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Court allows Goa NGOs to be party in SWPL case

first_imgPanaji: The Bombay High Court at Goa has allowed the Goa Foundation and Old Cross Fishing Canoe Owners Co-op Society Ltd., Goa, to be impleaded as respondents in a writ petition filed by South West Port Ltd.(SWPL). The SWPL petition was filed to seek clarification/modification of an order passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Delhi, restraining authorities from granting CRZ/environment clearances unless Integrated Coastal Management Plans of all coastal States have been prepared and approved. SWPL is one of the parties using the Goa-based Mormugao Port for importing of coal, and whose expansion plans are being opposed by environment groups.The SWPL first approached NGT, Delhi, where the application was opposed by Goa Foundation, an environmental NGO. SWPLthen withdrew it’s application from the NGT and filed it as a writ petition in the Bombay High Court.The latest court order, which came on march 13, has directed the new respondents (Goa Foundation and Old Cross) to file their replies two weeks from the date of the order. The matter would be taken up on April 4.The expert appraisal committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) had decided to recommend the SWPL proposal seeking enhancement of coal handling at MPT for environment clearance despite the fact that an eight-day public hearing opposed such clearance. The Goa Chief Minister and State Pollution Control Board too had opposed it.The MoEF, however, declined to grant the environment clearance in view of NGT’s order. The Goa Foundation and Old Cross Fishing Canoe filed an application to be named respondents as they wished to bring on record several documents related to the issue for the benefit of the court’s adjudication in public interest. The application was opposed by SWPL.last_img read more

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Gronk unleashed: Rob Gronkowski sets course for retirement fun

