10 months agoNnamdi Ofoborh pens new terms with Bournemouth

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nnamdi Ofoborh pens new terms with Bournemouthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNnamdi Ofoborh has signed new terms with Bournemouth.The 19-year-old penned a deal which will keep him at Vitality Stadium until at least 2021.Nigeria U20 international Ofoborh trained with the first-team over the past year and captained the under-21s side this season.”We really like Nnamdi,” said Howe. “He has such a great outlook on life. He is a hard worker and always has a smile on his face.”He stays behind and is probably one of the last players off the training pitch every day. He has a chance to make a good career for himself.”He is still very young but he has been around the first-team players for a long time now.”As long as he can stay close to them, keep learning and be competitive in training, his career is only going to go upwards.” last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan striker Higuain dedicates goal to Gattuso

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan striker Higuain dedicates goal to Gattusoby Carlos Volcano2018-12-30 10:20:22.000000Send to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain dedicated his goal in victory over SPAL to coach Rino Gattuso.It was a first goal from the Argentine in two months.“It was an important goal and three fundamental points after all we’ve wasted before, but now we can have a rest with our families,” the striker told DAZN.“It’s natural the fans expect more from me. I came to Milan because I was convinced by the project here and I want to continue like this.“Gattuso has always supported me and above all been honest. This goal is for him.” last_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace midfielder Kouyate baffled by Wolves draw

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace midfielder Kouyate baffled by Wolves drawby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace midfielder Cheikou Kouyate was lost for words after Sunday’s draw with Wolves.Palace were punished for not extending their 1-0 lead when Diogo Jota equalised five minutes into stoppage time.He said: “Sometimes we cannot score for 2-0 or 3-0. The goal came from nowhere. They crossed the ball. We don’t understand. It’s very, very hard today to lose.”Today we are very disappointed because we worked hard, dominated the second half. “Maybe we win this game two or three to zero but in the end we take one goal. It’s very, very hard to lose. What can we do? The game is finished, our focus is on the next one.” last_img read more

20 days agoTottenham boss Pochettino: I won’t run away like a kid

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: I won’t run away like a kidby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he won’t walk out on the club.Poch is under fire after Tuesday’s 7-2 thrashing at home to Bayern Munich.But he claims when he told his players to “man- up” afterwards he was referring to himself.He said: “I am responsible for the situation of the team. I cannot escape or run away like a kid.“You need to behave like a man, face the problems and stick to your ideas. Be the leader the team need.”Poch added: “This is a moment to stay all together.“I accept the opinions when you don’t win. In the end, all that happened is that we lost a game.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoTrent Alexander-Arnold open to playing in Liverpool midfield

first_imgTrent Alexander-Arnold open to playing in Liverpool midfieldby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTrent Alexander-Arnold says he’s open to playing in Liverpool’s midfield.The 21-year-old right-back grabbed 12 assists last season, the most ever by a defender in a single Premier League season.And after modelling his game on Reds legend Steven Gerrard, Alexander-Arnold would be open to moving further forward for Jurgen Klopp’s side.”Obviously I’m a defender first and foremost, then I want to try and help the team create chances,” Alexander-Arnold said on Wednesday. “For now the manager has decided I’m a right back. That’s where I’ll play. I’m really not fussed where I play. I just want to play football.”If a manager decides to use me in midfield, or as a centre-back or a striker then that’s where I’ll play.”He added: “[I modelled myself on] Gerrard, really. Everything about his game I always admired. I always studied him and wanted to be like him.”It’s maybe not that important to compare because at a young age, you haven’t achieved the things those types of players have. It’s difficult to say whether you will or won’t. Who knows? “For now, it’s about having an open mind and wanting to achieve those types of levels, wanting to be those types of players, wanting to reach the levels they’ve reached. “Being regarded in the same bracket as them is something the best players want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: WVU Great Tavon Austin Posted A Selfie While Having The School’s Logo Tattooed On His Chest

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tavon Austin was one of the most exciting players in college football during his time at West Virginia, and now he’s ready to rep his alma mater forever. Austin posted a selfie while getting the West Virginia logo tattooed on his chest to Instagram. That is some serious dedication.Austin’s former WVU teammate Bruce Irvin is also a fan of the Rams receiver’s new ink.I see u ! RT @CHIEF_24_: First @BIrvin_WVU11 and now @Tayaustin01 so awesome to see these athletes show #WVU love pic.twitter.com/vDpERY97id— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) February 18, 2015 It would be hard for Austin to become even more popular with Mountaineer fans, but he may have pulled it off.last_img read more

Here’s What We Think The Big 12 Divisions Would Look Like

first_imgThe Big 12 Conference's logo.Earlier today, the Big 12 announced that it had unanimously approved the re-institution of a conference championship game in 2017.The league also announced that it would likely split into a pair of five-team divisions, which drew a slew of outside criticism. What’s the point of divisions if doing round-robin? The Big 12 is clueless https://t.co/En2GE7PZ9D— Jason Brown (@JasonBrown96) June 3, 2016We decided to try and figure out how those divisions might look when they are formed. Here’s what we came up with:NorthOklahoma Oklahoma State Kansas Kansas State West VirginiaSouthTexas Texas Tech Baylor TCU Iowa StateLet’s take a look at how we arrived at these splits. First, Oklahoma and Texas will definitely be split up. Texas will likely want to be in a division with the other Texas schools, and it makes geographical sense. Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State fighting it out for North supremacy and a spot in the title game makes things interesting. The Kansas schools then get grouped in with the two Oklahoma programs. Iowa State makes zero sense in the South, but neither does Missouri in the SEC East. Additionally, we had to beef up the North a little bit, so we gave them West Virginia, a better program than the Cyclones. Do these divisions make sense, or should we have switched some things around? How would you have done them?last_img read more

Reddit’s ‘Most Popular College Football Team In Every State’ Is Rather Inaccurate

first_imgA map of the most popular teams on Reddit.reddit most popular football teamThe folks over at Reddit often put together some pretty cool maps that show college football fandom across the country. But the latest graphic will leave you scratching your head just a bit.The below photo shows the most popular college football team that plays in each state. The problem? Anyone could vote – not just people who live in that state.As a result, we have UAB beating out both Alabama and Auburn as the most popular team in the state of Alabama. And Georgia Tech beating out Georgia in Georgia. Check it out: We’re not sure what we learned here – but we’re ready for college football season nonetheless.last_img read more

Alabama Linebacker Joshua McMillon Denies Report That He Will Transfer

first_imgJoshua McMillon, a redshirt freshman linebacker, will not be leaving Alabama despite a report that he will transfer, he says.McMillon, who is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, took to Twitter to shoot down a story that appeared on Touchdown Alabama on Saturday, saying that he will leave the Crimson Tide. The linebacker says that he is “a member of the Crimson Tide for life.”McMillon protected his Twitter account shortly after sending the tweet.joshua mcmillon transfer falseFrom the original story, written by Stephen M. Smith:Alabama will lose a sixth player from its 2015 recruiting class to a transfer, as redshirt freshman Joshua McMillon takes his leave from the program. A source confirmed to Touchdown Alabama Magazine with the news, on the heels of him missing the last two days of fall practice.According to those who saw his other tweets before he locked his Twitter account, McMillon missed the pair of Crimson Tide practices to attend a funeral for his uncle.The report about Joshua McMillon transferring is inaccurate. He was out of town following a death in the family— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) August 28, 2016Smith has since apologized for the error.My dearest apologies to UA linebacker Joshua McMillon and his family. He’s not transferring. It was a mistake on my end. Won’t happen again.— Stephen M. Smith (@Smsmith_TDALMag) August 28, 2016McMillon redshirted last season, after starring at Whitehaven High School. He was a four-star recruit, per 247Sports, which ranked him No. 16 among all outside linebackers in the 2015 class, and No. 9 in the state of Tennessee that year.We will update if there are any changes in this story, but it certainly sounds like McMillon is not going anywhere.last_img read more

Real director explains why Messi move was never made

first_imgReal Madrid have favoured a Galactico recruitment policy for some time, but Jeronimo Farre has explained why no effort has ever been made to lure Lionel Messi from Barcelona.A galaxy of stars have made their way to the Santiago Bernabeu down the years and some have even crossed the Clasico divide having previously spent time at Camp Nou.Luis Figo famously swapped the Blaugrana for the Blancos in 2000, while Brazilian striker Ronaldo ended up in the Spanish capital after taking in an earlier spell in Catalunya. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Other notable deals have seen the likes of Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo link up with Madrid.Messi would have been expected to register on Real’s transfer radar at some stage, regardless of his strong ties to Barca.There has, however, been an acceptance on the part of those at the Bernabeu that an approach for the mercurial Argentine would have been pointless.Farre, who is a member of Madrid’s board of directors, told El Mundo: “If Messi hasn’t played in Madrid it’s because we’ve not been able to make it happen.”Because he hasn’t been feasible or affordable.”The other mega star was Cristiano Ronaldo, and Madrid enjoyed his talent for nine seasons.”Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champons LeagueReal have fared admirably without Messi, collecting four Champions League crowns in recent times.They also benefited from arguably the best years of Ronaldo’s career, with the Portuguese having broken countless records during his time in Spain.“Real Madrid are the most successful team on the continent,” added Farre.”We had our lean times, but we had Alfredo Di Stefano’s cycle with great players who gave us the first five European Cups.”Under Florentino’s presidency we’ve had another brilliant time with Raul, Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario, [Gareth] Bale and, above all, Cristiano Ronaldo.”Their contributions have been crucial.”Real are currently in the process of piecing together another star-studded squad.Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy have already been snapped up this summer, with there the promise of more deals to come amid links to the likes of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.last_img read more

How will El Tri line up against Martinique?

first_imgUPDATE: Raul Jimenez, Andres Guarado and Edson Alvarez start as Mexico makes six changesMexico isn’t technically into the Gold Cup knockout stages yet, but barring the most stunning upset in Gold Cup history it should be there soon.Martinique doesn’t present the same sort of challenge Canada did, and even that challenge was one Mexico overcame in a 3-1 victory during the week. Mexico manager Tata Martino likely is looking for his team to be fresh ahead of the knockout stages and should give rest to some key components of his squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He also has a team nearly at full fitness, with midfielder Erick Gutierrez the only player ruled out of Sunday’s Group A finale. That could mean the first minutes of the Gold Cup for attacker Rodolfo Pizarro and center back Hector Moreno, each of whom were carrying knocks that kept them out of wins over Cuba and Canada.As we do before each match, Goal has put together three projections for a possible starting XI. Check back an hour before the game to see what Martino decides!A last-game refreshGFX MX refreshThis is the lineup Martino is most likely to utilize. It features seven changes from his team that beat Canada.Essentially, this would give everyone a rest except for the players who really have no back-up. So, Jesus Gallardo gets the start at left back because there’s really no other left back. Same with Andres Guardado at left interior midfielder after the injury to Erick Gutierrez, Raul Jimenez up top as the team’s best No. 9 and Roberto Alvarado with him as one of the wingers.Other than those ‘irreplaceables’, everyone is getting a refresh. That even extends to Guillermo Ochoa, the No.1 goalkeeper. He’ll be in goal for the knockout rounds, but look for Santos Laguna goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco to get the nod Sunday.At right back, Fernando Navarro could replace Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez and make his Mexico debut at a major tournament. In the middle, it would be Hector Moreno, getting minutes for the first time after his pre-tournament injury, and young Monterrey center back Cesar Montes. Nestor Araujo and Diego Reyes would get a breather, and Carlos Salcedo could have another game not to put stress on his knee, which has been bothering the Tigres center back.Edson Alvarez is an interesting one, since he only returned to the starting XI last week. But the rest for Reyes may be more valuable, as would Alvarez seeing more time in a central midfield role where he has excelled but has not played as often as other positions during his career. Guardado is to his left with Carlos Rodriguez on the right, with he and Jonathan dos Santos continuing to alternate starts at that spot.Up top, a fit Rodolfo Pizarro gets his first minutes of the tournament, putting El Tri’s top attacking trio together for the first time in the Gold Cup.Playing it saferGFX MX SafeThis is the same lineup as above, but rather than risking players who came in with a knock, they are given more time to recover. Of course, Martino may want to give those players minutes so they can get into a good rhythm ahead of the most important matches in the tournament. If it’s too soon for them to come in, though, Mexico could utilize a look like this.Uriel Antuna has made the most of his opportunity replacing Pizarro, with a hat trick against Cuba in the first game and an assist against Canada in the second. Even if he does not start in the business end of the tournament, he would give Martino an option against Martinique.This also would see Hector Moreno given a break as well. It is probably up to him and what the medical staff has told Martino about his knock. Moreno has played in Europe for more than a decade. He does not necessarily need the burn against Martinique, but if he wants to play to get ready, Martino will be happy for the left-footer to come in. If not, Nestor Araujo gets the nod once again.Stick with what you knowGFX MX no changeI have a hunch this is not the XI Martino will go with. He has shown a willingness to give chances to players like Navarro, who perhaps are a bit behind others on the roster but are still looking to compete for a spot. The reward is minutes in matches that still matter but may not stretch Mexico as much as a game like Canada. Martinique fits the bill.That said, this would be the same lineup Martino used against Canada, with Guardado in for Guti. If Martino believes the best way to get through the tournament is by not making any modifications, this would be his XI.last_img read more

Here Is How Georgia QB Jake Fromm Reportedly Broke His Hand On July 4th

first_imgJake Fromm throwing the ball for Georgia.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 30: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass in the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Jake Fromm injury update: we now have more details on how the Georgia quarterback broke his non-throwing hand yesterday. Based on a report by Rivals, it was legitimately a freak accident involving a friend wakeboarding.News of the injury emerged on Wednesday afternoon. It was the second freakish injury that Fromm has suffered while participating in lake activities this off-season.Earlier in the year, the Georgia starter got a fishing lure caught in his leg, prompting a hospital trip. It was a minor, but gruesome-looking, injury.This latest incident was of a similar freakish, accidental variety. From Rivals:Apparently Fromm was with a group of friends who were trying to get someone up on a wake board, and their pull rope slipped away, snapping the attached handle back to hit Fromm in the hand. It was just a freak accident as all Fromm was doing was sitting in the back of the boat. The Georgia quarterback was just unlucky.The latest Jake Fromm injury is not expected to cost him major time.According to ESPN, it is a small fracture, and he is not expected to miss any summer workouts. That’s a good news for Fromm and the Dawgs.Fromm inherited his starting job at the beginning of last season, after starter Jacob Eason went down with an injury. From there, he led Georgia to the national championship game.He still has to perform this season, though. Georgia brought in elite blue-chipper Justin Fields in the 2018 recruiting class. He’s one of the most highly-touted players in the entire country.At the same time, Georgia’s QB depth is very thin behind Fields. Eason transferred to Washington this off-season, and highly regarded walk-on Stetson Bennett, who was set to be third-string, elected to head to junior college in order to attract FBS scholarship offers.[Rivals]last_img read more

Chicago Bears, 1st-Round Pick Roquan Smith Reportedly Agree To Contract

first_imgA Chicago Bears helmet sitting on the field.CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 05: A Chicago Bears helmet rests on the ground during pregame warmups against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Chicago Bears fans can breathe easier. Roquan Smith has officially agreed to his rookie contract.Smith is the last 2018 first-round pick to sign. His holdout reportedly came to a close this afternoon.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears are giving Smith a standard four-year deal with $18 million guaranteed. The contract will also include about $11 million in bonuses.Smith has not practiced with the team in training camp and has sat out preseason games against the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.Bears are giving LB Roquan Smith a four-year, guaranteed $18 million slotted deal, per the CBA. Deal should include about $11 million in form of bonuses.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 13, 2018The Bears made Smith the No. 8 overall pick in April’s draft. He is expected to slide into the starting lineup immediately.While at Georgia, Smith was a consensus All-American last fall. He won the Butkus Award and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year.Chicago’s next preseason game will be Saturday on the road against the Denver Broncos.last_img read more

A Key Ohio State Starter Isn’t Dressed For Today’s Game vs. Nebraska

first_imgUrban Meyer talking to the Ohio State football team before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks to his team before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Ohio State’s defense will apparently be without a key starter against Nebraska at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio this afternoon.The Buckeyes will not have starting safety Isaiah Pryor against the Huskers today.Pryor, a sophomore, is not in uniform.The starting defensive back is down on the field about an hour before kickoff against Nebraska, but he’s not dressed.Ohio State safety Isaiah Pryor will not play against Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/Qmr24sw8S1— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) November 3, 2018The reason for Pryor’s absence today is not clear. No injury had been reported.Ohio State and Nebraska are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game is on FOX.last_img read more

FSU QB Deondre Francois Makes Decision On His Future

first_imgA banner with Florida State's logo on it.RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 16: The Florida State Seminoles logo is shown during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 16, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Any and all speculation that Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois would leave school early to declare for the NFL draft got answered on Monday.According to 247Sports, Francois has enrolled in classes for Florida State’s spring semester.247Sports also reported that an FSU spokesperson confirmed that Francois is still with the team.There was speculation back in December that Francois might forego his senior year and go to the NFL, but Francois ultimately denied the rumors at the time.QB Deondre Francois is enrolled in classes and has returned to FSU’s football team at the start of the spring semester:https://t.co/3TtHS4hMcd pic.twitter.com/eyQrcrjDFR— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) January 8, 2019Francois finished the 2018 season with 2,371 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and three rushing touchdowns. The Seminoles went 5-6 in Francois’ junior season.The 2018 season was a bit of a letdown for the Seminoles, who missed their first bowl game since 1981 after going 5-7.Francois had better numbers as a redshirt freshman in 2016. That year he had 3,350 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and five rushing touchdowns en route to an Orange Bowl win over Michigan.last_img read more

Alabama Kicker Will Reichard’s Mom Provided An Injury Update

first_img This update lines up with Nick Saban’s comments on Monday regarding Reichard.“I think he may be a little more day-to-day and a little more questionable than the other guys,” Saban said during a press conference on Monday. “I don’t think this is something, with a kicker, that you can sort of push the guy along and have him have something that’s going to aggravate him for the rest of the season. So, we need to get it right now.”Reichard connected on 4-of-7 field goal tries and 21-of-22 extra point attempts so far this season. Joseph Bulovas replaced Reichard in the game and proceeded to convert all five extra point tries.Saban on DJ Dale, Terrell Lewis: “Those guys will probably not practice today, but we expect them to practice tomorrow or the next day.”On Will Reichard: “I think he may be a little more day-to-day and a little more questionable.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) September 23, 2019It looks like Bulovas will be the guy moving forward for the Tide.Stay tuned for further Alabama injury updates. A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s difficult to point out any negatives regarding Alabama’s 49-7 win over Southern Miss on Saturday. The offense looked terrific and the defense allowed just one score.However, Alabama did have an injured player head to the locker room during the game. True freshman kicker Will Reichard suffered an injury on his third kickoff attempt on Saturday.He was later taken to the locker room. Reichard’s mom took to Facebook to offer an update on her son.“During Will’s 3rd kick off attempt during Saturday’s game, he felt and heard a pop when he rotated his hip/leg backward which made it difficult and painful to move his leg forward to kick through the football. After getting results from the MRI, Dr. Cain (team physician with Andrews Sports Medicine) said Will has a quad strain ( a small tear in the hip flexor tendon) with some bleeding in the tissue. He is experiencing some discomfort but should be fine after treatment and rest for a few weeks.”last_img read more

