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15 days agoEverton striker Kean, Parrott sent off in U21 clash

first_imgEverton striker Kean, Parrott sent off in U21 clashby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton striker Moise Kean was sent off for Italy U21 in their 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland. Former Juventus youngster Kean came off the bench, but lasted under 20 minutes before his dismissal for pushing Tottenham striker Troy Parrott in the chest, with the Irish player also receiving his second yellow card in the incident.Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato said, “It’s our own fault, we know these environments, the way they see competition and sportsmanship, so we knew full well that we shouldn’t have fallen for their provocation.“Qualification is not a walk in the park, there are strong teams and we need to work to get there.”The next Italy game is against Armenia on Monday. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Oklahoma’s Hatari Byrd Flipped Off Tennessee Fans While Leaving The Field After Win

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag in his hand.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)No. 19 Oklahoma finished off an incredible 31-24 comeback victory at No. 23 Tennessee earlier tonight. The Sooners rallied from a 17-point deficit to win in double overtime.Things got a bit ugly after the game though, when OU safety Hatari Byrd gave some Tennessee fans the middle finger while exiting the field.You can see it at the end of this video posted by SBNation’s Steven Godfrey, who was on the field at the time. It’s ugly pic.twitter.com/yxVK5SoQmK— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) September 13, 2015 Sooners linebacker Eric Striker also was seen taunting some UT fans.Eric Striker to Tennessee fans: “Tell your recruits to come to OU”— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 13, 2015Wonder if Byrd, at least, will face some disciplinary action.last_img read more

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Trumps Twitter tirades shadow Trudeaus talk on social media and politics

first_imgPARIS – Politicians working to harness the power of social media to connect with voters need to figure out how to do so positively in the face of leaders using those platforms to undermine democracy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.Without mentioning anyone by name at an event in Paris on Monday morning, Trudeau suggested there are politicians who are trying to use platforms like Twitter to foster polarization and controversy in the electorate.The medium is not without its benefits, Trudeau said, pointing to the ease of putting out a tweet of condolence or support being easier, more direct and resonating more with citizens than issuing a press statement carried by traditional media.That same ease and directness that Trudeau said can be used to build confidence in government and democratic institutions can just as easily be used by politicians trying to “make you angry or make you divided or make you hate your neighbour” — pitting one kind of social media politician against the other.“If it ends up in a screaming match between one side versus the other side, whoever is better at nasty is going to win,” Trudeau said at a Paris conference on the use of technology by governments.“If we actually think about it, it’s easier to push someone into being angry — it’s harder to pull them into being positive and earnest and involved.”The discussion was driven by U.S. President Donald Trump, who regularly uses Twitter to fire up his legions of followers and vent at his critics.Trudeau has been a target of Trump’s irate tweeting, particularly after the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Que., over the prime minister’s comments on trade negotiations.When asked directly to comment about Trump’s Twitter usage, Trudeau suggested Trump is just being Trump.“I think it’s important that people are authentic and he’s certainly authentic,” Trudeau said.The comments came one day after Trudeau and other world leaders issued dire warnings about leaders calling themselves nationalists and the problems they pose for maintaining peace and the world order built in the aftermath of the world wars.Again, no names were mentioned, but the warnings seemed clearly aimed at Trump who has repeatedly professed his “American” nationalism.Trudeau suggested he doesn’t call out Trump by name in any criticism in order to keep the peace with Canada’s neighbour to the south.“One of the things that Canadians expect of me is to continue to stand up for Canadian values, for Canadian interests as I always do loudly and clearly sharing our perspectives on how to build a better world, while at the same time keeping a constructive relationship with our closest neighbour and largest trading partner — and that’s what I will continue to do,” he said.Trudeau also took time at the conference to tout his government’s progress on digitizing the way it delivers services.The prime minister has made the use of technology and data a priority in providing government programs to Canadians through digital channels alongside better, more up to date information to feed federal decisions.In September, the federal government launched its new “digital standards” to help public servants navigate their way towards what the Liberals call an “effective digital government.”But there have been hiccups along the way.A pilot project from Statistics Canada to scoop up anonymized and randomized banking transactions on 500,000 Canadians has faced steep criticism from opposition parties in the House of Commons.And internal documents obtained by The Canadian Press paint a clearer picture of detailed work underway to overcome the challenges the civil service faces in meeting the Liberals’ digital goals.Documents obtained under the Access to Information Act suggest challenges in how to handle vast amounts of disparate data, the funding needed to acquire or generate data to fill gaps, and “legal and cultural impediments to sharing and accessing data.”The prime minister travels later Monday to Singapore for a summit organized by a 10-nation bloc that will put his government’s trade diversification plans on display.Trudeau is on a 10-day trip across Europe and Asia that began Friday with a gathering of world leaders in France to mark a century since the end of the First World War.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

