ScienceShot: Jumbo Shrimp of the Ancient Seas

first_imgOdd, comblike fossils unearthed from 520-million-year-old rocks in northern Greenland are the food-gathering structures of the world’s first known free-ranging filter feeder, a new study suggests. Considering the size of its combs (longer than 12 centimeters, or almost 5 inches) and the overall body proportions of its predatory kin, the shrimplike creature Tamisiocaris borealis (as shown in this artist’s reconstruction) may have grown to reach lengths of 61 centimeters (2 feet)—not large by modern standards but huge for that era. Nevertheless, the spacing of the long, slender spines on the feeding combs suggest that this species had evolved to become a gentle giant, sweeping its feeding appendages through the water (as seen in this video simulation) to collect free-swimming organisms as small as 0.5 millimeters (about the size of today’s brine shrimp) rather than chasing prey further up the food web, the researchers report online today in Nature. This creature, and its free-ranging, filter-feeding lifestyle, evolved during the so-called “Cambrian Explosion,” a burst of diversification that began about 542 million years ago and spawned most of the major groups of animals known today, including vertebrates. The mere presence of filter feeders as large as Tamisiocaris suggests that Cambrian ecosystems were much more productive than previously recognized, the researchers contend: As seen in modern species as diverse as fish, sharks, and whales, large animals can successfully exploit small prey only when they can be sieved from the environment in great concentrations.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Arsenal beats Chelsea 2-1 to seal League Cup final with City

first_img“We might have got our formation wrong … but we came back into it and showed great character,” Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. “We showed our quality going forward.”Unlike Chelsea. A recovery rarely looked on the cards from Antonio Conte’s disjointed side in a derby that exposed the visitors’ shortages in the squad.Chelsea’s attacking threat was sapped by the loss of Willian in the first half with a hamstring problem, and Conte was forced to bring on Ross Barkley for his debut.The new recruit from Everton was lacking sharpness in his first match since being injured May. But Conte was forced to deploy the midfielder as a “false nine” at times. It was little wonder the goal threat was so lacking from a side that won the Premier League last season.Chelsea’s hopes of defending that title faded long ago, with Man City 15 points ahead of the third-place champions. Arsenal is languishing in sixth place but Wenger is still through to a fourth domestic final in five seasons.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For once, it’s not the FA Cup providing cover for Wenger. Arsenal’s defense of the more prestigious domestic cup ended at the first hurdle in an embarrassing loss to Nottingham Forest earlier this month. But a first trip to the League Cup final since 2011 gives Wenger a chance on Feb. 25 to add the only piece of domestic silverware missing in more than 21 years at Arsenal. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi controls the ball during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan.24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — Two fortuitous goals helped Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 on Wednesday and seal a League Cup final meeting with Manchester City, providing a glimmer of joy in a gloomy domestic campaign.Both Arsenal goals received a helping hand from Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger as the semifinal meeting of London rivals came to life after a sterile, scoreless first leg two weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Antetokounmpo says Kidd helped him grow into dominant player NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Chelsea raced into a seventh-minute lead through Eden Hazard but Arsenal quickly fought back. Nacho Monreal’s free header from a corner ricocheted off the heads of Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Ruediger before flying into the net in the 12th minute.Arsenal took the lead on the hour when Alexandre Lacazette’s cross was inadvertently diverted by Ruediger into the path of Granit Xhaka, who poked the ball past goalkeeper Willy Caballero.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In the first half we gave them too much respect, maybe, and we suffered from that,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “In the second half we rectified that.”In part thanks to Wenger’s shift to a three-man defense in the second half.last_img read more

Alapag, Uichico, Devance join Cone’s SEA Games coaching staff

first_imgCone also offered high praise for Devance, whom he personally asked to be one of his assistant coaches.“He’s injured and can’t play. So I asked him and said why don’t you just join us and help us out because he carries big respect from the players and he knows my system probably better than anybody including my assistant coach cause he’s been with me for like 10, 11 years,” said Cone.Devance and Cone have been on the same team since 2008 at Alaska. The two have won nine championships together including a Grand Slam with the San Mig Coffee Mixers in 2014.“He also knows how to impart knowledge. He’s a good teacher and he’s always the guy teaching his teammates in practice.”ADVERTISEMENT Romeo Travis happy to see Magnolia learn its lesson from Meralco collapse Becoming his own man From L-R: Jimmy Alapag, Jong Uichico, Joe Devance. All three will be part of the SEA Games men’s basketball coaching staff. FILE PHOTOSMANILA, Philippines—National team head coach Tim Cone said Jong Uichico, Jimmy Alapag and injured forward Joe Devance will be part of his Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff for the Southeast Asian Games.Cone welcomed the addition of the three whom he believes are going to provide invaluable contributions from the sidelines in the country’s bid for another SEA Games gold medal here less than three months from now.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games “Jimmy Alapag and Jong Uichico are joining our staff. That’s the new news I guess. Jimmy’s joining because his knowledge of the ABL and the players, he knows these guys really well. He called and he asked if he could join and Alfrancis (Chua) approved him,” Cone said Saturday after Ginebra’s 103-101 loss to Phoenix in the PBA Governors’ Cup.“I’ve known Jong for years and years we’re good buddies, but he’s basically the SBP appointee on the team. He knows the international games as well as anybody in the country and we still wanna make this a collaboration. We don’t wanna make this an SMC thing, we don’t wanna make this a Smart thing, we wanna make it a Gilas thing, a Pilipinas thing,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Alapag is currently the head coach of Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League. He steered Alab to an ABL title in 2018.Uichico called the shots for the national team that won the gold in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Zambrotta set to quit as Delhi Dynamos coach: reports

