Qatar Cabinet Approves Draft Law on Foreigners Owning Property in Qatar

first_imgQatar has approved a draft law allowing regulation of ownership and usage of properties by non-Qataris in the Gulf nation, Qatar News Agency reported on April 19.Foreigners can own and use properties in Qatar in accordance with conditions specified by a decision of the Cabinet and based on suggestions of the commission for regulating non-Qatari ownership and use of real estate, as per the report.In all cases, the “right of usufruct granted to a non-Qatari shall not expire with his death and shall be transferred to the heirs unless both parties agree otherwise”, according to the draft legislation, QNA report said.The decision was approved by the Cabinet chaired by Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani and has been referred to the Advisory Council.The provisions of the draft law applies to land space, buildings and residential units, as well as detachment units in residential complexes, the report stated. The policy change be beneficial to the robust Indian diaspora living in Qatar.The Cabinet also approved a joint work mechanism for the Ministry of Finance and the Qatar Fund for Development to determine what kind of scholarships are to be offered to non-Qatari students through the adoption of the Qatar Scholarship Program.Qatar has a robust Indian diaspora with almost seven lakh Indians. It is also the largest foreign worker community in the country. “We are the largest expatriate community in Qatar with the number of Indians reaching 691,000 as of now. The Indian community would like to express our gratitude to the leadership of Qatar for the great patronage given to the country,” Indian ambassador P Kumaran said on the occasion of ‘Bharat Utsav – A Journey through Festive Celebrations of India’ on April 13.Qatar also announced in 2017 that Indians and people of 79 other countries can live in the Gulf nation visa-free for up to 60 days to boost tourism.“Nationals of 47 countries (including India) will not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips. This waiver may be extended for a further 30-day period,” Qatar Airways had said, echoing the government’s policy change, in 2017, according to Times of India.The changes can be seen as a bid to rejuvenate the economy in Qatar, after multiple Gulf nations boycotted it over alleged support to terrorism. The boycott has affected the Indian migrants in the country as well Related ItemsIndiaQatarlast_img read more

Cabinet reshuffle: The Big Gainers

first_imgThe much anticipated Cabinet makeover brought in it’s wake a few surprises, some disappointments and the usual chorus of disapproval from the Opposition. In a rejig which saw Manmohan Singh incorporate 17 new faces in his Council of Ministers, many see the imprint of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘young brigade’ mantra.Young or not, the reshuffle has definitely raised the fortunes of some of Team Rahul’s acolytes. The biggest takeaway from the reshuffle is that people who have supported the Congress through the tumultous push towards economic reforms have gained the most. Also, the Congress seems to have send out a strong message that corruption charges arising from the street (read Arvind Kejriwal) will not dictate governance tactics and the biggest gainer of this has undoubtedly been Salman Khurshid.Here’s a look at the names whose political fortunes are on the upswing after Sunday’s facelift.Salman KhurshidThe biggest gainer, of course, is Salman Khurshid who has now joined the elite club with the highly coveted Foreign Minister tag. The shift gains significance in light of the fact that the esrtwhile law minister was recently in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, including the sting, Operation Dhritarashtra, accusing him of corruption.Pawan BansalAnother massive upgrade is the elevation of Pawan Bansal – Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources – who has been handed the plum Railways portfolio. The move gains significance in light of the fact that the railways portfolio has traditionally been given to one of the constituent allies of the UPA. Bansal, who is known to be a close associate of Finance Minister P Chaidamabaram, is expected to speed up the pace of railways reforms which have been subject to highly populist and regressive policies over the past several years.Veerappa Moily Already a Cabinet Minister Veerappa Moily (Corporate Affairs) has now been handed the crucial and sensitive Petroleum Ministry, taking over from Jaipal Reddy. The idea is that Moily will speed up the decision making process as opposed to his predecessor who was accused of blocking the government’s policies. The move can be interpreted as a huge gain since Moily, for his seniority, had been pretty much sidelined after he lost his previous portfolio of the Law Ministry to Khurshid.advertisement Ashwini KumarOne of the biggest suprises and consequently one of the biggest gainers is Ashwini Kumar. A Minister of State, he is now a full fledged Cabinet Minister taking over from Salman Khurshid as the Law Minister. A massive jump in profile for a man who is known to be extremely articulate and immensely supportive of Manmohan Singh’s vision for UPA. MM Pallam Raju The erstwhile Minister of State for Defence has now been handed the crucial and controvery laden Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, taking over from Kapil Sibal. Sources say the move is aimed at rewarding Raju’s loaylty to the Congress clan as well as bringing in a relatively non confrontational politican in place of the verbally acrid Sibal. Ajay Maken The current Sports Minister has been promoted to a Cabinet rank with the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation portfolio in a move many see as a counter to Sheila Dikshit’s stronghold in the Capital. His new portfolio is one of the most important in terms of the Congress and UPA’a electoral influence in the coming General Elections 2014.last_img read more