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Minister Valcourt unaware of residential school document destruction denial policy

first_imgJorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt says he’s unaware of an internal analysis drafted by his department outlining Ottawa’s position to officially deny Indian residential school documents were ever intentionally destroyed.Valcourt faced questions from the NDP during question period Thursday following an APTN National News story based on an Aboriginal Affairs internal analysis describing the reason behind Ottawa’s policy to claim missing residential school documents were accidentally destroyed.The department’s analysis said an admission that residential school documents were ever intentionally destroyed would open the federal government to litigation.Compensation payments to residential school survivors under the multi-billion dollar settlement agreement are largely based on historical records proving students attended the institutions.Over 50,000 survivors have failed to obtain their claimed compensation because no historical record existed proving they attended the schools.Valcourt said he was not aware the department had drafted an analysis on the issue.“If my department issued such a document officially, show it to me,” said Valcourt, in an interview.APTN National News forwarded the document to the minister’s office, which claimed it did not reflect government policy and was written by a junior bureaucrat.“The document in question was a draft written by a junior staffer. It does not reflect the government’s views,” said Valcourt’s spokesperon Jason MacDonald.MacDonald, however, did not state what exactly the government’s views were in respect to the destruction of residential school documents.Download (PDF, Unknown)Indian residential school documents were pulped and incinerated as a result of three major rounds of government-wide document destruction directives issued between 1936 and 1973.Valcourt seemed perturbed by the NDP’s line of questioning during QP and appeared to believe B.C. MP Jean Crowder, the party’s Aboriginal affairs critic, was accusing the Harper government of destroying documents.“Well 1939, I was not here, this government was not here, we did not destroy documents,” he said. “Unless the genius of the NDP can resurrect 1939 documents, there is nothing I can do.”The federal government maintains that none of these documents were ever purposely destroyed, but fell victim to floods and fires, according to an Aboriginal Affairs analysis recently obtained by the National Residential School Survivor Society through the Access to Information Act.“The government of Canada has taken the position that there was no deliberate destruction of student records and residential school documents and that documents were destroyed as a result of institutions that burnt down or were flooded,” says a departmental analysis from 2009. “The admission of the deliberate destruction of student records and documents might spur further legal action against the government of Canada.”The analysis was triggered by a report issued by the National Residential School Survivor Society which took issue with the missing paper trails that left many residential school survivors receiving far less in compensation than they initially claimed because they couldn’t prove how many years they actually attended the school.Under the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement, $1.9 billion was set aside for “Common Experience Payments” which were based on the number of years former students attended the schools.A separate, Independent Assessment Process, was created to deal with compensation for abuse suffered at the schools.Crowder said it was troubling Aboriginal Affairs appeared to have such a limited grasp over the issue of historical residential school documents.“If the department doesn’t have a handle on whether documents were destroyed or not, then there are serious repercussions for survivors if documents were destroyed because we know those documents were relied on for compensation,” said Crowder.The federal government is already stinging from this week’s release of the spring Auditor General’s report which chided Aboriginal Affairs and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission over their handling of the transfer of existing residential school documents.With the TRC facing the end of its mandate in a little over a year, it’s still unclear how much it will cost to gather all the remaining documents, who will pay for it or even what documents are “relevant.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Canadas Walk of Fame to add Donovan Bailey Anna Paquin Viola Desmond

