In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Rajasthan government has transferred 81 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers after the appointment of D.B. Gupta as the new Chief Secretary. The Collectors of 15 districts and three Divisional Commissioners were among those shifted in the orders issued late on Monday night.Mr. Gupta, a 1983-batch IAS officer, was appointed the Chief Secretary after the retirement of N.C. Goel, who had the shortest tenure of four months. Speculations were rife about Mr. Goel’s extension, but the Centre reportedly did not accept a proposal sent by the State government in this regard.Mr. Goel played a key role in the execution of the Vasundhara Raje government’s ambitious projects, including the inauguration of oil refinery in Barmer, during his tenure. Mr. Gupta, 58, was earlier Additional Chief Secretary (Finance, Excise and Taxation). The charge of these departments has been given to Mukesh Kumar Sharma.‘Political overtones’The reshuffle, which may have been the last before the State goes to Assembly polls in December this year, seemingly had political overtones with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party keen on sending across a message of good governance to the electorate.Seven officers of the rank of Additional Chief Secretary were given new responsibilities in the reshuffle, while T. Ravikanth was posted as Divisional Commissioner in Jaipur, Lalit Kumar Gupta in Jodhpur and Kailash Chand Verma in Kota.Neeraj K. Pawan, who was reinstated in November last year after his arrest and suspension in connection with a graft case, was posted as Special Secretary, Administrative Reforms Department. The 2003-batch IAS officer spent eight months in jail on charges of corruption in the award of contracts in the National Rural Health Mission.The Collectors of Bikaner, Pratapgarh, Kota, Ajmer, Dholpur, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur, Bundi, Hanumangarh, Churu, Alwar, Jaisalmer and Bharatpur were transferred in the reshuffle.
The Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Goa on Monday filed a letter petition in the Bombay High Court at Goa asking for a court-monitored probe into the “formalin in fish” issue. The administration appears to be continuing to withhold crucial facts, and is not taking any real action to protect Goans from fish possibly laced with formalin, while only making statements of false reassurance to the public, said the petition.Simultaneously, AAP has also notified Garima Singh, Director (Enforcement) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India about the circumstances in which the events of July 12 regarding the events leading to Goa Food and Drugs Administration’s testing of imported fish from other States, unfolded, said AAP convenor, for Goa, Alves Gomes said. It may be recalled that during the Maggi Noodles controversy of 2015, the so-called clean chit given by Goa FDA had been refuted by FSSAI, its own parent body, raising serious doubts on the credibility and independence of the local body tasked with protecting Goans from unsafe food and drugs, said Mr. Gomes in a press release issued here on Monday evening.Despite assurances by the Chief Minister that he is “personally monitoring” the issue, it has been reported that no FDA officials have actually been present at fish markets to enforce the monitoring, pointed out AAP. “If the FDA office could be given additional security, then why couldn’t FDA inspectors enforce effective monitoring under police protection if required,” asked Mr. Gomes, adding, “A larger question also arises – are the wholesale agents so powerful that even the Home Minister does not dare to live up to his promises?”.The AAP has said that the “test reports” made public by the FDA are incomplete, vague, and appear to be a hurried reaction to AAP’s demand. “The reports are yet another attempt to quell the issue rather than attempt to ensure safety of fish consumed by Goans. AAP is continuing its own investigation into the matter, and will continue to present more facts and raise further questions until Goans receive the right answers,” said Mr. Gomes.He said that AAP will also raise this issue at a national level since many other States including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Nagaland, Assam, Orissa, etc., have found the carcinogenic-laced fish being sold in their markets.
In a major setback to New Zealand, fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has been ruled out of next month’s one-day international series against India with a pelvis injury. (India vs New Zealand third ODI postponed by one day due to ‘Karva Chauth’ festival)The news was confirmed by New Zealand Cricket spokesman, two days after it was revealed that paceman Adam Milne was also in line to miss the five-match series, starting in Dharamsala on October 16, stuff.co.nz reported.The 30-year-old, who has taken 82 ODI wickets in 48 matches, has not played a 50-over game since January when he suffered a nasty blow in the eye while batting against Pakistan in Wellington. (Also read: Gautam Gambhir makes a strong case for third opener’s slot ahead of New Zealand Test series)The leading seamer, however, had recovered in time to represent New Zealand at the World T20 in India.The absence of both Milne and McClenaghan could increase Doug Bracewell’s chances of making into the ODI squad, featuring Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Jimmy Neesham.
