Patent Foe Sues Monsanto on Modified Crops

first_imgThe Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), an opponent of patents with very expansive claims, has sued St. Louis, Missouri-based company Monsanto, makers of various genetically modified seeds. PUBPAT is a New York City-based nonprofit which has won victories in patent fights with Columbia University, Myriad Genetics, Pfizer, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which owns patents on stem cell technology. From PUBPAT’s press on the Monsanto suit: NEW YORK – March 29, 2011 – On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today against Monsanto Company to challenge the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed. The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should they ever become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed, something Monsanto has done to others in the past. 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PUBPAT continues: “This case asks whether Monsanto has the right to sue organic farmers for patent infringement if Monsanto’s transgenic seed should land on their property,” said Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT’s Executive Director and Lecturer of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. “It seems quite perverse that an organic farmer contaminated by transgenic seed could be accused of patent infringement, but Monsanto has made such accusations before and is notorious for having sued hundreds of farmers for patent infringement, so we had to act to protect the interests of our clients.” Monsanto says: We’ve briefly read the allegations of the PUBPAT suit and press statement and find many of these allegations to be false, misleading and deceptive. Here are the facts: Monsanto has not ever sued and has publicly committed to not sue farmers over the inadvertent presence of biotechnology traits in their fields. Biotechnology crops have provided a wealth of benefits to farmers and the environment. It is well established that farmers growing biotech crops realize many benefits including increased yields and lower production costs, and the use of these crops have resulted in an increase in the adoption of conservation tillage practices that reduce soil erosion. These benefits are the reason why farmers have overwhelmingly and willingly chosen to use these technologies year after year. These crops have been grown widely in the United States for the past 15 years, and have been planted on more than 2 billion acres by 15 million farmers throughout the world. Plaintiffs allegations regarding patent validity are contrary to long established legal precedent which supports the validity of Monsanto’s patents and others in the biotechnology field. The plaintiffs’ approach is a publicity stunt designed to confuse the facts about American agriculture. These efforts seek to reduce private and public investment in the development of new higher-yielding seed technologies. This attack comes at a time when the world needs every agricultural tool available to meet the needs of a growing population, expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050. While we respect the views of organic farmers as it relates to the products they choose to grow, we don’t believe that American agriculture faces an all-or-nothing approach. Rather we believe that farmers should have the ability to choose the best agricultural tools to farm their own land and serve their own end-market customers. We are confident that these multiple approaches can coexist side-by-side and sustainably meet the world’s food needs over next 40 years. We stand behind the American farmer, remain committed to investing in new tools to help American agriculture meet the needs of our growing world, and are prepared to vigorously defend ourselves. It is unlikely that the plucky nonprofit will completely defang the ag giant, but given Ravicher’s track record, it would be risky to bet against his group not winning a single concession in the case.last_img read more

Pollen-eyed bee takes Nikon photography prize

first_imgIf honey bees were publicity hounds, this one might have stars in its eyes. But the winning entry in this year’s Nikon Small World photography competition has an eye full of pollen instead. Photographer and former beekeeper Ralph Grimm captured this extreme close-up after 4 hours of a painstakingly careful setup. Grimm, a high school fine arts teacher, says he hopes to call attention to the honey bees’ continued struggle to regain a stable population. Honey bees are a crucial facilitator in food diversity and stability—contributing more than $15 billion to crop value annually in the United States. But over the last decade or so, the bees have fallen victim to a number of problems like parasites, pesticides, and disease, causing their numbers to dwindle 30% each year since 2006. Grimm tells Nikon that his image, though beautiful, comes with a word of caution—we need to stay connected to our planet by listening to little creatures, like bees.last_img read more