first_imgTORONTO – Six influential Canadians from the circles of sports, entertainment and culture will be added to Canada’s Walk of Fame next month.Olympic gold medallist Donovan Bailey, Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin and civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond, are among the diverse selection of people who will be inducted at the annual awards gala in Toronto on Nov. 15.The others are Canadian folk icon Stompin’ Tom Connors, telecommunications leader Ted Rogers and science TV host and environmental activist David Suzuki.Half of this year’s honourees are posthumous recognitions as the organization’s incoming CEO Jeffrey Latimer attempts to draw equal attention to Canadians outside the entertainment and sports worlds.Desmond, who died in 1965, emerged as a figure who challenged racial segregation in Nova Scotia during the 1940s after being jailed for sitting in the whites-only section of a movie theatre. She fought the charges in court, and after losing various proceedings, closed her business and left the province. Desmond is often credited as Canada’s Rosa Parks, even though her trial pre-dated Parks’ 1955 challenge of bus segregation in Montgomery, Ala.In 2010, Desmond was given a posthumous pardon and an apology from the Nova Scotia government. More recently, she was featured in both a Heritage Minute and chosen to grace the new $10 bill. She is only the second honouree to be recognized specifically for her social justice work, after Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour was inducted in 2014.Connors, who died of kidney failure in 2013, is hailed as a writer of Canada’s cultural songbook with staples like “Bud the Spud,” “The Hockey Song” and “Sudbury Saturday Night.”Rogers, the late president and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. who died in 2008, is considered a seminal figure in Canada’s broadcasting landscape. His upstart company stepped into the cable industry in 1967 and in the decades that followed became a dominant player in TV, radio and publishing.Bailey is a two-time Olymipic gold medallist and three-time world champion sprinter who once held the 100-metre world record.Actress Paquin is the youngest Canadian to win an Academy Award, capturing the honour for her role in the 1993 film “The Piano.” She has gone onto play Rogue in the “X-Men” movie franchise and Sookie in HBO’s “True Blood.”Suzuki, who holds a PhD in zoology, rose to international fame with his CBC-TV program “The Nature of Things,” which has aired around the world. He’s also an outspoken activist for numerous causes, including his own David Suzuki Foundation which encourages living in a sustainable environment.This year’s Canada’s Walk of Fame additions bring the number of inductees to 173. The ceremony will be broadcast in a one-hour TV special on Dec. 3. Eric McCormack, star of “Will & Grace” star and a former inductee, will host the festivities.last_img read more

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The Latest Police Comatose woman hospitalized after birth

first_imgPHOENIX — The Latest on a woman in a vegetative state at a Phoenix care facility who recently gave birth (all times local):2:55 p.m.Phoenix police say a woman in a vegetative state who gave birth at a long-term care facility is hospitalized along with her baby.Police spokesman Tommy Thompson said at a news conference Wednesday that investigators are gathering DNA from male workers at the facility and that a suspect has yet to be identified in the sexual assault.He says the incapacitated woman wasn’t able to give consent.Thompson says police were called Dec. 29 about a newborn in distress at a Hacienda HealthCare facility. He says the woman and child are recovering but didn’t release their conditions.An attorney for the woman’s family says the baby boy will be well cared for.Hacienda HealthCare says it’s co-operating with police and has called the case “deeply disturbing.”___1 a.m.Phoenix police are pursuing DNA samples from every male employee at a private care facility where a patient in a vegetative state recently gave birth.A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare says investigators served a search warrant Tuesday to obtain DNA from all male staffers.Officials say they are committed to co-operating with the police to “uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation.”A woman living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility in central Phoenix reportedly delivered a baby last month.San Carlos Apache Tribe officials say the 29-year-old woman is a tribal member and has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Fire at Bandhwari landfill site points to untreated waste hazard

