MS Dhoni gives youngsters fantastic opportunities to shine: Sanjay Bangar

first_imgAhead of their departure for the brief limited overs tour to Zimbabwe on Wednesday, newly-appointed head coach Sanjay Bangar on Wednesday heaped praise on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Dhoni is leading a young side for a short limited overs series in the African nation. India are scheduled to play three one-day internationals and three T20 international matches, starting June 11.  (Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni sidesteps captaincy debate ahead of Zimbabwe tour) After deciding to rest senior players of the likes of Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma, the selectors, headed by Sandeep Patil, gave Dhoni the opportunity to decide whether he wanted to be part of the tour. Dhoni surprised quite a few when he chose to go with a second-string team to Zimbabwe.Bangar now has said the Indian skipper’s presence in the squad will be helpful for the youngsters in the team. “The presence of MS Dhoni gives a fantastic opportunity for the younger guys to showcase their talent,” Bangar said. (Also read: Raina refuses to be drawn into Dhoni-Kohli captaincy conundrum) ‘IMPORTANT TOUR FOR YOUNGSTERS’Getting accustomed to the local conditions quickly in the African nation will be the first challenge for the young Indian brigade.But Bangar is confident that like the previous two series in 2013 and 2015, when the Indians handed a whitewash to the Afican minnows, the new-look squad too has the pedigree to repeat their performance.”This is a very important tour for the young players. It provides them an ideal opportunity to test themselves in international waters. It is the start of a new season and it gives them an opportunity to make a mark and keep knocking at the doors of the Indian team,” Bangar told bcci.tv. He thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for giving him the opportunity.advertisement”Among the few things that are important when we land in Zimbabwe is being aware of the individual strengths, the position that they play in, what we expect from them, and then fit them in the scheme of things as far as the team composition is concerned.””We have a fair idea of what they are capable of and how we can optimise their strengths into the composition of the team. Not many of them would have played in Zimbabwe and getting used to the conditions in such a short period would be a major challenge,” he added.’EACH ONE IS CAPABLE OF WINNING MATCHES’Exuding confidence about the young side, Bangar said: “All of them have worked very hard to earn the India colours. Each one is capable of winning the match for his team on his given day.””You have spin bowlers who can turn the course of the match and pacers with special abilities. You have Dhawal Kulkarni who has got great experience of first-class cricket. He has got great control and is capable of bowling at all stages of the game.””Then, you have Jasprit Bumrah who is always learning. He made a huge mark since he played for India in January. Barinder Sran is someone who is exciting and brings his own skill set being a left-armer which is always an added strength. You have a Rishi Dhawan, and Yuzvendra Chahal who has done consistently well in the IPL and shorter formats,” he said.”In the batting department, we know how Manish Pandey played that dazzling knock in Sydney against Australia and won us that game. We then have Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu, who both scored a century on the tour of Zimbabwe.””KL Rahul has made a mark in the IPL and has had success in the past with the Indian Test team.,” he added.’WILL CONTINUE PLAYING AGGRESSIVE CRICKET’The former India all-rounder said the team will continue playing aggressively, which they have been doing in the past couple of years.”We will be looking to go out there and play the brand of cricket that the Indian team has displayed over the last two years. This team fields well, there is a lot of energy, buzz and intensity in whatever they do, and that would be the underlying message in approaching all three departments of the game,” he said.last_img read more

ICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test match

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated the England and Wales Cricket Board as England gear up to play their 1000th Test match when they take on India in the first of the five-match series at Edgbaston from August 1.England men’s team has played 999 Tests since making debut against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in March 1877 and has won 357 Tests. They have lost 297 Tests while 345 ended in draws.At the Edgbaston alone, the venue of the 1000th Test, England have played 50 matches since their first Test in May 1902 against Australia, winning 27, losing eight with 15 ending in draws.ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said: “On behalf of the cricket family, I want to congratulate England on their 1000th men’s Test match, the first country to reach this milestone.”I wish England all the best in this historic match and may it continue to produce players and performances that inspire the following of Test cricket, the oldest and most demanding format of the game.”India vs England: Buttler wants to learn from ‘immensely talented’ KohliTo commemorate the occasion, Jeff Crowe, former New Zealand captain and member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, on behalf of the ICC, will present a silver plaque to England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves before the start of the Test.England have dominated India since their first Test in June 1932, winning 43 and losing 25 out of a total of 117 Tests. On home turf, England have won 30 Tests and India have emerged winners on six occasions with 21 Tests ending in draws.advertisementEdgbaston has hosted six Tests between the two sides, with England leading 5-0 on a head-to-head.CHANCE FOR KOHLI TO TOPPLE SMITHThese statistics will give England further impetus to their ambitions of improving their current ranking of fifth on the ICC Test Team Rankings. If England make a 5-0 sweep, then they will jump to second on the table with a 10-point rise to 107 points, reducing the pre-series gap with top-ranked India from 28 points to just five points. India will have a chance to strengthen their top spot (Reuters Photo)In contrast, if India can display their strength and prowess which has made them the highest-ranked side in the world, then they will further strengthen their grip on the top spot. If India win 5-0, then they will rise to 129 points and England will drop to sixth place on 94 points.Extra-motivated Kohli could prove to be dangerous for England: Graham GoochIndia captain Virat Kohli will look to snatch the coveted No.1 position from Australia’s Steve Smith, while England fast bowler James Anderson will aim to defend his No.1 ranking.Kohli trails Smith by 26 points and will have to produce a string of strong performances to leapfrog the Australian, while Anderson will also need wickets to either defend or consolidate his top spot.Apart from Kohli and Anderson, both the sides comprise players who feature prominently in the Test player rankings who, during the course of the series, will be hoping to make upward movements. This makes the upcoming series a perfect recipe for entertaining, interesting and enthralling red-ball cricket.Amongst the batsmen, both England and India have five each inside the top-50. From England, Joe Root is ranked third (48 points behind Kohli), Alastair Cook 13th, Jonny Bairstow 16th, Ben Stokes 28th and Moeen Ali 43rd, while India’s Cheteshwar Pujara is sixth, followed by Lokesh Rahul 18th, Ajinkya Rahane 19th, Murali Vijay 23rd and Shikhar Dhawan 24th.Indian bowling attack suited for all conditions, reckons Darren GoughAmongst the bowlers and besides Anderson, Stuart Broad is the other bowler who features inside the top-30 in 12th position.In contrast, India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30, including two spinners in Ravindra Jadeja (third) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth), and four fast bowlers, namely Mohammed Shami (17th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25th), Ishant Sharma (26th) and Umesh Yadav (28th).India’s left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who caused problems for the England batsmen in the ODI series, is ranked outside the top-50 in 56th position.The Test player rankings will now be updated following the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test, while the Test team rankings will be updated following the conclusion of the fifth and final Test at The Oval.last_img read more

