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Two big festivals add zing to Berhampur polls

first_imgThe election carnival in Odisha’s Berhampur has coincided with two big festivals — the 32-day-long biennial Thakurani Jatra and 21-day-long Danda Nata festival — adding to the excitement of the residents. The Thakurani Jatra festival, famous for its colourful carnival spirit, started in the early hours of Saturday. The 21-day-long Danda Nata festivities will continue till April 14 and voters of Berhampur will exercise their franchise for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls on April 11.Decked up in colourful flags of Danda Nata, Thakurani Jatra and those of various political parties, Berhampur looks ready for triple celebrations.During the next two weeks, three types of processions will be an everyday affair in the city. The Thakurani Jatra Ghatam will be taken out to different streets of the old town area during evenings. The march of Danda Nata troupes holding hundreds of flags has already begun.Song and dance showsNight-long folk dance and opera shows are part of Danda Nata being held in different areas of the city. Political roadshows and street-corner meetings have added to the excitement.“The noise caused by blaring sound systems used for Danda Nata, mixed with that of election campaign loudspeakers, will surely give us a headache,” said Sunita Behera, a housewife. The threefold festivities in Berhampur is expected to increase voter presence on the polling day. “Usually residents of the city working outside and married daughters return to their parental homes during Thakurani Jatra and Danda Nata. It is expected to increase voting to some extent on April 11,” said BJP leader Manoj Patnaik.last_img read more

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Private member bill on SCs defeated in RS

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) A private member bill proposing inclusion of certain castes in the Scheduled Castes (SC) category was defeated in Rajya Sabha today, nearly three months after the government almost faced an embarrassing situation on it in the Upper House.The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014, moved by Vishambhar Prasad Nishad of the Samajwadi Party in April last year, was voted out with 26 members opposing it while five members favoured it. The bill was put to vote after Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi pushed for it, saying a discussion on it has already taken place. Earlier on December 4 last year, the government, which disfavoured the bill, was on the verge of facing an embarrassing situation in the House when it was about to be put to vote in the House where it is in a minority. The embarrassment was averted as the ruling side cited lack of quorum. As per the rules, the House should have at least 10 per cent of members of the total strength present for quorum. In the case of Rajya Sabha, presence of at least 25 members is required for quorum. Normally, private member bills, except in a rare few cases, are withdrawn by those moving them after a reply from the government. Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot had earlier urged Nishad to withdraw the bill saying that the Centre cannot include castes like Mallah, Goriya and Kashyap under SC as the Registrar General (RGI) has rejected the UP governments proposal twice. Nishad had said that amendments were necessary to remove certain anomalies as some castes like Mallah fall under SC in Delhi and West Bengal and not in Uttar Pradesh. In some states, some castes are under SC in some districts, while in other districts they in other backward castes (OBC) category, he said, adding that there is a need to remove such disparity not only in UP but across the country. PTI RNK AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey: Australia clinch ninth title, India settle for silver

first_imgIndia’s hockey team suffered a 0-4 drubbing in the final against reigning world champions Australia who captured their ninth Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title here on Saturday.Thomas Craig (25th and 35th minutes) scored twice before Matt Gohdes, playing in his 150th match, scored in the 43rd and 57th minutes as Australia produced a stirring high-pressing game.It was Australia’s fourth Azlan Shah Cup title in six years, while five-time champions India claimed their second runners-up finish in the annual tournament. India had finished runners-up in the 2008 edition, to Argentina.Earlier in the bronze medal match, New Zealand defeated Malaysia 5-4 via penalty shoot-out. New Zealand scored twice in the final quarter to equalise 3-3 as the match headed to the shoot-out.In the final between last year’s silver medallists Australia and 2015 bronze medallists India, the former started strongly, executing their high-pressing game to good effect. They even had their centre-back and captain Mark Knowles going all over the Indian goal to attack.However, Indian defenders did well to close down the space and didn’t allow any genuine field goal chances in the first quarter.Australia got their first chance in the ninth minute when Craig’s hit kissed the leg of S.K. Uthappa and they were awarded a penalty corner. Andy Hayward’s drag-flick went inches away, much to the relief of the Indian camp.Australia continued to attack and Craig ended the deadlock in the 25th minute. After receiving a cross from the left, Craig resisted Jasjit Kular and Danish Mujtaba before moving away to create space and shoot the ball home. It was Craig’s third goal of the tournament.advertisementTill this time, the Indians had hardly threatened the Australian goal and when they mobilised their troops ahead, Australia caught them off-guard, sneaking in in a flash to earn a penalty corner.However, Blake Govers’ flick was dismissed by the Indian defence and in the counter, they got their first chance. But Mandeep Singh’s deflection off a long square pass was wayward.Trailing by a goal, India pressed high for the equaliser and managed to earn a penalty corner, executed by Harmanpreet Singh which was blocked by Andrew Charter.India’s positive mobilisation turned awry when Craig added his second goal in a counter-attack. Australia brilliantly used the wings to create space and Simon Orchard’s pass at the far post was met by a diving Craig, who managed to beat Indian goalkeeper Akash Chitke.India, on the turn, launched a fierce counter-attack that saw the ball almost being cleared by Chris Ciriello. It earned India a penalty corner but Rupinder Pal Singh’s drag-flick was dismissed by Charter and his army of defence.India conceded their third goal in the 43rd minute when midfielder Matthew Swann was involved with Chitke and as the Indian goalkeeper and the Australian both fell down, Eddie Ockenden snatched the ball and passed it to Gohdes, who employed a reverse-hand strike to make it 3-0.Gohdes made it 4-0, thanks to an error from India’s changed goalkeeper Harjot Singh. Gohdes received a diagonal pass on the left to execute another left-hand strike that was half-heartedly defended by Harjot, leading to the fourth goal.With this goal, Australia began to celebrate the title triumph in front of a nearly packed Azlan Shah stadium.In the presentation ceremony, Australia’s Blake, who scored four goals, was declared the player of the tournament. Pakistan’s Arslan Muhammad Qadir scored six goals — maximum in the tournament and walked away with the young player of the event award.last_img read more