first_imgGurugram: Fire at Bandhwari landfill site highlights that not having waste management in place is resulting in dangers piling up at the 30-acre landfill site nestled in Aravallis.The fire was caused on Monday. The main causes of the fire were attributed to the extreme heat caused due to the summer that led the methane gas present in the garbage to catch fire. Despite the assurances that waste at the landfill site will be treated, it is expected that there are 25 lakh tonnes of garbage of Gurugram and Faridabad combined dumped at the site. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe extreme dangers get further added to it has come to fore that leachate (a poisonous liquid substance that emanates from the garbage) has again begun to percolate outside the landfill. Even though the problem was solved on temporary measures, the urgency of finding a long term solution has again been raised with problems resurfacing. After repeated complaints, there can finally be a solution to the challenge of the toxic underground water table at Bandhwari and the areas around it caused due to the leachate of the presence of the 30-acre-landfill site. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsTo tackle this issue, a leachate treatment plant was expected to be set up at an area. At present more than 1,000 tonnes of garbage from Gurugram and Faridabad is discarded daily at the area that is nestled in the green belt of Aravallis. Based on the proposal, the plant will treat more than 100 kiloliters of leachate daily. It will be set up the Chinese company Eco green that has also been entrusted with the responsibility of recycling the waste in the area into the creation of power and other useful forms. As the layout of the projects, works presently are being undertaken. Commissioned in 2008, Bandhwari landfill was created with an objective of segregation and recycling of waste generated from Gurgaon and Faridabad. Set up with an investment of Rs 300 crores the was to operationalise a power plant and plastic recycling at the site. After laying defunct for more than four-and-half years the recycling unit was again set up after a lot of protests. There is criticism that work at the plant has not been carried out the pace as was promised and the waste continues to be dumped as it was done earlier. To reduce the amount of waste being dumped at the site the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram is encouraging composting among various residential and commercial sites.last_img read more

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Consortium threatens to stop Panama Canal expansion

first_imgA Spanish-led consortium threatened Thursday to halt a massive, $5.3 billion (3.9-billion-euro) expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade, because of a row over cost overruns.Spanish builder Sacyr, leader of the Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium, said work will stop unless the canal pays $1.6 billion in cost overruns for work on the 80-kilometre (50-mile) waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.“GUPC has formally informed the Panama Canal Authority that it will suspend work if the failures to comply are not put right within the advised period,” Sacyr said in a statement to Spanish market regulators. The consortium said it had set the canal authorities a 21-day deadline before suspending the project to install a third set of canal locks.The news sent Sacyr shares plunging by more than 18 percent as trade opened on the Madrid stock exchange. By late morning they were down 8.95 percent at 3.43 euros.On Wednesday, Panama canal administrator Jorge Quijano warned that the canal authority would use contractual mechanisms to ensure the completion of the canal expansion.“No matter what kind of pressure is exercised against the ACP (Panama Canal Authority), we maintain our demand that Grupo Unidos por el Canal respect the contract that they agreed to and signed,” he said in a statement quoted by Panama media.A year ago, GUPC demanded an extra payment of $1.6 billion from the ACP due to construction delays.Led by Spain’s Sacyr, the consortium also includes Impregilo of Italy, Belgian firm Jan De Nul and Panama’s Constructora Urbana.It began work on a third set of locks for the canal in 2009 and expects to complete construction in June 2015, already a nine-month delay over the date set in the contract.The new locks will accommodate larger ships with a capacity of 12,000 containers — instead of those with 5,000 containers that are now able to navigate the canal.Some 13,000 to 14,000 ships navigate the canal each year.According to the canal authority, there was a delay of four months shortly after the project began because GUPC had planned to use lower-quality cement that would have prevented the construction from lasting more than 100 years.But Sacyr said the GUPC consortium had submitted justified claims for $1.625 billion in cost overruns due to “unforeseeable” circumstances to the relevant authorities, including the International Court of Arbitration.“GUPC is maintaining communication with the Panama Canal Authority to reach a satisfactory agreement to put an end to the contractual imbalance,” it added.The canal uses a system of locks to raise ships from sea level and enable them to sail through the continental divide.last_img read more

