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Harassment pushes Dalit family to the brink

first_imgAlleged constant humiliation by some upper caste people forced a Dalit family in Paltupuri village under Hastinapur police station to attempt ending their lives, leading to the death of one, while two are battling for life at a private hospital in Meerut.The police said they were not approached but the victims’ relatives alleged that the family had lost faith in the local police after their previous complaint bore no fruit. This time, the daughter had dialled the 1090 number of the U.P. Police but did not get any help. Humiliated and threatened, Satyapal Singh* consumed poison with his wife, Shivrani, 50, and daughter Rita. Shivrani died, while Satyapal and Rita are in a “critical condition”.“They are not on ventilator support but their blood pressure continues to be low,” said Dr. Rahul Kathuriya of Sushila Jaswantrai Hospital in Meerut.When The Hindu visited Paltupuri, around 40 km from Meerut, on Friday, Sher Singh, elder brother of Satyapal, said that on April 15, Shivrani was walking down a lane when she was hit by the bike of one of the boys of the Kashyap family, part of the dominant group in the village. The Kashyaps are dhimars who come under the OBC category. “She retaliated, which led to an attack by the Kashyaps. They abused her with casteist slurs and tried to molest her. When my brother intervened, he was beaten up. The attackers threatened to kill his son Rohan.” Sher Singh alleged that his brother’s family was facing repeated harassment at the hands of the Kashyaps because Satyapal was a graduate in agriculture and his children were “doing well academically” — Rita, 22, studies B.Sc. at Delhi University and Rohan, 20, is a BCA student. The brother-sister duo were also taunted and harassed, said Sher Singh. “The latest was when Rita visited the village to cast her vote. Being of modest physique, Rohan could not take them on.” Rohan told The Hindu that in 2016 there was an attempt to molest his sister. “She was being stalked by Ravi [the main accused] for the last four years. When we complained, the accused’s family colluded with the police and faked injuries. They made a case against us. We were left with no choice but to compromise at the behest of the local Nagar Palika chairman.”No help from kin In the latest case, Rohan said, his father approached a court in Meerut directly under Section 156/3 of CrPC on April 16. “When he told his brothers and other family members about his decision, they refused to stand by him. He was left with no choice. We are educated, we could not stoop to their level. My father called my sister home from Delhi. On April 17, they consumed poison when I went out to take an exam in Mawana.”Sher Singh admitted that they had developed cold feet. “We told Satyapal that he could shift out of the village as his children were well-educated but we had to live with them [Kashyaps]. He went into a shell after that.”The police have registered an FIR against eight accused under Sections 147, 323, 452, 354, 352, 306 of the IPC and Section 3(2)5 of SC/ST Act. Five accused held“Five of the eight accused, including Ravi, have been nabbed. The rest would be arrested soon,” said Avinash Pandey, SP (Rural), Meerut. “I don’t know about the past, but had the local police been approached this time we would have taken action,” he said.Mr. Pandey said the District Magistrate has initiated action against the village chowkidar. “I have sought a report from Circle Officer, Mawana, about the previous complaints. 100 number was not dialled. The daughter dialled the Women Power Line 1090, where the process is graded. First, a warning is sent to the accused. We will spread awareness that in serious cases, people should call 100 or CUG (Closed User Group) numbers of police officers. The girl has recorded her statement with the SDM. We are providing security to the family,” he said.The male members of the accused’s family have left the village and the female members are avoiding the media. (*All names have been changed in the copy.)Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday (10 a.m.-7.30 p.m.)last_img read more

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India to Overtake China to Become Largest LPG Importer

first_imgIndia’s import of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will exceed China’s in December this year, making it the largest importer in the world, according to shipping data by Thomson Reuters Eikon.India will receive 2.4 million tons LPG in December, ahead of China, which will be shipping 2.3 million tons. India’s LPG consumption has been boosted by its push towards the fuel as opposed to wood and animal dung fires.However, India’s monthly average imports in 2017 were about 1.7 million tons, still behind China’s 2.2 million ton. India has overtaken Japan, which is now placed third with 1 million tons.“The growth in India is amazing. The fact that they have grown from 140 million subsidized household connections in 2015 to 181 million now is very impressive,” Ted Young, the Chief Financial Officer at Dorian LPG, told Reuters.LPG is used for cooking, transport and the petrochemical industry in India. In 2016-17, the use of kerosene, which is used for lighting and cooking purposes in rural areas, decreased by 21 per cent to 5.3 million tons due to the push for LPG use, according to Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, an arm of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.In 2016-17, consumption of LPG increased 9.8 per cent to 21.5 million tons. During the same period, state-owned Indian Oil Corp. (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp. and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. issued 3.25 crore new connections, including 2 crore connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the “LPG-for poor women” scheme. It was the highest number of new connections provided in any year.There will be a 10 per cent increase in 2017-18 in LPG consumption, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said, Hindu BusinessLine reported.The biggest supplier of LPG to India is the Middle East region, but the United States also joined in early 2017. From 50,000 tons, it is now shipping 100,000 tons, but that is still only one tenth of what the Middle East exports to India. Related ItemsChinaEconomyFuellast_img read more

