Toronto: Dozens of genes, previously thought to have similar roles across different organisms, are in fact unique to humans and could help explain how our species evolved, scientists have found. These genes code for a class of proteins known as transcription factors, or TFs, which control gene activity, according to researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada. TFs recognise specific snippets of the DNA code called motifs, and use them as landing sites to bind the DNA and turn genes on or off. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Previous research had suggested that TFs which look similar across different organisms also bind similar motifs, even in species as diverse as fruit flies and humans. However, a new study from Professor Timothy Hughes’ lab, from the University of Toronto, shows that this is not always the case. The researchers found a new computational method which allowed them to more accurately predict motif sequences each TF binds in many different species. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe findings, published in the journal Nature Genetics, reveal that some sub-classes of TFs are much more functionally diverse than previously thought. “Even between closely related species there’s a non-negligible portion of TFs that are likely to bind new sequences,” said Sam Lambert, former graduate student in Hughes’ lab. “This means they are likely to have novel functions by regulating different genes, which may be important for species differences,” said Lambert, who is now at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Even between chimps and humans, whose genomes are 99 per cent identical, there are dozens of TFs which recognise diverse motifs between the two species in a way that would affect expression of hundreds of different genes. “We think these molecular differences could be driving some of the differences between chimps and humans,” said Lambert. To reanalyse motif sequences, Lambert developed new software which looks for structural similarities between the TFs’ DNA binding regions that relate to their ability to bind the same or different DNA motifs. If two TFs, from different species, have a similar composition of amino-acids, building blocks of proteins, they probably bind similar motifs. However, unlike older methods, which compare these regions as a whole, the new method automatically assigns greater value to those amino-acids — a fraction of the entire region — which directly contact the DNA. In this case, two TFs may look similar overall, but if they differ in the position of these key amino-acids, they are more likely to bind different motifs. When Lambert compared all TFs across different species and matched to all available motif sequence data, he found that many human TFs recognise different sequences — and therefore regulate different genes — than versions of the same proteins in other animals. The finding contradicts earlier research, which stated that almost all of human and fruit fly TFs bind the same motif sequences, and is a call for caution to scientists hoping to draw insights about human TFs by only studying their counterparts in simpler organisms. “There is this idea that has persevered, which is that the TFs bind almost identical motifs between humans and fruit flies,” said Hughes. “And while there are many examples where these proteins are functionally conserved, this is by no means to the extent that has been accepted,” he said.
OTTAWA – Donating money he made from shares in his family business since taking office is not an admission that he was in a conflict by controlling those shares, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau told a political talk show that aired Sunday.Morneau told Global TV’s The West Block he made the move simply to reassure Canadians that he isn’t in politics for his own benefit.The minister announced last week he’ll donate to charity the difference in the value of his shares in Morneau Shepell between the date he was elected in October 2015 and the day they’re sold.He made the pledge after revealing that he would sell his shares in Morneau Shepell, the human resources and pension management firm he helped build with his father, and that he would place all of his other assets in a blind trust.The move also came after days of allegations from Morneau’s political rivals that he was in a conflict of interest over his sponsorship of a pension bill that could benefit Morneau Shepell.When asked directly whether donating the money was an admission that holding the shares in the first place was a conflict of interest, Morneau replied “Really, no.”“I believe that when people have questions you need to listen to those questions and decide if there’s a way that you can assure people that they’re not something they need to be concerned with,” Morneau later added.“And I’ve chosen a way to do that that makes absolute assurance that no one can have any question.”In a separate interview aired on CTV’s Question Period, Morneau said he didn’t believe he was in a conflict by introducing C 27, which proposes changes to private pension plans — legislation that could benefit Morneau Shepell.“I don’t see that as a conflict at all,” Morneau said, telling interviewer Evan Solomon he’s dealt with pension issues “for decades,” and that the Liberal government’s long-term goal is to ensure pensions are available so Canadians can retire in dignity.On Thursday, Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson told New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen she would investigate his concerns that Morneau’s sponsorship of the proposed law may violate the Conflict of Interest Act.Cullen said it’s clear to him that, at the very least, Morneau should not have put his name behind legislation that proposed to make changes that could improve his family fortunes.“It seems pretty obvious to most people that if you’re into this type of pension work prior (to taking office), your company is still in it, you still have shares in it, you stand to benefit from it, then don’t introduce legislation,” Cullen told a political panel.For its part, Morneau Shepell said that, even though it supported C 27, it wasn’t involved in consultations on the bill, nor would it greatly benefit from the legislation.“Bill C 27 is not expected to have a material impact on our company,” Morneau Shepell said in a statement issued Friday.The proposed law would give federally regulated pension plans the option to adopt target benefit pension plans, which critics argue transfer much of the risk of ensuring retirement benefits to employees and away from employers.“Several provinces have already enacted similar enabling legislation for pension plans that they regulate, but in practice, very few employers have adopted it,” said the Morneau Shepell statement.The Opposition Conservatives have also pounced on Morneau, suggesting the controversy isn’t about to go away anytime soon.Ontario Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu said on Sunday that it’s “ridiculous” for Morneau to say he’s not in a conflict, pointing to several files where the minister could stand to benefit through decisions taken by the Liberals, including lending Bombardier $372 million dollars to back up the aerospace firm’s C Series jet program.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitter read more