‘Disgusted’ UEFA investigates Russian fan violence at Euro 2016

first_imgEuropean football’s governing body, UEFA, launched disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union on Sunday after violence marred the end of Russia’s Euro 2016 match against England in Marseille on Saturday evening. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)Moments after the final whistle in the Stade Velodrome, masked Russian supporters charged at England fans, punching and kicking them. Some England fans had to scramble over barriers to escape.UEFA said that it will also investigate allegations of racist behaviour, the throwing of missiles and fireworks. (Russia salvage 1-1 draw against England))Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who had initially denied that there had been any crowd disturbance, said that UEFA was right to investigate.The violence in the stadium followed three days of ugly skirmishes between English, Russian and French fans in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, drawing a strong response from riot police. (England and Russia fans involved in fresh violence at Euro 2016)A statement from UEFA said the body was “disgusted” by the clashes that occurred in the Marseille city centre and expressed its serious concern over the incidents inside Stade Velodrome.”This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football,” UEFA said, adding that a decision on sanctions would be made within days.It is the second time in as many European Championship tournaments that the Russian federation has faced sanctions because of its fans. It was fined and given a suspended six-point deduction for its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after fans assaulted stadium security staff and displayed illicit banners at the 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine.advertisementSanctions can include fines, being forced to play matches behind closed doors and even disqualification.Fan violence spread to a second French city, Nice, where Northern Irish and local fans hurled glass bottles and chairs at each other late on Saturday.The French government rallied behind the police amid questions over tactics and security inside the stadiums.’SOCCER IS SICK'”If there is a failure, it is that of soccer, which is sick because some of its fans drink excessively and fight,” Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet said on BFM-TV.A UEFA spokesman said more security personnel would be deployed to segregate rival fans inside stadiums, particularly at high-risk matches such as Sunday’s Turkey-Croatia fixture in Paris.Though UEFA can only launch disciplinary proceedings relating to areas under its control, the spokesman said that the body’s executive committee would discuss how to react to the three days of violence in Marseille. (Dominant England punished by Russia for wasteful finishing)In 2000 UEFA threatened to kick England out of tournament after violence broke out between English and German fans in the Belgian city of Charleroi.Russian Sports Minister Mukto backed UEFA’s actions.”It’s the right thing, there were flares, there was a flare gun, there have been clashes in the stands and it’s necessary to sort all of this out,” R-Sport news agency cited the minister as saying.”The fans were rooting brilliantly for the team, but there are people who do not come for the football.”In Marseille, some English fans suggested that French riot police had been heavy handed and quick to fire tear gas. Thirty-five people were hurt in the fighting, including one English fan who suffered a heart attack.Marseille police chief Laurent Nunez told France Info radio that his force’s response prevented “much more serious damage”. A total of 15 people, mostly English, were arrested in the city over three days.While the tournament is being played under a state of emergency after Islamist militants attacked Paris in November, killing 130 people, French police will be under pressure to snuff out the fan violence.”French police forces are not trained to deal with hooliganism,” Driss Ait Youssef, a security expert, told BFM-TV. “You never know where a fight will erupt, so the challenge is to redeploy forces in a very short time.”France has enlisted more than 90,000 police, soldiers and private security agents nationwide to ensure safety in the face of intelligence agency warnings of potential militant attacks and the threat of hooliganism.”We can address both terror threats and fan violence,” Marseille police chief Nunez said.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: French hero Kylian Mbappe flattered with Pele comparisons

first_imgKylian Mbappe was a modest man despite his heroics earning France a dominating victory over Argentina in the Round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Mbappe’s goals in the 64th and 68th minute handed France a 4-2 lead and took the game away from La Albicelestes at the Kazan Arena. Sergio Aguero did score in the 93rd minute but it was too late and Lionel Messi’s team was knocked out of the tournament after losing 4-3.The teenager not only scored but also provided an assist after his defence-splitting run earned France a penalty in the 12th minute of the game, from which Antoine Griezmann scored to give Les Blues the lead.Following that, he didn’t slow down. His sheer pace and strength was too much for the Argentines to handle and the 19-year-old’s determination paid off when he scored two goals inside six minutes to take France through to the next round.With his two goals on Saturday, he became the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele scored a brace against Sweden in 1958.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDespite all that, he wants to stay grounded and said that he is flattered to be compared with Pele.”I’m very happy and it’s flattering to be the second teenager [to score twice in the knock-out rounds] after Pele but let’s put things in context: Pele is another category, but it’s good to be among these people.”As I’ve already and always said, at a World Cup you have all the top-level players, so it’s an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are. There’s no better place than a World Cup,” the Paris Saint-Germain forward added.advertisementMATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSThis French side is the youngest in this year’s World Cup and coach Didier Deschamps is thrilled by his young team, which has showed great character in a stadium packed with French fans.”If I am a coach it is because I want to live this: a full stadium, highly-experienced teams. Our team is much younger, but it’s there. We answered the call, we have a lot of character and it was not easy as we were leading, then there was an equaliser, then we were 2-1 behind, but we kept fighting,” said the 1998 World Cup winner with France.He was all praise for the young team’s mentality and said that the team has been preparing for weeks and he is glad that it has paid off.”There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further. Since I am responsible for everything, particularly when it doesn’t go well I’m very proud. I’m very happy for them because they have been preparing themselves for weeks and months. We couldn’t miss it and we didn’t miss it,” said the 49-year-old.France will next play the winner of the match between Uruguay and Portugal in the quarters on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.last_img read more

