first_imgA teenager was sentenced to death by a court in central Assam’s Nagaon on Friday for the gang rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl five months ago. Zakir Hussain, the 19-year-old convict, was found to have taken the lead in raping the minor and setting her on fire at her residence in Batadrava on March 23. She died of burns while being transferred from the Nagaon civil hospital to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital that night. The court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Nagaon found Hussain guilty on September 4 but reserved the pronouncement of the quantum of punishment for Friday. The police had filed a case and arrested eight people, almost all neighbours of the girl, within two days of her death. The accused were arrested on charges of rape, house trespass, causing disappearance of evidence and murder under the IPC. After a swift probe, the police filed a charge sheet on April 28 against eight persons. Five of them were acquitted due to lack of evidence against them while two others are being tried in a juvenile court. The incident had led to widespread protests across the State with the Assam government announcing in the Assembly that it will bring in a stringent anti-rape law in the next session of the House. The government also announced to recruit women sub-inspectors through a special drive to have 30% women in the police force. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had launched a toll free helpline, 181-Sakhi, for women in distress and the Gauhati High Court approved the proposal for setting up exclusive fast-track courts for trial of cases related to rape and murder of women and children in Assam. Organisations have welcomed the judgment. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgawardBy Achinta BorahNew Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) More than 4,200 people recommended Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan for a Padma award in 2017, while the self-styled godman and now rape convict proposed his own name for the honour five times.According to the list of recommendations or nominations for Padma Awards 2017, the Union home ministry received 18,768 applications.The highest 4,208 recommendations, including two from Saintgorge William Sonet and India Saintgorge, both from Hissar in Haryana, were received for conferring any one of the three Padma awards on the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief, reveal documents accessed by PTI.All recommendations were marked in the name of Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, also known as rockstar baba and guru of bling, and almost all had come from Sirsa in Haryana, the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda.Gurmeet, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two followers this week, recommended himself five times. While his address was given as Sirsa three times, on the other two applications he gave Hissar in Haryana and Ganganagar in Rajasthan, where he was born.According to the documents, of the five recommendations, one was for Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan by Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji InsanSaintgorge.The overwhelming majority of those who recommended the Dera chiefs name for the highest civilian honour in the country used single names like Abha, Aditya, Akbar, Alfez, Baljinder, Milky, Gajal, Komal, Jony, Jesse and Ishwar.An Amit, based in Sirsa, recommended Gurmeets name 31 times, and a Sunil nominated him 27 times.advertisementA few recommendations were also from his birthplace Ganganagar.The Padma awards seek to recognise works of distinction and exceptional achievements in different fields and disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.Anyone can nominate any person for the Padma Awards.The nominations or recommendations for the awards can be received online only on the portal www.padmaawards.gov.in designed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.Recommendations can also be made by state governments, UTs, ministries, departments of the government of India, Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awardees, central and state ministers, chief ministers and governors of state, and Members of Parliament.The nominations are placed before the Padma Awards Committee, constituted by the prime minister every year.The awards — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri — are announced on the eve of the Republic Day.Political stalwarts Murli Manohar Joshi, Sharad Pawar and former Lok Sabha speaker late P A Sangma, cricketer Virat Kohli and Carnatic musician K J Yesudas were among the 89 people who were selected for the Padma awards in 2017.A special CBI court on August 28 sentenced the Dera chief to 20 years in jail for raping his two followers, holding that he acted like a “wild beast” who did not even spare his own “pious” female disciples.Following his conviction on August 25, large scale violence witnessed in Panchkula, Chandigarh, Sirsa and other parts of Haryana and Punjab which claimed 38 lives. PTI ACB MINlast_img read more