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 3, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates with teammates after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Gronkowski says he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram Sunday, March 24, 2019, saying that a few months shy of this 30th birthday “its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)Rob Gronkowski the football player is finished.Yeah, but what about Gronk?ADVERTISEMENT Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go PLAY LIST 02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The final image of Gronkowski in a Patriots uniform, greatness.The final image of Gronk out of uniform, hilarious.He celebrated the Super Bowl title on the parade route by stripping off his shirt , chugging beers, flipping his hat backward and acting like a frat boy on a float. A hurled beer from the crowd that ricocheted off his hulking chest was the final hit in his career.Gronk seemed to make as many TMZ clips as NFL Films highlights.Earlier this month, TMZ reported, ”Gronk and his bikini model girlfriend have taken their hotness to sea … “cause the couple put on one hell of a twerk fest on a boat in Mexico.” Peter King prose, this was not.Who knows where Gronk will end up in retirement.Or do we?Gronkowski has a standing offer from WWE to move from the gridiron to the squared circle and become a professional wrestler like his childhood friend, Mojo Rawley. Gronkowski stormed over the barricade at WrestleMania in 2017 and bro-hugged Rawley after he won the Andre the Giant battle royal.Gronk vs. The Rock?Gronk vs. Brock? “Cheers to all who have been part of the journey,” he wrote, “cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertainty of what’s next.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ LATEST STORIES Well, the party is about to go bazooka.Look out for Gronk gone wild, Gronk unhinged, Gronk unleashed. Without football strings attached, Gronkowski is suddenly a hot free agent year-round, his talents pitched to far more than 32 suitors, from Hollywood to endorsements to, well, whatever Gronk wants.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe was fun-loving and fearless, a dominant tight end whose Super Bowls were won with New England and whose playful personality won over even the most casual fans. Gronkowski, who announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, title-filled seasons, set scores of records for the Patriots at his position and could light up the scoreboard like his smile can light up a room.The numbers only tell a speck of the story. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Super Bowl wins were great.Boy, was it so much more fun just being Gronk.He stood tall at the Super Bowl and WrestleMania ; won big games and took on gamers; starred on the field and in film; and did it all with a goofy charm that belied a gritty tight end who seemingly always played through pain. The Patriots are going to miss Gronkowski as they try for yet another Super Bowl championship.But Gronk’s not going anywhere.So let’s take a look at what made Gronk so great, and what could be ahead:ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess GRONK THE GOATGronkowski never would have had a sustained run as a popular pitchman , hosted kids shows or popped up in movies had he not been one of the greatest tight ends — yeah, probably the greatest — in NFL history.Gronkowski was hobbled by injuries last season and played just 13 games, and each ache raised constant questions about possible retirement. Gronkowski had plenty left in the Super Bowl and still had clutch catches in the tank on New England’s final drive. He had two catches on the Patriots’ go-ahead touchdown drive, the second catch set up Sony Michel’s 2-yard score in the win over the Rams.Tom Brady to Gronk, one more time for a title.“I like making big catches like that,” Gronkowski said.Gronkowski went out a champion — and he may be headed to Canton.He had 10 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s win at Denver in an AFC Divisional playoff win in 2011. Gronkowski might have been more impressive in the 2015 AFC championship game, when he converted two fourth-down attempts on the game’s final drive and had eight receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown, perhaps his best effort in a crushing defeat.Gronkowski is the only NFL tight end with more than 500 career receptions who averaged more than 15 yards per reception.He averaged nearly 69 yards per game and cracked juvenile jokes about setting a record 69 TDs for a tight end, thanking his mom when he reached the mark. He finished with 79 TDs receiving and one rushing.GRONK GONE WILD With WrestleMania just weeks away, the goofy Gronkowski could crash the show again and get mixed up in more shenanigans. Heck, “Gronk” doesn’t even need to make up a ring name.GRONK THE ENTERTAINERGronkowski might find his NFL bio condensed on a Hall of Fame plaque down the road but there’s almost no way it could fit in his offseason activities. Gronkowski was a hit with the average fan — from kids to grandparents — because of his endearing persona that made him about as A-list as any athlete. He had a personal ”Talk with Gronk ” that poked fun at any idiot who wanted to eat a Tide Pod. He hosted “Crashletes” on Nickelodeon , was a fed a beer bong by Patriots teammate Julian Edelman in the “Entourage” movie, and played a heightened, animated version of Gronk on “Family Guy.”Late night TV host Conan O’Brien once invited Gronkowski and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to play a stirring game of “Mortal Kombat.”Gronkowski found victory lane just as fun as the end zone when he partied with Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch and team owner Tony Stewart in 2017. He had Monster Energy drinks and Monster girls all around him, a winning combo in an offseason pit stop for Gronk.“I’m just having a blast,” he said. “I never really got to tailgate. I never really got to run-around (on Sundays). It’s cool to run around and meet people, enjoy the atmosphere, see what really goes down on this side of the stadium.”GRONK SAID IT“Yo soy fiesta.”Always the life of the party, Gronkowski quipped he was the party in an interview with ESPN Deportes after one of New England’s Super Bowl wins. He was a hit in any language, especially compared to the milquetoast Brady. Among his best just-for-laughs takes, reading erotic Gronk fiction to Jimmy Kimmel such as, “I would have the pleasure to spike a football between butt cheeks,” he told a Boston talk radio station that he was a virgin and said Patriots fans were “going bazooka” at Gillette Stadium.But he went from whimsical to warm on the Insta post where he called it a career. Steph Curry returns, Warriors beat Pistons View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Raptors rout Magic to clinch series, set up showdown vs Sixers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Magic hadn’t reached the postseason since 2012. That year, Orlando won its opener on the road against Indiana, then lost four straight. The Magic haven’t advanced past the opening round since 2010, when they lost to Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals.Clifford said inexperience wasn’t a factor in his young team’s early exit.“We weren’t afraid, we didn’t play well enough,” he said.Lowry scored Toronto’s first nine points and had 12 in the opening quarter. Orlando missed 10 of its first 11 shots and went 0 for 7 from 3-point range in the first. Toronto was up 35-19 after one.“Kyle played great tonight,” Leonard said. “He got us all going with that amazing first quarter. We all just fed off his energy.”The Magic missed 11 straight from long range before Fournier connected at 7:55 of the second. Toronto answered with a 6-0 spurt, opening a 50-29 lead with 6:48 to go until halftime. Leonard and Siakam each had seven points in the second and the Raptors held a 67-47 lead at the intermission.Toronto took a commanding 99-70 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSMagic: Vucevic missed his first four shots and had three fouls in a scoreless first quarter, playing only five minutes. Vucevic scored his first basket at 9:54 of the third, when Orlando trailed by 26. He shot 3 for 10 and scored six points. … Khem Birch led Orlando with 11 rebounds.Raptors: Toronto had 19 assists on 23 baskets in the first half, a Raptors record for a single half of a postseason game. They finished with 34 assists on 41 baskets, a team playoff record. … G Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 10 assists while Lowry had nine. … Five games is the quickest Toronto has ever won a seven-game series. … F Chris Boucher (back) was not available. Toronto will host Philadelphia in Game 1 of the second round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Long scores quickest Premier League goal at 7.69 seconds Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with teammates after being pulled from the game against the Orlando Magic during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO— The Toronto Raptors turned in another dominant defensive effort, extending their playoff winning streak to a team-record four and clinching a berth in the second round.Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 115-96 on Tuesday night, winning their first-round playoff series in five games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ STREAKINGToronto won three straight playoff games against Milwaukee in the first round in 2017. The Raptors also won three straight in 2001, two against the New York Knicks and one against Philadelphia.POINT THE FINGERLowry left at 2:41 of the second quarter and headed to the locker room after jamming the ring finger on his right hand while deflecting a ball. He returned to start the second half, and was wearing a splint after the game.“It popped out but it’s fine,” Lowry said. “I popped it back in. I’ve got a couple of days to get it back and recover. It will be better by Game 1.”MILESTONESLowry reached 1,000 career playoff points, while Toronto’s Danny Green became the eighth active player with 200 3-pointers in the playoffs.TOO LITTLE, TOO LATEDown 115-78 with 5:13 left, Orlando scored the game’s final 18 points.UP NEXT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Kyle Lowry scored 14 points as the Raptors finished off the Magic with ease, bouncing back from a Game 1 defeat to win by double-digits in three of the next four. Toronto led by as many as 37 in the clincher, their biggest-ever margin in a playoff game.“We kind of figured it out and made a good adjustment after Game 1,” Lowry said. “We were a little bit too soft in coverages and we figured it out really quickly, what we wanted to do, how we needed to help each other and how we needed to play. To figure it out that quick is a really good thing for us. We’ve just got to continue to build off it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsToronto will face Philadelphia in the second after the 76ers eliminated Brooklyn Tuesday. It’s the fourth straight year the Raptors have reached the second round.“Should be a great series, man,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of facing the Sixers. “Obviously, it’s a team with tremendous size, starting right off the bat with (Joel) Embiid inside. But they’re big all over.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Leonard made 8 of 11 shots, including 5 of 5 from 3-point range, as the Raptors jumped on Orlando early and never trailed. Leonard also made all six of his free throws. He checked out to cheers of “MVP, MVP” with 8:05 to play and Toronto up 105-75.D.J. Augustin scored 15 points, Terrence Ross had 12 and Aaron Gordon 11 for the Magic, who won 104-101 on Augustin’s late 3-pointer in Game 1 but never again topped 96 points, and twice finished with 85 or fewer.“We were never able, after Game 1, to handle the ball against their defense the way we needed to,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. “To me, that was the biggest factor.”Orlando made 32 of 83 shots Tuesday, including 9 of 34 from 3-point range.“We’re obviously disappointed that we didn’t put up a better fight, especially tonight,” Magic center Nikola Vucevic said.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