New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner said on Monday that the key to success against India’s much-vaunted batting line-up would be to bowl reasonably quick and induce mistakes from Virat Kohli and Co.India and New Zealand will lock horns in a limited-overs series, comprising three ODIs and an equal number of T20 Internationals, starting October 22.”It is tough (to bowl against India), they are a very good players of spin. They have grown up playing spin. I just try to keep it pretty simple,” Santner said ahead of his team’s practice game against Board President’s XI.”Bowl the ball reasonably quick on the surface and make the batsmen commit a mistake. If you get a few dots and build pressure that way, you can hopefully get a few wickets. That’s what I’ll be trying to do,” he added.Asked about the plans to tackle the ever-dangerous Virat Kohli, Santner was candid enough to admit that it was no easy task. “Not easy. He’s a very good player, and so is a lot of their team. They’re in good form, the way they played against Australia was very good. The last time we came here, we did OK. Hopefully we can do one better this time and take the series.”According to Santner his past experience will help him in this series. “We haven’t been here for a while. But for me, it’s about taking those past experiences of the way I bowled over here, and the way to bowl spin over here. So I’ll be looking to do that,” he added.advertisementThe legendary Daniel Vettori has had plenty of experience of bowling in India and Santner has taken his advice. “I have (learnt from him). He’s a very good left-arm spinner. I am not trying to bowl miracle balls every ball. It’s about tying up a batsman and waiting for them to make amistake.”Especially on wickets that offer a little bit, I watched a lot of Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja. They just try to bowl very consistent and good areas and wait for the batsmen to hit a big shot and get out or run past one. I have taken a little bit of footage from there”, he added.Santner said the in-form all-rounder Hardik Pandya is a concern but the Kiwis were ready with ways to tackle him. “He is a very good striker. He tends to hit down the ground very good. So I guess it’s key to take the length off him. I saw him hit (Adam) Zampa for 3 sixes in an over. So, once he hits one, he wants to keep going.”So if you can tie him down or make him hit singles, hopefully he will try to play a big shot and go for a ball that’s not quite there. But yeah he’s a very good player and striker. So we have to beware,” he said.Santner said personally he enjoys bowling in India. “It always tends to spin here more, which is a good thing for me as a spinner. But yeah the Indians are very good players of spin, and we have to work really hard. Hopefully get a little bit of turn out there, but just hopefully be able to control them a little bit. Try and get a few dots in the over and try and be happy with maybe 4 an over. Looking forward to the series,” he said.Santner played a crucial role in New Zealand’s win against India in the opening match of World T20 last year and the bowler has fond memories of the game. “I think on that day, we did keep it pretty simple, tried to bowl relatively quick. Didn’t try and give them too much and let them make a mistake. We can learn from that experience and take it into this series. We have to adapt, if it’s not going to sin as much then you might have to change the way we bowl,” Santner recalled.
In an unprecedented detection of an immigration fraud in first-class cricket, an India Today investigation has found several state-level players passing off hopeful migrants as team members.The probe uncovered former Ranji cricketers pulling off the scam for a high fee from dollar-dream chasers.India Today’s special investigation team found the suspected lynchpins of this ring in Jaipur.A first-class cricketer for 19 years, who captained Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy, Mohd Aslam and his accomplice Harsh Kaushik were caught on camera, confessing to their involvement in a human smuggling racket.WATCH FULL VIDEOAslam runs the Star Cricket Academy in Jaipur and is also the president of the district’s cricket association.India Today’s undercover reporters met him and Kaushik, a former under-19 player, at a Jaipur hotel.”You have hit fours and sixes,” Aslam told reporters inquiring about the possibility of sending small-time businessmen overseas disguised as cricketers.He readily agreed, saying cash calls the shots in this business.”It’s all about money, brother. Just keep in mind that our understanding should be such that we feel like doing our own work,” he said.Aslam delegated the fraud to Kaushik, who disclosed how he weaves fictions to execute illegal migration in the garb of cricket.”Harsh (Kaushik) looks after these tours. He takes the groups himself. I used to go myself long ago to England. I stopped going four or five years ago because of some disputes. I also got involved in cricket politics (of the Rajasthan Cricket Association),” said Aslam.advertisement”That means whether we speak to you or to him is one and the same,” the undercover reporter probed.”One and the same. You speak with brother Harsh. That will be alright,” replied the former Ranji player.When India Today’s SIT met Kaushik separately, he offered to impersonate migration clients as cricketers in an upcoming tour of South Africa.”There are two ways. One is real in which professional cricketers are taken to foreign countries to play there and come. The other is called a ‘slip’. That’s also