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#OperationCricketGate ICC seeks footage on India Today sting operation

first_imgThe International Cricket Council will visit the India Today office in Noida on November 9. Cricket’s world governing body has sought footage of the sting operation.On October 25, India Today reporters disguised as bookies unearthed a massive scandal on Wednesday as they caught the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator allowing people access to the pitch on the eve of the second ODI between India and New Zealand in Pune.Pandurang Salgaonkar was barred from entering the ground and subsequently suspended. He was also questioned by an ICC team in an undisclosed location.The reporters asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be done to which Salgaonkar replied, “it will be done”.Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.Salgaonkar even allowed our reporters to inspect the pitch in person, clearly violating the laws as set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).”Two players want some bounce on the pitch. If that can be done,” one of the reporters is heard telling the curator on tape.”It will be given. I told you this is a 340-run wicket either way. New Zealand always bowl with their speedsters and our pitch has always favoured pacers,” he responded.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo completes 400 goals in top 5 European leagues but Juventus drop points

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is now the first player to score 400 goals across the top five leagues in Europe after he scored Juventus’ only goal in their Serie A match against Genoa on Sunday.Despite Ronaldo achieving the huge milestone, Juventus dropped points as they were held 1-1 by Genoa.For Ronaldo however, a fifth league goal for Juventus took him to 400 goals in Europe’s top five league, adding to his 84 goals for Manchester United in the Premier League and a massive 311 for Real Madrid in La Liga.It was as early as the 18th minute when Ronaldo put Juventus ahead in the match as the Serie A leaders had a dominant first half. However, defensive errors in the second half from Juventus allowed Daniel Bessa to draw Genoa level.@Cristiano is now the first ever player to score 400 goals in the five major European leagues.#JuveGenoa #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/ETSFUA1w1CJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 20, 2018Eventually, Juventus’ 10-match winning streak in all competitions came to an end.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri blamed his players for being sidetracked by their Champions League trip to Manchester United on Tuesday.”It’s simple,” he told reporters. “Genoa did well not to expose themselves, but these things shouldn’t happen. We played for 10 minutes and then started thinking about Manchester.”We went from being frenetic to falling asleep and vice-versa. We should have had our mind on the job.”I think it’ll be a good lesson for us, as this is a wake-up call, so everyone can remember that nothing is to be taken for granted. Every match has to be won on the pitch in 90 minutes. Nothing is guaranteed or won before we’ve stepped on to the pitch.advertisement”It’ll be very different with Manchester United, as we will both be playing to win. Genoa did well today to play in defence and try to stay in the game, but I have to say this was the biggest example of drifting out of the game that I’ve seen in my five years at Juventus.””Juve took their foot off the gas.”@OfficialAllegri reacts to #JuveGenoa draw https://t.co/CaWmbv9GaT #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/F9wBFVzxlUJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 20, 2018Ronaldo had come close to opening the scoring after just 14 minutes when he powered a header onto the post from a Juan Cuadrado cross.The Portuguese opened his account just five minutes later, tapping in from close range after Genoa failed to clear their lines when Joao Cancelo’s shot took an awkward deflection inside the box.That effort put Ronaldo 10 goals ahead of Lionel Messi’s tally of 390 goals scored in Europe’s main leagues. The Argentine was on target for Barcelona in their 4-2 La Liga win against Sevilla.The atmosphere at the Allianz Arena was dampened after racist chants during Juve’s last home league game against Napoli resulted in a closure of the Curva Sud’ section of the stadium. The Italian champions, though, were allowed to fill the seats with local school children.Krzysztof Piatek, who leads the Serie A scoring charts with nine goals, tested Wojciech Szczesny from range before flashing a header wide as the visitors improved after the break and drew level when Bessa headed home from close range on 68 minutes.There were further chances for Ronaldo, Miralem Pjanic and substitute Paulo Dybala but Genoa stood firm to earn an unexpected point.Earlier, Roma were beaten 2-0 by SPAL courtesy of an Andrea Petagna penalty and a Kevin Bonifazi header either side of the break. The result leaves the capital club in sixth place before Sunday’s games, 11 points adrift of leaders Juventus.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Update: Efforts to Self-Float Hanjin Aqua Unsuccessful