HEELAN STAFF & STUDENTS MOVE INTO NEW BUILDING

first_imgTHE MOVE ALSO MEANS THE END OF REGULAR CLASSES IN THE OLD BISHOP HEELAN BUILDING:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NEW3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………MUCH BETTER SET UP. ;17THE TROPHY CASES HAVE ALSO BEEN MOVED AND REORGANIZED.BORK SAYS FOR THE FIRST TIME ALL OF HEELAN’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES ARE GROUPED TOGETHER IN ONE DISPLAY. STUDENTS AT BISHOP HEELAN HIGH SCHOOL STARTED GETTING ORIENTED IN THEIR NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING THURSDAY.SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CHRIS BORK SAYS THE STUDENTS STARTED GETTING FAMILIAR WITH THE NEW BUILDING TO PREPARE TO EMPTY THEIR LOCKERS IN THE OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY MORNING AND REPORT TO THEIR NEW HOME ROOMS ACROSS THE STREET:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NEW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….A GREAT START. :10BORK SAYS SCHOOL STAFF HAVE BEEN SETTING UP THE NEW CLASSROOMS AND OFFICES SINCE CHRISTMAS BREAK:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NEW2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..READY FOR CLASS. :15last_img read more

Growing Forward 2 Programs Launched in Nova Scotia

first_imgMinister of Agriculture John MacDonell and federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced details today, May 29, in Shubenacadie, of the new bilateral agreement for the agriculture and agri-food sector in Nova Scotia under Growing Forward 2. “By working with our federal partners, we have secured significant funding to help strengthen our agri-food industry,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Growing Forward 2 is an investment in the productivity, profitability and competitiveness of Nova Scotia agriculture, helping our industry to be more innovative and sustainable.” Growing Forward 2 is a renewed commitment by the federal, provincial and territorial governments to ensure productivity and profitability for Canada’s agricultural sector. With a focus on innovation, competitiveness, and market development, Growing Forward 2 programs will help the industry seize future opportunities and realize its full potential as a major driver of the Canadian economy. Programs are also tailored with the flexibility to meet Nova Scotia’s diverse regional requirements. “Our government remains focused on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry,” said Mr. Ritz. “Growing Forward 2 provides flexible, innovative programming for Nova Scotia’s hard-working producers to ensure that the industry has the tools available to remain innovative and competitive, as well as to grow in new and existing markets.” Over the next five years $37 million in federal and provincial funding will be invested in three primary areas in Nova Scotia: innovation, competitiveness and markets and adaptability and industry capacity. The new five-year Growing Forward 2 agreement includes $2 billion for federal-provincial-territorial strategic initiatives, a 50 per cent increase in cost-shared funding, as well as $1 billion for federal-only strategic initiatives. The federal government has announced details of its three federal programs: AgriInnovation, AgriMarketing and AgriCompetitiveness. Under Growing Forward 2 governments will continue to offer ongoing funding for a complete and effective suite of Business Risk Management programs to ensure farmers are protected against severe market volatility and disasters. There will be a series of information meetings across Nova Scotia on Monday, June 3rd. For more details on meeting locations and times, visit, http://www.gov.ns.ca/agri/. For more information on Growing Forward 2, visit www.agr.gc.ca/GrowingForward2.last_img read more

Atlantic Canadas Auditors General Release Joint Report on the Atlantic Lottery Corporation