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Di Maria Mbappe will certainly win the Ballon dOr

first_imgThe “phenomenon” Kylian Mbappe will only get better and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or during his career, says Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Angel Di MariaAt just 20 years of age, Mbappe has already achieved things in his short career that most footballers can only dream about after tasting a great deal of domestic success and winning the World Cup with France last summer.The forward’s exploits saw him win the inaugural Trophee Kopa for the world’s best U-21 player along with finishing fourth in the 2018 Ballon d’Or poll.And Mbappe looks set to possibly go on to achieve even higher standards this season with the Frenchman leading the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 14 goals in 13 games for PSG.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“Kylian is a phenomenon,” Di Maria told France Bleu.“Since his exit from Monaco he has grown a lot as a player and produced an extraordinary World Cup.“If he continues like this, surrounded by team-mates with great potential, he will evolve further and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or.”Mbappe, who found the net in PSG’s 3-0 win over Amiens last weekend, will be looking to continue his strong form for Saturday’s Ligue 1 match against Guingamp.last_img read more

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INFECTED MOSQUITOES IN THE TCI PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Health warns against Zika as Caribbean counts five cases Related Items:Chikungunya, Dengue, Ts cristobal Mosquitoes on the attack; residents run, one school closed up Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – We are just over three weeks since TS Cristobal and in some areas flood waters remain having been replenished in rains following the storm.Prior to that though the TCI had confirmed cases of Chikungunya and Dengue Fever; mosquito borne viruses from infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.Well those infected mosquitoes are around and they are biting people! Being bitten means you too can become infected.Not only are these diseases excruciatingly painful, but they are debilitating and hang around just ‘mashing you up’ for a week at least.Its really bad for babies/toddlers and the elderly. Really bad.Please do all you can to protect yourself and your dependents as there are residents reporting symptoms, these are possible new cases.Remain vigilant! ZIKA Press Releaselast_img read more

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In Loving Memory Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell MBE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 500 in Five Cays get Healthy Big Breakfast Related Items:Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell, enid capron, osetta jolly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Mar 2015 – It is International Women’s Week and in keeping with the spirit of the commemoration; we thought to tell you about an educator whom we lost last week but whose name is not at all strange; especially on the island of Providenciales. Life for this early childhood lifelong educator did not begin in Provo, it started in North Caicos. She was born on July 13th 1937, Ellen Amelia Jolly and grew up in the quiet community of South Winsor, in the settlement of Bottle Creek, North Caicos with her parents Violet Oseta Jolly, who was once a Higgs and Eric Emmanuel Jolly. Ellen has an amazing story and believe it or not, the journey toward her professional career as a teacher began at the tender age of 14. One of her sons, the respected Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell shared with me that his mother returned to Bottle Creek, after a teachers’ course in Grand Turk and then moved to Provo to work as an assistant teacher. At the time there were only three teachers working at the school. Ellen worked with education celebrities… her mother Oseta Jolly and namesake for the Five Cays Primary School, Enid Capron. She married one too… her husband: Clement Howell. It took a little wooing by young Howell, but eventually the crooner and educator himself got his girl; they were married at Bethany Baptist Church on January 6th, 1957 and had nine children: “God permitted them to raise eight – five sons and three daughters.” She was honored with many awards including a Member of the British Empire in 2001. She is called an industrious woman, who loved her husband and her family; a Christian saved since 1956 and spending over 40 years in the teaching profession. Among her other relatives: Education Director: Edgar Howell, her son; Education Officer: Tamera Robinson, her daughter; Point Grace Resort General Manager: Beverly Williams, her daughter and Judymae Knowles, teacher and Gospel music minister, her sister. To the family of Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell, sincerest condolences…. Her funeral is this Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church in Blue Hills. Mrs. Howell was 77 years old when she died. Enid Capron Student To Star In A Public Service Announcement Recommended for you Earth Day underwater Clean-up & Tree plantinglast_img read more