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It was important to qualify for World Cup on merit: Rani

first_imgKakamigahara (Japan), Nov 5 (PTI) Indian womens hockey team today qualified for the World Cup by winning the Asia Cup and captain Rani said it was important for the team to enter next years mega event on merit.”We are all extremely happy that we won the Asia Cup and have earned the qualification for next years World Cup on merit,” said Rani after India defeated China 5-4 via a shootout in the final.The team broke a 13-year-old jinx when Rani scored the final goal and goalkeeper Savita foiled an attempt from the rivals to ensure a 5-4 win.”We had a lot of young players in the team who showed great spirit in playing on such a big platform. The team gave a good fight to China and China too played equally well today and the match went into penalty shootout.”It was a high level competition and we did not drop our level at any point in the game. Savita made a brilliant save in sudden death and I am happy I could convert that goal in sudden death.”She said the win has boosted the teams confidence ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games.”We would like to especially thank Hockey India and SAI (Sports Authority of India) for their continued support and ensuring we get the best facilities. Hopefully we will carry this confidence and motivation into the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.”India last played in the World Cup in 2010 as they failed to qualify for the 2014 edition.advertisementTalking about the shootout, Rani revealed that preparing for tense situations helped the team pull through.”We were not happy with our performance in Johannesburg at the World League Semi Final and right then the team had decided that we need to start winning in order to gain that confidence to perform well in top tournaments.”We worked a lot on creating PCs and Gurjit worked hard on converting PCs during our camps. We were also well prepared for a shootout situation as we were anticipating the knockouts to end in shootouts. All the preparation helped us today.” PTI BS AH AHlast_img read more

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9 months agoSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new deal

first_imgSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new dealby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s 19-year-old defender Tom O’Connor has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at St Mary’s until June 2021.Kilkenny native O’Connor, who is enjoying a fine season as part of Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s, has taken on the captain’s armband this season, as well as a new role at centre-half, having first joined the academy in 2015.”It feels really good,” the Irishman began. “I’ve been here nearly five years now, and I’ve enjoyed every moment. I’m delighted to sign a new deal and hopefully I can keep improving.”My target was always to reach the first team. The next step is the most difficult step, but I’m working towards it.”Seeing all the academy graduate names on the teamsheet recently gives you a great boost and shows that the new manager really values young players.”You know if you’re performing, and working hard, you have a chance of being noticed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: This Fan Is Going Viral At The Oklahoma-Texas Game

first_imgOklahoma football player does "Horns Down" gesture to troll Texas football.DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: Running back Mossis Madu #17 of the Oklahoma Sooners gives a downward “hook em horns” sign while walking to the field alongside the Texas Longhorns band at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)We’re underway at the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium between No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 14 Texas.The Longhorns are off to a promising start, taking a 7-0 lead against the Sooners early in the contest.Oklahoma’s defense, unsurprisingly, looked pretty pathetic in the opening drive.OU fans aren’t happy.One fan in particular is going viral on social media.Check it out:this looks like a bad SNL character pic.twitter.com/Sp4PGxeIRq— nick (@nick_pants) December 1, 2018That’s quite the mustache, Oklahoma fan.Oklahoma and Texas are playing on ABC.last_img read more

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Pakistan PM Imran vows not to disappoint Kashmiris at UNGA

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran said on Friday that he will not disappoint Kashmiris at the United Nations General Assembly and vowed to raise their plight at every international platform, after Indian revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Addressing a gathering in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s capital Muzaffarabad to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir, Prime Minister Khan said the Kashmir issue has been internationalised, noting that even the European Union and the British Parliament discussed the matter. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The next week I am going to address UN General Assembly and I will not disappoint the people of Kashmir. I will stand for the rights of Kashmiris as nobody did it in the past,” he said on his scheduled address at the UNGA on September 27. The Kashmir issue has been internationalised with United Nations Security Council holding closed consultations on it for the first time in 50 years, Khan said on his second visit to Muzaffarabad after India revoked Article 370 of its Constitution and ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, evoking a sharp response from Islamabad. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAsserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making “irresponsible statements” and provocative anti-India rhetoric by Pakistani leaders over the issues internal to the country. “The European Union, for the first time, said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved as per UN resolutions. OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) and 58 countries supported Pakistan that oppression was committed in Kashmir and that curfew should be lifted in Kashmir,” Khan said. The Prime Minister warned that India’s actions in Kashmir will result in the rise of extremism. “I want to warn India that extremism will rise as the people in Kashmir will stand up against oppression. When people are fed up, then they decide that it is better to die than being subjected to disgrace,” he said. “Even if I am subjected to this kind of treatment, I will fight against it as death is better than insult,” Khan said. Khan claimed that the February 14 Pulwama attack was carried out by a young man who was fed up with the treatment being meted to the Kashmiris. He warned that Pakistan will respond to any kind of attack by India. “If India throws a brick, we will respond with a stone,” he said. Continuing with his tirade against India over the Kashmir issue, Khan called the BJP-led government “fascist” and “supremacist”, alleging that it poses a threat to Pakistan as well as to the minorities in India. “I want to give a message to Modi… You will never succeed despite oppression because Kashmiris are not afraid of death. So you cannot defeat them, no matter what you do,” he said. Khan also said what is happening in Kashmir will be dangerous for the liberal-minded people of India. Referring to the Balakot strikes by the Indian Air Force, he said Pakistan returned the Indian pilot in a goodwill gesture as Islamabad wanted to solve all problems through talks. The Prime Minister said Pakistan’s gesture was interpreted as a weakness. “We are not afraid of anything like death. We did it because we wanted peace,” he said.last_img read more

