first_imgTwo weeks post the World Cup, England was almost caught daydreaming at Lords. Ahead of the Ashes, England was scheduled to play a one-off test against Ireland. To their surprise, they were bowled out for a mere 85 in the first innings. They did eventually manage to win the Test by 143 runs, but England should not let the World Cup high get the better of them against the mighty Aussies. Australia thrashed England 4-0 the last time these two teams played for the Ashes in 2017. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhA 6-inch trophy to fight for – the Ashes is one of the smallest cricket trophies yet a historic one. Australia and England first played against each other back in 1877 but the rivalry started five years later. In 1882, chasing a paltry 84 runs to victory, England was destroyed by the pace of Fred Spofforth and was bowled out for 77 – marking the first defeat on home soil since playing the sport from 1739. The very next day, a British daily, The Sporting Times, published a satirical obituary in regard to the demise of English Cricket. It read, “The body will be cremated and the ashes will be taken to Australia.” Following that, various media published obituaries on the same lines. Ahead of the 1982-83 tour of Australia, Ivo Bligh promised that as England’s captain he would “recover those Ashes”. The English media dubbed the tour as England’s quest to regain the Ashes. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later England went on to win the series 2-1, thus marking the beginning of the Ashes. After the victory, Bligh was presented a small urn with the ashes of a wooden bail by a few women from Melbourne including the Countess of Darnley, Florence Morphy. The urn has never been the official trophy as it was a personal gift. But replicas of the urn are held aloft by the victorious team. Thereafter, England went on to win eight consecutive Ashes series. Australia managed to get the better of the English team in their ninth attempt – winning their first Ashes series in 1892. The rivalry kept on growing to great boundaries. In the 1932 series, Australia had the great Don Bradman in their armoury. To counter the threat of the great batsman, English bowlers developed the ‘bodyline’ technique that won them the series – a technique when balls were bowled towards a batsman’s body expecting the ball to deflect off the bat while the batsman tries to defend the ball. In modern context, this might not make sense, but during that time, cricket was in a phase when protective gears were not developed. In a game that was supposed to uphold gentlemanly traditions, England’s tactics were considered intimidating and physically threatening. Over time, several of the Laws of Cricket were changed to render the bodyline technique less effective. Buoyed by Bradman’s batting, Australia came back to retain the Ashes in the next series. Thus began a six series unbeaten streak spanning over 19 years. The rivalry had now shifted powers and Australia eventually gained the nickname, “The Invincibles”. From the 1999 series, a Waterford Crystal representation of the urn has remained the trophy for the Ashes series. The original urn remains at the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum in Lord’s – the home of cricket. As we go into the 2019 series, a lot has changed over the last century. The rules have changed, but the series stills hold a prominent place in the heart of Australian, English as well as neutral cricket fans. Both teams would go into the series on even terms with all boxes checked. England managed to turn fortunes in the World Cup with grit and determination. A rejuvenated England will begin their quest to regain the Ashes from August 1. Aug 1- Aug 5, 1st Test Edgbaston, Birmingham Aug 14 – Aug 18, 2nd Test Lord’s, London Aug 22 – Aug 26, 3rd Test Headingley, Leeds Sep 4- Sep 8, 4th Test Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester Sep 12 – Sep 16, 5th Test Kennington Oval, Londonlast_img read more

BC premier says wildfires prompted unprecedented second state of emergency

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia Premier John Horgan says successive governments have budgeted “laughable” amounts of money to fight wildfires that are becoming all too common.Horgan was flanked by the federal defence minister, the mayor of Prince George and a First Nations chief in Prince George as he said the sky in the northern city had turned jet black earlier in the day from fires burning in nearby communities.The premier says wildfires have prompted an unprecedented second state of emergency in the province in the last 12 months, after floods this spring, but he’s confident there’s enough contingency in the budget to provide the needed support.Horgan travelled to the central Interior to meet with first responders who are fighting some of the more than 500 wildfires burning across the province.More than 2,000 evacuees are in Prince George after being ordered out because of an 850-square-kilometre blaze threatening an area from Fraser Lake to Fort St. James.Horgan is also expected to travel to Burns Lake, where three out-of-control fires have prompted evacuation orders and alerts to the east, south and southwest of that village.last_img read more

INWI sets up charter on personal data protection

first_imgRabat – The National Control Commission for the protection of personal data (CNDP) has given its okay to Inwi, for its own account and that of its subsidiaries to ensure the protection, confidentiality and security of personal data of its customers and service users.To ensure the confidence of its clients, Inwi has set up a charter for the protection of personal data and respect for privacy that will soon be put online and could be checked on the website, said a statement from the operator.Inwi led, since the entry into force of the Law No. 09-08 relating to the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data, a large-scale project to upgrade its standards and procedures to comply with the provisions of this law and ensure greater protection, confidentiality and security in the processing of personal data.last_img read more