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 12 (PTI) Italian World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta is set to quit the head coachs job at the Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos to become assistant coach of Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, according to reports. Italian media reported that Zambrotta is set to join the Chinese Super League side which is a sister club of Inter Milan as both have the same Chinese owner, as a deputy to former England and Russia manager Fabio Capello. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia, Capello will be joined by 2006 World Cup winner Zambrotta and former Milan caretaker manager Cristian Brocchi. Capello has already joined Jiangsu Suning as head coach on June 10. Zambrotta was signed last year as Delhi Dynamos head coach for a two-year tenure and he took the side to the last- four stage. If he joins the Chinese side, he will be leaving Delhi Dynamos before his contract ends. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7: Does flagship killer 2.0 beat the original one? Here’s what matters

first_imgEarlier this week, Xiaomi launched its flagship offering – the Redmi K20 Pro, with mega fanfare. After two months of serious hype building, the Redmi K20 Pro has been established as Xiaomi’s take on an affordable flagship phone, offering the best of what the Chinese company has to offer. Starting at Rs 27,999, the Redmi K20 Pro is the cheapest phone to offer the Snapdragon 855 chipset and borrow some premium features you usually find on ultra-premium flagship phones from Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei. On paper, this truly impresses unlike anything else in the market.However, ever since the teasers began, Xiaomi has been mentioning the OnePlus 7 series as the phones to beat and this phone is designed to primarily beat OnePlus at its own game. OnePlus, while not choosing to mingle in this brand war, has been fairly confident about its OnePlus 7 (the regular one) and it feels that’s enough to deliver a premium user experience consumers need at this price. Hence, even with a higher price tag, OnePlus isn’t worried about its original flagship killer.As a smartphone enthusiast, it is difficult to choose between these two phones, given that both of them are spectacular in their own ways. If you had to buy one of these, which one could have been your pick? I try to make it a tad easier.Redmi gets the heart while OnePlus appeals to the brainKeep these two phones alongside each other and your eyes are going to be drawn to one of these effortlessly. Which one will it be? Undoubtedly, the Redmi K20 Pro. The Redmi K20 Pro offers a fresh design perspective with a stunning glass-metal build being adorned by a jaw-dropping gradient colour. In blue and red, the Redmi K20 Pro looks its best and it’s hard to use this one without a case. The layout of the triple cameras gives it a unique presence while the front gets a nearly bezel-less display. And a cherry on top is the illuminated pop-up camera that glues eyeballs, unlike anything.advertisement On the other hand, OnePlus 7 has signature OnePlus design. Unlike the Redmi K20 Pro that will excite the 9-year-old inside you, the OnePlus 7 is a phone you can take out in your office or incorporate meetings without a case. It’s elegant and beautiful at the same time. The design looks familiar to the OnePlus 6T but that’s not a bad thing considering the 6T was a good looking phone. At the front, you get a big 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch and a noticeable chin. Compared to the Redmi K20 Pro, it looks slightly old but OnePlus has gone for a curvy and tasteful design, and at times, it commands more attention from a matured crowd.Redmi K20 Pro edges ahead in specifications but OnePlus scores elsewhereXiaomi builds its phones around lofty specifications and a brief look at the K20 Pro’s spec sheet suggests the same. You get the Snapdragon 855 chip paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. For the display, there’s a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution housing an in-display fingerprint sensor. As with all Xiaomi phones, it runs on MIUI 10 with the latest version of Poco launcher installed on top. For the triple cameras at the back, there’s a 48-megapixel primary camera from Sony with F1.8 lens along with an 8-megapixel 53mm 2X zoom camera and 13-megapixel wide-angle camera. For selfies, the pop-up module houses a 20-megapixel camera. The whole thing is powered by a 4000mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging.OnePlus, on the other hand, has been gentle with the OnePlus 7, giving it all that a buyer wants in this premium category. Therefore, the Snapdragon 855 chip makes an appearance along with a faster UFS 3.0 storage. You can equip it with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. OnePlus’ Oxygen OS 9.5 based on Android 9 Pie is managing the errands. For the display, there’s a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with an in-built fingerprint sensor. The dual rear camera setup sports the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 camera along with a secondary 5-megapixel depth camera. For selfies, you get a 16-megapixel camera sitting in the notch. The phone is kept alive by a 3700mAh battery that comes with support for OnePlus’ 20W Fast Charge system. When it comes to everyday usability, the Redmi K20 Pro goes for a different path by offering as many options as it can to the user. The 6.3-inch bezel-less display is amazing for watching videos or play games. MIUI 10 as an operating system offers countless personalization options – you can apply hundred of themes and customise every aspect of the interface. The Poco launcher offers a smoother user experience. As of the cameras, they perform on par with the OnePlus 7’s camera but the extra two cameras offer more versatility for shutterbugs. Battery life is good for a flagship phone while the 27W fast charging is a boon.advertisementThe OnePlus 7 is a different personality altogether. It may be short of the Redmi K20 Pro in terms of specifications but it nails it in the user experience. OnePlus’ Oxygen OS offers the most polished Android experience you are going to get this year. The phone is consistently smooth and fast with no lags or stutters. The minimal interface has a focus on ease of use and the tasteful customisation options can make the experience elegant. The in-display fingerprint sensor is lightning quick, it’s leagues ahead in speed when compared to the one on the Redmi. The rear camera takes great photos but the lack of telephoto and wide-angle camera limits the opportunities shutterbugs can avail with this. The 3700mAh battery has been optimised well to easily last more than a day under normal usage.Xiaomi aces the price gameThe major deciding factor between these two phones comes down to the pricing. Xiaomi has an unmatched lead in this regard, with the Redmi K20 Pro starting at Rs 27,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage costs Rs 30,999.The OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage comes for Rs 37,999.ConclusionBoth these phone are great options for a premium smartphone. However, the Redmi K20 Pro wins the comparison on paper with its extremely affordable starting price of Rs 27,999 and an impressive spec sheet. It’s built well, looks jaw-dropping and has so far proven to be fast in everything it does. For value-conscious buyers, you can’t get a better deal than this.That said, spec sheet and a lower price take a backseat to polished user experience and this is where the OnePlus 7 shines. OnePlus offers the best Android experience with its Oxygen OS and it also does everything fast. But, it differentiates itself with a smooth and consistent user experience over a longer period of time. If you use a OnePlus device once, it’s difficult to migrate to any other ecosystem. On top of that, it does everything one expects from a premium device. It’s suited for a matured consumer and starting at Rs 32,999, it’s the best phone you can get in this price range – the best.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A80 with 48MP rotating triple camera launched in India: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Exclusive: Huawei to launch its first pop-up camera phone in India this month, will be priced under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Google removes apps allowing spying on partner, kids, employees: Check this list, delete them from your phoneadvertisementlast_img read more