MONTREAL — Facts and figures about the Boeing 737 Max 8 ban and how it affects Canadian passengers and airlines.– Passengers affected daily: About 12,000 (between 9,000 and 12,000 Air Canada passengers, and 1,400 WestJet passengers)– Number of Max 8s operated by Air Canada: 24– Number of Max 8s operated by WestJet: 13– Number of Max 8s operated by Sunwing Airlines: 4– WestJet cancelled 11 flights on Thursday, affecting 1,400 passengers, three-quarters of whom were rebooked on flights that day, with the remainder departing Friday or Saturday.– Air Canada and WestJet sun destinations serviced by Max: Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Florida, California– Potential cost of Max 8 ban for Air Canada and WestJet: At least $100 million in the first 10 days, according to Marvin Ryder, an assistant professor of marketing at McMaster University– More than 40 countries have grounded or banned the Max 8 from their airspace– Max 8s grounded around the world: More than 375– The bans stem from safety concerns over possible parallels between the Ethiopian Airlines disaster on Sunday that killed all 157 passengers and a deadly incident from Oct. 29 that saw the same type of aircraft plunge into the Java Sea, killing 189.– Air Canada customer service line dedicated to Max 8 passengers flying in next 72 hours: 1-833-354-5963– WestJet customer service line: 1-888-937-8538The Canadian Press read more
Mr. Khare, a former Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Timor-Leste and head of the UN Integrated Mission there (UNMIT), replaces Edmond Mulet of Guatemala, who was earlier this month appointed as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti for one year.Announcing the appointment, Mr. Ban said Mr. Khare served the UN with distinction in Timor-Leste from December 2006 to December 2009. He had earlier worked in the country as the Chief of Staff and later as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General with the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).Before joining the UN, Mr. Khare served in the Indian Foreign Service and worked in his country’s missions in France, Mauritius, Senegal, Thailand and the United Kingdom and in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude to Mr. Mulet, saying he had successfully led the Office of Operations in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations since September 2007. 30 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Atul Khare of India as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. read more
As agreed with the Government of Israel during discussions held recently in New York, the screening will take place tomorrow morning at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.Arrangements are also being made by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to facilitate the analysis of the bloodstained items in the UN’s possession, with a view to determining whether the blood belongs to the Israeli soldiers, Mr. Eckhard said. Israel has been asked to provide the necessary relevant information.On 8 August, an Israeli delegation, led by Ambassador Yehuda Lancry and including General Dani Arditi and four other Israeli officials, watched a screening at UN Headquarters in New York of two videotapes turned over by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).One of the videos was filmed by UNIFIL peacekeepers the day after the abduction of three Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah on 7 October 2000. The second was recorded by an unidentified person and shows the shelling of Israeli Defence Force (IDF) posts on 7 October, three to four kilometres from the abduction site, as well as activity in a UNIFIL shelter. Neither tape contains footage of the abduction itself.The first delegation was also shown bloodstained items found in the vehicles allegedly used in the abduction. read more
Dairy food company Saputo looks beyond Canada for continued growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2012 4:47 pm MDT MONTREAL – Dairy food giant Saputo Inc. sees limited growth in Canada and will keep an eye out for acquisitions in the United States and Latin America, chief executive Lino Saputo Jr. said Wednesday.Australia is also a possibility for acquisitions, he said, after the Montreal company reported a slightly improved quarterly profit of $129.7 million.“Canada is a great stable market and I’ve said this for a number of years, the downside with Canada is that there is no growth,” Saputo Jr. told financial analysts.Milk prices continue to increase year-over-year in Canada and even with a growing population, consumption decreases on a year-over-year basis, he said on a conference call.Saputo Jr. said there are three to four potential acquisitions “on our table” at any given time.“The only thing that we will say, is that we still believe there is great opportunity for us to further consolidate the U.S. dairy industry,” he said.“We believe that Latin America, namely Brazil, would be a good target and I also believe and I would like to see, one day, us have a platform in Australia.”Saputo Jr said if Canada’s supply management of milk remains or eventually ends, the company will be prepared to deal with either scenario.He reiterated that Saputo (TSX:SAP) is looking to further improve the efficiency of its Canadian operations by consolidating its Quebec distribution centres, much like it did last year in Ontario.Saputo closed a plant in Brampton, Ont., in 2010 and consolidated its distribution activities in a facility in Vaughan, north of Toronto. About 120 of the 190 employees affected were able to seek relocations within Canada.Saputo didn’t say how many jobs could be impacted by the distribution changes in the Montreal area, which will be implemented gradually at the end of fiscal 2013 and completed in March 2014.In its financial results, Saputo reported a slightly improved profit in its latest quarter on a modest drop in revenue, missing analysts’ expectations.The Quebec-based company says it earned net income of $129.7 million, or 65 cents per diluted share, in its fiscal second-quarter compared to $127.1 million, or 61 cents per diluted share, in the year-earlier period.Revenue slipped to $1.75 billion from $1.79 billion year over year.Adjusted earnings were the same for both periods.Saputo was expected to report adjusted earnings per share of 66 cents on $1.8 billion of revenue in the quarter, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.The company noted that in the U.S., the average block market per pound of cheese — the average daily price of a 40 pound block of cheddar on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange — decreased by 26 cents U.S. compared to the same period last fiscal year, negatively affecting revenue.Saputo’s dairy products division also faced lower sales volumes and selling prices, mainly in the export market.It did note, however, that the weakening of the loonie versus the U.S. dollar during the quarter had a positive impact on revenues and EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.Saputo Jr. also said that the company has begun a three-year project in Argentina to increase its manufacturing capacity for future growth.“We continue to recognize the importance of developing new markets within the global diary industry, specifically Latin America and Oceania.”RBC Capital Markets analyst Irene Nattel said U.S.-based deal Foods announced in September it was considering the sale of Morningstar Goods and she expected Saputo to “window shop” this.“While we put a relatively low probability on this transaction, we expect Saputo to be at least looking at the assets,” Nattel wrote in a research note.Growth by acquisition continues to integral to Saputo’s earnings growth, she said.Saputo is the world’s 12th-largest dairy processor and Canada’s largest with more than 10,200 employees.It produces, markets and distributes cheese, milk, yogurt and dairy products at 47 plants in Canada, the United States, Europe and Argentina. It is also Canada’s largest snack cake producer.Shares in Saputo closed down 79 cents to $43.49 Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more