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Dyche is hopeful Burnley can grow soon

first_imgBurnley’s manager Sean Dyche hopes his team can do well in the rest of the English Premier League season.Burnley is currently sitting in the 17th position of the English Premier League table.The team has 24 points, thanks to six victories, six draws, and 13 defeats.And for manager Sean Dyche the rest of the 2018-2019 can be very good for the team if they manage to grow.“The squad is coming back together and we just want that to continue now,” he told the club’s official website.“If we can get through the Brighton game intact, at least we have that little break which hopefully allows more players to chance to get more training and more strength under their belt.”“Sometimes, when you come back, you need the strength training and conditioning, but you also need that little bit of luck to stay injury free for a period until your body balances again,” he explained.“We have had players just get there, then break down and that’s been frustrating, but I think they are on their way back now.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It all has to come together at some point and I’m very pleased that the signs are strong at the moment,” he said.“Six games unbeaten in the Premier League is not easy and the mentality of those performances has been key.”“It shows there is a strength to us, which we’ve always had, but now it’s coming back and you can sense it,” he continued.“People are going the extra inches that count and sometimes it’s hard to define what makes that work, or not work.“I’m pleased to say though that at the moment the players are showing strong signs of that mentality,” he commented.“We’ve had our challenges, but we have earned the right to get those results, but we know we have to go again and the mentality is getting stronger to do that.“Every game that comes our way, we are looking clear-minded again,” Dyche concluded.last_img read more

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TCS says no IP infringement in Epic Systems case to appeal 940

first_imgUpdateIn a statement issued on Saturday, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said the verdict on liability and damages in the Epic Systems case was “unexpected.” “The jury’s verdict on liability and damages was unexpected as the company believes they are unsupported by the evidence presented during the trial. The company did not misuse or derive any benefit from downloaded documents from Epic System’s user-web portal. TCS plans to defend its position vigorously in appeals to higher courts,” the statement said.Original storyTata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Tata America International Corporation (TAIC) have been ordered to pay $940 million compensation by a U.S. grand jury in a trade secret lawsuit. The case was filed against them for “brazenly stealing the trade secrets, confidential information, documents and data” belonging to an Epic Systems, an American healthcare software company, reports PTI.The compensation was awarded by the federal grand jury in the U.S. State of Wisconsin, who directed the two entities to pay $240 million to Epic Systems for “ripping off its software” and $700 million in “punitive damages.”In the lawsuit filed in October 2014, Epic Systems had accused TCS and Tata America International Corp of “brazenly stealing the trade secrets, confidential information, documents and data” belonging to the company.Epic Systems claimed it got to know through an informant that TCS  employees were “fraudulently accessing” its software beyond what the consulting contract (between TCS and Epic) envisaged, and used it to improve its own software. It further alleged that a TCS employee’s account in India and various locations in the U.S. was used to download 6,477 documents. TCS is India’s largest IT software services exporter by sales.Tata America International Corporation and its affiliated companies in the United States provide certain outsourcing services in information technology, infrastructure support, business process outsourcing and other support services to corporate customers in Europe, according to the company’s website.”In connection with the provision of such services, TAIC receives in the U.S. certain personally identifiable information about individual employees, consumers, and other end users of such customers in the European Union and Switzerland,” says the company’s profile.The Tata Group comprises over 100 independent operating companies operating in more than 100 countries. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies.last_img read more