Port of Ghent Zeeland Seaports to Present Merger Plans

first_imgzoom Belgian Port of Ghent and Dutch Zeeland Seaports are to presented a balanced merger agreement to their shareholders and works councils as the latest step in their merger plans.Next week, the two port authorities will present these proposals to their shareholders. It is expected that they will put them on the agendas of their municipal and provincial executives in October and November.The ports are setting out how the merger, which was unveiled in November 2016, will be given shape on the basis of equality. Over the next three months, shareholders and councils are expected to return their verdict on the merger between the two port authorities.The move comes on the back of the merger talks undertaken on November 7, 2016 at the Flemish-Dutch summit.After several months of financial, legal and other studies, at the end of June the shareholders and works councils of both port authorities were presented with the outline of a possible merger in the form of a merger protocol. In the summer months, the outline accord was worked up into a merger agreement, articles of association and a shareholders’ agreement.The starting point for the merger agreement is to achieve a merger on a fully equal basis (50%-50%) and thus create a single cross-border port area and a single new unified port authority.As regards the hoped-for merger, all signals for Zeeland Seaports and the Port of Ghent are now set to green. Following the approval of the merger agreement by the eight municipal and provincial authorities, the new name of the unified cross-border port area and the merged company will be announced. This is provisionally planned for December 8, the Port of Ghent informed.last_img read more

Expect players to implement learnings

first_imgBuriram (Thailand): Indian football team coach Igor Stimac on Monday hoped that his wards will implement their learnings from practice in the King’s Cup, commencing here on June 5. India will clash with Curacao, ranked 82 in the latest FIFA World Ranking, on June 5. “The boys are confident, and have understood that they can improve their game with hard work on a daily basis. “I appreciate the hard work put in by the players over the last 10 days in New Delhi. I expect them to implement their learnings from practice in the upcoming tournament,” Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunStimac said after the team’s arrival here. The newly-appointed coach admitted “it will be tough” for his boys coming from an off-season to play here, but insisted they would put their best foot forward. “The weather conditions will be difficult. This being the off-season, the situation is tough. But at the same time, it is the same for everyone. We’re here to win, and do our best,” Stimac said. India are participating in the King’s Cup, one of Asia’s oldest International tournaments, after a gap of 38 years, and this is Stimac’s first international assignment after his appointment as the new coach. Central midfielder Pronoy Halder praised Stimac, saying that the coach has been constantly reminding them that they can bridge the gap with the top nations. “The coach keeps saying to us that if we listen to him, and execute it on the field, we can go a long way. The most significant part is that all the players have taken it in the right spirit,” Halder said. “We understand Curacao are a very strong team as most of their players are playing in premier divisions across Europe. That is providing us the extra motivation to prove a point. We will give our 100 percent.”last_img read more