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EC bans Congress Chowkidaar Chor Hai ad

first_imgBhopal: The Election Commission in Madhya Pradesh has banned the ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ advertisement of the Congress party and ordered an end to its broadcast. The Joint Chief Election Officer on Wednesday issued a notice to all the state district officers saying that the media certification and inspection committee has cancelled the ad certification and it should be discontinued. The Bharatiya Janata Party had earlier complained to the Chief Election Officer saying that the ad was offensive and defamatory in nature. Chief Election Officer V.L. Kantarao has directed action against the Congress, besides issuing a notice to the party.last_img read more

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Deutsche Bank ready for more cuts as share price sags

FRANKFURT — The CEO of Deutsche Bank says he is ready to make “tough cuts” as he aims to strengthen the struggling bank’s profitability and raise a “disappointing” share price.Christian Sewing made the statement Thursday in front of restive shareholders at the bank’s annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.Sewing touted the bank’s full-year profit from 2018 — the first since 2014 — and achievement of its cost-cutting goals. The bank has cut staff to 91,700 employees, from 99,700 in 2016.The meeting takes place against the background of recent negative news for the bank. Share traded at record lows Thursday, Congressional committees have subpoenaed records of U.S. President Donald Trump, and on Wednesday the bank admitted problems with anti-money laundering software. Shares dropped 3.4% to 6.39 euros on Thursday.The Associated Press read more

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Crews battle house fire in Welland

Crews were called to a house fire on Niagara St. in Welland around 4:30 a.m Tuesday morning.Deputy Fire Chief Adam Eckhart says it took more than 30 firefighters to battle the “deep seated fire.”Neighbours called 9-1-1 after hearing the smoke alarms going off inside the empty house. Eckhart says the homeowners are currently on vacation.No one was injured in the fire and crews remain on scene to control hotspots.Niagara St. between Elmview St. and Pine St. will likely be closed for several hours.Fire crews working hard to suppress a fire in a residence on Niagara st— Adam Eckhart (@EckhartAdam) December 27, 2016 In Welland Niagara St between Elmview and Pine closed due to a house fire. Use an alternative route. Will be closed for several hours— NRPS Dispatch (@NiagaraTraffic) December 27, 2016 read more

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UN agency predicts steady growth in air traffic during coming decade

Total freight traffic over the same period will grow even more, at a rate of 6 per cent from 1999-2010, the United Nations specialized agency reported. The overall number of domestic and international aircraft departures on scheduled services is forecast to rise by almost a third, while the number of aircraft-kilometres flown will increase by almost 50 per cent, the Montreal-based ICAO said. Traffic of Asia-Pacific airlines is expected to grow well above average for both passengers and freight, according to the estimates. The fastest growing international routes for passenger traffic are forecast to be in the North America-Central America/Caribbean and the North America-South America groups, followed closely by the Transpacific and Europe-Asia/Pacific groups. Created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of civil aviation, ICAO sets international standards and regulations for the safety, security, efficiency and regularity of air transport. The agency also serves to promote cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 187 Contracting States. read more

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Global Petroleum Show wraps up another year

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Posted Jun 10, 2016 8:37 am MDT (Kevin Usselman, 660 NEWS) Global Petroleum Show wraps up another year Another Global Petroleum Show is in the books.The annual showcase of oil and gas technology at Stampede Park came to a close Thursday night.Final attendance numbers haven’t been released, but it’s estimated around 50,000.While that is down a little from previous years, most exhibitors were still glad with what transpired.Halliburton actually used the event to help celebrate its 90th anniversary in business.Spokesperson Rich Theriau says this event is a must attend on their yearly calendar.“The Global Petroleum Show is very good for getting time to network and to meet with people, and so you just never know when you’re planting the right seed with the right person for that next business deal, and it helps us to really get out and spend some time with these customers, suppliers and even potential employees,” he said.Work on GPS 2017 will begin in the next month or so.Organizers hope this time next year economic conditions for the energy sector will be a little more vibrant. read more

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Geometallurgy 2014 June in London

first_imgThis event is being organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, June 9-10, 2014, in London, UK. Geometallurgy aims to develop methods and tools improving the efficiency of the recovery of metals and industrial minerals by fostering understanding of (the variability of) the properties of the mineral resource understanding of the relationship between the properties of ore types and the processing routes planning of the extraction and processing operations. This conference addresses recent developments in the rapidly evolving field of geometallurgy. Now calling for papers – deadline for abstracts January 31 2014.It is intended as an inspirational forum to promote realisation of the gains geometallurgy can bring to the mining industry. Activation Laboratories describes GeoMetallurgy as “a multidisciplinary, applied science with the objective of integrating data and practices from the geosciences (geochemistry, geology, mineralogy and geostatistics), sampling, extractive metallurgy and engineering to mitigate risk such that mining outcomes do not fall short of unrealistic technical and financial targets that have historically plagued the industry.”last_img read more