Rajasthan Royals have to treat every game like final, feels Ben Stokes

first_img Press Trust of India JaipurApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 21:09 IST Ben Stokes said Rajasthan Royals have lost at the crucial moments (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRajasthan Royals have lost six of their eight matches this season so farRR are currently placed seventh in the eight-team standings with four pointsEngland all-rounder feels RR cannot afford to lose anymore in this IPLEngland’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes Friday said his struggling IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals will, from now on, have to “treat every game like a final” if they are to make the playoffs.Stokes, who himself has not been in the best of form, said that having lost six of their eight matches, Rajasthan Royals cannot afford to lose anymore.”Yes, we are in a must-win situation and we have to treat every match as final and which, I guess, puts any sort of negative thought process above our head. We have only one way to go and that is aggressive and positive,” Stokes.Rajasthan, champions in the inaugural edition, are currently placed seventh in the eight-team standings with four points.”If you look at most of the games we lost, we have lost at the crucial moments. In T20 games two-three or four balls can dictate the winner, and unfortunately, we have not been the team to win those critical moments.”But if you lose those moments consistently then you deserve to be where we are. It is unfortunate and disappointing because every player has given his absolute best. It is not lack of effort or lack of commitment.”Conceding that the death bowling of Rajasthan has been disappointing, Stokes said that this was the toughest part of the game.”It is the most difficult part of the game. You need different skills as bowler and keep on working in training. That is why bowlers like Bumrah and Malinga are best bowlers in world. Unfortunately, we have not been able to get our death bowling quite right.”advertisementTalking about Saturday’s match against Mumbai Indians, Stokes said that they know what needs to be done.”We know what we have to do. We will try and stay positive. Our performance in last game was disappointing but we are really a good team. We are living in the moment, not looking into the last games, winning or losing. We have to win every game if we want to be in the final.Also Read | Can’t make plans for great batsmen like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers: Shreyas GopalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Ben StokesFollow RRFollow IPL finalFollow IPL playoffs Rajasthan Royals have to treat every game like final, feels Ben StokesBen Stokes said that Rajasthan Royals will need to play every Indian Premier League match left in the season like it the final if they are to reach the IPL playoffsadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs West Indies: When MS Dhoni has an off day, everyone starts talking, says Virat Kohli

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 23:43 IST Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni scored half centuries to lead India to another win.(AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli defended MS Dhoni who has been under criticism for his slow strike rateKohli said Dhoni knew exactly what he needed to do in the middle for IndiaOn Thursday, Dhoni hit 56 not out as India beat West Indies by 125 runsVirat Kohli came to MS Dhoni’s defence yet again after the former India captain copped criticism over his slow-strike rate against Afghanistan and the first half of his innings against West Indies at Old Trafford on Thursday.MS Dhoni battled his way to a slow 28 against Afghanistan last weekend and India only avoided a shock defeat thanks to the brilliance of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. A few days later, several experts felt Dhoni was too cautious against West Indies before Dhoni finished with an unbeaten 56 off 61 balls.MS Dhoni’s last-over assault helped India set West Indies a target of 269 but they fell short by 125 runs after Mohammed Shami starred again with a 4-wicket haul.After India crushed West Indies, Virat Kohli, who was named man-of-the-match for his stylish 72, said Dhoni knew exactly what what he did in in the middle.”When he (MS Dhoni) has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Virat Kohli said MS Dhoni’s experience helps the Indian team in the middle and explained how he gets the extra crucial runs the side needs.”The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them. His experience, 8 out of 10 times has come good for us. We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans.INDIA vs WEST INDIES: Highlights | Reportadvertisement”He has such a keen understanding of the game. Always sends us feedback, that you know 260 is a good score. He’s a legend of the game. We all know that. Just hope he can continue,” Kohli said.After Dhoni’s 52-ball 28 against Afghanistan, he was severely trolled online by fans. On Thursday after his half-century, VVS Laxman said Dhoni might regret his slow start. However, after Dhoni recorded a strike rate of 91.80 against West Indies, Kohli said he hoped the former India captain could continue doing what he does best.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India close in on semi-finals with thumping win over West IndiesAlso Read | Virat Kohli 1st Indian captain to score four successive fifties in World CupsAlso Read | India vs West Indies: In funny moment, Mohammed Shami imitates Sheldon Cottrell’s salute celebrationAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Virat Kohli Next India vs West Indies: When MS Dhoni has an off day, everyone starts talking, says Virat KohliIndia vs West Indies World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli hit out at MS Dhoni’s critics after India crushed West Indies by 125 runs at Old Trafford on Thursday. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 56 off 61 balls after he was criticised for his slow knock against Afghanistan.advertisementlast_img read more

15 million units of Redmi Note 7 series sold globally, Redmi Note 7 Pro on open sale till July 12

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 13:07 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi has sold 15 million units of Redmi Note 7 series globally in 6 months.Redmi Note 7 Pro is on open sale until July 12 on Mi.com and Flipkart.Redmi Note 7 Pro touts a 48MP dual camera setup and Snapdragon 675 chipset at Rs 13,999.The Redmi Note 7 series was always expected to do well as it included phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro that offered a premium glass design, 48MP camera and a powerful Snapdragon 675 chipset, among other things, at a disruptive starting price of Rs 13,999. But to understand just how well the series has fared, Xiaomi has announced that it has shipped 15 million units of the Redmi Note 7 series globally in just 6 months. Moreover, the company is also holding a Redmi Note Days sale that will see the Redmi Note 7 Pro on open sale until July 12.Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 series includes the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Note 7S phones, both of which were launched in India a while ago. While the Redmi Note 7 Pro targets Pro users who want raw power and a “camera beast,” the Redmi Note 7S was about bringing a 48MP camera to a larger user base.To celebrate the success of the Redmi Note 7 series, Xiaomi is holding a 3-day open sale of the Redmi Note 7 Pro on Flipkart and Mi.com. All variants of the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be available during the Redmi Note Days sale which takes place between July 10 to July 12. Xiaomi is offering No Cost EMI options and up to 1120GB 4G data and unlimited calling for Airtel subscribers who purchase the Redmi Note 7 Pro during the sale.15 Mn of #RedmiNote7 series! #RedmiNote7Pro & #RedmiNote7S have become the most loved smartphones in IndiaAs a token of thanks, we have a 3-day continuous sale of #RedmiNote 7 Pro (all variants) on Flipkart & https://t.co/lzFXOcGyGQ – from NOW till July 12 #Xiaomi pic.twitter.com/iFWVwh9QrdadvertisementManu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) July 10, 2019The Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ dot notch display and Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back. It is powered by a Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It gets a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera and 5MP secondary sensor. There is a 13MP front-facing camera, 4,000mAh battery that charges over a Type-C port.The Redmi Note 7S is in a lot of ways similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro but comes at a slightly more affordable starting price of Rs 10,999. It also brings a 6.3-inch FHD+ dot notch display and Gorilla Glass 5 rear panel with an Aura Design. It is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It houses a 4,000mAh battery and features a 48MP + 5MP AI dual camera setup. On the front, the Redmi Note 7S gets a 13MP selfie camera.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Flash Sale out, Alpha Sale in: Everything you need to know if you want to buy Redmi K20 or K20 ProALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 7A vs Realme C2: Which entry-level phone offers more valueGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmi Note 7 Pro 15 million units of Redmi Note 7 series sold globally, Redmi Note 7 Pro on open sale till July 12To celebrate the success of the Redmi Note 7 series, Xiaomi is holding a 3-day open sale of the Redmi Note 7 Pro on Flipkart and Mi.com until July 12.advertisementlast_img read more

Buy Knives. Cut Steak. Alleviate Homelessness.

first_img 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read If you’ve never heard of Ball and Buck, then perhaps the company’s phone number will help serve as a shortcut to understanding what the brand is all about. The number is:617-262-1776That 617 area code tells you they’re based in Boston, and that’s not an irrelevant detail here, what with all the history and patriotism and whatnot. The 262 part? That’s just three numbers that happen to be together. The 1776? Well, that’s pure America, baby. And in some ways, many ways, even, so too is this brand. It says it right there on the site: EVERYTHING MADE IN USABall and Buck is a purveyor of fine clothes, accessories, and sundry goods intended for use by the rugged but refined gentleman. If you know how to make a perfect Old Fashioned and also once built a fire using some goddamned flint and steel, chances are you’re going to like that they have to offer.And if you know that part of enjoying a great steak is slicing into that ribeye/fillet/flat iron with a great steak knife, then you’re probably going to want to go ahead and order this $198 Premium Steak Knife Set that comes from a collaboration between Ball and Buck, R. Murphy Knives, and Boston HandyWorks. (Yes, that’s 198 bucks for a set containing four knives, AKA $49.50 per knife. But not exactly that math, because the box is so lovely… but yeah, expensive. And yeah, worth it. Read on.)First let’s talk about the knivesThere are four of ’em. Each knife in the set has a 5-inch, full tang blade made out of 420HC high carbon stainless steel. The blades are mounted into their elegant walnut handles with solid brass rivets. They balance beautifully in your hand, and Jesus H. are they sharp. Like surgical instrument sharp. Like Connery’s Bond in a tux sharp. Like… they have a very fine edge, is the point I want to make clear. The blades are fashioned by R. Murphy Knives, a company based in Avery, MA, and dedicated to crafting peerless cutting implements. (When the company was founded back in 1850, they made dental and surgical tools, so go figure.)Now let’s talk about the boxSure, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but let’s be honest: presentation matters. You got dressed before leaving the house today, right? (Or… maybe you’re not leaving the house today?) You put a sprig of parsley atop your entree, yes? Well the box in which these steak knives are stored is every bit as elegant as the knives themselves. It’s hand-crafted out of polished American maple wood and features four magnetic closure points that ensure it stays sealed unless you wish otherwise. It looks great, and it does its job.But that’s not what’s important here: the reason this elegantly simple knife box is notable is that the brand behind it, Boston HandyWorks, is dedicated to helping people out of homelessness. And not through handouts, but through the teaching of a trade that leads to meaningful employment. They “provide on-the-job training and transitional employment opportunities to individuals who have experienced homelessness and have been estranged from the workforce.” So that lovely box containing your lovely steak knives? That box was made by someone on their way to making something of themselves, one piece of woodwork at a time. How to Cook Steak in the Oven The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United Stateslast_img read more

The Manual Awards 2018

first_img 9 Best Backpacking Tents for Your Next Adventure, from Budget to Ultralight 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Houston, TexasHailing from South Texas originally, Managing Editor Nicole Raney provides all the details on the very best of the most populated state’s most populated city: Houston. With the horrors of Hurricane Harvey still on many American minds, it’s up to The Manual to impress upon the people of this country that there’s more to this city than disaster; Houston is back and better than ever. From finger-licking, no-frills barbecue at Killen’s to the upscale and refined Manready Mercantile (winner of best local brand), Houston’s laid-back and welcoming atmosphere, combined with all the options of a world-class city, make it a true standout in the American South.Read more…Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaYou might not expect it from a reportedly decrepit, Rust Belt city, but Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a pretty happening place. Writer Amanda Gabriele attests to that with her choices for the best of the best of the Steel City. When the greatest watering hole in town is a Tiki bar, and the best local brand is a bow tie manufacturer, critics of Pittsburgh will turn head and realize that this vibrant, 21st-century city will not square with their outdated vision of it from the 20th. From craft brewing, Italian eateries, and SUPing on the city’s three rivers, Pittsburgh has more than enough for a relaxing weekend away. Pay a visit this summer and prepare to be impressed.Read more…Louisville, KentuckyThere’s more to Louisville than just horse-racing and bourbon. But, if we’re being honest (and Food and Drink Editor Sam Slaughter always is), these are reason enough on their own to visit Louisville. However, Slaughter encourages you to break out of the horse-racing and whiskey-drinking carousel and head further afield for a bit more culture and nuance. Check out Louisville’s best barbershop (aptly named Beards and Beers) and catch a straight-razor shave followed by a spin down the Ohio River on the Belle of Louisville boat tour. But whatever you do, don’t leave the city without checking out Bourbon Barrel Foods and the terrifyingly-named, but ultimately excellent Apocalypse Brew Works. See, we told you there was more than bourbon in Louisville–there’s beer, too!Read more…Boston, MassachusettsAs travel writer Mike Richard notes in his picks for the best of Beantown, Boston is more American than any other city in the country (yes, even you, Philadelphia). Because of its patriotic reputation, it may come as a surprise to some that the city’s best restaurant is a Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant called Ruka, but Bostonians will tell you this sort of cultural blending and fusion occurs everywhere in this almost 400-year-old city. Don’t believe us? The best barbershop in the city, Boston Barber and Tattoo Co., will not only will give you a cut and shave, it’ll give you some fresh ink too. Now that’s what we call ‘doing double-duty.’Read more…Minneapolis, MinnesotaLocated squarely in Minnesota’s Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minneapolis is, according to Sam Slaughter, a can’t-miss American travel destination for 2018. With best local brands like Red Wing Shoes, great restaurants that offer up “amusements” with each course, and a barbershop whose mascot is a pit bull called Bertha Mae, Minneapolis stands head and shoulders above its twin city across the river. And thanks to its vibrant, unique, and ever-expanding culture and economy, it looks like it will stay that way for the foreseeable future. So head to the city at the head of the Mississippi this summer and spend some time in the Upper-Midwest’s mecca of cool.Read more…Athens, GeorgiaEditor-in-Chief Cator Sparks wants you to know that Athens, Georgia, is more than just a Southern college town. The city has come a long way since its days as an alternative music mecca, with new restaurants, shops, and bars popping up every year. Make a reservation at one of chef Hugh Acheson’s restaurants and you won’t be disappointed. Follow that up with a trip to Local Bar, where you can wet your whistle while waiting on a delivery from Atomic Pizza next door. After your midnight snack, hit the hay, because you’ve got a long day of hiking the gorgeous Oconee Forest Park ahead of you. Athens is a place for relaxation, rest, and maybe a little light reading — if only to please its namesake.Read more…Milwaukee, WisconsinAccording to Associate Editor Chase McPeak, there’s more to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, than just beer, cheese, and funny accents. Okay, most of the appeal is in the beer, cheese (our fave shop is a cheese market!), and funny accents, but seriously, there’s so much more. With a heaping helping of excellent restaurants, gourmet coffee shops, surprisingly-well curated museums (including Harley-Davidson’s), and a prime locale directly on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a true Midwestern sleeper hit. What makes it even better? Tons of yearly festivals and a little something called STIHL Timbersports Lumberjack Competition. What else can you expect from a city at the edge of the Great Northern Woods. Timber!Read more…Copy by Chase McPeaklast_img read more

Farmers Urged To Use National Irrigation Commission Systems

first_imgIn light of the prevailing drought affecting most parishes, farmers islandwide are being urged to utilize the National Irrigation Commission’s (NIC) water systems to irrigate their crops, instead of the National Water Commission’s (NWC) resources,  which are dedicated for domestic and personal use.     This call comes from Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who says reports indicate a worsening of the drought since its onset in January. He adds that projections suggest it will continue until the end of April. In this regard, the Minister urged farmers to utilize the NIC’s facilities, several of which have been significantly improved by the agency. The latest of these is New Forest/Duff House irrigation system in south Manchester, which was commissioned into service recently by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller. This facility will serve some 497 farmers. “Farmers, who normally extract water from the NWC main, (which goes) up to Junction (St. Elizabeth) for agricultural purposes, can now connect into this irrigation scheme and allow householders to get the water (provided by the NWC),” he told JIS News following the commissioning ceremony. The Water Minister also urged the farmers to “make the necessary and appropriate arrangements” with the NIC to provide water for their farms.   Mr. Pickersgill said the NWC has been instructed to repair leaks identified in their systems “as quickly possible” to ensure maximum output, while underscoring the need for water conservation. By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Chamber President Commends IT Workers in Mo-Bay Free Zone

first_imgNewly elected President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nathan Robb, has commended workers in the Montego Bay Free Zone for providing quality service to “high-value” clients.“Having had an extensive tour of the Free Zone, for the first time, I have a new found respect for those thousands of young Jamaicans who work in the business processing sector. I saw them at their best, and I saw them giving value,” he said.The President was speaking at a meeting on May 27, held at the Sunset Resort, in Montego Bay, where an update on the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, to be held from June 16-19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, was provided by State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Arnaldo Brown.“Quite often we criticize young people and paint a picture of them as being worthless. I am telling you, you need to see those thousands of young persons there dealing with high-value clients,” Mr. Robb emphasized.He noted that representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were also on the visit, and they were impressed at the service provided at the call centres by Jamaicans.“They were totally amazed with the high value clients, and the fact that our young Jamaicans were dealing with it totally unscripted. These are areas that do exist in Western Jamaica, and we intend to fully participate in development that is going to be for the long term benefit of Jamaica, and all of us in Western Jamaica,” Mr. Robb said.Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said investors are pleased with the Montego Bay area for their call centre operations, and that expansions for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) type operations are on the horizon for Mandeville, Portmore and other parts of the island.“We believe that Montego Bay is the centre of the IT industry, and investors want to come to Montego Bay. When you show them elsewhere, they generally prefer to come to Montego Bay. The city has the infrastructure, the community colleges, and the requisite persons who are trained in the area, and it is a beautiful area, and they like to live here,” the State Minister said.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said that investors in India and the Philippines want to come to Jamaica, “because we are near to the United States of America, and we speak English very well.”She pointed out that a company, Vistaprint, came and has now relocated its headquarters to Montego Bay, because of the people.“Our value is in the people, and the people are able, the people are willing, and they must have the opportunity to (provide quality service),” the State Minister said.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