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy get back to winning ways after clinching the Brazil…

first_imgChirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy didn’t have any hiccup in their path to clinch the title in BrazilAdvertisementThe promising young duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy got back to winning ways as they clinched the men’s doubles title at the Brazil International Challenge as a part of their Tokyo Olympic Qualification phase. They didn’t lose a single game in the entire tournament.Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy didn’t have any hiccup in their path to clinch the title in BrazilSatwik suffered a hairline fracture on November 2018 and has been out of action since then. He vowed to return to action only when deemed fully fit, as a result of which their rankings dipped considerably. Satwik didn’t participate in the Premier Badminton League either.Seeded first in their first competition in 2019, they ousted Peru’s Bruno Deza and Diego Mini 21-14, 21-18 to qualify for the quarterfinals. There, they took out the American-Indonesian pair of Sattawat Pongnairat and Ferdinand Sinarta 22-20, 21-15.In the semi-finals, they eked out Netherlands’ Jacco Arends and Ruben Jille 21-17, 21-19 in a nail-biting encounter. In a clash between the top two seeds in the finals, Satwik and Chirag emerged as victors 21-14, 21-18.The next challenge for the duo will be the Australian Open which is set to commence on 4th June.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea to challenge FIFA transfer ban at CAS

first_imgMid-day hosts first-of-its-kind girls football tournament | Ranis of Rink 2019 ‘Starstruck’ David Beckham shares photo with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke Chelsea will challenge a transfer ban from FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the London club said Wednesday after football’s world governing body rejected a first appeal. The ban on Chelsea signing players over the next two transfer windows remained largely in place after FIFA issued their ruling earlier on Wednesday. In February, the Blues were banned from signing players for their men’s teams for the next two transfer windows after being found guilty by FIFA’s disciplinary committee of breaching regulations relating to the recruitment of minors. Chelsea denied any wrongdoing and appealed. On Wednesday, the governing body of world soccer announced that its appeal committee had “decided to partially uphold the appeal”. The committee lifted part of the ban, but only for players under 16 who are not “international transfers and first registrations of foreign minor players”.Related News That means Chelsea will still not be able to sign male players over the age of 16 when the summer transfer window opens. Chelsea responded to FIFA’a decision by saying they intended to lodge the transfer ban with CAS. “The club notes that the FIFA appeal committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea FC against the decision of the FIFA disciplinary committee,” the Blues said in a statement. “However, the club is very disappointed that the transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods was not overturned,” it added. “Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA appeal committee. “It acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).” Chelsea had been eager to have the ban lifted, or suspended pending an appeal, so they could be in a position to sign a replacement for Belgium’s Eden Hazard, who is being touted as a possible £100 million (116 million euros, $131 million) transfer target for Real Madrid. The appeal committee also confirmed the fine of 600,000 Swiss francs (526,000 euros, $590,000). Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City have to put in hard work to retain EPL crownlast_img read more

BJP leader Teotia shot at, hospitalised

first_imgGhaziabad, Aug 3 (PTI) Senior BJP leader Brijpal Teotia and five others were seriously injured when they were attacked by armed assailants here today.According to Meerut zone IG Surjeep Pandey, at around 7.20 PM, unidentified assailants came in a car and opened fire at Teotia and others at Raoli Road under Muradnagar police station.The BJP leader and five others were seriously injured in the incident, he said, adding that even though the police launched a chase, the culprits managed to flee.The injured were initially admitted at a hospital in Ghaziabad from where, Teotia was referred to Fortis Hospital in Noida, the IG said.Teotia, who had contested the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election from Muradnagar constituency, was on his way to Ghaziabad when the incident occurred, he added. PTI COR RC SC TIRlast_img read more

ESPN’s Early Prediction For The Alabama-LSU Game

first_imgJalston Fowler of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 09: Jalston Fowler #45 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers in the fourth quarter of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)With a full ten days until one of the marquee matches of college football – Alabama-LSU – ESPN is taking an early swing at picking the game.Alabama has been ranked No. 1 all year and remain the prohibitive favorite to sweep the regular season and the College Football Playoffs.Ranked No. 4 heading into next week’s game, LSU represents the biggest challenge Alabama has left on their regular season schedule.ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the game.ESPN’s computer model believes that Alabama is practically a guaranteed win. The computer model gives the Crimson Tide a 78.6 percent chance to win the game against LSU.If Alabama beats LSU, a trip to the SEC Championship game becomes almost guaranteed. The remaining schedule consists of Mississippi State, The Citadel, and Auburn.The game will be played on November 3rd at 7 p.m. EST on CBS.last_img read more

