Surprise! The proton is lighter than we thought

first_imgA model shows protons and neutrons huddled in an atomic nucleus.  carloscastilla/iStockphoto You can’t weigh the universe’s smallest particles on a bathroom scale. But in a clever new experiment, physicists have found that one such particle—the proton—is lighter than previously thought.“It’s a significant improvement on the mass of the proton,” says Edmund Myers, a physicist at Florida State University in Tallahassee who wasn’t involved with the work. “I can’t see any holes in what they’ve done. They’ve done a good job.”The tiny, positively charged particles known as protons are everywhere. They inhabit the center of every atom and make up most of the sun and other stars. They’re so light—just billionths of a billionth of a billionth of a kilogram—that they can’t be weighed by ordinary means. But in recent decades, physicists have combined strong electric and magnetic fields in a device called a Penning trap to measure the proton’s mass more and more precisely. In these experiments, electric and magnetic fields trap the proton while the magnetic field forces it to move in a circle. While it rotates, the proton will vibrate, or oscillate, at a frequency that’s related to its mass. 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Magnetic fields vary in time and space, causing small measurement errors. To reduce the impact of these fluctuations, a group of physicists working in Mainz, Germany, loaded the carbon nucleus and the proton into separate storage traps, then shuttled them quickly into and out of the measurement trap. Although swapping the nucleus and the proton required more than 30 minutes in previous experiments, the German group needed only about 3 minutes—limiting the chances for errors to accumulate. The team also added more motion detectors to their setup, leading to a measurement with an overall precision of 32 parts per trillion.The researchers found the mass to be 1.007276466583 atomic mass units. That’s roughly 30 billionths of a percent lower than the average value from past experiments—a seemingly tiny difference that is actually significant by three standard deviations, the team reports this week in Physical Review Letters. (By comparison, scientists typically consider two standard deviations enough for an experimental result to be statistically significant.)Sven Sturm, a physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, and the group’s leader, is not sure why other researchers measured such higher masses, but he suspects hidden sources of error. He adds, however, that his team’s result agrees better than previous ones with recent measurements of the mass of the helium-3 atom, which is made of two protons and one neutron.The German team now plans to further ratchet up precision by measuring the proton and the carbon ion simultaneously in separate traps, which would eliminate uncertainty due to magnetic field fluctuations. One group member will also attempt to weigh the antiproton—the proton’s negatively charged doppelganger. Even a tiny difference between the proton’s and antiproton’s masses could help explain why the universe we see is made of matter, and antimatter is exceedingly rare.Sturm also wants other research groups to make independent measurements, to ensure that his team’s results don’t suffer from some hidden error. (The two main groups providing previous measurements are no longer active.) “I would be really happy to see more groups doing measurements at this level of precision, so we can really compare values and find, hopefully, that they’re consistent,” he says.*Correction, 21 July, 12:45 p.m.: This story has been modified to clarify how the Penning trap works and how the researchers measured the particles’ masses. By Gabriel PopkinJul. 20, 2017 , 3:15 PM Surprise! The proton is lighter than we thoughtlast_img read more

ICC will wait for police report before taking action: Pawar

first_imgInternational Cricket Council President Sharad Pawar on Monday said the allegations of ‘spot-fixing’ and ‘match-fixing’ against Pakistani cricketers are very serious but the ICC would wait for a report from the police in London before deciding on its course of action.”Until and unless the process of investigation is over, it is improper for me to react,” Pawar told reporters in Mumbai.”We have discussed it within the ICC and have decided that let us wait for the police’s investigation report. After that we have to take a viewpoint of the two Board, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board,” he added.Reacting to the scandal, which implicates captain Salman Butt, pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and three other unnamed players, Pawar said he does not make comments on what is essentially a media report.”If this is established, there will be quite a serious view that will be taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board, the England Cricket Board and the ICC,” he said.”I am absolutely confident that both Boards will never encourage protecting anybody who has done a wrong thing.Whatever the allegations, the allegations themselves are quite serious,” he added.The furore follows a sting operation by a British tabloid in which a bookie, Mazhar Majeed, is seen boasting about the bribes he paid to get Asif and Aamir bowl no balls during Pakistan’s Lord’s Test against England, which the visitors lost by an innings and 225 runs.Pawar said he would be speaking to the officials from the ECB and the PCB to discuss the matter.advertisement”There is a conference call that I will be attending in which somebody from the ECB and the PCB would be there,” he said.Asked about the Indian bookies about whom Majeed talks about in the sting operation, Pawar said he was not aware of this.”I don’t know. The BCCI have to take a view on that. The BCCI is one of our member and I am sure if any serious matter is there, the BCCI will take cognizance of this,” he said.”I can’t come to a conclusion based on a video,” he reasoned.last_img read more

Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner guide New Zealand to win vs England in 1st ODI

first_imgRoss Taylor scored his 18th one-day international century and combined in a 178-run partnership with Tom Latham to lead New Zealand to a three-wicket win over England in the first game of their five-match series at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.Taylor (113) and Latham (79) helped the hosts recover from 27 for three in the 10th over to reach 287 for seven in the final over after England had scored a credible 284 for eight.While both Taylor and Latham were unable to see their side through to victory, Mitchell Santner, who scored just two from his first nine deliveries then scored another 43 from the next 18, won the game with his fourth six and finished on 45 not out.”I needed to take it deep and give ourselves a chance,” Taylor said. “It was a little two-paced, even the slower balls kissed off different to a few days ago.”There are very small boundaries here so we backed ourselves to get 50 off five overs.”England had batted superbly on the slow-paced pitch, with Jason Roy (49) and test captain Root combining for 79 runs after Jonny Bairstow had been dismissed early.Root also added 42 runs with Buttler in quick time before he played around a slower delivery from Colin Munro to be bowled for 71.Buttler and Moeen Ali (28) then added another 47 runs in 6.4 overs before Trent Boult and Tim Southee bowled superbly in the death overs to ensure the visitors did not reach 300. Mitchell Santner after hitting his fourth six of his innings to win the match. (Photo: @BLACKCAPS)New Zealand’s run chase looked to have ended inside the first 10 overs when Martin Guptill, Munro and Kane Williamson were all dismissed cheaply.advertisementTaylor and Latham then rebuilt the innings by rotating the strike and hitting bad balls for boundaries to keep pace with the required run rate before Ben Stokes, playing his first international match since last September, broke the partnership.Stokes, who had not played for England since an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September, had Latham caught for 79 then had the dangerous Colin de Grandhomme caught behind for two in his next over.”There wasn’t much between the sides,” England captain Eoin Morgan said. “We put on a really competitive score and made good inroads at the start, but they fought back really well.”The second match of the series is in Mount Maunganui on Feb. 28.(Courtsey: Reuters)last_img read more


first_imgKITCO bags consultancy projects of BEL, HAL Thiruvananthapuram, May 10 (PTI): KITCO Ltd, Indias premier technical consultancy organisation, has bagged major consultancy projects of public sector Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). BEL is setting up a defence systems integration complex in 919 acres of land in Palasamudram in Ananthapuram district in Andhra Pradesh, a press release said. KITCO has bagged the contract for technical consultancy for the project overcoming stiff competition from leading players such as Engineers India Ltd, Mecon India and Tata Consultancy Services. The project is to be implemented in two phases or more – the first phase costing Rs 195 crore involves setting up of weapon system integration, beacon facilities and hard stands. The state-of-the-art weapons and radar complex using advanced Artificial Intelligence Systems would reduce the dependence on import of defence equipment and help in indigenisation of technology. The scope of the consultancy involves design, tendering and execution of factory complex, development of strategic business units with state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for missile electronics integration. KITCO will function as consultants for all the electrical, civil and mechanical works in the project, the release said. Phase II involves Homeland Security (HLS), weapon manufacturing, UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), electronic warfare test range and bunkers for missile storage. Blast-proof buildings and elevation towers will also be added in later stages. KITCO is involved in the preparation of master plan for Phase II. HAL is planning to develop aircraft engines at its Aero Engine Research and Development Centre(AERDC) in Bengaluru to be set up at a cost of Rs 140 crore. At present, the company is using Rolls Royce and GE engines that are imported at a high cost. KITCO has bagged the consultancy for setting up the AERDC. The new centre to be set up in eight acres of land adjacent to present engines division will have facilities to develop parts of the new engine, prototype shop, testing beds, administration and design departments. The test beds have to withstand intense vibration and should be aerodynamically designed, the release added. “KITCO was able to bag the high profile BEL and HAL projects because of its proven ability to handle multi-disciplinary projects across sectors such as aviation, mobility hubs, ports and logistics, shipyard, infrastructure, defence, tourism, sports, hospitality,” KITCO managing director, Cyriac Davies said. KITCO has provided innovative solutions across industries with its rich talent pool of technical and financial consultants, engineering and architects, he added. PTI UD SS SS SSadvertisementlast_img read more