NCMC Celebrates Nation’s Children

first_img More than 1,000 children were treated to special tokens and snacks this morning (May 19) by members of the National Child Month Committee (NCMC) and volunteers, in observance of National Children’s Day.Some 250 volunteers from the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), the Child Development Agency (CDA), the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) gathered in four major town centres – downtown Kingston; Papine, St. Andrew; Greater Portmore, St. Catherine; and Yallahs, St. Thomas, where they greeted children and spread the message of love and protection for the nation’s youth.This was in keeping with the Child Month theme, ‘Take Action! Break the Chain of Abuse Against Our Children’.State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who joined the team at St. William Grant Park in Kingston, commended the NCMC and its partners for their commitment to the annual Children’s Day activity and pledged the Government’s support for its continued success.He is encouraging members of the public to join the efforts of the NCMC and do their part to protect the nation’s children.“Outside of the day, we need to do more. We all need to recognise that we have a job to do in protecting all our children. As adults, we have a responsibility to look out for every child and… if they are in danger, that we protect them,” Mr. Green said in an interview with JIS News.“We want our children to grow up in an environment where they can become caring, confident and responsible adults, but they can’t do that if they are being taken advantage of, neglected or abused. Look around in your communities to see if children are getting the care they need, and if they are not, you need to do something about it,” he urged.Chair of the NCMC, Dr. Pauline Mullings, said the theme seeks to encourage active participation by the public in protecting the nation’s youth.“We realise that our children are faced today with numerous abuses, such as neglect; sexual, physical and emotional abuse; and issues such as human trafficking and missing children. We realise many persons are aware of these issues, but aren’t doing anything about it… and we want people to report abuses and get involved,” she said.Dr. Mullings noted that the annual Children’s Day activity encourages members of the public to wear yellow to show support for children. She said the initiative, now in its fifth year, has gained traction.“This year, we have noticed that there are more adults in yellow… . It is getting better in terms of support and public awareness. What we hope to achieve is for adults to show more care and love, not just for their children but also for every child, because every child is important,” she noted.Grade-five student of the Kingsway Pre-Kindergarten and Preparatory School, Jordan Beek, expressed appreciation for the special attention by the NCMC.“I want to see more organisations sending out their workers to go and find those children that are in need and help them… . I feel happy because they are doing something good for the children,” he said.Children’s Day is celebrated on the third Friday of May each year. It is supported by 35 government and private-sector entities. Story Highlights Some 250 volunteers from the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), the Child Development Agency (CDA), the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) gathered in four major town centres – downtown Kingston; Papine, St. Andrew; Greater Portmore, St. Catherine; and Yallahs, St. Thomas, where they greeted children and spread the message of love and protection for the nation’s youth. This was in keeping with the Child Month theme, ‘Take Action! Break the Chain of Abuse Against Children’. More than 1,000 children were treated to special tokens and snacks this morning (May 19) by members of the National Child Month Committee (NCMC) and volunteers, in observance of National Children’s Day.last_img read more

Gov’t Focused on Reintegrating Unattached Youth in Schools

first_img Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is on a mission to reintegrate unattached youth in schools.He says the Administration has invested “considerable” resources in training and education initiatives that target persons who left school without formal certification, as also to enable current students to attain at least the equivalent of an Associate Degree before they exit the secondary education system.“We are now on (a) rescue mission, and all of us must make sure that we (collectively endeavor to reduce the number of) youngsters who are leaving the education system without the kind of (educational) empowerment (they need),” Senator Reid said.He was speaking at the official opening of a new classroom block at Pembroke Hall High School in St. Andrew, on May 3.Senator Reid said his Ministry remains focused on its thrust of keeping students in high school until age 18, so that they can be trained, certified, and be better prepared for work or higher education.He cited the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) as one of the initiatives being used to reduce the high number of youth not attaining certification with the requisite qualifications for employment or to pursue further education and training.The CAP is a Government of Jamaica initiative, administered through the Ministry, that is designed to respond to the growing numbers of learners who complete secondary level education without any formal certification and have not matriculated to post-secondary level education or work.This is focused on providing opportunities for all learners, ages 16 to 18, to identify, understand, choose, and prepare for careers and occupations of their choices.Other speakers at the function included: Finance and Public Service Minister and Member of Parliament for North West St. Andrew, where Pembroke Hall High School is located, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke; School Board Chairman, Vernon McLeod, and Principal, Reverend Claude Ellis. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is on a mission to reintegrate unattached youth in schools. He says the Administration has invested “considerable” resources in training and education initiatives that target persons who left school without formal certification, as also to enable current students to attain at least the equivalent of an Associate Degree before they exit the secondary education system. “We are now on (a) rescue mission, and all of us must make sure that we (collectively endeavor to reduce the number of) youngsters who are leaving the education system without the kind of (educational) empowerment (they need),” Senator Reid said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Gov’t Looking to Widen Financial Access for Vulnerable Persons

first_img Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Government will be implementing improvements through the Financial Inclusion Strategy (FIS) to widen access to financial products and services for vulnerable persons.He said measures will also be put in place to enable micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to access capital with the aim of laying the foundation for sustainable growth.The Minister was speaking at Thursday’s (May 3) launch of the Alliance Financial Services Limited (AFSL) prepaid MasterCard electronic retail payment facility at the Courtyard by Marriot Hotel, New Kingston.Dr. Clarke said that financial inclusion allows individuals and businesses to have access to useful and affordable financial products that meet their needs and are delivered in a “responsible way”.He said that the Administration is of the “strong view” that financial inclusion is absolutely essential in promoting greater business efficiency, competitiveness and economic growth.“Ordinary Jamaicans and small, micro and medium-sized businesses need safe and regulated payment mechanisms in order to transact business, without which transaction costs go up and business efficiency goes down,” he pointed out.Dr. Clarke said the Government has developed several impact indicators under the FIS to measure Jamaica’s progress towards achieving the World Bank’s goal of ensuring that all adults have access to a transaction account or an electronic instrument to store money or send and receive payments, by 2020.One indicator is focused on increasing the percentage of persons using electronic retail payment by card, Internet or mobile device from 32 per cent in 2015 to 50 per cent, while another is to boost electronic retail payments done through the banking system from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.Dr. Clarke said a third indicator is directed at increasing the number of persons with a transaction account, whether at a commercial bank or payment service provider, from 78 per cent to 95 per cent, adding that “it would be great if we actually go up to 100 per cent”.Two other important areas are boosting the number of remittance agents and the percentage of direct benefit transfers, such as those paid under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), which are made using electronic payment products.Dr. Clarke pointed out that there has been a slight increase in remittance agents from 422 to 425 since 2016/17, but said the number of PATH beneficiaries using electronic payment products was only 13 per cent in 2016. “That is a number that the Government is committed to increasing,” he said.The Alliance Prepaid MasterCard enables users to access services such as mobile bill payment, electronic phone top-ups, payment at point-of-sale devices, and to transfer funds between cards.Additionally, cardholders will be able to load their remittances safely and securely on to the card.The product resulted from a partnership forged between Alliance Investment Management, through AFSL, and American entity, MasterCard Incorporated, through its Jamaica Country Office. The Minister was speaking at Thursday’s (May 3) launch of the Alliance Financial Services Limited (AFSL) prepaid MasterCard electronic retail payment facility at the Courtyard by Marriot Hotel, New Kingston. Story Highlights He said that the Administration is of the “strong view” that financial inclusion is absolutely essential in promoting greater business efficiency, competitiveness and economic growth. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Government will be implementing improvements through the Financial Inclusion Strategy (FIS) to widen access to financial products and services for vulnerable persons.last_img read more

JUTC to Introduce Tracking System

first_imgStory Highlights “This will tell us where the bus is at any time, what speed is being driven and the fuel consumption. Today, when the bus leaves the depot we have no sight of it until eight hours later,” Mr. Montague said. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 30. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to implement a vehicle tracking and maintenance monitoring system shortly. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to implement a vehicle tracking and maintenance monitoring system shortly.Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 30.“This will tell us where the bus is at any time, what speed is being driven and the fuel consumption. Today, when the bus leaves the depot we have no sight of it until eight hours later,” Mr. Montague said.He pointed out that the experiment that was done revealed that the buses idle for upwards of 40 per cent of the time, adding that there was one instance where a bus was left running in a depot for four hours.“This not only wastes fuel, but parts wear and cause overheating,” the Minister said.Mr. Montague explained that the monitoring system sends an alarm when a pre-set boundary is exceeded.“Whether it’s speeding, idling or routine maintenance, this system, by reducing idling, can save an estimated $125 million per year. The system will also allow us to electronically count our riders and automatically balance the fare returns,” he said.Meanwhile, the JUTC has started to install Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on its buses.This, Mr. Montague said, has allowed the workers to be protected, as when they are accused of poor behaviour the camera is an independent witness.In addition, the Minister said the JUTC is using nitrogen in its tyres, as “this helps to keep them cooler, thus allowing the tyre to last longer and this saves money.”“We intend to introduce more loyalty programmes to increase ridership on our buses. We are about to extend two of our routes to allow them to drive onto the ports, so that the dangerous practice of people crossing the road at Tinson Pen will cease,” Mr. Montague noted.last_img read more

Johnson Smith Extends Condolences to the Family of Victims of Collapsed Bridge in Italy

first_imgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has confirmed that an Italian family, Mr. Cristian Cecal, his Jamaican-born wife, Dawna Munroe and their nine-year-old daughter Crystal, who was also born in Jamaica, were sadly amongst the 43 casualties of a collapsed bridge in Genoa, Italy on August 15.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith has conveyed condolences, through the Jamaican Ambassador in Geneva, to the Cecal and Munroe families. Johnson Smith stated that, “We recognize that this is a most tragic and traumatic incident and we continue to pray for all the families and the country of Italy during this difficult period of national mourning.”Johnson Smith affirmed, that “Although we are only commenting on the matter of the Cecal family now, the Ministry has been communicating with relatives through our Ambassador as well as Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Rome and has offered support. We are, however, mindful of certain sensitivities surrounding the event and must always act responsibly and in ways that are in the best interest of the families.”The bodies of the three members of the family were among the last to be recovered on Monday, August 20 from the scene of the accident, where a section of a bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa, during a violent storm.The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that representatives of both families are currently in Italy and that in light of the Italian citizenship of the family; the Italian Government has taken charge of the situation and has assigned a Red Cross Representative to provide additional support.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will provide further information to the public, as the family may deem appropriate.last_img read more

U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Vessel Sinking and Oil …

first_imgzoom The Coast Guard, EPA and local emergency crews are responding to a vessel sinking and oil discharge into the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa, Monday.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a report at approximately 4:30 p.m., that the 144-foot towboat Stephen L. Colby struck a submerged object near LeClaire causing it to sink. At the time of the sinking, nine crewmembers were aboard and all were able to make it to safety.The Captain of the Port closed the Mississippi River from mile marker 493 to mile maker 501 on the upper Mississippi River to allow for safe, effective cleanup and salvage operations. Coast Guard personnel, along with Illinois EPA and local emergency response crews, are taking action to evaluate and respond to environmental damage.Approximately 100,000 gallons of petroleum products are reported to be on board the sunken vessel.“The Coast Guard and our partner agencies are rapidly assessing and responding to the evolving situation” said Capt. Byron Black, commander, Sector Upper Mississippi River, “Our primary concern is to ensure the safety of people, the environment and the waterway. We have personnel on scene actively responding to the incident.”The cause of the incident is under investigation. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location US Coast Guard, November 26, 2013 Print  Closelast_img read more

Icebreaker ‘Protector’ Reaches Furthest …

first_imgzoom Supporting the work of British Antarctic Survey scientists, and conducting scientific studies, the Portsmouth-based icebreaker reached Marguerite Bay, roughly half-way down the western shores of the Antarctic Peninsula.The furthest point south recorded on her charts was 68° 12’S – 8,900 miles from her home port, 1,500 miles from the southernmost point on the planet, and 850 miles from Cape Horn, the most southerly tip of South America.As part of a demanding work period in Antarctica as the Austral summer draws to a close, Protector has been working alongside the British Antarctic Survey scientists to help them in their studies of the far South.She first arrived at Rothera Research Station, the BAS’ most important base in the region, to deliver aviation fuel for its aircraft to use over the Austral summer and stockpile for the winter, before then sailing across Marguerite Bay.“This voyage marked an important milestone for both the deployment and the history of the ship,” said HMS Protector’s First Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander Jason Varty. “At 68° 12’S Protector has never been as close to the South Pole.”After Marguerite Bay, the ship then sailed north to Detaille Island to complete another part of her tasking – hydrographic surveying, to update Admiralty charts used by many of the world’s mariners.With a small part of a previous survey to complete, the brightly-painted icebreaker arrived in the area only to find herself in extremely challenging conditions.Tonnes of densely-packed ice – with icebergs of all shapes and sizes surrounded the ship – made surveying extremely difficult as they rely on exact measurements of tide and depth.Petty Officer (Survey Recorder) Kerry Collins, who is on her ninth season in Antarctica, bravely led Protector’s survey motorboat team out to collect the required data, returning successfully with the measurements. HMS Protector is now continuing further north to mark the end of her fourth ice patrol.The ship left Portsmouth in October 2013 and is to stay in the Antarctic region until 2015 conducting surveys and patrols on behalf of the UK Hydrographic Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office providing logistical support to the British Antarctic Survey organisation.She also provides a sovereign presence in the British Antarctic Territory and delivers the UK’s commitments under the Antarctic Treaty, supporting science programmes and ensuring that expeditions and vessels are meeting their international environmental obligations.UK Royal Navy, March 31, 2014last_img read more

New World Record for Underwater Clean-Up Set in Abu …

first_imgzoom In a resounding sustainability achievement, ADMA-OPCO in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Port Company have set a new world record for the most participants in an underwater clean-up (Single Venue) as part of the “Dive Together To Protect Our Marine Environment” Campaign organized on April 23rd.Collecting around 9 tonnes of waste, a world breaking number of 300 divers using diving support vessels (DSV) with full diving equipped plus dive boats participated in the clean-up that covered Abu Dhabi’s Free Port. The clean-up aimed to raise awareness of the negative impact of underwater debris.Marking the achievement, ADMA-OPCO hosted a ceremony at its HQ on April 24 that grouped together representatives of the Guinness World Records, and Senior Management teams of ADMA-OPCO and ADPC along with a number of the two companies’ employees.“A big thank you goes out to all our volunteers and partners for all their support and concerns regarding our environment and for backing up and making “Dive Together” Campaign a big success,” ADMA-OPCO Chief Executive officer Mr. Ali R. Al-Jarwan said at the ceremony.“The campaign fits within the context of our Corporate Social Responsibility commitments and sustained endeavors for the protection of the environment in general and the marine ecology in particular. Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. And we, at ADMA-OPCO, under the umbrella of ADNOC lay special focus on conservation of the marine environment where we carry out our daily operations.”Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC, said “This is a fantastic achievement our heartfelt thanks go to all the volunteer divers for their hard work. We thank them for giving up their time and for taking part with such enthusiasm.“We collected an enormous amount of rubbish which will make a big difference to the marine species in our waters. The sea is a source of livelihood for many of us – from the fishermen in the Dhow Harbor to all of the businesses and organizations providing services for the increasing number of cruise ships visiting Abu Dhabi –as a result, protecting the marine environment is a top priority for everyone.”An exhibition was set- up alongside the campaign to showcase the success story of the previous campaign and included marine and environment protection presentations, and a photo gallery.As part of the event, ADNOC Crisis Management Team demonstrated a real-life scenario regarding what actions should be taken in case of an oil spill.Representatives from high-profile organizations participated in the campaign, including ADGAS, Mubadala Petroleum, Tadweer, Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) along with ecologists, environmental activists and fishermen.ADPC, April 29, 2014last_img read more

ESC Global Security to Protect Panama-Flagged Ships

first_imgzoom The Panama Maritime Authority has accredited ESC Global Security personnel to offer protection aboard Panamanian-registered vessels, in what is thought to mark the first Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) licence issued under the new Panama Administration.During December 2014, a new set of rules including a new licence fee for PMSCs was introduced whereby failure to comply would result in the revocation or suspension of a security company’s operating licence. The new rules also include more stringent requirements for the registration of armed guards and the way in which private maritime security companies are audited.The new Panamanian rules are in place to ensure security companies are in compliance with or go beyond the requirements outlined by the IMO in Resolution MSC.349 (92), which entered into force in January 2015.”Ships operating offshore Somalia, West Africa and the Indonesian archipelago continue to be attacked by pirates and armed criminals, which can result not only in the loss of assets but also in the loss of life,”Jaanus Rahumägi, ESC’s founding CEO and President, said.”We cannot expect our merchant seamen to be soldiers or to understand the complex Rules of Engagement in different waters; it’s not their job.”last_img read more

New Panama Canal to Level US Playing Field

first_imgzoom Following the USD 5 billion Panama Canal expansion in 2016, up to 10 percent of container traffic to the US from East Asia could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020, according to new research conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and C.H. Robinson. In 2014, about 35 percent of container traffic from East Asia to the US arrived at East Coast ports. According to the report, current growth trends would push that share to 40 percent by 2020 without the canal’s expansion. But with the canal expansion in place, the East Coast’s share could reach 50 percent — a 10 percent increase in market share.Rerouting that volume is equivalent to building a port roughly double the size of the ports in Savannah and Charleston.The findings are being released today in a report titled ”Wide Open: How the Panama Canal Is Redrawing the Logistics Map.”With global container flows rising, West Coast ports will still handle more traffic than they do today, but they will experience lower growth rates and their market share will likely fall, the researchers suggest.The canal’s expansion will permit post-Panamax container ships — which have two to three times the capacity of current vessels — to reach the East Coast.Those ports will then become more cost competitive because it is cheaper to move cargo by water than over land, as is currently the case. West Coast ports, however, will remain the destination of choice for shippers who need to use the fastest routes possible, the research suggests.After the Panama Canal expands, the battleground region in which East and West Coast ports compete for customers will likely grow and shift several hundred miles west toward Chicago and Memphis, encompassing a region that accounts for about 15 percent of US GDP.“With the Panama Canal’s expansion, shippers will have more options and carriers will compete to provide those options,” said Peter Ulrich, a BCG partner and the leader of the firm’s transportation and logistics topic area in North America. “Rail, truck, and ocean carriers will all have to reconsider their routing and investment decisions. And shippers will need to make fundamental choices, such as where to locate distribution centers and how to segregate their cargo heading for the heartland.”Under all scenarios analyzed within the report, all major US ports will have greater container traffic in 2020 than they do today. But the largest of the West Coast ports, the Los Angeles-Long Beach complex, will handle less traffic than if the expansion were not to occur. That complex will likely experience growth at an average rate of 5 to 10 percent per year through 2020, compared with double-digit growth rates at some East Coast ports.On the East Coast, the New York-New Jersey port complex and the Southeastern ports of Norfolk, Savannah, and Charleston are well positioned to gain traffic by virtue of their relative proximity to the battleground region and attractive rail routes to major markets. As the East Coast’s largest ports, they are also likely to be on the routes of the post-Panamax vessels, which tend to make fewer, longer stops than smaller vessels.“Companies accustomed to shipping to the West Coast and relying on relatively fast rail service to cover most of the country will need to take a much more segmented and dynamic approach,” said Sri Laxmana, the director of ocean services at C.H. Robinson.“When time is of the essence, that routing may continue to make sense. But for other products, the savings of shipping through the Panama Canal will likely outweigh the extra time in transit.”last_img read more

Two More LNG Carriers for Maran Nakilat JV

first_imgzoom Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, has expanded its joint venture with Greek shipping company Maran Ventures Inc. to include two new LNG vessels. Maran Nakilat Co. Ltd. was established in 2005 with four jointly-owned vessels, and the agreement has been expanded on three occasions. The new agreement increases the number of vessels jointly-owned by Nakilat and Maran Gas to 13, confirming Nakilat’s wholly and jointly-owned LNG fleet as the largest in the world. “ This move strengthens ties between the two entities, and the current agreement allows for further expansion in the future,” said Nakilat’s Managing Director, Abdullah Al Sulaiti.“Nakilat’s strong financial performance has allowed us to increase our fleet size further. Selecting strong partners in the shipping industry has been fundamental to Nakilat’s success, and our relationship with Maran continues to be reinforced since our first agreement in 2005.”The two new vessels are currently under construction in South Korea and, upon delivery in the third and fourth quarters of 2015, will bring the total number of LNG and LPG ships partially or wholly owned by Nakilat to 67. The vessels are Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric (TFDE) propulsion models with capacities of 161,870 cubic metres and 174,000 cubic metres respectively.“We are very proud of our association with Nakilat and look forward to working closely together in the future with their highly professional team in order to explore and develop opportunities in the LNG space,” said John Angelicoussis, owner of Greek Angelicoussis Shipping Group.last_img read more

