If you want to keep insects off your crops, you have a couple of options: Spray the plants with pesticides or confuse the bugs with pheromones. The latter—chemicals used by insects to communicate—are more environmentally friendly, but manufacturing them involves harmful chemicals. Now, scientists have devised a method that enables them to produce pheromones from plants themselves, a safer and potentially more economical approach.The work is a “breakthrough” and “a wave of the future,” says chemical ecologist Steve Seybold of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station in Davis, California, who was not involved in the study. “It will change the way that commercial pheromone outfits do business and will significantly enhance the quality and potentially lower the cost of the products that they provide.”Farmers have been using pheromones to keep insects off their crops for nearly 4 decades. Some pheromones help bugs attract mates; others are danger alerts. So farmers either employ them to trap insects or to confuse them so they can’t breed. 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The researchers genetically modified the plants to make components of pheromones produced by the bird cherry ermine moth (Yponomeuta evonymella) and the orchard ermine moth (Y. padella). In the wild, female moths emit these sex pheromones to attract male suitors.The researchers extracted the pheromone components from the plant and prepared pheromone concoctions for the two species. They then pitted their plant-derived mixtures against synthetic pheromones on moth populations in the field.The plant-produced pheromones were effective at trapping insects, the team reports online today in Nature Communications. Traps baited with plant-derived pheromones attracted on average 130 male bugs per trap, approximately half the catches obtained with synthetic pheromones. “This is a high number for a proof of concept experiment,” Löfstedt says.Farmers have dramatically ramped up their use of pheromones to control pests, Löfstedt notes. “Total land area treated by pheromones has approximately doubled since the turn of the century.” He believes his method could be an easier and cheaper way to produce these chemicals. Pheromones are effective in very small amounts. “You need just tens of grams per hectare for trapping insects,” he says. “Right now, we derive pheromone components from plants and prepare baits for trapping from these products, but our next goal is to develop GM plants that can release these pheromones into the environment.”The work is an important advance, says Coby Schal, an entomologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. “The new technology promises to engineer plants for both synthesis and sustainable release of insect pheromones, bypassing the need to produce the compounds in the laboratory and formulate them.” It might reduce the labor costs associated in the deployment of mating disruption strategies, he adds.
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Barcelona’s Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi (C) arrives to court. File Photo – Reuters Published on × null Video: Messi sentenced to 21 months in prison Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence SHARE RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL July 06, 2016 crime, law and justice Barcelona’s Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi (C) arrives to court. File Photo – Reuters COMMENT Barcelona’s Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined 2 million euros ($2.2 million) after being found guilty of three counts of tax fraud, a court in the Spanish city said on Wednesday.The court handed the same jail sentence to the Argentine soccer player’s father, Jorge, and fined him 1.5 million euros. However, in Spain it is customary that those sentenced to under two years for non-violent crimes do not serve time in jail.Messi, 29, and his father were accused by the Spanish tax office of defrauding the government of 4.2 million euros ($4.7 million) in tax between 2007 and 2009.The court found that they had used a web of shell companies to evade taxes on income from the player’s image rights.Messi, five-times World Player of the Year, said during the trial that he had no knowledge of the dealings and that his father had control over his financial affairs. But the court said this was not enough for him to avoid charges.The defendants can appeal to the supreme court, the Barcelona local court said in its statement.Messi and his father had already paid 5 million euros to the tax authorities as a “corrective” measure after formal investigations were opened.The footballer is 10th on Forbes Magazine’s list of the world’s highest-earning athletes over the past decade, with an estimated income of $350 million during this period. ($1 = 0.9034 euros) sport COMMENTS
Patna, Nov 29 (PTI) Indian Railways, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Maharashtra today entered semi-finals of the 64th Senior National Women Kabaddi Championship here.Star-studded Indian Railways moved into semi-final defeating Punjab by 45-30 in the championship being played at the Patliputra Sports Complex. In the first quarter final match of the day, Indian Railways took lead 18-13 at the half time.Randeep Kaur worked hard for Punjab team scoring 22 points but it proved not enough. Finally, Railways beat Punjab 45-30.Railways bagged 8 bonus and 6 lona points while Punjab earned 10 bonus points and 2 lona.In the second match, Andhra Pradesh defeated Uttar Pradesh by 27-20. At the Half time score was 9-8.Uttar Pradesh earned 11 bonus points while Andhra Pradesh bagged 4 bonus points and 2 lona.In other two matches, Haryana beat Himachal Pradesh by 32-24. In a closely-fought match, Himachal Pradesh took lead 15-14 but failed to maintain it in the second half. Haryana girls came from behind to snatch lead with 5 bonus and 4 lona points finished with 32-24 points.In the fourth match, Maharashtra pipped Chandigarh 36-19 in a one-sided match taking 13-9 lead at the half time. PTI AB SNS NN PDS
Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya is upbeat about the future despite facing potential extradition from Britain to India after his arrest last week, the Formula One team’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez said on Thursday.”I think Vijay himself is happy that finally action has been taken because then the decision will be quite soon and he is very optimistic that he will be OK,” Perez told Reuters at the Russian Grand Prix.”So we look forward to having him back at the track,” he added.Perez keeps in close contact with Mallya, who attended only the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last year after his Indian diplomatic passport was revoked with a judge in Mumbai issuing a non-bailable warrant for his arrest.Pursued by Indian authorities over unpaid loans tied to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines, Mallya was arrested in London last week and appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court for an extradition hearing before being granted bail.A source close to Mallya told Reuters at the time that the 61-year-old had attended a police station voluntarily in an arranged visit and the arrest was a technical procedure.India has asked Britain to extradite Mallya to face trial after the liquor and aviation tycoon fled there in March last year.Banks are seeking to recover about $1.4 billion that the Indian authorities say Kingfisher owes. Mallya has repeatedly dismissed the charges against him and defended himself in messages on Twitter and rare interviews.Mallya has a base in London and a lavish country home bought from Anthony Hamilton, the father of triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.advertisementThe Indian has installed a control centre in the country house, allowing him to keep in close touch with the Silverstone-based team in real time during races and have access to data feeds.Deputy principal Bob Fernley and chief operating office Otmar Szafnauer run the team, which finished a best-ever fourth overall last year, day-to-day at the circuit in Mallya’s absence.”I think the team is in a good position,” said Perez. “Nothing changes.”
Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo have done it all and won it all in 2017. They have won the FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Spanish league, European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup.Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal to beat Gremio 1-0, on a personal note, has won the Ballon d’Or for the fifth time in his career, going level with his fiercest rival Lionel Messi. Real Madrid became the first team to defend their FIFA Club World Cuptitle, after achieving the same feat with the UEFA Champions Leagueearlier this year. Campeones???? pic.twitter.com/aPjiyE6NMI- Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 17, 2017The Los Blancos will next face Barcelona in La Liga and Ronaldo has appealed to the team from Catalonia to give them a guard of honour when they clash with each other in the El Clasico on December 23.Real Madrid will face La Liga leaders Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu and despite the Club World Cup high, they are reeling in fourth placein the league standings.Another dream come true. Unbelievable feeling. Thanks to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that stood by my side throughout the years.???????? pic.twitter.com/A9jyYswePD- Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 7, 2017″It would be nice and I would like Barcelona to give us a guard of honour,” Ronaldo said to Marca on Saturday.”I hope we win that game too so that the league is still alive for Real Madrid. We have to enjoy every moment because we don’t know what will happen in the future,” he added.advertisementWith the Ronaldo-Messi debate reaching its peak, the Potuguese said that he likes to do his talking on the football pitch.”I talk on the pitch, I try to give my best and for people to enjoy my football,” the forward said.”I don’t lack motivation to continue playing and training because I enjoy football. It’s what I like the most,” Ronaldo added.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The New York Jets refilled their defensive line after losing “Snacks.”Free-agent defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins and nose tackle Steve McLendon signed deals March 16, helping the Jets offset the departure of nose tackle Damon Harrison, who signed with the Giants last week.Jenkins’ contract is for two years and $7 million, with $3 million guaranteed, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Jets had not announced the signing.McLendon signed a three-year, $12 million deal, according to agent Richard Kopelman.The Jets also officially announced the re-signing of running back Bilal Powell, who agreed to terms on a three-year, $11.25 million deal last week.Jenkins, 27, had four sacks for Chicago last year after spending his first three NFL seasons with Washington. He was a second-round pick by the Redskins out of Clemson in 2011.Jenkins missed his rookie season after tearing a knee ligament in the preseason, but played in every game the next year.He was suspended the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Jenkins signed a one-year deal with Chicago last offseason, registering a single-season career high in sacks.Jenkins will help provide depth behind Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams.McLendon, 30, was signed by Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2009, and has five career sacks. He is a run-stuffing presence up front who is the likely candidate to replace Harrison as the Jets’ starting nose tackle.McLendon was a backup for much of his first few seasons with the Steelers before he took over as a starter for five-time Pro Bowler Casey Hampton before the 2013 season. He has started 30 games over the past three years.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)
