Restrictions in Srinagar, Shopian to foil separatists’ march

first_imgThe authorities on Friday imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and Shopian to foil separatists’ call for a march towards Shopian, in the wake of killings of three civilians in the Army firing last week.Locals said all lanes leading to the Shopian grand mosque have been sealed by the security forces. A spokesman of separatists Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) said its chief Yasin Malik had camped inside the mosque to lead a march after the Friday prayers.“The Jamia Masjid Shopian has been sealed from all sides by the police and the CRPF. All lanes have been sealed, and barricaded. Yasin sahib is inside the mosque and will lead a protest (after the Friday prayers),” said a JKLF spokesman.In Srinagar, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was arrested when he tried to step out from his Nigeen residence, where he was placed under house arrest in the morning. All train services have been suspended from Banihal to Baramulla “for security reasons”.The areas under six police stations in Srinagar have been placed under security restrictions “as a precautionary measure”. Concertina wires have been placed on the main roads to seal off different parts of the old city. A fresh wave of protests erupted in Kashmir valley after three civilians died in Army firing on January 27. The Army said it fired on stone-throwing protesters “in self defense”. It said the protesters tried to set Army vehicles to fire and injured nine soldiers with stones. An inquiry is on in the case.last_img read more

Two factories, eight people fined in UP for pollution

first_imgTwo factories in Muzaffarnagar have been fined a total of ₹1.25 lakh for allegedly not using anti-pollution equipment, officials said on November 6. The officials of the pollution department on November 5 imposed a fine of ₹75,000 on Sarvottam Rolling Mills (P) Ltd and ₹50,000 on Amba Shakti Steels Limited, they said. These units were found not using anti-pollution equipment during the checking conducted by a team of the pollution department, the officials added. Meanwhile, officials led by city magistrate Atul Kumar took action against eight people and imposed fines on them for burning garbage in different places in Muzaffarnagar on November 5 evening. The executive officer of the city board, V.K. Mani Tripathi, told newspersons that action was taken against the violators.last_img read more

Chris Gayle’s presence made the difference

first_imgSteve Waugh is reported to have said some time back that cricket was unwatchable on TV in India. His remarks were perhaps due to the fact that the action on the field was cut off so often by the commercials that there was no continuity to the game, and the flow of the game was interrupted for viewers.There was also the full screen being reduced in the middle of the overs so that a commercial could be slipped in at the corners or the bottom of the TV screen even as the bowler ran in to bowl.The TV broadcasters were only trying to recover the huge investments they had made in bidding for the TV rights, and so it was understandable that they did what they had wanted.This year Indian cricket has new broadcasters and it will be interesting to see how they cover the game even as they try and recover big spending in bagging the TV rights for the next few years.Watching Olympics in England is pretty much the same story, but not by way of the interruption by TV commercials, but by the fact that only those sports where British athletes are participating are covered on TV.Yes, there are many channels which cover all the action, but if you are staying in a hotel, it is tough to get channels other than the ones that the TV there is tuned to.Here again, it is understandable that since London is the host city there would be more emphasis on what their athletes are doing, but the interruption in the coverage of other countries’ matches to switch to one where British teams or athletes are in action does endanger the poor TV screen.advertisementAlso, the TV commentary is so biased that it is stomach turning. Here again, it is understandable that British commentators would want their teams and athletes to win, but to look for conspiracies every time a British athlete doesn’t win is taking it a bit too far.There was one classic instance when the cyclist Mark Cavendish, who was expected to win the gold in his event finished 27th and the TV anchor asked the cycling expert if Cavendish was deliberately blocked by other cyclists.So what did he expect that just because the games are in London and Cavendish was the favourite that other participants should just stand aside and make way for Cavendish to win? In a competitive sport every player will try and take advantage and do whatever is within the rules to try and win. After all, the Olympics come once every four years and nobody is going to give up without a fight.Having said that it was a great experience to go and watch the athletics, maybe, because they could be seen without the bias on TV. Even though there were no Indian athletes on view, it was a heady feeling. When some athletes pulled out because of injury it was easy to feel for them since all their hard work just went up in a puff of dust within nano seconds. Why does this happen despite all the warm-up exercises is hard to explain, but maybe the nerves come into play and send enzymes that stiffen up a muscle and that causes it to snap.There is a big grin on the faces of West Indian cricket supporters after their team beat New Zealand in the first Test and won a Test match against a top team after a fairly long time.It was an all-round effort alright, but it was the opening partnership of over 200 between centurions Chris Gayle and Kieron Powell that gave the team a platform from where they built up a good lead after the Kiwis had scored nearly 400 in their first innings.Gayle then ensured that the team won with plenty to spare as he smashed another half-century in the second innings to take the Windies home. Of course, the bowlers also did their bit with Sunil Narine picking eight wickets in the match and Kemar Roach coming up with a blistering spell in the second innings.The West Indian coach then said that Chris Gayle’s presence in the team has made a huge difference. Had he realised this earlier, Gayle would have been back in the team much before the 18 months that he had to stay out.It is widely believed in the Caribbean that it was Gibson, who couldn’t get along with Gayle. We, in India, know a thing or two about coaches, who think they are bigger than the players and who then manipulate to get their ‘problem player’ out of the team. Oh yes, we do!advertisementlast_img read more