No blanket crypto trading ban yet in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Despite banking restrictions put in place by the Reserve Bank of India, the country has not put any blanket ban on trading in cryptocurrencies yet, the government has clarified. Responding to questions in the Rajya Sabha on whether the government has prohibited cryptocurrency in the country, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur this week said the answer was no. “Presently, there is no separate law for dealing with issues relating to cryptocurrencies. Hence, all concerned departments and law enforcement agencies, such as RBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities, etc. take action as per the relevant existing laws,” the Minister said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Similarly, police/courts take action on IPC (Indian Penal Code) offences. Further, in view of the risks and dangers associated with cryptocurrencies, (the) government and RBI have been issuing advisories, press releases and circulars to the public,” he added. Earlier the Reserve Bank of India issued a circular banning regulated entities from providing services to crypto businesses. The ban went into effect on July 6 last year, reported on Friday. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBut a draft bill for banning cryptocurrency has been in the works for some time with Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg leading the exercise. According to the draft “Banning of Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2019”, holding, selling or dealing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin could soon land you in jail for 10 years. The draft has proposed a 10-year prison sentence for persons who “mine, generate, hold, sell, transfer, dispose, issue or deal in cryptocurrencies. Besides making it completely illegal, the bill makes holding of cryptos a non-bailable offence. A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security and is generally based on Blockchain technology, a distributed ledger enforced by a disparate network of computers. Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency in the world.last_img read more

Defence minister in Halifax to talk spending on Royal Canadian Navy

first_imgHALIFAX – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will roll out more details today about Ottawa’s spending plans for the Royal Canadian Navy.Sajjan is expected to highlight investments in capabilities and support for the navy in Halifax, as part of the Liberals’ new defence policy.He has been holding events across the country to promote the Liberals’ proposed increase in defence spending.The Trudeau government announced last week that it will spend $62 billion more over the next two decades for a major expansion of the Canadian Armed Forces.But much of the money won’t flow until after the next election, and it’s not clear whether the spending spike would mean bigger federal deficits or spending cuts in other areas.Sajjan will also likely be asked about a recent meeting he had with the head of the American defence giant producing the controversial F-35 stealth fighter, which the governing Liberals had vowed not to purchase.last_img read more

Freeland defends Canadas position says it will always speak up for human

first_imgWhile Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Ottawa will wait to hear more details from Saudi Arabia before responding to the country’s decision to freeze new trade deals and expel Canada’s ambassador, she defended Canada’s position, insisting Ottawa will always stand up for human rights.Speaking to reporters in Vancouver on Monday, Freeland said Canada is “very comfortable” with its position that led to the new measures announced by Saudi Arabia.“We are always going to speak up for human rights, we are always going to speak up for women’s rights and that is not going to change,” Freeland said.Freeland said Canadians “expect” its foreign policy to be driven by Canadian values.Saudi Arabia’s move to freeze new trade agreements could threaten Canada’s $15-billion arms deal that includes providing armoured vehicles to the country, but Freeland called it “premature” to comment on its status.Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, said it is difficult to determine what the economic impact on Canada would be without specifics on which deals will be affected.On one hand, it would be a bad scenario to cancel the arms deals, but on the other, many human rights groups have criticized Canada’s decision to sell armoured vehicles to a regime with a “horrible human rights record,” Juneau said.Freeland’s comments come a day after Saudi Arabia made the decision in retaliation to a Global Affairs Canada tweet that expressed concerns about the arrests of activists in the kingdom.“Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, including Samar Badawi,” the tweet said. “We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists.”The Saudi foreign ministry ordered Canada’s ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country and called the use of “immediately release” in Canada’s tweet “unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable in relations between states.”“Any other attempt to interfere with our internal affairs from Canada, means that we are allowed to interfere in Canada’s internal affairs,” the Saudi ministry’s said.Amnesty International has said Badawi, the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, was recently detained along with Nassima al-Sada, another prominent female activist.Freeland would only tell reporters Monday that the Canadian ambassador is “fine” and would not disclose his location. Freeland said the embassy in Saudi Arabia is still in place and providing services to Canadians.Freeland also commented briefly on reports that Saudi Arabia is cancelling scholarships for more than 15,000 Saudi students attending university in Canada, saying it would be a “shame” if those students lost the opportunity to study in Canada.Bessma Momani, an analyst on Middle East affairs and professor at the University of Waterloo, said the move will resonate domestically.Momani called it, “getting tough on Canada,” which she said other countries in the region might welcome if they view Canadian foreign policy to be led by human rights concerns.There could be a sentiment among allies that, “Finally the Trudeau government is getting poked back in the eye by the Saudis.”At the same time, it sends a strong message to European and Middle Eastern countries not to “mess” with Saudi Arabia, Juneau said.“There is a clear, uniquely Saudi dimension to this in the sense that in the last three years Saudi Arabia has been behaving very aggressively and assertively in the Middle East,” he said, noting the blockade of Qatar and the war in Yemen.“For Saudi Arabia to punish Canada, it’s fairly easy because we’re not an important country for them, either are they for us,” he said.Regardless of how allies and others are perceiving the measure, it has rallied support among Saudis, said Momani, adding that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has a very young nationalistic base, many of whom have taken to Twitter to celebrate the decision and simultaneously criticize Canada.Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media said in a tweet earlier Monday that it is investigating a Twitter account that posted a photo of an Air Canada plane heading toward the CN Tower, eerily reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks.The ministry said it ordered the owner of the account to shut it down while investigations are completed.last_img read more