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Ashes 2017: England came over very weak without Ben Stokes, says Graeme Swann

first_imgFormer England spinner Graeme Swann unsympathetic about his judgment of England’s Ashes series so far.The visitors lost the third Test by an innings and 41 runs at the WACA, thus, handing the urn to Australia with two matches to go.Swann was critical of the senior players and said that they didn’t do much in the series to mount a proper challenge to retain the prestigious trophy.While rookie Dawid Malan has made 302 runs in the series, former captain Alastair Cook has struggled with the bat in Australia, as has Moeen Ali, and Swann believes that England’s troubles are down to these under-performing senior players, and the absence of one key batsman in particular.”The senior guys who you expect to stand up and outshine the rookies have done the exact opposite. Joe Root and Alastair Cook have done next to nothing. The shining lights have been Rocky (Mark) Stoneman and Dawid Malan.”I’m proud of the way some of the guys have played. Dawid Malan was sensational, James Vince was only dismissed by the best ball I’ve ever seen in a game. There are positives, I expected to be 3-0 down after three games once Stokes wasn’t coming,” said Swann.England captain Joe Root also praised Malan and Vince for their gritty knocks.”Those guys putting in big performances under pressure was outstanding, the way Vincey played in the second innings was proper batting, it took that delivery to get him out. We’ve got to make sure we got to Melbourne, prepare well and put in good performance there,” he said.advertisementSwann also said that England are a better team with Ben Stokes but even without him, they didn’t offer much fight. Stokes was omitted from England’s touring party following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.”England do have a settled side if Ben Stokes is around but when he’s not, this team came over very weak,” he said.Stokes remains suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board pending the result of a police investigation.Michael Vaughan also questioned the longevity of certain members of the England squad, with the former England opener believing the next Ashes series in England may come too soon for some.”England have three legends of the game in Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson,” Vaughan added.”It depends how they manage their retirements. It’s coming sooner rather than later. I do think they can all play a part in the series of 2019 but you don’t see many fairytales in sport.”England have to manage the senior core of the side and make sure that if they are all to go together in 2019 they are playing well enough to be in the team.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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Committee of Administrators approves pay hike for Team India

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) has approved a pay hike for Team India cricketers after a meeting with skipper Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri in New Delhi on Thursday. The details of the increase in pay will soon be worked out and it is likely the COA will meet the players before they depart for their tour of South Africa late in December.COA chief Vinod Rai said his committee has found a common ground with the players in a path-breaking initiative.”It was a productive meeting. The team management was very forthcoming with their recommendations and their thoughts on various issues. This was a path-breaking initiative, we feel we’ve found a common ground and aligned our thoughts for the betterment of the game – be it the policies under which the player remuneration and FTP will be worked upon.”A few months ago, the Indian cricketers’ central contracts saw a two-fold rise with top players in group A earning Rs 2 crore annually. Earlier, they were drawing Rs 1 crore. Despite the cent percent hike in annual contracts, the players were apparently still not happy and erstwhile coach Anil Kumble had given a presentation to the the Committee of Administrators about raising it to Rs 5 crore for Grade A cricketers.The CoA, in its third Status Report submitted to the Supreme Court on April 6, had stated about the proposed recommendations on restructuring of central contracts.”Unlike reports that players want share from the IPL broadcast revenue, they have never ever said anything like that. Yes, they have spoken about a respectable rise. The COA also understands that their payment structure needs revision,” a senior BCCI office bearer was quoted as saying to PTI.advertisementHowever, the COA’s decision on the pay hike would need a nod from the BCCI’s general body.”A Special General Meeting needs to be summoned where all the members will be taking a call. This is as per constitution of BCCI,” an official had told PTI on Tuesday.The Indian players believe that someone like Cheteshwar Pujara, who does not have a lucrative IPL contract, needs to be adequately compensated for his skills in Test cricket.Currently the Indian players earn less than 8 percent (7.8 percent) of BCCI revenues.During the meeting on Thursday, it was also decided the team would leave for England two weeks before their first match for the tour of 2018 to prepare and get used to conditions.Last week, Kohli had asked for more time to prepare before challenging overseas tours.”Had we got a month off ideally, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario but we have to sort of make do with what we have,” Kohli had said before the start of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur.”As usual cramped for time, which I think we needed to assess in future as well because we very easily assess the team when go abroad but we don’t look at how many days we have got to prepare before we go to a particular place to play.”And everyone starts judging players when results come after Test matches. It should be a fair game, where we get to prepare the way we want to and then we are entitled to be criticised. So we thought this is an ample opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, put us in a situation (which they expect to encounter in South Africa),” Kohli added.last_img read more

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US Men On World Cup Track

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — American soccer fans fretted for four days: If the United States lost to Guatemala once again, the U.S. would have little chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.Their worries quickly vanished March 29.Clint Dempsey scored 12 minutes in, Geoff Cameron, Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore added goals and the U.S. routed Guatemala 4-0 to get back on track.“I thought we showed a lot of heart,” Dempsey said. “We showed a lot of character by dealing with a pressure situation.”Following a dismal 2-0 loss at Guatemala City on March 25 in which Jurgen Klinsmann deployed several players out of their most comfortable positions, the U.S. coach made five lineup changes and shifted two others into their more usual spots. The Americans responded and improved to 27-0-2 at home in qualifying since 2001, including 7-0-2 at Mapfre Stadium.“Columbus has bailed us out on several occasions,” U.S. captain Michael Bradley said.Cameron doubled the lead in the 35th and Zusi, added to the roster on March 27, made it 3-0 just 18 seconds into the second half. Altidore capped the scoring in the 89th.“The attitude tonight was outstanding,” Klinsmann said. “We were in sync with the wonderful crowd that pushed them from the first second. There was wonderful energy.”Trinidad and Tobago (3-0-1) won 6-0 at home against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and leads Group C with 10 points, three ahead of the U.S. (2-1-1). Guatemala (2-2) has six points, and St. Vincent (0-4) has been eliminated.Seeking its eighth straight World Cup berth, the U.S. travels to St. Vincent on Sept. 2, then finishes the round four days later against Trinidad at Jacksonville, Florida.“We showed our pride,” Dempsey said. “You’ve got to do that if want to make it to the World Cup. You’ve got to show that you want it, and we showed that we wanted it.”Dempsey scored his 49th international goal, eight behind Landon Donovan’s American record, after Cameron looped a pass just inside the center circle to just inside the penalty area. A streaking Gyasi Zardes, flanked by Moises Hernandez and Rafael Morales, used the side of his head to knock the ball down. Dempsey ran onto the ball after two bounces and first-timed a 14-yard right-footed shot past goalkeeper Paulo Motta.Dempsey has six goals in 10 games against Guatemala and a U.S.-record 14 in World Cup qualifying, one more than Donovan.Cameron doubled the lead after Bobby Wood was fouled by Cristian Jimenez, Bradley took the free kick, and Cameron got in front of Carlos Castrillo for an 8-yard header, his fourth international goal.At the start of the second half, Yedlin played the ball to Zardes, who allowed it to bounce off him. Zusi ran in and got off a quick shot for his fourth U.S. goal, his first since October 2013 in a qualifier at Panama. A giveway by Rodrigo Saravia of the hometown Columbus Crew led to Dempsey feeding Altidore for his 34th U.S. goal.Klinsmann shifted Cameron to central defense from right back and moved DeAndre Yedlin to right back from midfield. Defender Steve Birnbaum, midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Zusi, and Zardes were inserted into the lineup along with goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who had been scheduled to rotate with Tim Howard.Dropped were the central defense pairing of Omar Gonzalez and Michael Orozco, and midfielders Mix Diskerud and Alejandro Bedoya, who has a sore ankle.“Every team needs leadership from its veteran players,” Klinsmann said.Midfielder Christian Pulisic, also added to the roster March 27, made his national team debut in the 81st minute. At 17 years, 193 days, Pulisic became the youngest American in a qualifier. By appearing in the game, Pulisic became ineligible to play for Croatia, the nation of his grandfather.“It’s exactly what I expected; very, very physical,” he said. “It was a good game. It gives me confidence. I’m going to try and stay grounded and keep doing what I’m doing and become the best player I can.”(CRAIG MERZ)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Batting collapses have cost Sri Lanka at the World Cup, says Dimuth Karunaratne