Delhi Daredevils aim to bounce back against Rising Pune Supergiants

first_imgAfter being thrashed by Mumbai Indians in their previous match, Delhi Daredevils will aim to roar back into the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs reckoning when they take on bottom-placed Rising Pune Supergiants today. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)Placed at the fifth spot with six wins from 11 matches, Daredevils will hope for some consistency in their remaining three league matches to book a place in the play-offs.PUNE PLAY FOR PRIDEOn the other hand, already ousted from the race to the play-offs, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side Pune will aim to finish their debut season on a high after having managed to win just three matches out of 12.Going into Tuesday’s encounter at the VCA Stadium, the Zaheer Khan-led side will aim to put behind its huge 80-run loss to Rohit Sharma’s team and hope the batsmen put up a strong performance.The batting will once again revolve around Rishabh Pant, Quinton de Kock, keeper-batsman Sanju Samson and Karun Nair with all-rounders Chris Morris and Carlos Brathwaite providing the late order fireworks.Delhi’s bowling is led by an impressive Zaheer who has nine wickets so far in the tournament. He will once again have to marshal his unit well along with Mohammed Shami and the duo of Morris and Brathwaite.MISHRA, TAHIR KEY FOR DDThe team can also bank on the leg-spin duo of Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir, who have been impressive in the tournament so far along with left-armer Shahbaaz Nadeem.On the other side, Pune will be aiming to finish their campaign on a winning note after a lackluster debut in the cash-rich league.advertisementPUNE HAMPERED BY INJURIESHaving lost their premier foreign recruits to injuries, the side will bank on a strong show from the ever-dependable Ajinkya Rahane and skipper Dhoni. Saurabh Tiwary and all-rounder Thisara Perera have been mostly inconsistent in their contributions.The bowling will be led by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been a shadow of his impressive self in the tournament so far.Leg-spinners Murugan Ashwin and Adam Zampa will once again be Dhoni’s go-to bowlers along with the pace duo of Ashok Dinda and RP Singh.last_img read more

