilarious and bemused thoughts, as you’ll notice below.Granted, it’s been done before, but think of this as a sequel to last week’s article — and one that is more Godfather II than Hangover II hopefully.Anyway, here are 11 of the funniest responses in all of their glory…1. Rachel Franczeska 4. Joe Horn The British man who made THAT tweet about hurling>As it happened: Wexford v Dublin, Leinster SHC semi-final>last_img read more

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Paralyzed man sends the first ever tweet created with eye movement

first_imgTony Nicklinson sent his first tweet on Wednesday June 13th. While this feat may seem unremarkable to most — for him it means a window to communicate with the world.In 2005, Nicklinson had a stroke that completely paralyzed him. He can still think and reason, but he’s unable to care for himself, and his only means of communication are with his eyes and he suffers from what is known as locked-in syndrome. Through a combination of hardware and software he’s able to communicate much more sophisticated thoughts than “blink once for yes, twice for no.” The system tracks his eye movements, not unlike the Lenovo Tobii device that made headlines last year, so Nicklinson is able to type out his thoughts letter-by-letter on a virtual keyboard. This program in turn converts each selection into text and/or speech.While eye tracking technology, like Tobii and others, is nothing new to the first world its application is. The fact that a man who would otherwise be reduced to “yes” and “no” queries or only have others to speak for him, can now through the power of micro-blogging site Twitter and this eye movement tech, speak to the world (or at least anyone who wants to follow). The social networking community has met him with great support; as of this posting he has gained over 20,000 followers.His tweets are occasionally uplifting, talking about his flatulent pooch, but mostly Nicklinson has used Twitter to raise awareness about his upcoming hearing regarding his right to die. The site has left some users to question whether the social networking site has changed his mind on his desire to be euthanized, to which he responded, “Let’s hear the judgement first and maybe I’ll tell you.”And the first tweet…Hello world. I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet. #tony— TonyNicklinson (@TonyNicklinson) June 13, 2012@TonyNicklinson via Guardianlast_img read more

"Paralyzed man sends the first ever tweet created with eye movement"