Leaked 3D images of LG V40 reveal large and near bezel-less display

first_imgLast week we got a clearer picture of LG’s upcoming flagship device LG V40 ThinQ owing to the leaked press renders. The leaked images divulged details about the phone’s display and the triple camera setup. And now, just days after the first clear leak, we have a new set of renders, including a 360-degree video, which gives us a detailed view of the company’s upcoming smartphone.According to a report by OnLeaks and Slashleaks, V40 ThinQ sports a 6.3-inch display, which is 0.3 inches larger than its predecessors– LG V30 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ. The phone reportedly measures 158.8 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm and has a 8.2mm camera bump at the back. If these details are to be believed, the device could be one of the largest phones in LG’s portfolio owing to its larger display and bigger dimensions.Furthermore, if the leaked renders, which are based on CAD blueprints, are to believed, LG V40 ThinQ, just like the company’s recent launches, will feature a button dedicated for Google Assistant on the left side of the phone just below the volume control keys. The power button, on the other hand, will be placed on the right side of the phone.The upcoming flagship device will also come with a 3.5mm jack for the audiophiles and it will have a speaker at the bottom of the device. Other than that, V40 ThinQ sports a notch on the top along with two front facing camera sensors-a detail which is in line with the previous leaks. At the back, the triple camera setup is stacked neatly on the top along with the LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is placed below the camera setup and above the V40 ThinQ branding-all of which seems to corroborate the previous leaks.advertisementALSO READ: LG may launch V40 ThinQ with triple camera setup, notch on November 16While at this point, not much is known about the specifications, V40 ThinQ, just like most premium budget smartphones launched this year, is likely to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and sport 6GB or 8GB RAM. It could sport a P-OLED display and run on Android 9 Pie. The company is likely to unveil the phone on November 16, 2018.last_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: West Indies team profile