Excited to portray legend Kapil on screen: Ranveer

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI)Actor Ravneer Singh, who is portraying the character of Indias first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev in the movie 83, says he is excited to “get into the skin of such a legendary player”.Ranveer was on Friday unveiled as Indias first brand ambassador of the world famous English Premier League (EPL) football.”It should be exciting to get into the skin of such a legendary player. I am really looking forward to it but it is going to be a while before I commence work on it,” the effervescent actor told PTI.On the upcoming projects he added, “Right now I am committed to the film. I have not officially started work. I am doing two movies before that. First in line is Gully Boy directed by Zoya Akhtar, after that I have Simba directed by Rohit Shetty.”At the end of the year I will start prepping for the 1983 movie.”Asked about his role as brand ambassador of EPL, he said, “I am working very closely with Premier league, I am going to put in suggestions as to what we can do to make things very, very exciting for our young fans in India. We already have ground events planned, they are very elaborate.”EPL also works very closely with the Indian Super League. We are going to have a lot of exciting on-ground activities in the coming year and I am looking forward to being a part of it,” he said.Ranveer said he jumped with joy when he was told about Premier Leagues interest in him.advertisement”I have been watching it since the last 17 years. This is my first and only association with sports and I am thrilled to be the first ambassador of the Premier League in India.”I am always trying in my own small way to encourage youngsters to get involved in sports. There is so much the youth of the country can benefit by participating in sports. It is a very, very exciting time for football in India.”Football has generated a lot of hype in recent times, with the country hosting the FIFA U17 World Cup.”Cricket has always been big traditionally, but I think football is really coming to the forefront and the Premier League is very involved in the promotion of football in general as a sport in India.”The Major clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have such a huge presence in India. It is great for the promotion for the sport in general and it is a very positive thing.””The EPL already has massive following, it is the most watched and most supported football league. I can tell you from my own experience it really binds people socially.”Ranveer shared a story about his meeting with Arsenal and French legend Thierry Henry, saying the strikers modesty touched him.”I had a memorable experience meeting my childhood hero Thierry Henry, since I have been watching football I have really admired him. I remember the kindness and grace with which he greeted us.”He is an Arsenal legend and a true hero for me. What a warm, down to earth and humble human being he is, what a champion of the sport he is.”In spite of being such a legendary figure he is so polite. He kind of changed my perspective on a fan and celebrity interaction.”Since that day I have never refused autographs, selfies. The patience with which he made every single person in that room feel special there is really a lot to learn from a talismanic figure like him.” PTI AH APA APAlast_img read more

India will win the World Cup 2019: Mohammad Azharuddin

first_imgIndia remain unbeaten at World Cup 2019 after defeating West Indies by 125 runs in their last match on Thursday in Manchester. While they are just one win away from confirming their spot in the semi-finals, hosts and pre-tournament favourites England have had a topsy-turvy ride so far. With back-to-back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia, England bow need to win their remaining games vs India and New Zealand in order to qualify.Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin was mightily impressed by India’s win against West Indies and said that the unbeaten run will continue “till the 14th (July)”, the date of the World Cup final.”India will be unbeaten till the 14th (July), I think. It appears that way. It looks like that. India are a very happy team. Everybody is performing. I don’t see any reason why can’t go all the way,” said Azhar.When asked about the chances of England, Azhar said that the hosts’ morale seems down and he doesn’t think they will make it to the last-4.”England’s morale is down. They have a very good side but I think they are struggling. They won’t even qualify for the semi-final. That would be a disappointment,” added Azhar.MS Dhoni (56 not out) and Hardik Pandya (46) played crucial knocks down the order as India finished with a strong total on a tricky Old Trafford pitch against West Indies. But Vijay Shankar could not deliver at No.4 and Azharuddin said India now needed to try Rishabh Pant.”We need to play the best side. Vijay Shankar has a lot of talent and skill. But he doesn’t have the experience. I think we should go with Rishabh Pant. He has done well against England in the Tests.advertisement”He scored a hundred there. He is raring to go all the time,” Azharuddin said.Rishabh Pant was flown in after Shikhar Dhawan suffered a fractured thumb. He was confirmed Dhawan’s replacement after the ace India opener was ruled out of the World Cup.India next take on England in Birmingham on June 30 and Rishabh Pant might just get a look-in at No.4 if India decide to add more firepower in the middle-order.Also Read | World Cup 2019: West Indies lost the plot once Chris Gayle got out, says Mohammad AzharuddinAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni’s stumping miss was a crucial moment we didn’t seize, says Jason Holderlast_img read more

Mathew Leckie: ‘Anything can happen at the Asian Cup’