first_imgAttempts of the South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping to refloat M/V Hanjin Aqua that ran aground off Sangiang Island, Indonesia on December 4 have proved to be unsuccessful, according to an update from the ship’s owner.Namely, last week the vessel’s owners tried self-floating with the ship’s own engine and tug boats, but it could not be pulled out.As these efforts failed, Hanjin Shipping is now arranging for the salvage of the vessel via salvage companies.The Panamanian-flagged containership Hanjin Aqua ran aground onto the rocky shallows while sailing to Jakarta from Port Adelaide, at Sunda Strait. The ship is reported to be carrying 2,303 TEU of cargo including hazardous waste.M/V Hanjin Aqua sustained damage to its hull and breaching some of its ballast compartments that started taking in water causing the ship to develop a list. However, the ship is not in danger of sinking.“In respect to refrigerated cargo please note that the vessel is safely powered and reefer containers are operating as normal,” Melbourne-based shipping company ANL informed.The container ship has been replaced by a substitute vessel on the service, which has been normalized.The 2012-built container ship features 62,448 in DWT and is 249 meters long.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Lobster Industry Improving its Competitiveness

first_imgThe province is helping Nova Scotia’s lobster industry improve its competitiveness in the global marketplace. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced $54,000 in funding today, July 24, for the Lobster Council of Canada and the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association to develop and deliver workshops focused on the Canadian lobster brand. The workshops are for harvesters, dealers, processors and shippers throughout Nova Scotia. They will be held in the fall of 2012. “The lobster industry in Nova Scotia is worth $400 million in export value to our province and is a way of life for many people in our rural coastal communities,” said Mr. Belliveau. “We must work hard to ensure Nova Scotia has excellence standards for our lobster industry that will be judged favourably by world seafood markets.” Marketability has been identified as a key factor in improving returns. The workshops will help all members of the industry understand the role they play in the lobster value chain. “The Long-Term Value Strategy for Canadian Lobster, released in 2010, tells us that lobster quality, brand and price are linked together as never before,” said Geoff Irvine, Executive Director of the Lobster Council of Canada. “The Lobster Council of Canada welcomes the opportunity to work with the industry in Nova Scotia on these important workshops.” Through the workshops, industry members will look at practices through the distribution chain to achieve best possible results in the market. “Given the challenges we’ve seen within the industry in the past few years, the importance of quality handling of our product in developing our brand has come to the forefront,” said Marc Surette, executive director of the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association. “By educating plant workers and harvesters on best practices for handling such an important natural resource, we can continue to provide global markets with a world-class product that everyone in the industry can continue to be proud of,” said Mr. Surette.last_img read more

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Public Safety Canada says printing a gun without licence could lead to