first_imgPremier League Arsene Wenger: ‘David Luiz deserved red card’ Meshack Brighton 05:56 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) David Luiz Chelsea Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 170917 Getty Premier League David Luiz Arsène Wenger Chelsea v Arsenal Arsenal Chelsea Arsenal produced a resolute away performance to earn a 0-0 draw at Chelsea, who had David Luiz sent off late on in Sunday’s Premier League clash. Arsene Wenger’s side had lost both of their previous games on the road this season at Stoke and Liverpool, but might have picked up all three points at Stamford Bridge, as Aaron Ramsey struck the post in the first half and Shkodran Mustafi had a goal disallowed in the second.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Chelsea’s David Luiz deserved the red card he received during this afternoon’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.Luiz was shown a straight red card in the closing stages of the London derby by Michael Oliver having been adjudged to have jumped into a challenge on Arsenal full-back Saed Kolasinac. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing It is the third time in a row in which Chelsea have been reduced to 10 men against the Gunners, who earned a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, but Wenger believes that the referee made the right call.”It was excessive force, yes. I think Kolasinac was not completely on his feet. Even Luiz will accept there was a big distance and he went in too strong,” he told reporters.Luiz now faces a three-match ban which would see him miss the Premier League visit of Manchester City, in addition to games against Stoke City and Crystal Palace.Chelsea failed to score in a competitive home match under Conte for the first time (27 games). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool Klopp challenges slumping Liverpool stars: Show me you’re ‘world class’ Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 08:35 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool West Brom FA Cup Getty Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Huddersfield Town v Liverpool Huddersfield Town Premier League Occasionally brilliant performances do nothing to prove world-class credentials, the Liverpool boss has warned his players Jurgen Klopp believes the drop-off in form from his Liverpool stars since their rousing win over Manchester City undermines their claims to be world-class performers.Liverpool dished out a first Premier League defeat of the season to Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders in a thrilling and relentless display on January 14.But that 4-3 triumph has been followed by a league loss at Swansea City and an FA Cup reverse at home to West Brom — the two bottom sides in England’s top flight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Liverpool’s capacity to produce high-level performances on a consistent basis has been called into question, and the former Borussia Dortmund head coach challenged his men to relocate their best form for Tuesday’s trip to Huddersfield Town.”These boys, we know potential-wise are world class. But real world class is to bring it on the pitch again and again and again,” he told reporters.”We need to find out whether it’s a misjudgement of the City game. I don’t think so. But if it was, that needs to be finished.”I don’t think so. But if you want, since then our offensive positions didn’t defend as well as then, for example. That’s the truth.”Liverpool’s tireless pressing from the front against City won deserved plaudits, but familiar defensive frailties were on display during their first-half collapse against West Brom.”You need to defend really in a compact formation. We were not compact. That’s the problem,” Klopp explained, before confirming he hauled his squad in for a video debrief after the fourth-round humbling.”In the video room, I showed the boys where we could have reacted much better.”If we get back to defending when everybody is responsible, then we’ll get back to defending better.”That’s why we showed the boys. It wasn’t about blaming a player. It was about showing what really happened, because players probably won’t look back at a game and think ‘oh, that was it’.”They will try to ignore it, and this time I didn’t want to give them the opportunity to ignore it.”Liverpool lie fourth in the Premier League with 14 games of the season remaining, two points above Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino’s fifth-placed side visit Anfield on Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_img Dodge Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Previous The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags 1 of 3 The Hellephant is essentially a hotted-up version of the 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 found in the Hellcat and Demon. Bored out to a whopping 7.0-liters, the Hellephant V-8 also gets an aluminum block from the Charger Drag Pak, forged pistons, a high-lift camshaft, and the Demon’s valvetrain. However, to reach its peak performance — which is to the tune of 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb-ft of torque — the Hellephant also gets an increased displacement supercharger, a unit now calculated at 3.0-liters. Now, you may be thinking that this crate engine will only be for the drag racing enthusiast, the kind of gearhead that eats, sleeps, and showers at their local dragstrip — the semi-professional, if you will. You’d be absolutely wrong. This 1,000-horsepower wild child will be sold to Joe and Jane Public to be slot in everything your dreams, or nightmares, can conjure. What’s even crazier is that the Hellephant was designed to be a fairly plug-and-play kit; Dodge is offering a Front End Accessory Drive package (including pulleys, belts, alternator, starter, and power steering pump) that will essentially bolt right into pre-1976 Chryslers.DodgeDodge debuted the Hellephant at the 2018 SEMA show under the hood of one heavily modified 1968 Dodge Charger, but the Hellephant engine won’t be available to consumers until 2019. Unfortunately, at its debut, Dodge declined to state how much the Hellephant will set those wishing to scorch pavement back in terms of dollars and cents. To guess, however, we’d have to think that Dodge would want a pretty penny more than the current generation Hellcat crate engine, which retails for $20,000. And though you could likely build a 1,000 horsepower LS V-8 for less, you’re not likely to find one with a warranty. What would be our perfect build with the Hellephant you ask? Well, it would involve a mid-2000 Dodge Durango, Dakar-ready suspension, and all the open desert we could find. America is the land of excess. It is a country built by outlaws — outlaws who revolted and flipped off the king. And though the United States has risen to soaring heights, revolutionized technology and information services, brought about real social and political change throughout the world, and reinvigorated the electric vehicle revolution, we are still, at our core, a bunch of rootin’, tootin’, six-gunnin’, tire-immolatin’, gasoline-swillin’ outlaws that will positively embrace Dodge’s all-new 1,000-horsepower Hellephant crate engine. Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier center_img Editors’ Recommendations This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Dodge Dodge Next last_img read more