Anthony Veder Nets 1st Sustainable Shipping Loan

first_imgzoom Gas carrier owner Anthony Veder Group has secured the industry’s first sustainable shipping loan via its €66 million (USD 71 million) Euro Private Placement concluded in the fourth quarter of 2015, the company said.As disclosed, the loan is fully certified according to the Clean Shipping Index Guidelines by Bureau Veritas and it is a landmark transaction in the global shipping industry which to date, has not joined the ranks of verified sustainable financing.The transaction was solely arranged by ABN AMRO to finance the building of the 18,000 cubic metre Ice Class 1A Super LNG carrier Coral EnergICE, which uses the boil off of its cargo to fuel the propulsion of the vessel. The vessel will be on a long term time charter contract with Finland’s Gasum to serve its 100% subsidiary Skangas.The financing has been structured as a 20 year European Private Placement and placed with Delta Lloyd Asset Management.ABN AMRO worked with Anthony Veder Group to create a Sustainable Shipping Framework and managed the process with Clean Shipping Index and Bureau Veritas, which verified the vessel’s compliance with applicable sustainability principles.Jan Valkier, CEO Anthony Veder comments: “The creation of this framework reflects our commitment to developing cost and energy-efficient solutions for small to mid-size LNG carriers and we are extremely pleased with this innovative transaction and the professional and efficient manner in which ABN AMRO and Delta Lloyd managed this process.”“This is a unique deal. ABN AMRO and Delta Lloyd are the first financial institutions to perform a thorough sustainability assessment of a ship design during the loan approval process. Investing in clean ships is a key driver for enhancing the environmental development of the maritime industry and sets a good example for other banks and investors,” Merijn Hougee of Clean Shipping Index said.last_img read more

Japanese Owners Bid for GAIL’s LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom Aside to South Korean shipbuilding majors, GAIL India’s USD 7 million tender for nine LNG carriers has reportedly sparked the interest of Japanese shipowners.Specifically, a consortium comprising Japanese shipping companies Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Mitsui & Co Ltd and another group including Mitsubishi Corporation, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and GasLog Ltd submitted their bids to hire the LNG carriers intended to transport gas from the US, India’s newspaper Live Mint reports citing sources familiar with the matter.Gaslog is the only non-Japanese firm to enter the race.In March, India’s gas utility pushed back the tender deadline for the time-charter from February until March 31st.The decision to postpone the tender was attributed to bidders’ request to be given more time to finalize their offers.The tender is quoted in three lots of three ships each, out of which three ships are to be built in India to boost Indian shipbuilding capabilities.The LNG carriers ordered overseas are to be completed by May 2019, whereas the batch to be built by domestic shipyards should be delivered between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Golar LNG Posts Bigger Loss in Q1, Expects FSRU Growth

first_imgzoom Due to slashed fleet utilization LNG shipping company Golar LNG reported a net loss of USD 80.1 million in the first quarter of 2016, widening further from USD 70.8 million reported in Q1 2015.The company’s Q1 adjusted operating loss reached USD 41.2 million also sinking further from USD 31.6 million reported in 4Q of 2015.Specifically, the fleet utilisation fell from 42% in 4Q 2015 to 24% in Q1, pushing down the company’s revenue from USD 20.1 million in the previous quarter to USD 16.6 million in Q1.The company also reported an EBITDA loss of USD 21.7 million for Q1 of this year compared to loss of USD 12 million for Q4 of 2015.Golar saw an increase in vessel operating expenses by USD 2.1 million, USD 1.7 million of which is due to a full quarter’s cost of the Golar Tundra, having been delivered in November 2015, and additional repairs and maintenance and storing up costs.Earlier this month, the company completed the sale of the FSRU Golar Tundra to Golar LNG Partners LP for USD 300 million, generating additional USD 100 million of 2Q liquidity.Golar Partners overall contribution to the company’s quarterly result was lower by USD 11.6 million compared to 4Q following a USD 40.4 million decrease in Golar Partner’s reported net income.Moreover, Golar LNG refinanced in March this year its first newbuild LNG carrier Golar Seal releasing USD 48.7 million of additional liquidity.When it comes to the shipping market, Golar says the pursuit of long-term charters is restricted by spot market that currently creates little incentive to secure long-term tonnage. However, there appear to be signs of increased shipping activity as a result of new production that commences in 2017 and 2018.In response to the weak market and multiple FSRU opportunities, the company says it will “aggressively pursue” the FSRU market and will look to convert some of its newbuild TFDE carriers into FSRUs.” While there appear to only be three uncommitted FSRU newbuild orders, of which Golar has one, there are some existing regasification vessels and a number of potential LNG carriers being promoted for conversion by their owners to meet the prospective FSRU project demand.  Golar is currently in serious discussions with various customers to provide bespoke carrier conversions,” the company said.What is more, Golar anticipates that a final decision regarding its participation in Fortuna FLNG project will be taken within the next three months.Finally, the company says its top priority is to complete and deliver its first GoFLNG unit to the CameronProject.last_img read more

Rickmers Disposes of Panamax Boxship

first_imgzoom Singapore-based Rickmers Trust Management (RTM), a trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the sale of Kaethe C. Rickmers, a Panamax containership. The vessel is securing senior loan facilities extended by HSH Nordbank AG, Singapore Branch and DBS Bank (the HSH Syndicate) to the trust (the HSH Facility).The net proceeds from the sale will be used for the payment of operating costs of the secured vessels under the HSH Facility and partial prepayment of the same facility, according to the firm.The company said it has also entered into a deed of consent with the HSH Syndicate to obtain their consent for the sale.Rickmers Maritime will see an impairment loss of approximately USD 31.6 million for the sale in the fourth quarter of 2016.The 5,060 TEU Kaethe C. Rickmers, previously known as Maersk Djibouti, was built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai heavy Industries (HHI) in 2004.Market value of the vessel currently stands at USD 6.65 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.last_img read more

Genco Widens Full Year Loss

first_imgzoom US-based dry bulk specialist Genco Shipping and Trading widened its 2016 net loss to USD 217.2 million from a net loss of USD 194.9 million reported a year earlier.Revenues for the full year dropped to USD 135.6 million from USD 154 million reported for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 due to lower spot market rates achieved by the majority of the company’s vessels.Average daily time charter equivalent (TCE) rates decreased to USD 4,907 per day in 2016, compared to USD 5,445 per day seen in 2015.However, Genco managed to cut its quarterly losses as it posted a net loss of USD 24.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, less then USD 49.5 million of net loss seen in the same period in 2015.The company’s fourth quarter revenues increased to USD 43.9 million from USD 35 million reported for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The increase was primarily due to higher spot market rates achieved by the majority of the vessels during the period.TCE rates were at USD 6,659 per day for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to USD 4,711 earned in the same period a year earlier.“During the fourth quarter and full-year 2016, Genco took important steps to further strengthen its leading drybulk platform and reposition the company to capitalize on a market recovery,” John C. Wobensmith, President, said.Namely, the company completed a USD 125 million capital raise and closed on a USD 400 million credit facility, which “transformed our balance sheet and capital structure.”Additionally, Genco continued to optimize the deployment, strategic positioning and profile of its diversified fleet.“We enter 2017 in a strong position to utilize our modern fleet to serve leading charterers, while drawing upon our significant financial flexibility to take advantage of compelling growth opportunities,” Wobensmith said.last_img read more

ICTSI Pulls Plug on Lekki Port Project in Nigeria

first_imgzoom Manila-based container terminal operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has terminated an agreement to develop and operate a container terminal within Lekki Port, Nigeria.ICTSI’s subsidiary, Lekki International Container Terminal Services LFTZ Enterprise (LICTSE), and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) agreed to terminate the sub-concession agreement signed in 2012, citing delays in the execution of the project as the main reason.The terminated sub-concession agreement had granted LICTSE an exclusive right to develop and operate, and to provide handling equipment and container terminal services, at the container terminal within the port located at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State, for a period of 21 years.The termination of the sub-concession agreement was deemed effective as of Wednesday, May 24.The project, initially slated for completion in 2016, called for the development of a container terminal with a 2.5 million TEU capacity capable of handling 10,000 TEU container ships. The terminal was to feature a 1,200-meter quay with 14 Post-Panamax cranes, making it one of the largest single terminals in Sub-Saharan Africa.last_img read more

Irish Continental Group Offloads Ferry Oldie

first_imgzoom Ireland’s maritime transportation group Irish Continental Group (ICG) revealed it has sold the passenger ferry Kaitaki to New Zealand-based ferry operator Kiwi Rail.The 22,365 gross ton ship, sold for EUR 45 million (USD 50.1 million), has been delivered to its new owner, according to ICG.Previously known as Isle of Innisfree, Pride of Cherbourg and Stena Challenger, the 180-meter-long vessel is able to accommodate 1,650 passengers, 600 cars and 108 trucks.Earlier this month, ICG entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the sale of the ferry.“The Kaitaki which was commissioned by and delivered to ICG in 1995 became surplus to ICG’s operational requirements following delivery of our cruise ferry Ulysses in 2001. Kaitaki has been on charter outside the group since 2002, most recently to the buyers KiwiRail who operate the vessel in New Zealand,” ICG said on May 17.As disclosed, the proceeds from the sale will be used for ICG’s general corporate purposes.last_img read more

Report Navibulgar Orders Four New Bulkers

first_imgzoom Bulgarian shipping company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) is looking to expand its fleet with four new Handymax bulk carriers.The company has ordered the 42,000 dwt ships at China’s Chengxi shipyard, plus two optional vessels of identical size, VesselsValue’s data shows.Navibulgar will pay USD 23 million for each of the four newbuildings.The bulkers are expected to be delivered in 2019.World Maritime News contacted Navibulgar for more details on the matter, however, the company is yet to reply.Currently, Navibulgar has a fleet of more than 30 vessels. In addition, the company has four Handy bulk carriers on order at Jiangsu Hongqiang shipyard in China, according to information provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

2M Partners Resume TA3 Calls at APMT Rotterdam

first_imgzoom Danish container shipping company Maersk Line and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) are resuming their calls at APM Terminal in Rotterdam on their jointly operated Transatlantic service as of next week.The return will be inaugurated by Liberia-flagged MSC Charleston on September 28, 2017, two months after the duo switched to Europe Container Terminals (ECT) in Rotterdam, Maersk Line said in an update.As World Maritime News reported earlier, the joint Transatlantic TA3 service between Europe and North America was diverted from APM Terminals to ECT in Rotterdam in July 2017 amid delays experienced at APMTR following the cyber attack on Maersk Group’s facilities.The impacted vessels were Maersk Kawasaki, Maersk Kure, MSC Charleston, and Maersk Kowloon.The NotPetya cyber attack from June 27 hit several Maersk’s 76 APM terminals, costing Maersk Group up to USD 300 million.APMT Maasvlakte 2 at the Port of Rotterdam was one of the hardest hit terminals with only 1 vessel berthing between June 28 and July 6. During the days following the cyber attack, the terminal stopped all loading and discharging activities, resulting in delays.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Video Spirit of Discovery Squeezes through the Ems

first_imgSpirit of Discovery, a new cruise ship built by German Meyer Werft for UK’s Saga Cruises, has completed its conveyance across the river Ems.The newbuilding left Papenburg on late May 26 and was conveyed on the river Ems to Emden during the night.On its way to Emden, the cruise ship passed sea lock in Papenburg, Friesen bridge in Weener and Jann Berghaus bridge in Leer before reaching the river Ems barrier in Gandersum. After passing the Ems barrier, the vessel reached the Emden sea lock, assisted by tugs.The 999-passenger Spirit of Discovery will now undergo several days of technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea.The 58,250 GT Spirit of Discovery is the first of two ships ordered from Meyer Werft by the British cruise line. Each of the vessels has an overall length of 236 meters and a width of 31.2 meters.Meyer Werft Cuts Steel for Saga Cruises’ 2nd VesselThe sister ship, Spirit of Adventure, is expected to be completed in summer 2020.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft; Video Courtesy: Unimedienlast_img read more

Premier Committed to Addressing Fiscal Instability Oped

first_img create a Premier’s Council on the Economy asking business, labour and voluntary sector leaders to participate develop a multi-year fiscal plan that will allow for a balanced budget at the earliest possible time spur economic growth, particularly through training and education engage Nova Scotians through a comprehensive consultation process to help people understand the nature and scope of the financial problem. The panel also points out that balancing the budget too soon would slow the economic recovery and destabilize public services. And I believe that advice is sound. We have information now that no one had six months ago. I recognize that we cannot balance the budget next year. However, what matters today is that we make the right choices based on the information we have. Promoting recovery and ensuring the stability of public services must serve as guidelines for the speed at which the budget is balanced. Even faced with such challenging advice, I remain optimistic about Nova Scotia’s future. By working together, I know that Nova Scotians, from one end of the province to the other, will seize this unique opportunity and ensure that Nova Scotia delivers stable public services, lives within its means, and is a great place for people to live, work and raise a family. -30- When this government first took office, an independent review of the province’s finances was ordered. This was done so that government, and all Nova Scotians, could see the true state of the province’s books. That review demonstrated for the first time that this province has a significant deficit. We do not have the revenue to pay for the services we deliver. This province is on an unsustainable path. After that report, I asked a panel of economic advisors to examine how best to deal with this challenge. The economic panel has laid out three methods to address the situation: raise taxes, cut spending, and spur economic growth. The panel made it clear in its report that growth in spending is outpacing growth in revenue. Every day the situation adds more to the provincial debt burden. The heavier that burden gets, the more insecure the support for vital public services like health care and education becomes. Government has the responsibility to deal with this serious problem and it will. I have carefully read the report and am committed to addressing the problem of fiscal instability in Nova Scotia. Government will: last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 – Milford Route 224 in Milford will be closed to repair a culvert until Friday, Jan. 7. Detour route in place. Local Area Office: 902-758-3009 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 CONTINUING WORK KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Jan. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Friday, March 18, for replacement. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Feb. 11. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch Roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Monday, Jan. 31. A detour route is available on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, is closed to traffic. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be open during repairs to the regular bridge. There will be occasional stop and go traffic. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the Belleville Road intersection to Exit 32 in Argyle, will be reduced to on lane for milling, repaving and shoulder work. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 -30-last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Nov. 25. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road, for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Friday, Nov. 25. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road over Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31, to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the Lower South River bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Lane Closures, Canso Causeway Traffic on Highway 104 on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane from sunset to sunrise for guardrail installation and shoulder improvements. Traffic control staff and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction zone. Work is scheduled for completion on Thursday, Dec. 15. Please drive with extra care during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Grand Pre Bridge Grand Pre Bridge is reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Part of Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have a one-lane closure for construction of a new bridge until Aug. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, draining pipes, patching and paving until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-4350 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road. It will be open during construction. Work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Traffic on sections of Trunk 3 from Boutiliers Point Road to the intersection of Route 333, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 30, for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Delays are possible. Local Area Office: 902-835-3935 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Saturday, Nov. 26. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Nov. 15, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should take extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mountain Bridge Mountain Bridge on the Mountain Road, near River Phillip, will be closed for repairs until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-477-7002 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Leitches Creek Bridge Leitches Creek Bridge on Route 305 (Keltic Drive) will be closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 18. Detour on Highway 125. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Dec. 15. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Folly Mountain Baseline Road, eight kilometres south of the Cumberland/Colchester county line, will be reduced to one lane for paving, graveling and shouldering until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Nov. 14. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes The westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the Kemptown area are reduced to one lane from Exit 18 to Exit 18A for repaving and widening. Work will take place until Tuesday, Nov. 15 Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Howard Bridge Howard Bridge on Fountain Road, 700 metres west from Route 307, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 9. Signed detour in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge Hurlburt Falls Bridge on Lake Vaughan Road will be closed for repairs. It is expected to reopen Friday, Nov. 25. A marked detour is available. 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Six entreprises néoécossaises reçoivent du financement sous forme de bons

first_imgSix entreprises manufacturières de la province continueront de collaborer avec les universités pour améliorer leurs produits et leurs opérations grâce à l’expansion d’un programme provincial. Le Programme accéléré de bons pour la productivité et l’innovation offre aux entreprises ayant déjà reçu des bons une somme de 25 000 $ pour avoir accès aux connaissances d’experts des universités et des collèges afin d’augmenter davantage leur productivité et leur innovation. Les bons serviront à explorer de nouvelles perspectives d’affaires, à améliorer les produits actuels et à perfectionner les opérations. « Nous demeurons engagés à trouver de nouvelles façons d’appuyer la croissance et l’innovation des entreprises néo-écossaises par le biais du plan ‘des emplois ICI’, a dit Percy Paris, ministre du Développement économique et rural et du Tourisme. Ces entreprises ont connu beaucoup de succès grâce aux bons initiaux qu’ils ont reçus. Nous les aidons maintenant à devenir plus productives, novatrices et concurrentielles grâce à ce nouveau programme pilote. » L’une des entreprises récipiendaires est Stack-A-Buoy Marine Products Inc., basée à Arichat, dans le comté de Richmond. L’entreprise se spécialise dans l’innovation, la fabrication, la distribution, la vente et l’exportation des produits de flottaison et des accessoires connexes. Son premier produit est une bouée marine empilable brevetée. L’entreprise collaborera avec l’Université Dalhousie pour améliorer le processus de production. Le produit de cette entreprise permet aux pêcheurs de homard d’économiser 30 pour 100 d’espace d’entreposage, ce qui est considérable du point de vue économique et du point de vue de la sécurité. À l’heure actuelle, le produit est mis en marché au Canada atlantique et aux États-Unis. « Le Programme accéléré de bons pour la productivité et l’innovation nous a aidé à relever les nombreux défis auxquels doivent faire face les entreprises en démarrage, a dit Blair Gotell, directeur général. Le programme accéléré nous permettra d’intégrer la nouvelle technologie de soudage et de chauffage infrarouge dans le système d’assemblage, ce qui permettra d’améliorer la productivité et d’assurer un meilleur contrôle de la qualité. » Une autre entreprise basée à Arichat, SRD International Ltd., pratique la pêche au crabe des neiges et vise à développer des marchés outre-mer. L’entreprise travaillera de concert avec l’Université Sainte-Anne pour poursuivre le travail technique et scientifique entamé grâce au bon initial. Aquashell Holdings Inc., basée à Wallace, dans le comté de Cumberland, collaborera avec le Collège d’agriculture de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour faire avancer un projet visant à améliorer le processus de développement d’un produit biologique, fabriqué à partir des carapaces de homard, qui peut contrôler les maladies végétales. Biogas Energy Inc. d’Halifax combine la production d’énergie avec la gestion des déchets. L’entreprise travaillera avec l’Université Mount Saint Vincent pour développer ses perspectives d’affaires afin d’intégrer les déchets dérivés du bois, qui posent certains problèmes, à la production de biogaz. Sunrise Foods, une entreprise de Dartmouth, vend des produits de grignotage à l’échelle du Canada. L’entreprise travaillera avec l’Université Dalhousie pour améliorer sa productivité au niveau des processus de production. Uplift Technologies Inc., également de Dartmouth, développe, fabrique et distribue des appareils qui aident les gens à demeurer actifs et indépendants dans leur propre maison. L’entreprise travaillera avec le Nova Scotia College of Art and Design et l’Université Dalhousie afin de poursuivre le développement du produit en vue de la prochaine phase de reformulation de ses sièges catapulteurs portatifs. « L’Université Dalhousie travaille régulièrement avec plusieurs entreprises du secteur privé dans la province, a dit Stephen Hartlen, vice-président adjoint des relations avec l’industrie, Université Dalhousie. Nous sommes très intéressés à trouver des façons d’aider ces entreprises à être plus productives et à créer de nouveaux produits, services et processus afin de pouvoir être plus concurrentielles sur le marché international. »last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cumberland County

first_imgCUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Springhill Junction Structure The Springhill junction bridge on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Monday, June 25. Traffic control people on are site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 -30-last_img