first_imgPublic Safety Canada says it’s closely monitoring U.S. moves that would allow designs for 3D-printed guns to be posted online, but there are rules already in place to prevent unauthorized weapons from being made.“Regardless of manufacturing method, a business licence is required to produce a firearm and all firearms are subject to the Firearms Act, the Criminal Code and their associated regulations,” the department said in a statement.It adds it’s illegal to make or possess a firearm without the right licence and registration certificate.“The Firearms Act requires that a business, museum, or organization must have a firearms business licence to manufacture ammunition, firearms, restricted or prohibited weapons, or prohibited devices. A business licence is valid only for the activities specified on the licence.”Anyone who makes weapons or ammunition knowing they aren’t authorized to do so could face up to 10 years in prison, according to the section of the Criminal Code that deals with weapons trafficking.The legal wrangling in the U.S. around 3D-printed firearms dates back to 2013, when Texas-based Defence Distributed started publishing downloadable gun blueprints online. The plastic guns are easy to hide and difficult to trace.The State Department ordered company founder Cody Wilson to cease, but the U.S. government settled with his company in late June, which would have allowed the files to be posted again on Wednesday.But on Tuesday a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order to stop the release of the blueprints, saying they could end up in the wrong hands.“There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made,” said U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik.Eight Democratic attorneys general had filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the federal government’s settlement with Defence Distributed. They also sought the restraining order, arguing the 3D guns would be a safety risk.U.S. President Donald Trump has said on Twitter that he is looking into the matter, has spoken to the National Rifle Association and that it “doesn’t seem to make much sense!”Kerry Stevenson, editor and founder of the 3D printing blog Fabbaloo, said the level of alarm over the release of the 3D-printed gun designs is unwarranted.“These files have been informally available for a couple of years now and anybody who really, really wanted them would surely have found them already,” he said.But the combination of two hot-button issues — 3D printing technology and the proliferation of guns — has created a big media buzz, Stevenson added.“People think that 3D printers are these magic machines that can make anything like a Star Trek replicator. But they aren’t. They’re just another machine that can make certain kinds of stuff.”He noted that there have long been computer-driven machines used to manufacture products out of metal, which would make more durable guns than the hard plastic ones 3D printers churn out.He said 3D-printed guns are not strong enough to withstand more than a few uses before they crack. Weighing the poor product quality against the substantial costs of 3D printers, Stevenson said he can’t see many people resorting to that method to get their hands on a firearm.University of Calgary law professor Lisa Silver said authorities need to find a balance between making sure 3D printing technology is allowed to flourish for its many legitimate and beneficial uses, while restricting any potentially dangerous activity.She said it’s likely Canada’s firearms laws and regulations would cover 3D-printed firearms, but the language may have to be tweaked to make it completely clear.“If I were the government, I would want to make sure all my legislation is up to date, that I’ve got the opinion of my policy people that say ‘yes, it would cover that kind of firearm,’” she said.The advent of 3D-printed firearms could also make police investigations more complex, Silver added. For instance, search warrants may need to be extended to computer forensics, when they wouldn’t have in the past.“It’s another one of those new technologies that the police just have to keep apace of and be one step ahead of people who are going to use them for criminal activity.”— With files from APlast_img read more

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Prince Charles Visits Princes Trust Projects In London

first_imgThe Prince of Wales visited The Prince’s Trust projects in London this week as he embarked on a series of events highlighting his charity’s work.Prince of Wales with CEO of Marks and Spencer, Marc Bolland, and newly employed Prince’s Trust ‘Make your Mark’ participantsCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/His Royal Highness was greeted by the friendly face of Anthony McPartlin and when he took the escalator to the basement floor serving behind the deli counter was the other half of the TV double act Declan Donnelly.The Prince was visiting the store to learn how a group of young people have got to grips with the Make Your Mark four-week work placement scheme, a collaboration between M&S and the Trust.Behind the counter was Rebecca Blythe, 23, who moved from South Wales to London with her partner for a new start but found herself struggling to get a job.She said: “I’m glad I’ve done this, the four weeks have been a great success and I’ve made lots of new friends.”At a reception The Prince handed out certificates to all those who had taken part in the Make Your Mark course then M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland told the group of young people they all had jobs causing some to burst into tears.Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust who was part of the visit, said: “A frightening number of unemployed young people don’t have a support network in place, and they can often end up feeling hopeless and alone. But, with the right support we can help get these lives on track. We are incredibly grateful to Marks & Spencer for helping us to reach the most vulnerable young people offering them hope for the future.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

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Will not tolerate muscle flexing in state Mamata

first_imgBhatpara/Palta/Rajarhat: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to tell lies about Bengal’s development and do a bit of homework before addressing election rallies.Without naming Arjun Singh, BJP nominee for the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, Banerjee issued a stern warning and said she would not tolerate any kind of muscle flexing in the area. She addressed a mammoth rally at Bhatpara on Thursday afternoon. Later, she addressed two other meetings at Palta and Rajarhat respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee also added that in the past eight years, massive development has taken place in Bengal. Through various schemes, people from all walks of life have benefitted. Over 60 lakh girl students are getting the benefits of “Kanyashree” and around one crore students studying in state-run and aided schools are getting cycles free of cost under the “Sabuj Sathi” project. Around 8 crore people are getting rice at Rs 2 a kilogram under the “Khadya Sathi” scheme. The newly introduced “Swasthya Sathi” project will benefit around 8 crore people and the card will be issued in the name of the senior most woman member of the family as a part of women empowerment. “During Dr BC Roy’s time, development projects had been carried out but after that everything got stalled in Bengal. The Trinamool-led government has carried out massive development in infrastructure,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”But there are people who come to Bengal just to defame the state. Modi comes here and spreads lies. He said the government does not allow Durga Puja or Saraswati Puja. More than one lakh Durga Pujas and more than a crore Saraswati Puja are organised in Bengal. He should do a little bit of homework before telling such blatant lies.” Criticising the Prime Minister, she said: “He is so shameless that he does horse trading and says 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with him. Not a single MLA will join him,” she said and alleged: “BJP had banned high-value notes to fill up its own coffers.”last_img read more