first_imgBy Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter Cabinet has approved the payment of $13 million to the Port Henderson Development Company, for 0.97 acres of land.The land was used for the construction of the old Portmore Causeway in St. Catherine, which has now been incorporated into Highway 2000.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, gave details at a Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on June 13.She informed that the land, which was owned by the Port Henderson Development Company, was mistakenly assumed to be vested in the Commissioner of Lands and under the control of the National Works Agency (NWA).The Minister pointed out that the land was handed over to the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) by the NWA to be incorporated into Highway 2000.last_img read more

first_imgBengaluru: Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has recorded a turnover of Rs 11,789 crores (audited) during the Financial Year 2018-19, registering a growth of 17% over the previous year turnover of Rs 10,085 crores. The Profit Before Tax for FY 2018-19 was Rs 2,703 crores compared to Rs 1,948 crores in 2017-18.The Profit After Tax was Rs 1,927 crores as against Rs 1,399 in the previous year. The company recorded an Export Turnover of 21.6 million USD, as against 26 million USD in 2017-18. The Turnover per Employee was Rs 123 Lakhs compared to Rs 104 Lakhs in the previous year. The Value added per Employee was Rs 60.38 Lakhs in comparison to Rs 45.86 Lakhs the previous year. The Order Book Value as on April 1, 2019, stood at Rs 51,798 crores as compared to Rs 40,115 crores in April 2018. The Expenditure on R&D was Rs 1,077 crores as against Rs 988 crores in 2017-18. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsHighlights of 2018-19: BEL acquired Rs 23,431 crores of order during 2018-19. Other important highlights of the year included inauguration of 16 MW Solar Power Plant at HVF, Avadi; received major order for LRSAM systems, forging of strategic partnerships with Global OEMs like SAAB (Sweden), ElettronicaSpA (Italy), Elbit Systems (Israel) and Mahindra in the domestic segment, received CII EXIM Bank Business Excellence Award (2018) and Jury’s Commendation for Role Model Organisation for Bangalore Complex and Platinum level recognition for Ghaziabad, Chennai and Machilipatnam Units, awarded International Certification for Information Security Management- ISO 27001 for Units of BEL, etc. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Major orders executed: Some of the significant orders executed during the year included supply of Integrated Air Command & Control System, Electronic Voting Machine, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail, Weapon Locating Radar, Ground based Mobile Electronic Intelligence System, Low Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System (LIC EWS), Schilka Upgrade, TROPO Upgrade and L70 Gun Upgrade. Major orders received: During 2018-19, the Company received many orders, significant among them being Long Range Surface to Air Missile for P17A, Smart City Business (North East States & Agra), Integrated Perimeter Security System (IPSS) for Air Force, Kerala Fibre Optic Network (K-Fon), Home Land Security System (Naval Airfield Integrated Security System (NAISS), Naval Equipment (War Reserves), setting up of Weapon Repair Facility at Naval Shipyard and upgradation of Shikari/Lynx Fire Control Systems.last_img read more

first_imgWhile many people use social media profiles for professional use, over 40 per cent Indians agree that they could get fired from their jobs for controversial content on their social media channels, new research has found. Worryingly, despite being a hotbed for personal information and photos, more than half of users in India have at least one dormant social media account, with 41 per cent admitting they have not even thought about deleting inactive accounts or giving them a clear out, said the study released recently. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We have all seen high profile celebrities and public figures whose objectionable social media posts have emerged light years later, damaging their reputation, but this issue can affect anyone,” said researchers. More than a quarter admitted to only deleting posts after a crisis and 25.7 per cent confessed to posting negative content about their current workplace. For the study, researchers studied the attitude of Indians towards maintaining social media hygiene. The study revealed that 21.4 per cent Indians worry that content on their social profiles would negatively affect career/job prospects. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardOn the positive side, the study also revealed that 46.9 per cent social media users in the country prefer to keep personal and work life separate. The research involving 1,000 adults in India showed that of those aged 16-24, 31.4 per cent agree that social media content is important to their career prospects, compared to 24.6 per cent of those aged 35-44. Despite this, Indians still have a lot of unsavoury content on their current social media channels, which is ‘Not Safe For Work’ – comment that can be perceived offensive, wearing an embarrassing outfit, drunken behaviour, sleeping in a pavement or pub, swearing, vomiting, wardrobe malfunction, engaging in a fight, among others, the study revealed. Shockingly, 25.3 per cent admitted they have no idea how to change their privacy settings on social media and over a third said they have not done anything to change privacy settings despite knowing how to. This is especially important considering that 21.2 per cent know someone whose career or job prospects have been negatively affected by social media content they have posted.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in the Prairies.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on June 7 will be approximately $12 million.last_img

The DPRK informed inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it will stop all cooperation with the UN agency without delay. The country has requested the removal of all containment and surveillance equipment, which will be followed by the barring of inspectors from the Yongbyon facility. “The DPRK also informed the IAEA that it has decided to reactivate all facilities and go ahead with the reprocessing of spent fuel,” the agency’s spokesperson, Marc Vidricaire, said in a statement. In 2007, the IAEA verified that the DPRK had closed the Yongbyon reactor, and since then, its inspectors had continued to monitor and verify the shutdown status. In a presidential statement issued yesterday, the Security Council said it deems the DPRK’s 5 April launch to be in contravention of resolution 1718, which demanded that the country “not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile,” following its claims to have conducted a nuclear test in October 2006. “The Security Council demands that the DPRK not conduct any further launch,” according to yesterday’s statement, which expressed the body’s desire for a “peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation” and welcomed Member States’ efforts to reach a “comprehensive solution through dialogue.” It also said that it will adjust sanctions, imposed by the 2006 resolution, by the end of this month. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the adoption of the Council statement, “which sends a unified message of the international community” on the DPRK’s launch. Mr. Ban voiced hope in a separate statement that the Council’s actions will “pave the way for renewed efforts towards the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues in the region, including through the early resumption” of inter-Korean dialogue and of the Six-Party Talks, which involve China, DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States. 14 April 2009On the heels of yesterday’s condemnation by the Security Council of its recent rocket launch, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today asked United Nations inspectors at the nuclear reprocessing plant in Yongbyon to leave the East Asian nation immediately. read more

___Lawmakers ask 4 big tech companies for documents in probeWASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech are asking Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents including internal communications. Letters went out to the four companies on Friday from the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee and its subcommittee on antitrust, which has been conducting a sweeping antitrust investigation of the companies and their impact on competition and consumers. The companies have said they’ll co-operate fully with the probe.___China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, porkBEIJING (AP) — Washington wants Beijing to roll back plans for state-led development of leaders in robotics and other technologies. The United States, Europe and other trading partners argue that those plans violate China’s free-trade commitments. Some American officials worry that they will erode U.S. industrial leadership.___US Treasury sanctions 3 North Korean hacking groupsWASHINGTON (AP) — Three North Korean hacking groups suspected of perpetrating cyberattacks around the world have been placed on a U.S. sanctions list. The Treasury Department’s action draws attention to the isolated nation’s illegal efforts to fund its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The U.S. says the three groups are controlled by the North Korean government. One was behind the WannaCry ransomware, which froze 300,000 computers across 150 countries in 2017.___PG&E reaches $11B deal with California wildfire insurersSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay $11 billion to a group of insurance companies representing claims from deadly 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires as the company tries to emerge from bankruptcy. The tentative agreement does not include thousands of uninsured and underinsured fire victims who have filed their own claims against PG&E, including for wrongful deaths. The amount was higher than analysts and the company had estimated.___Johnson, Juncker to meet in a bid for a Brexit breakthroughLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet for talks next week to try to break the Brexit impasse as both sides seek to avert what could be a disastrous “no-deal” departure. Johnson says “there is the rough shape of the deal to be done.” He described himself as “cautiously optimistic” that a new agreement can be forged even as officials warned against any sudden breakthrough.