Des accusations en vertu de la loi sur la faune entraînent des

first_imgLes efforts du gouvernement provincial visant à aborder la chasse illégale ont entraîné la condamnation de quatre hommes de la région de Chéticamp. Les déclarations de culpabilité découlent d’une opération d’infiltration effectuée par le ministère des Ressources naturelles sur une période de 14 mois dans trois comtés afin d’aborder les activités de braconnage. Les hommes ont récemment plaidé coupable à 32 chefs d’accusation en vertu de la loi sur la faune (Wildlife Act) et de la loi sur la protection des aires de nature sauvage (Wilderness Areas Protection Act). « J’espère que cette enquête et les condamnations subséquentes dissuaderont les personnes qui ont tendance à enfreindre les lois sur la protection de la faune, sur la chasse sécuritaire et sur la protection des aires de nature sauvage », a dit Charlie Parker, ministre des Ressources naturelles. Les condamnations incluent des amendes d’une valeur totale de 17 600 $, la perte de l’équipement de chasse et la suspension des permis de chasse pendant cinq ans. Richard Claude Aucoin, 38 ans, a été reconnu coupable pour six chefs d’accusation et a reçu une amende de 5 849 $; Richard Bruce Fraser, 53 ans, a reçu une amende de 4 237 $ pour sept chefs d’accusation; Patrick John Timmons, 41 ans, a reçu une amende de 6 792 $ pour 16 chefs d’accusation et Joseph Chester Leblanc, 53 ans, a reçu une amende de 740 $ pour trois chefs d’accusation, y compris la possession illégale de chevreuils. M. Aucoin, M. Fraser et M. Timmons ont tous dépassé la limite de prise pour le chevreuil, et M. Timmons a également été reconnu coupable de chasse illégale à l’orignal et au chevreuil sans bois. « Le personnel d’application des lois a fait un travail remarquable dans le cadre de cette enquête, et a eu un impact important sur le braconnage dans la province, a dit Tony Rodgers, directeur général de la Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Nous espérons que ce cas transmettra un message clair que ce type d’activité ne sera pas toléré. » L’enquête fructueuse et les condamnations subséquentes ont été possibles grâce à l’aide du public. « Ce cas démontre que l’aide du public, y compris les chasseurs, est nécessaire pour permettre aux agents de protection de la nature d’aborder les crimes liés à la faune, a dit John Mombourquette, directeur de l’application des lois au ministère des Ressources naturelles. L’information opportune a été un facteur important dans ce cas et nous a permis de déployer nos efforts et nos ressources dans les régions appropriées. » On encourage le public à signaler les infractions aux lois sur la protection de la faune et des autres ressources naturelles en composant le 1-800-565-2224 ou en envoyant un courriel à l’adresse [email protected]last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Riverside Road Sections of Riverside Road are closed for work to improve drainage. The road is closed from about two kilometres north of Route 236, Civic No. 3472 to Civic No. 3608. A detour is available on Route 236 to Princeport Road. Riverside Road will re-open March 31. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice for repairs. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, about four kilometres north of Exit 10, at Shubenacadie Bridge, is reduced to one lane to remove and install guard rail until Thursday, Feb. 28. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals until further notice. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March 2013. -30-last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Friday, Feb. 28. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until September 2015. Traffic is normally two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Conns Mill Bridge Thomson Road, near Highway 104, will be closed from Hansford Siding Road to Conns Mill Road for repairs to the Conns Mill Bridge until Friday, March 7. Detour signs are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice.last_img read more

Gerry Post Named Executive Director of Accessibility

first_imgGerry Post, an advocate for persons with disabilities who worked to improve the province’s Accessibility Act, was named the first executive director of the Accessibility Directorate. The appointment was announced today, June 16, by Justice Minister Mark Furey. “Passing the Accessibility Act brought our province a big step forward in achieving our accessibility goals for Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Furey. “Bringing Gerry onto the team is another significant step forward. He will bring a wealth of talent and the drive to accomplish an ambitious agenda.” The Accessibility Act was passed in April. It sets out goals for making Nova Scotia accessible in six areas, and allows more areas to be added. The goals are to be achieved by 2030. The Accessibility Directorate will be responsible for supporting accessibility initiatives, like the standards, and for advancing broader disability-related issues. “I am very pleased to accept this important challenge and work with the many stakeholders to establish Nova Scotia as a leader in accessibility,” said Mr. Post. Mr. Post was recently awarded the 2017 James McGregor Stewart Award in recognition of his exceptional achievement in spearheading the improvements to the Accessibility Act. The McGregor Stewart Society described Mr. Post as someone who “leads and excels regardless of boundaries” and as “a force of nature.” Under the Accessibility Act, government will work with persons with disabilities, municipalities, not-for-profits and business to create standards in the areas of goods and services, information and communication, public transportation and transportation infrastructure, employment, education, and the built environment, which includes buildings, rights-of-way and outdoor spaces. The legislation also puts in place a new Accessibility Advisory Board. More than half the board’s members will be persons with disabilities. In the first year, the Accessibility Advisory Board will review the current situation and begin planning for each standard on a priority basis.last_img read more

Place à la sécurité en ce début de la saison de la

first_imgOn encourage vivement les pêcheurs de homard du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse à faire preuve de prudence à l’occasion du début de leur saison de pêche lundi 27 novembre. « Les pêches sont une industrie fière et dynamique au cœur de notre patrimoine, mais pêcher est aussi une des professions les plus dangereuses dans la province, indique Labi Kousoulis, ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. J’espère que nos pêcheurs connaîtront une bonne saison mais, ce qui est encore plus important, j’espère qu’ils rentreront à la maison sans avoir connu de problèmes. » Le jour de l’ouverture de la pêche, les capitaines et les équipages partent en mer avant le lever du jour, leurs bateaux bien remplis de casiers à homard. Les casiers sont lourds et peuvent être source de problèmes si la mer est agitée. On encourage fortement les pêcheurs à surveiller les prévisions météorologiques avant de prendre la mer, à examiner régulièrement leur équipement de sécurité, à porter leur vêtement de flottaison individuel et à être toujours prêts à intervenir en cas d’urgence. « Les pêcheurs ont pris l’initiative d’améliorer la sécurité à l’échelle de l’industrie. Je les félicite de leur engagement continu, indique Stuart McLean, directeur général de la Commission des accidents du travail de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Nous devons continuer d’intégrer la sécurité dans toutes nos conversations et nous devons poursuivre nos efforts en vue d’éliminer les blessures et les décès au travail. » L’amélioration de la sécurité dans l’industrie de la pêche a entraîné la réduction du tarif de l’employeur à la Commission des accidents du travail à son niveau le plus bas depuis 1991, ainsi qu’une réduction considérable du nombre de jours d’absence en raison d’une blessure. L’industrie et le gouvernement ont élaboré un plan intitulé « Objectif : Sécurité des pêches » afin d’améliorer la sécurité dans l’industrie de la pêche commerciale. Pour en apprendre davantage : http://www.workplacesafetystrategy.ca/Home/Fishing-Safety. La nécessité de réduire le nombre de décès et de blessures au travail dans des industries telles que la pêche est un élément clé de la stratégie sur la sécurité au travail de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Pour en apprendre davantage au sujet de la stratégie, consultez le www.worksafeforlife.ca. (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Lets help each other stay flu free get your shot before the

first_imgWith the holiday season in full swing, families, friends and crowds will gather for celebrations, shopping and other holiday activities. While the season is a great time to catch up with loved ones, catching or spreading the flu won’t bring that warm, fuzzy feeling. To all Nova Scotians who’ve already gotten their vaccine – thank you. To those of you who haven’t – it’s not too late. The influenza vaccine is safe, simple and effective. It’s the best defence against the virus. Nova Scotians can still get their flu vaccine free of charge from most pharmacists, family doctors, family practice nurses, nurse practitioners and public health offices. The flu vaccine is especially important for those in high-risk groups, including seniors, children between six months and five years old, Indigenous people, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes, and people who live with or care for those in high-risk groups. There are other steps you can take to ensure you’re protected: wash your hands often and well, cough and sneeze into your sleeve, and stay home and away from other people if you have flu symptoms. Going out will only prolong your illness and increase the chance of passing the virus to others. Flu symptoms often include sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. In some cases, the flu can lead to more severe illness such as pneumonia or even death. Nova Scotians can call 811 to speak with a registered nurse who can help with management of your symptoms and provide advice about whether you need additional care. For more information about flu season, visit http://novascotia.ca/flu . -30-last_img read more

House of Assembly Opens

first_imgAmong the highlights of the sitting of the legislature will be a balanced budget that invests in cutting health-care wait times, improving classroom conditions and creating a more inclusive economy. The first session of the 63rd general assembly will resume at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 27. The sitting will include government’s third consecutive balanced budget. Premier Stephen McNeil said government’s fiscal plan provides room for spending on programs and services that Nova Scotians need, without sending the province back into deficit. “We are committed to building a stronger, more inclusive, innovative province,” said Premier McNeil. “I look forward to making more progress during this sitting.”Government’s legislation will include bills that will improve the education system, create Research Nova Scotia and prepare Nova Scotia to comply with the federal government’s legalization of cannabis. Premier McNeil also said the government anticipates the completion of the report from the Commission on Inclusive Education at the end of March. He said the budget will include funding to reflect government’s commitment to act on recommendations that will improve classrooms for students and teachers. “The report will be a priority of government. It has been too long since there has a been a close look at the model of inclusion.” The sitting will continue into the spring. Rules do not allow the House of Assembly to sit during March break.last_img read more

This Years Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia

first_imgFor the third year in a row, William is Nova Scotians’ favourite baby name. According to Nova Scotia’s Registry of Vital Statistics, as of Dec. 28, Nova Scotia welcomed 61 babies named William. Of the 7,930 registered births in Nova Scotia up to Dec. 28, the top 10 names were William, Benjamin, Olivia, Sophia, Hunter, Lincoln, Charlotte, Emma, Jack and Noah. The most popular names usually remain fairly consistent over the years, however, there are a few new names gaining popularity such as Isla and Addison with some old favourites coming back like John and Henry. Nova Scotia began formally registering births on Aug. 1, 1864. The most popular names that year were Mary and John.last_img read more

11 excops among 13 get lifer for killing jail inmate in Pb

first_imgAmritsar: A court here on Monday sentenced 13 people, including 11 former policemen, to life imprisonment in a 2014 kidnapping and murder case of a jail inmate. The court of Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Singh Bajwa pronounced the quantum of the punishment. The court had convicted all of the accused last week. All 13 people have been sentenced to life imprisonment, Public Prosecutor Rittu Madan told reporters here. They include former inspector Narang Singh, former assistant sub-inspectors Gulshanbir Singh and Sawinder Singh, ex-head constables Jagjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, ex-constables Makhtool Singh, Angrej Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Amandeep Singh and Randhir Singh of the Punjab Police. The two others are Deep Raj Singh and Jagtar Singh. On May 5, 2014, jail inmate Bikramjit Singh, who was serving life imprisonment in a murder case, was taken to a government hospital for treatment. He was kidnapped from the hospital by a police team led by Narang Singh and taken to Batala, where he was tortured inhumanely and then murdered, as per the complaint filed by the victim’s brother, Dalbir Singh. Following Bikramjit’s abduction, police had initially registered a case against him on May 6, 2014, alleging that he escaped from custody. But later, the policemen and two others were booked for his murder.last_img read more

2 teenaged boys die after being electrocuted in Ghaziabad

first_imgGhaziabad: Two teenaged children have died of electrocution after they came into contact with the live wire coming out of the air cooler of their house in Khora area of Ghaziabad on Saturday.Family members said that one of the victims had come to his grandparent’s home to attend his grandfather’s farewell which is scheduled a few days later. The incident occurred in Azad Vihar colony in Khora area on Saturday. Cops said that the victims identified as Aditya (12) and Kuldeep (13) accidentally got trapped with the live wires while playing at the roof of their house. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHiralal, who has served Indian railways for years was supposed to get retired and the farewell was scheduled on July 30. Hiralal’s grandson Aditya had come to attend the function along with his mother just an hour before the incident occurred. Aditya had gone to the terrace to play with another child, Kuldeep, from his relatives when accidentally both of them got trapped in the live wire coming out of the air cooler. The family members immediately took them to a nearby hospital when doctors referred them to Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital in Delhi where doctors declared them dead on arrival. Police handed over the bodies of both the victims to their families on Sunday when the last rites were performed. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile police have not registered any case into the matter. “The duo of kids has died after they accidentally came into contact with the live wire coming out of the air cooler. The family has not given any complaint to police,” said Satendra Prakash Singh, Station House Officer of Khora police station. Neighbours alleged laxity from the electricity department as the high-tension live wires passing from the area are naked and such incidents have reported in past too. On April 23, a young boy aged 25 years died of electrocution while two kids received critical burn injuries after they got trapped with a kite string which was dangling from a overhead high tension wire in Khora area of Ghaziabad on Tuesday. Police officials said that the kite string ‘Manjha’ was China made and was coated with a thin metal string through which the current had passed.last_img read more

Gaikwad takes charge as working president of Mumbai Congress

first_imgMumbai: Weeks after Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Milind Deora tendered his resignation from his post, former Lok Sabha MP and senior Congress leader Eknath Gaikwad took charge as the working president of the MRCC on Sunday. He was felicitated by Deora. The senior leadership of Congress in Delhi appointed Gaikwad as the working president of the Mumbai party wing on Saturday. Hours after the appointment of Gaikwad as the working president, senior party leader and AICC general secretary in charge of Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters that Milind Deora’s resignation was rejected by the party and that both Gaikwad and Deora would work together. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We’ve appointed a Working President for Mumbai (Eknath Gaikwad), Milind Deora ji and he will work together. There was a confusion that since Milind Deora ji submitted his resignation, he is not working. It is incorrect. His resignation hasn’t been accepted,” a news agency quoted Kharge as saying. Deora resigned from his post on July 7, saying he was looking forward to playing a role at the national level to help stabilise the party. “I had accepted MRCC presidentship in the interest of uniting the party. I felt I should also resign after meeting Rahul Gandhi,” Deora had said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhile tendering his resignation, Deora also recommended setting up of a provisional collective leadership consisting of three senior party leaders to oversee the party unit until Maharashtra assembly polls which are due later this year. Days after his resignation, a section of Mumbai Congress leaders, including Gaikwad, wrote to Kharge, requesting him not to accept Deora’s resignation. Deora, who had contested elections from Mumbai-South constituency, lost to Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant.last_img read more

Yamuna water recedes in Delhi its close to danger mark in Mathura

first_imgNEW DELHI: The water level in the Yamuna river continued to recede and was flowing below the ‘warning mark’ of 204.50 metres, an official said on Friday. Meanwhile, the water level in the Yamuna is inching towards the danger mark in Mathura, an official said on Friday. The Delhi government is monitoring the situation, the official said. According to the Flood Control Room, Yamuna was flowing at 204.28 metres at 1 pm on Friday.”The water level of Yamuna is expected to further recede as Haryana has not released water from Hathni Kund barrage in large quantity,” the official said. On Thursday, the river flowed below the “danger mark” of 205.33 metres. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderYamuna had reached the highest level of 206.60 metres on Wednesday morning and remained at that level for nearly seven hours. The river started receding from Wednesday afternoon and the water level was at 206.44 metres at 6 pm. Meanwhile, the situation is opposite in Mathura. “The Yamuna has crossed the warning level and it is moving towards the danger mark,”ADM Brajesh Kumar said. He said no casualty had been reported so far. After the discharge of 8.28 cusecs of water from the Tajjewala headworks on August 18 followed by the release of water from the Hathni Kund barrage in Haryana, the impact in Mathura was visible on Thursday, he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings Kumar said the Yamuna was flowing 56 cm below the danger mark at Prayag Ghat after crossing the warning level of 165.20 metres. The danger mark of the river at Prayag Ghat is 166 metres. Speaking on the arrangements made to tackle the situation, the officer said 31 flood posts, having doctors and veterinarians with other necessary arrangements, were either working or kept standby. He added that though 150 boats had been requisitioned, so far only six had been pressed into service. The officer said the PAC and the state disaster relief force had been stationed in the area where floods might have an adverse impact. Only Babugadhi village of Chhatta tehsil and Panigaon village of Mant tehsil have so far been affected by floods.last_img read more

KMDA shuts down Jibanananda Setu for traffic till Sunday night

first_imgKolkata: Jibanananda Setu, popularly known as Selimpur Bridge, has been closed for vehicular traffic due to repair work by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). The bridge will be closed till Sunday night.According to police, Jibanananda Setu was supposed to be closed from August 16 night to August 19 morning. As the weather condition in Kolkata deteriorated, the repair work could not commence last week. Later, it was decided that the work will be done from Friday. During the repair work, the expansion joint will be replaced in order to strengthen the flyover. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs per the plan chalked out during the closure of Jibanananda Setu, buses of routes AC4A, AC4D, S4D, V9, ST6, 47B & S124 (Garia-Howrah Station) will be diverted from Avishikta crossing and will avail Ruby Crossing, Rashbehari Connector, Bijan Setu, Gariahat Crossing and Golpark to Jadavpur police station crossing. Buses of routes 47B and S124 (Garia-Howrah Station) will be diverted from Jadavpur police station crossing towards Sulekha crossing to avail Sukanta Setu. State-run buses of routes AC4A, AC4D, S4D, V9 and ST6 will be diverted towards North on Gariahat Road South, to avail Dhakuria Bridge, Golpark, Gariahat and Bijan Setu to reach Ruby Crossing.last_img read more