NFL023 MLB01716 LEAGUECEO/ PRESIDENTVICE PRESIDENTMAJORITY OWNERS Tides does not calculate majority owner percentages for the NFLSource: Tides NBA7205 Female leadership in pro sports Tides lists 13 women who were either principal owners or held significant ownership stakes in NFL franchises in 2015, an increase over the nine owners counted in 2014. The report does not provide data on the overall share of NFL owners who are female.CORRECTION (Jan. 21, 3:40 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the number of female assistant coaches hired by the NBA. The basketball association has two female assistant coaches, not one. That means that the NFL is tied with the NBA for the best record in pro sports on hiring women to coach male athletes; it does not have the best record. PERCENTAGE FEMALE MLS0170 WNBA28%26%36% Six months ago, I took a look at the (lack of) female representation in coaching and front offices in major sports, just after Jen Welter became the first female assistant coaching intern in the NFL. On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as the league’s first full-time female coach (specifically, as an assistant special teams quality control coach).That gives the NFL a tie with the NBA for the best record in U.S. pro sports on hiring women to coach male athletes. The NBA has two female assistant coaches, and no female head coaches. MLB and MLS have no women coaches at any level.Off of the field, only modest progress in hiring women to the major pro leagues was made last year. According to the 2015 report from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the NFL, MLS and the WNBA show a modest uptick in the percentage of female vice presidents across the leagues. But only the WNBA has expanded its share of female CEOs. read more
A JAILED MEMBER of the Pussy Riot radical rock group says she is going on hunger strike in protest over the authorities’ failure to allow her to attend a parole hearing in person.Maria Alyokhina told a Berezniki court by video link that she was going on hunger strike and ordering her lawyers to pull out of the parole hearing until she was brought to the court in person.Alyokhina’s announcement capped a sometimes farcical first day of the parole hearing which was marked by frequent breaks to decide on legal technicalities and almost no examination of the legal substance.The 24-year-old is one of two members of the opposition punk band serving two years in remote prison camps over an anti-Kremlin stunt in a church last year.Alyokhina was not present in court and instead followed proceedings via a video link-up from her prison camp, which is also located in the Urals city of Berezniki.“I declare a hunger strike and insist on my participation (in court). I forbid my lawyers to take part in the parole hearing until I am brought to court for the parole hearing,” she is quoted on Twitter by the radical art group Voina (War) that supports her.As a result of her intervention the hearing was adjourned until Thursday and the rest of the parole process will take part without her lawyers present.“Usually (convicts) are taken (to court) for parole hearings and I do not know why the court has taken such a decision” for her to stay away, Alyokhina’s lawyer Irina Khrunova told AFP.Her presence in court is needed to have her opinion heard, the video link does not ensure this. The court can hear a parole request without the defence’s participation. I will not take part in this process. Judge Mikhail Shagalov had earlier rejected her request to be present, prompting Alyokhina to ask for the judge to be recused, a petition that was also rejected.Alyokhina said her “rights were being violated by being prevented from attending in person”, the Interfax news agency reported. As a result of her absence from the courtroom, she was forced to confer with her lawyer by telephone and send her legal petitions by fax from jail.The hearing came a month after a court in the central Mordovia region rejected a parole request by the second Pussy Riot member held in a separate prison colony.The court ruled at the time that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova did not deserve parole because she has not repented for her actions and has been given reprimands.The prison camp where Alyokhina is being held has put forward similar arguments in favour of her staying behind bars, Tolokonnikova’s husband Pyotr Verzilov told the Interfax news agency.Alyokhina has a reprimand for not getting up on time and has not confessed her guilt.Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were given two-year sentences for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred over a short performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in February 2012 protesting Putin’s close links with the Russian Orthodox Church.A third woman, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was convicted but received a suspended sentence on appeal.The 2012 trial of the trio grabbed worldwide attention, with stars such as Madonna, Sting and Yoko Ono voicing their support and their plight becoming a rallying cause for the anti-Putin opposition.© AFP, 2013Gerard Depardieu takes up residence on Russia’s Democracy StreetJailed Pussy Riot member slams routine in ‘grey’ camp read more
Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Solar eclipse have come and gone, and hopefully, you didn’t blast out your retinas looking directly at the sun’s flaming corona without special glasses. Although science types will pooh-pooh eclipse frenzy, telling us that an eclipse is visible from Earth once every two years or so, it was a pretty amazing experience. And it got us thinking about other eclipses we’ve seen in our lives as geeks. Come with us on a celestial tour of sci-fi TV shows, movies, comics, video games and more as we revisit times when the sun went dark in the sky. No, we will not be talking about Twilight here.Pitch BlackThe 2000 vehicle that introduced the world to Vin Diesel for the first time, Pitch Black takes place on the surface of a large gas planet in the orbit of three stars. When the planet eclipses the sun, it drops half of the world into total darkness for an entire month, and during that time a group of light-sensitive predators come out from underground and start eating their fill. A ragtag crew of mercenaries, pilots, bounty hunters and cross-dressing kids must survive their assault and get the hell off the planet. That’s a long time to have no sun, but who knows? Space is weird.TerrariaSandbox games like Terraria live and die on their ability to surprise the player, and the randomly-occurring solar eclipses are one way to do it. After the player has defeated at least one of the game’s Mechanical Bosses in hard mode, they have a 5% chance per day of having the moon of their world occlude the sun, dropping the game into blackness for an entire day. While the eclipse is happening, tons of rare and nasty monsters like vampires and reapers spawn constantly, but you can also snag rare eclipse-only equipment drops.HeroesFor a brief shining moment, this was the most promising show on TV until it collapsed under its own weight. At the start of NBC’s 2006 series, an eclipse is the trigger for the incredible abilities of people all over the world to manifest themselves. The show revisited the eclipse concept multiple times over its run, including a third one that somehow removed everybody’s powers. The show really took liberties with eclipse physics, tracing a totality path that let the moon block out the sun for people in New York, Los Angeles, and Japan at the same time.Sailor MoonA solar eclipse is the key that lets the villainous Queen Nehelenia of the Dead Moon Circus break her imprisonment inside an enchanted mirror and travel to Earth, where she sets out to conquer the world with the help of the Amazoness Quartet and plunge us into the depths of darkness. Naturally, the Sailor Scouts save the day and eventually transform Nehelenia into a small child so she can be redeemed and live a life free of wickedness.The DarknessIn the video game adaptation of the cult hit comic, protagonist Jackie Estacado can harness the power of a family demon to increase his ass-kicking ability, but only when he’s in the shade. In the last act of the game, a solar eclipse hits and plunges the entire world into