first_imgSri Lanka has been let down by their batting line-up at the Cricket World Cup and must perform together as a unit if they are to have a shot at qualifying for the semi-finals, their skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said on Sunday.Sri Lanka is seventh in the standings three points behind fourth-placed Pakistan and have an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-finals by finishing in the top four if they win their remaining two games.The 1996 champions have been bowled out four times so far at the tournament and Karunaratne said their inability to kick on after batsmen made promising starts had cost them against the big sides.I think the batting is the main collapse, Karunaratne told reporters ahead of Monday’s match against West Indies. We played like five matches, we couldn’t get a hundred, only a couple of the fifties in our team. That is the only major thing.If you want to compete with the good sides, you definitely got to have a good batting line-up and you have to put runs on the board. So I think in this World Cup, the major (problem) is the batting line-up.They have capabilities to score runs. They were scoring but as a unit, we couldn’t perform really well in these matches. Everyone has to put their hands up, put their heads down and put some runs on the board if you want to really win the matches.Sri Lanka’s fate is not solely in their hands, however, with their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals resting on how England and Bangladesh, above them in the standings, fare in their remaining games.advertisementWe can’t control the other games, Karunaratne added. I think we have a good chance but we have to win these two games and wait for… what will happen in the other games.We can only control the matches we are going to play, the two matches. We are trying to give our best and try to win these two matches and hopefully, if we have a chance, we definitely can be (among) the top four teams.Also Read | Win over Sri Lanka feels bittersweet, doesn’t mean much: Faf du PlessisAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa dent Sri Lanka’s semi-final hopes with 9-wicket winAlso Seelast_img read more

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Wanderers begin post-Popovic era with A-League victory over Perth

first_img Read more news He had some nervous moments, as Perth created several chances in the last half hour and scored in the 82nd minute. But with new recruits Alvaro Cejudo, Oriol Riera and Roly Bonevacia prominent, Wanderers played some neat, attractive football and should have had the match wrapped up inside the first hour.They had to wait 43 minutes for a goal, with Spanish striker Riera pouncing on a through ball from compatriot Cejudo and driving the ball past Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy. Japan’s Jumpei Kusukami was equally clinical in the one minute of added time when he was released by Brendan Hamill.The Wanderers could have doubled their lead within seven minutes of the second half, but couldn’t capitalise on two close-range chances. Cejudo had a shot blocked by Reddy and Riera lifted the ball over the bar after being put through by Chris Herd. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Topics Western Sydney Wanderers No Tony Popovic, no problem for Western Sydney Wanderers as they opened their A-League season with a 2-1 home win over Perth Glory on Sunday. A week after it was announced coach was leaving the club, the Wanderers scored twice late in the first half to secure a win for caretaker coach Hayden Foxe. Share on Twitter Share via Email Melbourne City 2-0 Brisbane Roar: A-League season opener – as it happened Perth surged back into the game, with striker Adam Taggart hitting the post and crossbar in the space of two minutes and Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetović making a number of saves. They finally got on the scoreboard when an header from skipper Andy Keogh deflected off Hamill and into the net.Earlier, Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United played out a 1-1 draw at Westpac Stadium. Former United man Dario Vidosic opened his account for his new club before Johan Absalonsen levelled inside 10 minutes.Adelaide coach Marco Kurz already has an injury worry to contend with, with defender Taylor Regan needing an x-ray. Australia sport Perth Glory A-League Sydney edge Victory, Jets thump Mariners: sportwatch – as it happened Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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A Top 10 College Football Team Probably Lost Its Star QB Tonight – Here’s Why

first_imgA general view of the field during an Oklahoma Sooners home game.NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 1: General view of game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Oklahoma Sooners on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Wildcats 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Oklahoma lost its starting quarterback from last season when Baker Mayfield’s eligibility expired. They might have lost their projected starter for next year tonight.Kyler Murray, who served as Mayfield’s primary backup in 2017 and is slated to take over for him this fall, was just selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the MLB Draft. Murray was expected to go somewhere in the first round, but No. 9 is eye-opening.By being chosen that early, Murray is in line for a sizable signing bonus. The slot value there is nearly $5 million.That will be tough to pass up.Via https://t.co/EX6CbvR2UG, ninth pick in the draft valued at $4.8 million. Will A’s want Kyler Murray to play college football if they’re paying him that kind of cash?— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 5, 2018Sure, Murray has said he plans to play football this fall. Technically, he could play both sports.But reality is that’s an incredible amount of money to pass up, and there’s no way Oakland would feel comfortable with him playing both sports and risking injury when they are investing that much.It seems like a likely conclusion that Murray will sign and put football on the backburner. That would be bad news for OU.The Sooners have little depth behind Murray. Former four-star recruit Austin Kendall is next in line, followed by walk-ons Connor McGinnis and Reece Clark.Murray’s decision could have a major impact on the Big 12 and College Football Playoff chases.last_img read more