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Rubiales Its an Honor to Play the Spanish Super Cup in

Rabat – The Royal Spanish Football Federation president has said he is delighted with Morocco’s organization of the Spanish Super Cup final.President Luis Manuel Rubiales made his appreciatory remarks today in a press conference with the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa. Rubiales is convinced that all conditions are fulfilled for a great football meeting between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona, on August 12, in Tangier’s Ibn Batouta stadium. “It was an easy decision to go for Morocco and Tangier. I am convinced that we will experience a joint celebration with a great Moroccan public, who are great football fans,” Rubiales said.“For us, it’s an honor to play the Spanish Super Cup in Morocco, a country that is at the forefront of African football,” he added, highlighting the ancestral relations uniting Spain and Morocco in all fields.“Spain and Morocco are two friendly countries united by history and geography, but also by values and passion for football,” said the former player of Levante and Alicante. He said that thanks to this match, the milestones of a fruitful cooperation are set to move forward in the cooperation between the football authorities of the two countries.“The great goal of this meeting FC Barcelona / FC Sevilla is to unite our two populations, which is the essence of sports and football,” said Rubiales.Morocco is a nation of football whose team showed professionalism and high technical quality at the last World Cup held in Russia, concluded the president of the FRMF.This will not be Tangier’s first experience as a “neutral site” for foreign leagues, as the city’s stadium hosted the French Super Cup on two occasions: the 2011 Super Cup between Lille and Marseille (4-5) and the 2017 Super Cup between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco (2-1). read more

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GuineaBissau Unconditionally Supports for Moroccos Autonomy Plan

Rabat – The government of Guinea-Bissau has expressed “unconditional” support for Morocco’s territorial integrity. The statement is part of Guinea-Bissau’s determination to back Morocco’s Autonomy Plan submitted to the United Nations in 2007 as a political solution to end the dispute over Western Sahara.On August 22, Bissau-Guinean Minister of Foreign Affairs Suzi Carla Barbosa said that, along with the autonomy plan, her country also expresses full “support for the role played by the United Nations as an exclusive and consensual framework” to reach a lasting solution to the conflict.Barbosa made her remarks in a joint statement following talks with her Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, in Rabat on Thursday, August 22. Guinea-Bissau also reiterated support for Morocco’s territorial integrity at the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly held in October  2018.In her meeting with Bourita, Barbosa also extolled the partnership her country has with Morocco, welcoming the “huge economic opportunities offered by both countries.”A statement of the meeting reaffirms Guinea-Bissau’s determination to develop bilateral trade and establish a “mutually beneficial economic partnership.”Read Also: Kuwait, Guinea Bissau Support Morocco’s Sovereignty in Western SaharaData from the European Commission’s directorate-general for trade shows Morocco as one of the top trading partners for Guinea-Bissau in 2018. Excluding region member states, Morocco is the seventh biggest source of imports to Guinea-Bissau with a value estimated at €3 millionThe joint statement from Bourita and Barbosa emphasizes that “both sides urged economic operators in the two countries to conduct prospecting missions and participate in economic and trade events organized by the two countries.”The two countries aim to foster collaboration in agriculture, health, education, fisheries, infrastructure, and training.Education partnershipIn 2015, King Mohammed VI and Guinea-Bissau’s head of state Jose Mario Vaz signed 16 partnership agreements in several fields, including education.Under the partnership agreement on education, Morocco will grant scholarships and internship opportunities for students from Guinea-Bissau.The recent meeting between Bourita and Barbosa served as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of the agreement for students.Morocco has decided to increase by 50% the number of scholarships granted to Bissau-Guinean students from 80 to 120, Maghreb Arab Press reported.Morocco also vowed to support Guinea-Bissau’s determination to implement socio-economic development projects to strengthen peace and stability in the country. read more

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UNmandated group suggests screening rights records of Congolese soldiers