darkness, supercharging his unholy powers to carry out one final raid on the mansion of the Mafia scum who killed his girlfriend in front of him. Of course, that consigns his soul to eternal damnation, but you can’t have everything.Little Shop Of HorrorsEclipses are often used as a harbinger of something coming from outer space, so when 1986’s Little Shop Of Horrors starts with the sky doing dark, you know trouble is on the way. It comes in the form of Audrey II, a flytrap-shaped plant with a thirst for human blood. As nebbishy flower shop owner Seymour Krelborn buys it from a flower shop, and it takes over his life and makes him into a murderer in exchange for fame and fortune. You probably know how that works out, especially if you’ve watched the movie’s awesome deleted original ending.Buffy The Vampire SlayerThe big bad of Buffy’s third season is the mayor of Sunnydale, who hides his wicked intentions underneath a squeaky-clean demeanor. He causes all manner of problems for the Slayer and her friends, and it all comes to a head on the day of their high school graduation. When Mayor Wilkins delivers the commencement speech, a total solar eclipse blankets Sunnydale and triggers his ascension to the demonic form of a massive snake. Thankfully, the sun comes back out after Buffy lures him into the school and blows his slithery ass back to Hell.BerserkMega-violent anime Berserk tells the tale of a lone swordsman up against the God Hand, a quartet of immensely powerful demons. Once every 216 years, they can trigger a massive solar eclipse that will add another member to their ranks, and the anime’s climax depicts that ritual. With the sun blotted out, the God Hand take a young man named Griffith and drive him mad with revenge until he ascends into his demonic form of Femto, a powerful warrior with no honor or empathy.HellboyIt’s a lunar eclipse that triggers the release of the Ogdru Jahad in Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 Hellboy film, but it’s filmed so lovingly that we had to throw it on the list. The mad monk Rasputin wants the gates of Hell open to make chaos reign on Earth, and Hellboy is the key to making it happen. Thankfully, the big red guy manages to get in control and stop the ritual, but while it’s happening it legit looks like humanity is doomed by massive squid monsters from beyond the veil of sanity.Avatar: The Last AirbenderAll of the different elemental masters in Avatar have their weaknesses, but when the moon covers the sun, it strips all Firebenders of their abilities and leaves them helpless for the duration. That’s called the Day of Black Sun, and in the series, it prompts a raid on their Capital in a desperate mission to kill the Fire Lord and end the 100 Year War. The mission ends in failure, but its ramifications are felt throughout the series. A lunar eclipse also figures in later as it makes Waterbenders lose their mojo in a similar way. The duration and timing of these are among the most realistic in history.2001: A Space OdysseyThe opening shot of Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction classic shows us an eclipse, but it’s a curious one. The sun, the moon, and the Earth line up in syzygy (the incredibly awesome scientific term that means “in a straight line”). But you quickly realize that you’re not observing the celestial motion from your familiar spot on our planet but rather from a perspective farther out in space – in all likelihood, one of the enigmatic aliens who plant the monolith on Jupiter and kick off the journey into consciousness that has been tripping us out since 1968. read more
MOUNT VERNON — A new state law takes effect in July that will allow local governments to evict residents from certain buildings contaminated by methamphetamine.The Skagit Valley Herald reports that problems with the Sterling Motor Inn prompted state House Bill 1757, which Gov. Inslee signed into law April 25.That motel was found to have widespread high levels of methamphetamine contamination, but county health officials did not have the legal authority to evict residents.Current law requires evidence of drug manufacturing not just presence of drugs. The new law will now allow local officials to evict residents if there is contamination from the use of certain hazardous chemicals.Rep. Dave Hayes, a Republican from Camano Island, sponsored the measure.
Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioHouse Passes Bill To End High School Exit ExamThe Associated PressThe Alaska House has passed legislation that would repeal the high school graduation exam.The high school exit exam tests student aptitude in reading, English and mathematics.House Bill 220, sponsored by Republican Pete Higgins of Fairbanks, terminates the exam as soon as the bill becomes law. It allows former students who earned enough high school credits to graduate to obtain their diploma even though they failed the exam.Higgins says if the bill does become law, it will save the state $2.7 million in administrative costs.The vote was 32-5. The measure now goes to the Senate.Gasline Bill Could Include Rural ProvisionsBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelWith less than 30 days remaining in the legislative session, the Alaska House is considering gasline legislation that would advance a line from the North Slope to an LNG export facility in Nikiski. For rural Alaska, the bill includes funding that could send gas to communities hundreds of miles from the pipeline.Legislature Weighs ‘Erin’s Law’ Daysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelErin Merryn is visiting Alaska this week to promote a law that provides age-appropriate sexual abuse education to children in public schools. Erin’s Law, named after the 29-year-old from Illinois, has passed in 11 states and is pending in 26 others, including Alaska. A warning to listeners: this story deals frankly with sexual abuse and rape.Murkowski: Clean Water Act Rule a Threat to Development Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal today that critics say would expand the reach of the Clean Water Act to cover most creeks and wetlands across the country.Though Earthquake Detection Has Improved, Gaps RemainJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageJust five years after statehood, Alaska endured the largest earthquake recorded in North America. The quake devastated communities around the Southcentral portion of the state, but in the years that followed it also made Alaska the epicenter of extreme seismic studies.Valdez Earthquake Survivors Recall 1964 ExperiencesTony Gorman, KCHU – ValdezThe community of Valdez was devastated by the Good Friday earthquake. The giant tsunami that formed right after the shaking began killed 30 people gathered at the harbor and on the dock. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed the town. It took three years for locals to relocate from Old Town Valdez to where the new town site is today.Galena Residents Prep For Season Of RebuildingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksGalena residents are preparing for another season of rebuilding from devastation wrought by last year’s major break up flood. There was a major emergency response last summer, but much work remains to be done in the Yukon River community.Archivists Rally To Keep National Archives In AnchorageJolene Almendarez, APRN – AnchorageFunding for the National Association of Records and Administration, or NARA, building in Anchorage has been chopped from the National Archives budget as a result of a $10 million budget cut. All federal records will be moved to a Seattle based facility beginning in September. Local archivists, historians, senators and residents though, are rallying behind efforts to keep the archives in Anchorage. read more