done as part of our tours,” he explained.”You must be touring frequently for cricket. Why don’t you send our men to South Africa as part of a cricket squad?” the reporter investigated.”I have a tour next month. Many more tours are also in the pipeline. I’ll send them along,” Kaushik promised.He offered to take fake cricketers to South Africa in the first week of July.”It’s a team of 15 people but I can apply for 25. Twenty-five people can apply (for visa) as part of a cricket team,” he said.”Send four of my men to South Africa. But they don’t know how to play cricket” the reporter told Kaushik.”Everything will be done,” he answered.And they were not hollow claims.Kaushik showed India Today’s investigative team images of impostors he had sent to South Africa in a cricket team in May.”I can show you the team right away I sent to South Africa last month. They too didn’t know how to play cricket. See this,” he said, pointing toward the cell-phone photo.”How many of them are fake?” the reporter asked.”Five to six,” Kaushik replied, confessing that they went to South Africa to disappear.As a skilled forger, he gave firm guarantees for illegal migration.”We won’t charge you for the visas. You’ll come to us when your people depart because we know you. You’ll bring the money in cash in exchange for copies of visas and air tickets. You are free to verify them online or wherever,” he said.Kaushik’s charges were high — around Rs 30 lakh for each potential migrant.”It will come down to around Rs28-30 (lakh),” he said.By his own admission, Kaushik’s deception has remained undetected in multiple nations including Australia and the UK.”It’s a fact that I already have 15 people from Punjab (for the UK tour). They are all fakes,” he said.India Today’s investigative reporters also met Vinod Chanwirya, a 32-year-old former first-class player from Rajasthan and member of a Canadian league team, the Vancouver Island Shell.The meeting in New Delhi followed a tip that he was taking potential migrants abroad as cricketers.Canada might be a rank outsider in mainstream international cricket but it does have a national organization governing the sport since 1892.Canadians also participated in the ICC World Cup hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011.Chanwirya revealed how he’d have bogus cricketers authenticated by a Pakistani promoter of a Canadian league before they apply for visas as part of a team.advertisement”I quoted Rs 5-6 lakh. I said even if it’s Rs 25 lakh (they want to spend) but with Punjab mentioned on the passport visas are not issued,” he said.That was his way of negotiating a fee to take a group of Punjabi businessmen to Canada impersonating as players.”I have been going there for four to five years now to play,” Chanwirya said, identifying his Canada-based Pakistani promoter as Javed Bhai.”I’ll send the (copies of ) passports to them (Javed Bhai). Only then would letters (of invitation) be issued,” he continued. “That will be a secured file. No one else would have access to it.””How will you take them? As part of that cricket league, right?” the reporter asked.”Yes, we will fit them in somehow,” Chanwirya said, confirming fake players would be moved to Canada as participants in a cricket league.Chanwirya now gave his fee structure.”I said Rs 25-30 lakh (per person). People are paying that much,” he said.”And what about people going there for six months to work illegally and then come back within the visa period?” the reporter asked.”Rs 5 lakh,” Chanwirya replied. “We’ll show you as a team manager or whatever (on paper), forget the real purpose.”FORMER INDIA CRICKETER MADAN LAL REACTS TO #OperationKabootarbazCricketers”These things have been happening since our playing days. There are a couple of guys who are blacklisted. They used to get the guys from Punjab, who wanted a visa. Nobody reported it because it was a cricket group. But everyone knows what is going on,” Madan Lal told India Today.”We have heard of several such tours where players have played in a few matches but then stayed back there. But there was no concrete proof.”This practice has been going on for a long time. A couple of these players stayed back,” he said.
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the ACC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)A freshman linebacker for UCF was arrested yesterday, according to reports. He is facing a charge of sexual battery.First-year player Demetreius Mayes, a Miami native, was arrested by campus police on Tuesday. The charge he faces stems from an alleged incident at an off-campus party on Saturday.According to the Orlando Sentinel, Mayes is accused of forcing himself on an unconscious woman.Police said Demetreius Mayes, 18, met the victim at an off-campus party Saturday. The victim described waking up later, undressed in a room on campus, while being penetrated by Mayes, according to an arrest affidavit.When the victim stood up to leave, the victim said Mayes blocked the door, according to the affidavit.Mayes apparently told police the victim consented to sex and stopped when the victim said “I can’t do this.”A former three-star recruit, Mayes has been suspended from team activities indefinitely, according to a statement from UCF head coach Josh Heupel.New: Statement from #UCF head coach Josh Heupel after the arrest of redshirt freshman linebacker Demetreius Mayes. pic.twitter.com/lDx5GuVihq— Jason Beede (@therealBeede) September 19, 2018Obviously, the accusation Mayes is facing doesn’t sound good. We’ll keep you posted though as more details emerge.No. 16 UCF is set to host FAU this weekend.