Fincantieri Sets Sights on Chinese Market

first_imgzoom Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri plans to increase its presence in the Chinese market as the country eyes construction of its first cruise ship.China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has already expressed interest in building the country’s first self-developed luxury cruise ship.However, the country’s shipyards still lack the necessary know-how to do so and Fincantieri could use this to their advantage having specialized in this branch.Speaking at the delivery of the Costa Diadema, the new flagship of Costa Cruises, the company’s CEO Giuseppe Bono outlined the steps the shipyard plans to take so as to ensure further growth of its business.According to Bono, Fincantieri will dedicate increased attention to the growing Chinese market, but to do so it needs to strengthen its own business, Italian La Stampa writes. This would take the form of a stronger foothold in the market as the company is not interested in sharing its technology and know-how or cooperation partnerships.Bono did not want to comment on media claims that Finacantieri intends to take over struggling STX France in Saint Nazzaire.The STX shipyard in France is 20% owned by the French state, the rest is owned by its parent company STX Offshore from Korea.The company has been put up for sale for almost a year now and the buyer is yet to be identified.However, it is questionable whether the takeover would be approved by the regulators, as it would set the stage for Fincantieri and Meyer Verft to dominate the market.Fincantieri has also sets sight on the offshore market. The company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Technip in Italy to increase their joint competitiveness by starting to address Italian and Mediterranean Sea offshore markets.According to Fincantieri, this agreement follows the existing collaboration between the two companies which are bidding for the construction of a platform to be located offshore Sicily.The areas initially identified for the implementation of this cooperation include the joint development of vessels for the Oil and Gas offshore production, such as FPU (Floating Production Unit) and FRSU (Floating Regasification & Storage Unit).The agreement also foresees the implementation of a strategic and commercial framework to address a common network of business development activities.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

No Approvals Required for Small Pit Operations

first_imgOperators of small pits under two hectares in size will no longer have to apply for an approval for their operation. Department of Environment and Labour regulations that take effect immediately will reduce costs for pit operators and allow for more flexibility in their operations. “We want to make the process for operating a pit fair for all, while at the same time protecting the environment,” said Kerry Morash, Minister of Environment and Labour. “This is an exemption from approvals for pits under two hectares. If we find pit operations where there is an adverse effect on the environment, we still have all the options that the law affords us to deal with those situations.” The department will also be talking to operators, interested groups and the public about the appropriate standards for all pits and quarries, regardless of size. A discussion paper will be released in late July focusing on environmental standards, such as minimum rehabilitation requirements and noise and dust levels. Departmental staff will arrange meetings with interested groups. Discussions will occur between September and November, and new operating standards will be ready for the next construction season. Mr. Morash said he encourages all those interested to participate in the discussion process. Pit operations are often smaller than quarry operations and deal with the above-ground removal of aggregate, without blasting. Pit aggregates can include slate, sand, rock used for sewer construction and foundation gravel. An approval currently costs more than $1,000, and requires bonding and a survey to be completed which can add significantly to the cost. Nova Scotia is committed to creating a competitive climate that supports business, while at the same time ensuring the protection of the things that are important to Nova Scotians — public health and safety, a clean environment and safe workplaces.last_img read more