___Filings: Purdue owners used Swiss banks to hide transfersNEW YORK (AP) — New York state’s attorney general contends in court papers that the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss bank accounts to conceal the transfer of millions of dollars from the company to themselves. New York on Friday asked a judge to enforce subpoenas of companies, banks and advisers to Purdue and its owners, the Sackler family. The state said it has already documented $1 billion in transfers between those parties.___US retail sales rise moderately as auto-buying jumpsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose moderately in August, led by a jump in auto buying and healthy online sales. But there were also signs that consumers have become more cautious.___UPS to pay $8.4M to settle claim of overcharging governmentWASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says United Parcel Service Inc. must pay $8.4 million to settle allegations that the company was overcharging the federal government for package deliveries. The settlement was announced Friday. The Justice Department alleges UPS failed to abide by the terms of its contract with the General Services Administration and overcharged the government for services from 2007 until 2014. UPS said the claims stemmed from “good faith differences regarding contract interpretation.”____UAW extends Ford, Fiat Chrysler pacts; strike possible at GMDETROIT (AP) — Leaders of the United Auto Workers union have extended contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely, but the pact with General Motors’ is still set to expire Saturday night. The move puts added pressure on bargainers for both sides as they approach the contract deadline and the union starts to prepare for a strike. The four-year contract with GM ends at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.___WeWork to list shares on Nasdaq, reduce CEO’s voting powerNEW YORK (AP) — WeWork’s parent company announced major changes in its corporate governance practices Friday as it revealed plans to list shares on the Nasdaq. The office-sharing company is pressing on with its highly anticipated stock market debut — expected later this month — despite doubts about its ability to make money and decisions that have raised commitment and conflict of interest concerns about CEO Adam Neumann.___US stock indexes end mixed; S&P 500 notches 3rd weekly gainNEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 notched its third straight weekly gain Friday, even as the major U.S. stock indexes ended the day mostly lower. A slide in technology stocks, along with losses in consumer-focused and real estate companies, offset solid gains elsewhere in the market, including big Wall Street banks and industrial stocks. Bond yields rose sharply. An easing of tensions in the costly trade war between the U.S. and China bolstered the market this week.___The S&P 500 index slipped 2.18 points, or 0.1%, to 3,007.39. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 37.07 points, or 0.1%, to 27,219.52. The technology heavy Nasdaq fell 17.75 points, or 0.2%, to 8,176.71. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gained 3.07 points, or 0.2%, to 1,578.14.The Associated Press read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2013 2:57 pm MDT NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company’s role in the 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance said the plea deal was “just punishment” considering the alternatives to the settlement, including the risk that a trial could result in a lower fine for BP.Before she ruled, Vance heard emotional testimony from relatives of 11 workers who died when BP’s blown-out Macondo well triggered an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and started the spill.“I’ve heard and I truly understand your feelings and the losses you suffered,” she said.Billy Anderson, whose 35-year-old son, Jason, of Midfield, Texas, died in the blast, recalled the trauma of watching the disaster play out on television.“These men suffered a horrendous death,” he said. “They were basically cremated alive and not at their choice.”BP agreed in November to plead guilty to charges involving the workers’ deaths and for lying to Congress about the size of the spill from its broken well, which spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil. Much of it ended up in the Gulf and soiled the shorelines of several states. The company could have withdrawn from the agreement if Vance had rejected it.BP America vice-president Luke Keller apologized to the relatives of the workers who died and for the spill’s environmental damage to the Gulf Coast.“BP knows there is nothing we can say to diminish their loss,” he said. “The lives lost and those forever changed will stay with us. We are truly sorry.”Courtney Kemp-Robertson, whose 27-year-old husband, Roy Wyatt Kemp, of Jonesville, La., died on the rig, said workers had referred to it as the “well from hell” before the explosion.“By cutting corners, they gambled with the lives of 126 crew members to save a few dollars,” she told the judge before turning to address Keller. “They gambled and you lost.”Vance told victims’ relatives who were in court that she read their “truly gut-wrenching” written statements and factored their words into her decision. She also said she believes BP executives should have personally apologized to family members long before Monday’s hearing.“I think BP should have done that out of basic humanity,” she said.The deal doesn’t resolve the federal government’s civil claims against BP. The company could pay billions more in penalties for environmental damage.Keith Jones, whose 28-year-old son, Gordon, died in the rig explosion, said $4 billion isn’t adequate punishment.