Nova Scotia patients and families will receive improved palliative-care services as a result of a partnership announced today, Dec. 6, by Cancer Care Nova Scotia and Nova ScotiaCommunity College (NSCC). Beginning in January 2006, Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Palliative Care Front-line Education Program will be included as part of the regular curriculum for the college’s continuing care and practical nursing students. NSCC, in collaboration with provincial health districts, will also consider delivering the program to those already working in palliative care. “Responding to the many and varied needs of patients is challenging for our health professionals,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “In the emotionally charged area of palliative and supportive care, the need for knowledge and skill development cannot be overrated. I am delighted that Cancer Care Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Community College have joined forces to provide students and health professionals working in the palliative-care field with the understanding, knowledge and skill set to address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual impacts of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.” “A life-threatening illness like cancer, turns a patient’s life upside down and inside out,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos, commissioner at Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “It also impacts family, friends and co-workers. Health professionals who provide palliative- and supportive-care services are very often a lifeline for patients and families, helping them manage and cope with end-of-life issues.” Dr. Padmos said education is key to ensuring that health professionals have the knowledge and skills necessary to address patient and family needs. As a result of this new partnership, students will gain knowledge in such areas as pain and symptom management, spiritual care and cultural considerations, grief and bereavement, self-care and closure. “Once again, NSCC is taking the lead in training skilled workers to respond to job openings and requirements here in the province,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “Government continues to work with NSCC, as well as universities, health-care facilities and business to ensure there are well-trained continuing-care and practical nursing professionals to fill needs in the health-care sector.” “At NSCC, we do our best to ensure our students gain thorough, current, high-quality education so they are prepared to meet the evolving needs of employers in all sectors of our economy,” said Heather Bishop, dean of health and human services at NSCC. “We believe that to meet the needs of employers, you also need to meet the needs of the community that those employers serve. This collaboration with Cancer Care Nova Scotia illustrates the importance of combining skill and compassion, to meet the needs of employers, families and the community. That is the kind of college we want to be.” The Palliative Care Front-Line Education program has been offered in health districts across the province since 2003. The program encourages collaboration and the development of community partnerships. A similar team approach will be implemented by Nova Scotia Community College. Program content will be delivered to both continuing care and practical nursing students. Evaluation results from the 1,800 health professionals who have already completed the three-day program indicate that program content is appropriate, meaningful and applicable to the daily work of health-care providers. Through testing, participants demonstrated both an increase in, and retention of, knowledge. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health, created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families and the health-care system through prevention, screening and research. It also aims to lessen the fear of cancer through education and information. Its programs are centred in the community, compassionate to patients, cost effective and based on sound research. Cancer Care Nova Scotia developed the Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program in response to a needs assessment and a palliative care round table hosted by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. It was modeled after the Rural Palliative Home Care Project, a federal health transition project conducted in 1999 and 2000. NSCC offers more than 100 programs in five academic schools that reflect the labour market needs and opportunities of the provincial economy. Through a network of 13 campuses, NSCC serves almost 9,000 full-time students a year and more than 15,000 learners through customized programs, part-time studies, apprenticeship, and continuing education offerings.
Athens: Scientists say a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 has struck western Greece. Athens’ Geodynamics Institute reports that the tremor struck at 6:08 p.m. (1508 GMT) Saturday about 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the city of Agrinio at a depth of 28 kilometers (17 miles). No damage or injuries have been reported so far. Greece lies in an active seismic region and earthquakes of similar magnitudes are frequent.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank on Wednesday permitted processing of e-mandate on credit and debit cards for recurring transactions (merchant payments) with a cap of Rs 2,000. The RBI has been receiving requests from industry stakeholders to allow processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions with Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA) during e-mandate registration and first transaction. “…it has been decided to permit processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions (merchant payments) with AFA during e-mandate registration, modification and revocation, as also for the first transaction, and simple / automatic subsequent successive transactions,” the RBI said in a circular. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis, the RBI said, has been done keeping in view the changing payment needs and the requirement to balance the safety and security of card transactions with customer convenience. The maximum permissible limit for a transaction under the e-mandate facility on cards would be Rs 2,000. The RBI added that no charges should be levied or recovered from the cardholder for availing the e-mandate facility on cards for recurring transactions.