New Delhi: ‘Crime Patrol’ anchor Annup Sonii, who once basked in the cultural glory of Delhi’s Mandi House and performed in its popular auditoriums as a drama student, finds it thrilling to act in the area as a professional actor now. Anuup, 44, will be seen in the national capital for a theatre production ‘Ballygunge 1990’, directed by Atul Satya Koushik and presented by the Film and Theatre Society.It will be staged at Mandi House’s Kamani Auditorium on July 21 — one of the places where the actor performed as a student. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “In my family, there’s no one related to this industry or films or theatre. For me, everything was new and exciting. The whole atmosphere of Mandi House is very culturally rich with music, literature, art and theatre. “In my student days, we performed at National School of Drama (NSD) auditorium in first and second year, then Shri Ram Centre or Kamani Auditorium in third year. Now, in professional theatre, people are buying tickets for you and that’s really exciting for an actor,” Anoop told IANS over telephone. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us He also credited NSD, which he joined 25-odd years back, as having taught him discipline and basics of acting. “I personally feel theatre is a good foundation to start with; it prepares you so extensively to handle any character. Having said that, it’s not that if you’re not grounded in theatre, you cannot be a good actor.” Annup describes ‘Ballygunge 1990’ as the “revenge story” of a relationship, where his character abandons a lover for ambition and returns years later after failing. The suspense-genre play is in Hindi. The Mumbai-based artiste has dabbled into multiple mediums, and feels passionately about the “craft of acting”. Advertise With Us He is returning to ‘Crime Patrol’ after a break of 15 months — in a new bearded avatar that is garnering much appreciation. On why he took a sabbatical from the show, Annup said: “The structure of our shooting was such that I was not getting time to commit to acting assignments properly. I feel I’m an actor first, then an anchor. Now, we’ve restructured and allotted limited days to ‘Crime Patrol’. This arrangement suits both the makers and me. “In these 15 months, I did three films and three web-series in never-seen-before roles,” he explained, adding these projects will release in this year’s last quarter. He will also be seen acting alongside Sanjay Dutt in the Hindi remake of Telugu film ‘Prasthanam’. -Siddhi Jain read more
hrwThe Bangladesh government has embarked upon intensive and intrusive surveillance and monitoring of social media ahead of national elections, raising concern over a chilling effect on speech, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.Draconian new laws and policies are being used to target political opponents, journalists, internet commentators, and broadcasters, the HRW said in a statement on its website.National elections are due in Bangladesh by January 2019. Opposition parties and independent observers fear that the increasing crackdown on privacy and free expression is an attempt to limit speech and criticism of the government in the election period. The government claims these efforts are to stem harmful rumors, false information, or objectionable content to maintain law and order, it also said.“Bangladesh is using claims about public security to silence opponents and critics,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The government’s surveillance practices are violating the rights to privacy and freedom of expression ahead of the elections.”Bangladesh has 28 million Facebook users. Since social media emerged as a key tool to express dissent and organize protests, the authorities have monitored various platforms and internet-based communication. This has already led to arrests for using social media to criticise the government, said the statement. Enhanced SurveillanceOn October 9, 2018, the government announced the formation of a nine-member monitoring cell to “detect rumors” on social media, including Facebook. The state minister for post and telecommunication, Tarana Halim, said that content that threatens communal harmony, disturbs state security, or embarrasses the state would be considered rumors and sent to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission for filtering or blocking. The intention was not to police content, but to ensure people have the “right information only,” she said.The government has also ordered security agencies to intensify their surveillance of online expression. The agencies include the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), a paramilitary force implicated in serious human rights violations including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. “Besides maintaining law and order in the country, we will implement this [project] to monitor the evil propaganda and militant activities on the social media and bring the people behind these to justice,” a RAB spokesperson said.The government had previously announced its Cyber Threat Detection and Response project of installing mass monitoring equipment at key points on Bangladesh’s networks to bolster widespread telecom and internet surveillance. The project, designed to allow the authorities to track criminal activities, provides enormous power to monitor internet usage, raising concerns over violations of privacy rights on a mass scale, read the HRW statement.Crackdown on DissentTelevision networks, already under government pressure, will face increased restrictions under the proposed National Broadcast Act 2018. The law, which the cabinet approved on October 15, provides sentences of up to three years in prison for “going against the spirit” of the 1971 liberation war, or airing “misleading or false” information.On October 11, a police complaint known as a General Diary was filed against Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, a well-known public health activist who is also involved in opposition politics, over his criticism of the army chief on a television talk show. The Detective Branch is investigating him for treason.On October 10, a new law governing online speech, the Digital Security Act (DSA), came into force. It replaced the controversial section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act) with provisions that are in several respects more broadly drawn and carry even harsher sentences. It grants law enforcement authorities wide-ranging powers to remove or block online information that “harms the unity of the country or any part of it, economic activities, security, defense, religious values or public order or spreads communal hostility and hatred.”The government rejected journalists’ calls for amendments to nine sections of the act. At an October 3 news conference, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said, “Only those journalists who have piled up false news against us and are waiting for releasing those one after another after the announcement of the election schedule, should be worried about the law.”Journalists, however, do have cause for concern because of the recent history of the use of existing laws covering sedition and criminal defamation to threaten and detain journalists for exercising free expression and peaceful speech.A journalist, who asked not to be named, told Human Rights Watch, “There is a blanket of fear spreading over this country, and I don’t know when we are going to be freed.”There are also concerns that the Digital Security Act will be used, as section 57 of the ICT Act was earlier, to crack down on peaceful social media content.On the night of August 4, police arrested Nusrat Jahan Sonia, a 25-year-old primary school teacher in a rural area of Patuakali district, south of Dhaka, who was seven months pregnant. They held her for over two weeks under section 57. Sonia’s alleged offense was “spreading rumors.”However, a member of her family said that Sonia had merely shared a Facebook post that reportedly appealed for caution and peace during a student protest over road safety. She has been suspended from her job at a government school until her case is cleared, which may take years.In a similar case, a Chittagong university professor, Maidul Islam, has been in custody since September, charged under section 57 with making “defamatory” remarks against the prime minister on social media.On August 5, Shahidul Alam, an internationally renowned photographer, was detained in Dhaka, accused of “provoking” unrest for Facebook comments criticizing a crackdown on student protesters and journalists covering the protests. Alam remains in custody.At a bail hearing, the attorney general, Mahbubey Alam, told the court: “Shahidul made his comment like a political leader. His statement was false and wicked.… The next parliamentary election is knocking at the door. Shahidul’s statement consists of many elements that can make the situation in the country volatile. So he cannot get bail.” Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has accused Shahidul Alam of spreading “false news” and being “mentally sick.”Bangladesh is obliged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to protect its citizens from arbitrary arrest (article 9), from arbitrary or unlawful interference with their privacy and correspondence (article 17), and their freedom of expression (article 19). Any interference with the rights to privacy and free expression should be based on clear law, for a legitimate reason, and be proportionate – that is, the minimal interference necessary. Peaceful criticism of the government and state authorities should always be permitted.Recent policies directing security agencies to monitor social media and prosecute users who offend the government, as well as the draconian provisions of the new Digital Security Act, violate those rights.“There is a chilling atmosphere for journalism and free speech in Bangladesh right now, with even those sharing innocuous social media posts at risk of arrest and harassment,” Adams said. “The government should immediately end this assault on fundamental political rights, and instead create an environment conducive to ensuring that Bangladeshis are able to elect their leaders without fear.” read more
Miguel Gutierrez/The Texas TribuneMichael Center outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Austin on March 12. Center is accused of accepting nearly $100,000 in a wide-ranging federal investigation.A day after his indictment in a wide-ranging college admissions scandal, longtime UT Austin tennis coach Michael Center has been fired.Center, who faces two felony charges for allegedly receiving nearly $100,000 to recruit a student with falsified athletic credentials, was placed on administrative leave yesterday.In a statement announcing the decision, UT Austin President Greg Fenves said the school will launch an internal investigation into Center’s alleged 2015 fraud, but emphasized, as the university did yesterday, that the accusations around Center were isolated.“We take the criminal allegations against Michael Center very seriously and, as of today, he has been terminated as a UT employee,” Fenves said in a statement.Center had coached the Longhorns’ men’s tennis team for 18 seasons, securing as many appearances in the NCAA Championship during his tenure. UT said Associate Head Coach Bruce Berque would serve as interim head coach.FBI agents arrested Center at his home yesterday morning. He was charged with one count of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and released on personal recognizance. Center is due in federal court in Boston later this month. Share read more
YouTube could soon to make it easier users to embrace their guilty pleasures on its service: The Google-owned video service is testing an incognito feature for its mobile apps, according to a report from Android Police.As part of these tests, a subset of YouTube’s users can currently access a shortcut for an incognito mode after clicking on their profile picture within the YouTube mobile app.After entering this mode, the app doesn’t track any video plays for future personalization — meaning YouTube won’t keep suggesting embarrassing 80s music videos to you if you suddenly decide to go on a David Hasselhoff binge. Android Police previously reported that code changes pointed to plans to add an incognito mode to both YouTube’s regular app as well as YouTube Music. A YouTube spokesperson declined to comment. CREDIT: Courtesy of Android Police YouTube’s incognito mode seems to be very similar to the way Google’s Chrome browser handles tracking of user sessions. All data is being discarded after a user ends their sessions, but using the mode alone doesn’t actually provide true anonymity online. Internet service providers and other middlemen may still be able to monitor who watches which videos based on the traffic passing through their pipes. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 read more
A gorgeous ambience with sunlight coming in through colourful windows; light yet tantalizing flavours in the air and a chef passionate about serving healthy and tasty food. What else does a person need to make their monotonous day simply magical? Food is what makes life bearable. We humans cannot survive without it and when it’s good, you yearn for it. This is what will happen if you visit AnnaMaya. Located in Andaz Hotel, Aerocity this place is a must have on the list of every foodie. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA European food hall inspired by the colours and flavours of India, AnnaMaya’s purpose is to encourage guests to ‘eat mindful – shop artisanal and raise awareness’. And once anyone visits the place, they will believe in their slogan. Even though it’s a European food hall, you will find a hint of Indianness in everything – from a brass glass to a salt sprinkler. As you enter AnnaMaya, the first thing you see is the dessert section – again Indianness – Indians believe that every good things begins with something sweet and this time this belief proves true. With myriad of delectable food, you will be left confused. It is a place where you get the best of both countries because almost each dish has some Indian kick to it. There is ‘buratta cheese, basil, tomato and naan’ which is light yet it leaves a cheesy taste in your mouth; another one of their delightful European dish was ‘turkey burger with grilled pineapple, melted cheese and fried egg’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnd it’s not all European, the executive chef – Alex Moser has made sure that the guests feel at home when they are eating, so he has included some good old Indian recipes like a very spongy ‘grilled paneer’, ‘murgh makhani with creamy tomato gravy’, ‘kadai paneer with home-made cottage cheese,’ ‘spicy kebab in butter naan’, ‘doi mach-bengali fish curry’ and also ‘butter chicken’. The best part about this place is that they use their own herbs grown organically inside a temperature controlled cabinet and hence every salad you have is the juiciest you have ever tasted. It is not just the food that’s impressive but also the drinks they have. At a very nominal rate, one can have the most refreshing and flavourful drink of all time – one is a ‘peach, lime lavender lemonade’ with a pungent peachy flavor and the other is a beautiful looking ‘watermelon, pink peppercorn, lime drink’ – just a look at them and you will know they taste out of this world. As earlier mentioned, AnnaMaya does not forget its Indianness and has something in their Indian section too – and that is ‘Lassi’ – the flavours range from a ‘coconut dill rose lassi’ to a ‘matcha tea, cacao, chocolate and mint flavoured lassi’.Every visit at AnnaMaya is a surprise because you don’t know what you will get. You won’t get the same dish if you come after some time because their menu changes according to the season. So, go this time and find out which dish they have for you. read more
