California governor places moratorium on executions

first_img(AP) – The 737 inmates on California’s largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve.Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions.He’s also withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty opponents already have tied up in court. And he’s shuttering the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison that has never been used since it was modernized following the last execution in 2006.Newsom says the order won’t alter any convictions or allow any condemned inmate a chance at an early release.A prosecutor says Newsom is usurping voters’ will.California voters have supported the death penalty, most recently in 2016 when they narrowly voted to speed up the process. How to do that also has been tied up in litigation.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A supporting up to 300Mbps download speeds launched

first_imgSouth Korean tech giant Samsung has launched a new’faster’ LTE-A variant of its much-acclaimed Galaxy Note 4 phablet. The SamsungGalaxy Note 4 LTE-A (SM-916) is notably the world’s first LTE-A tri-bandcarrier aggregation smartphone and will be available for grabs in South Korea startingmid-January. There is however no word yet regarding the device’sglobal availability as of now.The original Galaxy Note also supports LTE-A howeverwith dual-band carrier aggregation. The device can achieve a maximum download speedof 150Mbps. The new SM-916 variant rakes in three bands and can handle downloadspeeds of up to 300MbpsThat’s not all, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A(SM-916) is also Category 9 service authorized and can handle a peak downloadspeed of 450Mbps. That said, the Category 9 network service is not availablefor commercial usage as of now. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE comes with thesame specifications set as the original Galaxy Note 4. It features a 5.7-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED displaywith a 1440×2560 pixels resolution and is powered by a 2.7GHz QualcommSnapdragon 805 processor coupled with 2GB RAM.It sports a 16MP autofocus rear camera with Smart OIS,and a 3.7MP front-facing snapper. Connectivity options on the device include:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/ Glonass, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0, IR LED, USB 2.0,and MHL 3.0.last_img read more

Indian Hockey legend Dhyan Chand to be honoured in British Parliament

first_imgIndian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand will be confered with the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Lifetime Achivement Award by NRI orgainsation Sanskriti Yuva Sangstha at the House of Commons inside the British Parliament of July 25.On behalf of Dhyan Chand, his son and former Indian hockey player Ashok Kumar will receive the award.”It is a proud moment for the entire family. This award is a big thing for us. It translates Dada Dhyan Chand’s popularity beyond India,” said Kumar.Dhyan Chand had helped India win three successive gold medals in Olympics. To his credit, he had scored over 400 goals in his international career.Dhyan Chand was one of the nominees in 2014 for the prestigious Bharat Ratna, an award which cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and scientist C N Rao eventually received.In 1936, when India won the gold medal in Berlin Olympics, Hitler offered Dhyan Chand to join the German team but he denied the offer.last_img read more