first_img STUMPED – 0 West Indies Shai Hope Shai Hope Sheldon Cottrell Sheldon Cottrell ENG Ashley Nurse Ashley Nurse BAN SL Shimron Hetmyer Shimron Hetmyer Batsman Kieron Pollard Captain Bowled – 9 6 – Lost Batsman A multi-national cricket team representing a sporting association of a dozen English-speaking Caribbean countries and British dependencies that form the British West Indies. The beginning of West Indies cricket goes back to 1890s when the first representative sides were selected to play the visiting English teams. The team is administered by the West Indies Cricket Board. They were granted Test status in 1928 when they played their first official international match. They have been home to some of the most spectacular cricketers ever to grace the gentleman’s game. By the 70s, the West Indies were unofficially crowned the world champions, a status they retained throughout the 1980s.West Indies were known for their four-man pace battery, supported by some of the best batsmen in the world. The 80s saw them set a then-record streak of 11 consecutive Test victories in 1984 and inflict two 5–0 “blackwashes” against their old foe, England. One look at the names of West Indian greats and it is no wonder that the likes of Frank Worrell, Sir Garfield Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Alvin Kallicharran, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Sir Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Courtney Walsh, Brian Lara, Curtly Ambrose are names that can inspire awe even today. However, all good things do not last forever and there has been a sharp decline in West Indian cricket largely due to the failure of the WICB to make the game more professional along with the economic deterioration in the West Indian countries. Even then, the team possessed some destructive batsmen in the form of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and fine players such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Sunil Narine etc.West Indies won two successive World Cups, in 1975 and 1979 and became the first cricket team to do so, until Australia surpassed the record. However, with the passage of time, their form saw an eventual dip and they could not achieve anything substantial in the years that followed. Although that did change. They might not have fared well in the longest format or the 50-over format, the introduction of T20I cricket did them a world of good. They won the World T20 twice – in 2012 and 2016, setting a record and becoming the first team to win it two times.The cricket board for West Indies, on its 91st anniversary, re-branded themselves as Cricket West Indies from the former West Indies Cricket Board. The board also announced that the cricket team from now on will be officially known as ‘Windies’. West Indies Bowler 65 Total Wickets Free spirits to some, mercenaries to some others — the T20 swashbucklers from the West Indies are expectedly lighting up the IPL and for the first time in decades, igniting hopes of an international revival with the World Cup being their stage.Only a month and half is left for the ICC 50-over showpiece in England and the sought-after T20 freelancers from the assortment of Caribbean islands could shape the agenda of the marquee event, which has been won twice by them but back in 1975 and 1979.The 39-year-old Chris Gayle has already confirmed his participation after Cricket West Indies moved away from the controversial Dave Cameron era, when these freelancers were frowned upon. Under Ricky Skerritt, there could be a paradigm shift in the philosophy of the selection process. SA Total runs in each powerplay 2 – WON AFG AUS LBW – 7 Wicket Keeper Sunil Ambris Sunil Ambris Total 50’s/100’s 12/2 1969 Total runs scored NZ Team Profile Fabian Allen Fabian Allen 4s-170 6s-59 Jason Holder Jason Holder WI All-Rounder Evin Lewis Evin Lewis Batsman All-Rounder Oshane Thomas Oshane Thomas Chris Gayle Chris Gayle IND 1034 runs in boundries Run Outs – 5 All-Rounder The likes of Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell could well be back in the mix to wear the Windies maroons in England.The West Indies cricket establishment, for long, has treated the Pollards, Narines and the Russells with iron gloves for their commitment towards franchise leagues when all they did was to earn their livelihood which the parent body could never assure for want of funds.However, the current Indian Premier League, in all its might, has shown that on big occasions, talent and ability to achieve the unthinkable trumps commitment and hard work.Sample this: Between Chris Gayle (18), Kieron Pollard (17) and Andre Russell (25), the West Indians have accounted for 60 sixes in the first three weeks of the T20 extravaganza.advertisementFormer West Indies skipper and chairman of selectors Jimmy Adams has certainly taken note of that.”There’s been a lot of turmoil in West Indies cricket over the last couple of years. But things have changed in the past couple of weeks,” Pollard said after his incredible 31-ball 83 for Mumbai Indians in a successful chase against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday night.”I was one of the guys blacklisted. The most I can do is to put runs on the board every time I step out on the cricket field,” he added.Pollard had refused to play the domestic 50-over tournament in the past and had been penalised but things are changing.And no one knows it better than Andre Russell 2.0, which has, in the past one year, emerged from shadows of ‘Muscle Russell’, an erratic talent sporadically playing a great knock.Mahendra Singh Dhoni put it with a straight face in the Chennai Super Kings documentary ‘Roar of the Lion’ about Russell’s power-hitting.”You can a have fielder inside the circle, outside the circle but not outside the stadium. Even parents of cricketers watch matches. One shouldn’t be so ruthless,” Dhoni had said about Russell referring to a match against KKR in Chennai during the 2018 edition.Humbled by a one-year dope ban in 2017, a changed Russell looks set to intimidate, leaving bowlers confused.And then there is Sunil Narine, who is now more of a pinch-hitter expected to take the bowlers on during Powerplays besides bowling wicket to wicket with his changed action.Add to it, the youthful exuberance of Alzarri Joseph and Shimron Hetmyer along with Shai Hope, it could scare the daylights out of any bowling attack.And last but not the least is ‘The Universe Boss’, who is expected to once again stand and deliver in a few matches while flashing his toothy grin.The Jamaican ‘Rum Punch’, in fact, could just be ideal for the cricket lovers in the fickle English weather as Gayle gears up for his final hurrah. Bowler Wicket Keeper Bowler Carlos Brathwaite Carlos Brathwaite Kemar Roach Kemar Roach Bowler Caught – 44 Batsman Shannon Gabriel Shannon Gabriel All-Rounder 9 Matches Played Nicholas Pooran Nicholas Pooran Darren Bravo Darren Bravo Bowler PAKlast_img read more

21 days agoJuventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right direction

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right directionby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey has spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He told BBC Sport: “Yes. It was in the end. There was a lot of confusion and a lot of things were up in the air. The decision was made and that was the situation, so I had to look at other options. “Arsenal are going through a transitional period at the moment. They have many great players and a lot of talent coming through. They are definitely going in the right direction – but my situation now is at Juventus. I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club. “I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully I can help my team-mates and my club achieve some great things on the big stage.” last_img read more

Brazilian tennis player Matos handed life ban

first_imgLondon: Brazil’s Diego Matos was given a life ban from professional tennis and fined 125,000 after being found guilty of match-fixing on Monday. An anti-corruption hearing found Matos contrived the outcome of 10 matches played in 2018 at ITF level tournaments in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Portugal and Spain. The 31-year-old was also found guilty of not cooperating with a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation as he refused to comply fully with requests to provide his mobile phone for forensic examination and failed to supply financial records. Matos has been ordered to repay 12,000 he received from tournaments in Ecuador. He had been provisionally suspended from tennis since December 2018. He is currently ranked 373 in doubles, with a highest singles ranking of 580 in April 2012.last_img read more

