‘The people of the Milford electoral area will be my judge on May 24th’ – Cllr O’Donnell

first_imgEmbattled county councillor John O’Donnell has said he has no intention of resigning and says the electorate of the Milford area will be his judges on local election day on May 24th next.The controversial councillor issued a statement in which he said he was disappointed with the Standards in Public Office Commission’s investigation into an RTE Primetime programme.In the programme, RTE sent an undercover reporter to approach Cllr O’Donnell for support for a bogus windfarm proposal. SIPO claims that Cllr O’Donnell acted incorrectly in his dealings with the bogus businesswoman.Some local councillors have said that Councillor O’Donnell has no option but to resign.However, Cllr O’Donnell stressed that there is no evidence that he sought money in return for lobbying for the bogus windfarm company.He stated “Following the report of the SIPO Commission investigation into my participation in the RTE Primetime Report of December 7th 2015 I wish to express my disappointment with the findings. “SIPO has concluded that I acted incorrectly on a number of counts with regard to the ethics of local government legislation.“I have already apologised for my behaviour in a letter to the Secretary of Donegal County Council on December 9th 2015 for any misunderstanding that may have arisen as a result of the Prime Time broadcast.“I fully exonerated any members of Donegal County Council from any perceived wrong and that it was not my intention to compromise the good name of any colleague, staff or members.”The Kilmacrennan councillor said he wished to repeat that apology in the light of the findings of the SIPO Commission report this week.However, he added that it is important to point out that the SIPO hearing was not about any ‘criminal process’ and as such his record has not been tarnished in serving the people of Donegal within the terms of the Local Government Act. He stressed “There is no evidence whatever that I sought money for any service to the electorate in my role as an elected representative.“I have always acted in the public interest in my role as a Councillor in promoting the development of Donegal and I’ve never sought any benefit from that position.“My role as a businessman is different but at all times I’ve acted strictly in accordance with guidelines and obligations under Part 15 of the Local Government Act and I am satisfied that I have complied with obligations.“I am disappointed that an RTE programme paid for by you, the licences payers was used to ‘set up public representative’ using an undercover reporter, hidden cameras and recording devices. “My position was compromised since there appeared to be a misunderstanding between my role as a businessman and that of a public representative.“While the SIPO Commission has found me guilty on three counts relating to ethics in politics, I wish to make it clear that no evidence emerged from the edited and unedited RTE recordings that I sought any remuneration in my role as a public representative.“The electorate of the Milford area will be the judges of my record on May 24th.”‘The people of the Milford electoral area will be my judge on May 24th’ – Cllr O’Donnell was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Smith is made to work for first pro title

first_imgHarrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith won his first professional title but was pushed all the way by underdog Scott Moises at the Copper Box Arena.Former ABA champion Smith, 20, picked up the southern-area belt after coming through the toughest test of his promising career so far.He won a decision by just one point (96-95) following a fiercely competitive 10-round contest at the east London venue.Moises, from Norfolk, showed great spirit and landed with a number of shots but Smith was able to extend his unbeaten record to 7-0.See also:Title would make Smith a happy HammerSmith to defend title at the Copper BoxFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Tomorrow Starts Today

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you don’t know what you were going to do first thing Monday morning, you are beginning the week with a poor start. Because you have not defined your top two or three most important objectives and blocked time to complete them, you are already in reactive mode.Odds are, if you don’t know what you need to do and haven’t defined that work, you will go to the one place that feels like work but isn’t, your email inbox.Working harder doesn’t make you more productive. Neither does working smarter. You can work very hard on things that don’t move you any closer to your goals. That isn’t going to make you any more productive than watching television. You can also spend time trying to hack productive by working smarter. Nothing is gained by applying greater efficiency to activities that aren’t aligned with your goals and objectives.The only thing you can do to increase your productivity in a meaningful way is to do the most important work you need to do each day.If you want greater productivity, you have to do your most important work each day. Being able to do that work is going to require some preparation.First, you are going to have identify your priority. The word “priority” is singular. What is the most important outcome or objective you need to achieve? You no doubt have multiple priorities competing for your time. But before you can decide what is your second most important outcome, you have to decide what is most important. You can make progress on two or three priorities each week, not two dozen.Second, after you know what you need to do, you have to block time to do that work. Your calendar is a reflection of your priorities. A calendar with too much white space means you are working in reactive mode. The world will fill that time for you, if you let it.To keep small things from preventing you from spending time on big things, you have to crowd out small things. Being productive is a matter of focus and discipline.The reason I get up at 4:30 AM every day is so I have two and a half solid hours for my priorities every day. No one wants your time and attention at 4:30 AM. What could you do with 17.5 hours each week?last_img read more