David Mazouz Appears In Safe Driving Campaign

first_imgHow well do you know your best friend? What’s their favorite snack on a road trip? What musician are they most likely to play in the vehicle? And what if answering these questions could keep your best friend safe on the road?Video: David Mazouz and the 4 Types of People You’ll Find on the RoadThat’s the case with “Brake It Down,” the national safe driving campaign from and Chevrolet! Thousands of young people will take the “Brake It Down” quiz about their friends’ on-the-road habits. Based on their answers, quiz-takers will receive customized tips to share with friends and keep them safe as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian.“Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for young people in the US. No surprise, research shows that warnings from parents and scare tactics from ads are not enough,” says Aria Finger, CEO and Chief Old Person of “Know what works? Peer-to-peer intervention! That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with Chevrolet on ‘Brake It Down.’ This campaign engages young people to be part of the solution instead of talking down to them.”“Brake It Down” features David Mazouz, best known for playing young Bruce Wayne on FOX’s Gotham, who stars in the campaign’s hysterical (and important!) PSA.“‘Brake It Down’ is an awesome campaign, and filming the PSA was so much fun,” Mazouz says. “This is such a cool, easy way to keep friends safe on the road. I’m so excited for the campaign to launch, and I’m definitely sharing the quiz with my friends.”By texting BRAKE to 38383, young people can take the quiz and “Brake It Down” for their friends between June 15 and September 15. By sharing anti-speeding tactics with friends, they’ll keep friends safe and enter to win a $5,000 scholarship from DoSomething and Chevrolet. (Talk about a win-win!)“We are always looking for ways to help drivers, especially young drivers, stay safe on the road,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “We’re proud to partner with to encourage peer-to-peer conversations about good driving behaviors.”last_img read more

HC directs CBI to recall LOC against businessman in corruption case involving

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed CBI to recall the Look-Out Circular (LOC) issued against a Hyderabad-based businessman who is an accused in a corruption case involving meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi and the agency’s ex-director A P Singh. Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said since Pradeep Koneru, the businessman, has been regularly joining the investigation, there is no justification in keeping alive the LOC which was issued on May 16 last year. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “Since the petitioner (Koneru) has been regularly joining investigation, there is no justification in keeping the present Look-Out Circular dated May 16, 2018, alive. The same be recalled by the issuing authority,” the court said. The court also imposed certain conditions on Koneru, including that he has to join the probe as and when called by the investigating officer (IO) and cooperate with the CBI. It also said that in case he has to travel abroad, he has to furnish to the IO the details of the country where is proposes to go, one week prior to the visit. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “The petitioner shall not travel abroad for more than two weeks in one month… The amount of Rs six crore deposited by the petitioner in the court shall be kept in the form of FDR till March 31, 2021 on auto renewal basis,” the court said. In case of any violation of the conditions by Koneru, the FDR will be forfeited and the CBI is at liberty to take appropriate recourse in accordance with the law, it said. It asked the trial court to return his passport and directed the high court registry to communicate a copy of this order to the FRRO. The high court passed the order on Koneru’s plea seeking quashing of the LOC issued against him by the CBI in the corruption case. The FIR, in connection with which Koneru was being questioned, was filed in 2017 by CBI after ED and Income Tax department’s probe into money laundering and black money allegations against Qureshi allegedly revealed involvement of senior public servants. The ED had written a letter to the CBI in this regard and it had in 2017 lodged an FIR against the meat exporter as well as its former director A P Singh, Koneru and several others. Another Hyderabad-based businessman, Sathish Babu Sana, on whose complaint a bribery case was filed against then CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, is also a witness in this case. Koneru is a prosecution witness in the ED case. During the arguments earlier, the CBI counsel had admitted in the court that Koneru was an accused in the corruption case and a division bench of the high court had on February 5, directed that no coercive steps be taken against him, which direction is still continuing. The court, in its order, noted that the record revealed that Koneru has joined the investigation in the case prior to issuance of the LOC. The businessman’s counsel had submitted that Koneru would record his undertaking to the court that he will continue to cooperate in the investigation and will not tamper with evidence or influence any witness. In this regard, the judge also recorded the statement of Koneru, who was present in the court.last_img read more

Health Morocco Struggles to Cope with Mental Illnesses

Casablanca – Morocco faces major challenges in its attempt to reassure concerned citizens of efforts addressing the need for psychological and medical treatment for those suffering from mental illness.Sanofi, a logistic platform for the distribution of pharmaceutical products along with the World Association for Social Psychiatry have recently organized a Mental Health Forum that aims to develop better programs for the management of mental disorders in needy countries all around the world.Morocco is included in these countries. According to the Moroccan news website, LeMatin, approxamitely 40% of the population at the age of 15 and older suffer, or have suffered, from at least one mental disorder. Most have been ousted from their communities and live on the streets without access to schooling, work or healing. Although many associations provide help in terms of clothing and housing, most suffering from mental illness do not receive enough, if any, professional treatment. The lack of specialized and qualified psychologists in the Kingdom of Morocco is another burden to overcome in order to find concrete solutions.This ongoing phenomenen is partially ignored by Moroccan society. This is why many homeless people suffering from mental illness crawl into their own world and are left with no choice but to try their best to stay alive.In comparison, more than 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental disorders. They represent the second leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries.Professor Tom Craig, president of the World Association for Social Psychiatry said, “About 80% of people with severe mental disorders in less developed countries do not receive treatment.” For this reason, Morocco strives to improve its mental health institutions, as well as provide special training for professionals and to ease mentally ill people back to a life with opportunities. The Professor continued, “However, with appropriate care and appropriate psychosocial support, healing is possible for most of [those suffering from mental illness].”In most developing countries, mental health services lack financial support and suffer from desperate shortages of qualified psychologists. Moreover, the availability of drugs for the treatment of mental disorders is particularly low and if available, often too expensive.The lack of adequate treatment is why most victims of mental illness hurt themselves and cause danger for themselves and others. For the moment, the ongoing and partially hidden issue is back on the scene for discussion and action. It is hoped that the coming years will finally bring about the changes that everyone hopes to see.Edited by Sahar Kian© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Queenstown family face deportation back to Sri Lanka