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Celebrities Quiz Americans On Politics Ahead Of Midterm Elections

first_imgAnswers, a leading source of expert information and advice, is partnering with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a Washington-based think tank, to launch a quiz series in advance of the 2014 midterm elections on November 4.Dubbed the “Answers Quiz-a-thon: Election Edition, powered by the Bipartisan Policy Center,” the interactive video quizzes will be hosted by notable figures and highlight key issues in the upcoming election. The quizzes can be found on Answers.com.“127 million eligible U.S. citizens didn’t vote in the last midterm election in 2010. We want to educate and engage Americans for their critical role as voters, and we’re launching the quiz-a-thon to do just that,” said David Karandish, Chief Executive Officer of Answers Corporation. “By using the significant reach of the Answers platform, the keen political knowledge of experts from the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the sheer star power of our celebrity hosts, we believe we can empower millions of Americans to vote on November 4.”The quizzes, authored and vetted by BPC staff members, will be dedicated to a range of hot-button issues including climate change, gun rights, immigration, education, Obamacare, renewable energy, tax reform and marijuana. Entertainment celebrities, preeminent thought leaders and former top government officials have been tapped to deliver the quizzes on video.Confirmed hosts include: • Olympia Snowe, Senior Fellow, BPC; Former U.S. Senator from Maine • Byron Dorgan, Senior Fellow, BPC; Former U.S. Senator from North Dakota • David Karandish, CEO, Answers Corporation • Dan Glickman, Senior Fellow, BPC; Former Secretary of Agriculture; Former Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee • Judith Light, Actress • Fran Drescher, Actress, Author and Health Advocate • Joely Fisher, Actress • Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” Science Educator • Molly Barker, Founder, Girls on the Run • Graham Nash, Singer-Songwriter, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young • Cenk Uygur, Host and Co-Founder, The Young Turks • Noah Wyle, Actor and Philanthropist • Marcia Cross, Actress • Esai Morales, Actor • Connie Stevens, Actress“We are thrilled about this opportunity to connect with Americans in a fun and engaging way,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “We firmly believe that a more informed electorate can help break through the gridlock and dysfunction that has taken over Washington in recent years.”Richard Greene, author of “Words That Shook the World” and producer, came up with the quiz-a-thon concept to help Americans understand that they have the power to change politics. “Work with like-minded citizens across the country and elect Congresspersons and Senators who believe as you do, and we, the people, can end political gridlock as soon as November 4,” said Greene.Quiz takers are eligible to win 64GB iPad Airs, courtesy of Answers.com. The grand prize winner will be awarded a VIP trip for two to Washington, DC, arranged by BPC.Launch Week Schedule of Quiz Topics and Hosts (October 15-19) • Wednesday, 10/15: Jason Grumet, President, BPC, on “Why the Midterm Elections Matter” • Thursday, 10/16: Fran Drescher, Actress, Author and Health Advocate, on “Care About Obamacare” • Friday, 10/17: Noah Wyle, Actor and Philanthropist, on “Educating Our Children” • Saturday, 10/18: Dan Glickman, BPC Senior Fellow and Former Secretary of Agriculture, on “How to Fix a Broken Washington” • Sunday, 10/19: Joely Fisher, Actress, with mother Connie Stevens, on “Solving the Challenge of Entitlement Programs”For additional information on the Answers Quiz-a-thon, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Chief wants province to dig into possible remains at former Edmonton Indian