“It is petty cash to BP,” he told Vance. “Their stock went up after this plea deal was announced.”BP separately agreed to a settlement with lawyers for Gulf Coast residents and businesses who claim the spill cost them money. BP estimates the deal with private attorneys will cost the company roughly $7.8 billion.For the criminal settlement, BP agreed to pay nearly $1.3 billion in fines. The largest previous corporate criminal penalty assessed by the Justice Department was a $1.2 billion fine against drug maker Pfizer in 2009.The criminal settlement also includes payments of nearly $2.4 billion to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and $350 million to the National Academy of Sciences.In a court filing before the hearing, attorneys for BP and the Justice Department argued that the plea agreement imposes “severe corporate punishment” and will deter BP and other deep-water drilling companies from allowing another disaster to occur.The Justice Department has reached a separate settlement with rig owner Transocean Ltd. that resolves the government’s civil and criminal claims over the Swiss-based company’s role in the disaster.Transocean agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanour charge of violating the Clean Water Act and pay $1.4 billion in civil and criminal penalties. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo has scheduled a Feb. 14 hearing to decide whether to accept that criminal settlement. A different judge will decide whether to accept Transocean’s civil settlement.Many relatives of rig workers who died in the blast submitted written statements that were critical of BP’s deal. Vance, however, said she couldn’t get involved in plea negotiations and only could impose a sentence that adheres to the agreed-upon terms if she accepted it.Also killed were Aaron Dale “Bubba” Burkeen, 37, of Philadelphia, Miss.; Donald Clark, 49, of Newellton, La.; Stephen Ray Curtis, 40, of Georgetown, La.; Karl Kleppinger Jr., 38, of Natchez, Miss.; Keith Blair Manuel, 56, of Gonzales, La.; Dewey A. Revette, 48, of State Line, Miss.; Shane M. Roshto, 22, of Liberty, Miss.; and Adam Weise, 24, Yorktown, Texas.Four current or former BP employees have been indicted on separate criminal charges. BP rig supervisors Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine are charged with manslaughter, accused of repeatedly disregarding abnormal high-pressure readings that should have been glaring indications of trouble just before the blowout.David Rainey, BP’s former vice-president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, was charged with withholding information from Congress about the amount of oil that was gushing from the well.Former BP engineer Kurt Mix was charged with deleting text messages about the company’s spill response.A series of government investigations have blamed the April 20, 2010, blowout on time-saving, cost-cutting decisions by BP and its partners on the drilling project. Judge OKs BP’s guilty plea to manslaughter, $4B in oil spill penalties read more

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman made this call for dialogue as he concluded a two-day visit to Nepal aiming to encourage maximum flexibility to resolve the current political situation there. He met with a number of the country’s political and civil society leaders, including President Bidya Devi Bandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.According to a statement from his office, Mr. Feltman, on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ‎conveyed the United Nations’ appreciation for Nepal’s unwavering commitment and contribution to the Organization’s work in its 60 years of membership, citing in particular Nepal’s role in UN peacekeeping operations and in representing the concerns of landlocked developing countries.“In turn, Mr. Feltman assured Nepal of the UN’s unwavering partnership in ‎its recovery following the devastating earthquakes of 2015 as well as in addressing broader humanitarian and development needs,” said the statement.It went on to say that Mr. Feltman expressed deep concern about current developments that are adversely affecting Nepal’s humanitarian situation, economic performance and reconstruction efforts. Commending Nepalis on their resolve to address these issues with a spirit of flexibility and compromise, he encouraged political leaders to overcome urgently current differences on constitutional arrangements through inclusive dialogue and parliamentary process.He also underscored the importance of rebuilding trust amongst different groups, including through agreement on the modalities of the process to delineate internal borders.Mr. Feltman, according to the statement, expressed the sincere hope and conviction that an understanding on these immediate matters will‎ allow all stakeholders in Nepal to meet their aspirations of economic development, accountability and the full implementation of constitutional provisions.The UN fully supports this Nepali process, the statement concluded. read more

If averaging 20 points per game is the traditional benchmark of the NBA star, scoring 30 a night vaults a player into another category entirely. Not including this year’s early hopefuls — Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder — it’s been done 65 times in all of NBA and ABA history, most often by the Michael Jordans and Wilt Chamberlains of the world. Joining that rarified club, or even coming within striking distance of it, is a big deal.Before he had an off night against the Sixers on Monday, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan was positioned to join that group. And given how much freedom to shoot he’s been granted in the Raptors’ offense, he’ll probably flirt with the 30-PPG barrier again before the season is over. Considering that DeRozan set a career high in scoring last season with 23.5 points a game, his sustained run at the 30-point level has been a revelation. In the NBA, players don’t just wake up with an extra 6 or 7 points per game in their pockets.DeRozan’s improvement is especially rare for a player who already scores a lot: Among all the players in NBA history who improved on their existing