No one had ever seen anything like it in the quarter-century of exploration on the surface of Mars. It appeared in front of the Opportunity rover as if it had fallen from the sky, and its resemblance to a jelly-filled doughnut stoked the media’s interest all the more. But the show’s over, folks. NASA announced today that, once Opportunity turned to get a clear view of where it had roved from, it was obvious—as mission scientists had speculated—that a rover wheel had rolled over a rock (center), broken off a bit of it, and sent the chip downhill to where it was seen days later. The dark red “filling” could have formed geologically recently after erosion exposed the rock at the surface, scientists said, or it could have formed long ago deep within Mars. End of story. On to the next rock.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Gujarat government on Tuesday announced a drastic cut in the penalties for traffic violations even as the Centre is justifying the steep fine amounts under the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act. In some cases, the reduction in the State is as steep as ₹1,000 from ₹10,000. On July 31, Parliament passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. But some States, especially those ruled by non-BJP parties, have opposed its stringent provisions and not implemented them yet. The amended Central MV Act provides for a fine of ₹1,000 for driving a two-wheeler without helmet; in Gujarat the fine will be ₹500, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced here. The penalty for the offence in the State currently is a mere ₹100. While the Central law has proposed a fine of ₹1,000 for pillion riders not wearing helmet, this provision will not be implemented at all in Gujarat, Mr. Rupani said. Further, one can produce driving licence or other documents in digitised form after storing them in the DigiLocker app, he said.For not fastening seat belts, car drivers will be fined ₹500 against ₹1,000 under the Central Act. The new provisions will come into force in Gujarat from September 16, the Chief Minister said.“The fine amount for different violations proposed under the Central law is the upper limit. Penalty collection is not our objective. We want people to be safe. The Gujarat government will enforce the law strictly wherever it is needed. We will be lenient wherever needed. That is why we will not impose any fine on pillion riders,” Mr. Rupani said.For triple-seat riding on two-wheelers, the fine in Gujarat will continue to be ₹100 and not ₹1,000 as under the amended MV Act, as “poor people can not afford to hire autorickshaw if a family of three wants to go somewhere,” the Chief Minister said. Talking on phone while driving would attract a fine of ₹500 for first-time offenders and ₹1,000 if caught a second time, which is almost on a par with the penalty under the Central Act. At present, the police collect ₹1,000 for the same offence in Gujarat.For dangerous driving as well as driving on the wrong side, the first-time penalty would be ₹1,500 for three-wheelers, ₹3,000 for light motor vehicles and ₹5,000 for bigger vehicles.These fines are lower than those under the Central Act, which provides for fines of ₹5,000 for the first time and ₹10,000 for a repeat offence.While the amended Central law proposes a penalty of ₹5,000 if the driver does not have a licence, the State police will recover ₹2,000 from two-wheeler riders and ₹3,000 from drivers of three- or four-wheelers.Against a hefty penalty of ₹5,000 proposed by the Centre for not registering the vehicle, the Gujarat government will recover ₹1,000 for two-wheelers, ₹2,000 for three- wheelers, ₹3,000 for four-wheelers and ₹5,000 for bigger vehicles.
Congress on Thursday dismissed as “totally baseless” BJP’s charge that P Chidambaram as Finance Minister had played a role in the 2G spectrum scam. “It is totally baseless and there is no truth in it,” AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said. His remarks came close on the heels of BJP rejecting Home Minister P Chidambaram’s “self-certified” non-involvement in the 2G spectrum case. Congress spokespersons have been maintaining that these allegations against Chidambaram were unfounded. They have been saying that if the opposition has any facts, they should submit them to the Joint Parliamentary Committee which is looking into the 2G spectrum scam. BJP had earlier noted that the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the CBI investigations into 2G scam, has asked the Income Tax department to produce the transcript related to the conversation between Raja and Radia. The BJP also brushed aside the explanation and defence made by Chidambaram that it was not former Telecom Minister A Raja, who had told corporate lobbyist Niira Radia of the alleged pay-offs made to him, but RIL group employee K R Raja.- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Mumbai, Jun 14 (PTI) World mens No.7 Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong believes that the Ultimate Table Tennis league, which will begin from July 13, will benefit the sport in India.Speaking about the inaugural edition of the Ultimate Table Tennis where he will turn up for the Maharashtra United, Wong Chun Ting said, ?The Professional league will attract and bring world class players to India. This will benefit the sport of table tennis in India. I believe it will bring advanced training methods and other technical aspects too which will benefit Indian players in the long run.?Ting, a bronze medalist at the recently concluded World Championship in Dusseldorf, is visiting India for the very first time.”I am very excited about my first trip to India for the UTT. I expect there will be top-class competitions with many top players from other countries,? Ting, who lives in Hong Kong, was quoted as saying in a media release issued here.He is the highest ranked player at the inaugural UTT scheduled to begin on July 13 in Chennai.Ting took to competitive training in table tennis only at the age of 12.”Joining the Hang Seng Table Tennis Academy was a critical point of my career in table tennis. Even though it was tough as I had to travel a long way to the training centre after school, I was really looking forward to each session of training,” said the paddler who took up TT as a full-time career after completing his secondary school at the age of 18.advertisementWhile he completed ninth in the mens singles at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, the Hong Kong player has had a memorable start in 2017 and won the mixed doubles Bronze along with his compatriot Doo Hoi Kem at the World Championship which he calls, a highlight of his career.?This experience has amply impacted my career in table tennis. This year my target is to get a place at the World Tour Grand Finals in December. I want to advance my world ranking further,? said an optimistic Ting.He will team up with Harmeet Desai, Ronit Bhanja, Joao Monteiro, Krittwika Sinha Roy, Pooja Sahasrabudhe, Liu Jia and Fu Yu in the Maharashtra United squad. PTI NRB DK DK SDM
From France, with LoveOlivier Claire at The RoseateCelebrated French vegan beauty brand, Olivier Claire is finally in India and we can’t stop gushing about the fact that it’s exclusively available in Delhi at Aheli Spa, The Roseate. Known for its high-performance luxury products made using 100 per cent pure and,From France, with Love Olivier Claire at The RoseateCelebrated French vegan beauty brand, Olivier Claire is finally in India and we can’t stop gushing about the fact that it’s exclusively available in Delhi at Aheli Spa, The Roseate. Known for its high-performance luxury products made using 100 per cent pure and natural in gredients, this one is for all lovers of premium anti-ageing vegan beauty solutions. Brought to the country by co-directors Olivier Claire India, Dr Mh Abbo, formal worldwide director at Pierre Fabre Laboratory, and Chandani Kathu ria, gold medalist ESC, Grande Ecole, France, the luxury cosmetic brand offers skin care based on the concept of native cells. The high concentration of active ingredients result in exceptional skin rejuvena tion. We suggest you book a session of the Majeur de Beauté treatment by Olivier Claire to reap maximum benefits. The session begins with skin consultation with the resident expert, followed by a 90-minute indulgent beauty treatment based on your skin’s need. This rejuvenating therapy aims to deeply oxygenate, regenerate and re-plump dehydrated and dull skin. It’s no wonder then that one can see a spectacular difference in one’s skin texture the minute it’s over, and the effect lasts for days to come. “We firmly believ that beauty treatments need not be result-oriented only but also shoul be an experience, which is what we have curated at the Aheli Spa in th Roseate Hotels and resorts,” says Kathuria.My Go-to Product “The Olivier Claire’s High Concentration Complete Serum is an intensive serum which prepares your skin to achieve the maximum effect of your day and night cream. It’s made with native cells and plant extracts, and is super-absorbing. Its remarkable smoothing properties make it one of my favourite Olivier Claire product,” says Kathuria.advertisementAt Aheli Spa, The Roseate, National Highway 8, D Block, SamalkaTel 4151 0707Price Rs 10,000 plus taxes(By Mohini Mehrotra and Rewati Rau) Monika and Gatik Bhandari. Photo: Yasir IqbalRise of Sustainability The Burnt SoulMonika and Gatik Bhandari. Photo: Yasir IqbalAbout three years ago, like a phoenix rising from the ashes of its past life, Monisha Bhandari, 25, and Gatik Bhandari, 29, created The Burnt Soul from the remnants of a workshop fire. Since then, the business has grown and has taken sustainable and ethically produced fashion to a different level. The Burnt Soul’s upbeat bags and animated dresses are a far cry away from the muted and dull products generally associated with the words environmental-friendly. Using sustainable materials such as cotton and linen, each product, down to its buttons and tassels, is handcrafted and hand printed in their workshop.From Memories Come Stories Within each collection is an expertly woven story. Every product, whether it is a bag, kurta or tablemat, expresses a certain image or an idea, a memory handpicked by the designer. The Burnt Soul’s Voyage collection is perhaps the best example of this. Each bag, with its vivid blue shading and ikat print, conveys a vibrant image of the blue city, Jodhpur. Similarly, the Aunt Janett collection, with its warm colours and loose, flowing designs, tells a tale of tea parties, grassy picnics and sunny days.Going Forward At the moment, The Burnt Soul is operating entirely as an e-commerce brand. However, the duo are planning on bringing their soulful creations to their first store in Delhi, in order to give their customers a more tangible shopping experience. They also plan on expanding their product range to include home furnishings and furniture.Price range Rs 300 to Rs 8,000Website theburntsoul.com(By Tamanna Bhasin) Smriti Sain, owner, Chiaroscuro. Photo: Chandradeep KumarArtisan Bags ChiaroscuroChiaroscuro is an Italian term referring to the balance of light and shadow in an artwork, and Smriti Sain, 33, adds her unique touch to this term through her leather bag brand. However, instead of light and shadow, Sain seeks to find harmony between the contrasting spirits of Indian tradition and modern fashion. By marrying traditional Indian leather-craft with functionality and simplistic design, Sain creates bags that have the potential to become lifelong companions, ageing beautifully day by day.A Collaborative Experience In this age of mass production and impersonal shopping, Chiaroscuro, with its made-to-order bags and deviation from assembly line production, is a refreshing change. When a Chiaroscuro bag is bought, the customer immediately becomes part of a community, a warm environment within which one can directly engage with the process of creation. From allowing customisation through personalised monograms and small alterations to introducing the customer to the bag’s artisan and providing after-sales servicing, Chiaroscuro aims to be more accessible to its buyers.advertisementSustainable Fashion Each Chiaroscuro bag is made using leather sourced from stock and sample lots, where previously tanned leather lies rejected and unused. Every hide used by the brand had previously been discarded due to imperfections, such as uneven skin colour, small scarring and shade variations. But unlike other leather brands, Chiaroscuro chooses to embrace these flaws, with the belief that the natural qualities of leather make the bags more appealing. Furthermore, most of the leather qualities they choose are tanned using vegetable tannins and dyes. The thoughtful process also allows the production to be more environmentally responsible.Price range Rs 450 to Rs 12,850Website chiaroscuro.in(By Tamanna Bhasin) Vishwani Marwah (left) and Tanya Bhardwaj, brand culture managers, Olive, with managing director AD Singh. Photo: Rajwant RawatFood for the Soul The Grammar RoomWith everyone trying really hard to differentiate one from another in a crowd of restaurants, cafes and eateries, The Grammar Room manages to stand out effortlessly. There is nothing about the cozy 30-seater restaurant in the chic Mehrauli area which screams ‘predictable’. The food is the hero here though a spectacular view that transports you away from the smog-laden capital is a significant draw as well. The intimate space has plenty of whites and blues, and patterned tiles, all of which come together to make it intensely Instagrammable. The menu looks carefully curated and is fashionably brief, yet each dish is meant to amaze your tastebuds in a melange of new flavours. The food looks as good as it tastes, with the colours popping boldly against the slate grey serving platters. The vegetarian options are not an after-thought and incorporate much more exciting ingredients than the ever-present cottage cheese. “Most of the produce is sourced locally and prepared fresh,” says chef Sahil.We Recommend Infused G&Ts, elderflower, just a millet, shroom melt, TGR egg fried rice, tuna and mango tiradito, curry up bowl, GR pancake, cookie and milk.At One Style Mile, MehrauliMeal for two Rs 1,600 (without alcohol)(By Jahnavi Chakravarty) Nukkad Cafe.Bright Flavours Nukkad CafeThere are restaurants and then there are all-weather-all-mood restaurants and Nukkad Cafe and Bar is one of them. The brainchild of Kanishk Tuteja of Bunta Bar fame, this cafe has become one of the most loved spaces in SDA Market. There’s just something so warm about entering this space where street food meets modern comforts. Even when the weather conditions make it impossible to enjoy the alfresco seating, the distinct village feel with lanterns, exposed brick walls and long wooden tables might just temp you to coome by for a bit, with mist-fans of course. To keep you company are the lovely cocktails including the nukkad watermelon or the madira banta along with masala peanuts and papad. And when the airconditioned comfort beckons, the indoor space too is vibrant enough to keep you hooked.Don’t miss the funky wall art while you wait for your order. Speaking of which, this place pretty much leaves you spoilt for choice with the selection of momos, cutlets, home-style sandwiches, mezze platter and more. You can also get your street food feels with bread pakora, tawa aloo and soya chaap. And to make sure you don’t miss home food, there are four varieties of Maggi on the menu-butter, tadka veg, peri peri chicken and butter chicken. Not to Miss A live singing performance in the alfresco area with dim yellow lights make it a romatic place.advertisementMeal for two Rs 1,200 for twoAt C-23-24, SDA Market The inviting interiors at The Drunken Botanist.Earthy Twist The Drunken BotanistDining out should be a complete sensory experience. Giving new life to this thought is The Drunken Botanist at DLF Cyber Hub. For it’s not every day that you enter a restaurant in the city and find yourself engulfed in a green heaven that makes you feel like you’re on a picnic in the midst of a lush forest. Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book The Drunken Botanist, this new restaurant by Manish Sharma of Molecule fame ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a sensational modern-day dining experience. The interiors are stunning-with overhead hanging plants, creepers and walls painted with flowers, and a recurrent brown and green theme that gives it an earthy greenhouse effect. However, the interiors are not the only wow factor. While the extensive food menu may seem confusing and overwhelming at first, what with a host of street foods from across the world-from Asian and North Indian to Continental and Italian-we promise you will go back a super happy foodie. The bar menu boasts some innovative concoctions besides regular favourites. Daring drinkers can take their pick from the special cocktails that come with a ‘botanist twist’, such as the Mysore colada and curry lovers club.Highlights The Japanese salmon pizza from the Chef Special section-a cold thin-crust pizza that comes studded with salmon roe, fresh salmon, truffle mayo and micro greens-is a thing of beauty and a joy for the palate, and deserves special mention for its ingenuity and originality of flavours. The prawn curry dumplings is another scrumptious must-try here.At Unit 1B & 1C, Upper Ground Floor-C, Building 10C, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber CityMeal for two Rs 1,500 for two (approx) India on your Plate Bombay BrasserieThere are anoverwhelming number of restaurants dishing out what passes as ‘modern Indian’ cuisine today, so there is a growing sense of fatigue as you hear of another launch that focuses on Indian food from across the country. How does a new space differentiate itself from the flock? Some, like Bombay Brasserie go local and use the Indian-origin ingredients card to great effect to separate themselves from the back.As the restaurant makes its way to Delhi (this is its 8th outlet in the country), the DNA of the brand remains uncompromised and most dishes use ingredients that are specific to certain parts of India and not so frequently used. For example, the thecha prawn is a Maharashtrian speciality and the prawns are coated in a thick peanut, chillies and coconut paste that helps temper the fiery appetiser. Similarly, the aam papad paneer is rooted in Amritsar as you get the best aam papad there. The dish is sour and tart and the leather texture of the aam papad contrasts well with the creaminess of the paneer. Other small plates worth nibbling on include the tilkut masala flat rotis which are essentially tempered in tomato peanut chutney and served with spiced eggplant on a flat bread with a ‘Tilkut’ masala sprinkle popular in Sangli, Maharashtra. The source of the key ingredient in every dish is mentioned alongside the dish name on the menu.Small is Wise Dive into the mains only if you are really hungry as the small plates are actually good enough for two and much more inventive than the rest of the menu. You can also buy stuff from their ingredient bar which is currently made up of four unique items that have been sourced and selected for you. Choose from cassava flour, coconut sugar, beetroot powder and Himalayan pink salt. These products are 100 per cent natural and handpicked straight from the source. End your meal with the Amritsari kulfa and chase your entire meal with one of the India-inspired cocktails or fun pawhas or quarter drinks. With interiors that are easy on the eye (the space is done up in citrus and blue shades) and service to boot, Bombay Brasserie gives forgotten Indian ingredients a new, contemporary lease of life.At H 66- 68, Outer Circle, First Floor, Connaught PlaceTel: 011-40030500Meal for two Rs 1900 plus taxes A Spicy Salud Rodeo Cantina and KitchenRodea, the pioneer ofTex-Mex cuisine in Delhi, has recently opened doors of its reinvented version, Rodeo Cantina and Kitchen. With fairy lights strung across the ceiling and minimalist whitewashed walls, the new space has a more contemporary vibe in keeping with the much favoured casual dining culture. The drinks revolve around the staple Mexican flavours like bell peppers and Tabasco and are typically a mix of spicy-sweet. The signature cocktails, mostly tequila based, are fun and experimental. The acapulco spice is a must-try for its delicious kick. The spiced pumpkin seeds that accompany the drinks make for a nice change as a bar snack. The guacamole, an essential part of authentic Mexican cuisine, is flavourful and reasonably fresh, although one should try it with the chicharron de queso (a Mexican street snack) rather than the traditional nachos. The menu comprises the usual tacos, fajitas and burritos with a variety of fillings to choose from.Top of the List The citrus-packed caipirinha, acapulco spice, kaffir lime and watermelon margarita, chicharron de queso, chicken tinga tostada, baja fish torta, vanilla tres leches cake and churros with chocolate.At A-12, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New DelhiPrice for two Rs 1,800 for two(By Jahnavi Chakravarty) High on Design AloftThe most recent spurton the strip of hotels in Aerocity is Aloft-Marriott International’s sixth branded hotel in the country and Delhi’s first-that bares its credentials as ‘different by design’. The moment you step inside, you can tell why Mariott’s attempt to mould the brand in the likeness of a boutique version of a ‘W’ is a valiant one. The look, feel and vibe is fresh, starting with the lobby that is a welcome relief from the pretentious grandeur of most city hotels. The nostalgic and the neophyte will find plenty to be pleased about whether it’s the food, decor or hospitality. Brightly upholstered furniture and reception desk gloriously look out into an open courtyard with sun umbrellas and tangled green-the perfect venue for hot coffee and death by chocolate in the winter sun or masala chai and keema matar samosas in the monsoon. The far end of the lobby spares space for a quaint, ready-to-drive Morris eight, a 1939 model car; the other artworks are bright, colourful and use fresh insights of local artists and styles rather than the masters. Nook, their all-day dining restaurant follows the dictat of Mariott International’s buffet regulars but it’s with their a la carte that they score big. Try their super crisp dal and aloo kachoris for breakfast if you aren’t a calorie counter or the pesarattu and vegetable stew that is creamy, splendidly spiced and perfect for rainy mornings. For mains, the sous vide lobster with garlic mash and burnt onion petals simply hums on the tongue. End on a sweet note with a mango yogurt popsicle with a mousse centre, yogurt jelly and mango caviar. All in all, it’s the perfect weekend getaway for the young-especially couples short on time with children who have shorter attention spans.Price Rs 8,499 plus taxes per room, per nightAt Street Number 5B, Aerocity, Mahipalpur Village(By Chumki Bharadwaj) Soap Football at DLF Place Saket. Photo: Yasir IqbalKick and Slip Soap FootballWho says only children can have fun? Those in their 20s and 30s too deserve a break to unwind after a week of hard work, and a ‘drinks-and-meal’ outing in the mall may not always be the answer. That is why you need to head to DLF Place Saket, which now boasts of the city’s first Soap Football arena. Founded by Chennai-based twins Arshad and Ahmad Noor, this concept was inspired by its counterpart in Dubai. “We loved the idea of soap football and thought that we needed one back home,” says Arshad, who set up the first soap football arena in Chennai two years ago and eventually opened one in Delhi in March this year.Adrenaline Rush Football on a massive, heavily cushioned floor with diluted soap water is what this game is about. There are goal posts at each end which are protected with inflated tube walls. While it is slippery, one is provided with a helmet, knee pads and wrist band to ensure one enjoys the game safely.No Rules The best part is it doesn’t matter if you’re not a sports enthusiast or have no love for football, for this game has no rules, no fouls and is all about just having fun.Price Rs 2,600 for one hour during weekdays for 10 playersAt DLF Place, 2nd Floor, District Centre, Sector 6, Saket
The head of Iowa’s court system says “Iowans are losing access to justice” because more than 100 court jobs remain empty following budget cuts.Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady offered the assessment Wednesday during his annual judiciary address to lawmakers.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CADY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..support the courts. ;12Cady says the court system is operating with 115 “essential” positions unfilled.He adds rural Iowans are receiving fewer court services than urban residents.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CADY-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………and deliver services. :12Cady also says specialty courts dealing with substance abuse cannot be expanded until the Legislature increases funding.Cady’s office has a roughly $175 million budget that’s been reduced in recent years.Governor Kim Reynolds announced mid-year budget cuts Tuesday that include $1.6 million for the judicial branch.
Transfers Emerson set for Chelsea medical after agreeing £17.5m move Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:45 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty/Goal Transfers Chelsea Roma Serie A Premier League The Premier League champions are on the verge of their second signing of the January window after sealing a move for the Roma left-back Chelsea’s £17.5 million move for Roma’s Emerson Palmieri has been agreed and the left back is set to fly into London on Tuesday to undergo a medical. Goal understands Emerson has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge, with around £8m of performance related add-ons set to be included within the deal.As previously reported, all parties had been in agreement on a move but the deal has been held up by the Blues’ interest in Emerson’s team-mate Edin Dzeko. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea remain open to bringing in Dzeko but are sounding out alternatives as the Serie A outfti have become harder to negotiate with amid fan pressure to keep their star striker.. Emerson is set to arrive after Chelsea’s failed attempts to sign Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro, withAntonio Conte having targeted signing a full-back to challenge Marcos Alonso during the winter window. The arrival of Emerson comes after fellow full-back Kenedy left for Newcastle on loan, while Chelsea are also sanctioning a temporary move for Baba Rahman to return to Schalke 04. The Roma defender has only recently recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but is expected to pass his medical after recently returning to the pitch to make two appearances this season. The former Palermo man impressed at Roma last season but the Giallorossi need to sell in order to continue their compliance with Financial Fair Play.His arrival will mark Conte’s second signing of the January window after Ross Barkley completed his £15m move from Everton earlier this month.Extra reporting by Goal Brasil journalist Bruno Andrade
Michigan State fans are letting it be known that they do not like Jim Harbaugh.Michigan is handing it to Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, as the Wolverines have rebounded nicely after a rough start to take a 27-10 lead into the halftime break. As you’d imagine, the Spartans faithful in attendance aren’t happy with the situation. They’re taking it out on the Wolverines’ head coach.Near the end of the first half, Michigan State’s fans could be heard on ESPN chanting “F*** Jim Harbaugh” during a timeout. It made for quite a moment.Pretty easy to hear the “Fuck Jim Harbaugh” chant on TV. Nice.— Jeff Weintraub (@TheDailyTraub) October 29, 2016Michigan State’s crowd just chanted “fuck Jim Harbaugh.” I love it. Go Green baby.— Hunter Lane (@_StunterLane) October 29, 2016Harbaugh hasn’t even beaten the Spartans as Michigan’s head coach, but it doesn’t look like fans seem to care. Either way, that’s likely going to change after 30 more minutes of football.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)A former member of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team has passed away.Ryan Driscoll, who played quarterback for Iowa from 1994 to 1996, died on Wednesday at the age of 45.According to AllHawkeyes, Driscoll was found unconscious by his wife after collapsing on a treadmill. The direct cause of death is unknown.Condolences came from former teammates and coaches, including former Iowa assistant Don Patterson and DL Eppy Epenesa.Ryan Driscoll was quite the quarterback at Iowa.If not for a bad shoulder injury, he would’ve shined in those in the 1995 and 1996 seasons. pic.twitter.com/vuC88KvaI7— Hawkeye Jason (@jasonkemp) December 6, 2018″It just doesn’t seem fair. It shouldn’t happen to a guy that’s 45.” Don Patterson on the death of former Iowa QB Ryan Driscoll.— Pat Harty (@PatHarty) December 6, 2018Despite offers from Florida State and Notre Dame, Driscoll chose Iowa. Unfortunately for Driscoll, he quickly lost the starting job to Matt Sherman. The 1994 season was the only year where Driscoll saw significant action for the Hawkeyes. In his six games played, Driscoll threw for 1,018 yards and three TDs while averaging 6.6 yards per attempt.Driscoll played only sparingly for the Hawkeyes in 1995 and 1996, but was still a part of the Iowa teams that went to the Sun Bowl and Alamo Bowl.His overall college stats included 1,232 passing yards, four passing TDs, and two rushing TDs.
Two of every three Grade 3 students met expectations in Nova Scotia’s first provincial elementary mathematics assessment. Results of the Early Elementary Mathematical Literacy Assessment were released today, Feb. 19. The assessment included mental math, computation and problem-solving and measured the full range of math concepts students are expected to grasp by the end of Grade 3. “This assessment is giving parents, teachers and school boards valuable information that will help to ensure all students get the best possible start in mathematics,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. The assessment, administered to almost 10,000 Grade 3 students last June, highlights each student’s strengths as well as areas needing further development. Sixty-seven per cent of students met expectations, with more than 16 per cent of students demonstrating particularly strong performance in the assessment. Students scored highest in basic mental calculation and number facts, scoring a provincial average of 88 per cent. Students also did well in counting, interpreting data and probability tasks, scoring more than 80 per cent, on average. Satisfactory performance on the assessment was set at 67 per cent, a standard that reflected the level of understanding students need as a foundation for future success in mathematics. “We set high expectations with this assessment and I am pleased that so many students met that standard,” said Ms. Casey. “Although students performed well overall, I know we can do better. “These results will help improve student achievement.” Individual student results will be sent home to parents and guardians beginning this week. Each report will indicate whether the student is meeting or not yet meeting expectations. Teachers of students not yet meeting expectations will contact parents to discuss the results. Teachers will use information from the assessment to select specific instructional strategies to strengthen students’ math skills and to address the identified needs of students not yet meeting expectations. The Department of Education is providing teachers with Mathematics 4: A Support Resource. The resource, created by the department and a team of Nova Scotia teachers with expertise in elementary mathematics, provides teachers with information and instructional strategies to improve each student’s understanding of mathematics. More information on the Early Elementary Mathematical Literacy Assessment can be viewed at www.eemla.ednet.ns.ca.
Rabat- King Mohammed VI appears on a new photo with French singer Maître Gims accompanied by his Moroccan manager Arab Youssefi.The manager of famous French rapper and pop-singer Maître Gims, Arab Youssefi, posted a photo of himself with King Mohammed VI and Maître Gims on his Instagram account on Tuesday.The photo shows the sovereign smiling at the camera and posing with Gims on his right and Youssefi on his left. Youssoufi wrote next to the photo: “With Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in good shape, Alhamdulillah”Following his successful heart surgery in France, King Mohammed VI has been posing for several photos that have recently gone viral on social media.The photos show King Mohammed VI in good health, with both Moroccan and international fans, including the latest photo with his fan Israël Goldberg who expressed immense joy upon meeting the sovereign.After experiencing a heart rate disorder, King Mohammed VI underwent a successful surgery on February 26, in Paris.
High-profile tax fraud cases could hurt Spanish soccer Argentina’s Lionel Messi dominates the ball during a friendly soccer match against Honduras in San Juan, Argentina, Friday, May 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Nicolas Aguilera) by Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2016 4:54 am MDT Last Updated May 30, 2016 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MADRID – Now that the season is over, Lionel Messi is getting ready to go to court.Messi will appear in front of a judge this week to defend himself from accusations he failed to properly pay taxes for part of his earnings from Barcelona, becoming the latest high-profile player to have to deal with Spain’s tough tax system.Neymar, Javier Mascherano, Adriano and Xabi Alonso also had to deal with Spanish tax authorities recently.The cases have brought unwanted attention to Spanish soccer, and could start scaring some players away just as the Spanish league tries to find ways to become more competitive against the Premier League, whose clubs have the financial power to go after nearly every top player on the market.Neymar’s father last year said the constant harassment over his son’s taxes could lead to the player’s departure from Barcelona.Players have been keeping quiet and don’t speak publicly about tax cases in Spain, but many admit it’s uncomfortable to watch Messi and others face the tribunals because of off-the-field issues. The Spanish league also avoids the subject, saying it can’t interfere in legal matters involving players and tax authorities.Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, have been charged with three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty of defrauding Spain’s tax office of 4.1 million euros ($4.5 million) from 2007-09.The case is centred on the alleged unlawful activities of Messi’s father, but authorities said the Barcelona player knew enough to also be named in the case. They deny any wrongdoing.Messi was also being investigated by Spanish tax authorities after his name was among those released in the probe of international offshore accounts, known as the Panama Papers, although he was not charged for those allegations.Messi’s trial starts Tuesday, and the Argentine player is expected to testify at the Barcelona court on Thursday. He is not obligated to appear in court every day.In nearly all cases involving soccer players, the alleged irregularities are related to the creation of fictitious corporate structures to avoid paying taxes on income from image rights. Some also include the use of tax havens.“The tax agency has always looked into these structures created by football players, as it looks into the activities of people from other sectors as well,” Spain’s tax authority said in a statement. “We must control the use of companies that are aimed at reducing people’s fiscal burden.”Many players have defended themselves by blaming financial advisers who claimed such structures were legal. That was the case with Mascherano, Messi’s teammate with Argentina and Barcelona, who earlier this year was handed a suspended one-year prison sentence for not paying nearly 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in taxes for 2011 and 2012.He said he hired a “prestigious Spanish tax firm” which recommended “certain structures” that it said were accepted by the law.“I’m a professional athlete,” Mascherano said at the time. “I have no extensive knowledge of tax and legal issues. Therefore, I must lean on professionals who handle these technical issues that are complex for me.”Not long after Macherano’s case, Brazil striker Neymar had to testify before a judge because of alleged irregularities involving his transfer to Barcelona. He and the club were accused of withholding the real amount of the transfer fee, in part to avoid paying the full amount of taxes.“If we don’t have peace of mind in our working environment, we will have to leave Spain,” said Neymar’s father, who was also named in the case.Earlier this year, former Real Madrid midfielder Alonso was accused of defrauding Spain’s tax office of 3 million euros ($3.3 million) from 2009-11. Last month, prosecutors accused Barcelona defender Adriano of failing to declare income from his image rights between 2011 and 2012.Neymar, Alonso and Adriano have denied wrongdoing.___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/tales-azzoni
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Outokumpu Technology has made an agreement with the leading Chinese zinc producer, Hunan Zhuye Torch Metals, a fully owned subsidiary of Zhuzhou Smelter Group, for the design and delivery of a zinc plant expansion with new environmentally sound leaching technology. The plant is located close to the city of Zhuzhou, Hunan province in China. The contract value is nearly €30 million.Outokumpu’s delivery includes the engineering of a zinc plant with new Atmospheric Direct Leaching Process, iron precipitation and solution purification processes, main equipment supplies as well as supervision of installation and commissioning. The expansion will increase the plant capacity by 100,000 t/y of zinc and the plant is estimated to be operational by July 2008.Outokumpu has developed a new process for zinc concentrates, called atmospheric direct leaching, which eliminates the conventional roasting phase in zinc processing. The process is already in use in Boliden’s Kokkola zinc plant in Finland and its Odda zinc plant in Norway. Hunan Zhuye Torch Metals selected this process for its expansion because it is an environmentally sound way to produce zinc, it includes recycling of process residues, and it represents the latest technology. A wider selection of zinc concentrates can be used as raw materials in the process, which improves the use of resources.In order to expand the use of the atmospheric direct leaching process in China, Outokumpu has also signed a collaboration agreement with Zhuzhou Smelter Group.
Clara WolteringMilena KnezevicRK Buducnost Podgorica ← Previous Story Dan Beutler to continue career in Qatar? Next Story → Draw for Men’s Junior WCh 2013 in Sarajevo The two important players staying at RK Buducnost Podgorica. They are Milena Knezevic and Clara Woltering. Domestic playmaker and German goalkeeper have signed new deals with the EHF CL 2011/2012 winner. Knezevic will stay for four more years, while Woltering has signed new contract for the upcoming season only…photo: vijesti.me
COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD, the Canadian astronaut who showed us the world in a new way (and became a global star in the process), has landed back on earth.Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), left, Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), center, and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn sit in chairs outside the Soyuz Capsule. Pic: NASA/Carla CioffiHe and fellow Expedition 35 members, cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and astronaut Tom Marshburn, left the International Space Station, which had been their home for 144 days, yesterday evening.They landed in their Soyuz capsule in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kasakhstan, right on time: 2.31am GMT, 10.31pm EDT.To make their return and leave their home for the past number of months, the trio climbed into the Soyuz capsule that would bring them back to earth, while being cheered on (and hugged) by fist-pumping colleagues.After a series of checks, during which the men got comfortable in an extremely tight space, the hatches were closed and the Russian Soyuz vehicle was detached from the ISS.(NASATelevision/YouTube)The man at the controls of the spacecraft was Romanenko, as it undocked last night from the Rassvet module.The capsule brought them through the earth’s atmosphere, where they began to experience gravity for the first time in months, and down to the Kazakhstan field. There, the trio – who, though tired and readjusting to gravity, were smiling following the successful arrival – were examined by medical experts.The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft is seen as it lands. Pic: NASA/Carla CioffiNASA explained that Russian recovery teams were on hand to help the crew exit the vehicle and adjust to gravity.Thanks to Hadfield’s son Evan, the commander’s Twitter and Facebook feeds were kept updated throughout the journey:Pic: Evan Hadfield/TwitterHis father’s most recent tweet captures the poignancy of his return home:The Canadian commander and proud moustache bearer bid farewell to the ISS in classic Cmdr Hadfield fashion: with a video of him singing the David Bowie classic Space Oddity inside the station.(Chris Hadfield/YouTube)Now that these three Expedition 35 members are back on earth, it’s time for Expedition 36 members to take over.(NASATelevision/YouTube)The Canadian Space Agency welcomed Cmdr Hadfield’s return by saying he achieved a historic milestone, becoming the first Canadian to command the ISS.The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency said: Over the past five months, Chris Hadfield has confirmed our country’s world-renowned space expertise, with accomplishments reaching beyond his role aboard the Station.Thanks to Cmdr Hadfield’s illuminating and educational videos and tweets, generous love for music, and infectiously positive attitude, we have a new understanding of what the men and women aboard the ISS do – and the world (and space) will never look the same to us again.Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press/Press Association ImagesVideo: Commander Hadfield sings Bowie as he bids farewell to spaceVIDEO: Ever wonder how Chris Hadfield takes his photos from space?Here’s how they’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day in spacePHOTO: Check out this amazing picture of Dublin from spaceHow fast is the Internet in space? 8 things we learned from an astronaut’s son
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door…#GUILTY Entertainer and artist Rolf Harris has been found guilty in London on 12 counts of indecent assault. The 84-year-old was convicted of the attacks against four girls between the years 1968 and 1986.#TRAGIC A five-year-old boy has died after falling into a lake in west Dublin. It happened at Belgree Lawns in Tyrrelstown at 9.30am this morning. Gardaí are not treating it as suspicious.#MURDER RATE There were 16 more murders in the 12 months up to the end of March this year, compared to the previous 12 month period — according to new crime stats out today. The CSO figures show that kidnapping offences also rose, with 119 recorded.#PISTORIUS A panel of experts has concluded that Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year. The trial of the athlete recommenced today, after a break of one month.#LUCKY ESCAPE An Irish woman living in New York walked away with little more than a broken shoulder — despite three trains rolling over her after she fell onto the subway tracks. It happened at around 6am yesterday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With their city’s long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal.A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Machado can opt out after five years and become a free agent again, the person said.Machado’s agreement would be the second-largest in baseball history behind Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million, 13-year deal signed with the Miami Marlins ahead of the 2015 season. It would be the highest deal for a free agent, topping Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees from 2008-17.More records may be broken soon. Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper could top Stanton’s deal in coming days or weeks.That won’t matter a bit to Padres fans, who have never celebrated a World Series title and were keeping their fingers crossed in recent days as it became apparent that their team, with a mostly sad-sack history stretching back a half-century, actually had a chance at landing Machado, who is only 26.Some fans seemed braced for yet another disappointment. But news of the deal was greeted with euphoria on social media.Speaking at spring training in Peoria, Arizona, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said: “We do not have a deal with any free agent player. We are continuing discussions, and that’s all we have to say.”Teams draw a distinction between an agreement subject to a physical and a finalized deal.While Fowler looked serious, general partner Peter Seidler couldn’t help but smile while waiting for his turn to speak.Without confirming the deal, Seidler — a nephew of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley — spoke of what his ownership group wants to bring to San Diego, where the Padres play in a gem of a ballpark just off the bay.“Ron and I, we love the city of San Diego, we love sports in San Diego, but we’re also well aware of the history. There’s never been a championship from a major sports franchise in San Diego. … We as an organization want to completely change that. We want our franchise to win year after year after year. And we’re going to do whatever we can rationally do to help make that happen.”The Padres lost 96 games last year, haven’t had a winning season since 2010 and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006. They haven’t won a playoff series since the 1998 NL Championship against Atlanta. They were routed in their two World Series appearances, by Detroit in 1984 and the New York Yankees in 1998.And they’ve had the city’s big league sports scene to themselves since the NFL’s Chargers moved to the Los Angeles area two seasons ago. The Chargers did win the AFL title in 1963 but were blown out by San Francisco in their only Super Bowl appearance, after the 1994 season.Other than the AFL title, the biggest championships won around here were probably Little League World Series titles in 2009 by Park View of Chula Vista and in 1961 by El Cajon-La Mesa Northern, which included Brian Sipe, who won the NFL’s MVP Award in 1980.Padres players were ecstatic, even though the signing was not yet official.Catcher Austin Hedges was headed toward bunting drills when he heard the news. He pumped his fists and said, “I’m just that excited about bunting.”“You see me smiling right here,” said first baseman Eric Hosmer, who exactly a year ago earlier finalized a $144 million, eight-year deal with San Diego. “We’ve all been practicing today, obviously. We’ve all kind heard what’s been going on, and all we can say is he’s a guy we’d love to have, and I think it changes things pretty quickly if we do have him here.“He’s one of the top guys in the league,” Hosmer added. “Obviously extremely young free agent that’s got a lot of amazing baseball left in him and he’s already had a lot of amazing baseball in his career. We’re all just glad he’ll hopefully be here with us in San Diego.”The Padres have been rebuilding mostly with prospects and draft picks since a failed win-now approach with high-priced veterans in 2015.Machado is expected to fill the team’s glaring need at third base. He began last year at shortstop with Baltimore, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the All-Star break and split time and shortstop and third. He struck out to end the World Series loss to Boston.With Machado on board, the next big move for the Padres is expected to be the promotion of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., the 20-year-old son of a former big leaguer and the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball.A four-time All-Star, Machado hit .297 last year and set career bests with 37 homers and 107 RBIs. A four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, he has a .282 career average with 175 homers and 513 RBIs in seven big league seasons.The Chicago White Sox were among the teams that pursued Machado, trying to get in position for a second title under owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who turns 83 next week.“Still in a bit of disbelief,” executive vice president Kenny Williams said. “I feel we put our best foot forward. Jerry, in particular, really stepped up.”Machado also met with the Yankees, a team that had expressed concern over Machado’s remarks about hustling — not hustling, actually — during the playoffs.After failing to run out a grounder in the NL Championship Series, Machado said: “Obviously I’m not going to change, I’m not the type of player that’s going to be ‘Johnny Hustle’ and run down the line and slide to first base.”Machado tried to clarify his remarks after the season, saying, “looking back, it doesn’t come across how I meant it.”Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner took notice of Machado’s initial comments, labeling them “troubling” and added, “That ain’t going to sell where we play baseball.”No worries. Padres fans will take him.___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum and AP freelance writers Jack Thompson and Weston DeWitt contributed to this report. Posted: February 19, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the @Padres, @JeffPassan reports. pic.twitter.com/oggb6g1X2Q— MLB (@MLB) February 19, 2019Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado (8) hits a single during the fourth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Manny RN. pic.twitter.com/tBdIVVKC78— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) February 19, 2019 Mike McKinnon III Mike McKinnon III, February 19, 2019 Updated: 1:53 PM FacebookTwitter San Diego Padres sign Manny Machado By Bernie Wilson
6.13: Percentage of Washington residents who used pain relievers for nonmedical purposes in 2008 (Ninth highest in the country).55: Percentage of Americans who obtained pain relievers for nonmedical use from a friend or family member for free.1.4: Percentage of 18-to-25-year-old Americans who are dependent on pain relievers.2,500: The number of U.S. teenagers every day who use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.2006: Since then, deaths in Washington from unintentional drug overdoses have surpassed auto deaths.12.3: Percentage of Washington deaths in 2007 due to unintentional drug overdose.Sources: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2010 survey); Washington State Department of Health; Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe methamphetamine epidemic that plagued Clark County in the past decade has taken a backseat to another public health crisis: prescription drug abuse.The number of people seeking care at Lifeline Connections, Clark County’s largest treatment center, for opiate addiction has surpassed methamphetamine and most other drugs, making it second only to alcohol. In the 2011 fiscal year, more than 17 percent of people who sought treatment at Lifeline Connections used opiates or synthetics, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, as either their primary, secondary or tertiary drug of choice. More than 7 percent identified the drugs as their primary choice, compared with nearly 36 percent who primarily used alcohol.Physicians acknowledge the issue. Law enforcement recognizes the trend. But nobody seems sure how to rein in prescription drug abuse.“There’s a tear in the fabric of our community somewhere, and I’m looking for it,” said Sgt. Shane Gardner with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.But the problem isn’t unique to Clark County.Last year, 6 percent of the American population used prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants or sedatives for nonmedical purposes. That’s 16 million people misusing prescription drugs — more than four times the number a decade ago, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
TACOMA — A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says SWAT officers have been called to a Tacoma-area residence where a man believed to have been shooting at nearby homes is holed up.Spokesman Ed Troyer says the man is believed to be armed with multiple weapons and has refused to come out.There are no reports of injuries.Sheriffs’ officers responded late Tuesday afternoon after 911 callers reported a man walking around the Browns Point area, shooting at homes.