Côte dIvoire UN envoy appeals for November presidential elections to keep on

22 October 2009The top United Nations envoy to the Côte d’Ivoire today called on the West African nation to build on momentum towards holding its much-delayed presidential elections, slated for the end of next month. In a bid to give new impetus to efforts to stage Côte d’Ivoire’s elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005 and are now planned for 29 November, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Young-Jin Choi met with the President of neighbouring Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, who is the Facilitator of the Ivorian Dialogue.After the meeting in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, Mr. Choi welcomed the progress made so far in resolving some of the issues surrounding the stalled polls.Mr. Choi, who heads the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), also highlighted the challenges which remain, especially the posting of the provisional electoral list and underscored the urgent need to find a compromise on the issue.The names of more than 2.75 million people who had registered during the identification and voter registration process have subsequently disappeared. Mr. Choi was accompanied at the meeting by UNOCI’s Force Commander, General Fernand Marcel Amoussou, and the Chief of the mission’s Electoral Assistance Division, Ahmedou El Becaye Seck. read more

Upcoming Afghan conference will help promote postelection dialogue – Ban

Mr. Ban said the London conference – scheduled to take place on 28 January – and a further high-level conference, to be convened in Kabul a few months later – will help outline the framework so that Afghans can play a greater role in shaping their own destiny.“These conferences would thus constitute defining moments in the reconfiguration of the relationship between Afghanistan and the international community,” Mr. Ban said today in a statement issued in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where he is attending the Commonwealth heads of government meeting.The United Nations Secretary-General stressed his support for high-level dialogue and noted that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in his inaugural speech earlier this month, also outlined the importance of such discussions in the wake of the elections.Mr. Karzai was re-elected to the presidency after his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew from the run-off round that had been slated for 7 November.In his inaugural speech Mr. Karzai detailed a work programme for the new Government, and pledged to fight corruption and to bring increased good governance, security and services to the country, where the Taliban and other insurgents continue to wreak violence.The London conference is the result of a joint European proposal by the United Kingdom, France and Germany and Mr. Ban today thanked Gordon Brown, the UK Prime Minister, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel for their initiative.After meeting with Mr. Brown today, Mr. Ban told journalists that the conference would have two objectives: to establish a strong compact between Mr. Karzai, his Government and his people, and to set up a strong partnership between the Afghan people and the international community.”We expect President Karzai will reach out to ethnic groups and other political leaders to promote national reconciliation and unity of the government. We also expect that we will try to help the Afghan Government so they can build institutional capacity.”We also expect that President Karzai will ensure good governance, including eradication of corrupt practices of their country and… [through improving and strengthening] partnerships with neighbouring countries like Pakistan, India, Iran and Turkey.” 28 November 2009The international conference on Afghanistan that will be staged in London early next year provides “a very timely” opportunity to discuss the country’s agenda in the wake of its recent presidential elections, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