Craig Goodwin blasts Adelaide to FFA Cup final win over Sydney FC

first_imgShare on Facebook Adelaide United beat Sydney FC in FFA Cup final – as it happened Sydney FC Share on Messenger After Adam Le Fondre equalised with a penalty just three minutes later – the Englishman’s third goal in the past three games for the Sky Blues – Goodwin sealed the win with a first-time strike in the 74th minute. Before a 14,448-strong crowd, Adelaide turned the tables on Sydney, reversing the Sky Blues’ 2-1 result over the Reds in last year’s cup final.Goodwin’s initial goal came after being bowled over in an off-ball tangle with Rhyan Grant. Settling over the free kick from 24 metres out, Goodwin struck with perfect timing and placement, curling over the wall and into the top right corner to beat a despairing dive from Sydney goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne.But Adelaide’s joy was short-lived – two minutes, to be precise. In the 27th minute, a blunder from Reds defender Jordan Elsey gifted Sydney an equaliser. Elsey feebly played a back pass intended for his keeper Paul Izzo but the dribbling effort played in Sydney captain Alex Brosque.As Elsey tumbled to the ground, Brosque took a left-footed touch away from the charging Izzo, who felled the Sydney striker in a clear penalty. Le Fondre converted despite Izzo guessing correctly – diving to his right, he had scant chance of saving the fiercely-struck spot kick.Both sides battled to craft genuine chances until the 53rd minute when lightning almost struck twice for Goodwin from a dead-ball: he took aim from almost 30m out and another left-footed blast narrowly missed.But 21 minutes later, Goodwin secured his status as Adelaide’s hero with the cup-winner. After being teed up by teammate Ben Halloran, Goodwin fired a first-time right-footer into the top corner from the edge of the box.All that was left for Goodwin was to walk from the field to a standing ovation as a 91st minute substitute as the cup returned to Adelaide, who won the inaugural 2014 tournament. Share on WhatsApp news A-League FFA Cup Australia sport Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter Adelaide United Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Pinterest A stunning double from Craig Goodwin delivered Adelaide United the FFA Cup with a 2-1 victory against Sydney FC. Goodwin produced a top-shelf brace in Tuesday night’s final in Adelaide as the Reds became the first club to win the cup twice.Goodwin spectacularly continued his run of rich form – he scored five goals in the tournament and also netted in the A-League last Friday night. The 26-year-old, who rejected Sydney FC overtures in favour of returning to his birth city this season, hit a screaming free-kick in the 25th minute. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

New Program Supports Blueberry Expansion

first_imgNova Scotia’s wild blueberry farmers will have access to new funding that will allow them to increase and expand production. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell and MP Scott Armstrong, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced $1.08 million over three years for the Lowbush Blueberry Development Program today, July 18, during the Wild Blueberry Producers Association’s annual field day at Millen Farms in Great Village, Colchester Co. “The wild blueberry is the number one fruit crop in acreage, export sales and value in Nova Scotia. This investment will help bring more land into production and increase field productivity for this valuable crop,” said Mr. Colwell. Wild blueberries account for more than half of the value of all fruit production in Nova Scotia. The value to the industry in 2014 was $34.1 million. The Lowbush Blueberry Development Program aims to improve production techniques like harvesting and pruning, and expand cultivation. This program will allow industry to remain cost competitive on the global fruit market and ensure the ongoing viability of these businesses in rural Nova Scotia. “The government is committed to helping farmers remain cost competitive in the global fruit market,” said Mr. Armstrong. “This program helps ensure the ongoing viability of these businesses in rural Nova Scotia and the growth of the Canadian economy.” “Nova Scotia wild blueberries go to more than 30 countries around the world,” said Jeff Orr, president, Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia. “This new program will enable our existing growers to expand their operations as well as encourage new entrants to our industry, thereby contributing to the economic growth of the province.” The Lowbush Blueberry Development Program is funded under Growing Forward 2, the five-year framework agreement for agriculture which is cost-shared 60-40 between the federal and provincial governments. Registered farmers who have been farming in the program year are eligible to apply for funding. Additional eligibility requirements are available online at .last_img read more