first_imgTopics Read more Daniel Arzani loss opens door to A-League contenders for Asian Cup Australia So far, this season has been tougher. A knee injury saw him miss most of pre-season. Hertha made a solid start and Leckie has had to largely settle for cameos from the bench. It’s hardly the ideal preparation for a player looking to help the Socceroos defend their crown at January’s Asian Cup, but Leckie says it can’t come soon enough.“Sometimes with the national team it’s tough, especially for us, how much we have to travel. In this particular situation, with me having my injury and now trying to fight my way back into the [Hertha] team, I haven’t played as much as I would have liked,” Leckie says. “For me it’s a good thing the Asian Cup is coming around so I can get some games in and try to get my match fitness back as well.”Leckie counts Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup triumph on home soil “up there with the best moments” of his career. “Even the final, how it ended with South Korea scoring late and us getting the other goal in extra-time, it was a massive game for us and to do it all at home as well was special,” he says. Trent Sainsbury celebrates a famous night in Sydney with Leckie four years ago. Photograph: Mark Nolan/Getty Images Share on Pinterest With no clear replacement for the retired Cahill, Leckie believes Arnold’s free-flowing philosophy can spread the goal threat throughout the team. “Arnie said he doesn’t want to rely on one player to score the goals and I think with the style he wants to play it gives the opportunity for a few boys to score,” he says.“You have a game plan and your basic tactics going into the game, but I think it’s also good to have your individual moments in a game and a bit of a free role to make the decisions in the moment yourself. When you play free and open-minded and confident, that’s when you bring the best out of yourself.”Leckie is talking at Hertha Berlin’s training ground, a stone’s throw from the imposing Olympiastadion. It was in that famous stadium where Leckie made a dream start to his career in Germany, scoring twice on his home debut at the beginning of last season. Coming a few days after his first child was born, Leckie declared it “probably one of the best weeks of my life”. Leckie has been with Hertha BSC since signing from FC Ingolstadt 04 in 2017. Photograph: Mathias Renner/City-Press via Getty Images Asian Cup 2019 Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter interviews Facebook Mathew Leckie’s eyebrows rise in surprise. “Am I?” he asks. The Socceroo had not realised his eight international goals make him the joint-highest scorer, along with Tomi Juric and Tom Rogic, in the Australian squad to face South Korea this weekend. But on a bright Autumn day in Berlin, the Hertha forward tells Guardian Australia he is ready to fire – however he fits into the new-look national team. When you play free and open-minded and confident, that’s when you bring the best out of yourself Australia sport Share via Email The upcoming friendly against South Korea in Brisbane, followed by Lebanon on 20 November in Sydney, will help hone Arnold’s playing style, but Leckie is more concerned with not underestimating Asian Cup opposition. The Socceroos have been drawn in Group B, with Jordan, Palestine and Syria.“I think we adapted really well with the quick turnaround from Ange [Postecoglou] to Bert [van Marwijk]. Going into the World Cup we were ready and we knew exactly what we needed to do. Practice makes perfect so you definitely need those games to get it working really well,” Leckie says. “Everyone in the Asian Cup is going to be tough. For World Cup qualification it’s always difficult, especially the away games. Apart from [hosts] the UAE, it’s an away game for everyone.“We want to win our games and top the group but it’s also a tournament of three group games and anything can happen. You saw upsets in the World Cup – Germany went out – and nobody expects those things to happen but it always happens. We want to avoid it and make sure we’re not one of the upsets.”Leckie is 27 – in the years most outfield players consider their peak. But the player who grew up playing AFL in Melbourne until he was 11 isn’t feeling pressure to perform.“You could say that it’s the prime but every player and every individual is different,” he says. “I’ve still got a few years left here in Berlin and I’m happy here so there’s no real extra stress or something I have to worry about. I’ll keep working hard and I think everything should fall into place.” Reuse this content Twitter Goalscoring is a well-established problem for the Socceroos but recently installed coach Graham Arnold is determined to find a fix in the post-Tim Cahill era. Following victory over Kuwait in his first match back in charge of the national team, Arnold talked up a forward line with “three No 9s”.“Arnie wants the two wingers to be pretty much more narrow strikers,” Leckie says. “Obviously in the game you’re not necessarily always in the middle, you can rotate or move out [to the wing]. It’s different to playing [for Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin] or our prior style with the national team but I think it can be dangerous as well. And if it’s not working in the game we definitely have the players to change it.“I’ve played striker in the past. When I first came to Germany, I went to Gladbach as a striker and I think I have the qualities to play there. I can get in behind, I’m decent in the air. We still obviously have work to do to get used to it. It worked against Kuwait and we’ve got two friendlies coming up so it will be a good test to see where we’re at.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Pinterest last_img read more