Canada to lose 15billion a year on Keystone lack of oil pipeline

OTTAWA — Canada lost out on about $25 billion in oil revenues last year due to pipeline and production bottlenecks and is expected to lose $15 billion a year going forward until it deals with its infrastructure deficit, a new CIBC report says.[np_storybar title=”‘We, as a nation, have to wake up’: First Nations leaders vow to do what it takes to block oil pipelines” link=””%5DOTTAWA — An alliance of First Nations leaders is preparing to fight proposed new pipelines both in the courts and through unspecified direct action.Continue reading.[/np_storybar]CIBC economists Avery Shenfeld and Peter Buchanan said the record price discount received by Western producers of heavy oil — mostly bitumen — is no longer the issue it once was, but Canada will continue to lose big time until it permanently solves its pipeline deficit.“Refinery/upgrader restarts, and a heavier reliance on flexible but costlier to operate ’rail pipelines,’ have seen a fairly dramatic improvement lately,” the report states.“Notwithstanding such improvements, Canada continues to face a notable long-term challenge shipping its oil to market. The failure to invest in needed transport infrastructure could still prove costly for Canadian producers, governments, and the economy, to the extent that investment plans are delayed or scaled back.”Western Canadian heavy oil, which represents about 45% of total production, sold at a discount of as much as $43 a barrel during the winter from the landlocked Western Texas Intermediate price, which itself suffers a discount from North Sea oil, known as Brent.Because of recent improvements, the differential to WTI has since narrowed considerably to about $14 a barrel, near the $17 historic average.CIBC calculated for 2012, when the price gap began widening, the difference wound up costing Canada about $25-billion in lost opportunity revenues, and will likely cost the economy another $20-billion this year. Going forward, assuming the gap returns to historic levels, the economists say Canada will lose out on about $15-billion a year.That’s not as bad as last year, but still represents about 5% of Alberta and Saskatchewan’s combined gross domestic product.“It’s a narrowing gap, but it means we were facing crippling costs last winter and its still money left on the table,” explained Buchanan. “We’re not getting the money for our oil we could get if we had cost-effective, unimpeded access to global markets.”Both the federal and provincial governments have cited lower commodity prices for adding pressure to their fiscal projections, particularly with depressing expected tax and royalty revenues. Federal and provincial governments may have to settle for lower taxes and royalties to attract investors, according to CIBC.“With more competition for investor dollars, deficit-fighting federal and provincial governments may have less room to manoeuvre in setting taxes and royalties than was earlier the case. Both pipelines and reasonable royalties will be critical to avoid killing the black-gold goose,” Shenfeld said.The economists say the solution lies in swiftly expanding Canada’s ability to get its crude to market, and that means pipelines — south to the U.S. Gulf coast through the Keystone XL project, West to the British Columbia coast, and even east to markets in Ontario and Quebec.The report suggests all three are important, but none more so than building a pipeline to B.C. to get oil to Asian markets, possibly the most controversial of projects and most difficult to bring to fruition, given opposition among environmental advocates and First Nations.With the U.S. ramping up its own production to the point that only 45% of domestic needs come from foreign sources, as opposed to 60% a decade ago, and market growth in Eastern Canada likely to be muted, the best destination would appear to be Asia, the report argues.“It’s increasingly important that Canada move on one or more of the alternative pipelines to get our product headed Asia’s way,” said Shenfeld, CIBC’s chief economist.The economists say even with slower growth in China, the country’s appetite for crude is expected to increase by up to 4% a year, or the equivalent of the entire United Kingdom market every couple of years. As well, demand for oil is growing throughout Asia, they note, as lifestyles there become energy intensive.CIBC’s argument runs counter to the rapid resource nationalism fears highlighted by other market observers. Ernst & Young considers resource nationalism — where governments tend to take greater control of their resources at the expense of foreign companies — as the biggest risk facing companies.In a speech in Vancouver on Wednesday, Trade Minister Ed Fast told the Asia Pacific Foundation that Canada is in position to fuel Asia’s economy resurgence.“What Canada and the Asia-Pacific region have before them is an exceptional complementarity of assets and needs. On the one hand, Canada’s abundance of energy assets and our need to sell them at their highest value; on the other, an extraordinary magnitude of the demand for energy in China, Japan, India and other Asian countries,” he said in notes released in Ottawa.The CIBC report argued that “clarity on the pipeline front” will help attract the capital needed to support oil sand expansion.But Buchanan warns that even on the investment front, Canada no longer has the clear field it once did. A decade ago, almost three quarters of global oil reserves were off limits to global players due to domestic prohibitions against foreign operators and security issues, but that is changing, he said.Iraq recently replaced Iran as OPEC’s second largest producer, Mexico is moving to amend its constitution to encourage foreign investment, and even Venezuela may in the future become more open, following the death of President Hugo Chavez.Fast said over the next 10 years, more than 600 major resource projects will be underway or in the planning stages in Canada, requiring about $650 billion in investment.With files from Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post read more

CEB unions say strike successful

Trade Unions attached to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says a strike which was launched at midnight yesterday was successful.CEB Joint Trade Union alliance member Ranjan Jayalal said that most employees of the CEB did not turn up for work since midnight as a result of the strike. He also claimed that there were power outings reported in some areas as a result of the strike but a skeleton staff was used by the CEB to continue operations. The CEB employees launched the strike over salary anomalies. The CEB however insists that the strike did not affect consumers in any part of the country. (Colombo Gazette) Jayalal also warned that the CEB will go for another, more extensive strike on Friday if their demands are not met.

Google unveils own small tablet computer entertainment system new Android features

