Mumbai, Mar 16 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today gave two weeks time to Maharashtra government and BJP leader Ashish Shelar to file their responses to a contempt petition filed against them for failing to comply with its earlier directions on precautions to be taken during the Dahi Handi festival. A bench of Justices Abhay Oka and G S Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by Swati Patil seeking contempt action against Principal Secretary of Home department Swadheen Kshatriya and Ashish Shelar, head of Dahi Handi Samiti set up by the government in February last year. The Judges asked the government and Shelar to file their replies within two weeks and warned that no further time would be given to them. The Dahi Handi Samiti was set up by the government following directions from the high court on precautions and restrictions during the Dahi Handi festival. The high court had, among other directions, asked the government to ensure that Dahi Handi (formation) is restricted to only four layers and the height of pyramids is reduced to prevent people from falling down and getting injured. In her petition, Patil claimed that the high courts directions were flouted by several pandals across the state and the Samiti and its members failed to comply with the court orders. The court, while seeking response of the government and Shelar, had earlier remarked “adults can take part in any sport as they have the right to do so. But children are involved here and hence we have to keep their interests in mind.” PTI SVS DK PALadvertisement
Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The North had been expected to have a unique home advantage in the 50,000-capacity stadium devoid of South Korean fans, but South Korean players and football officials were surprised to realize there would be no home crowd support, either.Son said it was regrettable that South Korea, which has a stronger team on paper, couldn’t return with three points, but admitted that their opponents’ physical play got into the players’ heads.Choi, a former defender who played for South Korea during the 1994 World Cup held in the United States, said the North Koreans played like they were “waging a war,” violently swinging their elbows and hands and driving into their opponents knee first when competing for balls in air.“I have never seen something like this in soccer before,” he said.When they weren’t playing or training, South Korean players and staff were holed up at the Koryo Hotel, which appeared to have no other guests, Choi said. They had no outside contact, having left their cellphones at the South Korean Embassy in Beijing before entering the North. Choi said North Korean officials didn’t inform the South Korean team the match would be played in an empty stadium.“We got there an hour and a half early and kept thinking that the gate will open and a crowd of 50,000 would pour in,” Choi said. “But the gate never opened until the end.”The game was the first competitive meeting between the national men’s teams in the North Korean capital, although the North hosted the South in a friendly in 1990.North Korea in recent months has severed virtually all cooperation with the South amid deadlocked nuclear negotiations with the United States, and repeatedly ignored the South’s calls for discussions on media coverage issues and allowing South Korean cheer squads ahead of the game.South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul, Seoul’s point man on North Korea, said during a parliamentary session on Thursday that the way the North handled the game was “very disappointing” and reflected the stalemate in inter-Korean relations.Some experts say the North was expressing its political displeasure with the South by shutting out rival reporters and fans, but opted to compete in an empty stadium at home in an effort to level the playing field and avoid questions about fairness. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Others say North Korea might have been concerned about the possibility of its national team losing to the South in front of a massive home crowd, which would have been a humiliating development for leader Kim Jong Un, who has a passion for sports.The awkward buildup to the game “demonstrates the immense discontent North Korea has for (South Korea)” for its failure to break away from its U.S. ally and restart inter-Korean economic projects held back by U.S.-led sanctions, said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies.During qualification for the 2010 World Cup, North Korea chose to host games against South Korea in Shanghai, refusing to hoist the South Korean flag and play the South Korean anthem on its soil.The fate of the game in Pyongyang was uncertain until last month when the governing body of Asian soccer informed the KFA that the North decided it would host the qualifier as scheduled.South Korea’s two Group H matches against North Korea will be crucial in qualifying for the World Cup. The second match between the Koreas is scheduled for June 4 in South Korea.South Korea has dominated the past 17 inter-Korean matches with seven wins, one loss and nine draws.Group H also includes Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After meeting with UST officials, Rhenz Abando has committed to stay with Tigers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “The opponents were very rough, and there were moments when very abusive language was exchanged,” Tottenham striker Son Heung-min said.“It was hard to concentrate on the match because you were thinking about avoiding injury first … It’s an accomplishment that we returned from a game like that without injury,” Son told reporters at Incheon International Airport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe team’s general manager Choi Young-il said the South Korean football association, known as KFA, will discuss whether to submit a complaint to FIFA over what he described as North Korea’s failure to properly accommodate the visiting team and decision to block media and spectators.North Korea kept out South Korean media and spectators and refused a live broadcast from the stadium. This jewelry designer is also an architect FIFA President Gianni Infantino also attended the match, and on Tuesday issued a statement saying he was “disappointed to see there were no fans in the stands.”“We were surprised by this and by several issues related to its live broadcast and problems with visas and access for foreign journalists,” Infantino said.Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency published only a brief match report, saying the “game of attacks and counterattacks ended in a draw 0:0.”North Korea did provide a DVD recording of the match to South Korean football officials, but South Korean TV channel KBS canceled plans to broadcast the game on tape delay because of the video’s quality, according to the broadcaster and KFA.