Gujarat to start groundnut procurement from November 15

first_imgThe Gujarat Government is set to start procurement for groundnut in Saurashtra region from 122 designated centres from November 15th. The State government has fixed ₹ 5000 per quintal as the purchase price under the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for groundnut for the current season. As per the government projections, groundnut output will be at about 2.7 million tonnes for the year 2018-19. It may be noted that groundnut is one of the cash crops in Saurashtra region and its acreage in the region for the year 2018-19 was recorded at 14.67 lakh hectares, down 8% from last year.The State government has already announced procurement of groundnut at MSP rates of ₹4,890 per quintal set by the central government along with the bonus of₹110 per quintal with an effective procurement price of ₹5,000. The bonus amount will be borne by the state in a bid to hike the MSP to support farmers.For procurement of groundnut, the government has appointed the State civil supply corporation as the nodal agency and entire procurement will be done through the corporation. “Currently, registration of farmers is underway and from November 15th, procurement will begin,” said Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. According to sources in the agriculture department, so far more than 10000 farmers have registered online to sell their produce under the MSP. The State government has not set any target for procurement, but the standard procurement practices suggest up to 25 % of the total crop can be procured at MSP level. As per the government’s current estimate of about 2.7 million tonnes of groundnut production in the current season in Gujarat, the procurement is likely to be about 6-7 lakh tonnes.last_img read more

Videos: Florida Created Cool NBA Jam-Style Promos For Tuesday’s ’90s Night Game

first_imgThe Florida Gators mascot performing on the court during a basketball game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – MARCH 26: Albert, the mascot for the Florida Gators, performs during their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tomorrow’s Florida-Ole Miss basketball game is “’90s Night” in Gainesville, and the Gators have been posting really cool NBA Jam-style promo clips for the special event on their Instagram page. Between Dorian Finney-Smith jumping off the screen for a huge baseline slam, and Chris Chiozza catching literal fire, these “Gator Jam” videos are pretty awesome.The Gators and Rebels tip off at 9 p.m. We hope Florida has plans to roll a few more of these out before game time.last_img read more

Over 100 children are having rotten teeth removed everyday says UK government

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMar 7 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)NHS data has shown that over 100 children are having rotten teeth removed every day. The report has come as a shock to many, as it is well known that tooth decay is a preventable condition.Lyashenko Egor | ShutterstockThis report comes from the British Dental Association (BDA) and states that there was 14,545 tooth extractions between 2017-18 in English children under the age of five. Of these children, ninety percent of cases were due to premature tooth decay.Further surgeries caused by tooth decay are commonly carried out for children aged between six and ten, says the report. Overall, there have been 38,385 cases of tooth extractions due to decaying teeth among children and teenagers below the age of 19.Statistics reveal that there is a variation in the prevalence of tooth decay among children across the country. Children living in parts of Yorkshire and the North West, for example, are five times more likely to be hospitalized for tooth extractions compared to children living elsewhere in the country.Tooth decay rates are highest among children under the age of 5 years living in Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield, and Hyndburn. The BDA warns that the actual numbers may be much more than these figures because a large number may go unreported. Sources:Almost 9 out of 10 child hospital tooth extractions due to decay. Public Health England Press Release. 6th March 2019.PHE Oral Health Data Report. 2019. Children’s oral health shouldn’t be a postcode lottery, but these figures show just how wide the oral health gap between rich and poor has become. While Wales and Scotland have national programmes making real inroads, in England ministers are yet to commit a penny of new money to the challenge.This poverty of ambition is costing our NHS millions, even though tried-and-tested policies would pay for themselves. The Government’s own figures show a pound spent on prevention can yield over three back in savings on treatment.”Mick Armstrong, BDA chairmancenter_img Tooth decay is can be prevented by reducing sugar consumption, through the regular use of fluoridated toothpaste and routine visits to the dentist. The BDA  supports the expansion of the fluoridated water schemes that serve around 5.8 million people in England.Dr Sandra White, dental lead for Public Health English said in a statement, “Children are consuming far too much sugar each day, and this can have a very serious impact on their oral health. Parents can help reduce their children’s sugar intake by making simple swaps when shopping and making sure their children’s teeth are brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Small, consistent changes like these can have the biggest impact on children’s teeth.”last_img read more