Google unveils own, small tablet computer, entertainment system, new Android features by News Staff Posted Jun 27, 2012 5:57 pm MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Google will sell a small tablet computer bearing its brand in a challenge to Amazon’s Kindle Fire.The Nexus 7 is designed specifically for Google Play, the online store that sells movies, music, books, apps and other content — the things Inc. also sells for its tablet computer.Google’s announcement that it’s putting its brand on a tablet comes a week after Microsoft Corp. said the same thing. Both moves risk alienating Google’s and Microsoft’s hardware partners. Those companies, in turn, could be less inclined to work closely with Google and Microsoft.The Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire have screens that measure 7 inches diagonally, smaller than the nearly 10 inches on Apple Inc.’s popular iPad. The Nexus 7 will also be light — at about 0.75 pound, compared with the Kindle Fire’s 0.9 pound. The iPad weighs 1.44 pounds.The Nexus 7 will ship in mid-July starting at $199 — the same price as the Kindle Fire. By contrast, iPads start at $499. Customers can start ordering it through Google on Wednesday, initially in the U.S., Canada and Australia.Google’s price is aggressively low, considering that the Nexus 7 has more features than the Kindle, including a front-facing camera. The Kindle is believed to be roughly break even at $199. Samsung Electronics Co. sells a tablet similar to Google’s for $250.Andrew Rassweiler, an analyst with IHS iSuppli, said he suspects Google will be subsidizing the tablet to sell it starting at $199.Google has previously put its own brand on a flagship line of “Nexus” smartphones. But that market is more mature than the tablet market, and there was less risk of Google alienating partners, particularly since it didn’t price the phones lower than the norm.Much like the Nexus phones, the Nexus 7 tablet will be a showcase for a new version of Google Inc.’s Android operating system, in this case one called “Jelly Bean.”Although the tablet carries the Google brand, the machine will be made by AsusTek Computer Inc. Google recently expanded into the device-making business with its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, but the company has stressed that it intends to continue to rely on Asus and other manufacturers that have embraced Android.Microsoft’s announcement of its Surface tablet last week and Google’s Nexus 7 add up to a “troubling” situation for tablet makers such as Samsung Electronics Co., said Jeff Orr, an analyst with ABI Research.When a software-supplying partner turns around and puts out its own hardware product, “is that a partner or an enemy?” Orr asked.Orr also questioned whether Google’s strategy of pricing the tablet low is really going to win it any fans in the long term. Apple, he noted, dominates the tablet market with a product that’s expensive but works well.There are already other Android-powered tablets on the market, but none have proven nearly as popular as the iPad or Kindle Fire. That has raised worries at Google as more people rely on tablets to surf the Internet.For Google, advertising dollars are at stake. If Apple retains its dominance and other players such as Amazon and Microsoft gobble up the rest of the sales, they could set up their operating systems in ways that de-emphasize Google’s Internet search engine and other services. Apple develops its own system, while Amazon modifies Android for use in Kindles. Microsoft’s will run on a new version of Windows.Apple already has announced that the next version of the iPad operating system will abandon Google’s digital maps as the built-in navigation system. That shift could cause neighbourhood merchants to spend less money advertising on Google.Google also announced a home entertainment device called Nexus Q. It sends content from your personal collection or YouTube to your existing TV and speaker systems. You control it through a separate Android phone or tablet.The Nexus Q, which Google is calling the world’s first “social streaming device,” will available in July in the U.S. initially and sell for $299.Google made the announcements during a keynote to open its annual conference in San Francisco for computer programmers.Google also demonstrated its futuristic, Internet-connected glasses by having parachutists jump out of a blimp hovering about 7,000 feet above San Francisco. The audience got live video feeds from their glasses as they descended to land on the roof of the Moscone Center, the location of the conference.Google is making prototypes of the device, known as Project Glass, available to test. They can only be purchased — for $1,500 — at the conference this week, for delivery early next year. Google is also giving all 6,000 attendees a Nexus 7, Nexus Q and a Nexus phone for free.Also on Wednesday, Google unveiled a new search tool to help you get the right information at the right time on your mobile device. Called Google Now, the tool will be part of Jelly Bean, which will be available in mid-July. Some devices, including the Galaxy Nexus, will get the upgrade automatically over the air.With Google Now, if you say “traffic,” for example, it will look at your usual commute to work and show you alternative routes if there’s a lot of traffic. It will tell you the scores of your favourite sports teams automatically, and it will keep you up to date on flight statuses if you are flying somewhere.The feature bears resemblance to the Siri virtual assistant on Apple’s iPhone.Jelly Bean will also come with the ability to share photos by tapping two phones together.___Peter Svensson contributed from New York. 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These incredible 200yearold Japanese prints are going on show in Dublin

first_img Mar 5th 2017, 5:00 PM Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 5:00 PM EIGHTY STUNNING JAPANESE woodblock prints have gone on display in Dublin.The Japanese Surimono prints will be on display from 3 March to 27 August at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, near Dublin Castle. The images, which date back to the early 1800s, are quite unusual in terms of Japanese art collections. Series for the Hanazono Group: It is good to dress in new clothes. Totoya Hokkei. Japan, c. 1824. Source: The Chester Beatty LibraryMary Redfern, curator of East Asian Collections at the Chester Beatty library, told that the images are part of the permanent collection and were collected by Chester Beatty between 1954 and 1963.“In 1954 he acquired a huge collection of Japanese woodblock prints, 600 in all, that started him off really collecting these kinds of materials,” she explained.She said the Surimono prints are “a very special kind of Japanese woodblock print”. “They weren’t produced for the public,” she explained. Masazumi, Hakaze and Abō visiting Rokujuen. Yashima Gakutei. Woodblock print, Japan, c. 1819 Source: The Chester Beatty Library“They were made for poetry groups – they were effectively privately commissioned prints with the poetry groups, who would write their own poems and give these to an artist who would create an image to complement the poetry.”The poets would exchange the prints between themselves and their friends.“They really are a very special group in Japanese colour prints, because they weren’t made with profit margins in mind. The finish in them is incredible – they used the most refined techniques,” said Redfern. Mashizu preparing to write her first calligraphy of the New Year. Keisai Eisen Woodblock print, Japan, mid-1820s Source: The Chester Beatty LibraryNew York-born Chester Beatty was a prolific collector, who on his death left his collection to a trust to benefit the public. He was made Ireland’s first honorary citizen in 1957.Beatty decided to “go all out on these prints” and was guided by an expert when collecting them, explained Redforn. Around 80 of the prints went on display at the library on Friday, which is just a quarter of the collection.“Most of the time these collections stay in storage – we can only display a tiny proportion of what we have in the library collection in the permanent galleries,” said Redfern. Courtesan preparing to inscribe a poem slip. Keisai Eisen, Woodblock print, Japan, early 1820s Source: The Chester Beatty LibraryThe collections at the library from around the world – such as art, books, icons and manuscripts – are of such a high standard, people come from around the globe to study them, said Redfern.“It is something we can all be proud of. It was wonderful for Chester Beatty to bring his collection to Ireland,” she added. “It gives us a wonderful chance to get to engage with cultures of the world.” Pekinese dog with decorative ball. Totoya Hokkei. Japan, 1826. Source: The Chester Beatty LibraryA number of events will take place to mark the opening of the exhibition. For more details, visit the Chester Beatty Library website. Entry to the exhibition is free.Read: This Irish film tells the fascinating story of a tiny folk-artist called Maud> By Aoife Barry 21 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,228 Views Share220 Tweet Email3 These incredible 200-year-old Japanese prints are going on show in Dublin They’re part of a huge Chester Beatty collection. last_img read more

Pressure on ACT government to increase language schools funding

first_imgLanguage school groups have joined forces in a bid to pressure the ACT Government to increase funding for ethnic language schools in the ACT. The ACT Community Languages Schools Association (ACTCLSA) and Community Languages Australia (CLA) have prepared a submission to the ACT Government Ministers and Members of the Opposition asking for increased funding to ethnic language schools in the ACT. President of the ACT CLSA Jayad Mehr and CLA Executive Director Stefan Romaniw met with Minister for Education the Hon Chris Bourke, Shadow Minister for Education Steve Doszpot and Minister for Multicultural Affairs the Hon Joy Burch in Canberra on Monday. This meeting is expected to increase government understanding of community languages schools and result in a more efficient funding procedure. The ACT Community Languages Schools Election Submission plans to “create better opportunities to meet quality assurance standards, which will lead to better educational outcomes; increase opportunities for training, professional and materials development; and minimise the huge strain on community resources which are now stretched to the limit.” It requests that the ACT government takes over much of the funding that is already being supplied by the local community. More specifically, the submission requests that the government increase its funding from 2013-2016 to $110 per capita, supply $1000 administration support per school, increase administrative support funding, provide $10,000 annually for professional development and attend to the current rental costs to schools in Government buildings. Mr Romaniw said: “Each week close to 2000 students study a range of 33 languages. Every week over 10,000-15,000 students, parents, siblings and community members engage with the community languages school sector.” Mr Mehr added that “in the lead up to the 2012 election ACTCLSA and CLA call on the all political parties to seriously consider the impact community languages schools play in delivering a vital asset to the ACT i.e languages – and a platform for harmony and social cohesion. These need to be adequately resourced.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

MesGrainsdeBeautéfr prévenir le risque de mélanomes en ligne

first_imgMesGrainsdeBeauté.fr : prévenir le risque de mélanomes en ligneFrance – Le laboratoire La Roche-Posay, en partenariat avec le Syndicat national des dermatologues, a lancé MesGrainsdeBeauté.fr, premier site interactif d’information et de prévention du cancer de la peau.Ce site a pour but de sensibiliser la population à la prévention du cancer de la peau, notamment en aidant à repérer des grains de beauté suspects et surtout, en encourageant à consulter un médecin, seul à pouvoir poser un diagnostic fiable.MesGrainsdeBeauté.fr propose par exemple d’évaluer le niveau de risque de sa peau face aux mélanomes grâce à un questionnaire en ligne. Il est également doté d’une rubrique (“Faites votre suivi maintenant”) permettant de cartographier ses grains de beauté afin de suivre plus facilement leur évolution.On peut également y trouver une méthode de surveillance vidéo qui a été développée selon un protocole publié par la Haute autorité de santé. Ces vidéos expliquent comment étudier chaque partie de son corps afin d’effectuer un suivi précis des grains de beauté susceptibles de s’y développer. Le site rappelle également les bons réflexes à développer durant l’exposition solaire, afin d’adopter une conduite responsable. Il ne se substitue en aucun cas à l’examen nécessaire de la peau par un dermatologue.Près de 80 à 90.000 nouveaux cas de cancers cutanés sont diagnostiqués chaque année. Pourtant, 90% des cancers cutanés détectés à temps peuvent être guéris, y compris 7.000 mélanomes, forme de cancer de la peau la plus sévère. Il est donc particulièrement important de surveiller régulièrement sa peau et les grains de beauté déjà présents, afin de signaler tous ceux récemment apparus.Le 18 avril 2010 à 15:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fired price club employees file suit with the Employment Services Department