Morocco boasts flagship model of integrated child protection policy Minister

Geneva- Morocco boasts a flagship model of integrated child protection policy at the regional level, Minister of Solidarity, Women, family and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, said Wednesday in Geneva.The Kingdom is characterized by a public policy project concocted through a consultation process involving all relevant stakeholders, the minister told the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) on the sidelines of the examination of the third and fourth periodic reports of Morocco before the committee on the rights of the child.This strategy is overseen by a ministerial committee under the chairmanship of the Government Chief, underlined Hakkaoui, who chairs the Moroccan delegation participating in this debate, held within the framework of the 67th session of the Committee. During this debate, the committee members praised the progress made in Morocco in the protection of children’s rights by setting specific goals as part of the implementation of Morocco’s international commitments in this field. read more

CNN Fires Contributor for Supporting Palestine in UN Speech

Rabat – CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday after he gave a speech in the United Nations in which he called for “a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”In his speech on Wednesday, Hill, a professor of media studies at Temple University, expressed his support for Palestinians and invited countries to boycott Israel.Hill’s speech for the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People received sharp criticism and Israeli groups considered it a call for the annihilation of Israel.   Israeli officials and Jewish organizations condemned the speech, called CNN to stop inviting Hill to its studios, pressuring the network to dismiss him.The Anti Defamation League (ADL) said, “Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel.” The ADL added that the phrase “the river to the sea” is used by Hamas and anti-Israel groups.The ADL’s senior vice president for international affairs, Sharon Nazarian, said in a statement that the annual event at the UN “promotes divisiveness and hate.”The CNN contributor took to his Twitter account to defend himself and reply to critics.“My reference to ‘river to the sea’ was not a call to destroy anything or anyone,” he tweeted. “It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza.My reference to “river to the sea” was not a call to destroy anything or anyone. It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza. The speech very clearly and specifically said those things. No amount of debate will change what I actually said or what I meant.— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) 29 novembre 2018 read more

Pinterest prices public offering at 19 per share

SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest is pricing its shares at $19 for its initial public offering Thursday, putting it on track to raise more than $1.4 billion.The digital scrapbooking and image search site said last week it expected to sell 75 million shares at a price between $15 and $17 each. The company will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PINS.Pinterest had revenue of $756 million last year and a loss of $63 million. It has more than 250 million monthly users.Pinterest and Zoom, also scheduled to go public Thursday, are the first tech companies to list their stock since the highly anticipated Lyft debut. Lyft shares are down more than 30 per cent from their high in late March.The Associated Press

92 people dead after Russian plane crashes into Black Sea

A pilot error or technical fault is likely to be the cause of Sunday’s devastating plane crash in Russia. All 84 passengers and eight crew members are believed to have died when the Russian military’s Tu-154 plane crashed into the black sea just two minutes after takeoff.The passengers included dozens of members of the Russian military choir, nine Russian journalists and a Russian doctor, according to The Associated Press.Helicopters and drones were being used during recovery efforts and two submersibles arrived Monday that will also help crews search for the planes black boxes. A makeshift memorial has been set up outside the Sochi Airport, where the plane had departed shortly before it crashed.