Suresh Raina and Imran Tahir starred as Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets at the Eden Gardens on Sunday for their 7th win in 8 matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League. After Tahir picked 4 for 27 to restrict KKR to 161 for 8, Raina hit 36th IPL fifty to steer CSK home.Chasing 162, Chennai Super Kings were dealt an early blow when Harry Gurney removed Shane Watson in the 4th over of the innings. Faf du Plessis, Watson’s opening partner, was looking dangerous but he was done in by a beauty from Sunil Narine.Piyush Chawla then rocked CSK further when he snared Ambati Rayudu (5) and Kedar Jadhav (20) in his first two overs. Suresh Raina was middling the ball nicely and it was once again up to MS Dhoni to see his team through.On April 11, MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu had hit fifties in a thrilling run chase against Rajasthan Royals. This time, Dhoni had his trusted lieuternant Suresh Raina for company as the asking rate kept climbing. CSK needed both men to fire away but Sunil Narine had other plans.Another win under the belt for the @ChennaiIPL. Raina and Jadeja see them over the line as the visitors win by 5 wickets pic.twitter.com/QOMt5nVHr4 IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 2019Back for his second spell, Narine trapped MS Dhoni lbw. The CSK captain asked for a review but replays confirmed Dhoni was struck plumb infront. At 121 for 5, CSK needed 41 off the last 4 overs but they still had Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja in the middle.advertisementRaina brought up his 36th IPL fifty while Jadeja hit Gurney for three boundaries in a row in the 19th over to bring CSK close to their target.Earlier in the afternoon, Chris Lynn waged a lone battle for Kolkata Knight Riders with a classy 82. Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and Lynn walked out to open with the dangerous Sunil Narine. Shubman Gill, who had scored a 65 in the previous game against Delhi Capitals as an opener was demoted to No.7.Andre Russell lasted only 4 balls as Imran Tahir became only the 4th 40-year-old to take a 4-wicket haul in the Indian Premier League. There was little else from the KKR batsmen – Nitish Rana scored a quick 21 but not one batsman looked good enough to stay with Chris Lynn and play a supporting role.Shardhul Thakur picked 2 for 18 off 4 overs to help Imran Tahir restrict Kolkata despite a fine knock from Chris Lynn. His 51-ball innings was studded with 7 fours and 6 sixes. It was an innings of the highest quality against a well-balanced bowling attack.Kolkata Knight Riders have been overtly dependent on Andre Russell to bail them out of choppy waters after the middle-order had floundered. On Sunday, Russell had to endure a rare failure which meant there was no flourish at the end of the innings.Shubman Gill’s demotion in the batting order was also a strange move given his talent and the way the others have struggled this season.Also Read | The Dhoni, Raina impact on Chennai Super Kings, IPL’s most successful sideAlso Read | IPL 2019: Chris Lynn wants to visit the casino after his lucky break
Transfers How will Man Utd line up with Fred and Dalot? Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils have snapped up two players in as many days, but how might their additions change Jose Mourinho’s first XI? Manchester United have showed they mean business in the opening weeks of the summer transfer window.The Red Devils have made quick work of adding Brazilian midfielder Fred and Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot to their ranks as they look to close the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City next season.And while more signings should be expected over the remaining two months of the window, the new duo alone are likely to change the face of United’s starting line-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Jose Mourinho has had to rely on ageing former wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young as full-backs until now, but 19-year-old Dalot gives him far greater options now.Meanwhile, £52.5 million man Fred should provide the dynamism in midfield to counter-balance Paul Pogba on the left.But both are versatile enough to give Mourinho multiple possibilities, so how exactly might United line up with them in the side?DALOT AT RIGHT-BACKDalot is primarily a right-back and as such he has been signed with the long-term post on that flank in mind.Valencia has been United’s first choice in that position for the last couple of years, with Matteo Darmian having failed to make the spot his own. And it should be considered that Valencia will remain the go-to man at right-back at least for the time being.While Dalot clearly has a great deal of ability, he only has seven senior appearances under his belt and will need to be eased into the first-team surroundings. Having come from a great academy at Porto, he is now at another of the great learning facilities in football and there is a lot he could take from Valencia’s example in the next year or two.Fred, meanwhile, seems likely to begin the 2018-19 season on the right of a midfield three with Pogba to the other side of Nemanja Matic. That would give the Frenchman the licence to play his own game in the opposition half safe in the knowledge that he has a more dynamic and powerful shield in behind him alongside Matic.DALOT AS LEFT-BACKDalot’s initial senior appearances with Porto have come as a left-back, with his versatility helping him to break into the first team earlier than might otherwise have been the case.And United’s main headache in recent times has arguably been that exact position, with Luke Shaw’s difficulties over the last few years having resulted in a variety of players being tried out on the left of defence.But just as Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian have found that playing on an unfamiliar flank can occasionally get you into trouble in the testing environment of the Premier League, Dalot may not be considered as the ideal man to be given the job on the left side.It could well be an option Mourinho turns to on occasion though, with the need to rest whoever does start the new season as United’s first-choice number three presenting further opportunities to get Dalot into the starting XI.4-2-3-1It is not a formation Mourinho used over the final two months of United’s season, but the 4-2-3-1 has served him well at times during his Old Trafford spell.On the face of it, the 4-3-3 should allow key man Pogba to revel most, especially now that he has Fred playing a similar role to the one which Arturo Vidal filled so well in the Frenchman’s time at Juventus.But if there are teething issues with that shape, then the 4-2-3-1 may come back in with Pogba starting from a higher position.It is a system Fred has played on plenty of occasions with Shakhtar Donetsk, with the Brazilian adding a new dimension from the base of midfield, while it would also open up the possibility of featuring an extra forward in a club which is overflowing with options in the attacking department.With an extra man sitting in the centre of the park, that might also open the way up for the two full-backs to get forward more often. And that is something Dalot loves to do whichever side of the field he starts on.
Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 10:16 IST The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTeam India received a traditional welcome at the Oval Bay from the Maori communityThe Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people who arrived in New Zealand between 1250 and 1300India, who lead the 5-match series 1-0, will face New Zealand in the 2nd ODI at the Oval Bay on January 26Team India were in for a special surprise as they reached the Oval Bay stadium in Mount Maunganui on Friday.Ahead of the second ODI against New Zealand, the whole Indian squad along with the head coach Ravi Shastri and the support staff were greeted by members of the Maori community, who welcomed Virat Kohli and his boys in a traditional ceremony.The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand who originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia and arrived in the country in several waves of canoe voyages between 1250 and 1300.#TeamIndia received a traditional welcome at the Oval Bay from the Maori community.Full video coming up soon on https://t.co/CPALMGgLOj pic.twitter.com/FEbSuwHEZ8BCCI (@BCCI) January 25, 2019Kohli’s team is riding high on confidence after a convincing win over the hosts in the first ODI in Napier on Tuesday.The focus now shifts to the second ODI which will be played at the Oval Bay on January 26 (Saturday).Hello and welcome to the Bay Oval. Our venue for 2nd and 3rd ODI against New Zealand #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/14GaPNjvZ0BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 2019India beat New Zealand in an ODI in New Zealand for the first time since 2009 after Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball in the first match.Set only 158 to win, India raced to vcitory with 14.1 overs and 8 wickets to spare. Rohit Sharma fell cheaply in a modest chase but Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan ensured India went 1-0 up in the series without much fuss.advertisementIndia’s last win had come in Hamilton way back in 2009 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Between Hamilton 2009 and Napier 2019, India played New Zealand in New Zealand in six ODIs and lost five of those. One was tied.Meanwhile, there is more good news in story for the team as all-rounder Hardik Pandya will soon fly out to New Zealand to join the squad for the ongoing ODIs and the T20I series.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended for their sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan and sent back home from Australia. However, the suspension on both players has been lifted pending the appointment of an ombudsman.”Hardik Pandya will be sent to New Zealand to join the team at the earliest and KL Rahul will join the India A squad to play the last 3 one-day games against England Lions,” a BCCI media release stated on Thursday.India however, will be missing the services of captain Kohli as he has been rested for the final two ODIs and the subsequent T20Is. Rohit Sharma will lead India in Kohli’s absence and no replacement has been named.Kohli had last been rested for the Asia Cup following India’s tour of Ireland and England where he had played all five T20Is, all three ODIs and the entire five-Test series where he scored 593 runs.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Mount MaunganuiFollow maori peopleFollow Maori welcomeFollow India vs New Zealand 2nd ODIFollow Maori community Team India receives traditional Maori welcome in Mount Maunganui ahead of 2nd ODI vs NZIndia vs New Zealand: India lead the five-match series 1-0 after they crushed New Zealand by 8 wickets in the first ODI in Napier on Tuesday.advertisement
Story Highlights The announcement was made by Chairman of the company, Michael McLaren, at a function on Friday (April 6) to hand over the building, which has been named the Wesley E. McLaren Hazard Skills Training Centre in honour of its late founder. The Hazard Skills Training Centre in Clarendon, which provides certification for residents in collaboration with the Heart Trust /NTA, now has a new, more spacious home on the compound of the McLaren Engineering Company in Palmers Cross in the parish.McLaren Engineering, which is a family-operated establishment, offered the space for lease for 100 years at a cost of $1.The announcement was made by Chairman of the company, Michael McLaren, at a function on Friday (April 6) to hand over the building, which has been named the Wesley E. McLaren Hazard Skills Training Centre in honour of its late founder.State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, welcomed the move, noting that with the handover of the building, the company is making a valuable contribution to national development.In a speech read by Senior Education Officer in the Ministry, Floyd Kelly, Mr. Green said this will help the Ministry in its thrust to assist more young persons to acquire readily employable skills for the world of work through technical and vocational education and training (TVET).