Fed Cup: Anne Keothavong hopes home advantage will give Britain the X factor

first_imgShare on Facebook Fed Cup Read more Topics Johanna Konta Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter Naomi Osaka says Wimbledon’s grass is ‘a little bit frightening’ Since you’re here… That feeling stems from a strong squad, led by Johanna Konta, ranked No 39 but showing signs of the form that took her inside the top 10, backed up by Katie Boulter, ranked 83, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan. But the X factor could be that for the first time since they dropped out of the World Group in 1993, Britain will be playing at home.The venue is the University of Bath, an impressive home to a host of elite sportsmen and women. Showcasing women’s tennis in a part of the country not renowned for the sport was a major factor in convincing the International Tennis Federation to make Britain group hosts. “It is going to be key,” Anne Keothavong said on Tuesday. “I never got to experience it as a player but I am looking forward to experiencing it as a captain and I know all the players are too.”Keothavong stressed the importance of boosting participation, not least since figures from Sport England showed the number of regular tennis players in Britain fell from 457,200 to 398,100 in the 10 years to 2016.“We’re bringing tennis to a different part of the country,” she said. “There’s no grass-court event here or anything else. We’re trying to open our sport up to as many people as possible. You all know the participation figures and everyone’s aware of that, but I do think events like this help raise the profile of women’s tennis and that’s something we should all get excited about because the depth of women’s tennis in this country is as strong as it’s ever been. We want more kids to take up the game, we want as many people to participate as possible. The players are all aware of that, and of the bigger picture as well.” The Britain team pose for a selfie at the Roman Baths in the city. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA Anne Keothavong Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Reuse this content Support The Guardian With the Davis Cup having switched to a new format this year, the Fed Cup may also change in the coming years but, for now, getting out of the group remains a hard slog. “The stress and the emotions that we all feel as a team to get through a week like this, it takes a lot out of the players and that shouldn’t be underestimated,” Keothavong added. “The format, which can be frustrating, is something I’ve spoken about in the past. I feel very strongly about Fed Cup and Davis Cup coming in line with each other.“We came close last year. It’s credit to the players they have come back again. We have a shared goal and a shared purpose, but they want to go on this journey together and hopefully have another opportunity, another shot at making it into the World Group. Credit to all of them for that, that they’re prepared to put themselves on the line and do it all over again.”If Britain are to succeed this week, much will depend on the efforts of Konta. Though she was beaten in the second round of the Australian Open last month, her level of play was a vast improvement on the second half of last year and she will go into Tuesday’s opening match, against Slovenia, with confidence.Getting out of the group will not be easy but it won’t be for the lack of support. Tennis It is almost 26 years since Great Britain last played in the elite World Group level of the Fed Cup, the flagship team competition of women’s tennis. Since then, they have languished a couple of rungs below the top flight, the path back to the top level blocked by superior opposition, tough draws and a fair bit of bad luck.Unless you are a country blessed with several top players, like the Czech Republic (who have won the event in six of the past eight years), the USA and France, the Fed Cup can be a harsh environment.Last year Britain came through four matches in four days only to then fall to Japan in a play-off that would have elevated them to World Group II, the second tier of the competition. But if the format is almost as difficult to understand as it is to navigate, there is real optimism this week that Britain can begin climbing the ladder. Share via Email Facebook Pinterest Share on Messenger newslast_img read more

Former Major College Football Coach Has Landed A New Job

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former ACC head football coach has reportedly landed a new head coaching gig.Mike London, who led Virginia’s football program from 2010-15, will reportedly be the next head coach at William & Mary.Football Scoop is reporting that London has landed the job:Multiple sources with direct knowledge tell FootballScoop Mike London has the job and will be announced later today. Mike London is the new head football coach at William & Mary.Legendary William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock is retiring after the season.London, 58, was previously an assistant coach at Maryland and the head coach at Howard.An official announcement on the hiring could be coming today.Stay tuned.last_img read more

EESC Pushes for Polluter Pays Principle in Shipbreaking

first_imgzoom The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own initiative opinion that calls on the European Commission to introduce an incentive that will “eliminate the abuses of irresponsible ship dismantling through a system which creates added value in an end-of-life ship.”SEA Europe, IndustriAll Europe and the NGO Shipbreaking Platform have joined the EESC in supporting the incentive that will make sure ships are recycled in a safe and environmentally sound manner.“European ship recycling companies are competitive with regards to sustainability and should be encouraged by an enabling public policy that will push ship owners towards the use of these facilities as well as enhance R&D towards more cost effective solutions in Europe,” Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General of SEA Europe, said.The aim of a financial incentive is to make sure that ship owners use the upcoming EU list of approved ship recycling facilities and do not simply circumvent the EU Ship Recycling Regulation by flagging out to a non-EU ship registry.The EESC opinion supports a financial incentive that recognises the responsibility of the ship owner through the ‘polluter pays principle’ and builds the cost of responsible recycling into ship operating costs.“The social and environmental impacts of shipbreaking on the beaches of South Asia can no longer be viewed as an externality and should be accounted for in shipping companies’ individual accounts. Introducing a financial incentive at the EU level is feasible and in line with established legal principles,” Ingvild Jenssen, Policy Director and Founder of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.last_img read more

