1 killed in police firing as violence continues in West Bengal

first_imgAt least one person was killed and several others injured in firing in the Bhatpara-Kakinara area of North 24 Paraganas, about 30 km from Kolkata. The deceased was identified as Dharamveer Shaw.While the police confirmed the death of Mr. Shaw, a street food vendor, locals said one more person was killed, a claim that could not be confirmed. At least three more civilians and a few policemen were injured.It was after a two-hour clash, during which miscreants hurled bombs at each other, that the police reached Bhatpara. They claimed that they had been attacked by the locals and “vehicles were vandalised”. However, one person, who claimed to be an uncle of Mr. Shaw, said that “the police opened fire without any provocation and killed his nephew.” His body could be seen lying in a pool of blood, while the bullet that presumably hit him pierced the shutter of a shop. A police officer said they had not “fired and killed civilians.”The area, predominantly inhabited by migrant workers from Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, witnessed sporadic violence following the election result, which saw BJP leader Arjun Singh defeating Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool Congress. The locals described various incidents — which were also communal — caused by the turf war between the Trinamool and the BJP.The State government has decided to set up a new police station in Bhatpara, and it was supposed to be inaugurated on Thursday. But the inauguration was postponed following the violence. Additional Director-General of Police (Barrackpore Police Commissionerate) Sanjay Singh reached the area with a huge force. The Rapid Action Force was also deployed. Director-General of Police Virendra also reached there and held meetings with officials.Home Secretary Alapan Banerjee said Section 144 had been imposed. “Section 144 has been imposed in Bhatpara, Jagaddal and adjacent areas. Law and order will be restored and the situation will be normalised,” Mr. Banerjee said.BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said the party was sending a team of MPs to Bhatpara. “It is a clear case of the police opening fire and killing an innocent person. [Chief Minister] Mamata Banerjee has lost mental balance and the State government has failed to control the situation despite continuing violence in the area for quite some time,” he said. He said a team of BJP MPs would visit Bhatpara on Friday. Local MP Arjun Singh said the police “fired and killed Shaw from a close range.”TMC leader Tapas Ray said the BJP was “instigating such violence to destabilise the TMC government.” “The TMC came to power with popular mandate and still has a majority in the Assembly. But it is routinely disturbed by the Central government. This violence is an attempt of the Centre to dislodge the State government,” Mr. Ray said.last_img read more

Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semis

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Thunder became only the fourth team in league history to have swept the eliminations after NLEX, which did it twice, and Cagayan Valley.But for Altamirano, the 10-game sweep won’t mean anything if they don’t close the deal and finish the conference with a championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat title drive begins on Thursday as Flying V faces four-seed Centro Escolar University in a best-of-three semifinals series.Altamirano noted that his team is well aware of how stronger the opposition has gotten, and he is keeping the Thunder’s feet on the ground as they take things one game at a time. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “Other teams are getting stronger as the playoffs get deeper. But we’re not looking beyond that. CEU is also a team-to-beat because they’ve been there lots of times. (Rod) Ebondo has been in the D-League for so long and he has been in Finals. Their core, although school-based, are still very experienced. So we’re just focused on the task at hand,” he said.Luckily, Altamirano will have Conference MVP pacesetter Jeron Teng at his disposal, as he will count on the La Salle prodigy to lead Flying V to the promised land.“Jeron is an achiever. When he puts his mind to it, he will not stop until he gets it. Before, he’s been known as a scorer. But now, he’s trying to evolve the other aspects of his game,” the coach said.But for all of Teng’s magnificence, the veteran mentor reiterated that the 23-year-old swingman can’t do it all alone. That’s why he’s relying equally on his core of Gab Banal, Eric Salamat, Hans Thiele, and Thomas Torres to get the job done.“What I like about Jeron is his ability to involve his teammates. That’s a very good sign of a good player. But of course, he can’t do all of that if not for his teammates so I think Jeron is very blessed to have teammates like Eric, Gab, and Thomas,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFlying V coach Eric Altamirano wants his players to forget the elimination round sweep and focus on the new challenge ahead of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals. “In our team, we already forgot about the 10-0. We’re back to square one and our focus is what’s in front of us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Actually, I’m just blessed to have these type of players that we got. We just remind them to focus on the process and the result will take care of itself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Indian Premier League 2016, Match 16, Rising Pune Supergiants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: As It Happened