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1 in 15 of us have donated to charity because of nomakeupselfie

first_imgA WHOPPING €750k has been raised by people posting photos of their make-up free (and in the case of some men, make-up covered) faces online.The #nomakeupselfie movement has seen one in 15 Irish people in Ireland donating to cancer research.With over €750,000 donated already, LIKECHARITY said today that 8 per cent of the Irish adult population have donated already from their mobiles.DonationsThe donations are still coming in and the company described the movement as “a global craze that will keep social media boffins scratching their heads for years to come”.The next question is if this sparks off a trend for new ways to raise funds online.“It would be interesting to see if that particular trend developed – we would love to see big brands get creative and join in with their selfies,” said LIKECHARITY.Of those criticising the trend, the company said its opinion is: People will always question other people’s motivations and say that everybody is being opportune but maybe those people are missing the point. Raising money is critical for charities, if that is our objective with all of this, it simply doesn’t matter if people show off.In the UK, #nomakeupselfie and #makeupselfie has already raised a total of £8m.The trend is reported to have been started by crime novelist Laura Lippman, who tweeted a picture of herself without make-up after American actress Kim Novak’s appearance was criticised.It soon went viral on social media, leading to a flood of donations in Ireland to the Irish Cancer Society.Read: Daithi O’Sé and Ray D’Arcy post ‘ready for Coppers’ make-up selfies>Read: #NoMakeupSelfie donations double overnight to over €475k>last_img read more

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Majority of people think construction contract for Childrens Hospital should be retendered

first_img By Cónal Thomas 12,239 Views https://jrnl.ie/4501266 Majority of people think construction contract for Children’s Hospital should be re-tendered Health Minister Simon Harris said at the weekend that the Government will not re-tender the project. Related Read Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 6:05 AM 44 Comments 09.02.19 Costs, changes and controversies: The decades-long saga behind the NCH Share40 Tweet Email Cranes on the building site near St. James’ campus. Source: RollingNews.ieTHE MAJORITY OF Irish people think the government should re-tender the contract for construction of the National Children’s Hospital. The Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee recently heard the total cost of the project is “highly unlikely” to come in under €2 billion. A figure of €983 million for the development was approved by the government in 2017.Health Minister Simon Harris said at the weekend that the government will not re-tender the project, however. His comments came after the contractor behind the hospital, BAM, said that it would co-operate with the hospital board if they wanted it to opt out of the contract.Monday night’s poll for Claire Byrne Live and TheJournal.ie, which was carried out by Amárach Research, revealed that 56% of people want to see the construction contract for the project put back out to tender following weeks of controversy over rising costs. Just over a quarter of people (28%) said they didn’t think the National Children’s Hospital should be re-tendered, while 16% of people said they didn’t know. The uncertainty about the project ramped up in December when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that the children’s hospital may cost even more than what was, at the time, a €1.433 billion price tag – €450 million more than what it was projected to cost in April 2017.Varadkar also acknowledged that several capital projects may have to be delayed due to the overspend. Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) is due to undertake a review of how the project’s construction costs spiraled but will stop short at holding individuals accountable. Health Minister Harris has said that he already considered re-tendering the project last year, but decided to proceed with BAM as changing the contractor would delay the project and see costs rise further.Harris faces a vote of no-confidence today over the spiraling costs of the project. The Minister was strongly criticised by the opposition last week after it emerged he was informed in back August that the budget for the hospital could overrun by €391 million.The poll was carried out by Amarách Research for Claire Byrne Live on Monday 18 February and the question was put to a panel of over 1,000 Irish adults. Short URL Feb 20th 2019, 6:06 AM last_img read more