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Monsanto settles GM cotton dispute with 3 Indian seed firms

first_imgREUTERSThree leading Indian cotton seed makers have settled an intellectual property dispute with Monsanto Co over its genetically modified (GM) seed technology, partly ending a legal tussle that has drawn in the Indian and US governments.Ajeet Seeds, Kaveri Seed Co Ltd and Ankur Seeds were among six Indian companies that delayed payments to Monsanto, demanding a cut in royalties they paid to the US firm to license its technology.”The arbitration proceedings with each of these (three) companies have concluded by way of consent orders which record the mutually discussed and accepted settlement terms,” Shilpa Divekar Nirula, CEO of Monsanto India, wrote in a letter to India’s farm minister last month, and seen by Reuters.A ministry spokesman said he was not aware of the letter.The dispute sparked a series of government actions that prompted the world’s biggest seed company to withdraw from some businesses in India, one of the world’s most important seed markets, Reuters revealed in a special report earlier this year.Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) (MMB), a joint venture between Monsanto and local firm Mahyco, licenses a gene that produces its own pesticide to more than 45 local cotton seed companies in lieu of royalties and an upfront payment.Acting on complaints by some local seed companies that MMB’s royalties were too high, the farm ministry last year cut the fees these local firms paid to Missouri-based Monsanto.Since then, Monsanto — which is being bought by Germany’s Bayer for $66 billion — has been at loggerheads with the seed firms and India’s government over how much it can charge for its GM cotton seeds, costing it tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue a year.Bigger pictureAjeet Seeds and Ankur Seeds told Reuters on Wednesday they had resolved their differences with Monsanto. Calls to Kaveri Seeds’ CEO GV Bhaskar Rao were not answered.”In the larger interest of Indian farmers and agriculture, we have settled our differences with Monsanto,” said MG Shembekar, managing director of Ankur Seeds.”It’s business as usual” with Monsanto now, added Sameer Mulay, managing director of Ajeet Seeds. Neither disclosed the terms of the resolution.However, the September 19 letter to Farm Minister Radha Mohan Singh said Monsanto has yet to settle with Sri Rama Agri Genetics, Amar Biotech and Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL), along with two NSL group companies, Prabhat Agri Biotech and Pravardhan Seeds.”While we remain committed to amicable dialogue with any disputing party, and despite our numerous attempts to arrive at a closure, the outstanding disputes with a few companies … continue,” Monsanto India’s Nirula wrote.Monsanto says NSL, based in the southern city of Hyderabad, owes it more than $20 million in royalty payments.M Prabhakara Rao, NSL’s chairman and managing director, did not respond to requests seeking comment.Earlier this year, citing a local law that excludes seeds from being patented, Rao told Reuters that Monsanto should never have been allowed to collect royalties after an initial payment to use its technology. Or, at the very least, he added, prices should have been set by the government.New Delhi approved the first GM cotton seed trait in 2003 and an upgraded variety in 2006, helping transform India into the world’s top producer and second-largest exporter of the fibre.”MMB has made several unsuccessful attempts to amicably resolve the bilateral dispute that resulted in such withholding of amounts payable under long-standing agreements,” said a Monsanto India spokesman. “Currently, these matters are pending arbitration in various legal forums.”last_img read more

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HC given 3 more months to dispose of Khaleda appeal challenging conviction

first_imgKhaleda ZiaThe Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Tuesday extended time for the High Court till 31 October to dispose of an appeal filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain came up with the order, said Khaleda’s lawyer AKM Ehsanur Rahman.Earlier on 16 May, the SC ordered the HC to dispose of Khaleda’s appeal challenging the lower court’s verdict in the case by 31 July.Later, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a review petition on 25 June saying that the hearing on the petition would not be finished by this time.On 12 July, the Supreme Court kept the petition stand over till 31 July.Later, Khaleda’s lawyer again placed it before the court on 29 July.The SC on Monday fixed 31 July to pass an order on the petitions.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