The Wijerathne boys – aged 11, 10 and 8 – attend Queenstown Primary School, where they are regarded as excellent students. Two made it to the recent finals of the Otago-Southland spelling bee. They were invited to sit Australian academic exams. They are swimmers and cricketers, playing for the Queenstown Club where dad Sam coaches. They go to church every Sunday. “In hindsight, it may have been fairer on the family for INZ to decline the applications then and not give them false hope.”Foley said the organisation was aware in 2016 that Dinesha had MS. However, it was not until this year they became aware she had had a prolonged absence from work and she acknowledged that she would be unable to work in full-time employment for some time.Dinesha was advised she was likely to impose significant costs or demands on New Zealand’s health services or special education services, Foley said.“All non-New Zealanders coming to New Zealand must have an acceptable standard of health so as not to impose undue costs or demands on New Zealand’s public health system,” Foley said.Still, when the family’s application to renew the visa was declined in October, they were taken by surprise and plunged into the desperate situation they are now in. Dinesha cannot work to the extent that is required. Sam can work but was declined for a work visa-partner and doesn’t fit the “skilled employment” category.Robinson said a request was being made for visas to be granted as a “special case” but the chances of that succeeding were low. (Colombo Gazette) Immigration NZ area manager Marcelle Foley said it usually took between six and 12 months to process a residency application. However, it was not unusual for longer processing times in complex cases “as is the case in the situation”. The boys’ mother, Dinesha Amarasinghe applied to come to New Zealand as a hospitality student in 2010. She had 10 years of industry experience and started working as a cook in Auckland in 2011, under Immigration New Zealand’s skilled migrant category.Late in 2011, the family moved to Queenstown, where she worked as commis chef at the popular Lone Star restaurant. Based on Dinesha’s visa, her husband Sam was granted an open work permit and worked at New World supermarket, the Hilton and as a taxi driver. In 2014, Dinseha slipped on the floor while working and was later diagnosed with a lumbar sprain. Despite the pain in her leg, she continued to work while awaiting treatment but in January 2015, continuing problems forced her onto ACC. In May 2015, she had a brain scan and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).In October this year, because Dinesha was unable to work, her skilled worker temporary visa was declined. Without it, Sam can no longer work and the family have to leave the country by November 21.The family have an application for residency sitting with Immigration NZ. They applied in April 2013. Their lawyer, Shane Robinson, was not involved with their case then but says that for the application not to be resolved to date is unusual. The processing of their residence visa has now been suspended as they have been unlawful in New Zealand since July, she saidRobinson said a large part of the delay was because Sam overstayed a working visa in Japan in 2006 and was deported. Despite that, he was given a visa in New Zealand as a special direction in 2012 but a dispute over the facts was continuing and was unresolved. However, Dinesha’s health has now taken over as the key issue.Confusing the family though is the fact that Dinesha was granted a new temporary work visa in 2016, despite her MS diagnosis. Robinson says Immigration NZ’s operational instructions state MS disqualifies someone from getting a temporary work visa but Immigration NZ allowed it in this case partly because it was unclear what degree of her health issues were caused by the 2014 fall and there was the ability to grant a waiver in the case of a residence visa (which was still in progress). A Sri Lankan family in Queenstown, New Zealand are facing deportation to Sri Lanka.The three brothers, their mother and father have been told they have to leave the country by November 21, reported. read more

Police blotter Can you identify this graffiti

Vandals have targeted multiple areas in Waterford including the Waterford Lions Park, Waterford Lions Community Centre and downtown Waterford.Police were contacted on April 17 around 8 a.m. by an employee of Norfolk County Parks and Recreation reporting graffiti on  several buildings and signs.Norfolk OPP have released images of the damage. If anyone recognizes the writing they are being asked to contact the Norfolk County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.Vehicle passes stopped school busA vehicle passed a stopped school bus on Golden Meadow Drive in Port Dover on April 16 between 8 and 8:30 a.m.The vehicle is being described as silver in colour.Police remind drivers of the rules of the road. Drivers approaching a stopped school bus with its overhead red signal-light flashing and the stop arm extended need to stop and not pass until the bus starts moving again.Vehicle owners should be aware that if the driver cannot be identified, the fine is given to the owner of the vehicle.“This law is in place to protect our most valuable resource, young children.  Passing a stopped school bus is not only against the law; it is a potential lethal decision. Taking a few extra minutes behind a stopped school bus can prevent lifelong regret of injuring or killing a child.” said Inspector Joseph Varga, Detachment Commander, Norfolk County OPP in a press release. read more

UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti continues fight to eliminate abductions

A unit of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti’s (MINUSTAH) Brazilian battalion approached a suspicious-looking group yesterday and the members fled, leaving behind the kidnap victim, a man in his 30s, the mission said. He was the second person found and released in just 24 hours and the seventh in about seven weeks.At a later news conference, MINUSTAH chief Juan Gabriel Valdés, saying that violence would lead only to defeat, appealed to armed groups to disarm and restore their legal status. MINUSTAH was prepared to talk with those implicated in violence and offer them the chance to join the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration programme, he said.The Security Council voted to establish MINUSTAH in April of last year after armed rebels threatened to march on the capital, Port-au-Prince, in February and elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left the country.Mr. Valdés visited two voter registration centres yesterday and expressed satisfaction at seeing the large number of people waiting to register. “Haiti’s hope lies first of all in the hands of its inhabitants,” he said.He welcomed the Government’s decision to extend the voter registration period by six weeks until 15 September, saying the extension would increase participation in the November and December polls.He also met with women who would be candidates in the upcoming elections and said the women would be given a larger framework to express their views, including taking part in educational broadcasts and contributing to brochures aimed at women across the Caribbean country. read more

The Latest FBI Suspect in custody in cruise ship death

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 7:59 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: FBI: Suspect in custody in cruise ship death ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Latest on the death of a woman from a domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship (all times local):8:25 p.m.An FBI spokeswoman in Anchorage says a suspect is in custody in the death of a woman on a cruise ship in U.S. waters off of Alaska.Staci Feger-Pellessier had no other details ahead of a scheduled Thursday news conference at which the U.S. attorney’s office plans to announce charges.Princess Cruises says a 39-year-old Utah woman died Tuesday night on the Emerald Princess following a domestic dispute. Few details about the case were released Wednesday, as investigators went to work.The ship is in the midst of a weeklong trip that left Sunday from Seattle. It docked in Juneau on Wednesday morning.___7 p.m.Federal officials plan to announce the filing of charges in the death of a woman aboard a cruise ship that docked in Alaska’s capital city on Wednesday.The U.S. attorney’s office said it will hold a news conference Thursday to announce the filing of charges related to the death aboard the Emerald Princess.The office says the news conference will include representatives of the FBI and the Coast Guard, agencies that were involved in the investigation.Princess Cruises said a 39-year-old woman from Utah died aboard the Emerald Princess late Tuesday, following a domestic dispute. The ship, which set off from Seattle on Sunday for a week-long trip, docked in Juneau on Wednesday morning.___5:30 p.m.Passengers aboard a cruise ship that docked in Alaska’s capital city Wednesday say they were notified that a domestic dispute onboard had led to a death.Princess Cruises said a 39-year-old Utah woman died Tuesday night on the Emerald Princess, which was carrying 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members on a weeklong trip that left Sunday from Seattle. The FBI was investigating.The incident happened in U.S. waters off Alaska.Passenger Zane Edwards, of California, says a cruise ship is like a mini-city and that things are bound to happen on it.Passengers said there were games, movies and food to help pass the time until they were allowed to leave the boat for shore excursions in Juneau late Wednesday afternoon, hours after docking.___4:40 p.m.Passengers are being allowed to disembark from a Princess Cruises ship in Alaska following the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman in a domestic dispute on board the vessel.The 3,400 passengers waited on board the Emerald Princess in Juneau for more than eight hours as authorities investigated the death. It happened Tuesday night while the ship was in waters outside Alaska.Before the passengers were let off the vessel late Wednesday afternoon, several people including one child were escorted by authorities off the vessel in two separate groups. Most were wearing white and grey hooded sweat shirts. The hoods and umbrellas obscured their faces.The groups were taken to vehicles with dark-tinted windows waiting in a restricted area of the port, and the people were whisked away.The FBI and Coast Guard are investigating the death. The FBI is involved because the death occurred in U.S. waters.The woman’s name was not immediately released.___3:50 p.m.Several thousand passengers are stuck on a cruise ship docked in Alaska’s capital city as authorities investigate the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman following a domestic dispute aboard the vessel.The FBI and Coast Guard are investigating the death, which occurred Tuesday night on a Princess Cruises ship. The FBI is involved because the death occurred in U.S. waters.The Emerald Princess arrived in Juneau about 8 a.m. Wednesday, and none of the 3,400 passengers have been allowed to get off the ship as of late afternoon.Princess Cruises spokeswoman Negin Kamali says conversations are underway to offer passengers some compensation for lost time, such as providing credits for shore excursions.Authorities have released very few details about the unidentified woman’s death.___10:40 a.m.The FBI is investigating the death of a Utah woman stemming from a domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship travelling in U.S. waters off Alaska.Princess Cruises says in a statement that the death occurred Tuesday night on the Emerald Princess but didn’t provide more details or immediately return calls. The 3,400-passenger ship arrived in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau on Wednesday, but passengers didn’t immediately get off.FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier says no arrests have yet been made, but a team was heading to Juneau. She says the agency is required to step in when such deaths occur in international or U.S. waters.Princess says the Emerald Princess departed Seattle on Sunday to begin a weeklong cruise.___This story has been corrected to show the cruise ship had 3,400 passengers, not 3,000. read more

Essequibo businessman remanded to prison for ganja cocaine bust

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEssequibo businessman arrested with ganja, cocaineAugust 20, 2017In “Crime”Businessman gets 3 years jail for narco traffickingJune 28, 2016In “Court”Leguan resident remanded for narcotics traffickingJuly 1, 2016In “Court” An Essequibo Coast, Region Two businessman was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared before Magistrate Ester Sam slapped with a narcotics trafficking charge.Devon Fordyce of Lot 45 Dartmouth Village, Essequibo Coast is accused of trafficking 1539 grams of cannabis and 32 grams of cocaine.Some of the illicit substances found on the businessman’s premisesHe made his first appearance before magistrate Ester Sam at the Charity’s Magistrate Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charge.Fordyce was arrested on August 19, 2017, after ranks conducted a search of his premises and unearthed 1539 grams of cannabis and 32 grams of cocaine in various sections of the house and in a chicken pen that was in the yard. Devon FordycePolice said the businessman, who they referred to as a trafficker, had been on their radar for quite some time now.Fordyce will make his next court appearance on September 3. read more

Metso adds to Lokotrack range with LT220D

first_imgAt CONEXPO 2014, Metso launched the Lokotrack LT220D which it states is “the most compact track-mounted combination of a cone crusher and a screen ever made.” The company believes that the model will revolutionise the way small mine and quarry contractors operate around the world. Combining a cone crusher and a screen into a single track-mounted plant, the Lokotrack LT220D reduces operational costs in several ways, most notably by substantially lowering fuel consumption and reducing the need for maintenance. In addition, the unit is compact and highly transportable.”Soaring, unstable fuel prices create demand for plants that are increasingly energy efficient and for new ways to operate. However, you can only increase the efficiency of a single machine up to a certain limit. Going beyond that point requires out-of-the box thinking and new innovations,” says Jarmo Vuorenpää, Project Manager at Metso Mining and Construction, describing the design process. The Lokotrack LT220D is designed with aggregate contractors in mind, who often haul equipment on a weekly basis while striving to keep costs down. Because of its excellent transportability, the Lokotrack LT220D enables contractors to take on smaller contracts that previously would have been unprofitable for them. “The Lokotrack LT220D is the first-ever track-mounted crusher/screen combination with such compact dimensions and good transportability,” Vuorenpää continues.The fuel economy of the Lokotrack LT220D is the sum of several features. Running both the crusher and the screen with a single Cat C13 309 kW diesel engine clearly makes a big difference. An efficient power transmission system enables maximum power for operating. The result is substantially decreased fuel consumption with no compromises on capacity. Meanwhile, a reduced number of transported units and a quick set-up translate into a significant increase in effective production time. Hydraulically operated screen lifting and folding side conveyors enable the Lokotrack LT220D to be ready for use in minutes. The total weight of 48 t and the compact transport dimensions make the Lokotrack LT220D easily transportable around the world, giving contractors plenty of flexibility.The Lokotrack LT220D is equipped with a proven, high-performing Metso cone crusher, either the HP200 or the GP220. An intelligent control system ensures safe and reliable processes in all applications. Paired with Metso’s Lokotrack LT106 mobile jaw plant, the new secondary unit is capable of producing up to three calibrated end products. Designed and manufactured in Tampere, Finland, Metso has shipped more than 6,000 Lokotrack plants globally in the past 29 years to customers ranging from aggregate contractors to major mining companies. Today, Metso also supplies locally engineered and manufactured Lokotrack models for the Indian market and will develop the track-mounted crushing and screening business in China through its recently established LiuGong-Metso joint venture.last_img read more

Former MEP throws his hat in the ring for Dublin South West

first_imgMurphy said that a message would be sent if he can see off government TDs.“If the AAA wins a seat in this by-election, as we believe we can, a powerful message of resistance will be sent. A message that we will resist the imposition of the bailout water tax, we refuse to pay for the debts of the bondholders and that we demand a real recovery for working people – which means pay rises, the provision of decent housing and public services.“It will further undermine this hated government and lay the basis for building a new movement to represent working people and fighting for a socialist alternative.”Read: Runners and riders update: Here’s who’s vying to take Brian Hayes’ vacant Dáil seat FORMER MEP PAUL Murphy says that he believes that he represents a “message of resistance” in the upcoming Dublin South West by-election.Murphy, who lost his European seat in May, today threw his hat into the ring for the by-election. With the most recent Dublin by-election going to a fellow Anti Austerity Alliance member – Ruth Coppinger- Murphy will be feeling confident.“People in this area decisively rejected the politics of austerity, of putting banks and bondholders before people’s needs, in the local and European elections. In the aftermath of those elections, the gulf between the rhetoric about recovery and reality continues to widen for most people, as austerity politics continues as usual.This by-election is likely to take place in the run-up to the budget. It is a vital opportunity to pile pressure on the government not to implement yet more cuts. The best way to do that is to elect an Anti Austerity Alliance activist.last_img read more