21 May 2009The expert panel monitoring United Nations sanctions imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has underscored the need for a vetting mechanism to screen the human rights records of officers in the national army, as part of overall efforts to reform the security sector. In its interim report, published today, the Group of Experts on the DRC focuses on the security situation in North Kivu province, where the most serious fighting took place in late 2008, and particularly on the accelerated military integration of non-State armed groups into the national army (FARDC) in early 2009.They state that information on the continued presence of children in the ranks of the recently integrated brigades, as well as grave human rights abuses committed by former commanders of armed groups currently integrated in the FARDC “make a compelling argument” for the establishment of a vetting mechanism.The Group considers that such an initiative is “indispensable” for a sustainable integration process, and would strengthen the Government’s capacity to effectively extend State authority in the strife-torn eastern part of the vast nation and protect its own nationals. “In the absence of such a mechanism, command responsibility for human rights abuses of the civilian population will ultimately rest with the supreme military command of FARDC,” the report adds. The Group also highlights a number of other concerns on the issue of military integration, notably the maintenance of parallel command structures operated by former senior officers of rebel National Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP) who have been integrated into the FARDC. Also, it notes that there are several armed groups in South Kivu which have not yet joined the integration process, including some Mai-Mai militias. The Group is also concerned about ongoing militia activities in the Ituri region, which it continues to monitor closely.The Group is also continuing to monitor the situation in north-eastern DRC, after it received verified reports of hundreds of civilian casualties and abductions at the hands of the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) since December 2008. read more

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Myanmar UN envoy meets with leading Government and opposition figures

Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Myanmar, said that during the three-day visit he underlined the importance of the Government implementing its stated commitments on such issues as governance, human rights, the rule of law and sustainable development. In a press statement issued in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, Mr. Nambiar noted that expectations are high both domestically and internationally that the Government will soon take “concrete steps” to meet those commitments. “In all my meetings I stressed that this must include the release of all political prisoners and inclusive dialogue with all segments of society, as well as greater outreach to the international community to ensure that the proposed reforms enjoyed broad buy-in,” he said. “Only then can there be greater confidence that the efforts undertaken will indeed serve to meet the long-standing needs and aspirations of the people of Myanmar. There is no time to waste if Myanmar is to move forward.” Mr. Nambiar welcomed the themes and reforms outlined by President Thein Sein in his inaugural speeches on “some of the most pressing political and economic challenges facing Myanmar.” The Special Adviser cited sustainable development and equitable growth; good governance, through greater inclusiveness, accountability and transparency; respect for fundamental human rights, the media and the rule of law; and continued engagement with those who do not accept the recently adopted constitution and the Government’s roadmap agenda. During the visit Mr. Nambiar met with the ministers of foreign affairs, home affairs, social welfare, national planning and development, as well as newly appointed presidential advisers for political, legal and economic affairs. He also held discussions with the Deputy Speaker of the People’s Assembly and the Secretary-General of the Union Solidarity and Development Party. In addition, Mr. Nambiar met with Ms. Suu Kyi and members of the NLD’s central executive committee, and also with representatives of parliamentary political parties and civil society organizations. During the visit he also reiterated the UN’s commitment to engage more with the people and Government of Myanmar on issues ranging from health and education to human rights and capacity building. 13 May 2011A top United Nations official today wrapped up a visit to Myanmar, where he met with senior members of the country’s newly installed Government and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). read more

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WHO satisfied China has excellent SARS response measures in place

“We’ve seen that there has been a massive effort to mobilize the population both in urban and rural areas across the country, encouraging people to monitor themselves for fever and to ensure that SARS cases are quickly identified, isolated and treated,” David Heymann, WHO’s Executive Director for Communicable Diseases, said at a press briefing on the situation of SARS control in China.The briefing – where he was joined by China’s Executive Vice Minister of Health, Gao Qiang – marked the first joint news conference between high-ranking Chinese and WHO officials since the SARS outbreak began late last year.Initial WHO assessments, issued in late April following a visit to Guangdong Province, expressed serious concern over the lack of urgency in reporting SARS cases, and criticized the Chinese Government for not immediately treating the outbreak as a public health emergency.Dr. Heymann noted the vast difference in approach now, praising the openness with which the Ministry of Health welcomed the WHO team. He cited the high level of commitment and determination at all levels of the health system as largely responsible for the recent dramatic decline in the number of cases seen throughout mainland China.Indications of the effectiveness of control measures cited by Dr. Heymann include the very short time now occurring between the onset of symptoms and the detection and isolation of cases, and the speed and efficiency of contact tracing.The WHO team, however, said it was still concerned by the lack of a reliable, sustainable surveillance system to detect the first hints of a resurgence of cases, some delays in meeting WHO requests for further information, and wide variations in application of the national case definitions, which can lead to under-reporting of cases.The briefing followed a day of intensive meetings during which WHO officials reviewed data and statistics from selected provinces, voiced their concerns, and received frank and detailed answers. The team has been in China since Tuesday. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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Teck Resources ramping up cost cutting efforts due to lower commodity prices