Abrogation of Article 370 enabled complete integration of JK with India Amit

first_imgHyderabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the abrogation of Article 370 enabled the complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the Indian Union. He also said the Parliament has made Jammu and Kashmir an integral part of India by ending Article 370, under the leadership of Prime Minister and India’s most popular leader, Narendra Modi. Shah was speaking at the passing out parade of IPS probationers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The complete merger of Jammu and Kashmir with Indian Union did not happen with the existence of Article 370,” he added. Paying glowing tributes to the country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he said Hyderabad became a part of India due to the police action carried out (to unite the erstwhile Hyderabad state of Nizam) under his (Patel’s) leadership. While Patel united 630 princely states with the Indian Union, the last missing point was the complete merger of Jammu and Kashmir, he noted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Everybody was feeling that something was missing,” he said. Observing that the country faced many challenges, including terrorism, narcotics, and cyber crime, he said the nation cannot become a developed one unless it was secure internally. He stressed the need to ensure law and order and peace in the country to take it on the path of achieving the goal set by Modi of becoming a five trillion dollar economy. Urging young IPS officers to work fearlessly in the spirit of the Constitution, Shah said, “being fearless and working under the scope of Constitution without fear, that would be the biggest quality of IPS officer.” Both elected representatives and civil servants get the opportunity to serve the Constitution and the country, but the difference was that elected representatives would have to seek a fresh mandate after five years, he noted. The batch of 92 probationers includes 12 Lady Probationers, according to an official release. Of the 11 foreign officers in the batch, six are from Royal Bhutan Police and five from Nepal Police.last_img read more

Another gang rape in Unnao victim attempts immolation

first_imgUnnao: Following the high-profile Unnao rape case involving expelled BJP lawmaker Kuldip Sengar, another rape victim from Unnao and her mother attempted to immolate themselves in the office of the District Magistrate here on Thursday in protest against alleged police apathy. Though the victim and her mother were prevented from setting themselves on fire by alert security personnel, the incident has again raised questions on the working of the Unnao police. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ According to reports, the victim was kidnapped from her house in Makhi village on July 1 and raped by three men. She lodged a complaint with the police and a case was registered against the accused but no arrests were made. The victim claimed that the accused were now threatening her with dire consequences. Circle Officer Gaurav Tripathi, meanwhile, said that one of the accused had already been arrested and sent to jail while the two others are still absconding. He assured that they would be arrested soon. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Makhi village hit the headlines in the Unnao rape case in which expelled BJP MLA Sengar is an accused. Sengar hails from Makhi village and the rape victim also belongs to the same village. Sengar is presently in Tihar jail in Delhi while the victim in the case is battling for her life in AIIMS after a car crash in Rae Bareli on July 28 in which she and her lawyer were critically injured. Two women relatives of the victim died in the accident which is now being investigated by the CBI.last_img read more

welcoming new beginnings

first_imgMax Fashion with an endeavour to brighten up Durga Pujo for underprivileged, aims to donate new clothes to 5000+ children from different NGOs. With regards to this initiative, ‘The Wall of Kindness’ will be inaugurated on the day of Mahalaya, for which the announcement was made recently. The wall will display clothes before being handed over to the kids. On the occasion, Max Fashion also unveiled its Pujo Collection ‘Sinduri’ – a collection inspired by festive shades of vermillion, mustards and ivory to celebrate supreme power and welcome new beginnings. Present at the event were actor Rajatava Dutta; Rajib Mukherjee, AVP Operations East and Central India, Max; and Piyush Morjaria, AVP Brand Experience Marketing, Max, along with the underprivileged children of Bengal.last_img read more

At least 11 dead as boat carrying 61 capsizes in Godavari river

first_imgAmaravati: A boat carrying 61 people capsized in Godavari river in Devipatnnam in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. While the rescue operation is currently underway, four dead bodies have been recovered from the river. Authorities said at least 23 people have been rescued while the search for others is on. The Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) said 11 people have lost their lives in the incident. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsTwo NDRF teams of 30 members each have been sent for rescue operations. Local police is also involved in the search and rescue operation. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed all available ministers in the district to supervise rescue works at the site of the incident. He also directed officials to suspend all boating services in the region immediately. The Chief Minister also announced Rs 10 lakh each ex-gratia for the families of the victims. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAccording to initial reports, there were 61 people on the tourist boat when it met with an accident. Speaking to media, a survivor said a boat which was near the ill-fated boat rescued him and many others. “The boat tilted on one side all of a sudden. Many slipped and many of us jumped as it turned complete upside down. All of us were in the water. Another boat which was nearby rescued us,” he said.”I feel there were 60-65 people altogether on the boat. We are a group of 14 from Warangal district in Telangana. Five of us are safe but the fate of nine others not known,” he added. (Inputs from DNAIndia.com)last_img read more

Saskatchewan seeks climate change funds despite carbon tax objections

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government has applied for millions of dollars in federal funding to help fight climate change, even though the province admits it’s ineligible because it has refused to sign onto Ottawa’s carbon tax strategy.The province says in a statement that it submitted 11 projects totalling more than $200 million by Monday’s deadline for consideration under the federal government’s Low Carbon Economy Fund.It says the projects would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy and power production, water, forests and agriculture by an estimated 188 million tonnes.Saskatchewan would be in line for $62 million if it were part of the federal carbon tax plan.But the Saskatchewan Party government says it didn’t sign on because the province’s residents and business community object to the federal tax.In April, Premier Scott Moe asked the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to rule on whether imposing a carbon tax on his province would be unconstitutional.The federal program includes a $1.4-billion fund for provinces and territories that have signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.“Saskatchewan’s climate change strategy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions without a carbon tax,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said in the statement Wednesday.“Our … submissions should be equally considered for this federal funding and $62 million should be returned to our province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”A report by Environment and Climate Change Canada released last month said Ottawa’s carbon-pricing plan could eliminate up to 90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2022, but whether that actually happens still depends on what the provinces do.The report was the latest attempt by the federal government to sell its carbon-pricing policy.“Our analysis confirms that carbon pricing works, that it significantly reduces pollution,” federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said at the time.last_img read more

Letter accuses St Mikes college president of dishonouring school

first_imgTORONTO – A number of faculty and staff at a college within the University of Toronto are accusing their president of misrepresenting the school and shaming students in remarks made at an international conference.Professors, librarians, past deans and the current registrar all signed the open letter criticizing David Mulroney, president of the University of St. Michael’s College.They say they felt Mulroney’s comments at the Signis World Congress in Quebec last month negatively portrayed the college’s students by glossing over their accomplishments and depicting them as “party animals and Islamophobes.”The letter specifically takes issue with three aspects of Mulroney’s speech to the Congress — a film clip showing provocative images of students, references to a long-standing dispute with the student union, and statements suggesting faculty neglected to encourage strong debates on “human life and personhood.”Mulroney says he stands by the comments, which were delivered to a forum of Catholic communicators and were made with that specific context and audience in mind.He says several of the issues he referenced took place in the past and noted that he has considerable pride in the college and its students, but says maintaining progress sometimes involves frank acknowledgment of difficult topics.Mulroney said he was “disappointed” but “not incredibly surprised” to receive the open letter, which features roughly 20 signatures and was dated July 31.The letter asserts Mulroney squandered an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of St. Michael’s students at the congress, which took place at Laval University in Quebec.“You used an international forum of communicators, educators, and religious leaders to stigmatize the students of St. Michael’s College,” the letter reads.“By profiling only a few negative images in a film clip and taking the administration’s conflicts with the St. Michael’s College Student Union to such a public and well publicized congress, you actively promoted a clear impression of SMC students as party animals and Islamophobes. We believe this is a distorted picture.”Mulroney acknowledged that he did air a 15-second clip of a short student-produced video called “Cowboys and School girls,” which was not sanctioned by the college itself.He described the video as depicting students dressed in provocative school-girl outfits, adding that he found the depiction “demeaning” and “disrespectful.” He said the clip was relevant in the context of a speech to communicators, saying he used it as an example of why organizations need to maintain control of their own messaging.“My contention was this was the slickest and best communications product put out anywhere on campus, but it just wasn’t an image that’s really helpful to our students,” Mulroney said in an interview. “You don’t want people to think you’ve gone to a party school, you want people to think you’ve gone to a great academic centre.”The long-standing issues with the student union, he said, date back several years and involve allegations of financial mismanagement. The results of a forensic audit posted to the college’s website did conclude that members of the student union used funds inappropriately or received kickbacks.Mulroney said he did not believe it was inappropriate to reference the fraught history in a public forum.He also defended his comments about faculty, saying he felt staff could have encouraged more vigorous debate on the issue of euthanasia when he assumed the presidency in July 2015. He said open conversations are now more prevalent on campus.Mulroney said he assumed the college presidency as an outsider, having worked most of his career as a diplomat before entering the world of academia, and said part of the appeal of the job was the freedom to speak candidly on difficult subjects.“Unless you speak frankly about where you’ve been, and these problems are not that far in the past, there’s a danger that they could recur,” he said.He said he has a “profound respect” for St. Michael’s students and praised them in his speech.Those who signed the open letter, however, felt his remarks fell short.“Students routinely win academic accolades, present papers at international conferences, contribute to Varsity athletics, and offer service to their community,” the letter said. “We wish that members of the congress might have learned how Out of the Cold at SMC was a student led initiative at the university,or how our graduate and undergraduate students work for the cause of social justice in the world.”The letter concludes by saying that Mulroney’s remarks have dishonoured the legacy of the college and shaken faculty confidence in his leadership.Mulroney said any further action would be up to the college board, but said he has not changed his plan to step down from the presidency in the summer of 2018.last_img read more

Toronto man charged after alleged road rage incident man clings to car

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario Provincial Police say a Toronto man is facing charges after an alleged road rage incident involving another man seen clinging to the hood of the vehicle.Police say the incident happened Wednesday morning on a highway in northern Toronto.Video of the footage caught on a dashcam shows a man on the hood of the vehicle while it is travelling at highway speed.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says on Twitter that a 42-year-old man from Toronto’s Scarborough area has been charged with dangerous driving and assault with a weapon.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said the man charged is 32.last_img read more

Air Canada jet damaged while on LaGuardia taxiway by another jet

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Airport officials in New York say an Air Canada flight that had just landed at the city’s LaGuardia Airport late Monday afternoon was damaged as it sat on the taxiway by another passing plane.Rudy King, spokesman for the Port Authority New York and New Jersey, says the Air Canada jet was stationary on the taxiway when an American Eagle plane operated by Republic Airlines that was attempting to turn clipped its wing.King says both planes continued to their gates under their own power.He says a 38-year-old woman on the American Eagle flight suffered a neck and back injury.Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah says the A320 jet was arriving from Toronto with 142 passengers and everyone on board disembarked normally, but the aircraft is now out of service.Tim Clark, an Air Canada passenger who was waiting at the gate to board the plane for its return flight to Toronto, says some passengers who left the plane went immediately to the windows to snap pictures of the damage.“There’s a very small amount of damage, but it’s on the wing tip, on one of those split pieces on the wing tip,” Clark said as he waited in the terminal for news about how he would get home.“It’s probably very important for flying.”King said the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident but had no word on the cause or who was at fault.He said the incident caused no disruptions to operations at the airport.last_img read more

CN says train leaking crude following derailment in western Manitoba

first_imgST-LAZARE, Man. — A train carrying oil has derailed and is leaking in Manitoba.Canadian National Railway says in a statement that 37 cars carrying crude left the tracks early Saturday morning near St-Larare, which is east of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary.CN says there is “a partial leak” of crude, and that its environmental team is working to clean up the site and protect the environment.It says there are no reports of injuries or fires, and that it’s still determining how much oil spilled.St-Lazare is about 50 kilometres from Moosomin, Sask., where conservative leaders have been speaking at a pro-pipeline rally Saturday.Supporters of pipelines argue that shipping oil by pipeline is safer than by rail.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Steve Van Zandt To Be Honored By Little Kids Rock

first_imgBefore Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band finish the second U.S. leg of its world tour, many of its members will attend Little Kids Rock’s 10th anniversary Right to Rock Celebration, sponsored by the House of Marley and 1Love.org.On October 16th in New York city Steven Van Zandt will be presented with the “Big Man of The Year Award,” given annually to honor the legacy of the late, great Clarence Clemons. Van Zandt joins past honorees Lady Gaga and The Big Man himself. The event is being co-chaired by actress Maureen Van Zandt and E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.The gala will resemble an all-star rock and roll festival with Van Zandt performing alongside many of his musical friends, including Elvis Costello, Dion DiMucci, Tom Morello, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Kris Allen, Rubén Blades, Gary U.S. Bonds, Michael Des Barres, Michael Johns, Jesse Malin, Jake Clemons, NYC Hit Squad and more surprise guests expected to attend. Little Kids Rock students will join these rock legends on stage to perform along side and celebrate the joy of music.The event, sponsored by The House of Marley and 1Love.org, will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom and will run from 6:30pm until the music stops. Table sponsorships are available for purchase and limited balcony-level tickets for the show (no bar or dinner) will be made available next week. For more information visit www.littlekidsrock.org/rtr12/sponsorship.htm.A key part of the evening will be the live and silent auctions (opening online in the weeks leading up to the event and concluding live at the October 16th event) featuring hard-to-find treasures like a keyboard signed by Lady Gaga, a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (with Jake Clemons making the piece a “first of a kind”), a tour of NFL Films and the set of Inside the NFL with Phil Simms, a custom guitar featuring Bob Marley hand painted by famed tattoo artist Mister Cartoon, an exclusive dinner with Maureen and Steven Van Zandt, a 5-night stay at one of the Hard Rock All-Inclusive Collection Resorts and much more. The funds raised by this once-in-a-lifetime musical extravaganza and unique auction will help Little Kids Rock bring the gift of music education to disadvantaged youth across the United States. The funds from this event and auction will enable Little Kids Rock to bring free lessons and instruments to over 100,000 disadvantaged public school students in 12 states.“Putting instruments in [children’s] hands is empowering,” Van Zandt said after personally delivering guitars to Little Kids Rock students in the Bronx last year. “We’re the only country in the world that thinks that art is a luxury. It’s not a luxury; it’s a necessity of life.”“It is a privilege to honor Steven Van Zandt,” said David Wish, Little Kids Rock’s Founder and Executive Director. “To do so with the company of the E Street Band friends and family is just thrilling.” Wish added, “Steven Van Zandt is a great artist, philanthropist and humanitarian who has provided tremendous support for Little Kids Rock students and for many people around the world. No wonder so many other artists are coming out and paying tribute to him.”Together, The House of Marley and 1Love.org are this year’s presenting sponsors of the Right to Rock Celebration and an ongoing partner with Little Kids Rock. The House of Marley is a collection of premium quality, earth-friendly lifestyle and personal audio gear, created in partnership with the Marley family, and donates a portion of all sales to 1Love.org, the Marley family nonprofit organization that focuses on youth, planet and peace. During the event, 1Love.org will announce a surprise fundraising project with Little Kids Rock that honors the spirit and artistry of the legendary Bob Marley.Tickets are available here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Grammy Nominees Album To Benefit MusiCares

first_imgCapitol Records and The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Recordings will release the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album on Jan. 22, 2013 and provide lucky music and GRAMMY fans two chances to attend the 55th or the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.The album features 22 critically acclaimed smash hits from a myriad of chart-topping artists from various genres. Artists include The Black Keys, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift, Gotye, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Bruce Springsteen, Pink, Jack White, Maroon 5, Muse, Carly Rae Jepsen, Coldplay, Adele and more.The 19th edition of the best-selling collection includes many of the most widely recognized GRAMMY categories representing nominees for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The album is made possible by a special arrangement with all of the major music distribution companies and rotates labels from year to year. A portion of the proceeds from the album benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation — two charitable organizations established by The Recording Academy.In conjunction with the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album, Capitol Records and The Recording Academy will offer two opportunities to attend the annual GRAMMY Awards. First, when pre-ordering the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album at www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum by Jan. 21, music fans can enter to win a trip to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2013. Additionally, providing another chance to win tickets to Music’s Biggest Night, each 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album purchased in stores will include a special game piece featuring a unique entry code for the GRAMMYTicket Game. To participate, the code must be entered at www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum for the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 56th Annual GRAMMYAwards in 2014. The second-place winner will receive other official GRAMMY Awards merchandise.The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

A Family Affair at Annual Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit

first_imgTwenty-three years after screen icon Elizabeth Taylor started her Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), an intimate group of 250 family members and friends packed into the Wilding Cran Gallery in Hollywood to continue her foundation’s work.Celebrity host Colin Farrell and musical guest Katharine McPhee mesmerized the crowd while the Taylor family – a true living and breathing testament to Taylor’s presence – were there in force to engage and envelop the audience.Grandson Rhys Tivey sang and played trumpet to a captivated audience. Granddaughter Naomi Wilding spoke and assisted Andrea Fiuczynski, chairwoman of Sotheby’s West Coast, with auctions of priced works by notable artists and photographers like Bruce Weber, Carole Bayer Sager, and Catherine Opie. Ex-daughter-in-law Aileen Getty – who has lived with HIV/AIDS for almost 30 years – took to the stage with executive director of ETAF Joel Goldman. She encouraged everyone to give generously and announced that she would match every donation.February 27th would have been Dame Taylor’s 82nd birthday and the event was truly a celebration of her vision, generosity, and commitment to raising awareness of those who are most disenfranchised within the HIV/AIDS community worldwide.Joel Goldman called Taylor his “guiding star.” He played a video of Taylor’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award acceptance speech in 1993 that perfectly captured the spirit of her legacy:“I am asking for your help. I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being to prove that we are a human race. To prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame, that our sensitivity of those in need is stronger than our greed, that our ability to reason overcomes our fear. And at the end of each of our lives, we can look back and be proud, that we have treated others with the kindness, dignity and respect that every human being deserves.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Jussie Smollett To Perform At Point Honors New York

first_imgThe Point Foundation has announced that singer and actor and star of FOX’s “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, will be the featured performer at the April 9, 2018 Point Honors Gala at The Plaza in New York City.The evening will honor journalist Ronan Farrow, with the Point Courage Award, presented to him by fellow journalist, Thomas Roberts. Comedian Tig Notaro, is also slated to be honored. The event benefits Point Foundation scholarships for LGBTQ students.Jussie Smollett is best known for his groundbreaking role as Jamal Lyon in the mega-hit television series “Empire,” but is now emerging beyond what many call one of the most powerful characters on television. From co-starring as Sergeant Ricks in Ridley Scott’s No. 1 box office hit, “Alien: Covenant,” to the release of his new album “Sum of My Music,” Smollett is breaking new ground. His work has been recognized with multiple NAACP Image Awards and the prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award.Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 98 current scholarship recipients and 270 alumni will be present at the event to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.For more information and tickets, please visit: www.pointfoundation.org/HonorsNY18last_img read more