Wind tunnel and lasers provide hypersonic proving ground at Sandia National Laboratories

first_imgAerospace engineer Steven Beresh, left, and technologist Russell Spillers of Sandia National Laboratories’ aerosciences department place a model in the hypersonic wind tunnel’s test section. Credit: Randy Montoya It’s about speed, and Sandia National Laboratories, with a hypersonic wind tunnel and advanced laser diagnostic technology, is in an excellent position to help U.S. defense agencies understand the physics associated with aircraft flying five times the speed of sound. Provided by Sandia National Laboratories Explore further China to build ‘world’s fastest’ wind tunnel This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Physics at hypersonic speedsWhen discussing Sandia’s contribution to hypersonic research, Beresh refers to solving the “hypersonics problem,” which is basically trying to grasp the physics of how air flows over an object at speeds greater than Mach 5.”The physics are enormously difficult at hypersonic speed,” Beresh said. The air and gases react differently than at subsonic speed; materials are put under extreme temperatures and pressure; and there is the added challenge of guidance mechanisms also needing to withstand those pressures.”We have some information, but not enough information,” he said. “We’ve mostly been dealing with re-entry vehicles. Before, the idea was to just have the vehicle survive; now, it needs to thrive. We’re trying to fly through it.”A major strength of hypersonic research at Sandia is the team of people. “To really make an impact in hypersonic research, it requires a collaboration between people who understand the hypersonic vehicle, people who understand the fluid dynamics, people who understand the measurement science and people who understand the computer simulations,” said Daniel Richardson, a mechanical engineer in diagnostic sciences. “That’s how you can begin to understand the underlying physical phenomena.” Marriage of measurements”It’s the marriage of these measurements with the wind tunnel capabilities that gives Sandia its national niche,” Beresh said. “And you’ve got to have people who can do both working together.””Sandia has been at the forefront of developing new measurement techniques,” Richardson said. “We’re always pushing to improve measurement capabilities.”Sandia is using advanced lasers to measure the speed of the gases passing over the model, direction of air flow, pressure and density of the gases and how heat is transferred to the model.”Sometimes it’s about how close can you get to the surface of the object to see how gases are reacting at that speed,” Richardson said. “Not just in front of the model but behind it. The ultimate goal is to measure everything, everywhere, all the time.”Freezing timeA laser aimed through the test section’s rectangular window allows the light coming in to measure the air flow inside. In recent years, new measurement capabilities have become possible with the commercialization of lasers that operate on femtosecond time scales. That’s equivalent to 10-15 seconds, or 1 millionth of 1 billionth of a second.”These laser pulses are very short in time, but have really high intensity,” Richardson said. “At the femtosecond time scale, almost all motion is stopped, or frozen.” By coupling the femtosecond laser to a high-speed camera, measurements can be performed thousands of times a second.”This cutting-edge equipment allows Sandia to extract