“Well-functioning TVET systems are best-placed to train the skilled workforce to address our socio-economic development challenges. The vision of Mr. Wesley McLaren for a skills training centre was well informed, and well intentioned. It is now up to all of us, working in partnership, to expand on the vision and work that has been started,” he said.He called on other private businesses to fully support such training programmes through direct sponsorship, and allowing for apprenticeship-type attachments.National TVET Director in the Education Ministry, Denworth Finnikin, who was the guest speaker at the event, commended the McLaren family for the initiative ,which he said is “worthy of emulation…where private sector and government can come together to ensure we build a prosperous nation”.Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Hon. Michael Henry; Custos of Clarendon, William Shagoury; and Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Winston Maragh, also welcomed the initiative of the McLaren family.The skills training centre, which was established in 1997, has trained over 2,000 persons in welding, cosmetology, electrical installation, food preparation, and hospitality service.The partnership with the Heart Trust/NTA began in 2010, and since then, other partners have come on board, including the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), Social Development Commission (SDC), Clarendon Crime Prevention Committee, Clarendon Parish Development Committee, Mac Rebuilders Limited and other private-sector partners. The Hazard Skills Training Centre in Clarendon, which provides certification for residents in collaboration with the Heart Trust /NTA, now has a new, more spacious home on the compound of the McLaren Engineering Company in Palmers Cross in the parish. In a speech read by Senior Education Officer in the Ministry, Floyd Kelly, Mr. Green said this will help the Ministry in its thrust to assist more young persons to acquire readily employable skills for the world of work through technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
Kolkata: One more person has been arrested in connection with firing at Sahapur Colony in New Alipore. Five persons have been arrested till Thursday.They have been produced before the Alipore Court and were remanded to police custody till July 4. According to police, by Wednesday evening, cops had nabbed four persons who had abducted the New Alipore businessman Arindam Dhar and demanded Rs 200 crore as ransom. After interrogating the four arrested persons, police came up with the name of a person identified as Tapan Saha. At night, Saha was arrested and later cops came to know that he is a friend of the victim. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaSaha stated that Dhar used to brag about his savings and wealth. He said he had invested Rs 800 crores in various businesses in Nepal. When he saw Dhar was spending lot of money in Kolkata, he thought that his friend truly has a lot wealth. He decided to kidnap Dhar and demand a ransom of Rs 200 crore. He hired some goons and told them that Dhar had taken a loan of Rs 200 crore from him which he was not paying back. He told the goons that if the money could be recovered he would pay a commission of 40 per cent. It was planned that miscreants will pose as police personnel from Anti Terrorist Cell and will force Dhar to pay the money. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWhen Dhar was abducted on the Batanagar-Jhinjhirabazar Bridge, he told the goons that he could pay them Rs 20 lakh if he is taken to his office. Dhar said the vault containing money opens by his fingerprint. He also told them that there will be only one staff at his office in New Alipore. As the miscreants believed him, they went to his office. After reaching Dhar’s office miscreants saw there were about eight staff. When they were countered by the staff and Dhar, goons fire a round to escape from the scene.