“We probably won’t get another video from North Korea,” said Park Jae-sung, a KFA official, adding the video was unfit for South Korea’s high-definition TV servicesADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korean national soccer team player Son Heung-min answers reporter’s question upon his arrival after the soccer match against North Korea, at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying soccer match played in an empty stadium in Pyongyang, but specific details of the game weren’t immediately available. South Korean soccer officials were unable to watch a telecast of the historic game at Kim Il Sung Stadium and South Korean spectators and media were denied entry. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s national football team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a “rough” match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA.The historic match ended in a scoreless draw Tuesday at huge Kim Il Sung Stadium, which was empty of spectators. 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LONDON (AP) — Vangelis Marinakis, the owner of Greek champion Olympiakos who has been investigated for match-fixing, has bought English club Nottingham Forest.Marinakis completed his purchase of the second-tier League Championship side in a consortium with fellow Greek businessman Sokratis Kominakis from Kuwaiti investors.Marinakis has denied any wrongdoing in the Greek match-fixing investigation linked to his ownership of Olympiakos that has won seven successive Greek titles.Marinakis told the BBC on Thursday “there is a last case remaining. There are about 80 persons involved. I can tell you again that I have nothing to do with it because I know very well what I have done and how I have achieved victories. Of course I cannot stop our opponents talking or bad-mouthing.”Forest says its new owners were not “liable to be disqualified under the test” by the English Football League after the suitability of directors was assessed.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous MEN: new M-module with four serial interfacesNext SINTRONES: ABOX-5100 series for AI deep learning & virtual reality Kontron introduced the EvoTRAC G102 In-Vehicle Rugged Cellular Gateway for on and off-road vehicle use. The EvoTRAC G102 is a flexible open-architecture building block platform engineered to help developers accelerate application-specific innovation. Already proven in multiple intelligent truck and trailer management applications, the EvoTRAC G102 is designed to give operators the actionable information needed to keep drivers safe, lower fuel consumption, and effectively manage maintenance costs.The EvoTRAC G102 extends Kontron’s leading line of products for smart cities and connected transportation. Time-tested and proven in more than a quarter of a million deployments, Kontron’s wide range of standard and easy-to-customize certified computers are purposely designed to meet and exceed the transportation industry’s growing list of application-specific requirements. Plus, Kontron’s cutting-edge embedded in-vehicle platforms feature the latest processor architectures, low power operation, secure connectivity, which are all certified to strict standards.For the highest reliability in extreme on and off-road environmental conditions, the EvoTRAC(TM) G102 Gateway is based on 4th generation Intel Atom processors (quad core @ 1.91 GHz) on Kontron’s hardened Type 6 COM Express COMe E3845 CPU module. It employs a ruggedized Carrier Board and is packaged in a natural convection, sealed IP67 enclosure. Compact, this small form-factor computer subsystem integrates Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and a single CAN bus interface that supports 2.0 A and B, two USB 2.0 interfaces, and 3G/4G LTE Modem with GPS and remote out antenna for cellular wireless connectivity.The unit comes with an embedded 64 GB MLC eMMC for onboard storage, a 3G/4G modem with GPS for wireless connectivity and a spare mSATA slot for additional storage. Designed for ultra-rugged operation, the G102 Server has been tested for use under extreme temperature (-40 to +80° C) and other demanding environmental conditions (shock, vibration, humidity, salt, fog). The sealed chassis ensures protection from water and dust ingress, as well as CISPR25 emissions and ISO 11452-2 susceptibility.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
India cricket captain Virat Kohli on Saturday responded to Sachin Tendulkar’s fitness kit-up challenge.The Delhi cricketer posted a video on Twitter where he could be seen “kitting up to play” the sport he loves – cricket.His tweet read: “@sachin_rt paaji, thanks for nominating me for the Fitness kit-up Challenge, I’m kitting up to play the sport I love. I nominate @parthiv9 to kit up and share videos of the same.@sachin_rt paaji, thanks for nominating me for the Fitness kit-up Challenge, I’m kitting up to play the sport I love. I nominate @parthiv9 to kit up and share videos of the same.#ComeOutAndPlay#KitUpChallenge#SportPlayingIndia#HumFitTohIndiaFit pic.twitter.com/hpHswbckGfVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 30, 2018Along with taking up the challenge, Kohli also nominated Parthiv Patel to take up the challenge.Badminton sensation PV Sindhu, who was also nominated for thee challenge by the Master Blaster responded with a video of her playing badminton on Twitter.Id like to thank @sachin_rt sir for nominating me for the Fitness kit-up Challenge, I’m kitting up to play the sport I love. I nominate @MangteC @Suriya_offl @WrestlerSushil to kit up and share videos of the same.#KitUpChallenge#SportPlayingIndia #HumFitTohIndiaFit pic.twitter.com/r6XvkxOPwJPvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) June 29, 2018She further nominated Mary Kom, Sushil Kumar and actor Suriya Sivakumar.After the Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s ‘Hum Fit Toh India Fit’ challenges, Tendulkar came up with the ‘kit-up challenge on Thursday.The legendary cricketer urged people to play the sport they love to stay fit. He also posted a video of himself getting ready to play cricket.advertisementI’m kitting up to go play the sport I love. Share a video of you playing the sport you love.I nominate, @SandeshJhingan, @imsardarsingh8, @imVkohli, @M_Raj03, @srikidambi, @Pvsindhu1, @yesmrinmoy & @NavaniRajan.@PMOIndia #HumFitTohIndiaFit #KitUpChallenge #SportPLAYINGIndia pic.twitter.com/ZySVUBQq5eSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 28, 2018Apart from Kohli and Sindhu, Tendulkar also nominated Mithali Raj, Vijender Singh, Sardar Singh and stalwart Kidambi Srikanth for the challenge.Kohli was earlier nominated for the fitness challenge by Rathore. Kohli responded by posting a video of him exercising and further nominated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the same. PM Modi then posted a video of him practicing Yoga, earlier this month.