Senior US legislator dont fold to Canada on dairy in new NAFTA

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – A senior senator is demanding changes that would open Canada’s dairy market as part of any new NAFTA and is urging American trade negotiators to hold the line in the final stages of bargaining.Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has sent a letter on the issue to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer amid some fears that his negotiating team may be softening.His request illustrates the ongoing differences between the countries, despite predictions about a deal being close, including from U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, who over the weekend said an agreement could be achieved within weeks.Schumer is urging the U.S. team to seize a rare opportunity to lower what he calls Canada’s “dairy wall” — and says opening up the market must be a top priority.“Securing meaningful and enforceable commitments that will allow U.S. dairy producers to compete with Canada’s on a level playing field should be a top priority in NAFTA renegotiations,” Schumer wrote in the letter, which he released publicly Monday.“As I have expressed to you many times, I strongly believe that we should not miss this opportunity to protect our dairy producers from Canada’s recent predatory trade practices.”Schumer isn’t the only leading legislator for whom it is a priority; the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, is from the dairy-producing state of Wisconsin and also considers it a key issue.The view of American lawmakers matters in a trade negotiation.U.S. law requires that they must eventually ratify any agreement and that they be consulted throughout the bargaining process by American trade negotiators.Lighthizer told lawmakers at a recent hearing that dairy will likely be one of the final issues to be resolved. He expressed some understanding that the topic is politically sensitive in Canada, where the dairy industry is concentrated in the two most populous provinces, Ontario and Quebec.Some of Lighthizer’s own colleagues are signalling the U.S. might not get the changes it wants.“I’m not as optimistic as I’d like to be,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told another congressional hearing last week when asked about dairy.“We have impressed upon Ambassador Lighthizer, almost on a weekly basis, how important it is to get the dairy situation (settled) with Canada. (But) he has some larger issues (in these negotiations).“I think we would love to have any other help in impressing upon (Lighthizer) how important it is to make sure the dairy situation in regard to Canada is also resolved.”A few days after that request, Schumer released his letter.The countries do not have free trade in dairy — and the U.S. is calling for two changes.Over the longer term, it wants the elimination of Canada’s supply-management system. The system limits competition, but guarantees stability on Canadian farms by capping imports, imposing tariffs and setting prices at the grocery store.The shorter-term U.S. objective is to get Canada to eliminate its special rule allowing byproducts for cheese-making, skimmed off milk, to be sold at market prices.The Canadian government’s view is that the U.S. also protects its dairy market in other ways, such as price-stabilization programs and counselling services when prices crash and farms face collapse.Some Canadian industry defenders point to analyses that say U.S. farmers consistently sell dairy at below-market prices, because they benefit from a patchwork of policies to keep them profitable.last_img read more

Trudeau McKenna to announce compensation for federal carbon plan

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadians will soon find out exactly how they will be compensated for the upcoming federal carbon tax.The Canadian Press has learned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Toronto on Tuesday with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna where they will unveil a long-promised rebate plan and will announce which provinces will be subject to a federally-imposed price on pollution.Provinces that don’t meet the federal standard of having a carbon price of at least $20 per tonne of emissions by January 1 will have Ottawa’s plan forced on them.Residents in those provinces are expected to begin receiving rebate cheques based on their household income level and family size to help offset cost impacts like higher heating bills and gas prices.Insiders say the cheques will roll out with plenty of time for Canadians to feel their impact before the next election.Carbon pricing is expected to be a key campaign issue, with the federal Conservatives pushing heavily against a carbon tax and insisting they would eliminate it entirely if they form government.last_img read more

Chowkidar is the spirit not linked to uniform Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed his confident and said that people will give him opportunity to serve the country again. Modi is interacting with people throughout the country via video conferencing from Talkotra Stadium here. “Once again, the people of the country are going to give us the opportunity to serve the country,” Modi said while addressing Main Bhi Chowkidar programme. He added that the people of the country do not need the “king” but they are liking the “Chowkidar” nowadays. He said the watchman is not an identity recognised by a uniform but watchman is a spirit. “I had said my effort would be not to allow the public money to be clawed in. As a watchman I will discharge my responsibility,” Modi said.last_img read more

Water supply to be affected in some areas

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Jal Board in an advisory on Monday said that water supply will not be available or available at low pressure on Wednesday (April 3) in evening due to shifting of 600 mm diameter MS water main due to widening of culvert across Irrigation Canal at Bengali Colony at Burari Road. Water supply will be hit in areas like Jagatpur Village, Mukandpur part-I &II, Sant Nagar, Kamal Vihar, Jharodha Part-I,II,III , Bhagwan Park, Milan Vihar, Burari Vilalge, Burari Garhi, Kaushik Enclave, Amrit Vihar, Ajeet Vihar, Laxmi Vihar, Nathupura, Ibrahimpur, DCM Colony part-I &II, Sushant Vihar Village Kushak No.I,II, B-Block Sushak No.-I, Kadipur Village, Kadipur U/A Colony, U/A Colony Kushak No.2, Kadi Vihar, Swroop Vihar, Prem Nagar Colony, Phool Bagh, Pradeep Vihar, Shashtri Park, Kaushik Enclave B-Block Nallahpur, Shankerpura, Burari Village, Harijan Basti, Ekta Enclave, Satya Vihar, Tomer Colony, Teacher Colony, Vashistha Vihar, Baba Colony A&B Block, Paras Ram Enclave, Vijay Colony Burari and D-Block Nathupura and adjoining areas.last_img read more