Gallery Maersk Names HClass Newbuild

first_imgImage Courtesy: MaerskDanish shipping giant Maersk Line has named its new H-Class ship, Maersk Horsburgh, in South Korea.The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was built at Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard.With a deadweight of 162,100 tons, the newbuilding features a length of 353 meters and a width of 53.5 meters.Market value of the boxship currently stands at USD 113.07 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.“A capacity of 15,226 TEU yet 46 meters shorter than the original Emma Class, these new ships will boost efficiency on global trade routes,” Maersk Line said.H-Class ships were designed for operational versatility in order to take advantage of shifting trade patterns. The greater capacity allows them to efficiently serve on the East-West trades, while its smaller size means these vessels are also capable of calling what are typically smaller ports on the North-South trades, if needed.As disclosed, Maersk Horsburgh is part of a number of container vessels, most of them on the large end of the scale, which have begun arriving to the company’s fleet this year to replace older, less efficient ones.last_img read more

SNCLavalin CEO says employees will move to foreign rivals if it is

first_imgTORONTO — The head of SNC-Lavalin says its role as a Canadian global champion will be undermined if the embattled engineering firm is barred from bidding on federal contracts and its local employees are forced to work for foreign competitors.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Neil Bruce says the Montreal-based company, unlike the Trudeau government, has never cited the protection of 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason it should be granted a remediation agreement to avoid a criminal trial.However, he says there’s a public interest for such an agreement because its well-qualified employees will be forced to work for U.S. or European competitors if it is barred from bidding on federal contracts for a decade.SNC-Lavalin faces accusations it paid bribes to get government business in Libya — a criminal case that has triggered a political storm and cost Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two cabinet ministers and his most trusted adviser.Bruce says about 75 per cent of the company’s rivals have concluded deferred prosecution agreements in their host countries and are free to work in Canada.Meanwhile, Bruce says he still doesn’t know why a federal official and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould were not open to granting a remediation agreement. Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PETA Germany Releases New Animal Rights Spot With Music By Moby

first_imgIn its new music spot, “One Step Further”, PETA Germany makes clear that the animal rights movement is powerful – just like the movements for gender and racial equality.Accompanied by the expressive, atmospheric music of Moby, which the musician provided at no charge, the one-minute spot features scenes from the past as a means of highlighting the progress humankind has made towards becoming more compassionate – but it also emphasises that we need to go one step further by extending compassion to all living beings and granting non-human animals the right to live free from exploitation and abuse.“Backed by music from Moby, PETA Germany’s new animal rights music spot reminds us that humankind has accomplished great things but has forgotten about animals”, says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Our commitment to animals is just as important as our commitment to other vulnerable groups, and the time to grant them basic rights is long overdue.”Moby – born in New York in 1965 – is a singer, guitarist, DJ, music producer, and vegan who has campaigned for animal rights for many years.PETA – whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way” – notes that vegan eating supports a lifetime of good health and that every person who goes vegan saves around 100 animals each year from daily suffering and a terrifying death.“One Step Further” can be viewed here. For more information or to order a free vegan starter kit, please visit read more