more data from each wind tunnel run than previously possible,” Richardson said.Develop and validateSandia’s hypersonic wind tunnel is relatively cheap to use in comparison with larger tunnels at NASA or the Air Force, but tests can go a long way to developing modeling and simulation capabilities. It blends the experimental with the computational to push the science forward, Beresh and Richardson said.Sandia’s wind tunnels have a long history of contributing to the nation; the labs’ first was built in 1955. Even in today’s era of computational simulation for engineering practice, wind tunnels are key to aerospace technology.”We are making more accurate measurements because we’re always trying to push that capability,” Richardson said. “The hypersonic wind tunnel and measurement science are important parts of research at Sandia. It’s a proving ground for future capability.” With potential adversaries reporting successes in their own programs to develop aircraft that can be flown at Mach 5 or greater speeds, U.S. development of autonomous hypersonic systems is a top defense priority.That has made aerospace engineer Steven Beresh of Sandia’s aerosciences department and his colleagues at the hypersonic wind tunnel popular as of late.”Before, the attitude was that hypersonic flight was 30 years away and always will be,” said Beresh, the lead wind tunnel engineer. “Now with the national needs, it needs to be tomorrow. We’re becoming very busy.”Cold in the tunnelThere’s a whoosh of air, then a rumble followed by an electrical hum. It lasts about 45 seconds as air blows down the tunnel to a vacuum at speeds of Mach 5, 8 or 14, depending on pressure settings. The Mach 5 nozzle uses high-pressure air (nitrogen plus oxygen). Nitrogen alone is used at the higher speeds and can be pressurized to 8,600 pounds per square inch. For comparison, recommended pressure for a car tire is usually between 30 and 35 psi. There is so much potential energy, nitrogen must be stored in a bunker behind 1-foot-thick walls.A model—usually shaped like a cone, cylinder or tailpiece replica of what might be used with flight vehicles—is placed in the tunnel’s 18-inch diameter test section. By necessity, the model, 4 to 5 inches in diameter, is not an exact replica of the full-scale version but can handle a variety of instrumentation, geometry changes and spin testing. Part of the wind tunnel engineer’s job is to understand those scaling issues.Inside the test section, temperatures can get extremely low, so electric resistance heaters unique to each Mach number heat the gases and prevent condensation of the gas. Without heat, the air or nitrogen turns to ice in the wind tunnel. The heaters essentially work like very large hair dryers—3-megawatt hair dryers—that can raise the air temperature above 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit at the beginning of the tunnel. By the time air or gases get to the test chamber, the temperature can fall as low as minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Citation: Wind tunnel and lasers provide hypersonic proving ground at Sandia National Laboratories (2018, November 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-tunnel-lasers-hypersonic-ground-sandia.html Daniel Richardson, left, a mechanical engineer in Sandia National Laboratories’ diagnostic sciences, and Yibin Zhang, a postdoctoral fellow, observe a laser that records measurements in the hypersonic wind tunnel. Credit: Randy Montoyalast_img read more