Take back TT from criminals son of murdered curator urges

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean News Round-upNovember 16, 2015In “Regional”T&T family in dark over motive for triple murdersNovember 7, 2016In “Crime”T&T woman, 60, found dead with throat slitJuly 25, 2017In “Crime” The people of Trinidad and Tobago have become quitters and cowards and it is high time now that they take back the country from the hands of criminals.This was the advice given yesterday by environmentalist Stephen Broadbridge, as he spoke out about his mother’s gruesome murder on Saturday.Stephen Broadbridge (Trinidad Express photo)Dr Claire Broadbridge, 80, was found brutally murdered in the bedroom of her house on Saturday evening. Her throat was slit and her killer/s attempted to burn the house down by setting fire to a few pieces of furniture that was on the ground floor of her home.Speaking outside their Fondes Amandes, St Ann’s home yesterday, Broadbridge said because murders are happening every day in T&T, people are becoming immune and more and more insensitive to them. He said it was time for the people of T&T to force the police, politicians and even themselves to do their respective job and duties.“I am fed up of T&T…people are not sensitive any more to murders. People have become a little too tolerant and that needs to stop,” Broadbridge said.“People are quick to say time to ride out of the country because the country gone through, but the country not gone through…it’s time to take control of it. We all are quitters and cowards…the public needs to get braver and stop taking this crap.”Broadbridge called on people to come out and speak out in order to ensure the police and politicians to do their jobs properly.“We are the majority…the criminals are the minority…take your country back…get up and deal with this. If the police not doing their job make a fuss until they do…if the politicians not doing their job vote them out, don’t vote because you like the party (political party),” he said.Broadbridge stressed that if the people do not stand up and deal with current spiralling crime it will reach to their own doorsteps eventually.Up to late yesterday, several teams of investigating officers were still processing the scene. Surrounding the house, which is located on a hill, there is thick greenery, including several bamboo patches, which officers said made the “perfect escape route” for any perpetrator.Officers are yet to determine a motive for Dr Broadbridge’s murder. However, he son strongly believes she may have been killed by one of the workers she hired to do work for her.“Maybe the person was unhappy about the payment he got? I don’t think robbery was the motive because I didn’t see things missing. I think if it was a seasoned killer he might have tried to burn her body in the bedroom but he didn’t, he wanted to obviously not be near the body,” Broadbridge, who lives at the house with his brother, said.He told the T&T Guardian that he was in Brasso Seco on an environmental expedition tour with a group of about 12 people when he received the tragic news.“I got a call from a neighbour saying that they saw smoke coming from the house and that they had found my mother’s throat slit upstairs in her room. I immediately packed up and headed home. I am very angry by this. I am angry in the way my mother was killed. I am angry.”He added: “I do hope that the Broadbridge family gets justice. I hope residents who have cameras hand over their footage to the police and I hope the police get fingerprints.”Broadbridge described his mother as a civil servant who was very dedicated to her country.“She experienced a lot of trouble while in her post as museum curator. The museum was underfunded and she raised funds and did her best to produce a good museum,” he said.“She never got the support from politicians. There was a lot of sabotage from them (referring to politicians) but she still kept on trying. She had a very difficult time and was very bitter for it up until her retirement.”Broadbridge also mentioned a confrontation she had with a well-known politician who waved a tennis racket a few times in front her face while she was at the museum, over a disagreement she had back then with a tenant of the museum. Broadbridge said it was now too late for that politician to apologise to his mother, “it was appalling that type of behaviour, for surely he was unfit to be in public office.”British High Commissioner Tim Stew was one of scores of people who expressed shock at the killing on social media yesterday. In a Twitter post, Stew wrote: “My condolences to Stephen and the family. I’m shocked at this appalling crime against a most notable lady.”An autopsy is expected to be conducted on Dr Broadbridge’s body today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James. (Trinidad Guardian) read more

Tenova TAKRAF supplies reverse pulse bagfilters to PPC

first_imgTenova TAKRAF Africa has been awarded two contracts by South Africa’s leading cement producer, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), to supply reverse pulse bagfilters to replace existing  electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) at PPC’s slurry facility near Mahikeng, North West Province, and its De Hoek cement plant in the Western Cape.  Tenova TAKRAF Africa is part of the global Tenova Mining & Minerals Group.Replacement of the ESPs with reverse pulse bagfilter technology is part of  a PPC company-wide initiative to upgrade its dust control systems.  This initiative is in line with the company’s ongoing commitment to ensuring a safe and clean work environment, meeting increasingly more stringent requirements of South Africa’s National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act.Tenova TAKRAF‘s scope of work on both contracts covers design, supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and performance testing of the bagfilters, as well as  stripping of existing ESPs.  The contract for PPC Slurry was awarded in July 2013, and for PPC De Hoek in September 2013. Both are due for completion at the end of May 2014.The reverse pulse bagfilter for PPC Slurry is being installed on two finishing mills, handling an inlet dust load of 400 g/Am3, at a flow rate of 30,000 Am3/h. The guaranteed emission rate is less than 20 mg/Nm3. The two reverse pulse bagfilters at PPC De Hoek are being installed on the kiln and raw mill, handling an inlet dust load of 75 g/Am3, at a flow rate of 300,000 Am3/h. The guaranteed emission rate is also less than 20 mg/Nm3. Tenova TAKRAF Africa had previously supplied a bagfilter for installation on the plant’s mill some three years ago.Tenova TAKRAF Africa has an extensive business relationship with PPC, with a reference list covering the supply of cement plants through to belt conveyor and dust control systems.  Its reverse pulse bagfilter technology has found wide acceptance, with some 2,000 installations in place in southern Africa in a vast variety of applications and in many different industries. The bagfilters handle flow rates from 0.5 to 100 m3/s and enable economical collection of dust at high filter rates with collection efficiencies >99.99 %. These high efficiencies are maintained under variable operating conditions by reverse pulse action, with the bagfilter being able to operate 24 h/day under arduous conditions. Filterbag inspection is easy and replacement of the bags is done from the clean-air side, minimising any risk to the maintenance staff.last_img read more