UN trade arm chief calls inclusive development a moral and political necessity

2 October 2007The head of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) characterized inclusive development – which allows developing countries to reap gains from globalization – as a “crucial moral and political imperative.” UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi told participants yesterday on the first day of the 54th session of the agency’s governing board that “we must urgently find ways to ensure that even the poorest see tangible benefits from globalization, and that truly all countries are included in this momentum.” Although developing countries’ share of exports globally has grown, inward foreign direct investment to them has doubled and their outward investment has tripled, he warned that poverty is still an impediment to prosperity. “Many of the world’s poorest countries continue to be left out of growth,” with poverty persisting even in middle-income nations and in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe, Mr. Supachai told the Geneva gathering. Asian-led economic progress in the South must be studied to increase its inclusiveness, he noted, and the reliance on the export of small numbers of commodities or raw materials by many least developed countries (LDCs) must be transformed into broader economic progress. The session, which will end on 11 October, aims to build momentum for the upcoming UNCTAD XII conference, to convene in April 2008 in Accra, Ghana. This morning, UNCTAD’s governing body appointed a Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD XII, comprising the organization’s 151 Member States. Over the next six months, the Committee will endeavour to address pressing issues and promote economic inclusiveness worldwide. “UNCTAD’s next four years are in your hands,” Mr. Supachai told the newly-formed body, adding “there is no reason not to be ambitious in our goals.” read more

Police investigate robbery at NOTL pharmacy

Niagara police are investigating after an armed man robbed a pharmacy in Niagara-on-the-Lake.Officers were called to Simpson’s Apothecary around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.Police say a man armed with a weapon stole a quantity of narcotics from the pharmacy and fled out the rear door to an awaiting Black GMC Terrain.The suspect is described by police as white, six-feet-tall, and a thin build. He had his face covered and was wearing black jeans, and a black hooded sweatshirt. No one was hurt during the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 905-688-4111, ext. 2200. read more

Hong Kong cuts taxes to shore up economy amid protests

Hong Kong’s government has announced tax cuts, higher social welfare payments and other steps to reverse an economic slowdown that has been aggravated by anti-government protests.The territory’s financial secretary, Paul Chan, said Thursday that the official economic growth outlook this year has been cut to zero from 1%, which would be its worst performance since 2009 during the global financial crisis.Hong Kong’s economic growth already was declining before anti-government protests erupted this year. They have disrupted tourism and retailing.Chan said the changes announced Thursday would result in some 1.3 million taxpayers having their taxes waived. He said the government will increase payments for elderly and low-income residents.The Associated Press read more

Grad student develops computer codes to measure track mitochondria

Mitochondria are essential to human and animal life, but analyzing their ever-changing configurations through a microscope is a challenge. As they continually fuse and fragment, they affect how cells, and therefore bodies, work.Studying the tube-shaped organelles that provide energy to cells has recently been made easier through the work of a Brock University graduate student.Andrew Valente, a student in the Department of Biological Sciences with an interest in computer coding, has developed a set of tools that researchers around the globe can freely access to better measure and understand the movements of mitochondrial networks.“I use a lot of open source software,” he says. “I thought it would be a good idea to adopt open source code because then we can have everybody looking at it and verifying that it’s working correctly.”In an open source software arrangement, anyone can study, modify and distribute software for any purpose, which encourages widespread collaboration and free, public use.Valente, from Thorold, is studying the structure and movement of mitochondrial networks, and is developing methods to track them for his master’s program.He remembers being struck by the fact that research on mitochondria had relied heavily on qualitative descriptions of how mitochondria appear.“We need to measure the shape, length and size of mitochondria so that we can move away from subjective descriptions of what mitochondria look like,” says Valente.He noticed the mitochondria he was studying “looked a lot like roots,” and recalled the time he examined a photograph of roots in ImageJ, a scientific open source image processing program.“The mitochondrial structures are somewhat similar to roots,” he says. “I thought that it would make sense to use a similar image-processing method to determine the lengths of the branches of mitochondria that make up the network.”He wrote computer code that built upon an existing piece of software.“That’s the beauty of open source projects: you can quickly adapt what has already been done by others for your own needs.”The method was a success. Valente went on to write computer codes that would enable researchers to measure mitochondrial structures in three dimensions and over a period of time.He posted his codes on an open-source software development platform called GitHub so that they could be freely accessible to others, who would then be able to propose changes to improve the algorithm and code itself.“It has allowed other researchers to easily provide semi-quantitative parameters to describe the mitochondrial structure,” says Valente. “This makes it easier to be more objective.”Valente published his research results in Acta Histochemica. Several research papers have already cited his open-source computer tools.Valente and his MSc supervisor, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Jeff Stuart, are now collaborating with research teams in Italy and Germany, with several international students and postdoctoral fellows visiting Stuart’s lab to learn more about mitochondrial networks.Mitochondria create most of the energy that the body needs in order to live and support the functioning of organs. More than 220 illnesses are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, according to MitoCanada.“It’s really important for us to analyze mitochondrial networks and understand how they’re put together, and that’s where Andrew’s work comes in,” says Stuart.“Previously, we would say, ‘Yes, that’s a fused network and that’s a fragmented network,’ but we didn’t get much more technical than that,” he says. “As more and more people became interested in what was going on with mitochondrial network dynamics, better tools started to develop.”Stuart says he is pleased that Valente’s codes are open source, saying that “science must be conducted that way or progress will be slowed and we will all be worse off.” read more