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Scientists Shine Light on Bacteria That Causes Food Poisoning

first_img I have (*knock wood*) had food poisoning only once in my life. But I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.Thankfully, researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) identified how Bacillus cereus—one of the most common types of stomach bug—works and how to combat it.“We found how this bacteria interacts with our immune system,” Anukriti Mathur, lead researcher and PhD student with the John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU, said in a statement. “We have discovered how it sustains itself and also how we might treat the nastiness it causes.”Though not a household name, Bacillus cereus can be found in most household foods, including vegetables, meat, fish, rice, and pasta; it grows in these items of they’re not stored properly.The bacterial infection, according to Mathur, has a “remarkable ability to secrete toxins,” which, once consumed, attack cells in the body, inducing vomiting and diarrhoea.“We knew the toxin would have to attack the cells, triggering an immune reaction, but we now know how it does it,” she explained.The germ directly binds to the cell and punches holes to kill it; the immune system, responding to the infection, then has a reaction.This discovery could be vital in understanding and treating serious cases of food poisoning, particularly in those patients with a compromised immune system.“Because we now know how the bacteria and the toxins work,” Mathur said, “we can fight it and find ways to use the immune system against it.”“We might be able to save patients by weakening the toxin, or in the case of sepsis, dampening inflammatory responses,” she continued. “It also means we have therapeutic drug options to further support antibiotic therapies, especially in the face of rising antibiotic resistance.”Of course, prevention is better than a cure, and researchers urge people to wash their hands well and prepare food according to safety guidelines.“Always cook or reheat food properly. Bacteria may have landed on it and start secreting toxins in your food,” ANU group leader Si Ming Man warned. “Heating your leftover food properly will destroy most bacteria and their toxins.”The full study was published in the journal Nature Microbiology.More on Geek.com:Wireless System Uses RFID Tags to Sense Food ContaminationThis is Terrible: Bacteria Can Divide and Conquer to Attack Enemy CellsWash, Dry, Scan: Device Detects Disease-Causing Germs on Hands Microbiologist Makes Colorful ‘Game of Thrones’ Sigils Art With BacteriaOil-Eating Bacteria Found in World’s Deepest Ocean Trench Stay on targetlast_img read more

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PeaceHealth hopes toys will ease young people in their care

first_imgIt’s not always bad to find yourself in the emergency room.OK, it’s probably bad. But there’s a bright side for kids and teenagers who end up visiting PeaceHealth’s emergency room. The hospital has been conducting a toy drive that started on Black Friday and will carry through Christmas if not longer.Dr. Dina Brothers, an emergency room physician at the hospital, said it’s one initiative on a list of projects that PeaceHealth is undertaking to improve well-being for ER patients.“We started a project to increase the comfort of care that kids receive when they are in the emergency department,” Brothers said.The program has received a good response, Brothers added. Registered Nurse Jaimie Mogush, who helped concoct the toy drive, said they’ve received superhero masks and capes, princess crowns, coloring books, regular books, puzzles, bubbles and much more.The toy drive will hopefully provide a better stay for patients, Mogush said.“It benefits the department because it helps increase the child’s comfort level,” Mogush said. “It makes it more fun of an experience, keep the way they look at medicine, at doctors, at the emergency department as something that’s not really scary.”The toys can also help kids when they’re getting an intimidating treatment such as intravenous therapy, and it can also help relieve stress for families who have extended stays.“My nurses just want to give (the toys) to everybody,” Mogush said.last_img read more

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How can company car schemes meet the needs of a varied workforce