Reuse this content Mako Vunipola faces race against time to be fit for World Cup “Without having something to look at every day and see your improvement it’s quite hard to pinpoint how it’s going. It’s always going to be something I have to be aware of. Flying long distances, I will still have to take some tablets to be extra careful but I feel great, I’ve been as fit as I’ve ever been because I’ve just been running and in the gym.”Robson would be forgiven for wondering if the world has been conspiring against him. He began the campaign in fine fettle but an ankle injury denied him what looked certain to be an overdue first cap in the autumn. He battled back and into the Six Nations squad but was left on the bench for England’s opening win in Ireland. He finally made his Test debut against France but was again an unused replacement in the defeat by Wales before his try-scoring cameo against Italy. In his absence against Scotland, Ben Spencer was selected and Robson also has Danny Care and Richard Wigglesworth as competition to serve as Ben Youngs’ deputy in Japan.“It has been an interesting season – the highs have been massively high and the lows have been very low,” he says. “But I’m going to be fit and available for selection. That’s been my goal since I found out the news. Selection is out of my hands but I felt like I added something in the time that I was in there. [Eddie Jones] was just firmly saying just keep doing what you’re doing, you’re here for a reason, you’re good enough, you’ll get your chances, we don’t need to rush it. All I can do is get as fit as possible and be in the right frame of mind. It’s a long time until the start of the World Cup. I’ve just got to be ready.” Rory Hutchinson justifies Chris Boyd’s faith as he eyes World Cup Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. 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He sees the specialist every few weeks and is awaiting the green light to return to full training. “It’s just about being a bit more streetwise with everything,” he says. “Just with the contact stuff, with any head knocks, any cuts, it can be pretty bad. It’s about being a little bit more careful, keeping my inner child in. Share on Facebook features England rugby union team Rugby union Wasps The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on Pinterest Dan Robson was just about to put his boots on when it struck him something was wrong. He had been taken to one side by the England doctor, Phil Riley, who uttered the dreaded words “we need to talk”.It was the Tuesday before England’s Six Nations finale against Scotland in March and Robson had earlier that day had a scan for what he thought was a niggling calf problem. Deep vein thrombosis was the last thing on his mind as he prepared to run out for training.There followed a harrowing week for the Wasps and England scrum-half, who has endured the most trying of seasons. Further scans the next day revealed blood clots not only in his calf but above his pelvis and on his lungs. On the Thursday he saw a specialist who was amazed Robson was walking given the number of clots that had developed and later that day he underwent surgery at St Thomas’ hospital in London. It was also his 27th birthday. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Topics “The radiologist was worried because I had a few clots on my lungs,” says Robson. “The C-word got mentioned and you’re taken aback. I didn’t even think that was an option. He was going through all these options and he asked me, ‘Are you all right, you’re not putting on a brave face are you?’ I was like, ‘No, [my calf is] a bit sore, a bit swollen.’“He said, ‘OK, because I’ve seen the amount of clotting you have and you shouldn’t really be walking.’ That’s pretty scary. If we didn’t find it when we did it could have got a lot worse.”Robson is only too aware of the potential consequences had his blood clots not been found when they were. He had been feeling tightness in the calf for a couple of weeks but thought nothing of it and went on to win his second cap, scoring his first try against Italy.“It felt better when I was training, as I was moving more it felt easier,” he adds. “But the swelling in my calf had got a bit bigger and that was when I thought, ‘This isn’t right’. I was always pretty open about it but you get bumps and bruises throughout the season and as long as you’re fit for that Saturday you get on with it. We’re very grateful, not just me but my whole family, for all the staff that helped that week to find it as quickly as we could.”Only someone who has been in that situation can fully understand Robson’s mental state as the frustration of missing out on a third cap against Scotland was soon replaced by the disappointment of his season being over, the knowledge his World Cup hopes were in jeopardy and serious concerns over his long-term well-being. “When the doc told me it was DVT the first thing was a minimum of three months on blood thinners,” he says. “That’s pretty tough to take, knowing that is the season done. Then I saw the radiologist and he looked at the scans and saw the amount of clotting and he was saying six months minimum. Already you are getting mixed messages and it is an emotional time. You are trying to prepare for a Test match and then you’re just thinking about your health.”