Two men due in court after armed raid on post office

first_img Short URL Image: Google Maps The post office in Maugheraboy, Co Sligo Image: Google Maps Jun 13th 2018, 7:57 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald Share35 Tweet Email The post office in Maugheraboy, Co Sligo TWO MEN ARE due in court after an armed raid on a post office in Sligo yesterday.At 2.25pm yesterday afternoon gardaí received a report of two men armed with knives carrying out a robbery on the post office at Maugheraboy in the county.Garda units responding chased two men on foot and arrested both. The men are aged in their late teens.No one was injured in the incident and all cash stolen in the raid was recovered.The arrested men were detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Both have been charged and are expected to appear at Manorhamilton District Court at 10.30am this morning.Comments have been disabled as people are due before the courtcenter_img Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 7:57 AM Two men due in court after armed raid on post office No one was injured in the incident and all cash stolen in the raid was recovered. 12,115 Views No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Turks and Caicos Tourism Remains Resilient

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 8, 2017 – Providenciales – With new developments in tourism and hospitality on the immediate horizon, the Turks and Caicos brand and our people’s spirit remains resilient and strong despite recent challenges.The sustained commitment of the Ritz Carlton to become a stakeholder of Brand TCI demonstrates unwavering confidence in the destination’s appeal to their luxury cliental, and the way is being cleared for imminent construction.The Ministry of Tourism is also proud to announce that many other global brands including Six Senses, have formally expressed interest and/or have submitted proposals to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government for consideration.On completion of successful negotiations and introduction of these global players to our destination, the Turks and Caicos Islands will become an even more admired regional and international player in the tourism sector. These recent expressions of interest are cause for much optimism for the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Ministry of Tourism and the Government as a whole is working tirelessly to bring these proposals to fruition.Optimistic about the new developments, the Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism said, “We are confident that the goodwill we have built with our many stakeholders and visitors in providing a safe and welcoming environment, as well as exceptional experiences, will assure our continued popularity and success.”Press Release: TCIG Tourist Board Related Items:last_img read more

8 Wilmington Pop Warner Cheerleaders Named New England AllAmerican Scholars

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — New England Pop Warner recently announced that eight Wilmington Pop Warner cheerleaders were selected as New England All-American Scholars.First Team Scholar Honors:Zoey Helbert (5th Grade)Second Team Scholar Honors:Isabella Cooper (5th Grade)Skyler Estabrook (6th Grade)Sabrina Gray (6th Grade)Maya Lanzi (5th Grade)Honorable MentionMeghan Mullarky (6th Grade)Erin Murray (5th Grade)Haylie Perault (6th Grade)The Pop Warner All-American Program requires a minimum 96% grade point average to apply.A First Team All-American is one of the top 35 football players or top 35 cheerleaders for his/her grade in New England Pop Warner that have the highest score of 100% or above based on the combined score of Grade Point Average (GPA) and Addendum. A Second Team New England Pop Warner All-American consists of the next group of participants that score 100% or above in the combined score of GPA and Addendum. The participants that achieve the All American Scholar criteria and fall between a total combined GPA and Addendum score of 96% and 99% are awarded Honorable Mention.These eight Wilmington student athletes are all invited to attend the 23rd Annual New  England Pop Warner Scholars Weekend on April 6 at Gillette Stadium/Patriot Place in Foxboro, where they will attend a reception and tribute ceremony, plus receive a tour of the stadium.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related9 From Wilmington Pop Warner Named New England All-American ScholarsIn “Sports”7 From Wilmington Pop Warner Named New England All-American ScholarsIn “Sports”Wilmington Pop Warner’s Foresyth, Penney, Roberts, Smolinsky, Williams & Zaccagini Named ‘All-American Scholars’In “Sports”last_img read more