BC’s campaign finance laws dominated headlines before the election began. The province allows unlimited corporate and union donations and the RCMP is investigating fundraising by the province’s political parties.After months of pressure, the Liberals committed to convening a panel to review political fundraising. The NDP and Greens have promised an outright ban on corporate and union donations.Votes still need to be countedThis isn’t over yet. According to Elections BC, there were more than 50,000 valid absentee ballots in the last provincial and it’s unclear how many there are this time around. Regardless, absentee ballots will be counted sometime between May 22nd and May 24th and that’s when a final tally will be officially released.If the results hold, the Green party would hold the balance of power in the Legislature with its historic three-seat victory.The ridings that need to be checked are Courtenay-Comox, where the BC NDP candidate won by only nine votes and Maple Ridge-Mission where there’s a difference of 120 votes. The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.The campaign began four weeks ago with Liberal Leader Christy Clark and the NDP’s John Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Green Leader Andrew Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature.Several Liberal cabinet ministers lost seats in Metro Vancouver, including Attorney-General Suzanne Anton, Technology Minister Amrik Virk and Peter Fassbender, the minister responsible for TransLink.The Liberals were trying to win a fifth successive majority government after holding power for 16 years. There were plenty of smiles and laughter early on at Liberal headquarters as the party took an early lead, but the mood became tenser as the evening progressed and the NDP began to catch up.Inside the Green headquarters in Victoria, the room was filled with loud applause and cheering. At the outset of the campaign, Weaver made it his mission to expand his party’s presence in the legislature, saying that if he was the only Green elected, he wouldn’t run again.Christin Geall, who ran for the Greens in 2001, said she was “ecstatic.”“This is truly historic. I never believed it was possible even though I’d hoped.”Clark’s campaign strategy marked a return to the Liberals’ winning approach in 2013, when she promoted her party as the only one that could create and protect jobs while portraying the NDP as disastrous managers of the economy.While Clark’s promise of a booming liquefied natural gas industry has not materialized over the past four years, Clark was able to point to BC’s strong economy as proof of the Liberals’ financial savvy. The province has Canada’s lowest unemployment rate and has led the country in economic growth two years in a row.Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as political outsiders.The New Democrats’ platform contained big-ticket promises including $10-a-day childcare, freezing hydro rates for a year and eliminating tolls on two major Lower Mainland bridges.LISTEN: BC NDP Leader John Horgan’s full speechAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510JohnHorganspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – After a lot of back and forth, it appears British Columbia has its first minority government in 65 years with the Green Party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history.This may drag on as a final count for #bclexn17 — including absentee ballots — doesn’t take place until May 22nd. #YourVote2017 #bcelxn17 pic.twitter.com/r4kzi0BIVD— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) May 10, 2017With one seat left to be decided, the Liberals had won 42 seats and the NDP 41, with the Greens making a major breakthrough by picking up three seats in Tuesday’s provincial election. Regardless of the outcome of the last riding, no party would be able to win the 44 seats necessary to govern with a majority in the 87-seat legislature.LISTEN: BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark speaks to her supportersAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510ChristyClarkspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Weaver reminded voters that his party was the only one to ban corporate and union donations and his promises included electoral reform, increasing the carbon tax and investing millions in clean technology jobs.LISTEN: BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver addresses supportersAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510AndrewWeaverspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Meagan Fiddler, aptn National NewsIt’s still January but flood experts are already looking towards the spring. And they say Manitoba should prepare for the worst. Talk of water levels being higher than flood of the century levels are feared.And officials say for the first time, nearly the entire province is at risk of flooding.Philip Mutulu is with Manitoba’s Water Stewardship.“the amount of additional snow and rain plus the timing and rate of the spring thaw and timing of the peak flows in Manitoba as well as other states and provinces will have a significant effect on the flood potential in the province.”The province is planning to spend 22-million dollars on flood fighting equipment and what it calls other prepatory work.History of Flooding;In 2009, despite having a ring dike around the community, nearly 700 members of the Roseau River First Nation were forced to flee because of flooding.This spring could see flood levels higher than that and Steve Ashton, the Minister for Emergency Measures says the province will be prepared for the worst.“so even with significant flood protection, depending on the flood circumstance, you can still see evacuations primarily for emergency purposes.”Last year, 200 people from the Peguis First Nations were forced out of the community. Many of their homes wereruined. Negotiations with Indian Affairs for short and long term fixes have been slow.In December, Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson said the community was already preparing for flooding.“certainly i know with the amount of snowfall and moisture in the ground that we are going to have more flooding than in the past and we need to deal with that.In 1997, the Canadian Armed Forces were called in to help evacuate communities and build dikes to protect homes and property.