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National News The chief of the Papaschase band in Edmonton said it’s time Alberta looked into whether there are bodies buried at the former Charles Camsell Indian Hospital site.“I’ve been looking into this for years,” said Chief Calvin Bruneau. “The province needs to investigate and do archaeological testing.”The segregated hospital was set up in Edmonton in the late 1940s to treat First Nations, Metis and Inuit patients mainly as a sanatorium for tuberculosis (TB). Those infected with the deadly disease were brought in fromacross the prairies and the NWT. Many times they never made it back home again.Bruneau believes there’s a possible burial site of unmarked graves located on the southeast corner of the hospital property. And the province should split the costs with the federal government to pay for the costs of looking into it. Several of his band members and relatives were treated at the hospital.“The governments should foot the bill and deal with it properly. There should be elders and spiritual people involved too. We need to look at the circumstances as to why people were buried there and provide answers to families. These could be their long lost relatives,” said Bruneau.Over the years rumours have swirled about abuse, sterilization, experiments, and shock treatments that took place there.“We do know that there was experiments going on at the hospital and people died under dubious circumstances, not just TB,” said Bruneau.Two years ago Bruneau met with a representative from the Alberta Ministry of Culture and Tourism to talk about his concerns. He said they reviewed old newspaper clippings and other archival documents to look for evidence of burial sites at the hospital grounds. Nothing was found. But Bruneau thinks the burials were most likely undocumented.A government official told APTN that the hospital had an agreement with the St. Albert’s residential school to use its graveyard. And the hospital site didn’t offer any evidence of graves.This isn’t the first time Bruneau has dealt with finding of the remains of his ancestors.In 2001, the city of Edmonton unearthed a burial ground of Papaschase descendants during a bridge reconstruction. The city and province worked with band members to establish a memorial in the area and to redirect construction of the bridge.Bruneau has reached out to the new owners of the property, one of which is developer and architect Gene Dub who bought it from the province in 2004.Dub and his partners bought the property for $3.6 million but ended up spending $5 million more after having to remove asbestos from inside the building. The original Indian hospital was torn down in the late ’60s and a new hospital was constructed on the property and made public until it deteriorated and closed in 1996.Now it’s being turned into an apartment complex.Since the 13 years of purchasing the property Dub has become acquainted with the history of the Indian hospital that once stood there.“When we purchased the building we weren’t aware of the history, the provincial government just put it up as is…regarding the history I’ve certainly read a lot about it and am familiar with it now,” said Dub.Dub said he hasn’t found any evidence of a graveyard on site, but is taking the necessary precautions just in case.“We’ve sent a letter to the city that said we will stop working immediately if we come across a bone or something. If there was a place that people were buried it would be where the building is located now. We have informed any person working on the site that comes across any bones that might appear to be a grave to stop,” said Dub.But the hospital site is rumoured to be one of the most haunted buildings in Alberta.“I think most of that kind of haunting is not Aboriginal spiritual haunting- it’s public haunting. People are not even aware that this is not the building that Aboriginal’s were housed. Usually it’s kids breaking in. Most of the haunted rumours have nothing to do with Aboriginals, they’re just media hype,” said Dub.But they did bring an Indigenous elder in to bless the four corners of the property- just in case.“The idea was that there was some bad spirits in the building. That’s why we approached the chief to conduct ceremonies,” explained Dub.Some patients who died were buried in a cemetery in the Enoch Cree Nation and Winterburn area west of Edmonton. Other bodies were taken to the Edmonton Indian Residential School 20 km northwest of the city.George Muldoe remembers being asked to bury someone brought there from the hospital while attending residential school when he was just 11 years old in the 1950s.“It was- we had no choice, we had to do it,” said Muldoe. “They’d give you a pick and a shovel and that was it.”There is a memorial at the former school grounds recognizing a mass burial site. But Muldoe said there are more unmarked graves littered all over the area. The hospital used the school yard as its dumping grounds.“There was never a preacher, nobody. No family. Just a truck would drop a body off right on the ground and leave,” said Muldoe.Along with the abuses, he faced at residential school Muldoe said the experience with the graves have haunted him for over 30 years. When he swore an affidavit about his experiences during the residential school compensation process, he said his claims weren’t taken seriously.“The church, Canada and some authors keep calling me a liar,” and he wasn’t the only one who dug graves and buried the dead there. Some of his old classmates had to do the deed as well, he said.For many the hospital was a place of isolation and loneliness.Dub said had he known the history of the property he would’ve never got involved with it.“I think the government should’ve dealt with it. I think they should’ve done something with the project…that would help the Aboriginal cause. We’re scrambling just to keep ahead for us to- the government should’ve given the building to Aboriginals,” said Dub.They are still awaiting additional financing and the final permit from the city to move ahead. Plans to dedicate a memorial in the northeast corner on an acre of the property recognizing the experiences of the Indian hospital are in the works.But Bruneau wants to see more than a memorial. He wants answers.Pamela Mayne Correia, curator in the department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta said there’s no miracle way of finding out if there are graves there other than to start digging.“There is ground penetrating radar or you can dig down physically to find a grave,” she said, “You won’t know for sure unless you do that.”With the findings of mass burial sites discovered at various residential school locations across the country that remained hidden for years after, Bruneau said the same atrocities probably happened at places like the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital.“I would like to see it (grave) found and then figure out how to deal with it,” said Bruneau.Restitution is needed, he continued, especially because both the federal and provincial governments are championing reconciliation and nation to nation building relationships.“There has to be some kind of restitution,” he said.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

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Saudi king replaces energy minister naming one of his sons

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has replaced the country’s energy minister with one of his own sons, naming Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman to one of the most important positions in the kingdom.Khalid al-Falih was replaced as energy minister just days after losing his position as board chairman of the state-owned oil giant Aramco. Al-Falih also saw his portfolio diminished last week when a new ministry of mining and industry was created, removing that sector from the purview of the energy ministry.New Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz is an older half-brother to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and formerly minister of state of energy affairs. The two brothers are not believed to be close.The change was announced early Sunday in a royal decree published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.The Associated Press read more

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Militia retake northeastern town of Bunia in DR of Congo UN

The rival Lendu clan offered little resistance and the UN Organization Mission in the DRC, which is patrolling the town, reported low casualties, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said in New York. “The UN Deputy Force Commander, Brig. Gen. Roberto Martinelli of Italy, negotiated the withdrawal of the two forces, and the situation remained stable until this morning,” Mr. Eckhard, said adding that in a brief but violent clash on Saturday, “at least 12 people were killed, including three babies, at the home of a leading Hema political figure.”The town of Bunia, in the volatile, gold-rich Ituri Province, has been the scene of bloody violence for months. The warring Hema and Lendu – vying for control of the town in the wake of the withdrawal of Ugandan troops – have clashed repeatedly over the past two weeks. Last week, fighting between the two groups left five dead, countless others wounded and a number of buildings, including UN offices looted. On Friday, thousands of students and militia stormed the UN Mission’s compound in Bunia, slightly injuring the UN sector commander in a machete attack. The mob was dispersed by UN troops firing shots into the air, but it returned to lay siege to the compound soon after.The Security Council immediately condemned the attacks, and called on all parties to cease aggressions. On Saturday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a statement expressing his alarm at the situation in Bunia, calling on the Government of Uganda to use its influence with the militias to maintain calm and on the international community “to make every effort to quickly address this dire situation.”Between 8,000 and 10,000 internally displaced persons have taken refuge with the UN, most at a compound near the airport. The UN fed those people today and is bringing in fresh water and medicines for them, Mr. Eckhard said.Speaking to the press following consultations earlier today, the Council’s President, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, said members of the 15-nation body had discussed the “very disturbing” situation in the Ituri region, and particularly in Bunia. “The Council is seized of this very serious matter,” he said, adding that “all options were being explored” and the risks and challenges were being weighed in an effort see how the Council could best respond. read more