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2013 5:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Teck Resources ramping up cost cutting efforts due to lower commodity prices Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B) is ramping up its cost-cutting efforts to reflect lower commodity prices, especially for steelmaking coal, after reporting second-quarter earnings about half of what the miner saw a year ago.“Teck is adapting to current market conditions,” president and chief executive Donald Lindsay told analysts during a conference call Thursday.“We’re matching our coal production to market demand. We continue to reduce costs and we’ve increased our cost reduction targets. We are prudently deferring projects and capital expenditures … So we’re demonstrating a very disciplined capital allocation process.”The Vancouver-based company — one of Canada’s largest coal producers and a major miner of copper, zinc and other commodities — has been hit particularly hard by lower prices for steelmaking coal, which fell by 23 per cent compared to the same quarter last year.The company said copper prices fell by 38 cents during the quarter, while zinc was down by two cents.As a result, the company said it has decided to slow reopening of its Quintette coal mine in British Columbia and Phase 2 of the Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile.“We’ve elected to delay the final decision to place the Quintette mine into production to minimize our production volumes and capital expenditures in these market conditions,” Lindsay said.Teck also increased its cost reduction target to $300 million, up from the previous goal of $250 million.The miner said it has already implemented $220 million of the original cuts and has identified an additional $80 million.Real Foley, vice-president of coal marketing, said stabilizing spot prices suggest the commodity markets may be “bottoming out.”“There are a number of market areas where we see either improved or stabilizing fundamentals, and demand is reflecting that,” Foley said.“But, at the same time, there is still uncertainty around the world, so that is what is keeping pressure on the steel and coal prices.”Teck made its comments after reporting a second-quarter profit attributable to shareholders of $143 million or 25 cents per share, down from $354 million or 60 cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, which excluded a number of one-time items, the company said it earned $197 million or 34 cents per share — three cents better than analyst estimates, but down from $398 million or 68 cents per share a year ago.The company’s revenues from operations were $2.2 billion for the three months ended June 30, down from $2.6 billion a year ago.Copper revenue totalled $693 million, down from $731 million, while coal revenue amounted to $1 billion, down from $1.36 billion a year ago.Zinc revenue fell to $455 million compared with $467 million in the second quarter of 2012 and energy revenue doubled to $2 million compared with $1 million.Teck shares were up $1.01 at $24.70 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday afternoon. read more

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Urban Meyer 2015 Ohio State Spring Game wasnt a Cardale day

Redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) threw for 304 yards and 2 touchdowns during OSU’s Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium, but completed just 19-of-42 passes and added 2 interceptions.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerAlthough football was being played, it was a halftime performance that seemed to stand out more than the 17-14 final score at Ohio State’s annual Spring Game.And it wasn’t a performance by the OSU Marching Band, either.Redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones stepped up to the south goal line and chucked the football 74 yards in the air to win the QB Skills Challenge against redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett and 2006 Heisman winner Troy Smith.And that was after already playing a half of football.“My arm was kind of tired. I probably (could) throw it a little further,” Jones said after the game.Jones was the only one of the trio of quarterbacks who are set to compete for the starting job that took part in Saturday’s scrimmage, as Barrett and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller continue to sit out while nursing injuries.OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game that he won’t worry about his quarterback situation until fall camp rolls around.“I won’t spend much time at all about that, other than making sure that Braxton’s getting the proper treatments and J.T. Barrett’s moving forward,” Meyer said. “And then how we’re going to work this summer as far as those kids throwing together.”But once the Buckeyes report for camp, Meyer said he will put a lot into making the final decision as to who will make the season-opening start against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.“I’ll come up with some kind of system throughout training camp that we’re going to chart everything that everyone does,” Meyer said. “This can’t be, ‘Well, I’m going with him because it’s my gut feeling.’ Those gut feelings, it’s got to be statistical analysis and data, backed up on who is going to play quarterback.”Jones, who has taken the majority of the snaps throughout spring, struggled slightly in the Spring Game, completing 19-of-42 passes for 304 yards and two interceptions.While he also threw two touchdowns — including a 37-yard toss to redshirt-senior wide receiver Corey Smith that clinched the win for the Gray team — Meyer said he wasn’t impressed with Jones’ performance.“That wasn’t a Cardale day. He played behind a makeshift offensive line. I can give you a bunch of excuses, but he’s got to be much sharper than that,” Meyer said. “For the spring, I’d give him a very good spring, though. You didn’t necessarily see it today.”Jones said that while it will be difficult with players going home for the summer, he will still have things he can improve on that aren’t necessarily physical.“You can always work on all areas of your game. But things I think I improved on is being more of a vocal leader,” Jones said. “Being more hands on with guys instead of just telling them what to do, show them and move their splits and adjust, things like that.”And while Jones has only started three games, albeit that those were the Big Ten Championship Game, the Sugar Bowl and national title game, he said he still wants to earn the respect of his teammates even more heading into the 2015 season.“Carrying this leadership over to the weight room and the summer conditioning, things like that,” Jones said. “So the guys I’ll be going with can see that they can trust and believe in me and they know I got their back.” read more