by Michael Balsamo And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Sep 29, 2016 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2016 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Afternoon rush hour commuters wait for their train track announcement in Penn Station, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in New York. A rush-hour N.J. Transit commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a grisly wreck. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) HOBOKEN, N.J. – National Transportation Safety Board investigators held off questioning the engineer in the deadly Hoboken train crash because of his injuries Friday and struggled to lift clues from the train’s black box recorders.Authorities want to know why the NJ Transit commuter train with engineer Thomas Gallagher at the controls smashed through a steel-and-concrete bumper and hurtled into the station’s waiting area Thursday morning. A woman on the platform was killed, and more than 100 others were injured.NTSB vice chair T. Bella Dinh-Zarr said the board, the lead agency in the investigation, has been “in touch” with Gallagher, but “unfortunately, as you may know, he was injured, so we’re scheduling the interview with him.”She said blood and urine were taken from him and sent for testing, standard procedure in train accidents.However, a government official said that investigators from one of the other agencies taking part in the probe interviewed Gallagher three times Friday. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity, would not disclose what Gallagher said but described him as co-operative.Meanwhile, the NTSB retrieved the event recorder that was in the locomotive at the rear of the train but hasn’t been able to download its data and has gone to the manufacturer for help, Dinh-Zarr said. The event recorder contains speed and braking information.The NTSB also hasn’t been able to extract a recorder from the forward-facing video camera in the train’s mangled first car, Dinh-Zarr said. She said the wreckage cannot be safely entered yet because it is under a collapsed section of the station’s roof.Investigators were also reviewing security video from the station, setting out to inspect the nearby tracks, and gathering records on the crew members’ training, scheduling and health, Dinh-Zarr said.The engineer, conductor and brakeman “have been very co-operative,” she said.Gallagher, 48, a NJ Transit engineer for about 18 years, was pulled from the wreckage, treated at a hospital and released. Authorities have given no details on his injuries.“The one thing we know for sure is that the train came into the station too fast. Why that is, we don’t know,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said. “Was it error by the engineer? Did he have some type of medical emergency or circumstance that rendered him unable to control the train? Was there some equipment failure that didn’t allow him to slow down?”Gallagher’s union, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, said it could not comment because it is taking part in the investigation. The other parties to the investigation are the Federal Railroad Administration, NJ Transit and two other railroad unions.Witnesses said they did not hear or feel the brakes being applied before the crash. Authorities would not estimate how fast the train was going before it hit the bumper at the end of its track. But the speed limit into the station is 10 mph.Bumpers are meant mainly to denote the end of a track, not to stop a fast-moving train, said David B. Clarke, who runs the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.Some bumpers are designed to absorb the impact if a slow-moving car gets loose, but the maximum speed one can handle can be as low as 5 mph in some cases, he said. Trains are supposed to stop well clear of bumpers, Clarke said.Falling debris from the crash killed 34-year-old Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, who had just dropped her toddler daughter off at day care before rushing to catch a train. Sixteen of the injured remained hospitalized, two in intensive care.More than 100,000 people use NJ Transit to commute from New Jersey to New York City each day. The NJ Transit portion of the Hoboken station remained closed Friday, slowing the morning commute.The wreck has raised questions of whether technology called positive train control would have made a difference if NJ Transit had installed it. The GPS-based system is designed to prevent accidents by automatically slowing or stopping trains that are going too fast.Railroads are under government orders to install positive train control by the end of 2018. The deadline has been repeatedly extended at the industry’s request.___Sisak reported from Philadelphia. Associated Press writers David Porter and Dake Kang; Megan Trimble in Philadelphia; Jennifer Peltz in New York; and Joan Lowy in Washington contributed to this report. NTSB has yet to interview injured engineer in deadly crash
Aggreko, the supplier of temporary power and temperature control solutions for mining, believes that rapid growth in the Latin American mining sector over the past decade is helping to create a power supply deficit across the region, exacerbated by growing demand from other industries and consumers.Speaking on the sidelines of the Latin America Down Under conference in Sydney on May 22-23, Andy Walker, Aggreko’s Head of Business Development, Mining, said: “We have seen rapid growth in the mining industry in many Latin American countries over the past few years, matched by the demand for reliable temporary power. This has been particularly evident in Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia – even Chile, which has a long established industry and comparatively reliable power infrastructure.”The company states that mining has always been a key focus industry for its solutions. Rental power enables mining companies to increase available power without the large capital outlay involved with buying power plants, together with the many costs associated with maintenance, staffing, spare parts and downtime. Aggreko supplies turnkey power plants that are fully installed, commissioned and maintained by highly trained and experienced engineers. The size of these installations can vary from the relatively small amount of power required for initial operations, such as camp power and early construction, to multi-megawatt, baseload power supply for a fully operational mine.