22 killed in accidental explosion at Chinese coal mine

first_imgAN ACCIDENTAL EXPLOSION at a coal mine in south-west China has killed 22 miners, state media said, in the latest deadly incident to hit the country’s troubled industry.Nine others were trapped after the blast at the Taozigou coal mine in Sichuan Province, Xinhua reported, citing the country’s work safety authorities.At the time of the accident at 2pm local time (7am Irish time), 108 miners were underground, the report said.China’s mines are among the world’s deadliest because of lax regulation, corruption and poor operating procedures. Accidents are common because safety is often neglected by bosses seeking easy profits.Official figures show 1,973 people died in coal mining accidents in China in 2011, a 19 per cent fall on the previous year.Labour rights groups, however, say the actual death toll is likely to be much higher, partly due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.China is the world’s biggest consumer of coal, relying on the fossil fuel for 70 per cent of its growing energy needs.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Bernadette Scully I had lost my reason for living I had lost

first_img No Comments By Natasha Reid Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 6:40 PM Dec 8th 2016, 6:40 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A DOCTOR ON trial, charged with the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter by giving her too much sedative, has denied that a suicide note she wrote afterwards was acknowledgment that she caused the girl’s death, saying: ‘I had lost my reason for living’.Bernadette Scully (58) was being cross-examined by the State on the eighth day of her trial today.The Offaly GP is charged with unlawfully killing 11-year-old Emily Barut, who was profoundly disabled, at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore.It’s alleged that she killed her by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of chloral hydrate on 15 September, 2012.She has pleaded not guilty and is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.She said she had administered chloral hydrate when her daughter became upset at 2am and 6am. She said her daughter then had a massive fit after 11am.“So, you decide you need to do something to stop this fit?” asked Tara Burns SC, prosecuting.I was standing there with her, not there with my logical medical head on me,” she replied. She said it was really quite a stressful situation, describing, it as pandemonium.“If you’re in a hospital, you don’t have that emotional contact that I have with my Emily so you’re not standing back and thinking,” she said.Burns questioned her about the aftermath of Emily’s passing, when she wrote a suicide note and made two attempts to take her own life.“Can I suggest to you that the reason for that action was an acknowledgement by you after Emily’s death that you had been a cause of her passing?” she asked.“I wasn’t the cause,” she replied. “I did not cause emily’s death. It’s so hurtful to hear that.”She said that she and her daughter were ‘just tied together’, that she had slept beside her all her life.It was put to her that she had accepted that she had given her too much in her voluntary statement to gardai.“I gave Emily too much in relation to what I normally gave her,” she replied.I would not normally give two doses in one sitting. That’s what I meant by that.Burns suggested that her actions afterwards supported a proposition that she had felt responsible for Emily’s death.“No I didn’t. I wanted to go with Emily,” she said. “Emily came before anything in my life.”NoteThe barrister then asked her to explain two portions of the note:“If anyone thinks I’m awful for doing this, you should have listened to poor little Emily crying the last eight days. I love her dearly, Bernie,” she read from the envelope in which the note was found.“I meant, if anyone thinks I’m awful for killing myself,” replied Ms Scully.I’m talking about as the doctor, who was working with people who had committed suicide and I was letting them down.“I was very distressed after seeing her suffer so much and I couldn’t save her. I wanted to save her.”Burns then read from the letter:I do not want to die. I can not let Emily’s suffering continue. I can’t watch it any longer. The pain is too big, the struggle each day is too hard, the loneliness and isolation too much.Scully said she meant that she couldn’t let Emily’s suffering continue elsewhere.“I can not watch this world without her. The loneliness and isolation would be too much without her,” she added. “I did not have my thoughts clearly organised on paper.”Dignity Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesBurns noted that she had an absolute love for Emily and had attempted to have her treated with dignity during her life.“Your conduct after the event doesn’t seem to equate with a respect for Emily in terms of letting her peacefully pass,” she suggested, however.“There instead seems to be, by your actions, an acknowledgement that this is laid at your door.”Bernadette Scully didn’t agree:I had lost my reason for living. I had lost my Emily. I left Emily in my bed where she wanted always to be.She said Emily was always happiest in that bed, on her chest.“I laid her peacefully on my bed,” she continued. “I did not want to go on. I did not want to live after Emily was gone.”She said she’d had a life of sleep deprivation, of pain, of watching her suffer.“I had this beautiful little baby. She was like my little bird with a broken wing. My job was to protect her, and not just medically, as her mother,” she said.She said they had suffered so much at the hands of services that were not there.“We were forced back into our little shell,” she said. “I created a little world at home for her. It was her beautiful little world.”Tara Burns SC said that evidence of a nice conversation she’d had with her partner’s daughter, her tone of voice in a recorded call to the poisons centre, and her bringing the bottle and syringes back to the kitchen afterwards suggested someone who was together.“I wasn’t ok after Emily died,” she said.The trial continues before Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.Read: ‘I just took her up in my arms and held her’: Mother gives evidence about the night her daughter died >Read: Gardaí considered other possible causes of death in case of GP accused of killing daughter > Share Tweet Email center_img Bernadette Scully (R) gave evidence in the Central Criminal Court today. 9,486 Views Bernadette Scully (R) gave evidence in the Central Criminal Court today. Image: Leah Farrell I was working with my emotional mind, as a mother, looking at my baby, thinking I am going to have to stop this fit.She said that chloral hydrate was the only anticonvulsant she had.Burns said that the drug’s use as an anticonvulsant might be at issue.Scully said she had looked up the medical literature and found a residential centre in the UK, where chloral hydrate was used for children with epilepsy.“They’re giving it, a 10 ml dosage to children Emily’s age every four to six hours, so it is documented,” she added.“I think, faced with that horrendous fit she was in, i was thinking: ‘What can I give her?” she explained.‘Middle of a fit’Scully was asked why she had brought the bottle of chloral hydrate to the bedroom, rather than filling the syringe at the kitchen sink.“My child is in the room in the middle of this fit,” she replied.I’m not going to stand in the kitchen and fill a syringe. I’m running to try to get back to her. Short URL Bernadette Scully: ‘I had lost my reason for living. I had lost my Emily.’ The Offaly GP denies the manslaughter of her daughter. Image: Leah Farrelllast_img read more