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Federal government reduces size of proposed emergency fund for pipeline spills

by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 14, 2016 12:58 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The federal government is reducing the size of a proposed emergency fund pipeline operators would be required to have on hand to deal with short-term costs of incidents such as spills.Natural Resources Canada says the fund proposed under its new Pipeline Safety Act would bring down the minimum amount of “readily available” money to at least five per cent of a company’s liability from the 10 per cent originally proposed when consultations on the act began more than a year ago.If adopted, regulations would require a large company with capacity to transport at least 250,000 barrels of oil per day to demonstrate it can cover cleanup bills of $1 billion. The “readily available” fund requirement at five per cent would thus be $50 million, versus $100 million at 10 per cent.No such fund was required under previous pipeline rules.The federal department said the reduction, which was published as part of draft regulations last Saturday in the Canada Gazette, would be sufficient based on the costs of previous pipeline spills.It cited the two largest spills in Canada between 2007 and 2014 that cost $137 million and $42 million, respectively, to clean up.But Daniel Cayley-Daoust, an energy and climate campaigner for the Council of Canadians, says the department should also consider damage from spills outside of Canada, pointing out that Calgary-based Enbridge has estimated US$1.2 billion in cleanup costs from its 2010 pipeline oil spill into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.“We need to take a look at all of the data out there and make sure we have a complete picture,” he said.Program manager Patrick DeRochie of Environmental Defence said in an email the reduction is a “weakening” of financial safeguards for pipeline spill response and “raises questions about the oil industry’s power in Ottawa.”A spokesperson for Natural Resources Canada said it’s not the case that financial safeguards are being weakened because the proposed fund would be in addition to current requirements pipeline companies face.“This is not a reduction in the size of financial requirements,” Danica Vaillancourt said in an email. “In fact, these regulations would impose new financial requirements to ensure pipeline companies are financially prepared to cover the costs related to an incident.”Chris Bloomer, president and chief executive of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, said the new pipeline act’s requirement for proof of a company’s financial strength is supported by industry.“The updated percentage more accurately reflects the ready cash required to initiate response, and in no way reduces the ultimate liability of operating companies,” he said in an email.Spokesmen for TransCanada and Enbridge said the large pipeline companies have more than enough financial strength to satisfy the proposed regulations at either percentage.The proposed regulations would require smaller oil pipeline companies to cover an absolute liability of either C$200 million or C$300 million, depending on the size of their pipeline network.The absolute liability limit is the sum for which the pipeline company is responsible regardless of the cause of the incident. It’s designed to ensure cleanup proceeds as quickly as possible without delays caused by wrangling over who will pay for what.The regulations are in a 30-day discussion period. They are expected to be finalized and implemented early next year.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Federal government reduces size of proposed emergency fund for pipeline spills read more

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Hurricane Dorian Bahamas death toll expected to rise as thousands remain missing

As of Friday morning local time, 30 people are confirmed to have died after Hurricane Dorian hit the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama last weekend with maximum wind speeds of 297 kilometres per hour (185 mph).But the Government says that thousands are still missing after the Category 5 storm brought with it a storm surge of 18 to 23 feet (5.5 to seven metres) and 76,000 people are believed to be homeless, in need of assistance.The extreme level of destruction has been attributed by UN weather experts at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to the fact that Dorian “remained stationary, thus exacerbating the impacts of the hazards: wind, rain, waves and storm surge”. In a statement on Friday, UN Migration Agency, IOM, said that “only minimal information” was available from the affected islands and that more detailed assessments of people’s requirements are urgently needed.Flooding and blocked roads blocking people from reaching sheltersAmong its priorities, the agency is providing 1,000 tarpaulins to replace roofs “stripped” from homes by the hurricane.Citing official sources, IOM said that some 449 people are in nine emergency shelters in Abaco, with 346 survivors being temporarily housed in 17 shelters in Grand Bahama. “Many are sheltering in clinics and therefore need to be relocated; thousands more are prevented from reaching the shelters due to flooding and blocked roads,” IOM said.Highlighting the immense challenge ahead for affected Bahamians, the agency noted the need to rebuild destroyed infrastructure, “with increased resistance in the face of extreme weather”, as being key to boosting the resilience of the communities.Treating chronically ill is only one of many prioritiesOther immediate needs include treating people with chronic illnesses, such as those with diabetes and kidney failure, Dr Norton explained.“We now know that the hospital in Freeport which is on Grand Bahama is severely flooded with sewage-contaminated water, and so therefore it needs to be temporarily replaced with a field hospital”, he said.Amid reports that many other medical centres are flooded, international health teams are arriving in the Bahamas to provide clinical care and help survivor to secure food supplies, safe drinking water and sanitation.“I can’t tell you that we’ve got to every single atoll and sand key, but certainly the major sections of each island have been reached”, said Dr. Norton. “We’ve certainly seen reports more and more on the health side, that they’re looking at shelter, food and trying to assess what populations are left where.”  Echoing that message, Dr. Esther de Gourville, representative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in the Bahamas, insisted that staff would use their extensive experience in emergency preparedness to improve disaster relief operations.“Clearly it is a desperate situation for some persons on Abaco,” she said.Find out more about the UN ‘s international emergency response team, by listening to this episode of our flagship podcast, The Lid Is On… “We certainly expect the death toll to rise, I can’t tell you what that would be, but we’re really worried about it,” Dr. Ian Norton, Manager of the World Health (WHO) Emergency Medical Teams Initiative, told journalists in Geneva.In the eye of the storm, you either drown, or survive“What we’ve seen unfortunately in this devastating storm surge – especially in a stationary storm – (it) produces what you would see maybe after a tsunami”, Dr. Norton added. “And what we don’t see in those cases is injuries as such, we see unfortunately a lot of people drowned and losing their lives – drowning or surviving.”“We certainly expect the death toll to rise; I can’t tell you what that would be, but we’re really worried about it.” Dr Ian Norton, Manager of Emergency Medical Teams, @WHO Geneva, provided the latest updates on #hurricanedorian to the media today ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/6p6Ux1l4eu— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) September 6, 2019 read more