A RUSSIAN PERFORMANCE artist was hospitalised yesterday after stripping naked and nailing his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in protest against the Kremlin’s crackdown on political rights.A video (warning viewer discretion advised) of the graphic action, available on Russian websites, showed artist Pyotr Pavlensky sitting naked outside Lenin’s Mausoleum being covered with a blanket by police officers while horrified passers-by looked on.The state-run RIA Novosti news agency said Pavlensky was taken to a police station after being treated in a central Moscow clinic.The Saint Petersburg-based artist said in a statement posted on the Grani.ru website that he was trying to draw attention to Russian society’s inaction in the face of the development of a “police state”.Russia marked its annual Police Day holiday yesterday.It is not the first time the 29-year-old has resorted to eye-watering methods of protest.He has previously sewn his lips together to demonstrate against the jailing of two female members of the Pussy Riot punk band who staged an anti-Kremlin performance inside Moscow’s main cathedral in 2011.He was also arrested after wrapping his naked body in barbed wire outside a Saint Petersburg government building in May.– © AFP, 2013Read: Missing Pussy Riot member is being transferred to Siberia, husband says
Jordan Mechner may not be a name many of you know unless you are up-to-date with your video gaming history. He’s probably better known as the creator of Prince of Persia.Although the series has been ongoing and handled by teams at Ubisoft, Mechner created the original game for the Apple II way back in 1989. That was a decade before the series went 3D, and long before any of us were using CD drives to install our games.Since that release 23 years ago Mechner has gone on to develop the sequel, Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame and then joined Ubisoft to reinvigorate the series for a new audience in 2001. Along the way, he managed to misplace the original source code for that first Prince of Persia game and has been searching for it ever since.Yesterday he found it, and the discovery is all thanks to his father. The three packs of 3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks had been safely stored away in a brown box along with a load of Amstrad copies of his 1984 game Karateka.The problem he faces now is how to extract the code from those old 3.5″ disks to his MacBook Air, but he has a friend on board with the requisite skill set. The ultimate aim is to make the source code readable on modern machines, and hopefully after that he may be kind enough to release it for us all to see.I’m encouraged that Mechner will do this because he has been so willing to share old journals and detailed information about his games via his blog in the past. So we might get a full rundown of the source code in the near future.More at Jordan Mechner’s blog
Will the warm weather return? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:Dollar Tree in Vancouver fined $503,200 for unsafe conditionsThe state Department of Labor & Industries announced Thursday a $503,200 fine against a Dollar Tree store in Vancouver, alleging unsafe conditions. It’s one of the largest fines the agency has ever issued.The agency accuses the store at 6700 N.E. 162nd Ave. of having blocked emergency exit routes, unsafe ladder use and improper stacking of merchandise among the numerous safety hazards.Fine for blocking emergency exits, unsafe ladder use one of the largest ever issued by L&IBeaverton Burgerville to close, Vancouver chain announcesBurgerville announced Wednesday it would close its central Beaverton, Ore., restaurant June 16.The Vancouver-based company has leased the space at 11900 S.W. Canyon Road since July 1, 1969.“After careful evaluation, (the company) has determined that the building is near the end of its useful life,” the company said in a news release. “Due to ecological considerations and wetlands conservation, a major remodel of the location is not possible.”Surrounding conditions prevented remodel of restaurant that started in 1969, company saysOne seriously injured in head-on crash in WashougalOne person was seriously injured Tuesday morning in a head-on collision involving three vehicles in Washougal.
Zaniyah Wallace has been located in good health. Thank you all. https://t.co/UBNHW0Vruo— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) June 5, 2019They offered their thanks to all who spread the word, as well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are reporting that a 12-year-old girl who went missing in Miami has been found safe.In a tweet released just before 5 p.m., Miami Police noted that she was found in good health.
Injured Shahin Bepari on a wheelchair. Photo: UNBAnother US-Bangla plane crash victim died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Monday afternoon, taking the death toll from the accident to 50.Shahin Bepari, who was undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of DMCH burn and plastic surgery unit with 32 per cent burn injuries, breathed his last around 4:45pm, said the unit’s coordinator Samanta Lal Sen, reports UNB.On 18 March, Shahin Bepari was brought back to Bangladesh from Nepal by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and admitted to the DMCH.Earlier, at least 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshis, were killed as an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan country Nepal on 12 March.With the death of Shahin, the number of Bangladeshi nationals killed in the accident rose to 27.Meanwhile, five more Bangladeshi survivors-Mehedi Hasan, Saiyada Kamrunnahar Shwarna, Almun Nahar Annie, Sheikh Rashed Rubayet and Shahreen Ahmed-are now undergoing treatment at the DMCH.
Islamic StateThe Bangladeshi nationals, who went to Syria to fight for Islamic State (IS), may now return home as the militant group is about to be uprooted from the pockets in the civil war-torn Middle East country.In such a context, alerts have been issued at all airports, according to officials at Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the police.”We guess, the Bangladeshis who went to Syria have planned to return home. Airports have been asked to remain alert about any possible situation,” CTTC unit chief Monirul Islam told Prothom Alo.He said airports have been provided with necessary information along with suspected militants’ photos so that they cannot avoid arrest and officials have been asked to ensure that.The CTTC unit chief said the militant suspects will require passports and travel documents to enter Bangladesh.However, he added, it is assumed that they lost passports immediately after joining the IS. In that case, they can contact Bangladesh embassy in Turkey and officials there have also been asked to take necessary steps.The police official could not confirm identity of those who are actually trying to return.The last stronghold of IS in Syria was reportedly lost on Saturday.Around 800 foreign militants were detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The US has called for their trial in their