Researchers Used Robotic Snakes to Search for Earthquake Survivors

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target Mexico was recently rocked by a pair of super-powerful earthquakes. Damage, especially in Mexico City was extensive, and crews are still mounting rescue and clean up efforts. And they have an unlikely ally — snake-bots.Two robotic snakes from Carnegie Mellon University were sent down as part of a research project by roboticist Howie Choset and their team. The snakes were designed to help rescuers check for survivors underneath rubble. At just under two inches thick and more than a yard long (that’s 5cm and about 0.9 meters for 95% of human beings on Earth), they’re capable of winding their way through practically anything. Their heads also house an array of flashlights and sensors meant for helping them find survivors in ruins.“They look like snakes, but they’re metal. They can spread through tightly packed spaces ad get to locations that people and machinery otherwise cannot access without disturbing [them],” Choset told Science Magazine in an interview. “It’s like minimally invasive surgery. We’ve used them in other deployments, too. We’ve got to nuclear power plants. We’ve actually done archaeology with them… with my snake robots, I have been working on search and rescue for about 20 years.”The fact that they don’t disturb the rubble is particularly critical. Often, following disasters, ruins aren’t stable and they can shift — crushing possible survivors — well before rescuers have a chance to get to them. Even removing rubble is particularly risky (albeit necessary) part of recovery. Choset says, though, that his bots are about the best at what they do. But there’s a lot of room for improvement yet.Snake bots didn’t find anyone in Mexico, unfortunately, (though Choset believes it’s because the team arrived a couple of days late), but it has helped the researchers learn more about the limitations of their design.“The thing that controls the robot in bright sunlight, doesn’t work as well. There were also mobility challenges. [Debris and rubble] are insane,” they added. “They did very well, but at a certain point we want the robot to move like a real snake does, over this harsh terrain. We need to do a lot more, so we’re that much more respectful of what a real snake can do.”The robots are also pretty tough to operate, requiring as many as four people to be optimally effective. And, in time, the hope is that they’ll be able to get more sensors on them that can boost their abilities a bit more.The next generation of the snake bots has already been designed, with help from DARPA, but Choset didn’t take them for this run because they’d yet to be tested. Even those newer models aren’t quite ready for a major search and rescue operation, but, in time, Choset is confident the team will get there.“We need better algorithms to traverse obstacles. We need better interfaces. And then practice. I know it sounds simple, but going through one of these [operations] deepens your understanding,” Choset told Science.I, for one, welcome our new snake-bot rescuers.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

32 of financial services organisations do not offer extra flexibility around pension

first_imgAround a third (32%) of London-based financial services organisation respondents are not providing additional flexibility for employees who may be affected by the changes to the annual and lifetime pensions allowances, according to research by Punter Southall Aspire.Its Taxing times for high earners report, which surveyed 50 London-based financial services organisations such as banks, insurance organisations, investment firms, private equity firms and asset management organisations, also found that 21% of respondents are not allowing employees to take cash in lieu of pension contributions.In April 2016, the lifetime allowance was reduced from £1.25 million to £1 million. The government also reduced the annual allowance so that those earning between £150,000 and £210,000 a year face a tapered annual allowance for tax relief from £40,000 to £10,000.The research also found:28% of respondents have capped contributions for their staff at £10,000 in response to the tapered annual allowance.52% of respondents who offer a cash allowance deduct the national insurance that is due from the cash allowance.68% of respondents have not reviewed their life assurance arrangements in light of the reduced lifetime allowance.Alan Morahan (pictured), managing director of defined contribution (DC) consulting at Punter Southall Aspire, said: “The fact a third of financial services [organisations] haven’t provided any additional flexibility to their employees in light of these tax changes is worrying.“Many employees are in the dark about their options. They are either continuing to make their pension contribution, which could lead to a potential tax liability or have ceased their contributions altogether, without any cash allowance in lieu of their employer contribution. Some are oblivious to the implications of the tax changes and are sleepwalking their way towards a substantial and unexpected tax bill.”last_img read more