Mamata shares development achievements in Facebook post

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday shared some significant achievements in development and financial management in Bengal, over the last seven and half years since her government assumed office in 2011, on her Facebook page.She has pointed out that the state’s planned expenditure has increased nearly six times from Rs 14,615.16 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 85,328.53 crore in 2018-19. “The capital expenditure leading to creation of infrastructure and social assets has increased more than 11 times from Rs 2,225.75 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 25,287.20 crore in 2018-19,” Banerjee wrote in the post on her Facebook page. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe further mentioned in the post that the state’s own tax revenue has increased 3 times from Rs 21,128.74 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 62,746.58 crore in 2018-19. “We had announced a Tax Settlement Dispute Scheme last year. Nearly 29,000 cases have been settled by March 31, 2019, with a revenue collection of nearly Rs 754 crore,” the Chief Minister added. It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government’s performance in improving the financial health was acknowledged with the national award for e-governance in 2014. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThis impetus to e-governance resulted in higher revenue generation, which in turn contributed to more resources for development. The higher tax compliance in general (including as a result of e-governance), has consequently made available a higher amount for expenditure. The expenditure pattern has also improved. Apart from a rise in capital expenditure and planned expenditure, there has been a rise in spending in social infrastructure, agri, agri allied and rural development, physical infrastructure etc. The Gross Value-Added (GVA) and per capita income of the state has been far better than the country. As mentioned in the manifesto of the Trinamool Congress, the growth rate in the industrial sector has been 194 percent higher than India, while that in the services sector has been 26 percent higher. The growth rate in the agriculture and allied sectors has been 247 percent higher than the country. It may be mentioned that the state government has already brought a threefold increase in the income of farmers and has bagged the Central government’s Krishi Karman Award for five consecutive years for record production of crops.last_img read more

USA Japan meet amid standstill on North Korea

first_imgWashington: Top leaders of the United States and Japan gathered for talks Friday amid a standstill in diplomacy aimed at reaching a deal with their mutual adversary North Korea. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed Foreign Minister Taro Kono for talks ahead of a planned expanded session with the two allies’ defense chiefs. The meeting comes nearly two months after President Donald Trump walked away from a summit in Hanoi with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the United States presses for the authoritarian state to eliminate its nuclear programme. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USWith no visible progress since then, North Korea this week demanded that Pompeo be excluded from future negotiations after he apparently encouraged Trump to stand firm. The regular “two-plus-two” dialogue is one of a flurry of meetings between the allies, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe due in Washington next week. Trump and his wife Melania will then travel to Japan in May as the first state guests following the enthronement of Naruhito as emperor.last_img read more

Norfolk States Kyle OQuinn Drafted By Magic

Kyle O’Quinn, the forward that led historically black  Norfolk State to the major upset of  the NCAA Tournament over Missouri in March Madness, completed his mercurial rise Thursday night when he was was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft, No.49 overall, by the Orlando Magic.“Overwhelming, the stamp on a job well done,” the gracious O’Quinn said. “The long road I’ve been on to reach the highest level . .  .  put me in a position to do this.”O’Quinn improved each year at Norfolk State and became one of the darlings of the NCAA tournament after the Spartans knocked off the No. 2-seeded Mizzou in the first round. He had 26 points and 14 rebounds in the victory that stunned the nation.The New York native improved his stock dramatically when he was named MVP of Portsmouth Invitational tournament. In recent weeks he worked out for 20 teams. Mock drafts had him being selected anywhere from 35 to 55.The 6-foot-9 O’Quinn helped his cause with his character. He showed a gracious nature and wit and charm — all conveyed in a genuine spirit.“We’ve been through everything,” O’Quinn said. “As they always say, in order to see the light, you have to go through the dark. It’s definitely made me more appreciative.” read more