first_imgThe Auditors General of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador tabled a report, at their respective legislative assemblies, today, Oct. 26, on the results of their joint audit of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC). The Auditor General of Newfoundland and Labrador did not participate in the audit of the governance section of the report. The last performance audit of ALC by Auditors General was in 1996. Atlantic Lottery Corporation is an example of the four Atlantic Provinces working together. Over its 40-year history ALC has delivered significant profits to shareholder governments. In 2016, ALC dispersed $432 million of profits to the four governments of Atlantic Canada. The audit found ALC’s governance framework is insufficient to deal with its strategic challenges. Weaknesses discovered in oversight increase the risk of ALC losing relevance in a rapidly evolving gambling market and jeopardizing important revenues for the governments. Although the ALC board of directors follows many governance best practices the audit found not all shareholder governments are providing the required direction expected for a provincially owned Corporation. Some governments have not clearly defined their expectations of ALC’s performance and the roles and responsibilities of governments and responsible ministers who oversee ALC. The report also noted while not providing appropriate mandate direction, at times the governments intervene and impact ALC’s autonomy. The report notes an example in which the Corporation spent $640,000 on Board-approved Internet gaming but shareholders eventually stopped participation in the initiative. In another example Nova Scotia told ALC to pay a private company (Techlink) $1.26 million even though ALC’s management and Board had serious concerns with this. Also, the audit found that not all the risks related to an $8 million investment in Geonomics were considered. The venture failed and ALC had to write off the entire amount. The Auditors General indicate that “the Board did not conduct a robust review and management failed to give the Board all of the available information on an $8 million investment.” The report also includes findings related to general operational matters such as compensation, travel and contract management and procurement. Atlantic Lottery Corporation was found to procure services in an efficient and economical manner; monitor delivery and effectiveness of contracts; and manage compensation and benefits in accordance with its policies. However, ALC significantly increased its executive compensation without shareholder consultation. For example, in some cases, an overall 56 per cent annual compensation increase was possible after salary increases and potential bonuses. When combining salary, bonuses and benefits, top ALC executives have the opportunity to earn approximately $390,000 per year. Over our audit period, ALC spent approximately $4 million on travel, hospitality and board expenses. The Auditors General concluded that in some cases, amounts were expended without due regard for economy and lacked supporting documentation for the business purpose or validity. The Auditors General indicate, “ALC could not demonstrate the value in buying $73,000 of concert and event tickets, many of which were given to politicians, political staffers, senior bureaucrats and others. In addition, ALC was not able to show if the recipients actually used the tickets they were given.” Other examples of questionable spending noted in the report include the Corporation’s spending on alcohol, recognition events and other non-receipted items. Of significance, ALC spent $111,000 on Christmas-related events, including parties for staff; these types of expenditures are outside of typical public sector expectations. Overall, the Auditors General made nine recommendations to the four shareholder governments to improve their oversight and governance and 16 to the board and management of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation to improve management, accountability and transparency. In general, the shareholders, Board and management accepted the recommendations and indicated their intent to implement. The report is available at each Auditors General’s website:New Brunswick – www.agnb-vgnb.caNova Scotia – www.oag-ns.caPrince Edward Island – www.assembly.pe.ca/auditorgeneralNewfoundland and Labrador – www.ag.gov.nl.ca -30-last_img read more

Stephen Curry And Under Armour Release Nothing But Nets Curry 4 To

first_imgOn December 31, Under Armour and Stephen Curry, who serves as the Global Ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, released a limited-edition Curry 4 Low colorway to support the fight against malaria.For every pair sold, Stephen will donate an insecticide-treated bed net to Nothing But Nets, protecting kids, refugees, and families from malaria.Stephen wore the new colorway, aptly named “Nothing But Nets,” as he worked out before a recent game against the Utah Jazz. The bright red colorway with netting design found on the heel is inspired by his involvement in the campaign’s efforts to send nets and help save lives from malaria.“As a father, I can’t imagine a world where kids are still dying unnecessarily from a preventable disease like malaria,” said Curry. “With my partners at Under Armour, we’re releasing this special colorway of the Curry 4 so that fans can be part of the solution with me.”First learning about malaria while at Davidson College, Stephen has supported the Nothing But Nets campaign for many years and conducted his own Three for Three Challenge for the past five NBA seasons, donating three bed nets for every three-pointer he makes.In 2013, Stephen traveled with Nothing But Nets to Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania, operated by Nothing But Nets partner UNHCR. Nyarugusu is one of the largest refugee camps in the world and malaria is the leading cause of illness and death. There, he helped deliver more than 38,000 bed nets to refugees and hung nets in a few homes. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $65 million dollars and delivered more than 12 million bed nets and other life-saving malaria prevention and treatment to families in 31 countries.“We have made tremendous progress in the fight against malaria, but the fact remains that a child dies every two minutes from this disease,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, executive director of Nothing But Nets. “Stephen understands how something as simple as a net – or in this case a net per shoe – can help us save lives. We are so proud to have him and Under Armour on our team to defeat malaria.”The Curry 4 Low “Nothing But Nets” colorway was released for $120 USD at Under Armour Brand Houses and UA.com in the United States, Canada, and China on December 31. Each shoe purchased delivers a life-saving anti-malaria bed net and educates the recipient on its proper use.To learn how you can join Stephen Curry and Under Armour to support Nothing But Nets to save lives and help defeat malaria, click here.last_img read more