first_img Related Items:ex price club employees file disputes with the Employment Services Department, fired price club workers speak out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 9, 2016 – The near one dozen Haitian men who called on Labour Department and Government to come to their aide after Price Club shut down and left them without any severance pay are getting an ear.  It was explained in a government issued media release on Monday afternoon that, “The first set of meetings were to be held today, 8th August, 2016, but was re-scheduled by one of the attorneys, who had prior commitments. The said conciliation sessions will be held later this week. Each employee’s claim will be dealt with fairly, with the primary aim of securing any entitlements owed to them.”The men were disappointed in the initial reaction to their outcry, but it appears agitation and media exposure has turned the tide so that they are at least now getting a serious audience with Labour officials.It is also said that Price Club supermarket recently fell into liquidation.  As a result their workers were presented with letters of redundancy.  After these letters were received, the employees filed disputes with the Employment Services Department and contracted two law firms to represent them.The men promise to appear outside the Leeward Highway grocery store until they get paid.  There was a protest on Monday morning, the men also reportedly sought advice at the Haitian consulate and have been supported in their efforts by PDM Campaign Manager, Dwayne Taylor. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:DDME urges residence to be prepared, one death reported in St. Vincent due to TS Matthew Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 28, 2016 – One death reported from St. Vincent and the Grenadines as strong TS Matthew lashes the islands of the South Western Caribbean.   DDME Director Dr. Virginia Clerveaux is being briefed regularly by her counterparts in the strike zone.The damage already being caused by the 13th named system for the 2016 season is further evidence that it only takes one, that one does not have to be a severe hurricane and proof that preparedness is key.  TCI has fortunately missed a direct impact so far this year, and this is a blessing.  Though there is a tendency for some to feel cheated when a storm dissipates or changes trajectory; it is undeniable that the spending on preparation is far less expensive and painful than paying for a direct hit.Storms in recent years caused mainly flood damage and have cost TCI hundreds of millions in direct spending and lost revenue, combined.  Matthew is forecast to become a hurricane and will make a northern turn which will send it in our general direction.  Brace for it by being prepared and recognize that here is still one more month left in the hurricane peak season.DDME has already had meetings with District Commissioners ahead of TS Matthew and tomorrow, Shelter Managers will run a simulation of setting up a storm shelter….. it will happen at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.last_img read more

Man arrested after leading police on hourlong pursuit

first_imgMan arrested after leading police on hour-long pursuit KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man who allegedly led police on a pursuit across multiple San Diego freeways was arrested Tuesday.The pursuit started shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday on northbound Interstate 805 near Imperial Avenue, according to San Diego police.The driver refused to pull over during an attempted traffic stop and led officers on a chase that went through several cities and neighborhoods, including San Diego, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego, National City, Chula Vista and Otay Mesa, police said.A man driving a silver Ford Fiesta reached speeds of more than 100 mph and exited and entered various freeways during the pursuit, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.The Ford sedan pulled over on eastbound Balboa Avenue off northbound Interstate 5 shortly after 12:30 a.m. after sustaining damage to its tires from a spike strip deployed on northbound I-5 between Grand and Garnet avenues, Doerr said.No information on the suspect was immediately available.No injuries were reported.Department officers were investigating the incident. Posted: August 21, 2018last_img read more

Defending Native women from violence remains hot topic at AFN

first_imgHeather Kendall-Miller speaking during the second day of AFN at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention is wrapping up its second day in Anchorage. This year’s theme is Innovation in the past, present and future. The issue of violence against women is at the forefront of the conference.Listen nowMost of the day’s early speakers on the convention’s main stage gave updates on legal, judicial and federal issues affecting Alaska Natives. But some, like Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Gloria O’Neill, directly addressed this year’s theme.“Innovation is at the core of how we not only survived, but thrived for millennia,” O’Neill said.O’Neill described CITC’s process for developing the 2014 video-game “Never Alone,” where players guide a young Inupiaq girl through an Arctic quest. O’Neill says the experience offers a template for taking Alaska history, stories, and talent toward emerging industries that benefit state residents and ANC shareholders.“We’re asking permission to take our culture and our stories to this virtual world,” O’Neill said. “We paired Alaska Native elders, storytellers, youth, writers with video gaming experts.”But for the last few days, the theme of defending Alaska Native women from sexual violence has been more prominent than just about anything else. During an update from the Alaska Native Justice Center, prominent attorney Heather Kendall-Miller alluded to the recent Justin Schnieder case appealing to groups like AFN to push for criminal justice reforms.“To make this a time of change, a call to action, because we cannot be silent any longer,” Kendell-Miller said. “We have to be able to move together and call, and demand for some changes.”Kendall-Miller called for reforms in how sexual assault cases against Alaska Native women are investigated and prosecuted, and for an increase in the State of Alaska’s accountability delivering justice to victims.The morning also saw remarks from Congressman Don Young, who championed his record delivering results to Alaska Natives in the capital, and asked for their support in the November election.last_img read more

Raveena Tandon asks Dangal actress Zaira Wasim to keep regressive views to

first_imgRaveena Tandon, Zaira WasimInstagramDangal actress Zaira Wasim, on Sunday, decided to quit her promising career in Bollywood but citing religious reason for her decision has irked Raveena Tandon to a great extent. The Mohra actress wished if only the 18-year-old could’ve kept her regressive views to herself and gracefully made her exit from the industry rather than making it a nation-wide issue.”Doesn’t matter if two film olds are ungrateful to the industry that have given them all. Just wish they’d exit gracefully and keep their regressive views to themselves,” Raveena Tandon tweeted.In a long Facebook post, Zaira said she has decided to say goodbye to her film career as her relationship with her religion was threatened. The Kashmiri girl became famous overnight after her fabulous debut in Aamir Khan’s Bollywood blockbuster Dangal in 2016. She made her mark in Secret Superstar in 2017 and we may see her last in her upcoming film The Sky Is Pink which also stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar in lead roles. Directed by Shonali Bose, the film will be releasing on October 11 this year.”As I complete 5 years today, I want to confess that I am not truly happy with this identity, that is, my line of work. While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my Imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened.”I kept procrastinating by tricking and deluding my conscience into the idea that I know what I am doing doesn’t feel right but assumed that I will put an end to this whenever the time feels right and I continued to put myself in a vulnerable position where it was always so easy to succumb to the environment that damaged my peace, imaan and my relationship with Allah,” Zaira had written in her post.Read Zaira Wasim’s full statement here. Dangal fame Zaira Wasim quits Bollywood, says ‘it damaged my relationship with Allah’last_img read more

Cheque books IFSC codes of six banks will be invalid after September

first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersPublic sector lender State Bank of India has asked customers of its subsidiary banks to apply for new cheque books and IFS codes “as soon as possible”.Going digital by taking help from microblogging platform Twitter, the bank said that all users from associate banks of SBI and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank will need to upgrade their cheque books.Accounts holders of State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Raipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad and Bharatiya Mahila Bank will have to apply for the new cheque books and IFS codes, NDTV reported.The bank further said that the old cheque books and IFS codes of the six banks will be valid until September 30. Users can avail of the new cheque books via the Internet and mobile banking, ATMs or by visiting the home branch, the lender added.We request customers of SBI’s erstwhile Associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank to apply for new SBI Cheque books as soon as possible.— State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI) September 20, 2017SBI, however, said that the charges for non-maintenance of monthly average balance does not apply to all its bank accounts. Corporate salary accounts, small and basic savings bank deposit accounts and accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna are exempted from maintaining monthly average balance.Earlier in August, in a reply to an RTI query, SBI had said that the bank has collected Rs 235.06 crore as penalties from 38.8 crore accounts for not maintaining monthly average balance in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.Of the 40 crore savings bank accounts that SBI has, 13 crore accounts fall under this exempted category, the state-owned lender said.Earlier on April 1, SBI’s associate banks State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore, besides Bharatiya Mahila Bank merged with the SBI.With the merger, SBI has been catapulted to the ranks of the top 50 banks in the world in terms of assets now worth Rs 37 lakh crore. The bank has grown its deposit base to over Rs 26 lakh crore and advances to around Rs 18.50 lakh crore, 22,500 branches, of which 20,000 are its own and 58,000 ATMs.last_img read more

Minnis father says exMPs wife behind Rifat murder

first_imgAysha Siddika MinniRifart Sharif was killed as a sequel to an altercation with Shamsunnahar Khuki, wife of Barguna Zila Parishad chairman and former MP Delwar Hossain, claimed Mozammel Hossain, father of Minni on Wednesday, reports UNB.Mozammel Hossain came up with the remark at a press conference at Barguna Press Club at 12 pm.Quoting a report from a national daily, he said a few days ago, before the murder, Rifat and his wife Minni went to a restaurant beside the house of chairman Delwar Hossain when his wife Shamsunnahar and Rifat locked into a quarrel over parking Rifat’s motorcycle in front of their house.At one point of the squabble, Rifat hurled abuses at Shamsunnahar while she threatened Rifat to teach him a good lesson, he said.Shamsunnahar complained against Rifat to her two nephews — Rifat Farazi and Rishan Farazi — who were seen at the forefront of the murder spot in the video footage of the killing.”Rifat Sharif’s father Dulal Sharif being instigated by local influential group demanded our arrest. I strongly protest it. Minni was arrested to cover up Rifat’s murder and now it would be possible to hide the masterminds of the killing if me and my wife are arrested,” he added.Minni’s husband Rifat Sharif, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College. His wife Aysha Siddika Minni appeared to be trying to protect him during the broad daylight attack caught on surveillance camera.Police arrested Minni on 16 July after a daylong interrogation, suspecting her involvement in the murder.Police have so far arrested 16 people over the murder. Besides, main accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers on 2 July.last_img read more

State Rep Carol Alvarado Wins Special Election for Senate District 6

first_img Share Democratic State Representative Carol Alvarado won the special election for Texas Senate District 6. Alvarado polled just over 50 percent of the vote in the four-way contest, avoiding a runoff that would have stretched well into the new legislative session. State Representative Ana Hernandez managed a distant second place with less than a quarter of the votes cast. Alvarado will now succeed Sylvia Garcia — the woman who beat her five years ago, when she ran in the last special election for S-D 6. Garcia resigned from the Texas Senate last month, after winning election to Congress.The outcome means that, come January, there will be an empty seat in the lower chamber of the Legislature. Governor Greg Abbott will have to call for another special election — this one for Alvarado’s House District 145. last_img read more

Districts Medical Marijuana Program Advances

first_imgMedical MarijuanaThe DC Council passed emergency legislation on July 14 to advance the medical marijuana program. The bills provide a patient-centric medical marijuana use program, a sliding scale for the purchase marijuana, and an increase in the number of plants a grower can cultivate to meet patient demands.Passage of B20-678, “Medical Marijuana Plant Cultivation Amendment Act of 2014” and B20-766, “Medical Marijuana Expansion Amendment of 2014” paved the way for medical marijuana cultivation centers to increase the number of plants from 95 to 500. These changes allow patients and their physicians to determine if using medical marijuana is more beneficial than conventional medications for treatment. Also included are provisions for a payment sliding scale for patients with income less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. “This debate regarding the state of the District’s medical marijuana program began last Fall. Since then we’ve worked with patients, advocates, dispensaries, cultivators, and the Department of Health continuously to improve patient access. This legislation is another step in the right direction. I was pleased to support it and I’m glad my colleagues did as well,” said At Large Councilmember David Grosso.Dr. Joxel Garcia, director of the D.C. Department of Health, said, “The department supports legislation that permits the expansion of the qualifying medical conditions to mean any condition for which use of the medical marijuana may be beneficial, as determined by the patient and their physician.”Olivia Johnson, a medical marijuana user, moved to the District in 1983 from California, a state with a medical marijuana program for 17 years. She suffers from a degenerative spine and disc disorder. “I think it’s wonderful. I knew because it was a new program, the District government seemed terrified to implement the program with full force. I thought it would take longer to move this along. I am ecstatic the changes came so quickly.”Sarah Kirsten Farthing suffers with Stage 4 endometriosis. “I am incredibly relieved. I do not believe that the government should be involved in improving individual conditions,” said Farthing. “Before, the process left many citizens, like myself, without legal access to a drug that is safer, more effective, and has fewer side effects than the drugs frequently given to patients with serious health needs.”Not all physicians are supportive of the expansion. “As a pediatrician who specializes in caring for teenagers, I am concerned that medical marijuana is erroneously sending the signal to youth that not only is marijuana not harmful, it’s actually beneficial,” said Krishna Upadhya, MD. “There is evidence that expansion of medical marijuana programs does cause harm. I am opposed to legislators deciding that something is a medicine. There is no assurance of uniformity, purity, or concentration of the active ingredients as is required for prescription drugs.”The issue of growing more plants was not readily accepted by Department of Health but passed the Council. “Currently, we cannot say there is a demonstrated need to expand the plant limit to 500, or if the demand for medical marijuana will support the increased supply. Although we know that the program will continue to grow,” testified Garcia at a Council hearing in June.Under its current design, the District has 412 patients registered in the program and 114 physicians that have requested access to recommend medical marijuana. Patients are also able to submit applications online. Supporters expect the number of patients to increase now that barriers have been lifted.“There was no sound reason to continue capping the number of plants licensed cultivators may possess at any given time. The federal government has never targeted relatively large-scale producers who operate in compliance with a state regulatory scheme in any of the states where they have been allowed,” said Robert J. Capecchi, deputy director of state policies, Marijuana Policy Project.A medical marijuana initiative, mirroring the California statute, was passed by 69 percent of the District’s voters in 1998. At that time California was the only state in the nation to have a program. Congress blocked any action to implement the program until 2009. Now 22 states have medical marijuana programs, and Colorado and Washington have full legalization. In August, the Justice Department issued a statement to allow states with medical marijuana laws to operate programs. “In short, the way was clear for DC to move ahead with improvements to its program. The ultimate solution here is to treat medical marijuana the same way we treat medical alcohol and medical tobacco because it has far more uses and is much safer,” said Richard F. Kennedy, PhD.Corey Barnette, owner and operator of District Growers Cultivation Center, applauded the positive directional changes. However, he mentioned other hurdles that needed to be addressed. “It must begin to allow existing ownership groups to finance expansion and operation, like any other business in the District. Lessen the burden of a lack of access to bank financing and merchant services. Prevent supply interruption and continue to supply growing demand. Support reduction in pricing,” said Barnette, owner of the only Black-owned cultivation center in this region.last_img read more