HALIFAX – Halifax police have charged a 19-year-old Halifax man following a breach of Nova Scotia’s freedom-of-information web portal — a problem that went unnoticed until a provincial employee made a typing error, government officials confirmed Wednesday.Police Supt. Jim Perrin said the suspect is facing a charge of unauthorized use of a computer and was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.“It’s a seldom-laid charge,” Perrin told a news conference at police headquarters, adding that police had seized computers as the result of a search earlier in the day.In all, about 7,000 documents were inappropriately accessed between March 3 and March 5, Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab said Wednesday.“This is not great news,” she said.The admission came nearly a week after the problem was first noticed and the portal was shut down on April 5.Deputy minister Jeff Conrad said the government filed a complaint with police the next day.He confirmed that thousands of people could have been affected.Officials said about 250 of the documents contained highly sensitive personal information including birthdates, social insurance numbers, addresses and government services’ client information. Credit card information was not accessed, they said.Conrad said the breach was detected by a provincial employee, but it was a fluke.“The employee was involved in doing some research on the site and inadvertently made an entry to a line on the site — made a typing error and identified that they were seeing documents they should not have seen,” Conrad told a technical briefing.Officials said the documents were accessed through a “vulnerability in the system” and not through a hack. They said someone wrote a script of computer code that allowed them to sequentially access “every document available on the portal.”“There’s no question, this was not someone just playing around,” said Conrad. “It was someone who was intentionally after information that was housed on the site.”The government briefing on Wednesday came a day after the portal’s prolonged closure was raised in the legislature by Progressive Conservative house leader Chris d’Entremont.At the time, Arab offered little information, and later described the problem as “an issue” when talking with reporters outside the legislature.During Wednesday’s briefing, she said the proper protocol was followed, saying her department wanted to let the police investigation unfold.“We are here today because the police have made significant progress in regards to this case,” she said.Arab defended the department’s decision not to inform the public immediately.“We wanted the person responsible for this to not know that we knew that this had happened,” she said. “We needed to let Halifax Regional Police do their job and couldn’t compromise the nature of their investigation.”She also said the department decided to wait, based on police advice.However, Perrin said that wasn’t the case.“There was no conversation between us and the province about holding off and not telling anybody,” he said.Catherine Tully, Nova Scotia’s information and privacy commissioner, has launched an investigation to determine the adequacy of security and whether Arab’s department was in compliance with the province’s privacy law.D’Entremont said the government’s answers were unacceptable, adding that the 250 people whose sensitive information was compromised should have been informed by now.He later noted the discrepancy around the government’s explanation for holding off.“We know there probably would have been no problem in letting the public know there’s been a breach and we’re investigating it,” said d’Entremont. “Instead, they’ve said they waited for the police to do their investigation. I think they got things a little backwards and I think they are not being quite forthcoming the way they need to be.”In fact, the government’s privacy breach protocol says that “generally the notification should happen as soon as possible.” It adds that in cases where police are involved, they should be consulted to determine if a notification would interfere with an investigation.The government said it was beginning the process of contacting those affected by the breach.New Democrat Dave Wilson said it was alarming that breach was found inadvertently.“This wasn’t found out because of checks and balances and security … We heard today that this was found by fluke.”Government officials said the department’s cybersecurity team is working with third-party service providers Unisys and CSDC Systems to secure the site and get it back online.Premier Stephen McNeil defended the government’s handling of the security breach, saying Arab had his full confidence.
OTTAWA – A little over two years ago, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau criticized the then-Conservative government for keeping Canadians in the dark on the talks and impacts surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.Today, as prime minister, Trudeau is facing complaints for withholding details on Canada’s commitment this week to an updated version of the huge Pacific Rim pact.Trudeau has praised the deal, struck Tuesday, as something that will open new markets for Canadian business across the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific region. The Liberals insist they’ve vastly improved the terms compared to agreement the Tories negotiated, which fizzled when the United States pulled out a year ago.But like the Harper Conservatives in 2015, Trudeau’s Liberals are under pressure to release more information about the potential economic consequences of the agreement here at home.Critics of the deal, including Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff, argue that the Liberals’ tight-lipped manner is reminiscent of the secretive approach taken by their Conservative predecessors a couple of years ago in negotiating the original TPP deal.“There is no fundamental difference from the previous government in the negotiation of TPP versus this government,” Yussuff said Wednesday in an interview.“I think the government will have a tough time squaring that with what they’ve been saying to most of us who really want to believe there is a difference in their approach.”He said the public has heard some details this week how Ottawa agreed to side letters on autos and culture in the new deal. But he added there’s been a “troubling” shortage of specifics on such an important agreement.Yussuff, who is a member of the government’s advisory council on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, insisted Ottawa’s approach to the TPP talks has been far less transparent than how it’s handled NAFTA.“We were led to believe that this would be a key underpinning of the government’s approach going forward,” Yussuff said of the Liberals’ campaign pledge to improve transparency.New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey said the Liberals have failed to be up front about the more-negative aspects of the trade deal and how they plan to address them.