Hiphop star Sean Combs made this artist a record setter Now his

first_imgKerry James Marshall has been making art for the past 40 years, but lately his fame has been exploding.Hip-hop mogul Sean Combs, also known by stage names Diddy and Puff Daddy, recently purchased one of his works, Past Times, for $21.1 million at auction, which is reportedly the most ever paid for a work by a living African-American artist.Another one of Marshall’s admirers is Vancouver condo kingpin Bob Rennie, whose Rennie Museum will be displaying a retrospective of Marshall’s works held in his personal collection. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Kerry James Marshall in front of his painting, Garden Party, at the Rennie Museum in Vancouver. (Supplied by Nancy Dery) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

New York will be first US city to charge congestion toll

New York City is set to become the first American metropolis that seeks to ease traffic congestion, cut pollution and boost mass transit by charging motorists a hefty toll for the privilege of driving into its most crammed areas. So can it work?If the experience of other cities around the world that have tried it is any indication, the answer appears to be yes. London, Singapore and Stockholm have all reported that “congestion pricing” systems similar to the one now being planned for Manhattan led to initial reductions in traffic and improvements in air quality, while creating a steady stream of revenue to support public transit and other infrastructure.“New York is a prime example of cities where it tends to work, which is very high density, with relatively good public transportation” or at least the skeleton of a good system, said John Rennie Short, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.But critical questions still to be resolved that could determine what the experiment ultimately looks like and whether it is successful, experts said.New York has to work out details of the plan, which would use a network of license plate readers to bill vehicles for using surface roads anywhere in Manhattan south of Central Park. That includes the cost of the toll, which is likely to be more than $10.Will the tolls raise enough money to make the city’s strained mass transit system reliable? Is there enough alternative transportation for commuters who decide to give up their cars? How will the tolling system affect the delivery trucks, taxis and ride-hail vehicles that now comprise a big proportion of Manhattan traffic? And will so many vehicles be made exempt from the tolls that the effect on travel patterns is minimal?Mitchell Moss, director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University, predicted that in the end the city might see only a modest decline in traffic, as people either absorb the cost and keep driving, or switch to services like Uber and Lyft.“We’re not going to see people abandon their cars to get into the subway,” he said.Primarily, he said, the system is likely to benefit the public transportation system, which now has a new source of revenue for much-needed repairs and upgrades.“This is a terrific victory … for the mass transit ridership and for New York’s capacity to respond to the crisis of its mass transit system,” he said.New York state legislators approved a conceptual plan Monday for the tolling system, which would supplement an existing network of bridge and tunnel tolls that charge $9.50 to $15 for vehicles coming into Manhattan via seven of the 20 bridges and tunnels leading onto the island.A panel will now be convened to set the toll prices — one recent proposal suggested around $12 for passenger vehicles — and create possible exemptions or credits for some drivers. That could include discounts for motorists already paying a toll enter Manhattan. The earliest the tolls could begin is Dec. 31, 2020.One model for the system has existed since 2003 in London, which offers evidence that the system could work — and a cautionary note for how it may need to adapt over time.Initially, London charged drivers 5 pounds, or about $6.50, to come into the central part of the city during the workweek.The toll initially had a considerable effect. In its first year, congestion dropped 30%, buses got 6% faster and there was a 12% reduction in emissions.In recent years, however, congestion has dramatically worsened, despite the fee rising to 11.50 pounds, about $15, per day. Officials say that was due in large part to the flood of app-based for-hire vehicles like Uber, which were initially exempt from the tolls. As a result, the city is lifting the exemption starting April 8.In Stockholm, a pilot program that was put in place with less-than-enthusiastic public support in 2006 became much more popular as people saw immediate drops in congestion and air pollution, so much so that residents voted to make it permanent in 2007. Singapore’s system has been around since the 1970s.About 717,000 vehicles a day enter the Manhattan zone considered for the program, a recent city study said. One estimate said a congestion pricing plan with an $11.52 toll could reduce traffic by 13 per cent and raise gross revenues of $1.1 billion per year, much of which would go to support trains and buses after expenses.“Even a small reduction in traffic can have a substantial impact on the larger traffic network,” said Kate Slevin, senior vice-president of state programs and advocacy at Regional Plan Association, an advocacy organization that supports the congestion toll.Asked about concerns over whether such a beleaguered transit system could even handle more riders if people decided not to drive into Manhattan, Slevin pointed out that transit officials have almost two years to take steps that will help, like redoing bus routes.“The good news is there’s going to be a couple of years before the congestion toll is turned on,” she said.___Associated Press Writer David Klepper in Albany contributed to this report.Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press read more