BJYM blocks street to protest Kolkata roads closure for namaz

first_imgKolkata: Over 100 members of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s youth wing squatted on the street of the Bally Khal area in Howrah district and recited ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ on Tuesday night in a bid to put pressure on the state administration to prevent Muslims from offering Friday namaz on the roads. “Roads should be used for transport, not religious prayers. To protest against the Bengal government’s appeasement policy, we blocked the road for 10 minutes in Howrah and recited Hanuman Chalisa. We will continue this on the main roads near Hanuman temples every Tuesday if the state government fails to take any action,” Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s (BJYM) Howrah district president Om Prakash Singh told IANS. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga Stating that every community has their places for offering religious prayers and that should be respected, he said under the Mamata Banerjee government a new trend had started in Bengal. “An important highway like the Grand Trunk Road in Howrah is blocked for 1.5 hours for Friday namaz every week. We have informed the nearby police station about inconvenience caused to people but no action was taken,” Singh said. Stressing that the initiative is not against religious practices of Muslims, he said the state administration must implement laws equally for all. “Our programme is not against the Muslim community. They have the right to celebrate the festivity. Let all the roads in Bengal be blocked on festivals, like Eid and Muharram. But the roads should not be blocked every week like this. If government allows a community to do so, we also have the right to do the same,” he said.last_img read more

Kristen Bell Helps Fight Child Hunger With Nutrition Bar

first_imgWhat if your favorite fruit and nut bar was not just a midday snack, but was also a meal for a hungry child across the globe? Well now, it can be!Video: Celebrity Kristen Bell Creates ‘This Bar Saves Lives’ to End World HungerWhen Hollywood actors Todd Grinnell, Ryan Devlin and Ravi Patel visited Liberia, they were heartbroken by the poverty they encountered. In fact, the epidemic is so severe that one child dies of malnourishment once every 12 seconds. Upon their return, they knew they had to take action. They decided to jump on the ‘buy one, give one’ band wagon and create a healthy, nutritious fruit and nut bar.With the purchase of this new snack, a child in need on the other side of the world receives a food bar, jam packed full of the nutrients required to nurse them back to health. This Bar Saves Lives eventually attracted the attention of A-list celebrities like Kristen Bell. By the end of the year, the co-founders hope to sell one million bars, giving helpless families across the world a chance at life!last_img read more

Iniesta and Etoo Offer Unique Support for Morocco 2026

Rabat – “26 celebrities in 26 different countries in 26 days.” This is the crazy challenge set by Moroccan supporter Saad Abid to promote Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Bid.For his challenge, called #Maymkench2026 (Impossible), Abid is traveling with a balloon half deflated–representing “Moroccans’ state of mind”–and hopes to inflate it with the breath of the personalities he will meet.After meeting the Cameroonian icon and ambassador of Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid, Samuel Eto’o, last week in Turkey, the football fan flew to Barcelona to have a very special meeting with superstar Barcelona player, Andrès Iniesta.   “I just realized the dream of meeting Andrés Iniesta, one of the most respected players on the planet,” wrote Abid on his Facebook page, adding that he needs the public’s support “because it will not be easy to travel to 26 countries in 26 days to meet 26 celebrities.”“My goal is not only to promote our country internationally but also to generate support among the people,” he added.Abid shared a video of his journey on his Facebook account where he explained his challenge and showed his meeting with Samuel Eto’o and Andrès Iniesta, who accepted the challenge to “breathe” into the balloon representing Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.“Morocco is a big country, and more is close to mine. Unfortunately, I have not visited much but I intend to take the time for that,” said Iniesta.Through this promotional campaign, Abid hopes to rally international opinion around Morocco in order to give more weight to the candidacy.Samuel Eto’o was the one who set up Abid’s meeting with Andrés Iniesta. The sports activist was also supposed to meet Lionel Messi, but the legend was held up in a meeting.Later on, Eto’o  called Abidto inform him that he could meet Messi the following day. To be continued then!Supportive statements backing  Morocco 2026 continue to pour in, as only forty days remain until the 68th FIFA Congress, where international football federations will cast their votes for the 2026 World Cup host on June 13. read more

UNESCO chief speaks out against murder of Filipino journalist

Ernesto Rollin, 40, who hosted a popular local radio news programme, was shot at close-range on his way home on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, last Monday.“I condemn the murder of Ernesto Rollin,” declared Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“This murder is an attack on press freedom, an attack on the fundamental human right of freedom of expression and an attack on democracy, which can not flourish in the absence of these two freedoms,” stressed Mr. Matsuura, adding he was “confident that the investigation launched by the authorities will bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime.”Some 99 journalists have been murdered in the Philippines since the country’s return to democracy in 1986, UNESCO reported. 2 March 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of a Filipino radio journalist, who was shot dead by two masked gunmen last week. read more