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Two cousins sentenced 15 years each for murder of 17yearold taxi

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBartica Massacre trial resumes after two-week adjournmentDecember 6, 2016In “Crime”BREAKING: Two Bartica massacre accused sentenced to death by hangingFebruary 3, 2017In “Court”Man gets 16 years for raping, torturing & murdering female taxi driverJanuary 10, 2018In “Court” The two cousins who were charged with the murder of a 17-year-old taxi driver back in June 2014 were on Tuesday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each when they admitted their involvement before Justice Navindra Singh at the Georgetown High Court. 20-year-old Ashraf AllyAppearing separately before Justice Singh, 20-year-old Ashraf Ally and 21-year-old Abdool Razack, both pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.Kemo Griffith, the defence counsel for the two cousins emphasised that the duo were teens at the time of the incident which led to the death of Dhanraj Latchman of Parika Backdam, East Bank Essequibo.He noted that since then, the young men have enrolled in several prison programs to better themselves. However, State Prosecutor, Tuanna Hardy maintained that the killing was a senseless act.After some deliberation the judge passed down his 15 year sentence to each man, pending deductions for time served already. 21-year-old Abdool RazackThe sentence brought about loud grumbles by relatives of the dead man. They told media operatives that the verdict did not give them justice for their lost loved ones. Latchman’s mother, Taramattie Dabie, who was in a state of disrepair, tearfully cried out “this is not justice!”“Ow God, this is not justice. Meh beg yuh. This is unfair!,” she cried out as she was being led out of the court.After she calmed down, the distraught mother said “me nah satisfied. They get fifteen years imprisonment concerning meh son. Them tek meh son from my house and cyar him and kill he. Them had meh son life in he hand. They kill him because he know them. Is he own village people. Me nah  satisfied. Fifteen years then they gotta cut it down three years. Sunday coming is three years fuhh meh son since he get murder.”The mother also noted that she will be appealing the case. “Me guh review back the case. I will do it. I don’t care what ever it cost me, I will. If I got to guh thief, beg or borrow or whatever me gotta go do, do wrong thing fuh get money, I will because I need justice.”Murdered: Dhanraj LatchmanMeanwhile, as Razack was being led to the holding cell in shackles, he told media operatives that he felt the verdict was unfair. He maintained that he did not murder Latchman, and had only pleaded guilty to “tek a chance.”“…I never kill no one…When yuh don’t plead guilty and when you aint do ah act, you know the judge does still find you guilty or not guilty so that’s why I tek the chance.”In June of 2014, the two men reportedly hired Latchman- who was a taxi driver- to transport them to Lusignan. However, their intentions were to reportedly steal the teen’s car. As such, after arriving at their location, the two reportedly strangled Latchman to death with the seatbelt then dumped his body and made arrangements to sell his motor vehicle.They were arrested after they gave conflicting stories to police. They later confessed to the gruesome act. (Ramona Luthi) read more

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Immersive develops new range of coal mining simulators

first_imgImmersive Technologies says it has furthered its commitment to the mining industry with the development of simulators (Conversion Kit) for underground coal mining. Simulators include those for continuous miners, shuttle cars, roof bolters, longwalls and miner bolters. “These products feature a previously unseen degree of simulation realism and Immersive Technologies’ ingenious new RealMove natural movement system. Bolstered with a demonstrated capability to deliver quantified improvements in cost savings, productivity and safety; Immersive Technologies offers a degree of training effectiveness not previously available to underground coal mining operations.”“Until now, there has been no training solution on the market which fully addresses the unique training requirements for underground coal equipment operators. These new products highlight our ongoing approach to invest in driving customer safety and profitability though our industry leading technology and extensive mining experience,” said Richard Beesley, Underground Coal Business Unit Manager. The simulators provide an authentic and comprehensive recreation of an underground coal mining work environment and support the following models with plans to continually develop new machines:JOY 14CM15 continuous miner with wireless TX2 or TX3 remoteJOY 10SC32 shuttle carFletcher CHDDR roof bolterCaterpillar EL3000 longwallJOY 12CM30 miner bolterImmersive Technologies has also firmly extended its Complete and Scalable Solution for operator workforce development into the underground coal mining industry. Beesley, an experienced roof bolter operator, says: “The expanded product line is the result of intense research and development drawing from original equipment manufacturers, industry best practices, subject matter experts and safety requirements specific to the underground coal mining industry.”The innovation continues with the development of the world’s first RealMove natural movement system, through this technology the operator can naturally walk around the 3D virtual environment to avoid hazards or to perform a full walk around of the machine. This is a key feature for remote machine operators where awareness of ones surroundings can be the difference between life and death. “The ability to train operators to react correctly during potentially life threatening situations is invaluable in underground mining. Many dangerous situations rarely take place so training operators to understand proper protocol in a safe environment is essential for underground operations,” Beesley says.The new machines operate on the CM360 Advanced Equipment Simulator. This platform was built upon the proven design and configuration of the Immersive Technologies UG360 Advanced Equipment Simulator. The CM360 utilises the full 360 degree visual experience recognising the distinct operating conditions of the underground mining environment. It features an entirely removable motion platform to permit both seated and remote operated simulation from within the one platform. The company states: “Particular care and attention to detail has been put into the visuals for these machines, setting new standards in 3D graphical machine models for mining simulations. RealMove along with the unparalleled degree of simulation realism allows operators to train at a level of detail the underground mining industry hasn’t seen before. Small details are critical to proper operations and we are excited to unveil these advancements in underground coal mining training. The company is to embark on a roadshow in popular coal mining regions to showcase the new developments.”last_img read more