“I believe what we’re seeing is a repeat of the way that Conservatives negotiated deals — in secrecy,” she said in an interview Wednesday.After the Tory government announced it had agreed to the original TPP in October 2015, Trudeau issued a statement that criticized the Harper government for failing to be transparent throughout the negotiations, especially when it came to the concessions made by Canada.“The government has an obligation to be open and honest about the negotiation process, and immediately share all the details of any agreement. Canadians deserve to know what impacts this agreement will have on different industries across our country,” Trudeau said in the statement, released two weeks before the election.Fast forward to this week’s 11-country agreement. The Trudeau government is disputing assertions it has been quiet in its approach to the deal, which was rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.Joseph Pickerill, a spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, said the government has been relying on the input of Canadians over the past two years. The negotiating positions have been informed by 41,000 emails and letters from interested Canadians as well as from consultations with more than 530 stakeholders from a wide range of sectors, he said.“Taken together, this is a marked improvement over the past and the fact we secured so many industry asks is proof positive that we heard, we fought hard and we achieved a better deal for more Canadians,” Pickerill wrote in an email.“These meetings informed Canada’s approach and negotiating positions, but to hold those negotiations in public or through the media is not an effective way to achieve a trade agreement,” he added.Pickerill said the full text will be made public after the thousands of pages are translated into each of the 11 partners’ languages. And, once that’s been done, the release of the side letters will follow, he said.The partners are expected to sign the deal in early March but it’s unclear if the documents will be available to the public by then.In 2015, the Conservatives offered a private, line-by-line briefing on the original TPP for opposition MPs before it had been made public, as long as the parties agreed to a confidentiality agreement. The NDP and Liberals rejected the offer and described it as a political ploy.Pickerill said Champagne would be open to a holding a briefing for parliamentarians on the new deal, but he added the minister had yet to receive such a request.Even Conservative MP Dean Allison, the party’s trade critic, felt the Liberals hadn’t been open enough about the new deal. Allison said he hoped more details would come soon because businesses need certainty.“They’re actually worse than what our government ever did around secrecy, transparency, all these other kinds of things,” Allison said.“It is interesting when one day you’re campaigning to be in government and making all these promises, the next day you get in — not only are you doing exactly the same thing in some situations, you’re going further.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
10 June 2008The world has made “important achievements” in its quest to obtain universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010, demonstrating what can be done where there is sufficient political will, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly today. The world has made “important achievements” in its quest to obtain universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010, demonstrating what can be done where there is sufficient political will, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly today.Women and children are benefiting especially, he said in an address to the start of the Assembly’s two-day high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS, where he presented his latest report on the progress made so far towards the goal of universal access established by United Nations Member States.More mothers now have access to interventions that prevent transmission to their infants and more HIV-infected children are receiving treatment and care programmes. At least 3 million people now have access to anti-retroviral treatment in poor or middle-income countries.The report indicates how investments made over the past 10 years – which include $10 billion last year alone – are starting to bear fruit, with decreases in both new infections and total deaths during the past decade.But Mr. Ban warned in his speech today that too many people are still becoming newly infected, dying from the disease or not receiving anti-retroviral treatment despite being in urgent need.Last year, for example, “there were twice as many people in need of anti-retroviral treatment and going without, as there were receiving it,” he said. “This situation is unacceptable.”He urged world leaders “to build on what we have started, bridge the gaps we know exist, and step up our efforts in years to come. We can do this only if we not only sustain but step up our levels of commitment and financing.”Halting and reversing the spread of AIDS forms part of one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the anti-poverty targets which world leaders have agreed to try to meet by 2015.But the Secretary-General stressed that the fight against the epidemic “is a prerequisite for reaching almost all the others,” including those to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, curb the spread of malaria and tuberculosis, cut poverty and improve nutrition.Peter Piot, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), told the Assembly that it was important to shift to a new phase in the AIDS response in which the disease is treated as both an immediate crisis and a long-wave event.“This is our best opportunity to reach universal access. We cannot miss this chance,” Dr. Piot said.“Continuing with business as usual or giving in to those who pretend that ‘AIDS has been fixed’ (or has not become a so-called generalized heterosexual epidemic) will simply condemn millions of people to perfectly avoidable deaths.”Dr. Piot called for greater efforts to make HIV drugs more available and affordable “to all people, whoever they are, whatever their lifestyle,” and an urgent increase in HIV prevention projects, such as possible vaccines and microbicides.Stigma and discrimination around AIDS remain as strong as ever, he added, calling on all countries to drop entry restrictions to people simply because they are living with HIV. Dr. Piot also noted the persistence of gender inequality and homophobia in relation to the disease.“AIDS may be one of the defining issues of our time – but it is clearly now a problem with a solution. Equally clear, however, is the fact that achieving that solution will take time and that we’ve still only just started what’s going to be a long, tough job.”
TORONTO — Cheesecake lovers near Toronto should save their appetites for November 21 when The Cheesecake Factory will open the doors at its first Canadian location.The U.S. chain, which serves dozens of different kinds of cheesecake, announced earlier this year that it would bring its restaurant to Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre this fall.Its location will span 10,400 square feet (or about 966 square metres) and include two covered patios.The company says it will hire more than 300 staff to fill a variety of positions and prospective employees can apply online through its website.The Cheesecake Factory was founded in 1978 and operates 209 restaurants in the U.S. and 17 abroad, including in Mexico and China.
With apologies to Bob Feller and the 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians, the definitive Indians team for most fans today is the one that called Jacobs Field home in the mid-to-late 1990s. And as it happens, this year’s squad, at 51-32 and coming off of a recent 14-game win-streak, looks like the franchise’s best all-around incarnation since that golden era of Cleveland baseball.Those late-’90s Indians were stocked with an outrageous number of marquee names; the 1997 Indians’ roster, for instance, contained 22 players who appeared on All-Star teams, tied for the 15th-most of any team ever. With that core, Cleveland won 59 percent of its games from 1994 to 2001, the 19th-best (non-overlapping) eight-season run by a franchise in major league history, to go with a couple of pennants and a World Series near-miss in 1997. Until LeBron James’s Cavaliers won the NBA title a few weeks ago, those Indians represented the pinnacle of modern-era Cleveland sports.But after years of jinxed and otherwise interrupted rebuilding attempts, Cleveland might finally have a real successor to those beloved ‘90s teams on its hands this season. Through 83 games, the 2016 Indians have the franchise’s highest Elo rating (our pet metric for rating a team’s quality at any given time) for this stage of a season since 1998, when the Tribe was powered by the likes of Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel and Bartolo Colon (a handful of belt sizes ago). The Indians of the late ‘90s were an offensive machine, scoring 1,009 runs in 1999 — the fifth-most any team ever posted in a single season — and cracking 950 on two other occasions. And given the sheer amount of hitting talent on hand in Cleveland, at the height of an era we’ll just call one of the most offensive-minded in history, it would have been difficult not to pile up the runs. But one of the secrets of those great Indians squads is that they could pitch, too. Over the same 1994-2001 period, Cleveland also had the fifth-best ERA in baseball after adjusting for park and league, and its staff accumulated the third-most wins above replacement (WAR) in MLB. The names weren’t necessarily megastars — in addition to Colon, their WAR leaders were Charles Nagy, Dave Burba and ancient versions of Dennis Martinez and Orel Hershiser — but they cobbled together a very effective pitching staff to complement a modern-day murderers’ row of hitters.This year’s Tribe cuts a similar profile of all-around goodness. Their batters have the fourth-most WAR of any position-player corps in baseball, highlighted by the emergence of 22-year-old Francisco Lindor as an outright star in his second major-league season. But they can also pitch, with a staff that boasts the eighth-most WAR in the majors. In fact, this time around, it’s the hurlers who have more star power; ace Corey Kluber won the Cy Young two seasons ago, and he might be joined in that category this year by one of his teammates, whether it be Danny Salazar or Carlos Carrasco. The sum total has been a balanced club that’s finally living up to expectations, and one that looks as scary as any in the American League at the moment.This being Cleveland, there’s plenty that could still sidetrack the Indians’ renaissance. But the city is in an unfamiliar place after actually winning something for the first time in forever. It might even — dare I say it? — be on the verge of a golden age in sports, if we put aside the the Browns. And a big part of that will rest on these Indians’ ability to match, if not surpass, the old ghosts of the 1990s.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
The Council of CEOs today announced that the next President and CEO of ICMM will be Tom Butler, who brings a wealth of private and public sector experience in extractives, and a deep commitment to sustainable development and responsible practice in the mining and metals industry. Since 2011, he has been Global Head of Mining at the International Finance Corp, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where he oversaw the financing by IFC of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries. He has been involved with projects in over 25 countries, all designed to promote human wellbeing and high environmental performance in accordance with IFC’s Performance Standards.“Tom Butler brings innovative thinking and practical experience that will take ICMM to the next level at a crucial time for the mining and metals industry,” said Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American who, as Chair of the ICMM Council of CEOs, led the global search for a new President. “Tom recognizes the challenge of building further trust and respect for the mining and metals industry and will be a strong proponent of the values that ICMM represents,” said Cutifani.Before joining IFC as an investment officer in 1997, Butler was a project manager at the French company Technip, delivering engineering and technology services to the offshore oil and gas industry, a wireline engineer with the offshore services division of Schlumberger, and an officer with the British Army.Butler, who is a British citizen, holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD. He takes up duties as President and CEO of ICMM on 13 July, succeeding Anthony Hodge, who is stepping down after seven years.