How electric cars could make Americas crumbling roads even worse

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain How to fund roads and ensure electric vehicles pay their share Citation: How electric cars could make America’s crumbling roads even worse (2019, February 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-electric-cars-america-crumbling-roads.html This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. In fact, the government rates over one-quarter of all urban interstates as in fair or poor condition and one-third of U.S. bridges need repair.To fix the potholes and crumbling roads, federal, state and local governments rely on fuel taxes, which raise more than US$80 billion a year and pay for around three-quarters of what the U.S. spends on building new roads and maintaining them. I recently purchased an electric car, the Tesla Model 3. While swerving down a particularly rutted highway in New York, the economist in me began to wonder, what will happen to the roads as fewer and fewer cars run on gasoline? Who will pay to fix the streets? Fuel taxes 101Every time you go to the pump, each gallon of fuel you purchase puts money into a variety of pockets. About half goes to the drillers that extract oil from the earth. Just under a quarter pays the refineries to turn crude into gasoline. And around 6 percent goes to distributors. The rest, or typically about 20 percent of every gallon of gas, goes to various governments to maintain and enhance the U.S. transportation’s infrastructure.Currently, the federal government charges 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline, which provides 85 percent to 90 percent of the Highway Trust Fund that finances most federal spending on highways and mass transit. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img U.S. roads and bridges are in abysmal shape – and that was before the recent winter storms made things even worse. State and local government charge their own taxes that vary widely. Combined with the national levy, fuel taxes range from over 70 cents per gallon in high-tax states like California and Pennsylvania to just over 30 cents in states like Alaska and Arizona. The difference is a key reason the price of gasoline changes so dramatically when you cross state lines. While people often complain when their fuel prices go up, the real burden of gasoline taxes has been falling for decades. The federal government’s 18.4 cent tax, for example, was set way back in 1993. The tax would have to be 73 percent higher, or 32 cents, to have the same purchasing power. On top of that, today’s vehicles get better mileage, which means fewer gallons of gas and less money collected in taxes. And electric vehicles, of course, don’t need gasoline, so their drivers don’t pay a dime in fuel taxes. A crisis in the makingAt the moment, this doesn’t present a crisis because electric vehicles represent only a small proportion of the U.S. fleet. Slightly more than 1 million plug-in vehicles have been sold since 2012 when the first mass market models hit the roads. While impressive, that figure is just a fraction of the over 250 million vehicles currently registered and legally drivable on U.S. highways.But sales of electric cars are growing rapidly as how far they can travel before recharging and prices fall. Dealers sold a record 360,000 electric vehicles last year, up 80 percent from 2017. If sales continue at this breakneck pace, electric cars will become mainstream in no time. In addition, governments in Europe and China are actively steering consumers away from fossil fuels and toward their electric counterparts. In other words, the time will come very soon when the U.S. and individual states will no longer be able to rely on fuel taxes to mend American roads. What states are doing about itSome states are already anticipating this eventuality and are crafting solutions. One involves charging owners of electric cars a fixed fee. So far, 17 states have done just that, with annual taxes ranging from $100 to $200 per car. There are a few of problems with a fixed fee approach. For example, the proceeds only go to state coffers, even though the driver also uses out-of-state roads and national highways. Another is that it’s regressive. Since a fixed fee hits all owners equally, regardless of income or how much they drive, it hurts poorer consumers most. During debate in Maine over a proposed $250 annual EV fee, opponents noted that the average person currently pays just a third of that – $82 – in state fuel taxes.Oregon is testing another solution. Instead of paying fuel taxes, drivers are able to volunteer for a program that lets them pay based on miles driven rather than how many gallons they consume. The state installs tracking devices in their cars – whether electric or conventional – and drivers get a refund for the gas tax they pay at the pump. The program raises privacy and fairness concerns especially for rural residents who have few other transportation options.Another way forwardI believe there’s another solution. Currently, carmakers and others are deploying large networks of charging stations throughout the country. Examples include Tesla’s Superchargers, Chargepoint, EVgo and Volkswagen’s proposed mobile chargers. They operate just like gas pumps, only they provide kilowatts of electricity instead of gallons of fuel. While electric vehicle owners are free to use their own power outlets, anyone traveling long distances has to use these stations. And because charging at home is a hassle – requiring eight to 20 hours – I believe most drivers will increasingly choose the convenience and speed of the charging stations, which can fill up an EV in as little as 30 minutes. So one option could be for governments to tack on their taxes to the bill, charging a few extra cents per kilowatt “pumped into the tank.” Furthermore, I would argue that the tax – whether on fuel or power – shouldn’t be a fixed amount but a percentage, which makes it less likely to be eroded by inflation over time. It is in everyone’s interest to ensure there are funds to maintain the nation’s road. A small percentage tax on EV charging stations will help maintain U.S. roads without hurting electric vehicles’ chances of becoming a mass market product. Provided by The Conversation Explore furtherlast_img read more