respective home countries.The police officials said the government of Bangladesh has no intention to bring such militants back and try them.Sources in the law enforcement said they have confirmed that two Bangladeshi passport holders — Ibrahim Hasan Khan and his brother Zunayed Hasan Khan want to return. Their family lived in Saudi Arabia for long although these two brothers went to Syria via Dhaka. Before leaving Bangladesh, they lived in a house in Bashundhara residential area.It is learnt that physician Rokonuddin, who went to Syria along with his family, has been trying to return, officials said.Dhaka Shisu Hospital physician Rokonuddin along with his wife Naima Akhtar, daughter Ramita Rokon and Rewana Rokon and son-in-law Sad Kayes left the country to join the IS.According to the law enforcement agencies, a total of 40 Bangladeshi passport holders left the country to join the IS. It is believed that half of them died.Efforts are on to find out whereabouts of the rest, likely to be around 20 millitants.An official at the CTTC unit said some people possessing Bangladeshi passports may join the IS from other countries. At least one of such person has been detected. There are four to five Bangladeshis in Baghouz in eastern Syria where IS was defeated on Saturday. However, their fates are yet to be known.Kurdish news agency ANHA published a report on detainees captured by SDF in Syria last month. It quoted Bangladeshi physician Arafat Rahman Tushar who went to Syria from Bangladesh.”The Caliphate movement has come to an end. There is no trace of the caliph for whose call we went to Syria,” ANHA quoted Tushar as saying.Ishfaq Ilahi Chowdhury, a retired air commodore, said those, who went to Syria, denied identity of their state and showed allegiance to the IS. “They should not be brought back under any circumstance,” he said adding that they would not be allowed to be regrouped.Ilahi said it is true that IS was defeated in Syria, but there are some videos posted on social media where their activists and supporters are threatening to regroup.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam
Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 – / 5Officials estimate Hurricane Harvey has damaged more than 126,000 homes in the Houston region. Putting things back together is a monumental job, requiring thousands of workers. But it may also be raising a risk for the most vulnerable of workers: day laborers.Like many large cities, Houston has dozens of corners where day laborers gather to find work. Many of them are undocumented, like Jose David Lizardo. He said he comes to this corner on most days, to find work.“After the catastrophe there was a lot of work,” Lizardo said, in Spanish. “But previously, there was very little [work].”And while jobs are in abundance, Lizardo said it’s difficult when an employer refuses to pay him, or puts him in danger. “Most of the time, they come only for the labor. They do not take safety into account, [or] the protection for the workers,” Lizardo said. “These days we see a lot of racism. They see us and they know we are Hispanic. They specifically go where the Hispanics are, because they know we are looking for work….There is some fear [to report abuse], because we are not protected.”Lizardo said he feels like workers in the undocumented community are not protected, especially with the emergence of Texas’ so-called “anti-sanctuary cities” law, Senate Bill 4. And Marianela Acuña Arreaza, Executive Director of the Fe y Justicia Worker Center, said recovery storm work augments already existing problems.“After a storm, there is definitely the urgency to get a lot of work done…. But at the same time, protecting people’s ability to take breaks when they need them. Especially when they’re still dealing with other safety risks. For example, like heat and lack of ventilation and things like that,” said Acuña. “That always exist in Houston, even before storm, but is so much worse after.”In Texas, private employers have the choice whether to provide workers’ compensation, if an injury happens on the job. That’s different than most states. And Houston Lawyer Tom Padgett said natural disasters bring up a flurry of potential hazards.“There’s going to be a big danger of exposure to chemicals, mold, disease, bacteria. That floodwater was a toxic mix—just a toxic environment,” said Padgett. “And working in those environments, you have to have the proper safety equipment.”Under federal law, all workers are entitled to safe working conditions. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it has 23 staff members operating in the Houston area, to identify hazards and keep safety a priority during clean up. But Padgett said it’s inherently difficult for OSHA regulations to be enforced – especially after Harvey.“I think it would be virtually impossible,” said Padgett. “If we even had enough OSHA regulators to go around and monitor, and check and make sure employers are doing it properly, they wouldn’t be able to be everywhere they needed to be.”Padgett said the economic stress that comes with post-hurricane work is also a perfect storm for wage theft.Acuña said wage theft is already a huge issue in Texas, and she has already received complaints from workers who say they are victims of wage theft from Harvey-related work.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/29110257/wage-theft-video-fixed.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Acuña provided News 88.7 with this cell phone video. She said it’s from a worker who claims to have been a victim of wage theft, after working on a flooded apartment complex on the west side of Houston.But there’s also another wrinkle to post-Harvey recovery work, if you look at today’s political climate.According to the Migration Policy Institute, just under a quarter of the undocumented population in Texas works in construction. That’s over 200,000 workers who are especially vulnerable, when faced with employment issues.And undocumented worker Jose David Lizardo said it has been a problem. In addition to general wage theft and safety issues, Lizardo told News 88.7 people have routinely shouted slurs at Hispanic workers, who wait on Houston corners for day jobs. He even said one of his past employers, in Louisiana, made workers wear “Make America Great Again” hats.Lizardo said he sends money over to his family of seven, back in Honduras. And while he would like to fight for money he claims he’s owed, according to Lizardo, there’s not enough time to deal with it. He has to keep going.EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been corrected. The Migration Policy Institute’s statistic is just under a quarter of Texas’ undocumented population works in construction; not just under a quarter of Texas construction workers are undocumented. X