Sri Lanka cautions India

GTF also thanked India for having made a significant vote in favour of addressing human rights abuses and the importance that accountability plays in facilitating just peace.In addition to the lobbying efforts of the Tamil Diaspora, Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Malaysia, many international parliamentarians, media organisations, non-government bodies and some progressive human rights activists from the South of Sri Lanka have all contributed towards the success of this Resolution, GTF said.GTF also encouraged all Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka to convey to the Tamil population the significance of this passing of the resolution as a constructive move towards accountability and sustainable reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) However the minister said Sri Lanka was mindful that the Indian government was forced to vote in support of the resolution as a result of immense pressure from Tamil political parties in southern India. India was among 24 countries which voted in support of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday while 15 countries voted against it and eight abstained. The government warned that India may face repercussions over its decision to vote in favor of a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.Government spokesman and acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told a gathering at a public event that some countries or groups may use the vote on Sri Lanka as a precedence to bring a resolution on India over the dispute in Kashmir. Sri Lanka had earlier expected India to vote against the resolution but the Indian government later said it had to support the resolution in the best interest of Sri Lankan Tamils.Meanwhile the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said the passing of the UN resolution on Sri Lanka was crucial first step towards accountability and justice for victims on the island. read more

UN tribunal opens trial of Milosevic for war crimes in Croatia Bosnia

Prosecutors at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today opened the trial of Slobodan Milosevic for crimes allegedly committed in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 11 September, the prosecution wrapped up its arguments against the former Yugoslav President on charges relating to war crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo. This morning in The Hague, Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte and another member of the prosecution team, Geoffrey Nice, presented the 61 charges against Mr. Milosevic, which include counts of genocide and conspiracy to commit genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions. Mr. Milosevic then began to respond in his own defence, and is expected to continue with his response tomorrow morning, according to UN officials. read more

Arsenal of 79 hand guns seized at Channel Tunnel from van preparing

first_imgThe intelligence was shared with Border Force officers based at Coquelles in France, who stopped the van before it entered the tunnel on Saturday. Det Ch Supt Michael Gallagher, of the Met’s Organised Crime Partnership, said: “I have no doubt that a number of these weapons were destined for the streets of London, where they would have caused misery and unspeakable damage to the community.” The firearms, wrapped in blue plastic, were hidden in engine block compartments One of the guns recovered from a vehicle on the French side of the Channel Tunnel 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. The haul of “viable” 4mm and 6mm handguns was found in specially adapted compartments in engine blocks being pulled on a trailer by a yellow Mercedes van.Two men – Janusz Michek, a 59-year-old Polish national, and Denis Kolencukov, a 23-year-old originally from the Czech Republic but living in the UK – have been charged.Both are accused of knowingly being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition or restriction on a prohibited weapon or ammunition, and conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so. The officers found a huge stash of 79 gunsCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER Border Force officers stopped a transit van as it approached the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles, France, on Saturday (July 1) after receiving information from a joint operation by the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police One of the guns recovered from a vehicle on the French side of the Channel Tunnel Credit:NCA/PA Ammunition found in the vanCredit:NCA/PA The officers found a huge stash of 79 guns Ammunition found in the van An NCA spokesman said: “Our officers believe these weapons were destined for criminals in London and across the country.“Because of the number of guns, it’s inevitable that over time they would be associated with all types of violent crime.” The weapons were seized in a joint operation by Scotland Yard and the National Crime Agency (NCA), Britain’s equivalent of the FBI.An NCA source said investigations “over a number of days” suggested that a gang would try to smuggle the weapons into Britain over the weekend. An arsenal of 79 handguns bound for Britain’s gangs and violent criminals has been found hidden in engine blocks being ferried by van through the Channel Tunnel.Police seized the weapons cache after a tip off the pistols were to be smuggled into the UK over the weekend.One senior officer said there was “no doubt” the firearms and ammunition were headed to the streets of Britain, where they “would have caused misery and unspeakable damage”.last_img read more