Update CN Rail responds to allegations of financial mismanagement

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOn the surface Ron Plain and Scott Holmes don’t have much in common. In fact they’ve never met.One is an Ojibway man from Sarnia, who blocked a railway, the other a Caucasian who used to build the very same tracks that run through his community.But both are locked in a fight with the same company – Canadian National Railway.Plain, was part of a rail blockade in Aamjiwnaang that halted CN freight cars during the height of the Idle No More movement at the turn of the current calendar year.Holmes, says he’s a whistleblower exposing what he believes to be financial irregularities within CN.And both have felt the full legal might of the largest railway company in North America.Plain was brought before a judge and wound up on the losing end after the court ruled he had to pay CN $16,000 in damages.He didn’t have the money and feared he was going to lose his home.“That was the fear and that’s why we had to borrow the money to pay it,” said Plain who this past summer was found in contempt for disobeying a court injunction to shut down the blockade that lasted 13 days and, according to CN, caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.Holmes was fired from a job he had since 1981 with CN. He told APTN that he lost just about everything he owned except the house he lives in. That includes coffee shops, construction businesses and a home in Florida. He puts the personal loss at approximately $10 million.He was also charged with fraud and CN sued him for millions.But twice, criminal charges against him were stayed by the Crown, once for lack of evidence and other based on the conduct of CN Police who admitted to lying to obtain warrants and being directed by CN corporate during their police investigation.“Scott has a great deal of information about wrongdoing, financial wrongdoing within CN and he started to raise objections to what CN was doing as far as its charges to its customers were concerned. That’s why he was kicked out, that’s why he was fired and sued — to shut him up,” said Holmes’ lawyer Graydon Sheppard in a taped interview with APTN National News.APTN has been investigating the Holmes vs. CN case for several months, interviewing sources and collecting documents.Holmes said CN has fought to keep what he claims to know about CN’s relationship with GO Transit from the public eye.GO is a public transit authority operated by the province of Ontario. It moves millions of commuters every day in the greater Toronto area.Holmes claims to have evidence to suggest CN billed the transit company for work it never did.He’s taken this evidence to the Ontario Provincial Police and he met with two detectives from the corruption section of the OPP’s anti-rackets unit in February.After that meeting one detective kept coming back – Det. Bev Mackey.She was given thousands of financial documents that allegedly back up what Holmes says.APTN has learned Mackey has compiled a report for her superiors who are considering launching a full investigation.The documents Holmes gave the OPP includes invoices and internal CN emails. They were provided by CN in the criminal disclosure package provided to Holmes by the Crown in CN’s failed pursuit of a criminal conviction.APTN wasn’t able to independently verify all of the claims he’s made to the OPP.CN issued a statement to APTN National News flatly denying Holmes’ allegations. CN said it wasn’t aware of any OPP investigation.“CN is not aware of any investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police into such allegations,” said spokesman Mark Hallman in an emailed statement. “CN strongly rejects any suggestion of impropriety in its management of Go rail projects.”The statement also said that CN was continuing to pursue Holmes in court for fraud.Mr. Holmes has made repeated spurious allegations against CN in recent months.“But, as this matter remains before the courts, CN has no further comment,” said Hallman.Holmes said one CN capital project had run over budget by about $93,000 and he was asked to rework an internal billing scheme where that CN work would be charged to GO.Holmes gave the OPP an email that shows his superiors directing him to him to look into the matter.He said after he got the email a supervisor called him.“So they called me and we worked it out so GO couldn’t really figure it out.“I was instructed to do that,” said Holmes in a taped interview with APTN. “[At CN] you do whatever someone asks.”Holmes said this was known at CN as “journaling” which is a way to move money from one account to another.CN countered, stating it has strict accounting procedures and controls.“Mistakes, if any, are identified and corrected. As the work performed by CN on behalf of GO on a fixed-price basis with the work approved in advance and reviewed after completion, there was no risk of GO being overcharged due to any miscoding,” said Hallman.Another allegation is the use of partially worn material (PW) on new GO projects.APTN was given three emails where the person in charge of GO projects instructs staff to find the PW material to save cost for GO projects CN was in charge of.One of the emails obtained by APTN is labeled “confidential” and talks about a three mile track from Hamilton to Burlington East that CN built for $72 million for GO in 2007.The 2004 email was sent by CN’s former divisional engineer for Ontario, Daryl Barnett who left CN in 2008 and got a job with GO as their director of railway corridors where he remains to this day.The email goes on about other ways to save money.“When we estimate the North side bridge we will build into this estimate some buffer to reclaim the Geotech/surveys/flagging/locates. Exposure reduced to $30k,” wrote Barnett while telling staff in writing not to ‘print or circulate’ the email.The email continues: “We will charge another $30k for the additional grading on the North side and absorb the balance into the project. Exposure reduced to $40k,” wrote Barnett.In total, if all was done as directed by Barnett, CN would have recovered more than $300,000 Barnett said in the email.Barnett wouldn’t talk about it when reached by APTN.CN did not address this issue in their emailed statement to APTN and did not respond to follow up questions on the issue.APTN also spoke to a senior official at GO who asked not to be identified so they could talk more freely. The source said it wouldn’t be acceptable to use PWs and GO paid for new material.CN said the use of PW material is common in the rail industry.“The partially worn material is a cost-effective, quality product that is safe to use in the operating conditions for it was used,” said Hallman. “In cases where CN installed PW materials on GO work, this was transparent to GO.”The GO official, however, defended CN’s work and said they’ve done spot audits on CN and compared prices.“We’ve looked at prices we get from CN and compare them to the open marketplace but at the end of the day CN, because they own the corridor, they can potentially charge us whatever they want to charge us and our choice is to say ‘well then we don’t want the work done,’” they said.But that would mean they don’t get the trains through, the source said.“That is the reality of a monopolistic situation,” they said. “They are a private company and trying to make a profit. We’re a public agency trying to provide a service provided they don’t try to gouge us.”The source said it is common business to subsidize CN’s own freight lines in GO projects that CN is in charge of building.“In order for us to run the service CN comes in and they might have to improve their existing freight service as well in order for the GO trains to come through. So it’s not unreasonable to assume improvements to all the tracks in the given corridor are required,” said the source, adding there is no dedicated GO track even after they pay to build it.While Holmes and Plain may be miles apart one man saw the similarities.Private investigator Derrick Snowdy had already been investigating CN when he heard of Plain and the blockade he represented.Snowdy thought Plain could be an asset to his investigation and befriended the man.He told Plain about some of his work and knowledge he had about CN that included Justice David Brown who issued the first court injunction against Plain on Dec. 24, 2012. The injunction ordered Plain and the rest of the people on the Aamjiwnaang off the spur line that serviced mainly propane companies.Brown was unknown to Plain but Snowdy had seen his name before and gave Plain a public court document where Brown presided over a motion hearing involving another man he had never heard of – Scott Holmes.It was a motion hearing regarding Holmes’ counter lawsuit against CN.Brown himself said in the document he had acted as a former lawyer for CN before being called to the bench in 2006 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Brown also said he was a witness for CN in some regulatory matters for the company in the United States as APTN reported.Brown played a small part in Holmes’ case that is still before courts five years later having never gone to trial.“I want my day in court,” said Holmes.None of these allegations have yet been proven in court.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