first_imgStar batsmen A.B. de Villiers and Virat Kohli smashed quick-fire half-centuries followed by a disciplined bowling effort which guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable 13-run victory over Rising Pune Supergiants in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest in Pune on Friday. (Scorecard)Highlights:Quotes!Virat Kohli: “That was closer than we thought at one stage. Good to cross the line though. We have been playing good cricket. We are the only team to win it twice after batting first but I would like to win the toss next time. With the power Perera has, you can never relax. On good wickets and with a bit of dew, these guys can take the game away in a couple of overs. It was a lesson for us. Watson showed a lot of composure and showed us the way. It was good to stay calm and not change too many things. Davey (de Villiers) told me to stay calm. When a guy is hitting well, you have to hit your area, and hope he misses and you hit. We spoke about 175-180 and ended up getting 5 extra. I wasn’t happy with my batting. Later, I accelerated my game. Great partnership with AB again. Such a world class player. Gave me the confidence to play the anchor role and made me feel better so that I could explode in the end.” Shane Watson: “I was a bit here and there tonight, but for Virat and AB to do their thing tonight was incredible. Some of the shots AB is playing at the moment is breathtaking. I’m happy to sit down and watch it at the moment. We knew if we bowl well, we can get home. It got a little bit tight in the end, especially when Thisara Perera was going. I was glad to get him out, otherwise the game could have been over.” advertisementMS Dhoni: “We lost three wickets for nothing. Faf got out, then KP got injured, and Steven Smith got run-out. It was a par-plus score. With three batsmen back in, I thought it was difficult to achieve. But I’m happy with the way we came close. Pietersen’s injury can be a blessing in disguise. We’re playing with six bowlers, yet our death bowling isn’t great. Maybe we can look to bring in Albie Morkel or Mitch Marsh in the next game. With the kind of players we’ve got, it has always been difficult to drop someone. We need to strengthen our bowling line a bit. I feel overall with less pressure and a few more games, M Ashwin will get better. Not really fussed with these results. I personally feel, we have to improve in all three departments. We have to admit there are a few slow fielders in the team, but as long as they are safe fielders and take their catches, I can’t ask for more.” Pune Innings:23.44 IST: Kane Richardson took 2 wickets and gave away just 7 runs in the final over of the match. 23.38 IST: Match Over!! Kane Richardson’s bowls a brilliant final over as Royal Challengers Bangalore (185/3) beat Rising Pune Supergiants (172/8) by 13 runs. RPS slump to their third successive defeat in IPL 2016. 23.32 IST: What an Over!!! Shane Watson’s penultimate over might just win the game for RCB, he gets 2 wickets for just 4 runs. Pune 165/6, need 21 runs off the last over to win the match. 23.29 IST: Big Wicket for RCB!!!! Shane Watson delivers at the right time for Bangalore getting the wicket of Thisara Perera, who departs after a quickfire 34 off 13 balls.  23.25 IST: SIX!!! Thisara Perera smashes 25 runs off Harshal Patel’s over to keep the home team in the hunt. Pune 161/4 after 18 overs, need 25 from 12 balls. 23.14 IST: That’s Out!!! MS Dhoni goes for a big shot but holes out to a superb catch from AB de Villiers at long-off. Pune 121/4 after 16 overs, need 65 from 24 balls. 23.12 IST: Meanwhile, Chris Gayle can’t wait to get back to the IPL action 23.06 IST: STUMPED!!! Required rate pressure gets to Ajinkya Rahane (60 off 46 balls) as he comes down the track looking for a big shot but misses the ball completely and KL Rahul does the rest. Tabraiz Shamsi gets his maiden IPL wicket. Pune 115/3 after 15 overs, need 71 from 30 balls.22.56 IST: Strategic Time Out!! Pune 94/2 after 13 overs, need another 92 runs from 42 balls at 13.14 runs per over. Rahane 58*, Dhoni 27*. Current partnership: 76 runs from 63 balls.22.49 IST: FIFTY!!! Ajinkya Rahane gets to his half-century in 37 balls. Pune 86/2 after 12 overs, need 100 runs from 48 balls.  22.45 IST: Meanwhile a fan has posted this on RCB’s twitter page. advertisementVery well said ! 484 runs in 4 games ! The only reason I watch IPL @imVkohli @ABdeVilliers17 @RCBTweets @IPL pic.twitter.com/NWj6Hrox69 Mohamed Abuzaid (@abuzaid_abuzaid) April 22, 201622.41 IST: At the half way stage Pune are 73/2 with another 113 runs to go in 60 balls. Ajinkya Rahane batting on 43 from 31 balls, while Dhoni has made 21 off 22 balls. Required run rate has gone well over 11 now. 22.32 IST: Supergiants finally bring up their fifty in the eighth over. Pune 53/2 after 8 overs. Required run rate has jumped to 11.08. 22.22 IST: Strategic Time Out!! Early wickets along with an injury to Kevin Pietersen has completely stemmed the run flow. Pune 36/2 after 6 overs of the powerplay. Required run rate has climbed up to 10.71. 22.10 IST: MS Dhoni has decided to take control of the situation by promoting himself in the batting order. Pune 23/2 after 4 overs.22.05 IST: Run Out!!! Virat Kohli adds more misery on Pune as he runs out Steve Smith with a brilliant effort on the field. Pune 18/2 after 2.3 overs. 22.00 IST: More problems for Pune!! Kevin Pietersen is forced to leave the field after facing just one ball. Seems like he hurt his calf muscle as he was going for a single. Pune 12/1 after 2 overs. 21.56 IST: WICKET!!! Faf du Plessis fails with the bat as he hands an easy catch to Harshal Patel at mid-off. Pune 12/1 after 1.4 overs. 21.53 IST: Stuart Binny gets smacked in the first over. Pune 11/0 after 1 over. 21.50 IST: Rahane and Du Plessis are already out in the middle and taking guard. Stuart Binny will open the attack for Bangalore. 21.46 IST:  186 runs to defend. We’re sure all of you have your eyes on @shamsi90, tonight’s debutant! #RPSvRCB #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/aawu1kiWb1 Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 22, 2016 21.36 IST: Virat Kohli: “Well, the pitch was good to begin with. New ball bowlers were getting the swing. They probably didn’t hit the right areas. Wickets with new ball will be the key. The old ball was not quite bouncing. So, change of pace and squeezing the batsman for boundaries will be the key. Playing the anchor is how I play my game. Rahul, up the order, and ABD can bat around me. I’m not happy with the way I batted today. I thought I could have used 10 balls lesser. M Ashwin has variations, so we wanted to have the upper hand against him. ABD kept cheering me, he said my role was as important as his. If we bowl smartly, we can defend it.” Kohli is also the orange cap holder now.21.30 IST: Innings break!!! A 155-run stand between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers powers Bangalore to 185/3 in 20 overs. De Villiers top-scored with 83 off 46 balls, while Kohli made 80 from 63 balls. Thisara Perera (3/34) was the pick of the bowlers for Pune. 21.26 IST: That’s Out!!! Thisara Perera provides a double blow as AB de Villiers top-edges a slower ball and gets caught by Ankit Sharma. De Villiers departs for 83 from 46 balls. 21.25 IST: WICKET!!! Virat Kohli departs after yet another fantastic innings for his side. He scored a quickfire 80 from 63 balls.advertisement21.17 IST: SIX!!! Virat Kohli smacks Thisara Perera for a big six. Bangalore 157/1 after 18 overs. 21.04 IST: DROPPED!!!! Ankit Sharma puts down an easy catch. Virat Kohli tried to slog sweep R Ashwin but only managed a top-edge which Ankit dropped at long-off. Bangalore 137/1 after 16 overs. 21.03 IST: This is the third century stand between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers this season. 21.00 IST: Fifty for the skipper!!! Virat Kohli brings up yet another half-century this season. Current partnership: 101 off 69 balls. AB de Villiers batting on 68 from 34 balls. Bangalore 128/1 after 15 overs. 20.57 IST: Murugan Ashwin is having a torrid time on the field as de Villiers is taking him to the cleaners. He has conceded 29 runs in his 2 overs so far. Bangalore 122/1 after 14 overs. 20.51 IST: Hundred up for RCB!! Kohli and de Villiers are going great scoring at more than 8 runs per over. Bangalore 106/1 after 12 overs.20.43 IST: Fifty Partnership!!! Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have brought up their third half-century stand in this tournament. Bangalore 79/1 at the half-way stage. 20.38 IST: SIX!!! AB de Villiers ends the ninth over with slog sweep which goes over the ropes. Bangalore 69/1 after 9 overs.20.35 IST: Dhoni has brought Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack now. Bangalore 57/1 after 8 overs. 20.30 IST: Average first innings score at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune is 151 20.27 IST: At the end of the powerplay, Bangalore are 48/1 after 6 overs. Virat Kohli 27* (3×4, 1×6), AB de Villiers 12* (2×4) 20.17 IST: WICKET!!! KL Rahul top-edges a delivery from Thisara Perera straight to Ishant Sharma at third man. Bangalore 27/1 after 3.4 overs. 20.13 IST: Virat smashes Ishant for a six and a four to get his innings off to a quick start. Bangalore 22/0 after 3 overs. 20.05 IST: Virat and Rahul take 9 runs from the first over. Bangalore 9/0 after 1 over.  19.58 IST: Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are all set for the big clash. Ishant Sharma starts off the proceedings for Pune.19.40 IST: Playing XIsRising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Murugan AshwinRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, Mandeep Singh, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Sarfaraz Khan, Stuart Binny, Harshal Patel, Kane Richardson, Iqbal Abdulla, Tabraiz Shamsi 19.35 IST: Team Changes – Pune have brought back Rajat Bhatia and left out Irfan Pathan. While mystery spinner Tabraiz Shamsi will make his debut for RCB. 19.30 IST: TOSS!!! MS Dhoni wins the toss, Pune Supergiants will bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore. 19.15 IST: RCB boys leave for the stadium in Pune .@klrahul11, @AdamMilne19 & @ABdeVilliers17 get on the bus and the boys are off to the stadium! #RPSvRCB #PlayBoldhttps://t.co/S0Q0HxV6cs Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 22, 2016 Preview:Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will aim to return to winning ways when they meet in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday. (Full IPL Coverage)Both teams started off in promising fashion by winning their respective opening matches, but lost their way thereafter with back to back defeats. A win on Friday will be crucial in getting their campaign back on track.Both teams are on one point each after identical records of one win and two defeats. But Pune are at the fifth spot on the points table, a rung above Bangalore, due to a better run rate.Pune are struggling to get going in both batting and bowling departments. They have star-studded batting line-up which includes the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. But with the exception of Faf du Plesis, none of the big names have lived up to their reputation so far.The Pune bowlers have not done too well either. The pace bowling department saw a couple of changes in their last match against Kings XI Punjab with Thissara Perera and Irfan Pathan replacing Mitchell Marsh and R.P. Singh. But the changes did not bring about the desired results as they could defend a 150 plus total.Ishant Sharma has also been largely ineffective despite his considerable international experience. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has also not been in his best form so far. However, rookie spinner Murugan Ashwin and experienced pacer Rajat Bhatia have been promising.RCB also have an explosive batting line-up. They will miss star opener Chris Gayle, who has flown back home to Jamiaca following the birth of his first child. But the likes of captain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson have the ability to tear apart any bowling attack on their day. The young Sarfaraz Khan has also been promising.The bowling however, is a cause for worry. Pacers Varun Aaron, Kane Richardson, Adam Milne and David Wiese have been far too expensive and have also struggled to get wickets. The spinners have fared no better with Yuzvendra Chahal, Parvez Rasool and Iqbal Abdullah struggling due their lack of experience.The squads:Rising Pune Supergiants: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Jaskaran Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Albie Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Thisara Perera, Saurabh Tiwary, R.P. Singh, Rajat Bhatia, Ankush Bains, Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Stuart Binny, Iqbal Abdulla, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Vikramjeet Malik, Kane Richardson, Varun Aaron, Mandeep Singh, Abu Nechim, Adam Milne, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Travis Head, David Wiese, Sachin Baby, Lokesh Rahul, Parvez Rasool, Vikas Tokas, Sarfaraz Khan, Praveen Dubey, Akshay Karnewar.last_img read more

Joey Bosa Trolls Marcus Mariota, Oregon With “O, No” Instagram Post

first_imgJoey Bosa trolls Marcus Mariota with Instagram post.Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa of one of the most promising young players in the nation. He also seems to be quite skilled in the trash talk department.Tuesday morning, following his team’s 42-20 College Football Playoff National Championship win over Oregon, Bosa took to Instagram to poke a bit of fun at his opponent. We’re not sure if he’s just responding to the fact that the Ducks were favored in the contest or whether he had words with some of Oregon’s players during the game. But considering he posted a photo of Mariota lying on the ground (after this hit), with the words “O, No”, we think it’s safe to say he feels justified rubbing it all in.It’s quite likely that Mariota and Bosa will see each other at the next level. But for now, it’s Bosa and the Buckeyes who have bragging rights.last_img read more

Twin suicide attack kills 3 in northeast Nigeria

first_imgKano (Nigeria): Two female suicide bombers killed three civilians and wounded eight in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said Wednesday. The twin blasts tore through a crowd late Tuesday in the town of Mafa, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from regional capital Maiduguri. “The female bombers killed three people and wounded eight others,” Bello Danbatta, head of security for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Borno state, said. The assailants entered the town among a group of local women who had gone to fetch firewood for cooking, Danbatta said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLocal district spokesman Adamu Mohammed, who gave the same toll, said the bombers waited until around 8:30pm (1930 GMT) before launching their attack. Boko Haram has been waging a 10-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria that has seen it repeatedly use female suicide bombers to attack soft targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations. Many of the bombers are young women and girls. The last suicide attack was in June when a triple bombing outside a hall where football fans were watching a match killed at least 30 people.last_img read more

Pickton inquiry in crisis as family members of victims question credibility

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Pickton inquiry is falling deeper into controversy.Family members of women who were killed by serial killer Robert Pickton say the inquiry into how and why police failed to catch the pig farmer while women disappeared off Vancouver’s streets is rapidly losing its credibility.They are urging Wally Oppal, the inquiry’s commissioner to step up and demand that he province give women advocacy groups funding to participate in the inquiry.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has more on this story.last_img

New research helps provide better understanding of megaviruses

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 7 2019Swansea University has played a key role in transatlantic research to develop a greater understanding of megaviruses and their potential to cause life-threatening illnesses.The findings, which have just been published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), examine the unexpected genes carried by these giant viruses found inside amoebae.Professor David Lamb, (left) recipient of a highly prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, worked with his Swansea University Medical School colleagues Professor Steven Kelly, Dr Claire Price and Dr Andrew Warrilow on the paper On the occurrence of cytochrome P450 in viruses.Professor Lamb explained that amoebae can be described as Trojan horses as they carry the megaviruses which can be as big as bacteria.He said: Some of these megaviruses have several thousand genes. We are cataloging them and examining their properties.We know these viruses may be linked to some forms of pneumonia so gaining a better understanding of them will help us to develop ways of tackling those viruses.” This is very interesting research and our findings herald a new era of understanding regarding the evolution of this important gene family, with implications for understanding the biology and the origin of the giant viruses themselves. ” Related StoriesResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairThe paper follows on from the time Professor Lamb spent in the US as one of Swansea University’s first ever Fulbright Scholars.His place on the prestigious program saw him hosted by the Oceans and Human Health Department of the world-renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts where he spent a year developing his research into cytochrome P450 biodiversity.The paper also saw the Swansea academics collaborate with Dr Jed Goldstone and Prof John Stegeman, from Woods Hole, Alec Follmer, Marie True and Professor Tom Poulos, from the University of California Irvine and Professor David Nelson at the University of Tennessee.Professor Lamb added: Source:Swansea UniversityJournal reference:Lamb, D.C. et al. (2019) On the occurrence of cytochrome P450 in viruses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1901080116.last_img read more