Sri Lankan escapes from police custody in India

Sureshwas arrested by a police team in Ervadi, Ramanathaouram in 2014 when he attempted to smuggle contraband. He was remanded to judicial custody in the case and remained at Puzhal prison. A Sri Lankan national allegedly escaped from police custody at the CMBT in Koyambedu, Chennai, The Hindu newspaper reported. They were on their way to Puzhal prison where he was remanded on charges of smuggling drugs.Suresh alias Nishanth (32), a native of Colombo, arrived at the CMBT around 12 a.m. on Friday from Pudukkottai after a court hearing, escorted by Armed Reserve constable Lazar. He requested Lazar to allow him to use the toilet. Lazar removed his handcuffs and waited . Suresh walked out shortly only to assault the constable and run away from the bus terminus into the darkness. The constable gave a chase but was unable to nab him. After reporting the matter at CMBT police station, he got himself admitted to the Government Kilpauk hospital . read more

Blizzard warnings issued in Northeast as forecasters predict 2 to 3 feet

Blizzard warnings issued in Northeast as forecasters predict 2 to 3 feet in some areas by Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2015 3:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dressed in grizzly bear garb, Cicero Goncalves looks to be well prepared for snowy weather as he waits in New York’s Penn Station for a train to Vermont, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2015. Goncalves was headed north for some snowboarding, and was traveling by train because he expected the flight he had hoped to take would be canceled due to a storm that could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from starting Monday. Goncalves, a 34-year-old flight attendant from Queens, counted himself and his travel partner as lucky. “We’ll get there before it snows, and we’re coming back when the storm is over, on Thursday,” he said. A blizzard warning was issued for New York and Boston, and the National Weather Service said the massive storm would bring heavy snow and powerful winds starting Monday and into Tuesday. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik) NEW YORK, N.Y. – A “potentially historic” storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston, and the National Weather Service said the massive storm would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding starting Monday and through Tuesday.“This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Sunday.De Blasio held up a piece of paper showing the city’s top 10 snowstorms and said this one could land at the top of a list that goes back to 1872, including the 26.9 inches that fell in 2006. “Don’t underestimate this storm. Prepare for the worst,” he said as he urged residents to plan to leave work early Monday.Boston is expected to get 18 to 24 inches of snow, with up to 3 feet west of the city, and Philadelphia could see 14 to 18 inches, the weather service said.“We do anticipate very heavy snowfall totals,” said Bob Oravec, lead forecaster with the weather service in College Park, Maryland. “In addition to heavy snow, with blizzard warnings, there’s a big threat of high, damaging winds, and that will be increasing Monday into Tuesday. A lot of blowing, drifting and such.”Wind gusts of 75 mph or more are possible for coastal areas of Massachusetts, and up to 50 mph further inland, Oravec said.Airlines prepared to shut down operations along the East Coast, leading to the expected cancellation of about 1,200 flights scheduled for Monday, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware.A weekend storm that had brought snow and slush to the Northeast — the first real snow of the season for many areas — was just a warm-up.“Looks like our luck is about to run out,” said John Paulsen as he gassed up his SUV in New Jersey. “I can’t complain too much since we’ve had a pretty mild winter, but I don’t know if I’m ready for a foot or so of snow all at once.”The storm system driving out of the Midwest brought several inches of snow to Ohio on Sunday and was expected to ultimately spread from the nation’s capital to Maine for a “crippling and potentially historic blizzard,” the National Weather Service said.The Washington area expected only a coating or a bit more, with steadily increasing amounts as the storm plods its way north.At New York’s Penn Station, Cicero Goncalves was waiting for a train to Vermont, where he’s going snowboarding, because he expected the flight he had hoped to take would be cancelled.But the 34-year-old flight attendant from Queens — who was dressed in a full-length bear costume — counted himself and his travel partner as lucky. “We’ll get there before it snows, and we’re coming back when the storm is over, on Thursday,” he said.Preparations large and small were in effect elsewhere in New York. A Manhattan Home Depot store sold about twice as many shovels over the weekend as it normally does, and transit officials hoping to keep the subways running smoothly planned to use modified subway cars loaded with de-icing fluid to spray the third rail that powers trains.Farther north, snow plow driver Al Laplant expected to be out clearing roads of Simsbury, Connecticut, this week, just as he has for more than two decades. But even for a plow driver, the snow is no cakewalk.“It’s kind of exhilarating,” he said. “But at the same time, I’ve been doing it for 27 years, so I’m kind of tired of it myself.”The Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots also expected to be out — as in out of town — by the time the storm arrives in Boston. The team plans to leave Logan Airport at 12:30 p.m. Monday for Phoenix, where the temperature will reach the high 60s.___Associated Press writers Pat Eaton-Robb in Hartford, Connecticut; Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton, New Jersey; Deepti Hajela in New York; Albert Stumm in Philadelphia; and Marcy Gordon in Washington contributed to this report. read more