Montreal to get a new largely digital fashion week

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook A new fashion week is in the works for Montreal, and it will largely take place online.Digital Fashion Week Montreal is set to launch in March 2017, with organizers “re-writing the fashion week business model.”Runway shows will be streamed live to a global audience, but there will also be real-world networking events and other educational initiatives to support Canadian designers. The showcase was founded by Melanie Trevett, a fashion and retail entrepreneur who recently moved to Montreal from the United Kingdom.Her new festival comes three years after Montreal Fashion Week merged with the city’s Fashion + Design Festival in 2013.It also follows the loss of Toronto Fashion Week, which announced earlier this month that it was folding.“Canadian designers will be empowered with a fashion week that truly belongs to them, one that will take their careers into the future and from which the industry can grow internationally,” according to a release issued Wednesday.The event has lined up sponsors including Maybelline New York, Redken 5th Avenue New York, and essie.The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ontario inquest bears echo of residential school tragedy First Nation leader

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – An Ontario inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations high school students is raising difficult questions and themes sure to be echoed by a forthcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, Aboriginal leaders say. The inquiry, which resumes Monday in Thunder Bay, is exploring how the deaths were investigated and the level of communication between officials and families, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said in an interview. Nishnawbe Aski is one of the parties with standing at the inquest. “I think there are a couple of themes that have emerged from this inquest that we see a strong parallel with the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” Fiddler said. “One is the racism that these students experienced here in Thunder Bay and the lack of proper attention by the authorities into these deaths. There were delays in launching a full-scale search for these students once they were reported missing.” The inquest, which is being conducted in phases in front of a jury, is exploring what happened to 15-year-old Jethro Anderson, 18-year-old Curran Strang, 21-year-old Paul Panacheese, 19-year-old Robyn Harper, 17-year-old Kyle Morrisseau, 15-year-old Jordan Wabasse and 15-year-old Reggie Bushie. The deaths, which occurred between 2000 and 2011, all took place while the students were living in Thunder Bay, away from their First Nations communities, in order to be able to attend high school. Many northern Ontario communities lack high schools, which forces young people to live in boarding houses that are closer to available facilities, Fiddler said. “For the most part, you don’t have a choice but to go to high school _ whether it is in Sioux Lookout or Timmins or Thunder Bay,” he said. It’s an experience with which Fiddler has first-hand knowledge. “For me, it was the realization I was one of those kids,” he said, recalling the memory of leaving his First Nations community to attend school in Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay. “It hits pretty close to home. You can’t help but feel that you have to do something about what was happening _ and what is happening.” Although the jury’s conclusions are not binding, the hope is that it can make recommendations in order to prevent deaths in similar circumstances. The inquest is expected to highlight systemic problems with First Nations child welfare and access to education _ areas also flagged in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recent findings in its exhaustive study of Canada’s now-defunct residential school system. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett called the Thunder Bay deaths a “terrible tragedy.” “Obviously the child welfare system is not working and I have already promised that we will look at it and overhaul it to make sure that we can have families stay together whenever possible,” said Bennett. “This is truly sobering, this inquest … we want to be able to put in place concrete actions at all levels of government to prevent this tragedy in the future.” Canada may no longer have residential schools, but the attitudes and stigmas that helped bring them about are still a factor, said NDP Indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, whose northern Ontario riding includes a number of First Nations communities. “I’ve spoken with young people who have left home at 14 and lived in boarding houses,” Angus said.“ They talk about the residential schools; they say, ‘This is what my grandparents when through.”’ Young Indigenous people are often forced to leave their tight-knit home communities behind, ending up in big cities that can be dark and dangerous alternate worlds, Angus said. “Why is that situation happening? It is because the federal government doesn’t supply high schools in many of these communities.” Bennett said the new Liberal government is looking at solutions. “I’m heartened by the fact that so many people are thinking about these things and obviously it really touches Charlie Angus’s riding,” she said. “The kinds of supports and services that are there for those communities (are) clearly not adequate.”last_img read more

Staggering number of suicides leads to MOU between Innu and Newfoundland

first_img(Left to right: Innu Nation Deputy Grand Chief Simeon Tshakapesh, Innu Nation Grand Chief Anastasia Qupee, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, Mushuau Chief John Nui, and Sheshatshiu Chief Eugene Hart.)Todd Lamirande APTN National NewsNewfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and four Innu leaders signed an agreement to hold an inquiry into the “treatment, experiences and outcomes” of Innu youth in care by the end of September.Ball characterized it as an “aggressive timeline.”“When you look at the numbers, they’re staggering,” he said. “Disproportionate numbers of suicide rates, disproportionate number of children in care. We know, and I know, feeling this for a while now, that we really need to get together in an inclusive way to get to what the root problems are. And then from that, we can establish how we get to putting the proper preventative measures in place in Innu communities.”The memorandum of understanding states that by July 31, 2017, the terms of reference for the inquiry will be agreed upon. However, Ball could not say if it would be a full public inquiry conducted in front of a judge.“This is about preventing youth and children from going into care and making sure we have the wraparound services in Innu communities that are ultimately appropriate,” he said.Innu Nation Deputy Grand Chief Simeon Tshakapesh was happy with the outcome.“I am very proud being Innu today,” he posted on Facebook. “Innu from Labrador has prevailed today through all our pain that’s why we are successful today. I have fought along with other former leaders and present leaders so many years for our people. Now I can see the real hard work paid off.”It was the suicide of Tshakapesh’s son, Thunderheart, this past May that brought the issue to the forefront. Tshakapesh and Innu Nation Grand Chief Anastasia Qupee confronted Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett at a July 1st barbeque in her Toronto constituency. (Simeon Tshakapesh, with his son Thunderheart.)An emotional Tshakapesh yelled at Bennet that he wanted his son back.“Stop stealing our children. Yes, stop it,” he shouted. “Something gotta end. We can’t keep burying our own.”Thunderheart, 16, took his own life after being sent out from his community in Labrador, Natuashish, for solvent abuse.“My son had a life and a dream. And that dream is killed by the system,” Tshakapesh told Bennett.She said his death was unacceptable and promised to change it.“How can we protect our future when they are so far away from us?” Qupee asked Bennett. “There’s broken connections that are being done by this government. And it’s hurting us. We’re the leaders. Yet, we’re the ones that go home to all the pain and suffering in our communities.”After nearly half an hour of discussion, Minister Bennett handed Tshakapesh a small pouch of tobacco. In exchange, Tshakapesh gave Bennett the protest sign he was holding, with the condition that he will hold the Indigenous Affairs Minister to her word.“I may be gone, but this still going to exist,” he said while holding up the tobacco. “And this is gonna be turned back to you and what you said here.”The MOU does ask the federal government to participate in the Inquiry.“But even without federal participation, we made an agreement that we are going to pursue,” said Premier Ball.In pictures posted on Facebook by his father, Thunderheart enjoyed hunting and playing the guitar. His first demo was posted on YouTube on March 24, 2017. [email protected]last_img read more

Children are going to die Manitoba Child Advocate calls for change

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsA new report released Tuesday outlines the life and tragic death of Tina Fontaine, and subsequently the many systems that failed the young First Nations girl.The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth released her 115-page report, “A Place Where it Feels Like Home: The Story of Tina Fontaine,” during a special ceremony in the teen’s home community of Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120 km north of Winnipeg.Daphne Penrose, the province’s children’s advocate, said the report focuses on Fontaine but could represent many of the children her office deals with.“Not enough has changed since Tina died in 2014…this report mirrors the story of many, many other kids,” she said.On Aug. 17, 2014, Fontaine’s 72-pound body, wrapped in a duvet and weighted down with rocks, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River. This came days after she was reported missing.Fontaine, who grew up in Sagkeeng, was in the city to spend time with her birth mother when she became a victim of exploitation.“People come to understand the indicators of exploitation,” said Penrose. “When on the streets, nothing comes free.”Penrose made five recommendations in her report, including the need for better access to mental health and addiction services and a new protocol to address missing youth and sexually exploited youth.Fontaine was in the care of child and family services (CFS) at the time of her death.During her murder trial the jury heard CFS consistently didn’t know where she was, or if she was in danger.In February 2018, the jury found Raymond Cormier not-guilty in Fontaine’s death.In the 10 months prior to the teen’s death, seven missing persons’ reports were filed with police, including one the day after she was last seen.This is too common for kids in care, Penrose explained.“We need to be able to pull that apart and understand when a child is missing with risk those kids need responses…so that work can be prioritized and joint child welfare and police systems can work together to find kids and bring them back to safety,” she said.Lack of services was also a major theme throughout the report.Fontaine began to struggle with mental health issues and self-harm after the death of her father, Eugene, in 2011.The report said support from victim services was not offered, nor was any counselling.She was being raised in what was, by all accounts, a loving home by her great-aunt Thelma Favel.When Favel reached out to CFS for help addressing Fontaine’s behaviour she was referred to several different agencies.It was a common theme throughout Fontaine’s life.The teen never received any counseling and eventually became an exploited runaway bounced through the system.Penrose urged the government to take immediate action.“What’s at stake is the lives of children,” said Penrose. “Children are going to die if we don’t make changes.”Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson was on hand for the release and called the report a start.“Do what you have to do. Protect those children,” he said. “Jurisdiction should have no issue. It shouldn’t be provincial, federal. We’re talking about kids here.”“If we can get to that where the communities are being listened to, I’m sure the numbers would go down.”Fontaine’s death was a catalyst for change.It renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, saw the re-emergence of the Bear Clan Patrol and saw the formation of Drag the Red, a Winnipeg group who patrols the Red River in the summer.Penrose applauded these grassroots organizations and called for the rest of Canada ensure the protection of youth in care.“It is not this report that changes it…we all have a responsibility,” she said.The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) released a statement calling for an independent inquiry into Fontaine’s death.“The recommendations, and the public tracking and monitoring of the compliance of them by the MACY, are a start to finally deal with the death of Tina Fontaine,” AMC acting Grand Chief Betsy Kennedy wrote.“However, it does not respond to all the questions and concerns. Manitoba not only must have the political will to only implement these recommendations, but also implement what Manitoba First Nations have identified in ‘Families First’, as well as fully respond to the report of the National Inquiry into MMIWG.”Favel, Fontaine’s great-aunt and primary caregiver, did not attend Tuesday’s event. The family has asked for privacy during this time.On Monday Favel told APTN News by phone that she wants Tina to rest now and hopes the release of this report will help with [email protected]@bhobbs22last_img read more

La Loche school shooter facing life in prison to appeal for youth

first_imgThe Canadian PressA lawyer for a young man who shot and killed four people and injured seven others in northern Saskatchewan to argue in court today that the offender should serve his sentence as a youth.The shooter was weeks shy of turning 18 when he killed two brothers at their home and then a teacher and a teacher’s aide at the La Loche high school in 2016.He was sentenced as an adult last year to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder.Defence lawyer Aaron Fox plans to ask the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to sentence the shooter as a youth or order a new hearing.The shooter, now 21, is to appear in court by video.A publication ban ordered because of the appeal prevents identifying him.‘Lost soul’In January, Fox filed documents with the Appeal Court that said his client is a “lost soul who slipped through the cracks” as he suffers from different mental disorders and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.Fox argued the sentencing judge focused on the gravity of the crime while failing to consider evidence that spoke to cognitive problems affecting the offender’s maturity, empathy, ability to understand consequences and, above all, his level of blame.“All of which were aggravated by a multitude of surrounding circumstances, not the least of which was the failure of the education system in La Loche, to supply him with the help that he needed,” said the documents.They added that the shooter had an IQ of 68 and, at the time of the shooting, was repeating Grade 10 for a third time.The Crown previously argued in court that the shooter should be sentenced as an adult given the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s circumstances.In her sentencing decision, the judge found the shooting involved sophisticated planning. Court heard the shooter researched different kinds of guns and the damage they could do to people. The night before the shootings he did an online search asking, “What does it feel like to kill someone?”Fox said the shooting was a result of his client’s depression, anxiety and hopelessness.“His ‘sophisticated plan’ was to shoot people at the school and then die,” said the documents.last_img read more

Miss Keenans class at KhatinasAxh school in the Yukon wins a trip

first_imgLuke SmithAPTN NewsMiss Keenan’s Grade 5, 6 and 7 class at Khatinas.Axh school in the Yukon has won a Parks Canada contest that will see them travel to Manitoba this summer.The school is based in Teslin, a small community about two hours south of Whitehorse.It’s home to about 125 people – mostly Tlingit.The community has a speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour and one of its RCMP cruisers is made out of plywood.But the kindergarten to Grade 8 school, which has about 50 students, plays a big part in the community and is supported by the community’s Elders.One of the challenges this community faces is the preservation of its inland Tlingit language.And how they do that was one of the keys to winning the [email protected]last_img read more

California may limit liability of selfdriving carmakers

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners.If adopted, the regulations drafted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles would protect these carmakers from lawsuits in cases where vehicles haven’t been maintained according to manufacturer specifications.That could open a loophole for automakers to skirt responsibility for accidents, injuries and deaths caused by defective autonomous vehicles, said Armand Feliciano, vice-president for the Association of California Insurance Companies. For instance, manufacturers might avoid liability if the tires on self-driving cars are slightly underinflated or even if the oil hasn’t been changed as regularly as manufacturers suggest, he said.“When is the last time you followed everything that is listed in your car manual?” Feliciano said.The California DMV declined to comment on its proposed regulations because they’re still being finalized.PAVING THE WAY FOR AUTONOMOUS CARSDetermining liability for self-driving cars is just one of the many hurdles that still must be addressed as dozens of automakers and technology companies expand their tests of robotic vehicles cruising public roads scattered across the U.S. Some of these companies are hoping to deploy their self-driving vehicles in ride-hailing services and eventually sell them to consumers within the next few years.As biggest testing ground for self-driving cars, California is being viewed as a bellwether for how other states might sculpt their regulations down the road.The section addressing the limits of automakers’ liability adopts much of the wording proposed in an April 24 letter to the DMV from Paul Hemmersbaugh, formerly chief counsel for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and now chief counsel for the General Motors division overseeing self-driving cars.Consumer Watchdog, an activist group frequently critical of business interests, believes Hemmersbaugh plied the connections he made at the California DMV while working at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to insert the clause that could make it easier for self-driving carmakers to avoid liability.“It is the result of the ongoing and troubling federal revolving door between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the auto industry,” Consumer Watchdog officials wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to the DMV and the head of the transportation overseeing the agency.“MORAL HAZARD”Under current law, automakers can still be held liable for faulty equipment or other flaws in vehicles that require a human driver, even if the owners haven’t followed all the maintenance instructions.That would change if the DMV’s proposed regulations go on the books as is, warned the Consumer Attorneys of California, a professional association of trial lawyers.“This language creates a dangerous ‘moral hazard’ where manufacturers are encouraged to create unreasonable or impossible maintenance specifications to shift the burden onto (self-driving car) consumers or the public at large for technological failures,” the trade group wrote in its Oct. 25 comments to the DMV.GM spokeswoman Laura Toole lauded the “transparency” of the DMV’s process. Dozens of parties also submitted comments and recommendations, leaving it to the DMV’s staff to decide which to include in the agency’s proposed rules, she said.RULES FOR ROBOTSIn his April 24 letter, Hemmersbaugh linked his recommendations to concerns that self-driving carmakers might be held responsible for all vehicle problems “without taking into account the acts of intervening parties and other factors that contributed to an incident.”Self-driving cars are being touted as safer alternative to vehicles operated by humans who get drunk or distracted. But accidents are still bound to happen, and some are likely to be caused by equipment defects, said Jacqueline Serna, legislative attorney for the Consumer Attorneys of California. And when that happens, she said, it should be left to the courts to draw the lines of liability.“The courts have dealt with new technology in the past and they are equipped to do it again,” Serna said.The issue could end up in court if the DMV doesn’t revise the current wording of its regulations. Consumer Watchdog says it will sue if the current regulations are approved and insurance trade groups say they may take legal action, too.last_img read more

French president says China will buy 184 Airbus jets

first_imgBEIJING, China – China plans to buy 184 Airbus A320 jetliners, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday, in a diplomatic tradition aimed at defusing trade complaints.Chinese President Xi Jinping said his government “will preserve parity” in market share between Airbus and its U.S. rival, Boeing, said Macron at a news conference.China often times announcements of purchases of aircraft and other big-ticket items to coincide with visits by foreign leaders in an effort to defuse trade tensions.Macron said details have yet to be completed and he gave no financial figures. At the list price for A320s, the order could total $18 billion, but large buyers often get deep discounts.“China will preserve its volume of purchases in the future and will preserve parity in market share between Airbus and Boeing,” Macron said.last_img read more

Trump insider and National Enquirer exec leaving Postmedia board of directors

first_imgDonald Trump insider David Pecker is stepping down from the board of Canadian media giant Postmedia Network Canada Corp.The company that owns several of Canada’s biggest daily newspapers says Pecker tendered his resignation so that he can better focus on his other business interests.The CEO of American Media Inc., publisher of the tabloid National Enquirer, was reported last week to have been granted immunity by U.S. federal prosecutors in return for information in their probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.“David noted that it is important for him to focus his efforts on ensuring that his businesses are best positioned for continued growth,” said Postmedia lead director Peter Sharpe in a news release.Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey thanked Pecker for his service since being appointed to the board of directors in October, 2016.According to a company regulatory filing, Pecker earned fees of $117,500 for about 11 months of service in the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2017, and had perfect attendance for nine meetings of Postmedia’s board and five meetings of its compensation and pension committee.His departure is effective immediately.The Associated Press has reported that the Enquirer kept a safe containing documents about hush-money payments and damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:PNC)last_img read more

Husky Energy offers apology for largest ever oil spill off Newfoundland coast

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Husky Energy is apologizing for Newfoundland’s largest-ever oil spill last month, which saw 250,000 litres leak into the ocean.The huge spill of oil, water and gas happened while Husky Energy’s SeaRose platform was preparing to restart production during a fierce storm that was, at the time, the most intense in the world.In a statement Monday, the company says it is “deeply sorry” for the incident and is committed to learning from it and putting measures in place “to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”On Friday, Husky submitted its preliminary report on the Nov. 16 spill, stating that it appears that a flowline connector failed near the South White Rose Extension drill centre — about 350 kilometres east of St. John’s.The company says the initial release occurred during the 20 minutes that crews were troubleshooting a drop in flowline pressure, and a retest led to a second release lasting about 15 minutes.  The regulatory board that oversees the province’s offshore activities has said it’s now impossible to clean up the oil spill.Scott Tessier, chief executive of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, said no oil sheens were spotted on the water, meaning the oil has likely broken down to the point that it cannot be cleaned up.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores

first_imgSHORT HILLS, N.J. — A growing number of brands born on the internet, from Casper to Indochino, are opening physical stores and moving into suburban malls once considered doomed as more Americans shop online.Digital natives are discovering that it’s become more expensive to acquire customers through banner ads and email giveaways. At the same time, opening a store has become more affordable as mall vacancies force landlords to offer flexible leases and other perks. Jim Ward, who heads up recruiting for online brands for mall owner CBL, says it can be 10 times as expensive to acquire a new customer online as it is in a store.Store openings are a major shift for once online-only brands that until recently believed they didn’t need a physical presence to generate robust sales growth.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Understanding the new cannabis legislation as it pertains to youth

first_imgThe RCMP say there are two pieces of legislation at play, the B.C. Cannabis Control and Licensing Act as well as the Federal Cannabis Act.“Both have been put in place to protect children and youth and to promote health and safety for all who chose to possess and consume cannabis.  To enforce the protection of youth and their physical and mental wellbeing, police and courts across Canada have been provided new powers to issues fines and jail terms that previously did not exist.”Police are reminding youth that they have the power to issue tickets for underaged pot uses, a power that did not previously exist.“Previously, if a youth was found with a very small amount of cannabis, regardless of age, one way for police to deal with it was what was called a No Case Seizure.  In this instance, police would seize the cannabis and have it destroyed locally; done.  But now under the new cannabis legislation, police have the power to issues tickets that previously did not exist.”The best suggestions the RCMP can give you is that you do your research on what is actually legal and what is not and the penalties associated with them.For more information on marijuana use, you can visit Health Canada’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is reminding parents and youth about the rules regarding legal marijuana use.With legalization in October, the RCMP say this is not open to everyone, particularly to youth under the legal requirement age of 19 in B.C.“Many of teens are excited about the legalization of cannabis but what they may not know or understand is that nothing has changed for those who are 18 and under… cannabis is still illegal.  And just because it is legal doesn’t mean it doesn’t impact those who are using it, especially developing teens.”last_img read more