FEMEN activists Interrupt an Islamic Conference Held in Berlin

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- Three FEMEN activists interrupted an Islamic conference held Thursday March 20 in Berlin in the framework of the Berlin Islam Week event, according to the Dailymail.The same source said that the FEMEN activists “charged into the hall with slogans attacking ‘religious oppression’ and Sharia law daubed on their bodies.”The images showed three topless protesters on stage before the speakers of the conference with anti-Islam messages written on their bodies and waving with banners above their heads. The security forces intervened immediately and dragged the protesters out of the conference hall while a veiled woman was recording with her mobile phone.“Although [the protest] was intended as an act of deliberate provocation, we did not defer to it,” a spokesman for Berlin Islam Week told MailOnline.‘The audience, mainly from the Muslim community, reacted to the disturbance appropriately, so that we all were very quickly able to eventually continue the program of the Islam Week,’ the spokesman added.Founded by a Ukrainian, FEMEN claim that, through their naked protests, they fight against “religious oppression, patriarchy and gender inequality.”Berlin Islam Week, which aims to promote religious dialog, is open to all religions including atheists.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Court again refuses to issue Interpol warrant for Udayanga

The Colombo Fort Magistrate has again refused to issue a warrant through Interpol for the arrest of Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga.The police Financial Crimes Investigations Division sought the arrest warrant on Weeratunga as part of ongoing investigations over fraud. The court had earlier rejected the request to issue a warrant through Interpol but later it said it will look into the request again today.Udayanga Weeratunga is said to be in Ukraine and he is wanted to be questioned over the controversial MiG aircraft deal. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Asian stock markets amid investor concern over Spain and Chinas plans for

BANGKOK – Investors unnerved by Spain’s worsening financial condition and a report that China has no plans for a major economic stimulus dragged Asian stock markets lower Wednesday.Worries about Europe’s financial stability worsened after a ratings agency slapped Spain with a downgrade Tuesday because it may have trouble repaying its debt amid slowing growth and rising unemployment. Spain has a 24.4 per cent jobless rate and is battling its second recession in three years.Traders are also concerned that Europe’s fifth-largest economy may struggle to save its banking sector, worsening the region’s chronic debt crisis. Jitters have worsened since Friday, when Bankia, Spain’s fourth-largest lender, said it needed €19 billion ($23.8 billion) in state aid.Markets also reacted to a microblog posting by China’s official Xinhua News Agency that said Tuesday the government had denied reports of plans for a massive new stimulus, said Dickie Wong, executive director of Kingston Securities Ltd. in Hong Kong.The report adds “pressure to the local stocks markets” on top of fears of sputtering Chinese growth, he said.However, that report was later deleted and no other Chinese media outlets carried it. Meanwhile, Chinese leaders have recently indicated their intention to implement limited measures to help rev up the economy.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.9 per cent to 8,581.53 as Europe’s troubles sent the yen higher against the euro. That hurts Japanese exporters by making their goods more expensive.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng tumbled 1.9 per cent to 18,698.74 and South Korea’s Kospi was down 0.5 per cent to 1,840.93.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.5 per cent to 4,092.40 while benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan, India, Indonesia and Thailand also fell. New Zealand rose and mainland Chinese shares were mixed.Meanwhile, Spain’s woes have magnified fears of a possible debt implosion in Europe’s weaker economies — starting with Greece, which will run out of money in the coming days without an emergency loan.Negative sentiment persisted despite polls that suggested an upcoming election in Greece might result in a government willing to implement a highly unpopular austerity program.Sticking to its austerity commitments will enable Greece to qualify for an urgently needed international bailout to avoid defaulting on its massive debts and remain in the euro currency union.“Spain remains the key worry for the eurozone debt crisis, eclipsing optimism in Greece that the pro-bailout conservatives are leading the polls ahead of next month’s election,” said analysts at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore.Among individual stocks, shares of Olympus Corp. rose 3.9 per cent following a report in Asahi Shimbun newspaper that the camera and medical equipment maker is in talks about a possible tie-up with either Panasonic Corp. or Sony Corp., Kyodo News Agency said. Sony fell 2.4 per cent and Panasonic was down 3 per cent.Elsewhere, Hong Kong-listed China Mobile Ltd., the world’s biggest phone carrier by subscribers, lost 2.2 per cent. GOME Electrical Appliance Holdings, China’s largest appliances retailer, lost 2.4 per cent.There was also bad news from the U.S. on Tuesday. The Conference Board, a private research group, said that its consumer confidence index fell to 64.9 from 68.7 in April.Wall Street, reopening after a three-day holiday, posted gains. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 1 per cent to 12,580.69. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1.1 per cent to 1,332.42. The Nasdaq composite index rose 1.2 per cent to 2,870.99.Benchmark oil for July delivery was down 38 cents to $90.38 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 10 cents to settle at $90.76 in New York on Monday.In currencies, the euro fell to $1.2472 from $1.2487 late Tuesday in New York. The dollar slipped to 79.45 yen from 79.51 yen. by News Staff Posted May 30, 2012 1:27 am MDT Asian stock markets amid investor concern over Spain and China’s plans for stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Posco starts lithiumcarbonate production in South Korea