JPMorgan Chase to pay 17 billion to victims of Madoff Ponzi fraud

first_imgUS BANKING GIANT JPMorgan Chase will pay $1.7 billion to the victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme under an agreement with prosecutors, a US Attorney announced today.JPMorgan admitted to charges that it failed to maintain an effective money-laundering programme and did not file a suspicious activity report on Madoff, said Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.- © AFP, 2014Related: Brother of Bernie Madoff gets 10 years for role in Ponzi schemelast_img

Clark County to post new limit signs on bridges

first_imgRoad workers will post new vehicle weight- and axle-limit signs on seven bridges around unincorporated Clark County in the coming weeks, in keeping with new bridge vehicle weight limit rating guidelines.Most of the county’s bridges are 50 to 75 years old, county officials said in a news release, and were not designed to meet the current demands on the transportation system.The bridges are:• Gibbons Creek Bridge, built in 1940, on Southeast Evergreen Way over Gibbons Creek.• Rock Creek Bridge, built in 1949, on Northeast Rock Creek Road over Rock Creek.• Matney Bridge, built in 1955, on Northeast 68th Street over Matney Creek.• Morgan Bridge, built in 1956, on Northeast 182nd Avenue over Morgan Creek.• Venersborg Bridge, built in 1954, on Northeast 209th Street over Salmon Creek.• An unnamed bridge, built in 1954, on Northeast 167th Avenue over Mudd Creek.• Landon Bridge, built in 1955, on Northeast Clark County Landon Road over Yacolt Creek.The Clark County Council approved the restrictions in December, in response to a federal directive requiring the county to update bridge load ratings for new truck configurations and heavy emergency response vehicles.In 2013, the Federal Highway Administration directed local roads agencies to update load ratings for all the bridges in the country and include newer, heavier vehicle configurations. Specifically, the updated ratings consider special hauling vehicles, a relatively newer heavy vehicle configuration with multiple, closely spaced axles, typically four to seven axles to a vehicle.The county said the restrictions will take effect once the signs are posted to each bridge. The signs may not be finished until late February because of the time to order, make, deliver and install them.last_img read more

One person dies on local freeway

first_img CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – One person was killed when a Ford Mustang crashed on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista, just five hours into 2018.The Mustang crashed in the left lane and center divider on the freeway at H Street in Chula Vista, the dispatcher said. At least two other cars hit the wreckage.Debris was strewn across the freeway blocking all lanes.No name was immediately released. One person dies on local freeway KUSI Newsroom, January 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: chula vista FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police searching for missing elderly Tamarac man with Alzheimers

first_imgTAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Tamarac man with Alzheimer’s disease who has not been seen since Wednesday morning.Mike Mehan, 74, left his home at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, in a green 2011 Toyota Camry, police said, and hasn’t been seen since. Police said the car has a license plate tag of Y4XGH.Mehan stands about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has gray hair and brown eyes, according to BSO.If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact 954-764-HELP (4357). If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Shocking threat Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had to endure prior

first_imgPrince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day could have ended in bloody disaster if “Muslim Prince of Spain” had had his way.Reportedly Meghan Markle and Prince Harry received an alleged death threat on their wedding day. As per reports, the threat suggested a bomb would be set off at Windsor Castle last May. A series of emails were sent to the Royal Family warning them that the wedding day would be a “blast.” The emails were apparently sent to Prince Andrew.The man who sent the emails Mohammad Jibra-Eel Saleh, faces jail if found guilty of malicious communications to The Queen’s son and Government officials, The Daily Telegraph reported.The email, which came 12 days before the wedding, read: “We’re at war. Your grandson’s wedding is going to be a blast. “You f****g stupid British Royal Family. I am the Muslim Prince of Spain married to the illegitimate daughter of the former King of Spain, Juan Carlos’s daughter called Marguerita.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe emails went on to say that the British Royal Family was going to die for having him arrested and tortured in prison in the Netherlands. Saleh was arrested by the Police two days before the Royal wedding.Saleh, was reportedly tracked down by police and arrested two days before the royal wedding. He was not able to make good on his threat. After he was arrested, Saleh pleaded not guilty to three charges which included sending an electronic communication which conveyed a threat and was found guilty.The threat to the Royal couple was neutralized and the Royal wedding was quite a spectacle. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child this month. The Royal couple has moved to Frogmore Cottage in anticipation of the Royal baby’s arrival. Baby Sussex will be Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019 Rafael Nadal vs Sam Querrey in quarterfinal Live streaming preview

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THE TENNIS CHANNELUNITED STATES SKY DEUTSCHLANDex GERMANY & AUSTRIA non ex LIECHENSTEIN, LUXEMBOURG, SOUTH TYROL NHKJAPAN beIN SPORTSEX: FRANCE, MONACO & FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES, NON EX: ANDORRA, MAURITIUS, MADAGASCAR, FRENCH SPEAKING SWITZERLAND VTV CabVIETNAM FOX SPORTSAUSTRALIA SPORTKLUBFORMER YUGO POLSATPOLAND Nadal won his fourth round match on centre court.Twitter/WimbledonTwo-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal will take on Sam Querrey in a quarter-final fixture of the Wimbledon at the All England Club on July 10. The Spanish giant defeated Joao Sousa in straight sets whereas American giant Querrey won the third-round match against fellow countryman Tennys Sandgren.PreviewKing of Clay, Rafael Nadal, after winning a hard-fought match against Nick Kyrgois, cruised through  third-round beating Frenchman Jo Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets, setting up a date with Joao Sousa in the fourth round of the tournament.  He did not give Sousa any chances as the 33-year-old won the match 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. But the Spaniard will expect a tough game against the American as he has beaten big names like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray before and is in good form in the tournament. As the tournament progressed Nadal’s game has also got better and he will face Djokovic in the semi-finals if the Serb also wins the match. Rafael Nadal was king of clay once again.On the other hand, Sam Querrey has been in good form in the tournament already adding 100 aces to his name. He had a very tight match against his fellow-countryman Tennys Sandgren which he won 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. It will be an interesting contest to see as Querrey will give a tough time to the Spanish player. The Spaniard is definitely the favourite to win the match but a major upset can be on the cards.Schedule, global TV listings, live streaming and where to watch in IndiaRafael Nadal-Sam Querrey match will start at 4 PM local time and 7.30 PM IST at the Court number one.The matches will be telecasted in India on Star Sports and Star Sports HD. Internet users can watch live streaming on Hotstar. 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Loot Animes August 2016 crate takes us BACK TO SCHOOL