Kenney says Legault has shaky grasp of history when it comes to

first_imgThe Canadian Press QUEBEC — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shot back at his Quebec counterpart Monday, saying Francois Legault does not understand the history of equalization.On Sunday, Legault defended equalization against criticism from Alberta, saying the program was part of the “original deal” when Quebec entered Confederation in 1867.Kenney pointed out that the first equalization system was introduced in 1957, and the principle of equalization was included in the Constitution in 1982. Legault had said Quebec, which received $13.1 billion in equalization payments in 2019, has a right to equalization, and no province can unilaterally change the formula under which Ottawa distributes the money.He acknowledged that other premiers, whose provinces are running budget deficits, expressed unhappiness at last month’s premiers’ conference in Saskatoon.“There is something I don’t like,” Legault said. “There are premiers of rich provinces who look at Quebec and say: ‘We are sending you a big cheque. We’d rather keep the money here.’ ”In a Facebook post Monday, Kenney corrected Legault on his history and took him to task for opposing new pipelines while his province benefits from Alberta’s oil and gas wealth.“If Ottawa and other provinces want to benefit from Alberta’s resources, then they must not oppose the transport and sale of those resources,” he wrote.last_img read more

App to detect fake currency developed

first_imgKolkata: Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a smartphone-based application to detect counterfeit currency and also provided solutions for industrial operations ranging from thermal power plants to nuclear radiation tracking, an official said. A group of six students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering developed the code for a smartphone application to detecting counterfeit currency. The image processing application which can detect counterfeit currency, can be installed on smartphones and thus used by people at various points to reduce the chances of fraud, a statement said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”A user can upload a currency note image and the mobile app would verify its authenticity using 25 features extracted from the front and rear side of the currency note. In case of detection of a fake note, the user will also be notified…,” TYSS Santosh, the research leader, said. To address the issue of occupational hazard for people working in the domain of a nuclear-powered device, students were asked to develop a solution for visualising and localising a 3D radiation source along with its size, shape and orientation, given the data on spatial dosage. The 6-member student team proposed a solution based on Boltzmann Transport Equations dealing with the flow of heat in fluids from hotter regions to colder ones. The students solved the reverse Boltzmann Transport Equations using the dataset for a given area to estimate the source location. “This solution is well-suited to occupational workers carrying wearable sensors detecting radiation dose data.”last_img read more

US moves to put new tariffs on 112 bn worth of EU

first_imgLondon: The United States wants to put tariffs on $11.2 billion worth of EU goods from airplanes to Gouda cheese to olives to offset what it says are unfair European subsidies for plane maker Airbus. While the size of the tariffs is small compared with the hundreds of billions the US and China are taxing in their trade war, it suggests a breakdown in talks with the European Union over trade at a time when the economy is already slowing sharply. The US and EU have been negotiating since last year about how to avoid tariffs that President Donald Trump has wanted to impose to reduce a trade deficit with countries like Germany. The US Trade Representative’s office released late Monday a list of EU products it would tax in anticipation of a ruling by the World Trade Organization this summer. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe US had in 2004 complained to the WTO, which sets the rules for trade and settles disputes, that the EU was providing unfair support to Airbus. The WTO ruled in May last year that the EU had in fact provided some illegal subsidies to Airbus, hurting US manufacturer Boeing. The US expects the WTO will say this summer that it can take countermeasures to offset the EU subsidies. It will now start a consultation with industry representatives on the list of EU goods it wants to tax so that it can have a ready list. “This case has been in litigation for 14 years, and the time has come for action,” said US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The move, while nominally following international trade rules, appears to also reflect US frustration at the slow pace of talks on trade with the EU.last_img read more

Sugar mills owe 50 mn cane farmers record 438 bn

first_imgNEW DELHI/MUMBAI: India’s money-losing sugar mills have run up a record $4.38 billion in arrears to 50 million cane farmers, who have gone unpaid for their produce for more than a year, industry and government sources said on Thursday. Years of bumper cane harvests and record sugar production have hammered domestic prices, hitting mills’ financial health to such an extent that monies owed to farmers, who form an influential voting bloc, have ballooned to an all-time high. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFarm leaders say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has not done enough to help them get the cash owed them. Modi’s office did not respond to an email seeking comment. “The prime minister publicly promised farmers – in 2014 and 2017 – to help them get their payments within 15 days of selling their produce to sugar mills,” said M.V. Singh, convener of the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sang, or National Forum of Farmers and Labourers. Despite the promise, Modi’s government has done little to ensure timely payments, Singh said. The unpaid dues affect growers in the key cane-producing states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Punjab, Haryana and Karnataka. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOf the $4.38 billion in unpaid dues, mills in Uttar Pradesh, India’s top cane-producing state, owe 108 billion rupees ($1.56 billion), the industry and government sources said, citing their calculations based on cane prices and the volumes bought by sugar mills. In Uttar Pradesh, top producers such as Mawana Sugars Ltd, Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Ltd and Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd, as well as unlisted Modi Sugar Mills, Wave Industries and Yadu Sugar Ltd, owe the bulk of arrears to farmers, according to the industry and government sources. “Along with the fact that sugar prices are much below the cost of production, huge inventories worth 800 billion rupees are adversely affecting mills’ paying capacity,” said Abinash Verma, chief of the Indian Sugar Mills, the producers’ body. The high inventories are keeping domestic sugar prices depressed and increased storage costs. Mills have started losing money and are finding it difficult to pay the farmers. As cane harvests jumped, domestic sugar prices fell 20 percent over the past two years, with mills often complaining about prices falling below their production costs. “Most cane growers are barely able to scrape through and it’s sad that neither the state governments nor the Modi administration have done anything,” said Pushpendra Singh, president of the Kisan Shakti Sangh, a farmers’ association. Falling farmer incomes and job scarcity have made Modi’s re-election bid more complicated than anticipated. Out of 545 seats in India’s lower house of parliament, cane farmers are key voters in 164 of the constituencies. The government took a clutch of measures, including incentives for exports and creation of buffer stocks to help trim inventories and prop up prices so that mills can pay farmers, said a federal food ministry official who did not wish to be identified in line with government policy. The measures have yielded few results so far, giving little relief to either farmers or mills, said the sources.last_img read more

US State Department addresses Turkish issues

first_imgWASHINGTON (AA) – State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf Wednesday tackled several pressing issues on Turkey.The Deputy Spokesperson denied media reports that the US has frozen its assistance to the Syrian opposition.“Not at all. Not to my knowledge. No, our assistance continues. Ambassador Ford is on the ground meeting with them right now. That report would seem to be pretty false to me,” said Harf during the daily press briefing. Turkish daily, Hurriyet, reported that the US had halted its assistance to the opposition pending the opposition meeting certain criteria.US still concerned over CPMIEC missile dealHarf concurred with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey’s missile defense future was ultimately a sovereign question. She added, however, that the US is concerned by the choice of the Chinese firm, China Precision Machinery Import Export Corp. (CPMIEC), and a potential lack of interoperability with NATO missile defense systems.“We have also said, two points, that this company is currently sanctioned by the United States, and that as part of NATO and a NATO ally, it is important to have systems that are interoperable”, remarked Harf.CPMIEC is currently sanctioned by the US for alleged violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.Source of Ignatius media leak still unknownThe source of a media report that alleged Turkey exposed 10 Iranians working with Mossad to Tehran is still unknown, according to Harf.“I have no information at all about who may have been sources of this kind of stuff that’s out there in the press,” said Harf.Asked whether the incident led to Congress delaying weapons transfers to Ankara, Harf said that such questions should be directed to Congress.last_img read more

34 children died in Indian relief camps since September

first_imgNEW DELHI – At least 34 children aged below 12 died in relief camps in India’s Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts between September 7 and December 20, according to a report by a government appointed committee formed on December 13 to verify reports of deaths among children in camps.“Children have died of pneumonia, not of cold,” the principal secretary of Uttar Pradesh state, Anil Gupta, said on Friday while commenting on relief camp deaths.Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lungs, usually caused by bacterial or viral infection, which primarily affects the microscopic air sacs.Noting the commitee’s conclusion that the majority of child deaths had occurred outside relief camps, Gupta said, “about ten to twelve children below the age of fifteen died in the relief camps and four kids succumbed to pneumonia.” Gupta denied that there had been medical negligence on the part of doctors at relief camps as serious cases were referred to Primary Health Care centers (PHCs) and district hospitals.Initially the state government had denied outright any deaths at Muzaffarnagar camps, even submitting an affidavit before the Supreme Court with similar claims.The Hindu-Muslim clashes in northern Indian state Uttar Pradesh which broke out on September 7 claimed 65 lives. It left 85 others wounded and rendered 51,000 people, mostly Muslims, homeless.Nearly 5,000 people are still holed up at five relief camps in the Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, with almost 2,000 in Loi relief camp alone. Around 2,000 others are in Malakpur.last_img read more

Nelson Mandela to be honored at 20th Fes Festival of World

first_imgFez – The 20th Fes festival of the world sacred music, to be held from next June 13 to 21 will pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, the first African president of post-apartheid south Africa who passed away lately at 95.This year’s festival, themed, “conference of birds, when cultures travel ” will feature a much-awaited concert of Youssou Ndour and Johnny Clegg in the mythical Bab Makina square.Youssou Ndour is Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman and a politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and much of Africa. He has been holding since 1985 a mega concert in Dakar for the release of Mandela. Johnny Clegg has always linked his music to the anti-apartheid struggle.The famous Fes Forum will debate aspects of Mandela’s personality as a militant and politician. The African leader will also be present in the Batha museum for a debate titled “Is a Mandela possible in the Middle east?”last_img read more

180 Million Cost of the New American Embassy in Rabat

Rabat- Built on 16,000 square meters of which 3,500 covered, the new US embassy in Rabat has reportedly required a total investment of $180 million. The new premises will be officially inaugurated around November 20th by the US Vice President Joe Biden and another top official whose identity has not yet been revealed, according to Le 360 website.“The land on which the embassy was built belongs to the US government. It was offered by the late king Hassan II to the United States in 1978,” says Aziz Younes, an American diplomat of Lebanese descent. He is also the head of project whose work began in February 2012 in the presence of the then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine El Othmani at the time Minister of Foreign Affairs. “The new premises have been designed to be eco-friendly, with the installation of a water recycling unit and a solar energy supply up to 35% of total consumption, said the U.S. official.“The embassy has the most sophisticated and modern protection systems and security surveillance. The chancery was built on the model of those of Pakistan and Jakarta in Indonesia,” he added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Morocco A French Moroccan and Algerian Wanting to Join ISIS Arrested

Rabat – As part of action to anticipate and prevent terrorist threats, the National judiciary police squad arrested on Monday, in collaboration with the general directorate for territory surveillance, two extremists, a French national (B.F) and a Moroccan with French nationality (A.A) while they were getting ready to join terrorist organization ISIS in the Syrian-Iraqi region, said the Interior ministry in a statement.These individuals, who left France, are involved in Jihadi activism and propaganda in favor of ISIS through the translation and posting, on several websites, of statements by the said terrorist entity as well as videos defending barbaric terrorist acts by ISIS fighters, it said.After swearing allegiance to the so-called Caliph of ISIS, these two extremists worked on the web to spread ideas of the said organization calling for expanding the state of Caliphate to include the Kingdom. In the same day, another extremist of Algerian origin (A.B) was arrested in Fez while staying illegally in Morocco and marrying a Moroccan woman who has recently joined ISIS in Syria, accompanied by her parents, it said.This person, who was planning to join his spouse in order to reinforce the ranks of ISIS, was coordinating his scheduled travel with fighters in this hotspot.These people will be brought to justice after the completion of the investigation conducted under the competent public prosecutor’s office, it added. read more

North Carolina Three Muslim Students Killed in Alleged Hate Crime

By Kristina FriedRabat – Craig Stephens Hicks, 46, was charged with the first-degree murders of three young Muslim students in North Carolina on Wednesday. He is currently being held in Durham County Jail, according to Newsobserver.The victims were Deah Shaddy Barakat, a 23 year old doctoral student of dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his 21 year old wife Yusor Abu-Salha, a student at North Carolina State University who was due to graduate this year with a degree in biological sciences, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, also a student of NCSU in the faculty of architecture and environmental design. All three victims were found dead due to gunshot wounds in the apartment of the recently married couple, which is located in a neighborhood that sees little violent crime. According to local WRAL news, the victims had all been shot in the head. The bodies have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh, the capital, for an autopsy, according to Newsobserver.Although a motive has not yet been established, social media is linking the murders to Islamophobia, with people taking to Twitter to condemn the crime. Newsobserver reported that one Twitter user tweeted, “three Muslims murdered tonight in Chapel Hill, NC by a man because they were Muslim. What a sad night in America.” Others compared the shooting to the recent attacks on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Europe, with The Independent quoting Twitter user Zain Khan as saying, “RIP to the three #Muslims murdered. I’d like to see the same public uproar as the “CharlieHebdo aftermath.”The link to Islamophobia is supported by the texts and images condemning all religions that have been linked to Hicks’ Facebook profile, in which he describes himself as an atheist, according to The Independent.The victims are being remembered through a Facebook group called “Our Three Winners” as well as the continuation of a project spearheaded by Barakat, called “Project: Refugee Smiles”, which aims to provide Syrian refugees with dental attention as well as support local dental clinics in Turkey. Barakat had been planning on going to Turkey himself to participate in the project. read more

Three Lebanese Singers to Perform at 2016 Mawazine Festival in Rabat

Rabat – Three Lebanese singers, Diana Haddad, Myriam Fares and Yara, will perform at the 2016 Mawazine Festival: Rhythms of the World, according to a March 8 statement released by Maroc Cultures, the cultural foundation responsible for organizing the event.The 15th annual festival will mark the return of three prominent singers from the Middle East.Dianna Haddad—whose fan base includes millions of Moroccans—will perform at the opening of the eight-day event at the Nahda stage on Friday, May 20. Nicknamed “the princess of Arab music,” Haddad released her debut single entitled “Saken” in 1997. She is considered one of the most popular singers in the Arab world. Her widespread success is often attributed to her fluency in several Arab dialects.In 2013, Haddad released a song in Darija, or Moroccan Arabic Dialect, entitled “La Fiesta” as a tribute to her Moroccan fans. Her debut performance at Mawazine occurred during the festival’s 8th year in 2009.“The Queen of Lebanon,” Myriam Fares, will perform on Sunday, May 22 at Nahda stage.The 33-year-old singer has released several albums, including “Myriam” in 2003 and “Nadini” in 2005. She is known for her unique style, a blend of traditional music and pop.Fares gained famed by posting video clips of her music on YouTube, where her uploads became popular among listeners from all over the Arab world.Yara will appear on the Nahda stage on Tuesday, May 24.After Yara won Kass El Nojoum, a musical competition broadcast on LBC, she released her debut track “Hob Kabeer” in 2005. She quickly rose to fame following a successful duet with Palestinian singer Fadel Shaker.The 15th annual Mawazine Festival is scheduled to take place in Rabat May 20–28. The festival will also include performances by French rapper Maitre Gims, Samia Tawil, Kadim Al Saher and Christina Aguilera.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

Morocco Thwarts ProPolisario Move by Algeria Venezuela in UN Decolonization Committee

Rabat – Morocco and other friendly United Nations state members have thwarted maneuvers by Algeria and Venezuela to name the Polisario Front the representative of the Sahrawi people.According to Moroccan state press agency (MAP), prior to the UN Special Committee on Decolonization meeting on Friday, Venezuela, which currently chairs the committee, attempted to introduce paragraphs to the draft of the committee’s resolution stating that Polisario is the representative of Sahrawis in Western Sahara.The maneuvers, instigated by Algeria, Polisario’s main sponsor, and led by Venezuelan ambassador to the UN Rafael Ramirez, also sought to impose visits to the Western Sahara by the committee. The Algeria-Venezuela machinations prompted Morocco and a number of allies to counter the proposals. Seven countries addressed a letter to the committee’s president, contesting the proposals to confer a status of Sahrawi representative on the separatist group.Along with Cuba, Venezuela remains Latin America’ strongest ally of thePolisario Front and Algeria.On several occasion, the Venezuelan representative has tried to drag the issue of Western Sahara into discussion in UN meetings, prompting strong responses from Moroccan ambassador Omar Hilale.Back in April, Ramirez intervened during a meeting to discuss the financing of the Sustaining Development Goals (SDG). He saw it an occasion to once again bring up the question of Western Sahara, saying the realization of the SDG objectives should take into consideration “occupied territories” including Western Sahara.“Apparently the Venezuelan representative got it all wrong concerning the meeting and its agenda by mentioning Moroccan Sahara,” said Hilale.Hilale, who has consistentlyrebuked the Venezuelan regime and its ambassador to the UN, reminded Ramirez and other UN state member states representatives that “Morocco did not wait for SDG to be adopted to launch a sustainable development model in the Sahara with a budget that amounts to USD 7 billion.”He further explained that unlike the Venezuelan regime, which he describedas the “last dictatorship in Latin America,”the investment rate in Western Sahara “guarantees a sustainable development,” adding that “all components of the local population” are included in the process. read more

Car Drives into Crowd in Marrakech Injuring 11

Rabat – An unidentified individual drove their car into a crowd in Al-Dakhla Street in Al-Masirah district of Marrakech on Sunday evening, injuring 11 people, said local authorities.The injured passengers were taken to Ibn Tufail Hospital, and most have left after receiving necessary treatment.Foreign tourists were among the injured, one of whom is believed to have died in the hospital, reported local news outlet Rue20.com. According to initial investigations, the driver, who was in an “abnormal state,” was driving at a high speed. They ran into the crowd after losing control of the vehicle and subsequently fled.The security services opened an investigation into the incident. The arrest of the person responsible for the hit-and-run has now been given “great importance,” said the news outlet, and the vehicle they were driving has been identified by the police. read more