zoomIllustration. Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn Singapore-based marine and offshore solutions provider AVIC International Maritime Holdings Limited (AVIC Maritime) has decided to dispose of its entire stake in AVIC Zhenjiang Shipyard Marine (AZM). On May 15, 2019, the company entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with investment holding company High Beyond Corporation Limited for the disposal of AZM.As informed, the proposed transaction includes 60% shareholding in AZM or 3 million issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of the shipyard.The stake would be sold for USD 2.2 million, according to AVIC Maritime.AZM is a joint venture company incorporated in Singapore with its core business being investing in vessels by taking up equity stakes in vessels for investment purposes.AVIC Maritime controls 60% in AZM, while the remaining 40% is owned by Jiangsu Zhengjiang Shipyard.As explained, the move comes following a strategic review of the financial position, operational needs and long-term strategy of AVIC Maritime as well as business prospects of AZM.According to AVIC Maritime, AZM “has been facing and continues to face challenging market conditions due to, among other things, reduced demand for offshore support vessels following the oversupply of such vessels in the global market.”Based in Hong Kong, High Beyond Corporation is a subsidiary of AVIC International Holdings Limited (AIHL). AIHL is also a controlling shareholder of AVIC Maritime.The completion of the transaction is subject to a number of relevant conditions.Also on May 15, AVIC Maritime published its financial results for the first quarter of this year which show that the company’s profit decreased to RMB 12.4 million (USD 1.8 million) from RMB 17.1 million seen in Q1 2018.Revenue also dropped by 5% year-on-year to RMB 133.9 million in Q1 2019 from RMB 140.8 million posted in Q1 2018. The decrease was attributed to the absence of shipbuilding construction revenue, while shipbuilding project financing and management, and ship design service generated higher revenue compared to a year ago.AVIC Maritime’s related shipyards, AVIC Dingheng and AVIC Weihai, continued to build up their orderbooks for niche products, which include small-medium size, dual-fuel chemical tankers and RoPax vessels.Deltamarin, another subsidiary of AVIC Maritime, grew its orderbook in Q1 2019 and extended its track record in the design of high-tech, green vessels.
zoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk Stena Bulk, the owner of the recently seized Stena Impero, said that it is still waiting for a formal permission to visit the ship’s crew members in the Port of Bandar Abbas.President and Chief Executive of Stena Bulk, Erik Hanell, said that the company submitted “a formal request for permission” to the authorities at the port to visit the 23 crew members of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality.“The request has been acknowledged, but we await a formal response. In the meantime, we will continue to co-operate and liaise with all appropriate authorities.”The British-flagged, Swedish-owned oil tanker was seized while transiting the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 for “breaching international maritime law”, according to a report from Tehran-based Press TV.The 46,575 cbm Stena Impero allegedly turned off its tracker and ignored several warnings by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) before being boarded by armed guards. Additionally, the tanker reportedly failed to respond to a distress call sent by an Iranian fishing boat.A second oil tanker, managed by Norbulk Shipping UK, was boarded by Iranian armed personnel on Friday. The 315,000 dwt Mesdar was instructed to head north towards Iran but it was soon cleared to resume its voyage.“Our local staff in India, Latvia, Philippines, Russia are in constant touch with the families and we will continue to do everything humanly possible to keep them informed and to support them in every way we can,” Hanell added.“Our insurers in the region have been in contact with the Head of Marine Affairs at the Port of Bandar Abbas, who has reported that the crew members of our vessel Stena Impero are in ‘good health’ and that the tanker is at the nearby Bandar Bahonar anchorage.”
Two 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, London
VANCOUVER – 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.
Rabat – 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 www.inwi.ma, 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.
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.
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.
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=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/20/first-nations-oil-sands/”%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
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 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 â€” the things Amazon.com 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 â€” 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 â€” 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 â€” for $1,500 â€” 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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Mar 5th 2017, 5:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/3267822 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 TheJournal.ie 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.
Language 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 Instagram
MesGrainsdeBeauté.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 Perrin
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+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp