IOC judges back truthful whistleblower, ban 5 more Russians

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, Russia’s relay team from left, Yana Romanova, Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina, celebrate winning the silver for the women’s biathlon 4x6k relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina have tested positive for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, their silver medals are forfeit and according to an IOC statement issued Monday Nov. 27, 2017, they are among five Russian athletes now banned from all future Olympics. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)GENEVA — In a blow to the credibility of Russia’s denials that it operated state-backed Olympic doping, an IOC judging panel has endorsed a key whistleblower and the investigator who exposed the plot.Orchestrated cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games was “a conspiracy which infected and subverted the Olympic Games in the worst possible manner,” an International Olympic Committee commission prosecuting a slew of Russian cases said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Still, this was a “sophisticated” system in place and was compared to a Swiss watch by the three-man panel, comprising two from Switzerland and one from Spain.“(I)t was a very fine mechanism where many people had a role to play,” the verdict in Legkov’s case stated.A final IOC judgment on whether the Russian state ultimately corrupted the Winter Games that cost $51 billion to prepare for and stage should come next week.A separate commission chaired by a former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, will give the IOC board its findings ahead of the Dec. 5 meeting to decide on punishing Russia.The latest guilty verdicts announced on Monday involved Aleksei Negodailo and Dmitrii Trunenkov, members of the gold medal-winning four-man bobsled; Yana Romanova, the silver medalist in the 4×6-kilometer women’s biathlon relay; Olga Vilukhina, the silver medalist in the same relay and 7.5-kilometer biathlon; and Sergei Chudinov, who was fifth in skeleton.The Russian Bobsleigh Federation said in a statement the decisions were “the height of injustice” that lacked legal basis, and promised to contest them.The appeals route for Russian athletes is the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the IOC’s home city of Lausanne, Switzerland.Trunenkov was already serving a four-year ban, backdated to April 2016, for a separate doping offense just before he retired.Another member of the four-man team, Alexander Zubkov, was disqualified on Friday and stripped of his golds in the two-man and four-man. That meant Alexey Voyevoda, who won both golds with Zubkov, was also stripped of the medals. His case was considered by the IOC panel last Thursday.A third member of the women’s biathlon relay, Olga Zaitseva, had her hearing last week. 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MOST READ Tiger Woods getting strong reviews in return to golf OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ All disqualified athletes are also banned from the Olympics for life.If the 2014 medals are reallocated, the four-man bobsled gold could go to Latvia. The United States could improve to silver, and a fourth-placed Russian team could receive the bronze.In women’s biathlon, Vilukhina’s silver could pass to Vita Semerenko of Ukraine, and Karin Oberhofer of Italy could be promoted to bronze. The women’s relay could see Norway could move up to silver and the Czech Republic get bronze.Legkov was among athletes on the “Duchess List” — named for a fast-acting cocktail of steroids dissolved in alcohol and used as a mouthwash — who were protected by the doping system. Their clean urine was stored to be swapped in for tainted samples during the games.Rodchenkov alleged swaps were done through a mouse hole in a lab room with FSB officers who worked out how to break into tamper-proof bottles. Scratches and marks on the glass were crucial evidence in Legkov’s case.“Whatever his motivation may be and whichever wrongdoing he may have committed in the past,” the IOC panel said, “Dr. Rodchenkov was telling the truth when he provided explanations of the cover-up scheme that he managed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Donegal Daily to bring you LIVE election news all weekend – as it happens!

first_imgDonegal Daily is planning to bring you the most extensive and up-to-date local election coverage from across the county this weekend.We will have reporters at all the count centres bringing our readers the very latest LIVE news, views and pictures as it happens.Our coverage starts on Saturday and we will bring you a full breakdown of tallies when the boxes are opened at the Aura Leisure Centre on Saturday morning. On Sunday we will bring you a rolling news feed LIVE to your phone or laptop computer as all the news breaks.Simply click our Election 2019 icon at the top of your screen and you will be taken straight to your LIVE election coverage.There’s only one place you need to get your local election news this weekend – https://www.donegaldaily.comDonegal Daily to bring you LIVE election news all weekend – as it happens! was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CoverageDonegal DailyLocal electionslast_img read more