first_imgAlastair Kendrick, director at McIntyre Hudson, explains that staff recruitment and retention is becoming an increasingly prevalent issue as the economy picks up and the job market improves.Yet today’s workforce is far from monolithic, and there is no singular employee model that an organisation can build their benefits offering around. So how can company car schemes support an organisation in recruiting and retaining top talent while meeting the expectations and aspirations of a diverse workforce?Adding value through choiceJohn Webb, principal consultant at Lex Autolease, says choice has a key role to play when it comes to providing a benefit that is valued by a diverse range of employees. “Once you start opening up choice [within the scheme], then it does have the power to appeal to the graduate just joining the organisation, to employees that have no families, to those that have younger families, and to those coming out the other end [of young family life] who might want to go back to a car that’s a little more sporty, for example,” he explains.This flexibility, which can be advantageous for both employers and staff, extends to factors such as car type as well as funding and policy options. When introducing or revamping company cars as a benefit, employers must select the scheme that is most suited to them, taking into account issues such as the demographic of their workforce alongside cost considerations, mileage, purpose of travel and alignment with business goals.Depending on the organisation, this can mean opting for a blended approach that incorporates more than one funding option. Webb explains that a blended solution involves looking at what is likely to be the best fit for a particular organisation. “Is it Eco [employee car ownership schemes], or contract, or salary sacrifice, or is it moving from one to the other?” he says.John Pryor, chairman of the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO), adds that a lack of employee engagement with company cars as a benefit is often the result of a disconnect between what an employee is offered and what they actually want. So increasing choice can have a positive impact on the value staff place on cars.The range of cars that are available through today’s schemes can help employers to avoid this disconnect. Toby Poston, director of communications and external relations at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), says: “I think from the type of car point of view, and considering the variety of low-emission vehicles, there’s a car for everyone, whatever generation they are from, or what they are going to use it for.”Appealing to the younger generationColin Tourick, Grant Thornton professor of automotive management at the University of Buckingham Business School, adds that the option of low-emission cars can be particularly appealing to younger members of staff, a generation often seen as having a greater focus on green issues.It is also a generation known for its high level of technological interest and aptitude, which can have a wider implication for staff travel policies, such as mileage and expense systems. Paul Hollick, chairman of the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM), explains: “Generation Y [employees] don’t want to go to a desktop and do their claims at the end of the month. They just want to be able to click ‘start’ and click ‘end’, upload [the information] and then not worry about it. That’s what everything is moving towards.”But Tourick asks whether the increasing difficulty that young people now face when it comes to property ownership is shifting car ownership down their list of priorities, and whether this will have a knock-on effect oncompany car schemes down the line. However, this may also be seen as a geographical rather than generational issue. For example, while car ownership may not be a priority for some London-based staff, interest in company cars is rising outside of the capital.ACFO’s Pryor says: “The cost of parking and running [a car is high] in London, and a number of people say, ‘It sits outside my door from Sunday night to Friday night because I’m using my Oyster card, but I need a [car] for the occasional trip at the weekend,’ for example.”Being given the opportunity to use a car as and when it is needed, therefore, could be an attractive prospect for employees in central London, which could be structured as a separate, employee-paid and employer-supported benefit. For example, while a worker may use London’s public transport system for their daily commute, a car might be a more practical and convenient method of transport for the shopping run or a weekend trip.Attitudes and expectations There has also been a change in employee attitudes towards the type of car they drive. Tourick says: “Inspirationally, it used to be the case that [employees] wanted their next company car to be bigger and more powerful, but people don’t now. The change of mindset has been extraordinary. Now people are often thinking they want to go down [in car size].”For Hollick, this ties into a general trend. “Culturally in the UK, it has become trendy to save money.”People are also paying more attention to factors impacting everyday use, such as the size of parking bays, adds Pryor. “People are thinking about what they are doing with their lifestyle car,” he explains.Responding to shifting attitudes and building choice into a scheme to meet the desires and requirements of a varied workforce can help an organisation to boost take-up, increase engagement and enhance its profile as a destination employer. However, it is vital that both employers and staff have a thorough understanding of the schemes and all they entail.Lex Autolease’s Webb says: “One of the things the leasing industry is obliged to do is make sure that [employers] know absolutely every element of the impact [implementing a company car scheme has] on the organisation, how these need to be complied with and the potential risks in terms of regulations and tax compliance, so that they understand all those elements.“This includes the employees making choices about the cars, [so that they know] what the impact is going to be for them. If [the leasing industry] doesn’t do that, then the [employer and employees] don’t take on the benefit. And, after all, it is designed to be a benefit.”This need for comprehensive communications is also being recognised in revisions to its codes. As the BVRLA’s Poston says: “There is much more emphasis on transparency, and above all communications, so that even drivers are aware ahead of time about the end of contract process, what’s expected of them, and how it’s going to work.” Company car schemes are an appealing facet of an organisation’s benefits programme, which can help an employer position itself – to prospective and current employees – as an attractive place to work. If you read nothing else, read this…A vast range of cars are available through company car schemes to suit the various tastes, requirements and expectations of employees.Offering staff the choice they desire can enhance take-up and engagement, with company cars as a benefit.A scheme that appeals to all segments of the workforce can serve as a positive recruitment and retention tool.last_img read more

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Veterans Invited To Free Breakfast At Wilmington United Methodist Church On November 10

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is hosting a breakfast for all veterans to enjoy on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 8am in Fellowship Hall. Come on by and enjoy the morning with free food and other veterans. RSVP with Susan at 978-658-4519.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIndian Classical Dance Workshop & Performance In Wilmington On August 23In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”Free Breakfasts For Veterans In Wilmington On November 10 & November 11In “Community”last_img read more

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