Germany okays classaction suits before diesel deadline

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. Explore further The German government on Wednesday approved a draft law allowing US-style class action lawsuits, opening the door for drivers to seek compensation over Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scam before the case expires. Citation: Germany okays class-action suits before diesel deadline (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-germany-okays-class-action-diesel-deadline.html Volkswagen in UK court over ‘dieselgate’ © 2018 AFP Justice Minister Katarina Barley said she expected the law, which still needs to be approved by parliament, to take effect on November 1—just ahead of the year-end statute of limitations for claims against German car giant VW.”There are estimates that some two million diesel owners could benefit from this,” Barley said.Very common in the United States, class action lawsuits allow large numbers of plaintiffs with a similar complaint to sue a defending party together, sparing them the time and cost of arguing their cases individually.In one of the largest class-action settlements to date, Volkswagen in 2016 agreed to pay out some $10 billion in buybacks and compensation to 475,000 US car owners after it admitted to equipping millions of vehicles worldwide with software designed to dupe pollution tests.The massive payout angered drivers in Europe where far more cars were rigged but who have so far only been offered software updates.German driver Beate Berger, whose VW Tiguan has had engine problems since the software fix, said she wanted justice.”We want to join a class action suit and hope that we finally get at least some compensation for the problems we’ve had with this car,” she told public broadcaster ZDF’s morning talk show.The head of Germany’s VZBV Federation of Consumer Organisations, Klaus Mueller, called the government’s draft law “a milestone for consumer protection”, arguing that it wasn’t feasible for each driver to take on VW alone.The German version of a class-action suit comes with several hurdles however.Under the draft law, claims may only be filed by established consumer protection groups representing a minimum of 50 plaintiffs.If the case is deemed admissable, a judge would rule on whether damages should be awarded, without determining the amount.It would then fall to each plaintiff individually to agree on a compensation figure with the defendant, a step critics say still makes the process too complicated.Almost three years after the “dieselgate” scandal erupted, the Volkswagen group remains mired in legal woes around the world.Over 50,000 British drivers started a collective lawsuit against the car giant in March, while a class action lawsuit is also under way in Australia. The change will make it easier for German VW owners to seek compensation read more

Green energy is the future according to new report

first_img The National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) is the first long term view of the UK’s infrastructure needs, and is underpinned by analysis produced by a consortium of the UK’s leading universities, including Oxford University, who led on the work.The report calls for a more joined up view of infrastructure, with significant investments to tackle road congestion, deal with water shortages and provide secure low-carbon energy supplies. It proposes ways of promoting greater innovation, for example through the roll-out of 5G mobile services and the uptake of autonomous vehicles.The move to renewables has long been framed to be an expensive one, however, the report highlights renewable energy as being a “golden opportunity” to make the UK greener and make energy in general more affordable.The academic research that informed the report’s development includes advanced modelling and analysis which scenarios of the future. This adopted methodology has been proposed by the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, a consortium of seven of the UK’s leading universities, led from the University of Oxford. The ITRC has developed the UK’s first National Infrastructure Model (NISMOD) which was used by the National Infrastructure Commission to conduct the National Infrastructure Assessment.NISMOD was used to model the changing demand for infrastructure services, including energy and water. The NIC used NISMOD to explore options for provision of secure water supplies in the face of growing water use and uncertain climatic changes. The NISMOD analysis demonstrated that secure water supplies can be provided in future, but doing so requires action to reduce leakage and manage water demand, as well as investment in strategic water supply infrastructure, including pipes and canals to transfer water around the country.Prof Jim Hall, who leads the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium and is Director, Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, said: ‘We are very pleased to see the models that we have developed being taken up by the National Infrastructure Commission to conduct the National Infrastructure Assessment. NISMOD has taken us several years to develop, but it now provides a unique capability to simulate Britain’s national infrastructure in the future and to inform the difficult choices that the National Infrastructure Commission is having to make.’The report calls on government ministers to set out a low-carbon route for the economy after previous reports from the Committee on Climate Change warned that it is set to miss its climate targets, despite multi-billion pound efforts to clean up the power sector.It also cautions that low-cost renewables will only be possible if the right decisions are taken now by government, such as continuing to invest in wind and solar resources, ramping up efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the U.K.’s buildings and enabling a rapid switch to electric vehicles. Citation: Green energy is the future, according to new report (2018, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-green-energy-future.html Postponing Day Zero: Investment in water efficiency will keep taps running Explore further Provided by University of Oxfordcenter_img The UK should seize a ‘golden opportunity’ to move away from fossil fuels, towards cheaper, greener energy sources, according to a new report, published by the National Infrastructure Commission. The UK should move away from fossil fuels, towards cheaper, greener energy sources, according to report launched this week, published by the National Infrastructure Commission. Credit: Shutterstock 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.last_img read more