career high in scoring by at least 5 PPG in a season, DeRozan currently has the 18th-highest scoring average. It’s a leap nearly identical to the one Steph Curry made last season.DeRozan has continued a long trend of dragging his efficiency up to match his perpetually high usage — despite the additional workload this season, he’s up to 80th in true shooting percentage among qualified scorers1For the purposes of this story, a player qualified for the league leaderboard if he played 12.2 minutes per scheduled team game, which works out to about 1,000 minutes in a normal 82-game season. this year, which is a career high for him. Part of that is DeRozan benefitting from the Raptors’ faster pace this season — they’re averaging 2.1 more possessions per game this year than last — even if that’s not always coach Dwane Casey’s preferred way to play. And in the half-court, he’s developed a near-mastery of the two-man game with teammate Jonas Valanciunas, with both players ranking among the league’s most efficient in the pick-and-roll. DeRozan’s probably sinking his deep 2s (a longtime staple of his game, much to statheads’ chagrin) at an unsustainably high rate, but he’s also hitting far fewer of his 3s than he did last year, so that should balance out.But DeRozan may also have maxed out just how much impact a player of his particular style can have. Among the 86 cases since the merger where an NBA player scored at least 28 points per game in a season — including six players so far this year — DeRozan is tied for the eighth-lowest Box Plus/Minus. As a group, those players averaged an offensive BPM of +6.1; DeRozan’s is only +3.8. And although the Raptors have the second-best offensive efficiency in the NBA this season, their offense scores only 0.4 more points per 100 possessions when DeRozan is in the game than when he’s on the bench.Obviously, some of that is the residue of a relatively deep team being able to press that advantage against other teams’ reserves. But to use DeRozan’s most common floor-mates as comparison points, the Raptors’ offense loses 5.9 points per 100 possessions when Kyle Lowry exits the game and 6.6 points per 100 possessions when Patrick Patterson leaves the court. And then there’s his porous defense: His defensive BPM ranks 17th-worst among that group of 28-point scorers, and Toronto opponents are scoring 4.2 more points per 100 possessions with him on the floor than off.In other words, the metrics say DeRozan’s overall impact on the game isn’t anywhere near as valuable as his raw scoring would suggest.Perhaps none of this should come as a surprise. When I analyzed NBA players and sorted them into archetypes for a story in October, I found that DeRozan belongs to a class of player I dubbed “one-dimensional scorers” — players characterized by very high usage rates, good numbers in shooting efficiency and assists, and almost zero contributions on the boards or on defense. That kind of player is custom-built to put points on the board, and DeRozan is scoring the 10th-most points per game of anybody in that classification since the merger. But like DeRozan, they also lack in other areas of the game, and it almost always makes them less valuable than we’d expect based on their scoring averages alone.For instance, using all qualified players since the merger, I ran a regression that used each player’s points-per-game average in a given season to predict his Box Plus/Minus (to measure his overall performance, regardless of how he generated his value), then separated the results out by player archetype. The archetype that underperformed its predicted BPM the most (by far) was DeRozan’s group, the one-dimensional scorers, a trend that can be seen clearly when we graph them in comparison with all other archetypes: It’s not impossible for a one-dimensional scorer to have an outsized impact on the game, even relative to his scoring average. Curry, for instance, is suffering a down season to begin 2016-17 — causing him to slip into the same archetypal category as DeRozan (quelle horreur!) — but he’s still been a better player, according to BPM, than his 26.6-PPG would suggest. And DeRozan himself isn’t far from the apex of what a one-dimensional scorer can be. He currently ranks 94th in BPM out of the 1,162 qualified player-seasons that fit into the archetype since 1976-77.It’s also possible that the traditional statistical outlook on “pure” scorers misses some of the complexities of team dynamics. In the same way that the Warriors can cram more skill sets onto the floor by adding Kevin Durant — the rare superstar who also functions as a floor-spacing sharpshooter — perhaps scorers who can carry an inordinate burden without leaking efficiency allow teams to stuff the rest of the roster with more diversely talented players. But even if that’s the case, it hasn’t turned up in the stats yet, despite a lot of people looking for a way to pin down that dynamic (or something like it) over the years.The debate over the value of one-dimensional scorers is far from settled even in today’s age of advanced analytics, and there’s plenty of evidence that it’s difficult to replace what a top scorer brings to his team. But the numbers also suggest that certain playing styles tend to produce less value than others. It will be interesting to see if that holds true even when the performance is as prolific as DeRozan’s has been early this season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