CAIRO — Violent clashes spread across Egypt on Wednesday after security forces stormed two sprawling protest camps in an early morning assault that killed scores of supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.With at least 281 people killed, it was the deadliest day in Egypt since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and the fallout dealt a further blow to the prospect that the country might resume its path toward democracy. At least 37 died in clashes in the conservative oasis town of Fayoum.By nightfall, the military-backed interim government that replaced Morsi after a July 3 coup, had declared a state of emergency, and Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and vice president, had tendered his resignation in protest over the bloody crackdown.The United States strongly condemned the violence and said it would hold the interim government accountable for its promises of a speedy transition to a democratically elected civilian administration.Hundreds of Morsi-allied Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested nationwide after the dawn assault, the Egyptian government said. The authorities blamed the Islamist group for the violence and said police had confiscated guns, ammunition and other weapons from the protest sites.The morning assault brought bulldozers crashing through protesters’ tents as security forces opened fire through clouds of smoke and tear gas. Witnesses later posted footage showing dozens of bodies lining the rooms of a makeshift hospital run by Morsi supporters outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.Mohamed el-Beltagi, a top Brotherhood politician whose teenage daughter was among those killed, said security forces had sacrificed their legitimacy by carrying out the attack, and he demanded that any soldier “must take off his uniform” or be considered a “tool” of the government. He warned that the spreading violence could quickly turn Egypt into a new Syria, where an ongoing conflict has killed more than 100,000 people.Egypt’s interim interior minister said Brotherhood supporters later stormed several provincial headquarters across the country and set at as many as seven Coptic Christian churches ablaze. The sectarian attacks reflect Islamist anger over the strong backing to the military shown by many members of Egypt’s Christian minority.The sprawling tent cities of men, women and children had been erected by Brotherhood supporters to demand the reinstatement of Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president. On Wednesday evening, the interim prime minister and the interior minister said security forces had acted with the utmost “self-restraint” after six weeks of unauthorized sit-ins by Morsi’s supporters.The government said 43 police officers had been killed in the clashes. In addition to scores of protesters, the dead included at least two journalists, including a British cameraman for Britain’s Sky News network.The large-scale arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members echoed the authoritarian approach adopted by Egypt during the Mubarak era, when the Islamist group was banned and heavily repressed. The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which backs Morsi, had emerged after Mubarak’s fall as the country’s strongest political force. But the group’s popularity plummeted under Morsi, as Egyptians complained of a sinking economy and little political reform.The Freedom and Justice Party said the death toll in the crackdown is far higher than the government acknowledges, putting the number at more than 2,000. The figure could not be verified.In a letter of resignation, ElBaradei, the vice president, stopped short of criticizing the security forces or military directly. But he said it had “become difficult for me to hold responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with, whose consequences I fear.”“I cannot be responsible for one drop of blood in front of God, and then in front of my conscience, especially with my faith that we could have avoided it,” ElBaradei said in the letter to Adly Mansour, the military-backed interim president.Speaking from Martha’s Vineyard, where U.S. President Barack Obama is vacationing, deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that “the world is watching” events in Cairo. He said the White House had urged the interim government and all parties in Egypt “to refrain from violence and resolve their differences peacefully.” The military has held Morsi and his top aides, as well as other prominent Islamist leaders, virtually incommunicado since the coup. Last month, Egyptian prosecutors said they were investigating the former president on charges of murder and treason.Morsi supporters outside Rabaa al-Adawiya acknowledged Wednesday morning that they had heard the government’s warnings of a raid for weeks. They said black-clad riot police and plainclothes men in flak jackets moved into the camps about 7 a.m., confronting protesters from multiple side streets with a barrage of tear gas, and then gunfire.Local television footage showed protesters streaming out of the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in Wednesday evening; some of them running with children, their hands held high in surrender, as security forces pushed further into the camp. Footage posted online also purported to show pro-Morsi demonstrators firing assault rifles.The attacks set off retaliatory clashes and protest marches. Crowds of Morsi supporters marched toward eastern Cairo in the late morning, running into a barrage of gunfire as they confronted police lines. Others hurled stones and molotov cocktails as they clashed with anti-Islamist civilians elsewhere in the capital and in cities across the nation of 85 million.The state-run Middle East News Agency said Muslim Brotherhood supporters set fire to the government headquarters in the coastal city of Alexandria and attacked government offices in the Nile Delta city of Damanhour. In the southern Islamist stronghold of Beni Suef, Morsi supporters occupied the provincial headquarters and took three soldiers hostage, state media said.Government officials said Egypt’s stock market and banks were closed and would remain so through Thursday.In Cairo, Islam Fathi, a 20-year-old university student from the Nile Delta town of Mansoura, was among the Morsi supporters who had manned a sandbag perimeter overnight at the Rabaa al-Adawiya site. He said protesters had begun to relax after dawn prayers when the police assault began.Fathi said he and others fled to a nearby cafe but were confronted by police, who struck them and ordered them toward a van. “They took our money and our phones,” he said. Several of the detainees were released, he said; others were not.By late morning, tents were torn and strewn about at the site as military helicopters circled overhead. By Wednesday night, aerial television footage showed fires burning across vast swaths of Cairo’s neighborhoods, where clashes had raged.“I was here every day. There was no violence inside,” one female bystander said. “I’d come for a few hours, then go home.”Not far away stood a line of hulking blue trucks, the kind used to haul prisoners that had been ubiquitous at protests under Mubarak. “Anybody who speaks any small words, they take them in the police vans,” said the woman, who didn’t have a chance to give her name because a sudden barrage of tear gas sent her and other bystanders running for cover.As noon approached, a Morsi supporter at the protest site declared, “We’ve started a new beginning. It was peaceful before. I don’t think it will be peaceful now.”Washington Post staff writer William Branigin in Washington contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts. A man grieves as he looks at one of many bodies laid out in a makeshift morgue after Egyptian security forces stormed two huge protest camps at the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares. Mosaab El-Shamy/AFP read more