first_imgAugust 2016’s Loot Anime theme is BACK TO SCHOOL, and it’s a pretty compelling and amusing mish-mash of vaguely scholastic merch from anime series past and present. Omnicidal squid-senseis, gothic lesbian overtones, psychic demon-summoning ritualistic suicide enactment, the works. High schools in Japan must be amazing.Revolutionary Girl Utena bento boxAssassination Classroom dry erase board with magnetsDanganronpa neck tieFruits Basket keychain/phone charm setDigimon Adventure: Tri art card setPersona 3 manga volume 1Loot Anime BACK TO SCHOOL phone charmNo t-shirt in this crate, but still tons of great stuff. The Revolutionary Girl Utena bento box stands out, partly in a “Hey, I remember that weird anime” sense and partly because it’s actually a pretty nice two-compartment plastic bento with a set of chopsticks in the lid and an elastic loop that keeps it together. It’s a nice lunchbox.AdChoices广告Assassination Classroom is an oddly heartwarming series about teacher murder, but the teacher in question is a memorable smiley-faced monster and the dry erase board is actually pretty handy. It’s covered in art from the anime, but it has both a desk stand and magnets so you can put it anywhere, and it comes with a white dry erase marker with an eraser in the cap.Danganronpa is best known for its creepy bear robot puppet thing that gets high school students to kill each other. The neck tie doesn’t straight up have a Monokuma on it, and thankfully has a simple red no symbol instead of the gross puffy belly button on the bear, and it looks pretty striking.Those are the big items in the crate. There are also some art cards from Digimon Adventure: Tri, which comes out in the US this month, plus a volume of the Persona 3 manga and a set of Fruits Basket keychains/phone charms. I don’t know what Fruits Basket is, but one of those characters is wearing onigiri as a hat.Loot Anime is one of Loot Crate’s themed monthly crates. $24.95 per month gets you a box full of anime and manga merch sent straight to your door. If you’re a huge weeb like me, it’s pretty great. August 2016 BACK TO SCHOOL Loot Anime.<><>last_img read more

Dutch fans celebrate Netherlands spectacular victory at Jazz Café Escazú

first_img Facebook Comments Beaming with joy, a crowd ofOranje fans poured out of Jazz Café Escazú to celebrate in the street. They had every reason to party: Against the odds, the Netherlands trounced Spain 5-1, in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. Revenge was sweet. Fans blasted vuvuzelas, waved the Dutch flag and basked in the enthusiastic honking of passing cars.Joris van Roosmalen, a seller of artisanal furniture, wore an orange fedora and had Dutch flags painted on his cheeks.“It was like after I had sex for the first time,” declared Roosmalen. “If I had no hope before, now I am 95% sure we have a chance.”Is it strange, rooting for your team while living in another country? “Our heart is in Holland,” said Roosmalen. “Always.”Nearby a breathless Sebastian Martierena declared his love for the World Cup.The Argentinian consultant, who moved to Costa Rica only five months ago, said “The first half was not great, but in the second half, the [Dutch] defense was perfect, the offense was absolute madness. I think Spain was expecting a different Dutch team. But they have a very tight team. They know each other very well.”Thanks to its Dutch ownership and enormous projection system, Jazz Café was the perfect setting for enjoying the victory and Spain’s humiliating loss.But why was a guy from Buenos Aires rooting for the Netherlands?“I have a few friends from Holland who invited me,” Martierena said jovially. Sabastian Martierena (left) and Joris van Roosmalen (center left) celebrate with fellow fans outside Jazz Café Escazú. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Related posts:Dutch expats prepare for showdown with Costa Rica Sympathetic Dutch celebrate victory in Escazú VIDEO: World Cup 2014 Retrospective! What I’ll tell my daughter about La Sele, 2014last_img read more