first_imgRoskill reports that Korean steel-maker Posco has started commercial production of lithium carbonate in Gwangyang, with a 2,500 t/y capacity plant aiming to supply domestic battery material manufacturers, including Posco’s subsidiary Posco ESM. PosLX, as the plant is known, uses a proprietary extraction technology developed by Posco. Feedstock for PosLX is lithium phosphate, currently sourced from battery recycling companies. Current Posco CEO Ohjoon Kwon was part of the team developing the extraction technology, and lithium has become one of Posco’s key diversification projects under his leadership.Posco has also developed the technology to produce lithium phosphate from brine without the need for evaporation, dramatically reducing the period to extract lithium; brine will form the future raw materials supply strategy for PosLX as recycled phosphate supply is limited. Posco pulled out of an agreement with Lithium Americas to develop the Cauchari salar in Argentina in 2015, and subsequently announced plans in early 2016 to construct a small-scale extraction plant at Lithea’s Pozuelos salar; however, the current status of that operation is unclear. Posco also had an MoU with Pure Energy Minerals, which is evaluating deposits south of Albemarle’s Silver Peak operations in the Clayton Valley, Nevada, but Pure Energy is progressing its feasibility study on this asset using Tenova Bateman’s lithium extraction technology. Pure Energy recently optioned the Pocitos salt in Argentina, which might give Posco another option in Argentina.“Our vision and enthusiasm for our future growth business enabled us to make this achievement in spite of many difficulties and limitations,” said the CEO. “We are planning to foster future new growth businesses by differentiating our technological competitiveness in the energy material business such as lithium for batteries, the development of high purity nickel and positive electrode materials for cathode materials as well.”“Korea imports all lithium carbonate for batteries despite being a world-class producer of secondary batteries,” said Jong-joo Kim, the director of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. “Today’s completion of the plant will empower POSCO to produce lithium carbonate for batteries on its own, relieving secondary battery makers of worries about securing quality raw materials.”The PosLX plant will produce 2,500 t/y of lithium carbonate and supply it to POSCO ESM which produces cathodes for secondary batteries, and LG Chem and Samsung SDI, manufacturers of secondary batteries. Roughly 2,500 t of lithium carbonate can be used to produce about 70 million laptop batteries. Korean rechargeable battery makers have relied on imports because Korea is devoid of domestic lithium suppliers, but POSCO’s PosLX Plant will now be able to solve Korean rechargeable battery makers’ difficulties in securing raw material supplies.Posco ESM, meanwhile, has also has started supplying Posco Gradient-Nickel Cobalt Manganese (PG-NCM), a high-capacity cathode for lithium-ion batteries used in EVs, to LG Chem after commercialising production in January. Posco raised its stake in Posco ESM to 75% through purchase of new issues last month to ramp up its secondary battery business.last_img read more

Portal earrings only cost 20 and come with free cake

first_imgThe cake, is of course, a lie.These Portal earrings are the work of Sugar & Vice, a UK-based jewelry company that specializes in making geeky novelty items and selling them through Etsy. For around 20 bucks, you can now have your very own Aperture experiment running “through” your head.A must-have for any portal fan with pierced ears, the earrings are made from laser-cut acrylic and have the iconic portal guy poking out of them. The result when worn looks like someone pegged either side of your head with an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. Thank goodness the force-field generated by the open portals hold back the contents of your noggin. Honestly, they would look good on either a male or female geek with a large love of the Valve game.However, before you go rushing out to get your lobes punctured just so that you can wear them, be warned that these suckers are huge. They hang 1.7-inches from top to bottom, so it’s probably not a good idea to make them the first pair you ever use. If you are into extreme body-modification though, it sounds like they could certainly aid in stretching your earlobes out a bit.If you really want to own a pair of these earrings, be prepared to wait. Due to very high demand Sugar & Vice has implemented a 10-day waiting period on their Etsy page. That’s not too bad though, especially when you only need spend $20 (plus $4 postage).Read more at Sugar & Vice’s Etsy pagelast_img read more

De la bière bientôt fabriquée dans lespace

first_imgDe la bière bientôt fabriquée dans l’espace ?Les astronautes de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) auront, peut-être, bientôt le droit à leur propre bière brassée. Michal Bodzianowski, 11 ans, vient de remporter un concours national organisé par le National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. Son invention ? un système pour brasser de la bière dans l’espace. Une première dans le monde de la bière ! Décidément, cette boisson se consomme vraiment partout, puisque d’ici quelques temps, elle sera même disponible dans l’espace. Pour la première fois, des astronautes vont tenter de brasser de la bière à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Le mécanisme a été imaginé par Michal Bodzianowski, jeune garçon de 11 ans vivant au Colorado. Il est le vainqueur du concours mis en place par le National Center for Earth and Space Science Education dans le cadre du Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Il a ainsi remporté le droit d’envoyer prochainement son invention sur l’ISS pour un premier test, rapporte le site KDVR. Il espère pouvoir se rendre à Cap Canaveral, en décembre, pour assister au décollage de son invention.Une bière en apesanteurPour en arriver là, le jeune élève du Colorado a testé le processus de fermentation au contact de la microgravité. “Je n’espérais pas du tout gagner. Au début, j’avais juste créé ce système pour avoir une bonne note”, s’étonne Michal Bodzianowski, membre du programme Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) School and Academy. Le jeune garçon, actuellement en 6ème, a imaginé une brasserie en micro-gravité après avoir lu le livre “Gruesome Facts”, qui explique la popularité de la bière au Moyen-Âge. “L’interdiction de boire de la bière était une punition pour les crimes, et la plupart des gens n’y survivaient pas car l’eau était contaminée”, explique-t-il au Denver Post. En étudiant comment l’alcool tuait les bactéries de l’eau, Michal s’est aperçu que la bière pourrait être essentielle pour les futures colonies spatiales : “c’est un moyen d’hydratation et de guérison”, ajoute-il. En effet, en cas d’accident ou de pollution de l’eau dans l’espace, le processus de fermentation permet de créer de la bière qui peut ensuite être utilisée comme désinfectant ou boisson.Un projet de haute gravitéÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Pour les élèves, c’était l’opportunité de tester la science dans le monde réel, de faire des expériences avec les contraintes imposées par la NASA”, s’enthousiasme Sharon Combs, institutrice sur le projet, qui a organisé la collecte des 21.500 dollars (environ 16.000 euros) nécessaires au lancement dans l’espace. L’expérience de Michal, lors du lancement, sera composée d’un tube de silicone d’environ 15 cm de long. Les systèmes de fermoir le long du tube permettront de séparer le houblon, l’orge malté, la levure et l’eau. Une fois l’expérience arrivée sur l’ISS, les astronautes pourront retirer les pinces et mélanger les ingrédients. Le résultat de l’expérience permettra de savoir si, oui ou non, la bière peut être brassée dans l’espace. “Le but sera juste de savoir si la levure réagit avec les autres ingrédients dans un environnement sans gravité. Si elle ne réagit pas, c’est que la bière ne peut pas être créée”, conclut Michal. Le 9 octobre 2013 à 09:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Morning Press Jollies closing sewage in Columbia River one dead in fire