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his critics would say to “save himself” Naidu is aware of the need to be on the defensive about his volte-face It’s not surprising that he now attacks Narendra Modi as much as he defends his action in switching to Congress The essence of what he waxes eloquent at meeting after meeting now is this: This writer am still follows NTR’s path of confronting Delhi’s hegemony BJP is now giving us the troubles which Congress gave us earlier from Delhi We have already punished Congress for what it had done to the state It has been reduced to zero This is not our alliance with Congress Congress will be part of an anti-BJP alliance along with us We waged a struggle against BJP to protect the interests of five crore Telugus BJP refused to grant the special status to Andhra after bifurcation That party struck a blow to Telugu self-respect Besides Congress is promising to give us special status if it wins 2019 Lok Sabha elections Naidu is telling TDP workers to go from “door to door” and spread this 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with Congress It’s the same principle of self-preservation that guides all regional parties that goaded Naidu to make his latest political move With or without Congress on his side his electoral fate would be probably hanging by a thin margin Even in the 2014 Assembly election with the BJP and Jana Sena of actor-politician Pawan Kalyan backing it TDP’s margin of victory was a mere two percent of thepopular vote over the nearest rival YSR Congress Party led by Jaganmohan Reddy And this party continues to be Naidu’s biggest threat But in the next election in Andhra Pradesh Naidu will have the backing of neither BJP nor Pawan Kalyan All that he can bank on is whatever is left of the traditional Congress vote bank in the state The Kapu caste vote of Pawan Kalyan that he may lose may be at least in part compensated by the Reddy vote of Congress Naidu also knows that at least with some voters caste calculations will outweigh development considerations Besides Naidu must necessarily contend with anti-incumbency in some degree despite the fact that as one of India’s most dynamic and hard-working chief ministers he has been executing a wide range of schemes aimed both at thereal development and voter appeasement In the 7 December Telangana Assembly election TDP is expected to make gains from the Mahakutami—the ‘grand alliance’ announced in September—of which it is a part along with Congress CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi But it is in Andhra where the stakes for Naidu are of a do-or-die kind And that’s where he is taking a calculated gamble to retain power And that’s what makes it important how Naidu packages and sells to voters his latest somersault to Congress He must tell voters that it’s a move to save thenation—which it isn’t And he must tell them that it isn’t a move to save himself—which it is The author tweets @sprasadindia Analysis: Death by China economist ascendant as Trump pushes tariffs hits China | Reuters World Reuters Mar 08 2018 01:45:34 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Updated Date: Mar 08 2018 01:45 AM Tags : Reuters Also See Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday shot off letters to his counterparts in other states asking them to "stand together" and "oppose" the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter and urge the Prime Minister to withdraw the new regulations Kerala CM is opposing Centre’s new cattle slaughter rules PTI "Unless we stand together and oppose this anti-federal anti-democratic and anti-secular move it may mark the beginning of a series of similar measures aimed at destroying the federal democratic fabric and secular culture of our country" Vijayan said in his letter "I would therefore fervently appeal to you to convey your objection to the 2017 Rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to the Prime Minister and to request him to withdraw the rules introduced without any consultation with the states" he said in the letter to various chief ministers He said that since the matters dealt within the rules squarely fall within the purview of state legislaturesthe state governments should be allowed to formulate necessary policies and laws to suit the socio-cultural and economic milieu of the state The rules impose several restrictions on cattle trade which would have serious repercussions on the livelihood of millions of people especially those in the agricultural sector in the country "It appears strange that the rules are promulgated under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 since they have nothing to do with the objects of the Act Neither are the rules covered by the express delegation of legislative powers contained in the Act" he said Vijayan said it was nothing but a "covert attempt to usurp the powers of state legislatures" in the guise of rules under a Central Act The subjects covered by the rules belong to entries 15 and 18 of the state list in the constitution he said This "impermissible encroachment" into the domain of the state legislatures was a "clear violation of the spirit of federalism" which is one of the basic features of the constitution he said The rules by imposing unreasonable restriction on the fundamental right to carry on any trade or occupation under Article 19(1)(g) of the constitution will not stand the test of constitutionality They also violate the basic right of a person to freedom of choice regarding his food he said "It is unfortunate that such a drastic measure was introduced in exercise of the rule making power surpassing the elected representatives of the people and avoiding any public debate" he said "This is nothing but a negation of the democratic principle which is indisputably accepted as forming part of the basic structure of the constitution" Vijayan said Apart from the constitutional and legal infirmities of the rules the "disastrous consequences which are likely to arise if these rules are brought into force make one shudder" he said It will definitely produce a chaotic situation in the rural agricultural economy in all the states the chief minister added Paris: The suspected sole surviving gunman from 2015 attacks in Paris has come close to admitting his role in the carnage in a rare statement to investigators in which he justified the killings reports said on Friday Salah Abdeslam in custody in France over the November 2015 attacks that left 130 people dead has refused to cooperate with French judges ever since his arrest five months after the atrocities But on Thursday he recorded a statement in which he parroted the propaganda of Islamist extremist groups such as Islamic State which claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Bataclan concert hall a sports stadium and bars in the French capital File image of Salah Abdeslam AFP "We don’t attack you because you eat pork you drink wine or you listen to music but Muslims defend themselves against those people who attack us" Abdeslam said according to the RTL and France Inter radio stations They quoted a lawyer Jean Reinhart who is representing the victims of the attacks and has access to the case files "Put your anger to one side and think about it a few minutes" Abdeslam said in comments addressed to the dead and injured "You are suffering from the mistakes made by your leaders" In April a Belgian court sentenced Abdeslam a French national of Moroccan origin to 20 years in prison over a gun battle with police in his hometown of Brussels where he was arrested in March 2016 At the opening of his trial Abdeslam defied his judges claiming to place his "trust in Allah and that is all" Abdeslam was a pot-smoking delinquent in the crime-ridden district of Molenbeek in Brussels until he became radicalised by Islamic State propaganda around his 25th birthday in 2014 investigators believe His Belgian lawyer revealed in 2016 that he had never read the Quran and said he had "the intelligence of an empty ashtray" He has been held 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