Bungling BBC chief accidentally sends private email to staff blasting Vanessa Feltzs

first_imgHowever, this didn’t happen, as the details were leaked to the press.A source told The Sun there was a “lot of giggling” when the email was sent round.The annual review says: “When we launched Vanessa’s breakfast programme, we were aware we would have to find the right balance between her skills and the much tighter format.”We reduced the number of stories (fewer, bigger, better) and tried to create more time for her personality and interaction, but it still felt constricted and lacking personality.”Vanessa loves a long interview…but it’s a constant battle to get her to suit the pace of breakfast”. A BBC spokesperson said: “We regularly review our output.“Vanessa is an award-winning presenter whose programmes have consistently delivered strong listening figures over many years.“She is an asset to the station and we have every confidence in her.”Figures show 161,000 people a week listen to her show on BBC London, down from 208,000 the previous year. A BBC chief has accidentally published disparaging comments about well-paid presenter Vanessa Feltz, who is the second best-paid woman on the broadcaster’s payroll.In a confidential memo accidentally emailed to staff, it is said Vanessa Feltz lacks the personality to front her show.It also says it is a “constant battle” for the presenter to keep up with the pace of news.The embarrassing mistake was made by Station editor David Robey, who thought he was sending out a new television trailer, but instead was publishing the star’s annual review.After realising, he implored staff to delete it without reading it.Here is how much her best-paid colleagues makecenter_img 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.last_img read more

Theres something about Enda Taoiseach being seriously talked about for EU job

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is “being seriously talked about” in relation to taking over as either head of the European Commission or the European Council, according to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar,Speculation here and in Europe centres on Kenny and Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen as well as a number of others being in the running for the race to be the next president of the Commission – a role held by Jose Manuel Barroso since 2004 – when the position becomes vacant next June.Kenny is also speculated to be in the mix for the role of president of the European Council – currently Herman van Rompuy – when that position becomes available in December 2014.Varadkar told RTÉ’s Marian Finucane programme that although he has not heard if Kenny is interested in the roles – and he would be surprised if the Taoiseach did decide to make the switch to Europe – he is not surprised his name is being mentioned.“I am not surprised that he’s being seriously talked about because he is,” he said.“He is very much in the top three or four that people talk about and that’s I suppose down to his performance as president when we had the [EU] presidency and also what’s at least perceived in Europe, if not in Ireland, of a success story here in Ireland.”The Minister added: “So he is definitely one of the ones who’s being approached. Whether he’d like to do it, I don’t know. I think he wants to finish the job here quite frankly, but that for him to answer.”Speaking to RTÉ last September, Enda Kenny said he was “flattered” to be linked to the job of European Commission president but added that intends to fulfil his mandate as Taoiseach.Read: Taoiseach expects decision on post-bailout credit facility before December exitTaoiseach on Merkel ‘bugging’ claims: ‘I always operate on the basis that my calls are listened to’Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’last_img read more

Taoiseach Jack Lynch confronted Prime Minister on torture claims in Northern Ireland