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Ian Bailey fails to show up for hearing regarding arrest warrant

first_img Short URL Ian Bailey Source: RollingNews.ieAN APPLICATION TO endorse a European arrest warrant for Ian Bailey for the alleged voluntary homicide of Sophie Toscan du Plantier will be heard at the High Court tomorrow.Mr Bailey (61) denies any involvement in the French woman’s death.Justice Tony Hunt adjourned the hearing when Bailey’s legal team did not appear in court for the 10am hearing. Ronan Kennedy BL, counsel for the attorney general, said that Bailey’s solicitor was served notice of the High Court hearing on 16 March, four days ago.He said that Bailey’s solicitor was told that the hearing could go ahead without him or his legal representatives but that any submissions they want to make on the European arrest warrant should be made to the court.Kennedy added: “In light of the correspondence I am surprised there is not anyone in attendance in the court.”Justice Hunt said Bailey and his legal representatives are “on notice” that the hearing will proceed tomorrow.French authorities have already served Ian Bailey with an indictment and want him to face trial in France for the alleged voluntary homicide of Toscan du Plantier, who was found beaten to death outside her holiday home in Schull, west Cork, in December 1996.This is the second time the French authorities have tried to bring Bailey to France to face a charge in relation to her death. In 2012 the Supreme Court ruled against an endorsement of a European arrest warrant to have Bailey sent to France to face a murder charge.It is not unusual for the French authorities to prosecute a person for crimes committed against French citizens outside of France. The French authorities could also try Bailey in his absence.Bailey has denied all links to the death of Toscan du Plantier and alleges a garda conspiracy to frame him for her killing.Comments are disabled as legal proceedings are ongoingRead: Man to appear in court this morning in connection with fatal Artane stabbingRead: Jail for IRA man caught with half-tonne of fertiliser in van as he headed to ‘drinking session’ By eoin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3297073 20,547 Views Mar 20th 2017, 1:37 PM Share2 Tweet Email No Comments Monday 20 Mar 2017, 1:37 PM Ian Bailey fails to show up for hearing regarding arrest warrant The application to endorse a European arrest warrant for Bailey for the alleged voluntary homicide of Sophie Toscan du Plantier will now be heard tomorrow.last_img read more

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Body believed to be Irishman missing since 1985 being exhumed from grave

first_img By Cliodhna Russell http://jrnl.ie/4080310 Body discovered During the morning of 9 November 1985 an airman from nearby RAF Valley was running on the shoreline of Rhosneigr beach when he discovered the body of a man who appeared to have been brought ashore on the tide.Despite an extensive police investigation at the time all enquiries made to identify him proved fruitless and a subsequent coronial inquest returned an ‘open verdict’.His death was not treated as suspicious and he was subsequently interred at Menai Bridge cemetery, Anglesey.DC Kenyon explained:As a result of our investigations, and with the assistance of the Missing Person Bureau and the gardaí in Ireland, we now believe there is a strong possibility the remains are those of Joseph Brendon Dowley, a 63-year-old Irish citizen living at the time in London.The purpose of the exhumation is to gain a DNA profile for comparison with the DNA of family members of Dowley.If the identity is confirmed, it’s hoped it will bring the family closure and a funeral service will be held in Ireland. Jun 19th 2018, 10:40 PM 22,343 Views 6 Comments Short URL Share91 Tweet Email2 THE BODY OF a man being exhumed from a grave in North Wales is believed to be an Irishman who went missing 33 years ago.Joseph Brendan Dowley was living in London when he disappeared.After visiting family in Ireland in October 1985, the 63-year-old was last seen when a relative drove him to the ferry terminal.Dowley’s disappearance has remained a mystery for the last 33 years.The exhumation follows a protracted investigation under Operation Orchid where detectives from North Wales Police are using the latest DNA technology to help identify human remains discovered in the region over the last five decades.DC Don Kenyon, who is leading the investigation, said, “We combine the latest advances in DNA technology and traditional investigative methods to help conclude enquiries started years ago to help bring some closure to families who have lived with uncertainty for such a long time. Criminality is not suspected in any of the cases and the focus of the operation is simply to identify, reunite and allow the dignity of a funeral service for family and friends to pay their respects. Body believed to be Irishman missing since 1985 being exhumed from grave in Wales The disappearance of Joseph Brendan Dowley has remained a mystery for the last 33 years. Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 10:40 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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La Wii U couteraît 180 à Nintendo

first_imgLa Wii U couteraît 180$ à NintendoPrévue pour 2012, les rumeurs sur le prix de vente de la Wii U commencent à affluer. Aujourd’hui, ce sont les coûts de production qui nous intéressent.Selon des sources anonymes (lien non disponible), la console reviendrait donc au prix de 180 dollars pour le géant japonais du jeu vidéo, incluant pièces et autres processeurs électroniques. La manette (tablette) en représenterait, rien qu’à elle, 50 dollars. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce prix, relativement peu élevé, confirmerait donc les rumeurs sur la console, qui ne serait pas plus puissante qu’une PS3 ou une Xbox 360 actuelle. Cela pourrait se confirmer, Nintendo avait déjà privilégié le gameplay plutôt que la puissance avec la Wii. Avec la Wii U, il y aurait donc rebelote.Cependant, à 180 $ la console, n’allez pas croire que ce sera le prix que vous la paierez dans le commerce. Il faudra évidemment rajouter quelques deniers pour le budget dédié au marketing,le packaging et les taxes en tous genres…qui feront facilement  grimper le prix aux alentours de 299 euros sur notre marché.Le 10 avril 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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