Yes, We’re A Tech Site. Yes, We’re Suggesting You Spend Less Time Online

first_imgI’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much time I spend on the Internet, and worrying that it’s too much. When I joined ReadWrite I was surprised to discover that my new colleagues are struggling with the same issue. Just last week Jon Mitchell wrote two great pieces about this: Four Days Of Digital Detox: The Ultimate Tech Decelerator and Confessions of a Professional Internet Addict. Those came on the heels of a story by Brian Proffitt, Why I’m Joining The Movement To Stop Answering After-Hours Email.Those articles all argued (albeit not in so many words) that everyone needs to get off the Internet on a regular basis. They resonated so much with me and the rest of our staff that we’ve created a new series called “ReadWrite Pause” to explore issues around finding the right balance of online and offline life.Less Is More, More Or LessMaybe it seems weird that an Internet publication, especially one devoted to covering technology, would be urging people to spend less time online. But here we are. I’m guessing that a lot of our readers are like us, and have mixed feelings about how much time we’re all spending online. And maybe, if we all put our heads together, we can find a solution.In my case it’s all about my kids. They’re twins, age 7. I have this terrible fear that they’re going to remember me as some old guy who lived in their house when they were kids and was always staring at a smartphone. Or, worse, they’ll remember me as some guy who was always in another city, calling home once a day to say good night.This week I’m stuck in Las Vegas, living in a hotel, unable to get back to the East Coast thanks to the big storm. Tomorrow I head to Canada. By the time I get home next Tuesday night, I will have been home a total of three whole days in the past four weeks. On those three days I was mostly exhausted, and, yes, even on those days I spent time working at a computer and staring at a smartphone.I look at what I just wrote and I’m ashamed of myself. Honestly.And then I think: This is my life? Really? The issue goes beyond how we live at home. It’s even about how we work.Work Less. Get More Done.I was struck this week by this article on Forbes.com by a CEO who outlawed email at his company for a week and discovered that everybody actually got more work done. More important, they all felt more sane and less frantic as “a sense of calm descended.”The CEO, Shayne Hughes, argues that a lot of what email does is just get us all wound up, stressed out – spinning our hamster wheels but going nowhere. That certainly resonates for me. Some days (a lot of days, actually) it seems that all I do is go to meetings and then come out of meetings and hack through the email that has piled up while I’ve been in those meetings. Then it’s the end of the day and if I’ve managed to actually get anything done, it’s pretty much a miracle, or an accident.I know I’m not alone. I’ve even had people from Google – the most wired of wired environments – talk to me about the importance of going “off the grid,” and how this makes people more productive.This seems like common sense, but maybe not. It turns out there are people who believe that being online 24×7 is a fantastic way to live. Some Folks Seem To Like Staying ConnectedEarlier this week ReadWrite published a really fascinating interview with YouTube pundit Chris Pirillo who said he never disconnects, doesn’t want to. His one hobby involves playing with Legos, but he’s so busy with his online life that he doesn’t have time for Legos.I posted a link to the article on Facebook with a comment that the interview had made me profoundly depressed, and asking, rhetorically, whether there is anything sadder than someone who never disconnects from the Internet and is proud of that fact and thinks it’s great.Within minutes Marc Andreessen posted a comment saying, “And yet he’s a lot happier than you are.” Then David Berlind, a tech journalist, jumped in, saying my comment was “total bullshit” and that I should not be judging other people for what makes them happy. (Berlind might just still be sore because a few years ago I mocked him for predicting, in 2004, that Apple was “on the way out” – ha! – because of the looming juggernaut of… desktop Linux. I know, I know – just give those Linux guys more time and they’ll get it.) Anyway.Apparently there are people who never want to be cut off from the sacred umbilical cord that connects us to Mother Internet. (I’m guessing that if you made a Venn diagram of the “24×7 digital” people and the people who are still waiting for the Linux-on-the-desktop revolution, you’d have a big overlap.)And that’s fine, I guess. The fact that some people want nothing more than to be on the Internet, at all times, only makes the subject more interesting.I will tell you that earlier this summer my family spent a weekend at an Appalachian Mountain Club hut in New Hampshire, a place with no heat or electricity. We brought no iPads, no smartphones. No electronics at all. It poured rain the whole time. We stayed in the hut and played cards. We talked. It might have been the best time we have ever had as a family.And it made me wonder: If you live entirely on the Internet, are you even living? I’m fascinated by the Singularity movement, where the vision is that someday (not so long from now, if you believe Ray Kurzweil) the biological and the digital will become so thoroughly enmeshed that we won’t be able to tell one from the other.For a lot of us, a kind of virtual Singularity is already where we’re living. Maybe it’s just a personal decision. Maybe everyone has to find the balance that works for them. That’s the conversation we’re hoping to start with ReadWrite Pause. Where do you come down on this? Are you wired in at all times, and ecstatic about it? Or do you worry about how much time you spend online? What would be your ideal balance? And how can you achieve it? Tags:#iPad#iPhone#mobile technology#Pause#smartphones 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dan lyons Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Our mission is to gain full majority in Rajya Sabha, says Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu

first_imgVenkaiah NaiduFlaying Congress’s “negative role”, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP is embarking on a mission aimed at giving “total power to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for development” by getting full majority for the party and its allies in Rajya Sabha on Sunday.   Instead of playing the role of constructive opposition, which is the need of the hour to put the economy back on track, Congress is “blatantly playing out a negative role,” Naidu alleged at a press conference.   To rejuvenate economic growth, the Modi government wants to take forward certain legislations, including those that were initiated by the previous Congress-led UPA government, that enable increased flow of investments, he said.   “Ironically, Congress is playing delaying tactics without any valid reasons. They are objecting to their own legislative proposals. How does one explain this?” he asked.   “Questionable conduct of Congress party gives out only one message that NDA government led by Modi should have clear majority in Rajya Sabha also so that development-oriented legislations are not obstructed by our opponents,” the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.   The Congress is shouting “Nahi Chalega, Nahi Chalega Modi” in Parliament, he said.   “If the writ of Modi does not run, whose writ will run? Is that of the ‘divisive and disgusted’ defeated Congress party and its co-travellers? Congress is adopting ‘obstruct Modi in Parliament mission’,” he alleged.   The Congress wants to hold NDA government responsible for some communal incidents not in any BJP-ruled state but in Uttar Pradesh, ruled by its political “co-traveller”, Samajwadi Party, he said.   “We can expect desperate and frustrated Congress and its fellow travellers to more intensely pursue divisive politics based on caste, creed and religion in pursuance of their goal of ‘stop the march of Modi’.   “Now, BJP’s mission should be ‘total power to Modi for development’. Strategy to achieve this mission would be victory of BJP and its allies in all the Assembly polls that are going to be held from now on so that NDA government gets full majority in Rajya Sabha. This is essential to translate the Lok Sabha verdict of growth and development into reality,” Naidu said.   He said cadres of BJP and its allies in poll-bound states should seek two votes – one for local government and another for ‘Modi government’ – to accomplish Modi’s “Mission of development”.advertisementlast_img read more

Samir Husni to Launch Magazine Innovation Center in August

first_imgOne of the center’s first goals, he said, would be to come up with new ways for magazine distribution.Since posting a note about the idea for the innovation center on his blog last week, Husni said he has received 120 e-mails from people who “are very interested” in participating. The post—entitled “Once again the American publishing model proves to be DEAD”—was born out of frustration over the shuttering of Hallmark magazine, despite showing significant growth in advertising and circulation.“I saw that, and said ‘This is it, it’s time to do this,’” he said.Husni is seeking $1 million to jump-start the center, and said he has already spoken to many CEOs interested in the project.While Husni has yet to seek the assistance of associations like the Magazine Publishers of America, he would welcome their help. “Would they rather spend $4.7 million on an advertising campaign that got them nothing, or $250,000 on the Magazine Innovation Center?” Samir Husni, the University of Mississippi professor known as “Mr. Magazine,” is relinquishing his duties as chairman of the journalism department at the school on June 30, and will not seek the role of dean.Instead, Husni is launching the Magazine Innovation Center, a non-profit think tank of sorts, and says he will devote the remaining years of his professional career to furthering the future of print.The center, which will be housed at the University of Mississippi, will launch in August, Husni said.“As an industry, we’re so cocooned in what we are doing,” Husni told FOLIO:. “We’re going to use this as a base, a think tank, where we’ll bring in people from publishing, advertising, and printing from all over the world—away from the daily grind of New York or other major cities—to spend three or four days here working on a specific problem.”last_img read more

IBT Names Global EditorInChief VP of Sales People on the Move –

first_img Hearst Snapchat channel Sweet has named Ross Clark vice president and general manager, where he will oversee long-term strategy, business development, product distribution, revenue and marketplace positioning. Before joining the company, Clark served as senior director of business development and strategy at Condé Nast Entertainment. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Previously, Candappa held a number of positions at Thomson Reuters, where he worked for the past 16 years. These included regional editor for Asia and Americas, deputy managing editor, global markets editor, and more.  Time Inc. has also promoted Charlie Kammerer from group publisher of Real Simple, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Health, and My Recipes, to president, lifestyle. Kammerer will oversee Real Simple, Cozi, Cooking Light, MyRecipes, Health, and Sunset & Coastal Living. In his new position, Candappa will lead the brand’s editorial operations globally and run the US newsroom. He will also work closely with Davis and the editorial team to increase International Business Times’ visibility, journalistic excellence and authority, and more. “Dayan is the key to this next step and brings a world of newsroom experience to our talented team. While great reporting is still core to our mission, we believe Dayan will help us drive even greater modernization of the user experience, more data-driven reporting, and will be putting video and social media at the forefront of our strategy,” Davis said in a press release. Bloomberg Media has named Ambika Nigam global head of mobile applications and Claisian Phillips global head of audience growth and strategy. Nigam will work on improving the digital experience across Bloomberg’s portfolio of consumer apps, among other responsibilities. Meanwhile, Phillips will be responsible for deepening the brand’s understanding of digital users, and drive strategy around registration/data collection and usage. Michelle Fields, who filed battery charges against Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has joined The Huffington Post as a conservative reporter. She will cover Donald Trump and his campaign. MaryAnn Bekkedahl has joined Time Inc., where she will serve as president, fashion and luxury. She will oversee InStyle, StyleWatch, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Departures. Bekkedahl joins the company from Keep Holdings, where she served as co-founder.center_img Michael Schnaidt has been named deputy design director at Popular Science, effective June 1. Before joining the company, Schnaidt served as senior art director at Men’s Health. He previously held art director positions at Esquire and Entertainment Weekly. Laura Wallis, Leigh Crandall, Dawn Sinkowski, Joanna Garcia, and Claire Sullivan have all joined Martha Stewart Wedddings. In the editorial department, Wallis has been named executive editor and Crandall has been named senior editor. In the photography department, Sinkowski has been named photo director for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings and Garcia has been named associate photo editor. Sullivan will serve as editorial assistant for both titles.  Meanwhile, Bosakewich will lead operations for the sales team and assume responsibility for client facing relationships representing IBT media’s multi-platform media offerings. She will also create a global sales strategy, in collaboration with IBT Media’s data, marketing, and editorial teams. Most recently, Bosakewich served as director of business development and publisher relations at Zoomin.TV. Previously, she held senior sales positions at Televisa Publishing, Condé Nast, Editorial Televisia, and SBS. In the meantime, Men’s Health has promoted Clint Carter from senior associate editor to senior editor, with a focus on gear, tech, and adventure travel. Stu Rothenberg announced he is leaving Roll Call, where he served as a political analyst and columnist. According to Politico, Rothenberg decided to leave because he disagrees with the paper’s change in coverage. International Business Times has named Dayan Candappa global editor-in-chief and Madelin Bosakewich vice president of sales. Candappa will report directly to co-founder and chief content officer Johnathan Davis, while Bosakewich will report to Mitchell Caplan, chief marketing officer. Surface Media has announced that Michael Fragoso, Sarah Swartz, Rachel Small, and Jennifer Parker have all joined the company. Fragoso previously served as brand manager at LDV Hospitality and will support integrated marketing/communications. Swartz joins the brand from In House Ideas, and will serve as events manager, while Small joins from Interview, and will serve as associate editor. Previously, Parker worked at Blouin ArtInfo and Bloomberg News, and will assume the role of surface stuiods editor.last_img read more

FreeDive new streaming service from Amazons IMDb offers free films TV

first_imgFreedive is available through your computer or Amazon Fire TV device.  Sarah Tew/CNET Add another player to the growing field of streaming services. IMDb is launching a free, ad-supported video service called Freedive, the company said Thursday.It’ll be available via your computer, but also through Amazon’s Fire TV devices. IMDb is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.”With the launch of IMDb Freedive, they can now also watch full-length movies and TV shows on IMDb and all Amazon Fire TV devices for free,” IMDb Chief Executive Col Needham said in a statement. Freedive is promising shows like Heroes, The Bachelor and Without a Trace, as well as movies like The Last Samurai, Memento and Awakenings. It’s available starting Thursday.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 1 Digital Media Commentcenter_img Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Physicists Ponder Atoms Without Nuclei

first_imgThis illustration ashows the absolute value of the real part of the two-electron wave function for the H-initial state (a) before and (b) after an attosecond full-cycle pulse with a half-cycle momentum transfer equal to 10 atomic units and pulse duration equal to 0.6 atomic units. The arrow in (b) points in the direction in which the wavepacket is displaced with respect to the nucleus and the CM denotes the center of mass of the wavepacket. The small cut in the wavepacket in (b) is due to the electron-electron repulsion in the continuum. Image Credit: Darko Dimitrovski. Explore further What to call such a system is not yet an urgent matter, since, for now, an atom without a nucleus is just a hypothetical concept. But physicists John Briggs and Darko Dimitrovski from the University of Freiburg in Germany have recently described how such an atom might be created with the use of an attosecond laser. Capable of generating pulses that last just one billionth of a billionth of a second (10-18 seconds), an attosecond laser could possibly “detach” the electrons from an atom and – keeping their shape largely intact – remove them from being centered around the nucleus.“I would not call it an ‘atom,’” Briggs told PhysOrg.com. “Maybe an ‘atom without a nucleus’ or a ‘filleted atom.’ However, one should not forget that when several electrons are involved, once the nucleus is away, the electrons will repel themselves, and the ‘atom’ will be destroyed. Nevertheless, coincident detection of the electrons should allow reconstruction of the initial wavepacket.” Briggs said that he is not aware of the idea of an atom without a nucleus being proposed before. But such a thing could potentially be created because the duration of an attosecond laser pulse is much shorter than the orbital time of an atom’s ground-state electrons. In a hydrogen atom, for example, an electron takes about 24 attoseconds to orbit the nucleus. Besides being short, the attosecond laser pulse must also be very strong, with an electric field equal to or greater than the nuclear field experienced by a bound electron.The researchers propose that a single short (10-attosecond), strong (1018-watt) laser pulse interacting coherently with the ground electrons could be used to remove all the electrons from an atom, completely ionizing the atom. In the first half-cycle of a pulse, several atomic units of momentum would be transferred, causing the electrons to accelerate away from the nucleus without changing the form of their initial wavefunction.Normally, an electron wavepacket that leaves an atom spreads out and loses its shape, and the electrons quickly repel each other and fly apart. However, due to the extremely short attosecond pulse, the wavepacket has almost no time to spread. Although a single half-cycle pulse can produce this wavepacket, electromagnetic theory shows that a half-cycle alone cannot be produced. So the researchers use the second half-cycle pulse to stop the electron wavepacket from moving away from the nucleus, producing a stationary atomic electron cloud spatially distant from its nucleus. Instead of being centered around the original nucleus, the wavepacket has shifted and is centered around the pulse’s mean momentum. The researchers explain that this scheme could apply not only to single- or multi-electron atoms, but also to molecules. The greatest challenge, of course, is in building an attosecond laser with such a short, strong pulse. A sufficient attosecond laser – once it exists – could enable researchers to test Briggs and Dimitrovski’s proposal. Using different half-pulses, researchers could create atoms without nuclei, as well as slow down electron wavepackets for extraction by detector fields. “We conceived this as a ‘sexy’ little experiment,” Briggs explained. “However, the real message of the paper is that one should be able to fully ionize an atom or molecule (or even clusters of atoms or plasmas) and then control and manipulate, by further half-cycle momentum kicks, the state of the continuum electron wavepacket. The possibility of observing rather directly the spatial bound-state atomic wavefunction moving nucleus-free, essentially undistorted, is just one example of this general technique that the development of strong attosecond lasers will make realizable.”More information: Briggs, John S.; and Dimitrovski, Darko. “Ionization in attosecond pulses: creating atoms without nuclei?” New Journal of Physics 10 (2008) 025013.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img You might remember learning in sixth grade science class that isotopes are atoms that have lost or gained a few neutrons, and ions are atoms that have lost or gained a few electrons. But what about an atom that has lost its entire nucleus – when essentially all that remains are the electrons whizzing around in their defined orbits? What happens when you explode a chemical bond? Citation: Physicists Ponder Atoms Without Nuclei (2008, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-physicists-ponder-atoms-nuclei.htmllast_img read more

DGH to renegotiate fiscal terms with Cairn India

first_imgThe Oil Ministry has asked sectoral regulator DGH to renegotiate fiscal terms of Cairn India’s Rajasthan oil block before its licence can be extended beyond the contractual period.“We have asked DGH to renegotiate terms with both the contractors, Cairn and Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC),” a senior government official said.Cairn’s contractual term for exploring and producing oil from the Rajasthan Block RJ-ON-90/2 expires in 2020 and the company has made a formal application for extending the licence by another 10 years saying that the block also has significant potential to produce natural gas. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAs per the Production Sharing Contract (PSC), the licence can be extended by 5 years if it is oil bearing, and by 10 years if it has natural gas potential. ONGC, which is the licensee of the block, has agreed to 10 year extension but asked the ministry to decide if fiscal terms need to be renegotiated. The official said the ministry put the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons on the job after the Law Ministry opined that fiscal terms can be renegotiated while granting extension beyond contractual period. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsThe government can look at raising its share of oil from the fields from a current cap of up to 50 per cent as well as allowing state-owned ONGC to raise its stake. Asked for an opinion on the issue by the Oil Ministry, the Law Ministry stated that the extension of contract can be done only on “mutually agreed terms and conditions” by all parties to the contract ie government, ONGC and Cairn. He said the ministry has stated that the PSC for the Rajasthan block clearly states that extension can be granted on “mutually agreed” terms and conditions. The phrase mutual agreement clearly indicates a new agreement implying thereby that the parties to the agreement are at liberty to renegotiate the terms and conditions of the contract including fiscal terms and conditions, it has opined. Accordingly, the administrative ministry can renegotiate the terms and conditions in the best interest of the Union of India before granting extension and there appears to be no legal objection in this regard, it added.On the term of extension, it left it to the oil ministry to decide based on ground facts. ONGC holds 30 per cent interest in the Rajasthan block.Contractually the Rajasthan block is to return to ts licensee, ONGC after its term expires in 2020. Cairn India is the operator of the block with 70 per cent interest.last_img read more

People wont be able to get to school or work Estate cut

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. A First bus The new timetable will also see First Potteries axing the services to Saxonfields and Meir Hay with D&G also operating a new service in that area. Bus users have criticised the frequency the transport giant changes its routes. Kay Banks, aged 79, from Crackley, said: “There are so many changes that they have only just finished putting the new posters up around us. I don’t know how they even find time to come up with the changes. Read More’Passengers want a railway they can trust…and cheaper fares’ – Calls for network to be publicly owned (but what do you think?)   “With all of the timetable changes it can make it difficult for people getting the buses and if you come tomorrow you won’t know what the times are. “They’re doing this too often and it will be two or three months and then there will be another one.” Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailBus passengers must make note of even more timetable changes – which has seen one estate ‘cut off’. The new First Potteries  timetable, which comes into force on Sunday will see the number 18 route from Hanley to Haregate now terminate at Leek Bus Station. There are fears the new route means early morning commuters or children travelling to school will be left without a bus. Councillor Charlotte Atkins, who represents Leek North on Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “I have spoken to First and it seems there is no chance they will reverse this decision. The full changes can be seen below: Changes to the First Potteries schedule todayRoute 3/3A: Hanley – Kidsgrove – Crewe The Monday to Saturday 8pm, Hanley to Butt Lane; 11.30pm, Hanley to Talke; 8.15pm Talke to Hanley; 10.30pm Crewe to Hanley; and both 8pm and 11pm Hanley to Talke services will no longer run. On Saturdays, the 4.55pm Hanley to Talke will terminate at Kidsgrove. There will be minor changes to the 6.29pm Crewe to Hanley and 5.17pm Talke to Hanley journeys. Route 4/4A/4E: Hanley – Newcastle – Audley & Talke On Monday to Friday The 8pm 4E departure from Hanley will terminate at Audley Council offices and show route 4.. The 7pm and 8pm 4E Hanley – Audley and 8.30pm 4A Hanley – Talke departures will no longer operate. The 7.02pm and 8.02pm 4E Audley – Hanley departures will no longer operate On Saturday The 3.30pm 4A Hanley – Talke journey will now extend to Kidsgrove and continue to Tunstall, Burlsem and Hanley as route 3A. The 5.30pm 4E departure from Hanley will terminate at Audley Council offices and show route. The 7pm and 8pm Hanley – Audley and 2040 4A Hanley – Talke departures are withdrawn. The 6.57pm & 8.12pm 4E Audley – Hanley departures will no longer operate On Sunday The 6.32pm 4A Hanley – Talke journey will start at 6.35pm and the 7.04pm 4 Hanley – Chesterton journey will start at 7.05pm. Both will have slightly revised time. The 8.28pm 4A Kidsgrove – Hanley and 10.06pm and 10.58pm 4 Newcastle – Hanley journeys will no longer operate. Route 5: Hanley – Abbey Hulton There are minor timing changes to early morning, Monday-Friday journeys. There is a new Sunday timetable. Route 6/6A: Hanley – Longton – Coalville/Blythe Bridge There is a new timetable on these services to improve reliability. The frequency and routes are not changing. Route 7/7A: Hanley – Chell – Kidsgrove/Biddulph On journeys from Kidsgrove, route 7 will now be timed at The Dog & Partridge in Packmoor instead of Newchapel Working Men’s club and Spink Bank Road instead of Chell Roundabout. Most journeys do not change but First Potteries says the new route provides a ‘more suitable location’ if the buses are ahead of schedule. There is a new evening timetable on departures after 6.00pm, Monday-Saturday and a new Sunday timetable. Route 8: Hanley – Ball Green On Saturdays: The 5.50pm Hanley – Ball Green runs 5 minutes later The 8.40pm Ball Green – Hanley runs 10 minutes later The 6.15pm Ball Green – Hanley runs 5 minutes later Route 11: Hanley – Bentilee (Dawlish Drive) – Longton – Newcastle and route 12/12A: Hanley – Bentilee (Beverley Drive) – Saxonfields/Meir Hay – Longton There will be a number of changes around the Bentilee area. There will still be buses every 20 minutes on route 11 between Hanley & Newcastle on route 11, there will be a new timetable For Dawlish Drive to Hanley, buses continue to operate every 10 minutes For Hanley to Dawlish Drive, there will continue to be a bus every 10 minutes but your routes will change. Route 11 operates every 20 minutes to an unchanged route. Route 11B will operate every 20 minutes, serving Beverley Drive first before travelling along Dawlish Drive. If you travel from Hanley on route 11B you will get off the bus on the opposite side of the road to normal. For Hanley to Beverley Drive, catch route 11B, every 20 minutes. For Beverley Drive to Hanley route 11B will operate every 20 minutes but you will need to wait on the opposite side of the road to currently. Buses to Hanley will operate one way along Beverley Drive and return to Hanley via Dawlish Drive. First Potteries will no longer operate between Beverly Drive and Longton. Route 18: Hanley – Sneyd Green – Leek We will no longer operate between Leek Bus Station and Haregate. Some alternative journeys are available on D&G route 16. Route 32: Hanley – Cheadle – Uttoxeter On Monday-Fridays: The 7.19am Hanley – Uttoxeter journey will depart at 7.34am. The 5.42am Cheadle – Hanley journey will depart at 5.47am The 6.48am Tean – Hanley journey will depart at 6.53am Route 98: Newcastle – Burslem – Ball Green On Monday-Fridays the 7.20am and 3.45pm departures from Newcastle – Ball Green will operate five minutes later. Route 100: Bradeley Village circular This route was withdrawn from May 25. Route 101: Hanley – Newcastle –  Stone – Stafford On Monday-Fridays: Journeys from Filleybrooks towards Stafford will operate later: 5.40am will depart at 5.50am, 6.29am will depart at 6.40am and 6.59am will depart at 7.05am. The 6am Hanley-Stafford journey will depart at 6.10am. Journeys from Stafford towards Hanley will operate later: 6.10am will depart at 6.20am, 7am will depart at 7.10am, 7.20am will depart at 7.25am, 7.40am will depart at 7.45am. The 7.09am Stone-Hanley journey will depart at 7.10am. On Saturdays: From Hanley to Stafford, the 7am journey will depart at 7.10am and the 7.30am journey will depart at 7.35am. From Stafford to Hanley, the 8.10am journey will depart at 8.20am and the 8.48am journey will depart at 8.53am “The problem is the early morning bus. The issue is about getting children to school and if they are not in the immediate Haregate vicinity they won’t be able to get to the bus station. “D&G has put on a few buses, which is fine in the middle of the day but that won’t get kids to school or people to work in Hanley or Stoke-on-Trent and that is a problem.” center_img Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Hanley Bus Station Alan Reade of Benitlee is also concerned about how often the operator changes its bus routes. The 61-year-old added: “The timetables could be a bit better and we couldn’t seem to see the new times in the bus station. “We regularly get the bus between Hanley and Bentilee but we were unsure about what time we would have to get it on Monday. No one seemed to know what was going on. Read MoreGovernment appoints ‘trouble-shooter’ to review failing Stoke-on-Trent City Council department (& the authority may be stopped from running it)   “You ask at the ticket office and they don’t seem to know either because the routes keep on changing.” Dan Flanagan, Operations Manager at First Potteries said: ”This weekend we will be making some timetable and route changes within our network, most customers will not recognise any change to their services, for more details please check out our website page for specific details on the changes.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more