first_img DOCUMENTS FROM THE UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) have suggested that torture techniques such as waterboarding and electro shock were used by the British army in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.Channel 4 News also reports that Taoiseach Jack Lynch had directly raised the issue of torture being used in the North with Prime Minister Ted Heath in late-1972.MOD memos show that they considered the torture claims to be credible, and sought to compensate some of the victims.The Pat Finucane Centre in Belfast helped to uncover the documents and said that they provide “new evidence of what both British and Irish governments knew at the highest level”.The alleged torture was said to have been carried out by the British parachute regiment, who’d taken to the streets of Belfast in 1972, and who were said to have commandeered a primary school in Ballymurphy in west Belfast to use for this purpose.“Brutalised”Reporter Alex Thomson spoke to some of the alleged torture victims, one who was only 17 at the time, who told him of their experiences.“I was brutalised,” one said. “A lot of physical beating and kicking, and then it progressed onto other forms of torture. One that is now being described as waterboarding. 54 Comments Short URL 11,949 Views Feb 2nd 2017, 9:23 AM Share231 Tweet Email Taoiseach Jack Lynch confronted Prime Minister on torture claims in Northern Ireland In documents seen by Channel 4, the Ministry of Defence admitted that they found some claims of torture credible. File photo: British soldiers searching people in Shankill Road, Belfast in October 1969. There was a cloth tied round my head. I was held face down by two soldiers and water was poured down the back of head which filled the cloth. It was the sensation of drowning. I was convinced [I was going to die].Another man told of his own experience of being waterboarded before he was subjected to electro shock treatment.He said: “I remember being told to hold two sort of attachments. Behind me, I could hear a machine.“I could hear the noise of the cranking. Suddenly a massive explosion came around the centre of your head.”Secret minutes from a meeting in Downing Street in late 1972 show that then-Taoiseach Jack Lynch raised this issue with Tory Prime Minister Ted Heath.center_img File photo: British soldiers searching people in Shankill Road, Belfast in October 1969. Image: KEMP AP/Press Association Images Image: KEMP AP/Press Association Images Taoiseach Jack Lynch on his way to visit Prime Minister Ted Heath Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesLynch said: “He was forced to lie on his back on the floor, a wet towel had been placed over his head, and water had been poured over it to give the impression that he would be suffocated.”“Improper use of power”Other memos obtained from the MOD indicate that the claims of torture were found to be credible.One said: “I think we must accept counsel’s advice that he was assaulted… having been subjected to electric shock treatment and having had his head immersed in water for prolonged periods of time.” It is understood the man in question was compensated in an out of court settlement.In another case, an MOD document read: “A court is likely to award exemplary damages to mark the improper use of executive power.”In 2014, an RTÉ documentary revealed how torture methods were used during internment in 1971 by the British State. The 14 “Hooded Men” were taken to a secret location in rural Derry, and were then subjected to a horrific series of interrogations.This led to a case being reopened by the Irish government and brought to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where a verdict has yet to be reached.Just last week, former colonel and current Conservative MP, Bob Stewart, said he was “kind of a torturer” during his seven tours of Northern Ireland.A statement from the MOD released yesterday said: “The UK government considers torture or inhuman treatment to be an abhorrent violation of human rights and human dignity, and consistently and unreservedly condemns the practice. It would not be appropriate to comment further on specific allegations.”Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Paul O’Connor from the Pat Finucane Centre called these documents “very significant”.“Only this week, we’ve had the United Nations issuing a very strong statement on waterboarding that it was a crime… It’s a crime that can never, ever be excused by any government.”“We found out of court settlement documents where they’re absolutely determined to make an out of court settlement because they do not want a claim that someone was waterboarded and electro shocked at the same time.”Read: British MP says he was ‘kind of a torturer’ during the TroublesRead: RTÉ documentary reveals evidence about torture methods used in Northern Ireland’s past By Sean Murray Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 9:23 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Error delays Vancouver City Council appeal hearing on day center

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council was set to embark on a first-of-its-kind hearing Monday evening and consider an appeal of its Jan. 8 decision to purchase the former Washington Fish and Wildlife building at 2018 Grand Blvd. for $4.3 million.City officials plan to use part of the 26,578-square-foot site to house a new 5,000-square-foot day center for the homeless.Instead, the council voted unanimously to send the application back to the hearing examiner after discovering an error that made its way to the council and hearing examiner Sharon Rice. Rice approved the city’s proposal to build the new day center at the Grand Boulevard location Jan. 8.Brent Boger, an assistant city attorney for Vancouver, is representing the city in the appeal. Boger said they discovered an error last week. The full versions of about 10 emails and attachments was not included in the documents sent to Rice.City Manager Eric Holmes said the error occurred because the city’s email archival system truncates longer emails. To view those longer than the preview cutoff, the emails need to be individually opened. For those 10 or so emails that surpassed the cutoff length, the printed versions given to Rice for review were incomplete.“We discovered this Friday,” Holmes said. “After being reviewed by legal staff, the recommendation was for the city council to remand it to the hearing examiner so the hearing examiner could consider the complete emails in the context of the record.”last_img read more

IMA chief Mansoor Khan hospitalised after complaining of chest pain

first_imgI Monetary Advisory (IMA) director Mohammed Mansoor KhanTwitterThe director of I Monetary Advisory (IMA), Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for defrauding the investors to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore, was admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru on Sunday after he complained of chest pain.Mansoor Khan was admitted at Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research due to chest pain and palpitation. Khan is in the custody of Enforcement Directorate (ED) which, along with the SIT, is probing the multi-crore IMA scam which has several big names tagged to it.Khan was taken to Victoria hospital for a health check-up. When the test was going on he complained of chest pain and was rushed to Jayadeva hospital amid tight security around 7 pm.He was taken into custody by the ED after he landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport from Dubai. Khan had absconded to Dubai after the scam became public. The ED officials have been questioning Khan since Saturday. He reportedly revealed the names of many top shot politicians and government authorities who took bribes from him. He also told the ED sleuths that he has all the proof and documents to prove his claims.last_img read more