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Driver arrested for attempted murder after ploughing car into Gravesend nightclub in

first_img“We ripped the tent wall apart and got out and called the police.”It was a complete mess of panic and chaos.”One partygoer wrote on Facebook: “I was right in front of the gate, only saw 1 security guard get hit before running for safety hope no one else got hurt.”Kent Fire and Rescue Service said they had been called to assist Kent Police at an incident on Queen Street.A spokeswoman said: “We were called at 11.53pm to assist Kent Police at an RTC (road traffic collision) in Queen Street, Gravesend.”Two fire engines attended. We left the scene at 12.50am.” A number of people have been injured and a man has been arrested on suspicion  of attempted murder after a car was driven into a Gravesend nightclub. Revellers described scenes of chaos after the vehicle ploughed into a marquee at the venue shortly before midnight on Saturday. Kent Police said the driver was believed to have been asked to leave Blake’s nightclub in Queen Street following an altercation, and added that the incident was not being treated as terrorism.Details on the conditions of those injured have not been released.The force said: “The driver of the vehicle who is believed to have been asked to leave the nightclub earlier that evening following an altercation has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody. A number of people have sustained injuries.”Footage posted on social media showed a large car, headlights still shining, on a chequered dancefloor inside a marquee at the Blake’s nightclub. Never been so scared in my life. The car came inches from running me and my friends over, What is the world coming too? SMH #Gravesend #Blakes pic.twitter.com/ETNv11yRdM— Sonny Powar (@Sonny_Powar) March 18, 2018 In another clip, security staff appear to surround the driver, and a reveller can be heard asking: “Why did he try and do that?”. Another replies: “I’m so confused.”Witness Sonny Powar said he saw two people get hit by the car before the driver was pulled from the vehicle. “(It was) just a normal night out at Blake’s Nightclub in Gravesend in Kent,” he told the Press Association.”But some guy wasn’t let into the club or got kicked out so he drove his 4×4 into the tent we was all in.”It stopped at my feet so any further and I could of died then he reversed up and we all ran. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A GUY WHO DIDNT GET LET IN THE CLUB JUST DROVE HIS CAR INSIDE AND NEARLY KILLED US ALL pic.twitter.com/8CkeUn2TSm— Reece Parkinson (@Reece_Parkinson) March 17, 2018last_img read more

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WWE RAW Ratings Viewers down for October 29 fallout from WWE Evolution

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles RAW Preview: Steve Austin to moderate contract signing, KOTR Semi-Final Triple Threat Pinterest WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE RAW Ratings are in for October 29, 2018.This week’s episode from Charlotte drew an average audience of 2.47 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that averaged 2.55 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 4, No. 6 and No. 7 for the night on cable. Last week’s show, with Roman Reigns’ announcement, came in at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7.Monday Night Football on ESPN won the night on cable (10.845 million viewers).Only the first hour of RAW this week had higher numbers than the first hour last week.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 2.723 (up from 2.609 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.455 (down from 2.622 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.237 (down from 2.413 million viewers)Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams WhatsApp WWE announces new matches for RAW this Monday live at Madison Square Garden Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Videos Articles Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Shawn Michaels Ronda Rousey Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Ogden Publishing To Integrate Fulfillment with Email Marketing

first_img“If we know that we can have something that is automatically triggered as a result of something they’ve already purchased, that the campaign has already designed, it’s more targeted to that particular customer and we can still personalize it. It just makes us able to connect with more relevant offers and more timely as well,” Olmsted said.This will allow Ogden to update customer information daily instead of monthly from their fulfillment platform.“I think it will be advantageous not only for us but for relating to our customers as well,” Olmsted said.The purchasing information will still be maintained in the Advantage system but the customer data will be pulled into iPost nightly, which will then send customers relevant information on other products based on their recent prior purchases.This partnership will be cemented in the next three to six months, Olmsted said. Ogden Publications will be combining their in-house fulfillment database with their e-mail service provider to better market content and consumer products to readers.The blending of Advantage Computing Systems’ fulfillment platform with the iPost iMM digital e-mail marketing technology is expected to have beneficial results.“Within iPost, the only way we can get the data into our e-mail service provider database is to export it from Advantage and upload it into iPost and we do that periodically,” said Cherilyn Olmsted, circulation and marketing director for Ogden Publications. “It’s a very manual process so we wanted to get the integration in place so that it was a regular process that automatically happened.”If someone purchases a book on organic gardening and Ogden wants to offer another, similar product, the new system will automatically generate the e-mail suggestion.last_img read more

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