American Express buys restaurant reservation service Resy

first_imgIn this July 18, 2016, file photo, American Express credit cards are photographed in North Andover, Mass. American Express is buying the online reservation startup Resy, the companies announced Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the latest move by AmEx to establish and maintain a foothold for its card members in some of the world’s most desired restaurants. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further AmEx and Resy, founded in 2014, declined to disclose the terms of the deal. However, in early 2017 Resy announced it raised $13 million from a group of investors that included Airbnb, valuing the company at around $70 million.New York-based Resy is an online reservation management service. It allows diners to make reservations and also serves as a platform for restaurants to manage their upcoming reservations. While OpenTable has a bigger market share, Resy often works with more exclusive restaurants that are harder to get into or serve higher-spending clientele.AmEx’s purchase comes as the credit card industry has shifted its marketing tactics in the last several years. Credit card companies want to be thought of as avenues to “experiences,” as the industry likes to say, such as travel and dining, concerts and Broadway shows. Instead of redeeming credit card points for a blender, AmEx and Chase say they want you to get a ticket to Paris. Hopefully the customer will then use that same credit card to reserve a Parisian hotel and dine. If you do want a blender, they do offer them though .While AmEx has long had an established presence in the travel industry—partnering with airlines like Delta, and hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott—its presence in dining is more in the background. It offers its Global Dining Collection to card members, where customers can get reservations at hard-to-get restaurants. AmEx says the top request on its concierge customer service line is for restaurant reservations.AmEx is eager to hold onto its card members in a market where it now competes directly with Chase’s Sapphire Reserve and Citi’s Prestige Cards. One way is to bolster its access to the restaurants where its card members want to dine.This is AmEx’s third acquisition of dining industry platforms in less than two years. In 2017 it bought Cake Technologies, a United Kingdom-based restaurant platform. In January, AmEx bought Pocket Concierge, which helps customers get reservations at exclusive restaurants in Japan. American Express is buying the online reservation startup Resy, the companies announced Wednesday, the latest move by AmEx to establish and maintain a foothold for its card members in some of the world’s most desired restaurants.center_img Citation: American Express buys restaurant reservation service Resy (2019, May 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-american-restaurant-reservation-resy.html Airbnb enters restaurant reservation business This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

ICJ to deliver verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case tomorrow

first_imgICJ to deliver verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case tomorrowKulbhushan Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017.advertisement Next Press Trust of India The HagueJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 18:16 IST Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe International Court of Justice will deliver on Wednesday its verdict on Kulbhushan JadhavJadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military courtHe was sentenced to death on charges of “espionage and terrorism”The International Court of Justice will deliver on Wednesday its verdict in a case relating to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, whose death sentence by a Pakistani military court based on an “extracted confession” has been questioned by India.Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India.The ICJ, in a statement early this month, said a public sitting will take place at 3 pm (6.30 pm IST) on July 17 at the Peace Palace in the Hague, during which top judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf will read out the verdict.Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Muhammad Faisal last week said his country cannot “prejudge” the decision of the ICJ in the Jadhav’s case. “We cannot prejudge the judgment,” he said.He, however, said that Pakistan has fully contested the case before the ICJ.India moved the ICJ on May 8, 2017, for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan by repeatedly denying New Delhi consular access to Jadhav.A 10-member bench of the ICJ, which was set up after World War II to resolve international disputes, on May 18, 2017, had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.A four-day public hearing in the high-profile case took place in February amidst heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14.During the hearing in ICJ, both India and Pakistan submitted their detailed pleas and responses.India based its case on two broad issues — breach of Vienna Convention on consular access and the process of resolution.Harish Salve, who was representing India in the case, questioned the functioning of Pakistan’s notorious military courts and urged the top UN court to annul Jadhav’s death sentence, which is based on an “extracted confession”.In his submission in the ICJ on the last day of the hearing, Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi said, “India’s claim for relief must be dismissed or declared inadmissible.”Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, after he reportedly entered from Iran.However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.Pakistan had rejected India’s plea for consular access to Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its “spy”.However, Pakistan facilitated a meeting of Jadhav with his mother and wife in Islamabad on December 25, 2017.ALSO READ | Not optimistic about Kulbhushan Jadhav case movement: SourcesALSO WATCH | Pakistan rakes up Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Can India trust Imran’s Khan’s promise of better relations?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharmalast_img read more