first_imgAre we in for more rain or will the sun hold out? Get a bead on the weekend with local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this week. Jollie’s in Ridgefield to close after 54 yearsJollie’s Restaurant & Lounge, the family owned watering hole for locals and passing truckers in Ridgefield, will close for good Sunday night.Restaurant owners said they sold the 4-acre property to developers Killian Pacific, a Vancouver firm that owns most the surrounding property.Closing has so far been a “pretty emotional” experience, they said Wednesday. Besides the more than 20 people who work there, restaurant mainstays are sad to see it go, they said.Co-owners of the roadside restaurant say looming development and ‘fair offer’ prompted saleSewage flows into Columbia River after power failure at Vancouver treatment plantNearly an Olympic-sized pool worth of raw sewage was released into the Columbia River on Saturday.About 400,000 gallons of untreated sewage left Vancouver’s Westside Wastewater Treatment facility, preceded by 110,000 gallons of partially treated effluent.The release, according to the city, was due to a rapid series of power surges and failures at the plant between 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.last_img read more

Revenue Department stationed in northern TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Mother charged with murder of her young son Child dead and man arrested on Taylor murder Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Oct 2015 – North and Middle Caicos are getting some tailor made service from the Revenue Department which will fly in so that paying government bills or making enquiries will be easier. The officers are there since Monday and will be in the two islands until this Friday. District Commissioner, Cynclair Musgrove said: “The District Commissioner’s Office and the Communities of North & Middle Caicos welcome the Revenue Department as we are striving to continue improving service delivery and further assist the Officers with improving customer education and voluntary compliance in North & Middle Caicos.” The team will be stationed at the DCs office in Bottle Creek, North Caicos. Among the tasks: inspections and audits, service delivery improvements and registering businesses. Musgrove says the scheduled visits will be an ongoing service. Related Items:bottle creek, cynclair musgrove, north and middle caicos, revenue department Recommended for you PNP Administration leaders serve Elderly in New Year’s Partylast_img read more

Time Inc Digital Revenues Up 20 Million Offsetting Weakness in Print

first_imgNEW YORK — Roughly 40 people — Time Inc. publishers, presidents, editors, and PR directors along with members of the press—gathered on the second floor of the Time and Life Building Wednesday for Time Inc.’s “Digital Showcase,” where Time Inc. EVP John Squires told the crowd that the division’s digital revenues were up $20 million year over year. That growth is led mostly by Sports Illustrated and CNNMoney, he said, with digital revenue contributing about 15 and 20 percent to their respective bottom lines. Despite the digital revenue growth, Time Inc.’s overall first quarter revenues were relatively flat, falling slightly from $1.048 billion in first quarter 2007 to $1.045 billion this year. Quick acceleration online is the way the company is moving, Squires said, echoing Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes’ comments during a quarterly conference call that digital growth rates for the company’s magazines could “overcome what may be the flatness in print over time.” ‘Upshot’ Time Inc. saw a “big upshot” from online video at the end of last year and early this year, Squires said, which contributed to overall digital growth. To date, CNNMoney is seeing just under 19 million video streams a month, up from an average of 1 million last year, and is looking to compete with television networks like CNBC, maybe more so than its online counterparts. According to Nielsen VideoCensus from March, the title’s online video platform makes up 54 percent of its entire category which includes MSN Money, Forbes.com, TheStreet.com and Wall Street Journal Digital. Its competitive advantage, according to CNNMoney.com’s SVP Jonathan Shar, is its investment in a twelve-person team dedicated to video production, many of whom held high-level positions in television. The videos, in fact, are often streamed on CNN, contributing to the network’s money and finance coverage. “As video distribution online grows, consumers expectations will rise and we have to be ready to play in that world,” said Squires. ‘Hair Tool’ Success InStyle.com has seen monthly video streams rise from 70,000 in February to now more than 600,000 and is planning to launch a redesigned video channel in the second quarter 2008. Other plans for InStyle digital include an upcoming relaunch of InStyleWeddings.com and a new, sponsored mobile WAP application launching in July 2008. Its popular Hollywood Hair Tool—which allows users to virtually try on celebrity hair styles—will be joined by a similar tool for makeup in June. When the hair tool launched in August of last year, overall page views for the site increased within two months from 38 milion to 52 million.last_img read more

Goddess Durga gets one lakh bangles

first_imgVanasthalipuram: About 1000 devotees decorated Goddess Durga with one lakh bangles at the Ganesh temple here on Tuesday. Each of the devotees also lit 108 lamps. PV Padma Kumari, a devotee, said she was in the service of Durga matha for 20 years now. She explained the power of the goddess.last_img

Air India flights delayed as ground staff on strike in Mumbai over

first_imgAir India is facing turbulent times ReutersEight domestic and 16 international flights were delayed today at Mumbai’s Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport after transport workers went on a strike on Wednesday night over Diwali bonus. They are also angry at the firing of a few employees and have demanded their reinstatement. The workers were contract workers of  Air India Air Transport Services Limited. The ground staff help in checking-in the passengers, transporting the bags and cleaning the aircraft.”All Air India flights are being hit. Some like the Mumbai-Bangkok flight AI 330 are still on the ground,” said a source told Times of India.”Due to a sudden industrial situation at Mumbai by AIATSL employees, some flights have got delayed. We are assessing the situation and all efforts are being made to minimise delays or disruption. Air India staff have been called from home to help with passenger check-ins,” an Air India spokesperson said.The official went on to say, “Air India’s permanent employees have been deputed to normalise the flights. Only early morning flights from Mumbai for delayed by 2 hours.”last_img read more