Man found dead near BangladeshIndia border

first_imgMap of ThakurgaoPolice recovered body of a man from the bank of Nagor river near the Dabori borderarea in Haripur upazila of Thakurgaon on Tuesday, reports UNB.The law enforcement officials said the body of Nizarul Islam, 35, bore some injury marks.It was unclear though whether he was a victim of border killing.Abdul Hamid, chairman of Gedua union parishad, said he had heard that the India’s Border Security Force killed Nizarul and dumped his body in Bangladesh.But Thakurgaon BGB-50 commander lieutenant colonel Tuhin Mohammad Masud disagreed. He said he was not sure if the man was killed by the BSF.”He might be a victim of infighting or someone might have killed him and dropped his body in the bordering area,” Tuhin said. “We are investigating the incident.”last_img read more

Carson at HUD Could be Catastrophic

first_imgPresident Obama delivered his farewell address to the nation, the last major speech of his historic presidency this week in his adopted home of Chicago in front of more than 18,000 rapturous supporters. Towards the end of his speech, emotion illuminated his famously placid countenance and the President shed a tear as he thanked his wife and his daughters.We witnessed a decidedly different emotion from Obama as he sat listening to the comments of the keynote speaker for the 61st National Prayer Breakfast, famed neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on Feb. 7, 2013. Perhaps ironically, First Lady Michelle Obama sat to President Obama’s right and Alabama Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, the current nominee to be the next Attorney General of the United States, sat to the President’s left as Carson delivered his meandering 27 minute speech.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Carson’s address alternately plugged a book he had recently written with his wife, touted the virtues of his, “Carson Scholars Fund,” and warned against the evils of political correctness. But, when Carson took veiled swipes at Obama and unambiguous shots at the main plank of his presidential legacy, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it seemed like the President was on the verge of shattering the enduring narrative of, “no drama Obama.” That speech catapulted Carson into the stratosphere of the conservative right, yet began the precipitous descent of his image in the minds of many others, particularly in the Black community that once saw him as a hero.Now Carson, the failed presidential candidate will begin his Senate confirmation hearings on Jan. 12 to become Donald Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, a post his detractors argue he is woefully unqualified to occupy. In fact, perhaps his most loyal supporter, longtime adviser Armstrong Williams made the announcement in the wake of Trump’s victory, Carson lacked the necessary qualifications and background to run a government agency (yet, he was somehow qualified to be President of the United States?).Nevertheless, Carson at Trump’s beckoning (it was Trump who likened Carson to a pedophile on the campaign trail), comes forward to attempt to convince us he is prepared to run one of the most complex and vast U.S. government agencies of them all.“The Trump administration appointing Dr. Ben Carson as the secretary of HUD, is a slap in the face of urban America and particularly a slap in the face of African Americans,” said Rev. Alvin Hathaway of venerable Union Baptist Church in West Baltimore. Hathaway has worked with HUD secretaries from the Reagan administration to the Obama White House, seeking funds and resources for some of Baltimore’s poorest communities for decades. Baltimore receives 10’s of millions of dollars annually from HUD to fund a litany of affordable housing and public housing programs.“His (Carson’s) learning curve is going to be insurmountable…When you think about, “HOME” dollars (HOME is HUD’s Home Investment Partnerships through its Community Planning and Development programs), money that comes to the cities to help underwrite affordable housing. If you don’t understand the nuances of that, how would you then be able to protect that in your budget when there are requests to cut the budgets of your agencies,?” Hathaway added.“I’m a faith man so I always lean to there is some greater good, even in the worst situations. But, I’m hard pressed to find greater good in the appointment of Dr. Ben Carson as the secretary of HUD.”Months after Carson’s address to the Prayer Breakfast, Carson spoke to the Values Voter Summit in Washington in Oct. 2013, where he said, “You know Obamacare is really, I think. the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson said. “And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about healthcare. It was about control,” he added.There is a general consensus by American historians that argues, `in order to understand the history of the United States you have to understand the history of the Civil War.’ But, to understand the history of the Civil War you have to understand the history of American slavery. It seems clear Carson is wildly ignorant of the history of American slavery, because only the most obtuse individual would liken it to the implementation of healthcare coverage for millions of Americans. U.S. Senators will question Carson’s capacity to run HUD next week. But, perhaps the most perplexing question is, how can a Black American man born into poverty in Detroit craft a worldview, which concludes, “Obamacare…is slavery?”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday 5-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img