A Lorain County jail official has confirmed via telephone to The Lantern that Ohio State redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been arrested and charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.Sprinkle is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, according to a jail official.According to a Lorain County jail official, Sprinkle’s drug charges were not for possession of heroin.Sprinkle, who has yet to see the field in his time in Columbus, was a 2012 Associated Press first team All-Ohio selection out of Elyria High School. He enrolled early at OSU, joining the team in January of 2013.During his senior year of high school, Sprinkle recorded 103 tackles, including 19 sacks and 30 total tackles for loss. He was also the first defensive player since former OSU linebacker Matt Wilhelm to win the Lorain County Golden Helmet award, which goes to the best player in the county. Wilhelm won the award in 1999.As of Saturday evening, an OSU spokesperson had not confirmed the report of an arrest or suspension to The Lantern.It was first reported by Eleven Warriors that Sprinkle had been arrested and suspended from the team. read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An Anthropologie spokesman said: “Our large (80cm) decorative branches are a lovely contemporary decoration for Christmas. Used with foliage real or faux they add drama into floral arrangements which some people choose to  invest in over traditional trees.”For the £40 you actually get over 20 branches and even though £40 might seem like a high price tag individually they are less than £2 and they are all natural birch wood that you can keep for ever and decorate each year however you like all over your house. “At Anthropologie art and creativity are at the core of the brand so we love to encourage our customers to be creative at home. “If you look anywhere on the high street for a Christmas branch at a florist a single twig is around £7.50, so this is not overpriced comparatively.” Homeware shop Anthropologie has been mocked for selling sticks for £40 a bundle.The retailer, renowned for selling for selling expensive – but sometimes unnecessary items – claims the handful of birch twigs will add “rustic quality” to people looking for a country-style interior for their home.  Anthropologie’s website reads: “If you’re looking to bring a rustic quality to your home, then this bundle of birchwood is the perfect piece for you!”The bundle contains 18 birch twigs at more than £2 per twig, leading to shoppers complaining they could go out for a walk and pick up some similar ones for nothing.It is not the first time Anthropologie has been mocked for its obscure, verging on useless offerings, as it once became the butt of a joke on an episode of the popular cartoon Family Guy.In the episode it was portrayed as selling a ping pong table in the shape of Easter Island, as well as a telephone made of vintage phone book paper which doesn’t make any calls. Meanwhile members of the public have begun taking to social media to mock the twigs. Posting on Twitter, Gem Redmond-Mundy: “My garden’s worth a fortune!”And Barbara Harnisch posted: “A LOT of birch twiggy stuff is available. My neighbour had a couple of logs stood on end in a basket outside her front door. Had some fake flowers, too. I am far too obtuse to understand.” read more

first_imgNelson Mandela, the man who led South Africa out of apartheid and became the nation’s first black president, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected as president after spending nearly three decades in prison, died from complications from his lung infection, with his family by his side. A revered icon in the anti-apartheid struggle, one of his closest friends in the struggle was Greek born and South African human rights lawyer George Bizos. Bizos is credited as being the one who persuaded Nelson Mandela to change the wording of his defense when he was faced with the death penalty in 1964, charged by the apartheid regime with plotting the violent overthrow of the white government. Bizos’ advice in Pretoria worked and led to Mandela’s imprisonment and not execution. “Greece is the mother of democracy and South Africa is its youngest daughter” – Nelson Mandela*In early 2010, editor-in-chief Sotiris Hatzimanolis interviewed George Bizos about his work with Mandela. Read more in this Saturday’s (Sat 7 Dec) bilingual edition of Neos Kosmos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLa Lune à son périgéeSamedi soir, la Lune était à la fois pleine et à son point le plus rapproché de la Terre. Un phénomène qui a pu être observé partout à travers le monde.Le spectacle était étonnant samedi soir, pour ceux qui ont observé le ciel. La Lune apparaissait pour l’oeil humain 14% plus grande que la normale et 30% plus brillante. Et pour cause ? Elle se trouvait à ce moment-là à son périgée, son point le plus rapproché de la Terre. Par ailleurs, la Lune était pleine, rendant le phénomène encore plus exceptionnel. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALa Nasa explique qu’il faut remonter à 1993 pour trouver une pleine Lune aussi près de la Terre. C’est en effet une rare coïncidence de voir la Lune être pleine et à son périgée en même temps. L’agence spatiale américaine a également précisé que ce phénomène de “super Lune” ne causerait pas de désastres naturels, contrairement à ce que de nombreux internautes craignaient.Découvrez cette super pleine Lune en images sur Maxisciences. Le 21 mars 2011 à 10:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgUnion High School is mourning the death of Daniel Avery, who was on the school’s wrestling, cross country and track and field teams.Avery, a junior, died unexpectedly on Sunday.A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family to help offset funeral costs and time off work for his parents. By Monday evening, $5,600 had been raised. Donations can be made by going to GoFundMe.com and searching “In memory of Daniel Avery.”Monday, the Union wrestling team held a ceremony in its wrestling room. A prayer circle surrounded Avery’s shoes, which lay the middle of the mat. The shoes were retired “with love and respect,” according to the wrestling team’s Twitter account.last_img read more