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PM opens different projects in Patuakhali

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated Payra Power Plant Rehabilitation Project at Kolapara in Patuakhali Saturday afternoon and visited the power plant.The premier also opened the scheme named Swapner Thikana at a function on the power plant premises.She also visited newly constructed houses for the people affected in project area and handed over keys and registration papers to the rehabilitated families.She also released fish fries into the ponds of the centre and planted a sapling.Earlier, she visited Payra Thermal Power Plant Project where power division secretary Ahmed Kaikaus and the project director briefed her on different aspects of the plant.She also briefly addressed a gathering of workers and said that the power plant will bring about a revolutionary change in the life and livelihood of the people of the southern region.“The power plant will open the door for a beautiful life of the people of the region,” she said.Sheikh Hasina thanked all concerned for working round-the-clock to complete the project.Highlighting the government’s steps for generating electricity in the country, the prime minister said the government has been able to produce 20,000 MW electricity over the last 10 years.Ministers, parliament members, PM’s advisers, local AL leaders and high civil and military officials were present.The state-run North-West Power Generation Company Ltd and Chinese CMC Company are jointly constructing the ultra supercritical power plant.According to officials, the present capacity of the plant is 1497 MW, while the future plan is to produce 6130 MW.The authorities have set a target to generate 10,000 MW by 2025 through the plant.Through the same function, the prime minister opened 16 development projects of different areas of Patuakhali district by unveiling their plaques from Payra Thermal Power Plant.The projects are: construction works of five-storey girls hostel and academic-cum examination hall of Patuakhali Government College, construction works of four-storey academic buildings of Hazi Akkel Ali Hawlader College, Ishak Model Degree College, Kuakata Khanabad College, Muktijoddha Memorial College, Alhaj Jalal Uddin College, Subidkhali Degree College and construction works of four-storey academic building of Dumki Janata Degree College, cent per cent electrification of Dumki upazila, Mirzaganj 33/11 kv power substation, Sheikh Hasina Sarak at Payra Port and service jetty, mosque, officers’ guest house and staff dormitory of Payra Port.Later, Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stones of five-storey science building of Patuakhali Government College, 96-meter bridge on the Srimanta river, two farmers training centers at Kolapara and Mirzaganj upazilas in Patuakhali district under Krishak Training Center (3rd phase) Project and the rehabilitation area for Payra Port affected people.The prime minister earlier arrived in Patuakhali from Dhaka by an Air Force helicopter on a daylong visit to the coastal districts of Patuakhali and Barguna to see the Payra Port and the Payra Thermal Power Plant as well as inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of a number of development projects.Later, Sheikh Hasina will visit Barguna district and inaugurate 21 different development projects.She will open the development schemes by unveiling their plaques from Taltoli Government High School Ground in the afternoon.The projects are: a 250-bed hospital, two Fire Service and Civil Defense stations at Bamna and Betagi upazilas, district library, the construction work of a barrack for women police personnel at district police lines and other projects, extension works of 2nd floor of hostel for blind children, Amtoli police station building, Barguna Sadar union land office, Dowatola Union LandOffice (coastal), Hosnabad union land office, repair of coastal embankments affected by cyclone Sidr and Aila, construction works of four-storey academic buildings cum cyclone shelter centers of M Baliatoli D N College in Barguna Sadar, Syed Fazlul Haque Degree College in Pathorghata and Yunus Ali Khan Degree College in Amtoli, upazila livestock development center in Taltoli, Bakerganj-Padrishibpur-Kathaltoli-Subidkhali-Barguna road widening works, a bridge, Taltoli upazila parishad complex, Bamna upazila parishad complex, Gourachinna union parishad complex, one house one firm and Polli Sanchoy Bank buildings in Bamna and Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, will address a public rally to be organised by her party on Taltoli Government High School Ground at 3pm.last_img read more

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