25 missing as 3 launches capsize in Padma

first_imgAround 25 people went missing as three launches capsized in Padma river near WAPDA launch terminal of Naria in Shariatpur on Monday.The incident took place around 5:00am, leaseholder of the terminal Motahar Shikari told Prothom Alo.A total of five launches were anchored in a BIWTC pontoon of the terminal. All of a sudden at dawn, the pontoon ripped from its moorings in erosion and powerful waves, leading capsize of the three launches in the Padma river, added Motahar Shikari. Around 25 workers, who were sleeping in the capsized launches, went missing, he went on saying.The launches are Mouchak-4, Mahanagari, and Naria-1. On information, fire service rescuers reached the spot and were preparing to conduct a search operation, said Naria police station officer in-charge, Aslamuddin.Divers from Fire Brigade and Civil Defence and Bangladesh Navy were also informed to reach the spot, the OC added.last_img read more

Many Rohingyas crossing are sick thousands more seeking to flee

first_imgRohingya people walk towards the makeshift shelter near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox’s Bazar. ReutersRohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh from escalating violence in Myanmar face the growing danger of sickness and attempts by the Bangladesh authorities to send them home, despite a United Nations plea that they be allowed to seek shelter.A series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Friday has triggered a fresh exodus to Bangladesh of Muslim villagers trying to escape the violence.At least 109 people have been killed in the clashes in Myanmar, according to the government, most of them militants but including members of the security forces and civilians.The United Nations Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Wednesday, at the request of Britain, to discuss the situation in Myanmar.Bangladesh border guards told Reuters they had sent about 550 Rohingya back across the Naf river that separates the two countries since Monday, despite an appeal by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for Dhaka to allow Rohingya to seek safety.Border patrols were also trying to block people from crossing the frontier.The treatment of about 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar has become the biggest challenge for national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been accused by Western critics of not speaking out on behalf of a minority who have long complained of persecution.The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and classified as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots there that go back centuries.The violence marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since October, when a similar, but much smaller, series of Rohingya attacks on security posts prompted a fierce military response dogged by allegations of human rights abuses.The top U.N. human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, called on Myanmar on Tuesday to ensure its security forces refrained from using disproportionate force, adding that the political leadership had a duty to protect all civilians “without discrimination”.“This turn of events is deplorable. It was predicted and could have been prevented,” he said.Myanmar’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said at a news conference that Myanmar had come under attack and had the full right to defend itself. He added that “security personnel have been instructed to make sure that innocent civilians are not harmed”.NO MAN’S LANDBangladesh is already host to more than 400,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the early 1990s. Dhaka has asked the U.N. to pressure Myanmar over its treatment of the Muslim minority, insisting it cannot accept any more.Still, more than 8,700 have registered in Bangladesh since Friday, the U.N. said.Hundreds of new arrivals milled around the entrance of the Kutapalong makeshift camp, the biggest unofficial refugee camp on the Bangladesh side of the border. Village elders said many of the Muslim hamlets near the border were empty, and said troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists had set fire to homes.Around another 4,000 people were stranded in the no man’s land between the two countries near Taung Bro village, where temporary shelters stretched for several hundred metres on a narrow strip between the Naf river and Myanmar’s border fence.Reuters reporters saw women, some carrying children and the sick, fording the river, which at that location is less than 10 metres wide. Bangladeshi border guards permitted about half a dozen people at a time to cross to access a pile of donated medicines.“We came here out of fear for our lives, but we can’t cross. So we don’t know what to do,” said Aung Myaing, from Taung Bro Let Way village, standing knee-deep in the river.When asked about insurgents he said: “We didn’t see them, we have no relation to them. But Myanmar doesn’t distinguish between the terrorists and civilians. They are hunting all the Rohingya.”Many Rohingya trying to enter Bangladesh were sick and at least six have died after making the crossing, an aid worker said, adding that fear of being caught and sent back meant some refused to seek help.EVACUATIONAn army source in Rakhine told Reuters that troops were hunting down insurgents across the region, clearing landmines and evacuating non-Muslims and government staff.The government continued a mass evacuation of thousands of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists from the area, where they are a minority, to larger towns, police stations and army bases.“All the people want to follow the army to get out of here. We have no cooking oil, we have no vegetables, we only have rice and people are in poor health,” Maung Thein Hla, a Rakhine resident stranded in the village of Taman Thar, told Reuters.Satellite imagery analysed by New York-based Human Rights Watch showed widespread burnings in at least 10 areas in northern Rakhine since the Friday raids, the group said.Home Affairs Minister General Kyaw Swe said construction materials imported by international aid groups to northern Rakhine, such as steel pipes, have been used by insurgents to make weapons.“We have found out that those things were used in handmade mines and handmade cartridges when it got to extremists and (were used to) attack our security forces,” said Kyaw Swe at a news conference.The U.N. and international aid groups evacuated all “non-critical” staff out of the area after Suu Kyi’s office repeatedly published pictures of World Food Programme energy biscuits allegedly found at an insurgent camp and after it said it was investigating aid groups support for the insurgents in one incident.The army source said the militants had produced a large number of landmines and were ambushing troops before quickly vanishing into the forests and mountains.“This is their region. Any village can be their base camp – any mosque can be their headquarters,” he said. “We cannot distinguish who are insurgents or who are villagers.”last_img read more